The wardrobe are travelling...
This series of videos describes and shows how we made the striped curved trunk below
All manufacturing is done according to a traditional method.
Wood is a species used in the USA around 1860.
The assembly is made of glued joint wood, as at the time
The tools and methods are similar.
Once is not customary, we make a doll trunk in the workshop.
In video, you will find the details of the manufacturing.
This video is a complement to the series of 3 videos, on the manufacture of large trunks
Handles cut in the workshop
Unique piece, 100% made in Haguenau in Alsace.
The Vanity makes us travel... whether to take it on vacation as a toilet kit or to serve as a pocket-pocket in the entrance or on the dresser, it is so convenient!
Metal is one of the materials used to protect the angles of the trunks. On this trunk, we find the original material, cleaned and waxed. The steamer trunk is perfect as a console, to place your favourite objects in the entrance, the corridor...
Today we meet for our state report number 7. This is the restoration for a customer of a Goyard steamer trunk dating from the 30s. Come and discover this wonderful piece!
Today, La Malle en Coin offers you a video commented on the change of a leather handle on an American trunk.
Today, we're more than happy to introduce to you an amazing book.
Published in 2010 by Devambez, art publisher, the book Goyard is more of a work of art than a simple book.
First, its shape; printed in limited edition of 233 copies (a nod to the mythical address of Goyard in Paris located at 233 rue St-Honoré),
it is printed on vellum paper.
It has a handmade typographic print. The pages are flying as they were in the printing of the first books and its binding is a Goyard trunk,
numbered and personalized
for each client. Let's fly over the book's contents together.
We had the request of a customer who likes beautiful objects keeping in their original state
This is a Moynat curved trunk, from the beginning of the 20th century.
The trunk seems to tire well, find below, the statement of state before intervention and the result of our work.
A quick presentation of Yukie, our agent in Japan
My name is Yukie HIRAYAMA. I have the chance to open the door of the magical
world of old trunks in my country, Japan.
Here, the trunks are very little known (myself I did not know before) but thanks
to Jean Philippe and Marie, I discovered this superb universe.
I felt in love with the trunks the first time I saw in their workshop all these beautiful trunks,
well cleaned and restored with the passion and the know-how that animates them.
All are differents : size, face, exterior or interior equipment, with scars that give historical value to these trunks older than us.
I hope that more and more trunks will come to Japan to live a new life and fulfill their role of "Dreaming"
all those who rub shoulders with them.
We present you our stock of trunks and luggage
By Phone : +33 220.127.116.11.23
Louis Vuitton Malletier was founded by Louis Vuitton (1821-1892) in 1854 on Rue Neuve des Capucines in Paris, France. Today, with more than 460 stores in 50 countries worldwide, the company is one of the leading international fashion houses and most valuable luxury brands in the world, with a net worth valued at over 25 billion dollars.
Vogue Men Italy
A special collectors issue
After contacting us by phone, Vogue, in order to take this photo, carried out a true little nice
disembarkation: photographer, assistant, stylist and equipment in plenty!
We begin by drawing with a leather marking pen the shapes of our handles; here, using a natural veg-tanned leather.
The thickness of this leather will enable us, to simplify the operation, to lay only 2 layers of leather, without inner core.
It is thus possible to create handles with 2, 3 layers and insert, according to the desired result, a cardboard band, metal etc.
Read more ....
1. Louis Vuitton monograms:
On bags, the LV monograms are never cut and ALWAYS centered horizontally and vertically. The other signs (flowers, squares) can be cut, but not the LV monograms.
The LV monograms must be EXACTLY in the same place as those of the bag shown on the official website of Vuitton.
2. Transparent plastic protection:
The shoulder straps of the real Louis Vuitton bags are NEVER protected by a transparent plastic film, unlike the fake ones.
3. The lining:
It is always smoothed and fits tightly the inner surface of the bag, whereas that of false bags is slackened.
4. Identification number:
Identification numbers are always embossed in leather or alcantara fabric.
5. The invoice (if there is)
The authentic invoice is printed on a thick paper with, on one side brown LV monograms LV, and on the other side the heading with the name of Vuitton, the address of the store, the name of the saleswoman etc ...
6. The anti-dust bag (if there is one)
The real anti-dust bags are of a beige or cream color and only have the letters LV or "louis vuitton" on them, nothing else.
7. The box (if there is)
The boxes are always dark brown.
8. Certificate of authenticity
Louis Vuitton NEVER give a card / certificate of authenticity.
