The Meeting of Minds

Partners in Luxury
The people who work at the Bentley factory in Crewe have long represented the brand’s creative driving force. But beyond the factory walls, many more have contributed to the Bentley legend in a tradition of Bentley brand collaboration that is reinforced year after year. Below, you’ll find a selection of the extraordinary personalities and brands with which Bentley has had the pleasure of working. 

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The pioneer behind the emergence of British Pop Art in the sixties, Sir Peter Blake is one of Britain’s most respected artists. In 2016, Sir Peter Blake worked with Mulliner, Bentley’s personal commissioning department, to create a one-of-a-kind Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible. Auctioned by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on 24 June, it raised £250,000 for the charity Care2Save.

Read more about the Sir Peter Blake Bentley here.

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The famous Savile Row tailor, Gieves and Hawkes, has teamed up with Bentley on numerous projects. In 2015, the brand attended a Savile Row showcase sponsored by Bentley at the British Embassy in Washington DC, while later that year, it created a unique Bentley driving jacket as part of a menswear fashion week initiative. The tailor regularly provides clothing for the actors and models in Bentley’s films. And when Bentley created the groundbreaking Inspirator app, allowing customers to configure a car based on their reactions to emotional stimuli, the footage was filmed in Gieves and Hawkes’ flagship Savile Row store.

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Temperley London was launched by designer Alice Temperley, MBE, in 2000. Since then, the label has become famous for its focus on luxurious fabrics and textures. Alice shares Bentley’s dedication to finding the finest materials and crafting them to perfection, in pursuit of the perfect balance between form and function. In 2016, Bentley supported the Temperley London Spring/Summer collection during London Fashion Week.

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A photographer and film director known for both his film and editorial work, Greg Williams is the official photographer to the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He has contributed work to Vogue Italia, GQ, Vanity Fair and Esquire, not to mention collaborating with Bentley many times. Having directed promotional films for both the Bentley Bentayga and the Continental GT Speed, he was a guest at Bentley’s Extraordinary dinner in September 2015.

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Thomas Bubendorfer is a world-famous solo climber. The first person to climb the north face of the Eiger without rope, he is the author of several books and regularly gives inspirational talks to businessmen and women around the world. As a Bentley ambassador, he climbed Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in Europe, unveiling a ‘Be Extraordinary’ banner on camera at the summit. His ongoing quest is to test himself against the most precipitous mountains on the planet.

You can see Thomas in action for Bentley here. 

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Kate Spence worked for Jimmy Choo Couture for seven years before setting up her own bespoke shoe design label, Spence London. Famous for the luxurious finish of her shoes and the bespoke service she offers her clients, Kate could be considered the Mulliner of the shoe world. In summer 2016, a selection of Bentley’s UK retailers will be hosting events with both Spence London and Temperley London (see below) celebrating inspiration in fashion – and how it triggers ideas for the design of their products.

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