You can practically dance in Paul Smith’s new suits

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By Wei Yeen Loh

You can practically dance in Paul Smith’s new suits

We’ve learnt a few good lessons from Paul Smith when it comes to being sartorially savvy, including how to wear suits without breaking into a sweat, and even how to sport bold prints on classic silhouettes. This season, the English fashion retailer is teaching us something new once again in conjunction with its Autumn/Winter 2017 collection.


As part of a quest to breathe new life into traditional tailoring, Paul Smith is making us rethink the purpose of a suit. Enlisting professional freerunner and winner of the 2009 Barclaycard World Freerun Championship Timothy Shieff for its latest film campaign, we see Shieff commuting to work in the most unconventional manner—via handstands. As a bid to build on the brand’s travel tailoring credentials, the suit in the spotlight (aptly named A Suit To Travel In) is cut from 100% wool, and boasts a high-twist tailoring fabric that springs back into place before creases form. As you can see in the video, the suit is tailored for movement with extra room across the back of the jacket. Extra brownie points go to the natural breathability of the fabric to keep your cool on sweltering days and retain heat when it gets chilly outside.

For the upcoming season, two versions of this suit is available for different climates in mind, including the original 100% wool suit and a new option for warmer climates—made of 84% wool and 16% mohair fabric blend. A Suit To Travel In also comes in a British-chic houndstooth print and in a palette of colours, from seasonal shades such as pale blue and teal to lilac and orange; to classic colours of navy, black and grey. 


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