Monday, 2 March 2015
It was a bitter sweet Sunday afternoon as I settled down to watch the England Rugby team take on Ireland in what I optimistically thought would be England's third win of the the six nations; only it wasn't to be. Somewhat deflated by the unfortunate result of the match my spirits were lifted when Chelsea held the League cup aloft. To see Jose Mourinho so obviously ecstatic at his teams win was a rare sight. Mourinho rolling around on the grass in his Hackett Chelsea suit like a ten year old made me think that I shall probably be getting a call from Chelsea, no not to play but to provide their manager with a new suit which of course I shall happily oblige. I just wondered if we had kitted out Stuart Lancaster in a Hackett suit would the outcome of England's match have been different? I shall spare you my cod analysis of the matches suffice to say commiseration to England and congratulations to Chelsea.
Monday, 23 February 2015
Walking Muffin in Battersea park early on Saturday morning I ran into a
jogger who recognised Muffin. I asked him how he knew and he answered "
because I read your blog". Hurrah, I've finally met someone who reads
my ramblings. It doesn't take much but it made my day. Thank you Simon
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
Last Saturday I hosted the BAFTA Fellowship lunch at The Savoy to honour the great writer and director Mike Leigh of whom I have been a long standing fan. It is Leigh's pin sharp observation of human nature and it's frailties that make him such an outstanding director. I couldn't help thinking when making a short speech that Leigh would be noting my every mannerism, gesture, tic and mode of speech and fashion to be stored away and in a forthcoming screen play served up as some excruciatingly toe curling and cringe making character. I do hope so.
That's probably enough name dropping for one blog.
Friday, 30 January 2015
Walking down Jermyn St the other morning on my way to visit our shop I
was captivated by the display in Turnbull and Asser's window featuring
numerous silk handkerchiefs with drawings of Winston Churchill printed
The timely display of Churchill is a fitting tribute for one who has been voted our Greatest Briton and who today we commemorate his passing fifty years ago. With his trademark cigar, polka dot bow- tie and victory sign the drawing perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the man.
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Just a few comments on our fashion show last week. I realise how
important it is to have a bit of fun and accessories are a way to inject
a touch of humour. For instance, when we showed the military coat with
the sheepskin collar I added a sheepskin glove which I placed in one of
the pockets with two fingers pointing out, only to notice at the last
moment that it was suggesting and I put this in polite terms, "Go Away",
I immediately turned the glove around so that it would be interpreted
With a nod to the 70s I had made several leather H medallions to hang languidly around polo neck sweaters which instantly transformed the whole look. The main theme of the show had been to promote wool and British sheep so we featured several sheepskin pieces one being a Gilet which when the model walked down the cat walk I asked him that when he reached the halfway point to take off the Gilet and to reverse it revealing the Hackett logo imitating the branding of sheep.
For the finale the model wore a bold Prince of Wales suit made from British wool and woven into cloth by Fox Bros. I teamed this with a brown bowler hat and umbrella to reinforce our logo and decorated the bowler with patches of material to match the suit, it made a strong impact, whether we sell any remains to be seen, but I had a lot of fun putting it together.
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
Monday, 15 December 2014
When you open your presents on Christmas morning and discover that a
favourite aunt who is joining you for Christmas lunch has bought you a
garish sweater, it is only polite to feign absolute delight at such a
thoughtful gift and being so enamoured with it that you insist on
wearing it the whole day. Whilst these novelty sweaters are currently
all the rage I sense that the next day you will be putting it in the
back of the cupboard never to be seen again. Of course, one of the guests
much to your embarrassment is bound to post it on Facebook.