With Nicholas Knightly, Moynat Carries on its Legacy with a New Collection

The designer writes a new chapter

Creative Director Nicholas Knightly has stepped over the threshold of the Maison to write a new chapter into the feminine, hand-crafted savoir-faire tradition that has been part of the brand since 1849.; and he seems to have settled in nicely. The trunk heritage brand is continuing to turn a new page with the designer through their latest collection.

Working hand in hand with the house’s artisans, Knightly is behind six new releases for the label—each you’ll want your hands on. 

“Moynat was the equivalent in trunks and bags of the haute couture in fashion, exquisitely crafted to the individual customers exacting requirements”, Knightly says in a statement. 


Among the new releases is the Flori bag in TourterelleTaurillon Blush. It’s the house’s signature and a tribute to Moynat’s origins. The bag has roots in the early 1900s, when the founder Pauline Moynat worked to create a style that embodies freedom for women. The equestrian-inspired cross-body bag was reimagined by Knightly in this collection, using archival details like the OG trunk lock. The Flori was also reinterpreted by Knightly in a Peach Carat Calf iteration. 

With an art deco twist, we also see the Flori M Marquetry in TourterelleTaurillon blush. The bag features the emblematic M motif, which is made of 18 pieces of expertly cut leather. Of course, the iteration features the removable leather strap that gives its wearer the option of wearing it over the shoulder or as a cross-body. 

If you’re a fan of the house, you’re likely familiar with its iconic monogram. Created by artist Henri Rapin in 1920, the M monogram, which is formed by alternating lines of the letter M, is seen in the Wheel bag—which we predict to be a new favorite. Featuring a cylindrical silhouette as the name indicates, the hard-sided bag is inspired by the house’s vintage wheel trunks and is adorned by a signature lock. 


The monogram is seen again in the Vanity Box, a minaudiere with a modern twist. Made to be worn day and night, the mini bag is made of Canvas 1920 M Monogram, dyed leather cuff edges, a goatskin lining and the house’s iconic clasp. 

Not least, the collection is concluded with the Little Suitcase, which like the Vanity Box is made in Canvas 1920 M Monogram. The mini bag is a tribute to the house’s legacy in trunk-making. The contemporary iteration is designed to be worn as a cross-body bag or on the shoulder, featuring a detachable strap. 

“The level of inherited quality and craft is exceptional here, and I find it so inspiring to collaborate with the artisans in the Moynat atelier. Passing the pots of paint lined up in every colour imaginable ready to personalise someone’s dream order is a real joy,” Knightlysays on the creation of the collection, which is now available for purchase. 



Photography: Moez Achour
Set Design: Aicha Chaar
Production: MILLE World

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