Belk expands its ready-to-wear brand Crown & Ivy into men’s clothing and women’s shoes

Most popular ready-to-wear brand comes to men’s clothing and women’s shoes this February; Brand will continue to expand to other areas in Spring 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2017-Feb-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk today (Feb 14, 2017) announced that the company is expanding its most successful private label brand, Crown & Ivy, into men’s clothing and women’s shoes. The collections will be in stores and on www.belk.com this February. Plans are in place to expand the brand into Home and Kids next year.

The Crown & Ivy brand originated in 2014 with a collection for the Modern, Southern woman and was an immediate hit with the Belk customer. The brand is built on a foundation of everyday separates that can be mixed and matched depending on the customer’s individual style. The men’s collection is an extension of that, with signature details, modern fits, stretch fabrics and key pieces that every guy needs, updated and put together in fresh ways. Some staple features of the men’s line include:

  • Short and long sleeve button-down woven shirts in enough prints and patterns to take the everyday work shirt to a new level ($55-65)
  • Polos with a modern fit and stretch fabric for ultimate comfort ($45-50)
  • Lightweight graphic tees that truly embody Southern style ($28)
  • Shorts and chino pants that can be dressed up or down for work or play ($50-60)
  • Board shorts and swim trunks in fun prints and patterns ($40)
  • Sportscoats, suit separates and suits all with motion stretch technology built in. Available in fresh prints and crisp colors ($120-240)

The men’s line can be found in 200 Belk stores and on www.belk.com.

For women, the Crown & Ivy brand is expanding into shoes – featuring flip flops, jellies, sandals and more, ranging in price from $30-$80. The line is made up of bright colors, novelty materials and prints that coordinate with the customer’s favorite Crown outfits. Crown & Ivy women’s shoes are in 150 stores in February and will be in all Belk locations this fall.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and www.belk.com offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

Contact:

Holly Richter
Director, Corporate Communications
Belk, Inc.
holly_richter@belk.com

Source: Belk, Inc.

Dorothy Perkins announces UK visits for the Kardashians

The ‘Kountdown’ has started as the Kardashians are set to take over London in November. For the first time ever all three sisters, Kourtney, Kim and Khloé will be in the UK to celebrate the launch of their highly anticipated Kardashian Kollection, available exclusively in Dorothy Perkins from 8th November 2012.

Commenting on their visit Kourtney, Kim and Khloé said: “We are so excited to be coming to the UK together to show our fans the Kardashian Kollection. We are really proud of the line and how well it’s been received in the US over the last year, so we look forward to meeting our British fans at Westfield London and showing English women our designs.”

Even though Kim has made several trips in the last few years to the United Kingdom, Khloé has never been to London before and this will be the first trip for Kourtney since she was eight years old.

Their stylish tour kicks off on Thursday 8th November, where they will host a glamorous VIP cocktail party in a top London venue. It is then followed by a personal appearance in Westfield London, on Friday 9th November, for them to meet with their many fans and celebrate the launch of their UK Kardashian Kollection.

From trend led pieces to fashionably tailored looks, the Kardashian Kollection will comprise of more than 100 pieces from their ready-to-wear clothing and handbag collections. It will be available online at dorothyperkins.com and in more than 200 Dorothy Perkins stores throughout the UK, including eight shop in shops in BHS, Outfit and also sold internationally to a further 11 countries in the Middle East and Asia.

Bruno Schiavi, President Jupi Corp added: “British women are the essence of fashion, so the girls and I wanted to create a collection for the UK that embraces both UK fashion and the Kardashian style. I am so excited to see how the UK fans will react when we finally unveil the line at Dorothy Perkins and meet shoppers at Westfield London in November.”

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Hotter Shoes Reveals Uncomfortable Shoes Cost UK Women £2.5 Billion Per Year

Women across the UK are frittering away £2.5 billion* each year on uncomfortable shoes they rarely wear a new study** has revealed.

