RICH SOUND: Sound travels fast — and now in the height of luxury, too, thanks to Berluti. The French footwear specialist has designed a made-to-measure travel case for the Phantom I, a high-end speaker made by French audio startup Devialet.
(Devialet’s investors include Bernard Arnault, chairman and chief executive officer of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the luxury group that controls Berluti and a host of brands from Dom Perignon and Givenchy to Fendi.)
Called the Cocoon, the case comes in Berluti’s Venezia leather, prized for its depth of color thanks to the application of natural pigments to untreated skins. Like Berluti shoes, it can be done up with a customized patina with tobacco, black or blue shades.
It is to be sold in Devialet stores in Paris, Hong Kong, London and New York. A second version for the Gold Phantom speaker with leather accents will be sold in select Berluti stores.
The Cocoon case retails for $2,300, with the speaker sold separately. The Gold Phantom speaker plus Cocoon case goes for $6,000.
Introduced in 2015, the Phantom wireless speaker offered dense sound via patented amplification technology, and it is now sold in Apple stores. The Gold Phantom is billed as eight times more powerful and can be purchased in a 22-carat gold version.
Devialet hinted that it is planning to launch another game-changing technology soon. It was founded in 2007 by engineer Pierre-Emmanuel Calmel following his discovery of an amplification method combining digital and analogue technologies.