BRITISH designer Sir Paul Smith has collaborated with Land Rover to create a bespoke Defender, which
BRITISH designer Sir Paul Smith has collaborated with Land Rover to create a bespoke Defender, which was revealed last week at the designer’s shop in Albemarle Street, Mayfair.
A longstanding fan of the Land Rover Defender, Sir Paul has owned several of the vehicles over the years.
“The Defender is a British icon, which is something I’m exceptionally proud of,” says Paul. “I keep a Defender at my home in Italy which is in the middle of the countryside, so it’s the perfect vehicle to cope with the rugged terrain.”
Paul Smith worked closely with Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) design team, which is able to fulfil individual customer commissions and personalisation.
Together they created a unique vehicle, built entirely to Sir Paul’s specification. With guidance from Land Rover’s design and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern, he was able to realise his uniquely personal version of a global automotive icon.
The vehicle features 27 different colours used on the exterior panels, all of which were chosen by Sir Paul.
Taking inspiration from the British countryside, as well as colours historically seen on Defenders used by the Armed Forces, he says: “I wanted deep rich colours, but at the same time I wanted them to work together yet be surprising.”
To achieve the look he wanted, Paul gave the SVO team a set of Pantone colour references, which were then mixed specially for this vehicle.