Japanese Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa Commissions Hermès.
When you think of collaborations, Hermès may not be the first brand that comes to mind. However, following on from its recent Apple products, its Bugatti Chiron remake, and its work with Leica, you might start to understand that if Hermès does do a collaboration, it has to be with the very finest company in its respective field. Continuing this theme is its latest partnership, introducing the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Phantom Oribe in collaboration with Hermès, as commissioned by the Japanese entrepreneur, art collector, and supercar enthusiast Yusaku Maezawa.
Based on the Phantom VIII, this model has been meticulously hand-crafted by both Rolls-Royce and Hermès inside-and-out, using materials, techniques, and intelligence from both brands’ ateliers. Inspiration was drawn from the client’s recently-commissioned private jet, making the Rolls-Royce his “land jet,” while his private collection of ancient Japanese ceramics has inspired the two-tone “MZ Oribe Green” and “Cream” color scheme. This color is a one-off commission and, in an unusual move from the luxury Britsh automotive maker, is also on offer for Maezawa’s private jet if he chose to match them up.
For the interior, Hermès wraps almost everything in its “Enea Green” leather, extending to immediate touch-points of the client such as the steering wheel, duchess handles, gear selector, and even the climate control setting buttons. The leather enrobes both visible and lesser-seen details such as the inside of the glovebox, the luggage compartment, and the champagne cooler, while areas such as the glovebox’s exterior have been detailed with a hand-embossed signature reading “Habillé par Hermès Paris.”
Hermès continues the luxury elements with piping around the headrest cushions and calf supports on the rear seats before adding “Seashell White” accents and lambswool floor mats, which all come together to highlight the vast amount of space inside the Phantom. As for Rolls-Royce’s involvement, it fits whatever is left — for example, the speaker frets, doors, rear consoles, picnic tables, and more in its “Open Pore Royal Walnut” veneer. Another first for the car includes its Hermès “Toile H” canvas-covered door armrests, center and rear console accents, and headliner.
Detailing doesn’t end there, as Hermès commissioned an artwork based on some of its historic scarves designed by Pierre Péron to cover the veneer before encasing the art behind glass. The result creates what Rolls-Royce calls the “gallery,” all while playing into Hermès’ equestrian heritage.
Take a look at the one-of-a-kind Hermès Rolls-Royce Bespoke Phantom Oribe for Yusaku Maezawa above.