Monday, October 02, 2006


Ladies (and Gentlemen!), if you want to stand out from the brown monogrammed Louis Vuitton bag crowd, look no further - Henry Beguelin is your man. Mr. Beguelin is a prolific leather goods maker whose quirky designs and stunning high-quality leathers make a beautiful and unique hand-made product. Just touch the leather, and you will be sold. He was launched into niche US stardome by Barneys, and they know their sh.. stuff. I will not chew your ear off with biographical details, I'll scrape them off his website directly, as well as some pictures. Yes, it's expensive, but not more than the fugly Guccis, and you will get a much higher value for your thousand dollars.

1971 HENRI opens a craft center-cum-shop in a little corner of a square that overlooks the sea. It was named "HENRY CUIR".

1981 His products were sold at PUPI SOLARI, a shop in Milan. He felt that he'd reached the limit of what he could do on his own so he decided to enlarge his craft center and gathered more workers.

1982 HENRI meets a shoe maker. A comfortable-to-wear moccasin was invented, which later became one of the vital items. HENRI gradually developed his interest in making interior products/furniture such as cushions, mini-tables and chairs. The company gradually expanded.

1985 The first shop opens in Milan. His name was used for the label except the spelling was changed into HENRY BEGUELIN. He has a crucial encounter with BARNEYS NEW YORK. As they were strongly impressed with HENRI's products, BARNEYS displayed them in show windows, which led to the recognition of the label in the American market.

1997 He developed doubts about the direction of the expanding company, and also the way his partner was managing the company. He decided to leave his job.

1998 He launched a new label. As a departure from HENRI BEGUELIN and to restart his creative production, it was appropriate to take the name of the little craft center-cum-shop in Elba, "HENRI CUIR" which was his starting point. "Cuir" means leather in French as well.
In the same year, his first shop opened in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo. His products are also available in some outlets in Europe and Barneys, New York.

1999 Milan store opens.

2002 HENRI CUIR Aoyama flagship store opens in Kotto-dori, Aoyama.
More shops opened in Kyoko, Osaka and Nihonbashi, Tokyo.




Blogger matwat said...

What is the association with 45rpm?

I previously understood this to be the leather line of 45rpm.

Are the goods made in Japan?

4:02 AM  
Blogger Fashion Critic said...

I believe their association with 45RPM is purely aesthetical. They basically do the same thing with different mediums. I think the goods are made in Italy for the most part. His flagship store is in Milan. I think the Japanese association is purely a business decision - he seems to have a large and loyal clientelle there.

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a question: is it wise to wait for a sale, or do stores run out of sizes (mostly 38s) long before having a sale of Henry Beguelin boots?
thanks in advance

7:35 AM  
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