21st century revamp at New Look’s Oxford Circus flagship

New Look has opened the doors to its revamped Oxford Circus flagship, which puts the focus on product and makes greater use of videos and in-store iPads. All four floors of the 26,000sq ft store have been completely refurbished and remerchandised with a much clearer, uncluttered layout designed to show off the product and to increase sales space. The refit also ...
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Kurt Geiger enjoys “tremendous” trading as handbags, online growth excels

UK-based fashion footwear retailer Kurt Geiger has bucked a tough retail climate reporting Sunday a double digit jump in Q3 and seven-month same-store sales, boosted by strong demand for handbags. The former Jones Group business also expects double digit sales growth for fiscal 2014 and "strong" underlying profits as the privately held retailer announced it will add a London flagship ...
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Lidl now launches menswear after “phenomenal” womenswear debut

European discount supermarket chain Lidl has launched a men's fashion collection in the UK, following the successful debut into womenswear in late summer. The retailer will sell nine menswsear items, including T- shirts for £6.99 and jeans for £7.99, as well as cotton jumpers, winter jackets, and footwear. The range will be in stores until it has sold existing stock. Lidl sold ...
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The Pantone Hotel in Brussels

Interior designer Michel Penneman, architect Olivier Hannaert and photographer Victor Levy have created The Pantone Hotel TM in Brussels.  The hotel uses seven colour palettes spread over fifty nine rooms. These rooms are painted predominately white with vibrant accents of Pantone hues. The signature Pantone mugs and chairs also feature in the hotel, as well as photographs created from the ...
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Pop Art Fashion By EFVVA S/S15

Spring/Summer 15 sees children’s brand EFVVA draw inspiration from Andy Warhol and the 1960s. This pop bright, quirky photo shoot by Paulina Kania, styled by Anastazja Borowska captures the fun and creativity associated with the brand perfectly. Key pieces include, a layered tulle party frock with cartoon style minni mouse bodice and sportier jersey separates featuring hand drawn Warhol inspired linear ...
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Seoul sees biggest mall opening

The biggest shopping mall in South Korea has opened in Seoul last week after several delays by the city government over safety and traffic concerns. Lotte World Mall, located in Jamsil, is a retail and entertainment complex spanning 200,000 sq m connecting to high-end department store Avenuel, the country’s largest cinema complex and aquarium, a concert hall and a 123-story ...
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Storytelling anchors first spate of holiday campaign releases

The holiday campaigns are beginning to trickle in from big brands and retailers and already storytelling appears to be the winning ticket this season.  Storytelling in the context of the festive period is not entirely new, though retailers are expanding their approach to focus more on relatable humanity this year, as described in WGSN's Cannes Lions 2014 Big Ideas report, meaning narratives that are common to society. At ...
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Denim Art Project: Candiani x Der Ver Azul

During the Kingpins show in Amsterdam this week, the WGSN denim team was introduced to artist Juan Manuel Gomez who creating stunning artworks that combine denim laundries with his technical processes. One of the most alluring qualities of denim is its demographic appeal. The versatility of the fabric and its adaptability to different life styles has seen it appear not only through the language ...
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Eye-catching Modernist Illustrations by Stephen Baker

We recently stumbled across the eye-catching pop illustrations by Melbourne based artist & creative, Stephen Baker. His illustrative style is distinctive, using thick keylines and colour blocking to form his minimal pictorials. We also love his repeat patterns that are a clever cross between stained glass windows, iconic Mondrian paintings with the fun characters of Keith Haring. Primaries are paired with graphic monochrome ...
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Hermès sales rise 10.6% despite China slowdown, leather goods and ready-to-wear demand “dynamic”

French luxury goods house Hermès International overcame sluggish demand in China to deliver improved sales in Q3, driven by strong demand for its leather goods and ready-to-wear, but although Hermès stood by its full-year targets it admitted its operating margin could be slightly lower than 2013. For Q3, Hermès sales rose 10.6% year-on-year, or up 11.1% currency neutral, to €990.6m ...
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New Carpet Designs by Christian Fischbacher

Swiss manufacturer Christian Fischbacher has introduced a collection of beautiful new carpet designs to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the family brand. Based in the town of St. Gallen, a historic centre for textile manufacturing since the 13th century, the company remains owned and managed by the founding family. Christian Fischbacher is a name internationally known for high end bedding, bath and carpet ...
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LOS ANGELES: Dsquared2

The first American flagship for the Italian designers Dean and Dan Caten, known better as Dsquared2, has opened on iconic Rodeo Drive.
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MELBOURNE: Black Market

Blackhearts & Sparrows’ latest venture is new pop-up Black Market on Fitzroy’s Smith Street.
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Personalised 3D Printed Candles by iMakr x Le Bon Marché

3D printing company iMakr has collaborated with department store Le Bon Marché to offer customers personalised 3D printed candles in the shapes of miniature bust sculptures. Called Scandles, the candles are made using a 3D scan of the customer, which is taken in-store in a scanning booth. The file is then sent over to an iMakr store in London, where
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Hot September cools Marks & Spencer’s apparel recovery but profits return, shares jump

As expected, UK retail giant Marks & Spencer battled through the latter stages of a difficult H1 with its clothing sales down yet again, hurt by a warm September. But the retailer did post a rise in underlying H1 profit for the first time in four years, benefiting from improved margins and a good performance in food, sending its shares ...
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