Sir Paul Smith’s decades of creative innovation have made him one of the UK’s most celebrated designers. A particular acknowledgement of his countless contributions to the country’s fashion industry came in the year 2000 when he was conferred a knighthood by HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
As a young man, cycling enthusiast Smith was involved in a serious cycling accident that required a long stay in hospital. But while there, he met many new friends who helped to set him on the creative path for which he would become so well known. Finding his inspiration in artists and musicians such as Warhol and the Rolling Stones, Sir Paul decided to enter the world of fashion. He opened his first shop in 1970 and launched his first personally designed collection of menswear in Paris in 1976.
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