Founded in Milan in 2013, OFF-WHITE is the brainchild of American fashion designer, DJ and Louis Vuitton’s menswear artistic director, Virgil Abloh.
In their first collaboration together, the two brands have created a distinctively original transparent polycarbonate carry-on case. Its accented black handles, wheels and labelling on the locks and telescopic handle are characteristically and unmistakably OFF-WHITE in the way it adopts branding detailing into its visual language. A brazen, yet playful response to today’s obsessive talk of privacy culture of surveillance and anonymity, the transparent design keenly hones in on the now and the next.
“The simplicity and ease of teaming up with a friend to update a product is always an exciting project. Rimowa was one of the first collaborations I started working on, back in 2014,” says Virgil Abloh. “Alexandre and I came up with a super cool and functional product. As a supporter of the brand and someone who uses the luggage, I was keen to what I would want to modify with our collaboration. I strongly feel that what you will see in collaboration is the result of this.“
A brand all about creating the covetable from the mundane, Off-white has banked on irony. And while this case’s size is based on the Rimowa Essential model, due to its transparent design the Rimowa x Off-white case has no interior lining and instead includes the Flex-Divider system in black and customized bags for more efficient – and modest – packing.
Each transparent hard case is fitted with Rimowa‘s silent Multiwheel system for optimum maneuverability, TSA combination locks, and an exclusive transparent amenity kit with an additional set of wheels in Off-white orange that further emphasizes the overarching concept of the special edition case.
The suitcase will be premiered on June 20th during Off-white’s men fashion show in Paris, and expect them to be available for purchase from June 25th in select Rimowa and Off-White Stores.