Luxury luggage specialist Louis Vuitton has put together a set of luggage dedicated to the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.
The collection of luggage includes two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. Louis Vuitton said to ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailor-made to fit perfectly into the interior of the BMW i8.
“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the revolutionary BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating an exclusive luggage collection tailored perfectly to the new BMW i8.”
BMW said the carbon-black of this luggage range matches the colors of the BMW i8 and includes the Louis Vuitton hallmark chequered Damier pattern. A laser-etched black and electric blue is used in the microfiber lining and take their cue from the trademark brand colors of the BMW i8 and bag handles are made from dyed natural leather.
“This collaboration with BMW epitomizes our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style,” said Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder. “Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”
The luxury bag company stated the bags and cases are inspired by the design of the BMW i8 and, like the sports car’s passenger cell, are made entirely from carbon fiber. This particularly lightweight yet extremely sturdy high-tech material has been used by Louis Vuitton to create a special textile, says the company.
BMW added that the luggage pieces created by Louis Vuitton fit snugly into the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8, with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the trunk, while the Garment Bag i8 is dedicated to the rear shelf of the BMW i8. The hardshell Business Case i8 which is also ideal for carrying laptops, matches the shape of the rear seats; while the small Weekender PM i8 is designed to rest on its surface.
The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1, 2014. No kidding.