Established as a trunk-maker in 1849, Moynat is a Parisian Maison with a storied heritage of unique imagination and savoir faire inherited from the 19th century. Intertwined within the revolution of the automobile and the independence of Belle Époque Paris, the luxury leather goods Maison has cultivated a history of freedom and wonder in exceptional bags, accessories, and objets d'art that are a celebration of artisanal craftsmanship and personalisation.
The first railway line for passengers opened in Continental Europe, running from Saint-Etienne to Lyon.
1837 - 1849
Monument railway stations built in Paris.
Expansion of french railway system gets underway.
Gare du Nord
Gare de Lyon
Gare de l’Est
Octavia & François Coulembier, respected Parisian trunkmakers, set up the Moynat manufacture on rue Capron.
Moynat develops waterproof canvas coated with gutta-percha sap for its patented, waterproof trunks.
Architect Charles Garnier wins competition to build the Opera Garnier.
First participation to the Universal Exibition in Paris.
Pauline Moynat opens her prestigious Maison de vente on 1 avenue de l'Opéra.
Moynat invents the Malle Anglaise, a lightweight wicker frame covered with waterproof canvas. The "English Trunk" was an instant success as it met the strict baggage limits of railway companies.
Pauline Moynat creates the first range of ladies handbags and "sac mignons" with chamois linings.
Beginning of the Belle Epoque. First success of the Belle Actress Rejane.
First order of a trunk for the theatre français. This crocodile creation was displayed on the stage of the "Viveurs" play at the Theatre Vaudeville in 1895.
First auto show held in Paris and enjoying an international success.
First Moynat overnight bag for automobiles.
Moynat advertisement published in “Le Theatre” illustrated posters.
Creation of the limousine trunk for automobiles, with a concave bottom that closely follows the rounded roof of the car, five patents registered.
Invention fo the trunk with glides, for automobiles. These glides raise the trunk, preventing damage to the carriage roof and ensuring a circulation of air avoiding moisture between the roof and the luggage.
Réjane creates her own eponym theatre.
First collaboration with artist Henri Rapin. Creation of the luggage label with a train illustration. Patent registered for the box trunk for automobiles.
Construction of the model factory at "15 rue Coysevox" built on the 5 floors in Paris. In 1909, about 250 artisans were working at this address.
Invention of the extra-light and unbreakable trunk.
Moynat exhibits a chest in London, designed as a footrest and containing a mobile buffet table.
Moynat received its two first prizes in Universal Exhibition in Gand (Belgium).
Moynat trunks, individually shaped to fit the rear of the automobiles. All Moynat trunks are provided with a cover and hood.
Introduction of the Moynat initials canvas designed by Henri Rapin. The pattern of repeating "M" letters, is about to become the discreet and elegant signature of the Maison.
The Red Maroquin leather trunk designed by Henri Rapin, with a frieze of studs encircling palm leaves in blue leather, earns the certificate of honour at the international Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in Paris in 1925. This trunk was awarded with 13 medals at the exhibition.
Invention of the "New Moynat Automobile Trunk" with innovations such as side-loading cases, which gives a new shape to the rear silhouette of automobiles.
Image of the collection published in the "Illustration"magazine.
After the success of the "Ile de France" in 1927, the French Line "Compagnie Générale Transatlantique" inaugurates the sumptuous and luxurious "Normandie".
Moynat re-opens its doors at 348 rue Saint-Honoré, 500 meters away from its historic boutique.
Today, Moynat Paris operates in 35 boutiques worldwide.