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Luxury redefined: Moynat adapts Marquetry, an artisanal woodwork technique onto its leather goods

Luxury redefined: Moynat adapts Marquetry, an artisanal woodwork technique onto its leather goods

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Text: Jolene Khor


Magic is what happens when you give a slice blade to a leather artisan

Handmade. Craftsmanship. Artisanal. Tradition. Know-how.

Tossed around by "luxury riff-raffs", these fashion keywords have diluted in meaning, paled in comparison to their true definitions. Moynat is here to put an end to the blasphemy.

Reclaiming opulence, the French leather expert is applying to its hide a unique and specialised technique best known in woodwork called Marquetry, where artisans apply their time-honed skills to cut and fit strips of leather into Moynat motifs. So precise must the craftsmen be that every individual piece, every strip, shape and silhouette of the leather look stencilled from a pictorial, printed even, on a base. Once assembled, the layering must be undetectable by sight and by touch.

This season, the Marquetry revs up for the automobile, an invention the original trunk maker feels kinship with. Marrying mechanical with applied art, the Moynat Marquetry is an extension of its humble beginnings, when Pauline Moynat's triumph was in her travelling trunks custom made to the motorcars of her time. 

Talk about the perfect fit.

The Moynat Marquetry collection is available at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B1-88/89.

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