In the age of hybrid working, you’d be forgiven for thinking the traditional working wardrobe had died a death. Au contraire! In fact, those of us who still relish the agile mindset we can only achieve within office walls are leaning ever further into formal back-to-work styles to tap into our professionalism. No mean feat after a good few years of delivering strategies over zoom while wearing slippers. But that relaxed style of dressing simply didn’t work for everyone, with plenty of us needing to look sharp in order to think sharp. For some, they need nothing more than a crisp, ironed cotton shirt. For others, nothing short of a good suit is appropriate for the cause. But in our opinion, if there’s one area of our working wardrobe that is able to catapult our critical thinking to C-Suite level – it’s accessories.
Just like the start of a new school term wouldn’t have been complete without a brand new bag, the same still rings true in adulthood. Whether you’re looking to elevate your outfit for a big meeting or simply want to make your journey to work all the more bearable, we suggest enlisting the help of some smart and stylish companions - a robust laptop bag, backpack, document case or even a quality wallet - to add necessary polish to your look. And when it comes to sourcing fine leather companions of this calibre, there’s only one name on our wish list: Montblanc.
In keeping with the magnificent mountain itself, accessories crafted under the Montblanc name are cool, captivating and naturally rather impressive. Three buzzwords we wouldn’t mind being banded about at work in the context of our personal style. And as Montblanc continues reimagining its leather goods collections, its Maison has added a new dimension to its signature line of business styles to give them a fresh lease of life for the new working year. Featuring bags and smaller accessories in soft leather, the redesigned Sartorial collection takes its inspiration from handwriting – a nod to the brand’s writing culture heritage - and the world of libraries, the epicentres of reading, note-taking and creativity. Studious locations to influence studious accessories, the real point of difference is the introduction of a modularity system that allows small pieces to be attached to larger bags – creating new functionalities, styling options and many customisation possibilities. Recognisable ink bottles from the Montblanc archive have inspired the triangular design of the handles, while the construction of the sides of the bags evoke the opening of an envelope with two overlapping pieces of leather. The result? A selection of luxury everyday style tools that will inspire you to dress to your full potential.
To ensure a grand entrance the next time you breeze through the company reception area, scroll on to discover Port’s pick from the Sartorial collection below.