Fashion designer and huge cycling fan Sir Paul Smith has opened a pop-up cycling concept store in upmarket Knightsbridge department store, Harrods. The space will be open for the next two months in the store’s fifth floor sports department.
The Nottingham-born designer raced as a teen before an injury cut his fledgling career short. Cycling’s loss turned out to be fashion’s gain, although recent years have seen him bring his two passions together, for instance through the Rapha + Paul Smith collection.
That’s one of the three product lines on sale in the Harrods concept store. The second is a capsule collection of exclusive T-shirts with what is described as a bold graphic print, while the third comprises made-to-order bicycles from Brompton and Mercian, as well as ones from both Condor and its Paris marque. Bicycles from all four makers are on display.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.