THE PANAMA LEGACY EXHIBITION
To coincide with the much-anticipated launch of the Panama leather goods collection, Smythson is pleased to announce its collaboration with young British artist Quentin Jones.
A series of ten artworks have been commissioned, inspired by the iconic Panama diary. Each of the pieces will focus on an individual high profile figure, from past or present, exploring their relationship with their Panama diary or book. The list of subjects includes Sigmund Freud and Katharine Hepburn, through to contemporary influencers such as Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue and Dita Von Teese.
Quentin Jones’ inimitable graphic, surrealist style defines a generation of new British artists at the forefront of the world art scene. Having studied Philosophy at Cambridge and Illustration at Central Saint Martin’s College in London, the model, film-maker and artist has since been working on many creative projects, including video collaborations with US Vogue and large scale artworks for stage backdrops at Glastonbury.
"It is really exciting to get to work with a brand with such a great history - one that is so classic in some ways, and to be able to bring a twist to it." - Quentin Jones
SMYTHSON AND QUENTIN JONES
INVITE YOU TO VIEW THE PANAMA LEGACY EXHIBITION
AT 40 NEW BOND STREET LONDON W1S 2DE
16th – 21st September 2013
Inspired by the past, made for the future
Frank Smythson made history in 1908 when he created the world’s first practical, portable diary. Affectionately nicknamed ‘the panama hat of books’, the diary broke the mould with its Featherweight paper and pliable binding, enabling it to be squashed, folded and rolled without becoming misshapen.
Beautifully tailored to the last stitch, the diary’s iconic design has now been translated into the Panama collection; a lightweight, modern range of luxury leather tote bags and accessories.