Citizen Watches Ambassador Kim Clijsters Misses Wimbledon

Citizen watches ambassador Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will miss this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The injury is the second suffered this year by Clijsters, after the first prevented her from playing in this year’s French Open. Clijsters sustained the new injury during her match against Romina Oprandi at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.

During the match, she skidded on the grass court and fell, twisting her right ankle which resulted in severe bruising and a tendon injury. The new injury is unrelated to her previous ankle problem and it is thought it could not have been prevented by the application of ankle tape.

The Citizen watches ambassador has been ordered to rest and will resume training in a month’s time to enable her to take part in this summer’s major US events such as the US Open, which takes place in late August. The event features Clijsters’ major sponsor Citizen watches as the official timekeeper.

Earlier this season, the player had to take time off to recover from shoulder and wrist injuries sustained as a result of the WTA tournament in Miami at the end of March. In early April, she injured her ankle whilst attending the wedding party of a cousin. She returned to the courts at the French Open but her lack of competitive play and training activity showed and she was ousted in the second round by the Dutch player Arantxa Rux, currently ranked 114th in the professional standings, 112 places below Clijsters.

Clijster has so far reached four Grand Slam finals and has won 34 singles titles in her career. She has also won 9 doubles titles with her partner, Japanese player Ai Sugiyama. She retired from the sport in 2007, playing her last tournament in Warsaw. Kim returned to the game in March 2009 initially aiming to participate in exhibition tournaments but returned to competitive tennis in August 2009. A few weeks later she returned to the US Open, the tournament she won in 2005.

To view over 7000 watches from more than 65 watch brands and to find out the latest developments in the world of watch brand ambassadors, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Pandora Jewellery Line Launches Online Mag

The Copenhagen-based jeweller behind the Pandora bracelets range is set to venture into online publishing to help it to stay in contact with its millions of customers worldwide.

The first issue of the online magazine will launch on 20th June 2011 and will be sent to the 1.6 million members of their website-based Pandora Club.

The magazine will feature behind the scenes insights into the brand, fashion shoots, style tips and the stories behind customer’s purchases of Pandora jewellery and bracelets. Published six times per year, the magazine will initially launch in an international format which the company eventually hopes to be able to adapt with local content such as special events and promotions.

The launch of the magazine marks an important step in the evolution of the company. Since the UK launch in 2006 the company’s product range, which now includes rings and watches, has been selling at a phenomenal rate. The company has managed supply and demand successfully, due in large part to its integrated designs, manufactures and distribution.

Founded in 1982, Pandora jewellery is today sold in more than 55 countries on six continents through over 10,000 points of sale, including more than 450 Pandora branded concept stores as well as online from stores such as thejewelhut.co.uk.

Whilst the financial projections were made successfully, what could not have been seen is the way in which consumers have taken the brand to their hearts. Pandora bracelets have become very different from a standard jewellery product; it has taken on a life of its own and has become a part an important constituent of the lives of its wearers. This symbiotic relationship has created many repeat customers who have made their charm bead collection an integral part of their lives.

Mikkel Berg, executive marketing director, quoted in a recent Marketing Week article, said: “This magazine rewards our customers’ loyalty and gives new opportunities for them to share their thoughts with each other and the company.”

To ensure that you get your copy sign up online on the Pandora website at pandora.net. For more information on Pandora jewellery, visit popular UK jewellery site the Jewel Hut at http://www.thejewelhut.co.uk.

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Hollywood starlet Cameron Diaz is set to become the latest high profile celebrity to endorse TAG Heuer watches

Although an official announcement is yet to be made, reputable sources report that Diaz is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio as an ambassador for the popular, prestigious watch brand.

TAG Heuer watches, which are particularly popular in Diaz’s native US, have long been associated with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars; prior to DiCaprio’s current role as ambassador, Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman both featured in TAG Heuer campaigns.

With sources pointing to Diaz being next in line to the TAG Heuer ambassador throne, the company’s reputation for attracting the Hollywood elite is as strong as ever.

Diaz can currently be seen in cinemas in hit comedy ‘Bad Teacher’, where she stars alongside ex Justin Timberlake, and was last year ranked by Forbes Magazine as the third highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

The actress’s box office appeal has spanned over a decade of cinema, from her breakout turn in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to dramatic roles (‘In Her Shoes’, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’), indie endeavours (‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’) and successful franchises (‘Shrek’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’).

Her new role as TAG Heuer ambassador will cast Diaz in a promotional role for the Swiss watch brand. Upon an official announcement, promotional shots featuring Diaz wearing a timepiece will be expected shortly afterwards.

TAG Heuer watches have provided watch fans and collectors with the best in Swiss ‘avant-garde’ since 1860. Many of the brand’s watches have gone on to become iconic examples of watch-making craftsmanship, including the Carrera line and the infamous Monaco. TAG’s long-established relationship with the field of motorsports means Diaz will feel right at home, following her stint behind the wheel of an Indy Race Car in the first ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie.

For more information on TAG Heuer watches and for all the latest ambassador developments, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Debenhams Reveals Parents Need ‘Nestoration’ When Children Leave Home

Debenhams has revealed that parents are stockpiling cash for investment in a range of household improvements after their children have gone to University in the autumn or left home, according to a poll carried out by the high street retailer.

Debenhams quizzed 1,000 parents with teens and asked them when they were likely to invest significant sums in redecorating or refurnishing their homes. The department store found that 74% of parents, battered by the costs of raising their kids, were planning to hold on to their cash and refurbish their homes after their kids have left home.

