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Paul Smith opens store in Glasgow

Paul SmithBritish designer Paul Smith has launched a pop-up store in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

Following the success of his eponymous exhibition in The Lighthouse earlier this year, he has taken a 190-208 Ingram Street, next door to Ralph Lauren.

The shop, which was formerly occupied by Jaeger, has led on a six month lease and is Sir Paul’s only stand-alone store in Scotland.

He admitted earlier this year to always having an affection for Glasgow “based on the city’s strong art heritage and its wonderful link with creativity.”

Isla Monteith, partner with Cushman & Wakefield, advised the landlord of the premises TIAA Henderson Real Estate. Harper Dennis Hobbs acted for Paul Smith.

She said: “I think the success of the Hello, My Name is Paul Smith exhibition which ran from January to March in Glasgow encouraged Paul to test the water with the launch of a temporary pop-up store in the city.

“Ingram Street is absolutely the right place for the brand to be. Not only is the shop close to other high end fashion brands like Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani, but also to the vibrant bars, restaurants and niche retailers of the Merchant City.”

Smith started work in a clothing warehouse in Nottingham at the age of 16. After a spell managing a boutique in the city he opened a tiny shop in 1970. He took evening classes in tailoring while running the store and by 1976 he showcased his first menswear collection in Paris under the Paul Smith label.

One of the few British designers to combine critical acclaim with commercial success, his designs have featured on everything from a bespoke Land Rover Defender to books. He was knighted in 2000.

 



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