Paul Smith left school at the age of 15 - a member of Beeston Road Club his only ambition was to become a racing cyclist until his father hauled him off to work at a clothing warehouse. Smith had no real interest in his work during his first two years there except for the cycle journey to and from his home. A terrible cycling accident put an end to his cycling ambitions, and it was only then that Smith's career in fashion design began. Paul Smith started to take evening classes for tailoring and joined Lincroft Kilgour in Savile Row after being spotted by Chairman Harold Hillman, where his designs were worn by celebrities including footballer George Best. With the help of his then-girlfriend (now wife) Pauline Denyer, who was an RCA fashion graduate, and a small amount of savings, he managed to open his first shop 10 Byard Lane, Nottingham in 1970. By 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris, under the Paul Smith label. He gradually expanded the retail business, being the first fashion brand to open on Floral St. in London’s Covent Garden in 1979, where his shop offered an eclectic combination of clothes and 'finds' for men which reflected his own magpie personality. Smith remains fully involved in the business; designing clothes, choosing fabrics, approving the shop locations and overseeing every development within the company. In the year 2000, Paul Smith was knighted, after nearly three decades as a menswear fashion icon, his clothing collections and accessories for both men and women were praised for their uniquely British quirkiness and can usually be identified by the presence of Sir Paul Smith's multi-stripe signature.
Paul Smith eyewear was launched in 1994 and features designs that are classic, elegant meanwhile staying true to the Paul Smith brand with carefully incorporated touches of quirkiness. Paul Smith glasses focus on impeccable craft and attention to detail with each pair of frames being handcrafted in the Italian Dolomites. Using only the highest quality materials including specially developed acetates from Italian experts Mazzucchelli, Paul Smith optics provides unique colour palettes that follow Paul Smith’s passion colour and exceptional materials. Featuring the famous emblem of Paul Smith’s design work, each set of frames comes with custom metal core wire etched with a sophisticated stripe. This feature is complemented by the unique temple shape which mirrors the ‘P’ Paul’s signature logo that offers a sincere twist of individuality you’ll only get with Paul Smith.