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Off The Record - May 9, 2015

This week’s hottest happenings.


Prints of the ball

More than 40 exhibitors from 10 countries gathered at London’s Lindley Hall for the recent London Print Design Fair, where print studios and designers from around Europe showed their wares to more than 1,500 visitors. Always up for a party, founder John Kelley hosted a jolly drinks event on the opening day to toast the season.


Floral Street in bloom

Fashion illustrator Donald Robertson has created five floral-inspired pieces of art to adorn the hoardings covering the building work on Floral Street in Covent Garden, while the area is regenerated into a destination for premium womenswear. The work will create footpaths connecting Long Acre, Floral Street and King Street and with 16 available units for retailers the street is set to bloom. Who said building work can’t be pretty?


A parade of Bark-our coats

Scotties and Westies can now claim to be the top dogs of New York City (or at least the most stylish) after British heritage brand Barbour kitted out a handful of hounds at the annual New York Tartan Parade. The classy canines walked with their owners down Sixth Avenue while vice chairman Helen Barbour handed out prizes for the best male and best females. Barbour’s tartan dog coats are available in sizes XS to XXL (or chihuahua to great dane), starting at £34.95.


Peaky blinders

M&S director of menswear Scott Fyfe and eight colleagues will tackle the Five Peaks Challenge on June 7 to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK and the Marie Keating Foundation, founded by singer Ronan Keating and his family after their mother, Marie, died of breast cancer. The team will attempt to cycle and trek the nearly 1,000 miles between the peaks – Slieve Donard, Carrantuohill, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon – in just seven days. Donate at or text FPBH50 and the amount to 70070.


Sneak into Wembley

Calling all shoe freaks, Europe’s biggest sneaker expo has just announced it is coming to the UK for the first time. In association with UK shoe protector spray brand Crep Protect, the event will take place at The SSE Arena in Wembley, London on from August 15-16. Tickets will be released later in the year.


Airr’s artistic revolution

Airr Clothing, an ethical fashion retailer in Wirksworth, Derbyshire, showed its support for last month’s Fashion Revolution Day and the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse by creating a giant mural covering the outside of its store. Spray-painted by artist Megan Mountford-Russell, it depicts the processes of cotton growing with the slogan ‘Let’s make a fashion revolution’.

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