Eric Musgrave

Since 1980, menswear & fashion retail commentator, opinionated thought-leader,
event host & all-round top bloke. Contact me to discuss working together.

At The Drapers Fashion Awards

The Great Room at Grosvenor House on London’s Park Lane was, as usual, the venue for the Drapers Fashion Awards gala dinner. It was a good event at which to catch up with good friends and to give my new dinner suit from Gieves & Hawkes a run-out. All looking gorgeous were Vicky Ogden of the Pure London fashion show, Danielle de Bie from Bread&Butter Berlin and Escada UK’s Denise Shepherd.


Broadcaster Lauren Laverne looked very nice too in her lacy dress. She did a great job keeping the rowdy crowd under control. Having had to do it myself in my days as Drapers’ editor, I can confirm that it is not easy. Well done, Lauren.

I was especially pleased to see two contacts of mine picking up awards in the independent retailing categories, which I had helped judge this year. Mats Klingberg runs a superb menswear store called Trunk Clothiers at 8 Chiltern Street in London’s Marylebone and it was very deserving of being named Premium Independent of the Year.

Named independent womenswear retailer of the year was Javelin, which has shops in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury, Suffolk. Husband and wife Jeremy and Joanna Clayton have done a great job creating a multi-brand, multi-channel business.

They are seen here enjoying their triumph with their colleagues Natalie Fowler and Jane Lord.

The whole experience proved to be a bit too much for Jane, Joanna and Natalie…


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