Remember when Sally shared the beautiful Moreau-Paris store she visited while in San Francisco in this post? If you didn't have a chance to see the images or learn more about the brand you need to check it out...in a world saturated with luxury brands, Moreau is one that truly stands out for its combination of craftsmanship and approachability. Though I haven't been able to experience the SF flagship store (the brand's only boutique in the US!) I felt like I got to live vicariously through Sally's visit and even made her FaceTime me while she was there so I could see more of the store's beautiful interior and array of gorgeous bags and accessories.
As soon as Sally came back from her trip - this was back in September - we had some theoretical discussions about which Moreau-Paris bag we would want. As you may have seen from the pics she snapped while in the store, have visited their website, or checked out their Instagram account, you know there are a lot of options and some really fun ways to personalize the leather. What started as a fun pipe-dream turned into a full collaboration with the wonderful people at the Moreau San Francisco store. I'm still pinching myself over the whole experience and am so excited to share with you my very own Moreau-Paris bag!
Ok. Back to business. My favorite thing about the Moreau’s San Francisco store is the beautiful blue color that’s painted on the walls and ceiling. It’s the brand’s signature color that can also be seen on their shopping bags, dust bags and more. It’s almost like a deep teal blue. Anyway, when Sally and I were perusing the site and Instagram it was always the blue bags printed with Moreau’s iconic woven pattern. Blue is my go-to color (maybe because I’m always wearing denim?) and I loved that the pattern on the blue leather was a combination of dark blue, black, and tan. Blue + black is my favorite color combo and with the subtle addition of tan, the whole print made for a perfect neutral that I knew would go well with pretty much everything I wear on a daily basis.
After chatting with Graciela – the wonderful brand director of the SF Moreau store – Sally and I determined that we both loved the Vincennes style tote bags. They’re on the more simple side compared to some of the other totes and we especially loved the “pocket” style with the printed leather that has a more relaxed silhouette that could be cinched in at the side with interior ties, and features a slim side pocket on the interior. I hate saying “simple” because nothing Moreau does is simple. Everything is hand printed, stitched and finished so even a more casual style like the Vincennes has no shortage of detail.
I was pretty much decided on getting the Vincennes pocket tote in printed blue with the black straps but Graciela surprised me with a image she snapped in the store of a pocket tote that had the blue printed leather on the sides and “blue canard” leather on the front, back, and bottom. I loved that the handles matched the color of the bag and totally fell for the tone on tone look!
When it came time to decide how to personalize the bag – something I was so excited about since I don’t have any bag with my name/initals/etc. on it – I spent a lot of time scrolling through @moreauparis on Instagram and checking out all the customization they had done for past projects and customers. This brand has so much fun with their hand-painting…from one-of-a-kind symbols, crazy-cool stripe combinations, unique lettering techniques, and more. But as soon as I saw the stripes they did that started out structured then ended with drips at the bottom I knew that’s what my bag needed. The drippy stripe (as I’ve been calling it) is such an unexpected artistic juxtaposition to the long established luxury backbone of the brand and I just loved the mix of modern with traditional. A single drippy stripe – hand-painted in somewhat of an electric blue similar to the brand’s signature color – topped with an “M” for Molly. I think it really suits my personality, no?
Fair warning: this will not be the last time you see me with this bag in blog-related images. As soon as it arrived at my doorstep, lovingly wrapped all the way from San Fran, it’s been in use.
If you’re feeling the itch to have a Moreau-Paris bag of your own I highly suggest visiting the San Francisco store or getting in touch with wonderful sales and brand team there (P: 415-398-1110, E: firstname.lastname@example.org). Sally and I did all our bag deliberating over emails and texts and it was a really fun and easy process. The store even did mock-ups to show us color and sizing options for the personalization we were wanting (so helpful and made me all the more excited to have mine customized).
And don’t fret, Sally will be sharing her Moreau tote soon!!