English fashion designer Paul Smith is renowned as a menswear icon. The 68 year old designer, who is also one of the best dressed British men, has put his creativity to test on wheels by desiging a one-off bespoke version of the archetypal 4×4 – the Land Rover Defender.

Paul_Smith_Land_Rover_Defender_1Heading towards retirement in December 2015, the Defender was paid a stylish tribute by Paul Smith. The British four-wheel-drive off-road utility vehicle, which has been in run for 67 years, has got a vibrant makeover with a palette of 27 individual colors.Paul_Smith_Land_Rover_Defender_10Stating that he wanted deep, rich colors, but at the same time, he wanted them to work together yet be surprising, Paul has created a typically unique version of the Defender paying homage to the car’s impeccable service history with the Army, Navy and Airforce.

Paul_Smith_Land_Rover_Defender_11The colors also reference the Defender’s ties to British countryside, for which it has been a symbol and ambassador for the past 60 years.Paul_Smith_Land_Rover_Defender_9Upping the luxury quotient of the rugged vehicle, Paul explains, “I wanted to give this Defender a feeling of luxury. So I used a mix of leather and fabric for the seats. I actually used the fabric that I design for Maharam, the American upholstery company. My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I didn’t want this Defender to be any different.”

Paul_Smith_Land_Rover_Defender_bumblebeeAlso the roof of the Land Rover Defender tailored by Paul Smith feaures a hand-painted bumblebee buzzing as Smith’s homage to the countryside.

Paul_Smith_Land_Rover_DefenderThe Paul Smith and Land Rover Defender has been launched at the Paul Smith flagship shop on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street.

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