News & Trends: British designer Sir Paul Smith is launching an exclusive new limited edition mens collection of suiting, separates and shirting for famed haute-department store Barneys New York. Appropriately titled Exclusive, the collection was developed with the Barneys New York customer in mind and will be available exclusively through Barneys flagship locations, presented alongside Smiths main line merchandise. Manufactured in Italy using Italian and British cloths, Paul Smith Exclusive has a modern, tailored silhouette, finished with the design twists and styling details that have become synonymous with the Paul Smith brand.
Suits feature subtle stripes and Prince of Wales checks on grey and navy grounds, while shirting is bright with stripe and check designs on white bases. Velvet evening jackets and weekend sport coats complete the exclusive collection. "I have been privileged to work with Barneys New York for many years and so its really great that I can do something that is especially for them and create an Exclusive collection where the designs are very Paul Smith," says the designer, who just opened a new store in San Francisco as well. Apparently taste and style are relatively recession-proof.