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Off the record, May 3rd 2014

Doing the rounds at the weeks events


Footwear faces are in good company
The great and the good of the footwear industry gathered for the annual Worshipful Company of Pattenmakers footwear dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall in the City. Chatham’s Stuart Marsh (left), Cleo Barbour, owner and designer of women’s label Cleo B, and Simon Goodman of Van Dal were among the guests enjoying the historic surroundings.










Gay Jeans are coming out of the closet

We’re always interested in new product launches at Drapers, but the arrival of Gay Jeans caught our eye this week. The brainchild of a Mr Wheeler of San Francisco, the jeans are woven from brightly coloured cores of lengthwise yarns, covered by indigo dye. As the jeans are worn the indigo fades and a rainbow emerges, with the jeans ‘coming out of the closet’, so to speak.






Long live McQueen in London
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the retrospective of the late designer’s work that debuted at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is coming to London’s V&A Museum in spring 2015. Running from March 14 to July 19, it will be the first in the UK and largest exhibition of McQueen’s work, starting with his 1992 graduate collection right through to his final unfinished autumn 10 range. We’ll see you at the front of the queue.


















Many happy returns, Lee!
Denim brand Lee knows how to throw a good 125th birthday bash. The canapés - cheese and ham platters and (large) mini pizzas - were some of the best Drapers has tasted so far this year. Hosts Simon Fisher (centre left), Jan Schoper and Damien Ladwa, flanked by Mi-Pac’s Max Baines (left) and Fenwick’s Adam Kelly, also gave us a preview of Lee’s autumn 14 range.










London wasps bring a buzz to Franklin & Marshall party

Franklin & Marshall celebrated the opening of its first flagship store (above) in the UK, on Neal Street in London’s Covent Garden. Players from the London Wasps rugby team were seen tackling the cocktails, while guests browsed the new store’s sporty offer. Pictured left are London Wasps hooker Carlo Festuccia, Franklin & Marshall event, sport and talent ambassador Francesco Constantino Ciampa, Franklin & Marshall co-founder and owner Giuseppe Albarelli, and London Wasps utility back Andrea Masi


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