Condé Nast Traveller Middle East - - Word Of Mouth -

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 first suit­cases made from du­ra­lu­minum, a hard­ened alu­minium al­loy, which also fea­tured the brand’s trade­mark ver­ti­cal grooves. Proof of Ri­mowa’s fash­ion cre­den­tials, in 2016 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 Of­fWhite. 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.

Fendi x Ri­mowa Cabin Suit­case, AED 9,930

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