Moynat reinvents Limousine Suitcases
Designer of Desire
Moynat is one of the oldest French trunk-makers. Their first atelier was opened in Paris in 1849 by trunk-makers Octavie and François Coulembier. They joined forces with Pauline Moynat, a specialist in travel goods, to open the first store of avenue de l’Opera. Moynat was one of the very first leather goods houses of its day. Known for its traditional know-how and skills base in handcrafting made to order luggage and travel goods, the house became famous for its designs for the automobiles, as well as for its technical innovations such as making its trunks lighter and waterproof, and for its notable participation in the various World’s Fairs.
The promising malletier has started to present dribs and drabs of what we can only understatedly qualify as refined and exclusive works of trunk making art. The particularity of this unique trunk is the renewed interpretation of the curvature or the Limousine trunks designed by Moynat in the early century. Made to order, they were meant to fit on the roof of vehicles.
Their creation entails the painstaking and delicate working of notoriously lightweight poplar wood to fashion a specific waterproof trussed-bottom cask. Making the cask and then dressing the case require several dozen hours of work (exclusively by hand), followed by highly refined finishing touches: extremely close studding (every 8 mm) using specially made brass tips, two-needle waxed linen saddle stitch on the handles, bees waxed polished slats and wall to wall hand stitching. And there is more: the sheath is traditionally vegetable tanned leather and the inside covered lined with gorgeous twill weave cotton.