The 'Aquariva by Gucci' Luxury Tender at the 2011 LIBS

By B. Roberts

To mark Gucci’s 90th anniversary this year, Gucci, Riva and Officina Italiana Design are showcasing the exclusive “Aquariva by Gucci” custom luxury tender at the 2011 London International Boat Show.

The Aquariva by Gucci is a luxury tender which offers unrivalled style and sophistication, personally customized by Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini. According to luxury yacht builder Riva, this unique collaboration of Italy’s most renowned designers celebrates the era of La Dolce Vita, when a joie de vivre, glamour and elegance defined an attitude and a lifestyle.

Founded by Guccio Gucci in Florence in 1921, Gucci won world acclaim for exquisite design and craftsmanship of its products. Now, 90 years on, under the creative direction of Frida Giannini, the design house continues to infuse its remarkable heritage with a contemporary fashion vision.

Like Gucci, the new luxurious Aquariva Tender embodies Riva’s values of almost 170 years of success and style. Founded in 1842 in Northern Italy, Riva has utilized both tradition and innovation to create authentic luxury yachts with artisan craftsmanship and the elegance of Italian maritime history.

Frida Giannini, Gucci Creative Director, said, “Over the decades the iconic Riva boat has become without doubt one of the most evocative images of Italian style, sophistication and elegance. It is a symbol of a glamorous lifestyle that sparks fond memories of La Dolce Vita – a golden age when both Gucci and Riva attracted an enthusiastic following among the international jet set. It is therefore, especially meaningful in Gucci’s 90th anniversary year to be able to recognise and celebrate the great traditions and values of both Gucci and Riva through the Aquariva by Gucci.”

Respecting the original Aquariva, produced by Officina Italiana Design in 2000, design elements of the Aquariva by Gucci include Gucci’s glossy colours painted onto the fibreglass hull, as well as Riva’s signature use of mahogany with classic varnish finish. The waterproof fabric on the seats resembles the trademark Guccissima print with a unique green crystal windshield alongside customized Riva and Gucci accessories.

Powered by an innovative two-speed electronic gear and two 380-horsepower Yanmar engines, the Aquariva by Gucci can achieve an impressive top speed of 41 knots with a range of 150 miles whilst cruising.

Making a serious impression at the Ventura Yachts stand at the London Boat Show this week, Riva and Gucci have presented an elegant and sophisticated piece of marine expertise which encapsulates the unique ethic of two internationally renowned design houses.

By B. Roberts