Kurt Geiger CEO Neil Clifford and shoe designer Stuart Weitzman took time off their respective footwear businesses to take part in a ping-pong match at Kurt Geiger’s London headquarters last Friday.
The pair joked about playing to win 1000 pairs of shoes — and went on to entertain Kurt Geiger staff and guests with two nail-bitingly close games at the office’s sleek communal ping-pong table.
Weitzman, who arrived with his own personal paddle, has previously competed in the Masters table tennis tournament of the Maccabiah games, a Jewish form of the Olympics. The designer even holds conference meetings around his ping-pong table at his Madison Square Showroom and jokes that he negotiates percentages with clients based on games.
Although Clifford has no professional competitive experience he’s been practicing since he was eight years old: “I used to play my mum every morning before I went to school, that was my mother’s contribution to my education. Up until age 60, she used to play all these champions.”
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Having played each other previously, the pair mutually prefer to play to 21 points rather than the more modern 11 point system, both games resulting in a 20-20 tie break where Clifford took the final winning shots “like Djokovic” according to Weitzman.
As old friends the banter-filled game ended in hand shakes and coffee from Clifford’s personal ‘Mensch’ mug, a gifted by Weitzman to celebrate Clifford as the “man of honor.”
Off the ping-pong table both brands have been tapping models from Taylor Swift’s infamous squad. Kurt Geiger who has recently been acquired by Cinven for $372 Million dollars are featuring Karlie Kloss whilst Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge and Joan Smalls are all posing in Weitzman’s ‘Nearlynude’ sandals for the current Spring 2016 campaign.