Paul Smith is a British Style Icon. That pretty much sums him up in 3 words. Nothing to me epitomises the true British gentleman than Paul Smith clothes and designs. He has been at the forefront of British menswear for the best part of 3 decades producing high quality “classic” menswear. Think tailored suits, crisp shirts, plaid jackets, cuff links, and beautifully crafted shoes. It is very much formal wear but each item seems to always have a “quirky” twist to it – whether it be a now infamous striped lining to a jacket or wallet, traditional British graphic print on a bag/t-shirt or coloured soles to a pair of shoes.
The success of Paul Smith’s designs and overall business may be attributed to his understanding of his dual roles of both designer and retailer; the success of his combination of the classic and the quirky. This allows men to buy relatively traditional (and hence commercially popular) designs that offer a ‘twist’ of individuality and flair to their look. It is very popular for business men and traditionally associated with the upper class and wealthy. This shouldn’t put you off buying however as it is definitely not “stuffy” and all his formal wear just oozes class and quality.
You need to have one of his suits in your wardrobe, no matter what profession you are in. There are always formal occasions every man has to go through throughout his life and having an investment suit like Paul Smith means it will never go out of fashion and will always look right on point. Especially if you go for the traditional formal monochrome colour combinations.
He has launched a new collection which MyWardrobe have picked up recently and I absolutely love. It is not to everyone’s taste, but if you are looking to freshen up your formal/work wardrobe this Spring/Summer (which all you office workers should be right now!) then look no further. The materials are quality, the cuts are sublime and they will last a lifetime. Over 30 years at the forefront of British fashion can’t be wrong.
See all our favourite picks from this season’s Paul Smith Clothing in the full post…
Paul Smith History
At the age of 16, with no career plans or qualifications, Paul Smith was propelled by his father into a menial job at the local clothing warehouse in his native Nottingham. Within two years, Paul Smith was managing his first boutique in Nottingham and with the encouragement of his girlfriend Pauline Denyer (now wife) and a small amount of savings, opened a tiny shop in 1970. Paul started to take evening classes for tailoring and with the help of Pauline (an RCA fashion graduate), Paul was able to create what he wanted. By 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label.
Within 20 years of his introduction to fashion Paul Smith had established himself as the pre-eminent British designer. Paul Smith has the ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only fashion but in the wider context of popular culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics. Now he has 14 shops in the UK alone and over 200 throughout Japan! He really is a global designer now who creates classic high quality clothes that transcend time, language and continents.
New Menswear Collection Picks
Formal Wear – Classic Shirts
Formal Wear – Classic Suits
Paul Smith Shoes