Moynat began producing custom luggage in 1849. Octavie and François Coulembier, to begin with, partnered with leather expert Pauline Moynat to open their boutique workshop at 1 Avenue de l’Opera in Paris. They were the first of their kind, making custom trunks and suitcases of the finest materials with then-innovative techniques.
In 1907, Moynat would employ 250 artisans in a 4-story factory in Paris’ Montmartre district.
The Moynat trunks were sought-after for their waterproof structure, light weight, and their unique locks and hinges that were produced in house.
The poster artist and illustrator Henri Rapin, an icon of Art Deco, was creative director for the aleliers, designing its catalogs and distinctive brandmark.
The Opera boutique closed in 1976, after over a century in that location. The marque has carried on, under various ownership umbrellas, and is currently held by LVMH. Plans for re-launching Moynat as a high-end brand competitive with its own Louis Vuitton are rumored to be in their second round of development.