Rue Saint-Honoré, Madison Avenue, Mount Street… and now, Orchard Road. Heritage trunk maker, Moynat, has opened its first Gallery in Singapore at Takashimaya Shopping Centre. Here’s what you need to know about the boutique:
1. The design of the Gallery pays homage to one of its most iconic items, the Limousine trunk
Designed by Gwenaël Nicolas of Tokyo-based architecture and graphic design firm Curiosity, one of the first things you will notice upon entering the Gallery is its curved ceiling, which echoes the structure of the trunk. Founded in 1849 by Pauline Moynat, the House was known for its innovation when it came to automobile luggage, developing several patented products, including the Limousine trunk, which was designed to fit the curves of early cars perfectly.
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2. The House’s signature personalisation services are available at the Gallery
From quirky drawings to hand-painted initials, as well as custom orders for bespoke trunks as handbags, your dream bag (like the vintage wardrobe trunk above) can finally be a reality.
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3. A Singapore exclusive, the Rejané in Crocodile Céramique is inspired by a Japanese pottery technique
Named after Gabrielle Rejané, the renowned French actress from the Belle Epoch era who was a muse to Pauline Moynat, the Rejané is the House’s most popular model. To commemorate the opening of the Gallery in Singapore, the brand has launched the Crocodile Ceramique in two colours. Moynat’s Creative Director, Ramesh Nair, explains: “These are my new babies. [They were] inspired by kintsugi, a Japanese pottery technique where, when pottery gets broken, you dip it in gold and put gold fillings to make it even more precious.” The House’s dyeing and polishing techniques are on full display here, resulting in layered colours and a unique cracking effect that echoes that of precious Asian porcelains.
4. The Gallery carries men’s and women’s leather goods and accessories, trunks and textiles
In addition to the Rejané, other signature models of the brand include the Mini Vanity, a small structured evening bag; a structured bag with an M-shaped turn-lock closure; and the Cabotin, inspired by the Moynat English trunk.
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5. Feast your eyes on Moynat’s archival and contemporary designs at “Le Kaléidoscope”, on from now to 17 September at level 1 Takashimaya SC
To celebrate the brand’s first Gallery in Singapore, the brand has brought the Kaleidoscope travelling caravan to our shores. Heritage pieces are displayed in creative ways alongside their modern reinterpretations, like the Limousine Trunk and the Gabrielle; the 1925 Red Trunk and the Mini Vanity; and the Boot Trunk and the Pauline. Vivid illustrations and animations make this an exhibition you should definitely check out this weekend.
Moynat is located at #01-10 Takashimaya Shopping Centre.