The average woman in the UK spends £136.52 on five new pairs of shoes every year, at a cost of £27.40 each. Instead of investing wisely in shoes they can wear more than once, three out of the five pairs of women’s shoes end up at the bottom of the wardrobe having only been worn once or twice, because they hurt the wearer’s feet.

The research, commissioned by shoe specialist Hotter Comfort Concept, also revealed that 40% of the 1000 women questioned admitted to choosing their shoes purely for how they looked and not how they felt on their feet.

Lisa McCarten from Hotter, said: “Shoes really can change your life: they have an impact on the health of your feet, can influence how you feel and play a significant part in how much you enjoy your day. Not only do uncomfortable shoes make for a bad day today, squeezing your toes into ill-fitting footwear can also damage your feet causing pain and discomfort in later life.”

Worryingly almost a third of women (28%) who have tried on shoes and know that they will be uncomfortable, still purchase them as they can’t resist how they look.

Lisa continued: “We all want to look our best, keep up with our busy lives and have fun; stylish comfy shoes are an essential part of the modern woman’s wardrobe to help her tackle all three.”

62% of women revealed that they spend at least one day a week wearing uncomfortable shoes with 48% hoping to wear them in until their feet get used to them.

More than half of women (53%) will keep uncomfortable shoes for up to a year before giving up on them and throwing them away despite only wearing them once.

They also revealed that they own at least four pairs of shoes just to be worn when sitting down or ‘Dinner Shoes’ that look amazing but are very painful to walk in.

Regionally, women in Chelmsford buy the most shoes, purchasing on average seven new pairs a year whereas women in Leicester buy the least purchasing just four pairs every year.

Women in Worcester buy the most uncomfortable shoes admitting that 70% of their shoe collection has only been worn once, whereas women in Cambridge are the most comfort savvy revealing that just 20% of their collection has been worn only once.

To assist with the problem of uncomfortable shoes, Hotter’s website offers a handy shoe fitting guide, allowing customers to ensure their shoes will fit just right.

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Neon heels now available at SoYouShoes

This season neon shades are all the rage, and ladies footwear retailer SoYouShoes has certainly picked up on this huge trend with new shoes in stock right now. Bright and summery high heels, flats and sandals are now available and can be bought online today.

SoYouShoes is one of the most popular online footwear retailers and sells a huge range of shoes in all styles, but the most recent trend of neon clothing is set to be one of the biggest this year.

Kate Jones of SoYouShoes said: “This style looks absolutely amazing and it’s definitely eye-catching, but if you’re a bit worried about incorporating it into your wardrobe it can be a good idea to start small.

“Rather than opting for a full neon outfit just yet, put on a pair of neon shoes with some black skinny jeans and an oversized T-shirt and you’ll be able to see whether you like the look. SoYouShoes currently has a wide variety of neon shoes available, in many different shades to suit all tastes.”

For a striking look, try wearing royal blue platform shoes with an all-black outfit, or add a splash of colour with some bright yellow court shoes. You can match these colours with belts, bags and other accessories to achieve the perfect look as well.

The neon trend brings back reminders of the 80s and it works perfectly with colour blocking, which has been seen all over the catwalks recently.

SoYouShoes stocks footwear in sizes three to eight and many shoe styles are available in a choice of colours, so you can pick the best one for you. The retailer offers free standard delivery on all orders and next day delivery for a small additional charge. International delivery can be booked, although fees apply.

To see SoYouShoes’ current stock of womens shoes and to buy today, visit www.soyoushoes.co.uk now.

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Hotter Shoes Uses Real Customers In Latest TV Ad Campaign

Hotter Shoes decided to feature fans of its footwear in its latest TV advert after discovering exactly how much its customers love its line of comfortable shoes.

After interviewing a panel of customers to find out what makes women so happy when they wear Hotter Shoes footwear, the company was so delighted the customers’ words that they became the inspiration for its new advert – with four of the customers recruited to take part in the final production.

Customers Marianne, Joan and Jenni own 46 pairs between them, having fallen in love with Hotter Shoes’ comfortable shoes and worn them for a total of 26 years.

