Barbara Hulanicki Collection At Topshop

Topshop is renowned for working with style heroes of the past, present and future, and this spring marks its coming together with Barbara Hulanicki. Continuing from where she left off in the 70s, Barbara Hulanicki rejoins the fashion world with a new series of clothes for Topshop.

Barbara Hulanicki

While rich with reminders of Biba in its heyday, the collection is a distinct move away from the pretty designs of the past. Clothes are brought up to date by modern prints and edgier shapes for a new generation of fans, making Hulanicki one of the most influential and inspirational style icons of the 20th century.

Having spent the last 15 years designing furniture and hotels worldwide, Hulanicki has reverted back to her first love of fashion illustration as the starting point for the collection. The enchanting ‘ladybug’ and ‘headscarf girl’ designs appear on delicate chiffons, the bold ‘enlarged animal print’ is splashed over silks and jerseys, and quirky large placement sketches of fashion girls stand out on T-shirts and accessories.

The Hulanicki collection takes on a split personality of Good Girl/Bad Girl dressing.

A playful, floaty silhouette in bright coral, pink and pale turquoise tones characterises the Good Girl. A flirty printed dress with Hulanicki’s trademark elegant puff shoulders is echoed by daringly short skater skirts, culottes and playsuits in chiffons and silks. Billowing smock blouses are grown up, while a bright pink ‘ladybug’ print cropped corset top and coral animal print body are aimed at the younger customer. The dramatic black maxi jumpsuit with tie shoulders is the stand out piece and most reminiscent of the collection’s 1970s origins.

A seductive off-the-shoulder body-con dress in lilac jersey with a teasing print on the bust appeals to the collection’s Bad Girl. Mini dresses are bandeau or halter neck in figure hugging jersey for a laid-back sexy look, and a cropped suede jacket with matching high-waist hot pants in khaki. The large prints used on these clothes are repeated on several simple jersey T-shirts for a more accessible and casual take on the look.

Beachwear finishes off the womens clothing collection with a ‘headscarf lady’ printed retro-shaped bikini set and oversized floppy sun hat in either bright or pale pink, and a large beach bag emblazoned with the ‘silhouette girl’.

On her collaboration with Topshop Barbara said: “Top Shop has always been the first shopping stop when I am in London. They work in the same fast thinking, ‘It won’t be there the next time so make a snap decision’ attitude that we developed in the 60s and 70s.”

Mary Homer, managing director of Topshop added: “It is an honour to be working with one of my own personal fashion heroes. Barbara’s approach to fashion is as bold and inspirational now as it was in the 70s. The team has loved working with her and I know our customers will love this collection”

The new Hulanicki collection will be on sale from the end of April.

About Topshop 
Topshop was established in 1964 and is part of Arcadia Group Ltd. Sir Philip Green became owner of Arcadia Group Ltd in 2002.

Topshop is continually recognised as being an authority on womens fashion, having won several awards for design reputation and new service. Topshop was the first fashion retailer to show on schedule at London Fashion Week in September 2005 and continues to grow its reputation for supporting exciting new talent at London Fashion Week.

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Thai Silk Box, The Luxury Wedding Invitation Designers, Re-Launches Its Online Store

Thai Silk Box, a luxury wedding invitation design and supply company, has re-launched their online store and expanded their inventory. Found online at www.thaisilkbox.com, Thai Silk Box’s new storefront provides a larger selection of unique wedding invitations, and an easier-to-use interface for individuals seeking custom-designed wedding invitations.

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Entering into 2009, Thai Silk Box was able to experience financial and physical growth in 2008, even amongst the economic downturns experienced throughout the world during that period. With over 1,000 orders processed in 2008, primarily in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, this physical and financial increase has purportedly positioned the company to break into the top-class wedding invitation business.

As per a company representative, the reason for the company’s growth last year, and continuing growth this year, is due to the quality of materials used in manufacturing their wedding invitations, their ability to cater to their customers’ exact requirements with custom orders, and their strong, Thai-operated, management team. As Thai Silk Box is located in Thailand, the company plays an active role in fighting against companies who utilize illegal workers, and companies who pay unfair wages to its workers.

Thai Silk Box’s new storefront, and additional inventory, is available for viewing at www.thaisilkbox.com

About Thai Silk Box
Established in 2002 by Asia Business Alliance Co. LTD, an international trading company, Thai Silk Box offers high-end wedding invitations and custom, Thai-artesian designed invitations for individuals around the world. For more information on Thai Silk Box, visit their website at www.thaisilkbox.com.

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30 Days and Counting: Brides on the Brink

The blog for MyWeddingFavors.com, the nation’s premier online retailer of wedding favors, baby shower favors and wedding accessories, announces a new series of interviews with brides-to-be who are 30 days away from walking down the aisle. Called 30 Days and Counting: Brides on the Brink, the blog posts will get inside the minds of these women to reveal the highs and lows of wedding planning for up-and-coming brides who are preparing for their journey down the aisle.

Brides on the Brink will talk about the most important things on their mind, how they are handling stress, the most difficult part of wedding planning, the most rewarding part of wedding planning, what they would have done differently, any last-minute details they’re encountering, life lessons learned and more.

My Wedding Favors blogger Karen Sullen says, “We’re stoked about this new series, because the first two brides on the brink are right here at My Wedding Favors. Our goal is to provide first-hand information that will help future brides look forward to the planning process, avoid some pitfalls and side-step stress as they plan their weddings.”

The series will appear in www.blog.myweddingfavors.com the first and third week of every month. Brides-to-be who are about 30 days from their wedding date are invited to send their contact information to shawkins@theshopsat24seven.com. Featured brides will receive a $25 gift certificate for My Wedding Favors.

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High Street Retailer Award for GAME.co.uk

The GAME star continues to shine brightly following the MCV 2009 Excellence Awards which took place on April 23rd at The Brewery in London. There were five retail awards in total, two of which went to GAME: High Street Retailer of the Year and Store Manager of the Year. The latter was jointly awarded to Mike Barnes and Pearl Robinson who captain the Oxford Street store.

Mike and Pearl were up against some fierce competition in the Store Manager of the Year category with Rupert Banning-Lover (HMV), Richard Pascoe (Chips), Martin Tuckwood (Asda) and Gary Noakes (Gameplayer) also vying for the top prize.

Mike who, along with co-manager Pearl, was struck speechless on the night when presented with the award said: “We were gobsmacked to have won. Being recognised by GAME is one thing, being recognised by an esteemed panel of industry experts is quite another. It was a very humbling experience.”

Gamestation also part of GAME Group plc, walked away with the coveted Star Store Award for their Birmingam’s New Street store which excels at offering a unique customer experience while cementing their reputation as a specialist retailer.

Described by MCV editor-in-chief, Michael French as ‘hard to win’, the MCV awards are among the most highly sought after awards in the industry.

Terry Scicluna, Chief Operating Officer of GAME Group said: “I am delighted that all the hard work we have put in over the past few years has been recognised. This is particularly gratifying given the present economic downturn and the additional pressure this has inevitably placed on GAME Group as a whole. It’s a testament to the dedication and sheer hard work of everyone at GAME and Gamestation that we won three of a possible five MCV awards.”

Attended by around 600 of the industry’s most influential names, the MCV Awards represent the biggest night in the gaming industry’s calendar, acknowledging and celebrating the industry’s finest across the following four categories: Retail; PR and Marketing; People and Industry; and a Special Recognition Award. Fifteen awards were up for grabs in total, plus two special awards. The Store Manager of the Year Award was one of the new awards introduced for the 2009 event.

Of course, it was the awards after party, also held at The Brewery in the heart of London, where the real fun kicked off. The party saw some of the industry’s heavyweights dancing and celebrating (perhaps even commiserating) until well into the small hours.

About GAME: 
GAME is a specialist European retailer of PC and video games, video consoles and related accessories. The company caters for all formats, including Xbox, Wii, PS3 and all the relevant accessories such as the wii nunchuk. GAME operates from over 1,162 stores, concessions and franchises in the UK, Eire, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Spain, Portugal, France and Australia. Together with its online shopping services, the company aims to be the destination of choice for every consumer.

