The Diary: Church’s x Gentleman’s Journal event to celebrate the new City Light Collection

Accompanied by some up-bucking tunes from the Django Collective, guests marvelled over the shoemaker's latest range

A September scent is in the air — that ‘back to school’ aroma of freshly sharpened pencils and dreams of the first XV and the merry crunching of golden leaves underfoot. If you’re in the market for a good set of leaf-crunchers, by the way, then surely a pair of Church’s is the connoisseur’s choice — that magnificent marque that has long helped us put our best foot forward, whatever the season/foliage. With that in mind, Gentleman’s Journal was thrilled to invite 200-or-so of its closest friends to the Church’s flagship, on London’s Regent Street, last night — a marbled oasis of gentility and fragrant leather and subsidised champagne that made one and all feel slightly better about the end of summer – to celebrate the brand’s new City Light Collection.

Accompanied by a volley of nifty canapés and some up-bucking tunes from the Django Collective, guests marvelled and cooed over the City Light Collection — that clever melding of elegant, classic, English lines with eerily comfortable Goodyear-welted ‘eva’ lightweight soles.

Afterwards, an intimate dinner — which included Cyrill Ibrahim, Mathias le Fèvre, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Sam Way, Leo Suter, Eric Underwood, Orfeo Tagiuri, Flavio Cerbone, Jack Fox, and Church’s CEO Denni Manzato — took place at George, on Mount Street, where rotisserie chicken and Cornish red mullet were showcased, before a fearsome backgammon tournament saw them through to the early hours. Perhaps heading back to work isn’t so awful after all.

Church's logo plack installed in the
Shelves of Church's Shoes and bags in the London flagship store

Leo Suter, Joe Kennedy, Joseph Bullmore and Jack Fox

Mathias le Fèvre, William Franklyn-Miller and Eric Underwood

Sam Way, Sam Harwood and Harry Gozzett

Austin Pollak

Jack Fox

Dominic Nutt

Flavio Cerbone, William Franklyn-Miller, Cyrill Ibrahim and Orfeo Tagiuri

Harry Gozzett

Charlie Casely-Hayford

Sam Way

Cyrill Ibrahim

William Franklyn-Miller

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