Paul Smith Red Ear Autumn/Winter 14

Inspired by Paul’s appreciation of Japanese craftsmanship and traditional workwear, Red Ear offers contemporary pieces with enduring appeal.

With a reverence for the Japanese dedication to all things denim and workwear and their appetite for reinvention and improvement, Red Ear takes the old and twists it with the new. This approach encapsulates Paul's attitude towards design; his love of classic craftsmanship combined with a modern aesthetic. Japan also inspired the name for the collection. 'Akamimi', the Japanese term for selvedge, translates to 'Red Ear' in English.

True to the Red Ear roots, the autumn/winter 14 collection takes inspiration from the Japanese tradition of 'boro'. Boro is the Japanese method of stitching together small pieces of fabric, practiced particularly amongst the country's rural population as a way of creating clothes from scraps. This reference finds its way into the collection in eclectic combinations of colour and print. Gradating shades of blue meet on shirts and jeans whilst monochromatic geometric patterns are scattered across Italian wool blankets. Throughout a deep autumnal palette is complimented by rich textures in quilted linings and silk-blend yarns. Brushed cotton shirts feature angular prints which again nod to the boro methods.

With Paul personally visiting Japan since 1982, an appreciation of the country's mastery of artisanal skills is entrenched within every design he produces. Nowhere is that more prominent that in the Red Ear collection where each piece is imbued with a sense of classic craftsmanship but touched by modernity. Describing the foundations of Red Ear Paul explains, "Selvedge denim is made on a very traditional kind of loom. After seeing the process taking place in Japan I began designing selvedge jeans and soon the red stitching on the edge of the selvedge denim gave the name to my Red Ear collection. Now Red Ear brings together all the specialist aspects of denim. Inspired by artisanal Japanese craftsmanship and traditional workwear, the collection features the best of denim from patchwork jackets to garment-dyed selvedge jeans. From the copper rivets to the indigo dyes it combines all my different experiences of denim from travelling around Japan and beyond."