Hisashi Hidano Baby

These handmade baby pram shoes are cropping up in lots of editorial shoots at the moment. Designed and produced in Florence by Japanese craftsman, Hisashi Hidano they are developed with playfulness and wit in mind. Our favourite pieces include skeleton toes, zigzag smile and sharks. Check out the great atmospheric shots of the workshop below where the items are expertly constructed ...
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Grown up ’70s and a mix of the future at Vuitton -

Paris: For Louis Vuitton, Nicolas Ghesquière continued to build on the ideas he put forward for his Fall debut collection, and consequently, this Spring/Summer 2015 became more rounded, grown up and cohesive. The ‘show’ opened with a group of beautifully executed little dresses, sweet tops and jackets, crocheted with finite details and played back with abbreviated jackets made up of strips of ...
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Confident Ted Baker delivers strong H1, second half starts well

UK fashion retailer Ted Baker gave a confident outlook Thursday after saying it saw strong performances across its global markets as H1 profits and revenues impressed. The retailer also noted that its H2 had “started well” with a good performance from its autumn/winter collections “despite unusually warm weather in September”. Pre-tax profit for the 28 weeks to August 9 leapt ...
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Musical Food: Multi-Sensory Meatballs & Mixology

Two design studios have developed new products that pair food and drink with music in innovative ways. Bompas & Parr's latest project, the Chladni Punch Bowl (named after German physicist Ernst Chladni), pairs cocktails with corresponding music, using the vibrations of the sound moving through the bowl to jig the liquid as if it's dancing. Rum & Coke shimmies in the ...
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Beautyspotter App used to capture looks seen on Fashion Week’s Catwalks

The snapshot-based Beautyspotter app was used by selected high-profile press to upload their favourite behind-the-scenes beauty looks from September’s shows to social media. During Fashion Week, the company selected high-profile beauty press to ‘beautyspot’ the looks created backstage at the shows using the digital app with the hashtag #LFWBeautySpotter. The ‘beautyspotters’ were each given a new Olympus Pen Generation Camera, which ...
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Paola Navone’s First Textile Collection

Italian textiles company Rubelli has commissioned Paola Navone to create a colourful collection of fabrics for its Dominique Kieffer range, which launched this September. It is the first time the designer has worked on a textile collection and the result is faithful to her love for vibrant and textured surfaces.
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Are we over the next big thing? Omnichannel’s reality bites at Shop.org Summit

The US digital retail crowd hit Seattle this week for the National Retail Federation’s annual e-commerce event, the Shop.org Summit. Once a must-attend event for cutting-edge insights on what newness was coming out of the online retail space, this year felt like a repeat of many strategies we’ve heard before: the importance of mobile, the push for omnichannel, the overwhelming plethora ...
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Denim Design Talent: Ximon Lee

Young menswear designer Ximon Lee pushes the boundaries of denim textiles with his graduate collection that explores the contrast between synthetic and organic textures. A recent graduate of Parsons New School of Design, Ximon Lee emerged as one of 2014's most promising new design talents with his final thesis collection entitled “Children of Leningradsky.” A former intern for the likes of Calvin Klein ...
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Endgrain Collection by Raw Edges

Inspired by the way a plant transports water and nourishment from the roots through its grain, forward-thinking London-based design studio Raw Edges added pigment to the tree to try and get a block of wood painted from within. And it worked. The result is Endgrain, a collection of furniture and decorative accessories engulfed by a delicate three-dimensional pattern inspired by chequered textiles. The ...
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Three Key Themes from World Retail Congress 2014

With a central theme of disruption, the World Retail Congress in Paris this week has explored the challenges and opportunities in a new retail landscape where, to quote National Retail Federation chairman Steve Sadove, "the old rules no longer apply". Retailers have recognised the need to embrace these disruptions and are shaping their organisations to meet these head on. Leadership has ...
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eBay heads for split to create independent PayPal

US online retail giant eBay is to spin off its lucrative PayPal arm next year, aiming to help the unit compete better in the fast-moving online payments segment. After the announcement, eBay shares leapt 7.5% to close at $56.63. Although eBay CEO John Donahoe and CFO Bob Swan will lead the transition of both businesses, they will not hold executive ...
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Valentino captures the ethereal elegance of the Grand Tour -

Paris: For Spring/Summer, Pierpaolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri took us on a grand tour of Italy during the 18th century which was in-keeping with their trademark sumptuous, bohemian aesthetic. Pinafore dresses were narrowly cut leaving sides exposed. Expert craftsmanship could be seen at every turn, from the laser-cut skins to the lace insets and Broderie Anglaise. Ethereal chiffon gowns ...
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Sonia Rykiel returns to its roots with a new creative director at the helm -

Paris: This season marks Julie de Libran's first at the helm of Sonia Rykiel. With prior experience at Prada and Louis Vuitton under the direction of Marc Jacobs she is well prepared to take the French fashion house into its next phase. For her debut, de Libran looked back to Rykiel's inception, incorporating the signature stripe and of course, knitwear. ...
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Kapital Indigo No 8 Collection

Japanese denim craftsman Kapital release the 8th edition of their ongoing "Indigo" collection with a series of deep purple denims. While Kapital are known for their beautiful use of indigo shades fall 2014 sees the brand introduce a more vibrant shade to their denim collections. The small range is part of the ongoing Indigo collection, and the follow on from the ...
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LONDON: Victoria Beckham Flagship

Victoria Beckham has opened her debut store on Dover Street in Mayfair, London.
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