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Snip-its, Children’s Hair Salon Favorite, Expands to West Coast

Salon Offers Premium Quality Haircuts with Laughter and Fun – Founded by Comedian Jack Benny’s Granddaughter –

Cue the laughter and giggles. Snip-its (www.snipits.com), the fastest growing franchise of children’s hair salons in the U.S, opened its first West Coast location in Palo Alto, California in April at Town & Country Village at 855 El Camino Real. Designed to ease the haircutting fears of children, Snip-its provides an entertaining and magical destination for premium children’s haircuts and spa services. The 1,700 sq. ft. salon offers a complete line of natural hair care products plus two children’s party rooms for memorable birthday parties.

“I’m thrilled to bring the high-quality Snip-its concept to California. Snip-its is a magical experience for children that turns an ordinary hair salon visit into an extraordinary adventure that ends with a smile,” said Snip-its Palo Alto owner Daniel Liberman. “Moms can feel good about visiting Snip-its. Not only do we have specially trained hair stylists, but children can look and feel their best with our many spa services and delightful birthday parties. I look forward to Snip-its becoming a part of the community.”

Snip-its’ no-tears haircut experience is weaved with vibrant colors and reminds many children of a Saturday morning cartoon. The salon interior features a cast of Snip-its own branded animated cartoon characters: Snips, Jean Luc le Spritz, Curly Comb, Flyer Joe Dryer, the Clip-ette Sisters, and Maranga Mirror plus animated videos, salon-tailored educational computer games and ‘cushy’ parents chairs so Moms can sit nearby. At the end of each visit, children receive a prize in exchange for a lock of hair from the ‘Magic Box.’

“Snip-its caters toward entrepreneur spirits and Daniel is a perfect example of an owner with the drive and determination to succeed,” said James George, the CEO of Snip-its. “We wish him much success.”

Snip-its, a growing kids franchise was founded in 1995 by California native, Joanna Meiseles, the daughter of Hollywood producer, Robert Blumofe credited with the movie, Yours, Mine and Ours and is the granddaughter of famed comedian Jack Benny. After a heartbreaking visit to an ‘adult’ salon with her then young son, the first-time entrepreneur established the entertainment-styled salon with the goal to make children’s hair care a positive fun-filled adventure for families. The Palo Alto location marks the 67th Snip-its location.

The Snip-its Corporation, based in Natick, Massachusetts is designed to untangle the hair care challenges of children and their parents. It provides the best customer service and a guaranteed great time for both kids and parents. The salon franchise has served more than one million children annually in 65 locations. In 2007, Snip-its was named the 30th fastest growing franchise in the U.S. by Franchise Times Magazine. For more information or kids franchise opportunities, visit www.snipits.com or call 877-SNIP-ITS.

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Stylish Moms-To-Be Find Great Looks Without Spending A Fortune On Maternity Clothes And Accessories

Due Maternity, specializing in designer maternity clothing and accessories, launched its new, premium outlet Due Maternity offers active, casual and dressy maternity clothes as well as nursing accessories, diaper bags, skin care and even baby clothes and baby gifts. The addition of Due Maternity Premium Outlet further differentiates the company’s offerings the hottest trends in fashion at affordable prices.

“Hip moms-to-be who are also savvy shoppers will truly appreciate the selection in our premium outlet,” said Shannon DiPadova, co-founder, Due Maternity. “The styles we carry at Due Premium Outlet are very hot and now, with feminine, figure flattering looks that are no different f r o m non-maternity styles. This is a nod to all those women who embrace their pregnancies as a time to feel even more beautiful. They are not the ones hiding behind baggy old sweat pants and over sized t-shirts.”

Due Maternity Premium Outlet is the shopping destination of choice for fashionable moms, offering clothing and accessories made only in the U.S. The premium outlet complements Due’s designer and in-house label fashions found on the main web site and in retail stores. Choose f r o m t-shirts, blouses, peasant tops, dresses and more.

Offering more than just maternity clothing, Due has established its presence as the premier maternity lifestyle brand that specializes in celebrating this special time in a woman’s life. Due Maternity’s online community engages visitors with the ability to create personal page with baby’s due date, gift registry, next-generation photo and video sharing, guest book, baby due date calculator, baby astrology, and even a way to create custom announcements, baby shower and birthday party invitations. Due Maternity podcasts range f r o m parenting tips to the latest pregnancy styles and trends.

About Due Maternity
Due Maternity retail stores and online shop featuring the highest quality merchandise and unparalleled customer service, was born out of necessity. While visiting family in Santa Barbara, expectant former publicist Shannon Raffetto DiPadova and her husband, Albert DiPadova, an advertising veteran, noticed an absence of maternity clothing stores among Santa Barbara’s bevy of boutiques, and thus — Due Maternity was conceived. Dedicated to celebrating the pregnancy experience with beauty, style and a sense of well-being, Due offers one of the largest selections of designer maternity clothesmaternity teesmaternity dresses, accessories, skin care as well as prenatal and lactation classes. For more information, please visit www.DueMaternity.com or call 1-866-SHOP-DUE (1-866-746-7383).

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The Internet’s Most Popular Wedding Favor Store Hosts Theme-Based Communities On Dearshirley.Com And New Americanbridal.Com Facebook Group

AmericanBridal.com, the Internet’s most expansive collection of unique and affordable wedding favors, today announced the launch of its Internet community, dearshirley.com.

The site is a meeting place for those interested in wedding planning tips, advice on family and parenting and other interests. As a community, dearshirley.com provides a forum where members can join and share personal stories, tips and new finds with like-minded networks. In addition, the company has launched its Facebook group to keep members informed about its upcoming promotions and discounts.

“AmericanBridal.com is more than an ecommerce business, we have become a trusted resource for wedding planners and DIY brides,” said Shirley Tan, founder, AmericanBridal.com. “All my life, friends and acquaintances have come to me for advice, providing the inspiration for dearshirley.com, along with my love of reading the Dear Abby column. The dearshirley.com blog is a place where I can share resources and allow others to share their expertise as well.”

The launch of AmericanBridal.com Facebook group enables the company a social networking platform in which its members can join and stay abreast of upcoming promotions, discounts and other events. As a customer service-oriented company, AmericanBridal.com facilitates communication with customers via telephone, email and now, through a blog and Facebook.

A popular destination for wedding favors, bridal shower favors and discount wedding favors that don’t look like cheap wedding favors, AmericanBridal.com is now serving and shipping to U.S. and international customers.

AmericanBridal.com offers the most extensive collection of wedding favors and accessories such as party favors, wedding invitations, personalized gifts, wedding ideas, wedding flowers, cake toppers, thank you cards, wedding guest favors, shower favors, wedding jewelry, wedding decorations, wedding centerpieces, bridal shower games, wedding programs, bridal jewelry, bridal shower invitations, place cards, usher gifts, wedding albums, wedding announcements, favor boxes, unity candle, wedding anniversary gift, wedding checklist, wedding bells, wedding napkins, wedding veils and much more.

About AmericanBridal.com
AmericanBridal.com is the online source for unique and affordable wedding favors and accessories. For every theme or season, AmericanBridal.com has the most extensive selection of products that are guaranteed to make any wedding an unforgettable event for the bride and groom and their guests. F r o m fun and unusual to traditional and elegant, Americanbridal.com specializes in personalized wedding favors, attendant gifts, wedding ceremony accessories, unique bridesmaids gifts and groomsmen gifts, bridal accessories and jewelry, and themed wedding favors. AmericanBridal.com offers the selection of a showroom with the convenience of online shopping and superior customer service at prices that can’t be beat. For more information, please visit us at www.AmericanBridal.com.

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Wyevale Garden Centres Has Overhauled Its Website To Allow Users Easy Access To The Gardening Club Features As Well As Providing Each Garden Centre With Its Own Personal Web Page

Wyevale Garden Centres has overhauled its website to allow users easy access to the gardening club features as well as providing each garden centre with its own personal web page.

The extra prominence afforded to the gardening club means that shoppers can sign up to the club for free and then add details of their gardening club card, in order to get points with in-store purchases as well as by buying online, whether they’re getting a Flymo lawnmower, a new log store or just a new plant pot.

Every £1 spent by a gardening club member will result in five club points for the shopper who can then track their points total online thanks to a new online tool. Points are later redeemable as vouchers. Registered members will also receive an exclusive e-mail newsletter and will be privy to offers online that are otherwise not visible to visitors who are not part of the gardening club.

