Paul Smith and Giro d'Italia

From left: Maglia bianca of the best young rider classification, the maglia rosa of the general time classification leader, the maglia azzurra of the best climber classification and the maglia rosso passione of the general points classification leader.

Paul Smith has been invited to design the leaders' jerseys for the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

The annual bicycle race begins in Naples on Saturday May 4th, weaving through Italy, before culminating in Brescia on Sunday May 26th.
 
Adding his design touch, Paul has reworked the coveted maglia rosa of the general time classification leader, the maglia rosso passione of the general points classification leader, the maglia azzura of the best climber classification and the maglia bianca of the best young rider classification. In addition to Paul's interpretation of each jersey, the inside of the collar of the maglia rosa bears the signature of the late Fiorenzo Magni as a tribute to the unforgettable campione and Giro winner who died last December.
 
Paul describes his involvement in the project:
 
"Having been a huge cycling enthusiast and follower of the major tours and classics for many years, it's an absolute privilege to be asked to design the four jerseys for the Giro d'Italia.
 
I started cycling at the age of 12 and raced until I was 18. A bad crash put me in hospital for several months, after which I discovered the world of creativity, design and fashion and started my career, which luckily has progressed to what it is today. During that period I have always followed cycling and have been privileged to meet many key riders, building friendships with Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, David Millar and many more. I also have a huge collection of jerseys from the 70s right up to current times, often signed by the riders.
 
With all this in mind, it was an absolute honour and delight to be asked to design the four jerseys for the Giro and I hope that the simple approach that I've made is acceptable to you all; putting red piping with the pink, cleaning all of the jerseys up to keep them as simple as possible and adding a little drawing of a cyclist by myself onto the jerseys."
 
Gironimo!

Posted on 16th April 2013