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Off the record 26 April 2014

The week’s hottest happenings


An ecomm link-up at Mobile Move On

The Ecommerce UK LinkedIn group ran its Mobile Moves On event at The British Library. Retailers and brands came to hear speakers discuss the next stage in the development of mobile commerce, including River Island’s new responsive website, while consultants Practicology and Whatusersdo presented the highlights of their report based on consumer testing of 15 UK retailers’ mobile websites. From left are Lee Duddell, WhatUsersDo; Joanna Perry, Practicology; Andre Rickerby, Etsy; David Wild, Domino’s Pizza; Helen Colclough, River Island; Angus Blest, Adyen; and Andrew Gilboy, Demandware.




Klassy do for retail troops

Swin Edmonds and Tom Sampson from Reiss’s store at The Oracle, Reading, scooped the best service and sales performance prize in the Mixed Fashions category at Hammerson’s We Love Retail awards. Their neighbours, Hugo Boss, were not so lucky, but the store’s Chris Colbourne (below left) and Callum Brice consoled themselves by cuddling up to awards presenter Myleene Klass.





























Vive La France
Claridge’s was the suitably swish venue for the first Luxury Dinner, organised by the French Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain to celebrate all those nice things that come from across the Channel. Drapers’ Eric Musgrave attended as the guest of Longchamp, which was represented by national sales manager Louise Perry and UK general manager Paul Lorraine.
The French sportingly served Cornish lobster and Romney Marsh lamb, but happily the champagne and wines were French.















There’s no stopping Harveen’s charity effort

Harveen Gill, managing director of the eponymous global fashion and retail recruitment firm, was one of many to fly the flag for fashion during the London Marathon this month. She romped home in five hours 49 minutes and raised £3,788.87 for the Retail Trust. Well done Harveen, you’ll be taking on Mo Farah next.


















The website of patriotic coatmaker London Tradition has been under attack by Iranian hackers who took over its website.
A spokesman for the brand said: “It’s our name that attracts them. They’ll attack anything with ‘London’ in the title”. Watch out!








cheers to the next generation
Drapers’ Rosie Birchenough and Victoria Hart (pictured) raised a toast to another successful Next Generation Academy. Guests included Secret Sales’ Sach Kukadia (on right), one of this year’s 30 Under 30. A big thank you to No.41 Mayfair Club and vodka supplier Signature Lifestyles for helping us celebrate in style.





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