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Porsche Paper Clips Car Silhouette designed by the Porsche Design Studio, represents the shape of the 911, made in Germany

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Photo by Dede Seward

PORSCHE PAPER CLIPS – For your Home or Office Impression

Admit it: You WISH you had your matchbox cars to play with on your desk.

Well, here’s the fun grown-up version, and you can pretend you got a 911.

Order herehttp://shop3.porsche.com/usa/lifestyle/office/wap0500030e/paper-clips.pdds

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When it comes to paperclips, they’re often only known for their functional and practical use. But these paperclip creations are a great representation of how these ordinary items have been used in another inventive way. Using such a widely known brand name as “Porsche” as an inspiration.

Modern day engineered designs derive their influence from all sorts of ordinary mundane items, and can transform such things as these ordinary paperclips, into something modern and visually compelling, such as the well-recognized Porsche 911 shape.

Something you would want at your desk? I know I would.

That lovely, sexy, streamlined 911 silhouette! … a marvelous home or office gift.

If you are looking for something to brighten up your work space, this is an ideal office gift for women and men. And what a great Birthday or Christmas gift too. Hint!

Here’s the Product Details:

Paper clips designed by the Porsche Design Studio and represents the shape of the 911, made in Germany.

Code: WAP0500030E

Porsche Paper Clips

Set of 100 in tin box.
Shaped to resemble the famous Porsche 911 silhouette.

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Photo by Dede Seward

Please Note:
The Porsche gift / collection range is subject to availability and may take up to anything between 14 – 30 days for delivery if the item is not in stock.

Check availability at Porsches “Porsche Driver’s Selection” under Lifestyle/office supplies:: websites around the world

Oh! and one more thing…

Not too successful with trying to keep your paper clips together on your desk?

You work in an office, right? When you reach into your paper clip container to remove one paper clip, do you tend to get a chain of them? I do.

Paper clips, push pins and rubber bands running astray across your home office desk? Here’s a way to keep those little office supplies in check….the Office Organizer!

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Photo by Dede Seward

The paper clips fit perfectly in the Office Organizer, item #WAP0500180D

(also exclusive design by the Porsche Design Studio representing the central locking mechanism of a Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S wheel).

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Photo by Dede Seward

Driver's Selection Online Shop

Many Porsche Driver’s Selection products are often inspired by the cars themselves too.

This can be found in items such as Porsche Wine Bottle Stopper (WAP0500120B)

Inspired by the design of the central locking mechanism of the current Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S. Includes original Porsche Crest and logo. With rubber inlay for sealing the bottle. Color: Silver/Black. Imported

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Porsche Bottle Opener (WAP05001010B)

Inspired by the design of the central locking mechanism of the current Porsche 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S. Heavy-duty design includes original Porsche Crest and logo. For opening crown caps. Imported.

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and Porsche Tabletop Clock (WAP0701000B)

With both analog and digital time display and alarm, second time zone, calender and timer functions. Alarm features the sound of the Porsche 911 engine. Sturdy aluminum case. The case and dial are both based on the design of the Porsche 911 instruments. Imported.

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Source:

Porsche Design / Porsche.com

Check availability at “Porsche Driver’s Selection” under office supplies: Porsche  websites around the world

Here is one in the UK: http://shop3.porsche.com/uk/lifestyle/office/wap0500030e/paper-clips.pdds

and Germany: http://shop3.porsche.com/germany/lifestyle/office/wap0500030e/bueroklammer.pdds

and USA : http://shop4.porsche.com/usa/lifestyle/office/

 

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Porsche Design TwinBag, Finest craftsmanship, down to the very last detail

TwinBag in green ostrich leather

TwinBag in green ostrich leather

Porsche Design TwinBag

Stuttgart. The luxury brand’s first women’s handbag will be available from March 1st in all Porsche Design Stores around the world and in the official online store. The TwinBag is distinguished by its unique design and exclusive leather materials, expertly crafted by workers in Florence.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

