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Lincoln Aviator Shinola Concept: Design Experiments of Two Detroit Brands

Shinola Lincoln Aviator Concept concept
ZTSG 14/09/2021 Coupe 244
A watch, a duffel bag and a bicycle seat are all inspirations for the Lincoln Aviator Shinola concept car. Shinola is one of Detroit's most iconic brands, famous for its luxury watches, fine leather g...

A watch, a duffel bag and a bicycle seat are all inspirations for the Lincoln Aviator Shinola concept car. Shinola is one of Detroit's most iconic brands, famous for its luxury watches, fine leather goods and hotels on Woodward Avenue in the city center. There is even a Monopoly game with Shinola as the theme. For this Aviator concept, Lincoln collaborated with Shinola to show the iconic styling clues of each brand.

What Inspired It

Aviator Shinola Concept: Styling & Design

Lincoln Aviator Shinola Concept In Person

What Inspired It

Following a tour of Shinola’s flagship showroom in the Motor City, Lincoln designers went to work. The result is this Aviator concept that blends the design principles of Lincoln with the modern aesthetics of Shinola. The collaboration was an opportunity for Lincoln to explore different colors and new materials for designing vehicles.

“Shinola opened up their showroom to us as a playground – allowing us to explore how their brand’s lifestyle ethos could be woven into a new theme for one of our vehicles,” explained Kemal Curic, design director, Lincoln. “Our designers were handed a rare gift, and they made the most of it.”

“After our initial meeting with the Lincoln team, it was clear we shared the same passion for well-designed, beautifully crafted products,” said Shannon Washburn, Shinola CEO. “Designers from both brands came together to create an ultra-luxe vehicle that still embodies Shinola’s aesthetic of approachable luxury with thoughtful detail

s.”

Lincoln Aviator Shinola Concept interior layout. Photo: Lincoln Motor Company.

Aviator Shinola Concept: Styling & Design

The white exterior is borrowed from Shinola’s mother of pearl stone watch dials, with hints of blue. Copper accents, inspired by the copper-plated structure that attaches to a Shinola Runwell bike seat, give off a rose-gold hue. On the inside is Shinola’s whiskey leather, which is described as having a touch and smell that will indulge even the most refined senses. The crème suede seats have a pearl hue to match the exterior color.

Meanwhile, the woven textile sewn into the seats was inspired by the Shinola brand stripe. Each stitch of the original stripe was scaled to proportion, adding a blue tone that acknowledges, according to Lincoln, its many signature blue colors. “The goal is to impress occupants with our very own expression of craftsmanship, showcasing our meticulous attention to detail,” said Liam Butler, Lincoln color and material designer. “This stripe is unlike anything I’ve ever seen sewn into a vehicle, so we wanted to make sure it was done with care.”

“The fresh insights our team gained studying popular design motifs make this new Aviator concept a true celebration of craftsmanship,” Curic added.

Lincoln Aviator Shinola Concept In Person

Lincoln will display the Shinola Aviator concept at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance later in August.

Photo And source: Lincoln Motor Company, Shinola.