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Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

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Logo for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Smith-Wykes is a London and Paris-based male fashion brand driven by the values of ‘creative independence’ ‘generosity of spirit’ and the ‘celebration of character.’ The brand’s visual identity, a combination of simple a san serif logo-type, a reductionist twist on the classic and often highly illustrated crest and a deep blind emboss – created by Studio Small - puts a contemporary and practical spin on traditional values and visuals alongside subtle craft cues.

The logo-type is a pretty straightforward but well spaced uppercase, humanist, sans-serif letter-forms built from a consistent line weight and square terminals that delivers a timeless neutrality which suitably reflects the practical and elemental nature of clothing.

Logo for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

In contrast the crest offers a lighter sense of detail and a conceptual layer that draws from the era of the traditional gentleman – a smart but perhaps stereo-typical distillation of distinction, good taste and a desire for handcrafted wares – executed with the restraint of a dual line weight, a solid eye for internal space and the absence of superfluous elements. Its simplicity is elevated by the tactile, craft qualities and on-trend use of a blind emboss across a white, straight-cut substrate that, in conjunction with a single black print treatment, unites and enhances the colour and mixed texture of the collections.

The result is a smart but subtle solution that appropriates the idealistic philosophies associated with the past but delivers these in a modern and visually restrained way, appropriately reflecting the masculine, refined and detail-focused aesthetic of Smith-Wykes’ clothing.

Blind embossed logo for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

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Blind embossed logo for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Blind embossed clothing tag for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Tag with three colour cord for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Stitched logo and clothing label for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Logo and stitched clothing label for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Logo and stitched clothing label for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Logo and stitched leather clothing label for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Logo and screen printed mustard T-shirt for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

Logo and screen printed mustard T-shirt for London and Paris-based male fashion brand Smith-Wykes designed by Studio Small

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