This week’s launches, parties and shows.
In the frame with Mick Rock
Legendary lensman Mick Rock (seen with Drapers’ Eric Musgrave) was in residence at Pretty Green’s Carnaby Street store last week to sign copies of Mick Rock Exposed. The book pulls together more than 200 of his photos of rock royalty, including Queen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Debbie Harry and David Bowie. Images from Rock’s early 1970s Bowie shoots have been used on a capsule range of T-shirts from Pretty Green. Very suitable for all you pretty things.
Ju-Ju survives scary Mary
Tim Price and Soly Daneshmand (inset), owners of the Ju-Ju boutique in Brighton, joined customers to celebrate the shop’s 20th anniversary last weekend. “We had our best day this year by some measure. We should do this every week,” said Price, who told Drapers Ju-Ju “had survived recessions, rent rises, massive competition and the kiss of death from Queen Portas herself”. Ms Portas visited Ju-Ju in 2007 for the first episode of Mary Queen Of Shops and came back (“to give us another kicking”) in a 2008 follow-up.
It’s Witching Hour at Tower
The Tower London team got into the spirit of things and made full use of its new office space in east London last week, throwing a Halloween party to which it invited all of its stocked brands. Under these lavish disguises, we are told, are Tower’s leading lights Rink Bindra, Yiannis Demopoulos, Gerry Demopoulos and Ray Dhoomun.
Stride the rails
Menswear consumer show Off The Rails launched last week at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. Customers were treated to live music, contemporary art exhibitions and even the chance to get a beard trim. Teams looking to catch the eye of savvy shoppers included shoemaker Barker’s Alan Pringle, Oliver Nesbitt, Nigel Lack and Adrian Gell.
Kering chief executive and chairman François-Henri Pinault was in London last week to ink a five-year deal with London College of Fashion head Frances Corner, encouraging students to focus on sustainable materials. As he explained at the LCF campus, the scheme will give study grants of about £15,750 to two students plus internships at Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney.
Partying with the Elite
Specialist luxury retail recruitment firm Elite Associates celebrated another successful year with a 1920s-themed shindig at Shoreditch’s Village Underground club. Champagne and cocktails flowed, while a swing band and Charleston dancers provided entertainment. Elite Associates chief executive Grant Morris and Jessy Burrow (right) enjoyed the festivities, alongside senior HR manager at Chanel Sophie Penn.