HAWKE & CO SOARS BEYOND JACKETS – INTRODUCES MEN’S FOOTWEAR LINE FOR FALL 2015

New York, NY, 2015-2-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hawke & Co introduced their first collection of men’s footwear today, extending the company’s offerings beyond outerwear. The design of the new collection is inspired by their outerwear, and will compliment Hawke & Co’s Pro, Outfitter and Black Collections.

“We are thrilled to be introducing these awesome shoes to our loyal Hawke & Co consumers,” said Michael Rosenberg, President of Hawke & Co. “We’ve had a lot of buyers and customers asking for Hawke footwear, and we listened. The interpretation of Hawke & Co’s DNA into this line of footwear was very well executed by Core Classics and we couldn’t be happier.” Core Classics marks the brand’s fist licensee.

The team paid careful attention to the designs of Hawke & Co outerwear and developed shoes that hint at the innovative designs of jackets such as the company’s flagship line of ultra lightweight packable down jackets. The collection features twelve designs ranging from casual sneakers, loafers, vintage boots and dress boots.

The collection is available to view at Project in Las Vegas from February 17-19th, and will become available this fall on the company’s website at www.hawkeandco.com. Other retail channels will be announced as they become available.

For More Information Contact:
Daniel Montelongo
Director of Marketing & Communications
T: (212) 461–4332
E: dan@hawkeco.com

About Hawke & Co
Founded in 1958, Hawke & Co designs apparel that is innovative, stylish and affordable for the modern explorer. Primarily known for their outerwear, Hawke & Co offers premium quality products that are enjoyed by customers around the world. Hawke & Co is a privately held company and is headquartered in New York, New York.

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Burton Introduces International Shipping Service

Burton, a classic British menswear brand, has announced that it now ships internationally. Practically wherever customers are in the world, they’ll now be able to receive their Burton.co.uk orders directly, quickly, and at an affordable price. The new service provides a fuss-free way to shop for men’s fashion items when overseas.

Head of Ecommerce at Burton, Richard Wilson, said of the launch: “International delivery is really exciting for us as a brand – it opens up a window of opportunity for the business, and means we can acquire customers from every corner of the globe. There are places where we believe there is a demand for international delivery already, such as in Germany and Australia – other Arcadia brands are enjoying great success there and we would expect to follow suit, but it’ll be interesting to see which other places are keen to use our new service.”

For loyal fans of men’s fashion, international delivery offers greater flexibility when shopping online. For those jet-setting off on a last-minute holiday minus their swimming trunks, that’s no longer a problem. They can log-on to their laptop, poolside, pick a pair from Burton.co.uk and have them delivered, whether it be to their hotel in Ibiza, or hostel in Thailand. Or for those signed-up for a stint working abroad, there is no need to miss out on must-have fashion trends and beloved British clothes.

With international delivery now one of Burton’s services, it’s a chance for their existing British fans to introduce the brand to their mates abroad, and extend an invitation for new faces to join the Burton following. With birthdays on the agenda year-round, a giftcard may act as a thoughtful present for those living overseas, and a convenient one too, as the recipient can pick and choose their new wardrobe themselves, at their convenience, and have it delivered directly.

Of course, international delivery allows Burton to reach out to new customers and to countries where stores may not yet be available. It’s a way for people from New Zealand to the Caribbean to get to know the Burton brand. With a range of seasonal and transitional items sold all year round at Burton.co.uk, overseas customers will be able to enjoy fashionable clothing from wherever they are in the world, be it summer or winter. For those living down-under in Australia, for example, potential customers will be pleased to know that they can pick up printed t-shirts, lightweight chinos and cardigans during the colder, British months too – they’re not restricted to the British summer season. And for those holed up in Canada, where it’s all about layering to stay warm, hoodies, crew neck jumpers, heavyweight jumpers and winter accessories are available for the majority of the year too.

For Burton fans living abroad, or for those looking to send gifts overseas, chances are Burton.co.uk can deliver straight to their doors.

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Topshop And Topman To Open Flagship In Chicago 8th September 2011

Arcadia owned Topshop/Topman has announced the opening of the second flagship in the U.S., bringing both brand’s joint style authority and brave trend-setting approach to fashion to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.

Topshop/Topman Chicago will boast the same selection of trend-driven pieces, specialized collaborations and bespoke services that both brands have become known for. With covetable collections available to the price-conscious consumer, Topshop/Topman have long had their legions of followers, and as British high-street style champions, Topshop/Topman remains a favourite amongst industry insiders alike.