Just over half of those polled (53%) said they would spend up to £5,000 to put their houses right and 29% will spend up to £10,000. Debenhams is calling this the “nestoration” phase, as parents upgrade from economy living to a first-class lifestyle.

Analysis of the shopping patterns of newly-liberated parents by Debenhams reveals that oak and walnut furniture, luxury sofas, better quality office furniture, leather seats and luxurious bedding are likely purchases.

The most common types of damage caused by kids were remote control dents on the floor, ruined sofas, wall gouges, floor scratches, food and drink spillages, broken beds, broken door handles, fingerprints, drawing and graffiti on walls, kicked doors and ‘cave-papering’ their rooms (posters on all walls and ceiling).

One parent polled was so offended by the state of his 16-year-old teen’s bedroom and his reluctance to bring dirty plates and glasses down that he installed a dishwasher in the bedroom.

Another said that the sheer number of fingerprints on the walls had turned the house into a forensic scientist’s dream home.

The principal reasons for delaying investment in ‘nestoration’ were the following:
kids are untidy and have less respect for property than the parents did when they were younger, kids tend to see their rooms as their own property these days, kids spill food and drink and don’t look after things – they think everything is easily replaceable.

Steve Lightfoot, divisional trading director of home at Debenhams commented:
“We’re witnessing a sea change in the way that parents view their homes and home maintenance.

“It used to be that parents were consistently house proud, but I think they have become a bit more pragmatic these days and are putting off replacing things and redecorating until their kids have left home. The parent-child relationship has started to look a bit more like a landlord-tenant relationship.”

One survey respondent said: “The trouble with kids these days is that they’ve taken the idea of ‘MySpace’ a bit too literally and really don’t respect property. Nor do they really appreciate the cost of maintaining a home. It’s safer for us to put off refurbishing the house until our children have left and not worry too much about wear and tear.”

Alun Lewis, a builder and decorator from Luton, said: “I’ve definitely seen a pick-up in work from people whose kids have just left home. Some of the bedrooms that I’ve had to put right have been incredible, but a lick of paint and some new furniture is all it takes really. You’d never know.”

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Burton Announces The Montague Burton Collection

Burton has been a staple on the British high street for well over 100 years, with a heritage steeped in history, with this in mind, the brand is proud to announce the launch of its new Montague Burton Collection which draws on its history, looks at its archives for inspiration; and ultimately creates a capsule wardrobe for autumn winter that is proud to be British.

The range (named after Montague Burton, the founding father of the company in 1904) builds on the resurgence of national pride as the UK approaches the 2012 Olympics. With a nation united there has never been a better time to turn the nation’s attention to all things British.

The Montague Burton Collection has been crafted within British mills using British fabrics and key pieces from the range that have been designed using original, archived pieces. Through advances in garment technology Burton has created a vintage looking collection with a modern feel.

The classic “Charlie” overcoat for example has actually been designed using Montague Burton’s own personal coat which has been passed down from generation to generation of the Burton family.

The two wool suits in the range (one in a brown and the other in a grey salt and pepper tweed) have been carefully created to produce a stylish, modern take on an original 1958 design; perfect for those men mad on emulating 1950’s tailoring. Each item in the range has been given a typically British name reminiscent of a by gone age, including a trapper hat and flat cap called William and Harry which wouldn’t look out of place for a walk in the grounds of Balmoral Castle.

Knitwear is paramount within this collection with British wool being used to create jumpers, cardigans and roll necks that are perfect for layering. Cable knits add chunky texture that is sure to keep out the British weather this autumn/winter.

The Montague Burton collection has created a capsule wardrobe for the new season that nods to all things British. Celebrating this country’s strengths the new range uses Burton’s heritage as the foundation to create statement, investment pieces on the high street.

The rest of the collection includes trend led outerwear, knitwear and accessories in an earthy colour palette of khaki, ecru, grey, brown, moss and slate that mixes textures such as tweed, wool and suede to full effect.

Design details such as elbow patches, rope ties toggles and football buttons create a classic English country gent aesthetic that is set to be a big look this season. Further more this collection looks equally good in an urban city setting as it does on a long country walk.

The Montague Burton Collection launches in October 2011 in selected stores and online on Burton’s website.

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Burton Reveals The 24 Hour Suit

Burton has announced the creation of its new 24 Hour Suit. New technology has been developed to ensure the 24 Hour Suit range keeps its wearer looking sharp 24/7.

These suits are all stain repellent, crease resistant and also shape retaining meaning that whatever life throws at the wearer, they will be able to keep calm, look good and carry on.

The blazers are all fitted with a selection of mesh material as part of the lining in the under arms to ease movement and have been carefully designed to create a comfortable and wearable tailored look. There is a secret ‘security’ zipped pocket in the lining that is the ideal size for storing a mobile phone or mp3 player.

As well as these nifty features, the suits are effortlessly stylish with a mixture of fabrics and colours creating a comprehensive suiting offer. A grey Prince of Wales check, navy micro dot and also black and grey sharkskin are all available on a fashionable tailored fit.

With their clean design and details like peak and notch lapels, these suits can take the wearer from boardroom to bar, back to boardroom in one fell swoop.

Added to the range is the 24 hour shirt, which is easy iron and 100% cotton. The shirts come in classic white, pale blue, and also a black and purple pinstripe, both with contrast collars making it the perfect accompaniment to the 24 Hour Suit Collection.

This new range has been tried and tested to ensure the fabrics are durable and can handle whatever obstacles the world may throw at the wearer.

The 24 Hour Suit range will be available from the 19th September 2011.

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