Having been in the Paris workshop where a Ballerine was being crafted at the time, I can still remember running my fingers over the smooth leather, playing with the shiny hardware and just generally feeling like the happiest kid in the world ever could in the proverbial candy shop.
Beautifully structured and a boon for those who like their bags stiff and proper, the Moynat Ballerine is the perfect boardroom accessory, and like the woman who carries it, is both no-nonsense and powerful. But it’s not just that. Look closer and you’ll see the softer side of the Ballerine, from her rounded curves and the fact that the sides can be extended ever so slightly to make it a tad roomier. Priced at EUR6000, it’s also one of the priciest bags around but with the amount of craftsmanship that goes into her and the infinite number of years you would enjoy using the bag, I’d consider it a worthwhile investment.
Measuring 34 cm by 27.5 cm by 16 cm, this made-to-order beauty can be viewed at Moynat’s boutiques in Paris and London (Mount Street), or you could just drop them an email to place an order.
If, however, you prefer something a tad more casual but no less beautiful, here is the new Rivage Tote collection that I promised earlier I would cover soon. Made of leather that comes printed with its own repeating M motif, the almost squarish totes that measure 35 cm across are perfect for casual weekends. Priced at EUR790 each and available in 3 different colours (Grey, Blue and Yellow), this would also be a godsend to those already tired of that other French brand’s signature totes that are now everywhere you turn in Singapore.