In the Moynat history, many creations begin with a beautiful rencontre or encounter, from the friendship between Pauline Moynat and Gabrielle Réjane in the late 19th century to Ramesh Nair’s creations for Yannick Alleno and Pierre Hermé today.
During his visit to Moynat atelier in Paris last October, Pharrell Williams, intrigued by the collection of vintage trunks and discovered an old Moynat label featuring a train. It reminded him of the classic 1940s musical movie “The Harvey Girls”, a joyous, fictionalized tribute to the New England working women who went out West, bringing culture and food. Coincidently, Ramesh Nair, the artistic director of Moynat, also had trains on his mind, as he had been listening to Jimi Hendrix’s Hear My Train A Comin’. They immediately took it as a sign that their collaboration was meant to be.
“All grown-ups were once children… but only a few remember it.” Ramesh said. The train represents the “inner child” that sleeps in every heart. The Moynat x Pharrell Williams collection thus includes an “Train Bag” in hand tooled resin and a “Train Clutch” in hand sculpted Ebony wood, both of which are fun takes on the American railroad car, two “Train Pochette” available in seven color variations featuring a toy train in Taurillon-gex leather applied by the traditional marquetry craftsmanship, and textiles with railroad graphics in Constructivist style.
The collection will be exclusively launched at Colette in Paris on Oct 13rd 2014 and Oct 20th 2014 at the Moynat boutiques in Paris and London, and later become available at the “Moynat trunk show” at Isetan Shinjuku in Tokyo and Dover Street Market in New York.