Meet Paul Smith, Nottingham’s own fashion legend

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Visitors can enjoy Paul Smith’s Nottinghamshire with a visit to his first shop, which still operates on Byard Lane in Nottingham city centre.

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Starting out as an errand boy in a clothing warehouse, Paul Smith’s showroom designs caught the eye of his boss, leading to a job as a menswear buyer.

Within 20 years, Sir Paul established himself as Britain’s pre-eminent designer, creating trends not only in fashion but in the wider context of popular culture.

Paul Smith is now a global phenomenon, his collections designed in Nottingham and London before being wholesaled to shops around the world.

Fans can visit his flagship retail outlet in Willoughby House, a Grade II-listed building showcasing both men’s and women’s collections. Take in a film in Screen 4 at the Broadway Cinema, a cinema screen room designed by Sir Paul Smith in his signature stripe.

Treat yourself with a stay at Langar Hall Hotel, a favourite of Sir Paul. He has contributed many design features to the hotel, and his inimitable style can be observed throughout.

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