Mon-Wed and Fri-Sat, 11am-7pm; Thu, 11am- 8pm; Sun, noon-6pm
4, 5, 6, L, N, Q, R, W at 14th St.-Union Sq.
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English fashion design often conjures up images of scratchy wool plaids and tweed, but that’s not Paul Smith’s style. “I have always loved combining the old and new,” says the Brit, who’s famous for taking classic bespoke-tailored clothing and adding cheeky twists using a rainbow-colored palette. The result of this style-melding is items like a simple sweater infused with flashy purple and brown stripes, a jacket detailed with leather straps and piping, or a navy jacket with a bright-pink lining. And though the bold clothing may be the first thing shoppers notice, Paul Smith also has accessories to match—think aqua flower-shaped cuff links and red dial watches for men, or gray agate teardrop earrings and swirl print purses for women. The Fifth Avenue location carries only the men’s lines, but female fans of Smith’s distinctive collections can hit the 5,000-square-foot flagship Soho store—located in the former Pace Gallery space—which carries all three women’s collections and various pieces for men. The Soho space, spread over several linked rooms, best represents the brand’s vintage-meets-modern eclectic style: antique reclaimed oak floors and vintage books contrast with a steel-clad counter and even pieces of artwork belonging to Smith.Sales
Bi-annual sale in January and June; must be on mailing list for exact dates.
Paul Smith’s suits are known to mix classic bespoke tailoring with colorful linings (from $1,200). His striped shirts (from $200) and ties (from $135) are big sellers, and he offers several tuxedo styles, priced from $1,550 to $2,500.Shoes: Men
Perfect for walking around the city, pick up a pair of brown leather sneakers or colorful brogues.Cuff Links
Paul Smith is famous for combining traditional English tailoring with puckish details, and the hundreds of cuff links available at his shop are no exception. Wedding-appropriate wares include black-enamel typewriter-key cuff links: Grooms can select the initials of their betrothed. Find other creative styles in obscure materials such as ivory or semiprecious stones. Also peruse the collection of antique cuff links.