Speed and precision are key to a high-performance racing automobile. It’s in the way the car is designed and constructed—the subtle curvatures, the air-cutting silhouette and the careful consideration of the many factors that affect a user’s experience. The latter is essentially the driver of good design.
Swiss brand Montblanc approaches design in a similar fashion. Renowned for its luxury writing instruments, Montblanc focuses on elevating the user experience element of its creations. Writing has traversed into the digital age thanks to the brand’s revolutionary Augmented Paper. And when it comes to Montblanc’s Italian-made leather goods series, it’s a combination of skill, finesse and style.
Inspired by vintage racing, Montblanc’s latest Urban Racing Spirit collection echoes the race we face on a daily basis. The collection is designed with the urban man in mind, one whose lifestyle has him on the move constantly. And like the vintage cars that they’re based on, the pieces of the Urban Racing Spirit collection are serious contenders for ease and practicality.
The collection’s slim document case, for example, features zipped pockets on both sides for added storage that are easily accessible, aside from the roomy main compartment. Within the latter, a large zipped pocket, two dedicated slots for mobile phones and three writing instrument loops keep things organised (yes, Marie Kondo would approve). The Urban Racing Spirit backpack, on the other hand, is designed with a hook closure; great for those who find zips and magnetic closures a hassle.
New to Montblanc’s series of accessories, the Urban Racing Spirit collection introduces a bottom compartment for shoes on some of its bigger leather pieces. The design element is added to a duffle bag that also features the same multi-compartment aesthetic that’s key to the collection, making it ideal for short-haul travels.
To top it all off, the sleek black leather construction is accented with red details on leather zipper tabs and shoulder straps as a nod to the stripes that are synonymous with the racing cars of the ’70s. On the inside, the accessories are lined with a jacquard fabric that’s black and dotted with red lines.
Montblanc’s Urban Racing Spirit collection won’t make your movements decidedly faster. Or ensure you’re never late for work. But just like an automobile, each piece is designed to make navigating your busy lifestyle (and winning) a tad easier; something we could all do with now and then.
The Montblanc Urban Racing Spirit collection is now available at Montblanc boutiques.