Fauré Le Page Le Calibre 21
Fauré Le Page Le Calibre 21 – Source

THE HISTORY OF A WEAPON MAKER

The house of fashion Fauré Le Page once made weapons and armour for an extremely prestigious clientele, the French royalty. Now, it deals in “a new kind of weapons of seduction,” said Augustin de Buffévent, former Vice President of Dior New York, and the man behind the resurrection and transformation of the brand.

Augustin de Buffévent quit Dior in 2009 when he saw an opportunity in making gun-themed luxury leather goods in a French arms supplier. He sees the transition from shotguns to shoulder bags and cartridge cases to clutches as an organic process – after all, handbags are a weapon of seduction. Accordingly, he changed the company motto to “Armé pour séduire” which translates as “armed to seduce”.

It has been more than three years since the first collection of Fauré Le Page leather goods were rolled out. The revived Fauré Le Page has become a renowned bag maker with an interesting history.

Fauré Le Page handbags and pouches
Fauré Le Page handbags and pouches – Source

Louis Pigny, a master gunsmith, founded the company in 1717. At that time, Fauré Le Page produced weapons and armour for notable clients which includes Kings Louis XV, Louis XVI, Napoleon I and various other aristocrats. The level of craftsmanship was truly astounding.

Fauré Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock
Fauré Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock – Source
Fauré Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock
Fauré Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock – Source
Fauré Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock
Fauré Le Page Paris Double Barrel 16 Gauge Under Lever Hammer Shotgun with Gold and Pearl Inlaid Stock – Source

The firearms manufacturer was lauded by the likes of authors Balzac, Dumas and Pushkin for its contribution to revolutionary forces in 1789 (the one that toppled Louis XVI) and 1830 (also known as the July Revolution that saw Charles X executed).

The weapons were always presented in luxurious and intricate sheaths, from which has developed an additional line of business — cartridge cases, gun holsters, beater’s pouches and haversacks in highly resistant and waterproof waxed canvas or leather.

An old-fashioned gun holster.
An old-fashioned gun holster.

As time had gone by, the need for handcrafted firearms had decreased. The house was passed from buyer to buyer, quietly offering, until 2009, a depleted catalog of leather hunting goods.

That was when Augustin De Buffévent came into the picture as the man who revived and transformed the company into a unique luxury fashion house.

THE REVIVAL AS A HOUSE OF FASHION

Fauré Le Page Calibre 21 in Empire Green toile Écailles and Green Calfskin
Fauré Le Page Calibre 21 in Empire Green toile Écailles and Green Calfskin – Source

Nowadays, Fauré Le Page is making gun-shaped purses and cartridge cases look like handbags. The brand is retelling its story with a little playfulness. As explained by Mr. De Buffévent, he wanted to create “pieces that could take a cheeky, quirky look at its hunting past — reminiscent of the past but worn as fashion accessories.”

Looking for iconic items of the brand, you can’t miss the pochette gun coin pouch and the signature fish-scale pattern, known as the “Scale” motif, canvas.

Fauré le Page Pochette Gun Coin Pouch in Ivresse Red toile écailles and calfskin
Fauré le Page Pochette Gun Coin Pouch in Ivresse Red toile écailles and calfskin – @Faurelepage
The Carry on Cache-cache from Forêt Pelages collection
The Carry on Cache-cache from Forêt Pelages collection – Fauré Le Page
"Lambskin Caliber pouch" Album de Famille
“Lambskin Caliber pouch” Album de Famille – Fauré Le Page

The “Scale” is a motif found on Fauré Le Page guns. The motif is screen-printed onto the canvas, which is waterproofed by waxing and grained into an extremely durable material. Most bags are made in this kind of printed canvas. Even though it has a similar vibe to Goyard, don’t get confused.

Fauré Le Page iconic “Scale” motif
Fauré Le Page iconic “Scale” motif – Fauré Le Page
Goyard vs Fauré Le Page
Goyard vs Fauré Le Page – Source

The iconic ‘Scale’ motif adorns most of their collection of waterproof canvas. The bag designed in high-end abstractions of armour and whimsical symbols of defence, along with the durable canvas material, as Mr. de Buffévent explained, gives the patrons “a sense of empowerment.”

