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Off the record: June 24, 2015

Florentine fun at Pitti Uomo, plus big winners at the Verdict awards

From left: Marc van Amstel, international sales manager, Janjaap van Gent, owner, and Mark Hickling, UK sales agent

From left: Marc van Amstel, international sales manager, Janjaap van Gent, owner, and Mark Hickling, UK sales agent

Gentlemanly pursuits

On the second day of Pitti Uomo (June 17) suiting brand Circle of Gentlemen decided to treat friends of the brand to a party at Flo Lounge Bar, famous for its spectacular views over the whole of Florence. Pictured from left to right are the brand’s international sales manager Marc van Amstel, owner Janjaap van Gent and UK sales agent Mark Hickling. As chilled house music drifted out from the speakers, guests sipped an array of cocktails (Drapers opted for Cointreaupolitans and passionfruit sours) before dining on beef parcels filled with cream cheese, ravioli, sliced steak and lemon posset. Cheers gents!

Jeremy Scott and Katy Perry

Jeremy Scott and Katy Perry

King for a day at Moschino

In the genteel surroundings of the Palazzo Corsini in Florence, Pitti Uomo’s guest designer Jeremy Scott presented a Moschino show fit for a king. With inspirations ranging from Marie Antoinette to MotoGP motorcycle racing, the typically over-the-top collection was a riot of fur, brocade, sporty Lycra and sewn-on patches. After the show, guests gathered in the courtyard for an afterparty and Scott appeared wearing a crown, flanked by pop star Katy Perry.

Mark and Neal Lindsey

Mark and Neal Lindsey

Blast from the past

Sourcing gurus Mark and Neal Lindsey are currently trying to enhance shareholder value – and margin – for Marks & Spencer, having performed a similar job at Next for some years. Older Drapers readers, of course, will remember the brothers from the days when the stand for their Nashville fashion brand cast a long and noisy shadow at menswear trade fairs MAB and IMBEX. Always keen to save a few bob, the pair often acted as their own models, as we can see in this archive ad from the early 1980s.

From left: Jacques Vert Group marketing director Mark Aldridge, retail consultant and founder of Verdict Richard Hyman, Bonmarché interim multichannel and marketing director Alison Lancaster and House of Fraser director of online trading Martin Francis

From left: Jacques Vert Group marketing director Mark Aldridge, retail consultant and founder of Verdict Richard Hyman, Bonmarché interim multichannel and marketing director Alison Lancaster and House of Fraser director of online trading Martin Francis

The final Verdict

Retail chiefs gathered at the Banking Hall in central London on June 18 to celebrate a job well done in terms of customer satisfaction, along with the 30th anniversary of retail consultancy Verdict. John Lewis picked up three awards overall, including best clothing retailer, while Next was judged best click-and-collect and Shop Direct’s Very brand won best online retailer. Pictured here are Jacques Vert Group marketing director Mark Aldridge, retail consultant and founder of Verdict Richard Hyman, Bonmarché interim multichannel and marketing director Alison Lancaster and House of Fraser director of online trading Martin Francis.

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A load of pants

Heads quickly turned and crowds formed in the main square of the Fortezza da Basso in Florence last Tuesday as 11 models for German designer Dirk Bikkembergs took to a stage at Pitti Uomo to highlight its latest underwear, swimwear and socks collection.

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