BPaul Smith portraitritain’s foremost designer, Paul Smith, has arrived back in Glasgow today, Wednesday, 24 February 2016, for a book signing and to talk to design students and young designers. Paul opened the ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’ exhibition back in January.

The global designer delivered a free talk ‘How to Find Inspiration in Everything’ at The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture, to 200 students. Looking to the future as well as celebrating his career to date, the talk referenced Paul Smith’s influences and creative processes, charting the rise of one of the world’s leading designers.

More than 300 people queued up to meet Paul and have him sign copies of his book, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith, which have now sold out from The Lighthouse’s shop.

Ian Elder, The Lighthouse said: “We’re very excited that Paul came back to The Lighthouse to speak to students and young designers.

“As a globally recognised designer, Paul is passionate about inspiring young people. You only need to visit the exhibition to experience this.”



About the exhibition:

Debuted at the Design Museum in London in 2013 and touring in 2015 to Modemuseum Hasselt in Belgium, Hello, My Name is Paul Smith invites you into Paul Smith’s world; a world of fashion, creation, inspiration, collaboration, wit and beauty.

The exhibition is supported by Sony and The Herald, Creative Scotland and Glasgow City Council.

It draws on Paul’s personal archive, from the company’s beginnings in Nottingham to its international prominence today. The exhibition will explore how the designer’s unique creative intuition, together with an understanding of the roles of designer and retailer, have laid the foundations for the company’s lasting success and offer a unique insight into the magnificent mind of Paul Smith.

The talk and book signing form part of the travelling exhibition programme for ‘Hello, My Name is Paul Smith’, which opened at The Lighthouse on 21 January and will close on 20 March.

Paul Smith at The Lighthouse


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·         Exhibition trailer video available via The Lighthouse’s YouTube channel. Feel free to use. Images of Paul Smith available for download via The Lighthouse’s gallery on the website.

·         Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is a touring exhibition by Design Museum, London and was on display at the Design Museum from 15 November, 2013 until 22 June, 2014 and attracted 111,000 visitors. It then travelled to Mode Museum Hasselt, Belgium 26 February – 7 June, 2015 and attracted 40,000 visitors; its most successful exhibition in 25 years.

·         Paul Smith is Britain’s foremost designer. He is renowned for his creative spirit, which combines tradition and modernity. Famous for its clothing and accessories collections, Paul Smith specialises in an inventive use of traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge design to create beautifully made, desirable, modern pieces.

·         The Design Museum is building the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and design, its work encompasses all elements of design, including fashion, product and graphic design. Since it opened its doors in 1989 the museum has displayed everything from an AK-47 to Lady Gaga’s Gareth Pugh-designed bin bag dress. It has staged over 100 exhibitions, welcomed over five million visitors and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray and Dieter Rams. The Design Museum is relocating from its current home at Shad Thames to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, west London. The project is expected to be completed by 2016.

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2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design

·         2016 will shine a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging, variety of new and existing activity.

·         From textiles to technology, architecture to fashion and design, the year-long programme will shine the spotlight on our greatest assets and icons, as well as our hidden gems.

·         The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design started on 1 January 2016 and will end on 31 December 2016.

·         It will build on the momentum generated by the 2015 Year of Food and Drink as well as previous years including Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.

·         Through a series of exciting events and activity, the year will showcase Scotland’s position as an “innovation nation”, its outstanding built heritage, and its thriving, internationally acclaimed creative industries sector.

·         Hello, My Name is Paul Smith is just one of the partner events in the overall programme for the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.