,  |  16 January 2012

Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup Celebrates a Legendary Dynasty of Equine Heritage with Guest-of-Honor, Mr. Peter Phillips

Brand Ambassador Aaron Kwok to Participate in the “Kent& Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup” Festivities

Kent & Curwen, the quintessential British house of luxury menswear, hosted the “Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup” celebrations at the Shatin Racecourse on January 15, 2012. The much anticipated annual event, which took place in partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, was first held in 1984 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Hong Kong Jockey Club. It was also the year Kent & Curwen opened the first store at the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong. Over the years, Kent & Curwen brand has evolved through a legendary dynasty of innovation and style, yet maintaining the brand’s authentic British heritage.
This year’s “Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup” featured an extraordinary lineup of races and entertaining programs; and included a special appearance from Guest-of-Honor, Mr. Peter Mark Andrew Phillips, the only son of Princess Anne, The Princess Royal, and her husband, Captain Mark Phillips.
Mr. Peter Phillips is not only the eldest grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, but he also inherited a legacy of talent in equestrianism. Mr. Peter Phillips’ mother, Princess Anne, is a passionate and accomplished equestrienne who won her first individual title at the European Eventing Championship at the age of 21, which proved to be the first of many numerous remarkable achievements. Mr. Peter Phillips’ sister, Zara Phillips, is also a world-class equestrienne, winning a string of championship titles in various highly competitive international races. With an astonishing family background, Mr. Peter Phillips continues this legacy with his strong affection for horseracing. His arrival brought in a flair of elegance and excitement from England – with his grandmother Queen Elizabeth II, passion for horses is passed down throughout the generations.
Other prestigious guests in attendance included glitterati and horse lovers: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent and Loretta Lo, Mr. Eric Fok, Ms. Irene Wan, Mr. and Mrs. Dominique and Jane Lee, Ms. Vivienne Tam, Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, Ms. Sabrina Fung (Brand Managing Director of Trinity Limited), Dr. Victor Fung (Chairman of Trinity Limited), Dr. William Fung (Deputy Chairman of Trinity Limited), Allan Zeman and
Mr. Aaron Kwok, one of the Asia’s most renowned pop stars and the Brand Ambassador for Kent & Curwen.
Dubbed as the King of the Stage, Mr. Aaron Kwok has recently added race horse ownership to his many passions, finally realizing a personal dream as a keen enthusiast of equestrian sports. As the Kent & Curwen Brand Ambassador, Aaron Kwok also joined Ms. Sabrina Fung, Dr. Victor Fung and Mr. Peter Phillips in presenting the “Kent & Curwen Centenary Spirit Cup” trophy to the winning horse of the challenge, Eagle Regiment, jockey Olivier Doleuze, trainer Manfred Man and horse owner Mr. Cheng Ka Shing.
The “Best Dressed Awards” were also given in the afternoon as guests put on their Sunday best. Mr. Silas Chou was awarded “The Best Dressed Gentleman” by Ms. Vivienne Tam, “The Best Dressed Lady” award was received by Ms. Jane Lee from Mr. Tommy Hilfiger, and Mr. Aaron Kwok presented “The Best Dressed Couple” award to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent and Loretta Lo.
Aside from the exhilarating races on the track, Kent & Curwen had some fine entertainment lined up for the guests. Highly energetic dancers kicked off the day with a spectacular dance performance throughout the dining area. The JC Box was then transformed into a fashion runway to showcase the Kent & Curwen Spring/Summer 2012 collection and the special Olympic Capsule Collection due to launch this summer. In between races, guests were invited to take their photos in a purple colored iconic English telephone box on the balcony where their pictures were used to create a unique personalized mug as a souvenir to commemorate this special event.
The air was crisp and the spirits were high as the races continued throughout the afternoon. The climax of the event came at half past four in the afternoon when Race 8 – “The Kent & Curwen Centenary Spirit Cup” – began. With the presentation of the much-coveted “Kent & Curwen Centenary Sprint Cup”, the prestigious social event drew to a close, creating memories of a unique experience to be shared through the years ahead.