Tesco Clothing Online Launches International Delivery Service

Tesco’s online clothing business in the UK is extending its delivery service to include international markets for the first time.

Launched on Wednesday 5th October, www.clothingattesco.com is initially offering delivery to countries in the EU. In particular, the service is expected to prove popular where Tesco’s F&F label is already an established brand and available in store locally (Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary) as well as in markets with a high number of British nationals, such as Spain and France.

Jill Easterbrook, Tesco Clothing Director said: “Our loyal online following tells us they want to be able to buy fashionable, good value clothes from us and have them sent outside the UK. We think there is a great opportunity to reach British customers who have relocated to countries such as Spain. Our customer call centre frequently receives queries from people all over the world asking whether we can deliver to their country.”

Since Tesco launched its online clothing business in October 2009, it has grown ahead of the market and in the last six months alone online clothing sales were up 45 per cent. Tesco.com/clothing is able to offer a bigger range for customers than stores, including F&F limited edition range and a number of well-known brands.

Jill Easterbrook continued: “By offering a delivery service to customers in a number of European countries not only are we testing the popularity of such a service, but also gauging the response to our clothing offer in these new markets. We believe our international customers will welcome even more choice and benefit from the increasing number of well-known clothing brands we now sell on Tesco.com/clothing.”

This summer Tesco also launched its click and collect service for clothing orders in the UK. Customers are able to pick up their clothing order for free the next day from a choice of over 250 Tesco stores in UK and NI. By the end of the year a further 500 Tesco stores will offer the service. Returns are free by post, or customers can return items to store.

The new standard international delivery service will take between two to six working days and cost from £4.95.

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Debenhams Reveals the Price of Youth

Debenhams has released new research that reveals parents are spending thousands on kitting their infants out in the latest designer labels.

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Anxious parents, eager to help their infants make a good impression on their first day at nursery school are even spending up to £600 on their start-of-term outfits.

The alarming figure is more than three times greater than the average job applicant spends on clothes for crucial interviews, and twelve times greater than the amount spent on senior school uniforms.

The survey showed that girls receive more costly outfits – and more of them – with mothers splashing out on average twice as much on daughters when compared to sons.

Michelle Dowdall at Debenhams said: “The competition to see who is wearing the best outfit can be just as fierce at the nursery school gate as on any high fashion catwalk.

“Dropping a child off at a nursery for the very first time can be a heart wrenching experience for every mother – and they want to know that their children are looking their best.”

The trend echoes celeb mothers such as Katie Holmes and Rachel Zoe, who readily admit to kitting their infants out in Hermes, Gucci and Missoni on a daily basis.

Michelle Dowdall continued: “There’s no need to layer our kids in luxury costing thousands of pounds – kids will be kids and clothes in the playground should be functional over all else.

“Nevertheless, we’re seeing the rise of a new generation of youngsters who are dressed to be Princes and Princesses of the playground.”

This translates directly onto the High Street. Debenhams first spotted the trend as sales of kids designer clothes rose in line with ‘back to school’ traditional uniforms, as savvy parents snap up designer labels such as Matthew Williamson and Julien Macdonald at a fraction of the price for their child’s first day at nursery.

Popular items include pinstripe suits – mini versions of those worn in the City – favoured by boys as young as four, while waistcoats and ties worn over white flounced shirts come a close second.

Fairytale dresses are very popular for girls, as are sophisticated tulip dresses and sequinned tiered girls dresses worn
with ivory faux fur shrugs.

“Children’s clothes which, in the past, would only have been worn to weddings and formal occasions are now seen as essential for that first day in nursery school,” Michelle Dowdall concluded.

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Debenhams Announces Fashion Sponsorship Of Miss Ireland Beauty Pageant 2011

Debenhams is delighted to announce that it will be one of the key sponsors of the official Miss Ireland Beauty Pageant 2011, as this year’s title fashion sponsor of the event. As the leading department store in Ireland, Debenhams will be dressing and styling all the 30 contestants from around the country throughout their pageant journey.
Karen Nason spokesperson for Debenhams Ireland said: “Debenhams is delighted to be involved in this year’s Miss Ireland event. It celebrates our country’s beautiful women and the winner has the opportunity to represent Ireland in the Miss World Beauty Pageant held in London this October. We are delighted to help them on their path to success and be involved with what could be a life changing experience.”

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Debenhams is an iconic department store group which was established over 200 years ago. Debenhams has a strong presence in Ireland with over 11 stores in Republic of Ireland and 5 stores in Northern Ireland. Debenhams products are available online at debenhams.ie and key product categories include womenswear, mens clothes, childrenswear, home, health and beauty and offers.

