Is the Paul Smith Naked Lady wallet sexist and degrading to women or a clever and harmless piece of marketing?
The buxom brunette, pictured kneeling naked and holding a redÂ telephone, is the favourite model of Archie Dickens, who works from his small studio in West Wickham. The 94-year-old pensioner initially sold the illustration to an American collector whoÂ then sold it on to Sir Paul Smith, who uses it in his wallets, cufflinks, keyrings, shirts and belts. Archie insists his designs are cheeky but not in any way pornographic.
Perhaps the decisive question is, how would guys feel if women carried purses with pictures depicting naked men? A fair compromise might be a wallet depicting a naked woman and man side-by-side?