The 39 Club appoints...

 

 

 

Menswear fashion agency and brand collective The 39 Club has appointed Kamla Patel, Sales and Marketing Manager at Gabicci, as its first ever female Chair, commencing in October 2022.

Patel, who became the first ever female member of the group in 2015, will take over from existing Chairman Keith Brown, the agent for brands including BD Baggies, John White, Amanda Christensen, Guards London and Dasmarca hats.

Patel said: “After becoming the first female member of the club I feel privileged and honoured to be stepping in as its first female Chair in October. So far it has been great fun and I hope I can do the club proud.”

The 39 Club’s origins date back to 1956 when a group of menswear representatives in London’s West End got together to “talk shop” and share contacts. The group formalised their gatherings, and from their regular monthly meetings a decision was taken to cap membership at 39, in reference to 1939 - the year that WWII started - in which all founding members served. The cap of 39 still stands today though the club is currently “out to recruit new members”.

These days the club meet every month in the function room at the Masons Arms at 38 Maddox Street in Mayfair, but meetings have been scarce through the pandemic.

Keith Brown commented: “It was always my intention to be Chairman for two years, but due to the lockdowns I decided to stay on for a further, hopefully normal, year.

“During the lockdowns we were forced to have our monthly meetings via Zoom and although these worked very well it just proved and confirmed how important it is to meet face to face. I now look forward to handing over to Kamla in October. I think she’ll do a great job.”

Patel will be officially revealed as the new Chair at The 39 Club’s annual general meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 19 October.

 

TOM BOTTOMLEY - 27 APRIL 2022 (www.theindustry.fashion)

Spring Lunch VSC 2022

Friday 25th March saw the 65th consecutive 39 Club Spring lunch held at the wonderful Carisbrooke Hall at the Victory Services Club at Marble Arch, Central London.

The 39 Club hosted 102 diners for the well attended lunch which included Richard Ireland ex-AIS Menswear Controller as the Guest of Honour who recalled many enlightening stories of his career in Menswear.

Our Chairman, Keith Brown, also chose to continue the Club's support for Place2Be that supports essential mental health services within more than 400 schools around the country.

 

Stuart Henderson brought some joy and laughter to the entire room with his wit, wisdom and stories of Club members recent antics.

 

The Victory Services Club excelled with their superb food and attentive service, the Club have certainly found a new home for this prestigious annual event. A massive thank you goes to all the F&B staff, chefs and service team at the Victory Services Club. 

 

On behalf of the Chairman, we would like to thank all guests, members, family and friends of the 39 Club that made the huge effort to travel into Central London to ensure this was a well attended and tremendously successful event for the Menswear Trade

 

  

Place2Be Donation

What a way to start 2022! Early in January, before the first monthly meeting of the year at the Mason's Arms, The 39 Club were most proud to hand over a donation to Place2Be at their Head Office in Clerkenwell. Place2Be support schools around the UK with essential mental health support. Chairman Keith Brown, Hon Sec Peter Boyd, Hon Treasurer Brian Winterbourne and Social Sec  Andy Tompsett much enjoyed handing over the funds we have collected for this very worthy cause.

This is the first charity donation the 39 Club has been able to make since the pandemic and it was the most uplifting experience and a reminder that life is slowly gaining more traction to normality. 

Our Chairman Keith Brown has decided to keep supporting Place2Be for the last remaining year of his tenure in the Chair. Naturally, Place2Be were delighted. On behalf of the Chairman can we thank every single member, Hon member, family and guests who contributed to this extremely worthy cause.

Here's to building a healthier, better more giving 2022.