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Fashion & Technology with MR PORTER’s Toby Bateman, Oliver Spencer and Thread’s Terry Betts

May 22, 2017

Fashion | by Candid Magazine


MR PORTER managing director Toby Bateman, designer Oliver Spencer and Thread head of business development Terry Betts will be taking part in a panel discussion on the impact of technology on the menswear’s market at this season’s Grooming Room.

Oliver Spencer spring/summer 2017. Photograph by Yannis Vlamos.

The Grooming Room – London’s number one seasonal, media and influencer hub, will once again welcome The Industry, a leading fashion news, insights and events business, plus premier networking club for fashion professionals, to its SS18 session over London Fashion Week Men’s, this time in partnership with Société, whose Fashion Accelerator Program provides a professional environment to foster Central European fashion talents.

The Industry‘s editor-in-chief, Lauretta Roberts will be moderating the discussion and will be joined by Société Group head of fashion, Martyna Panczak. Roberts says, “We are delighted to be partnering with Société on this event and feel very fortunate to have been able to assemble a line-up of three of the menswear market’s leading names, for this discussion. We’re certain to be in for a lively and informative discussion, which will act as a fitting finale to Fashion Week”

The panel will tackle how technology has impacted the way men consume information about fashion and shop for fashion – both on and off-line. The talk will also examine how brands and retailers are capitalising on technology to make the shopping easier and efficient, and look at the impact on the design process.

The panel:

Oliver Spencer

Oliver Spencer, menswear designer

The Oliver Spencer label was founded in 2002 – a range of clothing with all of the quality and craft of premium tailoring, but with a relaxed modern style. From a single shop on London’s Lambs Conduit Street, Oliver Spencer has gone on to open four more shops, and an international online business, as well as being stocked in many of the world’s leading department stores, from Selfridges to Liberty to MR PORTER. The brand was the winner of Menswear Designer at the WGSN Global Fashion Awards 2013 and has been nominated for British Menswear Designer at the British Fashion Awards.

Spencer is an active member of the British fashion community, and lectures on the Menswear course at the University of the Arts Central Saint Martins school.

MR PORTER’s Toby Bateman

Toby Bateman, Managing Director of MR PORTER

Toby Bateman leads luxury men’s online retailer MR PORTER with responsibilty across all departments including marketing, buying, personal shopping, tech and editorial. He joined the business as buying director in late 2010 and was responsible for growth from 80 brands at launch to over 400 for AW17. In November 2015 he was appointed managing director. Bateman began his career at House of Fraser in 1996 progressing to buyer for men’s formalwear. In 2004 he joined Harvey Nichols as buyer, and from there he moved to Selfridges becoming buying manager across all menswear departments.

Thread’s Terry Betts

Terry Betts, Head of Business Development, Thread

Terry Betts is responsible for business development and brand partners at Thread, the start-up men’s personal shopping platform, which provides online style advice for hundreds of thousands of men using real-life human stylists and sophisticated algorithms.

Betts has more than 20 years’ experience in the menswear industry – from being part of the launch team at MR PORTER, international designer buyer at Harvey Nichols, buying director at Selfridges and also as a member of the NewGen selection panel for the British Fashion Council.

Société’s Martyna Panczak

Martyna Panczak, Head of Société Fashion, Société Group

Martyna Panczak leads fashion operations for Société Group. She directs the Société Fashion Accelerator Program, oversees retail projects and collaborates with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Central Europe, managing international press and buyer relations. She is also a faculty member at Mod’Art International running the Fashion Brand Management and Buying & Merchandising courses for BA students.

Monday 12 June, 4.30pm –7.00pm
Grooming Room, Century Club, 61-63 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London
Drinks will be provided by CÎROC and San Miguel

Attendees can book in for a host of complimentary treatments before and the talk:

  • Haircutting & Styling
  • Wet Shaves
  • Facial Grooming & Beard Styling
  • Skin Treatments
  • Manicures

This event is free to attend for members of The Industry; a limited number of additional tickets are available for fashion industry professionals and press. For more details, please email: groomingroom@forwardpr.com

Grooming Room is a registered trade mark of FARBLACK Limited.