Update – Louis Vuitton luggage set tailor made for the BMW i8 pricing details – Weekender GMi8 is available for $6,650, Business Case i8 for $6,400, Weekender (small) PM i8 for $5,900 and Garment Bag i8 is up for $4,000.
Staying true to its travel-centric heritage, Louis Vuitton teams up with BMW Group to roll out a collection of luggage for the auto brand’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle. BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will drive around with tailor-made set of bags and cases made by the fashion group. Exclusively designed to travel along with the most progressive sports car, the light weight collection is crafted entirely from black carbon fiber which also matches the colors of the BMW i8.
Featuring the iconic Damier pattern, the woven carbon luggage set also sports the laser-etched signature. BMW i8’s trademark colors, black and electric blue, also show up in the microfibre lining of the bags. Comprising of two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag, the fashionable collection is cleverly designed to use minimum space in the car and appropriately fit in the interior of BMW i8.
The Weekender GM i8 is custom-designed to be dropped in to the boot, while the Garment Bag i8 is shaped well to snuggle on the rear shelf of the BMW i8. Perfect for carrying laptops, the form of the sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 syncs with the rear seats. The smallest bag of the collection, Weekender PM i8, can be rested on the surface the seat with ease.
Patrick Louis-Vuitton, head of special orders and great grandson of Louis Vuitton founder states, “This collaboration with BMW epitomises our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. The use of CFRP in the BMW i8 is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating the exclusive luggage collection for it.”
While Adrian van Hooydonk, senior vice president BMW Group Design, remarks, “BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development. The use of CFRP in the BMW i8 is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating the exclusive luggage collection for it.”
While the BMW i8 is expected the hit the U.S. shores this spring, 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.