Lanvin’s Curb Sneaker Gets a Reptilian Makeover

French Maison Lanvin did it again! After making its debut just two years ago at Lanvin’s Men’s Fall/Winter 2020 show, the skate-inspired Curb sneaker has quickly become a brand staple.

The Curb is a sneaker inspired by the 90s, with a confident design and exaggerated dimensions. Made in nappa calfskin, suede and mesh, this elaborately constructed shoe stands out for its extraordinary comfort thanks to the rounded shape, padded tongue, and curved metallic eyelets.

With its 90s-influenced design and eye-catching chunky silhouette, the luxury sneaker has become a favorite of streetwear and luxury aficionados alike. Adding to the shoe’s eccentric catalog, the Curb sneaker has now appeared in a reptilian construction. Featuring a mixed-media fabrication, the shoe is done up in python print Nappa leather, suede and mesh. Still keen on eccentricity, the shoe is completed with a padded quilted tongue with the French Maison’s label and logo, double waxed woven herringbone laces and curved metallic eyelets.

Further bringing the Portugal-made shoe to life are its beige and green colorways. The Lanvin Curb Python Print Leather Sneakers are available now at Lanvin boutiques, at their website for $1,150 USD. Come into the beautiful world of Lanvin.

Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel

If this summer you stop by Paris, I suggest you to experience the new Montblanc flagship at the top of the Champs Elysees inspired by a luxury boutique hotel with lobby and concierge areas, “bagagerie , salons d’écriture et d’horlogerie ainsi qu’une suite privée”…

After opening Montblanc Haus few months ago, it is great to see their new unique client experience. Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, Art Deco mosaic floor, ink bar creative space and unexpected surprises making guests feeling home.

Serious pen collectors can now plunk down six figures in the plushest setting imaginable, complete with staggering views of the Arc de Triomphe over flower boxes blooming with perfect roses.

The check-in desk that once sat in a Montblanc boutique in the 1950s (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The 2,400-square-foot corner unit, home to a Montblanc boutique for the past 20 years, just reopened after an extensive renovation and expansion to accommodate a new concept that merges retail with hospitality.

When you have a great stay at your favorite boutique hotel, you don’t ever want to leave”, Montblanc chief executive officer Nicolas Baretzki explained, bringing to mind the lyrics of a famous Eagles song. “We hope our customers will feel just the same about their visit”.

Visitors to Montblanc Suite 4810, the number representing the elevation in meters of Europe’s famous snow-capped mountain, alight upon a mosaic threshold like those found in palace hotels or Paris’ famous covered passages, and are invited to ‘check in’ at a retro, wooden reception counter.

Watches are displayed in a fixture resembling a cocktail bar (photo by Davide Leggio). 

There, sales staff can orient visitors toward what they might be seeking, or invite them to discover the 116-year-old German luxury brand, starting with its emblematic resin writing instruments, through to timepieces, leather goods and other personal accessories.

Products are sparsely merchandised throughout the airy ground floor, but there is much to discover, from the ‘ink bar’, where visitors can test a range of nibs and quirky colors with cigar-sized fountain pens, to a wall niche displaying the latest Montblanc collectible: a hand-carved ebony pen in the shape of a wandering stick from its Writers Edition dedicated to the Brothers Grimm, priced at € 40,300.

High-rollers might be escorted directly upstairs to the VIP salons via an elevator done up in gleaming black, a wink to its emblematic Meisterstück pen, and lit up with calligraphy animations. Or they can stroll across the pale hardwood floors, the same as the ones found in Montblanc’s historic Hamburg ateliers, and discover everything from sporty crossbody bags and business cases to sunglasses, belts and wallets.

The concierge desk offers personalization, among other services (photo by Davide Leggio).

The decor resembles the lobby of a boutique hotel with its cushy armchairs, piped-in music and staff at the ready to offer refreshments. Baretzki said the boutique, which has an Art Deco feel, is a one-off that winks to other units.

Full of beautiful and authentic details like a restored 1950s vintage counter, a small concierge desk, located near the entry, is where customers can have accessories personalized, or receive advice on writing techniques. A salon dedicated to writing instruments and timepieces is done up in the style of a cocktail bar, serving up watches instead of martinis, while the penultimate room showcases large leather goods on shelves and small ones in marble drawers. There’s enough room here to test-drive roller suitcases.

Montblanc’s famous pen nibs can be found embedded in the iron safety grill, displayed over the ink bar, and recurring as zipper pulls in the leather goods department. Smartwatches, headphones and other personal tech items — Montblanc’s latest brand extension — are displayed in a pop-up location next door.

Montblanc’s Suite 4810 upstairs salons can host events and VIP clients (photo by Davide Leggio). 

