39 Club Spring Lunch 2021

The 39 Club are extremely pleased to able to announce that our Annual Spring Lunch event has now been rearranged for Friday 26th March, 2021 to be held at the Victory Services Club's prestigious Carisbrooke Hall at Marble Arch, Central London. With the recent announcement of the Covid-19 vaccine, along with rapid testing developments, the 39 Club are even more confident we can, once again, celebrate all together as our part of the UK clothing industry next year.

The 39 Club have always had a close cooperation with The VSC Club, and are very much looking to return to the venue for one our most successful annual events.

Our guest speaker in waiting is Nigel Lugg, who has recently been awarded with the much deserved and coveted OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for his most distinguished work within and promoting the UK clothing industry. We sincerely congratulate Nigel on achieving this incredible personal honour.

Nigel looks back on forty five years from Designer Buyer at Liberty and then Group Central Buyer at House of Fraser before moving in the mid 80’s to the manufacturing sector to become CEO of Warnaco Menswear in Europe. He then set up as one of the founders Prominent Europe Ltd with the Itochu Corporation and developed both its private label and Brand business into the largest European apparel business manufacturing Menswear Ladieswear and Lingerie with 8000 employees, before retiring in 2019 .

Nigel Lugg OBE, today remains Chairman of the UK fashion and textile industry. We greatly look forward to him hosting, as Guest of Honour, our guests at the Spring Lunch event on 26th March, 2021.

Obituary: Denis Hanks

Denis Hanks, a colossus of The 39 Club, died on 15 May after a battle with cancer. He was 86.

In an association of more than 50 years, Denis was Club Chairman twice, and President and Honorary Secretary several times. He was fondly known as the Club's "godfather" having masterminded with aplomb most of the social functions for many years up until 2019. He is remembered as being the most reliable, respectable and steadfastly loyal person to the end.

A hugely respected and popular character in the premium menswear trade, Hanks continued to work until his recent illness, acting as an agent for Cheshire-based Spurcroft Civic, a club and corporate neckwear supplier. He joked he was winding down his career for most of his later working life.

Born and raised near Manchester, Hanks did his National Service in the army before joining leading shirt brand Peter England.

His links with the London agents’ association, The 39 Club, began in 1968 when he was a sales representative for Peter England. For 25 years he sold the brand in the West End and City of London, plus Middlesex, South London and Kent. Then followed 10 years with Banner Shirts, before Hanks moved over to the tie trade with Brocklehurst.  

After that company ceased trading in 1986, Denis set up his own agency business and developed a close working relationship with John Collins, whom he knew from Brocklehurst. John and Denis nurtured a silk-lined handmade tie business. Denis managed to develop an impressive portfolio of named Jermyn Street clients including Alfred Dunhill, Turnbull & Asser and Thomas Pink.

One notable wearer of Denis’ ties was the Duke of Edinburgh. Denis met Prince Philip on several occasions and attended garden parties at Buckingham Palace with his wife Tricia and their two sons. 

Always based in the West End, Denis often mentioned he had seen many changes in the menswear retail trade during his long career. He witnessed first-hand the closure of so many smaller higher-end independent stores, alongside sweeping changes in fashion and styles.

Denis was from the generation where you needed to be dressed appropriately to do business. You had to wear or hold a hat to sell in the menswear business of old. Although Denis embraced newness, although he did find modern technology a challenge. He did not entertain emails and was very well-known for producing many handwritten highlighted letters.

Denis had an incredible zest for camaraderie and belonged for many years to numerous clubs in Central London, including the Victory Services Club, the Royal Over-Seas League and the Centurion Lacrosse Club, for which he played actively as a younger man. 

Denis was involved and loyally supported every club he was attached to. Of course, he was one of the longest-standing active members of what he described as the "unique" 39 Club, where he will be much missed from the new younger members to the entire membership network.

Denis leaves his wife of 55 years Tricia, sons Trevor and Philip and grandchildren Isla (10) and Jamie (5). The closed funeral will take place on Thursday 4 June.

 

*Written by Eric Musgrave*

Trevor Tompsett dies aged 84

Industry veteran Trevor Tompsett has passed away at the age of 84.
 
 
Trevor (pictured aged 21) spent his early career at Eastbourne outfitter Frank Price and managed Dudley Lucas in Surbiton.
 
He is best remembered as an agent for Christys’ and Failsworth hats with a showroom in Bond Street, London.
 
Trevor also had a stake in UK manufacturer Outlook Belts and was a long-standing member of The 39 Club, the social group for London-based menswear agents.
 
He retired in 1993 after the first of two heart bypass operations. Trevor died on 15 February following heart failure.
 
He is survived by his wife Beryl, daughter Sharon and son Andrew, who is head of UK at men’s casualwear brand Merc.
 
*Article from Drapers, 6 MARCH 2020 by GRACE WHELAN
 
His funeral was held on 11 March at Wealden Crematorium, East Sussex and was attended by over 150 people to give Trevor the send off such a great gentleman deserved.  Trevor will be sorely missed but certainly never forgotten, he will forever reamin in our hearts.