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At the age of 16, with no career plans or qualifications, Paul Smith worked a menial job at the local clothing warehouse in his native Nottingham. However his real passion was sport and his ambition was to become a professional racing cyclist, until aged 17 years when cycling-mad Paul was in a terrible accident.
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After leaving hospital he arranged to meet his friends at a local pub with was popular with the local art collegeand from then on he knew he wanted to be in the exciting world of art. Within two years, Paul Smith was managing his first boutique in Nottingham and with the encouragement of his girlfriend Pauline Denyer (now wife) and a small amount of savings, opened a tiny shop in 1970. Paul started to take evening classes for tailoring. By 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label. Designed in Nottingham and London, the Paul Smith collections are primarily produced in England and Italy while the fabrics used are mainly of Italian, French and British origin.
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