The Flag-Flying Line: Paul Smith's British Collection

Every day in August, we highlight a different item that demonstrates the very best in British design and culture

Brands don’t come more British than Paul Smith. Founded in Nottingham in 1970, Smith’s label has since exploded. With 17 shops in the UK, over 200 in Japan and plenty more in between, Smith is successfully spreading the gospel of British quality around the world.

The British Collection is a capsule tailoring range made using British fabrics woven exclusively for Paul Smith and manufactured in Yorkshire’s Clissold Mill (above), which was founded in 1910. "At Clissold, they weave bespoke fabrics designed uniquely in-house, with a versatility that many other mills don’t have the ability to do," Smith says. "The construction of our suits always mixes tradition with modernity and with Clissold, we’re able to combine unique cloths with contemporary cut."

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From a relaxed and playful single-breasted suit featuring an expanding and contracting herringbone pattern, to a colour-dip three-piece suit which appears to be a different shade in different lights, this range is as far from your bog standard "let’s just do something with tweed" "made in Britain" collection as it’s possible to get.

Suits from £960, paulsmith.co.uk