February 2011 will mark the launch of a new luxury lifestyle brand, Lotus Originals. Inspired by the Lotus DNA, the debut collection is a range of performance outerwear, luxury knitwear and leather goods that reflect the craftsmanship, heritage and the spirit of Lotus. The launch is a natural step in the repositioning of Lotus as a lifestyle brand. As the saying goes, the devil is in the detail and the Lotus Originals range is no exception. Those who appreciate the finer things can indulge with 100% cashmere sweaters and a hand-treated leather jacket, inspired by the 1970s drivers’ suits.
Wiebke Bauer, Director of Licensing and Merchandising for Lotus said: “Our goal with the Lotus Originals concept was to create a range of apparel and accessories that really capture the spirit of our iconic British brand. Lotus Originals isn’t just for traditional car enthusiasts. On some of the pieces the branding is very subtle, allowing the style and quality to shine. So we hope it will appeal to a broader audience. We have developed a collection that is luxurious in a classic, understated way so it is easy to wear every day yet still make you feel part of our very special brand.”
Motor racing and sports car heritage have been used as inspiration for the collection. For example, selected pieces are textured to signify tire treads, while elsewhere a white ‘armband’ design shows the interpretation of racetrack markings. Throughout the collection, each piece is detailed to reference the brand’s unique DNA and automotive history. Polo shirts and T-shirts feature double stitch edging and a playful approach to branding, with vintage Lotus logos, racing stripes and car silhouettes. Block color numbers relate to the dates of famous racing victories of the 1960s and 70s, as well as 1948 - the year Lotus founder Colin Chapman built the first car.
The clothing collection is accompanied by a range of Lotus Originals lifestyle accessories. Hand-crafted luggage is available in sumptuous tan leather or lightweight canvas and calfskin leather driving gloves in tan, black, Lotus green and bright yellow are the ultimate driver’s indulgence.
Exclusive gaming sets in lacquered carbon fiber and leather wallets, belts and luxury desk accessories are also available as part of the Lotus Originals lifestyle range. The Lotus Originals collection will be launched online at www.lotusoriginals.com on February 23, 2011 to mark London Fashion Week’s Menswear Day.
A London flagship store is scheduled to launch towards the end of 2011
Lotus Originals will be exclusively available from the Lotus website (www.lotusoriginals.com) from February.