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Off the record: October 21, 2015

The Goodhood hosts James Lavelle, pink cake for charity, memory foam shoes and plenty more this week.


No idle men here

Menswear etailer The Idle Man took over Cargo in Shoreditch for the launch of its autumn 15 own label collection, which doubled in size to more than 200 pieces after its initial debut in May. Founder and chief executive Oliver Tezcan, pictured here with senior news reporter Tara Hounslea, was feeling bullish after he failed to secure funding on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in the summer. “Our traffic went through the roof after the show – you can’t pay for advertising like that,” he said.

Debenhams' Pink Heart Cake for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In the pink at Debenhams

Debenhams kicked off its #Getbacktoyou campaign with afternoon tea at the bistro in the Oxford Street branch to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pictured is Breast Cancer Now ambassador Caroline Presho enjoying the limited edition Pink Heart Cake, which provides a 30p donation per slice to the charity.

James Lavelle takes to the decks at Goodhood

The man from Unkle

James Lavelle, DJ and founder of musical outfit Unkle and record label Mo’Wax, took to the decks at east London indie The Goodhood to launch his new collaboration with Japanese designers Undercover, Neighborhood, The Fourness and Hysteric Glamour to celebrate Mo’Wax’s 21st anniversary. Not one to stand still, Goodhood co-owner Kyle Stewart told Drapers the store is launching a pop-up with London Underground-inspired brand Roundel at Piccadilly Circus tube station from October 22-25.


Fond memories

Skechers’ first British brand ambassador Kelly Brook made an in-store appearance at the Marble Arch branch of Schuh to launch her latest range of memory foam shoes for the brand. Pictured here with Skechers UK and Ireland managing director Peter Youell and managing partner Marvin Bernstein, Brook also spent an hour and a half meeting and greeting customers.


Barbour top quartet

South Shields came to London last week when members of the Barbour design team journeyed south for the launch of the new womenswear range for Barbour’s Heritage brand label. At the Islington showroom, sales director Ryan Llewellyn-Pace (second from the right) played host to designers (from left) Ian Bergin, Sylvie Hunter and Gary Janes.

Irish stylist Darren Kennedy and model Daisy Lowe

Oh là là!

Irish stylist Darren Kennedy and model and model Daisy Lowe celebrated the opening of the first Paul & Joe London flagship on Bruton Street in Mayfair. Store designer Sophie Mechaly worked closely with interior designers Guillaume Terver and Christophe Delcourt to create the Paris-inspired space, which showcases the full offer from Paul & Joe in one place for the first time.


Retail leaders reviewed

John Timpson, boss of the shoe repair and key-cutting chain, has produced a fascinating history of the UK retail scene in his new book, High Street Heroes: The Story of British Retail in 50 People, an ideal stocking filler for anyone with a passing interest in selling fashion and other stuff. Marcus Sieff, who worked at M&S for almost 50 years until 1984, comes top of the heap. Not many would argue with that.

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