Marianne Welsh, from Southport, is a local councillor and wears her shoes for everyday duties and to council conferences and events. She described her first experience of wearing Hotter shoes: “When the shoes came it really was something I’ll never forget, I put them on and instantly it felt like I was wearing a comfortable pair of slippers.”

Joan Shawcross, from Manchester, has recommended Hotter shoes to all her family and friends. She added: “I love my Hotter shoes, I love every pair I’ve got.”

Jenni Rhodes, from London, has been modelling for over 50 years and knows that style, comfort and fit of footwear are all vitally important. She commented: “The fit of Hotter shoes is absolutely perfect and whatever the occasion I can always find some comfy shoes in the catalogue.”

One in every three pairs of shoes that are currently made in the UK are now made in Hotter’s Lancashire factory, with ‘comfort concept’ features such aslightweight, flexible soles, wiggle room for toes and soft underfoot cushioning hidden in every pair. Hotter’s TV advert features a selection of footwear, including women’s boots for the winter season, casual shoes for catching up with friends, smart heels for work and sporty shoes for exercising.

With over fifty years’ experience making shoes, Hotter has gained insight into women’s shoe buying needs and desires. The comfy shoes featured in its TV advert have been carefully selected to appeal to a wide range of customers, offering styles suitable for every occasion including party shoes, sporty styles and everyday comfortable casuals.

Hotter women’s shoes come in size 3 to 9 with some half sizes, some extra wide fit and EEE fit options. The shoes, boots and slippers in the collection are made from top quality leather, nubuck and suede and come in an array of eye-catching seasonal shades including Bordeaux, Teal, Mustard and a selection of muted metallics.

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Hotter Shoes Reveals One In Three Women Carry Extra Pair Of Comfy Shoes In Case Of Pain

Hotter Shoes has revealed that one in three UK women carry a comfortable pair of shoes with them to swap into because they are anticipating pain, according to a new survey.

Women who work, rest and play are going to great lengths to remain on their feet longer, despite 81 per cent admitting to experiencing pain by wearing killer heels on a night out. But don’t think that it’s just fashionistas suffering for their art as an incredible 46 per cent of women admitted to walking in comfortable shoes to meet friends then changing into killer heels at the last minute.

The study into the footwear choices of 2,000 women was conducted by comfortable shoe specialist, Hotter Shoes which is looking at what motivates women’s shoe choices for occasions.

Lisa McCarten of Hotter Shoes said: “The research highlights the amount of pain women encounter in uncomfortable shoes but shows they are willing to do something about it – logically shoes that look good and feel fantastic are the answer.”

She added: “We were astounded to find comfy shoes often being seen as ‘handbag accessories’ in women’s daily lives. Shoes shouldn’t have to be worn in – it should be a pleasure to put on a brand new pair of shoes not a pain. At Hotter we know that women want shoes that look good and make them feel fantastic whatever they are doing.”

A staggering 84 per cent of women wear killer heels on a night out, despite only one in ten saying they can find comfortable high heels.

34 per cent of women anticipate experiencing pain from their shoes within an hour of leaving home and 60 per cent carry plasters because they expect a blister or cut. More than half have ended an evening bare foot as they couldn’t walk further in their uncomfortable shoes.

Half of the women surveyed said they buy new shoes to take on holiday and almost 60 per cent of them have experienced pain whilst abroad.

One in three has had to buy another pair of shoes when out of the house due to the level of discomfort experienced in the shoes they were wearing. A third of women in the UK walk to work in a comfortable pair of flats before changing into heels at their desk.

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Debenhams Reveals Mothers Pass On The Ability To Walk In High Heels

Debenhams revealed that a woman’s ability to walk well in high heels is inherited from her mother, with balance, poise and even choice of heel height all passed on through the maternal line.

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However, the debate over whether skilled high heeled walkers are born or made has still not been answered.

Debenhams Head of Accessories Design Natelle Baddeley said: “Whether it’s genetics or training in teenage years, we may never know, but it’s clear that the saying ‘like mother like daughter’ applies to walking in heels.”