Fauré Le Page Pochette en toile enduite, Cabas Daily Battle Porte documents, and Veloce Sac de battue
Fauré Le Page Pochette en toile enduite, Cabas Daily Battle Porte documents, and Veloce Sac de battue – Source
Fauré Le Page Pochettes Gun et sacs and Parade
Fauré Le Page Pochettes Gun et sacs and Parade – Source
"Night Shot" repurposes a cartridge-holder as a small clutch
“Night Shot” repurposes a cartridge-holder as a small clutch – Fauré Le Page
Fauré Le Pages Caddy commissions sac, bottes étuisà, iPhone case and tablet case
Fauré Le Pages Caddy commissions sac, bottes étuisà, iPhone case and tablet case – Source
Fauré Le Page iPhone4 case, drinking flask, portable pocket mirror, round coin purse, zipped laptop case, card holder and passport covers
Fauré Le Page iPhone4 case, drinking flask, portable pocket mirror, round coin purse, zipped laptop case, card holder and passport covers – Source
Pochette Parade Colors
Pochette Parade Colors – Fauré Le Page

THE BOUTIQUE IN PARIS

There are three ways to buy from Fauré Le Page. There is a stand alone boutique on Rue Cambon, a store at Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris, and a store at Hankyu Department Store – Umeda Main Store in Japan. The brand interprets its history playfully in the product design as well as in the display of items at the boutique.

Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon
Inside Fauré Le Page boutique on Rue Cambon – Source

STREET STYLE WITH FAURÉ LE PAGE

With its unique design and original history, Fauré Le Page has been chosen as a fashion statement for both fashionable men and ladies.

Faure Le Page Véloce bag in Steel Grey toile écailles and Calfskin
Faure Le Page Véloce bag in Steel Grey toile écailles and Calfskin – Fauré Le Page
Faure Le Page Empire Green toiles écailles and Calfskin
Faure Le Page Empire Green toiles écailles and Calfskin – Faurè Le Page
Faure Le Page Express 36 in Paris Blue toile écailles and blue Calfskin
Faure Le Page Express 36 in Paris Blue toile écailles and blue Calfskin – Fauré Le Page
Fauré le Page Pochette Gun Coin Pouch in Ivresse Red toile écailles and calfskin
Fauré le Page Pochette Gun Coin Pouch in Ivresse Red toile écailles and calfskin – Fauré Le Page
Fauré Le Page Clutch
Fauré Le Page Clutch – Source
Fauré Le Page Clutch, London Men Street Style
Fauré Le Page Clutch, London Men Street Style – Source
Fauré Le Page adjustable handle length canvas tote
Fauré Le Page adjustable handle length canvas tote – Source
Fauré Le Page handbag
Fauré Le Page handbag – Source
Fauré Le Page pochette gun coin pouch
Fauré Le Page pochette gun coin pouch – Source
Fauré Le Page Le Calibre 21
Fauré Le Page Le Calibre 21 – Fauré Le Page
Fauré Le Page Parade
Fauré Le Page Parade – Source
Fauré Le Page Daily Battle
Fauré Le Page Daily Battle – Source
Fauré Le Page Clutch
Fauré Le Page Clutch – Source

THE VERDICT

According to Pauline Thomas, “Fashion is a language of signs, symbols and iconography that communicates non-verbally, meanings about individuals and groups”. People carry things that represent their personalities and motivations. Fauré Le Page pieces will speak for people who can relate to the struggle, fighting spirit, power, triumph, or defence and empowerment.

If you are looking for a fashion accessory that can subtly speak up your secret rebellion by telling an amusing story, Fauré Le Page may be right for you.

Have you been “Armed To Seduce?”

Daily Battle in Toile Écailles Gris Colour.
Daily Battle in Toile Écailles Gris Colour.
Pochette gun small & Medium in Steel Grey and Gris Colour respectively
Pochette gun small & Medium in Steel Grey and Gris Colour respectively
Etoi Passport & Pom Pom Keychain in Gris Colour
Etoi Passport & Pom Pom Keychain in Gris Colour

We have only a few beautiful pieces brought fresh from Paris boutique last week in stock. Contact us at +65 9322 5122 now before they are sold out!

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