Napoleon Bees Purse


A classic traditional pattern of golden bees against a bright crimson background—our beautiful cosmetics bag is a makeup essential as well as a fascinating footnote in French history.

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Napoleon in 1806 replaced the fleur-de-lis with the bee as the national French emblem, in the belief that the bee was the ancient symbol of Merovingian kings. However, many hold that the Merovingian bee wasn’t a bee, but a grasshopper – Napoleon’s advisers apparently got their insects wrong. But Napoleon’s word was law, so the bee replaced the fleur-de-lis and remains a central motif in French and especially Provençal weaving to this day.