The striking links between a mother and daughter’s taste in high heels were revealed during recent Debenhams customer research into consumer trends. This is something that is also reflected in Hollywood A-listers and their daughters, such as actress Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn, who have been spotted in numerous photographs wearing similar shoes.

When asked about their perfect choice of high heeled shoes, women who were unrelated produced a wide range of answers, showing enormous statistical variance in heel height, style and colour. Mothers and daughters however, differed in their answers on all three topics by only a few percentage points, with a well-heeled 92% having matching answers.

Despite having a multitude of colours, styles and heel heights to choose from, each chose women’s shoes which bore a remarkable resemblance to the other.

Daughters who loved four inch heels had mothers who also loved four inch heels.

When questioned on their favourite colour of shoes, 79% had the same answer. Mothers who loved striking reds had daughters who also loved striking reds.

Daughters who loved extremely narrow pointed heels also had mothers who loved extremely narrow pointed heels.

However, the most striking evidence suggesting a maternal link for the ability to wear high heels well emerged during crucial walk tests; a towering 87% of mothers who could stride confidently across a room in a wide range of heel heights had daughters who could do the same. Conversely, mums with limited heel height skills had appeared to have passed this deficit onto their offspring.

Debenhams Natelle Baddeley continued: “The correlation was striking. We could almost pick out who were mother and daughter in a crowd just by the similarities as they walked in high heels.

“Even though we now know that a link exists, we still don’t know what causes it.”Is it genetics? Or do young girls become accustomed to and copy their mother’s tastes in shoes simply by wearing them during “dressing up” as a child?

“Our research suggests that all daughters are destined to literally step into their mother’s shoes as they grow older.”

Debenhams research was conducted individually, so that choice in shoe style could be made free from an accompanying partner.

The small differences between a mother and daughter’s tastes were most pronounced when the daughter was below the age of twenty, but converged again as they grew older. The link between mother and daughters extends across all demographics, including celebrities.

Even Suri Cruise, daughter of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise has shoes which bears a remarkable resemblance to those worn by her mum, which Katie has said her daughter chooses herself.

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Hotter Comfort Concept Bucks High Street Trends

Hotter Comfort Concept is bucking high street trends with a dynamic store opening programme.

Having recently opened its 18th high street store, located in Peterborough, the UK’s biggest shoe maker is on track to beat its target of 25 stores by the end of 2011. The innovative shoe maker – which is forecast to make 1.6 million pairs of shoes this year – took a step out of its own comfort zone to venture into selling direct to the public in the 1990s.

Its unusual approach has seen the company set up its own 100-seater call centre to serve its mail order and hotter.com customers and open up 18 high street stores to sell its shoes through 200 independent retailers across the UK, including several leading garden centres. The company also sells and ships its shoes direct to the US.

“We have a dynamic store opening programme in place which has seen us open 12 Hotter stores around the UK in just over 12 months and we are aiming to open a further nine before the end of the year ,” commented Retail Operations Director John Nicholas. “Our stores have been carefully designed to ensure stand out on the high street, but what our customers really love, and which brings them back time and time again, is a combination of comfortable, stylish shoes and great service.

“We are totally focussed on creating a quality retail environment for our customers; our stores are carefully designed to showcase our collection, with customers lead around to store to view contemporary, classic, heels, sporty styles and accessories. We pride ourselves on our attention to every single detail, so on our shoes you’ll find handcrafted detailing and hidden adjustments and in our stores you’ll find lots of seats, at just the right height to for trying on shoes.”

Stylish shoes with comfort built into every pair is the product promise which has helped Hotter Comfort Concept shoes grow to be the UK’s biggest shoe maker. The team of Hotter designers works hard to hide comfort features in its stylish shoes, including lightweight, supportive soles; deep toe boxes; softly padded heels and tongues and removable insoles. Womens shoes, boots and sandals come in UK sizes 3 to 9 with some half sizes, extra wide fitting and EEE fitting; Hotter mens shoes, boots and sandals come in UK sizes 6 to 12 with some half sizes.

