Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office

BURBANK, Calif., 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today, in its 50th day of release, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office. It is the only film in history to reach this milestone.

In addition, on Saturday (53rd day of global release), Star Wars: The Force Awakens is expected to reach the $2 billion mark worldwide, becoming only the third film ever to do so and just the second to do it in original release. 

“This is a historic moment for Star Wars, for Lucasfilm, and for Disney, and all of us here are extremely gratified to be a part of this journey with fans around the world who have made Star Wars: The Force Awakens such an extraordinary success,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “The film’s achievements are truly astounding, and it’s our great honor to relaunch this cinematic galaxy not only for all the devoted decades-long fans but for a new generation who will keep the Star Wars legacy alive for many years to come.”

Through February 4, Star Wars: The Force Awakens has earned an estimated $899.1 million domestically and $1,095.6 million internationally for a global total of $1,994.7 million. Opening internationally December 16 and domestically December 18, Star Wars: The Force Awakens posted the all-time biggest global and domestic debuts with $528.9 million and $247.9 million respectively. Over the course of its eight-week run, it has set numerous other records, including:

— Biggest domestic preview gross ($57 million)

— Biggest opening day domestically ($119.1 million)

— Biggest domestic second weekend ($149.2 million)

— Biggest domestic third weekend ($90.2 million)

— Biggest opening week domestically ($390.8 million)

— Biggest opening weekend in 18 territories: U.K. (4-day), Australia, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Austria, Poland (3-day), Denmark (5-day), Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Ukraine, Iceland, Serbia, New Zealand

— Fastest film to $1B globally (12 days)

— Biggest film of all time in the U.S. and the U.K.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt, and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams and Bryan Burk, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was named one of AFI’s top ten films of 2015 and has received five Academy Award nominations, for film editing, visual effects, sound editing, sound mixing, and for series composer John Williams’ original score.

The Star Wars Saga continues December 15, 2017, in Star Wars: Episode VIII, picking up in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later this year, Rogue One, a new adventure detailing events prior to Star Wars: A New Hope, takes flight on December 16, 2016.

SOURCE: Disney

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office

Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to cross the $900 million mark at the domestic box office

Hour Passion opened new boutique in the luxurious shopping destination of Bicester Village outside of London

LONDON, UK, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — JOINTLY WITH THE SWATCH GROUP UK, ON JAN. 26th, HOUR PASSION HAS JUST OPENED A NEW BOUTIQUE IN THE LUXURIOUS SHOPPING DESTINATION OF BICESTER VILLAGE, LOCATED JUST OUTSIDE OF LONDON (UNITED KINGDOM).

The multi brand concept store houses high and mid-range watch brands of  Swatch Group: LONGINES, RADO, TISSOT, BALMAIN, CERTINA, MIDO, HAMILTON, CALVIN KLEIN WATCH AND JEWELRY, and SWATCH.

The new store spans over 65 square meters and has been designed for revealing the Hour Passion multibrand philosophy. The unique identity and DNA of each brand is reflected through its own retail area, using the brand colors, materials, and imagery.

The Bicester Village boutique will fulfil the principal of the Hour Passion concept: offer the customer a qualitative environment to discover the world of watches and provide the best possible service with specialist advice.

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Hour Passion opened new boutique in the luxurious shopping destination of Bicester Village outside of London

Hour Passion opened new boutique in the luxurious shopping destination of Bicester Village outside of London

Reed Exhibitions Russia to acquire REX (Real Estate eXhibition) and its satellite Arenda (Commercial Leasing) trade show

MOSCOW, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reed Exhibitions, the world’s leading event organiser, expands in Russia. Reed Exhibitions Russia today announces the acquisition of REX (Real Estate eXhibition) and its satellite Arenda (Commercial Leasing) trade shows.

Launched in 2004, REX is a professional trade show dedicated to retail property. The leading and largest event in the commercial real estate sector in Russia, REX attracts over 5,000 visitors.  The next edition of REX will be held in Expocentre in Moscow, on 20-22 April 2016.

REX and Arenda will benefit significantly from Reed Exhibitions’ expertise in the sector: exceptional customer service, top quality conferences, global reach and a choice of marketing tools aiming to increase participants’ ROI.

