Using a holistic approach to design, Maharam creates innovative textiles through the exploration of pattern, material, and technique. A fourth-generation family business founded in 1902, Maharam has evolved into a leading provider of design-driven textiles for commercial and residential interiors. The brand is recognized for its rigorous and holistic commitment to design and embraces a diverse range of disciplines, from product, graphic, and digital design to art and architecture. Maharam frequently collaborates with industry designers and visionaries, including Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti, Alexander Girard, and more recently, Paul Smith. Maharam's textiles are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Stedelijk Museum, among others.
Born on 5 July 1946 in Nottinghamshire, England. Paul Smith is an established designer whose menswear collections have gained him a solid reputation in the fashion industry and earned him world-wide commercial success.
After leaving school at the age of fifteen with no career plans, Smith was thrust into a job at a local clothing warehouse by his father. Smith had little interest in his new position, and dreamed of becoming a racing cyclist. Smith's original ambitions were put to an end following a cycling accident at the age of 17. Following his accident, Smith trained as a tailor and opened up his first boutique in Nottingham.
Since showing his first menswear collection in Paris 1976, Smith has established 12 different collections under the Paul Smith label and opened boutiques throughout England, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the United States.
Known for his colorful combinations, Smith is famous for his use of multi-stripes, which appear on items designed for both men and women.
After almost three decades as an icon in the fashion industry, Smith was knighted in 2000. In 2003 Smith partnered with the textile manufacturer, Maharam, to create an upholstery textile inspired by classic pinstripe suiting and love for multi-stripes. Smith continues to play an active role in his company, serving as both designer and chairman.