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      02-27-2014, 09:57 AM   #1
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Forward-looking travel bags for progressive driving made from carbon fibre.

Munich, Germany - February 27, 2014…
Exceptional luggage for an exceptional automobile.Louis Vuitton, the pioneer of the art of travel, has created a tailor-made set of luggage for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailormade to fit perfectly into the interior of the revolutionary BMW i8.

“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the revolutionary BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating an exclusive luggage collection tailored perfectly to the new BMW i8.”

Distinguished and elegant – the design.

The understated carbon-black of this luggage range matches the colours of the BMW i8. Its sophisticated look comes courtesy of the unmistakable chequered Damier pattern – a Louis Vuitton hallmark – and a laser-etched Louis Vuitton signature. Black and electric blue used in the microfibre lining take their cue from the trademark brand colours of the BMW i8 and bag handles are made fromdyed natural leather, a sign of Louis Vuitton quality. All items in the collection come with leather name tags and the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock with the exception of the garment bag.

Patrick-Louis Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder, says, “This collaboration with BMW epitomises our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”

A strong future – the material.

Inspired by the visionary design of the BMW i8, thebags and cases – like the sports car’s innovative passenger cell – are made entirelyfrom carbon fibre. This particularly lightweight yet extremely sturdy high-tech materialhas been used by Louis Vuitton to create a special textile. It provides great robustness and strength, and as such is made for the rigours of travel – no matter how long and arduous the drive.

Tailored to the BMW i8 – the luggage.

The exclusive luggage pieces created by Louis Vuitton fit snugly into the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8, with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the boot, while the Garment Bag i8 is a perfect fit for the rear shelf of the BMW i8. The sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 which is also ideal for carrying laptops, matches the shape of the rear seats; whilethe small Weekender PM i8 is designed to rest on its surface.

The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1st2014.

Revolution in sports cars – the BMW i8.

The BMW i8 is the most progressive sports car and is the BMW Group’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle and the second model from the BMW i brand. It is a 2+2-seater boasting visionary design and intelligent lightweight engineering. As a plug-in hybrid, the BMW i8 unites the advantages of innovative electric drive and the latest combustion-engine technology. The upshot is an extraordinary driving experience that delivers the dynamics of a sports car (0 – 100km/h / 62 mph in 4.4 seconds) along with fuel economy and emissions figures of a small city car (2,1 l/100km / 49 g CO2/km). This means not just purely electric emission-free driving around town but also sporty performance on inter-urban routes. The athletic personality of this revolutionary sports car is patently manifest in its design: classical sports car proportions, spectacular gullwing doors, clean, minimalist lines and a low-slung silhouette all imbue it with its powerful, dynamic shape. The sporty character of the BMW i8 exterior makes a seamless transition into the interior’s future-focused design.

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Louis Vuitton is so ugly, bunch of logos branded to a piece of leather. I always cringe when I see people buy it, it's tasteless IMO. These ones look good though.
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I don't know what to say.

It's made out of carbon fiber, so that's cool.

Can't fault BMW, really. I mean, even Ducati had a Neimun Marcus edition 748L.

I'll just be throwing my BMW gym bag in there and call it a day.

What would be cool though is a proper carbon fiber men's briefcase.
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Louis Vuitton is so ugly, bunch of logos branded to a piece of leather. I always cringe when I see people buy it, it's tasteless IMO. These ones look good though.
I personally love Louis Vuitton men's accessories and if I could afford the i8 I would definitely pick some up. Having said that I hope we can bump into each other one day so I can make you CRINGE!!
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Louis Vuitton is so ugly, bunch of logos branded to a piece of leather. I always cringe when I see people buy it, it's tasteless IMO.
Speaking of logos bmw loves to put them everywhere too and we still love them lol. Not all LV things have logos all over them tho
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Louis Vuitton is so ugly, bunch of logos branded to a piece of leather. I always cringe when I see people buy it, it's tasteless IMO.
Speaking of logos bmw loves to put them everywhere and we still love them lol. Not all LV things have logos all over them tho
There are way better luxury brands. Everyone knows Louis Vuitton. Just saying doesn't make much of a statement. To me its for the person that doesn't know fashion and buys it just because it Louis Vuitton. Kinda like some of the people that buy Rolex. They know nothing about timepieces but they have enough money for a nice one and they buy Rolex because it's a Rolex.
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Louis Vuitton is so ugly, bunch of logos branded to a piece of leather. I always cringe when I see people buy it, it's tasteless IMO. These ones look good though.
I'm not into LV either.
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Louis Vuitton is so ugly, bunch of logos branded to a piece of leather. I always cringe when I see people buy it, it's tasteless IMO. These ones look good though.
Leather...or vinyl

1000 dollar vinyl, no less.
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There are way better luxury brands. Everyone knows Louis Vuitton. Just saying doesn't make much of a statement. To me its for the person that doesn't know fashion and buys it just because it Louis Vuitton. Kinda like some of the people that buy Rolex. They know nothing about timepieces but they have enough money for a nice one and they buy Rolex because it's a Rolex.
Define "better". Are there other high-end brands out there that are lesser known? For sure but "better"? Don't think you can make such a statement. Louis Vuitton is one of, if not the, biggest fashion houses in the world. When you're talking about high-end fashion, it's Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Chanel, Gucci and Prada.

According to your logic, all popular brands that have consumers buying the product don't know anything about the product, you just can't make that generalization. Heck, to somebody on the street, you're just another guy that drives a BMW because it's a BMW.

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Lol, you know for sure some jackass will leave it in plain sight only to wonder why his window got shattered.
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Leather...or vinyl

1000 dollar vinyl, no less.
Louis Vuitton actually uses a coated canvas...makes sense if you're referring to luggages that needs to last. I firmly believe in LV's quality. I inherited my great grandfather's LV suitcase from the 1930s and it's still usable and worth a lot of $$$ in the collector's world.

On a side note ....the Carbon Fiber Damier is balling.
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