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Off the record: August 12, 2015

Reality TV stars, Copenhagen boat rides, samosas and Japanese fashion magazine debuts all feature this week.

Jess Wright at Moda

Jessica Wright at Moda

The Only Way is Moda

The Only Way is Essex star Jessica Wright gave Birmingham’s NEC arena a shot of glamour on the first day of Moda (July 9) with the launch of her debut footwear collection. Drapers fought the crowds flocking to the stand hoping to take a selfie with the reality TV siren, in order to catch a glimpse of her 25-piece collection including pom-pom lace-ups (£20) and scarlet patent strappy sandals (£18.99). Buyers also got a glimpse of the white lace peep toe platform sandals (£23.99) Wright wore as a bridesmaid for the wedding of her brother, ITV presenter Mark Wright, to ex-Coronation Street starlet Michelle Keegan in July.

Luke Roper golf day

Luke Roper golf day

Luke Roper golf day

Luke Roper golf day samosas

Samosas in the sun

The sun shone brightly on the fourth annual golf day organised by men’s fashion brand Luke in Stratford-upon-Avon. The testicular cancer charity set up by ex-footballer John Hartson was this year’s beneficiary to the tune of £4,000. Drapers’ Eric Musgrave and Debs Poole of Luke, were impressed by the outfits sported by designer Luke Roper (left) and CEO Simon Poole. The real star of the event, however, was Luke’s financial controller Nick Madlani, who served up 600 excellent samosas hand-made by his wife and mother. Nice work, ladies.

Juls Dawson stars in Japanese magazine 2nd

Juls Dawson stars in Japanese magazine 2nd


Drapers Independent Awards 2014 Agent of the Year Juls Dawson, who is co-founder of Just Consultancies, has popped up in a Japanese trend magazine called 2nd after being snapped on the street in London’s Shoreditch. Dawson not only showed his fashion credentials but managed to plug his young fashion brand Ichi, which means “one” in Japanese with the big number featuring beside his caption, a salesman through and through.


Danish jean machine

Premium brand Tiger of Sweden skipped across Scandinavia to launch a pop-up store for its Tiger of Sweden Jeans sub brand in central Copenhagen during last week’s Danish trade shows and catwalk events. At the 42 Købmagergade store, the first dedicated solely to the brand’s denim-focused casual collection, Drapers browsed the latest collection, shared beers with the Tiger team and took turns on the store’s retro arcade games while enjoying a rousing musical performances from local rising stars Systraskap and Silvana Imam.



We’re on a boat!

Drapers Graeme Moran joined a contingent of UK buyers including teams from Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and independent Goodhood last week to toast the spring 16 edition of the Danish trade shows CIFF and CIFF Raven. Starting on a boozy boat ride through the centre of sunny Copenhagen, the group then joined an international crowd of visitors and exhibitors at an al fresco riverside dinner, complete with healthy Danish delicacies, magicians and a live saxophone performance.

Appear Here summer party

Appear Here summer party

Appear Here’s Magic Roundabout

Making the most of the sunshine, pop-up store booking platform Appear Here held its summer party for clients past and present at Burger Bear’s Magic Roundabout in Old Street. Revellers were treated to beer, cocktails and burgers as well as a thank you speech from founder, Ross Bailey. To see a video with Bailey, go to

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