Montblanc Celebrates in Black & White
Montblanc is one of those timeless names that both encapsulates fashion and transcends it. While the company certainly produces leathergoods and fine crafts to rival any of the big fashion houses, there’s something about Montblanc that makes it more than just fashion – a Montblanc is heirloom material, something to be treasured for decades.
The launch of the 2015/2016 collection neatly coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Meisterstuck, one of the best-known writing instruments in the Montblanc stable and perhaps in the world. It was to celebrate this tradition – and to welcome some new ones – that we were invited to join Montblanc for breakfast, at the beautiful Doltone House overlooking Sydney Harbour.
There are some items in Montblanc’s collection that are timeless – like the pens, and the beautiful watches – but many are as current and on-trend as any other leathergoods range. The luggage, wallets, and billfolds are all designed in a range of different leathers and patinas and although they keep to much the same colour scheme, making them translatable to any ensemble or season, the designs are tweaked just enough to make them classic but modern. Yes, this is Montblanc, and yes, your mother probably has a treasured satchel from their range; but yours is modern and new, this is not the Montblanc of thirty years ago.
The ability to keep changing with the times while constantly producing a beautiful and functional product is required of any fashion house, and Montblanc does it well. There’s no garish colours or dated clasps and chains here, just pure quality – from the luggage to the watches to the pens, class is key, and the design features are so minimalistic and nuanced that it’s difficult to see anything but an array of investment pieces in the range. While I didn’t dare try to put my sticky breakfast hands on anything that morning, I know I would love to sometime in the future: Montblanc is on to something really special here; goods for the traditionalist and the traveller in all of us.