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Everything to Know About Virgil Abloh and Mercedes-Benz’s Collaboration

Gorden Wagener and Virgil Abloh

In an unprecedented alliance between art, fashion, and the automotive worlds, Mercedes-Benz has announced an exciting collaboration with polymath artist, architect, creative director, and fashion designer, Virgil Abloh.

The fusion will see the birth of a unique artwork inspired by the iconic Mercedes-Benz G-Class which turned 40 in 2019, for which the designer will be working closely with Mercedes-Benz Chief Design Officer, Gorden Wagener.

Dubbed Project Geländewagen, the partnership’s objective is to push the boundaries of each respective creative realm and rebuild the luxury landscape anew. The artwork will be digitally launched to a global audience on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 4:00pm CET/6:00pm GST and represents a new vision of luxury that is defined by the sharing of ideas and disciplines.

Both Mercedes-Benz and Abloh felt compelled to raise up the arts and the international creative community at a critical time.

“Teaming up with Virgil Abloh, one of the most influential and inspiring creatives of our time, represents Mercedes-Benz´ idea of Zeitgeist, co-creation and contemporary luxury – for both our products and our brand.” says Bettina Fetzer, Vice President Marketing at Mercedes-Benz AG. “By launching Project Geländewagen now we hope to inspire collaboration and creativity in our global audience.”

“Mercedes-Benz is a brand that stands for luxury and exceptional performance,” says Virgil Abloh. “Truly a perfect chassis to interject modern artists’ ideas of what the future can be stylistically, within conceptual car design.”

Gorden Wagener went on to elaborate: “Mercedes-Benz today is much more than a luxury carmaker, it is a design brand and luxury label. One major reason for our success story is our aesthetic soul and the unique style of our house.” says Gorden Wagener. “The next step in pushing Mercedes-Benz design is our collaboration with Virgil Abloh. We are set to create something unseen in both of our branches.”

Mercedes-Benz has always stood as a brand that inspires creative minds around the globe. Drawing on the ingredients of Mercedes-Benz DNA: exclusive materials, first-class craftsmanship, and highly developed design which appeals to all the senses of a discerning clientele, Wagener and Abloh’s creation will embody Mercedes-Benz’ innate understanding of luxury.

A one of a kind home-scale replica of the unique artwork will be auctioned off following September’s launch. All proceeds will be donated to a charity that supports the arts and the winner of the model auction will also receive exclusive access to the co-creators, including a personal introduction to the inspirations behind the artwork and the creative powerhouses’ aspirations for it.

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