About Paul Smith
Paul Smith’s introduction into fashion was completely accidental. At the age of 16, his ambition was to become a professional racing cyclist, until aged 17 years when cycling-mad Paul was in a terrible accident. Six months in hospital followed and during this time Paul made friends with many local art students. It was talk of art and music that made Paul realise he wanted to be a part of this colourful world of ideas and excitement.
Within two years, Paul Smith was managing his first boutique in Nottingham and with the encouragement of his now wife Pauline Denyer opened a tiny shop in 1970. 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. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humor and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics.
Today there are 12 different collections, wholesaled to 35 countries, 17 shops in England and over 200 throughout Japan.
Peter donated a deckchair design for Deckchair Dreams Collections 2006.