Gregory Zaraisky, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions Russia said: “REX is a high quality product already. We see our role in enriching REX by utilizing the capabilities and resources of Reed Exhibitions and presenting the event to the world developer and investment communities. We plan to not only solidify REX’s leading position in Russia, but also develop REX to the level of the internationally-renowned, MIPIM and MAPIC, organised by our France-based sister company Reed MIDEM.”

Oleg Voitsekhovsky, the founder of REX, adds: “We have known Reed Exhibitions and its flagship events in real estate for many years and always held them as a role model to observe and learn. REX grew fast but I have no doubt, under Reed Exhibitions’ stewardship, the show will develop even faster and its participants will very soon feel greater effectiveness, efficiency and dynamics assisting them to grow within the potentially huge and attractive industry.”

“Reed MIDEM is delighted to be associated with our sister company Reed Exhibitions Russia in the acquisition of REX, the international retail real estate exhibition in Moscow,” notes Filippo Rean, Director of Reed MIDEM’s Real Estate division. “We have been organizing the world’s leading retail real estate event, MAPIC, since 1995, launched the concept in Shanghai last year and will open MAPIC Italy this May. Combining Reed MIDEM’s international experience with the expertise of Reed Exhibitions Russia and the REX team, will help develop a platform for international retailers and investors to source opportunities and locations in the dynamic Russian retail real estate sector.”

About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in 30 countries. In 2015 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 40 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

PRESS CONTACTS
Yury STOLBOVSKY, Reed Exhibitions Russia, Business Development Director
yury.stolbovsky@reedexpo.ru
Т: +7 495 937 6861 ext. 134
Cell: +7 926 520 8890
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Hour Passion opens its first store in Austria

JOINTLY WITH THE SWATCH GROUP (Österr.) GmbH, HOUR PASSION HAS JUST OPENED ITS FIRST BOUTIQUE IN AUSTRIA, WITH McARTHURGLEN AT PARNDORF DESIGNER OUTLET VILLAGE, LOCATED 30 MINUTES AWAY FROM VIENNA.

VIENNA, Austria, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The multibrand store combines high and mid-range watch brands of Swatch Group: LONGINES, RADO, UNION GLASHÜTTE, TISSOT, CERTINA, MIDO, HAMILTON, CALVIN KLEIN WATCH AND JEWELRY.

Parndorf Designer Outlet has a footfall of 4,7 million visitors per year and the mall surface is 31,000 square meters, offering 140 designer stores of international top brands.

The 110 square meters Hour Passion boutique has been brightly designed in order to enhance each brand image and universe, incorporating clarity and functionality.

The opening of this new Hour Passion boutique together with McArthurGlen in Parndorf village is an important milestone for both companies and marks the introduction of the Swatch Group multibrand concept in Austria.

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Hour Passion opens its first store in Austria

Hour Passion opens its first store in Austria

USDA’s FSIS: Marin Pasta Works recalls 491 pounds of pork ravioli products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marin Pasta Works, a San Rafael, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 491 pounds of pork ravioli products that were produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The sausage, parmesan and spinach ravioli items were produced between Jan. 4, 2016 to Feb. 4, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: [View Label]

  • 12-oz.vacuum-packaged packages containing pieces of “Sausage, Parm and Spinach Ravioli” with Best By Dates of Feb. 4 to March 4, 2016.

These items were distributed to retail locations in California.

The problem was discovered during FSIS surveillance activities conducted at a retail store in San Rafael, California.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact John Sarrran, Owner of Marin Pasta Works, at (877) 263-2332 ext 310.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Congressional and Public Affairs
Veronika Medina (202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

 

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USDA's FSIS: Marin Pasta Works recalls 491 pounds of pork ravioli products

USDA’s FSIS: Marin Pasta Works recalls 491 pounds of pork ravioli products

USDA’s FSIS announced new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products

New Standards to Help Prevent an Estimated 50,000 Illnesses Annually

WASHINGTON, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced the finalization of new federal standards to reduce Salmonella and Campylobacter in ground chicken and turkey products, as well as in raw chicken breasts, legs, and wings. Based on scientific risk assessments, FSIS estimates that implementation of these standards will lead to an average of 50,000 prevented illnesses annually.

