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Off the record: June 17, 2015

Fashion gets the royal seal of approval, a fond farewell and Mothercare boss shows drivers who’s the daddy.

Caroline Rush collects her CBE

Caroline Rush collects her CBE

Doing the honours

Despite being busy preparing for the launch of London Collections: Men, which kicked off on June 12, British Fashion Council boss Caroline Rush found time to pop by the palace and pick up a rather special addition to her accessory collection: her CBE.

Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane with her mother Freda Thomas and her son Max Deane

The Cambridge Satchel Company founder Julie Deane (far right) with her mother Freda Thomas and son Max Deane

The generation game

The opening of The Cambridge Satchel Company’s new dedicated men’s shop in Covent Garden was a truly family affair, as founder Julie Deane’s mother Freda Thomas and her son Max Deane turned up to support her.

Fashion friends at the funeral of Arnold Sucis

Retailer Neil Crowe and agents George Taylor and Chris Knowles-Fitton at the funeral of Arnold Sucis

Arnold keeps ‘em laughing

The farewell to menswear agent Arnold Sucis, who died of cancer on May 29, was as unconventional as the man himself. His local church near Barnstaple in Devon was filled to bursting with around 200 friends who saw his wicker coffin carried in, at his request, to The Pioneers’ 1969 reggae hit Long Shot Kick De Bucket. Among the crowd were retailer Neil Crowe and agents George Taylor and Chris Knowles-Fitton, plus Louis Vuitton’s head of menswear Carlos De Freitas. Agent and Arnold’s “fellow miscreant” Greg Davis very much heeded his pal’s instruction not to wear black.

Mothercare boss Mark Newton-Jones prepares his 1970s E-Type Jag for the Cannonball Rally

Mothercare boss Mark Newton-Jones prepares his 1970s E-Type Jag for the Cannonball Run

Wacky racing for charity

Mothercare boss Mark Newton-Jones sailed the Atlantic for charity in 2013. This year he stuck to terra firma by taking part in the 2,500km (1,550 mile) Cannonball Run, which started in Switzerland and ended up in Hungary a week later on May 30. Clearly an adventurous soul, MNJ chose to drive his 1970s E-Type Jag, so we hope he has his Haynes repair manual with him. The beneficiary is BuildAid, which is working on projects to provide schools, orphanages and a medical centre in the Philippines and in ongoing work at an orphanage in Vietnam. He had raised £9,465 by the time Drapers went to press. Support this charitable Dick Dastardly at Mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamnewtonjones

Fashion show at womenswear indie Aspire Style

Fashion show at womenswear indie Aspire Style

Something to Aspire to

The weather obliged for Aspire Style’s four high summer fashion shows at its Solihull and Coventry stores, the last of which was held last week. The shows sold out to more than 50 guests who were treated to goodie bags, Prosecco and the lifestyle indie’s mix of vintage style summer dresses, modelled by the Aspire staff and a few enthusiastic customers.

Daniyal Khan’s glow in the dark leather on show at Graduate Fashion Week

Daniyal Khan’s glow-in-the-dark leather on show at Graduate Fashion Week

Get the glow

Daniyal Khan, third-year footwear and accessories student at the University of Northampton, combined his two passions – fashion and chemistry – to make sure his designs stood out during Graduate Fashion Week. Previously studying medicine and with a scientific background, Khan switched to the fashion course and used the university’s tannery facilities to create long-lasting glow-in-the-dark leather for his final collection.

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