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Off the record, February 17 2012

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

A cast of Eastenders Accessories brand Eastpak hosted its Artist Studio event last week, exhibiting almost 200 bags customised and created by 130 artists, designers, musicians and celebrities from around the world. Guests including designer Henry Holland and model Agyness Deyn enjoyed the private viewing at Jaguar Shoes in Shoreditch.

Traffic jam Traffic People’s Kingly Court store was packed out when it showcased its autumn 12 collection last week. Traffic People designer and founder Louise Reynolds talked through the range with (from left) Ellie Taylor and Rebecca Twomey from Yahoo Omg! and Nicole Leggett from Sister PR.

Book club Ecommerce consultant Leon Bailey-Green launched his debut novel, Affairs of an Internet Business, at the Montcalm Hotel in Park Lane last week. Richard Davis, founder of VirtualGym TV, Anna Bance of designer dress hire website Girl Meets Dress and Mark Bage of York indie Sarah Coggles all toasted Bailey-Green’s literary exploits.

Celebrating Saunders A glamorous crowd including Vogue editor Alexandra Shulman turned up at Nobu in London for the announcement of the BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund winner, which was awarded to Jonathan Saunders, who is pictured with British Fashion Council chief executive officer Caroline Rush.

Cheaney smiles Past and present employees of shoemaker Cheaney were invited to celebrate its 125th anniversary at The Ritz in Desborough, Northamptonshire, last week. Former managing director Wilf Coe (left) sliced into the cake with joint managing director Jonathan Church.


Which member of the Drapers team was found alone in a karaoke booth in Berlin crying while singing Someone Like You by Adele?

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