Paul Smith’s Custom-tailored Land Rover Defender
Paul Smith’s Custom-tailored Land Rover Defender.
Celebrating the Defender’s final year in UK production, Land Rover has unveiled a one-off showcase model, tailored by British fashion designer Paul Smith. He built his own 4×4 with help from the newly formed Special Vehicle Operations team and Land Rover design director and chief creative officer, Gerry McGovern.
Featuring 27 different colours on the outside, including his trademark stripes, Smith says the colour palette referenced various camouflage colours used on military Defenders over the years. ‘I wanted deep rich colours, but at the same time, I wanted them to work together yet be surprising,’ he said.
The interior doesn’t quite have 27 colours but does feature contrast blue stitching, a new Paul Smith clock and “lots of little hidden details”, the intention being to ensure the Defender is unique.
As well as the special upholstery, there are several distinct design touches dotted about the cabin. For example, a hand-painted bee on the roof referencing the Defender’s heritage and another nod to the influence of the countryside.
After 67 years, the Defender will end production in the UK in 2015, to be replaced by a new model in mid-2016 produced overseas.
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