December's finally here and that means Christmas, New Year's and most importantly, winter travels. The idea of spending the last few weeks away from Singapore's humidity and gloomy weather, and in a place where it's actually coat season, is always not a bad idea. And what's Christmas without a bit of cold air blasting right to your face?
The thing with travelling is, no one really gets it perfect all the time. If it's not you carelessly forgetting a universal travel adapter, it's the long lines at customs and immigration; sometimes things just are not within our control no matter how much of a perfectionist we claim to be.
But even the most organised and well-prepared get it done with the right tools. RIMOWA's got it in spades. The luxury travel brand has had decades of experience in making sure that the world travels better, with every piece crafted to make travel easier (and more stylish).
This Christmas, may your (or your mates') travels be light, safe and less of a hassle with these RIMOWA gift ideas that could help make for smoother journeys.
For the one who doesn't believe in 'airport fashion'
We can’t fault you for not making style a priority when it comes to getting to your destination. After all, the idea is to be as comfortable as possible and more often than not, that means a T-shirt and sweats. But hey, why not let your luggage take centrestage instead? Scarlet and Marine, the two new colours of the favoured aluminium RIMOWA Original (from SGD1,500), are made for that. Treat one like a statement accessory, one that goes with anything simple and comfortable.
For the one who needs a touch of luxury
If the RIMOWA Original is not luxurious enough for you, the RIMOWA Original Twist Cabin (SGD1,780) may be more your speed. Unlike the Original, this new upgrade features expertly crafted leather accents on the handles that are colour-matched with the rubber seal and lock housing. Not only do you get a piece that has a touch of supple leather, but also one that’s based on a classic and elevated.
For the one who shies away from small talk
On the off chance that you’re lucky enough to sit next to someone chatty, the RIMOWA x Apartamento book set (SGD169) would act as a visually stunning barrier. The set of three hardbound books detail some of RIMOWA’s favourite architects and the houses they’ve built as well as the stories behind them. But then again, because they’re pretty interesting to look at, you could probably attract some light seat-neighbour banter too.
For the one who keeps misidentifying their luggage
Sure, that aluminium RIMOWA luggage is the epitome of classy, luxury travel. But if you're like some of us who prefer a clean and sticker-free aluminium RIMOWA, the odds of picking up the wrong piece from the baggage carousel or the overhead cabin compartment is pretty high. It's the bane of having an iconic design that's widely loved and used.
The all-new RIMOWA Unique—the brand's first customisation service—keeps true to the icon but with the ability of switching around elements of the design to your specification. Choose between eight different colours of wheels (SGD230 for a four-wheel set), luggage handles (SGD430 for a two-handle set) and luggage tags (SGD110 each) for a piece that's easily identifiable for your RIMOWA Classic Cabin suitcase. Make your own unique combination by mixing different colours together for best effect.
For the one who always holds up the screening line
Security screening lines are always long. More often than not, it's because people tend to be unprepared—laptops are not removed from their bags and covers, ziplock bags of liquids, aerosols and gels are not taken out, among other things. The RIMOWA Essential Sleeve Cabin in Matte Blue (SGD1,090) is ideal for getting those items in and out with ease so that the start of your journey is smooth and less of an inconvenience to other fellow travellers; don’t be that guy.
For the one who tends to drop their phone in between seats
RIMOWA has been taking steps to be more than just a luxury travel brand. Early this year, RIMOWA translated the groove design of its luggage onto mini-sized cases meant to provide the same level of durability and protection to iPhones. Available in black leather (SGD161), aluminium (SGD161) and the newly released iridescent (SGD125) iterations, the RIMOWA Groove iPhone Case is also one that helps in giving you better grip of the iPhone X and 11 series.
For the one who overpacks
Overpacking isn’t necessarily a huge issue; it only matters when the length of stay doesn’t warrant four pairs of shoes and three coats. A benefit of a clamshell luggage such as the RIMOWA Hybrid Cabin (SGD1,120) is that there’s an absolute limit to how much can be chucked into it in order to securely close the luggage—as opposed to zipped ones where one always feels like a bit more can be stuffed inside. Sometimes, a bit of restriction helps to better edit what we actually need on a trip. The RIMOWA Hybrid—as the name suggests—is also a combination of the lightweight attribute of the polycarbonate as well as the durability of aluminium. And is now comes in a sleek all-black iteration and a white version that’s accented with silver aluminium. Chic.
RIMOWA is available at Mandarin Gallery, Marina Bay Sands and Raffles Hotel Singapore.