Paul Smith designs a collection honouring R.E.M.

Paul Smith and R.E.M. presented a capsule collection with special items in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the album "Automatic for the People".

The American band’s eighth album, which has sold 18 million copies worldwide and is considered one of the best records of the 1990s, is celebrated by Paul Smith in a limited-edition capsule collection. After a quarter of a century, the words on this album are still so pertinent we can wrap ourselves in them. The comedian Andy Kaufman’s Moon, known even outside the US (Man on the Moon), the lyrics “Call me when you try to wake her up” in The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight, and the censured words for the legendary kitten in Star Me Kitten.

Copertina dell'album de R.E.M. Automatic for the People
R.E.M "Automatic for the People" album cover

In celebration of the release of the remastered Automatic for the People, the band and the fashion designer Paul Smith have created a capsule collection with limited-edition items: T-shirts, canvas bags, scarves and pocket squares in silk inspired by the graphics of the album and the photos of Anton Corbijn.

“I’ve known and been a fan of R.E.M. for a long time,” said Paul Smith. “I’ve always particularly enjoyed Michael’s haunting vocals. The band is a very imaginative and artistic group of people, which makes them such exciting creative collaborators.” Speaking of the collaboration, Michael Stipe explained: “We have been thrilled to work with Paul Smith, Anton Corbijn’s photos, and my lyrics from Automatic for the People to create something very 2017.”

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