The website header of the main site has been rebranded to become Gardening Club so that each garden centre in the family can rediscover its own brand identity, allowing individualism and personality to come out on their personal web page.

An online store finder is available to help website visitors find their nearest garden centre, where they can then find out opening times and other pieces of relevant information. Each garden centre web page targets customers directly by giving them information about facilities available, their address and other contact details. A personal touch is added to each garden centre page with the name and an image of the manager published alongside a topical gardening tip.

The website now supports both the garden centres’ and The Gardening Club’s e-commerce services to supply every gardening need from plants to care products, tools to garden furniture and sheds to bird houses. Other features on the Gardening Club website include monthly gardening advice topics and the option to hire tools and machinery.

About The Gardening Club
The Gardening Club is a family of garden centres. The group stocks a wide range plants, tools, garden furniture, BBQs and machinery to suit every style of gardening. With over 120 garden centres nationwide and a website stocking over 2,000 gardening products there is something for every gardeners taste.

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Price-less Inkjet Cartridge Co. teams up with SoyPrint™

Price-less Inkjet Cartridge Co. (PICINK) in partnership with PRC Technologies makes printing greener by introducing soy based laser toner cartridges.

Price-less Inkjet Cartridge Co. (www.PICINK.com), in partnership with PRC Technologies, a division of Print Recovery Concepts, Inc., announces an environmental breakthrough in office printing for businesses, schools and colleges.

Price-less Inkjet Cartridge Co. (PICINK) is one of a handful of national dealer to offer laser printer cartridges using toner powder derived from soybeans. Laser toner cartridges will be supplied by Priceless Inkjet (PICINK) under the SoyPrint™ brand at prices comparable to brand name, oil-based versions currently available. While soy ink has been available for some time, this is the first time a soy-based option has been available in laser cartridges. Industry leaders report it takes about 2 liters of oil to make the one pound of toner powder required for each oil-based cartridge. Currently, U.S. businesses, institutions and governmental bodies consume more than 100 million cartridges per year. That equates to 100 million pounds or 50,000 tons of material we currently use petroleum to produce. Now every office has a choice – they can print black or they can print “green”.

PRC has completed extensive testing of the SoyPrint laser toner cartridges. Debe Overhaug, president of Print Recovery Concepts, Inc., reports the print quality matches current brand name cartridges. She further states each cartridge prints the same number of pages as the oil-based versions and does no harm to the printer itself. “Buyers can now demand a quality product AND a green product. They can have it both ways,” Overhaug claims.

SoyPrint™ cartridges are manufactured in the US and are fully warranted. Cartridges will be shipped directly to customers from warehouses strategically located all over the country.

Price-less Inkjet Cartridge Co. (PICINK) is proud to partner with Print Recovery Concepts, Inc., who has have been a leading provider of compatible toner cartridges to business and education for 15 years. The firm recognized the potential for soy toner in 2006. PRC is pleased to bring this environmentally friendly product to market.

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Glamour39.com Has Brought Together Six Beautiful Key Jewellery Collections Ranging From The Flower Influenced Mai Mai Collection To The Glamour Vintage Collection

Woman love jewellery and so do we at Glamour39.com! Glamour39.com has brought together six beautiful key jewellery collections ranging from the flower influenced Mai Mai Collection to the Glamour Vintage collection.

Glamour39.com is an online jewellery consortium that showcases all six of our jewellery collections. Each collection comes under the Mai Mai Jewels company and for the first time all of our jewellery collections can be found in one space. In line with past and current trends, standout jewellery is bolder than seen in previous years.

Statement necklaces and bracelets from our Iced Candy collection are studded with large semi precious stones such as amethyst, agate, natural crystal and green and lemon jade. Tribal based pieces from the Iced Candy range reference the Afrobella princess look. As an alternative, our extra long statement necklaces are made with large crystal pearls interspersed with sparking Swarovski crystals and finished with vintage cameos and settings. These are available from our Diva Princessa range. Pearls in tones from ivory to pale peach are also making a big splash like our Diva Princessa long necklaces embellished with ribbons, bows and chain.

The embellishment of the wrist continues this season with the simple cuff bracelet elevated to jewel and crystal studded works of arts. Our gold brushed cuff bracelets are decorated with large crystal and rhinestone encrusted vintage brooches that look amazing. The bold one-off statement cuffs and bracelets are available from the Glamour39.com vintage section.

Florals are the focus for us creatively and soft corsages have been used as pretty decoration within the Mai Mai and Diva Princessa ranges. Our silk flower corsage necklaces and bracelets are made with vintage silk and beads. Within our corsage range, we have teamed together silk flowers and crystals in black and white for a dramatic colour contrast. The Mai Mai range incorporates semi precious hand carved flowers and stones detailing the natural influences currently seen on the catwalks. Big chunky natural beads from the Mai Mai range have been used to create double wrap bracelets in Lapis, tiger’s eye, denim sodalite and Jade.

Pendant jewellery is just as popular and our large pendants made from faceted cut semi precious stones are available from our Gems Bijoux and Iced Candy collections.

Vintage jewellery which has already followed previous trends is available from our large vintage collection from the 1930s through to the 1980’s. The collection includes jewellery such as large art deco ethnic necklaces and bracelets from the 1930’s to demi-parure (partial set) and parure sets (full set) of elegant necklaces and matching bracelets and earrings in crystal. The collection includes designer vintage pieces from Juliana, Nina Ricci and Listner. The collection also includes gold and rhinestone pieces from the 1940’s and 50’s to Lucite jewels in a myriad of different candy colours from the 1960’s and 70’s. Vintage jewellery is seeing a resurgence of popularity for brides with our jewellery sets in vintage pearls and crystals adding essential glamour and elegance to a bride’s big day.

For 2009/2010 it’s the unconventional and eye-catching pieces of jewellery that will make you and your outfit stand out from the crowd.

The jewellery collections are available from www.glamour39.com.

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Finally, Grocery Delivery Service Is Available In Houston, TX From Lonestarshopping.Com!!!

Its been an incredibly long time since Houston, TX had grocery delivery. Failed supergiant Webgrocer failed Houston almost a decade ago. The only grocery delivery that’s been available is from Rice Epicurean, a brick and mortar niche grocery store that serves a limited region of houston with $7 grocery deliveries.

LonestarShopping.com boasts an online shopping cart of over 10,000 products, with shoppers that live near you ready to go shop at your local HEB. Or, if you want them to go to a different store like Whole Foods you can just type your list in from scratch and tell the shopper/driver to go get it!!

This is not a traditional warehouse style grocery delivery service, nor is it one that is allied with a few brick and mortar grocery stores around town. Instead LonestarShopping.com links independent work from home shoppers with customers who need grocery delivery service in Houston, TX.

LonestarShopping provides a shopping cart simlator: a web portal for customers to have the experience of shopping online. The end result however is a textbox with a grocery list in it for for the local shopper/driver to go and pick at a local supermarket. Aside from providing the shopping cart simulator lonestar also provides innovative web page to help process payments between shoppers and customers, back end shopper software, and generalized electronic facilitation of the online grocery shopping and delivery process. LonestarShopping also keeps feedback reports from customers and manages the independent grocery shoppers to some extent.

The LonestarShopping staff are actually self-employed work from home grocery shoppers, and they constitute the bulk of the company’s public interaction. These independent “Lonestar” shoppers can each have their own rates for grocery delivery and they each cover different regions of Houston. Prices for delivery vary according to delivery – often the minimum delivery fee is around $25 which is less than you’d probably pay for a taxi to the grocery store. And remember unlike ordering from Rice Epicurean there are absolutely NO product mark ups – you pay what the local supermarkets are charging (either HEB if you build your list using the shopping cart, or any other store if you type your list in manually).

Order online at www.LonestarShopping.com

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Optical Express, The Number One Provider Of Laser Eye Surgery In The World, Has Launched A New Ecommerce Site To Help Streamline The Ordering Process Of Eye Care Products Such As Contact Lenses

The new site has been redesigned in order to integrate fully with the existing customer and product information available on the main Optical Express site, with the aim to fully enhance usability for consumers.

