The Spirit of Moynat: The Rejane Bag

There are bags, and then there are BAGS. You know what I mean: the stop-you-in-your-tracks pieces worth investing in and destined to be treasured beyond your own lifetime. Usually, these aren’t the pieces that cause an instant crazed obsession. They tend to have a slower, quieter burn. Moynat, however, managed to do both: Incite immediate obsessive heat and make you want to spend for the long haul.

Since 1849, Moynat has been executing brilliant craftsmanship, creating travel trunks as well as handbags (their first range was introduced in 1878) exuding the spirit of French adventure. This is all most of us know about Moynat. What we didn’t know about the house is they’ve managed to seamlessly combine innovative techniques with their take on old-world craftsmanship. The result is pure modern art under the uncompromising direction of Ramesh Nair, the Indian born, Paris based head of Moynat.

When I visited the Moynat showroom in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, I was bowled over by what I saw. Monsieur Nair contemporized the iconic shape of the Rejane bag, a structured city style traditionally of Taurillon (pebbled calfskin) leather, with high-tech and inventive techniques for a design that melds the most appealing aspects of both worlds. A standout is the camouflage print on crocodile Rejane, hand-painted in layers to give the appearance of opacity for a beautifully enigmatic result. To give you an idea of their intricate process, another crocodile bag of blue with touches of yellow in between the scales was first painted blue, then yellow. While the yellow coat of paint was still wet, a roller was applied to remove the yellow from the scales, leaving it visible only in the cracks. I can honestly say I have never seen bags like this in my life! Moynat proves sometimes there is no detail more perfect than a crack and that old with new makes a timeless pairing. I am hooked and highly recommend you stop by a boutique near you and discover the new love of your bag life.

Rejane bag at Moynat boutiques worldwide. See all locations here.

This bag is by custom order only. The paint on paint process is very complicated in order to achieve contrast between scales and give it a 3D appearance. 

I am completely obsessed with the painted camouflage Rejane! Painstakingly painted in layers to achieve an opaque effect. This takes bag art to a whole new level. Also by custom order only. 

 Update: my mini Rejane bag with the new canvas strap for Spring 2017 is available in two colors, Raspberry and Slate (below) at Moynat on Madison $3750. 



  1. Katherine L.
    March 15, 2017 / 10:03 am

    Gorgeous bags! Thank you for the detailed feature. I keep hearing about Moynat but didn’t know the history. Wow! The camouflage is exquisite!

    • March 15, 2017 / 10:13 am

      It is beyond! You must Go see it in person 🙂 😘 xx Tina

  2. Garren
    March 15, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Reading these pieces you write feels like art education in the most WONDERFUL way! You speak to what I love most about fashion! Your adoration for the true craft and art that is at the heart of fashion is so evident, you & your blog are one of a kind ✨

    • March 15, 2017 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I didn’t think people read blogs much anymore… xx tina

  3. Lan
    December 25, 2017 / 3:55 am

    Thank you for the article! May I ask if the mini is able to hold an iPhone plus? Thanks!

  4. Maria Meliton
    January 14, 2018 / 11:59 pm

    I’m so happy to read your praise for the Moynat line! I am obsessed! I have the Danse and the Pauline as well as a Quattro tote. I always think my Moynat family is complete but your mini Rejane with the canvas strap is giving me second thoughts! Love your blog!

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