The Classiques are made of real leather, so this may not be the right glove for vegans, but they also have some very modern features integrated into the classy styling. The padding in the palm feels right, in the right places without any superfluous pillowy effects, and the fingers are touch-screen inductive through "eSwipe" technology. These technologies are pretty standard in most cycling gloves nowadays, and I had mixed success with touchscreens while wearing these gloves, but it's nonetheless a good sign that the retro-styling seems to be balanced with some modern utilities. I was even impressed with the nose-wipe on the thumb, which was very soft yet somehow didn't detract from the overall look or feel of the glove's performance.
Bontrager made a very good effort on this front; I found these gloves to be most comfortable in fall weather, between 30 and 40 degrees. At these temperatures the ventilation on the back of the glove keeps your hand from overheating, which you don't really realize until you stop and have to take the gloves off to stop the sauna. For this reason, I can't really recommend these gloves for mountain biking, despite the added protection that leather might provide.
One of the most disappointing things about these gloves was how they felt. I tested a size large, which is my normal glove size, but for Bontrager's Classiques it may be worth it to go up one size so the seams on the inside don't dig into your hands like they did to mine. It only represented a minor discomfort, but any discomforts for a long ride and you'll hate the sport and yourself by the end of it. The seams are a result of the seamless look of the outer shell of the glove, which I appreciate, but the unfortunate side effect is a plethora of pressure points inside the glove exactly where you don't want them.
I really like the concept of these gloves, which is why it hurts to give them 2 out of 5, but for $75 they should keep you comfortable and offer something more. Perhaps it's a symptom of the tendency of the industry as a whole towards flashiness and fashion above improved function that we would even consider this to be a good buy. It's a really neat idea, and done well it could be awesome, but until it functions well I can't recommend a product that provides style at the cost of comfort or performance.
Bontrager Classique gloves are available through your local Trek retailer - more details on Bontrager's website