HAPPENINGS: The name Moynat might not sound familiar, but it's one of the luxury labels you need to know. The traditional French trunk-maker, established in 1849, is now being revamped by Bernard Arnault, CEO of luxury goods conglomerate LVMH. Moynat's artistic director Ramesh Nair, who previously worked at Hermès, heads a team of veteran artisans to work on leather goods collections and made-to-order trunks.

The maison has opened a store in Central's Landmark. To celebrate the occasion, Nair flew in to meet VIP clients. A specially designed jewellery trunk for Chaumet was on display at the store. The fashion pack joined the designer at China Club restaurant for a night of celebration. 


OVERHEARD It seems that luxury brands are really jumping on the non-logo bandwagon. Moynat’s designs are subtle, and I like them.


CHIC CHAT with Ramesh Nair

When did you find out about Moynat?

I didn't know much about Moynat until I started researching their trunks. I finally found a few at a vintage store in Paris. It was almost instantly I decided that I'd design for the brand.

How did you start your career?

I studied fashion in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology before working alongside Romeo Gigli in Milan. I then worked at Maison Martin Margiela and Hermès.

Can you tell us what Moynat's operation is like?

Basically, it's just me, our brand president and our communications director. We work as a compact and efficient team, and we also work closely with artisans in our atelier.

What's your definition of luxury?

For me, luxury is holding back. It's about saying no to a lot of things to maintain prestige and uncompromised quality.