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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.