These are for the aristocrats.
If you were to assemble the ultimate aristocratic English snob, he (and it would be a he) would drive a special edition Bentley purchased from the brand's oldest retailer, and his clothes would be bespoke clothes tailored on Savile Row. Well, now this archetypal Englishman has two Bentley special edition versions to choose from, designed with him in mind.
Bentley is bringing two new Mulliner-built special editions designed in partnership with Jack Barclay Bentley (Bentley's oldest retailer) and the Savile Row tailor, Huntsman. The Huntsman Edition is based on either the Bentayga Extended Wheelbase in Azure trim or Continental GT Speed Convertible. It comes with a bespoke interior inspired by the "sartorial* heritage of the renowned Savile Row tailoring house."
*The word "sartorial" is a word you don't hear much anymore and relates to a tailor or tailoring. However, it can also be used more broadly to describe clothing, manners, or a style of dress and to describe someone as being at the forefront of fashion.
The collaboration between Huntsman, Jack Barclay Bentley, and the team at Mulliner for Bentley is centered around Huntsman tailoring using an exclusive tweed cloth and intricate stitching. Complimenting that, and this is according to the press release, is Beluga and Porpoise hide. Beluga and Porpoise are the names of colors that Bentley uses, and we assume that by "hide," the press release means the leather rather than the hides of porpoises and beluga whales. According to the release, the interior is heavy with Damson and Portland leather. However, both versions get different exterior paint and then color schemes inside.
There's also liberal use of the charcoal-colored H, which is Huntsman's logo, and features on the seats and the tread plates.
"It is with great enthusiasm that we reignite our celebrated partnership with Bentley's Jack Barclay with two new Huntsman models," says Huntsman's Creative Director Campbell Carey. "As Huntsman's Head Cutter and Creative Director, it's always a pleasure to work alongside bespoke craftspeople within other industries. In collaborating with the team at Bentley Mulliner we have created an exclusive collection of cars that reflect the iconic style of Bentley and Huntsman and bring a harmonious balance of sartorial flare and luxury with world-class engineering and innovation."
As for price, Bentley doesn't say, but if you have to ask, you can't afford it. But each owner will get a made-to-measure Huntsman jacket. If you want to see the special editions, the Savile Row Concours takes place on May 24 and 25 in Savile Row, London.
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