Dior Equestrian-Themed Bag Back in the Saddle

By Paul Joseph

Christian Dior first unveiled its famous Saddle bag back in 2000 as part of its Spring-Summer 2000 ready-to-wear collection, described by the brand’s then creative director John Galliano.

For the original bag, Galliano used the world of equestrianism as inspiration, and it rapidly became the accessory of choice for celebrities across the world.

As trends of the era continue to make a revival, Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior’s current creative director has revisited the classic bag by offering her own take on its design with a brand new collection.

The new iterations feature a range of eye catching boho-inspired patchworks as well as other contemporary leather designs including one with a heavily embellished thick shoulder strap.  

“I thought this collection would be an opportunity to revive its timeless beauty,” says Chiuri. “I consider this icon of the house’s recent history the perfect accessory to deal with this battle that is daily life.

“Indeed, the saddle bag is a bag that is worn in exactly the same way as a shirt or jacket, and it’s so comfortable to wear with its long strap that you almost forget it’s there. The saddle bag is also practical because it allows you to carry everything you need with you.

“It’s for this reason that I wanted it larger and more robust, but also very colorful, embroidered or with beaded fringe because, like a chameleon, it adapts to all situations.”

Dior was founded by the eponymous designer Christian Dior in Paris in 1946.

By Paul Joseph