Caracalla and Motoratus

Oct 4th, 2018

Those who visited our stand at the recent Goodwood Revival would have seen our latest collections; The Historic Monaco pieces were well received, as was the new Royal Automobile Club Segrave collection, and our Le Mans x Paul Stephens collaboration.

A firm favourite was the 'Imola' holdall made for Motoratus which we created with the wonderful people from Canford Classics. This Bright red tartan holdall gained a lot of attention from car enthusiasts, as well as many of the fashionistas that flock to the West Sussex event every September. The tartan used is a faithful replica of the original 1970s seat-covering that furnished many Porsche 911s.

This classic touring bag is the perfect size to fit behind the driver and passenger seats. For added strength and support, we bonded the madras check with a sturdy red leather. The bag features an external pocket - ideal for a passport - as well as two handy internal pockets, and is lined in a complementary shade of cream faux-suede. Its zip runs from one side to the other - allowing for maximum accessibility.

Most vintage cars from that era have had the seats re-covered with leather or leatherette but, traditionally, textiles were used. In fact, in classic sedans and limousines, only the seat of the chauffeur would be covered in hard-wearing leather and the passengers would enjoy the comfort of wool.

Finding textiles today in authentic 1970s upholstery is a labour of love and it is a credit to the tenacity of the team at Canford Classics who, when unable to source the right cloth for a bespoke restoration customer, approached a mill in Scotland and commissioned a piece. The cloth was so beautifully crafted that they, quite rightly, felt it would be perfect for lifestyle products. The Motoratus driver’s jacket is an expertly cut blouson which, while being trim in cut, allows the wearer maximum comfort and movement while behind the wheel. Being pure wool, it is temperature regulating and is comfortable for most climates – trying adding a cravat for that perfect Goodwood Revival look.

The aforementioned holdalls are available to order from the Motoratus website.