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Off the record, October 28 2011

Drapers gets the lowdown on the latest gossip and reports back from the hottest parties and events

The breakfast club Womenswear chain Oasis celebrated the reopening of its refurbished flagship store on London’s Argyll Street with a breakfast for the fashion press. On hand to offer tours around the store were (from left) Oasis’s Andy Griffiths, Liz Evans and Clive Reeve.

Jersey boys Sports brand Le Coq Sportif was unveiled as the official jersey sponsor of the Tour de France in Paris. Ex-tennis pro Yannick Noah (left) and former cyclist Pedro Delgado posed with the new yellow jersey.

Queen of Manchester Retail guru Mary Portas visited footwear retailer Clarks’ Manchester city centre store for the launch of her footwear collaboration and to meet and greet customers.

Sunday with Firetrap Young fashion brand Firetrap threw a party at 33 Portland Place in London to mark its collaboration with DJ and blogger Sunday Girl, aka Jade Williams. Williams donned items from the new Sunday Girl for Firetrap collection.

Buyers give brands a beating Terry Bates, UK managing director of Dutch denim brand Denham, and Carl Peddie, owner of young fashion indie Diffusion organised a brands versus buyers football match in London this month. The final score was 5-2 to the blue-clad buyers, who were led by Peddie.


Which brand’s managing director had to get his PA to answer his mobile phone because he was too busy playing netball?

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