Stefan Cooke announced as the newly crowned winner of the H&M Design Award 2018

Stefan Cooke announced as the newly crowned winner of the H&M Design Award 2018


STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yesterday in London, Stefan Cooke was announced as the winner of the H&M Design Award 2018. A graduate of MA programme at Central Saint Martins, United Kingdom, Stefan was selected from eight international finalists by a jury of fashion experts chaired by H&M’s creative advisor Ann-Sofie Johansson. As the newly crowned winner of the H&M Design Award, Stefan will receive up to €50,000 in prize money.

After spending time with each of the eight finalists and looking through their collections, Stefan was ultimately selected by an international jury of fashion experts led by Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M.

“It was really tough to come to a decision, but everybody on the jury panel agreed that Stefan’s collection felt really fresh, innovative and well-executed. You were immediately drawn to each of the pieces, becoming more and more curious about the processes involved. He’s such a clever person and very driven, but at the same time, a really humble person. We’re all so happy for him,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative advisor.

It was innovation that won Stefan Cooke the 2018 H&M Design Award – innovation in technique, silhouette, materials and most importantly, imagination. A graduate of the MA at Central Saint Martins, United Kingdom, 25-year-old Stefan first worked under fashion design visionaries such Walter van Beirendonck and John Galliano before his appointment to Maison Margiela. For his winning H&M Design Award collection, Stefan explored the idea of an everyday wardrobe for men and subverted pieces such as jeans, a leather jacket or cricket jumper by replicating them in unusual ways, either printing them onto elastic or pulling out threads of knitwear to create a type of mesh. It was this kind of forward-thinking and wit that ultimately impressed the jury.

“I feel overwhelmed right now about winning the award. I really wanted to show the exact things that men wear, but then recreate them in an entirely new way. Because I was a textiles student, I began looking for new ways to get certain things across visually and I came across elastic. I just found that the possibilities with it were endless,”

Stefan Cooke

This year, the jury members comprised of Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M, Alex Fury, Fashion Journalist, Author, Critic and Editor of AnOther magazine, Veronika Heilbrunner, Stylist and Founder of Hey Woman, Luke Day, Editor GQ Style, Michal Pudelka, Photographer represented by Katy Barker, Sarah Richardson, Fashion Stylist and Consultant Maxim Fashion Agents, Richard Quinn, Designer and Winner of H&M Design Award 2017, Floriane de Saint Pierre, President Floriane de Saint-Pierre et Associés, and Margareta van den Bosch, Creative Advisor at H&M. Together they deliberated in private and announced the winner to an audience in London of international fashion editors, journalists and stylists.

“For me, what Stefan does really stands out for two reasons. One, it’s really exciting to see someone who’s doing something so innovative and experimental in menswear. Two, the way he’s experimenting with silhouette and materials, the finish of things and playing with pattern, Stefan is very inventive. It all feels incredibly new, especially on the menswear scene,” says Alex Fury, jury member and fashion journalist.

The H&M Design Award has always been about finding the most promising graduates from the world’s top fashion schools and giving them the opportunity to progress their career in fashion. For 2018, the winner, Stefan Cooke, will be awarded a prize of €25,000 as well as a six-month internship at H&M’s Head Office in Stockholm to work alongside the design team best suited to his skills and experience. Or, he can exchange the internship for a grant of €25,000, which would bring the total prize sum to €50,000.

Along with the winner, the jury was impressed with the quality and design talent of all the finalists, who each were awarded €5,000. The finalists were:

Rushemy Botter – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Belgium
Ken Boonsong Thaodee – Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Belgium
Flore Girard de Langlade – HEAD – Geneva University of Art & Design, Switzerland
Katiuscia Gregoire – Parsons, U.S
Emma Chopova & Laura Lowena – Central Saint Martins, United Kingdom
Kevin Germanier – Central Saint Martin, United Kingdom
Sueim Yang – SADI, Samsung Art & Design Institute, Korea


The H&M Design Award was founded in 2012 to support young designers. Each year, students and graduates from some of the most respected fashion and design colleges take part, bringing together some of the most exciting new talent from across the globe. The annual prize underlines H&M’s strong commitment to the future of fashion, encouraging young designers as they begin their careers, as well as inspiring the next generation to choose fashion as their future path.

