Apparently, Paul Smith was a wannabe pro cyclist as a youth, but an accident put paid to that – and he moved into fashion. He still owns his original Mercian cycle – and is now working with the company, producing a range of bikes in Paul Smith designs.
Two models are available in collaboration with the vintage bike-maker, the Mercian Track and the Mercian Tour bike, each available in six custom colour schemes. The Track is designed for road training and track racing and is finished with colour split frame and finest, up-to-date fixtures and fittings. The Tour bike (pictured above) is for touring in the city or countryside – or in other words, for everyday use. It’s finished with a handcrafted saddle and bar tape made specifically for Paul Smith by Brooks.
Not cheap – prices are just short of £3,000. You can buy online via Mercian or from a Paul Smith store.