BETTER have your stunts dialled if you’re taking these Chanel decks out to the skate park or beach.
The envy-inciting boards were just released, doubling down on an already outdoorsy SS19 collection; Karl Lagerfeld, bless his inventive soul, brought sand in into the Grand Palais in Paris to showcase the beachwear-inspired threads.
Luxifying a skateboard is certainly one way to up the thrill factor for fashionistas who dare to hazard the US$7,700 (~S$10,500) deck on actual tricks. The last thing you you want to be shredding is the breathtaking underbelly of the cruiser, leather-quilted in signature Chanel fashion and sporting the embossed interlocking logo.
The top half of the lacquered wood board is hardier, with your typical black grip tape (that’s the sandpaper-like surface that you stand on) only parting for an inlaid panel bearing the black-and-white emblem of the French house.
If you’re more surf than turf, hoist the glitziest surfboard of the season. Take heed – Chanel’s done a shortboard instead of a log (longboard), and that means it wasn’t made for beginners. You’ll want to have your mechanics down pat to avoid dinging this work of art.
While it’s hewn from tough aluminium, glass and polyurethane, it also costs a cool US$8,900 (~S$12,100). Keep it well away from fakies and that beach leech of a friend.
The surfboard isn’t an entirely fresh entity in Chanel’s playful consciousness – Gisele Bundchen wowed in a (dramatic) Baz Luhrmann-directed Chanel No. 5 campaign while atop a black-and-white longboard, and the brand’s dropped a few black-trimmed specimens before.
Better grab these, though, before they sell out as well.