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Off the record, Februrary 7 2015

Surreal spaghetti and bird-brained ideas.

A trusty way to raise some money

Trade charity Retail Trust is better off by £1.1m, thanks to its 62nd annual dinner, held last week at Old Billingsgate in the City of London. Among the 1,000 attendees were William Orr of accessories supplier Orrsum, Jessica Vince, digital editor of Grazia magazine, Jack Wills chief product officer Emma Alexander and Fred Bassnett, retail sector specialist at UK Trade & Investment. Also attending was former House of Fraser chairman Don McCarthy, who received the RetailLegend accolade for his entrepreneurship and fundraising activities.


Retail Trust 2015

Our retail stars enjoy their time to shine

The 30 rising stars of fashion retail were reunited for an exclusive dinner at the Ham Yard Hotel in central London. Drapers toasted the success of its 30 Under 30 with champagne, cocktails and a three-course meal, in a room decorated with life-size posters of their magazine front cover. To top it off the talented gang kindly offered to pose one more time and toast birthday boy Dave Shaw of Moss Bros, who turned 29 on the day. Happy birthday Dave!


Drapers 30 Under 30 Dinner 2015

Fishermen’s famous friends

Designer Savannah Miller and TV presenter Monty Halls enjoyed cocktails, seafood canapés and a performance by the Fishwives Choir at the launch of lifestyle brand Seasalt’s range of charity bags. The four bags, designed by Miller, Halls, Dame Judi Dench and TV presenter Alex Polizzi, will help to raise money for The Fishermen’s Mission charity.


Seasalt event Savannah and Monty

McCarthy keeps on giving

Don McCarthy, together with his children Hannah and John, made a joint presentation of £1.5m to The Royal Marsden cancer hospital to pay for a pioneering surgical robot, the da Vinci Xi, which minimises patient pain and recovery time. The Royal Marsden chairman Ian Molson (second from right) received the donation in memory of McCarthy’s wife Diane, who died of cancer in 2007. The retail entrepreneur previously donated £1m to the hospital, paying for a day care ward.


Don McCarthy

One to fly off the shelves

The influence of animals on fashion is undeniable, from fur to prints, but we’re sure no one saw this collaboration coming. Lifestyle brand Weird Fish has teamed up with The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on a special ‘Lord of the Wings’ T-shirt design, priced at £19.95. With £9 from each sale donated to the charity, that’s certainly one way to rule the roost in the style stakes.


Lord of the Wings RSPB

Getting in a tangle with Spaghetti Man

Womenswear show Scoop hosted a drinks reception this week within swanky show venue The Saatchi Gallery off the King’s Road, London. Scoop founder Karen Radley introduced Drapers’ Graeme Moran to her new friend Spaghetti Man, created by artist Paul McCarthy. Of all the art among the clothing rails, this was the favourite with the visiting womenswear buyers…


Graeme Moran and Karen Radley

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