Still humble despite the fame and fortune


  • Letters
  • Thursday, 20 Nov 2014

I READ with great interest about the renowned British designer Paul Smith last week “Classic with a twist” (The Star, Nov 12).

When I was at college in the 1960s, I used to spend lunch times chatting and playing music with Smith in a clothing shop called Birdcage in Nottingham.

This was before Smith started his own business.

Then in the 1970s, I bought all my suits from him, even though they were more expensive than other brands.

Nevertheless, his suits were always well made, comfortable and long lasting.

I have bumped into Smith occasionally over the years, but not since I moved to Malaysia.

After that history lesson, I have to say that 50 years on with all the fame and fortune, he remains as humble and down-to-earth as ever.

It simply goes to show that you don’t need to be aggressive to be successful.

I hope Smith does visit Malaysia soon. Perhaps I will be lucky to bump into him again.

JACK SMITH

Petaling Jaya

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