Cycling’s loss has been fashion’s gain.
If it weren’t for a serious crash in his teens, Paul Smith might have raced bikes instead of picking up a sketchpad. But even though his cycling dreams ended at 17, the designer has remained an avid fan of the sport, even designing the maglia rosa, or pink jersey, worn by the leader of the Giro d’Italia that was blessed by Pope Francis I and presented to the winner of the race in 2013.
So it’s not a big surprise that his passion for cycling has been translated into a coffee-table book — Paul Smith’s Cycling Scrapbook‚ that will be published by Thames & Hudson on June 14.
The book, which will cost $50 and includes a forward by professional cyclist David Millar who calls it Smith’s “love letter to cycling.”
The book opens with a collection of photos of Smith riding his Harry Hall bike on the snowy streets of Nottingham in the Seventies. It also includes a full-page image of the mangled bike that ended his cycling career next to a prologue where he said he has always been attracted to the sport’s “sense of style: things like Fausto Coppi’s sunglasses, Jacques Anquetil’s jerseys and the beautiful graphics on a piece of Campagnolo kit.”
There are chapters on his heroes, the best races, his favorite jerseys and his bikes.
“I hope this book reflects my love of a sport that is as simple or as complicated as you want it to be,” Smith writes.