Rolls-Royce is no stranger to creating bespoke models and teaming up with ultra-luxury brands. However, their latest creation – a one-off Phantom – might be the best one yet. That’s because it’s was designed and developed in collaboration with legendary Paris-based fashion house Hermès. Yes, the same Hermès behind the bags, belts, and accessories.
Called the Phantom Oribe, Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa commissioned the build. He’s famous for founding the Japanese online fashion retail website Zozotown. More recently, he’s also the first person planning to take a commercial flight to the moon. Back to the bespoke Rolls-Royce, Maezawa envisioned it to match his recently commissioned private jet, giving you a good idea of his net worth. As for the name, it’s inspired by Oribe ware, a type of Japanese pottery that Maezawa collects.
The exterior of the Oribe remains very much the same as any other Phantom VIII EWB. However, the custom Oribe Green paint took Rolls-Royce months to develop. According to the brand, it’s the same color Maezawa’s jet will be finished in as well. The stunning green paint is accented by cream paint on the lower portion of the bumpers and side skirt. There’s also contrast pinstriping that runs the length of the vehicle, separating the upper and lower shoulder line. Thankfully, there’s no large tacky “H” on the grille.
Like any Rolls-Royce, the magic is all on the inside. Nearly every panel you can touch and see is handcrafted by the skilled workers at Rolls-Royce and Hermès. Almost every surface is finished in Hermès Enea Green Leather from the champagne cooler, the parcel shelf, the glovebox, and the trunk lining.
To add contrast to the green interior and to match the exterior, some components, such as the carpet, front seats, and dashboard are finished in Seashell white. Then there’s the woodwork. Panels of Open Pore Royal Walnut are found on the doors that also hide the speakers.
The details don’t just end there. Hermès commissioned an artwork based on some of its historic scarves designed by Pierre Péron. It’s a giant piece of Walnut wood that features two horse heads encased behind glass on the dashboard. Rolls-Royce prefers to call that centerpiece the “gallery”.
“This magnificent expression of our pinnacle product represents a landmark for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, bringing together two houses with more than three centuries’ combined experience and heritage. It is the result of a deep, genuine collaboration between the Houses of Rolls-Royce and Hermès, in which designers, materials specialists, and skilled craftspeople worked side by side to create a truly one-of-a-kind Phantom. It has been an extraordinary privilege to unite on such a creatively challenging, technically demanding commission and bring our client’s remarkable vision so beautifully to life,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
There’s no mention of cost, but obviously, the one-off Phantom Oribe won’t be anywhere near the starting price of a standard Phantom. That said, it’s probably nothing compared to Maezawa’s recently commissioned private jet.