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Named after Pauline Moynat, the Parisian luxury brand MOYNAT was a product of La Belle Epoque

by Patrick Bradbury

June 04, 2022

Named after Pauline Moynat, the Parisian luxury brand MOYNAT was a product of La Belle Epoque. An era of optimism and adventure, as well as opportunity inspired Pauline to create a business focused on the needs of the traveler.

Pauline Moynat joined forces with the Coulembier family, trunk makers from the faubourgs. The first MOYNAT boutique was opened on the newly widened avenues designed by Haussmann, at No.1 Avenue de L'Opera, across from the Comedie-Française. 

Travel by train and automobile created a need for trunks and suitcases in new sizes and innovative shapes. The motor car created an avenue for the young and wealthy to expand their playground. MOYNAT exhibited at the first automobile show in Paris in 1898. The trunk we have at Tuxedo Park Junk Shop is a limousine trunk, with initials. 

The house of MOYNAT was popular amongst the actors of the day, and the toast of Paris was Réjane, who had her own eponymous theater. Always innovative, MOYNAT was seen on stage and off, designing for new productions and introducing the Réjane, a handbag still in production today. 

Michelle Harper, a modern day muse for MOYNAT, wearing the Réjane. 


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