Paul Smith talks Dover Street Market privilege
Paul Smith feels privileged to be selling in the new Dover Street Market.
The iconic London fashion spot has recently moved from its namesake street to the Haymarket area in the British capital, bringing a designer presence to the tourist location. Co-founded by Comme des Garcons’ Rei Kawakubo, the retail space is home to the likes of Gucci and Dior, as well as lesser known labels. Paul's collection is also housed there, and he is over the moon with the honour.
“It’s a huge privilege to be invited to sell here,” he gushed to Britain’s Grazia magazine. “I love the way it pays homage to the sort of London’s Kensington market in the ‘70s – the decade Rei and I both started our business.”
Talking about his Dover Street market store, Paul, 69, explains that it harks back to his early days in fashion.
“I wanted to recreate my first store in Nottingham, which I opened in 1970, so it’s a three metre square space selling everything from clothes to robots,” he said.
Milliner Stephen Jones also occupies a store there, and posed inside his shop with his muse, DJ and writer Princess Julia for the article.
Talking about his first meeting with Rei, Stephen recalls how bold she was.
“I met Rei in 1985 in Anchorage airport, Alaska. She came up to me in duty free and said, ‘I like your hats, I’ve just started showing in Paris.’ She was the wild frontier of fashion then, still is now,” he smiled. “And I’ve had the privilege of working with her ever since. She’s a retail visionary, the Mr Selfridge or Mr Liberty of the 21st century.”