As a lifelong fan and Land Rover owner Sir Paul Smith relished the opportunity to design his very own Defender.
He worked closely with JLR’s Special Vehicle Operations division (SVO) and Chief Design Officer Gerry McGovern taking inspiration from the British countryside to the Defenders used in the armed forces by using 27 different colours on the exterior panels.
The interior also reflected his vision with little touches to make the Defender even more personal, he said: ‘Inside, black leather contrasts against blue stitching and there are lots of little hidden details throughout. For example, there is an image of a set of keys printed inside the glove compartment.
‘Then there is a hand-painted bee on the roof, which is another little tongue-in-cheek reference to the countryside and the heritage of the car.
‘Also, the traditional Defender clock has been replaced with a Paul Smith fascia. My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I didn't want this Defender to be any different.
His Defender was used in London to celebrate the legacy of the Defender as it ceased production this year, as reported by LRO, and this film was created in celebration of two Great British institutions for the run up to this year’s London Fashion Week.
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