Montblanc takes its quality leather products a step further with its latest 1926 Heritage Collection. The brand’s executive vice president of marketing Jens Henning Koch tells Men’s Folio about the range in Florence.
What’s is most special about the 1926 Heritage Collection?
Definitely the vegetable tanned leather. Vegetable tanning is one of the oldest and most intricate tanning processes in the great Tuscan leather tradition and gives each piece its own character and vintage charm. It preserves all the beauty of the original leather. Each piece will be unique from the beginning of the process, and becomes more interesting after personal usage. The way the leather is treated creates a soft touch and a great leather smell. The tanning also gives each piece its rich dark brown colour and a worn-in charm.
What are the design inspirations?
The collection is inspired by ’70s safari traveling exploration and earthy desert hues, as well as the needs of today’s stylish traveller. Each product is very versatile, and is suitable for business meetings and casual days. The brown leather, red linen lining and gold tone hardware expresses a personality. The use of the traditional Montblanc Heritage logo also gives the products a vintage look.
What do you think are the most important leather goods that a man should own?
A good quality bag – like a document case or backpack, for your professional life. The style depends on the environment that you are working in, and how casual you can be. But the quality of the leather is the most important. Secondly, depending on how many coins you carry, a credit card holder or a wallet. It needs to sit nicely in your jacket. Last but not least, a good quality belt is very important. It is a subtle expression of your style and taste. Quite often, you see someone in nice suit and outfit, but the belt is too loud. I think that a belt enhances one’s overall look, and expresses how much attention one pays to details.
Read the full interview in our September issue, out now.