Its customers enjoy a unique and differentiated mix of exclusive own bought fashion brands including Designers at Debenhams, international brands and concessions. Designers at Debenhams include Ted Baker, Jeff Banks, Jasper Conran, Erickson Beamon, FrostFrench, Henry Holland, Roksanda Ilincic, Betty Jackson, Jonathan Kelsey, Ben de Lisi, Julien Macdonald, Melissa Odabash, Jane Packer, Pearce Fionda, Preen, Janet Reger, John Rocha, Jonathan Saunders, Lisa Stickley, Eric Van Peterson and Matthew Williamson.

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Naartjie Offers High Quality Children’s Clothing for Summer

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, is proud to offer the best kids clothes for the summer season. Naartjie’s summer clothing features the newest children’s fashion for boys and girls 0-10 years, with the emphasis on shorts, dresses, t-shirts, skirts and more.

“No matter where you live, summer is all about getting outside and enjoying the activities that you have missed during the colder, gloomier fall and winter months,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “While different families will embark on different summer activities, the one unifying theme is that it’s going to involve some sort of physical activity outdoors. When children and the outdoors meet, you can bet that having the best quality clothing is vital to making sure that rips, tears and discoloring doesn’t occur. Naartjie clothing is manufactured to a higher quality, which means that they will last longer than just about anything else you will buy for your kid’s. Not only that, but they will also maintain their looks wash after wash, which means that your kids won’t mind putting them on again and again. Whether it’s t-shirts, dresses or shorts, you can be sure that Naartjie can give your children summer clothing that will last.”

Naartjie designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie introduces new colors, prints and styles within a monthly grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between Naartjie collections, which showcase the freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry, distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always“Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

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Woolworths Launches New Party and Fancy Dress Zone

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

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

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

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

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

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Naartjie Announces Arrival of Fall One Collection

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, today announced that to mark the arrival of its new Fall One Collection customers can save up to 50% on select dresses and pants for the fall, and up to 60% on spring and summer merchandise both in store and online.

“As a parent, time moves quickly, especially when it comes to seasonal clothing,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “Because of this, with it being the dog days of summer, it’s already time to begin looking towards the crisp, cool days of fall with the arrival Naartjie’s new Fall One Collection. These fall designs are sure to not only delight the picky fashion tastes of your little man or woman, but are also durable enough to stand up to anything and everything an active child can throw at it.”

To help stock up for back to school and other fall occasions, f r o m July 15th through the 21st, customers will be able to purchase one girls dress or boys fashion pants at market price and receive another one at 50% off. In addition, f r o m July 22nd through the 28th, Naartjie will be offering savings up to 60% on all spring and summer merchandise during a storewide clearance sale on boys’, girls’ and baby wear.

Naartjie designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

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Naartjie Announces Arrival of Fall Transition Collection

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, today announced the arrival of their Fall Transition collection both online and in stores. Whether buying for boys or girls, kids or babies, or for the summer or autumn, the Fall Transition collect features a variety of different styles and prints that can be matched and layered for both warm and chilly weather.

“Every parent is keenly aware of how their child’s clothing need’s change from season to season,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “Because of this, Naartjie is proud to offer our Fall Transition collection featuring boys and girls clothing that can be mixed, matched, layered and combined to fit both the sunny days of summer and cool, crisp fall evenings. Whether you are buying to ‘wear now’ or ‘wear later,’ these fashions are sure to delight children and parents alike.”

For the girls, the Naartjie Fall Transitional collection features whimsical wonky hearts and fast stripe prints which are inspired by the European clean geometric movement. These prints mix opposite colors and can be layered with different patterns and silhouettes for endless wardrobe possibilities for the cooler months ahead.

Boys are sure to rock out in Naartjie super cool Rock Revolution inspired Fall Transitional collection. Focusing on the new geometrics, this hip line mixes bold and realistic rock memorabilia graphics with dazzling new fall colors in short sleeve and long sleeve tees, hoodies, pants and shorts.

For the little ones, Baby Naartjie features an eco-conscious Fall Transition clothing line which stresses the environment and the importance of a continued dedication to it. Parent and baby alike will love the slub knits, bold silhouettes, stripe prints, buzzing bees and adorable graphics in the girls’ line while whimsical eco-alligator graphic fashions are great for both boys and girls. Add layering pieces and a hat for cute outfits that work for both summer and fall and make a great baby shower gift.

Naartjie designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

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Naartjie Kids Introduces Spring Two Collection

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun children’s clothing for sizes 0-10, has announced the arrival of its Spring Two Collection. Heralding the upcoming season, the new collection of kids clothes features the company’s trademark unique designs, vibrant colors and cool graphics along with its usual high quality and wearability.

“Springtime is a season of revival and an abundance of color, and for kids, it’s an especially exciting time to liven up their wardrobes,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This year’s Spring Two Collection combines vibrant colors with touches of retro and bohemian flair, along with our fun and imaginative themes. As always, the styles are comfortable, practical and kid friendly.”

