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Off the record

Rumours, gossip, parties

DISCOVER THE ELIXIR OF LINGERIE

Lingerie brand Lejaby marked the launch of its new range, Elixir de Lingerie, with a party at Rigby & Peller's store on London's Conduit Street, where it will be exclusively sold. Rigby & Peller owner June Kenton (right) joined Lejaby chief executive Jack McLaughlin at the event.

MANGO DOES IT BY THE BOOK

Spanish retailer Mango celebrated its 20th year in the industry at an event in London last week. A curious choice of tea or cocktails was offered at the event at Old Billingsgate Market, where Mango unveiled a commemorative book, called Prestige, filled with images from its past. Mango president Isak Andic and model Lizzy Jagger, face of the group's UK chain, helped to spread the word.

DENIM DYNAMOS

Denim brand Wrangler celebrated the opening of its first UK concept store on Carnaby Street in London last week. From left, Drapers' Sam Schneider chatted to Wrangler's Andy Knowles, Louise Vaughan, Andy Gooday, Sufia Asghar and Peter Wilson. Partygoers were later treated to a live performance from singer Calvin Harris.

PRIDE IN A LABEL SHIFTS WITH M&S'S FORTUNES

Speaking to retail managers at this year's BSSA Retail Masters Forum at Said Business School in Oxford, Fat Face chairman Alan Giles (above left) revealed a little about his dressing habits. For some years he's worn the same Marks & Spencer dinner jacket to black-tie events. But in M&S's less popular years, he worried about taking it off and revealing the label to his peers, so opted to keep it on just in case. "But now I flaunt it - it's cool to be wearing M&S again," he said.

HITTING THE SOUK

Baugur unveiled its new Souk format last week in Stockholm. Jane Norman operations director Emma Welford, finance director Ian Findlay and chief executive Saj Shah joined the celebrations (1), as did Day Birger et Mikkelsen founder Keld Mikkelsen (2). Also at the event were Souk boss Ake Hellqvist (left) and Baugur boss Jon Asgeir Johannesson (3), while Sir Philip Green paid a visit the next day to view the in-store Topman and Topshop offer (4).

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