Ligne Roset Sponsors the First-Ever Wanted Design NYC Event

Ligne Roset is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Wanted Design NYC, a fresh and exciting addition to Design Week, held in New York City. This creative platform for international designers, architects, and manufacturers to discuss and share exciting, inspiring and innovative ideas will take place from May 13 through May 16.

Ligne Roset will be honored by the presence of Philippe Nigro, who will present some of his pieces introduced earlier this year at IMM and Maison et Objet.

Creations designed by Philippe Nigro include Inseparables and T.U., and some of the new pieces making their debut Stateside will be Passio, Cuts and Stripes. Inseparable is a multifunctional piece which can act as a sofa end table, seat or simply a foot rest. The table can be slotted into the footstool or kept separately. The T.U. table also demonstrates a versatile quality as it has reversible top panels which can be flipped to show different materials and colors or can be altered in terms of width and height to suit the room or occasion. The sofa Passio is the introduction to our new outdoor collection. Its inventive design was conceived for indoor living, but the choice of materials allows it to be enjoyed outdoors. Nigro’s signature themes of intersections and interlocking elements are apparent in the arms and back. His passion for repetition and variation continues with the bookcase Cuts and with the pendant lamp Stripes.

In conjunction with Wanted Design, Ligne Roset’s Soho showroom will decorate its window with Ploum, one of the most exciting pieces to come out of IMM Cologne 2011. Designed by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, this will mark the first time Ploum will be seen in North America.

Inga Sempé,

Ligne Roset is also proud to congratulate designer Inga Sempé, who was recently recognized at the 9 th Annual Elle Decoration International Design Awards (EDIDA). She won the Seating Category with her Ruché sofa and was also named Designer of the Year. This innovative sofa gets its name from the technique of gathering or pleating material and has a solid wood structure.

Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset is an international contemporary furnishings company with a high-end, design-forward line of upholstery, cabinetry, lighting, accessories and textiles geared toward the modern lifestyle. Recent introductions include artful collaborations with world’s most dynamic designers such as Inga Sempé, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Philippe Nigro, as well as pieces by established talents such as Didier Gomez and Pascal Mourgue. For Wanted Design, Ligne Roset is excited to highlight pieces by renowned young designer Philippe Nigro.

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Debenhams Reveals The Best And Worst Wedding Dresses

Debenhams has revealed which dressed have been voted the best and worst wedding dress by British Women.

British women favour the celebrity wedding dresses of yesteryear over the choices by more contemporary icons, according to Debenhams wedding list customers.

Jackie Onassis’ Anne Lowe wedding dress was top of the frocks while Pamela Anderson’s wedding outfit – a white bikini and sailor’s hat – was voted the worst.

Ed Watson, spokesperson for Debenhams said: “When it comes to British taste, it’s a case of something old over something new – half of the top 10 best dresses were worn over six decades ago.

“Clearly the more recent styles like Jordan’s pink meringue and Jodie Marsh’s red dresspush the boundaries too far – further demonstrating the British love affair with tradition.”

Bianca Jagger’s Yves Saint Laurent white tuxedo (worn with nothing underneath) came in third on the best dress list behind Grace Kelly’s lace Helen Rose dress.

On the other end of the scale, Celine Dion and Jordan’s meringue dresses were voted second and third worst frocks of all time.

It was a game of two halves for Victoria Beckham’s Vera Wang dress which found its way onto both the best and worst lists.

Ed Watson continued: “It is broadly assumed that wearing the colour white was intended to symbolise virginity – but in actual fact, blue was the colour originally connected to purity. The colour became associated with sexual innocence only after wearing white become ‘en vogue’ after Queen Victoria wore it at her wedding in 1840.”
Philippa of England (Queen of Denmark, Sweden and Norway from 1406 to 1430) was actually the first documented princess in history to wear a white wedding gown during a royal wedding ceremony.

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Topman Launches The Swimwear Project

Topman has launched The Swimwear Project, which is another in a series of projects whereby Topman invite selected designers to recreate a particular staple from a Man’s wardrobe. For this project, Bernhard Willhelm, Jonathan Saunders, Cassette Playa, Gary Card and Todd Selby have all been asked to design their perfect pair of swim shorts.

Gordon Richardson, design director for Topman, said: “The Swim Project is where Topman turns up the print volume. Designers well known for their visual stance have produced a diverse range of graphics and illustrations ranging from photo real images through to faded florals to hand drawn sketches in a collection that goes from poolside to beach in great style.”

Having graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Antwerp, German born Bernhard Willhelm is now a regular on the catwalks of Paris Fashion Week. His often avant-garde designs have always caught the eye and this is perfectly demonstrated in his swim design- a short speedo style trunk complete with trompe l’oeil zip and available in a royal blue and red colourway.