The site now includes a collection of contact lenses; from dailies and monthlies, to toric and varifocal lenses even extended wear lenses Optical Express has them all available online.

The site is home to many leading brand names such as Acuvue, Focus Dailies and Air Optix, with a wide range of standard and specialized lens types to suit everyone. Furthermore Optical Express can advise patients of the best contact lenses based on specific needs, always at competitive prices.

Help is at hand on the new site for those who wish to purchase their contact lenses online. A series of quick guides are available which cover comparisons of competitor brand lenses, lens options, contact lens tips, and the option to view and choose lenses by their type or brand.

With a current prescription suitable for contact lenses, customers can buy online from Optical Express 24 hours a day.

The new site, which offers free delivery on all products, combined with the company’s ability to offer market-leading prices, provides the perfect complement to the current 200+ Optical Express stores nationwide.

Optical Express is registered with the General Optical Council; therefore patients can be assured that only quality lenses from Europe’s top suppliers are sold through the group, and experience the convenience of being able to shop online with local aftercare and advice available through the Optical Express network of UK stores.

About Optical Express
The Optical Express Group was founded in 1991 and is now a global leader of selected healthcare services. The Group covers optical stores, refractive laser eye surgery, spectacles, contact lenses, dental clinics, state-of-the-art medical hospitals and cosmetic treatment centers.

Optical express provides trained specialists to help patients determine which laser eye surgery treatment is best suited to their unique needs and will explain the most advanced eye surgery treatments such as Advanced CustomVue Wavefront and Intralase as well as LASIK.

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Blackwell, The UK’s Leading Academic Bookseller, Has Unveiled The Launch Of The 2.0 Espresso Book Machine (EBM) At Its Flagship Store, 100 Charing Cross London

It is the first bookshop installation of its kind within the UK, allowing any book to be selected f r o m an inexhaustible network of titles and prints on demand in just 3 minutes f r o m a digital file onsite, online at www.blackwell.co.uk, or uploaded in person f r o m CDs or flash drives.

The new Blackwell EBM, created by On Demand Books (ODB), uses revolutionary technology that allows publishers to offer titles through a novel channel of distribution at point of sale to the customer. It is able to print, bind and trim library-quality paperback books at 112 pages per minute, complete with four-colour covers, identical to factory made copies.

The arrival of the EBM in the UK is the result of an exclusive partnership between Blackwell and ODB and is anticipated to be welcomed amongst publishers, retailers and consumers alike. The Charing Cross EBM is hoped to be the first of many to be rolled out by Blackwell. Its debut at the flagship store will be followed by an appearance at the London Book Fair (April 20-22) before returning to its central London home permanently.

The EBM marks a new era for publishing and book retailing. It will enable publishers to cut out supply chain costs, match consumer demands and therefore eliminate unwanted returns. The EBM also removes the need for transportation, adding green credentials to the already impressive list of benefits saving on CO2 emissions and the pulping of unwanted books.

Blackwell predicts the EBM will increase shop sales due to being able to provide a far greater variety of books and popular titles to customers. Books needn’t be out of stock again and the need to wait for books to arrive f r o m a publisher should be a thing of the past. In addition, the EBM is able to bring rare texts back into production. As a committed supporter of small & independent publishers, the EBM allows Blackwell to provide a distribution channel for smaller publishers and hopes to attract a new audience of eager, budding authors and self publishers keen to see their work in print.

Andrew Hutchings, CEO of Blackwell, commented: “F r o m the first instance we read about the Espresso Book Machine we were very keen to see it in action. F r o m a retailer’s and book supplier’s point of view this is a fantastic opportunity for Blackwell. We are very much looking forward to working with ODB.”

Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books commented: “Blackwell is a superb partner of choice for us to launch in the UK market. It has an outstanding pedigree of book history behind it with a reputation to innovate. Blackwell’s academic books and specialist credentials both here and overseas are well suited for demonstrating the extent of the Espresso Book Machine’s capabilities and we believe together we can maximise this exciting development in the book market.”

Consumers can go to Blackwell’s Charing Cross book store f r o m April 27th onwards to witness their book printed on the spot, or order a print on demand book online through the Blackwell site.

About Blackwell Ltd:
Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with over 50 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Renowned specialist in medical books, business books and law books, Blackwell has now been trading for over 125 years f r o m its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford.

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Ernest Jones To Celebrate Its 60th Year In Retail – Launches A 60 Diamond Pendant

Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch Specialist, has launched a new exclusive 60th Anniversary Pendant to celebrate its 60 years in business. With a total 0.60 carat, the 60th Anniversary Pendant is on offer at half price and is an amazing way for Ernest Jones to celebrate its diamond anniversary.

Featuring a dazzling 60 diamonds, one for each year that Ernest Jones has been trading, the launch of this 60th Anniversary Pendant is the cornerstone of a campaign to celebrate the first 60 years of the diamond jewellery specialist.

Jeff Jones, Brand Manager at Ernest Jones, offered his thoughts about the anniversary celebrations, “As Ernest Jones is ‘The Diamond and Watch Specialist’, and I am delighted that we are celebrating our diamond anniversary. It is right that we share this occasion with our customers who have trusted us to find them the perfect diamond over the last 60 years. To celebrate this important landmark we have selected an even finer range of diamonds for 2009 which can only be found at Ernest Jones, including our exclusive Leo Diamond.”

The 60th Anniversary Pendant is exclusive to Ernest Jones. Each of the 60 pavé cut diamonds has been hand set by skilled craftsmen in 9ct white gold. Styled to capture the magic and elegance of vintage jewellery, Ernest Jones has created a dazzling way to celebrate its diamond anniversary. It is also a fantastic opportunity for customers to buy a truly stunning piece of jewellery at a great price in these credit crunch times.

To complement the 60th Anniversary Pendant, the Ernest Jones website has also assembled a Vintage Style Collection of jewellery. Featuring 9ct white gold diamond set pendants, earrings and bangles, the glamorous exclusive Vintage Style Jewellery collection is only available at Ernest Jones.

About Ernest Jones: The Diamond and Watch Specialist
Ernest Jones, the Diamond and Watch Specialist, has over 200 stores and a retail website. Featuring a wide range of leading brand watches and high quality jewellery, Ernest Jones also has a stunning selection of gifts for all occasions. Ernest Jones is part of Signet Jewellers Limited, the world’s largest speciality retail jeweller.

Founded in 1949, Ernest Jones stores have been one of the leading high street retailers of quality diamond rings, jewellery and watches in the UK for 60 years. Catering for the higher end of the middle market, Ernest Jones offers quality, service, exclusive products, designs and brands.

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Topman Has Been Announced Amongst The Shortlist For E-Retailer Of The Year 2009

With the internet presenting the fastest growing route to market for retailers and brands, the competition to be the best is extremely strong. This makes being nominated on the shortlist for E-Retailer of the Year at the 2009 World Retail Awards, an immensely sought after accolade.

Topman’s Head of Ecommerce, Gracia Amico, said the nomination was testament to a lot of hard work in the last twelve months: “It’s been a great year for Topman, from launching our new website last year, opening our online store for US customers and achieving record sales over Christmas, this award nomination is great recognition to all the team.”

These awards recognise the retailer who can best show how they have succeeded in changing their business to perform on a multi-channel platform and who has managed to deliver increasing levels of profitable business transactions online.

The internet poses huge challenges to retailers who have previously only operated from physical stores or a catalogue, requiring them to adapt and embrace multiple new channels. This has lead to a revolution of the retail industry in terms of pricing, internationalisation, logistics, operations, marketing and branding.

For this year’s award, Topman is competing against some very strong nominations, which includes Tesco, the winner of the award in 2008, and two other British retailers – New Look and mydeco.com. Completing the shortlist are Italy’s Yoox Group and Zappos.com from the US.

The winner will be announced on 7th May, at a prestigious gala awards ceremony to be held during the World Retail Congress in Barcelona.

The shortlist for the awards were all reviewed by panels of specialist, expert judges who were chosen for their knowledge and understanding of the types of retail related to each award category. The shortlisted finalists will now go forward to the final judging process overseen by the Grand Jury who will meet in Barcelona immediately before the opening of the World Retail Congress.

