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About Paul Smith

Paul Smith left school at 14 to become a racing cyclist, but his father had other ideas and sent him to work in a clothing warehouse. That was the turning point, and Smith went on to become one of the most well-known English designers alive today. After a brief spell making suits on Saville Row for the likes of footballer George Best, Smith opened his first shop in Nottingham in 1970. Just six years later he took a menswear collection to Paris and showed it to potential buyers in a borrowed apartment. His company expanded rapidly in the following years, opening shops in Covent Garden in 1979. Japan and the US followed, with his first New York City boutique opening its doors in 1987. The brand has always focused on classic British tailoring and his clothes' simplicity, as well as fine materials, have helped to mark them apart. The England team wore Paul Smith accessories during the 2002 World Cup and the designer has also worked with cycling legend Chris Hoy, as well as creating his own range of cycle wear to celebrate his personal love for the sport. He branched into womenswear in 1993 and now he has 12 different collections that cover everything from the traditional menswear that remains the core business through to homewares like rugs and china, spectacles and fragrances. Paul Smith has become an icon of British fashion and his clothes are in hot demand around the world. His initial idea of traditional tailoring with a creative twist has won him an army of fans and they're still waiting, credit cards at the ready, for each new collection.