One of Grace's signature design innovations, the Ballet Lesson leather pleats are an element that took seven years to perfect, a testament to her persistence and commitment to quality.
Grace was inspired to create the pleats during a period of introspection in which she came to see them as a physical representation of herself and the women that encapsulate the brand. The contradicting fluidity of the unbending lines expresses perfectly the modern woman: multifaceted, profound, soft and strong, folding in on themselves yet poised. The pleats are also a celebration of the sun and its golden rays that emanate from the horizon, lending serenity and warmth to the beholder - a central element to the Grace Han brand.
Bespoke hardware can require months of tweaking and stress-testing hundreds of prototypes before moving on to the production stage. Our hardware partner then uses the latest technology during manufacturing, which ensures our hardware does not corrode, rust, or stain. Grace has always worked closely with her hardware designer to ensure the right quality, metallic hues, and shapes met the desired unctions and complemented the leather rather than stealing its limelight. Balance was key.
MAKING A GRACE HAN BAG
The Ballet Lesson chain bag, our most iconic creation, is a perfect example of how much work was dedicated to perfect a single design. Today, one pleated leather panel on a Ballet Lesson can take at least 24 hrs to complete and over 36 hrs to assemble a single bag.
With the majority of production initially in Italy, handcrafted in the finest Italian leathers, Grace is building the brand’s own custom workshop in her native Taiwan, with the eventual aim being to move more production there from Italy and taking control of the supply chain.