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Off the record, January 18 2014

What drapers saw…

Footie meets fashion

Drapers was pleased to learn that ‘monta’ is Surinamese slang for football boots, according to Dutch soccer legend Edgar Davids (centre), who has a thriving streetwear label in Holland called Monta. At Pitti Uomo Drapers’ Eric Musgrave and Jill Geoghegan viewed his new sports luxe line, Monta Heritage, which he managed to design while also being player-manager of Barnet FC. Davids has attended a short course at Central Saint Martins/London College of Fashion to boost his fashion knowledge.

A Long night out at Browns

London independent Browns opened its doors for an LCM party in celebration of emerging designer James Long.

Browns’ Simon Burstein co-hosted the party with GQ Style magazine, with guests including model David Gandy and designers Louise Gray and Patrick Grant. The Tequila Martinis meant men’s fashion week closed with a bang - and a hangover.

Diesel’s golden boys

There was much excitement backstage after the Diesel Black Gold show at Pitti when designer Andreas Melbostad and Diesel owner Renzo Rosso were congratulated by US actor Jeremy Renner. Cue media frenzy (which Drapers joined in with, of course).

Plectrum picks

Ben Sherman took over the basement of The London Edition Hotel to host an LCM party to launch its autumn 14 Plectrum range. Design duo Agi & Sam premiered a film created for the brand, while guests including WGSN’s Jayne Bibby, Drapers’ Graeme Moran and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith enjoyed Jameson cocktails.

Sounding off at Pitti

Visitors to Pitti Uomo last week were serenaded around the Florence venue by a large number of musicians playing on outdoor stages. This being Pitti, they looked as good as they sounded.

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