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Sir Paul Smith is an extremely busy man not only has Melbourne become the latest city to boast a Paul Smith Store. There’s a GENIUS and highly desirable collaboration with the British Heritage brand Barbour on the cards for Autumn, more about that nearer the time. So many projects it makes you think when does the man actually sleep ? Well, another of the man in questions extremely palatable collaborations has been with the fantastic man’s lifestyle, what could you call it, as website just doesn’t seem to do it justice, bible, there, that’s epic enough, MRPORTER.COM
Sir Paul has created an exclusive collection of clothes just for MR PORTER. The tightly edited range consists of nine styles and is, according to Smith, “Ivy inspired”. Specifically, it’s based on imagery from ‘Take Ivy’, the iconic book of photographs shot on US Ivy League campuses in the 1960s and originally published in Japan in 1965. The book set off an explosion of American “Ivy Style” fashion amongst the students of the Ginza shopping district in Tokyo. The New York Times described it as “a treasure of fashion insiders”. Take Ivy has been the Ivy League Bible for the Japanese baby boomers, who were very much into the whole Ivy League look.
“I’ve always liked Ivy style,” says Sir Paul. “It’s a good timeless look and I’ve just given it the Paul Smith twist.” The Paul Smith capsule collection for MRPORTER.COM is the first in a series of exclusive designer collaborations launching this Summer. Other designers who have created special ranges for MRPORTER.COM include Oliver Spencer, Orlebar Brown, Rag & Bone and YMC, so definitely ranges to look out for over the coming months.
The range consists of pieces including a Leather and cotton twill varsity jacket £925, Blue and white stripe shirt £225, Gingham shorts £200, Grey blazer £685, Chinos £290, Grey sweatshirt £235 (see images below).