Paul Smith’s latest exhibition in Glasgow was created to show his humble beginnings.
The designer’s work has become a staple of British fashion, and it was recognised by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 when he was knighted.
As well as continuing to design, Paul also shows off his work at exhibitions. His latest display is a touring one titled Hello My Name is Paul Smith, which is made up of photographs and fashion among other items. The showcase will launch in Glasgow on Thursday (21Jan16), at the city’s The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture.
“I want people to come here and see that I’ve come from humble beginnings,” Paul told Glasgow’s Evening Times newspaper.
“We opened our first shop two times a week. So we had £600 and we started that shop. I earned my living by doing freelance work and we just opened Friday and Saturday.”
However the store wasn’t Paul’s only source of income, which meant he could keep his shop space unique and not let profit margins dictate his ideas.
“By not relying on the shop for an income it made the shop special,” he smiled. “We weren’t having to pander to what people wanted. That was about understanding the balance between earning money and doing things which are special, innovative and unusual and that’s a real important message for anyone.
“You need to get the balance of life right. That’s why we’re still there. We never wanted to be famous, we just wanted to sell a few more clothes.”
Paul also spoke about his late friend David Bowie, who passed away earlier this month (Jan16) following an 18-month secret battle with cancer.
“That was very sad,” he sighed. “David Bowie was a good pal of mine and he wore lots of my clothes.”
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