Paul Smith was born in 1946 in Nottingham. One of Britain’s foremost designers, he is known for his clothing and accessories collections. From its origins in a single small shop in Nottingham, in 1970, Paul Smith has grown into a global business – selling in over seventy countries. Paul Smith specialises in an inventive use of traditional craftsmanship, and cutting-edge design, to create beautifully made, desirable, modern pieces. Starting with one men’s collection, the business now comprises collections for men, women and children, and includes, shoes, accessories, fragrance and home furnishings. Over his near fifty-year career, Paul has designed furniture for Cappellini; Burton snowboards; Leica cameras; Rapha cycling gear; London Olympics stamps; and a bespoke Mini. His values of curiosity, quality and authenticity remain a constant. He was knighted in 2001 for services to fashion.