We had the opportunity to catch up with Ramesh Nair, Moynat’s Artistic Director, who was in town for the brand’s official store opening event at Ngee Ann City.
One of the most unassuming and personable artistic directors I have met, Nair was evidently passionate about the brand as we discussed Moynat’s history, the artisanal pinnacles that the brand strives to deliver, and what’s of interest next.
Here are some soundbites from our chat.
Ramesh Nair: There’s no one bag.
Do you have children; can you choose a favourite child?
I love them all. They are all different. Some of them grow up, and go away. When that happens, you don’t find them here anymore.
Take the Réjane – we have the big one; it got smaller, it became a clutch. Change is a continuum.
Another example: The mini Vanity bag – development happens. As the artisans get better, it can take on different shapes and forms.
If you are in Paris for the upcoming press show, let me show you the next [release].
The rise of millennials: Has it affected your design philosophy for the brand – and how?
Ramesh Nair: Were we not millennials at some point? That’s exactly the thing. Millennials will grow. They grow and become like us. They have different choices in certain ways because things are changing.
I never had an iPhone when I was small. But I am comfortable with it. I don’t see a difference between the millennials now, millennials then, and the millennials in the future.
We call them X generation, we call them Y generation. We call them millennials. And then there is Generation next. Lost generation, was my generation – I wonder why. I was never lost.
It’s just words referencing certain eras, that make it easier for us to understand… what they are going through. It’s the same likes and dislikes. Strangely, the millennials may like things which I have liked when I was a kid. So we are always looking backwards, and then forward. Their likes and dislikes are what we have created, or what they will create. It’s impossible to put that into a bracket.
We keep to the craft and the creation.
Your passion shows. If you had a chance to develop another category for Moynat, what would it be?
Ramesh Nair: I know what I don’t want to do: food.
Or anything which I have to throw out, that cannot be consumed for a long period.
I am open to anything, but it requires a lot of thought. I would like to do many things, and my list keeps growing. I would like to do buildings. Interiors. I am fascinated by architecture. A lot of my inspiration come from architecture. I love looking at architecture. I draw motorbikes and shoes. I started my career drawing sneakers.
A lot of times you do things because you have an idea, you want to put it out into the market but it has to fit into the perimeters. It’s just opportunity. It is important to hit the right thing at the right time.
What you see here [in the store] is but the tip of what we’ve done, we’ve done much more than is visible.
Images credit: Ramesh Nair (@Nair348). The new treatments (to the Réjane) and the new shapes (for the mini vanity) that Nair alluded to during our interview.
It has been a pleasure welcoming Moynat to Singapore, and we certainly love what we are seeing in the store.
Editor’s note: After our conversation with Ramesh, we received updates from Paris week and included images of the iconic bags that were mentioned.