The main highlight is the bag’s clever carrying concept: its adjustable handles allow the TwinBag to be worn as either a handbag or a shoulder bag. The German luxury brand’s first handbag rounds off its fashion and lifestyle range for women.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

Italian craftsmanship shines through in every detail of the TwinBag, making it a true masterpiece. Produced from a single piece of calf leather, the bag is painstakingly stitched by hand in an intricate production process.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

Its Italian production ensures the finest workmanship and particular attention to detail – the handbag benefits from knowledge and tradition passed down through generations of Florentine craft workers.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

The Porsche Design TwinBag is one of the most exclusive bags around this season. Premium quality was a key focus in the selection of materials. The leather is tanned using an ecological process, the lining is made from soft Alcantara and the metal fittings are finished using an elaborate electroplating procedure.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

After vegetable tanning, the selected leather varieties – exclusive ostrich leather, elegant crocodile leather and modern calf leather – are processed with the highest precision and utmost attention to quality.

An elaborate electroplating process is used to produce six different finishes for the timeless metal fittings which are then polished by hand. The fittings are made from precious metals, such as gold, white gold, rose gold, matt gold, silver and chrome.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

The many different combinations of fine leather varieties and finishes result in a very distinctive look for each TwinBag model.

Finest Craftsmanship

Finest Craftsmanship

The highlight of the first TwinBag collection is a grey crocodile leather bag with white gold fittings.

TwinBag in blue ostrich leather

TwinBag in blue ostrich leather

Gold details adorn the green and blue ostrich leather bags, while the grey leather bag sports chromeblack metal fittings.

TwinBag in grey crocodile leather

TwinBag in grey crocodile leather

The individual numbers on the crocodile and ostrich leather versions further emphasise their exclusivity. The collection is rounded off with a total of 13 stylish and modern calf leather versions. The TwinBag colour spectrum ranges from elegant white to timeless beige and classic black.

Featuring a two-way zip for easy access, the interior of the TwinBag is designed with functionality in mind: it is roomy enough to hold DIN A4-size documents and a 13-inch laptop.

TwinBag in grey ostrich leather

TwinBag in grey ostrich leather

Additional information can be found on http://www.porsche-design.com/TwinBag

Cost: Well, the bags, which are produced in Florence, Italy and range from $1,990 to $11,900 CAD (note: special order handbags top out at just under $30,000), will be available in March 2013 in all Porsche Design stores and online.

Crocodile, with 18K white gold hardware, handbag $29,000, by special order.

Source: Porsche Design Media Database

 

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Dedeporsches.com Blog 2012 in Review Presented By WordPress.com

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys

prepared a 2012 annual report for Dedeporsches.com Blog.

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Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 290,000 [actually the stats say 401,295] times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 5 years for that many people to see it. Dedeporsches blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Your 2012 year in blogging.png2The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 3,490 views.The most popular post that day was: Porsche Project: Janis Joplin’s psychedelic painted 1965 Porsche 356C Cabriolet

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Some visitors came searching, mostly for porschejanis joplin porsche,angelique kerbermatthew drendel, and sabine lisicki.

The top referring sites in 2012 were:

  1. facebook.com

  2. geenstijl.nl

  3. darkroastedblend.com

  4. reddit.com

  5. twitter.com

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That’s 191 countries in all!
Most visitors came from The United States. Germany & The United Kingdom were not far behind.

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These are just a few of the posts that got the most views in 2012.

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Porsche Design – 12 Days of Christmas for Porsche Lovers

The Gift of Giving – Wish List 01

Bestow happiness – with timeless luxury this holiday season. Experience the extraordinary world of Porsche Design gifts at your nearest Porsche Design store www.porsche-design.com and select from elegant and technically-inspired writing tools, luxurious timepieces and jewelry, unmistakable fragrances and state of the art electronics in true Porsche Design style.

