Montegrappa still makes top-quality nibs and writing instruments in its historic HQ and factory on the bank of the River Brenta in north-east Italy. The company specialises in limited edition pieces paying tribute to world figures such as Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali and Leonardo da Vinci as well as more playful pens dedicated to DC Comics and Game of Thrones.
When did you start working for the family business?
Ever since I was at high school I worked at Montegrappa. My parents would give me pens to repair and I did my homework using a Montegrappa pen – they gave me no choice!
And now here you are, the company’s CEO. Did you feel this was your destiny?
Yes, I felt a great responsibility to continue the brand. Our history is very important to us. Hanging in our Dubai Mall store is a photo of the Montegrappa mountain in north-east Italy – I’ve walked on it many times.