Everyone who knows the name Moynat knows that it is synonymous with understated luxury. Once known as a creator and purveyor of luxurious travel trunks and accessories, the house has since expanded to functional handbags that while simple and sensible in design, is made with superior quality and craftsmanship and the epitome of French savoir-faire.
Since its inception in 1849 by Pauline Moynat the only female trunk-maker in history, Moynat set out to single-handedly transform a male dominated industry in a unique way by fusing two of her passions: exceptional French craftsmanship and theatre. Pauline Moynat sought to push the boundaries of design with innovations from feather-like trunks to waterproof finishes and would go on to become the official supplier to French theatre house The Comédie Française. The house has since been revived in 2011 under the artistic eye of creative director Ramesh Nair (previously a senior designer at Hermés).
Having already opened stores in Hongkong, Tokyo, Seoul and Japan, it was only natural that Singapore would be the next stop for the brand.
Here’s what you need to know about the new Moynat Gallery.
It’s their first store in Singapore
Apart from its flagship boutiques in the fashion capitals of the world—there's 348 rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, 937 Madison Avenue in New York and 112 Mount Street in London—Moynat has 12 boutiques in eight cities around the world and now, Singapore is honoured to be its ninth international destination. The Gallery will be located in Takashimaya Shopping Centre at Ngee Ann City and will carry both men’s and women’s leather goods and accessories, trunks and textiles.
The interiors are inspired by the Limousine trunk
If the architecture seems familiar, that's because the store is inspired by one of Moynat's most iconic pieces, the Limousine trunk—a patented automobile trunk created in 1902 designed with a curve to fit exactly on the roof of earlier automobiles.
Designed by Gwenaël Nicolas, director of Tokyo-based architecture and graphic design firm Curiosity, the gallery features a curved ceiling that echoes the structure of the Moynat Limousine trunk. The gallery will also have lacquered panels in the house’s signature warm amber and leather accents that highlight Moynat’s core philosophy of authenticity and elegance.
Custom services will be offered
You can create your very own bespoke Moynat. Known for their personalisation services, the Moynat Gallery will be taking in custom orders from hand-painting initials to special orders for bespoke trunks and handbags.
To celebrate the new store, the house will be releasing its most popular model, the iconic Réjane bag in a new Crocodile Céramique finish this September.Named after 19th century French actress Gabrielle Réjane and taking an expert artisan over 20 hours to construct, the new Réjane will be inspired by the ancient glazing of Asian ceramics.
It showcases a technique developed by current creative director Ramesh Nair: The stunning hue is achieved through dyeing and polishing techniques where three to four colours from light to dark shades are applied to crocodile skins. After each colour is applied, the skins are hand polished to reveal the underlying coat of colour, creating a final effect that is complex, delicate and showcasing a layered hue that is unique to each skin and echoes the layered colours and unique crackling effect of precious Asian porcelains.
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The Moynat Gallery is located at Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, #01-10,391 Orchard Road.