THE MOYNAT SENSORIAL EXPERIENCE! SENSES CONQUERED: A NEW LOVE IS BORN

MOYNAT ALLIGATOR PARADIS
 Once through the door (which was opened for me by a sales associate with a warm smile and half bowing to me), I immediately felt transported into another time and another place, far from the bustling and loud fashion crowd just on the other side of the entrance.  I was literally (and I do mean literally as the boutique is circular) surrounded by beauty, soft warm colors, a discrete, pleasant scent of leather, tranquility.  


My sensorial experience had already begun.


Standing in the center just for a moment to readjust to this unexpected oasis, I  glanced to my left and saw it.. them…

two of the most beautiful objects I remember seeing in recent memory. Two gems:  one a deep, lush red, one a rich mocha. There they were: the “Petit Paradis Aligator” fresh from the atelier. 

After another moment of readjustment to overcome my awe, the very elegant (and I must say charming) boutique director delicately took them out of their showcase to offer me a first hand look and journey back into the beginning of the last century.  

THE MOYNAT DR. BAG & THE MOYNAT PARADIS SIDE BY SIDE


These perfectly symmetric alligator skin handbags are inspired by the Moynat “Dr Bag” seen in the photo. Listening with amazement to his story, I learned that the handles were reproduced exactly in the same fashion as its predecessors a century earlier: very soft to the touch, fitting into the palm of the hand as if a cushion, slowly falling to the sides and not touching any other part of the bag when opening. 

MOYNAT’S PERFECTLY SYMMETRIC HANDLES


This version of the Petit Paradis also has a full zipper opening for an even easier access to contents inside (these are the third and fourth ones to exist to date and are considered the second version).

And speaking of inside, your hands will have another sensorial experience when coming into contact with the smooth satiny calf skin leather. Another absolute delight!

MOYNAT INSIDE THE PARADIS – SATINY CALF SKIN LEATHER & FULL ZIPPER FOR EASY ACCESS


If this handbag does not have a waiting list at present, it definitely will in the very near future – guaranteed. When other renowned designers, such as Rick Owens, start collecting pieces from the collection, you know the brand has taken off…again.
 


THE MOYNAT SENTINELLE

After 20 minutes of indulgence, I decided to continue my journey to the upper floor.  Ascending the (of course) circular stairway, I reached the men’s collection.  There, another creation caught my eye:  the Sentinelle tote bag.  Enamored afar by its unique “two toned” cold grayish blue color, symmetry and elegance, I felt again another mutual attraction: I was meant for this bag,  and it was made for me!

THE MOYNAT SENTINELLE

Moving closer, I realized that its color changes according to the different lightings and positions – perfect for the many different occasions a man encounters throughout the day (and night).  This tote, made of calf skin, whose details were inspired by the details of the “Hold All” has subtle, but absolutely remarkable detail.  Any man that carries this bag will be noticed as distinguished, unique and urban. This is a men’s must!

THE MOYNAT SENTINELLE

THE DETAILS OF  MOYNAT “HOLD ALL” INSPIRED
THE DETAILS OF THE MOYNAT SENTINELLE 

Having finished my visit at this point and admittingly a bit sad to leave this luxurious space of Parisian past and present, this “Green Pebbles Gentleman’s ” stars were aligned in the sky that day..

…with a coupe of soft cider, Moynat President, Guillaume Davin, graciously invited me to a private showing of the House’s archives on the upper floor with no other than artistic director, Ramesh Nair himself, a most indelible and exhilarating experience to cap off this day’s journey.  

My senses had been conquered; a definite new love born!

FROM THE MOYNAT ARCHIVES: A Moynat Truck in its Original Colour

FROM THE MOYNAT ARCHIVES: A Trunk with Compartments for the
different members of the family!

FROM THE MOYNAT ARCHIVES: A Traditional Moynat Gentleman’s Trunk

FROM THE MOYNAT ARCHIVES: A Moynat suitcase which would have been
permanently attached to a car with only the inside removable!

FROM THE MOYNAT ARCHIVES: A Moynat Trunk whose home was once the Hôtel Crillon!

  



Brent J. Markley


  










Brent J. Markley from Paris for Green Pebbles Blog