The first thing I see when an idea comes up for a handbag is a detail. How a handle is going to look or how the sides should fold in each other etc.. After that I shape the bag around that first idea. I can assure you, this can be quite a challenge! I then look for inspiration in various places: a magazine, a painting, nature or even a cookbook! Fortunately sometimes I can just draw a model directly based on an idea. Then there is a flow and I just allow myself to go with the flow.


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As a true gypsetter I aim at traveling lightly and in style. Unfortunately I am used to gathering things that make my life easier but when packing I have to make a selection of what is going to travel with me. 

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Belle Époque was born in 2014 in a small workshop in Portugal. The owner of that workshop is called Fernando. Fernando has 40 years of experience in creating, shaping and producing handbags. He has seen it all.

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21/07/2015

The ‘Gissy’ brand is a derivative of my name: Ghislaine. It was in my home country France, that I first discovered cork products. As a collector of handbags I was always looking for exceptional items. Combinding my passion for handbags with this new-found crork material, I created the first Gissy collection in 2013.

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