Paul Smith – a new book

I first met Sir Paul in 2001 for an interview for my IRMA column in German Glamor after his show at London Fashion Week. That was the time we just moved there and got a place in Little Venice near the canal. I had previously visited his concept store in Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill. Even then I thought, yes, this is really a new shopping experience. A mixture of a gallery with works of art, vintage objects and his colourful collections embedded in it.



He was the one who gave a new twist to shopping for fashion and created a business that entertained. This is still groundbreaking today and he was ahead of his time.
Sir Paul brought vintage back, found items turned into It-pieces and not to forget his legendary palette of rainbowcolors.


The cover of his new book, Paul Smith

Now Phaidon published his new book, Paul Smith. This new monograph captures the unique spirit of legendary British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. Through the lens of 50 objects, chosen by Sir Paul himself for the inspiration they have provided him over the years, the book explores everything from his very first show in Paris, his Floral Street shop in London, to the evolution of the stripe and his most recent collections and collaborations. Thus, the book presents his work in a surprising and visually exciting way.


Paul in his original shop at 6 Byard Lane, Nottingham. 1970’s

Each of the 50 objects illuminates a different aspect of his extensive work as a designer and stimulates discussion on topics arising from the removal of the formality of wearing a suit, the importance of teamwork and the power of humour. The book offers readers a wonderfully colourful insight into one of the most creative minds working in design today.


Velvet jacket by Paul Smith


Time to remember, when your life was in a Filofax.


All was inspiring graphic design by Paul Smith, the label


Design with a sense of humour, the menu


The legendary rainbow colours also come in sewing yarn


Get the book and keep learning.

Paul Smith

By Tony Chambers
264 pp
400 col illus.
€ 45.00 EUR