Rue de Papier, A Boutique Fashion Label Handmade in Hudson
Rue de Papier | 234 Warren St | Hudson, NY
Rue de Papier is a boutique fashion label focusing on high quality handmade leather bags and accessories for men and women. In June, the designer opened her first storefront on renowned Warren Street in Hudson, NY, a rural-urban enclave of pioneering creatives—from artists, farmers, and restaurateurs to interior designers, antique dealers, and innkeepers.
A Rue de Papier bag is made with classic, vegetable-tanned leather for its ability to build a patina and age with grace; it is purposefully designed to last for decades. Right now the designer is at work finishing her new collection of Gladstone-inspired bags in various sizes—from small evening bags and shoulder bags to satchels and big weekend bags.
“My leather wears in, rather than out, and will develop an elegant patina that becomes more and more beautiful with time and use,” she says. “When I line my bags I use quality materials such as suede, cashmere, or linen, depending on the model and season.”
Her chief muse is her two and a half year-old daughter. The two of them live behind the shop in what she calls “a magical, creative space.”
“I’m the most creative when my daughter is around; she has her self-assigned duties in the store, like watering the plants outside and inside, repainting furniture, giving customers business cards, and helping to sort my materials,” she says. “The other day she came to me with a leather strap and D-ring wanting to make a collar for her friend’s dog, Bean. We added a buckle and two rivets, and made a collar. Now I’m thinking of making a collection for dogs.”