About us

Il était un fil

when tradition meets modernity

Launched in 2014, IL ETAIT UN FIL is a leather goods brand born in the south of France.
Travel is the main thread for creating a handbag and accessory collection that would embrace craftsmanship, whilst offering a perfect balance between style, functionality and practicality to offer a everyday life smart partners that combines technology with beautiful leather crafted in the colorful shades of Provence.
Leathers are carefully chosen in France and Italy and our handbags collections are the mirror of
French « savoir-faire ».
IL ETAIT UN FIL translates into English to something close to ‘Once Upon A Thread, which expresses its designer’s philosophy: that life is a journey meant to be lived fully, composed of
traveling, diversity and rich experiences.

Today, this promising brand has learned how to seduce with its originality.

A bag, a story

Stylish, Positive and Practical.

Each season we fall in love with our collections and we hope you will too.
These bags, pouches and wickers come in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and colors, from simple black and metallic shades, to bright yellow, red, white and blue… There’s enough variety that you’ll be sure to find something that appeals to your own unique sense of style.

Handcrafted in our own Atelier with love, patience and dedication our bags are items that one can wear again and again.

Behind the brand

Love is like the wind, we never know where it will come from

La créatrice de Il était un fil - Naouel Bekkaie

As 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 where she discovered a new passion for new technologies. Back in France, she decided to launch a new generation leather goods brand, mixing French savoir faire and technology. 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.

Our Atelier, Our Values

On the edge of the Mediterranean Sea at the heart of Provence, IL ETAIT UN FIL the atelier is enjoying a privileged environment to create bold and energetic collections.
Completely handcrafted in our atelier the handbag collection remains true to bringing exceptional materials from France and Italy. Sleek cuts, attention to detail, hand sewing and accuracy of finishing are our daily basis of work. The team put its heart and soul into shaping each little treasure that will accompany you in everyday life.
Its savoir-faire appears as a legacy after many years spent near talented creators, artisans, and recognized by French Fashion Houses.

Respect of tradition, generosity and integrity are our main values.