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Katarina Kempe
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SPAR Slovenia announces the winner of its Start It Up, Slovenia! Project

SPAR Slovenia announces the winner of its Start It Up, Slovenia! Project


Slovenia, 2017-Oct-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Twelve ideas, twelve products, one winner. SPAR Slovenia together with the Formitas Agency and POPTV broadcasting company, entered into an innovative seven-month partnership to give young Slovenian entrepreneurs the chance of an exclusive business opportunity with the possibility of winning a long-term contract with SPAR.

The concept

With the possibility to enter open to anyone, many applications were received from which 12 start-ups were chosen and given the opportunity to win the title Hit product 2016. POP TV, the most popular TV channel of the country, aired 10 innovative one-hour shows between September and December 2016, featuring the products which kicked off the race and revealing the touching personal stories behind the creations.

Instore, digitally equipped shelves were used to interactively present the stories of the products and their creators. Personal sales promotions by candidates added an additional personal approach. SPAR Slovenia also mentored the candidates and gave its commitment to sell the winning product in SPAR stores nationwide.

Start it up, Slovenia! was promoted through various channels including TV coverage, the show’s web page, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and SPAR Slovenia’s own website. All of the communication consistently invited everyone in Slovenia to support their favourite start-ups by purchasing their products, helping to make at least one of them the winner.

Twelve strong ideas

The business ideas presented by the young entrepreneurs in SPAR and INTERSPAR stores in Slovenia were innovative and ambitious, varying from fresh chilli sauces, traditional Slovenian miniature cakes, colourful designer socks, handmade natural deodorant, tattoo care, chocolates, salts, locally brewed beer, handmade toys, an urban garden to grow spices, an automatic system to turn off the lights of motorcycles, and a strategic social game.

Remarkable results

The young entrepreneurs were delighted but overwhelmed: “This moment represents our future, freedom and repayment for all our efforts. When we signed the contract with SPAR, we felt incredibly proud, but at the same time it is a great responsibility to stay relevant to the market and become even better with SPAR as a partner.”

In addition to the winner, who produced Nelipot handmade natural deodorant, nine other young start-ups signed a contract with SPAR. Another remarkable result was the fact that the products from seven entrepreneurs remained category leaders in SPAR stores up to three months after the TV show ended.

SPAR Slovenia attracted younger customers through this initiative, changed the perception of the brand, gained 12 unique products, which differentiated the retailer from others, achieved strong sales results and benefited from a lot of publicity and coverage in social media.

Igor Mervič, Managing Director at SPAR Slovenia, is enthusiastic about the Start It Up, Slovenia! project, and is optimistic that the story will continue: “I am convinced that all entrepreneurs have great opportunities to succeed. With nine, we have signed one year contracts. I congratulate them on everything they have been able to accomplish.”

Communicating the idea

The 10 TV-shows were aired every Sunday evening, presenting the stories of 12 young and innovative Slovenian entrepreneurs. After each episode, the new business heroes were interviewed and featured in business and lifestyle articles, advertorials, SPAR media (leaflets and magazine), and in SPAR TV ads.

Strong social media support linked together the accounts of entrepreneurs and partners. The engagement was additionally boosted by Facebook live-streams, prize-winning competitions, unpublished recordings, best show excerpts, behind the scenes, project updates, etc. Social media influencers (e.g. former Miss Universe Slovenia) snapped pictures using #StartitupSlovenia products.


The success of the promotion of entrepreneurship amongst producers in Slovenia resulted in recognition at the WARC Innovation Awards 2017, which awarded silver to the campaign for being one of the most innovative in the world. Marketing Magazine awarded Best Marketing Campaign in the Adriatic region, whilst the Slovenia Advertising Festival awarded the grand prize for the best integral communication campaign. The campaign also won the 2017 AmCham Award for Innovation.

Season 2

The success and international recognition of this campaign exceeded all expectations. The show became something of a movement in Slovenia, reflecting the current global trend of a generation that wants to positively impact the world. Due to the great success, the second season was launched in September 2017. Eight young entrepreneurs are once again competing to win the support and loyalty of SPAR customers in Slovenia.

Watch for yourself this short clip showcasing the entrepreneurial spirit of SPAR Slovenia Start It Up!