You may not be able to afford to give someone an actual Porsche for the holidays ,so here’s the next best thing for Porsche lovers.

A selection of 12 Porsche designed gifts for everyone in the family.Porsche Magnetic board with vintage image and 5 magnetic cars:

Painted metal board in the same design as the historic motorsport poster of 1964. Inclusive set of 5 magnetic cars [ 356 BT5 Coupé ]. 1 : 87 scale. Limited to 2,000 units. Dimensions: 40 x 50 x 0.5 cm.
$175, buy it here

911 GTE R Chronograph Watch:

Brown dial. Base color: Black. Brown accent color. Black rubber strap. Luminescent hands, stopwatch function with split-time measurement and tachometer. Extra-hard sapphire glass with anti-reflection treatment to ensure clear visibility. Integrated rubber. $740 (Other colors and styles available). buy it here.

Save up for the real thing with the Porsche Piggy Bank:

In the design of the 917/20 – ‘the pink pig’. Elaborately decorated with a lockable opening for removing coins. Material: ceramic.
$70, buy it here 

2013 Porsche calendar “Mega City”

Timeless and sporty Porsche models in futuristic megacities. The new Porsche calendar for 2013 gives you 12 reasons to start looking forward to the future now. Comes with an exclusive collector’s coin.*The Porsche ‘Mega City’ calendar is exclusively available only at your local authorized Porsche dealership.* $48, buy it here.

Porsche Computer Mouse:

In the same design as the Porsche 911. Designed in the design studio of Porsche Weissach. PC– and Maccompatible aluminium scroll wheel, high resolution 2,000 dpi sensor, 2.4 GHz technology and plug & play installation. Colour: in high gloss Black. With a tiny and very powerful dongle for wireless use. Dimensions of dongle: 20 x 15 x 7 mm. $115, buy it here

Also in gold:

$130, buy it here

Porsche Kid’s Bike:


Two products in one: a push-along bike that can be converted to a chidren’s bike in a few simple steps. Lightweight aluminum frame with Porsche logo. Adjustable height, ergonomically designed saddle. Handlebars with protective padding and bell. Smooth-running 14 inch wheels with ball bearings and reflective stripes. Adjustable cantilever front brakes and back pedal brake. Plastic pedals with reflectors suitable for children. Additional front and rear reflectors. Exclusive design by the Porsche Design Studio. Suitable for ages 3+ years. Imported.  $430.00, buy it here

Porsche Wrapping Paper:

In the colours of 1968 design. 2 sheets, each 70 x 100 cm on a roll. Material: high-quality 80 g/m2 paper, matte. $7, buy it here

There are many other items available for Porsche fans from their Driver’s Selection online store. Check them all out here.

If you’ve got more coin to spend, the Porsche Design Studio offers these fabulous items:

Porsche Design Chopsticks:

High-end Chopsticks with magnetic clip. Made of high quality materials: blackwood and stainless steel. € 75,00, buy them here

Porsche Design Candle:

Perfumed, black candle. Smells like “The Essence”., € 60,00, buy it here

Porsche Design Running Shoes:

The exclusive Bounce:S² running shoe is engineered with a car-inspired suspension system that transfers vertical impact into forward propulsion. The result is 20% more cushioning and 15% more elasticity than standard running shoes. An innovative one piece mesh shell combines breathability with step-in comfort and abrasion-resistance. (shown in Black/Orange but several other colors are available. € 350,00, buy them here

Porsche Design Twin Bag
The Twin Bag is two purses in one with a handle that extends to make it a shoulder bag or collapses to make it a handbag.

Each TwinBag is produced in the Italian city of Florence, by dedicated and experienced hands and benefiting from knowledge passed down through generations. The selection of materials is also typical of Porsche Design. The luxury brand’s handbags are made exclusively from the finest vegetable-tanned leather and enhanced with timeless high-quality metal fittings.

The Porsche Design TwinBag will be available all over the world from March 2013 in all Porsche Design stores and in the luxury brand’s official online store. For more information, go here. 

