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. Pairing fine craftsmanship with a distinctively vintage look, 1926 Montblanc Heritage is designed for the inspired traveller who seeks stylish yet durable everyday companions. With its earthy desert hues, the collection evokes the vintage elegance of safari travel and the exploration of distant lands and cultures.
The organically treated leather marks the return 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. Emollients are used to nurture the leather and help it age gracefully. 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. Inside, the bright red printed lining that contrasts with the leather exterior is inspired by the vibrant fabrics worn by the regal Maasai tribe. This, along with the antique gold colour finishing of the metal fittings and the bridge and clasp closing systems, gives the collection its distinctively vintage and worldly look and feel.
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. 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. An assortment of city bags are designed to give the urban nomad 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 more 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 a 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.
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. 1926 Montblanc Heritage also offers the latest writing technology on-the-go with Augmented Paper, the writing innovation designed for those who want to enjoy a natural Montblanc writing experience on real paper with the efficiency of digitizing work so that it can be organized and shared from anywhere. The elegant envelope organizer of Augmented Paper has been crafted from the special leather.
At an exclusive cocktail event held in the relaxing lounge enclave of the luxuriously designed serviced office Colony, Vipod Residence KL, August Man, together with Montblanc Malaysia, presented the 1926 Montblanc Heritage collection to a select group of approximately 50 guests, including our A-Listers. Upon welcoming the guests, Grace Lim, general manager of Montblanc Malaysia, turned the floor over to editor-in-chief Rubin Khoo who moved on to introducing the highlights of the collection and its key features in a brief styling session.
Guests were subsequently invited to experience the leather collection up close and personal. Other Montblanc signature products available for trial included the latest TimeWalker collection of watches, the Legend and Legend Spirit eau de toilette, a selection of fine writing instruments including the Montblanc M, StarWalker and Writers Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupery, and the Augmented Paper. Making the evening extra special, a writing station was set up to offer guests first-hand experience of the pens and Augmented Paper, while complimentary engraving was at hand to personalise any fragrance purchased. As a finishing touch to the interactive event, as well as in keeping with Montblanc’s unwavering position as guardian of the arts, culture, tradition and craftsmanship, we treated each guest to an individual silhouette portrait featuring a coffee caricature of a 1926 Montblanc Heritage bag, hand-drawn by Malaysian caricature artist Vivian Lee.