The adventurer Eugène Le Moult's made-to-measure nightwear was kept in use in the family as his son and grandson had the same build: tall and athletic. These pieces are being rereleased by his great- grand-daughter P.Le Moult.
All P.Le Moult collections reference episodes in the life of Eugène Le Moult. The latest is NABOKOV, as the author of Lolita was, with luminaries such HIROHITO (Showa Emperor of Japan), LEOPOLD III (king of Belgium) and Sergei KHRUSHCHEV (son of the Soviet Premier), a faithful client of Cabinet Le Moult.
EUGÈNE LE MOULT
Dad’s grand-dad led a FABULOUS LIFE of ADVENTURE AND POETRY. He was the world's №1 butterfly-hunter at a time when butterfly-collecting was de rigeur for gentlemen of class.
Eugène grew up on DEVIL’s ISLAND, North of Brazil. Here he slept alone in the SAVAGE JUNGLE when tracking butterflies, routinely in mortal danger, attacked by venomous SNAKES, SPIDERS and JAGUARS.
Furthermore, dad’s grand-dad had fickle helpers: STONE-AGE TRIBES and the OUTLAWS that France sent to exile in the jungle (as referenced in the Steve McQueen/ Dustin Hoffman movie PAPILLON).
Great-grandad relied on FUNCTION in his NIGHTWEAR...
Moving to Paris, Eugène became the WORLD'S BIGGEST PRIVATE COLLECTOR, only the national museums of London, Washington and Paris owning more butterflies.
«People think that hunting butterflies is a symbol of cute nonchalance. In fact it's a sport, and even one of the hardest. In France this would mean constant walking, climbing, sprinting or long-distance running. In the tropics, it's the same thing, plus the threat of wild animals.»
E.LM in Paris Match №314 2nd April 1955
PRALINE LE MOULT
Graduate of both Central-Saint Martins and the École des Beaux Arts de Paris, LVMH Arts Prize winner, Praline inherited Eugène's clothes.
Familiar with her grandmother's stories, she started exploring Eugène's life through his self-aggrandising autobiography «Mes Chasses aux Papillons» (ISBN: 2-252-03973-6), the Japanese book on Eugène «Crowned with a Butterfly Net» (ISBN: 4122028957) and scholarly articles on his work in French Guiana.