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Off the record, May 31 2014

The week’s wave of excitement.

Comedian Jennifer Saunders and husband Adrian Edmondson

Comedian Jennifer Saunders and husband Adrian Edmondson

Blooming fabulous

The BrandAlley Renaissance Garden went down a storm at the Chelsea Flower Show, where the etailer exhibited for the third year running, this time with a design inspired by 16th-century Italian gardens. Comedian Jennifer Saunders (left) and husband Adrian Edmondson no doubt thought the garden was absolutely fabulous.

 

 

Keeping things in the family at Leo Joseph

Atelier Scotch sales manager Ben Mellis with Drapers’ Emily Norval

Atelier Scotch sales manager Ben Mellis with Drapers’ Emily Norval

The launch party for men’s swimwear label Leo Joseph brought a cross-section of the industry to Notting Hill for a few celebratory drinks, including the rowdy team from Zone Two, led by Atelier Scotch sales manager Ben Mellis, brother of the eponymous designer Leo Joseph Mellis. He is pictured with Drapers’ Emily Norval.

A 9,000-pound catch of the day

Prima Principia fishing day

The 26th annual fishing day organised by Craig Vidler of headhunter Prima Principia (centre) and his wife Marjorie (with bouquet) netted more than £9,000 for the trade charity Retail Trust. Among the guests at last week’s event at Dever Springs in Hampshire were Richard Boland, Retail Trust chief executive, Rowland Gee, director of mentoring agency Grey4Gold, and Next financial director David Keens. Since 1988, the Vidlers have raised £213,000 for the charity.

Hotei, Globe-Trotter chief executive Toshi Takubo and Exposure marketing agency’s chief executive Raoul Shah

Hotei, Globe-Trotter chief executive Toshi Takubo and Exposure marketing agency’s chief executive Raoul Shah

Globe-Trotting from East to West

The Anglo-Japanese connection was celebrated at the opening of Globe-Trotter’s flagship at 35 Albemarle Street in London. Guests (from left) included Japanese rock star Hotei, Globe-Trotter chief executive Toshi Takubo and Exposure marketing agency’s chief executive Raoul Shah.

 

 

 

Bira’s sci-fi evening

Pure’s Julie Driscoll, Qaz Martin of formalwear indie Hugh Harris and Chris Barrie

Pure’s Julie Driscoll, Qaz Martin of formalwear indie Hugh Harris and Chris Barrie

Fans of 1990s TV enjoyed seeing Brittas Empire and Red Dwarf star Chris Barrie hosting the awards at the British Independent Retailers Association’s (Bira) annual conference and gala dinner, where balloon artists also created a variety of interesting millinery for unsuspecting guests. Pictured are trade show Pure’s Julie Driscoll, Qaz Martin of Woking formalwear indie Hugh Harris (who won the Young Retailer of the Year award), and Barrie.

Stepping up for Gina’s 60th birthday bash

Riccardo Gaggero (left), Attila Kurdash, managing director of the brand, and his wife Melita

Riccardo Gaggero (left), Attila Kurdash, managing director of the brand, and his wife Melita

Luxury women’s footwear brand Gina celebrated its 60th birthday in style by toasting the opening of its new boutique concept store at 119 Mount Street in London. Head of global sales Riccardo Gaggero (left), Attila Kurdash, managing director of the brand, and his wife Melita joined guests in sipping champagne and enjoyed the luxurious feel of the Victorian-inspired lounge area.

 

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