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Off the record, September 27 2014

The week’s headline parties and events.

Teeing off in Harris Tweed

Walker Slater, the Edinburgh-based heritage-inspired retailer and brand, worked with Ryder Cup and Harris Tweed Hebrides to produce this fine range of clothes and accessories that were available at the golfing fest at Gleneagles this week. Admiring their handiwork are Andy Bough, head of merchandising for the Ryder Cup, Walker Slater creative director Dan Fearn and Mark Hogarth, creative director at the Harris Tweed Hebrides mill.

Private White VC’s royal parade

Princess Anne toured Private White VC’s Manchester factory last week ahead of officially opening its new on-site shop to the public. The Princess Royal, who is president of the UK Fashion & Textile Association, was shown around by managing director James Eden, great grandson of the company’s founder Private Jack White.

Weave all won at texprint

Italian silk mill GdA won the Grand Jury Prize at the annual Première Vision awards during last week’s Paris textile fair. The Texprint awards also presented at PV rewarded Charlotte Beevor from Leeds College of Art with the colour prize, while Royal College of Art’s Jane Zhang, Georgia Fisher, Federica Tedeschi, Tali Furman and Charlotte Hetheridge respectively won the pattern, space, body, Woolmark Company and Miroglio Texprint award for digital innovation prizes. They were presented by Nino Cerruti, founder of Cerruti.

Manolo is the life and sole of Harrods’ party

Who should be hanging around the Manolo Blahnik boutique during the launch party for Harrods’ new footwear department last Wednesday but the man himself? Blahnik spent most of the evening posing for photos with fans, while downstairs models strutted around the Shoe Heaven area in six-inch heels and DJ Mark Ronson spun some tunes.

Queue for the Baa

Woolmark hosted a grand reception at the British Embassy in Paris during Première Vision, attended by the great and the good from the British textiles industry, including several prominent British designers as well as a mini flock of French sheep. Drapers’ Emily Norval and Graeme Moran bumped into designer Christopher Raeburn, fresh from his successful show at London Fashion Week.

A farewell to David Harvey

Around 100 friends gathered in Cuxham, Oxon, on Monday to say farewell to menswear writer David Harvey, who died on September 2 aged 84. Among those at the send-off were Carole Hunter, organiser of show LondonEdge, former menswear retailer Richard Vaughan-Davies, John Wilcox, late of International Wool Secretariat, and former Drapers editor Josephine Collins. Couturier Jon Moore and fashion consultant Peter Hoyle, who cared for Harvey towards the end, also shared memories. The Pitti fairs were represented by Luisa Chiara.


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