The designer takes inspiration from old house codes for this collection
March 26, 2021: After appointing ex-Louis Vuitton designer Nicholas Knightly last year, French label Moynat has launched his first collection for the brand. Created by the artisans at the Moynat atelier, the collection includes contemporary interpretations of the Maison’s signature designs since 1849.
Out of the latest creations by Mr. Knightly, the new Le Flori bag evokes the founder Pauline Moynat’s spirit of freedom and discovery with a removable crossbody strap, the detailing of the handle giving way to the sensual form of the lock mechanism.
Le Limousine is named after the brand’s first invention in 1902 of the eponymous trunk, with an elegant convex bottom made as an exact fit for an automobile body and available on prior order in a color to match the car.
Four years later came the Moynat Wheel Trunk, particularly designed to elegantly hide a spare tire. Nicholas Knightly’s modern take is La Wheel, a playful round minaudière that is fantastic for a nocturnal escapade. Another bag designed as a miniature Moynat souvenir is La Little Suitcase, encapsulating the entire story of Moynat in its hard sided frame. The trunkmaker’s traditional savoir-faire is meticulously replicated in miniature scale, including a matching pouch inside the bag, a tribute to Pauline Moynat’s brilliant idea in 1890 to fasten a red leather pouch onto the interior bottom of her trunks where owners could keep their travel documents.
These two miniatures are made in the Toile 1920 canvas with the famed M monogram, a signature motif designed by Art Deco artist Henri Rapin, who joined Moynat in 1905. Henri Rapin was so much ahead of his time that examples of his lettering in the archive still look breathtakingly modern.
The prolific avant-garde artist also created the Moynat medallion logo found notably at the center of the metal locks on the new Voyage handbag and the bucket-shaped Le Baluchon. Designed for modern women on the go, the tactile button mechanism opens and shuts at the push of a finger. These creations become veritable treasures for contemporary travellers.