Paul SmithLondon, UK
Paul Smith's many sub brands represent a British ideal of quality, craftsmanship and a fun approach to design. Starting out as a modest business in Nottingham, England in 1970, after a cycling accident put an end to his hopes of being a professional cyclist, his business has now grown to be an international success and he is perhaps a vanguard of something uniquely British. Many of today's most respected retailers and designers call him out as their starting inspiration for their own businesses.
It was indeed his Floral Street store in London that started importing rare curiosities out of Japan, before this became a more tried and tested approach. Like wise his Red Ear range did the Japanese selvedge denim approach years before this became the standard that everybody looks to. For us simply, the selection we choose represents great quality and value for money with a level of detail often not found on younger labels.