Bang & Olufsen x Rimowa are the ultimate travel headphones
- Rimowa has unveiled a limited edition pair of headphones
- The special cans were produced with help from audio specialists Bang & Olufsen
- They are purpose-built for travel; with a hard-wearing case and noise-cancelling technology
- The Bang & Olufsen x Rimowa headphones are available today
Rimowa’s transformation from classic travel staple to style icon took place at the beginning of 2017 when the suitcase maker was taken over by LVMH.
Since then, Rimowa has pulled the wraps of limited edition collabs with streetwear labels such as Supreme, Off-White and United Arrows, which for the first time resulted in queues of Hypebeasts shutting down shops worldwide.
Today marks the first time the brand has moved into the world of electronics, with a painfully-good-looking pair of headphones courtesy of the audiophiles at Bang & Olufsen.
Basically, a skinned-up version of Bang’s already sweet-sounding Beoplay H9i, the collaboration model comes in monochrome silver, and comes housed in an aluminium carry case. They’re available today – in limited quantities – for around AED3,600 (US$1,000).
These headphones certainly represent a step-up for your regular aeroplane carry-ons, not just because of their svelte new design.
The ear cups are made of supple lambskin, while their active noise-cancelling tech will block out any external chatter – as well as engine noise. They’re motion-sensing, too, meaning if you want to pause you can just take them off and a sensor will automatically do that for you.
There’s also a handy transparency mode, which turns off both whatever’s playing as well as the noise cancelling, which will let you immediately hear what’s going on around you (regular sound is piped in via the headphones’ microphone system) – meaning you won’t have to take these cans off your head to order the chicken or fish.
Rimowa’s iconic hard-wearing aluminum frames have long inspired travel envy, but the brand’s recent transformation is widely credited to 26-year-old Alexandre Arnault – one of fashion’s youngest chief executives (and the son of current LVMH chairman, Bernaud Arnault). So the story goes, the young Arnault was once chided for purchasing the luggage-maker (more fool them).