It’s the ultimate fashion accessory.
British designer Sir Paul Smith has worked with Land Rover in the West Midlands to create his very own bespoke Defender.
The unique car is being unveiled at the designer’s shop at No. 9 Albemarle Street in Mayfair - ahead of Defender production drawing to a close at Solihull later this year.
A longstanding fan of the Land Rover Defender, Sir Paul Smith has owned several of the vehicles over the years.
He said: “The Defender is a British icon, which is something I’m exceptionally proud of. 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.”
The vehicle was built entirely to Sir Paul’s specification after working with Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) design team.
It has 27 different colours used on the exterior panels, taking inspiration from the British countryside, as well as colours historically seen on Defenders used by the Armed Forces.
The interior uses fabrics Sir Paul designs for Maharam, the American upholstery company.
The designer added: “I wanted deep rich colours, but at the same time, I wanted them to work together yet be surprising.”