Matching Designer Luggage – What would Bryan Ferry do?

When confronted by a question of taste, I always ask myself, what would Bryan Ferry do? 

1979 Cadiilac Seville Gucci edition
1979 Cadiilac Seville Gucci edition

My extensive research has thrown up a nice example of a sub-set of a subset, designer accessories for designer editions of mass produced cars. It’s Gucci fitted luggage for the 1979 Cadillac Seville. Would Bryan Ferry go for this or not? The Big Two and a Half in the US have been more prone to tie-ins and designer editions of their cars than we have here in the social-democratic paradise of Western Europe.

Cartier have been associated with Lincoln; Bill Blass added his magical touch to the understated elegance of the 1979 Lincoln Continental Mk V; there was the 1984 Fila-edition Ford Thunderbird; AMC asked Oleg Cassini – yes, that Oleg Cassini – to trim the 1974 Matador, for example. Just recently I have become aware of the Gucci fitted luggage that came with the Gucci-edition Cadillac Seville, truly a part of this very fine tradition.

1979 Gucci-fitted luggage.
1979 Gucci-fitted luggage.

On the one hand, when I travel with my family I like things to be orderly. My mission** is to have all the luggage in the boot and all the luggage in a container with a handle. Isn’t matching, fitted luggage the natural conclusion of this? In 1979 lucky buyers of the

1985 Ford Thunderbird Fila edition
1985 Ford Thunderbird Fila edition

Gucci-edition Cadillac Seville could add this to their options list. Still on the one hand, I find this quite charming. Looking at the black Seville in the publicity photo, one is almost ready to fall for the idea.

1974 Oleg Casssini AMC Matador
1974 Oleg Casssini AMC Matador

On the other hand – asking myself the Bryan Ferry question – I tend to feel that having everything neat and ready to hand is quite cool. Nobody likes a fuss over luggage as the porter brings your belongings into the Hotel de Bergues in Geneva. But Bryan Ferry is also about not overdoing things. And I feel that on balance to have obviously

Almost cool. 1979 Cadillac Seville Gucci-edition.
Almost cool. 1979 Cadillac Seville Gucci-edition.

matching luggage is on the same level as monogrammed shirts. What Bryan Ferry would do is to have the luggage coloured so it did not clash: charcoal greys, black and maybe one warm colour. That would be the tan of the Bridge of Weir satchel in which the Filofax and Apple tablet are kept. So, to answer the question, what would Bryan Ferry do? He’d walk casually but firmly away from the Gucci fitted luggage.

1979 Gucci-edition Cadillac Seville interior
1979 Gucci-edition Cadillac Seville interior

**I seldom succeed. Nobody co-operates with my vision of uncluttered, calm motoring. My wife likes to bring a surprise extra item just when the car is 100% full, the “inflatable elephant moment”.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

5 thoughts on “Matching Designer Luggage – What would Bryan Ferry do?”

  1. I think what would be more disturbing for Bryan Ferry, CBE is that the luggage set is not genuinely fitted i.e. designed to fill every inch of the load area in the most efficient fashion. I think that’s the kind of attention to detail that a man of his calibre would expect. That and the finest leather money can buy.

  2. You´re right, it´s not fitted. I conflated “fitted” with “matching”. It is matching though. As I said in my conclusion, the fact it´s matching is excessive. And if anything defines the persona of B Ferry it´s understatement. Clearly he´d go for something very low-key. You might not even notice how neat it all was or that it was all very orderly.

  3. I think maybe the adjective is ‘fitting’ luggage as in befitting. If you opened the boot of the Cadillac and saw that luggage you would find it quite natural. However, if you had found the same in the back of a contemporary S Class you would be aghast. This was from a time when both Brian Ferry and Mercedes were effortlessly cool. Alas, I am certain that isn’t the case for at least one of them these days.

  4. I have to admit one thing: I would genuinely like to own a green Gucci suitcase, as used by Austroylian Bond in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. I wouldn’t mind his olive green Aston Martin DBS either, for that matter. But Mr Lazenby’s flouncy short I do not need, thank you very much.

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