Moynat Malle de Beauté

As the FT headlines with titles suggesting logos are back making some of us shudder, we take comfort in recognising that true luxury connoisseurs will rejoice at this work of art by Moynat’s Creative Director Ramesh Nair celebrating two timeless symbols of the art of travel Moynat and the recently re-launched Orient Express.

Newly Re-Launched Orient Express

Indeed Moynat and the Orient Express have come together in what Ramesh has described as “a joyous opportunity to renew old ties and forge new ones“, and for or this occasion he created the Malle de Beauté, an original creation that required 250 hours of meticulous precision, reflecting Moynat’s talent and uncompromising savoir-faire. 

Moynat Malle de Beauté

The beauty case is sheathed in vegetal-tanned calfskin in the signature Orient-Express blue, lined in beige textile. The body of the case is made of strong and lightweight poplar, while the drawer hinges are of apple wood, chosen for its resistance as much as for its fine grain and sublime colour. These hinges are a true marvel of woodworking and have been exposed in order to better appreciate the craftsmanship.

Moynat Malle de Beauté
The magic of this case can only truly be discovered upon opening it. The backlit mirror illuminates automatically upon lifting the lid, displaying the sophisticated interior of the box and the custom-made drawers that each contain various beauty products by Guerlain, essential travel companions for an elegant and glamorous voyage. 

The drawers have been designed to gently clasp a perfume bottle in place when closed. As all the drawers fan out, they reveal a vintage Baccarat bottle of Shalimar perfume from the Roaring Twenties.

Moynat’s First Store outside Paris in London’s Mayfair

To truly experience the beauty of the Malle de Beauté we can only recommend  you visit the Moynat flagship store in Paris’ Rue Saint Honoré – or if you are living or travelling to London you really out to stop by the new Mayfair home of the Maison.

Moynat opened its first store outside of Paris early in March, in one of the most charming neighbourhoods of London, at 112 Mount Street facing the Connaught Hotel. 

Occupying two floors, the store includes women’s and men’s leather goods and accessories, trunks and textiles. An in-store atelier is dedicated to the signature personalization service, from hand painting of initials, to taking orders for made-to-measure trunks and handbags.

The VIP Room in Moynat’s new Mayfair Store in London

The boutique is again designed by Gwenael Nicolas, director of Curiosity. The domed ceiling and the arched windows echo the signature curves on Moynat trunks and handbags. 

The pattern of the ceiling is inspired by the Art Deco period, the golden age of Moynat, when the artist Henri Rapin was the creative director of the House.