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Off the record, October 7 2011

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

20 years young Recruitment firm Fashion & Retail Personnel celebrated turning 20 with a party at the Radisson Blu hotel in London. Enjoying the fun were (from left) Debenhams’ Laura Wintle, Julie Mann of Fashion & Retail Personnel, Debenhams’ Tom Sayer and Julie Mann from B&M.

Fresh face Boxfresh and M&P Models enlisted the help of Drapers’ Marie Davies to find a new face for the brand’s spring 12 campaign. Winner Daniel Cronin (centre)is pictured with Boxfresh’s Mark Underwood and Marie Davies.

Not so new year Utility bag brand Eastpak held a party in the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London, last week to celebrate a very early New Year, claiming that September is the new January. Counting down to midnight were (from left) Eastpak’s Natasha Pack, Drapers’ Graeme Moran and Eastpak’s Steve Dyer and Claire Cosgrove.

House of shirts Retailer TM Lewin and Shelter, the homelessness charity, built a house made out of shirts as part of The National Shirt Exchange Week project, which aimed to drive awareness of housing and homelessness issues. The house of shirts was in Paternoster Square in the City of London. Actor Marcus Patrick (pictured left, with TM Lewin’s Geoff Quinn) supported the event.

Italian menu Micam attendees took time out to tuck into local fare. (From right) Graeme Nichol,33 Joints; Danny Shaw, Secret-Sales; Antony Nathan, 33 Joints; Neil Steptoe, Kurt Geiger; Alex Cloot, 33 Joints; Andy Magill, Patrick Cox; Lucy Potucek, Drapers; Sach Kukadia, SecretSales; Dave McDonogh, Epic Footwear; and Mansi Gupta, 33 Joints.

Shhhhhhh! Which footwear brand owner stripped off and swam across the canal in Milan during footwear trade show Micam?

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