The VIP suite includes an expansive living room with a bookcase, a vast straw marquetry-topped coffee table, and comfortable seating. A second room, the walls lined with safety-deposit boxes, features consultation tables perfect for inspecting rare pens, some of which are sourced from the Montblanc Haus in Hamburg, an immersive brand emporium that blends elements of a museum, art gallery, hall of fame and school offering calligraphy classes.

Montblanc also operates freestanding boutiques in Paris on the Rue de Rennes and Boulevard des Capucines, plus shops-in-shop at Galeries Lafayette, Printemps and Le Bon Marché.

Enjoy and happy summer. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Montblanc Revives Its Early 20th-Century ‘Baby’ Pens

Montblanc has been dishing out luxury pcket goods since 1906, and the brand is acknowledging its heritage by reviving one of its original products. The German label’s new Rouge et Noir Baby Pen is a reimagined take on its archival Baby pens from the 1910s and ‘20s.

As its name implies, these new pens garner inspiration from Montblanc’s original fountain pen developed in 1906, the Rouge & Noir. This revived accessory is put forth in a pair of sleek colors. You’ll be able to choose between a black body with platinum-coated hardware or an ivory tone coupled with gold-coated fittings. Each measures just 3.9″, making the pen a perfect choice for elevated EDC, if your job requires you to constantly be on the move.

Both colorways will also be available in either a fountain pen configuration for those with an affinity to the classics or a ballpoint pen mechanism for those who prefer something a little more modern. Finishing the pens are red Montblanc logos at the tip of the caps or pushers that’ll go perfectly with a set of cufflinks the company is also offering.

Additional pieces in this Art Deco-inspired collection include a leather-crafted pen pouch, pocket notebook, and red resin-embellished cufflinks, each of which is available in the same color palettes as the neighboring pens. While the notebook and pen pouch each serve as formidable accents to this classy utensil, they bode just as well on their own. On the other hand, the cufflinks are guaranteed to make any suit look even swankier.

If you’re interested, the new Montblanc Rouge et Noir ‘Baby’ series will be available soon over on the luxury brand’s boutiques and website, with prices ranging from $465 to $795 USD. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

You can shop Dior’s Birkenstock Collaboration Now

After unveiling the collaboration at the start of the year, French Maison Dior has now officially released its capsule with Birkenstock. The collection features two signature silhouettes — the Tokio Mule and Milano Sandal — and takes inspiration from Christian Dior’s love of gardening.

Celebrating this influence, the two silhouettes mix functionality and elegance in tribute to the couturier. The mule and sandal also arrive in a variety of finishes, including black nubuck calfskin, grey felted wool and, for the Tokio Mule, a ‘Greige’ nubuck calfskin.

Alongside the Birkenstock collaboration, the French Maison has also released its new CD 1947 capsule. This collection is based on a dialogue between Kim Jones and the legacy of Christian Dior, with this relationship exemplified by a new ‘Christian Dior’ signature combined with ‘1947’ in honor of the first Dior show.

Both the CD 1947 collection and the full Birkenstock collaboration are available now via the Dior web store.

Louis Vuitton meets Nike

Introducing LVandNike. Created and crafted in a collaboration between French Maison Louis Vuitton and Nike for the Spring-Summer 2022 Collection by Virgil Abloh, the Nike ‘Air Force 1’ fuses the iconic sneaker’s classic codes with the insignia and materials of the Maison. The collaboration is a symbol of the hip-hop culture that inspired the Men’s Artistic Director and is an authentic celebration and union of Abloh’s worlds.

On January 26th, 200 limited-edition pairs will be auctioned by Sotheby’s, where all proceeds will benefit The Virgil Abloh™ ‘Post-Modern’ Scholarship Fund which supports the education of academically promising students of Black, African American, or African descent. Stay tuned for more. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Chopard plays the game

The Swiss watch and jewelry house Chopard is also known for its luxury accessories, which revolve around sophistication and craftsmanship. Now they’ve had the ancient, highly regarded board game Backgammon hand-crafted as an art object by French craftsmen.

The cassette is decorated with meticulous inlays made of sustainable walnut and oak wood. The stones are made of galalite, a beautiful, biodegradable and extremely hard material with a milk protein as raw material – hence the nickname ‘milk stone’. The choice of this material implies an ethically responsible alternative to horn, mother-of-pearl or other animal-derived materials that have traditionally been used for this type of application.

Made from noble materials, the deluxe games created by Chopard are the product of precious know-how. Whether as a gift or for relaxing with friends and family, these sophisticated items are as pleasant to handle as they are to contemplate. When the rules of the game are combined with the rules of the art, it matters little whether you win or lose, because it is done elegantly.

