The lovable British designer indulges his love of cycling in a beautiful new tome.
Those who know Sir Paul Smith, legendary British fashion designer, know he has an obsession with professional cycling.
This obsession is now chronicled in a beautiful new publication, Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook, which showcases the personal collection of Britain’s most beloved menswear fashion designer.
Sir Paul actually wanted to become a professional cyclist but his dream was cut short by an injury at the age of seventeen. But he has always maintained an involvement in the sport, evidenced in his collection of cycling jerseys, his extensive library of cycling publications and brochures of the 1950s and 1960s, and his collaborations with bike-makers (Mercian and Pinarello), all beautifully presented here. The result is a personal and highly visual journey that connects Smith’s love of cycling with his love of design.
One climax to this parallel career came in 2013, when he was invited to design the legendary maglia rosa – the pink jersey worn by the leader of the Giro d’Italia (currently being held), which was blessed by Pope Francis I and presented to the winner.
A wonderful source of inspiration for cyclists, designers and fashionistas alike.
Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook, Thames & Hudson, available at paulsmith.co.uk, Paul Smith Melbourne and selected Thames & Hudson retailers.