A Conversation with Paul Smith + Rapha

This is pretty much amazing! Rapha founder and CEO Simon Mottram talks with the legendary Sir Paul Smith about the celebrated designer’s love of cycling in this exclusive short film. The film is a revealing and engaging portrait of one man’s enduring passion for the sport of cycling, as Paul Smith recalls his days as a young rider sneaking home copies of the exotic newspaper, L’Equipe, the heroes that inspired him, and his father’s bemusement at the very un-English sport of road racing.

The discussion includes the changing nature of the sport and the pros and cons of following cycling in the internet age. Sir Paul also reveals the special relationship he enjoys with some of today’s elite riders, as well as the pleasures of watching the Giro d’Italia at his local bike shop in Italy.

This lovely little feature was filmed at Sir Paul Smith’s office this past November 2010.