Porsche Design Shisha (hookah or bong):

Unique design and high-end materials combined to an extraordinary product. Made of high quality materials: Stainless Steel, Aluminum and Glass; Height: 55 cm; Limited Edition; Made in Germany
€ 1.350,00, buy it here 

Source: Porsche and Porsche Design

 

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Porsche’s Secret Studebaker Identified on the Drawing Board as Porsche Project Type 542

The Studebaker/Porsche Project

Is that the Studebaker Porsche Project Type 542 under that cover at the Porsche Design Studio? 


After Ferdinand Porsche died, his son Ferry was asked by the Studebaker Company, to design a new car. Porsche suggested a 4 cylinder 1.500 cc coupe, rear engine car but that was not accepted by Studebaker, which wanted a 6 cylinder, much larger car with a front engine. Earlier in the 1950s Studebaker entered into serious discussions with Porsche regarding the German company developing a compact car for the South Bend firm.

Anxious to expand its presence in the U.S. and prodded by Volkswagen importer Max Hoffman, Porsche worked up a design proposal that it dubbed the Type 542, a rear-engined, four-door sedan somewhat smaller than Studebaker’s Champion.

Porsche produced a running protype and sent it to South Bend for evaluation.  Distracted by its financial problems, Studebaker didn’t take a serious look at the prototype until 1956 when the company’s director of experimental engineering, John Z. DeLorean, gave it a thumbs-down and the project was DOA.

 Yes, that would be the same John DeLorean who later built his OWN sports car and, whatever his other failings, DeLorean was, by all accounts, a brilliant engineer. He was also an American in an era when American car people tended to give short shrift to ideas that ran contrary to prevailing practices in Detroit. In this vein, DeLorean’s report was highly critical of everything about the Porsche prototype that was distinctively European:

“Some excessive vertical shake was noted…There still remains considerable lateral movement and rear-end steering, with undesirable amounts of oversteer noted in moderate to hard cornering. There is uneven tire wear…The car steers quickly, but hard, and requires constant attention and correction for road wander. Cross-winds and slippery spots make driving tedious and rather dangerous..

“The radiator, grille, hood and deck slopes are quite steep and not in keeping with current American boxy-styling. The car is full width but rather short…It appears small and bug-like due to the sloping hood and squeezed-in rear fender treatment…

“This vehicle has a large amount of technical appeal, but a number of items need refinement to increase its overall appeal as a small car to the average American car buyer…The 1956 Champion or Commander is preferred to the Porsche [Z-87] for American driving…”

Turning Wheels, February 1977

In 1952 Porsche begins the project and after 18 months the prototype was ready to be tested. Labeled as Porsche Project 542. Karl Rabe was the chief engineer.


Porsche proposed a 6V rear engine four door as shown in picture below. It was to have a 2,82 m wheelbase, independent suspension and was to try two different cooling systems, one air-cooled, another composite air-water, named internally the 542L ( L from Luft=Air in German) and the 542W (W from Wasser=water in German) 90×80 mm

Studebaker – Porsche Project 542. Karl Rabe was the chief engineer.


These were rated as follows: 
The air cooled version weighted 220KG, and had an output of 98 HP at 3700 rpm. 
The water cooled version weighed 206 KG had an output 106 HP at 3500 rpm.

Above: The air and water cooled engine.

Below: The final water-cooled engine.

Above: A Studebaker sketch for a small car. Note rear air intake fins.


They both were tested in Europe and Porsche traveled to USA in 1954 with four prototypes, two of each engine type. When he arrived, Studebaker had been bought by Packard and the new firm was not interested in the project.

Turning Wheels, February 1977

Turning Wheels, February 1977

Turning Wheels, February 1977


That was the end of the Studebaker/Porsche.

 Porsche also proposed a compact car much like the “square-back” Volkswagen that was built in the latter 1960s. It, too, failed to spark much interest in South Bend and that the end of the fruitless relationship between Porsche and Studebaker.

