Paul Smith, contemporary Englishness.
Paul Smith is probably one of the most recognized fashion designers in the world since his garments are for the young and old, men and women, trendy and classis. I really enjoy wearing certain Paul Smith garments. His materials are good, either from Italy, France or the UK. And the designs and details are unique. You are not wearing a simple shirt or a trouser, the details Paul Smith adds makes for all the difference.
As a businessman he is doing rather well. Especially in Japan he became raging popular and has over 200 shops there. His history is somewhat different from those of the other fashion designers since he wanted to become a professional cyclist but was forced to quit after an accident and sort of rolled into the fashion industry. From then on, his creativity and playfulness in his designs and projects with other companies made him famous.
The Paul Smith colored stripes are typical Paul Smith trademarks and are popular. Many companies, including Apple and Vans do project based work with Paul. I feel Etro is somewhat competing with Paul Smith since both brands work a lot with colors and playful designs and details. Still, Etro is specialized in the fabric, suits and shirts. Paul Smith does shoes, suits, shirts, accessories and has licensed out optical and cosmetics under his name.
@ the catwalk:
@ the catwalk:
Cool business-casual shoes:
- Paul Smith (1946)
- Etro is playfulness, fantasy and surprise.
- Formal vs. Casual shirts
- Paul van Paridon @ Rotterdam; La Chemiserie Traditionnelle (LCT) Shop
- Jan @ the Oger Boardroom