Berlin got a flash preview of the Beckham for Belstaff collection on Thursday, a capsule of nine easy-to-ride-in pieces that will hit Belstaff stores worldwide and belstaff.com in March and roll out to other selected stores in June.
David Beckham, who is also the face of the British heritage brand’s 2014 global advertising campaign, was on hand at Soho House to introduce his latest fashion collaboration. “It’s obviously a very British brand, and they design clothes I like to wear, especially as I ride a bike a lot,” Beckham said. “They got me straight away.”
He said working with the Belstaff creative team in New York was “really easy. The mood board in the offices was filled with pictures of me riding a bike, plus Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. I’ve always loved Steve McQueen. Even wearing something as simple as a white T-shirt, to me he’s the epitome of effortless style.”
The collection was so fresh from the sample makers that no photos have yet been taken, which didn’t keep Beckham from donning the multizipped leather motorcycle pants, not the usual Beckham gear. In fact, the last time he had on a pair of leather pants was in 1999, when he was photographed in matching outfits with his wife, Victoria.
“I wear jeans most of the time, but I did feel that if I could get away with wearing leather pants, Berlin’s the place to do it,” he remarked with a laugh.
Everything, he said, is “in or on its way” to his wardrobe, though it should be noted that the collection’s leather lace-up boots and simple pouch wallet took the opposite route. “Those are my boots and my wallet,” two vintage items he’s used for several years and which underscore the worn-in look that marks the capsule range.
In his view, the special piece is the grayish blue leather jacket, protectively but still subtly quilted on the shoulders and arms. “I love the blue, and it’s something I’d wear on or off my bike,” Beckham commented. Inspired by pieces from the almost-90-year-old company’s archive, the collection also includes a dark red biker jacket, a simple black leather jacket, a multipocket waxed cotton all-round jacket, a canvas shoulder bag and cotton twill motocross pants. Prices are on par with the Belstaff core collection, the company said, and range from $395 to $1,895.
And what does Victoria think of his latest gig? “She’s very proud. When I was in New York with the team, I kept sending her pictures of the stuff we were doing, and she was almost more excited than I was,” he said.
The labeling is definitely low-key, with the words “Belstaff – 1924 – Certified – Authentic – Beckham” stamped in faded gray on the lining. There’s also a vintage-looking Beckham 2014 Belstaff badge marking the products, which his two-year-old daughter selected. “I had a number of badges to choose from, I laid them all out in front of Harper and she picked it,” said Beckham.
He made a second stylish appearance in Berlin later Thursday night, when he was named GQ Man of the Year in the “Style” category at the awards ceremony in the city’s Komische Oper.