Paul Smith World Cup Gear
We already saw designer soccer balls from Takashi Murakami and a whistle chair/sculpture for armchair referees, but Paul Smith has a whole line of products that he developed in celebration of the World Cup. First up is his take on a football, made of fake crocodile skin colored with bright hues. Unfortunately, unlike the Murakami balls, it is not intended to be used as more than a novelty and should not even be taken outdoors. This isn't a problem if you want to toss the ball around while watching the game on TV, though. The ball is £169.
Smith also has bold shirts so you can support your team. I'm supporting the US team, personally, but since that isn't an option in Smith's collection, Brazil would be my second choice. The there are also shirts for Italy, France, Cameroon and, of course, England. The tees are £45. Child and baby sizes are available for the England shirts, as well.
The illustrated guide to footballer's haircuts (£7) is quite funny, but the wallets are probably more useful in the long run. Paul Smith has two designs to choose from, one with a nude woman holding a football (£100) and one with a great football print on the inside of a black leather double billfold (£130).