A trunk enthusiast from Luxembourg sent us photos of the hereunder trunk:
- Blistered canvas
- Dry leather bindings, burnt or missing
- The lock is out of order and it is not the original one
Some e-mails later, the customer came to our place with his trunk. It was decided to undertake a complete restoration of the trunk. The customer was giving us carte blanche.
It is the progress of this restoration that I propose you to follow.
We often find in an antique trunk the date and the name of the worker, written in pencil on the wood.
But it is very rare that the craftsman has left such a complete message (found under the leather wallet in the lid):
"Made by Garnier J.B. worker at Maison Bolzon, Palais Guiller street 32, Lyon.
I made this trunk on 3 April 1879, he who will repair it and will come and tell me, I will offer him some hooch, so long as he brings the wallet with him".
Therefore I suggest that the Garnier family of Lyon should meet its commitments, 131 years later!
A trunk enthusiast does not always get the opportunity to find an exceptional trunk!
This time, our travels throughout Europe enabled us to find something special: an apothecary trunk.
Not only is the trunk nearly complete (1 Pigeon lamp and 1 or 2 accessories are missing), but it also contains its original inventory, the name of its buyer and its reception date.
Moynat-branded, this trunk is a special order typical of that time (read more)
Each week, we receive 1 to 5 e-mails asking for a value estimate of a Vuitton trunk.
The following 10 pages file aims at helping you understand the value analysis components for a Vuitton trunk in particular, and, generaly speaking, for any luxury trunk.
Reading this file, as complete as possible but non exhaustive, will enable you to understand the difference between trunk and trunk. Depending on its condition, a Louis Vutton trunk can be worth between 300 euros and xxxx euros.
For non-restored trunks, you can commonly find prices between 1000 and 4500-5000 euros; beyond this is quite uncommon for a simply rectangular trunk.
Reading this file will also enable you not to be surprised by the low value of certain pieces and to understand that a Vuitton label does not necessarily means expensive.
Louis Vuitton, who started in 1853, was, until the 30s, a trunk-maker like the other 150 in Paris.
The aim was to transport objects, not to make a luxury item. Thus, Louis Vuitton, as well as Goyard, Moynat or others like Lavolaille, Walkers, etc., have produced entry-level pieces, with iron bindings, painted coated fabric, and more luxury pieces.
What made luxury were the special orders which raised the range and the image.
For the restoration of these trunks, we use long and expensive processes totally different from an ordinary restoration.
A common restoration easily takes 1 week.
This must be taken into account to understand the value of an object as it is on the one hand, or restored on the other hand.
But what makes the value of a trunk?
The request was about the creation of a shop counter from a wardrobe trunk,
with an imposed height, an imperative black color.
The customer was a skincare products shop.
Sometimes we find very strange things in the world of luggage and trunks!
You can see here a funny trunk "barbecue/camping", once it is unfolded as on the photo.
It is equipped with a latticed front face which gives access to drawers for the cutlery.
Above, these protective panels enable to place a camp stove for cooking with no risk.
A trunk for prints collector.
Moynat brand, dated from February 1920.
It is an original model which is displayed in the Musée du Bagage, next to a very unusual trunk for transporting paintings.
The art publisher Devambez has just delivered the very first copies of his book on Goyard.
With a print run of 233 copies, this book, which comes in a specially designed trunk, is totally printed in the old-fashioned way.
Art book par excellence with a single limited run, printed on watermarked deckled vellum paper that was custom-made by Arches papermaker, the texts are printed with lead letterpress techniques.
The trunks are made to order with the colors, initials and monograms of the customer who orders one.
The project was initiated 3 years ago by Pierre Tzenkoff, a craftwork passionate.
Here is an unusual restoration we made for the Musée du Bagage ( www.museedubagage.com )
It is a group of Innovation branded trunks that have belonged to the same owner.
- A hat trunk
- A wardrobe trunk with hangers and suitcase for shoes
- A cabin trunk with its tray for linen
What could be more genuine than to have, for your classic car, THE TRUNK that fits it?
With a concave or convex shape, at the back of the car, on the roof or on the wings, car trunks accompany travels and passions.
Picnic trunk for 4cv car (on display in Musée du bagage), trunk for suitcases, external trunk or for car trunk.
The English convertibles are also ideal vehicles for a nice luggage on a chrome-plated luggage rack.
If need be, we seek for you and we find or custom-make all these types of trunks.
Gas lamp, bowler hats…
Smells of leather, of wood…
This picture tells us and suggests many things.
We discover the workstations of the workmen of the time (which are very similar to our current workshops).
We can see the awaiting box lids and some finished trunks.
We are in the USA, in the first half of the 20th century.