Similarly designed in the spirit of London’s iconic Oxford Circus store, Topshop/Topman Chicago will be outfitted with a modern and sleek décor, including lacquer finishes and suspended glass fixtures, super slick walls and stark white tiled floors.

Set across the cellar and first floor, Topshop will showcase Unique, the directional collection presented at London Fashion Week, along with exclusive designer collaborations with many of New Gen’s young talent, as well as the extensive trend-driven mainline. The first floor will host the Boutique area, featuring limited edition ranges and premium styles. An impressive denim range by MOTO, a vast shoe lounge, and a breadth of casualwear, lingerie, as well as Petite, Tall and Maternity will be also available. What’s more, accessories and concessions to compliment will be merchandised throughout both floors. Boasting several changing rooms and a VIP suite on the first floor, all are constructed with maximum comfort and shopping ease in mind.

Topman’s brilliant men’s fashion premium line, Topman Design, as well as various designer collaborations will be found on the second floor. The floor will feature an exhaustive denim area, freestanding fixtures complete with variations of tees, printed tees, polos and vests. The Smart area shop-in -shop offers sharp tailoring, fine knitwear and chic accessories for special occasions. Similarly, men’s shoes are showcased in their own designated area.

Set in a private suite of luxurious fitting rooms, a team of talented Personal Shoppers will be on hand for complimentary appointments, offering a menu of tailored services for any shopping occasion. Topman boasts its own complimentary stylist service, whereby customers can employ the skills and advice of trained stylists in the privacy of the Topman Stylist rooms, in similarly private and comfortable suites, with no obligation to buy. Customers can also enjoy sweet treats and refreshments, the latest fashion magazines as well as expert personal shopping advice.

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Topman Announce Shoe Collaboration with Marc Hare

Topman has announced it will be collaborating with Marc Hare, the man behind the much lauded Mr Hare shoe brand, to launch his first ever footwear collaboration this autumn with the high street store.

The collection – which will form part of the Topman AAA range – contains ten styles across both shoes and boots including evening loafers and hi-shine hi-tops. The collection will launch in two parts – the first at the end of August 2011 and the second at the end of October 2011 and will be available on-line and at the Oxford Circus, New York and Chicago stores.

“The inclusion of Marc Hare to Topman’s ever increasing stable of designer collaborations is such an honour. Long being a fan of his beautiful elegant understated shoes it is such a pleasure to be able to introduce this collection specifically designed for our AAA range,” said Gordon Richardson, Topman design director.

Marc’s impeccable attention to detail is inherent across all the designs as is his personality – he has incorporated an element of fun into each pair. Designs come from the heart, each created from his desire to produce a shoe not lacking in style or quality, with all the signs of perfection at an affordable price making them obtainable to all.

Marc Hare, designer, commented: “I never understood why girls had all the fun when it came to shoes, especially as, when it comes down to it, he who rocks the illest chaussures is always the one they want to talk to, so seeing my shoes up in the AAA line and knowing that more guys are going to get their shoe game together, means a lot to me. Thank you Topman.”

Marc Hare’s full shoe menu includes the Oxford, the Rogue boot, the Loafer, the Sneaks, the Ankle Boot and the Derby Shoe.

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Get Effortless Preppy Style at House of Fraser

Breezy, clean-cut style is perfect for the warmer climes, and the preppy theme will sharpen up any gentleman’s wardrobe. Get the look with the help of House of Fraser – the store has a host of sleek men’s fashion essentials that perfect this trend.

Ralph Lauren is synonymous with preppy dressing, and the brand’s premium collection of men’s clothing offers just the right mix of smart and casual. Signature polo shirts, clean-cut chinos and polished accessories are key in the label’s menswear range; a selection of wardrobe staples that exude an all-American charm.

A must for men of all ages, Gant’s chic blend of relaxed tailored silhouettes, cool cotton polos and wardrobe classics is ideal for those seeking style that will surpass the seasons. The epitome of preppy chic, the brand is a must on more laidback days – soft shades like pastel yellow and washed salmon look fabulous with everyday denim.

Renowned for its use of bold colour, Lacoste infuses a variety of rainbow shades into its menswear collections. Men’s zip-up jackets in white and navy appear alongside zesty T-shirts and sleek ultra-modern pieces; the label’s penchant for simplicity has lured a number of A-list fans and an ever-growing international fan base.

