Collections in 66 countries, 17 shops in England, who would have thought that Paul Smith's ambition was to have a career as a professional racing cyclist? Well, at the young age of 17, Paul Smith wanted nothing more than to have this sporting career until he suffered a terrible accident that left him in hospital for 6 months. Paul Smith made new friends and was introduced to the world of art and design and decided he wanted to be a part of this colourful world of ideas and excitement.
With a small amount of savings and the support of his girlfriend Pauline Denyer (now wife), Paul opened a tiny shop in 1970. Paul Smith took evening tailor classes and was eventually able to create what he wanted which lead to showcasing his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith Label in 1976.
Over 40 years in business and there have since been many more Paul Smith collections including women's clothing, however the collections remain true to Paul Smith's quirky British designs and remain highly desired by most. Paul Smith to this day, remains very much involved in all aspects of his business.