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Paul smith questions

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by bryce330, Mar 31, 2003.

  1. bryce330

    bryce330 Senior member

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    Hey everyone - I'm going back to London next month to do a little shopping (among other things) and I'm looking forward to checking out the Paul Smith stores - I've only discovered Paul Smith in the past couple of months and have never been to their stores in my previous trips to London.

    My questions are:

    How much do their shirts cost in the UK? I know Thomas Pink, etc. are usually about 20-30% cheaper than US prices and was wondering if the same is true of Paul Smith (prices in the US are usually $300+ a shirt for Paul Smith or $150-$175 for the 'London' line).

    How do their suits fit? The shirts seem to be quite a bit slimmer than other British shirtmakers - are their suits also cut fairly slim?

    Lastly, has anyone been to the outlet in London? Is it worth a trip or should I stick with the main store?

    Thanks
     
  2. VWpete

    VWpete Senior member

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    Enjoy London. Paul Smith's main store is fantastic. It's in Covent Garden, right by the tube station. He has a small sale store near old bond street I think. You could ask the main store when you go. I am a really slim guy and his suits, along w/ Dolce & Gabbana fit me very well. I just bought one in December and love to wear it. His linings are usually colorful and fun. He uses some great hand detail on the lapels. Paul Smith has been doing interesting things with ticket pockets as of recently and has a bespoke area in his store that is fairly reasonable for bespoke. The shirts get hit pretty hard and I find them to be pretty expensive (don't know an exact comparison because I wasn't too familiar with the price point before I went last year) because of the British pound. You need to check out his shoe store that is next to the main showroom. He also has his casual P.S. line in another store in Covent Garden. Have fun.
    Pete
     
  3. Renwick

    Renwick Senior member

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    I love Paul Smith suits. The cuts are slim, and fit well.
     
  4. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Paul Smith's flagship store is "Westbourne House" in 22 Kensington Park Road, W11 Notting Hill (yes, of Julia Roberts fame); it's a splendid Victorian townhouse turned into a 4-storey store and fitted out with a with a Perspex staircase. There you can also get made-to-measure items. An accessories shop is right opposite. That's the one to check out. The Sale/outlet store is in Avery Row (behind Bond Street). If you happen to be in the area, go and visit, but it's not worth a detour.

    Paul Smith has several price ranges, but I don't think you have to pay for a shirt much more than £100 ($150). Talking about shirts: check out Hilditch & Key (Jermyn Street) and you will never look at Thomas Pink again.
     
  5. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    .... and even if you do still want to pick up a thomas pink shirt, buy it in heathrow airport, terminals 1 and 4 have a thomas pink duty free shop, the prices are less than the jermyn street prices
     

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