The pace of the modern businessman, who changes time zones like he changes ties, was the inspiration behind Paul Smith’s line for the contemporary nomad, aptly named ‘A Suit To Travel In’.

‘I’m constantly on the go and often have to run straight from a plane or train to stand in front of an audience, so having a suit that can withstand all that movement and still look fresh is important,’ says Smith. His lightweight suiting, produced in collaboration with textiles manufacturer Loro Piana, is constructed from a cloth woven from 100 per cent New Zealand wool, making it breathable, while the textile’s high-twist yarn is crease-resistant, taking the wrinkles out of work travel. ‘I imagine that lots of people are under the same pressure, so I thought I would try to design a suit to make our lives a little easier,’ says Smith.

Meanwhile, another man constantly on the move is Tommy Hilfiger, who this season has teamed up with tennis pro and Hilfiger brand ambassador Rafael Nadal to research and develop a high-performance suit that’s as sharp as it is comfortable. The result is the THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition collection, comprising single- and double-breasted summer suiting that stands up in transit. ‘It’s all about modern movement with precision fit and functionality,’ says Hilfiger.

As originally featured in the June 2016 issue of Wallpaper* (W*207)