Paul Smith (fashion designer)

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Paul Smith
Born (1946-07-05) 5 July 1946 (age 68)
Beeston, Nottinghamshire
Nationality British
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Paul Smith
Paul Smith logo

Paul Smith, CBE, RDI, (born 5 July 1946) is an English fashion designer, whose business and reputation is founded upon his menswear. He is both commercially successful and highly respected within the fashion industry.[1] Smith was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000, after nearly three decades as a menswear icon. By 1976, Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label. Nowadays, Paul Smith clothing have grown into a premium British designer label, featuring its classic menswear design and iconic multi-colour stripe. [1]

Partnerships and other business pursuits[edit]

Paul Smith shop on King Edward Street, Leeds.

In 2007, Smith began working with the UK based boutique cycle clothing retailer, Rapha.[2] Smith designed a range of cycle clothing in association with Rapha, including a jersey to celebrate the rare start of the Tour de France in London.[3]

Paul Smith provided suits for the Manchester United team in 2009.[4]

In 2005, Paul Smith redesigned the Lasonic i931 boombox, giving it a white look with Smith's trademark multicolour look.[5]

In 2010, Paul Smith collaborated with iconic lamp manufacturer Anglepoise®. In an interpretation of the classic Anglepoise® Type75™ lamp the fashion designer and collector has applied a strikingly colourful treatment, clearly articulating the modernist masterpiece with a playful colour-by-component approach in deep grey, olive, fuchsia, cornflower and lime tones.[6]

He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015. [7]


  1. ^ a b "Paul Smith : Fashion Designer (1946–)". Design Museum. 
  2. ^ Rodale, Inc. (August 2007). Bicycling. Rodale, Inc. pp. 38–. ISSN 0006-2073. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Gay, Jason (1 April 2009). "In These Clothes, You Can Go Far". New York Times. 
  4. ^ Millar, Jamie (27 May 2011). "Paul Smith kits out Manchester United". GQ (UK). Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Paul Smith x LASONiC i931". Trend Hunter. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Thompson, Henrietta (22 May 2014). "Paul Smith in the spotlight with Anglepoise". The Daily Telegraph (London: TMG). ISSN 0307-1235. OCLC 49632006. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "50 Best Dressed Men in Britain 2015". GQ. 5 Jan 2015. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Paul Smith at Wikimedia Commons