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Off the Record, October 12 2013

People, gossip, parties…

Cloggs going forward

Footwear etailer Cloggs celebrated the launch of its multi-platform website, developed in conjunction with ecommerce solutions specialist Venda, with a party in the sumptuous surroundings of Home House in London’s Portman Square. Guests joined Cloggs’ Chris Thomas and Venda’s Eric Abensur to sip champagne and munch on mini baskets of fish and chips.

A roaring night out

Tiger of Sweden opened its UK flagship on London’s Piccadilly last week. The brand’s Christian Lippich, Shena Neville, Ronnie McDonald and Tine Grandahl were among those sipping champagne and enjoying a set by Birmingham rockers Peace, before heading to Le Baron for after-dark shenanigans.

Birthday tees

55DSL celebrated the fifth anniversary of its 10.55 T-shirt collection, which has seen more than 100 artists produce limited-edition designs for the brand. Guests, including artist Gavin Watson and 55DSL creative director Andrea Rosso, started the night at an exhibition of the T-shirts at east London’s 71a gallery, after which revellers nipped around the corner for a vodka-fuelled after-party.

Looming large

Welcoming guests to Lyle & Scott’s new shop at 1-2 Carnaby Street were brand director Richard Martin, the company’s owner Sue Watson and sales director Tom Duncan. Looms and knitting frames have inspired the interior of the store.

Cracking China

Law firm Covington & Burling hosted a panel session at its London office on growing luxury brands in China, with attendees from Òkun Beachwear, Gieves & Hawkes, Deloitte, Labelux and Hugo Boss. Covering topics such as online versus bricks-and-mortar, it was a lively discussion, followed by a few well-earned drinks. The panel included Gieves & Hawkes’ Mark Henderson, Covington’s Louise Nash, China Luxury Advisors’ Sage Brennan and Interbrand’s Manfredi Ricca.

100 not out

The smartest guests wore one-button suits and neat ties at the party on Jermyn Street to celebrate the centenary of shirt brand Hawes & Curtis. Austin Reed boss Nick Hollingworth and Hawes owner Touker Souleyman showed how to wear the look. At least £25,000 was raised on the night, to be shared between Retail Trust and WellChild.

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