Paul Smith and R.E.M. Collaborate For 25th Anniversary of Automatic For The People

(Press Release) Paul Smith and R.E.M. will produce a capsule collection of special products to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the acclaimed rock band’s landmark album, Automatic for the People.

To launch the collaboration, and mark the release of the remastered deluxe version of Automatic for the People, select members of R.E.M. will visit key Paul Smith destinations including London, Milan and New York.

The capsule collection of limited edition products includes delicately woven scarves, silk pocket squares, canvas tote bags and graphic T-shirts. Playing on Paul Smith design signatures of bold colour and photo print, the graphics within the collection make use of the Automatic for the People album artwork, famous song lyrics and promotional photos of the band taken by the Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn.

An exclusive run of screen-printed posters featuring the renowned album artwork have also been produced as a limited and numbered edition.

“I’ve known and been a fan of R.E.M. for a long time,” said Paul. “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’re thrilled to work with Paul Smith, Anton Corbijn’s photos, and my lyrics from Automatic for the People to create something very 2017. “

The Paul Smith & R.E.M. collaboration will launch on November 10th and will be available to purchase from key Paul Smith shops including London, New York, Paris and online at paulsmith.com.

Photo: L-R Michael Stipe, Kevin O’Neil, and Chris Bilheimer of REMHQ (photo: Bertis Downs)