Paul Smith Says You Need a Head that Can Change Hats Every Hour

L: Paul Smith at ‘Hello, my name is Paul Smith’ at London's Design Museum; R: A detail from the exhibition | Photo: Michael Hemy for BoF

Rebecca May Johnson spends an afternoon in conversation with Paul Smith, tracing his path from a small time retailer to Britain’s most successful fashion designer, who pioneered the concept of classic menswear with a twist.

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Week in Review | Looking back at London, Managing investors, Future of retail, LFW Photo diary, Diana Vreeland

Week in Reivew 17-21 September

Colin’s Column | Looking Back at London (Opinion) “Are we talking about London Fashion Week or a festival of childish self-indulgence? For me, fashion design is about cut, shape, body and proportion, as it always has been. But sadly, many of the recent London shows featured banal shapes hidden under a riot of digitally created patterns, sometimes in the crudest of colours. Finding Your M.O. | Part 8: Managing Your

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Best of British, H&M’s sales hit, Rethinking luxury, Made in America, Being Sarah Mower

Sir Paul Smith by Rankin | Source: Hunger TV

Paul Smith: still the best of British (Telegraph) “‘Quirky and cool’ work well to encapsulate his output, from his first boutique in Nottingham in 1970 selling standard shirts with colourful stitching around the buttonholes, to a business empire that today stretches to 75 countries, with a turnover of £400 million.” H&M August sales hit by warm weather (Reuters) “World no.2 fashion retailer Hennes

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Week in Review | Chinese brands look West, Aquascutum’s strategic errors, Red hot founder

Week in Review August 27-31

Global Briefing | Chinese Fashion Brands Look West (Insight & Analysis) “It’s nearly impossible to go a week without reading about international fashion brands expanding their operations in China. But what about Chinese brands targeting the West?” Op-Ed | What Went Wrong at Aquascutum? (Opinion, Insight & Analysis) “In April of this year, at a time when Burberry posted an 11 percent increase in sales,

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Confidence in China, PVH outlook, Russian spending ethos, Whistles buyback, Picture power

Paul Smith Spring/Summer 2012 campaign | Source: Paul Smith

Paul Smith upbeat about China return (FT) “Sir Paul Smith, the UK fashion designer, is optimistic about his brand’s return to China, despite fears that the Chinese market for luxury goods is cooling.” PVH raises 2012 outlook again on Europe (Reuters) “Clothing maker PVH Corp raised its full-year earnings outlook for the third time this year, as it expects its European business to grow and its flagship Tommy

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Anya’s story, Tourist spending boost, Paul Smith’s megastore, McQ runway to reality, The ‘It’ bag

Anya Hindmarch | Source: Styleite

Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)

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Prada’s glorious graphics, Gap earnings plummet, Gucci skins, S-commerce now, Paul Smith

Prada, Fendi, Max Mara Autum/Winter 2012 | Source: Showmoda

At Prada: Glorious Graphics (NY Times) “Miuccia Prada went back to her basics: geometric print, graphic, straight line cutting and embellishment — but the result was like seeing reruns of early ideas digitally enhanced to a Blade Runner-style futurism.” Bleak Christmas for Gap as earnings drop 40% (FT) “Gap’s efforts to revive its fortunes suffered another setback in the crucial Christmas quarter when the clothes

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Redefining luxury, Fashion’s next frontier, Touchy-feely, Paul Smith’s highest honour, Carine Roitfeld Q&A

Bottega Veneta Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: Style Frizz

How The Uncertain Economy Is Changing The Definition Of Luxury (Forbes) “With the emergence of new wealthy consumers from the BRIC countries and the economic downturn for most nations outside of the BRIC superfecta in the past few years, luxury has taken on a multitude of new meanings. No longer does it exclusively equate to expensive products that are mostly of French or Swiss origins.” Fashion’s Next Frontier

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LVMH and CSM alliance, Mellon exits Jimmy Choo, Branded luxury jewellery, Big in Japan, Digital catalogs

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2011 | Source: The Consumerism

LVMH and Central St Martins Partnership (Vogue UK) “Central St Martins new Kings Cross building will feature a state-of-the-art lecture theatre sponsored by LVMH. The luxury conglomerate has also announced plans for a scholarship programme to recruit promising designers from the university for its stable of brands.” Tamara Mellon leaves Jimmy Choo (FT) “Tamara Mellon has stepped down from Jimmy Choo, the footwear and

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Quotable | Sir Paul Smith says Doing Business in Japan Requires Deep Cultural Immersion

“The key to my success in Japan has been the sheer love and enthusiasm of going there…I was immediately willing to go two, three, four times a year. I had to understand how it was all working…immersing myself in the Japanese way.” Paul Smith, speaking to the UKTI about how to do good business in Japan, where Mr. Smith has built a retail network of more than 200 stores, now constituting the lion’s share of a

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Paris menswear comes to a close, ASOS profit soars, Retro revival, Vintage inspiration debate

Lanvin, Dior, and Paul Smith S/S 10, courtesy of men.style.com

Paris menswear week winds down with Dior, Lanvin (AP) “The French capital’s spring-summer 2010 menswear displays wound down Sunday with a harder-than-usual silhouette from romantic label Lanvin, a retro rocker at British dandy Paul Smith and a sheer, shorn look at Dior Homme.” ASOS says trading robust as profit doubles (Reuters) “British Internet fashion retailer ASOS Plc posted an expected 93 percent rise

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