I'm still dreaming of it!
Since I have seen this toolbox... I keep dreaming of it!
How meticulous! How accurate!
A patented innovation at the time (besides, the registration is still available in specialized literature).
This model of trunk is displayed in the Musée du Bagage.
An important innovation at the time, because it enabled to save room in a hotel bedroom, and to prevent wall dammaging behind the trunk.
Voyage in French, if you please!
"Not Wanted on voyage" is the label used by the liner companies to make it know to the travelers that
such a trunk will go in the luggage hold and not in a cabin. The passenger does not weigh himself down with
his trunk and will not be able to have access to it during the travel. .
A luxembourgish amateur, lover of beautiful things, sends us the pictures of the trunk above ...
- Bloated canvas
- Leather corners dry, burned or missing
- Dead lock and not original
After a few exchanges of mails from a distance and an on-site visit of the client with his trunk, the decision was made to make the total restoration of this trunk.
It's the different steps that I want to show you
To show you some examples of restorations for our customers
110 cm Louis Vuitton steamer trunk
On leaving the barn!
Louis Vuitton monogrammed steamer trunk
Starting point: slit, moldy canvas; damaged wood with missing parts
Striped Louis Vuitton trunk
Vuitton Bag 1860 Mrs. D. M-V
- Repair of valance and lock (existing but destroyed)
- Mending of the holes in the leather, dying of the leathers
Mrs. B. wardrobe trunk
Creation of additional drawers on the left
New color fabric coating
Wardrobe trunk for a shop
This artist had a trunk made within the context of his presentation of ponies.
Which just shows that, at the time, some circus artists had taste!
Photo credit Fabrice Laffont
For the 25th anniversary of the Ken Club in Paris, the French famed trunk-maker creates a special trunk coated with his legendary chevron red canvas, a real fitness room on castors containing a step aerobics platform, boxing gloves, a computer, speakers, a gym mat, a jump rope, dumbbells, a yoga mat and other weights.
An ultra-luxury trunk which combines the know-how of the one and the other, the supreme quintessence of the immoderate taste of each one for customization…
The pieces of baggage with saurian or reptile skin coating have always been very successful.
They require, for their manufacture, a specific skill, their leather being rather particular.
Crocodile leather vintage baggage is always refined.
Caution: When purchasing a crocodile leather baggage, make sure you will have no border to cross.
Indeed, the Washington convention on the protection of species very precisely regulates things and, nowadays, a crocodile leather bag must have a certificate to attest to the skin’s provenance. Without that certificate, your piece of baggage will be destroyed. It happened to the best ones.
Dreaming of baggage… wide-awake
Surprisingly, this beautiful picture, which was not taken here, shows a set of baggage available at Reve de Bagage…
LV wardrobe trunk, cabin trunk in orange Vuitonitte, hat trunk, hat box, leather scroll case…
Gucci ordered this wardrobe trunk with a crocodile leather coating.
It is certainly a hard work…
However, in my opinion, we can regret the "cheap" corners that are unsuited to the size of the trunk and the quality of its coating.
A salvage lock totally improbable, given the dimensions of the item.
That is a superb test… but jewelry is an essential part of a beautiful trunk.
The Moynat « toilet bags » catalog…
A wellspring of information where we learn that the toilet bags contained ear cleaners and hangnails scissors.
This little trunk, called Flower Trunk, has a very special story.
It was offered to Vuitton women clients on their child’s birth.
With a zinc covered interior, it could contain flowers…
The trunk was, according to the desire of the customer, turned into a cigarette box or jewelry box.
- A Vuitton trunk in Mauresque canvas?
- A Goyard suitcase?
- A beautiful leather hat box?
- A Hermes suitcase from the beginning of the century?
Nothing like a complete restoration to give back its beauty and value to your item!
- Preservation of existing elements (canvas, leather, brass, appearance…)
- Use of only original or period parts
- Re-creation of leather bindings
Examples of restoration made
Louis Vuitton trunk - Before - After (French customer)
A unique trunk… It is inevitably rare… It is inevitably exceptional!
On the occasion of a Word Fair, Moynat made this leather trunk, sort of leather marquetry… a mix of art deco and oriental art.
That leather trunk is a real work of mastery, of know-how.
A return to the beginning of the 20th century, that is what this photo inspires, isn't it ?
Large-sized locks, protection of the reinforcing slats, reinforced edges... no doubt, this picture has been taken in the USA.
As can be seen on this picture, there is an impressive number of workers.
I think that nowadays, it would represent the whole profession!
Following the example of his colleague, Moynat has developed different types of canvasses.
