The City Talking: Fashion, Vol.1
The film is the story of a city whose industrial might made the clothes the world wore in the 20th century; a city that has replaced factories with boutiques and acquired a new style, and new stories to tell, in the 21st.Watch Film
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Eric Musgrave was born in Leeds, and attended Leeds Central High School for boys. He is a well-respected member of the fashion press, responsible for launching FHM magazine, as well as merging Drapers Record and Menswear to become Drapers. Eric has written for titles like International Textiles, Fashion Weekly, Vogue, Esquire and the Financial Times. At 61, he has been Drapers’ Editorial Director twice in the past 16 years.
You might know Simon Thorpe as the director of studies at Leeds College of Art, but you might also know him as the stylish man about town with the wooden bow tie.
All Blues Co.
All Blues Co. is a menswear shop in the Corn Exchange, owned by Faz Patel and Mano Dridi. For years, Faz was Faz from Accent; “I lost a surname, but I gained an identity,” says Faz. “You were there for like 150 years, man,” points out Mano.
B.Berwin was founded by Barnet Berwin, an immigrant from Belarus, who arrived in Leeds, “With one sewing machine and seven children,” says Simon Berwin, his grandson. “Like Fiddler on the Roof. They lost two children along the way.” On the dockside at Leeds fellow Jewish migrant Montague Burton — “the man, not the company” — was giving out cut lengths of cloth to refugees as they arrived. Barnet and family took some and started sewing. “That’s how they started manufacturing in Leeds. The plan was to move on to New York, but they became attached to Leeds and stayed.”
The SpeedQueen boutique became a vital stop off point on Saturday afternoons before Saturday nights, not only for the racks of one-off or vintage clothes sorted by story, rather than gender, but for the counter of free glitter spray and make up that everyone was free to come and experiment with.
the city talking: fashion
The City Talking has always imagined the potential of the places we work and live, and we always return to fashion.
the city talking: fashion in leeds, vol. 1 — special edition
To accompany our new film, Fashion in Leeds, Vol.1, the new issue of The City Talking is a special 100-page edition, now available for free from select stockists in Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.