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Rimowa and Alex Israel launch a suitcase collection inspired by the Californian sunset


STANDING at the belt at the airport, watching all the suitcases go by is sort of a therapeutic experience. At least, for us. Some bags are drab and unremarkable. Others give us a heart attack because they look like ours.

But amongst all the black, blue, and red, something that’d truly stand out would be a vibrant, ombre suitcase in the colours of a Los Angeles sunset. Enter the latest collection from Rimowa in collaboration with artist Alex Israel.

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Gorgeous and easily recognisable on the belt? We’re sold.  (Photo: Rimowa)

Inspired by the picturesque, Instagram-worthy dusks and dawns that blanket the skies of the City of Angels, the collection features two unique gradient colourways.

The swatches are taken directly from Israel’s paintings ‘Sky Backdrop’ and ‘Untitled (Flat),’ both of which are odes to the pastel hues of twilight in LA. Even the wheels of the two styles match the vibrant tones of the suitcases.

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Alex Israel and Alexandre Arnault at the launch of the collaboration at Frieze Art Fair in Los Angeles. (Photo: Rimowa)

“I imagined these suitcases by answering a simple question: What’s the suitcase I’d want to look at and wheel through LAX? And the answer, for me, so often comes back to the sky over Los Angeles – it’s just my favourite thing to look at,” said Alex Israel in a statement.

If we take a moment to just stare at the collection, doesn’t it evoke a sense of freedom? The colours are reminiscent of an age of cruising down Sunset Boulevard with our new suitcases in tow, zooming past the rows of palm trees and into a neverending sunset. Oh, what bliss.

The Rimowa x Alex Israel collection is set to drop in stores in Summer 2019.

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