About Topman:
Topman offers the latest in mens fashion, encompassing mens shorts, mens t-shirts and a range of styles to suit every shopper. Topman’s extensive collection embraces everything from the latest fashion trends to classic pieces, and extends to mens shoes, accessories, mens underwear and formal wear. Topman also provide the simplest way to search for and buy mens clothing, placing it among the leading fashion retailers in the UK market today.

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Burton Is Celebrating The Resurgence Of The 80’s And The Reuniting Of Ska Legends ‘The Specials’, With The Launch Of A Limited Edition Tonic Suit

With the 80’s making a forceful statement on the high street once again, the men’s fashion world is drawing influence from many cultural facets, from art to music. To celebrate this new trend and the 30th anniversary tour of cult band The Specials, Burton has designed two new exclusive versions of their classic tonic suit and used key design elements from their archives to create the new ‘Mod’ suit.

More prevalent than with other musical styles, achieving exactly the right look has always been a defining part of the Mod and Ska movement. Sharp suits with precise lines and clean cut styling epitomized the look of 2 Tone, and now with the reforming of The Specials to celebrate their 30th anniversary, the look is also set to make its return.

Available in deep blue and charcoal, the limited edition suit is 100% wool and has an extra finish which creates a slight sheen to give it the tonic look. The style is a one button single breasted slim fit jacket with a narrow peak lapel, while the trouser is narrower on the calf and thigh and at just £99 makes it an affordable style essential for every man. Slim fit tonic waistcoats can be added to help finish the classic ‘Rude Boy’ look.

The Specials tour will see the 2 Tone Coventry Gangsters getting suited and booted again in their iconic suits as they tour 6 venues across England and Scotland in April and May.

The limited edition Burton Tonic Suits will be available in the Bath, Poole, Bluewater, White City, New Enfield, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Swansea, and Braehead stores, as well as online.

About Burton
Burton has a long history in men’s clothing and fashion having been founded in 1903 by Montague Burton in Chesterfield. Burton now has over 400 outlets all over the UK and Ireland making it one of the country’s largest sellers of casual and formal menswear, including men’s suits, jeans, shirts, jackets, suits, knitwear, shorts, shoes, underwear, accessories and men’s tshirts.

Customers can also shop online from the Burton.co.uk website which offers free returns in-store or by post and fast delivery to their home. The site features a useful size guide to ensure customers can get the correct fit. They can also sign up for the Burton newsletter, which offers all the latest style updates, exclusive discounts and competitions.

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Online Children’s Boutique Is Carrying The Latest Boys And Girls Fashions And Swimwear By Popular Designers

SandboxCouture.com, a popular online children’s boutique retailer of baby clothes, girls clothes and baby gifts, today introduced the addition of the 2009 season of boys clothes and swimwear by Quiksilver, along with fresh Easter, spring and summer dresses and bathing suits for little girls. These new styles for infants, toddlers and children will continue to arrive throughout the season.

“Southern California’s surf, snow and skate scene provides the inspiration for boys clothing and in this season’s Quiksilver styles, we see a mix of fun, attitude and good old fashioned comfort,” stated Sam Brown, spokesperson for Sandbox Couture.

“For girls, the Kate Mack by Biscotti line of dresses and swimsuits ushers in the sunny, frolic-filled spring and summer days –just in time for Easter dress shopping or spring break. These styles are now available to customers around the world as we are shipping internationally.”

Inspired by the laid back Southern California surf scene, the Quiksilver boys collection features classic, retro and edgy designs on essentials such as board shorts, cargo pants, t-shirts, caps, beanies, backpacks, footwear and long-sleeved hoodies for bundling up on a brisk spring evening or after a day at the beach. Whether the look is beach casual or surf-skate punk, little tikes will be fashionably attired for outings, play dates or just kicking it at home.

Kate Mack for Biscotti features pretty spring dresses in pink and lime, pink leopard and rose halter or 2-piece bathing suit, rose dress with lime gingham accents, white polka-dotted flower dress and a variety of cute itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny little girls’ bikinis and one-piece swim suits in the same family of fabrics and patterns.Matching sandals and flip flops round out this summer’s most sought after looks by Biscotti.

Known as the source for quality children’s clothes and couture fashions for babies and children, Sandbox Couture has provided busy parents — and a loyal following of couture shoppers and celebrity moms — a convenient outlet for quality, value and fashion savvy designs for little boys and little girls. Sandbox Couture has developed a reputation for offering couture children’s fashions, at prices that parents will appreciate. F r o m unique designs to the hottest trends, Sandbox Couture’s collection of designers offers the convenience of online shopping and the benefits of online savings.

Sandbox Couture is now serving the global community with its fashion forward trends and name brand selections. International shipping rates apply. For additional details, please visit www.sandboxcouture.com.

About Sandbox Couture
Sandbox Couture is an online children’s boutique retailer, providing baby clothes, baby gifts and unique children’s clothes. The company takes pride in hand selecting products f r o m top designers, thereby ensuring quality and contemporary style. Sandbox Couture’s philanthropic contributions and socially conscious business practices are at the forefront of the company’s ideals and corporate culture. Founded in 2005, Sandbox Couture is privately held and headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. For information about Sandbox Couture, please visit the company’s web site at http://www.SandboxCouture.com.

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Jo Malone Launches Second Edition Kohdo Wood Collection

The World of Jo Malone introduces the second season of the limited edition Kohdo Wood Collection. Two captivating fragrances created as a modern interpretation of the ancient Japanese incense ceremony of Kohdo: the ritual appreciation of incense.

One of the three formalised Japanese arts, Kohdo is a ritual that has been handed down f r o m generation to generation in Japanese society, taking over thirty years to master.

Today, the Kohdo ceremony is a journey of discovery that is made with friends, where moods are manipulated according to the natures and personalities of scents. The blend of ingredients in the day and night fragrances have been designed to inspire the senses and encourage emotions. For the day: uplifting and invigorating, and for the night: soothing and sensual.

Through a blend of mandarin, sacred lotus blossom, bamboo and aloeswood, Lotus Blossom & Water Lily – Kohdo Wood day will awaken the senses, encourage energy, inspire confidence and focus the mind, making it the perfect daytime scent.

Mandarin has a vibrant and lively nature, referred to as the little heart of the sun, it is thought to shed light on the drudgeries of the everyday and encourage a sense of joy. The sacred lotus blossom is serene and spiritual, symbolising the dawning of a new day. Bamboo offers strength and grace and aloeswood is believed to impart both mental and physical benefits to balance the mind and body.

Dark Amber & Ginger Lily – the night fragrance in The Kohdo Wood Collection – is a combination of black cardamom, orchid and kyara wood and is designed to encourage relaxation, it’s sensual and calming aura creating a sense of intrigue and mystery. It is the perfect scent to use f r o m early evening through to night.

Originally used as a perfume in ancient times, black cardamom has an aromatic and smoky nature, while the orchid carries a universal message of beauty and wisdom. As a base for incense, kyara wood is prized for its rarity and richness and its character embodies the true historical and cultural significance of the Kohdo ceremony. It is both relaxing and stimulating, an essence that’s said to be appropriate for meditation and celebration. This dark and sensual mix signifies refinement and perfection and brings the essence of evening to this night scent.

Like all Jo Malone Fragrances, Jo Malone Kohdo Wood Collection will be available to purchase online f r o m the beginning of April. Lotus Blossom & water Lily is available in a Shower Gel, Cologne and Home Candle while Dark Amber & Ginger Lily is available in a Bathing Soak, Cologne and Home Candle.

About Jo Malone: In 1994 Jo Malone opened her first store at 154 Walton Street London, selling a collection of personal fragrances, skin care and a selection of Scented Candles and bath & body products. Today the World of Jo Malone continues to both constantly challenge convention and educate on the way that fragrance can enhance everyday lives.

Beautiful packaging and thoughtful presentation is synonymous with the Jo Malone brand. F r o m the first moment the iconic gift bag with signature bow is received, a sensorial journey begins. A Jo Malone gift is the perfect pleasure, a luxurious way to create a lasting memory.

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Melrose Jewelers, U.K.’s #1 Online Rolex Retailer, Today Announced the Top 5 Rolex Super President Watches Demanded in the UK

Melrose Jewelers, U.K.’s #1 Online Rolex Watch Retailer, today announced the top 5 Rolex Super President Watch Models demanded in the United Kingdom on its website this Winter.

