November 17 2011
The interesting and sometimes quirky objects on sale in Paul Smith’s shops alongside the clothes and accessories are a source of pride to the designer, often reflecting his personal interests, sometimes carefully chosen to reflect them, occasionally spur-of-the-moment buys that have caught his eye on his travels. Sometimes these objects grow into collaborations with the maker, when a little addition of Smith’s signature multicoloured stripe acts like his seal of approval.
One of Smith’s long-term interests is photography – he owns a Leica camera and has shot several of his firm’s recent advertising campaigns. Surprisingly, his stores stock the cameras and this autumn he has done a limited-edition tie-up with the brand to make these sought-after instruments even cooler. Leica has made 300 of its sturdy, very traditional, hand-stitched leather cases crafted in England (to fit the D-Lux 5 digital model) in Paul Smith livery, either classic dark-brown calf (first picture), discreetly trimmed with a subtle vintage version of the Smith stripe, or a very classy-looking grey crocodile-print leather (second picture).
Priced at £200, they are already in stock at Leica’s London flagship, and arrive on November 21 at Paul Smith’s Covent Garden store – the perfect present for any stylish photography buff who wants the camera slung around their neck to look as hip as their clothes.