If you didn't catch the photos and recap of my visit to Moreau's very first U.S. store via this post, be sure to do so. It is an absolutely stunning space and the perfect home to some of the prettiest, luxury bags around. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to pop into the store while in SF and meet Graciela - the brand director for the San Francisco store. Being in the store meant that I was able to touch and feel each bag in person as well as see the endless (literally!) options for personalization that Moreau offers. Even down to interior leather colors and handle colors - you name it and it can be personalized to your taste and liking. This is the only brand that I know of that does such customization, making it a truly unique experience.
As Molly mentioned in her post, Moreau-Paris has no shortage of beautiful bags to choose from on the floor of the San Francisco store. While visiting the store, Graciela raved about how much she loved the Vincennes style tote bags for their durability, storage capabilities, as well as how lightweight the bags are. I am a tote girl through and through and with a baby, tote-style bags have become even more practical for me to have a decent amount of room for diapers, wipes, and a few toys when on the go. I instantly knew that this would be my bag of choice from Moreau.
Deciding on the style was the easy part, but the colors, now that’s another story! I wanted to get something that was different than anything else I own in the tote department. I own two Goyard totes, both in darker colors – navy and black, so after much deliberation I decided on the Vincennes bag in the white, printed calfskin version. The white bag features black handles and black and grey detailing in the print. Although it is a white bag, the combination of white with the black makes it feel that much more wearable and year-round. I love how different it is from the other bags I own! And I have to say that as a loyal Goyard customer, the quality of Moreau is above and beyond that of Goyard.
When it came to choosing the personalization on my bag, like Molly I did A LOT of scrolling through Moreau’s Instagram account (@moreauparis) for inspiration. Its the best way to see the different combinations that have been done in the past and to see how the specific color of bag I chose had been painted before. Yellow is my absolute favorite color, but one I don’t often buy when it comes to wardrobe items or accessories. As soon as I saw the combination of the yellow and “tan” painted on the white Vincennes bag here, Molly and I decided that that was the way to go. Molly made a great point that by adding the yellow and tan to the black and white bag, it would make the bag that much more wearable because I could also easily pair it with tans – not just blacks and greys. I admittedly can be the most indecisive person ever, most especially with big, permanent decisions like this one! Graciela was amazing and quickly sent me a mock up of what my initials in this color combination would look like on the white bag. Seeing the visual was a game changer and made me realize just how much I loved the combination. I cannot sing Graciela’s praises enough for how helpful so was throughout the entire process – even though I visited the store in person, I made all of the bag decisions over text and email and she was so responsive and helpful and offered great suggestions along the way. It really was a truly personalized experience, which is exactly what you want when buying something so special and investing in a handbag. I personally think that by customizing the bags, they become that much more special and that is an area where Moreau-Paris really excels – customization to the nth degree!
I have since been carrying the bag non-stop and absolutely love every single thing about it. The handles feel SO sturdy and I have had no problem filling the bag with every day baby essentials. I have carried Goyards for years, but I love that the Moreau Vincennes is so much more exclusive and and much higher quality that is apparent just upon feeling the softness of the leather and the thickness of the straps. I have a feeling that this is just the beginning of a longstanding love for Moreau-Paris and their beautiful, craftsmanship creations. (Next on my list is a Vincennes in the orange color which is absolutely to die.) I know that I will love and cherish my bag for years and years to come.