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Off the record, February 16 2013

Barbour caught a Bugg, Raging Bull had a Ball, Subspecies was born and Oroblu stepped out

What Jake Bugg visits Barbour

Where Barbour store, South Shields

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg stopped off at the Barbour factory shop in South Shields along with his band mates before his gig in Newcastle recently. The Lightning Bolt singer (pictured) tried on a selection of jackets from the spring 13 collection.

Who Bugg was joined by his drummer Jack Atherton and bassist Tom Robertson.

What Subspecies - debut collection launch

Where Village Underground, Shoreditch



Subspecies, an electronic music-inspired brand, launched with a party with tunes from electronic artist Boys Noize. Daniel Morris, interim brand director (fourth from left) and brand manager Matt Winton (far right) were among those toasting the brand.

The drinks Provided by sponsor Smirnoff.

What Raging Bull at the Retail Trust Ball

Where Grosvenor House hotel, London

Retail Trust Ball

Retail Trust Ball

Representatives from sportswear brand Raging Bull were among the many guests at the recent Retail Trust Ball, which raises money for charity Retail Trust. Chief executives from all the major high street retailers attended the event, which raised more than £1m. Former England rugby international and Raging Bull founder Phil Vickery (left) is pictured with John King from House of Fraser and Raging Bull managing director Shannon Mercer.

The food A three-course dinner.

The entertainment The ball was hosted by comedian Brian Conley.

What Catwalk launch of bodywear and hosiery brand Oroblu’s autumn 13 range

Where Westbury Hotel, Mayfair



Italian hosiery brand Oroblu hosted a catwalk to launch its hosiery, lingerie and shapewear collections to buyers and media. Pictured are a quartet of models showing off the range.

The food An Italian-themed buffet.

The drinks Prosecco.

Which department store chief executive revealed to Drapers that he was secretly coveting a onesie?

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