Ramesh Nair bags it



It’s always nice to hear good things happening to good friends.

My good old friend Ramesh Nair is making waves once again in Paris. This time as the Creative Director of Moynat, the heritage brand acquired by the LVMH supremo Bernard Arnault sometime back. Moynat is seen as Arnault’s most favourite brand from the LVMH’s bouquet of luxury brands and his hand picking Ramesh to be its creative director is something that should be seen as a clever move to infuse all the creative energy needed to revive this unique brand.


I hear from all my friends in the world of luxury that Arnault takes keen interest in this newly-acquired brand like never seen before. One of my friends even told me that it’s like his pet plant that he devotes most of his attention to every day. If that is the case, choosing Ramesh to head its design department can be seen as something we can be proud of. What’s more, he has been getting excellent reviews for the work that he has done so far for the brand by the international brand from the world over.

Well, that takes care of the introduction.

Ramesh is someone who always had a clear vision. When I met him in the 90s, his thoughts and vision were too avant garde for anyone to chew here. He took off to Paris after spending a few years in India and then suddenly I heard he was working with the legendary Martin Margiela at Hermes. When Margiela left Hermes, he continued his work there with Jean Paul Gaultier. After a few years, when Gaultier made his exit from Hermes, and when Christophe Lemaire joined the brand as its creative director, Ramesh chose to step out of Hermes. It did surprise me as I thought for Ramesh, Hermes was a good choice and the brand by itself has always been seen as the leader among other luxury brands in terms of its heritage and positioning. But Ramesh obviously has other plans in his mind that he wanted to pursue. And now with Moynat, I hear he is increasing the pulse rates of his former brand with Moynat catching up pretty fast with its brand appeal and positioning. Celebrities are tweeting and sending messages swearing their allegiance to Moynat. Bags are flying off the shelves.

Ramesh Nair has a reason to smile… so do we… after all, we definitely can also take pride in his achievements.

PS: those who want to know the correct pronunciation of Moynat… it’s mwa na

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  • Kushal

    Yep, I knew this post would not get me a good reaction from rain-crazy Indians.

    Enjoy the rain, may your sinuses enjoy it too, Masha!

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  • Saurabh

    So glad to hear Ramesh is finally getting his due recognition .

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  • rd

    Author, are you stupid? Man wants to pour money and create jobs, lets facilitate the process of increasing investment by leading industrialists while taking care of environment, land and forest concerns. This reckless game of one-upmanship wont lead us anywhere. Remember, India is not the only country eyeing his capital. Just because we are 1 billion doesnt mean we have a birthright to do whatever we want. Such arrogance and misplaced confidence has led us to 5% growth from 10% a year. Request you to please please to be more thoughtful for our country’s sake.

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    Manish Sharma Reply:

    He can take his money and shove it where the shun does not shine. He has an overgrown idiot who has no regard for policies and law of the land.

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    freedomofspeech Reply:

    As opposed to you being an undergrown idiot having lots of regard for policies and law of land.

    When was the last time you bribed a traffic policeman or some government official.

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    Anonymous Reply:

    You truly represent the filth represented by Zia.

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  • Joe

    What are you smoking? How does this trash get published in a national newspaper, sheesh.

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  • modassar

    Have you or anyone in your family ever even run a corner “Kirana” store in your life?

    Do you have any understanding at all of how economies work?

    They do not work by rhetoric and thumping your chest. They work by taking pragmatic, effective and efficient decisions. None of which applies to India.

    I guess having being brought up in an environment of politics of appeasement, in which you were provided things just because of your political affiliations, that you can not comprehend that Mittal owes India nothing. India needs Mittal, not the other way around.

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  • PatriotIndian

    People who want to hold on to land is fine.

    Stop giving them free power, water, fertilizer, seeds, remove minimum support prices. Stop making agriculture income tax free.
    Let them produce on their own without government support which comes from tax revenue on industry.

    Don’t let them access healthcare services supported by taxes generated from industry.

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    Sanjay Kumar Reply:

    Are you ready to give away your house or land for industrial development without proper compensation.. No one can man, grow up.

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  • Indian

    HT head Shobhana Bhartia is congress MP. HT also received illegal congress party fund money to save itself from bankruptcy which was on TV news as example of direct involvement of Rahul and Sonia in corruption.

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  • Ank

    What lousy journalism. This article reads like written by some kid in college or highschool. Just rants and no reasoning…

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  • Anonymous

    Does this blog meet the “MUSLIM” theme?

    Zia should stick to only muslim issues.

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  • FreedomOfSpeech

    Mirchi to tujhe lagi mere chaddi ;)

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  • dd

    Now jump into the Indian Ocean and save the world!

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  • Anonymous

    The article may or may not be great but most comments are. Cannot believe ppl are attacking Zia in Islamophobic way.
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    pathetic

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  • Anonymous

    The article may or may not be great but most comments are. Cannot believe ppl are attacking Zia in Islamophobic way.
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    pathetic

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  • Abhi

    “Mittal doesn’t do us a favour – to re-phrase Mahatma Gandhi’s advice to traders — by selling stuff to us;”
    While most countries today are falling over each other to appear investor friendly, we are still stuck in “you do not do us a favor by putting an industry in our backyard”. Rather, pathetic.

