Rolls Royce Phantom Oribe Embraces Pottery, Celebrates Collaboration With Hermes

When it comes to covering all the details, it’s hard to argue that anyone can top Rolls Royce and some of the energy they put into making their cars special pieces of automotive jewelry. This is particularly true regarding its Bespoke division, which helps create special one-off customizations for a very elite club of wealthy one-percenters that manage to shine even above the established pool of the world’s elite. Their latest creation is the Rolls Royce Phantom Oribe. While we have seen Bespoke tackle some exciting builds, this particular example takes things in a very interesting albeit creative direction.


Pottery Lends Earthen Charm To Phantom Oribe

This special Phantom was commissioned by a Japanese entrepreneur who has a unique hobby. Unlike other wealthy clients with more conventional interests, this particular customer loves collecting a special type of antique pottery from Japan. Dubbed Oribe, this particular style of pottery often comes slathered in a green hue with bold white glazing serving as a potent contrast color.

The earth-themed combination of pigments inspired Bespoke stylists to create a similar color scheme for the Phantom, with the dark green bodywork being contrasted by a bright white hue that works its way from the lower front bumper and snakes its way all the way to the rear of the car. Other than that, the exterior is pure Phantom and still retains the bold slab-sided motif that is the norm for other Phantoms. That includes the elegantly shaped headlights, the large chrome grille, and the trademark Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. While the Oribe is merely a one-off commission, we do like how the green color works when viewed from certain angles and wish it could be a production color.


Bespoke Oribe Interior Goes All Out In Luxury Crusade

Another key trait of the Oribe is that it’s also a collaboration between Rolls Royce and legendary French designer Hermes. While the exterior is a classic example of modest luxury, things take a very wild left turn when you slip into the cabin of this particular Phantom. The bulk of the leatherwork here is treated with green and white to match the exterior, but the headliner and the rear armrests are covered in a canvas that’s similar to the material used in some of Herme’s handbags. Walnut wood trim accents the doors, and this hearty material also works its way into the rear picnic tables and the dashboard itself. Oh, and Hermes was also kind enough to supply all the leather and canvas for this special build.

Unlike other Phantoms, the Oribe does not use any metal speaker grates with Rolls Royce craftspeople actually drilling holes for the speakers into the wood trim in those areas. Another Oribe trademark is a hand-painted area on the dashboard that features an equine theme based on a pattern that Hermes uses on some of its scarves.


As mentioned, the Oribe is a one-off custom, and as is often the case with such things, you have to undoubtedly pay a massive amount of money to pull something this elaborate off. But this goes to show how dedicated Bespoke is to pleasing customers and the lengths they are willing to go to make it right. We’re certain that some of the basic custom touches here can be selected for other custom creations, but the Oribe will always be in another plane of luxury at the end of the day.

Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as

Carl is also a big fan of British vehicles with the bulk of his devotion going to the Morgan Motor Company as well as offerings from Lotus, MG, and Caterham. When he is not writing about automobiles, Carl enjoys spending time with his family and friends in the Metro Detroit area, as well as spending time with his adorable pets.

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