One of France’s Oldest Trunkmakers Comes to New York

  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
    Moynat’s designs include (from top) the Voyage bag, $4,600; PW4 passport holder, $370; and Mosaïque notebook, $750. Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
    Moynat store on New York’s Madison Avenue. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
    Moynat store on New York’s Madison Avenue. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
    Moynat store on New York’s Madison Avenue. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
    Moynat store on New York’s Madison Avenue. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
    Moynat store on New York’s Madison Avenue. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Lisa Charles Watson, Styling by Charles W. Bumgardner
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh
  • Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

If we are not altogether familiar with Moynat (moynat.com) here in the States, the French know it well: One of France’s oldest trunkmakers, the company began crafting fine travel pieces in 1849. Since its revival 5 years ago by LVMH chairman and CEO Bernard Arnault (Moynat had closed its doors in 1976), the Parisian brand has put a contemporary spin on its handcrafted bags, and recently opened its first U.S. store, on New York’s Madison Avenue. The new marquetry designs (small goods shown at bottom) feature bias-cut leather segments pieced together like a puzzle. 

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