Moynat Réjane: A True Classic

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What makes a bag rise above all others and become a classic in its own right? Does having the right parentage/heritage play a part? Or must it be crafted from the best leathers money can buy? Should it be easy on the eyes, as well as a piece that’s also functional? Then there’s the overall design, one that must be destined to outlive all the fads and trends as they come and go.

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Yes, many factors go into deciding whether it reaches the highest echelons of ‘bag-dom’, and while different criteria exist for different women out there, one thing is for sure. Because one has to spend so much on that bag, no one wants to make the mistake of banking on the wrong one.

And while it isn’t my job to tell you which exact bags to buy (I can after all only counsel, enable and urge), I can tell you about Moynat’s classic-in-the-making, the Réjane. Founded in 1849 (heritage covered here), the French luxury atelier uses only the best leathers from the finest tanneries in France. Crafted to exacting standards with most of it still done by hand, the bag is a good looker as well, the top handle poised beautifully atop its curvaceous body.

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Available in 3 different sizes, the BB/Mini Réjane (20 cm by 15 cm by 8 cm), the Petite Réjane (26 cm by 18.5 cm by 10 cm) and the regular Réjane(30 cm by 20.5 cm by 14 cm), each one is good for a different purpose. The smallest of the trio is also the baby of the family, an adorably cute number great for weekends. The medium one, also known as theRéjane26 is the one most everyone goes for, a sensibly sized bag that’s great for work or play. Finally, we have the workhouse, or the regular Réjane that’s frankly too big for most Asian women, because it is also always about the proportions.

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Coupled with a leather shoulder sling that’s adjustable as well, it’s an easy bag to wear, one that can go formal or casual quite easily, depending on your current get-up. And with the front clasp being the most eye-catching feature on the front of bag, it is also a subtle beauty without the need for massive logos.

Then there’s the leather it comes in, from Taurillon Gex (a hardy, pebbled leather) to Box (lustrously shiny and oh so smooth). There’s also Carat Calf, which is similar to Taurillon Gex but with a much finer grain, Natural Calf (like Box, but less shiny), with exotic croc leathers rounding up the quintet.

Now for the best part. Prices start from just SGD5420 for the Mini Réjanethat comes with a sporty canvas strap or SGD5930 for the ones with leather slings. Prices differ depending on the leather, with the Réjane26in Box leather peaking at SGD8980. The good news? Most of the bags are in the SGD6000 range, which is still reasonable for a bag that’s 100% leather inside and out. And because colours change from season to season (that, along with a few permanent hues that are almost always available), it is best you head down to Moynat’s new boutique at Takashimaya Shopping Centre to check them out for yourself. Because if you’re looking for something that will still be relevant in the years to come, this could be it.

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15 Best Bag Deals for the Weekend

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TODAY WE’RE SERVING UP MIDSUMMER DEALS FROM GIVENCHY, VALENTINO AND ALEXANDER WANG

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End of the road for Vertu

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British luxury mobile phone maker Vertu has been dealing with serious financial woes for quite some time now, but according to Financial Times the brand is shutting shop. The owner of the company has failed to rescue it from bankruptcy after offering to pay creditors just £1.9 million ($2.4 million) of the firm’s £128 million debt. As a result, Vertu’s UK manufacturing operation is shutting down, leading to the loss of some 200 jobs. Exiled Turkish businessman Murat Hakan Uzan purchased Vertu in March this year. Uzan entered into a partnership with TCL, the manufacturer of Alcatel and BlackBerry devices, in June and TCL was to supply Vertu with latest technology as part of the deal, which totaled an estimated $40 million.

But since then, things have gone bad to worse and a report from the Telegraph emerged, citing overdue wages and payments to suppliers, which has forced the owner to liquidate the company. Even though manufacturing is being shut down, Uzan is going to retain ownership of Vertu’s brand, design licenses, and technology. According to the FT, a person familiar with Uzan’s plans says he intends to resurrect the company in the future.

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Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Céline Luggage Totes

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LUGGAGE TOTES FOREVER

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Burberry Bridle Crossbody Bag

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Burberry’s Bridle is no stranger to fans of the British label, having made its debut at Burberry’s Henry Moore-inspired runway collection previously. What’s new is this gorgeous addition to the Bridle family – the Bridle Crossbody Bag, and the fact that it comes in a size that is in-between her older sisters – the Bridle and Baby Bridle bags.

It measures some 22.5 cm x 21.5 cm, which makes it slightly smaller than the original Bridle (25.5 cm x 25.5 cm) but taller than the Baby Bridle (15 cm x 20 cm). With that said, however, its width is similar to the Baby Bridle though, with both coming in at 8 cm, a cute size that stays close to the body. Another difference? The detachable top handle is missing in this new variation, and in its place lies an adjustable strap that stays attached onto smaller loop rings, making for a much less fussy piece where you simply throw on the bag and you’re good to go.

Besides the size update, the new Bridle also comes in an all-new deerskin exterior that’s soft and lush all at once. Simple and chic, the bag is finished with a single zip pocket, embossed Burberry lettering on the outside and 3 colour options (Black, Pale Clementine and Slate Green). Retailing at SGD1975, you can find the new Bridle Crossbody at all Burberry boutiques islandwide, or simply make your purchase via Burberry’s online store if you’re way too lazy to make trip down town.

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MCM Spring 2017 Sale Continues

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MCM continues with their Spring 2017 Sale! More items are included in the sale, with most handbags going up to 30% off. Included in the sale are the brand’s signature bags like Milla and Visetos Shopper. Small leather goods, accessories and ready-to-wear items for Men and Women are also part of the sale. Head over to MCM and check out the full items on sale!

Milla Croc Embossed Medium Tote – $777 (USD) | Was $1,110, 30% off

Milla Medium Exotic Trim Tote – $963 (USD) | Was $1,375, 30% off

Milla Small Crossbody in Park Avenue Leather – $511 (USD) | Was $730, 30% off

Milla Medium Hobo – $525 (USD) | Was $750, 30% off

Sarah Medium Hobo – $417 | Was $595, 30% off

Ella Small Boston Bag – $438 (USD) | Was $625, 30% off

Patricia Shoulder Bag in Combi Leather – $504 (USD) | Was $720, 30% off

Catherine Studs Shoulder Bag – $385 (USD) | Was $550, 30% off

Gold Visetos Top Zip Shopper – $595 (USD) | Was $850, 30% off

Ruby Jubilee X-Mini Backpack – $1,650 (USD) | Was $2,750, 40% off

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