Eric Musgrave

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Savile Row’s finest line-up

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 I couldn’t resist getting this snap of some of Savile Row’s finest lining up in Burlington Arcade to promote the bespoke tailors’ event on Friday, June 15, which formed part of the London Collections: Men programme. The line up is Philip Parker (of Henry Poole), John Hitchcock (Anderson & Sheppard), Patrick Murphy (Huntsman), Peter Ward (Dege & Skinner), Richard Anderson, Edward Sexton, Jim Cottrell (Welsh & Jeffries) and Lee Webb (Gieves & Hawkes). See my later blog for coverage of the event proper.

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Getting the Coach

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 The American accessories brand Coach has opened a sparkling new store at the Piccadilly Circus end of Regent Street. I recommend men to truck on through the women’s ground floor because there is a nice selection of men’s bags and other goodies on the first floor. At the official launch on May 30 I was pleased to see my old chums Lesley Exley, of Exley Hervey, a consultant to Coach, and Ian McGarrigle of Bell Pottinger PR and former major domo at Retail Week. You wouldn’t know it from this pic, but Ian’s dad Vince used to sell ties for a living…

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At Caryn Franklin’s book launch

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

 On May 30 I dropped into the launch of the latest book from Caryn Franklin, one of my favourite fashion journalists. Her work on getting the fashion biz to use more normal-looking models is to be applauded. I used the event to give my new blue panama hat from Ede & Ravenscroft a run out. The suit is by Ermenegildo Zegna, the shirt is by Duchamp and the tie is from Drake’s.

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Tommy Nutter: Stamped with style

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Tommy Nutter, the man who brought fashion to Savile Row in 1969, is celebrated in one of a series of new postage stamps that salute British fashion greats of the post-WW2 era. The image on the stamp is inspired by a suit made by Nutter for Ringo Starr, which the Beatle wore in an ad for cloth merchant Holland & Sherry.

Savile Row entrepreneur David Mason, who owns the Nutters name, organised the recreation of the suit using Holland & Sherry cloth. The Starr original and the modern facsimile will be on show at the cloth merchant’s Savile Row showroom on Friday, June 15, when the bespoke tailoring trade is promoting itself as part of the London Collections: Men fashion schedule. Tommy Nutter, who died in 1992 aged 49, would have enjoyed the fuss.

Here is Tommy, at far left, and me (at extreme right) on a panel judging student designs in 1983 during my days as deputy editor of Men’s Wear.

Other menswear names in the stamps series are Paul Smith and the groovy 1960s boutique Granny Takes A trip, which was co-founded by John Pearse, who is still working as a fashionable bespoke tailor in Soho.

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Slowear in South Molton Street

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I like the look of the shop and the collections presented at Officina Slowear at 58 South Molton Street, London W1K 5SL. The Italian brand has an easy-to-wear contemporary attitude and a very appealing colour palette (which looked particularly good in the sunshine this week).

Slowear's PR Francesca Rancati and head of communications Marco Muggiano were stylish and generous hosts

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Art attack in Perspex: That’s Grouse!

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Art private views are not often on my agenda, so I was intrigued to be invited to see a new exhibition by Australian artist Linton Meagher. The work included in “That’s Grouse!: The British Show” includes intriguing images of game birds formed of shotgun cartridges, pellets, resin and Perspex. That’s Grouse, I am reliably informed by the catalogue notes, is an Australian colloquial expression that refers to something being really great or fantastic.

Well done, Mr Meagher!

Another group of work features representations of Uzi machine guns, which also impressed me and fellow guest, bespoke tailor Kathryn Sargent.

The show was at Gallery 8, 8 Duke Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6BN and was organised by Linton Meagher’s agent Jonny White of Comodaa (


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Scotland the talented

Friday, May 25th, 2012

I was mightily impressed at the joint showing by Scottish furniture makers and interior textile firms at the Clerkenwell Design Week (May 22-24). There was some really excellent stuff to be seen in this, the first combined presentation by these two obviously related sectors. Well done to Stewart Roxburgh of Scottish Enterprise, seen here with me, for bringing the 40-plus companies together.

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Attaboy! I find my new summer headwear

Friday, May 25th, 2012

A search for a “proper” summer hat took me to Ede & Ravenscroft, one of my favourite menswear outfitters.

Having rejected the two natural coloured panamas (although I do like the trilby at the top)…

…I went with this genuine panama that has been dyed blue.

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FAB networking in Manchester

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Manchester was the venue for the first networking evening hosted by independent retailers’ body FAB (the Fashion Association of Britain) and, a new online platform for brands to reach indie shops.

It was good to meet up again with my pal, brand consultant Kathy O’Driscoll.

Samantha Bleasby of and Nathalie Gibbons of were good company. Big thanks go to Dale Hicks and his crew at Manchester Fashion Network for organising the event. Dale (centre) is here with me and Tony McCarrick, who is in charge of membership recruitment at FAB.

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Stepping out at The Drapers Footwear Awards

Friday, May 25th, 2012

There was much jollity at The Drapers Footwear Awards at Grosvenor House on May 3, which I attended courtesy of those fine folk at Aigle, the French footwear brand. I clung on to my former Drapers colleagues Jessica Brown and Khabi Mirza, Aigle’s smooth-talking PR supremo.

Congrats to Harvey Jacobson, of the Jacobson Group, who got a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award.

Andrew Loake took the Men’s Brand of the Year Award back to the team at Loake.

Independent accessory retailer of the year is Deryane Tadd of The Dressing Room in St. Albans.

No shoe event would be possible without Michael “Mr. Footwear” Singh.

Lord and Lady Present-Prendergast of Shoreditch were in attendance.

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