|Moynat Window 348 Rue Saint Honoré, Paris|
A French actress whom the New York Times would describe
eight years later as the “best dressed actress in Paris”
was performing on a
Paris stage in front of an audience admirative of, yes her talents that rivalled
only those of Sarah Berndhart’s
, but also of her femininity
, her beauty
The actress was Gabrielle Réjane
and in the audience was no
other than Pauline Moynat.
Photo of Gabrielle Réjane and her letter to Moynat
Réjane, a rather shall we say “liberated” Parisian, was
decades ahead of her time
. Pauline Moynat
was enamored by this rising star and
everything that she embodied, except for just one small detail that is:
It was merely functional and had absolutely no aesthetic
to it (as was the dreary case for ladies’ leather goods at that time).
Pauline, the avant-gardist that she was, decided that something must be done and done it was:
She created the first ladies handbag, le “Sac Réjane” especially for Réjane.
The original Réjane brought femininity to women’s leather
goods with its curves, strap and shape. It embodied Réjane’s personality, that of a
chic, feminine Parisian who valued her liberty.
And…it was the first time in handbag history that a handbag
was named after a celebrity.
Birkin…move over, the Réjane has reclaimed her place.
|The Moynat REJANE in precious Taupe, Blue and Black Taurillon Gex Leather|
A blistery cold Parisian day, warmed by flowing flutes
of Krug champagne, exclusive and artisanal AOKI macaroons,
soft music reminiscent of another era and a somewhat bourgeois, yet liberal
It was against this backdrop on the 6th December this year that
Moynat unveiled its re edition of the Rèjane
, after over 100 years since its
Once again Ramesh Nair has proven his ingeniousness in
transforming history into modern day aesthetics without losing sight of over
150 years of brand heritage.
|For a younger look just pull out the side of the Moynat Réjane!|
Inspired by MOYNAT’s
signature “Malle en forme” Ramesh has rendered the new Réjane more
yet softer on the sides, added MOYNAT’s
signature handle and an
ingenious industry first: applied two stunning
side rings to fasten the strap so as not to risk scratching the precious French
Taurillon Gex leather.
The incredible artist Tae-in Song, a Beaux Arts graduate, who hand paints the initials on the Moynat Bags (left)
The Malle en forme (right) which inspired Ramesh Nair
|The Taupe Réjane beautifully worn by Moynat's Conseillère de Vente Lisa Marie |
The lucky woman to tote this handbag will be carrying not
only over 100 years of Parisian history
and detailed finesse, but a handbag
handcrafted to perfection in no less than 10 hours!
Only to girdle the handle
requires three hours,
not to mention the time needed to hand paint the edges
three times over and apply those fabulous palladium covered brass buckles and
I see the Réjane as an absolute must for the “bourgoise
|The Taupe Réjane worn over the shoulder by Moynat's Conseillère de Vente Lisa Marie |
In any of the three ravishing colors
(black, taupe or petrol blue) and thanks to its amazingly perfect medium size, the
owner of the Réjane is guaranteed to be chic and feminine by day and depending
on the evening wear she chooses, stunning or even discretely seductive for an
evening out (..and yes, why not in?).
modern day Gabrielle
|Brent J. Markley|
Brent J. Markley from Paris for Green Pebbles Blog
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