It’s my obsession – Sir Paul Smith and his automotive collaborations, classic partnerships & signature stripes.
Well, as Annie Lennox once sang…
“Love is a stranger in an open car. To tempt you in and drive you far away. Ooh, love is a stranger in an open car. To tempt you in and drive you far awayAnd I want you, And I want you, And I want you so, It’s an obsession.”
That’s me with all things Paul Smith. I am like a magpie for his signature stripes.
The fellow East Midlander originally from Beeston, Nottinghamshire, started his fashion career in a clothing warehouse in 1970.
In business for over 50 years Paul Smith had established himself as the pre-eminent British designer. He has an ability to anticipate, and even spark off trends not only in fashion, but in the wider context of pop culture. He manages to transmit a genuine sense of humour and mischief mixed with his love of tradition and the classics.
Paul Smith and cars
A year after Smith unveiled the Mini Strip at the IAA motor show in Munich – described as a “radically reduced, sustainable concept car” – Paul Smith’s latest Mini is the Mini Recharged model and revisits the 1998 Mini Paul Smith Edition, which was limited to 1,800 vehicles.
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Helping automotive brands drive results - Creative Lead at WDA Automotive Marketing. Over 20 years experience within the design and marketing sector.
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