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Off the Record

Rumours, gossip, parties

SAMUEL GIVES HIS STAFF A RUN FOR THEIR MONEY

Hobbs managing director Nick Samuel (third from right) persuaded his staff to take part in a spot of team building - by running the London Marathon. He finished in three hours and 45 minutes, and the Hobbs team, including colleagues Chris Sheldon, Roy Miller and Laura Chantry, raised £14,000 for charity Retail Trust.

LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN

With The Duke of Kent in attendance, the British Menswear Guild conjured up a fittingly swish reception and networking event for its Russian customers this week at London's Kensington Palace. Guild chairman and Daks menswear design director Bruce Montgomery (above left) welcomed the guests (1). Other sophisticated revellers included accessories designer Ally Capellino and BMB's Kevin Stone (2), who revealed that the group's Baracuta label had joined the BMG - it also put on an impressive display at the event (3).

NEW LOOK-ING THE PART

New Look drafted in what must have been student actors for its press day last week, one to represent each of its trend stories for autumn. The least fortunate ended up spending the whole day stretching at an exercise barre, gazing at themselves in a mirrored dressing table or singing folk tunes. At least the embodiment of the King's Road look (pictured) was able to busy herself by spinning some discs and bopping about on her podium.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION SPORTS

Boardsports brand Quiksilver took the idea of ski gear to a new level this week as it unleashed its latest technological wizardry. This heavy-duty Robocop-style prototype ski jacket not only has a camcorder built into the goggles, but also boasts solar panels plastered up the sleeve and shoulder, with a video screen built into the forearm. Not so good for breaking your fall if you wipe out halfway down a black run ...

SEKO IN M1NT CONDITION

Retailers and brands were out in force to chink glasses in a toast to new logistics business Seko Synergy at Mayfair's fashionable M1NT club in London last week. Paul Lockwood of Criminal, Kerry Glenn of Papaya Lingerie, Emma Mallard of Reiss and Pink Soda's David Solomon (1) partied past bedtime, while Ann Summers' Vanessa Gold was sold on the business by Seko Synergy's Mark White (right) and Dave Emerson (2).

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