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Off the record, February 15 2014

What drapers saw…

Noood’s bright outlook

Sian Lloyd and friends

Sian Lloyd and friends

ITV weather girl Sian Lloyd (left) made an appearance at the VIP drinks at Pure London this week to support the launch of her friend Novello Noades’ accessories brand Noood. Over a glass of fizz, Lloyd said she was helping her old school friend (second from left) with publicity, getting everyone at ITV - including cameramen - to don the scarf-cum-hat-cum-collar.

BoJo follows in Gandys footsteps

Boris Johnson at the opening of Gandys new offices

Boris Johnson at the opening of Gandys new offices

Flip-flop brand and Drapers Footwear Awards winner Gandys had a visit from Boris Johnson at the opening of its new offices in Southfields, southwest London. The city’s Mayor tried his hand at designing his own flip-flops and, judging by his expression, took the task seriously. No word yet on whether he’s worn them around City Hall.

Wheely Good Fun

Logistics firm DHL brought the thrill of Formula 1 to Pure London

Logistics firm DHL brought the thrill of Formula 1 to Pure London

Logistics firm DHL brought the thrill of Formula 1 to Pure London via a race simulator on its stand. Drapers’ Eric Musgrave tried his hand at a two-lap tour of Silverstone. We won’t embarrass him by revealing his performance, but he isn’t expecting a call from Red Bull any time soon.

Universities receive a Tick of approval

John Lewis head of design Iain Ewing and graduate student Zoe Wells

John Lewis head of design Iain Ewing and graduate student Zoe Wells

John Lewis head of design Iain Ewing and graduate student Zoe Wells celebrated the launch of Creative Skillset’s Tick in Fashion Design programme, in which seven universities received the stamp of approval from an industry panel. Champagne flowed in London’s Somerset House as Birmingham City University, Kingston University, Manchester School of Art, Northbrook College, Nottingham Trent University, the University of Huddersfield and University of Westminster were all officially accredited with a tick.

Sewn invited key buyers and brand reps to a post-Jacket Required dinner

Sewn invited key buyers and brand reps to a post-Jacket Required dinner

All Sewn up

London sales agency Sewn invited key buyers and brand reps to a post-Jacket Required dinner at rooftop restaurant Boundary in Shoreditch. Drapers’ Graeme Moran tagged along with trade show-weary teams from Mr Porter, Urban Outfitters and Leeds independent MKI for food, cocktails and even an impromptu game of charades.

 

 

SRG supplies good times in Manchester

SRG Apparel and Drapers' Jill Geoghegan toast the opening of its new headquarters

SRG Apparel and Drapers’ Jill Geoghegan toast the opening of its new headquarters

Drapers headed north to help clothing supplier SRG Apparel toast the opening of its new £1m, 40,000 sq ft Manchester headquarters last week. Chief executive Rajesh Passi and sons (pictured) celebrated the launch by giving Drapers reporter Jill Geoghegan a guided tour around one of the company’s five showrooms.

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