Besides the metallic, futuristic gown that was the unofficial hero of his MBFWA ’15 show, Toni Maticevski was responsible for another gold piece that had everyone talking: a suitcase. In true luxury-brand style, the designer bypassed spray paint in favour of real gold to achieve the exact effect he wanted.
The suitcase was made in collaboration with UK-based luggage brand, Antler. Maticevski chose a Juno bag, one of the brand’s standard, widely available styles. After receiving the golden treatment, however, marketing coordinator Laura Mccleure says the suitcase is worth around $3000–$4000.
“It was dipped in 24-carat gold. A special metal worker did it,” she says. “Toni was very particular about what he wanted. It was a bit of a process to find a material that would work, and it just happened to be gold. We’ve had a lot of people asking where they can get it, but it’s not a functional suitcase.”
Though gold-dipped suitcases aren’t scheduled for mainstream production anytime soon, we can expect more from Maticevski and Antler. “We will have a collaboration of sorts coming out later in the year,” Mccleure says. If you’re the kind of jet-setter who likes to look glamorous boarding a plane, keep your eye out.