The Shoppes at the Palazzo in Las Vegas is home to one of Montblanc’s gorgeous boutiques, and it is in fitting company, with such neighbors as Van Cleef & Arpels, Piaget, Coach, Jimmy Choo and other notables in the jewelry and fashion industries. I walked from the Sands Convention Center, where I was attending the JCK show (not a short jaunt, I might add), and arrived a few minutes early for my meeting with Kelly Hodrick, director of communications for Montblanc North America. Kelly is a credit to her industry. Enthusiastic, funny and smart, she is one of my favorite people to talk to, though we don’t often have the opportunity. So here’s the scoop: the Mark Twain Limited Edition 2010 Writers Edition will be in stores in August, and to commemorate the hundredth year of Twain’s passing, Montblanc is hosting an event in mid-August at the Mark Twain Museum in Missouri (there will be another event in September at Foxwoods in Connecticut).
Montblanc has been prolific this year. Among the new introductions are three new additions to its Annual Edition, including Mythical Creatures (Papillon); Venetian Carnival (Il Dottore) and Classical Mythology (Athene). This year’s Patron of the Art pen was an homage to Elizabeth I. There’s a new and feminine Etoile de Montblanc coming in October and another ultra-special pen making its debut about the same time. If I say more, I will be mysteriously and permanently muzzled and I would not like that.
More on Mark Twain…According to company literature, the Mark Twain is “entirely inspired by the works of the legendary writer and his Southern roots, apparent in many of his works. The sinuous curving lines on the deep blue precious resin are inspired by the Mississippi and its shallow waves. It was this imposing “Ol’ Man River” that captivated Twain and influenced him throughout his life. The top of the cap is shaped to resemble the steamboat chimneys, whose steam is illustrated by ivory-colored precious resin. The clip is reminiscent of a stylized jaw’s harp, a musical instrument that was popular in the southern states during Twain’s lifetime. Beneath the clip, the cap ring is marked with the author’s signature, as well as the limited edition number. Finally, the delicately designed 18-karat gold nib is engraved with two fathoms used in former times as an indication for the depth under the keel of a sailboat. The fountain pen is priced at $960.
My favorite quote from Twain: “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them.”