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I am officially obsessed with something and that's never a good thing.

I came across Leica's X2 camera the other day and was floored by the beauty of its design.  While I'd  heard of the brand, I'd never really paid it too much attention, preferring to use more modern and 'technologically advanced' cameras instead.  While there are benefits to these, there is without a doubt something quaint and wonderful about the old-school styling of this camera and now Leica is broadening its appeal by expanding its à la carte programme to the X2, thereby allowing you to personalize and modify the camera to your specifications.

You start by choosing either a traditional black, silver or titanium clad, anodised finish for the body as a basis for personalisation and then add the preferred leather trim.  Ten different leather options are available including the particularly high-quality, organically tanned, smooth leather in cognac, the classic ostrich look embossed leather in black or chestnut, and a range of five different colours in premium cowhide, which has been specially treated to resist environmental influences.  Customers may also further personalise the camera with a custom engraving on the flash cover or the top plate of the camera.  This ensures that each Leica X2 à la carte camera is absolutely unique.

My obsession was further compounded when I realised Paul Smith has designed a limited run of 1,500 X2 cameras (pictured above).  Called the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith, the camera combines British style with German design.  Smith's iconic stripes are recreated in the bright orange of the top plate, the British racing green of the leather trim and the fluorescent yellow of the base.  Smith has also highlighted the stylised light bulb engraved on the cover of the pop-up flash.  As well as the camera, the special limited edition features a range of accessories also designed by Paul Smith including a camera protector and a camera strap, both in taupe-coloured calfskin and a lens cleaning cloth inscribed with ‘Paul Smith for Leica'.

The Leica X2 à la carte programme will be available from the end of this month and order can be placed for the Leica X2 Edition Paul Smith



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