With an affection for stripes, sharp suits and music (the latter plain for all to see courtesy of David Bowie and Swim Deep collabs, as well as takeovers from Nottingham’s The Music Exchange), the latest partnership from Paul Smith sees the designer tap another of his great loves, Japan.
A prominent market for the brand and well documented as a source for mutual appreciation, this season Smith has hooked up with denim specialists Fullcount on a series of selvedge denim pieces.
Part of the Osaka 5 (a reference to the Honshu city’s place in denim history), Fullcount made its name during the 1990’s – think hype Evisu era – becoming known for its authentic selvedge denim produced on vintage shuttle looms using long staple Zimbabwean cotton.
The new capsule collection – comprised of three pairs of jeans, a tee, one shirt and a hero piece jacket – marries the Paul Smith attitude with a nod to the 50’s aesthetic adopted by Fullcount.
And everything’s been made by hand.