luxury fashion house alexander mcqueen has developed a one-of-a-kind umbrella as part of its autumn/winter 2016-17 collection. the piece, which is patterned in a black skull motif, features an ergonomic, 3D printed handle, which perfectly emulates the grasp of a human fist. the limited edition piece marks the first time that 3D printing has been used for series production on a high fashion product available in stores.

alexander mcqueen 3d printed umbrella
the handle perfectly emulates the grasp of a human fist
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created in collaboration with berlin-based company VOJD studios — who specialize in luxury, 3D printed goods — the handle was created using an actual human handprint. the hand was first fully 3D scanned and then 3D printed, to ensure optimal cohesion with the user’s own grasp. the result is a comfortable and lightweight umbrella that you won’t be losing your grip on any time soon.

alexander mcqueen 3d printed umbrella
the unique shape was created using an actual human handprint

 

 

in addition to its unique handle, the automatic and collapsable umbrella features a wrap-around press stud fastening engraved with the alexander mcqueen name and tonal stitching throughout. the handle itself is carved from silver tone brass to achieve its shiny, mirror-like surface. 

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