As part of this move to make chicken and turkey items that Americans frequently purchase safer to eat, FSIS has also updated its microbial testing schedule at poultry facilities and will soon begin posting more information online about individual companies’ food safety performance.

“Over the past seven years, USDA has put in place tighter and more strategic food safety measures than ever before for meat and poultry products. We have made strides in modernizing every aspect of food safety inspection, from company record keeping, to labeling requirements, to the way we perform testing in our labs,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “These new standards, in combination with greater transparency about poultry companies’ food safety performance and better testing procedures, will help prevent tens of thousands of foodborne illnesses every year, reaching our Healthy People 2020 goals.”

FSIS uses pathogen reduction performance standards to assess the food safety performance of establishments that prepare meat and poultry products. By making the standards for ground poultry tougher to meet, ground poultry products nationwide will have less contamination and therefore result in fewer foodborne illnesses. FSIS implemented performance standards for whole chickens in 1996 but has since learned that Salmonella levels increase as chicken is further processed into parts. Poultry parts like breasts, wings and others represent 80 percent of the chicken available for Americans to purchase. By creating a standard for chicken parts, and by performing regulatory testing at a point closer to the final product, FSIS can greatly reduce consumer exposure to Salmonella and Campylobacter.

“This approach to poultry inspection is based on science, supported by strong data, and will truly improve public health,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza. “The new performance standards will complement the many other proactive, prevention-based food policies that we’ve put in place in recent years to make America’s supply of meat and poultry safer to eat.”

For chicken parts, ground chicken, and ground turkey, FSIS is finalizing a pathogen reduction performance standard designed to achieve at least a 30 percent reduction in illnesses from Salmonella. For chicken parts and ground chicken, FSIS is finalizing a pathogen reduction performance standard designed to achieve at least a 32 percent reduction in illnesses from Campylobacter. Because FSIS has found the prevalence for Campylobacter in ground turkey to be already low, the reduction for this product is estimated to be 19 percent.

After these standards were proposed in early 2015, FSIS began to use routine sampling throughout the year rather than infrequent sampling on consecutive days to assess whether establishments’ processes are effectively addressing Salmonella and Campylobacter. Once establishments have completed a full set of testing under the new standards, the agency will also begin posting online which facilities pass, meet or fail the new standards.

An estimated 1.2 million foodborne illnesses are thought to be caused every year by Salmonella, with approximately one-third or 360,000 of those illnesses attributed to FSIS-regulated products. In 2013, the agency released a Salmonella Action Plan, which created a blueprint for the agency to address this pathogen of significant public health concern. Today’s announcement fulfills the major steps that FSIS had outlined in its plan.

Over the past six years, USDA has collaborated extensively with other federal partners to safeguard America’s food supply, prevent foodborne illnesses and improve consumers’ knowledge about the food they eat. USDA’s FSIS is working to strengthen federal food safety efforts and develop strategies that emphasize a three-dimensional approach to prevent foodborne illness: prioritizing prevention; strengthening surveillance and enforcement; and improving response and recovery.

Some of the other steps taken to improve the safety of meat and poultry include adopting a zero-tolerance policy for raw beef products containing six additional strains of shiga-toxin producing E. coli; ensuring that beef products that have been mechanically tenderized are labeled as such and include validated cooking instructions; implementing a new “test and hold” policy in 2012, which significantly reduces consumer exposure to unsafe meat products; and working closely with FDA and CDC to collectively form the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration (IFSAC), which focuses on projects related to foodborne illness source attribution and will try to improve the classification of foods implicated in foodborne disease outbreaks.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can also be accessed 24 hours a day at: www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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Lindex communicates its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — With “We Make Fashion Feel Good”, Lindex is taking the next step in the successful development of its brand. In a clear and substantial way the fashion chain express what the Lindex brand stands for and what it offers to its customers.

The new communication concept is being launched with a manifesto, where Lindex standpoint and different aspects of the brand is in focus.

