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Suit­cases are a lot like cars. Bear with us here. There are peo­ple who fol­low all the lat­est re­leases and new­est fea­tures, who ob­sess over the var­i­ous makes and mod­els or colour schemes. Then there’s every­one else, who only cares that it gets them from A to B. And of course, there’s noth­ing wrong with buy­ing your­self the clas­sic box on wheels. But amid a con­veyor belt of ugly suit­cases, one brand has man­aged to stand out as the go-to op­tion for the fash­ion set. Orig­i­nally founded in 1898, Ri­mowa went on to pro­duce the world’s fi­first suit­cases made from du­ra­lu­minum, a hard­ened alu­minium al­loy, which also fea­tured the brand’s trade­mark ver­ti­cal grooves. Proof of Ri­mowa’s fash­ion cre­den­tials, last year it joined the sta­ble of brands at LVMH and is cur­rently run by the son of the con­glom­er­ate’s founder, stylish 26-year-old Alexan­dre Ar­nault. Yes, de­signer suit­cases are a thing – and as with ev­ery­thing else in fash­ion right now, that means col­labs. In April, Ri­mowa joined forces with reign­ing lead­ers of all things streetwear, Supreme, to re­lease a spe­cial pair of red and black Ri­mowa x Supreme suit­cases. Didn’t get your hands on one? Try ebay – we wouldn’t hold out much hope, though. Two months later, this was fol­lowed by an equally hyped col­lab­o­ra­tion, with fash­ion brand Off-white. De­signer, DJ and now Louis Vuit­ton artis­tic di­rec­tor Virgil Abloh put his own spin on the clas­sic cases in trans­par­ent poly­car­bon­ate, which were un­veiled at his Paris Off-white menswear show. Now, it’s Fendi’s turn. The Ital­ian la­bel has re­leased its own in­ter­pre­ta­tion on a Ri­mowa carry-on case fea­tur­ing Fendi’s clas­sic ‘FF’ logo, with red or blue leather han­dles – adding to the black and yel­low ver­sion re­leased last Novem­ber – and an ad­justable belt. The three dif­fer­ent cases are avail­able now from se­lected Fendi and Ri­mowa bou­tiques. Our only ad­vice? Get in fast.


CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP Hype­beasts ev­ery­were re­joiced at the re­lease of Supreme x Ri­mowa suit­cases; lucky for cus­toms of­fi­cials, Off-white’s col­lab with the lux­ury travel mai­son fea­tured a see-through cas­ing; the new Fendi x Ri­mowa suit­case re­leased in June; new menswear artis­tic di­rec­tor, Virgil Abloh, vis­its the Ri­mowa factory.

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