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Montfermeil Young Talent winner Laurie Procès’ creations presented at Berlin Fashion Week

Montfermeil Young Talent winner Laurie Procès’ creations presented at Berlin Fashion Week


Paris, 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Laurie Procès, winner of the LVMH Young Talent prize at the Montfermeil Cultures and Creations fashion show in February 2017, presented her creations in Berlin at the Greenshowroom, an eco-fashion showcase organized in conjunction with Berlin Fashion Week. The event gave the young designer prestigious exposure.

LVMH sponsored the Montfermeil Cultures and Creation fashion show for the seventh consecutive year this past February. The annual event celebrates the diversity of emerging creative talents and opens up professional opportunities for young people.

The 2017 Young Talent Prize went to Laurie Procès, who was invited to present her creations at the Greenshowroom, which takes place in conjunction with Berlin Fashion Week. With support from LVMH, including a grant for purchasing materials and coaching from Group teams, the young designer showed three of her creations during a high-profile event on the international fashion calendar.

Among the previous winners, 2013 Young Talent Prize winner Anaïs Guille has since joined the Haute Couture atelier at Maison Dior, while Audiane Cojean, who won in 2015, is now a costume designer at the Opéra de Paris.


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2017 FIAT 500c awarded to East Aurora, NY resident as winner of the TOPS Monopoly Second Chance Sweepstakes

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Aug-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts is pleased to announce that it will be awarding one of its biggest prizes in the Monopoly Collect and Win to an East Aurora, NY resident. The 2017 FIAT 500c prize sponsored by Sparkling Ice will be awarded to Mary D. after she participated in the TOPS Monopoly Second Chance Sweepstakes. “Wow!” said Mary in disbelief. “I never thought in a million years I would win one of the big TOPS Monopoly prizes.” The 2017 FIAT 500c is an Italian styled subcompact two-door convertible with features such as a navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free communication with a USB-port, Beats premium audio, and Sirius XM satellite radio.“Partnering with TOPS for the Second Chance Sweepstakes has been a great experience” said Brian Kuz, CMO of Talking Rain Beverage Company, the makers of Sparkling Ice. “Thousands of Monopoly submissions were mailed in for the chance to win a 2017 FIAT 500c, but only one winner was lucky enough to drive off with this amazing prize. We can’t wait to present Mary with her new wheels this week.”

This year’s biggest combined grand prize was for a chance for participants to win Free Food for a Year, with one lucky winner guaranteed to win FREE FOOD FOR LIFE, sponsored by Pepsi.

Participants had to collect the six game markers to win the free food for a year. One lucky winner will then be drawn to win the grand prize of FREE FOOD FOR LIFE the week of August 20, 2017. Stay tuned for the big reveal!

TOPS Monopoly® Collect and Win allowed customers to play every time they checked-out at a Tops Friendly Markets location beginning March 26-June 17, 2017. Customers played the Monopoly® Collect and Win game by obtaining a free game board at any Tops Markets location; upon checkout, game tickets were provided. One game ticket was given for every purchase with a BonusPlus card, with additional tickets provided based on the purchase of more than 3,000 specially marked items in the store.

Inside each game ticket, customers received four game “markers” as pieces of one of the 19 opportunities within the game board. Customers collected the appropriate markers on the game board in order to complete the picture and win that prize. Additionally, within each ticket were also instant wins of cash, Tops gift cards, grocery products, and money-saving coupon offers. New this year from Shutterfly®, were chances to win personalized photo books and personalized, reusable shopping bags.

Other big prizes, with multiple winner in most, awarded this year in addition to the Free Food grand prizes were: • $50,000 home makeover • $25,000 culinary dream vacation • $10,000 kitchen remodel • $10,000 cash • $5,000 home recreation package • $2,000 free Tops gas for one year • $1,200 free pet food for one year • $1,000 Darien Lake, NY family vacation • $1,000 Tops gas/grocery gift card

Additional prizes and the associated winners can be found on our website at

About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 173 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at

