#SuzyPod: Paul Smith Talks Golden Jubilees And His Fashion Future
23 SEPTEMBER 2020 for Vogue.co.uk
For the second season of “Creative Conversations With Suzy Menkes”, the first four episodes are dedicated to the fashion capitals – New York, London, Milan and Paris. In Episode 2, Sir Paul Smith invites us into his London studio
Paul Smith is celebrating 50 years in fashion. In this episode, he reveals the plans for his anniversary, and how – with his wife Pauline – he has built the Paul Smith label over half a century. Sir Paul, knighted by the Queen of England in 2000, opens his soul in the conversation, revealing his wisdom and explaining how he built his entire fashion empire, root to branch, over the last five decades.
Smith’s company was founded in one tiny Nottingham store and has grown into a global business spanning five continents. He takes me through the myriad quirky objects and funky toy animals sent to his London studio by doting clients. There is probably a bicycle buried somewhere among the lines of books!