A workshop in Paris

Today, the DOGNIN Maison is first and foremost a workshop on the hillside of Montmartre: in the heart of the Goutte d’Or district, in the 18th Arrondissement of Paris. All of our bags are created, developed, and made entirely on site in our workshop.

It is the fulfilment of a dream: to reunite creation with crafting in the same workshop. In this way, both interact constantly.

It is a question not only of upholding our values, but also of broadening the scope of what is possible, as well as enhancing the quality of our products. It is also a time-honoured tradition in Paris that has always worked wonders in the fine crafts trades.

New shapes and forms

It all starts with a quest for new shapes and forms. In particular, by reinterpreting the moulding techniques used in boot-making. Or finding ways of assembling the leather, the reinforcements, and the lining together in such a manner as to generate innovative volumes in three dimensions. For reasons of ergonomics as much as for the pleasure of creating shapes and forms.

This explains why, as early as 2002, the Palais Galliera, the Paris Fashion Museum, acquired two bags, the MARIVAUX and the VENDÔME, for the innovative nature of their shapes and of how they are crafted.

Another model, the POLOCHON, was awarded the “Label de l’Observeur du Design” for the innovative nature of its shape.

This search for shape and form has led us to develop different crafting principles for making leather goods that might be termed “organic”. Each piece is a module with its own specific consistency, that has been assembled with its reinforcement and its lining. We then assemble the various modules together to obtain the volume of the bag.

Inner sanctums and hand-crafting

In this way, the insides are designed with as much care as the outsides, so that the insides are genuine inner sanctums: optimising the capacity of the volumes, how the bag opens, and the choices and locations of the pockets and compartments.

This know-how requires much more preparation work by hand in the workshop. For assembly, most of the models are machine-sewn, with finishing being by hand.

However, some models are entirely hand-sewn because their type of assembly requires such work in order to obtain the desired quality.