A recent survey of 5,000 influential fashion and architecture insiders placed Paris as the most elegant city. We turn to Ramesh Nair (above), creative director of luxury label Moynat and Parisian transplant (he’s lived there for 19 years), for an insider guide to his adopted home and cultural obsessions.
“As a fan of the Brutalist movement, the Centre Georges Pompidou is groundbreaking for overturning many architectural conventions. I also love how the Frank Gehry-designed Louis Vuitton Foundation has a certain sense of audaciousness to it. You need a couple of such modern symbols in a city.”
“MG Road is a small bistro (205 Rue Saint-Martin) run by a friend of mine. It serves vegetarian food, which is not easy to find in Paris, with an Indian-French fusion style. I always call ahead to request for its off-the-menu specials.”
“The Poetics of Space by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard (explores the writer’s childhood home and its imaginary spaces) was released in 1957. This is its first English translation.”
“Far From Heaven (2002) has such stunning visuals that we’ve done an entire collection based on its colour palette of autumnal reds and earthy colours.”
“The camouflage-inspired Petite Rejane top-handle bag from S/S ’18 is our most expensive piece. The (palm frond) prints are hand-painted onto the croco via a new and complex technique.”