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Norman Smith dies aged 68

Fashion designer and manufacturer Norman Smith, who co-founded Smith & Brown, has died at the age of 68.

Smith died on August 23, from myeloma.

Born in London in July 1950, Smith left school at 16 to work at a clothing wholesaler. By the age of 20 he had found his way to a manufacturer in Stoke Newington which supplied Stirling Cooper, Village Gate, Squire Shops and Wild Mustang Jeans, among others.

During his early career, he also designed his own fashion label, Sunset, which was sold to boutiques on London’s King’s Road and Bond Street, and in New York.

In 1981, Smith co-founded Smith & Brown with Andy Brown to produce high-quality fashion tailoring in the UK. By the mid 1990s, it was selling to most high street multiples and to several in Europe, and production in the UK ran at an average of 40,000 units a week.

By 2003, the business had closed. Norman went on to form Bespoke Clothing Ltd with a Turkish manufacturer, and  traded successfully for several years.

Former business partner Brown said: “Norman gave 100% of himself to family, close friends and work and when he was not at work his passion was water skiing, tennis, sailing and their dogs. He also enjoyed a Guinness, a Negroni, a glass or two of red wine and the occasional Davidoff cigarillo. A life lived to the full.”

Smith married his wife Sharon in 1984. He is survived by Sharon, his daughter, Tanya, who works in the London property market and son, Luke, who recently moved to Germany to take up a position as global product manager for Adidas Originals.

Smith’s funeral service is to be held at Guildford Crematorium, GU7 3DB, Thursday 13th at 11.15 am. 

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