At the age of 16, Paul Smith had no career plans or qualifications.
Within two years, Paul Smith was managing his first boutique in Nottingham and with the encouragement of Pauline Denyer now his wife. Paul started to take evening classes for tailoring and with the help of Pauline (an RCA fashion graduate), Paul was able to produce his own creations. By 1976 Paul showed his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label.
Today Paul Smith has 12 collections and has stores in 35 countries worldwide.