ABOUT THE BRAND
Founded by Holland-born Christiane Smit, Petite Maison Christiane is a budding label that focuses on the creation of leather bags which are the perfect synthesis of function and elegance. After spending most of her childhood on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curaçao, exploring the black sand beaches and tropical forests, drawing and painting everything that surrounded her, she traveled with her parents in Central America, marvelling at the richness of textile arts and other crafts displayed in tiny shops and stalls on the streets. As an adult she explored many towns and cities of Europe, collecting impressions before attending Saint Martins of London, where she focused her attention primarily on design and art history. She also worked in high-end fashion and jewellery houses, visiting Paris and Milan frequently, strongly influenced by the great Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto.
A collection of distinctive pieces, each is individually crafted to Christiane’s exacting standards, and she adamantly uses no machines in any aspect of her work. Beginning with her personal selection of only the best quality skins, and using simple, organic shapes, she performs each part of the process by hand — using a stitching technique of her own invention, with exquisite attention to even the finest detail. The dedicated result is a sophisticated, singular piece that reflects not only Christiane’s strong aesthetic, but also her sensitivity to the individual who will carry the bag.
Christiane now spends her time between Amsterdam and a Cycladic island in the Aegean sea where the wave and wind-sculpted rocks, colours of the sea, and the legendary light of the Mediterranean continue to inspire a brand with which Christiane is holistically engaged to and uniquely devoted.