Consider us fans of this stylish and ultra-posh leather helmet. It’s the result of a collaboration between French luxury brand Berluti and helmet maker Veldt. Helmets are all about optimum protection these days (as they should be, of course), but sometimes aesthetic quality is compromised to prioritize robustness and protection.

That’s why we love the helmet you see above, because it elevates the helmet design not by adding unnecessary decor, but by using simple materials and creating a headgear that seems at once minimalist but not insufficient.

Part of Berluti’s Fall/Winter 2018 runway collection, the luxury brand takes carbon fiber and elevates it by adding leather accents, a Scritto graphic, and Coolmax padding. Add to that black galvanized metal hardware and perforated calfskin leather. The chin guard is removable, courtesy of Veldt’s modular design. Meaning, you can turn it into an open-face helmet if that’s more of your style.

Some riders refuse to wear helmets because most of the options available are lacking in style. As an argument against wearing proper headgear, that doesn’t make much sense, if we’re being honest. However, it’s easy to see where they’re coming from.

It goes without saying that you should always wear a helmet. It’s been proven time and time again doing so can potentially save your life in the event of an accident. But that doesn’t mean you have to wear a bland, uninspired one that doesn’t represent your personality. Berluti’s sophisticated revamp of Veldt’s high-performance helmet is one of the finest examples of combining craftsmanship and fashion, and if you wear it on the road, expect onlookers to wish they had one, too.

Berluti x Veldt Fashion Helmet

Photos courtesy of Berluti