Women’s Spring/Summer 2014
This season Smythson slips into the spirit of summer with a taste of the Mediterranean. Inspired by the vibrant colours and languid glamour of the Italian coastline, the SS14 collections bring a quintessentially British edge to the evocative flavours of Italy’s rich culture and lifestyle. A sublime palette of bright coral, white, warm biscuit and powder blue, peppered with the occasional bolt of cobalt, conjures a picturesque medley of pastel tones that is so evocative of seafront towns and promenades.
New to this season is the 1887 handbag. This sophisticated piece plays with surfaces and textures to create a beautifully minimal, sculptural effect that showcases the beauty of the leather. This is accentuated by bold colour blocking, giving the bag a clean, chic modern edge.
The Eliot is reinvented as never before with a host of striking styles and colours. A new soft, flat shopper tote is finished with subtle perforated panels. The large and mini totes have been infused with the new geometric herringbone pattern, making for truly eye-catching pieces.
The box clutch sees the introduction of a new selection of exquisite materials including natural python, while the shagreen range gets an injection of colour with coral, powder blue and dark dove grey. The envelope clutch has also been retouched to summery effect in smooth white calf.
Inspired by Smythson’s iconic diary, the new Panama collection features calf leather bags and accessories in an irresistible array of pop colours, from bright flashes of yellow, emerald and fuchsia to more classic, darker shades. A glint of gold hardware and discreet gold-stamped logo is a gentle nod to the diary’s gilded edges.
‘THE PANAMA LEGAGY’
The Panama Legacy: Smythson announces collaboration with young British artist Quentin Jones.
To coincide with the much-anticipated launch of the brand new Panama Collection of leather goods, Smythson is pleased to announce its collaboration with young British artist Quentin Jones. A series of ten artworks have been commissioned, inspired by the iconic Panama diary. Each of the pieces will focus on an individual high profile figure, from past or present, and explore their relationship with their Panama Diary or Book, illustrating this affinity through mixed media. The list of subjects includes Hardy Amies, Sigmund Freud and Katharine Hepburn, through to contemporary influencers such as Waris Ahluwalia, Erdem, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, Jonathan Saunders, Laura Bailey and Dita Von Teese.
Quentin Jones’ inimitable graphic, surrealist style defines a generation of new British artists at the forefront of the world art scene. Having studied Philosophy at Cambridge and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s College in London, the model, film-maker and artist has since been working on many creative projects, including video collaborations with US Vogue and large scale artworks for stage backdrops at Glastonbury. Smythson is
delighted to be working with Jones on this project, cementing the legacy of the Panama Diary with Quentin’s fresh, modern approach, creating juxtaposition between traditional and contemporary.
“It is really exciting to get to work with a brand with such a great history – one that is so classic in some ways, and to be able to bring a twist to it. It is such a pleasure for me to have been able to work with so much creative scope and freedom.” Quentin Jones