Flowers are always a perfect symbol in our culture for beauty, youth, and life - all the lovely things we cherish. Naturally, since the very beginning, handbag makers have infused floral motifs to their beautiful creations in many different ways - embroidery, beading, prints, laser and cutting, just to name a few.
Floral motif is not only an artistic expression of glamour and romance, but also creates an emotional connection between the handbag and its owner. To kick off spring, here are some of our favorite choices, from Vuitton’s vivid roses to Chanel’s classic Camellia, to Fendi’s exquisite Flowerland applique.
LOUIS VUITTON ROSES
The Roses collection by famed artist Stephen Sprouse has been a cult favorite since its debut in 2009. Louis Vuitton and Stephen Sprouse had their first collaboration, “Graffiti”, in 2001, which achieved astounding success and paved the path for future art collaborations with multiple artists including Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince. To pay tribute to Sprouse after his death in 2004, Vuitton relaunched the collaboration featuring painted rose motif on monogram canvas and vernis leather, mixing uptown sophistication and downtown funk. The collection soon sold out everywhere and is still one of the most sought-after motifs in the handbag market.
The camellia is one of the most frequently recurring emblems in Chanel’s designs along with its signature CC logo. Although it is a strong icon for this celebrated fashion house, not many people really know the reason behind. Here’s why: Coco Chanel once read the novel ‘La Dame aux Camélias’ by Alexandre Dumas, in which the heroine Marguerite Gautie wore a white camellia to express her purity, and then Chanel just fell in love with the flower. Another interesting rumor is that Coco Chanel loved the camellia because it would never interfere with her No.5 perfume due to the flower’s light scent.
As an emblem of purity and longevity, the camellia appeared frequently on the iconic tweed jackets and little black dresses, fine jewelry and brooches, and of course, the handbags! From the embossed camellia lambskin to the delicate burlap camellia applique, Chanel always surprises us with playful twists and reinterpretation of the iconic flower every season.
The Blooms print is from Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele’s first collection back in 2015. Featuring pink, blue or green vivid blooms, this print first appeared on the now-iconic Dionysus bag and now adorns a variety of handbags, wallets, scarves, and shoes. The whimsical blooms print adds a touch of freshness and femininity to Gucci’s signature GG coated canvas, and it has become one of the most popular styles of the Italian brand
The Flowerland collection was first introduced in 2016 and included iconic Fendi bags such as Peekaboo, Baguette, By the Way, and DotCom. It features multicolor floral leather appliques with signature enamel conical stud centers, making the Flowerland one of the boldest and youngest collections Fendi has ever made. The flowers have lovely puffy silhouettes and contrasting vivid colors, which balances the serious structure that Fendi is famous for.
As one of the most beloved fashion houses of royals, Hollywood actresses, and red carpet superstars around the world, Valentino is famous for its graceful, romantic and feminine designs. Floral motif constantly reappears on Valentino handbags in a myriad of variations: leather appliques, beaded embellishments, laser cut laces, and retro prints. And we have to say that the floral motif works so well with the iconic Valentino red - a burst of romance and elegance!