BYRNE’S NIGHT: Sir Paul Smith is saluting Talking Heads with a capsule collection of four T-shirts based on the band’s album covers. “Music is a big part of my life, and I have always enjoyed collaborating with musicians,” said Smith. “I’m a big fan of Talking Heads, so to be given access to their archive was a real privilege.”
Smith created the shirts after gaining access to lead singer David Byrne’s Talking Heads archive in New York. The archive, comprising backstage passes, photographs, storyboards, set lists and Byrne’s original artwork, has never been published. The album cover from “Remain in Light”; the single cover from “Road to Nowhere”; a sketch of Byrne’s famous big suit, and gig passes that Smith discovered in the archive have all been made into T-shirts.
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On Nov. 14, Byrne will be the guest of honor at Smith’s Fifth Avenue store in New York, where the collection will be unveiled. Each T-shirt will have a swing ticket with a note from Smith about the individual design, and the inspiration behind it. The T-shirts will initially be sold exclusively in Paul Smith shops, and on the brand’s Web site.