Shortly after this episode, Studebaker entered into agreements with aircraft manufacturer Curtiss-Wright over a variety of management and manufacturing issues, one upshot of which was that Curtiss-Wright would take over management of Studebaker for a period of time.  In 1959 Curtiss-Wright engineers, for reasons known only to them, bought a Studebaker Lark from a dealer, removed the entire drive train and installed a 1953 Porsche boxer engine, suspension and transaxle in the rear of the car.

Whatever their reasons for cobbling together this prototype, the project went nowhere, Curtiss-Wright soon divorced itself from Studebaker and the pride of South Bend continued down the road to extinction.

An excerpt from “www.studegarage.com/porsche.htm” ( Link below)In February, 1959 Curtis-Wright bought a new Lark with a Champ 6 engine from a local dealer and modified it. A used engine from a 1953 Porsche was rebuilt by Porsche and installed along with the torsion-bar rear suspension and transaxle. Wheels and gear reduction boxes from a VW bus were used to optimize the drive line. This engine was placed in what had been the trunk of the Lark after removing the Champ 6 and automatic transmission from the front of the car. In addition, since Curtis-Wright had taken out a license to build Wankel rotary engines, an adapter was prepared to install a small Wankel engine in place of the Porsche engine. This car may have been the prototype for the sub-compact touted two years later.Before the car could be fully tested and the rotary engine installed, the relationship between Curtis-Wright and Studebaker ended. The Lark was sold to a local New Jersey garage, then quickly resold twice more to car collectors. The car still survives and has occasionally appeared at car shows in New England. It retains the 1500 cc, 70 hp Porsche engine in the trunk. While the horsepower rating is less than the Champ 6 it replaced, the much lower weight of the Porsche engine and transmission help, but it is not a high-performance car. The engine produces peak horsepower at 5,000 rpm. 

Images from the Studebaker Museum, May 2007

Studebaker’s that never were

 1961 studebaker prototypeIn March, 1961 Studebaker released a sketch of a sub-compact car planned for future introduction.  It called for a four-cylinder, air-cooled, rear engine of 65-75 horsepower.  Wheelbase was about 100 inches, much shorter than the Lark of the time.  Seating was for four or five passengers.  Studebaker hoped to get the car to market by the fall of 1962 at a price under $2000.   The car never made it to production, but there was more to it than just an artist’s sketch.   It was known as a Porsche Type 633, the result of an association with Porsche that started in 1952.studebaker porsche type 633
Porsche built a car for Studebaker in August, 1952 with a 120-degree V-6 engine .   This was the Porsche Type 542, also known as the Z-87 car at Studebaker.   Though it was looked at then, it didn’t get serious review until 1956 when Studebaker’s director of experimental engineering tested the car and reported on it.   The director’s name: John Z. DeLorean, who later went on to other cars and other activities.  He didn’t like the Porsche effort and compared it unfavorably to the comfort and ride of the 1956 Champion and Commander.  Interestingly, this appears to have been the only 4-door Porsche until the Cayenne SUV was introduced for 2003.In later years, a Lark was modified to have a Porsche engine and transaxle installed in the trunk area.  Curtis-Wright Corporation owned nearly half of the Studebaker stock in the late 1950’s and took over management of the company.   Development efforts were conducted at their New Jersey facility.

