Since the launch of the brand in 2007, Taylor Stitch has taken part in a slew of collaborations, having previously partnered with the likes of Stetson, Iron & Resin, and Mission Workshop, just to name a few. For the San Francisco-based clothing company’s latest joint-effort, Taylor Stitch is taking things in a decidedly new direction, linking up with renowned Land Rover restoration and customization outfit, Himalaya to deliver a bespoke and modernized take on a 1970 Series IIA.
The goal of the build was to retain the Land Rover’s iconic and distinctive appearance while bestowing the vehicle with a host of contemporary mechanical and performance upgrades. As such, the 1970 specimen’s been given a 300TDI diesel engine from a ‘90s-era Defender, a disc brake upgrade, power steering, and an automatic transmission. Likewise, a new custom audio system has been discreetly tucked away in the car’s center console, increasing creature comforts without compromising the rugged 4×4’s appearance. With Himalaya’s work complete, the Land Rover was given to the Taylor Stitch team which outfitted the car’s gearbox (cover), center console, emergency brake, and seats with the same waterproof waxed suede that’s used on TS’s boots. A retro Porsche-inspired Aga Blue livery rounds out this impressive project.