Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith used to be a taxi driver

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Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith used to be a taxi driver. UK fashion designer, Sir Paul Smith used to be a licensed taxi driver for almost three decades, but “only” on the weekends, and the star has revealed he had different jobs because he simply wanted to earn money. The 71-year-old set up his eponymous label in 1970, but he has admitted he has also had a very different career as he has completed “The Knowledge”, which is thorough training drivers undertake to get their licence, and worked as a taxi driver for “25 years” but “only” on the weekends.  Speaking about his other jobs to Esquire Online, the creative mastermind said: “Of course, when I did ‘The Knowledge’… I was a taxi driver for 25 years — but only at the weekend.” But before Paul became a notable figure in the fashion business he had dreamed of being a professional racing cyclist until he suffered a major accident.  He added: “Well, I did anything that came along to earn money, which I think has given me the skill of doing lots of things. I was a racing cyclist from the age of 12 to 18 and you learn that you do have a competitive spirit and you learn about teamwork, which has helped me enormously having 180 people in this building. I don’t think I’m really competitive but I do have a survival instinct, which is, ‘Well, we’ll just work it out then.'” But Paul believes his label is “very solid” and has withstood a number of difficulties over time.  Speaking about his brand, the businessman said: “I had my business when there was the coal miners’ strike in the Eighties and the three-day week, when you had to have a generator for the rest of the week. And I managed to always do well through these things. So, we’re not going anywhere incidentally, we’re very solid, it’s just you’re witnessing a time which is different to what you’ve witnessed before.” And Paul has credited himself as a “pioneer” in the industry as he introduced additional products to his company, which encouraged other brands to follow suit.  He said: “The owners of both Colette in Paris and 10 Corso Como in Milan have both independently said that our way of running a shop was the influence for their shops, which was having not just clothes. So I suppose, without realising it, I was the absolute pioneer of all that, really.” is a 100% owned Irish fashion website that offers the latest Celebrity News and Fashion News to our users. also gives our users the opportunity to purchase selected, high quality goods directly from our wide range of fashion affiliates. An important note to remember is that is an affiliate sales website that offers users, links to accredited fashion websites on the Internet. takes no responsibility or liability for any transaction between user and each fashion vendor. It is the sole responsibility of each user to ensure they are completely happy to interact and trade with each on-line fashion vendor. would also advise all users to check for the correct sizes of items as well as delivery and returns policy of each vendor prior to purchasing items from them. Don’t forget to follows us on social media. If you enjoy shopping for Ladies fashion, Men’s fashion, or Teenage fashion then look around our site and enjoy!. is an Irish fashion and Celebrity news website that provides users with Irish fashion news, online fashion news, Celebrity fashion news. Visitors can keep up to date with Celebrity news Ireland and all that is good about Fashion and the Latest Entertainment features fashion news and Irish fashion news, entertainment news, Online fashion.Fashion designer Sir Paul Smith used to be a taxi driver.

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