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Littlewoods Europe Launches Biggest Ever End Of Season Sale

Littlewoods Europe, part of the Shop Direct Group, the second largest online clothing retailer in the UK, has announced the launch of its End of Season Sale. The sale sees more than 12,000 clothing and footwear lines in Littlewoods Europe’s online store, discounted, with savings of up to 75% off on offer. There is also up to 50% savings on homewares and bedding.

The End of Season Sale has clothing and footwear for the whole family, as well as homewares, including basics such as bedding and towels. Customers can expect to see big brand names like, Converse, Bench clothing, Ben Sherman, FCUK, Nike and Adidas on offer at significant discounts.

The End of Season Sale comes at a great time when many people are preparing for the long summer break. Littlewoods Europe believes that the prospect of up to 75% discount on leading lines will entice savvy shoppers to shop for great deals, as well as benefitting budget-conscious households and business owners.

A spokesperson for Littlewoods Europe said: “With the summer holidays approaching, it’s a busy time for many of our customers. Whether they are off on holiday or spending time at home with the family, summer can bring with it a lot of expense. We think our sale has some great bargains and can help with the seasonal pinch. With over 2000 bedding lines in the sale, we believe these offers from Littlewoods Europe, will be of particular interest to customers in Europe who run holiday lets, when preparing for the peak holiday period.”

Littlewoods Europe delivers to customers in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden. Home delivery is within 10 working days with 28 days home approval guarantee.

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Drapers Announce Footwear Awards Shortlist

Drapers, the body behind the well established Drapers Magazine have just announced the shortlist of nominees for the 2011 Drapers Footwear Awards.

Drapers have expressed that this was not an easy task this year, due to the levels of high quality and innovation that has been deployed by all potential nominees. During a year where the nation has experienced a difficult economic climate, footwear retailers have excelled to overcome this.

The Footwear Awards are held to honour the best independent footwear retailers alongside larger multiple footwear retailers. As well as honouring retailers, there are also awards for the best brands. Additionally there are some special awards this year, such as Buyer of the Year and The Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Drapers Footwear Awards 2011 this year is being held at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 11 May and is set to be a special evening for all attendees. The categories in the 2011 Footwear Awards which Drapers have announced the shortlist are for Best New Store, Comfort Retailer of the Year, Family Footwear Retailer of the Year, Kids’ Footwear Retailer of the Year, Footwear Etailer of the Year, Best Footwear Offer in a Fashion Multiple, Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year, Multiple Footwear Retailer of the Year. Additionally on the evening of 11 May, Drapers will announce Buyer of the Year, Brand of the Year, Student Footwear Designer of the Year and also The Lifetime Achievement Award.

There are a number of retailers who are big contenders for the various awards this year including Clarks, Schuh and New Look. Retailers and brands have worked tirelessly this year and the prospect of receiving a Drapers Footwear Award is an achievement that all those shortlisted will no doubt be hoping for. It can be seen from the shortlist released by Drapers that this year, there will be no one retailer or brand that will dominate the evening. This is apparent by the fact that particular names are not shortlisted for numerous awards, thereby implying that success will be had by many.

One retailer who is looking forward to the awards is Birmingham based, online fashion shoe retailer Cloggs.co.uk. This year Cloggs.co.uk is shortlisted in the Footwear Etailer of the Year category, a highly sought after award. Competition in this category is definitely high though, as Cloggs.co.uk are up against names such Jimmy Choo, French Sole and national brand Clarks.

The team behind Cloggs.co.uk is run by Birmingham brothers Nick and Chris Thomas and business partner Damian Scarlett. Cloggs.co.uk has more than 35 years’ experience of trading on the high street and began operating online just over ten years ago. Cloggs.co.uk now stocks more than 20,000 items, including popular brands such as FitFlop, UGG, Converse, Birkenstock and Crocs, online and in the flagship store based in the Bullring Shopping Centre in Birmingham. The hope to continue the success by selling styles such as the FitFlop Fiorella.

