June 26, 2015

England’s Belvoir Castle inspires a selection of Paul Smith bags

Words by gio dionisio

The brand takes a key detail from a storied castle in the English Midlands and turns it into a range of distinctive bags

The prints were inspired by the marble floor of Belvoir Castle’s Guardroom, which features swords and muskets.

From scarves and keyrings to billfold wallets and laptop sleeves, the latest collection of accessories from Paul Smith (Greenbelt 5, Ayala Center, Makati; 729-9898) features a range of functional designs that carry a distinctive print inspired by the marble floor of the Guardroom at Belvoir Castle.

Situated in the middle of a vast 16,000-acre estate in northern Leicestershire, Belvoir Castle—pronounced “Beaver,” built up over time through the inability of Anglo-Saxons to master the French tongue—has been the ancestral home of the Dukes and Duchesses of Rutland for over a century. Its ornate

Gothic walls house paintings by Reynolds, Holbein, and Poussin as well as splendid collections of furniture, porcelain, tapestries, and Italian sculptures that extend out into the gardens. The Castle is often touted as the site where Anna Russell, Duchess of Bedford, popularized the British social repast of cakes, gossip, and afternoon tea during the 1800s. Under the supervision of Emma Manners, the current Duchess, the estate accommodates field sports, a cricket club, fishing in its three lakes, and weddings year round.

The Belvoir Tiles Print Portfolio, with navy leather handles, two pouches and an internal zipped pocket, has a padded slip pocket perfectly suited to 13” to 15” laptops and, like the Holdall, sports a stud-protected leather V-base. The nylon Belvoir Tiles Print Backpack, meanwhile, includes two zipped pockets—in the main compartment as well as in the mesh back—plus a padded slip pocket designed to hold gadgets, such as a tablet. All bags are lined with a luxe purple twill and are finished with gold Paul Smith signature embossed hardware.


Belvoir Tiles Print Backpack (P25,850) and Belvoir Tiles Print Portfolio (P20,550), from Paul Smith. Photo by Patrick Diokno

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