Talking Farrell with Robbie Williams
That nice young man Robbie Williams had the good luck to be interviewed by me at the charming Durrants Hotel in Marylebone. We were talking about Farrell, the menswear line Rob started a few years ago, inspired by the memory of his maternal grandfather and mentor, Jack Farrell.
Farrell’s designer Ben Dickens was also on hand to explain the delights of next autumn’s collection to a group of selected menswear buyers.
It was an excellent opportunity for me to meet up with some old menswear friends like Kieran McBride from Fenwick in Newcastle and York, Charlie Peel and Julie Haywood from Williams & Griffine in Colchester, and David and Norma Light plus Mike Ashcroft from Tessuti in Chester. Farrell MD David Empson and his wife Suzie, who looks after marketing for the brand, were our genial hosts. Everyone seemed suitably impressed with the line, which is offering something not readily available elsewhere in the menswear sector at sensible prices. www.farrell.com
The chilly weather gave me the ideal excuse to give one of my new Viyella shirts (in a nice 80:20 cotton:wool blend) a run out, together with a favourite old tartan wool tie by Strathmore of Forfar.
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