Sir Paul Smith becomes Companion of Honour
UK designer Sir Paul Smith has joined a prestigious royal order in recognition of his work for British fashion. Sir Paul was made a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour by the Duke of Cambridge during a Windsor Castle investiture ceremony on Wednesday.
The award, which recognises service of national importance, is sometimes regarded as the junior honour to the Order of Merit. It is made up of the sovereign, plus no more than 65 members.
Elevating his standing in the industry and society in general, he is the only fashion designer to be named among an illustrious group of well-know people, many of them from the world of entertainment.
On being awarded the honour, the citation read: “He is a success story of British graft, creativity and entrepreneurialism… building at the Paul Smith empire which now spans 53 counties. As chairman and designer, he is till involved in every aspect and retains a controlling share in the company he founded in 1970, affording him individuality and freedom”.
Dressed in one of his own trademark three-button tailored suits, Sir Paul said: “This is really special because of the limited number of people who receive it, it’s also very much about longevity – you’ve been consistently contributing to society, employment, exports, and [have] enthusiasm and energy for young people.”
He added: “The love of life keeps me going – getting up every morning. Creativity is a very interesting stimulant because there’s nothing better than having a lovely idea and then turning that idea into reality and seeing that people are enjoying what you’ve created, that’s very nice.”
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