Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Some inspiring thoughts by Paul Smith

I don't know much about fashion designer Paul Smith - but I ran across an interview of him on 1stdibs and ended up printing out some of his "words of wisdom," which are now pinned up on my cork board. I hope they are of value to you, as well.

1. Start something new.

2. Take pleasure seriously.

3. Work is not about shorter or longer hours, it's about every hour.

4. You can't do it without doing it.
-every time I feel unmotivated or cringe at the grunt work this gets me through

5. Make room to break the rules.

6. Logic is predictable.

7. Look at the world through the eyes of someone you respect, admire, and love.

A few more of his thoughts,

Manners Maketh the Man

"When it comes down to it, I have absolutely no problem with the way anyone dresses at all. Who the hell cares? Being 'well dressed' is as much about a person's behavior, manners, and posture as it is about what they're wearing. Yes, a tailored suit and handmade shoes are beautiful things, but the truly well dressed combine them with other qualities - courtesy, good manners, and knowing when to talk and when to listen"

Know Thyself

"Style is not something you can buy. It's nothing to do with money; it's already inside you. Be yourself. Analyze your character, body shape and lifestyle and go from there. The most common mistake men make is when they try to go against these things and wear clothes that don't suit their personality."

If this is something you struggle with, or would like some instruction on - I highly recommend Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

image via PaulSmith.com


Luinae said...

"1. Start something new."


Down Pillow said...

Some great thought-provoking quotes. Thanks for sharing :)

Jessica said...

This is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Vitania said...

Fantastic ! Know Thyself.. and #3. Work is about EVERY hour!

thanks for a little inspiration

Beefeater24 said...

Paul always comes across as being such an articulate and thoroughly likable man. I imagine it would be a pleasure to have a chat with him over a drink. He's going to be part of an exhibition at the London design museum. There's also a ticket give away if anyone's interested.



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