SMOOTH MOVE: “That’s what it’s all about!” exclaimed Sir Paul Smith, removing his suit jacket and forcefully scrunching it up into a ball. “Look at that: Not a single wrinkle!”
To illustrate his point further, Smith recruited a band of circus performers to demonstrate the flexibility of his new collection, A Suit To Travel In, which he launched during the London men’s collections at a presentation at the Hauser & Wirth gallery on Savile Row.
The Olympic medal-winning gymnast Max Whitlock, who won a bronze in the Pommel Horse final at the 2012 London Olympics, put the suit through its paces in an energetic performance. “If [the suit] can cope with what I do to it, it’s the perfect thing for men who travel a lot,” he told WWD.
The circus performers had the crowd in a thrall with their gravity-defying antics. A female performer walked along the shoulders of a line-up of men, while a man walked on his hands down a row of chairs.
A limited-edition version of the suit is available now at the Paul Smith store on Albemarle Street in London and on the designer’s website. The full collection – which will also be sold as separates – will be available worldwide in May at Paul Smith shops and selected wholesale partners.
The collection uses high-twist, 100 percent wool yarn and quick-recovery, crease-resistant cloth that also has water-repellent qualities.
Colors include navy, black and charcoal and there are details such as high-density corozo nut buttons and a split melton collar with contrast panels, a signature design feature of the brand. The suit will be a continuous style, with the cloth weight remaining consistent across all seasons.