Paul Smith is a British fashion designer who was born on 5th July, 1946 in Nottingham. Now Sir Paul Smith, he opened his first boutique back in 1970 when he was just 24 years old, and has built on his success to achieve the global recognition he achieves today. Paul Smith designs menswear and womenswear, and his many designs include dresses, blouses, skirts, trousers, jackets and accessories for women; and suits, shirts, cufflinks, ties, socks and jumpers for men.
Paul Smith has a number of different lines, for both men and women, and some of these are detailed below:
The above links go through to my-wardrobe, who are based in the UK but ship worldwide.
Lots of celebrities have been seen out and about wearing Paul Smith designs. Here is a photo of David Tennant aka Doctor Who (well, he used to be) who is wearing a Paul Smith track top. Paul Smith also provided the suits worn by Manchester United team in 2009. One of his shirts was famously worn by Tony Blair back in 2002. When asked recently, during an interview for the Telegraph, if Gordon Brown also wore his designs, Paul replied: "God, I hope not." He laughed and continued: "People are always trying to get me to say that our politicians should dress better, but the truth is that I'd rather they got real."
The man himself loves designing clothes, but is less fond of fashion shows. He said:
"I've always preferred the creative process of designing and selling clothes to the idea of putting on a poncey fashion show," he said. "It would be wonderful if fashion shows died out completely. They're so time-consuming and costly."
Although this idea would be less popular with Paul's lesser known contemporaries, he maintains: "It's their 15 minutes of fame: pure, self-indulgent theatre. How many girls were there this year in horns or neck braces with bare breasts? It wouldn't matter if they didn't take it all so seriously, but the fashion world is a dangerous, superficial and fickle place."