Olivia Clergue was born in Arles, in Provence, into a very artistic family. Her father, the photographer Lucien Clergue, and her godfather, Pablo Picasso, both gave her an eye for art and a taste for sculpture, which she later studied at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Fine Arts Academy in Paris. She then completed a training course in fashion design and pattern making at the ESMOD Fashion School in Paris.From her training in sculpture, the designer has developed an eye for volume and line, which she applies to her creations in pursuit of the perfectly balanced and pure design. The designer entered the world of fashion, drawing her inspiration from the models of Yves Saint Laurent, which her mother collects and wears since over 60 years, as well as from traditional women’s costumes in Arles. Their small handbags called “réticules” inspired her to design her leather buckets.She began working as an artists’ assistant and then went on to design her first collection of accessories, creating her own brand name in 2008. She lives in Paris.
The Olivia Clergue brand was launched in 2008 and was inspired by the eponymous designer’s wish to create handbags that are perfectly manufactured, but contemporary and fashionable at the same time.Exclusively made in France by craftsmen from ancestral knowledge in the Anjou region, bags Olivia Clergue represent the timeless values of discreet elegance and luxury at their best and stand by their original and trendy style.Beautiful materials are highlighted through full grain leathers from the best suppliers in Italy and France, showing unrivaled flexibility combined with exceptional color. The liners are made of a great satin cotton French origin.A lot of attention is given to details like high-end buckles and clasps, the use of eco brass and Swiss Riri zips. Each bag is then stamped with the brand name and the Made in France mention. Produce her bags in her own country, permit Olivia Clergue to stay close to her manufacturer and to follow the finishing. It also allows her to work in respect with human beings and their environmental.