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'The Business of Fashion'/ OFF-WHITE x RIMOWA
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Season: SS18

Key Pieces: The sturdy, transparent polycarbonate suitcases will be the perfect companion for any short trip or long-haul flight.

Release Date: June 25 in Europe with a pre-sale beings on June 24 on RIMOWA’s Instagram. July 2 for US and Asia.

Buy: Select OFF-WHITE and RIMOWA stores and online.

Price: 850 Euros (approximately $983)

Editor’s Notes: Back in September 2017, RIMOWA co-chief executive Alexandre Arnault took to social media to tease the forthcoming OFF-WHITE collab. After months of waiting, information about the partnership has now arrived.

The transparent luggage case will be available at select OFF-WHITE and RIMOWA on June 25, with an initial release in Europe. Before its debut, the collaborative piece will drop at the OFF-WHITE menswear show in Paris on June 20. It’s reported to cost approximately $995.

Speaking to The Business of Fashion, Virgil Abloh explained the concept behind the transparent design. “It’s like 3.0 of personalization. It’s not just putting your initials on it, but allowing another layer to come in play,” he said. “There’s an emotional component to owning [the suitcase] and you become a performance art piece just by using the thing. It’s like putting your items on display and rethinking the premise of a product.”

Arnault explained to the magazine why he tapped Abloh for a collab. “At LVMH, we have a saying that we like to be between tradition and modernity. RIMOWA is a 120-year-old brand and what we’re doing with Virgil is a great example of modernity,” he said.

RIMOWA has been churning out the partnerships. Recently, the luxury luggage maker announced it was working with Parisian brand NASASEASONS, and earlier this year it dropped a box logo adorned collab with Supreme as well as a case with Anti Social Social Club.

Browse some images above, read the full story over at The Business of Fashion, and then let us know what you think of the collab in the comment section.

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