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Off the Record, December 7 2013

The Drapers social whirl.

Saville’s Lacoste party

Lacoste threw a bash at the Secret Garden on the roof of London’s Shoreditch House, for the launch of a collaboration with graphic designer Peter Saville to celebrate the French brand’s 80th anniversary. Guests were treated to cocktails and canapés while DJs Adrian Forster and Ralph Hardy kept the party going.

Saluting Mr Henri

Fifty years of sailing brand Henri Lloyd and the life of co-founder Henri Strzelecki were celebrated last week at a dinner that brought together friends from all over the world. The following day almost 200 people attended a memorial for ‘Mr Henri’, who died aged 87 last December. Leopoldo Poppi of Tomasoni Topsail, which has represented Henri Lloyd in Italy for 40 years, reminisced with Henri’s sons, Martin and Paul, joint chief executives of the firm.

Betty backs Britain

The UK Fashion & Textile Association held a reception to mark the relaunch of its Let’s Make It Here UK manufacturers’ website at London’s City Hall. Designer Betty Jackson gave an inspirational speech at the end of the night. Pictured with Jackson, right, are DISC’s Demelza Galica and UKFT’s John Miln.

Taking Harvey Nichols by storm

The founders of Scandinavian raincoat specialist Norwegian Rain were in London to mark the brand’s exclusive UK launch into Harvey Nichols’ Knightsbridge flagship, unveiling a special shop-in-shop-cum-exhibition concept.

Created in collaboration with creative collective The Coal Project, the installation will run until the end of January.

On your bike, Barbour

Memories of racing with Steve McQueenwere swapped by motorcycling legends Johnny Brittain and John Giles at a party to celebrate the bike-themed Barbour International shop on Piccadilly, London. Dame Margaret Barbour, chairman of the company, was the hostess for the evening and admitted she had been on a motorcycle only once, as a pillion passenger. Her memory of the experience was that it was “terrifying”.

Pretty sharp suiting

Pretty Green launched its new Tailoring collection in Covent Garden. Singer Eugene McGuinness performed an acoustic set followed by Tim Burgess on the decks as guests browsed the offer. Shortlist magazine’s Hamish McBain took a closer look with Pretty Green’s Dean West.

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