At Lindex, we are very proud of many things – our quality, fit and the fantastic service we offer to customers, which makes it easy and convenient to shop. The social commitment, with a focus on women, and sustainability in general are important areas where there is much to do and where we constantly work in a goal-oriented way to be even better at everything we do, says Ingvar Larsson, CEO of Lindex.

With “We Make Fashion Feel Good”, the fashion chain is communicating its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers. The concept is being launched today, in all of the company’s markets, by displaying the manifesto in Lindex store windows and online. Going forward, “We Make Fashion Feel Good” will be Lindex pay off and will be an integrated part in the company’s marketing communication in all channels.

Read the entire Lindex manifesto here

Press contacts
Corporate
Miriam, Tjernström, Press Relations Manager
E-mail: miriam.tjernstrom@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Fashion
Anne-Kathrine Almark, PR Manager
E-mail: anne.kathrine.almark@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 84

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Lindex communicates its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers

Lindex communicates its inspiring and affordable fashion in a new way to its customers

Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution will be presented by Lindex customers

Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This spring Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution is being presented by Lindex customers, who’ve been encouraged to apply to become model for a day.

The past two years Lindex has involved employees as models to show the new fit concept Bra-volution. The Bra-volution campaigns have been major successes; both in terms of sales but also for the customers, as the clarity in the concept makes it easier for them to find their favourite fit.

“We want to inspire even more women to find their bra favourites and this time we’re doing the campaign together with our customers. The girls were amazing and the energy at the shoot was great, mixed with a lot’s of excitement and a bit nervousness”, says Anne-Kathrine Almark, Marketing Communication Manager at Lindex.

With over 700 applications from 13 different countries also this campaign can count as a success. From the applicants 25 women was brought to casting in Stockholm, from where 6 finalists were chosen for the shoot in London. The finalists in this year’s campaign come from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Latvia.

“The shoot was great and it was very exciting to get the chance to see what happens behind the scenes. It felt fun and comfortable because the team at the studio were very professional and made us feel relaxed. It was an experience beyond what I expected and I’m happy I got to experience that, says Sanna Skoglund, one of the Bra-volution models.

The campaign and the spring collection will be launched in all Lindex stores and at lindex.com on February 4.
For high-res images and pack shots please visit http://about.lindex.com/en/images/lindex-bravolution-2016/

For more information, please contact:

Filippa Tarras-Wahlberg
PR/Press, Lindex
Tel: 46 31 739 53 13
E-mail: filippa.tarras-wahlberg@lindex.com

 

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Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution will be presented by Lindex customers

Lindex big underwear campaign Bra-volution will be presented by Lindex customers

ICA Gruppen to publish its Q4 report 2015 on 10 February 2016

Solna, Sweden, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — ICA Gruppen will publish its Q4 report 2015 on Wednesday, 10 February 2016. In conjunction to this, we are pleased to issue this invitation to a press and analyst meeting.

Place: Tändstickspalatset, Västra Trädgårdsgatan 15, Stockholm

Time: Wednesday, 10 February 2016 at 10.00 CET

ICA Gruppen’s CEO Per Strömberg and CFO Sven Lindskog will present the interim report and answer any subsequent questions. The press and analyst meeting will be available as a live webcast and can be viewed at http://www.icagruppen.se/en/investors.

To attend the telephone conference:
SE +46 8 566 426 69
UK +44 203 008 9809

A recorded version of the webcast will be available on the company’s website afterwards. The presentation will be held in English. Please register to ir@ica.se.

ICA Gruppen’s Q4 report will be published at 07.00 CET on Wednesday, 10 February 2016.

For more information
ICA Gruppen press service, Telephone number: +46 10 422 52 52

ICA Gruppen discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Securities Market Act and/or the Financial Instruments Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 10:00 CET on Wednesday, 3 February, 2016.

Tommy Hilfiger presents Hilfiger Edition

AMSTERDAM, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — What is an icon? This season Tommy Hilfiger explores the concept as he presents Hilfiger Edition, a carefully considered and thoughtfully reimagined collection of indispensable menswear classics. We look to our own 30-year history and Tommy’s most signaturardrobe. Through his well-honed lens, familiar heritage styles feel necessary, youthful and ready for right now.

