Leather legend Berluti pitched up at this summer’s Wheels and Waves motorcycle extravaganza in Biarritz to show its new collaboration with Triumph Bonneville – the latest expression of a long tradition of personalisation that, over the decades, has seen the Berluti look applied to everything from furniture to gaming sets.
Inspired by the Alessandro lace-up – Berluti’s first shoe, named after its founder and made from a single piece of leather with invisible seams – the bike’s body is draped in carbon kevlar, with a seat cowl in the loose shape of the shoe’s 2006 Démesure version. Solid wheels with lightweight aluminium covers enhance its streamlined effect, while the seat and handlebars are fitted in soft, hand-stitched Vitello Fiore leather.
The bike was created to spearhead Berluti’s new Off the Road motorcycle-themed collection of leather goods that aims to embody the cool spirit of classic biking. Best of all is a safety helmet (£2,840) produced in collaboration with Isle of Man-based helmet manufacturer Veldt. Made from lightweight carbon fibre covered in Scritto-patterned leather, it quickly converts from open “jet” style to full face (with a range of extras including different visors and a leather peak).
More typical of Berluti, however, are the Off the Road Norwegian biker boots in richly burnished brown leather (£3,600) and a supremely soft leather jacket lined in shearling (£1,980). The eight-piece collection also includes the Nino XL pouch for tablets and documents (£1,800), practical motorcycling gear such as lambskin gloves (£520) and, for motorcyclists who insist on riding in their best footwear, a neat shoe protector (£350).