If you’re going to spend $136,000 on your luxury car, you have to have a set of luggage to match it! Well that’s exactly what the designers at Louis Vuitton thought when they unveiled a four-piece luggage set designed to match the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.
“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, in a statement. “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.”
A briefcase, garment bag, and two overnight bags from the French design house are patterned to match the i8’s interior, complete with Louis Vuitton’s trademark checkered Damier pattern. Made entirely from lightweight, sturdy carbon fiber, these bags not only look sophisticated, but are made to take a beating – when they aren’t riding shotgun in a six-figure sports car, of course.
“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” said 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.”
The i8 luggage series will be available for order at select Louis Vuitton stores – including the New York location – in April.