Day 9: The ‘Mae’ Bag (Words by Jo Caruana)
Mae Apap is one of Charles&Ron’s muses – and a truly beautiful one at that! Here she shares her memories of being told that one of the designers’ now-iconic bags would be named after her. “It was absolutely priceless,” she smiles.
How would you describe yourself?
I’d say I am a very open-minded person. I am also quite shy until you get to know me, but not at all once you do. As a beauty therapist I am constantly meeting new people and I love that aspect of my work.
What is your relationship with Charles and Ron?
I have actually known Charles and Ron for over 10 years now, and it is such a pleasure having them in my life. I consider them to be part of my family. It all began when they approached me to model for them a decade ago, and we have been firm friends ever since.
Was it a surprise when they told you they were naming a bag after you?
Yes! I had absolutely no idea, so it was a complete shock – but a very nice one. I wasn’t involved in the design process of the bag at all, but I instantly fell for it when I saw it. It’s elegance at its best and I absolutely love it!
What do you love most about it?
It’s the perfect blend of smart and casual. I love the colour – a beautiful greyish silver – and the square shape. I wear it often and enjoy dressing it up and down. It certainly adds oomph to any outfit.
So, how does it feel to have a bag named after you?
It’s absolutely priceless! And the fact that it’s a bag made by Charles & Ron makes it even more special. I can’t thank them enough.
Special thanks to Mae Gera for being part of this project, Jo Caruana for the lovely article, Carlton Agius for the photography, and the wonderful management & staff at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa in Attard for providing us with the premises and refreshments. To find out more about this collaboration, please click here.