The Future of Style: Montblanc and Kering Eyewear Enter a New Partnership for the Product Development, Manufacturing and Distribution of Montblanc Eyewear
Montblanc and Kering Eyewear are pleased to announce their partnership for the development, production and worldwide distribution of Montblanc sunglasses and optical frames.
The two partners will work hand-in-hand to further establish Montblanc in the Eyewear segment, with a renewed focus on refined design, performance and the creation of stylish pieces.
The Montblanc Eyewear Spring Summer 2019 collection will be revealed in September 2018 during Silmo in Paris, before being launched internationally in January 2019, when Montblanc’s current 17-year partnership with Marcolin comes to a close.
“Montblanc is excited to enter a new relationship with Kering Eyewear, a partner known globally for manufacturing some of the finest luxury eyewear. Kering Eyewear’s commitment to quality and excellence in design mirrors Montblanc’s own commitment to craftsmanship and aesthetic exploration. The goal is to push boundaries of design together and think of innovative ways to develop eyewear suited to the high achievers, urban nomads and millennial adventurers that connect with Montblanc’s ethos and values”, explains Nicolas Baretzki, Montblanc CEO.
“We are extremely proud to announce this new partnership, which further strengthens our relationship with our shareholder Richemont”, said Roberto Vedovotto, Kering Eyewear’s President and CEO,
Montblanc represents a unique ensembleof technological innovation and traditionsof craftsmanship and I am confident that its distinctive positioning in the men’s luxury eyewear segment will be further enhanced within our outstanding portfolio of luxury brands.
ABOUT KERING EYEWEAR
Kering Eyewear is part of the Kering Group, a global Luxury group that develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches. Today, Kering Eyewear designs, develops and distributes eyewear for a complete and well-balanced portfolio of 16* brands: Gucci, Cartier, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, Brioni, Altuzarra, Alaïa, Boucheron, Pomellato, Puma, McQ, Christopher Kane, Tomas Maier.
*Balenciaga from January 2019
Guided by the pioneering spirit since 1906, Montblanc revolutionized the culture of writing with breakthrough innovations. Today, the Maison continues to push boundaries and evolve the expression of fine craftsmanship across each of its product categories: the pinnacle of luxury writing instruments, timepieces, leather goods, accessories, fragrances and eyewear. With every innovation, Montblanc offers new functionalities and groundbreaking designs imbued with the Maison’s heritage of sophistication and crafted to the highest standards through the skills of its artisans in each of its manufactures whether Hamburg, Germany for its writing instruments, the Swiss Jura in Le Locle and Villeret for its timepieces or Florence, Italy for its leather goods. Reflecting its ongoing mission to create fine lifetime companions born from the most pioneering ideas, the iconic Montblanc Emblem has become the ultimate seal of performance, innovation, quality and expression of style. With its origins deeply rooted in the culture of handwriting, Montblanc continues to assert its cultural commitment around the world with the creation of wide-ranging initiatives to promote arts and culture in many forms, while honouring the modern day patrons who support the advancement of the arts.