As a leader in the automotive art of true luxury conveyance, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has extended its expertise to design a suite of elegant luggage to complement Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce motor car ever created.
The collection has been conceived by Rolls-Royce Bespoke designer Michael Bryden and created in the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio led by director of design, Giles Taylor. The collection comprises two Grand Tourer valises, three Long Weekender bags and one Garment Carrier, meticulously designed to be housed in the luggage compartment of a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Like every Rolls-Royce motor car, the six pieces of luggage can be commissioned to the customer’s exacting specifications.
Counsel was sought from experts accustomed to handling the luggage of highly discerning individuals. The design team conversed with head butlers from some of the world’s most illustrious hotels, who offered insight into the interaction between guests and their belongings.
One of the conclusions is that luggage is not only seen as an expression of style, but also as a wardrobe from home, which has become increasingly important as entrepreneurs and captains of industry adopt a more transient lifestyle.
Particular attention to detail has therefore been paid to the area that most often comes into contact with the owner, ensuring the experience is an entirely effortless one. The handles have been made to ensure an even weight distribution, meaning no undue pressure is placed on the hand. An invisible stitch, a skill honed in the world of haute couture and used on the steering wheel of Wraith, has also been applied to ensure a perfectly smooth and tactile finish.
Like with a Rolls-Royce motor car, the refined visual aesthetics of the luggage shroud state-of-the-art engineering. For instance, rapid prototyping was used in the development of the Long Weekender to test the ergonomics of the handle repeatedly, ensuring the piece is effortless to carry.
Subtle references to the marque can be found in the form of the discrete fastenings, which magnetically dock, providing optimum resistance formed from a solid billet of machine-polished, aerospace-grade aluminium inspired by the silhouette of the Wraith.
The Spirit of Ecstasy, the flying lady figurine that has graced the bonnet of each Rolls-Royce motor car since 1911, is elegantly embossed onto the exterior of each bag, accompanying the privileged traveller on any epic voyage.
Self-righting wheel centres featuring the Rolls-Royce double-R emblem adorn the Grand Tourer, offering a fitting reflection of the Wraith itself. The strategically placed wheels, specially designed on a wide track to provide a high level of stability, provide an effortless transfer from ground to boot, ensuring the bag glides into position seamlessly in the rear of the motor car.
Carbon fibre has been selected for its light weight and durable properties rather than for the commonly used contemporary aesthetics of the material. It has been formed into the frame of the case, complemented by a wide-set handle and a high-sided design, optimising the stowage capability of the luggage.
The Garment Carrier, a sleek and slim-lined addition that sits neatly atop the Long Weekenders and Grand Tourers, has been designed to encompass a gentleman’s shirt and tuxedo, or a ladies’ gown. A loop for a silk tie or scarf is thoughtfully incorporated to provide the utmost convenience.
The Wraith Luggage Collection, which takes luggage to a new realm of luxury, was constructed by master craftspeople adorning white gloves, so as to preserve and protect the leather of unequalled quality.
With a choice of mono or two-tone leather finish, the collection embodies the design principles of the Wraith, as well as enabling customers to personalise their luggage to harmonise with the interior of their prestige vehicle. The Rolls-Royce leather is hand-stitched using the same colour thread as featured in the owner’s motor car and lined with a monogrammed lining discreetly featuring the Rolls-Royce emblem.
The Wraith Luggage Collection is available from Rolls-Royce dealerships. The pieces can be purchased individually or as a set of six, with the latter priced at US$42,606 (S$57,266).
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