Eric Musgrave

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The forgotten Duke of Kent in The Rake

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

One of the more mysterious members of the modern British Royal family was the Queen’s uncle, George, Duke of Kent (1902-1942). The father of the current Duke (born 1935), Princess Alexandra, The Hon Lady Ogilvy (born 1936) and Prince Michael of Kent (born 1942), George was the now-oft-forgotten brother of Edward VIII and George VI. I have outlined his remarkable story and some of the myths about him in issue 28 of The Rake.

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Killed in an unsolved plane crash in northern Scotland, he was the first Royal to die in active service for several hundred years. His life before World War II was scandalous, with serial affairs with men and women, drug addiction, homosexuality and illegitimate children all linked to him. Added to all that, he was as much of a clothes horse as his older brother, Edward (the Prince of Wales, briefly Edward VIII and lastly Duke of Windsor). In 1934 he married Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark (he was the last British royal to marry a foreign royal) and the pair became society favourites in the late 1930s.

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New Ben Sherman florals

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

My love of floral shirts is well known so I was delighted to receive from my pal Mark Maidment, CEO of Ben Sherman, a couple of fine examples from its autumn collection.

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This relatively subtle print is from the Plectrum collection. It uses a lovely cotton fabric from the Italian shirting specialist Albini,

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But even better, the shirt is made in England. Well done, Ben Sherman!

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I am also very pleased with my laundered floral print shirt, which has a delightful mini-floral print. This shirt is made in India.

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It looks great on its own, but like the other Sherman shirt, it works really well under a tailored suit jacket or blazer or Baracuta G-9. The attention to detail is very good.

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I am pleased that Ben Sherman still cuts a shirt to fit someone of my now substantial form! For more on this iconic British brand, head for this book 

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Bill Amberg’s leatherwork studio

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

The exceptional work in leather produced by Bill Amberg‘s studio is celebrated in my latest piece for billionaire.com. There are some great pix by Andy Barnham accompanying the piece.

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Although he’s been celebrated for his leather bags for men and women for 25 years and more, the bespoke commissions his London-based craftsmen and women undertake in furniture, domestic interiors, cars, yachts, aeroplanes and all manner of intriguing one-offs is less high profile. Bill’s passion for leather really comes through in his longish interview with me.

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Bill is well known for his dapper appearance, especially in tailoring. Yet when a simple cotton jacket that was too big for me came my way, the strapping Mr Amberg gave it a good home. One of his satchel-like bags was my leaving present from Drapers seven years ago and it’s still one of my favourites. It has aged beautifully and I use it regularly now that I am back at Drapers.

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