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Smiles all round at the Tommy Roberts book launch

//Clockwise from top: With Joe + Duke Brooks; Jimmy Page + Jeff Dexter; Joe, Duke + Pippa Brooks with Tommy Roberts; Caz Facey with...J+D! These photos: Pippa Brooks.//

There were big smiles for Tommy Roberts at the midsummer’s eve party to celebrate the publication of my new book Mr Freedom – Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero.

Our hosts were publisher Jenny Ross and Tommy’s son Keith, who threw open the doors of his Shoreditch shop Two Columbia Road to a thoroughly enjoyable gathering of friends, family and fans.

The advance copies of the book all went in a couple of hours; Tommy himself had a ball signing away. As he always says: “While you’re selling, there’s hope!”

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Jimmy Page.//

//Tommy with (left) fashion legend Leslie Poole + the ever-stylish Justin de Villeneuve.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Performers Eve Ferret + Siobhan Fahey.//

//I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet's Robert Orbach, Kevin Rowland + Ian Johns of Hunky Dory.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Tailor/Granny Takes A Trip founder John Pearse + Jimmy Page.//

//Tommy + Antiques Roadshow's Katherine Higgins.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Fashion bloggers/vintage experts Liz Eggleston + Laura Kitty.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//British magazine publishing pioneers Nick + Julie Logan.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Producer Paula McGinley, artist Derek Boshier + textiles guru/Central Saint Martins' Natalie Gibson.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Illustrator Daisy de Villeneuve and her mother Jan.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Mr Freedom manager Gerald Tilling.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//One time Kleptomania assistant + Kilburn & The High Roads tour manager "Smart" Mart Cole.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//With Michael Barnett + writer Chris Salewicz.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Tailor Mark Powell + jeweller Pamina Caruso Brassey.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Pinkietessa + stylist Mark Summerfield.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Keith Roberts (right) and pals.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Performer Bruce Marcus + writer Robert Ashton.//

Midsummer'e eve party to celebrate publication of Mr Freedom - Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero at Two Columbia Road.

//Eleni of Two Columbia Road, Kevin Rowland + designer Trevor Mill.//

Book jacket designer Trevor Mill proved himself an all-rounder by providing a glam soundtrack for the evening and also taking many of the photographs which appear here. Look out for the following in this party people mosaic: filmmaker Nick Abrahams; graphic designer Pete Barrett; DJs/performers Amber Butchart + Nisha Thirkell; artist/designer Johnny Deluxe; writer Kirsty Hislop; rock journalist John Ingham; National Print Gallery’s Clive Jennings; vintagers Ian Bodenham, Ian Johns +  Mandi Martin; film mogul Hamish McAlpine; Tommy’s wife Jane Roberts; and – yes! – reggae legend Tapper Zukie.

Mr Freedom – Tommy Roberts: British Design Hero hits the shops in July.

Order a signed copy at the special price of £20 inc P+P from publisher Adelita here.

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Author: / Published: Jun 23rd, 2012 / Category: Books, Design, Events, London, Tommy Roberts: Mister Freedom / Comments: None

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