Scottish born Jonathan Saunders has now created a cult following both sides of the Atlantic for his technical one of a kind prints. His design is a ¾ lengthy short in turquoise blue with rose, pink and ecru floral prints.

London based designer Cassette Playa has grown a reputation as a designer of street and urbanwear following her collaborations with Nike, Swatch and M.IA. Having previously shown as part of the Topman sponsored MAN event, she was the perfect choice for this project. Her short is knee length with one leg block coloured in pink and the other leg featuring a photographic print of a shark.

Gary Card is a sought after set designer who has worked with the likes of Vogue, Lady Gaga and Stella McCartney in the past. His playful design features prints of his favourite toys and a purple waistband. Card will also be designing the window scheme for this project.

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Boots Treat Street has announced it has been short listed for the AFU Awards Best New Entrant Award

Boot Treat Street is a relative newcomer to the industry, so this nomination is good recognition for it early on, especially within such a respected affiliate community. Winning the award could see Boots Treat Street gaining a lot of new interest, but just being nominated is still good recognition for the company.

Affiliates4U.com is a website for around 50,000 affiliate marketing professionals who stay updated and discuss the latest news and trends within Performance Marketing. It is a large community for UK based affiliates.

Sharon Dawson, customer experience & marketing manager for Boots Treat Street commented: “Being nominated for this award is a great achievement for Boots Treat Street. The Affiliates4U.com community is well respected within the UK, so for Treat Street to be acknowledged is a great sign of our progress into the market. We believe that Treat Street offers great value for new and existing customers, who wish to treat themselves following a purchase online through our website.

“We plan on expanding dramatically in 2011, and increasing our presence within affiliate communities, so are looking forward to seeing the results of the awards.”

The Best New Entrant award is aimed at anyone who has entered or re-entered the Performance Marketing sector within the last year and who have really made an impression with their activity. The award is sponsored by Carrentals.co.uk and other nominees include Affilinet for Matalan, Affiliate Window for Best Buy, myThings with Commission Junction and The metamorphosis of Artemis8 into Found. The winners will be announced on 17th May 2011.

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Debenhams Launches Beauty Club iPhone App

Debenhams has expanded its mobile offerings with the launch of the Beauty Club iPhone app following high demand from customers.

The free-to-download, fully transactional app, complete with expert advice, incentives and tips, follows on from the success of the Debenhams iPhone app, which has seen over 400,000 downloads and sales of over £1 million since its launch.

A first for the UK high street and beauty brands alike, the Debenhams Beauty Club app allows reward card members to shop for perfume, make up, skincare and bath and body products on the app, with free UK delivery automatically applied to every order.

Simon Forster, online trading director for Debenhams said: “From long-lasting lipsticks to summer fragrances to face creams, our shoppers can now get their much-loved beauty products at just one finger touch. The app is about allowing to customers to shop with Debenhams whenever they want and from wherever they are.”

The app also works as a pocket personal beauty consultant with a Skincare Consultation section offering tailored beauty advice and a Fragrance Finder to help select the right perfume according to the user’s personality and lifestyle.

The latest beauty videos from Debenhams TV can also be viewed including make up tips with the option to purchase the products demonstrated straight from the video.

There is also the ‘Paint your Nails’ option which allows the user to choose their skin colour and virtually try nail colours from the vast Debenhams range to find the perfect shade.

The popular and innovative ‘Barcode Scanner’ enables shoppers to receive instant customer reviews on products before they make a purchase either in store or via the app.

Members can also use the app as a virtual Beauty Club card, keeping tabs on their points and redeeming through the app. They will also be at the forefront of beauty news such as the release of the next cult limited edition product; be it Chanel’s new nail polish or the next revolutionary body sculpting creams from Mama Mio.

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PetsCorner.co.uk Celebrating Their Continued Commitment to Sustainable Business Operations

PetsCorner.co.uk, the UK’s leading provider of pet products, dog toys, pet food and many more is pleased to be celebrating its continued commitment to green, sustainable and carbon neutral business operations. The company has been one of the first to take up an eco-friendly business model and has taken numerous steps to ensure they have a low carbon impact. In the last few years they have switched to renewable energy and low energy lighting solutions. The company is pleased to announce that in 2010 they managed to recycle 75% of their waste materials and introduced an Eco-bag to encourage their customers to do the same.

Going green has become a buzz word for many companies in the last 5 years due to increased pressure from governments, scientists and consumers. Yet surprisingly businesses have been incredibly slow to act on this increased pressure; despite the large savings that can be potentially made.

The combined energy bill for small businesses in the UK was over 3.5 billion pounds in 2010 and this figure is expected to rise rather than fall in 2011. 40% of businesses have not investigated better deals from energy suppliers despite potential cost benefits.

