Paul Smith, books and art

Paul Smith, office library

Paul Smith is not only the classic English mischievous rogue type, and a self-effacing dandy, but he also reads. I wish he would drop by our studio. The photo of his cluttered office is from Vancouver magazine The Block. There’s a funny story there about an anonymous fan who’s been sending him objects in the mail, with Smith’s address and the correct number of postage stamps just stuck to the surface of the object itself. Smith apparently loves practical jokes and he keeps these eccentric presents—including a traffic cone, a fishing net, and a pair of children’s chairs—amidst the books in his office. Smith prefers to decorate his stores as if he’s decorating a house, as in his flagship store in London, below.

westbourne house flagship Paul Smith shop in London

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