How a compendium of antique jewellery sparked a gem of an idea

When the Bentley & Skinner Compendium of Jewellery dropped through Paul Smith’s letter box, the graphic layout of the London-based specialist’s Victorian brooch collection caught the designer’s eye. ‘I just thought “Wow, these photos would make a perfect print”’. A collaboration ensued, and the pattern is a high point in Smith’s A/W 2018 collection. Discover how this gem of an idea took shape…