Handstands, backflips, acrobatics and forward rolls; one may be excused to think they are watching a rehearsal for the latest Cirque de Soleil performance. But in all the throwing of bodies and spinning of hoops, a classically tailored navy wool suit was by far the star attraction.
Led by English Olympic medallist Max Whitlock, an ensemble of exceptional performers was selected to demonstrate the extraordinary qualities of the latest Paul Smith innovation, focussing on the crease resistant fabric making this suit the perfect travel companion.
On the final day of London Collections: Men, Paul Smith’s AW1516 show once again revealed why this British designer’s maxim is ‘classic with a twist’. Unveiling A Suit To Travel In, the suit will be a continuous style, with the cloth weight remaining consistent across spring/summer and autumn/winter. The suit’s contemporary silhouette is complemented by all the features of a versatile and highly-practical tailoring piece, making it a distinguished example of Paul Smith’s sophisticated but functional approach to suiting. It’s a suit every man should have in his wardrobe.
“These artists are about to show A Suit to Travel In,” announces Paul Smith moments before the suits unveiling at Hauser & Wirth gallery on Savile Row. “It’s a navy blue suit, very simple, but it’s in a fabric that is so fantastic, full of life. “You’ll see they can do the most amazing things, stand up and it’s perfect to go.”
Cut from 100 per cent wool, the tailored-fit navy ‘Soho’ travel suit is naturally elastic and breathable thanks to the fibre’s exceptional inherent properties.
Constructed in Italy using a Woolmark-certified fabric and high-twist yarn to create a quick recovery, crease-resistant cloth, the expert cut provides a versatile and highly-practical piece of tailoring complete with freedom of movement - even after you've executed a technically perfect straddle press handstand.
Featuring a notched lapel with split melton-wool collar lining, this half-canvas travel suit comes complete with high density corozo buttons, convertible flap pockets and tapered trousers and is available now online, with the full delivery expected to be available worldwide from Paul Smith shops and wholesale partners from May 2015.
Teamed with white sneakers and worn over a classic white T-shirt, the Paul Smith Travel Suit is showing consumers that a suit no longer needs to be formal and stiff - and in fact if it was then these gymnasts would not have been able to perform to the standard they did.
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