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May 8, 2023        |

Fit for a King

Bentley creates bespoke cabin cushions to celebrate coronation of King Charles III

Bentley has produced a limited series of bespoke cabin cushions to celebrate the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla on May 6. A team based at Bentley’s Dream Factory in Crewe used fine craftsmanship and cutting edge technology to digitize the special Coronation Emblem before creating each bespoke cushion by hand.

Extensive embroidery processes were required to achieve Bentley’s exacting quality standards, with nearly 30,000 stitches in each emblem needed. The emblem consists of two separate thread colors and three different colorways to contrast the individually selected hides of the special Bentley interiors in which the cushions will be used.

Producing the bespoke cushions requires extensive embroidery processes to achieve Bentley’s exacting quality standards.

Each cushion uses hides sourced from Northern Europe, where the climate and lack of barbed wire fencing reduce imperfections. Each hide is checked and marked by hand and eye before being cut. Stitched, shaped and finished entirely by hand, the completed cushions rival the quality of the cars themselves.

Bentley Trim Developer Ella Mitchell led in producing the bespoke cushions, which will remain with Bentley’s press cars for a time and are not available for purchase.

Colorways for the cushions have been matched to the individual specifications of two Bentayga EWBs, two Bentayga Hybrids, and one other highly bespoke Bentley.

Because the most noticeable element in the cabin of any Bentley is the color of the leather used, the colorways for the cushions have been matched to the individual specifications of two Bentayga EWBs, two Bentayga Hybrids, and one other highly bespoke Bentley, in time for this weekend’s coronation celebrations.

Colors of the cushions include Cricketball, Cumbrian Green, Imperial Blue and Saddle, and come in thick leather with accent piping of Beluga, Porpoise, Newmarket Tan and Imperial Blue. The emblems are sewn in black, white, red and blue thread. The size and shape of the cushions were modeled from those of the 1958 S1 Continental Flying Spur in Bentley’s Heritage Collection.

The British royalty uses the Bentley State Limousines, unveiled by the Crewe manufacturer in 2002 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee, in formal occasions.