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Debenhams Reveals New Fashion Language Excludes Some Shoppers

Debenhams has issued a new dictionary to help shoppers understand the latest clothing terms.

The high street store has taken the unusual step because no one understands the plethora of new descriptions and phrases emerging from the fashion industry.

While newly made up words such as shacket and treggings are instantly understood by clothing industry insiders, they’re leaving the public baffled, says the store.

Debenhams spokeswoman Lizzie Singleton said: “It’s now easier to understand Sanskrit than some of the words commonly used by commentators within the fashion industry to describe garments.

The dictionary will translate fashion phrases such as:
Shacket (Shirt/Jacket) Jacket of shirt like appearance.
Tregging (Trouser/Legging) Leggings of trouser like appearance.
Jeggings (Jean/Leggings) Leggings with jean like qualities.
Coatigan (Coat /Cardigan) Cardigan with a coat appearance.
Cardigown (Cardigan/Dressing Gown) Cardigan, usually long and belted like a cardigan.

Lizzie Singleton continued: “We believe that these words are only properly understood by approximately five per cent of the population – yet they are commonly used throughout the fashion industry.

“It’s virtually a secret language, designed solely for fashion experts and people who spend every day reading fashion magazines.”

“We’ve decided to produce the dictionary so that every shopper – both fashion expert and non expert alike – can shop easily and clearly in all of our stores. However, we are also urging the fashion industry to use existing English words to describe their garments rather than made up amalgamations.”

Marie Clair, spokesperson for Plain English Campaign said: “Anything that helps to make sense of fashion is a good thing. Just like the Debenhams’ buying guides, the dictionary aims to give shoppers clear and concise information and could be a contender for one of our plain English awards in December.”

Other new words commonly used by the fashion industry include:
Skorts (skirt/short) shorts with the look of a skirt i.e. culottes.
Mandles (man – sandals) sandals for men.
Mackets (mac/jacket) a cross between a mac and a jacket.
Shoots (Shoe/Boots) not quite a shoe nor a boot but something in between.
Meggings (male leggings) very tight jersey trousers for men.
Mace (male lace)
Mankinis (male/bikini) skimpy swimwear for men championed by Borat.
Jombats (jegging/combats) tight combats of jegging quality.
Tankini (tank/bikini) cross between a bikini and a tank top for a more modest swim option.
Skousers (skirt/trousers) trousers with an attached skirt.
Blurt (blouse/skirt) all in one blouse and skirt combo.
Jardigan (jacket/cardigan) a thick jacket like cardigan that requires no coat on top.
Whorts (winter shorts) thick, often wool based shorts, normally worn with tights in winter.
Mubes (maxi tube dress)
Watch let (watch/bracelet) a bracelet which includes a time telling decorative element.

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Debenhams Breaks New Ground With National Disabled Model Campaign

Debenhams has become the first retailer on the British high street to launch a national window campaign featuring a disabled model in all of its 160 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The ground breaking imagery features disabled model Shannon Murray, along with additional photography, mannequins and products in a display to launch the Debenhams autumn winter womenswear.

The innovative display follows an approach by Nikki Fox and Natasha Wood, both disability campaigners and presenters of the hit TV show, How to Look Good Naked, which lead to a trial using Shannon in three stores earlier this year. The pilot resulted in the some of the most responsive and positive feedback the retailer has ever received prompting Debenhams to take new shots and roll out across all its stores.

The move comes as a natural next step for Debenhams following campaigns featuring plus size and petite models, un-airbrushed swim models and size 16 mannequins – all since the start of 2010.

Debenhams hopes the latest move will encourage other retailers to follow suit and be more versatile.

Celebrity stylist, presenter of ‘How to Look Good Naked’ and inclusivity campaigner, Gok Wan, commented: “After months and months of hard work, this is some of the best imagery I have seen on the British high street…ever.