Ranking from 1 to 5 in popularity, the Rolex watch models Men & Women in the U.K. wanted are as follows. These models can be viewed by visiting Melrose Jewelers’ website and typing in the id # (in parentheses) in the top right search box.

1. Mens Champagne String 3ct Channel Set Rolex Day Date Super Presidential (129)

2. Men’s Champagne String Beadset Rolex Day Date Super Presidential (105)

3. Ladies Mother of Pearl Diamond Dial Rolex Super President (413)

4. Ladies Champagne Dial Rolex Super President (404)

5. Mens White Gold Pave Diamond Dial 3 Carat Channel Set Rolex Day Date Super President (136)

About Melrose Jewelers
Melrose Jewelers is the nation’s leading online retailer of Rolex wrist watches including mens watches and ladies luxury watches and its associates have, collectively, over 220 years of experience in importing, restoring, and retailing Rolex and other luxury watches. Melrose Jewelers was founded with one simple premise: Buying a Rolex or other luxury watch shouldn’t be mysterious or complicated. Similar to the innovative yet simple business models of Progressive Insurance, CarMax, or Blue Nile Melrose Jewelers provides customers with low, no-haggle pricing, luxury wrist watches that are either new and unworn or pre owned and restored to original factory specifications both inside and outside, and a comprehensive 2-year warranty. Melrose Jewelers also employs a staff of top university-educated Trained Experts that provide customer service that extends from your initial sales call until years after you’ve received your purchase. Melrose Jewelers is a proud member of the Verified Internet Diamond Purchasers Association, the Jeweler’s Vigilance Committee, the Jewelers of America, the Manufactures and Jewelers Association of America, the International Watch & Jewelry Guild, the National Association of Watch Collectors, and the California Sheriff’s Association. Melrose Jewelers uses only Conflict-Free Diamonds and those imported through the Kimberley Process as signed into act by U.S. Congress in 2003. Melrose Jewelers is not an authorized agent or affiliated with Rolex USA, Rolex S.A., Rolex International, Breitling, or Patek Philippe luxury watches. Rolex Day Date, Rolex President, Rolex GMT Master, Rolex Daytona, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, Rolex PearlMaster, Rolex Masterpiece, Rolex Super President, Rolex Submariner, Rolex Yacht-Master, Rolex Explorer and Rolex Sea Dweller are all trademarks of Rolex S.A.

Melrose Jewelers also hosts the Melrose Jewelers (MJ) Rolex Watch Blog. The MJ Rolex Watch Blog is the world’s largest independent forum website about Rolex events and Rolex and other luxury watches in pop culture. With over 300 user-posted articles and new articles and commentary updated daily, the Melrose Jewelers Rolex watch blog contains articles about Rolex watches owned, Warren Buffett, Tara Reid, Danica Patrick, Matthew McConaughey, Eva Longoria Parker, Tokio Hotel, Tobey Maguire, Lindsey Lohan, Eddie Murphy, Tom Selleck, Jennifer Garner, Donald Trump, Skepta, Jennifer Lopez, Lance Armstrong, John Mayer, Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, DJ Am, Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Jay-Z, Zara Phillips, Barack Obama, O.J. Simpson, Madonna, Ana Ivanovic, Jennifer Aniston, Paris Hilton, Orlando Bloom, Tupac Shakur, Lily Allen, & Wiley. Blog postings on the MJ Rolex Watch Blog are submitted by independent Rolex enthusiasts and not by Melrose Jewelers.

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BabyBox.com Announces the Addition of Pixie Dust

BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of high-end crib bedding, baby furniture and baby gifts, announced today that it has added the newest Pixie Dust Décor crib bedding collection to its exclusive offering of baby bedding collections. The new Pixie Dust bedding is a top pick among style-minded parents looking to furnish well appointed nurseries and children’s rooms.

“Baby bedding and accessories are all about personal style and taste, setting the tone for the entire nursery,” said Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com. “Never tired or overly trendy, Pixie Dust celebrates childhood, striking the perfect balance of fun and timeless tradition and we are sure that our customers will appreciate the Pixie Dust collection for being both practical and uniquely stylish.”

The new Pixie Dust crib bedding collection complements any child’s room with decor that is sweet and unique, with a magical touch that inspires the imagination. Pixie Dust Décor crib bedding style is timeless with a childlike twist using soft fabrics with crisp lines, and purposeful products with a strong nod to fun. Vintage toys, laurel wreaths, mini pagodas and the sweetest flowering topiaries can all be found in the latest textile collection. All of the Pixie Dust fabrics are wonderfully soft to the touch, perfect for little ones. watermelon pagoda crib bedding

Featuring deliciously named selections such as lime pagoda crib bedding, watermelon pagoda crib bedding, lemon ice topiary crib bedding and punch topiary crib bedding, Pixie Dust Décor turns on the charm in any room or nursery. Also choose f r o m aqua pagoda crib bedding set, jardin crib bedding, boys toys crib bedding or chateau charlotte crib bedding.

For a limited time, Babybox.com is offering free shipping on all baby bedding and baby bedding collections. To redeem, enter coupon code “freeshipbed” at checkout.

F r o m developmental toys to baby clothing, crib bedding and nursery furniture, BabyBox.com features an A-list of upscale designers, such as House Inc., Henry & Henrietta, Lulu DK Matouk, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B, among others.

About BabyBox.com
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit www.BabyBox.com.

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Displaysense To Revive Retail

Displaysense, who currently provide retail display and shop fitting equipment to the UK, Ireland and Europe has set its sights high this year by adding to its already extensive range with an additional 19,000 new products this March. Not only will Displaysense be able to provide greater choice for the retail display sector, but also exhibition, office, home and catering.

With new products such as furniture, stationary, and safety equipment to compliment the extended ranges of display cabinets, shelving units and literature holders, Displaysense is set to dominate this year with even more products on the way in April including a wide selection of exclusive display cases.

To keep all these new products in check and provide a simple purchasing experience for all customers, Displaysense has undergone months of website testing and design. Over the coming months it plans to add in even greater facilities and design developments to help customers find what they are looking for, f r o m the largest of cabinets to the smallest of business card holders.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented on the new developments by saying, “We have been working hard over the past few months with our web development agency to ensure that we not only provide excellent navigation around the new site, but offer a simple transaction process f r o m product to checkout. We enhanced our website back in February 2008, but this change is in a totally different league as we are dramatically increasing our product range and we hope our customers benefit f r o m a greater choice of products”.

Displaysense experienced considerable growth both online and offline over 2008 and is looking forward to seeing how far 2009 will take the company and is boldly proclaiming that this is just the beginning of the bang.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays and shop fittings. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1500 displays. The range is now extremely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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Bedroom Pleasures BPTV TV Shopping Channel

Bedroom Pleasures.co.uk has instinctively reacted to the needs of the online consumer and the somewhat limiting boundaries of the sex toys industry, by developing a new pioneering approach to effectively showcase their products.

This concept creates a new addition to the shopping experience on the BedroomPleasures website, in the form of BPTV. Understanding and appreciating a product before purchasing has never simpler with the BPTV sex toys tv. Instead of viewing a potential purchase from product photos on the website, the customer can also watch and understand the product from videos embedded into the website before they buy.

The assistance of a trained BedroomPleasures advisor helps the customer by operating a friendly and informative approach to dissect the function, and the purpose of the chosen product. These informative short snippets of video footage feature professional demonstrations and analysis of a large number of BedroomPleasures products. New videos are also added each week.

With just one click the customer can appreciate a product, or in some cases even watch product and promotional footage from the brand itself. This can be as diverse as watching behind the scenes product footage of an advert such as the Durex Play Vibration Ring, to genuine public response to a product, or even informative sex toys tips.

All of these new BPTV features have been designed to enable the customer to understand and become more familiar with the product brand, its mission, and the product itself.

Moreover, if demand is high enough the customer can even request a product on the BedroomPleasures website to be reviewed on BPTV. This makes a truly bespoke feature to BPTV and mirrors the company’s ethos of always putting the customer first.

About Bedroom Pleasures:
BedroomPleasures is a division of Net Trading UK Ltd and was formed in 2003 to provide a fast, safe and reliable way for shoppers to purchase adult products from the comfort of their own home.

