The Making of Ralph Lauren’s Ricky Bag

Here is how a classic bag—one suitable for every woman's wardrobe—is made.

Dec 2, 2009
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Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag
Ralph Lauren Ricky Bag

Inspired by Ralph Lauren’s muse, his wife Ricky, this iconic collection accessory honours the best leatherworking traditions while creating a new model for timeless design. “I didn’t like the girl with all the makeup and high heels,” says Lauren. “I liked the girl in jeans and a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves, wearing her boyfriend’s jacket. That’s the girl I am attracted to. That’s the girl I married—Ricky.” And from Ricky’s iconic style comes an accessory that allows every woman the opportunity to become the latest star of the Ralph Lauren vision.

The Craftsmanship

Only the finest quality leathers—selected by highly trained artisans and considered the best hides in the industry—are used to create the Ricky Bag.

All Ricky Bags are made by hand in Italy from 50 separate pieces of leather and nine different pieces of hardware, requiring two expert artisans 10–12 hours to make one bag. The body and straps are assembled by doubling leather, corners, piping or lasting.

Additionally, each bag includes feet constructed from two or three layers of leather with cut edges, hand stitching and creasing. The Ricky Bag is finished with a vintage-style key belt, complete with functioning lock.

The Bag

Available in 12 limited-edition styles, the Ricky Bag comes in four distinct sizes. Its design celebrates 19th-century Cooper bags, which were used as luggage pieces for the finest riding saddles and named for the craftsman in England who created them. Though many of the Cooper’s original and authentic characteristics are rarely found on bags today, they are mainstays of the Ricky Bag.


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