I first met Sir Paul Smith in Milan in the winter of 2001. I had a couple of months earlier completed my very first set of windows for his shop on 5th Ave. in New York City. I happened to be in Milan with another company for Fashion Week. Paul was there celebrating the opening of his then new shop.
Tonight I saw him again. This time in Tokyo at his shop Space. He was in town for the opening reception of an artistic collaboration with Spanish porcelain company Lladro. I was in town en route to Los Angeles.
I have now had the pleasure to greet Paul in Tokyo, London, Paris, Milan, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. He is the same down-to-earth, gracious and humorous gentleman no matter where he is. I'm happy our paths could cross once again.