“One of the things most liked about the city – apart from all its obvious attractions; the theatre, the galleries, the exhilarating walks by the river – was that so few people ever asked you personal questions.”
Summertime in London could arguably be one of the most beautiful places and times in which to be alive. In a city where it rains 145 days of the year and where the bustling commute leaves no opportunity for eyes to meet, the slip into the seasonal spirit in Britain’s iconic capital is unlike any other in the world.
Coats are replaced by picnic blankets, coffee for bottles of wine as people flock to the beautiful green open spaces in their thousands, all with the shared aspiration of catching every last slither of light before the sun descends on the silhouette of the city’s horizon.
Smythson’s Spring Summer 2015 collections are inspired by the palette of this quintessentially British summer; a blend of fresh hues bringing a selection of sumptuous leather bags and accessories to life. From Ascot to garden parties, the offering of refreshingly romantic pieces make the perfect companions for the season and beyond. Tones of Southbank green and English rose lend a nod to London’s summer hues – denim blue completing the trio for flawless tone-on-tone accessorising.
From the London Sunbathing Society of the 1920s to today’s Wimbledon-goers, summer has been synonymous in England from the outset; a celebration of the valiant yet refreshingly playful. Smythson’s collections speak the same message, combining bold construction with crisp hues and relaxed shapes with bold infusions of colour. New styles play a key part in this ongoing affair; an integration of graphic lines and contrasting panels speaking to both the cool, calm and collected feeling of the city’s warmest season.
There’s something to be said about these wonderful connotations; endless opportunities, aspirations and above all a feeling of relentless expression. And as Samuel Johnson once wrote, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.”