Eric Musgrave

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Made in the UK feature in BA’s Business Life

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

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The BA magazine Business Life did a great job on my feature about the revived interest in making in the UK. I love the custom-knitted cover created by textile artist Jessica Dance. Well done to editor Tim Hulse and his team for getting behind the topic so enthusiastically. Thanks too to all those who contributed to the piece. UK manufacturing: use it or lose it.

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Fashion in Leeds on film

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Anyone who has been raised in Leeds or has lived there should be interested in a film looking at the role of fashion in my home city across the decades to the present day. You can watch it here.

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I was pleased to be asked by Lee Hicken and the production team at Hebe Works in Leeds to contribute to the proceedings. I pop up a few times, especially in the first 20 minutes of the 82-minute documentary.the-city-talking-15

Extracts of the film have also been presented in the Hebe-produced Leeds lifestyle mag The City Talking, which features on the cover my old pal Everton Campbell of The Hip Store, which is 30 years old next year.the-city-talking-10the-city-talking-11 the-city-talking-12

This was an ambitious project, but the guys have produced an interesting take on Leeds, where “fashion is an expression of history”.

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Jigsaw’s St. James’s Emporium

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The new Jigsaw Emporium is located right behind Lillywhites at Piccadilly Circus in St. James’s Market, a 210,000sq ft development on Lower Regent Street. I like it.

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I have written about the store in the latest edition of Style + Truth, the Jigsaw seasonal magazine. You can also read it here.

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The store was designed by London-based Dalziel & Pow, which has a great record in creating attractive retail spaces. It will be interesting to see how this location – between Jermyn Street and Haymarket – fares as a premium retail destination.

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Jigsaw uses Fox Flannel

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The latest issue – No 5 – of the Style + Truth magazine from Jigsaw includes three pieces from me, including this short celebration of the premium chain’s use of a Fox Brothers flannel cloth for this coat.

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Contrary to popular belief, this is not a Prince of Wales check.It is a Glen Check. It is encouraging to see Jigsaw using a cloth woven in Wellington, Somerset, even if the coat is manufactured in Portugal.

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My issue in for Jigsaw loyalty card holders and so includes an actual sample of the cloth. I also have one of the mags with a menswear cover; most have a womenswear image. You can also read my feature here.

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Native Shetland from Jigsaw

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

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I very much enjoy writing for Jigsaw‘s biannual Style + Truth magazine. The subjects are very much in my area of interest and the title, edited by my former Drapers colleague Ana Santi, has high production values. The current issue, No 5, includes three pieces from me, including this four-pager on a brilliant Made-in-UK initiative using genuine Shetland wool. You can also read about it here.

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Called Native Shetland, the mini-range comprises three styles of chunky knitwear for women. The UK-only provenance is explained in the neat swing ticket.

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The Eunson style (above) is £198, while the Ollason sweater (below) is £249.

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Well done to all at Jigsaw for supporting UK artisans.

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