We should have seen it coming, especially with RIMOWA including Dior Men's artistic director Kim Jones as part of its latest campaign. The recent Dior Men collection that was shown during Paris Fashion Week Men's for the spring/summer 2020 season, debuted the first collaboration between the storied fashion house and RIMOWA—two brands that are known for their craftsmanship, albeit in different arenas.
What came out of that collaboration were practical pieces that were beautifully executed; a mark that Jones has envisioned for Dior Men. There were the RIMOWA cabin luggage crafted in signature aluminium but decorated with Dior's Oblique motif, the Dior and RIMOWA hand case that's a revival of the latter's 'Piccolo' case of the '90s, and even a case designed to hold three champagne flutes (because why not?).
It's the hard-cased crossbody bags that had us salivating. Called the Dior and RIMOWA Personal, think of it as a shrunken RIMOWA luggage that's meant for your personal essentials, and another option to the ever-growing popularity of small bags for men. Make use of the detachable strap or carry one like a clutch; either way, incredibly chic.
Central to the spring/summer 2020 collection's theme is artist Daniel Arsham's 'Future Relic' series. His exploration of the effect of time on objects (often rendered in plaster) informed Jones' collection and in turn, the set that was built to present it. The stark white and distinctive eroded treatment were prevalent in the set's sculptures, as well as in many of the accessories that Arsham had a hand in designing.
Dior's iconic Saddle bag, a lily-of-the-valley brooch, and even a cap that's crafted to look as though it's been destroyed by the passage of time, all bear the 'Future Relic' stamp. And while Dior's level of craftsmanship is already a form of art, the addition of an artist's take on some of Dior's iconic staples took the collection to a whole other level—works of art of works of art.
It was hard watching the show live and having the models glide past, to see the accessories in its full glory. But we've got you covered. Browse through the gallery above to have a better and closer look at the Dior Men spring/summer 2020 accessories collection. We keep saying it, but these are pieces you really should pay attention to.