Famed British menswear designer Paul Smith remembers his friend -- and loyal customer -- David Bowie, whom he worked with on a limited-edition T-shirt design that coincided with the release of "Blackstar."
I first met David in 1979 in my shop in London. My studio used to be above the store and I’d often receive calls from staffers who’d whisper things like, "Jack Nicholson is in the shop! Harrison Ford is here!" My reply was usually, "Oh, that’s lovely." But when they whispered, "David Bowie is here"? Well, I went downstairs. I was pretending to be nonchalant, of course, and we began chatting.
One of the nicest things for me was that whenever David and I talked, it was just like you and me are talking right now -- it wasn’t the rock star talking to a fashion designer. We were both quite inquisitive and curious people, so the conversations would go from astrology to architecture to photography to anything. And that was a delight, really.