The Paul Smith x REM collaboration should come as no surprise to those who have followed the work of the British designer.
British designer Paul Smith has always been a little bit rock’n’roll. A lifelong fan of music, it seems only natural that Smith should team up with US alt-rock band R.E.M. to produce a capsule collection of products to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group’s landmark album, Automatic for the People.
Released on October 5, 1992, the album was the band’s eighth album and featured the hits “Everybody Hurts” and “Nightswimming“. Hailed as one of the great albums of the 1990s, Automatic for the People sold 18 million copies worldwide.
This being Smith, the designer and the band have worked together to create delicately woven scarves, silk pocket squares, canvas tote bags, and graphic T-shirts. Playing on Smith’s signature bold colors and photo prints, the anniversary collection makes use of the album’s artwork, famous song lyrics, and promotional photos of the band taken by famed Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn.
An exclusive run of screen-printed posters featuring album artwork has also been produced as a limited and numbered edition.
To launch the collaboration, and to mark the release of the remastered deluxe version of Automatic for the People, members of R.E.M. are visiting Paul Smith stores in London, Milan, and New York.
“I’ve known and been a fan of R.E.M. for a long time,” said Smith. “I’ve always particularly enjoyed Michael’s haunting vocals. The band is a very imaginative and artistic group of people, which makes them such exciting creative collaborators.”