Home to well-known singles like “Everybody Hurts” and “Man On The Moon”, REM’s 1992 album, Automatic For The People, became one of their most iconic LPs and has since sold over 18 million copies worldwide.
To celebrate the album’s 25th anniversary the acclaimed rock band has joined forces with British designer Paul Smith on a capsule collection in its honour.
“I’ve known and been a fan of REM for a long time,” Smith said.
“I’ve always particularly enjoyed Michael Stipe’s haunting vocals. The band is a very imaginative and artistic group of people, which makes them such exciting creative collaborators.”
Made up of a range of limited-edition products including delicately woven scarves, silk pocket squares, canvas tote bas and graphic T-shirts, each piece simultaneously plays on Smith’s signature design features and the band’s landmark record.
The graphics in the collection utilise the designer’s penchant for bold colour and photographic prints, together with Automatic For The People’s artwork, famous song lyrics and promotional photos of the band taken by the Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn.
Speaking of the collaboration, singer Michael Stipe said: “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.”
Arriving at Paul Smith stores and on the brand’s website on 10 November, the collection will also be accompanied by a new release of the album in a variety of different formats which also includes bonus track “Photograph” featuring Natalie Merchant.
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