1959 Studebaker Lark w Porsche engine
In February, 1959 Curtis-Wright bought a new Lark with a Champ 6 engine from a local dealer and modified it.  A used engine from a 1953 Porsche was rebuilt by Porsche and installed along with the torsion-bar rear suspension and transaxle.  Wheels and gear reduction boxes from a VW bus were used to optimize the drive line.  This engine was placed in what had been the trunk of the Lark after removing the Champ 6 and automatic transmission from the front of the car.  In addition, since Curtis-Wright had taken out a license to build Wankel rotary engines, an adapter was prepared to install a small Wankel engine in place of the Porsche engine.  This car may have been the prototype for the sub-compact touted two years later.
Before the car could be fully tested and the rotary engine installed, the relationship between Curtis-Wright and Studebaker ended.  The Lark was sold to a local New Jersey garage, then quickly resold twice more to car collectors.  The car still survives and has occasionally appeared at car shows in New England.  It retains the 1500 cc, 70 hp Porsche engine in the trunk.  While the horsepower rating is less than the Champ 6 it replaced, the much lower weight of the Porsche engine and transmission help, but it is not a high-performance car.  The engine produces peak horsepower at 5,000 rpm.

 

(A detailed discussion of Porsche’s involvement with Studebaker can be found here.)

More added here

Source:  Studebaker/Porsche Project http://oldcarandtruckpictures.com/Studebaker/TheEnd.html

 Karl Ludvigsen outlined in SIA #24, September-October 1974. Studebaker’s first involvement with Porsche came earlier in the 1950s, in an earlier attempt to build a compact car. Porsche’s engineers came up with several designs and even whipped up a prototype car and a pair of prototype engines. The exact connection between that prototype and the later experimental car, however, remains unknown.

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While the American firm struggled on, the project had supplied a good deal of funding to Porsche when they needed it most. While Studebaker and Packard were closing factories, Porsche was building new ones. Studebaker-Packard did manage to get a piece of the late 1950s imported car market eventually though – they became the American importers of Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union before exiting the auto industry all together in the mid 1960s. (Imagine what Max Hoffman must have thought.) The rest, as they say, is history.

Much research credit must be given to Karl Ludvigsen’s articles on this topic from the mid-1970s.

 

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Porsche Design interchangeable lenses P’8478 sunglasses for Summer

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Press Release

March 29th, 2012

Summer, Sun, Switching Shades

Your Passion. Your Image.

Porsche Design P'8478 Raspberry and Steel Blue

Porsche Design P'8478 Raspberry and Steel Blue

New, exclusive colors for Porsche Design P’8478

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Stuttgart. For summer, Porsche Design is presenting interchangeable lenses in new color variants for the legendary P’8478 sunglasses. As of now, as well as the six classic shades of brown, light blue silver mirrored, grey gradient silver mirrored, green, dark orange silver mirrored and olive silver mirrored three more exclusive colorways – sulfur (yellow), steel blue (blue) and raspberry (red) – are available.

Porsche Design P'8478 Sulfur

Porsche Design P'8478 Sulfur

A sought-after style icon, P’8478 sunglasses were Porsche Design’s first ever eyewear and today they are still one of the most successful models.

The design of this classic item has remained unchanged since 1978, the only difference being the use of ultra-light titanium to bring the P’8478 up to the technical state-of-the-art of the 21st century.

Porsche Design P'8478 Steel Blue

Porsche Design P'8478 Steel Blue

The revolutionary feature of these sunglasses was – and is – their innovative interchangeable lens mechanism which enables them to be adapted to various sight requirements and light conditions.

Thus the trendy aviator sunglasses not only stand for a sense of style; their appeal lies in their intelligent functionality.

Available in four sizes (S, M, L und XL), the P’8478 has become the ultimate classic, enhancing every shape of face.

In 1978 the sunglasses with the innovative interchangeable lens mechanism were not only the first glasses to be made by Porsche Design, but were also the luxury brand’s first contribution to the fashion world.

With the new color variants for interchangeable lenses in:

sulfur (yellow)

P'8478 Interchangeable Lens Sulfur

P'8478 Interchangeable Lens Sulfur

steel blue (blue)

P'8478 Interchangeable Lens Steel Blue

P'8478 Interchangeable Lens Steel Blue

and raspberry (red)

P'8478 Interchangeable Lens Raspberry

P'8478 Interchangeable Lens Raspberry

Porsche Design again establishes a trend matching the height of contemporary fashion. The enlarged range of lenses is obtainable in four sizes, corresponding to the four available frame sizes (S, M, L and XL).

