Héroïne (fr.) = Female Hero
She enjoys the fullness of the moment,
Working hard, dreaming big.
She does everything with integrity.
She is a Héroïne,
In every sense of the word.
She leads with grace.
When I visited the website of Maison Héroïne, I would like to know more about the Berlin founded label; these two short sentences above caught my attention. I sometimes make jokes about myself that I am a girl-boss; it doesn’t mean that I look like a male or act like a guy. On the contrary, I am sensitive, sensual, and I do believe in romanticism. The annotation on the website to describe the name, Maison Héroïne, Héroïne (fr.) = Female Hero; it makes me smile. Yes, compared to the “tough girl” that sometimes I call myself, I would rather name me as a Female Her (as Maison Héroïne) who understands how to face all challenges with grace.
When I received the TILDA bag from Maison Héroïne, it reminded me the time when I had just arrived in Munich fourteen years ago. I looked back, and I realized that all little pieces from the life experience composed my life chapters. In this article, I would like to share with you a story about the handbag brand, Maison Héroïne; moreover, the inspiration I learned from “her” (Maison Héroïne). Of course, also the outfit and styling I created for the beautiful TILDA bag.
點進Maison Héroïne網頁想了解這個柏林品牌的創業精神時，兩小段簡單卻也深切扼要的優美文句吸引了我的注意。我常常笑說自己是個女漢子，並不是指在外貌或是行為上雄性化，相反地，我敏感、感性，而且極為浪漫。Maison Héroïne品牌名稱的註解Héroïne (fr.) = Female Hero的確讓我發出會心一笑，有一種讓人正確解讀、被瞭解的親切感。是呀，以前只懂得取笑自己像個女漢子，其實我只是更懂得釋放自己的勇敢來面對困難的事物。
I wrote some articles to share with you about how my life changed since I had moved to Germany. I shared my experiences and stories about the whole process through 14 years. Many of you wrote messages to me and told me about your stories and problems. One of the most asking questions is that how I overcame these difficulties and re-discovered myself and the meaning of life. I was lost and not confident in this different culture and unfamiliar surrounding; moreover, I lost myself. I could not communicate with other people; my world was only the house where I lived.
However, since I could not expand my life quickly, I tried to explore every detail in it. I read, bought my first camera and took photos from what I cooked and the little face of my daughter; moreover, the scenery along the way from our apartment to the supermarket, stones or flowers. These small pieces were just like LEGO blocks that I used them to build my world. Slowly, I found myself and the confidence; I could face the unfamiliar surrounding with an optimistic attitude.
After, my daughter went to the pre-kindergarten; therefore, I had more time, and I could explore a wider world. I took my camera and a crossbody bag with me to discover the city I live, Munich, the street view, the subway and the locals. Most of all, I liked to stay in lovely coffee shops not only to enjoy one cup of coffee but also to listen to people talk German, quite romantic. Or I visited independent bookstores to view beautiful book covers and pages, although, I could not read German at all. I learned that before we start off, there is a long way to go through; but the experience will lead us in a proper direction.
What Would You Do For Yourself
I know that the most challenging part is the first step out. We worry and doubt everything; besides, we have no self-confidence. I would say, just take the pace and move forward; no matter how far you reach, we learn and experience the process. Not only to observe the world, but also let others seeing us. I had tried for at least seven years; however, once we know the goal, everything will be clear.
There are not many things in the life that we do without any purpose but for ourselves. What would you do for yourself and completing something that we do enjoy? I can not offer you an answer yet until the end of the road in my life. But, as long as we experience and enjoy, it proves.
I mostly carry a big handbag in my daily life, cameras (plural), clothes and shoes (plural), laptop or iPad for shootings and meetings; I carry not only stuff but also responsibilities and obligations. It is the sweetest load; through carrying all weight, I get a better understanding of my ability and myself.
When I tried to pick up one bag from Maison Héroïne, I faced to the most difficult decision. The TILDA bag has two different sizes; the bigger one was quite attractive to me that I can still add more things to it. However, I picked up the smaller TILDA; “She spends time noticing; to agree and to disagree.” the short sentence from Maison Héroïne reminds me how important to keep things simple and to know what to choose and carry.
Therefore, on the days when I am out of duty, no heavy stuff, no cameras but a shoulder bag to bring a hand cream, lipstick, cash card and a small camera. It seems I can go back to the time of LEGO blocks and enjoy all life details. I am not the same girl from fourteen years ago, although, I am still afraid of things that I do not well. However, I do not doubt myself, and I can dance in a way as I wish.
這只TILDA包有兩款尺寸設計，大的TILDA可以放進迷你平板電腦，的確十分吸引我，工作魂還是想著把「以防萬一」的物件帶著。不過最後還是選擇了小尺寸的包款。因為在Maison Héroïne網頁上的一句話提醒了我：「具有感知，並且在選擇與拒絕之間游刃有餘」（She spends time noticing; to agree and to disagree. – Maison Héroïne），在一肩扛起所有重量之餘，也得保留些時間給自己。所以選了小包，只帶著必要的隨身物品即可。
Organised Luxury. Easy Elegance.
We believe every strong and sophisticated woman carries her intuitive and sensitive soul inside.
– Maison Héroïne
I thought a tough attitude could help me to go through the difficult time when I just moved to Germany. I have a different idea now about it. I do believe that every strong yet brave woman must have a warm and tender spirit. Being strong is because of the hard and challenging experience that helps us to be confident. The sympathetic and kind soul comes from a good understanding of others. The same concept is as precise as the handbag label Maison Héroïne describes. Maison Héroïne is a German handbag label which is located in Berlin and takes places in Milan and Venice for all productions. The German spirit makes it focus not only the quality but also practical and durable features. Organised Luxury; easy Elegance; it is also the view that I learned from German women.
Besides the TILDA shoulder bag, I also ordered another handbag for my daily working life. The bag has a sufficient capacity for me to carry all my needs but also has a stylish design that fits my style and character. Take a look at the website and find out which bag I ordered. I will share with you the elegant yet functional bag in the next article.
除了這款TILDA包之外，為了配合現在的工作以及生活需求，我另外入手了一只Maison Héroïne的包款，瀏覽官網的網頁，試想我會挑選哪一只包呢？一款足夠容量可以放進所需的工具與物件，並且還要可以與大部分的衣著百搭（不管半休閒或是正式裝），還得有型讓人愛不釋手。我將在下一篇文章將與你分享我第二款Maison Héroïne的好包。
Fanning Tseng is the editor of Yes! Please Enjoy which was founded in 2012. Having lived in different cities and experienced different cultures, Fanning focuses on the connection between Europe and Asia. She is now working as a professional photographer and a full-time blogger. Moreover, Fanning is a regular feature columnist in several Chinese online magazines such as Vogue Taiwan, WOMANY and 10/10 HOPE. Get better informed by subscribing the Newsletter; moreover, let’s stay connected on Instagram and Facebook.