Combining actual LEGO bricks with real leather, acrylic or plexi, fine craftsmanship and some imagination, these brick-embellished handbags by Maria Sole Cecchi of Les Petits Joueurs are flying off the shelves and appearing in fashion mags all over the world.
above: the Alex Rainbow Love Bag, front and back
Hard-sided or soft, the styles are named after various fashion, music and art icons such as Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Janis Joplin and Grace Jones. Nice clasps, chains and stitching, along with the sophisticated silhouettes, make these truly fine handbags as opposed to novelty bags. The various size bags are lined with either suede or cotton. Some shout Lego Pop Art while others use more subtle integration of the Legos, such as for the clasp only.
Grace POP Candy, Grace Smile and Grace Lolita Bags are clutches made with plexiglass, legos and lego or silvered brass clasps:
The Andy Mondrian Black, Piano Black and Rainbow Love bags have shoulder chains and are made of acrylic, legos and silver or brass clasps:
The Janis Marina, Janis Patent Piano Janis Piano Black, Janis Gold Mondrian and Janis Black Mondrian are zippered clutch bags with lego appliques on the front flap. Lined with cotton, they have a detachable side handle or chain, depending upon the style:
The Alex Marina, Alex Lolita, Alex Rainbow Love and Alex B&W Love bags mix leather with legos for a more sophisticated look. They are lined with cotton and have tone on tone sticking and interior compartments:
And lastly, the Marilyn Bags. These are made with 100% Python leather and have a subtle but fun lego embellished clasp:
The bags are completely handmade by Florentine Artisans and created piece by piece. They spend approximately 10 to 15 days working to create and deliver the bags to your home. The clutches, shoulder bags and handbags range in price depending upon size and style.
The packaging is also lovely:
It’s All About Love
Maria Sole Cecchi, also known as Les Petits Joueurs designer, was just of age when she left her house in Florence to go to Paris in search of inspiration for a lifetime.
The inspiration came when she began to create special bags, by re-editing some old ones she had: she glued the famous Lego brick on them, she went out the same night, accompanied by her new accessory, and to her surprise… it was a HIT.
Conceived out of her love for the unique, what started as a pastime to satisfy her own desires and tastes, quickly began to gain the attention and curiosity from the fashion elite worldwide.
This is how the brand Maria Sole – Les Petits Joueurs was born.
Maria Sole Bags, fun and fashionable Lego mosaic bags feature just the right mix of playfulness and chic.
Inspired by the versatility, the vast range of colours and the geometric shapes of lego’s bricks, the designer’s aim is to create a brand that emphasizes research, which represent the uniqueness of an idea and the desire of creating something different to what is out in the fashion market.
Each piece is realised with meticulous attention to details and the combining of the finest quality materials. Bags and accessories are produced very limited editions: they are uni-seasonal and completely made by hand by the most traditional artisans in Florence, Italy.
Find of list of worldwide retailers here