if you didn’t know HPMcQ are the initials of my surnames. yes yes not content with just the one, i have three. i’ve always had two, the H and the P are my very own and the McQ i acquired when i married Mr HPMcQ. but why would i just be HP without paul smith? well let me tell you.
i grew up in essex, a friend of mine from essex went to work in the paul smith buying office. a friend of both of ours then met a girl through our friend and she worked at paul smith too. actually she was paul smiths PA. we became very good friends and most fridays we would all meet up for drinks and chaos. through these friends at paul smith i met lots of other creative people at paul smith and we all became very good friends.
one september one of these friends had leaving drinks in a bar in covent garden not far from the paul smith head office. we all went. the denim designer at paul smith, who i had only met just the week before went to the leaving drinks too. he brought with him a friend. this friend was Mr McQ.
three years later to the date of our first date, we became Mr & Mrs HPMcQ.
so in short if paul smith didn’t become a clothing designer, my friend wouldn’t have worked for him, my other friend wouldn’t have met his now wife because she wouldn’t have been his PA, our other friend wouldn’t have worked for him to be able to then leave working for him to then have a leaving party, and the denim designer wouldn’t have deisgned for him and then wouldn’t have taken his friend to the leaving party where we met each other! and breathe.
so paul smith i thank you.
this is why when we heard that paul smith was to curate a small exhibition at the design museum, we really had to go.
hello my name is paul smith, is a small but beautifully curated exhibition marking a celebration of paul’s career to date. a very different career to the world of professional cycling which was the track that he was following until a terrible accident halted those dreams. however whilst he was in hospital he made some new friends and once he had left he arranged to meet with them in a pub which was frequented by the students of the local art college. paul knew he wanted to be part of the creative and colourful world.
within a few years he was managing his own boutique in nottingham, and with the encouragement of his girlfriend pauline, a fashion graduate, paul took evening classes in tailoring. with a small amount of saving he opened his first store, well actually more like a room as it only measured three meters square. but here he was able to create what he wanted.
a lot of people look but don’t see
pauls first show in paris in a hotel bed room
pauls fathers was a camera enthusiast. this camera belong to him. paul carries a camera with him everywhere he goes, and now he shoots all his own campaign photos too.
each and every store is totally different
wall of pictures, photos and art
hello my name is paul smith