On the fashion hunt


French brand Aneas produces elegant,high-quality leather bags and luggage designed to accompany you when hunting, travelling or hanging out in the city

“Even though we have been around for 15 years, it’s like starting from zero,” says Alexandre Grabowski, whose father Jean founded Aneas, born out of his love of hunting and his eye for the potential in hunting products then unavailable on the market. Alexandre and his wife, Anne-Sophie, own the 200-hectare Domaine de Montchevreuil estate, 50-minutes’ drive from Paris, a spacious and prestigious venue which plays host to conferences and weddings, as well as hunts for both small and big game.

However, when the pandemic struck and such engagements dried up, the couple took the opportunity to re-examine their brand, developing a new line in clothing and accessories, particularly the sort of stylish hunting accessories that founder Jean cherished, to complement their existing business. “Take the gun sleeve,” says Anne-Sophie. “I would see people on hunts who had very expensive guns which they put in ordinary or unsuitable bags. Why? These were executives of companies! So we want to make it normal that you could have a product like ours on a hunt. You can go for a total look.” As well as a wide selection of hunting bags, gun and rifle cases, backpacks and cartridge bags, Aneas offers travel bags, duffel bags and everyday items such as document or laptop cases.

Having taken on a family business but with children of their own, the Grabowskis are conscious that their products should be durable, stand the test of time and be passed down from generation to generation, as is the way with the hunting community. “We use full-grain calfskin leather, oiled leather for hunting bags and cotton or linen canvas,” says Alexandre.

Aneas sets great store by the specifically French origins of its products. “Each and every one of our products is a unique piece; they are 100 per cent handcrafted in France by our artisans who take pride in giving their all to produce the very best for hunters. In addition, our extensive colour options ensure that we have something for everyone.”

The brand also offers a bespoke service using the skins and leather that customers have brought from other countries to create truly unique bags. “It is our ability to fulfil your fantasies and deliver a tailor-made, original product that sets us apart from the rest.”