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Off the record, February 1 2014

What drapers saw…

Patten of success

The Lord Mayor of London, Fiona Woolf, was guest of honour at the annual banquet of The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers in Mansion House, London.

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers

The Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers

Christian Castle (left), managing director of NPS Shoes in Wollaston, Northants, received the Paice Memorial Award for his achievements as a young executive, watched by the Pattenmakers’ Master, Simon Goodman of Van Dal Shoes in Norwich.

It’s child’s play at Who’s Next

Who’s Next

Who’s Next

From Playstations and Pac-Man to Furbys and Care Bears, Paris trade show Who’s Next reverted back to its youth with a toy theme for its latest edition this week. During the catwalk show models acted as dolls, others made up parts of a pinball machine and groups of models created Tetris game-style shapes.

Student Grant

Patrick Grant at the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University’s fashion campus

Patrick Grant at the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University’s fashion campus

Patrick Grant, star of Savile Row, Debenhams and the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee (pictured, centre left), was surrounded by admiring students last week when he gave his inaugural professorial lecture at the British School of Fashion, Glasgow Caledonian University’s fashion campus in London. He reminded his audience that Britain once used to clothe the world.

A Knight to Remember

‘Twas most splendid at The London Textile Fair, as organiser John Kelley (centre) led the charge at a medieval-themed party dressed as a knight. Guests made merry to celebrate the show’s first night at the Business Design Centre, although cocktails were served rather than flagons of ale.

The London Textile Fair

The London Textile Fair

Jones’ lap of honour

Dylan Jones received his OBE last week

Dylan Jones received his OBE last week

GQ editor and London Collections: Men chairman Dylan Jones received his OBE for services to publishing and British fashion last week. A surprise celebration at Annabel’s saw friends and admirers turn out to salute him, including Condé Nast chairman Jonathan Newhouse and Sir Paul Smith. Designers Jonathan Saunders, Lou Dalton, Richard James and Patrick Grant were among those ogling Dylan’s lapel decoration.

Stewart Binnie is trying out a new line as an author

Stewart Binnie is trying out a new line as an author

Stewart Binnie’s five-star Read

Ex-Aurora chairman and briefly chief executive of Jaeger, Stewart Binnie, is trying out a new line as an author. It’s not a totally new role, as Binnie first dabbled in novels back in 1979, but by the sounds of it he’s looking to up the pace with his third novel being penned just months after his second, Strange Behaviour, was released. We’re sure it’ll be a cracking read, having received a five star appraisal from one Richard Glanville - surely the fact Glanville worked under Binnie for many years had no bearing on his rapturous review…

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