US October retail sales rise, consumer confidence jumps ahead of Holiday season

US consumers are stepping up their retail spend as cheaper fuel and an improving jobs market boosts confidence ahead of the Holiday shopping season. US retail sales rebounded in October, the Commerce Department said Friday, while consumer sentiment rose to 89.4 this month, its highest level since July 2007, according to a Thomson-Reuters/University of Michigan survey, also released Friday. Retail ...
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Cap Table Lamp by KaschKasch for Normann Copenhagen

German design duo KaschKasch have created a new lighting piece for Normann Copenhagen called Cap. The shape of the diffuser draws inspiration from a cartoon character named Calimero: a chicken with an eggshell on its head.
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Mary Kantrantzou x Adidas Originals- in stores Nov. 15th

Mary Kantrantzou teams up with Adidas to reinvent iconic archival trainer sneakers worn by medal winners in the '70s and '80s. The vibrant collection features coloured enamel toe spikes, golden hardware, abstract floral print mesh, embossed logo patterns and eclectic textural combinations. Staying true to Kantrantzou's print-centric heart, the collaboration also includes an apparel capsule with close-up sneaker sublimated imagery. ...
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Kipling launches metallic range just in time for the festive season.

Lifestyle brand Kipling  - long renowned for functional, affordable design - have launched a glittering metallics range just in time for the festive season. The trademark 'City Pack B' gets a luxurious makeover in pale silver, with this new collection also marking the launch of the small but perfectly formed 'Abela' across-body bag.    
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Wal-Mart US comps in surprise Q3 revival ahead of all-out Holiday discount price war

After an almost two-year lapse Wal-Mart Thursday reported a surprise rise in domestic same-store sales while the world’s biggest retailer also lodged Q3 earnings that beat analysts’ expectations. Its shares rose 3.2% to $81.73 in afternoon trading. First the big news: Same-store sales in the US rose 0.5% as total sales rose 2.9% to $119bn, albeit helped by a strong performance ...
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Denham Launches First Dedicated Denim Bar for Women

Denham the Jeanmaker expands its retail presence in the their hometown hub of the 9-streets neighbourhood in Amsterdam with the opening of their first women's denim bar. Denham the Jeanmaker has come a long way since 2008, when it first opened its doors on Prinsengracht 493 – 495 in Amsterdam. Over the past 6 years founder Jason Denham has steadily expanding the brand ...
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Café ArtScience by Mathieu Lehanneur

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur has collaborated with David Edwards, the founder of Le Laboratoire, to launch a new cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Café ArtScience combines a restaurant, auditorium, bar, concept store and art gallery into one dynamic venue. Aiming to bring together the atmosphere of a scientific laboratory and literary salon, the cafe is positioned between MIT and Harvard.
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Fashion Forward Conference: 5 Key Takeaways

Fashion’s Collective, a digital marketing consultancy group, held its fourth annual Fashion Forward conference last Thursday in New York City. The conference focused on “The Dynamic Consumer in a Digital Marketplace,” which is a key issue for retailers. It’s not easy to win over this fickle and always-evolving customer, but Fashion Forward’s speakers offered great insight on the topic. Here ...
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Ted Baker revenues impress again, expects slight dip in H2 margins

Ted Baker on Thursday delivered another strong set of trading figures for the 13 weeks to November 8, although the UK-based fashion retailer warned H2 gross margins will be just below last year on a shift in the mix of sales. It also said reaction to its autumn/winter collections across international markets has been “very encouraging”. Total revenues for the ...
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Small wins: Asos’s data-driven male models

Using data to discover which models appeal most to shoppers is nothing new for online retailer Asos, but this practice has now spread beyond womenswear into menswear. In the last six months the menswear team has been working more closely with production to make decisions on product presentation. This includes refining how all menswear product is shot but also more in-depth ...
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The Beard Collection by Murdock London

A great beard doesn't just happen. Like all important things in life, facial hair demands care and attention. That's why Murdock London has created the new Beard Shampoo & Conditioner and Beard Oil to complement their award-winning Beard moisturiser. These products are made of the finest natural ingredients and the advanced pH-balanced formula contains no harsh detergents. I was lucky enough ...
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Donghia Launches 2015 Fabric Collection

US brand Donghia has launched its 2015 fabric collection, Past Perfect. Inspired by the rich and glamorous era of the 1920 and 1930s, textures and elegant detailing are important across each fabric. 
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TOY: Jeremy Scott’s first fragrance for Moschino

He’s known for his fun-loving approach to fashion so it’s of no surprise that Jeremy Scott, who was appointed as Moschino’s creative director just last year, has gone all out for his first fragrance launch for the brand. Attempting to defy expectations and produce a perfume unlike any other, Scott’s TOY fragrance is playfully housed within a very fuzzy-faced bear whose ...
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Mayumi Otero at Le Musée de poche

Illustrator Mayumi Oteros creates strong, visual narratives in bold retro style colours that help transport us into her strange mythical looking worlds. Her most recent work, the book "it turns like that" will be published by Editions red ant and coincides with an exhibition of her work currently on display at Le Musée de poche until the 22nd Nov.  
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SAN FRANCISCO: Ai WeiWei’s @Large

China's most controversial artist-activist, Ai Weiwei has mounted a multi-disciplinary site-specific exhibition throughout the infamous Alcatraz federal penitentiary. 
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