Visit your local House of Fraser for even more trend ideas this season.

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Burton Announces The Montague Burton Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Debenhams Reports Rise of Shirtego Men’s Fashion Trend

Debenhams has revealed that the de rigueur way for British men to wear their shirts this season is with three buttons undone, otherwise known as the ‘shirtego’ trend.

Last seen on seventies lotharios such as Richard Gere in ‘American Gigolo’ and John Travolta in ‘Saturday Night Fever’, the bare chest has marked the return of the ‘machosexual’ – men who are not afraid to be masculine, confident and sexy.

Department store, Debenhams asked its customers, “how low can you go?” and found that 75 per cent of men now regularly wear their shirt with three buttons undone on a night out, 41 per cent of men will risk a four button undone look and 36 per cent of men will even risk the fashion at work.

Previously, shirts buttoned up to the neck with ties were expected for work and formal events, one button undone with a tie for the end of the working day, two undone for a good night out and three only for those rare tanned and toned few.

Paul Baldwin, Menswear Director at Debenhams said: “This is traditionally a look more commonly associated with Latin lovers, but it has now hit these shores with British men embracing the warmer weather and the salon to bear their chests.

“You only need to look at Simon Cowell vs. Louis Walsh on the X Factor to know that button-free fashion gets the girls.”

The men of ‘The Only Way is Essex’ have also brought the look celebrity status, with 62 per cent of men citing the sexy, successful reality TV stars as encouraging them to take the plunge.

Ryan Reynolds, Gerard Butler, Tom Selleck and Burt Reynolds were also stated as sartorial inspiration for the dramatic trend hitting the high street.

Debenhams’ survey found that while the exhibitionist look was most easily sported in the creative industries of advertising, marketing, PR and design, the return of dress down Fridays has brought the deep V to the more traditional industries.

Research showed that 27 per cent of pioneering accountants and lawyers would venture the look at the end of the week, but only just before leaving the office for Friday drinks.

Baldwin continued: “This research has helped us review the design of our men’s shirts. We are looking into ways to ensure the collar always sits open to display the chest when the shirt is left undone.

“Time in the gym will also help wearers pull off the look successfully, however, make no mistake, a thick chest rug and heavy gold medallion is not due to make a comeback.”

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Burton Unveils The Perfect Black Suit

Burton was set the challenge by the owner of the brand, Sir Philip Green to design the perfect single breasted black suit for the autumn/winter 2010 season. Each suit, as well as the accompanying formal white shirt, was given the brief to look great on any of their customers but without the bespoke Saville Row price tag.

With Burton’s renowned heritage for tailoring dating back to 1903, Sir Philip automatically thought the brand would be able to crack this suiting conundrum. Over the years Burton has achieved such accolades as producing uniforms for British troops in both World War I & II, creating the demob suit (leading to the company coining the phrase “the full Monty”) and suiting and booting the winning England World Cup team in 1966.

Additionally, Burton has dressed such diverse celebrities as Vinnie Jones, Sean Connery, Joe Cole, Bobby Moore and Steve Jones, all of whom know the power of a well cut suit.

Although a hard task to crack, the team have achieved what can only be described as producing a suit which looks great on any man.

The perfect black suits come in four styles, with two slim and two tailored fits creating a clean and masculine silhouette for autumn/winter 2010. This, coupled with the fabric choice of black mohair, as well as the varied lapel widths including a slim and wide peak and a notch lapel, ensure that every man can wear the look this season.

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Burton Celebrates The Launch Of The Expendables, The Biggest Action Blockbuster Of The Year

Burton has teamed up with Lionsgate UK to offer a host of prizes to celebrate the launch of the most talked about movie of the year – The Expendables, which is in cinemas nationwide on August 19th 2010.

With a legendary action cast assembled, The Expendables is guaranteed to to be a sure fire hit when it opens in August and Burton has two tickets to the UK Premiere in London’s Leicester Square up for grabs. Plus, Burton is also offering the chance to win a stuntman holiday for two to Rio De Janeiro, including activities like rock climbing Sugar Loaf Mountain, tandem paragliding and surfing lessons. And there are runner ups prizes including exclusive limited edition POLICE sunglasses and black leather wallet, Expendables T-shirts, Expendables Quad Posters and ‘Action DVD’s collection’.

