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Encyclopedia > Paul Smith (fashion designer)
Sir Paul Smith
Personal Information
 Name  Sir Paul Smith
 Nationality  English
 Birth date  July 5, 1946 (age 60)
 Birth place  Beeston, Nottingham
Working Life
 Label Name  Paul Smith

Sir Paul Smith, RDI, (born in Beeston, Nottingham on July 5, 1946) is an English fashion designer. Smith only took up fashion design after having been injured in a cycling accident. He set up his first shop in Nottingham in 1970. He gradually expanded his retail business with shops in Floral Street in London's Covent Garden area during the early 1980s. The success of his business has been put down to his understanding of his dual roles of both designer and retailer. July 5 is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 179 days remaining. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Beeston is a town in the county of Nottinghamshire, England some 3 miles (5 km) south west of the centre of Nottingham. ... Nottingham is a city (and county town of Nottinghamshire) in the East Midlands of England. ... Royal Designer for Industry is a distinction established by the Royal Society of Arts (or RSA) in 1936, to encourage a high standard of industrial design and enhance the status of designers. ... Beeston is a town in the county of Nottinghamshire, England some 3 miles (5 km) south west of the centre of Nottingham. ... Nottingham is a city (and county town of Nottinghamshire) in the East Midlands of England. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Brief introduction on the history of fashion design and designers Fashion design is the art dedicated to the creation of wearing apparel and lifestyle. ... Nottingham is a city (and county town of Nottinghamshire) in the East Midlands of England. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Covent Garden is a district in central London and within the easterly bounds of the City of Westminster. ...


Today there are 12 different collections; Paul Smith, Paul Smith Women, PS by Paul Smith, Paul Smith Jeans, Paul Smith London, R.Newbold (Japan only), Paul Smith Accessories, Paul Smith Shoes, Paul Smith Fragrance, Paul Smith Watches, Paul Smith Pens and Paul Smith furniture and ‘things’. 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. The company today boasts annual revenue in excess of £300 million as of 2006.


Smith was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001, after nearly three decades as a menswear icon. His collections of clothing and accessories for both men and women are best known for Smith's signature multi-coloured pinstripes. Celebrity fans include singer Clay Aiken, who collects Smith's striped socks. Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor; born 21 April 1926) is Queen of sixteen sovereign states, holding each crown and title equally. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Clay Aiken (born Clayton Holmes Grissom on November 30, 1978) is an American pop singer who rose to fame on the second season of the television program American Idol in 2003. ...


Paul Smith is credited with introducing a number of trends within the realms of fashion and 'lifestyle' including the revival of the Filofax in the early 1980s. filoFAX is a company based in the UK that produces a range of personal organisers that are traditionally leather bound and have a six-ring loose-leaf binder system. ...


Paul Smith's collections are wholesaled to thirty five countries and has fourteen shops in England. Paul Smith shops are found in London, Nottingham, Paris, Milan, Moscow, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, Korea, Kuwait, UAE – and over two hundred throughout Japan. Paul remains fully involved in the Japanese business; designing the clothes, choosing the fabrics, approving the shop locations and overseeing every development within the company. Paul Smith also has impressive and diverse showrooms in London, Paris, Milan, New York and Tokyo.


Smith's menswear collections cater largely to men of tall, slim builds - a niche market that very few high street designers have targeted. Apart from his multi-coloured stripes, Paul Smith has created waves in the fashion world with his "naked lady" designs - pictures of a naked lady "hidden" inside cuffs or wallets, for example. Likewise the Paul Smith sock collections, which contain some designs that use his signature stripes, are particulary sought after.


Cultural References

Paul Smith is mentioned in the Will and Grace episode Star-Spangled Banter. Will & Grace is an American television situation comedy focusing on Will Truman, a gay attorney and his best friend Grace Adler, a straight Jewish woman who runs her own interior design firm. ... Star-Spangled Banter is the eighth episode of season four of the television situation comedy Will & Grace. ...


External link

  • Official website
  • Recent interview with Sir Paul by LeftLion Magazine

  Results from FactBites:
 
Paul Smith (fashion designer) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (182 words)
Paul Smith (Born Nottingham, England in 1947) is a British fashion designer.
Smith only took up Fashion design after been injured in a cycling accident.
Smith was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001, after nearly three decades as a menswear icon.
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