As one of the world’s most recognisable cars slowly edges toward retirement later this year, Paul Smith has designed a one-off bespoke version of the archetypal 4×4 – the Land Rover Defender.

Paul Smith and Land Rover Defender

Using a palette of 27 individual colours, Paul Smith has created a typically vibrant and certainly unique version of the Defender that nods to the cars impeccable service history with the Army, Navy and Airforce. The colours also reference the Defender’s ties to British countryside, for which it has been a symbol and ambassador for the past 60 years.

“I wanted deep, rich colours, but at the same time, I wanted them to work together yet be surprising,” said Paul Smith. With production of the Land Rover Defender due to end in December this year, this tribute to one of Britain the world’s best loved vehicles clearly pays homage to Defenders gone by.

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Design elements used in the Defender also tie into other recent collaborations, as Paul explains: “I wanted to give this Defender a feeling of luxury. So I used a mix of leather and fabric for the seats. I actually used the fabric that I design for Maharam, the American upholstery company. My designs are known for their attention to detail, so I didn’t want this Defender to be any different.”

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While the body panels may not be to everyone’s particular taste, it’s certainly striking and we love the interior. The Paul Smith and Land Rover Defender was launched in the Paul Smith flagship shop on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street this week.

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