Founded in 1849, Parisian leather goods maker Moynat became renowned for making lightweight, waterproof automobile trunks. The House of Moynat was the result of a meeting between Pauline Moynat, who sold travel goods in the Opera district of Paris, and the Coulembier family, manufacturers from the faubourgs. The business remained in the hands of the Coulembier family until 1976. For several years, the house Moynat stopped its activity.

In 2010, through his personal holding “Groupe Arnault”, Mr.Bernard Arnault purchased Moynat. Mr. Guillaume Davin has been appointed as Moynat Chief Executive Officer by Mr. Arnault to reinvigorate this iconic brand. Mr. Arnault also chose wisely the former designer of Hermès bags, Mr. Ramesh Nair, to take charge of new creations.

I recently had the chance to visit Moynat located at 348 rue Saint-Honoré in Paris. The circular-shaped flagship with a sensational façade was designed by Gwenaël Nicolas of Japan-based studio Curiosity.

Mr.Guillaume Davin and Mr. Ramesh Nair did amazing archiving work. They also collect old Moynat trunks from all around the world. I was particularly stunned by pile of Moynat trunks that almost reach the ceiling of the studio. Mr. Ramesh Nair and his creative team really aim for the highest quality of products. The entire bag-making process is done by only one highly skilled craftsman. Moynat offers a personalization service with beautiful hand-painted initials.

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Menswear on the second floor

Soft briefcase in leather  “Holdall Ville”

Soft travel bag in “Pauline 24h”

Stunning briefcase with concave base “Limousine”

Structured briefcase in satin calfskin leather “Juste à temps”

Soft city bag “Poursuite”

Trunk in red made of morocco leather designed by Henri Rapin. (Awarded at World’s fair in Paris, 1925)

Cabin trunk, Moynat Initial canvas painted by hand (1925)

Slim cabin trunk with levered Moynat locks (patented, 1908)

Malle Bicyclette (2012) at pop-up store of Galeries Lafayette

Medical kit for automobile interior

Personal toiletries briefcase for men with initiales of the family

Documents case with 3 levels clasps

Leather bag for personal toiletries

Lightweight English trunk tarred and varnished  (1879)

Hat box for men in mini checkerboard Moynat canvas (1910) 

Trunk with many drawers for silk merchant

Beautiful trunk owned by Kennedy family

Craftsman hand-painting initals of the customers

(14 layers and 8 hours are required for this work)

The colors are produced exclusively for Moynat

A craftsman sewing a prototype of cabas “Quattro” by hand 

Designer Ramesh Nair explaining his new prototype bag

Semi-structured city bag “Ballerine”  with patented handle

Bag “Limousine”

Prototype of tablets case

Prototype of documents-case “Enveloppe”

Prototype of card holder “Enveloppe”