Habitat opens its largest ‘Mini Habitat’ store

The Mini Habitat project in Homebase stores was first launched in 2012 and recently the company opened the 35th (and largest) retail space following this new model. The 5,600sqft shop in Chichester (UK) showcases over 1,300 products from the Habitat collection, including furniture, lighting, homewares and accessories. “The Mini Habitat project has allowed us to extend our physical presence across the ...
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ELEVENPARIS Announces Denim Line in Collaboration with April 77

French fashion label Elevenparis taps Brice Partouche, founder of denim brand April 77 to help co-create their debut denim collection. We're big fans of April 77 so we were excited to hear the news that founder Brice Partouche was involved in the development local Parisian fashion label Elevenparis on their upcoming denim line. Dan Cohen, one of Elenparis' two founders said ...
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STOCKHOLM: NK unveils new restaurants designed by Svenskt Tenn

Renowned Stockholm department store NK (Nordiska Kompaniet) has unveiled four new restaurants, with the interior design by Cilla Ramnek and Martin Edvardsson from Svenskt Tenn’s interior design studio.
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Oxford Industries puts “For Sale” sign on Ben Sherman

Oxford Industries has put  loss making British brand Ben Sherman up for sale. At its full year results yesterday it announced it has appointed Financo as its financial adviser to manage a sale and seek a buyer, it expects to do a deal this year. The business bought Ben Sherman for $146m in 2014 since then it has struggled to stay ...
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Amazon ‘in talks’ to buy Net-a-Porter

Amazon is understood to be in “ongoing talks” to buy luxury online retailer Net-a-Porter from Richemont, reports WWD. Net-a-Porter could fetch a price of €2bn ($2.19bn) if sold although no deal has yet been confirmed. Amazon is known to be on the search for an online luxury business and continues its efforts to establish a credible fashion retail offer and presence ...
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BERLIN: The Proposal B&B

Previously a success in Zurich, the pioneering art-meets-accomodation project The Proposal has popped up in Berlin for its sixth venture, comprising a B&B operating within a gallery space for guests to become fully immersed in.
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Hackett ‘Little Britons’ A/W 2015 press day

Hackett's 'Little Britons' A/W 15 press day showcases a collection inspired by family weekend getaways to the countryside. Outerwear pieces include a shawl collared, down-filled jacket and colourful heritage style parka; warm and protective for family winter walks. A significant amount of smart tailoring pieces are on offer also, rich tweed jackets in jewel like colours paired with chinos, corduroys and ...
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Hermès profits up 9%, but sales growth to slow in 2015

French luxury goods maker Hermès’ warned its sales growth will slow this year as it reported a 9% rise in profits for 2014.The brand's strategy of focusing on higher end exclusive product stood it in good stead  in 2014 with net profit up 9% to €859m ($938.5 million) and full-year operating profits up 7% to €1.3bn. But currency effects related ...
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H&M Q1 profits soar 36%, CEO warns of strengthening US dollar headwinds

H&M turned in strong profit results for the first quarter of the year citing an improving store base, online growth and well received collections for driving the business forward. Post-tax profits were up 36% to SEK3.61 bn( $451.3 m) with the retailer turning in a gross margin of 55.2% up from 54.9% last year. The pace of current trading has slowed slightly, ...
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From simple morning shower to customised spa experience

As the search for calm and quietude intensifies, the bathroom is gaining in importance as a place to retreat to and spend quality time indulging oneself. In line with this trend, Essio's Aromatherapy Shower brings the spa to any bathroom. An oil diffuser very simply hooks onto the shower head, and lets out calming or revitalising scents, from eucalyptus to peppermint, bergamot or lavender. Various kits ...
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SXSW Interactive – the 10 big ideas you need to know about

Retail innovation was seriously discussed at this year’s SXSW Interactive festival. Whether over drinks, at salon lunches or in line for some of the busiest sessions dedicated to that theme, everything related to this space was hotly debated, and not just by fashion people. We covered the topic day-to-day last week with stories ranging from tips for start-ups from venture capitalists, ...
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Supreme x UNDERCOVER Spring/Summer 2015 Collection -

Having set the bar high with their collaboration projects over the past few years, Supreme continues its ascent, teaming up with none other than Jun Takahashi's UNDERCOVER. After news dropped via Japan's SENSE magazine earlier this month, Supreme officially announce the full preview of their upcoming collaboration with the renowned premium streetwear label. The collaboration comes after a run of high ...
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The Danger of Over-Messaging and the Rise of the ‘Deletist’ Consumer

In theory it’s never been a better time to be a brand or retail marketer with access to data increasing and opportunities to build customer relationships at an all-time high. But – as ever – there is a balance to be found. In the move towards more relevant, contexturally-driven communications and a more intimate relationship with customers, there are signs that ...
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Marc By Marc Jacobs axed as Marc Jacobs gets focused

Designer Marc Jacobs has confirmed that diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs is to be integrated into the mainline business and the future of the Marc by Marc Jacobs stores and staff are all under review. Marc Jacobs, which is majority owned by LVMH, aims to integrate some of the diffusion line’s approach and price points into mainline broadening its appeal. The ...
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SEOUL: Fashion Week for Foodies

As a major event in the Asian catwalk calendar,  Seoul Fashion Week once again becomes the focal point of industry professionals looking for the freshest trends of this fast emerging Asian market.
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