Sir Paul Smith born in 1946 is a British fashion designer and businessman.
After founding his company in 1970 with one shop, Paul Smith now has more than 300 shops worldwide.
He left school at 15 to work at a clothing warehouse but his real ambition was to become a professional racing cyclist.
But at the age of 17 he had a serious accident that put an end to his racing ambitions. At the hospital Smith made friends with people from the local art college who would introduce him to the world of art and fashion.
In 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris, under the Paul Smith label. He gradually expanded the retail business, being the first designer to open on Floral Street in London's Covent Garden in 1979.
He is goal was to transform the suit into something you could wear more informally.
After discovering that 15% of his clothes were bought by women, Smith introduced a women's collection in 1993.
Products : shoes, bags, scarves, hats, belts, jewellery, sunglasses.