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Paul Smith is born


First shop opens at 6 Byard Lane, Nottingham


First Paul Smith collection is shown in Paris


First London shop opens at 44 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2


Second London shop opens at 23 Avery Row, W1


Third London shop opens at 43 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2


Paul Smith Ltd. signs licence with Japanese company, American Jacket


First New York shop opens at 108 Fifth Avenue/p>

Fourth London shop opens at 41/42 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2


First London showroom opens at 7/8 Langley Court, Covent Garden, WC2


Smith receives ‘Royal Designer for Industry’ award

Flagship shop opens in Tokyo making a total of 60 shops in Japan


Sales/Press office opens in Paris

Sales/Press office opens in Milan


First Paris shop opens at 22 Boulevard Raspail

Launch of the first Paul Smith Women’s collection, Spring Summer 1994


Smith awarded CBE for his services to fashion design

Launch of Spectacles collection

Launch of Luggage collection

Launch of Watch collection


Paul Smith Ltd. awarded the ‘Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade’

Paul Smith True Brit exhibition at the Design Museum in London

Launch of the Paul Smith website —


Paul Smith True Brit exhibition in Glasgow as part of Festival of Design


Smith awarded the Honorary Freedom of the City of Nottingham

Paul Smith True Brit exhibition at the Nottingham Castle Museum

Women’s shop opens at Sloane Avenue, South Kensington, SW3


First Women’s show at London Fashion Week

Launch of Paul Smith Mini ‘Art Car’ available in the UK and Japan only

Westbourne House opens at 122 Kensington Park Road, Kensington, W11

A bespoke tailoring service is offered for the first time at Westbourne House

Paul Smith True Brit exhibition travels to Japan (Tokyo, Kobe and Fukuoka)

Portrait of Paul Smith by James Lloyd, winner of the BP portrait award, unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery

Paul Smith Ltd. and Inter Parfums Inc. sign licensing agreement


Launch of ‘Paul Smith Men’ and ‘Paul Smith Women’ fragrances

Smith awarded a knighthood by HM the Queen

First shop opens in Milan, at Via Manzoni 13


You Can Find Inspiration in Everything book published by Violette Editions

Collaboration with The Rug Company


London showrooms and headquarters opens at 20 Kean Street, Covent Garden, WC2

Milan showroom and press office open at Viale Umbria, 95

Smith judges at the Design Museum ‘Designer of the Year’ award


Smith wins the ‘Menswear Designer of the Year’ and ‘Contemporary Designer of the Year’ at the British Fashion Awards

Collaboration with Maharam


Launch of the Paul Smith e-commerce site


Smith receives the ‘Great Britons Award for Business’

Collaboration with Triumph motorbikes First Los Angeles shop opens at 8221 Melrose Avenue


Sales/Press office opens in Sydney, Australia

Tokyo flagship shop Space opens in Shibuya

New York flagship shop opens at 142 Greene Street

Collaboration with Penguin Classics to create a limited-edition cover for Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence Broadway Cinema

Nottingham opens the Paul Smith Auditorium

Hello My Name is Paul Smith 21 Jan – 20 Mar
Gallery One

We are delighted to announce that 'Hello My Name is Paul Smith' Exhibition is now open in The Lighthouse. The exhibition invites you into Paul Smith's world and offers a unique insight into his magnificent mind.

The exhibition traces the designer’s development from the early 1970s until present day. Exhibition highlights include:

  • A replica of Paul Smith's office
  • Recreation of his design studio
  • Insight into his many unique shop designs from around the world
  • A collection of archive garments from Paul Smith runway shows

Tickets cost £6/ £4pp plus booking fee*


*Ticket information:

  • £4 for concessions
  • Concessions include: children under the age of 12, students, Young Scot card holders and senior citizens
  • Students will have to provide valid ID upon entry
  • You may be asked to provide a valid Young Scot card/ some other form of ID for proof of age
  • Booking fee will be 50 pence per ticket plus £1 online fee
  • Tickets can also be purchased on the day from The Lighthouse reception with no booking fee.


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 10.30am-5.30pm
Thursday: 10.30am-7.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am-5.00pm
Sunday: 12.00pm-5.00pm

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