Karim Rashid and Alex Thomson.
Karim Rashid and Alex Thomson.
Image: Supplied/Hugo Boss

Industrial designer Karim Rashid has devised the brand identity for the new Hugo Boss yacht, which record-breaking sailor Alex Thomson will race in the 2020 Vendée Globe. 

With more than 4,000 designs in production and 300 awards to his name, Rashid is a leading light in his field. The designer’s work spans architecture, fashion, furniture and interiors, and now he has turned his peerless expertise to creating an inimitable look for the Imoca 60 yacht. 

Rashid has worked alongside the Alex Thomson Racing team to form the unique vision for the boat, which will sail in a number of long-distance races – the pinnacle being the world-famous Vendée Globe. 

Karim Rashid.
Karim Rashid.
Image: Supplied/Hugo Boss

Known as the “Everest of Sailing”, the solo, unassisted round-the-world race is one of the most gruelling challenges a yachtsman can face, and a personal goal for skipper Thomson, who – after coming in third in 2012 and second in 2016 – has his sights set on first place. 

Rashid said: “It is special to work on this. Hugo Boss is such a global brand with a contemporary vision, and Alex Thomson is such a champion in the sailing world. Meeting Alex showed me the great passion one needs for these races. And collaborating with Hugo Boss and the Alex Thomson Racing team members, having a constant back-and-forth dialogue, was essential in shaping my vision.” 

Thomson said: “While collectively – through our team, together with our naval architects and boat builders – we had all the skills required to design and build the new Hugo Boss, we knew we needed somebody to devise a strong brand identity for the boat.

“And that is where Karim’s vision came into play. It was great to see how passionate he was about the project from the very beginning.” 

The new Hugo Boss yacht will be unveiled in the summer and make its first voyage when Thomson competes in the Transat Jacques Vabre race from France to Brazil, starting on October 27 2019. 

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