The debut Smythson collection by creative director Luc Goidadin was presented during London Fashion Week at the Portico Rooms of Somerset House, in a series of exotic or bucolic still life scenes.
Exploring the idea of an ‘emporium’, the Autumn Winter 2019 season celebrates eclecticism and introduces new shapes and finishes to the Smythson leather goods universe, taking structural and graphic inspiration from singular historical pieces and the properties of paper itself. From the accordion-shaped compartments of the Concertina series to the rounded folds of the Pillow bag, soft shapes abound in a tonal palette of botanical and mineral shades from mahogany, mustard and chestnut to petrol, sage, and dusty pink.New feminine shapes map the phases of the lunar cycle, as the Moon collection unveils a flat-based half-moon bowling bag and the quarter-moon crossbody bucket bag with asymmetric, elongated buckles, both showcasing Smythson’s signature Panama cross-hatched calfskin in a new, exaggerated scale. As a symbol of Smythson’s century-old Featherweight paper, the feather inspires a shiver of texture across fringed leather pouches and unique embellished clutches, whilst Goidadin’s imaginary birds and equestrian scenes appear as watercolour prints on triangular silk foulards, bound diaries, and hand-painted jewellery boxes.
Bridging the brand men’s and women’s worlds, the iconic Currency collection evolves into a diverse range of multi-zip options, scaling up from our miniature wallets to new folio shapes and rotating crossbody cases. This Smythson Travel classic joins new 24 and 48-hour weekender bags and a clip-down rucksack in cotton linen Kilim jacquards, whilst large grain leather briefcases in warm autumnal tones are updated alongside the soft suede poet’s satchel. Depicting the coils of a rope, a new heraldic crest and illustrated monogram embody Smythson’s clash of obsessive craft with quirky sophistication.