The Queen of England’s discreet and well-mannered handbag choices have been subject of scrutiny over the years. Do you know who makes these royal designer handbags? It is a British leather goods firm named Launer.
These beautifully crafted bags and other accessories are available for sale on their sleek website, Launer.com. The average price is $1,200 USD for a bag, and $400 USD for a wallet. Not bad for a handbag with quality and style rivaling the Hermes Kelly. My personal favorite is the Traviata in yellow patent leather:
She has been hailed a fashion icon for her wonderful sense of style and for almost 60 years, there is one constant in the Queen’s closet: the reserved, structured handbags by British firm Launer. The Queen has four new bags made custom for her each year. While these bags are luxury handbags in every sense of the word, they do not scream: BLING! As many designer handbags we are so accustomed to. The calf, lizard and ostrich skin leathers are all turned and hand machined with the utmost attention to detail. It takes approximately 2 weeks to craft just one bag. No crooked stitching will be found here. The fittings are all gold-plated and the company “logo”, a crossed-rope emblem, is discreet.
She may be a style icon, but she’s a traditionalist at heart. The Queen has discerning tastes and exacting standards – and her own strong sense of style. As such, all of the Launer bags carried by the Queen are bespoke. Often the handle is made longer for her, so the Queen can shake hands with her handbag getting in the way.
Which styles does the Queen favor? The Diva and Traviata The style she carries most frequently, the top-handled Diva, is made using fine calf leather, lined in color-matched suede and finished with Launer’s distinctive gold-plated ‘rope’ logo fastening. An inside divider creates two sections within the zip pocket and a pocket that comes complete with mirror.
History of Launer:
Launer was founded by Sam Launer, a Czechoslovakian who moved to the UK 60 years ago, and now led by Gerald Bodmer, who learned his trade with Rayne, a royal warranted company who made shoes and bags for the Queen Mother.
Bodmer later founded his own company which supplied leather goods to such companies as Bally, Mappin and Webb, and Asprey, giving him unparalleled experience in the leather industry.
Launer works with all of its customers, royal or otherwise, directly to customize products from its site, usually by appointment in its W1 showroom. All products on the Launer site can be customized in a variety of skins, colourways or with extra details or engravings. The products are handmade in the softest calf, exotic lizard, and ostrich skin.
The design team, led by Gerald Bodmer, travels throughout Europe looking at design trends before season launches, with pattern makers turning designs into reality. All products are delivered in ornate hardboard black boxes with the gold logo emblazoned.
Other Launer fans include the Duchess of Cornwall (she carried one at her wedding to Prince Charles), Japan’s Crown Princess Masako, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s wife Svetlana, Dame Judi Dench, Dame Maggie Smith and the late Baroness Thatcher.
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