Rimowa has a long history of partnering with different brands. Rimowa partnered with german airliner Lufthansa, german bike parts manufacturer Hepco & Becker and many others. Later in time Rimowa started temporary collaborations with other brands from the fashion industry. The first collaboration I can recall, was the Rimowa x Moncler collab. It was beautiful. The best of both worlds. The Rimowa aluminium shell on the outside and the Moncler padded fabric on the inside.
After this many more collaboration followed. Which were all limited editions which makes them more desirable. I will list the 10 most awesome limited editions from Rimowa in descending order.
The most trendiest store in the world from Saint-Honère street in Paris did a collaboration with Rimowa in 2017. This was one of the store last throes before closing permanently. The suitcase is the Rimowa Classic Flight which comes with a set of stickers from Colette and a white amenity kit. The price was almost $1200. Which is almost double the price of a regular Classic Flight. The only thing you get extra is a set of stickers (which you have to apply yourself) and an amenity kit. No modifications where made to the existing Classic Flight model. I always loved the Colette store and the products they sold but this is products is not one of their greatest.
Once you’ve seen a lot of Rimowa collaborations you notice some certain patterns. The luggage tag is altered, some additional stickers are provided, the logo is printed on the aluminum cover and the interior is adjusted to the one collaborating with Rimowa. To me a collaboration should create a certain degree of synergy. It shouldn’t be 1 + 1 = 2 but 1 + 1 = 3 or more. Rimowa and Fendi getting together should create a piece of luggage that would give the customer something extra. I’m missing that totally with this collaboration.
One of the first collaborations I can recall. Rimowa and Moncler teaming up. It was beautiful. Two very contrasting brands, one providing cold metal rugged luggage, while the other is renowned for keeping its customers warm with soft and gentle padded quilted jackets.
One of the most hyped and anticipated collaborations of 2018. Not as hyped as the Louis Vuitton x Supreme team up but for luggage fans this was really big. Especially since Rimowa is owned by the LVMH group it got a lot of exposure. The suitcases came in 2 colorways; red and black. Both with Supreme printed on it in white letters. There where also two sizes available; the 56 liter and the 82 liter. One cabin and one check-in. So four models in total. The prices where around $1250 and where resold for prices between $2500 and $5000. Whereas the red one was more in demand than the black one.
3. Off White
The Off White x Rimowa is another LVHM related team up. Virgil Abloh who is the artistic director for the Louis Vuitton men’s wear collection is also the CEO off Off White, the Milan based fashion house. I really enjoyed this collaboration. I have the feeling this is more Off White than it’s Rimowa. The suitcase is transparent which makes it less recognizable as a Rimowa. The usual Rimowa features, like aluminum and the grooves are not visible anymore. What I also like are the straps by which you can use it as a backpack. For me it was a real fun suitcase to watch. Later I realized that both the transparency and the back pack feature are not practical at all. Imagine all your clothes are visible from the outside. On your way to your destination this might not be a big problem but image returning from your trip.
Both a german brand with a long history of quality and design. Porsche and Rimowa have had many collaborations throughout their existence. Luggages that were only available for certain type of cars. Luggages from Porsche which were produced by Rimowa. The one team up which I really like is the Porsche Travel system. I like it because it’s so different from everything else Rimowa produced. The shape is odd, the way you open the case and can stack it up. The attention to detail is amazing. The inside of the locks are red for example, which resembles the red brake calipers on Porsche cars.
1. Neville Wakefield
The type of artist I really admire because he creates whatever he feels like creating, and excels in each one of them whether it’s photography, writing or designing a suitcase for Rimowa. The aluminium shells have reflective chrome like finish. The chrome look gives it a very classy, polished and luxuries feel. But besides pure esthetics there is also a deeper meaning to the reflective finish. What I like about this collaboration is that an artist designed the suitcase who is not restricted by a brand. (The inside is also pretty insane)