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Off the record, October 6 2012

White Stuff donned tea cosies, the Bunnymen hopped to Bench and LFW closed at The Shard.

What Bench Concept Store launch party      

Where The Northern Quarter, Manchester      

store manager Ben Lovatt, sales assistant Mike Farrell, Trafford store manager Andy Canning and sales assistants Niall Furlong and Rafaella Fiocca

store manager Ben Lovatt, sales assistant Mike Farrell, Trafford store manager Andy Canning and sales assistants Niall Furlong and Rafaella Fiocca

Young fashion brand Bench celebrated the launch of its new concept store last month with members of the Bench team toasting the opening – (from left) store manager Ben Lovatt, sales assistant Mike Farrell, Trafford store manager Andy Canning and sales assistants Niall Furlong and Rafaella Fiocca.

The food and drink Canapés supplied by Harvey Nichols Manchester, plus beer and champagne Who came? Echo and the Bunnymen and The Lightning Seeds popped by on the night to check out the launch.

What White Stuff’s National Wear a Tea Cosy on Your Head Day

Where White Stuff boardroom, London               

(back row from left) Debbie Hewitt, Nick Mather, Alistair Kerr, Vince Gwilliam, (front row) George Treves, Sean Thomas and Sally Bailey

(back row from left) Debbie Hewitt, Nick Mather, Alistair Kerr, Vince Gwilliam, (front row) George Treves, Sean Thomas and Sally Bailey

Lifestyle retailer White Stuff celebrated its third National Wear a Tea Cosy on Your Head Day in September. The board of directors (back row from left) Debbie Hewitt, Nick Mather, Alistair Kerr, Vince Gwilliam, (front row) George Treves, Sean Thomas and Sally Bailey joined the fun.

How much? The day raises money for various charities and last year the chain raised over £30,000.

Nigel Blow and Lorraine Keane at the opening of the Arnotts Shoe Garden

Nigel Blow and Lorraine Keane at the opening of the Arnotts Shoe Garden

What Arnotts Shoe Garden launch          

Where Dublin   

Department store Arnotts launched its 10,000 sq ft Shoe Garden last month, featuring 50,000 pairs of shoes. Pop star Alesha Dixon and Irish broadcaster and journalist Lorraine Keane (right) joined Arnotts chief executive Nigel Blow (left) in celebrating the new department.

The food Shoe-shaped cookies and shoe cupcakes by celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna.

Entertainment Music by Jungle Boogie and a choreographed shoe fashion show on a grass carpet, which wowed all those in attendance with Run DMC’s Walk This Way and Alesha Dixon’s The Boy Does Nothing.

What A celebration of a year of British Fashion 2012       

Where The Shard, London          

Samantha Cameron, Irvine Sellar, Natalie Massenet, Harold Tillman and Caroline Rush

Samantha Cameron, Irvine Sellar, Natalie Massenet, Harold Tillman and Caroline Rush

London Fashion Week closed with a celebration of British Fashion. (From left) Samantha Cameron, entrepreneur Irvine Sellar, Net-a-Porter founder (and British Fashion Council chairman elect) Natalie Massenet, BFC chairman Harold Tillman and BFC chief executive Caroline Rush celebrated at The View from The Shard.

The food Miniature Scotch quail eggs, Cumberland sausages with apple sauce and Yorkshire puddings with roast beef.

The drinks Champagne, merlot, pinot grigio, London-brewed beer, and sparkling elderflower cordial.

Shhhhhh!

Which member of the Drapers team fell over after receiving a rather over-enthusiastic high five from one of her industry contacts?

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