Brown damier canvas, red damier (not photographed), plain orange or brown canvas, and finally the “M” monogrammed canvasses.
The trunks of the counter come from our website La Malle en coin.
A lovely decoration idea and we dream of building a wall in the same way in the library of a castle.
Edited in 1000 copies
Hard cover with leather label / 100 color illustrations
Size: 40 x 27 cm (landscape format) / 176 pages
Published in December 2011
For sale at Moynat Paris, St Honoré street
At Reve de Bagages in Haguenau
I could not help but take a photo…
We have had the visit of a Parisian customer who came to pick a large flat-top American trunk (100X50X55) and we were very surprised while helping him to load!!! A SMART car! ...
Well, it did fit in the car!
And here is the ancestral method that enables to place a nail on a trunk, in a perfectly solid way.
We remind you that a trunk is always built without any screw!
This is the Grail for any Vuitton collector: a trunk-bed is very rare and not easy to find…
For 10 years, the Musée du Bagage has been presenting one... a unique piece from 1868.
Well, we just found a second one!!
To the amateurs interested, we will put on sale a trunk-bed in 2012…
There will be one and only one…
The museum has two of them (one is for sale); the harp trunks are the largest trunks available on the market.
For example, when converted into a closet, they enable to store more than 3’000 CDs / DVDs.
This one will be auctioned during a sale of musical instruments.
Here are the photos of a Louis Vuitton steamer trunk, taken out of his attic by one of our customers.
The trunk is whitish, dirty. The brass hardware is oxidized.
The main challenge, in that case, is to treat that special canvas, used by Vuitton in the end of the 19th century.
The monogram is drawn by the weave of the canvas.
Cleaning can begin
"Trunk-makers speak to trunk-makers"
- the clasp is not handsome
- the lozine is clearing off
- the lock is not safe
- the binding is not proud
- the wardrobe challenges me
- the drawers have the blues
Trunk-maker JCB depressed for 14 seconds
Christian Hahn's program GsunTheim will be broadcasted on Sunday, March 18 at 11:25.
To organize a joyful mess, there is nothing like a television crew coming to shoot a program with comedians in the Musée du Bagage.
1 director, 1 script-girl, 1 makeup artist, 3 grips, 2 cameramen, 1 sound engineer, 1 assistant director, actors, 2 presenters,
Add cables, wires, spotlights, crates…
Shake it all… and there it is… It is a joyful mess for 2 days.
It's not every day that we find such a lot of trunks…
Photo before restoration
There are some hazy mornings when, on opening our email box, we believe we are not sufficiently awake to believe what we see…
Thus, one morning, we received the below photos.
I examined them well and I thought that, for "parts", in a cannibalizing process, it could be useful.
The diagnosis is simple:
- The lid of that wardrobe trunk has vanished (canvas and wood)
- One of the bottom slats is totally "rotten"
- Lozine is destroyed
The trunk has all its pieces.
But when we brought back that trunk to the workshop, we said to ourselves that the challenge of restoring it would be really interesting, to test ourselves.
They are the restoration steps of that trunk that I propose to describe.
Few workshops agree to show their "methods"… On the contrary I think that the description of the work will enable many amateurs to think it over before embarking on this type of works. But that will also encourage you not to discard partially destroyed parts.
Here is a beautiful Louis Vuitton women hat trunk.
It is a monogrammed version, with lozine bindings, leather handles, and brass hardware.
Our client bought it abroad on a public auction.
She brought it to us for restoration.
I propose here to see the result, after:
- cleaning the brass hardware
- cleaning the canvas
- mending the scratches
We are often asked for more tips about restoring... and the first tip that we reveal to you, for that Vuitton restoration, is that we have used NO product to clean the brass hardware. Everything is handmade. Ban "Miror" and other miracle pastes.
Once the restoration is finished, we will use however on the metal parts, a special wax, based on petroleum, to ensure preservation, limit contact with air and thus avoid oxidation.
We still have work, but the trunk already looks better… does not it?
The rest when the trunk will be totally restored.
Restoration for a customer
Rare Louis Vuitton trunk coated with zinc, brass bindings (trunk used in the exploration of tropical countries).
Brass lock with original key
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In Oklahoma City, a trunk, that had been sealed for 100 years, has been opened and has revealed some incredibly preserved treasures. It is the whole outfit of the time that was discovered: magazines, suits, shoes, everyday objects…
A real time travel
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The Museum of the Great War chose La Malle en coin to provide decoration baggage.
Temporary exhibition dedicated to the painter Josso.
Nowadays the sleeping beauties are only seldom used for traveling.
