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Things to see and places to go during a lull from the men’s shows.

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THE MIND’S EYE


London’s Design Museum is offering the chance to spend time inside the kaleidoscopic mind of Sir Paul Smith — tailor, tinker, photographer and all-round creative. “We could have created about 10 exhibitions,” said Donna Loveday, who curated “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith,” a journey that begins with Smith’s early years as a humble shopkeeper in Nottingham — his tiny store was only open on weekends — and ends with super-HD Sony footage of the run-up to his latest Paris men’s wear show. In between, visitors get to see a replica of his Willy Wonka-like office, fabric workshop, hi-low art collection, favorite fashion designs and multitude of collaborations with brands such as Mini, John Lobb and Triumph. Smith’s inspirations also play a big role in the show. “It’s about looking and seeing, and the surprise of looking at nothing, that then turns into something,” said the high-energy Smith, who couldn’t help tidying the merchandise in the gift shop and chatting with museumgoers before the show opened. “It’s the shopkeeper in me,” he said.

 

— SAMANTHA CONTI
 
“Hello, My Name is Paul Smith”
Until March 9
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
designmuseum.org


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