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Off the record, December 2 2011

Drapers gets the lowdown on the latest gossip and reports back from the hottest parties and events.

Party on Carnaby Retailers around London’s Carnaby Street got into the party spirit last month by offering shoppers a 20% discount at the Carnaby Shopping Party. Ben Sherman hosted an in-store cocktail bar, traditional barber and DJ, with chief executive officer Pan Philippou welcoming shoppers. Puma joined in the fun with a dance-off and live music.

Home of the brave Redskins, the French leather brand, celebrated its UK launch at Cantaloupe Bar in Shoreditch last week. As the drinks flowed, Carl Easton of agency Double H welcomed guests to the event.

Royal endorsement Men’s footwear brand Barker welcomed Princess Anne to its Northamptonshire factory last week. The Princess Royal praised Barker for its commitment to the UK as she was taken on a tour of the factory by managing director Alan Pringle.

Champagne smiles Notting Hill lingerie indie Dolci Follie held a catwalk show at London restaurant The Ivy last month to celebrate the store’s opening. Owner Simona Walters toasted the celebration with general manager Dioulde Diallo as models wearing brands including Kiss Me Deadly and Paolita sashayed down the catwalk.

Something about Mary Mary Katrantzou and website My Daily held a Q&A at Kettner’s in Soho last week. My Daily’s Libby Banks interviewed the designer and then invited questions from guests including Drapers’ Marie Davies, Graeme Moran and Ian Wright.

Shhhhhhh!

Which footwear brand account executive once auditioned to be the Milky Bar Kid? Sadly, he didn’t get the role.

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