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I Love Paul Smith. Optimism Personified.

Ree
Editor-in-Chief

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Me and Sir Paul Smith. Happy happy!
So I thought and thought about the title of this article and I just kept coming back to this – I Love Paul Smith!! And I do!! I absolutely adore him! He is the loveliest, warmest, friendliest, funniest, sweetest… did I say loveliest… fellow I think I have ever met. And I still feel that even that gushing statement doesn’t quite measure up to the sense of elation I experienced when I met him. He was more than wonderful.

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Optimistic by Paul Smith
I was so so lucky to have been invited down to his office, with a few other Handpicked Media bloggers, to meet him and discuss his latest fragrance for men and women, Optimistic.  Incredibly, we barely talked about it, probably because Paul Smith is a real person and not a sales person. So I have to say on his behalf that it really is a beautifully light, young, fresh and bright scent. Optimism bottled if you like. I love it. The Paul Smith website quotes, 

“I wanted to create a fragrance that bottled the spirit of optimism – that captured the youthful enthusiasm and energy I see around me every day. It’s about time that someone made a positive statement.”
Well I have worn it everyday since I met him and I am feeling pretty damn optimistic myself!
Paul Smith is an amazing man, A huge success as a designer and a businessman, he is utterly humble and unaffected. Every morning, he chats to the road sweeper outside his local swimming baths and he responds to all the letters and gift he receives. He probably break records in the number of pen pals one person can have. He’ll have to add me to the list now.
His office is like a shrine to the wonders of life. He has kept every present he has ever been sent, even down to a scale replica of his office, a mini train set and a peanut nativity. Yes you read right. 
Like a magical treasure trove, packed full of wondrous paraphernalia. Even more unbelievable –  he knows where everything is. Incredible!! He showed us everything with pride and real joy. I felt close to tears at many points! In a good way of course, because I am a soppy idiot.  The room has the most serene atmosphere, so homely that I felt like I had been there before. 
It was funny because I got lost on the way and I got into a state and was a little late as a result. In a panic I scuttled in to his office and he walked up to me to greet me and I hugged him! Oooops! It was a bit like that episode of Friends when Rachel impulsively kisses her interviewer…but without the cringe!! And for that I love him more!
He was so generous with his time and his spirit. He even gave us a tour of the building.

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Replica of Paul Smith’s Office by a fan

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Another gift

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Paul Smith playing with the Peanut Nativity!

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Rabbit which has become his trademark

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Paul Smith Evian Bottle

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Photograph of the Dalai Lama wearing a Paul Smith scarf

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Paul Smith’s joke briefcase (to put people at ease)

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Paul Smith Design Studio

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Paul Smith Design Studio

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Paul Smith Design Studio

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Optimistic by Paul Smith
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The loveliness that is Paul Smith

LOVE HIM!

I also looked through the Autumn Winter collection and got tonnes of shots. It’s gorgeous and I will be devoting a whole post to it. Stay tuned for that.

Optimistic for Men and Women will launch in Boots on April 7th. Prices start at £25. Start looking on the bright side. I’m all for it! Yayyy!!! 

Ree
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