BedroomPleasures is dedicated to bringing the best selection of adult toys and lingerie, coupled with an outstanding service and fast delivery. Bedroom pleasures also checks prices against other UK based retailer websites on a weekly basis and offers a price promise to ensure customers can’t buy cheaper sex toys in the UK, and the chance to claim free sex toys with purchases over a certain value.

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Guard Yourself Announces the Launch of Their new Personal Defense Products Website

Guard Yourself today announced the opening of it’s website, providing self defense products including industry leading brands such as Taser, Mace, Stun Master, Wildfire, Pepper Shot, Talon and Z-Force. This Project is devoted to providing the tools and information needed for personal safety. Guardyourself.net includes safety tips, instructional videos and laws pertaining to the use of personal defense products.

“Crime is on the rise! The statistics speak for themselves” Said Jake Buhrman, owner and operator of Guard Yourself. “Unfortunately many people rarely consider the danger until they are in a true life threatening situation. By then it’s too late, they freeze in fear and fall victim to their attacker.”

The growing economic crisis has put a strain on society and the worst is yet to come. In today’s increasingly violent times, every citizen is responsible for ensuring their own personal safety and security. Statistics have always shown that people who fight back during a life-threatening situation substantially increase their chances of escaping and avoiding harm to themselves or loved ones.

ABOUT Guard Yourself

The site offers training videos for individuals who don’t have the time to attend self defense or martial arts classes. It also contains tips and information about choosing the right personal protection products for each unique situation.

www.guardyourself.net has a wide range of products for personal protection ranging from pepper sprays and personal alarms to stun guns and Tasers (including the new C2 Taser).

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Burton Introduces Spring Top Ten

Burton, one of the leading mens clothes retailers in the UK, has decided to help UK men achieve the right look this Spring by introducing the Burton Spring Top Ten.

This Spring Burton has introduced a must have Top Ten for the coming season. This is a collection of key interchangeable pieces designed to offer the modern man a complete capsule wardrobe for the season ahead.

Including a comfortable tailored Navy Herringbone Stripe single breasted jacket and matching trouser for a smart look, the collection also provides an entire wardrobe of items which can be transposed for a variety of casual looks. Ubiquitous straight cut jeans, beach tee, polo, grey tipped cardigan and chino trousers make up the main components of the collection, along with this season’s essential check styling details provided by a check bomber jacket and red/blue check casual shirt and tie.

A canvas dispatch bag and grey suede casual shoes help complete the look with their relaxed casual styling and versatility.

“The design team at Burton believe in combining accessible style and great value. We have defined the ten essential smart and casual fashion pieces for the British man to buy into for the spring 2009 season. While selecting this product we made sure Top Ten offered great fit, fabric and detail choice which could be bought as a whole capsule collection or individually to update any contemporary wardrobe.” Jonathan Lovett, Head of Design for Burton

While all the Top Ten pieces have been selected to work perfectly together, their design and versatility also mean they will be able to easily fit in and complement existing wardrobes to add this season’s key touches.


About Burton
Burton has a long history in mens clothing and fashion having been founded in 1903 by Montague Burton in Chesterfield. Burton now has over 400 outlets all over the UK and Ireland making it one of the country’s largest sellers of casual and formal menswear, including men’s jeans, shirts, men’s jackets, suits, knitwear, shorts, shoes, underwear and accessories.

Customers can also shop online f r o m the Burton.co.uk website which offers free returns in-store or by post and fast delivery to their home. The site features a useful size guide to ensure customers can get the correct fit. They can also sign up for the Burton newsletter, which offers all the latest style updates, exclusive discounts and competitions.

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Kaenon Polarized Introduces the New Arlo™ Sunglass

Kaenon Polarized™, the Southern California-based Luxury Performance™ sunglass brand, proudly announces the arrival of its newest lifestyle-inspired sunglasses for spring 2009. ARLO™ – characterized by its conservative, good looking design and universal fit, accommodates a wide range of face shapes.

Blending sophisticated street appeal with Kaenon’s SR-91® polarized lenses, these sunglasses offer superior optical clarity, color contrast, and depth perception in a lightweight, impact resistant package. ARLO is the latest addition to Kaenon’s quiver of uncompromising selection of sunglasses.

With its elegant lines, scripted metal inlay on the temples and 5-barrel metal hinges, ARLO is perfectly suited for any uptown excursion or outdoor adventure. The unisex design of ARLO offers an exceptionally comfortable sunglass fit for a wide variety of men’s and women’s face sizes. The Italian crafted TR-90 injection-molded frame keeps ARLO strong yet flexible. Subtle no-slip Variflex™ nose pads anchor ARLO to your face, while adding all-day-every-day comfort.

As the newest addition to Kaenon Polarized’s sunglass line, ARLO is available in Black with SR-91 lenses in Grey12, Matte Black with Grey12, and Tortoise with Copper12 lens options. As with all Kaenon Polarized sunglasses, ARLO is Rx adaptable and custom lens tints are available for nominal charge. Retail price: $199.

Founded by elite-level sailor, Olympic sailing coach, and Southern California native, Steve Rosenberg and his brother Darren, Kaenon Polarized represents the culmination of Rosenberg’s 20+years of experience in the sports optics world as a sponsored athlete, sports marketer, and executive. Since its launch in 2001 with its patented SR-91 lens, Light Transmission Level Technology, and award winning KORE product, Kaenon Polarized has continued Rosenberg’s mission to provide the elite athletes and active lifestyle enthusiasts with the clarity of polarized optics and high-performance frames with superior fit and luxurious style. Today, Kaenon Polarized is the Luxury Performance choice of professionals in both land and water sports such as golf, baseball, snow, surf, kitesurfing, windsurfing, fishing, sailing, and automotive racing, as well as entertainers in film and music.

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Displaysense Raise The Issue Of Fire And Safety Protocols In The Workplace

Displaysense calls for businesses and workers to take note of the upcoming national no smoking day and pay more attention to health and safety following potentially disastrous incident in Telford.

Ever since the introduction of the smoking ban in 2007 there have been mixed views on the law, however a warehouse worker in Telford decided to defy the regulation and watch some new office products go up in smoke.

Displaysense the UKs leading supplier of mannequins and shop display equipment were happy to receive a phone call from a customer, with what sounded like a repeat order for products the company had only ordered a month earlier.

During the phone call the unfortunate reason behind the repeat purchase was revealed. A temporary agency employee ignored the smoking ban, having snuck away for a crafty fag and accidently set fire to half of a small storage room at the back of their warehouse.

The company bought clothes rails, containers and display cabinets from Displaysense with the intention of using them in their offices after they completed a refurbishment and had temporarily placed them away in a storage room while the offices were decorated.

Steve Whittle the marketing manager at Displaysense commented, “Although our products are high quality, they are not meant to be completely fire proof. It was potentially a very dangerous situation and perhaps the individual involved should take note of the no smoking day on the 11th of March and quit while he is behind.”

Steve continued, “It just goes to show, with the various promotions the government runs to highlight the risks of fire, some businesses aren’t taking appropriate steps to protect their business and the message isn’t getting through to their workers”.

Given this incident, Displaysense are going to contact its customers to raise the question about their businesses health and safety measures, and offer appropriate solutions to protect their lively hood.

The fire and rescue services attend more than 30,000 work related fires around the country each year, with impacts including businesses not reopening, loss of jobs or even loss of life. With the no smoking day on March the 11th, the smoking ban and increased monitoring of fire and safety protocols in the workplace, it is hoped that this number falls and similar situations to that of the Telford warehouse can be avoided.

It is understood that employees at the warehouse managed to put out the fire without needing to contact the emergency services. The worker in question has subsequently been fired and told not to darken their doors or cabinets, again.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of over 1600 displays. The range is now extremely diverse including acrylic containers, display cabinets, mannequins, modular shelving units, exhibition displays and
business card holders.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities.

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The Carphone Warehouse Launches Phone Trade-In Service

The Carphone Warehouse has announced the launch of its exclusive ‘Trade-In Calculator’ service which allows customers to exchange their old mobile phones for cash when either upgrading to a new handset, buying a new pay as you go handset, or taking out a new contract.

