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Off the Record, November 2 2013

The Drapers social whirl.

He gave his all to Bentalls

Family, friends, colleagues past and present, suppliers and other admirers crowded into a pub in Kingston last Friday to raise a glass or six to John Pattison (second from right), who left Bentalls this week after 20 years’ service as menswear buyer at the store. We wish him and his wife Kate all the best in his well-deserved retirement.

Jeffery-West bites into the Big Apple

UK footwear brand Jeffery-West took over New York with a bash to launch its first store on Christopher Street. Burlesque dancers and rum cocktails kept the party going at the Number 8 Club in Greenwich Village. The brand’s Guy West (left) and Mark Jeffery (right) were joined by actor Monroe Robertson and singer Tony Bennett.

Bargain hunters

Eager shoppers descended on the London Designer Outlet when the Wembley shopping centre launched last Thursday. Retailers including Nike, H&M and Gap opened their cut-price shops as bargain hunters were treated to Bollywood dance routines from performing arts company Nutkhut. Max James, chief executive of landlord Quintain, watched as Brent council’s Councillor Muhammed Butt cut the ribbon.

Wild Things

Etailer Pretty Little Thing hosted a preview of its latest collection at central London hot spot Disco. The brand’s managing directors Umar Kamani (pictured left with DJ and stylist Alexis Knox) and Adam Kamani joined guests on the dancefloor to shake their stuff to music by DJ Goldierocks.

It’s all in the jeans

Womenswear boutique Okeefe in Esher, Surrey, held an event to launch the new range from denim label Ida, at which the brand’s designer and self-titled jean queen Donna Ida Thornton made an appearance. Store owner Janine O’Keefe joined Ida Thornton for a trend talk, and the pair handed out styling tips to customers.

Red Wing takes off

US footwear brand Red Wing flung open the doors to its first UK flagship store, a joint venture with American Classics, on London’s Newburgh Street and was instantly mobbed by well-wishers, including a random sighting of ex-footballer Ian Wright. A cake in the shape of the brand’s iconic boots drew in more revellers than the store could contain and they spilled out along the streets.

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