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Off the record, January 31 2015

The social whirl.

Tied up in knots

We salute Peter Crawfurd and Michael Yang, co-founders of, a website that lets users design their own shirts, for their exhaustive online guide to tying men’s neckwear. Some of their ‘30 Different Ways To Tie A Tie That Every Man Should Know’ are too complicated for our liking, but we’re sure one-time Cubs and Scouts everywhere will enjoy the challenge of mastering some
of these knots.



Getting ready for his close-up…

The head cutter at Savile Row tailor Huntsman, Patrick Murphy, has popped up in Take That’s latest music video. Gary Barlow, Mark Owen and Howard Donald recorded their new single Get Ready For It for new spy film Kingsman: The Secret Service, which also inspired a clothing range by designer etailer Mr Porter.



Fabric of royalty

The Princess Royal paid a visit to the University of Huddersfield last week to officially open its new Student Central building, complete with a ceremonial plaque, and take a look at the work produced by textiles and fashion undergraduates. HRH clearly wanted to impress the students on the accessories front as she turned up wearing a rather flashy silk neck scarf.



Read all about it!

Dover may have a medieval castle, impressive cliffs and ferries to France, but the rumoured opening of a new branch of Next was big news for locals. Judging by this front page of the Dover Express, which also dedicated two pages to the story, the retailer can expect strong sales in the area.


Skate till late

US skate brand Vans did little to help the fashion press make it to the early Berlin shows by putting on a party with back-to-back DJ sets well into the early hours. Winners of the Bright European Skateboard Awards, held earlier that night, were out to celebrate, including Belgium-based skate store Lockwood and Swedish brand Polar Skate Co.



Sir Philip’s sphere of influence

As if he hasn’t got enough to do with planning world domination for Topshop and trying to find someone - anyone - to take BHS off his hands, Sir Philip Green is being asked to stump up the funds to restore an Edinburgh landmark. More than 2,000 people signed a petition in a week, requesting that the Arcadia boss restores a sphere that was removed from the roof of the former posh department store RW Forsyth in 2013. Once known as “the Harrods of the north”, the store closed in 1983 and part of the building is now a Topshop. We reckon PG has got this one a long way down his to-do list.



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