Leather goods Made in Provence

Since 2014

Naouel Bekkaie

Behind the brand

Naouel BEKKAIE shares her journey into the fashion world, her authenticity and passion
are immediately evident. There is a certain intensity in her way of speaking that reveals her as an artist who is ambitious wise and very committed to her values.
Passionate for travel Naouel path to becoming a designer was not part of her plan. She first had a successful 10-year career working for premier brands. Naouel felt something pulling her away from her home town of Marseille, and toward Asia. Back in France, she decided to launch a new generation leather goods brand, mixing French savoir faire and sustainability.
She was supported by talented French artisans to create high quality collections.
With its founder’s common love for traveling, encountering new cultures and meeting new
people, IL ETAIT UN FIL hopes to be a path for women to world peace and unity as it broadens their horizons and bringing them closer

Naouel Bekkaie


Only the best

Ethical leatherwork

Bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of Provence, the IL ETAIT UN FIL workshop benefits from a privileged setting to create and manufacture daring and vibrant collections.
Made entirely by hand and using ancestral traditional methods, the creations are made from exceptional materials from France and Italy. All leathers are tanned in accordance with traditional methods for a soft and delicate touch. The skins are processed manually which gives each of them a unique character.

Each accessory is unique.
The IL ETAIT UN FIL team puts all its heart into creating little treasures that are partners in everyday life.

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Hande made handbags in Marseille with love


Resolutely modern and feminine accessories made in our workshop in Provence, Marseille with a love for a job well done. Bold, urban and functional creations, made from very beautiful Italian and French skins.

The collections invite you to travel with us around the word inspirations.
Some skins seems like the majestic furs of African felines, while others appear to have come straight out of a lush rainforest.

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