If there's one thing (out of many) that we've learnt during the past year and a half, is that it's incredibly important to celebrate life—even down the simplest of things. We may have taken the freedom and ability to dine out or even just simply being out and about with friends for granted.
Life's too short and uncertain for us to be too laser-focused on just one thing. And it's about time we live a little.
Luxury brand Montblanc echoes this sentiment in its array of timeless and stylish creations. The brand has had a longstanding history of crafting some of the most exquisite lifestyle companions—from intricate writing instruments to leather goods—meant to be part of one's life journeys through every small win and big ones. And though Montblanc's undoubtedly elegant persona could come across as serious at times, it's no stranger to collaborations that tap on its more insouciant side. Its latest is perhaps one that embodies that characteristic the best thus far.
Partnering up with Maison Kitsuné, the Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné capsule collection is a playful celebration of l'art de vivre ('the art of living' in French). The Parisian lifestyle brand known for its overarching concept that includes fashion, culture and music, rounds off Montblanc's more refined approach, resulting in a collection that's designed to be part of those everyday moments of one's life—just like Montblanc's 'Friend of the Brand' Lawrence Wong.
The actor, entrepreneur and all-round style savant is the personification of l'art de vivre. He takes on different roles as an actor, embodying multiple characteristics and experiences with each one, all while creating a new identity to suit a narrative. And as an entrepreneur of his own skincare brand, Wong creates products meant to care for one's self. Creation is the art of living, and Wong does it in more ways than one.
The Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné collection is defined by its striking motif that runs throughout every piece in the collaboration. The latter's fox logo has been interpreted as a recurring camouflage print done in a monochromatic blue treatment. A single bold orange fox logo that's scribbled with 'Montblanc' across its body, signifies the collaboration between the two brands. The motif is then printed on Saffiano leather before crafted into a slate of leather bags and lifestyle accessories.
From a sizeable clutch designed with external slip pockets to a sufficiently roomy tote bag that's perfect for work, the gym or anything in between, there's breadth and versatility to the Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné range. A messenger crossbody bag carries through the design language of the collection but with a more streetwear-leaning sensibility that would work well with just about any outfit from the more casual denim options (like Wong) or loose tailoring grounded with your favourite pair of sneakers.
Because life isn't just about moments shared with others, the Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné collection also includes more personal lifestyle accessories. Pen thoughts, inspirations, and plans in the collection's leather-bound notebook, and keep things organised with a Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné pocket that's fitted with multiple card slots as well as a zipped compartment for loose change.
Montblanc's flagship over-ear headphones are also given the Maison Kitsuné treatment. The MB 01 has been reinterpreted with the collection's running shades of blues and trimmed with the fox motif right at the headband—a functional accessory that's a visual statement in its own right. Enjoying your favourite tunes (or the collection's specially curated playlist) has never looked this good.
L'art de vivre may be a foreign concept to some of us. But let the Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné capsule collection be an introduction to how celebrating life's simplest luxuries could make for a life that's more well-lived.
The Montblanc x Maison Kitsuné collection is now available at the Montblanc Raffles City boutique.
Photography and videography: Shawn Paul Tan
Styling: Asri Jasman
Hair: Gary Low / Passion Hair Salon
Makeup: Peter Khor using Dior
First assistant: Melvin Leong
Stylist's assistant: Kevin Tew
Special thanks to Appetite.