Black Friday discounts boosted UK retail sales in November – BRC

The UK’s version of the US Black Friday shopping spree pushed retail sales up 2.2% year-on-year to a three-month high in November, according to The British Retail Consortium (BRC) and KPMG survey Tuesday. Retail sales also grew 1.4% in the year to October. Clothing, however, was the worst performing UK retail sector in November, despite a boost from Black Friday promotions, ...
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Serpentine Pavilion 2015 by SelgasCano

Fresh off the press, Spanish award-winning architecture studio SegasCano has been announced as the designer of the 2015 Serpentine Pavilion in London's Kensington Gardens.
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Jose Levy’s Fireworks at Monoprix

Designer Jose Levy has taken inspiration from memories of New Year’s fireworks in Reykjavik, Iceland, to form his festive Christmas collection for French store Monoprix. He has applied bursting fireworks in vibrant colours and patterns across a range of product categories including homewares.
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Prada profits, sales fall in “challenging” market, leather goods dip to be countered with wider-appeal bag range

Italian luxury fashion house Prada on Friday blamed “challenging” market conditions, particularly in Asia, for a hefty dip in nine-month profits but added it remains confident mid-term. Earnings for the nine-months to end-October fell 27.6% to €319.3m ($394.9m) while they slumped 43.8% for the August-October quarter to €74.47m, the latter falling short of the €97m analysts had forecast. Total sales in the ...
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Hebe A/W 14/15

Introducing a winter time collection from our favourite Latvian brand Hebe. The collection called 'Neverending story' steps into the mystical world of children's dreams, magic and fairy-tales. The colours remain powdery with soft chambray blue dresses and shirts teaming with fluffy pink tulles and knitted accessories for girls. Bow ties feature for boys as a cute day to party styling ...
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US November comps impress, Old Navy stars, figures encouraging for December – ICSC

US apparel retailers Thursday reported impressively higher same-store sales for November as early promotions and an improving economy kept hopes for a strong Holiday trading period very much alive. Of the dwindling number of retailers still presenting monthly comp figures, chains posted an overall same-store sales gain of 4.9% for November, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). "Sales showed ...
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Sisley Gift by Fabrica Design Studio

Fabrica Design Studio has designed Sisley Gift, a mini collection of accessories that express the character of Italian fashion brand Sisley.
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Harvey Nichols offers a luxury beauty gift with purchase for Christmas shoppers

Harvey Nichols offers a limited edition beauty gift with purchase this Christmas in-stores and online. Customers that spend £150 on beauty, will receive this goody bag filled with luxury brands from REN, ghd, Eve Lom, Rodial and Ole Henriksen, to name but a few. Worth over £250, the beauty gift with purchase includes 22 products from the Beyond Beauty department, cherry-picked ...
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Designing Experience: Key Themes From REMIX Summit 2014

Held at Google's London headquarters this week, REMIX Summit brought together entrepreneurs and innovators from technology, art and culture for two days of panels and keynotes. With a focus on experience design, digital curation and immersive storytelling, the key ideas from the summit apply across many industries, from event design to retail and marketing.
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MAC x Prabal Gurung Make-Up Collection

This week saw the launch of the long awaited MAC colour collection designed in collaboration with American fashion designer Prabal Gurung. Housed in custom-designed, square, golden packaging with a mesh-like pattern overlay, the collection is striking and glamorous, in-keeping with the designer’s trademark look. Said to have taken two years to create, the 14 piece make-up collection was inspired by the designer’s ...
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Paper Gaming – Lumino City

London-based game design studio State of Play has developed its new computer game with a set constructed entirely from paper, cardboard and glue. The 10ft-high world of Lumino City offers houses, gardens and civic amenities to explore, all built by a team of six including an architect, animator and model maker.
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Satellite by Tomáš Varga for Brokis

Czech designer Tomáš Varga has collaborated with lighting manufacturer Brokis to create the Satellite lighting range. The lamp is available in three versions (floor, table and ceiling) and comprises a strip of light attached to a ball and socket system which allows full freedom of movement.
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Introducing: Maple Motorcycle Jeans

Kickstarter label Maple Jeans is helping to reignite the British made clothing industry with high-end selvedge jeans, delivered to you at half the price of retail. Kickstarter campaigns have become a revolutionary movement in the denim arena helping to launch small start-ups through the crowd-funding model. While the topic is heavily debated in the denim community, the platform has given birth to some truly ...
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STOCKHOLM: Svenskt Tenn Christmas Market

Stockholm store Svenskt Tenn has announced the opening of its Christmas Market, selling a beautiful array of Christmas tree decorations, gifts and other items.
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Pantone Announces 2015 Colour of the Year – Marsala

Global colour authority Pantone has announced its Colour of the Year for 2015: PANTONE® 18-1438 Marsala, a rich wine red. "While PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid, the captivating 2014 colour of the year, encouraged creativity and innovation, Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability," says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.
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