Sir Paul Smith (born 5 July 1946) is an English fashion designer, whose business and reputation is founded upon his menswear. Renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity, Smith is both commercially successful and highly respected within the fashion industry. He is known for having an enthusiasm for eclectic cultural references and idiosyncratic combinations of pattern and colour, applied with understatement.
The Paul Smith shops reflect the character of Paul and his designs. Each and every Paul Smith shop is different, from a shocking pink building with movie set styling on Melrose Avenue, LA, to a Japanese garden at the heart of the Jingumae store in Tokyo. Each shop is a showcase for diverse and eccentric objects complementing the clothing collections with an extensive selection of jewellery, books, art and antiques.
In 2007, Smith began working with the UK based boutique cycle clothing retailer, Rapha. Smith designed a range of cycle clothing in association with Rapha, including a jersey to celebrate the rare start of the Tour de France in London. Paul Smith provided suits for the Manchester United team in 2009, and in 2011, Paul Smith redesigned the Lasonic i931 boombox, giving it a white look with Smith's trademark multicolour look.
Paul Smith continues to be an integral part of the company; he is both designer and chairman, and is continually involved in every aspect of the business.