Eric Musgrave

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

Discussing the fashion design function in good company

Friends old and new came together recently for the inaugural gathering of my latest venture, Eric Musgrave Events. My idea is to bring together in a convivial surroundings like-minded senior professionals from the fashion business – especially the ones who are usually overlooked by other networking events. Look out for more events in 2017.

The panel: Paul Pällin, Fiona Lambert, Shailina Parti, Kate Bostock, Eric Musgrave

For this debut, we were talking about the role of the design function in an age of fast fashion and obsessive discounting. My impressive panel of UK fashion experts comprised Kate Bostock, Shailina Parti and Fiona Lambert, who are brilliant are blending creativity with commerciality. Selling clothes at full price is, after all, the idea of fashion retailing (although a lot of companies appear to have forgotten this).


Companies represented at the discussion at the Churchill Hotel on Portman Square, just north of Oxford Street, London, ranged from Anya Hindmarch to Mothercare, from Joy to Debenhams, from John Smedley to Seraphine. The discussion was opinionated, informed and passionate. We had great interaction with the audience. The only criticism afterwards was that 90 minutes was not long enough to do the subject justice. Point taken for the future.

Kate Bostock, Fiona Lambert

Nicole Lawson, Maria Grachvogel, Tony Cardoso

Annabelle Semler-Collery, Rob Feldman

Caroline Withey, Adiba Rashid, Gwynn Milligan

Karen Peacock, Shailina Parti

Maureen O’Brien, Rachel Stack

Kate Bostock, Gwynn Milligan, Liza Webb

Ben & Charles Keisner

Caroline Blanchard, Jill Butterworth

Paul Pällin

Adam Creasey, Arlene Olvera

Karl Doyle, Allan Winstanley, Eric Musgrave

Arlene Olvera, Cecile Renaud, Chelsey Oliver

Keighley Shepherdly, Christine Hafsten

Betti Massaro, Karen Peacock

Gwynn Milligan, Leon Bailey-Green

Luca Batchelor, Guy Hills

Shelley Pinto

Maya Kayukwa, Christina Banjo

Eric & Genevieve Musgrave

The heavy lifting for the event organisation was done by Leon Bailey-Green of Upper Clash, so a big thanks goes to him. I am very grateful also for the enthusiastic support from Rob Feldman at Brand Alley, Paul Pällin, founder of FitsMe, who joined the panel discussion, and Charles and Ben Keisner of Freight Brokers (with whom I do a lot of new business development separately to these events). Their belief in what I am doing made the event possible.

Eric Musgrave Events are invitation-only gatherings. If you would like to be on our contact list for 2017, please email me on, outlining what you do and why you’d bring something to the party. Potential supporters can contact me the same way




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