Youngsters get style tips from Sir Paul Smith

Designer Paul Smith, centre, with the art and textile pupils.
Designer Paul Smith, centre, with the art and textile pupils.

Youngsters have been given a lesson in style from a world-famous fashion designer.

Oakham School’s art and textile pupils paid a visit to Sir Paul Smith’s design studio in Convent Garden, London.

Following the visit, the pupils sent him a slice of lemon made out of different fabric segments, each made by a different pupil, as a thank you to him.

Sir Paul was so impressed with the lemon, he personally thanked the pupils in his blog, describing it as a ‘pretty special thank you note’.

The idea came from Sir Paul’s phrase ‘you need a squirt of lemon in the eye’ and how he puts importance on ‘trying to have that little something different in everything you do, and that way people will always remember you’.

The pupils had been given a personal tour of Sir Paul’s studio, visiting his print designers, website designers and shop designers.

They were also allowed a sneak preview of his next collection of menswear, womenswear and accessories.

Pupils Lottie Towell said: “His office in London is a perfect example of his off-the-wall taste, as it is filled with delights from a train set in a briefcase to various forms of rabbits.”

It was the fourth year running that Oakham’s art and textile pupils have been invited to visit Sir Paul’s studio. Our picture shows Sir Paul with the pupils.