It’s amusing how sometimes two very different industries come together rather seamlessly. While the automotive industry is all about hard metal, rigid and robust exteriors, the fashion industry is fluid and flexible with no size, shape, or material boundaries. This year, carmakers collaborated with fashion designers and yacht designers and even made innovative razors! Talk about going out and beyond. The results are not only out-of-the-box but have entirely hit the ball out of the park! Listed below are some excellent examples of unique car collaborations that are too incredible to miss-
9. Lamborghini x Tecnomar –
The Lamborghini is all kinds of car goals rolled into one! Italian Sea Group Tecnomar has created the same magic on the water with the first Tecnomar for Lamborghini 63 yacht that brings the Bull brand to the waves.
The 63 feet yacht inspired by the Lamborghini Sián FKP 37 (the first Lamborghini hybrid super sports car) is the fastest yacht in the Tecnomar fleet. It’s an exceptional machine, delivering the same level of performance, driving pleasure, quality and attention to detail as its on-road counterpart.
8. Klipsch x McLaren-
With Klipsch T5 II Wireless Sport McLaren Edition Earphones, one of the most carefully used accessories became prepared to take on the harshest, loudest conditions on the planet. The McLaren magic has churned a product made of premium materials and advanced technology boasting 8 hours of music playtime, and on the charging case, the party can last up to 24 hours. The earphone wireless charging pad works for both your earphones and your phone. They sell for nearly $350 a pop.
7. Porsche x Aime Leon Dore-
Car collaborations give the world a taste of truly unique vehicles. They break design norms, are more experimental in look and design, and their interiors are a lot more eye-catching as these are not mass-produced as neutrals, appeal-to-all versions but an actual work of art. New York fashion and lifestyle brand Aimé Leon Dore customized a 1990 Porsche 964 Carrera 4 911.
The result is an understated yet striking olive-green beauty on black Fuchs wheels. Smiling with stunning silver lips, a pair of attractive hood-mounted fog lights ensnare the car-lover in you. Finally, what seals the deal, is a roomy roof rack! Yes, as you must’ve guessed by now, it’s a car you can have an affair with, the kind of craze that lasts a lifetime. This stunning automobile graced the Aimé Leon Dore flagship store in Manhattan earlier this year.
6. Bentley x Macallan-
When a single malt Scotch whiskey maker and a British automotive manufacturer join hands, the world also gets its hands full. One on hand is the steering of Bentley Motors Flying Spur Hybrid, and the other, a glass of bespoke whisky (of course not at the same time).
Bentley’s 2021 Flying Spur Hybrid combines a 2.9-liter V6 petrol engine with an advanced electric motor to become an end-to-end carbon neutral organization. The brands have raised a successful toast to luxurious sustainability.
5. IXO for Bugatti-
The first Bugatti pool table equals its automotive counterpart where luxury is concerned. With a price tag of a whopping $300,000, one could get an actual supercar home or take the road more opulent and flex this limited-edition Carbon Fiber Pool Table in front of your buddies. The pool table is not only luxe but smart too, with light-up markers, several presence sensors, a 13-inch touchscreen.
4. McLaren x RHUDE-
Knocking on nostalgia was the capsule collection that brought together two greats- RHUDE and the iconic racing brand McLaren. Together, they bring forth the best of 1980s and ’90s fashion, in the form of striking shirts, jackets, sweats, sweaters, hats, and other accessories. These take abundant inspiration from racing uniforms, logos, and even Formula 1 sponsors. The collection flaunts pieces reminiscent of racing flags, McLaren’s signature cars, flaps shaped like Marlboro’s red motif, and more. All in all, motor car nostalgia has never been treated better, and for a true racing fan, this is where fashion truly got fabulous!
3. Mercedes-Benz x Virgil Abloh
When Virgin Abloh created “Project Geländewagen” for Mercedes-Benz, the Off-White CEO forever made it a possession of the world of pop culture. Virgil Abloh’s G-Wagon came without indicators, bumper bar, side mirrors, and door handles to redefine it as a racecar, though it looks nothing like one. On the contrary, it looked more like a monolithic structure owing to the chalky white exterior sanded by hand.
A replica of this unusual, art-piece-of-a-car was sold in Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated auction. In true Abloh style, the proceeds were aimed towards a charity that supports international creative communities.
2. Gilette Labs for Bugatti –
If it is a Bugatti, speed is a given, which applies even to a fundamental razor. Of course, there is nothing basic about the world’s first heated razor coming out of a collaboration between the French carmaker and GilletteLabs. The feeling of a hot towel shave has been made an everyday pleasure with this innovative product.
The heated razor delivers gentle warmth that lends a comfortable shave and an additional sensory experience, all with the simple press of a button. The Bugatti Agile Bleu detailed razor is inspired by the iconic Chiron Pur Sport.
1. Mini x Paul Smith-
Truly special, subtle, and sustainable was the collaborative effort of renowned British designer Paul Smith and Mini. The collaboration was called ‘The Mini Strip’ as it was stripped back, and thhe traditional materials were replaced with cork and recycled plastics.
To further explain, the panoramic roof was made of recycled and recyclable light Perspex, seats comprised of reusable knitted fabric, the dashboard is made of salvaged cork and seat belts from a repurposed climbing rope.
One would expect this to look like a backwoodsman’s car, but Paul Smith’s touch keeps the elegance and charm of the Mini intact even with the unexpected details.