LA MALLE EN COIN is the website of the company REVE DE BAGAGES.
Behind the company is a couple with a great passion for old trunks, know-how, luggage restoration and custom-making.
As we went along, we got specialized in luxury trunks, particularly in the following brands:
- Louis Vuitton
- Moynat Paris
And other brands like : Lavolaille, Hartmann, Oshkosh
We also developed a passion for trunk makers’ history.
Thus we have built a collection of luggage which is to date the largest one in Europe.
Since 2011, that collection can be seen at the MUSEE DU BAGAGE, whose management is totally attributed to the City of Haguenau.
Over the years, we have become keen on history.
We also collect posters, documents and old luggage parts.
Thus, we have published:
You can find us:
On LA MALLE EN COIN Youtube channel for videos of our trunks,
On Facebook for news,
On Instagram for photos
And you can follow our blog as well
The trunk of the representative is called a marmot. "Marmotte "is a term that covers all the luggage of professionals for the transport of samples.
And here is his story:
To attract the curious, the Savoyard street vendors were accompanied by a tame marmot they carried in a "marmot box". The Savoyard and his marmot were popular figures of the Parisian street, represented by many engravings.
By extension, from the beginning of the nineteenth century, we called "marmot" all trunks, boxes and suitcases intended for street vending.
Even today, each traveling salesman has a "marmot", adapted to his samples and custom-designed. There are still companies specializing in the manufacture of these trunks.
From hawker to business traveler ...
From 1870, the economic rationalization, the appearance and the development of the samples, the possibility to manage newly the flows thanks to the railroad transforms the hawker in
" salesman ". Here are some examples of marmots:
When you bought a car in the 1900s, the car did not necessarily have a trunk.
After recovering your car, you went to the trunkmaker, to order a trunk that was used for storage, in the back of the car or on the roof.
In some cases, we also placed a tool storage trunk (crank ...) on the side of the driver ...
This car trunk married the shapes of the body, that's how we find today with cut sides, which is all the charm and originality of these vintage trunks.
All the metal parts (brass, metal ...) of a trunk is called jewelry.
Indeed, with the locks, the clasps, the brackets, the nails, the corners ... there are a certain number of items, very luxurious on the high quality end trunks.
Clasps are also called flags.
The difference between the lock and the clasp: The lock has a key, the clasp consolidates the lock of the barrel without key
The brackets are at the end of slats or around the lid.
On most trunks, there are 8 corners, to protect the barrel of jolts of the trip.
Each nail is riveted or returned in the wood.