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Off the Record, November 23 2013

The Drapers social whirl.

Rhodes to Liverpool

Designer Zandra Rhodes visited womenswear independent Boudoir Boutique in Liverpool to launch her new handbag collection as part of an in-store event. Owner Louise Kavanagh and her daughter, the store’s buyer and manager Amy Louise Keating, told Drapers the event was “a huge success” - so much so that they are already putting in a repeat order for the bags.

From retail to the high seas

On November 25 former Shop Direct Group boss Mark Newton-Jones will set sail as he takes part in ARC 2013, the world’s largest ocean race. Traversing the 2,800 nautical miles across the Atlantic, Newton-Jones is raising money for charities Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust and Children with Cancer UK. You can pledge your support at

Toasting Carven

Carven creative director Guillaume Henry invited guests including Club 21’s Howe Cheng and Anna Wasowska and blogger and model Bip Ling to Bibendum restaurant to celebrate the label’s first London boutique on Pelham Street. Mini steaks and foie gras tempted tastebuds.

Happy hammers score for charity

West Ham footballers Mark Noble and Joe Cole lent their support to the Secret Garden Ball at Canary Wharf in London. The event was held to raise money for Richard House, a children’s hospice in east London. The hospice has been the chosen charity for Aurora Fashions for many years, and Aurora deputy managing director Jess Wilks was joined by David Blakeney, head of store development at House of Fraser as well as the Hammers duo on the night. The event raised more than £80,000 for the charity.

Selfridges shines a light on Christmas

Selfridges hosted fashion’s finest for a reception celebrating the Oxford Street Christmas lights switch-on.

Canapés were washed down with champagne as singer Jessie J flicked the switch. Drapers’ Catherine Neilan was snapped with Selfridges UK managing director Anne Pitcher.

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