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  • guest

    ganesh…….Why should a god have a wife? A man may enjoy with his wife for an
    hour or two. Even for this many need drugs and medicines to whip up
    their potentialities. But our Puranas say that our god had intercourse continuously for thousands of years. The Devas
    were witnessing this scene. They became afraid. They prayed to the god
    to stop. The god expressed his inability to stop. At last with great
    difficulty he stopped the intercourse. His semen gushed forth like a
    canal. The devas are said to have drunk Siva’s semen. Is it not so
    written in the Puranas? Is this the way to create a god? If the
    Brahmins had any respect for us and considered all of us as human
    beings, would they dare to record such absurd things in the Puranas? Are we devoid of common sense? No. He has the boldness to compel us to believe every thing he has written in the Puranas.

    Gods as murderers: God is described as the
    embodiment of love. But you find dreadful weapons in the hands of gods.
    Are gods murderers? Is there a single god that has not killed anyone?
    The Puranas are replete with umpteen instances to prove that
    gods killed so many. Are our gods butchers? How are we to be convinced
    of the statement that gods are kind?

    With all these baseless, senseless and idiotic puranas, they have succeeded in making our society static, reactionary and dumb. People have lost their sense of thinking.
    Hence no sensible man endowed with reason would consider it necessary to worship such gods or touch the f

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  • bala srinivasan

    While this Blog is partly correct its remedial solution is non existant.Until INDIA FULLY embraces MARKET ECONOMY&STOP the HALF COOKED MEASURES the TROUBLE will not only prevail but exacerbate.We procrastinate first,pontificate next&finally offer HALF BAKED&HALF HEARTED SOLUTIONS leading to worsening CONDITION.UNTIL we become BOLD&CONFIDENT there is NO WAY OUT.

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  • Koki

    This is what happens when people are fed with unreasonable hope of doubling the return on their investment every year. Unrealistic euphoria,it it is called.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/deepakj Deepak Jain

    Hope the author realizes that the solution lies in empowering the downtrodden, instead of doling out money as has been the case. And please name the UPA when they deserve, the way you do with the BJP

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  • young bengal

    Folks INDIA IS GOING DOWN THE PAN.LIVING IN INDIA IS SAME AS LIVING IN A MORAL SEWER.Else how can you explain the scum NDTV brazenly inviting MANU ******** SINGHVI , day in day out in prime time tv.Indians who like to lecture the “west” on its moral decrepitude need to reflect how a man who tramples on marital fidelity and USES high office and the bartering of judge’s post for some nookie in his back office can go about as if nothing happened. Now it is possible the anchors in NDTV empathise for they may be fellow travellers..Next a russian hooker will be able siphon off stragetic secrets for a few shag.

    NO WONDER INDIA IS A BECOMING A LAND OF RAPISTS

    Next the ECONOMY. I have discussed this umpteen times in some other guise in these blogs.Let me reiterate.

    Inflation is universal ,even I feel it in uk. though being a surgeon , doesn’t preclude me from going to watch Flamenco Festival , tickets costing the equivent of one way fare to resorts in spain.Only a year or two ago there were FOOD RIOTS in cairo. Though EU has GRAIN MOUNTAIN and WINE LAKES and butter mountain , but high fuel prices vis a vis transport cost as well PRINTING MONEY IN BILLIONS now euphemistically known as QUANTITATIVE EASING.has caused this inflation in uk.You dont need rocket

    science to explain the plight of greece and spain, though there the ONLY problem is UNEMPLOYMENT running at 25%.

    BUT INDIA’S PROBLEM IS FAR MORE FUNDAMENTAL

    1.India needs “Revolution in Agriculture”. Needs to come out of STONE AGE.

    All land holding coalesced into a CORPORATION with patta holders getting a share of the company as well as job in the corporation.

    TOTALLY MECHANISED FARMING with computer controlled irrigation and fertiliser use, and INTENSELY DENSE sowing of seeds by machines as is done in WEST, with a view to bring the productivity in line with the west.
    Currently the stasiticsis 3 india 8 west(per acre yield)

    COMPULSORY UNIVERSAL ENGLISH MEDIUM EDUCATION with 500 marks for vernacular. Establish a centre for comparative education to learn about the different methods in different country.
    MOST IMPORTANT OR THE IMPORTANT
    DIGITALISE EDUCATION with virtual teachers
    this will ensure UNIFORM HIGH STANDARD , ZERO TEACHER ABSENTISM
    all you need is a television studio and bandwith.
    instead of teachers there should be LIFE COACHES in classes with mandatory qualification in child and adoloscent psychology

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  • ehgrich

    dimple nothing is possible till stomach is full.muslims are last to be hired and first to be fired.read vrious reports by committees appointed by goi u will find muslims in worst condition as compare to others.this is because of descrimination.

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  • engrich

    not even a single muslim is jehadi in india.abhinav bharat was planting the bombs putting the blame on muslims.thanks god they are caught and having good time in jail.

    muslims are the golden gooze of indian economy most of the cities in india are known because of their handicraft works.

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  • engrich

    not even a single muslim is jehadi in india.abhinav bharat was planting the bombs putting the blame on muslims.thanks god they are caught and having good time in jail.

    muslims are the golden gooze of indian economy most of the cities in india are known because of their handicraft works.

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