The Boys’ Spring Two collection pulls off a cool retro vibe, with old-school printed T-shirts sporting original characters like the sci-fi “Magno Dog”, kitschy “Monster Loader” truck, or the eco-crusading, comic book hero “Enviro-Man”. Naartjie’s “Battle of The Bay” series touts showdowns between fictional heros like Doc Bolt, Zax 2000, Slick Ric and Bugg-Eye.

The Girls’ Spring Two collection rocks a vintage bohemian vibe with its long-smocked dresses and peasant tops, and a color palette that joins traditional spring pastels of vanilla, crystal and dew together with deeper hues of teaberry, royal purple and pigment spring. Naartjie’s own “Fusion Rose” floral print mixes with skinny Pixie stripes to create the latest original look. Large butterfly graphics and popping neon pink accents add a fun modern feel. The collection also includes a funky“dress-up” group with asymmetrical hems and netting.

Naartjie’s Newborn Girls’ collection is inspired by the papillon (“butterfly” in French). Prints, graphics and embroidery all feature the papillon in delicate soft shades of white, crystal pink and popsicle yellow, with neon pink added for a fresh, vibrant feel. The line also includes solid color dress-up fashions. Newborn boys’ styles and unisex styles star a whimsically hand-drawn ant and his friends, printed with a soft watercolor feel.

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Labor Day Sale At Naartjie Kids

Naartjie Kids, the original name in fun clothing sizes 0 – 10, announced its Labor Day Sale featuring an additional 40% off all summer clearance merchandise purchased at Naartjie Kids retail stores, f r o m September 3 through 7. In addition, online customers will receive 25% off the entire stock of fall transitional items.

Beginning September 8 – 16, Naartjie Kids features their Fall Sale with savings up to 40% Off on selected fall fashions.

“Traditionally, Labor Day has been considered the final weekend of summer, with retailers promoting back-to-school sales at fever pitch,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “This year, Naartjie Kid’s blow-out sale provides a wonderful opportunity to get great deals on summer and fall transition pieces that can be worn throughout the early months of fall.”

Naartjie Kids currently operates 25 stores across the U.S., with locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Florida. Five additional retail stores are slated to open in Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Georgia later this year. Naartjie Kids has 18 retail stores in South Africa with design headquarters in Cape Town. Offering a full selection of kids’ apparel online, Naartjie Kids USA also serves international customers throughout the world.

About Naartjie Kids
Naartjie Kids was founded in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa when designer Anne Eales sought an alternative to the limited selection of children’s clothes available as she shopped for her three young boys. F r o m its very conception, Naartjie was about KIDS… playful, vibrant, active, colorful, natural, always changing. We offer great kids clothes, baby boy clothes, baby girl clothes, basics and accessories for girls, boys, and newborns to 10 years of age — all at surprisingly affordable prices. Naartjie Kids’ corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Naartjie Announces Naartjie Online Boys Clothing Discount

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, announced today that it is offering 25 percent off their entire stock of boys’ fashions online at Naartjie.com. This promotion ends February 25, 2009 and is good only online. Naartjie’s entire stock of holiday fashions are reduced to $9.99 a piece both online and in-store. (All holiday sales are final).

“Children outgrow clothing faster than seasons change, and just in time for spring, we’re excited to offer online specials on boys clothing,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “In this economy, shoppers are turning to online retailers with great selections and quality merchandise at competitive prices. Naartjie’s kid-friendly, rugged and fun to wear clothes for boys are always in fashion and our 25% off promotional discount can’t be beat.”

Naartjie designs, colors, prints, and styles represent a truly unique synthesis of European fashion trends with western casual lifestyle. Featuring a dominant focus on natural fabrics that are garment-dyed, pre-washed and pre-shrunk for easy wear, low maintenance and comfort, Naartjie uses a garment dye process that results in a more vibrant color and softer clothing and accessories for precious little ones.

The ultimate in mix and match, Naartjie introduces new colors, prints and styles within a monthly grouping to allow customers to mix and match across the entire assortment. In addition, shoppers can mix and match between collections within a season. The freshest and broadest color assortment in the industry. Distinctive detailing, mixing of fabrics, appliqués and embroidery details. Always “Kid-Friendly” design concepts made primarily of natural fabrics that feature weight-right fabrications for maximum comfort and easy care. Each item is designed and constructed for easy-wear comfort, whether the garment is dressed up or dressed down.

About Naartjie
Naartjie was founded in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa when designer Anne Eales sought an alternative to the limited selection of childrens clothes available as she shopped for her three young boys. F r o m its very conception, Naartjie was about KIDS… playful, vibrant, active, colorful, natural, always changing. We offer great kids clothes and baby clothes, basics and accessories for girls, boys, and newborns to 10 years of age — all at surprisingly affordable prices. Naartjie’s corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naartjie owns and operates stores in both the United States and South Africa, with new stores opening regularly. For more information, please visit us at http://naartjie.com.

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