Luxury accessories company Montblanc’s artistic director, Marco Tomasetta, joined the organization in March 2021. His resume includes Givenchy, Prada, Chloé, and Louis Vuitton, but his first order of business at the Hamburg, Germany-based company was to do a deep dive into its archives to find inspiration to update its signature Meisterstück leather accessories collection.
The German word for “masterpiece,” Meisterstück is also the moniker of Montblanc’s signature writing instrument. Although the pen comes in ballpoint, mechanical pencil, and several other models, it’s best known as a classic fountain pen. The shape of the pen’s nib became the focus of his creative journey: Besides being applied to leather details — like where handles and straps are attached to bags — it’s also been used as inspiration for updated zipper pulls, luggage tags, and closures.
The collection’s silhouettes have been rounded for a more clean, contemporary look, and — one of our favorite touches — a new leather has been developed in a very deep tone of matte black inspired by dark, fluid ink. The Mont Blanc snowcap emblem, a significant branding element, is also used in the collection. A small envelope “Pouch” features the silhouette of a craggy Alpine mountainside, taken from a 1920 Montblanc advertisement.
“The aim was to bring the design of the collection even closer to Montblanc’s iconic symbol of timeless luxury – the Meisterstück writing instrument. By mirroring some of its distinguishing features like the nib itself as well as the colour and shine of the pen’s precious resin with its smooth sensual touch, we have created pieces that truly stand out. Not simply because of their elevated design, but because they clearly showcase Montblanc’s DNA”, explains Marco Tomasetta, Montblanc Artistic Director.
Large leather goods include a briefcase, document case, tote and duffle. Smaller pieces include portfolios, pouches, wallets, card holders, and key pouches. Two other collections, Selection Glacier and Selection Soft, will make their debuts on March 30th and April 1st, respectively.