Zara opens record fifth store on Oxford Street

Spanish retail giant Zara has opened a new flagship store at the eastern end of Oxford Street, bringing its total number of stores on the street to a record-breaking five. At 4,500sq m, it's also one of the largest Zara stores in the UK and carries the complete men's, women's and kidswear collections across four floors. The store design of ...
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MELBOURNE: Like Minded Projects

Like Minded Projects illustrates how the co-working space concept originating from a shared working unit, has successfully transplanted to food and beverage in the hip area of Fitzroy, Melbourne.
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Etam ahead in Q1 as China turnaround takes hold

France-based international womenswear and lingerie retailer Etam Group is enjoying sales success in both Europe and China as the latter’s strategic turnaround plan took hold. It noted sales in France also outperformed the market in Q1. The retailer's total Q1 net sales rose 5.9% to €346m, including a positive currency impact of €21.1m relating mainly to the strong appreciation of the ...
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Art Meets Beauty: Make-Up Brands Collaborate with Artist and Designer

Smashbox + Donald Robertson: Be Legendary Matte Lipsticks Smashbox Cosmetics has teamed up with Instagram star and artist Donald Robertson to release a new matte collection of the brand's best-selling Be Legendary lipsticks. Each of the lipstick sleeves are decorated with bold and colourful fashion illustrations, designed exclusively by Robertson. Available in six shades, ranging from coral red to black cherry, the lipsticks ...
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Happy Debenhams shows how careful planning can boost profits even in tough retail times

Customers with just a little more of the feelgood factor, as well as good strategic decision making, helped Debenhams to a higher profit in the latest half. Even though revenue only edged up, the UK-based department store group said Thursday a rise in full-price sales helped drive profits 4.3% higher. In a season that was obviously still pretty challenging (just remember ...
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Touch That Taste! Flavourful textiles by Martyna Barbara Golik

Polish designer Martyna Barbara Golik has developed a collection of textiles that each represent one of the five tastes: sweet, salty, bitter, sour and umami. On show at Ventura Lambrate this week, Touch That Taste! explores how the hard-to-describe experience of taste can be materialised into tactile homewares.
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Lush greenery at Milan Design Week 2015

Lush, verdant greens take over exhibitions' spaces and printed pattern at this year's edition of Milan Design Week, bringing a breath of fresh air to Fuorisalone.
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‘Hire Internet kids, let them loose’ and 5 more takeaways from the 2015 Ad Age Digital Conference

Ad Age’s Digital Conference this week saw a range of speakers touch on topics from story making to conversation as content, yet a less obvious theme emerged as brands hinted towards the internal strategies used in setting themselves up for digital success. Here are five quick and practical takeaways to think about baking into your brand’s culture: Hire ‘internet kids’ ...
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Burberry bright as it wows customers with complete product offer in all geographies

If reassurance was needed of the luxury sector’s bright future, look no further than Burberry. The UK-based fashion house Wednesday gave a near-perfect H2 report in what CEO/creative head Christopher Bailey called a “robust” period. The fact is that global omnichannel demand for its “product innovation” including core trench coats and scarves continues to give it its leading edge. The figures ...
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Bedding influence: key Salone trend

One of the first trends we spotted at Salone del Mobile today is all about comfortable lounging. Sofas and armchairs take their cue from soft bedding, with large cushions the size of pillows acting as back or arm rests, and extra light velvets and leathers creasing like bed sheets. Moroso launched a sofa that looks like a folded mattress, while
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Brera’s Garden of Wonders at Milan Design Week 2015

Brera's beautiful Botanical Garden is home to an exhibition about scent and experience for this year's Milan Design Week.
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Bravery Rewarded – How One Retailer Broke Free of its Category Norms

Exploring new formats in retail is not exactly a revolutionary strategy but when it comes to breaking free of category norms, car dealer Rockar should be commended. Usually located on out-of-town lots, traditional car dealerships are often overlooked and unloved by any but the most-determined of car buyers. In a bid to target a younger and more female customer, Rockar instead ...
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LONDON: Hermès Opens Wanderland Exhibition

Hermès has opened an exhibition titled Wanderland at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, due to run until May 2 and then moving onto Paris, Turin and China next year.
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Triumph pushes bra fitting services in animated musical film

Triumph has transformed model Hannah Ferguson into an animated character as part of a campaign designed to promote its bra fitting service. The two-minute musical spot celebrates the magic of finding the perfectly fitting bra. It follows the tale of Hannah, her two friends, a fairy godmother in the shape of a dress form, and a companion called Fred the ...
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Fashion retailers need to get on board with mobile shopping fast says new study

Retailers without a fully developed omnichannel strategy need to act fast because the next few years will see a steady progression in consumers shopping via their smartphones and tablets. That’s according to a new report looking at UK consumers that also provides a lesson for retailers worldwide. So what’s the story?  Mobile devices will be used in 13.7% of all UK ...
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