If this bag style – the Moynat Réjane – hadn’t caught your eye before, let’s take a closer look at it now. Starting with the prettiest pastel candy coloured renditions from the Spring/Summer 2018 Collection.
And then we go a little deeper to appreciate the brand, and style of the bag, shall we?
Moynat was founded in 1849 in Paris by Pauline Moynat, the first female trunk-maker in history.
Born in the Savoy region, she arrived in Paris at a tender age of 16, took on and transformed a male-dominated universe in an extraordinary, enterprising and unique way.
Paris stood for elegance, beauty, culture and theatre to Pauline. These remain central to the heart of her creations and the brand. Over time, Moynat became the official supplier of the Parisian theatres. In fact, her first Moynat boutique was at Place du théâtre français, no. 1 Avenue de l’Opéra, a few steps from the Comédie-Française.
It was during the Belle Epoque times that Pauline Moynat found a confidante in spirit, heart and mind, in celebrated actress Gabrielle Réjane. Réjane was considered to be the most popular Parisian actress at that time: a woman of character, full of charm and humour, and an epitome of independence. As Pauline’s loyal client, she inspired the first of bags for women created by the Maison.
At the beginning of the 20th century, in 1903, Moynat created the Réjane bag in her honour, the Maison’s first bag ever to pay homage to a celebrity.
The brand continued to thrive for decades after Pauline Moynat’s passing, but eventually ceased operations in 1976. The spirit and craft of Moynat were rested until 2011, when the doors of Moynat re-opened at 348 rue Saint-Honore, with the appointment of Ramesh Nair as Artistic Director.
The New Réjane
Nair chose to revive the Réjane bag, which you will agree is the most emblematic creation of the Maison. In his Réjane design proposition, we love the:
- pure, graphic but sensual lines, reminiscent of the delicate curves of the Moynat trunks of the past;
- intricate details and finish. A promise of exceptional French savoir-faire, it is entirely hand-made and requires at least 20 hours of detailed work by a dedicated craftsman.
An epitome of Parisian spirit and style, the Réjane was first launched in Taurillon Gex Leather, but is now available in a range of natural and exotic leathers, in permanent and limited editions colours. Another important highlight is its jewel-like lock, a re-edition of a Moynat patented model of the Art Déco period.
The Size and Style Extensions
Mini Réjane (20 × 8 × 15 cm)
Petite Réjane (26 × 10 × 18.5 cm)
All images courtesy of Moynat.