As part of its ongoing support for emerging talent, Bentley Motors has collaborated with the award-winning fashion designer Supriya Lele, who is known for her sensual blend of femininity and exploration of her British and Indian heritage. Lele has used leather off-cuts from the iconic Bentley Motors Factory in Crewe to create three concept garments, exclusively revealed at her London Fashion Week show, which also sees her return to the catwalk for the Spring/Summer 2024 season.
It is a collaboration born from shared ideologies of craft, excellence, heritage, quiet luxury, alongside the history and prowess of the Bentley.
“It was an exciting proposition to work with Bentley – an incredible heritage car manufacturer that needs no introduction with a level of craftsmanship and detail that is second to none. A visit to the Crewe headquarters introduced me to the unique and fascinating methods of Bentley’s manufacture – the level of perfection and expertise reminded me of an elevated couture atelier,” Lele commented.
It was on this trip that Lele conceived the three garment designs which she felt could reflect the quality of the leather and do the fabric justice, while serving the rest of the collection, which is a culmination of key developments over the course of the past year.
“This beautiful blue jacket, corset bra and belt add this strength and tension and modernity. Leather hides named Camel and Light Blue, by Mulliner, were selected for the pieces, tapping into both our brands’ affinity for colour and mixing heritage with a progressive and modern approach in a new medium,” added Lele.
Jai Bolar, Head of Design Strategy and Innovation at Bentley commented “Supriya is a talented artist and creates beautiful pieces that creatively tap into the best out of her Indian heritage and British design expertise. We were delighted to support her talent through this project which sees leather off cuts from our production being used to create inspirational garments rooted in our mutual design values and principles”.