This Winter-Ready G-Wagen Literally Wears a Puffer Jacket Designed By Mercedes-Benz and Moncler
There is no doubt that London Fashion Week was the perfect platform for the debut of the stylish off-roader.
This winter, Mercedes-Benz (MB) and Moncler (MONCLER) will be partnering up to offer the G-Class in a luxurious package as part of their collaboration.
As part of London Fashion Week, the German automaker and French fashion label Ungaro introduced a special one-off version of the iconic 4X4 that was revealed on Monday. There has never been a vehicle like this, dubbed Project Mondo G, that brings together the worlds of luxury motors and ultra-chic puffer jackets in a way previously unimaginable.
It seems that the collaboration, which made its grand debut during Moncler's "The Art of Genius" exhibition in February, is actually more of a piece of art than it is a vehicle intended for a practical purpose, according to Rich Report. In order to integrate their respective design languages into the final product, both brands worked on the project for more than a year in order to ensure it was perfect.
As a result, Moncler has created a 4x4 that basically looks like a G-Wagen or a smaller version of the Lincoln Navigator, but with a removable top and quilted fabric wheels. There is something distinctly Mercedes about this SUV, with its three-door version of the SUV, which does not sell in the USA, but which has an appealing patina.
By adding this detail, the quilted elements are accentuated by their gloss, which enhances its versatility and emphasizes the durability of the garment. There is no doubt that the modifications on this car make it into something of a monster truck due to its stylish modifications.
It has a body that is 18 inches shorter than a standard G-Wagen, but because it is a cold-weather vehicle it stands over nine feet tall and 11 feet wide, in part because of the cold-weather clothing it carries. There are probably a few off-road enthusiasts out there who wouldn't mind if these were the actual dimensions of the SUV if these were the ones the manufacturer provided.
“The collaboration with Moncler inspired us to create a real iconic sculpture on wheels—a very bold design statement: our Project Mondo G,” said Gorden Wagener, Mercedes-Benz's creative director, in a statement released on Monday. “Based on our design philosophy Sensual Purity, this art piece merges extremely contrasting forms and surfaces: spacecraft shiny materials with a used patina look; strong geometry of the G-Class with organic forms of Moncler puffer jackets.”
Mercedes has a long history of collaborating with the fashion world and this is not their first time. Virgil Abloh, the late creative director of Louis Vuitton, previously teamed up with the marque for the limited-edition Project Maybach coupe that was released back in 2011.
In just a couple of days after the designer passed away, the sporty off-roader made its debut at Art Basel Miami in the wake of his tragic passing. Besides working with Mercedes on Project Mondo G, Abloh also worked on a G-Wagen race car called the Project Geländewagen, which, together with Project Mondo G, was more of a sculpture than a work of engineering.