You can find inspiration in everything*
(*and if you can't, look again!)
Violette Editions (2010)
Edited and produced by Robert Violette
Designed by Alan Aboud
Paperback, 296 pages, over 1000 illustrations
with two posters and a comic book
25.4 x 21.6 cm (10 x 8.5 in)
£29.95 Buy the book /
US $59.95 Buy the book
'A ripe blend of master craftsmanship and Monty Pythonesque lunacy.' – Monument
'Pure inspiration ... superbly designed.' – Ink
'A treasure trove for anyone interested in fashion and art'
– The Bookseller
Introduction by William Gibson (in English, French, German, Italian and Japanese). Collaborations with and/or writings by Richard Williams, James Flint, Glen Baxter, Paul Slater, Mick Brownfield, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Semir Zeki, Jim Davies and others
Sir Paul Smith has combined a flair for eccentric, subversive detail,
a dedication to the highest standards of craftmanship, and a business and marketing sense that has made him simply the most successful designer in British history. But this book is not a fashion monograph; it is not a catalogue of suits. Rather, imagine Paul Smith's brain on a page: cleverly original and often humorous thoughts and ideas, perfectly executed.
Sir Paul Smith (b. 1946) is a multi-award-winning designer who works in a variety of media and is best known for his menswear collections. He was knighted in 2000 for services to fashion design and in 2007 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Forty years after opening his first shop, Paul Smith has expanded to a global brand of 13 different collections, with stores in the New York, Tokyo, Cape Town, Moscow, Dubai and throughout Europe, each of which is individually designed to suit its location. His designs have been the subject of exhibitions including True Brit at the Design Museum, London, which toured to Europe and Japan, and Observations at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
William Gibson, acclaimed writer and psychogeographer, is best known for coining the term 'cyberspace' in his Sprawl trilogy – Neuromancer, Count Zero and Mona Lisa Overdrive. His recent novels include Pattern Recognition, which reached number four
on the New York Times Bestseller list, and Spook Country.