Photographed by Sam Gold for Accessories Almanac

Each week we're showcasing an accessory we’ve fallen in love with. A single piece, elusive enough to stand on its own. An object that’s not only pleasing to the eye, but has a similarly unique and personal story.

Pronunciation: ah-meh-LEE pee-SHAR

Established: 2011

Signature: Gold alligator motifs and low, block heeled shoes.

Parisian-based shoe and bag designer Amélie Pichard doesn’t like the word ‘fashion.’ In fact, she’d rather be a furniture designer but she loves shoes and bags, so for the moment she’s here to stay. Known for her beautifully crafted handbags, which come in a signature saddle bag shape adorned with a tiny gold alligator, and chunky low-heeled shoes, Pichard burst onto the scene when she collaborated with Pamela Anderson on a line of vegan shoes. The collections that followed were full of ‘80s-inspired furry pumps and low block heels, and more bags in different materials and textures. Full of laughter and joi de vivre, Pichard has that inimitable quality that not only draws you to her creations, but to her as a person. She loves to play with fabrication, and her bags, such as the one shown above, range from wicker and raffia to fuzzy terry cloth and patent leather. The beauty of this ABAG variant lies in its practicality (the patent finish allows anything to slide off), and its tortoiseshell print. As Pichard (who just opened her very first store in Paris’ Marais district) says, “My creative process revolves around clichés and raw-mantic stories between men and women.”