The art of goldsmiths and silversmiths has always played an important role in the creation of S.T. Dupont objects.Sumptuous travel bags, coveted by high society throughout the world at the beginning of the twentieth century, were complemented by luxurious gold and silver accessories, expertly polished or decorated with fine guilloche.This means that metal has become a means of decoration, either elegantly understated or highly sophisticated. S.T. Dupont’s master craftsmen display their skills in ever-changing combinations of diamond head, gadroon and cable motifs.Whether painstakingly guilloched by hand or created using the latest digital techniques, plated in gold, palladium or silver, S.T. Dupont objects reflect the House’s unique expertise and passion.Chinese lacquer, with its pearl-like shimmer and its fascinating shine and depth, is one of the finest materials to adorn S.T. Dupont’s objects. Lacquer was first used during the second millennium BC. It was introduced in Europe during the 18th century at the height of the fashion for lacquer under the Ming Dynasty.S.T. Dupont’s craftsmen are among the few to have mastered the art of lacquer, a difficult organic material, by rediscovering and perfecting ancient Japanese and Chinese techniques. It is resistant to shocks, scratches and fire.All S.T. Dupont accessories in Chinese lacquer are engraved with a lacquer leaf .In 1872, Simon Tissot Dupont created a luggage and leather-goods workshop, which then began to produce a steady stream of exceptional products for the highest social circles.Emperor Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie were among his first customers, quickly followed by the European elite. Exploring the world with S.T. Dupont luggage soon became essential. In the workshops at the family’s home town of Faverges in the French Alps, it called on seventeen different crafts, including leather making, goldsmithing, varnishing, gilding, polishing, plating, setting, tailoring and glassmaking, scaling the heights of perfection daily.Our craftsmen select the finest leathers, exclusively from France, Italy and Spain, according to the strictest criteria: evenness, suppleness, strength and finesse.All the operations, from cutting to sewing, are performed by hand with masterful attention paid to every detail — for perfect finishes.