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Off The Record: May 30, 2015

An exhibition celebrates the history of Rayne shoes, plus Drapers’ very own Eric Musgrave turns 60

Glovers Lane

For the glove of it

Premium glove brand Dents has had a lane named in its honour. Glovers Lane is a new route in the Wiltshire tow+n of Warminster, linking the area’s main business park and the town’s centre and railway station. The naming recognises Dents’ long history in the town – it started making gloves in 1777 and opened its first factory in Warminster in 1921. Pictured are Warminster council clerk Heather Abernethie and Dents chief executive Deborah Moore.

Team Boohoo with Tallia Storm and Style for Stroke founder Nick Ede

Team Boohoo with Tallia Storm and Style for Stroke founder Nick Ede

Style with substance

The team, including marketing director Richard Clark (left) and international marketing manager Kelly Byrne (second right), threw a party for Style for Stroke, an initiative run by the etailer and the charity Stroke Association. The slogan t-shirts were adorned by guests including singer Tallia Storm and Style for Stroke founder Nick Ede.

Vintage Rayne shoes

Vintage Rayne shoes

Fancy footwork

A new exhibition at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum celebrates the illustrious history of British women’s footwear label Rayne. It will showcase designs owned by the Royal Family (Queen Elizabeth wore Rayne at her wedding to Prince Philip in 1947), as well as those worn by glamorous actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Vivien Leigh and Marlene Dietrich. A selection of brand-new styles, designed by current designer Laurence Dacade, will also be on show.

Eric's surprise party

Eric’s surprise party

Musgrave turns 60

More than 100 friends from the industry turned out to wish Eric Musgrave a happy 60th birthday last week at a surprise party at Searcys, 30 Pavilion Road, Knightsbridge. Ex-Ben Sherman chief Miles Gray made a slightly libellous speech about Eric’s 35-year career and a mass of former Drapers’ staff mobbed their leader for a group hug. Now officially a ‘veteran, our esteemed leader was swamped with a Mulberry holdall, a fountain pen by Faber-Castell, a scarf from Begg & Co, a huge bespoke cake by Konditor & Cook, a life-size cut-out of himself and a 5ft x 4ft portrait in oils. “This was my best party ever,” said a slightly startled Eric. “I was expecting a few beers in a pub in Old Street.”

A design by University of Westminster 2015 graduate Kate Brittain

A design by University of Westminster 2015 graduate Kate Brittain

Winning at Westminster

The latest round of graduate fashion shows kicked off last week at the University of Westminster in London. A selection of 17 BA (Hons) Fashion Design students unveiled their final graduate collections to a packed crowd that included press and alumni, such as recent graduates and emerging London Fashion Week designers Mary Benson and Ashley Williams. To see a full round-up of the collections visit

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