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Etienne AignerIrena Woven Small Hobo Bag

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From Etienne Aigner, the Irena Woven Small Hobo Bag features:
  • woven leather
  • magnetic snap closure
  • interior removable smooth leather wristlet
  • approx. 12"L x 2"W x 11"H; 8" handle drop
DMS: 0283 023 EA18F1019
Our beloved founder and forever inspiration, Etienne Aigner, was born in Hungary to a close-knit Jewish family who taught him the value of education and hard work. As a young man he would make his living as a carpet merchant, a window dresser, and a light bulb salesman. While apprenticing under a well known bookbinder in Paris, Mr. Aigner also learned to make handbags from a colleague in what he described as a “fortuitous accident.”

In a feat of groundbreaking marketing that anticipated an audience for multiple price points, he created a line of mother/daughter handbags that could be sold in pairs. Mr. Aigner’s roots in European craftsmanship and embrace of modern techniques made him a standout in America’s burgeoning post-war fashion scene.

Mr. Aigner sold the company in 1969, and he and Suzanne lived what was described by a friend as “comfortable but unpretentious lives,” splitting the year between France and New York (where he drove the same Oldsmobile for 25 years). He died in 2000 at age 95; global obituaries praised his style and innovation, calling Mr. Aigner “the man with the golden hands.”

Today, we build on our founder’s heritage, basing many new handbag, shoe, and accessory details on his original work. Enduring hallmarks include the iconic logo, signature hardware, woven leathers, and yes, wicker handbags.

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