There are only a handful of household names in the fashion world and Paul Smith is one of them, having built up his company on an international stage. He was born in 1946 in Nottingham, England and opened his first shop there in 1970, later opening others in London. The shops gave him the opportunity to showcase his designs and his label became much sought after.
Currently, the company retails twelve different collections, including Paul Smith Women and Paul Smith Jeans. The R.Newbold line is exclusive to Japan, where the designer is very popular. Other collections are for shoes, watches, pens, furniture and perfume. The company is firmly rooted in Europe with manufacturing operating in the UK and Italy. Fabrics are of the highest standard and are mostly sourced from suppliers in Britain, France and Italy.
The range of men and women's fashion is noted for its blend of traditional and modern design. One of his most popular designs is a pinstripe accompanied by colored stripes. In fact, stripes are a common sight on Smith's clothes and his line of multi-colored socks are a favorite item with his customers. His other, more controversial, feature is the use of an image of a nude woman concealed on cuff links etc. The menswear is marketed at the men who are fortunate enough to be tall and of slender build.
The shops bearing the Smith name include locations in Moscow, Milan, Paris, Los Angeles and New York City. There are also stores in the Middle East and Asia, including numerous sites in Japan. The label is made available to over thirty countries.
The designer likes to bring his individual vision to many things and he has produced a range of items for the home. His China Collection includes two full dinner services named White and Stripe. There is also a tea set called Tartan. The rug collection is typically bold with brightly colored patterns. The Paul Smith soft furnishings borrow from the clothing line in the use of the multi colored, mixed with white, pinstripe motif. This range is called Bespoke Stripe and the fabric is 100% wool with six color ways available.
All the hard work and innovative design was recognized by the country when Paul Smith was knighted by the Queen in 2001. He has flown the flag for British fashion for many years and contributed to the economy. His fans like the irreverent style wrapped up in tradition and quality.