As of now, the new summer shades for the Porsche Design P’8478 sunglasses are

available exclusively from Porsche Design stores throughout the world, and from the

online shop at https://onlineshop.porsche-design.com.

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with a special focus on technically-inspired products. The brand Porsche Design was founded in 1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. The products are the embodiment of functionality, timelessness and purist design. They impress by the technical innovations they incorporate.

The product portfolio includes watches, sunglasses, luggage, a sport and fashion collection, electronic products, and a line of fragrances for men. All products of the brand are designed at the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See, Austria, and are sold worldwide in the company’s own stores, in franchise stores, shop-in-shops, high-end department stores and exclusive specialist retailers.

SOURCE: Porsche Design Press Portal

 

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World’s largest Porsche Design Store in SoHo – 2nd store in New York

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January 20th, 2012


Porsche Design opens second New York location in Lower Manhattan

World’s largest Porsche Design Store in SoHo

Stuttgart. The Porsche Design Group (Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft

mbH & Co. KG), Stuttgart, opened a new Porsche Design store in

New York’s SoHo district. The new store is located in a typical

cast-iron building on West Broadway and displays the entire

product range of the Porsche Design luxury brand in a space of

more than 250 square metres.

The SoHo boutique therefore is not only the world’s largest

Porsche Design store but also offers a unique shopping experience

as there will simply be no other Porsche Design store with a

comparable shop concept: including amongst others an inimitably

equipped shop floor, an especially designed wall showcasing

the brand’s history of almost 40 years of “Iconic Style” as well as

an exclusive 50 square metres VIP shopping area.

“With the store in SoHo we are taking the Porsche Design luxury brand to the next level – not only in New York City and the United States of America but globally”, says Dr. Juergen Gessler, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

“Porsche Design SoHo is the world’s largest store and brings our philosophy of ‘Iconic Style’ alive. The boutique will not only set its footprint within Lower Manhattan but also become a landmark for shopping enthusiasts around the world. The idea behind that new store and our whole lifestyle matches perfectly with the Manhattanites’ lifestyle.”

The new store on West Broadway offers the entire range of Porsche Design

products, from luggage and eyewear to watches, jewellery,

smoking accessories, mobile phones and writing tools.

However, the brand new SoHo store particularly highlights the

Porsche Design Fashion Collection for women and men.

It not only includes the men’s collection and much extended ladies’

collection with leather jackets, premium jeans and upper wear but

also includes an exclusive and specially developed SoHo Collection.

The store concept offers a separate area for watches also,

and a lounge area invites customers to spend some time

and brings the luxury brand to life through a LCD screen.

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with a particular focus on

technically inspired products. The brand was established in

1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.

The company’s products stand for functional, timeless and

purist design, with convincing technical innovations. The product

portfolio includes watches, sunglasses, luggage, electronic

products, a men’s fragrance line as well as sports apparel

and a fashion collection. All of the brand’s products are

designed in the Porsche Design Studio in Zell am See,

Austria, and sold worldwide in the company’s own stores,

franchise stores, shop-in-shops, high-end department stores

and exclusive specialist retailers.

Porsche Design is a luxury brand with a particular focus on

technically inspired products. The brand was founded in

1972 by Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche.

The company’s products stand for functional, timeless

and purist design, with convincing technical innovations.

The product portfolio includes watches, sunglasses,

luggage, electronic products, a men’s fragrance line as

well as sports apparel and a fashion collection. All the

brand’s products are designed in the Porsche Design-Studio

in Zell am See, Austria and sold worldwide in the company’s

own stores, franchise stores, shop-in-shops, high-end

department stores and exclusive specialist retailers.

Porsche Design Store at 
456 W Broadway Soho
New York, NY 10006
USA

SOURCE: Porsche Design Media Database Press  

Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
Porschestraße 1
74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen
Germany

 

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