About Sparkling Ice

Sparkling Ice beverages combine sparkling water, natural flavors, fruit juice and vitamins to offer great tasting, lightly carbonated beverages. Available in thirteen refreshing flavors: Black Raspberry, Orange Mango, Pink Grapefruit, Kiwi Strawberry, Coconut Pineapple, Pomegranate Blueberry, Peach Nectarine, Lemon Lime, Crisp Apple, Cherry Limeade, Strawberry Watermelon, Black Cherry and new in 2016 Grape Raspberry. Sparkling Ice Lemonades, launched in 2013, are available in two refreshing flavors: Classic Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. Sparkling Ice Teas launched nationally in 2015 and include Peach Tea, Raspberry Tea, Lemon Tea and Half & Half flavors. In 2016, the brand introduced the Sparkling Ice essence of sparkling water collection, which features four natural varieties free of sweeteners, artificial colors or preservatives. The essence of sparkling water collection includes Lemon Lime, Peach, Tangerine and a non-flavored variety. Sparkling Ice is part of the Talking Rain family of beverages, and retails for $1.19-$1.29. To locate Sparkling Ice, visit


Kathy Romanowski

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BRC announces winner of 2017 Cyber Security Challenge

A PhD student from Royal Holloway University has been announced the winner of the BRC’s 2017 Cyber Security Challenge.

London, 2017-Aug-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The latest BRC Annual Retail Crime Survey revealed that an estimated 53 per cent of reported fraud in the retail industry is cyber-enabled, which represents a total direct cost of around £100 million. UK retailers already have some of the most secure IT infrastructures available, and the BRC is a lead partner for its members and key specialists in joint efforts to further strengthen those structures.

As part of that work, the BRC is pleased to announce the results of its Retail Cyber Security Student Challenge for 2017 covering the cyber security risks facing the UK retail industry and how to tackle them.

The challenge, which was open to any student based at a UK higher education establishment, invited new ideas on how government, law enforcement and industry should work together to tackle the main cyber security threats facing retail in the UK. The judging panel for the final consisted of a group of leading cyber security scholars: Professor Chris Hankin (Imperial College, London), Professor M. Angela Sasse FREng (UCL) and Dr Tim Stevens (King’s College, London).

The winning paper was authored by Andreas Haggman, currently studying for a PhD in Cyber Security and Geopolitics at Royal Holloway University of London. Andreas will receive a cash prize of £500 and the opportunity to present his work to the BRC’s Fraud and Cyber Security Member Group, at which members can test and apply the expert analysis and have his work published in full in the BRC’s membership magazine, The Retailer.

Commenting on the winning entry, Dr Tim Stevens at King’s College, London and member of the judging panel said:

“Andreas’ winning essay balances excellent awareness of retail operations with the contemporary demands of cybersecurity. It offers a picture of key threats and how retailers factor them in to their relationships with customers. In its focus on point of sale interactions, and thinks about where future threats might arise and makes concrete recommendations for improving security thinking and practice. Overall, it offers sound advice for charting a way forward for retailers and their partners in law enforcement and government.”

James Martin, Crime and Security Adviser at the BRC said:

“The BRC remains fully committed to supporting its members to meet their security and cyber-security needs, and works with cutting edge partners across the corporate and public sectors, as well as in academia, to do that. The response to this competition was excellent, with the standard extremely high, and like the judges we think that the winning entries showed a combination of innovation and real-world problem solving.”

Retailers seeking guidance on cyber security can look at the BRC’s ‘Cyber Security Toolkit’, which provides retail businesses of all sizes with a practical, step-by-step guide to prevent and manage cyber security threats and protect the customers they serve. The toolkit aims to provide retailers with practical guidance to ensure they have the appropriate preventative and response measures in place to reduce their vulnerabilities and to protect both themselves and their customers.

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Co-op announces 2017 Fuel Up to Win contest winner

Co-op announces 2017 Fuel Up to Win contest winner


Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Tonya Beeching was told over the phone she had won $100,000 in a Co-op contest, she originally thought it was a scam.

“I was kind of freaking out,” said the resident of Elk Point, Alta. “I was pacing up and down and totally in shock.”

Beeching is the grand-prize winner in Co-op’s 2017 Fuel Up to Win contest. Beeching, a member of Cornerstone Co-op in northeastern Alberta, won in a random draw of online entries after no one collected the seven game stickers needed in the Collect to Win portion of the promotion.

