Vintage Elegance With The Passing Of Time: Introducing The 1926 Montblanc Heritage Collection
Montblanc introduces its first full collection in vegetable tanned leather for today’s sophisticated wanderer
For the urban nomad, travel is more than just getting from one destination to another. It’s about discovering new places and unforgettable experiences both near and far. Pairing fine craftsmanship with a distinctively vintage look, 1926 Montblanc Heritage is a new original collection of leather pieces created for the inspired traveller who seeks stylish yet durable everyday companions. With its earthy desert hues the design of the new collection evokes the vintage elegance of safari travel and the exploration of distant lands and cultures. For the first time, Montblanc has crafted a whole collection in vegetable tanned leather treated in the great Tuscan tradition to give each piece its rich dark brown aging patina and worn-in charm. The bright red printed lining that contrasts with the leather exterior is inspired by the vibrant fabrics worn by the regal Maasai tribe. A nod to the Maison’s tradition of leather craftsmanship, 1926 is the year Montblanc started its own journey into the world of leather. Beyond its name, the vintage attitude of Heritage is reflected in every design detail from the antique gold colour finishing of the metal fittings or the bridge and clasp closing systems to the Montblanc Heritage logo that appears on each of the twenty bags, wallets and leather accessories that make up the collection.
1926 Montblanc Heritage is characterized by the beauty of its organically treated leather, returning to one of the oldest and most intricate tanning processes. Enhancing the look, touch and smell of the leather, the use of vegetable tannins extracted from barks and other plant tissues preserve the natural appearance of the leather, with its own shades of grain, causing one skin to vary from another. The emollients used to nurture the leather give it its distinct perfume. With the passing of time, the colour changes only to enhance the vintage look of each piece and evolves to become truly personalized to its life companion.
Whether a journey to a far distant place, a brief trip from one meeting to the next, or a leisurely excursion across town, each 1926 Montblanc Heritage piece is defined by its versatility, adapting to the needs of its owner. Designed to conveniently carry documents and portable technology to work, a retro-style Single Gusset Briefcase features a two- buckle closure and adjustable shoulder strap. Simple and smart, a Document Case with zip closure is an elegant piece that provides storage compartments for a laptop, papers and stationery. The two leather straps and metallic bridge closure of the Portfolio create the retro look that is a defining characteristic of 1926 Montblanc Heritage. Whether a trip to the gym or a business meeting, an assortment of city bags are designed to give the urban nomad with chic and stylish ways to carry personal items or technology around town. A Messenger, Reporter Bag or Small Backpack feature the distinctive metal buckle with the signature antique gold finishing and adjustable shoulder straps to give the everyday adventurer complete comfort. The weekend escape has never been so stylish with a large Duffle Bag in the rich brown leather with subtle detailing including decorative leather loops and studs. The detachable front pocket has multiple uses, as a single clutch bag or as belt bag. A Large Backpack with a drawstring closure and buckles, as well as a Double Messenger with ample storage and multiple interior pockets can be made-to-order, available exclusively upon request.
The design codes of 1926 Heritage have been applied to the selection of small leather goods including wallets, credit card holders and business card holders. The dark brown vegetable tanned leather contrasts with vibrant red Maasai-inspired lining inside the accessories, embellished with an embossed line on edges and the antique gold finishes of the hardware. A new type of closure features a press button with a clasp. For the intrepid traveller, the collection includes a Passport Holder, a Multi-currency Pouch for storing up to four currencies in four zipped compartments and a key fob for carrying multiple keys.
Fine stationary has also been given the Heritage treatment with a notebook handcrafted in the finest vegetable tanned leather featuring gold cut paper edges inspired by the antiqued gold fittings of the collection,
Every step of the way, the 1926 Montblanc Heritage collection inspires the traveller with vintage elegance. Leaning on the long traditions of Tuscan leather expertise, each piece is the expression of fine craftsmanship, a travel companion to accompany the modern explorer through the journey of life.
The new 1926 Montblanc Heritage Collection is available from September 2017 at Montblanc boutiques worldwide.