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Matchesfashion.com Toasts Men's Wear in Paris

Christopher Raeburn, Charlie Casely-Hayford and Marc Hare were among guests Thursday night.

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Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn

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HERE’S THE BEEF: A flock of fashion folk turned out for the cocktail and dinner hosted by Matchesfashion.com at Paris’ Beef Club on Thursday.
 
“I was just watching the Portugal-Ghana game before coming,” said Christopher Raeburn, who noted bridges between fashion and soccer.  “They are even hosting a fashion and soccer talk at Colette this Saturday.” 
 
“I love the Costa Rica team at the moment,” said Marc Hare, of the London footwear label Mr. Hare. “I have watched every single game of the World Cup so far – except for tonight.”
 
Casely-Hayford and Agi & Sam were presenting in the London showroom in Paris’ Marais district, alongside Raeburn and the Sibling designers.
 
“In Paris, we usually go to a diner, get a burger all together, at a place off Rue de Rivoli – really not fashion,” said Agi Mdumulla.
 
He and Sam Cotton will be back to Paris on July 8, since Agi & Sam is nominated for the Europe regional awards of the Woolmark International Prize in the newly created men’s wear category.
 
“Our online business is doubling every year. Men’s wear is growing particularly fast,” said Matchesfashion.com owner Tom Chapman. “[It] currently represents about 25 percent of our business. I hope it would achieve the 35 to 40 percent level in the next three years.”
 
The Casely-Hayford label is entering into the women’s tailoring business.
 
“Women go to us for suits. If I am fitting a [man], the girlfriend comes in, and then she wants the same thing,” said company founder Charlie Casely-Hayford.
 
One female fan is Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, who just had a suit made.
 
Sibling’s Cozette McCreery will also be back to the City of Light in July, for the launch of Kookaï Paris meets Sibling London, a limited-edition capsule collection. 
 
“When I am in Paris, I always go to [the restaurant] Derrière, and I always get the chicken with mashed potatoes there,” she said. “The owner is a friend. It feels like home.”