She said her family will take a small trip to celebrate, but is looking to pay off debts and invest most of the money in order to save for a down payment on a home.

The grand prize includes a $25,000 community donation, which will be shared by two organizations and projects in Elk Point and surrounding areas:

  • County of St. Paul and Elk Point Family and Community Support Services  – $20,000
  • Elk Point Fire Department – $5,000

“We’re excited to present the grand prize to one of Co-op members,” said Graham Getz, Cornerstone Co-op General Manager. “Fuel Up to Win goes beyond being a normal contest as we’re also able to make two community donations, which is a big win for our entire community.”

Mathew Shendroski of Hadashville, Man., was the grand prize winner of the online portion of the game. Instead of taking the 2017 Ford 150 XLT, Shendroski opted for $35,000 in cash. He was reached about the prize just after filling up at the Ste. Anne Co-op Gas Bar in Steinbach, Man.

More than $8 million in prizes were available to Co-op customers in this year’s Fuel Up to Win contest. The eight-week promotion ran Feb. 24 to April 20 at Co-op Food Stores, Gas Bars and Convenience Stores, and Home Centres across Western Canada.


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British Land announces winner of its 14th annual Awards for Excellence

British Land announces winner of its 14th annual Awards for Excellence


London, 2017-May-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are proud to announce the winners of the 2017 British Land Awards for Excellence, recognising individuals and teams in our supply chain who go above and beyond to deliver our sustainability strategy and create Places People Prefer.

We received almost 170 nominations for our 14th annual Awards for Excellence from colleagues, suppliers and occupiers across our portfolio, reflecting how many people in our supply chain go the extra mile to make a positive difference. The 11 awards will be presented to the winners at a ceremony in London on 27 June 2017.

Lucinda Bell, Chief Financial Officer at British Land: “People are at the heart of our vision to create Places People Prefer – the people who promote wellbeing at our places, who connect with our local communities, design our buildings for a changing world and grow local skills and opportunities. Through our Awards for Excellence, we are delighted to celebrate the placemakers in our supply chain. A big thank you to all our suppliers and especially this year’s award winners.”

Wellbeing in offices

  • Agnieszka Pietal of Principle Cleaning at Paddington Central.
  • Aurore Vandenneste of Ultimate Security Services at 7 Clarges.

Wellbeing in retail

  • Della Penny, Bob Winston, Andy Clark, Paul Dadds and George Scoles of ABM at Drake Circus.
  • Guy Henderson, Centre Manager at SouthGate.
  • Incentive FM landscaping team at St Stephen’s.


  • Dawn Osborne, Operations Manager at Meadowhall.
  • John Donald of Laing O’Rourke at Clarges Mayfair.


  • Augustin Defour of Bouygues at The Hempel Collection.
  • Peter Parkinson, Operations Manager at SouthGate.

Skills and opportunity

  • Sean McCullagh and Peter Tierney of TGM Contractors at Clarges Mayfair.
  • Stuart McCulloch of McLaren and Neil Rigby of Hawkspear at New Mersey and Broughton.

Our annual Awards for Excellence winners were selected from a shortlist of our quarterly award winners by a panel of judges from across the business. Read about this year’s quarterly winners below.

Spring Award Winners Shine
03 May 2017
By James Varley, Retail Asset Manager at British Land

Thanks to the People Who Make our Places
01 Mar 2017
By Victoria Brunt, Property Management Executive at British Land

Sustainable Placemaking Superstars
19 Dec 2016
By Matthew Webster, Head of Wellbeing and Futureproofing at British Land

Thanks to our Local Champions
11 Oct 2016
By Joanne Hammond, Community Investment Executive at British Land

Additional shortlist

Well done to our other quarterly award winners who made the shortlist:

