BREAKFAST IS SERVED: Moynat Malletier, the Groupe Arnault-owned heritage trunk and leather goods firm, on Friday unveiled a delicious custom design: A mobile breakfast trunk designed in collaboration with Yannick Alléno, the head chef of Le Meurice. The trunk contains all the utensils necessary for a luxurious breakfast, including Parmesan and truffle graters, designer carafes for juices and milk, plates and embroidered Moynat napkins. The top lifted off to reveal a gold gas burner on which Alléno rustled up gourmet scrambled eggs for guests to sample.
“Then in the back there’s storage space for all the ingredients — the fresh herbs, the eggs,” he said. “I loved the idea of creating a functional trunk that could contain everything necessary for serving up breakfast in a hotel room, say, or a special place.” Over the coming months, the chef will be traveling with the trunk to select hotels around the world including the Shangri-La in Beijing, the Royal Mansour in Marrakech and the Cheval Blanc in Courchevel.
Moynat designer Ramesh Nair said the trunk, which took around a year to make and some 5,000 nails to hold it together, respects all the codes of the trunk making tradition. There are birch wood strips to protect the trunk from bumps, and replicas of gold hardware from the house’s vintage trunks, inspired by a buffet trunk for cars that Nair came across in a Moynat catalogue from 1914. The original trunk was designed to fit into the back of cars as a footrest. “It contained everything inside, even a little burner,” he marveled. Nair has also been busy working on a picnic trunk designed to fit onto a bicycle that should wheel into Moynat’s Paris flagship on the Rue Saint Honoré over the coming weeks.