Paul Smith (fashion designer)
Paul Brierley Smith
5 July 1946
PS Paul Smith
|Spouse(s)||Pauline Denyer (m. 2000)|
Sir Paul Smith CBE RDI (born 5 July 1946) is a British fashion designer. His reputation is founded on his designs for men's clothing, but his business has expanded into other areas too. Smith was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 1991, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2000.
His eponymous fashion company was founded in 1970 and has expanded into over 70 countries, selling its products via standalone stores, departments in high-end stores or malls, along with airport terminals, as well as the e-commerce section of its international website. Some of his brand's physical stores are recognized for their uniqueness and eccentricity, including the much-photographed vibrant, fluorescent pink flagship store in Los Angeles.
Born in 1946 in Nottingham, England. Paul Smith's ambition was to become a professional cyclist. He left school at the age of 15 to work in a Nottingham clothing warehouse while practicing cycling outside of work hours. He cycled to and from work, until the age of 17 where he was in a major cycling accident that put him in the hospital for close to six months. During his recovery, friends inspired him to the world of art and fashion. In fact cycling is often referenced to in his work over the years. From this point he started to take classes in tailoring and eventually worked with a Savile Row tailor, Lincroft Kilgour.
Paul Smith opened his very own shop called Paul Smith “Vêtement Pour Homme” in Nottingham in 1970, which sold established clothing labels, alongside pieces that Paul Smith had designed himself. The store was just 3 square meters and was located at 6 Byard Lane in Nottingham.
In 1976 Paul traveled to Paris to showcase his first men's collection. This featured a mix of casual and semi-formal wear. After that Paul Smith's brand continued to grow and he opened his flagship London store in 1979 on Floral Street in Covent Garden, London.
'Paul Smith Women' his first womenswear collection was launched in 1993, after reports of women coming into his stores buying smaller sizes to wear themselves.
The first Japan store opened in Tokyo in 1984, growing over the years to 165 stores across the country.
Smith opened his first shop in New York on Fifth Avenue in 1987, the company now has four shops in the state; the flagship on Greene Street as well as Williamsburg, Bleecker Street and Brookfield Place.
In 1993, Smith took over a 'workwear' clothing company R. Newbold (established in 1885) and incorporated many of their designs into his new collection.
The start of his childrenswear collection started in 1990 with the launch of a one off collection for boys, including casual and tailored pieces. In 2010, Paul Smith launched 'Paul Smith Junior' as a seasonal collection which often included remakes of his adult collections.
In 1995, the Design Museum exhibited 'True Brit', a show marking 25 years of his business. The show then went on to Glasgow for the 'Festival of Design' and then moved to his hometown of Nottingham and put on display in Nottingham Castle.
Smith published his first book, entitled You Can Find Inspiration in Everything in 2001.
The brand launched it's ecommerce site in 2004.
In 2016, Smith's second book, Paul Smith's Cycling Scrapbook was released, which documents a personal history of the sport he is very passionate about.
His company continues to be an independent company, which Paul Smith owns a majority of to date.
Paul Smith has won numerous awards over the years, including:
- In 1994, he was appointed a CBE for his services to fashion.
- Honorary Freedom of the City of Nottingham, February 1997.
- Paul Smith was awarded a knighthood for his work in the fashion industry, 2000.
- Won Designer of the Year four years in a row at the GQMen of the Year awards.
- Along with Anya Hindmarch, Paul Smith was awarded the Condé Nast Traveller Innovation and Design Awards, in 2010.
- Outstanding Achievement Award, British Fashion Awards 2011.
- Paul Smith was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from the British Institute of Interior Design.
- He was named one of GQ's 50 best dressed British men in 2015.
Partnerships and other business pursuits
Paul Smith has been involved in multiple collaborations and partnerships over the years, including:
Smith worked with Italian furniture designer Cappellini to create a small homeware collection.
Paul Smith's first collaboration with Maharam, the US textile brand, originally used in one of his suit designs, the two continue to work together on new ranges.
Smith began working with the UK based boutique cycle clothing retailer, Rapha. 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.
Paul Smith worked with Kask for the first time to design their 'Protone' aero helmet. In 2018 a second helmet was released.
The first collaboration between Paul Smith & Caran d'Ache, launched 10 colours of their '849' pen. They went on to work together again in 2016.
Edition Three of the Paul Smith & Anglepoise Collaboration was launched.
Paul Smith worked with James Turner of Sports Purpose to cover a 1965 Porsche 911 with his famous multicoloured stripes, which went on to compete at Le Mans Classic and Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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