There are covetable coats from the Crombie to the puffer and thickly cabled fisherman sweaters. Suiting and pajamas are luxurious in a glen plaid or graphic chalk stripes, and the rugby is a playful patchwork. Trousers are cut slouchy and denim is selvedge. Accessories and footwear are the ultimate essentials. All offer the rich detailing that is signature to our brand DNA.

At its foundation, colors are traditional, fabrications are both time-honored and technical, while silhouettes have a genuine sense of ease that is so in keeping with today’s versatile needs. “We looked at each garment from every angle,” noted Tommy, “giving a sense of newness without ever losing sight of what made them special in the first place.”

Fall 2016 puts a confident spotlight on Tommy’s favorite icons for an edited collection of elevated American clothing with a modern global eye.

About Hilfiger Edition
“Our Hilfiger Edition collection celebrates the best of American menswear classics, revisited with a sporty, luxe twist,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “We’re embracing a new appreciation for authenticity in men’s fashion – it’s about ordinary, everyday essentials redone in an elevated way. We proudly supported the inaugural season of NYFW: Men’s back in July, and we’re excited to be back for Fall 2016 to share our interpretation of original and relevant men’s fashion today.”

Hilfiger Edition is a collection of all-American style essentials curated from the extensive world of Tommy Hilfiger men’s. Hilfiger Edition celebrates the brand’s heritage pieces and iconic style staples in a relevant, luxurious way with new proportions and updated silhouettes. A fresh perspective on dressing in the modern age, these fundamentals are the ultimate building blocks of a contemporary wardrobe. Each piece is revisited with luxe finishes and signature details in stitching, buttons, trims and piping, which give every style a sophisticated, effortless edge that’s uniquely Tommy.

VIP Guests & Dressing Notes
Guests included actors Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka; model Johannes Huebl; and athletes Victor Cruz, Eric Decker and Matt Harvey.

Harris wore a navy single-breasted, notch lapel suit with a gray cashmere cardigan, a blue chambray dress shirt and a blue knit tie. Burtka wore a bright blue single-breasted, peak lapel suit with a navy patterned dress shirt, a textured blue tie and brown leather double monk strap shoes.

New York Giants’ wide receiver Cruz wore a THFLEX Rafael Nadal Edition navy double-breasted, peak lapel suit with a black turtleneck, black and white patterned silk pocket square, and black leather Chelsea boots. New York Jets’ wide receiver Decker wore a navy shadow check single-breasted, notch lapel suit with a light blue dress shirt, a silk tie with red, white and blue stripes, and black leather wingtip brogues. New York Mets’ pitcher Harvey wore a navy and black textured double-breasted blazer with peak lapels, a black and white striped dress shirt, a black silk tie, black trousers, and black cap toe leather dress shoes. All looks are from the Tommy Hilfiger Tailored collection.

@love.watts Artist Collaboration
Renowned Instagram curator Jordan “Watts” Watson of @love.watts celebrated Mr. Hilfiger’s men’s presentation through a bespoke artist collaboration with fine artist Austyn Weiner. Weiner created three original works that featured looks from the Fall 2016 Hilfiger Editioncollection, reimagined with her signature explosive color palette and graphic surrealist influences. Representing the millennial generation’s approach to art in the modern world, @love.watts uses the app as a channel to spread artistic ideas and promote emerging artists to his over 610,000 followers worldwide, including Gigi Hadid, Rihanna, Calvin Harris, Katy Perry, Zac Efron, Joe Jonas and Candice Swanepoel.

“At the crux of it all is the question of ‘What’s next for the fashion industry?’” said Jordan Watson. “It’s an honor to work with Tommy Hilfiger, a designer tackling this question head-on by connecting with emerging artists to amplify his creative message. Austyn Weiner’s paintings, her color combinations and photographic manipulations are what’s next, and this fantastic collaboration is in step with this exciting new direction for the fashion industry.”

Weiner is an American-born artist whose practice includes photography, paint, and the deconstruction and fusion of these mediums. Having recently moved her studio from New York to Los Angeles, she has created a new body of work that focuses on the expansive idea of self, mass, movement, form, and color.

