RIMOWA x Palace Blurs the Line Between Luxury and Skate
Palace has been busy racking up collaborations lately, drawing in the likes of UGG, June Wtanabe, adidas, Reebok, Umbro, and Byborre. And now they’ve recruited German luxury icon RIMOWA for a luggage set that screams contrast. Say hello to the new era of high-end skate accoutrement.
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For the new set, Palace and RIMOWA paired up on the Original Cabin bag and added a bit of airbrushed artwork depicting a dystopian desert landscape. Centre in that landscape is a metallic Tri-Ferg logo monolith, while the reverse side features a sand sculpture of a woman. The artwork covers the RIMOWA aluminium and was designed by Palace.
The interior of the case is festooned in a monogram chain pattern done in black and white, a design that’s replicated on the skateboard deck that accompanies the case. This handy piece of kit is made of seven-ply Canadian maple and arrives with an additional sticker pack to sweeten the deal. Only 500 units of the collaboration will be produced and were released on February 10.
It’s been a smart move on the part of Palace to pair up with so many well-known brands. On its own, the British skate brand has done well, but tying into the draw of brands like RIMOWA only serves to elevate awareness of Palace, taking it to a more global audience. Of course, that may not matter much to Palace.
The brand has been known to be on the belligerent side—you need only look at the label’s Instagram comments to know what we’re talking about, but it feeds into the firmly DIY punk ethos. A movement built from the street, skatewear has become a powerhouse business tool, which begs the question of who is actually pursuing these collaborations. Is it Palace, in an effort to build its brand recognition? Or—and this may be the more likely scenario—is it the other companies pursuing Palace in a bid to appeal to a wider client base? Whatever the real motive is, as long as their projects like the RIMOWA x Palace luggage and skateboard deck keep coming, maybe it doesn’t matter.