Hereunder is a list of ideas that we have found or created with customers:
- Pile of suitcases 80, 70 , 60 and 50 cm in the entry
By forming a kind of perfect totem, it evokes the departure in the Orient-Express. :-)
- Steamer trunk at the bed end to store the blankets for winter
But some customers have other ideas, like these Wardrobe trunks
used in a bathroom to store/display bathrobes, towels, soap and other bathroom accessories.
Many are those who use small trunks as laundry basket, lingerie trunk or chest for secrets…
Trunks can also be found as valets in bedrooms or as extra seats.
Some use them as stand to put a nice lamp in a corridor, or as bedside table.
Sometimes we create a custom-made plinth to display them, or else, like at that man from Luxembourg’s home, we make a glass cube that totally protects the trunk.
Thus displayed in a case, it becomes a kind of objet d’art within everyone’s sight but out of reach for hands.
Several years ago, someone from a major luxury brand, looking at the photos of a restoration work, had said to me:
“It’s super, but, as I have no photos showing the previous condition, I cannot make out enough the work that has been done”.
That had given me an idea that we have just carried out.
The canvas of the trunk is the original. It has only been fixed and some little parts have been replaced.
All the parts of the trunk are original. Only restoration has been done (lock excepted, see below).
The stables strips have been painted only to delimit the two areas.
The missing lock has been replaced by a cast brass one that we have made according to the sand casting process
Then it has been treated, polished, assembled piece by piece and riveted again as it was originally.
It is functional without mechanism. Of course it bears no logo, as it is not original.
Reminder: Should we allow ourselves to affix a LV logo, we would be making counterfeit.
Obviously enough that item is not for sale, but only meant to show our ability for refurbishing.
It will be exhibited under glass in the Musée du Bagage.
Loïc, aged 16, came to work in our workshops last summer.
A true experience for him and for us!
The bellow photo is very informative…
Loïc, aged 16, finishes cleaning a Nuremberg trunk from the 17th century i.e. aged more than 350!
Generations follow one another and that type of timeless object remains…
We found that trunk in Berlin…
Under its layer of dust, nobody had noticed the monogram on both sides; we ourselves thought we had bought a mere large-sized leather steamer trunk. That was already a very good thing.
When the trunk was delivered by the trucker, while unpacking we had glimpsed the logo.
After restoring, we did some research to try to know who the previous owner was.
It was the Grand Duke Kirill of Russia.
To sum up:
Cyrille Vladimirovitch of Russia (in Russian : Кирилл Владимирович Романов, born 12 October 1876 in Tsarskoïe Selo, died 12 October 1938 in Neuilly-sur-Seine
Was Grand Duke of Russia
Member of the house of Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov
Rear-Admiral in the Imperial Navy of Russia
Head of the Imperial Family of Russia from 1924 to 1938 (pretender to the throne)
You will find full “Wikipedia” information on that character here : ici
Building a trunk is not impossible for those who have time, the needed spare parts and a minimum of manual dexterity.
In this post, we have listed all the elements necessary for the making of a trunk.
We advise you to buy poplar plywood.
You will be careful to assemble the whole of it with white glue and standard casing nails.
Once your box and lid created, the construction of your trunk can begin.
You will find below a list of all the elements necessary for your project.
All the presented items can be found in our spare part online shop
I found it necessary to write this post, following some recent events…
The first one is an email received from someone asking me to restore a trunk identical to the one above… The person describes the trunk as “antique”.
Yet it is a trunk found NEW in “consignment” shops for about 50 euros…
Therefore I did some research to find where it comes from, how much it costs…
That type of trunk can be found for $ 5… Yes indeed, you read right… $ 5, for an order of 100 pcs in China.
We bought one as a sample a few months ago.
The wood is in fact compressed sawdust which weighs 2 tons; leather is PVC, bindings are glued, etc. etc.
This trunk is sold in China $ 40 i.e. around 30 euros (1’000 pcs).
In a M… du Monde shop, it is offered at around 400 euros…
The trunk is described as leather-made (composition leather out of leather powder), as equipped with a lock (yes but it is one-piece with no mechanism), with nails (yes but the nails are only glued nailheads!!).
Trunk sold in China for $ 50 for an order of 100 pcs
Found here on a flea market offered by a junk dealer as being restored by him!!!
Then below, sets of different trunks, always sold by set of 3 pcs, for about $ 5 each for an order of 100 sets.
These trunks are presently offered on the flea markets in Switzerland for around CHF 150 per piece!
To cut a long story short, I beg you… Buy nothing if necessary… but do not buy that…