Taking energy alone it is estimated that the average small business could save over£7000 per year if they improved their energy efficiency. Offices can cut their annual energy bills by 20% just by turning off lights and computer screens during non-work hours. Poor maintenance of boilers and heating systems costs businesses an extra 30% a year on their energy bills.

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Woolworths Launches New Party and Fancy Dress Zone

Woolworths is delighted to announce the launch of a new and improved party and fancy dress zone at Woolworths.co.uk. This new zone features a host of new products together with improved navigation, which will make products even easier for customers to find.

Rolled out in time for the Royal wedding, this new section features a wide range of fancy dress costumes, with over 2000 different items to choose from. Customers can choose from either adult or children’s costume and browse products by gender, character and size, which makes finding their desired costume quick and easy. The Liverpool-based retailer is also selling costumes for babies and even some for dogs.

This new range of costumers includes a wide range of popular characters and themes, including Ben 10, Disney Princesses, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Toy Story, together with old favourites such as Cowboys and Indians. The adult range of costumes features decade- themed outfits, together with TV and film themes such as Baywatch, Disney, Grease, Scooby Doo, Thunderbirds and popular horror movie characters such as the Billy puppet from the Saw movies.

In addition to fancy dress costumes, the site also offers party ideas specifically aimed at boys, girls and adults to make it easier to plan a suitable party for whoever the guests may be. Each page lists all the themes, accessories and fancy dress costumes that may be appropriate depending on the age group and the gender of the guests.

Woolworths also offers a range of party decorations, balloons, ribbons, helium balloons, party invitations, tableware, party bags and boxes, games, prizes, confetti, party poppers, piñatas and even Chinese sky lanterns.

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Molton Brown Launches New Body Gel And Body Spray

Molton Brown has announced the launch of two new products to its bath, body and fragrance collection. The two products, Vitalising vitamin AB+C body hydrating gel and Vitalising vitamin AB+C eau fraîche are a welcome addition to the brands original AB+C bath foam and shower gel.

Vitalising vitamin AB+C is a highly successful bath and shower product for Molton Brown. To further capitalise on its much loved fragrance and engage the existing dedicated AB+C ambassadors, Molton Brown has chosen to complete the product family, which is anticipated to become a unisex favourite.

Molton Brown has chosen to add two new energising products to the much loved vitalising vitamin AB+C bath and shower gel, just in time for summer; a light body hydrating gel and a refreshing body fragrance.

The addition of the Vitalising vitamin AB+C body hydrating gel is rich in vitamin C, known to help combat the skin-damaging effects of airborne pollutants. It contains anti-oxidant vitamin A, B and C, sunflower seed oil, orange extract and flower water, and is an alternative to body lotion as it helps to instantly lock in moisture, providing long-lasting hydration to the skin. With its non-greasy texture, the gel absorbs into the skin without leaving a creamy feeling behind. White jojoba beads explode on contact to help lock in moisture.

The cooling hydrating gel format provides a key point of difference amongst Molton Brown’s traditional lotions and creams and is more accessible to male customers. Most excitingly, the product has also been been clinically prove to provide instant and long lasting moisturisation.

The Vitalising vitamin AB+C eau fraîche body spray is a spritz of zesty Mediterranean citrus and green fruits fusion.

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Debenhams Reveals Sales Of Nude Underwear Has Soared

Debenhams, the department store, has revealed that women are choosing flesh-coloured lingerie over extravagant sets when it comes to updating their lingerie wardrobe this spring with sales of nude shape wear up 99% in the past four weeks according to Debenhams research.

Debenhams has seen a consistent rise in sales of flesh coloured lingerie available to match any skin tone, from fair to dark, since the onset of spring.

Detailed, patterned lingerie is being saved for special occasions such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas, as women are opting to buy nude everyday sets which can be worn under black, white or bright colours invisibly.

The sales signal the end of mismatched underwear, traditionally worn to coordinate with clothes.

Debenhams head of lingerie buying and design, Sharon Webb said: “It’s no surprise that British women are opting to go nude – it makes perfect sense at a time when we are all watching our pennies.

“We stock a huge choice of natural colours, from cream and beige, through to taupe, tan and chocolate. These aren’t just plain t-shirt bras, but include detail such as jacquard, lace, memory foam moulds and a wide range of control wear in natural shades.

“We are seeing some customers buy two, three or four new bras at a time, in varying shades of neutral rather than the traditional black or white everyday choices.”

In a survey of 1000 shoppers, 66% of women said they would opt for flesh coloured lingerie when shopping. This is reflected in a 72% sales increase across all nude styles compared to this time last year – prompting Debenhams to re-look at stock levels to cope with the demand.

When questioned why they choose to go nude, over 65% of women stated that they prefer the simplicity and ease to wear over traditional black or white, or lavish lace bra and knickers sets.

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