David Beckham, crowned as a British poster boy for over two decades, has concentrated his talents to collaborating with the heritage brand, Belstaff
Footballer-turned-model-turned-philanthropist, it seems David Beckham is not retiring his spot in the forefront of the public eye anytime soon, (and may have even caught the designing bug from his wife, Victoria).
The flirtation between Beckham and Belstaff began a few years ago in a mission to find a cool biker jacket, found within a moto classic from Belstaff, “I have worn it ever since”, says Beckham.
The capsule collection, launched exclusively online from today, comprises of ten pieces that are inspired by motorbike leathers, including jackets, trousers, tshirts and shoes. Far from a typical member of the ‘Hells Angels’, preened Beckham has created designs to epitomise vintage riding gear. The usual suspects appear in the form of quilting details, studs and elbow patches, with an added touch of David, seen within the elegant finishes, softened lines and muscle-hugging silhouette. British iconography is also alluded to as the colour palette features muted flecks of the same navy blue found within the Union Jack (a firm favourite with the brand).
Other aspects of 90-year-old Belstaff’s traditional British parentage are not forgotten, but simply modernised, made all the more desirable with a celebrity name preceding the collection. With design features dating back to their establishment, found in the choice of waterproof fabrics and brushed hardware, Beckham stays true to the brand he respects and admittedly collects.
As smouldering as he looked in that Calvin Klein advert, the retired footballer can be seen modelling his own designs, and previous collections for Belstaff, in tender black and white photography that captures the mood of a rugged adventurer succinctly.
Words by: Eleanor Kirby