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Sir Paul Smith – Get Your Fix

Paul Smith month at FashionBite

I thought I’d combine all the Paul Smith news into one post, as there seems to be lots of announcements around the designer at the moment. First off, Stéphane Carrel’s new documentary ‘Paul Smith, Gentleman Designer’ launches next Monday (November 26), which shadows Sir Paul throughout the various facets of his working life. We see a meeting with his design team in London, where he talks through the inspirations for the season ahead. We get a glimpse of his eclectic office, with products he’s collected from all over the world [I was lucky enough to be invited to his office for a blogger’s lunch last year, read about it HERE.] We also follow him on his regular Friday jaunt to Portobello market, on the hunt for vintage garments which inspire him.

The film has a lovely character, a relaxed pace and a whimsical feel to it – a bit like the man himself and is definitely worth a watch if you’re a Paul Smith admirer.

Secondly, a major Sir Paul Smith retrospective at the Design Museum has been announced for November 2013. The exhibition will explore Paul Smith’s unique take on design [his brand is known for classic Englishness with a colourful twist], coupled with his understanding of the importance of the designer/retailer relationship.

The exhibition showcases the different design stages of a catwalk collection, gives an insight into Paul’s passions and takes a detailed look at a year in his life.

Paul Smith month at FashionBite

Sir Paul also recently gave a talk at a breakfast hosted by the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) at The Ivy in London. At the breakfast, he said that one of the important lessons learnt was the ability to be motivated by passion for what you do and not just for financial reward.

He said that to survive in today’s tough fashion industry you need to “give everything” or give up. He also said that the industry must dig deep to help rejuvenate the image of Made In Britain, especially those who have real history and heritage. “We lost a lot of great brands through complacency,” he said. “Brands like John Smedley and Johnstons of Elgin have great heritage and have also modernised to stay successful; the key is having both.”

Emily @FashionBite xxSign-Up To FashionBite’s Weekly News

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