The Montblanc x Bape Collaboration Is So Unexpected It's Perfect
The best collabs, in our experience, are those in which distant worlds somehow collide with spectacular—and memorable—results. Typically, the most engaging projects combine something crazy mass with something impossibly
Just such a collaboration was cooked up between the leather goods design office of legendary German brand Montblanc and Tokyo streetwear’s Bape. It launched this week, and it definitely checks the "out there" box.
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Montblanc’s approach to leather goods has been similarly focused on legitimacy and expertise. Leather, in fact, had been in the brand's DNA far longer than watches—but the brand got seriously into larger pieces in the past five years. More recently, polycarbonate roller bags were added to the roster of its sleek, design-conscious products.
But the Bape collaboration is a big move in a new direction. Bape has the unicorn-rare distinction of being both a hugely known global brand and one that somehow has preserved an aura of mystique about it. Founded in 1993, it has maintained a saintly status among street-style hounds ever since. image A close-up look at the Montblanc x Bape ABC camo.
For Montblanc, the team-up represents a bold and deliberate step onto the radar of a younger audience. Bape, on the other hand, reaps the benefits of making a range of accessories at the highest level in Montblanc’s own leather factory in Scandicci, just outside Florence, Italy. While the two houses have worked together before just last year—on a super-rare camo fountain pen for Bape’s 25th anniversary—the new four-piece range will be sold in both brands’ stores.
The capsule comes in Bape’s signature ABC camo (with the addition of Montblanc’s name) and includes a briefcase ($995), a portfolio ($680), a wallet ($350), and a pen pouch ($235) that will sell in selected Bape and Montblanc stores, and online.
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