For spring 2017, Lucque has continued its love of embellishment using luxe suedes, smooth napa and casual pebble grain leathers. African tribal motifs continue from last season in the Massai group:

embroidered and laced leather with cabochons. The Massai design is very simple and primitive and taken directly from old documents, yet modernized with today’s palettes.

In the collections of Flora, Gypsy and Ribbon, Lucque was inspired by beautiful stenciled damasks from Eastern European countries. Using one floral pattern throughout, we applied different embellishments for the various shapes of the collections: exquisite embroidery, leather lacing, hand beading, leather ruching, and stitched leather applique.

Although African and Eastern European regions use bold, bright colors and jewel tones to reflect their personalities, Lucque makes a counterpoint this season by using the softer palette of cornflower blue paired with light butterscotch, creamy apricot-peach, classic bone, light putty and black.

Enjoy your Lucque.

Designer Susan Paillassou

As an artist, Susan Paillassou has spent years working in a variety of media, from painting and sculpting,  mosaics, textiles and fibers, to illustration and interior design.  In 2014, she decided to make the handbag her canvas.

 A native of Chicago, Susan has lived abroad and ultimately settled in Los Angeles.  “Seeing the world is a way to continue to feed a creative appetite.  I love collecting anything that is indigenous to a culture, whether tribal and ancient relic, or contemporary pop and urban street.  Ultimately those experiences inform my design sensibility—both conscious and unconscious.”

The idea of Lucque came into being one day as Susan connected with a woman who supplied leather to one of the most exclusive home design showrooms in the country.  As she studied the magnificent collection of leather for wall treatments, floors and furnishings, she was in awe of the treatments applied to the hides.

There were floral embossings, hand-painted prints and filigreed paisleys carved into beautiful, soft leather—in colors so rich you could eat them.  Her first reaction was, “I want a bag out of this.  And this.  And this!”

Realizing that no one was going to do “this”, Susan decided she had to do it herself.  She wanted to make her own personalIT bag.  A “ME”  bag.  Thus, the life of Lucque had begun; a journey to create a beautiful bag in design and artistry.

All of Lucque’s leather is imported from the finest Italian tanneries.  Lucque’s designs and colors can be carried year round and worn with all styles.  Our bags are proudly hand crafted in Los Angeles, by masters in the industry who have made handbags for some of the most prominent fashion houses.

Designer Susan Paillassou, ©2014

A day in the life of l’atelier.