At first blush, automobiles and apparel don’t seem to have much in common. Granted, both are manufactured consumer goods, and both come in wide ranges of colors, sizes, shapes and price tags. But that’s where the connections end, and even Kevin Bacon would have trouble tying the two industries together in additional ways, right?
Don’t be so sure. For example, Ralph Lauren is a serious gearhead who possesses a collection of super cool and super pricey rides like a McLaren F1 and a Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic. And Izod is the current title sponsor of the IndyCar Series. But perhaps the most notable bridges between the car and fashion worlds are special edition vehicles co-branded with the names of well known clothing and accessory manufacturers. Here are 10 of the most style-conscious rides ever to hit the runway, er, highway.
The auto industrial complex impacts our lives in many ways but doesn’t often produce compelling fashion accoutrements, which makes sense. However, the Gear Ring by Kinetk Design is trying to change all of that. If this ring looks like it’s ready to spring into action, that’s because it’s actually fully functional. Six micro-precision gears running along the face simultaneously turn when the outer rims (which are also gears) are turned. I can just pictures these rings being exchanged during nuptials all across the country by motor-head fanatics.
The Gear Ring is made out of 316L surgical stainless steel, the highest quality found in the jewelry market, making it resistant to rusting, tarnishing, fading and scratching. It also won’t break or bend and is hypoallergenic, a plus for those with metal sensitivities. I’ve always appreciated the aesthetics of stainless steel accessories from companies like TENO, but the interactiveness and functionality of this ring definitely steps things up.
So, in a nut shell, here’s the scoop. The Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione is one of the most exquisite autos to emerge in recent years. But with such amazing gusto comes a steep price tag. Amazingly, Alfa managed to condense the lineage of this supercar into the diminutive MiTo, retaining much of the same charm but at an attainable cost. And to celebrate this feat of automotive styling, Alfa Romeo challenged two up and coming designers to create women’s jeans as cool as MiTo’s genes. Or so the story goes…