So we had the much-awaited awards ceremony for the RSPCA Good Business Awards on October 6th in this beautiful building called One Marylebone, at the south end of Regent's Park. Neo-classical in style, it reminded me rather of the Pantheon in Rome. I see that it was designed by Sir John Soane, which seemed to confirm my sense of it being a beautifully proportioned and crafted building. In fact, it had been a church which was less obvious than the homage to classical architecture.
After sumptous edibles we sat down with great excitement and I was the first one to be called to the stage and given the "highly commended" award by Wayne Hemmingway for the small business category. Next I was whisked off to have my photo taken.
I'm wearing the new Elizabeth coat for Few & Far, aka the Audrey coat in organic Silver Herringbone. It's not on the website so contact me if you are interested in it.
Highly Commended is a little like Runner Up. My take on it is that the winners won but they wanted me to have some commendation for my work, so that is nice. The winners in my category were the venerable upcyclers, Junky Styling. Junky Styling repurpose mens suiting and shirting into twisted tailored clothing. They are on the right of the group photo:
This image with Wayne Hemmingway is all the people in the fashion category. The chap in the green t-shirt is Tom from Finisterre who's t-shirt is in fact made from very fine grade wool. They are developing a native breed yarn from Bowmont sheep which is fantastically fine - like merino - but of course vastly superior, not least because it's from native sheep and hence doesn't have to travel the globe. Coincidentally it was the very same sheep that graced the specially erected field for Savile Row Field Day. Funny how the world goes round.