  • Alan Barker, Centre Manager at Broughton.
  • Andrea Cavanagh of The Source Skills Academy.
  • Andrew Stafford, Engineering Manager at 10 Brock Street.
  • Annarose Hearsum, Lisa MacGregor and Nicola Sinden at Whiteley.
  • Chris Skelton and the property services team at Meadowhall.
  • Colin Kemp of Westgrove at Giltbrook.
  • Dulce Franco of Portico at York House.
  • Gail Sutton, Centre Manager at Giltbrook.
  • Hammad Gilani of Mitie Security at Ealing Broadway.
  • Jack Petrie of Sainsbury’s at Eden Walk.
  • James Mead of Alive ITC across our retail portfolio.
  • Jason Cumbicus of Principle Cleaning at Marble Arch House and York House.
  • Joe Merrigan and Ronan Campbell of the security team at Lisnagelvin.
  • Lee Stone and the JP Conry Cleaning Services team at Brock Street.
  • Mark Collins of Broadgate Estates.
  • Martyn Evans of M3 Consulting at 100 Liverpool Street.
  • Melanie de Andrades at Glasgow Fort.
  • Melissa Alexandrou at 2 Kingdom Street.
  • Mick Redmond at 350 Euston Road.
  • Mike Paris and Rob Colman of ABM at Whiteley.
  • Muhammad (Mo) Faheem of Incentive Lynx Security at Ebury Gate.
  • Neil Reid of ABM at Fort Kinnaird.
  • Noemi Szolcsanyi of Portico at Regent’s Place.
  • Olajide (Ade) Adegboyega of Incentive Lynx Security at The Leadenhall Building.
  • Operations team at SouthGate..
  • Peter Skerry of Westgrove at New Mersey.
  • Philip Kanyamahane of Incentive Lynx Security at Paddington Central.
  • Rosie Glenn of Rosie Glenn Fine Art.
  • Ross Tredget, Andy Groarke and Lewis Kinneir of Carmody Groarke at Paddington Central.
  • Steve Goddard, Deputy Centre Manager at Beaumont.

Notes to Editors

About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £19.1 billion (British Land share: £13.9 billion) as at 31 March 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 48% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being named a European Sector Leader in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the third year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental benefits achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at

Press Contact:
Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

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H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins launches capsule collection at selected H&M stores

H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins launches capsule collection at selected H&M stores
H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins launches capsule collection at selected H&M stores


STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dynamic shapes, utilitarian details and a fresh take on femininity define the capsule collection by H&M Design Award 2016 winner Hannah Jinkins. Hannah has worked closely with the H&M design team since the final in December 2015 to develop pieces from her winning collection, which will be available in selected H&M stores and online from October 20.

“I am so excited about Hannah’s collection for H&M. She thinks in a totally fresh way about women’s fashion, creating pieces that have a real energy and authenticity,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, Creative Advisor at H&M

Hannah’s unique signature can be found throughout the collection, with every piece she designs, Hannah loves to find new ways to tailor and drape, often using workwear as her starting point. Oversized garments are fitted to the body using folds or staples; functional fabrics are given a feminine twist and proportions are played with for a fresh silhouette.

The oversized bomber, in waxed cotton, has its sleeves stapled to create the shape, while a dried wax cotton boiler suit has been folded, pleated and stapled for a new femininity. An oversized denim jacket has been cinched to create a unique take on a bomber, while a cropped sweater is slouchy and comforting to wear − its extended sleeves contrasting with its shorter length. Throughout the collection there are special details, such as the utilitarian staples that hold many of the folds, or the trims of silk that are caught in the seams to give a frayed, softening finish.

“I’ve had such an incredible experience creating this collection together with H&M. I’ve learned so much, and it’s amazing to see the pieces for H&M being so true to my winning collection”

Hannah Jinkins
25-year old British-born Hannah Jinkins graduated in 2015 from the womenswear programme at the Royal College of Art in London. She was awarded the H&M Design Award 2016 by a jury that included H&M Creative Advisors Ann-Sofie Johansson and Margareta van den Bosch, actress Kate Bosworth, Creative Director of Balmain Olivier Rousteing, stylist Katy England, photographer Nick Knight, blogger and founder of The Blonde Salad Chiara Ferragni and Floriane de Saint-Pierre, headhunter and founder of Floriane de Saint-Pierre et Associés. Founded in 2012, the H&M Design Award is open to students and graduates of some of the world’s most eminent fashion and design colleges, showing H&M’s commitment to the future of fashion and support for young and talented emerging designers.