The Chopard LUC Backgammon is available at Chopard boutiques and selected stores worldwide at € 11,400. Come into the beautiful world of Chopard.

The Louis Vuitton man is on the move with Aerogram Collection

With travel at the heart of its history French Maison Louis Vuitton updates its Aerogram collection, which was initially launched last year, by introducing the Messenger Voyage and three new colors this year.

As always, the Aerogram collection blends the Maison’s heritage of travel with distinct modernity. While the collection’s leather goods offerings embody craftsmanship and nomadism, its sharp lines and contemporary detailing are designed for everyday elegance. Like the name of the collection, it is inspired by the aerogram, a folded sheet of paper that can both be a letter and a stamped envelope.

Launching in three new colorways this year, the travel accessories boast a new plain grey, bright orange and midnight blue. Each of the pieces’ shoulder strap, embossed logo and luggage tag are coordinated in the same tone to create an elevated accessory ready to add an edge to any outfit. Staying true to the collection, the silhouette of the pieces echoes the distinct shape of the envelope.

Seasonal classics like the Messengers bags, backpacks and Keepall bags and pouches are joined but yet another contemporary and practical piece, the Messenger Voyage, which is inspired by the iconic Pochette Voyage. With an adjustable shoulder strap, zipped front pocket and customizable cardholder, the bag is ready for any kind of travel.

The Louis Vuitton Aerogram collection is front and center with a new campaign. The advertisement stars are Valentine Caron, Fernando Cabral, Kohei Takabatake, and Leon Dame. Thurstan Redding photographs the models as they board a train in style. 

Louis Vuitton’s Aerogram collection of men’s leather accessories is available at Louis Vuitton Boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Louis Vuitton.

Montblanc reopens its doors in Masaryk Polanco

Montblanc is celebrating the reopening of their flagship store in Masaryk, Mexico. The reopening of the boutique in Mexico City’s Masaryk is great news for lovers of the brand with more than 110 years of history. Located at Masaryk 440 in Colonia Polanco, this new vision aims to consolidate itself as a new flagship within the Maison and offer customers a much more personalized experience.

French object and space designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrence developed a concept with a pure and uncluttered aesthetic for the reopening of the boutique in Masaryk de Montblanc. We can see the combination between black and white colors as well as the presence of wood to provide contrast and an organic feeling.

Each product category of Maison Montblanc has a dedicated space where customers can appreciate the craftsmanship and functionality of the pieces. You will be able to see a wide range of all the various products available from the brand where elegance and tradition play a key role.

Of course, the reopening of the Montblanc boutique in Masaryk also highlights the important legacy left by the brand in terms of writing culture. Montblanc has enhanced the calligraphy experience by hand with the introduction of the Montblanc Ink Bar in select boutiques around the world. Through this space, it allows the customer to test the range of nibs of the brand’s source pens and choose their ink or notebook color so that each person can experience a writing style.

Each customer will have the opportunity to customize their leather goods or writing instruments thanks to the initial engraving or embossing service available for select pieces. The point is not only to personalize the experience but to provide the customer with the option to distinguish their purchase with something very special.

Finally, in order to be able to receive customers more comfortably, the second floor is crucial in the reopening of the boutique in Masaryk de Montblanc. It is a room with a bar so that customers can enjoy their stay in the flagship and can discover every detail of the most exquisite pieces within the catalog.

Montblanc awaits you in its new flagship. Open Monday to Sunday from 11:00 to 19:00 hrs.

Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

If gifting is an art, here’s the exhibition

Limited to just 100 pieces worldwide, the Montblanc Happy Holidays Advent Calendar is home to the spirit of the season. Every day of the advent a ‘room’ can be opened to reveal a selection of magical Montblanc gifts, from writing instruments, fine stationary, leather goods, jewellery, to fragrances.

The shape including external and internal design of the box are a to scale representation of the Montblanc Haus, which will open to the public in 2022.

The Montblanc Happy Holiday Advent Calendar is available in limited quantities of 100 pieces at Montblanc boutiques. Come into the beautiful world of Montblanc.

Ready for winter

Founded in 1965 in Lyon by its President Alain Schimel, fashion house Zilli launched luxury sportswear – including the now iconic leather jackets. Sublimed by craftsmen in the Lyon workshops, rare hides and exceptional fabrics give rise to unique creations. Over the years Zilli has developed a complete luxury menswear wardrobe, from shirts to leather goods, belts, knitwear, jeans, shoes, suits, eyewear and fragrances. 

Step into the new season with an exclusive and refined elegance. Discover the Zilli accessories collections online and in their boutiques worldwide.

Zilli fashion and accessories are available at Zilli boutiques worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Zilli.