#TommyFall16

Instagram: @TommyHilfiger

Twitter: @TommyHilfiger

Facebook: Tommy Hilfiger

SOURCE: Tommy Hilfiger Licensing, LLC.

PRESS CONTACTS

Kimberley Witcomb
Director of European Communications
Tel. +31 20 589 5714
kimberley.witcomb@tommy.com

Carmen Seman
Marketing Director MEA+
Tel. +31 20 589 8045
carmen.seman@tommy.com

Anita Nijssen
Sr. Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. +31 20 589 2842
anita.nijssen@tommy.com

Fleur Peters
Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. +31 20 719 4742
fleur.peters@tommy.com

Roos Smits
Jr. Regional Marketing & Communications Manager
Tel. +31 20 589 5575
roos.smits@tommy.com

Alvaro Pin Hurtado
Jr. Manager Marketing and Communications
Tel. +31 20 709 8481
alvaro.pin@tommy.com

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Tommy Hilfiger presents Hilfiger Edition

Tommy Hilfiger presents Hilfiger Edition

MANGO launches its Tribal Spirit collection with American model Kendall Jenner

Over 500 Spanish and international guests attended the event, including Caroline de Maigret, Laura Ponte, Candela Novembre and Andrés Velencoso

The private party was held at the firm’s largest store in Spain

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Barcelona, Spain, 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Last night (28 January 2016), MANGO held the launch of its Tribal Spirit collection with the American model Kendall Jenner, who declared: “I am very excited to attend the official launch of the collection. This is the first time I have travelled to Spain and collaboration with MANGO, and the party, was the perfect end to my visit”. The top model is the star of the February campaign, which will be unveiled on 1 February.

The private party was held at the firm’s recently-opened flagship store in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas. It is the largest store of the more than 340 stores that MANGO has in Spain and one of the largest of the more than 2,700 stores it has worldwide.

The event brought together international influencers such as Caroline de Maigret, Patricia Manfield and Candela Novembre, among others. On the party and the MANGO collection, the latter commented: “The organisation of the event was fantastic and it was great fun, true to MANGO style! I have been a fan of MANGO since I discovered the brand 12 years ago. I still have some garments I bought a decade ago. From what I have seen, I think the collection is really sexy”. The French It girl Caroline De Maigret said: “The #TribalSpirit launch party was really exciting. I love partying in Spain, people are so fun and laid back! Mango is cool and trendy, I love the way they bring fashion to everyone. It’s a collection of timeless classics mixed with an edge of glamour and sexiness”.

Other social network celebrities and collaborators with the brand, such as Andy Torres, Miguel Carrizo and Carolina Engman were also in attendance.

The DJ The Magician added rhythm to a party with guests from the fashion world that included Laura Ponte, Andrés Velencoso, Rocío Crusset, Verónica Blume, Oriol Elcacho and Davinia Peligrí. Actors such as Marc Clotet, Alba Ribas and Alex Maruny were among the 500 plus guests at a party whose theme was the trend the firm is promoting in February. Bloggers, VIPs and faces from the music and social scene enjoyed a night of live music.

Tribal Spirit is the ethnic-inspired trend for February. The combination of prints on fabrics such as suede enlivens the natural character of a trend associated with the spring. An explosion of earth tones, with colours such as mustard, browns, camel and sand are combined with an abundance of accessories to produce outfits of a tribal and free-spirited influence.

CONTACTS
PR INTERNATIONAL
PR
Spain
press@mango.com
T. +34 938 602 222

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MANGO launches its Tribal Spirit collection with American model Kendall Jenner

MANGO launches its Tribal Spirit collection with American model Kendall Jenner

Staples, Inc. and Office Depot, Inc. extend their merger agreement from February 4, 2016 to May 16, 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and BOCA RATON, Fla., 2016-Feb-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS) and Office Depot, Inc. (NASDAQ: ODP) today announced the completion of financing arrangements and the extension of their merger agreement from February 4, 2016 to May 16, 2016. The extension allows for the completion of ongoing federal district court litigation with the Federal Trade Commission.

