Rolls Royce for Christmas
This Christmas, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has extended its expertise to design a suite of elegant luggage to complement Wraith, the most powerful Rolls-Royce ever created. The collection, conceived by Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer Michael Bryden and designed in the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Design Studio led by Director of Design Giles Taylor, 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, they can be commissioned to the customer’s exacting specifications.
To create this suite, 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. Luggage is not only seen as an expression of style, but also as a wardrobe from home, 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 designed 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 been applied to ensure a perfectly smooth and tactile finish.
Michael Bryden, Rolls-Royce Bespoke Designer, says: “The Wraith Luggage Collection consists of six pieces, each carefully considered to reflect the unparalleled design aesthetics of Rolls-Royce motor cars. The latest technologies and materials are blended with traditional crafts and techniques, leading to an elegantly executed and thoroughly contemporary luggage collection, designed exclusively for Wraith, the ultimate gentleman’s gran turismo.”
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 seamlessly 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. Designed in a choice of mono or a striking two-tone leather finish, the collection embodies the design principles of Wraith, as well as enabling customers to personalise their luggage to harmonise with the interior of their motor car. 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 bought individually; or as a six piece Collection.