By  on August 26, 2015

If England is indeed a nation of shopkeepers — as the French have been saying with a sneer since the 18th century — then the keeper in chief should be Sir Paul Smith, who managed to transform a tiny, windowless shop in his native Nottingham into an international — and still independent — business with annual sales north of $320 million and double-digit profits.

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