• Aug 31st 2011 at 7:59AM
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Lamborghini is serious about carbon fiber. More than simply using the material, the Italian sportscar manufacturer has developed new types of it. The question is, what to do with it once it's developed?

Well, they make supercars out of the stuff, for starters. But that's not the end of the story. Lamborghini also has partnerships with such companies as Boeing and Callaway to use its carbon fiber in applications as varied as airplanes and golf clubs. And now Sant'Agata has found another application: handbags.

While plenty of companies are making all sorts of stuff out of finished, hardened and glossy carbon fiber sheets, Lamborghini claims to be the first to use the unfinished weave to produce this line of fashion accessories. The collection includes a soft travel duffel, a messenger bag and an envelope-style satchel. Each is made primarily out of the raw carbon fiber and fitted with hand-stitched leather, galvanized brass hardware and cotton lining, all put together by hand.

The items will be available through Lamborghini dealers worldwide and through its online store, but don't expect to have any cash left over to stash inside the bags: prices range from $1,200 up to $2,100. Take a closer look in the high-res image gallery and follow the jump for the full press release.
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Collezione Automobili Lamborghini Introduces its First Range of Carbon Fiber Bags
Automobili Lamborghini takes on a new challenge with the world-wide launch of its first carbon fiber bag collection.

Utilized in industrial applications at the cutting edge of technology and noted for its resiliency and light weight, this material is used in premium products like bicycles, yachts, aeroplanes and super sports cars. Until today, no one has utilized carbon fiber in its un-stiffened, cloth form to produce fashion accessories.

Created by Lamborghini and made in Italy, the unisex collection consists of Travel-, Messenger- and Envelope-style bags. They each possess a pure design and are completed in fine hand-stitched leather, palladium-finish galvanized brass accessories, hand-mounted studs and cotton lining. Each detail has been carefully studied to guarantee maximum functionality. The color is highlighted by the diagonal graphite reflections typical of carbon fiber. The uniqueness of these products is not by chance, each one has been carefully studied and is one-of-a-kind, entirely made by hand by craftsmen who carry out each phase of the process.

The soft Travel bag is a trunk-style carrier with two handles and measures 20x9x11 inches. Designed to be carried on an air plane as carry-on luggage, its shape is highlighted by luxurious detail and a spacious internal pocket.

The Messenger bag measures 15x4x12 inches and has been designed as a laptop carrier. It has an adjustable strap and three separate compartments, as well as a zip-up pocket to protect smaller objects inside.

The Envelope-style bag completes the product range, measuring 13x12 inches and is perfect for carrying notebooks, as they are easily accessible if placed in the open back pocket, or protected in the zip-up pocket. There are also compartments for a wallet, cell phone and writing utensils.

The President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, Stephan Winkelmann, has expressed: "The objects around us change, just as the way we carry them changes. This line of bags explores an absolutely unprecedented use of carbon fiber, taking the thrust of technological innovation that characterizes our supercars, to the world of fashion. These are exclusive objects for those who are not content with practicality, but instead seek a way to stand out from the crowd and stamp their own personality on an accessory."

Travel, Messenger and Envelope will be on sale in the fall of 2011, complete with a maintenance kit at the flagship boutiques in Sant'Agata Bolognese, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Melbourne, Berlin, Hong Kong, Chengdu, Chong Qing and Shantou, as well as at the 120 Lamborghini car dealerships worldwide and online at www.lamborghinistore.com.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Carbon fiber needs to be more widely used in mass production, making it cheaper, and regaining our lighter car cars back. Even the new Veloster is heavier than it should be, even though light as the Miata, the anemic engine doesn't help though. But if built with a carbon fiber body....
        old greg
        • 3 Years Ago
        The problem has always been that carbon fiber CAN'T be mass produced. It's expensive because it traditionally had to all be layed-up by hand (not to mention the need for very large autoclaves), and for something as large and complex as an automobile chassis it is quite a time consuming task. What Lamborghini has been doing is figuring out a way to change that. Google "Forged Composites" if you're interested.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a common misconception that mass production leads to lower costs for all products. The problem with getting carbon fiber costs lower is not volume, it's energy usage - carbon fiber is made by taking existing materials (usually petroleum based) and burning off all the other molecules in a controlled way so that only carbon is left. Thus the cost of carbon fiber will remain high for the foreseeable future. Costs can be brought down incrementally by coming up with new molding techniques, but it won't change the energy needed to make the raw materials. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_%28fiber%29
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have 1 word for this: Useless
      • 3 Years Ago
      These look pretty awesome, but I don't really see them appealing to women w/ the means to afford them. A for effort, I suppose.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Changed to "Lamborghini uses raw carbon fiber cloth to make SUPER MACHO MANBAGS", and they get a win in Europe and Asia. N.A., not so much
        • 3 Years Ago
        In europe, men carry bags.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Ah, very well. The satchel is actually kinda cool. I just couldn't wear one in public. Not that I even have the need for one. Not that I'd pay that money for one if I did.
      Dark Gnat
      • 3 Years Ago
      Experimentation with manufacturing methods helps find breakthroughs. The resulting products may appear to be silly, but they can lead to better products down the road. You can't expect them to sell these for $40. It's too bad we haven't figured out a way to trap carbon from the exhaust of power plants, engines, etc. That would alleviate the need to use petroleum products, and it would help keep the air cleaner.
      • 3 Years Ago
      queen rania of jordan born to eat faeces and to be a defaecating process thief
      hans moleman
      • 3 Years Ago
      these will be huge in china.. one thing i noticed is that the chinese men love man bags.. esp the business men..
      Big V
      • 3 Years Ago
      What! This is for dudes! No way. Do you have to spend that much money to look like a chic?
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's good news for the snakes, and crocodiles. Care to make a carbon fiber motor rider jacket?
      • 3 Years Ago
      My buddy's wedding ring is made of titanium and carbon fiber.
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