Paul Smith is Next to Curate Apple Music Playlists

Apple Music follows up its designer-curated music playlist series with Paul Smith




The series sees Apple Music partnering with fashion designers to handpick and share their own playlists. The music-streaming service inaugurate the project with playlists by Alexander Wang in June and then Claire Waight Keller of Chloe in July.

For August, Apple Music has once again turned into a male designer; this time, it’s Paul Smith, who is quite a natural in selecting songs. After all, Smith’s career has always seemed to revolve around music. After opening his first London store in Convent Garden, young Smith started dressing musicians, including Annie Lennox and Jimmy Page. He has also designed collections inspired by Jim Morrison and Bob Marley. “From the album artwork to the friendships I’ve built over the years with musicians, it’s all a part of my creative process,” he says.




Smith has created three-themed playlists for Apple Music. The first one, “Around the World in 20 Tracks,” is inspired by his travels. It includes songs from Van Morrison (“who bought my house from me,” Smith comments) to Led Zeppelin and Jimmy Page, to David Bowie and Patti Smith (“who have both been good friends throughout my life”).

The second playlist is called “Something old, something new…” and consists of songs that have influenced his work. The tunes come from artists both old and contemporary such as Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors, Jake Bugg and The Lumineers.

The third and last one is “From Herbie to Holiday” and, as the name suggests, is dedicated to Smith’s favorite jazz musicians. Besides Herbie and Holiday, the playlist also features tracks from Jimmy Smith and Miles Davis.

The playlists are already available on Apple Music!