"Classic with a twist" – this description sums up Paul Smith – the most successful British designer in the world – and his fashion for men perfectly. He is best known for his use of bright colours and floral patterns in his designs. When he dropped out of school at the age of 15, he dreamt of a career in cycle racing, and of becoming a world famous rider. His dream was shattered, when he was involved in a serious accident at just 17 years of age. During his long recuperation in hospital, he got to know some people, who introduced him to the topic of fashion. He then helped a friend with the opening of a fashion boutique in 1964, where he later worked as a shop manager. He met Pauline Denyer in 1969, whom he went on to marry in 2001 (on the day he received his knighthood from the Queen). It was her, who encouraged him to open his own first shop. He founded his now global fashion company Paul Smith Ltd. in 1970.
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