Meet the Rolls-Royce bespoke dept
The men behind this week's Six Senses concept reveal their greatest work to date...
Posted: 24 Apr 2012
"We've had several, including the installation of a speedometer in the back seat for passengers and eagles stitched into the headrests. We've been asked to work with some challenging materials too, including alligator, ostrich and kangaroo skin for seats. Some of which have been turned down because import laws restrict us.
"People also specify materials based on a sentimental connection. A Chinese customer asked us to incorporate a tree from his garden. We obliged, but it was subject to safety and longevity testing beforehand. We've also put a horsehair inlay into a racing horse owner's dashboard and integrated knotted rope into another customer's wood veneer.
"Sometimes we have to speak with people not strictly associated with the automotive industry to deliver bespoke requests. The embroidered eagle detail on the headrests [pictured above] was beyond a conventional sewing machine, so we had a tattoo artist pen it as a template then finished the rest by hand."