If you didn’t know RIMOWA’s name before last year, we can’t blame you. Unless you have hundreds of dollars to drop on a suitcase, the luxury travel gear market doesn’t exactly have much crossover with the streetwear one — until recently that is. Over the last year, RIMOWA has collaborated with what seems like everyone in the industry, including heavyweights Supreme, Anti Social Social Club, and OFF-WHITE.
The change came after the heritage German company was acquired by LVMH in 2016. Shortly afterward, Alexandre Arnault, the 26-year-old son of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, was named co-CEO of the company and began dipping into the streetwear market, putting the brand on everyone’s radar.
Browsing through his Instagram account, the younger Arnault seems to be a genuine fan of the culture, writing that he’s followed Virgil Abloh since his work with Kanye West and Been Trill. The young CEO has also posted pictures of himself with mainstays such as Nigo and Takashi Murakami.
RIMOWA’s collaborative output has been insane, but Arnault has told The Business of Fashion that he’s planning to slow down the releases. “You’ll see us come with collaborations for sure, but not all in the same space or at the same scale every two months. I’m very cautious of one collaboration too many.”
Below, we’ve rounded up all the RIMOWA collabs you need to know right now, including huge ones such as Supreme x RIMOWA, Anti Social Social Club x RIMOWA, and OFF-WHITE x RIMOWA, as well as more under-the-radar releases such as the brand’s collabs with NASASEASONS and 032c.
Many people first heard of RIMOWA when the brand announced its Anti Social Social Club collaboration last December. The collab teamed a classic black RIMOWA suitcase with the hype brand’s wavy hot pink logo on the front and a solid pink square on the back. The suitcase came with a black ASSC x RIMOWA collaboration hoodie, tee, and cap.
The collaboration retailed for $670, but the suitcase alone is being listed for more than double the original price on Grailed.
Focused on the now and the next – RIMOWA and Virgil Abloh’s OFF-WHITE™ join forces to create a one-of-a-kind case. Available in select RIMOWA and OFF-WHITE™ stores and in Europe on rimowa.com June 25th.
OFF-WHITE is the most recent high-profile Rimowa collaboration. The OFF-WHITE x RIMOWA collab has been teased since last September but we only got our first official look recently. Instead of adding his signature all-caps text and quotation marks to an existing RIMOWA bag, Virgil Abloh made the not-so-practical but striking decision to make the suitcase out of transparent polycarbonate.
Speaking to The Business of Fashion, Abloh explained the concept behind the transparent design. “It’s like 3.0 of personalization,” he said. “It’s not just putting your initials on it, but allowing another layer to come in play. 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.”
The collaboration will debut at OFF-WHITE’s SS19 show at Paris Fashion Week on June 20, before arriving in stores and online on June 25. The case is reported to cost between $995 and $1500, but neither RIMOWA nor OFF-WHITE have confirmed the official retail price yet.
A little over a year after its game-changing collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Supreme dropped a collab with LV stablemate RIMOWA. Coming in two sizes and colorways — 82-liter and 45-liter in black or red — RIMOWA’s aluminum Topas suitcase was basically turned into a giant box logo.
The Supreme x RIMOWA collab didn’t come cheap either, with the smaller size retailing at $1,600 and the larger one going for $1,800. Despite the prohibitive retail price, the 82-liter case sold out in 16 seconds in Europe, although we’re not convinced the majority of buyers actually plan to travel with their suitcases.
This wasn’t the first time Supreme had dipped its toes into the luggage game. Back in 2011 and 2014, Supreme and The North Face also released all-over print rolling bags.
Before Arnault became CEO, RIMOWA still dabbled in the occasional collaboration with streetwear brands, hitting up BAPE for multiple collabs. However, 2010’s Rimowa BAPE collab is definitely the standout. The collab came in gold or silver and featured a subtle (or as subtle as BAPE gets) camo print.
The @032c Winter 17/18 issue features unique stickers for your case, designed by @jw_anderson, @virgilabloh, @ambush_official, @mcfetridge, @sssworldcorp, and Wes Lang.
While RIMOWA hasn’t released a full-blown suitcase collaboration with 032c, for the cult magazine’s 2017/18 Winter issue, the duo teamed up on stickers designed by J.W. Anderson, Virgil Abloh, SSS World Corp, Wes Lang, Geoff McFetridge, and AMBUSH, which are made for decorating your RIMOWA suitcase with.
RIMOWA isn’t just focused on streetwear collabs. The luxury luggage maker has also worked with LVMH stablemate Fendi. The collab, which launched last November, included a suitcase with black neoprene lining, an aluminum outer with gray Fendi logos, and cuoio romano leather handles. It was topped off with an orange Fendi-branded luggage strap.
RIMOWA has also just recently unveiled its second Fendi collab. The release keeps the same gray F monogram, with contrast blue or red leather detailing.
All in all, RIMOWA’s Fendi collab is a lot more subtle than the brown on brown “F” Fendi logo Kim Kardashian has been favoring.
Exclusive @rimowa ‘I Need Space’ collaboration with NASASEASONS available at RIMOWA Paris store and online mid-June.
RIMOWA doesn’t just work with massive names such as Supreme or Fendi. The brand recently dropped a collab with French streetwear label NASASEASONS, which came to prominence in 2015 with the “I Came To Break Hearts” dad hat that was subsequently seen on every influencer and cool kid on Instagram.
For its RIMOWA collaboration, the company released an “I Need Space” cap complete with NASASEASONS and RIMOWA branding on the back, along with a range of stickers to deck out your suitcase. The collab will drop in mid-June and cost approximately $163 for both items together.
In December of 2017, RIMOWA linked up with Japanese streetwear legends UNITED ARROWS for a matte black edition of the brand’s classic Flight suitcase. The collab came in two sizes, 33L which retailed for ¥129,600 JPY ($1,155 USD), and an 89L version which sold for ¥156,600 JPY ($1,395 USD).
While the collab is a little less flashy than the others on this list, a RIMOWA suitcase is an investment, so a go-with-everything black is a subtle flex — if you know, you know.
In other news, here’s everything you need to know about Virgil Abloh’s first show with Louis Vuitton.