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Off the record, July 5 2014

The week’s hottest happenings.

Turkish denim delights

Drapers took a flying visit to Turkey last week to visit denim manufacturer Isko’s Istanbul mills. We hung out and talked denim with denimheads from Acne, Zara and Pull & Bear. After lunch with Barış Özden (centre left), chief executive at Isko research and development and Iskoteca washing manager Moreno de Angelis (right), team Drapers was let loose in the customisation factory. It’s safe to say we should stick to making magazines, not jeans…

Rally to the cause

Paul’s Boutique managing director Daniel Morris caused a racket when he took to the tennis court for 17 hours to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity as part of Rally for Bally in memory of tennis player Elena Baltacha. Pictured (right) with club chairman Neil Morgan, the pair aim to raise £2,000 for the charity. Go to to donate.

To have and to Holdall

Raimonda Navickaite, founder of British-made men’s leather goods label Holdall & Co, met a satisfied customer at the recent Meet the Manufacturer event in Brick Lane, east London. Drapers’ Eric Musgrave just happened to be toting Holdall’s signature folio laptop holder when he dropped into the gathering and finally met the talented and passionate Ms N.

A brolly good show

If the recent shows at Paris Men’s Fashion Week are anything to go by, it seems the French capital has been taking style cues from us Brits.
A case in point was Kenzo’s outdoor catwalk, where soggy front-row guests sheltered from the rain beneath their umbrellas.

Rosie and Vic are summit special

Drapers’ event team members Victoria Hart and Rosie Birchenough will swap their high heels and awards shows for hiking boots and tents this October, as they embark on a mission to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. All in the name of charity, the pair are raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital and you can pledge here: Good luck!

The art of power dressing

London’s Design Museum has announced its latest exhibition, Women Fashion Power. Celebrating the clothes of female icons from the last 150 years - including Elizabeth I, Lady Gaga and Margaret Thatcher, one of whose suits is pictured - it will run from October 29 to April 26 and will be designed by another powerful woman, architect Zaha Hadid.

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