May of 1968—and the decades that followed—was a time of great civil unrest in Paris. Mass protests and nationwide strikes against the French hierarchy marked a major social and cultural revolution in France.
It was also the same year the late Sonia Rykiel opened her very first boutique on Paris’ Left Bank. (The red-headed visionary and fierce supporter of women passed away at age 86 two years ago.) To celebrate the half-century anniversary of that watershed summer, the brand has launched a new bag, the Pavé Parisian, which literally translates to “Parisian cobblestone.” Cuboid in shape, the cross-body accessory is emblematic of the brick cobblestones student protestors used during the riots.
Though the Pavé was officially introduced in May, artistic director Julie de Libran quietly unveiled the bag during her recent Fall 2018 Couture collection in Paris, a first for the house and a special show to mark its 50th anniversary. (The Pavé can also be spotted in the house’s Resort 2019 lookbook.)
“With the Pavé, I hope we remember the legacy of Sonia Rykiel and the era that embodied her vision, a period that overturned social codes and conventions with effortless brilliance,” de Libran told Fashion Unfiltered.