For more details about the pieces in the collection visit our Image Gallery

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Lindex announces winner of best design idea and collection amongst Borås School of Textiles graduates

Lindex announces winner of best design idea and collection amongst Borås School of Textiles graduates
Lindex announces winner of best design idea and collection amongst Borås School of Textiles graduates


Gothenburg, Sweden, 2016-Aug-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The winner for best design idea and collection has been chosen amongst the graduates from Borås School of Textiles. The graduation show and announcement of the winner was held at Fashion Week Stockholm. The winner is Evelin Kägo, who took the prize with her collection entitled ‘Color perception’.

The prize for the best collection is part of Lindex’s commitment in supporting unestablished designers. The winner receives a grant worth SEK 50,000.

It feels fantastic to win Lindex grant for best design idea. Key for my collection is the relationship between knitted and printed textile layers in garments as well as the exploration of how colors influence each other, says winner Evelin Kägo.

Lindex is the main sponsor of the graduation fashion show and has collaborated for five years with Borås School of Textiles. Borås School of Textiles is one of Sweden’s most recognizes universities for training and research in textile and design. Lindex supports the education with knowledge of the design process and professionalism from a retail perspective.

The jury is composed of Lindex’s purchasing and design management team, led by Head of Design Annika Hedin. The jury’s motivation: ‘A collection that is visually energetic and voluminous with a delightful balance between solid and transparent surfaces. The look is experimental, artistic and colourful.’

Lindex will be initiating a collaboration with Evelin Kägo in the autumn. This will result in a joint design collection ‘Tomorrow’, that will be launched in early 2017. “The collaboration with Lindex gives me the opportunity to work with my designs on a larger scale and to introduce my garments to a wide audience,” says Evelin Kägo

This will be the third Tomorrow collection launched by Lindex. The purpose of the initiative is to support new designers and to create unique collections together with them.

“We are impressed with Evelin’s work in experimenting to achieve special effects with colour and movement. We are really looking forward to creating an exciting collection together with her,” says Annika Hedin, Head of Design at Lindex.

For more information, please contact:

Miriam Tjernström
Press Relations Manager, Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60

Source: Lindex


Rummage, a poetry collection by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa — winner of Amazon Publishing’s Little A Poetry Contest

NEW YORK, 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Aug. 10, 2016), Amazon Publishing announced the winner of the Little A Poetry Contest, dedicated to the discovery of emerging poets. Judges Jericho Brown, Cornelius Eady and Kimiko Hahn selected Rummage, a poetry collection by Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa, as the winner. Oputa received $5,000 in prize money and a publishing contract featuring a $2,000 advance with Little A, Amazon Publishing’s literary imprint. Little A will publish Oputa’s debut collection, Rummage, in 2017.

“Rummage is an extraordinary debut, full of startling honesty and relentless investigation into what it means to be alive,” said David Blum, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Little A. “We were incredibly impressed and excited by the talented emerging poets that submitted to our contest, and we are thrilled to publish Rummage. Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa’s poetry exemplifies the urgent, emotional and moving poetry that Little A will continue to champion.”

“I am floored,” said winner Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa. “I am thankful to Little A and the judges for creating this contest and for Little A’s continued support of poetry. Having the judges and Morgan Parker see and advocate for my work is such an honor, and I am humbled by the opportunity to share this book with the world.”

Ife-Chudeni A. Oputa is a Cave Canem, Callaloo, and Lambda Literary fellow. Her poetry and prose have appeared or are forthcoming in Matter, Some Call it Ballin, Gabby, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and elsewhere. She is a native of Fresno, CA.

“I was most taken with Rummage’s commitment to risk and emotion,” said Jericho Brown, Little A Poetry Contest judge and acclaimed poet and winner of the American Book Award. “The poems stood out as original and musical. With every line, we get a new sense of arriving, and each poem opens in such a way that compels me to read the rest of the poem.”

Rummage explores the eternal themes of the human condition—nature, origin, memory, shame, identity, desire, mortality—with sensitivity and specificity. The book is centered on the speaker’s path toward understanding herself, but also speaks to a relatable experience of navigating connection, isolation, and the space in between. Rummage will be published by Little A in 2017 in paperback and eBook. Little A Editor and Pushcart Prize-winning poet Morgan Parker will edit the book.

Rummage will be the first collection of poetry to be published by Little A. Also forthcoming from Little A in 2017 is the poetry collection I Wore My Blackest Hair by Carlina Duan.

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