14:01 Tuesday 10 December 2013

FACTFILE: The rise and rise of Paul Smith

Written byROB SMYTH

SIR Paul Smith 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.

He was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth I in 2000, after nearly three decades as a menswear icon.

His collections of clothing and accessories for both men and women are usually identified by the presence of Smith’s multistripe signature somewhere on each item.

He is 67-year-old and was born in Beeston, in Nottingham.

He opened in his first ever store in 1979 in London’s Covent Garden and has never looked back.

The success of Sir Paul’s business may be attributed to his understanding of his dual roles of both designer and retailer, the success of his designs to his combination of the ‘classic and the quirky’.

Today there are 12 different collections including Paul Smith, Paul Smith Women and Paul Smith Jeans.

Designed in Nottingham and London, the Paul Smith collections are primarily produced in England and Italy while the fabrics used are mainly of Italian, French and British origin.

Sir Paul remains fully involved in the business, designing clothes, choosing fabrics, approving the shop locations and overseeing every development within the company.

He has showrooms in London, Paris, Milan, New York, and Tokyo.

For the London Olympics, he worked to design the London Olympics posters and signs.

More information is available online at paulsmith.co.uk

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