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Off the Record, December 14 2013

Drapers social whirl

Puffa turns 40
Jacket brand Puffa celebrated its 40th birthday with a knees-up in Shoreditch’s Translate bar last week. The stellar DJ line-up included band The Vaccines (right), Eddie Piller of Acid Jazz Records and DJ Bootsie. Guests including (above) Angela Farrugia and Daniel Avener from The Licensing Company, who flanked House of Fraser buyers Bethan-Elena Jones and Lindsey Ellis, munched on pies from Mother Mash, gin cocktails from Bulldog and Dark Star ale.

Putting on the style
Fashion stylist Nick Ede hosted his annual ‘A Night with Nick’ event at Ink London last week in aid of the Stroke Association. Guests included Towie’s Ferne McCann (pictured above with Ede) as well as designer Amal Fashanu, interior designer Meg Mathews and model Elen Rivas. Ede announced that his Style for Stroke initiative will be collaborating with a host of retailers including

Visit the awards, win an ipad mini

At the Drapers Awards last month, Fashion & Retail Personnel ran a competition alongside its sponsorship of the New Supplier of the Year category. Congratulations to Gerald Dawson, marketing and ecommerce director at Long Tall Sally, who won an iPad Mini and is pictured here with Eni Labinotti, marketing assistant at Fashion & Retail Personnel.

A little piece of
Sicily in Notting Hill

Handbag label Meli Melo opened its first flagship store last week on Portobello Road, Notting Hill, and to celebrate creative director Melissa Del Bono hosted a Sicilian-themed Thanksgiving party. Model and DJ Ben Grimes manned the decks, while guests including stylist Bay Garnett (pictured above with Grimes) enjoyed champagne and admired the brand’s range.


Christmas comes early at AquaRetail’s party
If you were short of a merchandiser on December 3, that’s because they’d all gathered at recruitment firm Aquaretail’s Christmas dinner in London, hosted by managing director Mary Anderson-Ford. Among the guests sipping champagne and scoffing fine Italian cuisine were Internaçionale’s Dorothy Czarnecka, Jacques Vert’s Catherine Penney and House of Fraser’s Amy Turland.


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