We recently produced a bespoke five-piece suitcase set, tailored to fit David Gandy's 1964 Porsche 356C.
1964 Porsche 356C
The car had been subject to a painstaking rebuild, with David overseeing every fine detail. He even engaged the services of his great friend and celebrated car designer Ian Callum to advise on the modifications.
Every detail carefully considered
It will come as no surprise that every aspect of the luggage design was to undergo close scrutiny. The set would be comprised of three hard-sided cases that would sit on the parcel shelf behind the front seats, a soft-sided case positioned up front below the bonnet, and a slightly more rugged piece with metal corners that would be strapped to a chrome luggage rack on the rear of the car.
Tan straps trim the soft-sided under-bonnet case
Tan leather with a tartan lining to match the interior would’ve been an obvious choice, but Gandy wanted to turn convention on its head and use the midnight blue paintwork colour of the car for the exterior of the cases, highlighted with straps and handles in tan. The tartan lining idea was also dropped in favour of a luxurious nubuck in the same shade of midnight blue as the exterior.
Hard-sided suitcase for the interior piped with tan hide
The challenge of recreating the correct shade of midnight blue hides was presented to the ever accommodating and amenable Scottish tannery Bridge of Weir, who were provided a spray-off card of the paint used on the exterior of the car, and within weeks several leather samples were created by Bridge of Weir in different finishes, with David electing the most matt version amongst the options. Meanwhile, David set about sourcing and securing a luggage rack to the rear of the car.
Ready to onboard luggage
Bridge of Weir completed the manufacture of the hides required to make the luggage set, and production of the cases began. The set was completed a week ahead of the 2021 Hampton Court Palace Concours of Elegance, just in time to feature along with David's car as the centrepiece of Bridge of Weir's show-stand at the event.
Ready to travel in style