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Off the record, October 11 2014

The week’s events and party people.

King’s Road store is

The Toast of the town Visitors crammed into lifestyle retailer Toast’s store at 205 King’s Road in Chelsea for its launch party last week. A queue formed for the beautiful floral headbands made by Hackney florists The Flower Appreciation Society, as London distiller Sipsmith distributed drinks. Toast founders Jamie and Jessica Seaton (below) couldn’t contain their excitement at opening their 11th store.

 

Jessica and Jamie Seaton

Jessica and Jamie Seaton

Putin on a protest in paris

Talbot Runhof used its spring 15 collection in Paris to make a political point. Tops and dresses featured images of Vladimir Putin alongside famous landmarks from Paris, Milan, London and New York, with the phrase ‘Visit [insert city] before he does’. Designers Adrian Runhof and Johnny Talbot said in their show notes: “It is frightening that Putin and his clique feel it is their moral obligation to reverse the wheels of progress, liberalism andfreedom. However, he has allies and admirers living and governing in our midst.” Read our interview with Adrian Runhof in Drapers’ October 25 issue.


Talbot

Talbot

Bestseller’s noisy party

Danish brand house Bestseller Group’s team were out in force for its Noisy May pop-up shop at Boxpark in Shoreditch last week. The younger sister to Vero Moda, Noisy May’s store will be open until November. Claire Tranter from Bestseller’s marketing team and Rhona Colquhoun, head of Vero Moda sales, showed Drapers’ Jill Geoghegan some of the hottest pieces.

 

Noisy May

Noisy May

Menswear’s Brum do at Selfridges

Birmingham has a new go-to place for menswear, after Selfridges unveiled the biggest men’s shopping destination in the city with its new 23,681 sq ft menswear edit, previously held on separate floors. Model Laura Whitmore (below) hit the DJ decks while shoppers perused the in-store Burberry boutique, as well as offerings from Zegna, Valentino and Michael Kors.

 

Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore

New brands are motoring into six whiting street

Menswear independent Six Whiting Street in Bury St Edmunds unveiled a series of portrait photographs to celebrate the arrival of brands Matchless and Private White VC into the store. The creatively minded store teamed up with Norwegian photographer Lasse Fløde and custom bike builder Old Empire Motorcycles and motorcycle and car dealership Krazy Horse for the series. Owner Giles Henderson told Drapers: “Creating this artwork was about making something that would last and that our customers would enjoy.”

 

Six Whiting Street

Six Whiting Street

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