When creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri introduced the Dior Book Tote, it quickly rose to star status in the bag world and soon became a staple of the Dior aesthetic. The original size was designed to carry all your daily essentials and many used it as their everyday luggage as well as their go-to bag to carry everything they needed. With the success of the Dior Book Tote, the House added two additional sizes: small and mini.
One of the things that Dior excels at is focusing on a core group of bags and expanding into each line, offering different styles and sizes that will suit all Dior lovers. The Dior Book Tote has always been a bag I’ve had my eyes on, with new iterations every season drawing me in and making me more of a Book Tote fan (we’ve got a full Dior Book Tote guide if you want to learn more). But one pattern that I have become obsessed with, and saved a multitude of images of in a folder on my computer, is the Toile de Jouy print.
Originally introduced last year in select European boutiques on the oversized Dior Book Tote in blue, the Toile de Jouy print harkens back to 18th-century France. This type of print features cotton or linen printed with landscape and figure designs first seen in the Jouy-en-Josas mill which was situated near Versailles in France. In 1947, Christian Dior used his own version of this motif to cover the walls of his boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne. Last year, Maria Grazia Chiuri reinterpreted the Toile de Jouy with the introduction of a series of wild animals, including monkeys and tigers, set in lush vegetation.
This fully embroidered print comes to life as it adorns the entire bag and on the front is the Christian Dior signature. The smaller size can still fit your daily necessities, including an iPad or a small laptop, but I think this bag is too cute for a work bag. This smaller form can be dressed up or worn more casually and fits over the shoulder or can be carried in the hand. The dimensions are 36.5 x 28 x 17.5 cm.
Each Dior Book tote bag takes more than a day to make, in fact, the Large Book Tote takes the artisans more than thirty-two hours of work and more than one million two hundred thousand stitches. While much of the bag is machine embroidered, many details are crafted and finished by hand. Watching a historic luxury Maison make a bag is one of my favorite ways to truly understand a design and if you want to see this bag come to life, Dior shared the savoir-faire video of this bag being made for the Cruise 2019 collection. .
The new Small Dior Toile de Jouy Embroidery Book Tote is available in grey, pink and blue. There are other garments that have the Toile de Jouy print, like these flip flops that I love and this scarf. Some bags are beautiful in photos, but they’re even better in person, and the Book Tote has always fallen into that category for me. These bags sold out quickly last year, so if you’re interested, you might want to add one of these beautiful bags to your má|$$| collection.It’s sooner rather than later. The price is $3,000 at Dior.com.