,  |  24 January 2014

Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup 2014: English Football Legend Michael Owen Debuts at Sha Tin Racecourse

Sunday, January 26, 2014 – British luxury menswear brand Kent & Curwen once again reinforced their association with the royal sport of horseracing by holding the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup 2014 at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sha Tin Racecourse. Illustrious attendees at the much anticipated social event included eminent guests, VIPs and leaders of industries, such as Dr. Victor Fung, Chairman of Trinity Limited, Ms. Sabrina Fung, Executive Director of Trinity Limited, Mr. Sunny Wong, Group Managing Director, Ms. Olivia Davies, Mr. Michael Wong, Mr. & Mrs. CC Tung and Mr. Eric Fok.
The prestigious event celebrated Kent & Curwen’s British heritage and sporting tradition by introducing the brand’s newly appointed Brand Ambassador and English football legend Michael Owen. Owen’s interest towards horse-racing began when he was very young and that passion has grown over time. He is now the proud co-owner of Manor House Stables, a thoroughbred horse racing complex in England. Michael Owen was joined by longtime brand ambassador and celebrated entertainer Aaron Kwok. This marks the first time in Kent & Curwen’s history that a worldwide sports star that reinforces their sporting legacy united with an Asian entertainer hailed as one of the “Four Heavenly Kings”, making this a special occasion. The two stars were joined by 230 esteemed guests for a Sunday afternoon filled with exciting races while embracing British luxury and sports heritage.
Paying tribute to this special occasion, Ms. Carissa Fortino, Managing Director of Kent & Curwen, welcomed Michael Owen by presenting him with a Chinese painting depicting a frolicking thoroughbred. Painted by celebrated Chinese artist TianShuhan using Chinese ink, the delicate brushworks accentuate the passionate spirit of the horse. Addressed to Owen and signed by the artist himself, Michael Owen was delighted to receive such a gift and pointed out it would be perfect for his own Manor House Stables.
As one of the premier events of the horse-racing calendar, the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup is well-known for its extraordinary lineup of races and entertaining programs, and this year’s event was no different.  The stake for the Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup 1000m, HK G1 (Group1: term used for the highest level of stakes races and attracts the best horses) was HK$6 million, and was programmed as the first leg of the Hong Kong Speed Series (formerly the Champion Sprint Series). The welcome luncheon was held at the Jockey Club Box, and the iconic room was transformed into a modern British gentlemen’s club, complete with a cognac and cigar bar, shoe grooming station, and a photo booth.
In addition, a model presentation of Kent & Curwen’s Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection meant that guests got a firsthand preview of the upcoming trends designed by the brand’s new Creative Director Simon Spurr. An acclaimed British designer, Spurr brings over 17 years of menswear design experience. Prior to joining Kent & Curwen, he launched his own namesake brand SIMON SPURR in 2006. With a clean and confident design aesthetic informed by both his English upbringing and firmly built framework that emphasizes quality, color, proportion and deliberate subtlety, Spurr’s designs have been touted as comparable to the likes of the sophisticated and precise tailoring of Savile Row, a reputation well-suited for the role overseeing Kent & Curwen’s design direction. Guests murmured in praise as models walked around the Jockey Club Box in between races.

The brand new Autumn Winter 2014 emphasizes the brand’s British heritage while showcasing a bold new aesthetic by modernizing the full lifestyle wardrobe of the Kent & Curwen man. Drawing upon the rich tradition and sporting roots of the brand, the classic pique polo weave was redesigned and created in an oversized proportion, making it a signature pattern of the collection.  Whether executed in geometric hexagonal prints in shirting and small leather goods or as hexagonal quilted leather jackets, the result is masculine and modern. Some of the stand-out pieces that captured guests’ attention were the modern wool silk blended tweeds executed in monochromatic grey, and the laser cut flannel suiting printed with wide regatta stripes that served as a nod to the brand’s tie origins. Pops of colour add an unexpected statement with a colour palette of vicuna, olive green, burnt orange, yellow, turquoise, Prussian blue, grey, navy, ‘cricket ball’ burgundy alongside graphic black and white and the signature Kent & Curwen dark racing green. The result was an incredible blend of first-rate clothing, sporting activities, and gentlemen diversions.

After the exciting Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Race, the brand’s ambassador Michael Owen and Aaron Kwok joined Mrs. Julia Fung, Dr. Victor Fung, Ms. Sabrina Fung, Mr. Sunny Wong, Group Managing Director of Trinity Limited and Ms. Carissa Fortino, Brand Managing Director of Kent & Curwen, to present the souvenirs to Mr. Hung Kam Po, owner of the winning horse, Amber Sky.