Ladies, you’re looking at one of the most sophisticated handbags ever created by Moynat, a gorgeous-looking piece which proudly showcases the craftsmanship and skills of the maison’s expert artisans in France. Each bag is entirely stitched by hand (a true rarity in today’s day and age), constructed using buttery soft box leather to form a perfectly round (well, almost) semi-circle. Almost because the base has been bevelled slightly so it manages to stand upright on a flat surface, tall and proud like the true work of art that it was built to be.
Affectionately known as the Marie-Louise, it’s currently available in a single size that measures 22 cm by 17 cm. The star (and literal centre of attraction) has got to be the oversized Art Deco-inspired closure that’s a combination of three different metals, one that opens in a similar manner to the beloved Réjane. Look out for the circular button in the middle, give it a slight push, and the bag will open to a roomy compartment for you to store your absolute essentials for the evening.
Moynat’s Creative Director, Ramesh Nair, has always been particular about the little details and precise measurements that all seem to add up perfectly with every creation. The same can be said of the Marie-Louise, which has been constructed such that the chain-and-leather strap is perfectly positioned under the flap without causing unnecessary creases, dents or scratches. This way, you can slide the bag easily over the shoulder with no worries at all, going for that chic and stylish hands-free look. The second option of carrying would be removing the strap altogether so it doubles up as a chic, oversized clutch that’s the perfect accompaniment for all your evening parties.
Box calf leather is known for its smooth surface, one that will develop a beautiful sheen and shine over time. Yet, it carries the ability to stay firm and structured, which is why bags that are made from the luxurious material are priced slightly higher than conventional drummed leather (referred to as Taurillon at Moynat). Still, the Marie-Louise comes under the 5-digit mark, priced at SGD9400 and is now available over at the boutiques in Marina Bay Sands and Takashimaya Shopping Centre. Looking for an elegant bag that’s guaranteed to transcend seasons and fast-moving trends? This would be it.