Socialites, artists, rock musicians, interior designers and Silicon Valley techies packed a party at the British designer??™s new boutique here this month to celebrate the opening of Smith??™s first San Francisco store ??” his fourth in the U.S.
At one point, Smith led the Apple Computer Inc. design team into the women??™s fitting room for photos on the chaise longue ??” taken with iPhones. The day before at Apple, Smith gave a talk on finding design ideas, at the invitation of his friend, industrial design senior vice president Jonathan Ive.
Guests included Mike Dimkitch, lead guitarist for the Los Angeles band The Cult; San Francisco socials Tatiana Sorokko and Vandy Woods Boudreau; Esprit co-founder and Hillary Clinton pal Susie Tompkins Buell; antiques impresario Tod Donobedian; industrial designer Yves B?©har; Google engineer Orkut B??y??kk?¶kten and partner Derek Holbrook, whose hand-painted Paul Smith shoes were autographed by the designer at the party, and Levi Strauss & Co. director of global innovations Eddie Curran....
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–Nikki Cho Russo