Designer Name: Richard Jonathan Smith
Label Name: Richard Smith Prêt à Porter
Origin: Manchester, United Kingdom
"It has been my ambition to launch a label that may one day be showcased during New York Fashion Week. Nolcha has facilitated this ambition, as the perfect platform to exhibit my collection."
Background: Smith is a bespoke gentleman’s designer currently based in the UK. Having trained with the Giorgio Armani brand for 10 years, he branched out to create his own label, combining the craftsmanship of Savile Row tailoring with the design and flair of Italian high-end couture. This has created a highly unique design proposition, differentiating Smith from his peers who often conform to traditional, quintessentially English interpretations of bespoke attire.
Vision: My guiding principles are to create a new proposition in terms of Savile Row tailoring, moving away from the established British heritage style towards the aspirations of a more modern European gentleman. My design templates are to streamline the body silhouette. This emphasizes a sharp, crisp look not widely characterised by the New York market.
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