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Paul Smith is on the case with Leica

The designer creates a smart limited-edition camera case

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Paul Smith is on the case with Leica

November 17 2011
Avril Groom

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.