PARIS — Luxury titan Bernard Arnault, who has a knack for revitalizing heritage brands, is putting the spotlight on an almost forgotten 19th-century trunk maker.
On Saturday, the doors are slated to open on a 2,150-square-foot boutique here for Moynat Malletier, reviving a French name that has been dormant for decades, and transferring the curvaceous forms and innovative hardware of yore to luxurious leather goods for today.
Vintage trunks, many shaped to hug the curves of early automobiles, are displayed next to sleek handbags created by Ramesh Nair, a designer whose resume includes stints at Hermès, Christian Lacroix and Yohji Yamamoto.
With a two-story columnar glass display case as it centerpiece, the store at 348 Rue Saint-Honoré invites discovery.
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