The Expendables is a hard-hitting action blockbuster about a group of mercenaries hired to infiltrate a South American country and overthrow its ruthless dictator. Once the mission begins, the men realise things aren’t quite as they appear, finding themselves caught in a dangerous web of deceit and betrayal. With their mission thwarted and an innocent life in danger, the men struggle with an even tougher challenge – one that threatens to destroy this band of brothers.

Burton have teamed up with The Expendables because it is the perfect partnership with Burton’s key demographic loving action films and guys like Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li being absolutely the Burton guy.

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Burton Joins Forces With The British Forces Foundation

Burton and the British Forces Foundation are teaming up again after last year’s success saw hundred’s of happy dad’s come father’s day as the exclusive ‘Dad’s Army’ tees completely sold out.

Burton Joins Forces With The British Forces Foundation

Burton has committed to donating £1.50 for every T-Shirt sold to the BFF, which will ensure that the good work the company do supporting and raising the morale of our troops serving on the front-line around the world is set to continue.

This Father’s day, opt for a wonderfully nostalgic tee to keep all of the Dads and the all British serviceman smiling. Each Tee is £16 and is available in selected Burton stores and on-line at burton.co.uk.

Glen George, Head of Buying at Burton said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with The British Forces Foundation; after last year’s success, we are proud to, again, show our support to the cause. We hope it’ll raise awareness to the fine job these men do and to be even more successful than last year.”

Plus as another exclusive, Burton Online has teamed up with Kahuna watches to offer the chance to win one of 5 watches that are up for grabs. The partnership emphasises the long-term relationship between the two companies where Kahuna watches continue as part of Burton’s accessory offering.

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Debenhams See Fake Flower Sales Soar

Debenhams sales figures provides news which could reduce Alan Titchmarsh to tears, as UK sales of fake flowers soar due to an increasing number of hay fever sufferers.

Despite the popularity of The Chelsea Flower Show, and gardening programmes on TV, Debenhams sales figures show that record numbers of households all over the UK are opting for artificial flowers over the real thing.

It seems that this year in a bid to stop the sneezing and help solve their hay fever problems, shoppers have increasingly turned to pollen-free alternatives flowers.

Steve Lightfoot, Trading Director for Home at Debenhams, said, “With hayfever affecting over 12 million people in the UK alone, it’s no surprise that we have seen an incredible 92% rise in sales of our Grey Rose by Jane Packer range.”

Hay fever is the result of air currents circulating the pollen released by fresh flowers, which can irritate the sinuses. Fake blooms enable a room to be enhanced and personalised without having a pollen infested home – perfect for fighting those summer time sneezes.

Steve commented, “They’re perfect for people who want to have the joy and beauty of freshly cut flowers in their home – without the expense or the sniffles.”

So far this season Debenhams’ biggest sellers have been the cymbidium arrangement, followed by a red amaryllis with berries, where even the water looks real. Next in popularity are the red tulips in bud vase, then the hydrangea in glass bowl followed by the cream bonsai in black vase.

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Debenhams Reports Sales Of False Lashes Soar As Ladies Up North Wear Three At A Time

Debenhams has reported seeing sales of false eyelashes increase by over 1000% during the last year, as women in parts of the UK wear three pairs of lashes at a time.

Sales staff discovered the trend after emergency stocks of Eylure and other popular brands repeatedly had to be sent to stores in regions such as Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool. Surges in sales were particularly apparent during the run up to the weekend, as the glamorous ladies of the north go all-out in their preparations for a night out on the town.

Sarah Meadows, Cosmetics Buyer at Debenhams, said, “We have had to send emergency stocks of our false lash ranges to certain stores around the country to cope with the Friday and Saturday night demand.

“It was only when sales staff reported that young women in Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester were wearing the glue-on strip eyelashes three pairs at a time that we discovered the trend.

“With celebrities such as Jordan and The Saturdays papped with glamorous, cheek-sweeping lashes, falsies have become an essential part of a night out and it seems one pair is just not enough.

“False lashes have proved such a success that we’re continually extending the range. Our customers are demanding longer and thicker styles so feather effect, diamante tipped and babydoll styles are all coming soon.”

Sarah concluded, “It seems batting bigger eyes is most definitely better but to achieve the doe-eyed ‘bambi’ look, rather than out-of-control spider legs, make sure they are secure all night”.

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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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