On February 4, 2015, Staples and Office Depot entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine as a single company.  The combined company will be better positioned to provide value to customers, and compete against a large and diverse set of competitors.  The company expects to deliver more than $1 billion of annualized synergies net of investments to provide increased value to customers by the third full fiscal year post-closing.  The combined company will be better equipped to optimize its retail footprint, minimize redundancy, and reduce costs.

About Staples, Inc.
Staples makes it easy to make more happen with more products and more ways to shop. Through its world-class retail, online and delivery capabilities, Staples lets customers shop however and whenever they want, whether it’s in-store, online or on mobile devices. Staples offers more products than ever, such as technology, facilities and breakroom supplies, furniture, safety supplies, medical supplies, and Copy and Print services. Headquartered outside of Boston, Staples operates throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. More information about Staples (SPLS) is available at www.staples.com.

About Office Depot, Inc.
Office Depot, Inc. is a leading global provider of products, services, and solutions for every workplace – whether your workplace is an office, home, school or car.

Office Depot, Inc. is a resource and a catalyst to help customers work better. We are a single source for everything customers need to be more productive, including the latest technology, core office supplies, print and document services, business services, facilities products, furniture, and school essentials.

The company has annual sales of approximately $16 billion, employs approximately 56,000 associates, and serves consumers and businesses in 59 countries with approximately 1,800 retail stores, award-winning e-commerce sites and a dedicated business-to-business sales organization – all delivered through a global network of wholly owned operations, franchisees, licensees and alliance partners. The company operates under several banner brands including Office Depot, OfficeMax, Grand & Toy, and Viking. The company’s portfolio of exclusive product brands include TUL, Foray, Brenton Studio, Ativa, WorkPro, Realspace and HighMark.

Office Depot, Inc.’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol ODP. Additional press information can be found at: http://news.officedepot.com.

 

IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

In connection with the proposed merger, Staples has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Office Depot that also constitutes a prospectus of Staples. Staples filed the final proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on May 18, 2015. The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on May 15, 2015. Office Depot mailed the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Office Depot on or about May 19, 2015, and the stockholders approved the transaction on June 19, 2015. The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus contain important information about Staples, Office Depot, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto) carefully.

Investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed with the SEC by Staples and Office Depot through the web site maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov.

In addition, investors and security holders may obtain free copies of the registration statement and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus from Staples by contacting Staples’ Investor Relations Department at 800-468-7751 or from Office Depot by contacting Office Depot’s Investor Relations Department at 561-438-7878.

 

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this document regarding the proposed transaction between Staples and Office Depot, the expected timetable for satisfying conditions to the merger, including receiving regulatory approvals, and completing the transaction, future financial and operating results, benefits and synergies of the transaction, future opportunities for the combined company and any other statements about Staples or Office Depot managements’ future expectations, beliefs, goals, plans or prospects constitute forward looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any statements that are not statements of historical fact (including statements containing “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intends,” “estimates” and similar expressions) should also be considered to be forward looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including: the ability to consummate the transaction; the risk that regulatory approvals required for the merger are not obtained or are obtained after delays or subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the risk that the financing required to fund the transaction is not obtained; the risk that the other conditions to the closing of the merger are not satisfied; potential adverse reactions or changes to business or employee relationships, including those resulting from the announcement or completion of the merger; uncertainties as to the timing of the merger; competitive responses to the proposed merger; response by activist shareholders to the merger; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of the combined company following completion of the proposed transaction; the ability to successfully integrate Staples’ and Office Depot’s operations and employees; the ability to realize anticipated synergies and cost savings; unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the merger; litigation relating to the merger; the outcome of pending or potential litigation or governmental investigations; the inability to retain key personnel; any changes in general economic and/or industry specific conditions; and the other factors described in Staples’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 31, 2015 and Office Depot’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2014 and their most recent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q each filed with the SEC. Staples and Office Depot disclaim any intention or obligation to update any forward looking statements as a result of developments occurring after the date of this document.

Media Contacts:
Staples: Kirk Saville
508-253-8530

Office Depot: Karen Denning
630-438-7445

Investor Contacts:
Staples: Chris Powers
508-253-4632

Office Depot: Rich Leland
561-438-3796