For the first time, customers will be able to instantly find out the true value of their old mobile phones and receive cash in-store at one of over 800 stores nationwide. The model of the old mobile is simply inputted into the ‘Trade-In Calculator’ operated by sales advisors, which instantly generates an exchangeable figure of up to £200, dependent on the model of the phone. This amount can then be directly redeemed by customers, or offset against the cost of the upgraded handset and contract. The mobile phone trade in service is also available online through The Carphone Warehouse site.

Being the first major high street retailer to offer such a scheme, The Carphone Warehouse can reveal that two million people in the UK are due a mobile phone upgrade, but are yet to take full advantage of receiving a new phone. Consequently, an astonishing £10,000,000 of potential cash is going unclaimed by customers – money that could make a noticeable difference to the bank balance amidst the current financial climate.

Utilising the ‘Trade-In Calculator’ takes the guesswork out of revealing how much an old handset could be worth. The service works by checking the value of every handset to make sure customers get as much as possible for their old phone. For instance, a high-end handset such as the Nokia Arte would equate to a huge £200 cashback, while more popular handsets from last year such as the Nokia N95 or Sony Ericsson K850i would still generate customers a valuable £115 and £45 respectively.

Andrew Harrison, UK CEO at The Carphone Warehouse said; “Customers are increasingly looking for the best deal when upgrading their mobile phone contract. It’s easy to forget the value of your old phone and many end up in drawers gathering dust. Our ‘Trade-In Calculator’ takes the guesswork out of the true value when trade in your old phone and gives an instant cash ‘thank you’ to loyal and new customers.”

About The Carphone Warehouse
The Carphone Warehouse is the largest independent mobile phone retailer in the UK, with over 820 stores nationwide.

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The New Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask By Elemis

Elemis, the pioneering British spa and skin care brand, has unveiled its new Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask, which is due for release in April 2009.

Elemis has recognised the problem of the skin’s cell renewal process declining as people age. In 2006, after three years of research, Elemis launched a skin care programme that facilitated natural cell renewal of the dead skin cells to reveal a fresher, more radiant skin. This range was the Tri-Enzyme Programme which won several beauty awards after its launch including being voted the CEW Best New Skincare range 2007.

Following on from this success is Elemis’ latest innovation; the new Tri-Enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask. This new product is a highly active gel based mask that combines the Elemis-patented Tri-Enzyme Technology with anti ageing Tetra Peptide, Amazonian Acerola Cherry, White Truffle, Great Burdock, Erysiumum and amino acids to encourage effective resurfacing of the skin’s surface.

Elemis Tri-Enzyme Technology adapts to the individual’s micro flora and skin condition, an important factor given that everyone’s skin is different. When the skin’s acid mantle drops below 4.5pH, enzymatic action decreases dramatically, resulting in rapid ageing. Elemis Tri-Enzyme Technology uses the synergy of Organic Acids with micro-encapsulated enzymes to support the micro flora enabling safe and highly effective skin resurfacing.

Noella Gabriel, Elemis’ Director of Product and Treatment Development, said: “After years of research we wanted to bring clients a resurfacing gel mask that is an active system to ‘take home’. Sadly, in the last few years, we have constantly been confronted with customers suffering with damaged skin from too harsh and abrasive treatments which have left their skin unsafely thin on the surface, very sensitive and in need of TLC. At Elemis we are proud to be able to offer a safe, yet powerful resurfacing programme that works naturally with the skin’s natural resources. It is our promise that we only create products that adapt to the individual’s skin as everyone’s skin is different. This Gel Mask gives skin a remarkable, visible radiance.”

The Try-Enzyme Programme includes a resurfacing homecare regime designed to address concerns including fine lines and wrinkles, acne and superficial scarring and uneven pigmentation.

About Elemis:
timetospa (commonly referred to as Time2Spa) is the official online store for Elemis, the pioneering British spa and
skin care brand.

Elemis is proud to partner with over 1200 luxurious spas and salons, 130 lavish cruise ship spas, British Airways Elemis travel spas and over 100 retail stores around the globe. Elemis treats over 5.7 million people each year and it has the single largest influence on trends and developments in the global spa and skincare industry. The successful combination of powerful natural ingredients, cutting-edge formulation technology and proven clinical trials has enabled Elemis to bring to market some of the most influential anti-ageing homecare products and professional spa-therapies the beauty industry has ever seen.

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Thomas Sanderson Announce 3 For 2 Offer In Its Spring Sale

Thomas Sanderson, Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of window blinds and shutters, has announced a three for two offer across its entire range of window blinds and shutters, as part of its annual 2009 spring sale.

For every two blinds or shutters bought during the spring sale, customers can choose a third at no extra cost. Thomas Sanderson boasts the largest selection of blinds and shutters in the UK, giving customers the choice of conservatory blinds, window blinds, stained and painted shutters and sunroom blinds, in over 1000 colours, styles and finishes.

Ian Bayne, Marketing Manager at Thomas Sanderson, commented: “The new spring sale is a fantastic opportunity for customers to freshen up their homes this spring with the perfect blinds for every room in their home.”

Among the styles of blind on offer in the sale are pleated, wood, metal venetians, Roman pinoleum and interior shutters. Conservatory blinds, which are also included in the sale, have been designed by Thomas Sanderson so that every blind fits snugly into the window frame, allowing windows and doors to be opened even if the blinds are down.

Any customer taking advantage of the spring offers will receive a free consultation with a Thomas Sanderson designer who will guide the customer through all the options and styles that suit their home before providing a free, no obligation quotation.

About Thomas Sanderson:
Since 1991, Thomas Sanderson has grown f r o m a family run business to an international company offering products and services throughout the UK and Ireland. The company is Europe’s largest manufacturer and supplier of conservatory blinds in addition to supplying window blinds and
window shutters.

Thomas Sanderson has remained true to its roots, offering a local service and continuing to make its relationship with each and every customer its main priority. The company takes pride in ensuring the standards of service on offer match the high standards of its products.

Established as the market leader for over 17 years, Thomas Sanderson now offers businesses the opportunity to be associated with a national company, backed by local service. Thomas Sanderson has developed ‘refer and reward’ partnerships with over 1300 home improvement specialists, allowing them to offer their customers a complete range of products that add the finishing touches to any home improvement project, and with minimum fuss.

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BabyBox.com -The Online Luxury Baby Retailer Named Top Online Baby Clothing Retailer By Leading Shopping Search Engine

BabyBox.com, a luxury retailer of high-end crib bedding, baby furniture and baby gifts, announced today it has been recognized as one of the best e-commerce specialty stores by TheFind, which is the leading shopping search engine and web destination for discovering lifestyle goods. BabyBox.com received the award in the category of online retailers specializing in baby clothing.

“We are honored to be named a top baby clothing shop by TheFind, and are thrilled that our years in the e-commerce business are recognized,” said Katherine Type, founder of BabyBox.com. “From its inception, BabyBox.com was created for customers with discriminating tastes who want the convenience and flexibility of shopping online, with everything delivered to their doorsteps.”

TheFind100 is an annual award that recognizes the best 100 e-commerce specialty stores in sixteen shopping categories. TheFind shopping search engine has grown very rapidly and receives over 11 million visitors every month. Over the last twelve months, shoppers have voted with their clicks to earn winners a spot on this year’s TheFind100 list.

From developmental toys to baby clothing, crib bedding and nursery furniture, BabyBox.com features an A-list of upscale designers, such as House Inc., Henry & Henrietta, Lulu DK Matouk, Lulla Smith, Gordonsbury, Serena & Lily, Blauen, Sweet William, Lullaby and Baby B, among others.

About BabyBox.com
BabyBox.com is a premier baby gift store for children, ages newborn to 12 months. Offering a specialized selection of luxury baby items, the company prides itself on serving a niche market with a focus on unique and high quality products including adorable crib bedding, baby clothes, nursery décor, quality children’s furnishings, baby furniture, custom baby bedding, Moses baskets, bassinets, handmade items, as well as traditional gifts, such as toys, baby blankets and keepsake gifts. In addition to the specialized infant collections, BabyBox.com has expanded its offerings to provide furniture, bedding, décor and clothing for older children. With headquarters in Darien, Conn., BabyBox.com has provided unique baby gifts since 1997. For more information, please visit www.BabyBox.com.

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