Bentley fuels our leather fetish

Who would have predicted more than 50 years ago, that in 2011 we’d still revere a material made from the hide of dead cows? Presumably not E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, makers of Nylon, Nomex and Kevlar – but then some things are irreplacable, like Bentley, who together with their luxury leather partner Ettinger have devised a range of modern must-have personal accessories to be launched at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Inspired by the Beluga and Hotspur interior trim colours of the Bentley Continental Supersports, the capsule collection of leather items in black and red leather with contrast stitching includes keyrings and iPad, iPhone and Blackberry cases.

The company started working with Bentley more than five years ago to develop the Ettinger for Bentley collection. Robert comments: “The initial collections were made from black English waxy hide on the outside and the distinctive Ettinger colour of panel hide on the inside which has been made and used by Ettingers for over 75 years.

“The collections include everything from purses and wallets, passport cases, luggage labels and portfolios, as well as the iconic Bentley key case.”

Ettinger has recently added some of the latest Bentley upholstery hides (fuchsia, yellow and blue) to its range. Everything is handmade in its factory in Birmingham, which uses the same skills that have been handed down for generations.

Prices, in case you have to ask, are surprisingly reasonable:

  • iPad case – £89.00
  • iPhone case – £45.00
  • Blackberry case – £45.00
  • Keyring – £22.00

Tempted? For further information visit: www.ettinger.co.uk

iPad Case - Ettinger for Bentley collection