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Debenhams Finds Out How Fashion Suffers As The Week Goes On

Debenhams research reveals women take 36 minutes longer to get dressed for work on a Monday than on any other day of the week, new research shows.

According to the Debenhams study results, extra time is devoted to perfecting their hair, make up and clothing so that they can be sure of making a good impression on work colleagues. However, standards slip dramatically with each passing day, so that by the time Friday comes, the time spent on their appearance has slumped to just one quarter of the original figure.

Debenhams spokesman Ed Watson said: “Many women clearly experience a major fashion deficit as the week goes on. For some it’s a swift journey from Cheryl Cole to Nora Batty – in just five days.”

The data emerged during Debenhams network of personal shopper studies into women and men’s dressing habits throughout the week.

The results show that women spend, on average, 76 minutes getting ready for work each Monday morning. Twenty three minutes of which will be devoted to their hair, eighteen minutes on make-up, sixteen minutes to trying out different combinations of clothes with the rest taken up by showering and washing. However, this figure falls to just 40 minutes the following day, with time spent on hair falling to 12 minutes, with make-up and deciding what to wear both dropping to 9 minutes each.

By the time Friday comes, the total time spent on getting ready has collapsed to just 19 minutes – a quarter of the original figure. Instead hair preparation takes six minutes, make up just two minutes and deciding what to wear just one minute. Time spent in the bathroom remains constant at an average of ten minutes regardless of day of the week.

Men, by comparison, take on average 28 minutes to get ready on a Monday, a figures which slumps the very next day to 14 minutes before falling to a constant low of eleven minutes for the rest of the week.

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Hotter Comfort Concept Expands Its High Street Retail Presence

Hotter Comfort Concept, UK shoe manufacturer, is bucking high street trends by opening three new stores to provide shoppers with the ultimate shoe shopping experience.

Hotter Comfort Concept Expands Its High Street Retail Presence

Since they opened their doors the new stores, in Eastbourne, Bromley and Chichester, have provided record company sales, fuelling the company’s decision to commit to a revitalized store launch programme. With stores currently located in York, Chester, Southport, Bournemouth and Kendal the Lancashire based shoe manufacturer plans to strengthen its high street presence, by creating a portfolio of 25 Hotter stores across the UK within two years.

Hotter shoe stores stand out on the high street by offering good old fashioned customer service along with quality, stylish shoes which are designed to offer improved comfort. With more than 50 years experience in looking after people’s feet, Hotter prides itself on the quality of each shoe produced and the levels of comfort that accompany them. Every shoe comes with smooth internal seams to avoid rubbing, along with deep toe boxes to allow extra room for toes to move around and flex.

Sales Director at Hotter Comfort Concept, Clive Leverett commented: “We’re the biggest shoe manufacturer in the UK and are proud to be expanding this year with a programme of new store openings. We’re excited to have secured a significant presence along the south coast in prime high street locations and we are delighted with our first few weeks of trading, in fact our stores are breaking our own opening sales records time after time.

Julie Jobe, manager at Hotter’s new Bromley store, commented: “The Hotter team here is thrilled to be part of the store launch programme and plan to create an enjoyable shopping experience for both new and existing Hotter customers. We have an extensive range of both men’s shoes and women’s shoes including stylish daywear, tasteful eveningwear, extra wide shoes, laid back leisure, women’s sandals and a range of Gore-Tex walking boots for outdoor pursuits.”

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Debenhams Announces Official Retail Partnership With Sex And The City 2

Debenhams has announced that it is to become the official retail partner for the upcoming film, Sex and the City 2.

Debenhams Announces Official Retail Partnership With Sex And The City 2

Debenhams was the official retail partner for the first ‘Sex and the City’ movie, and is now pleased to announce its sponsorship of the new film as well. The sponsorship deal has been seen as the ideal partnership for the department stores group because Debenhams provides fans with a one stop shop for ‘Sex and the City’ products and it is therefore a perfect match made in retail heaven for any aspiring Miranda, Carrie, Samantha or Charlotte.

To celebrate the partnership Debenhams is also offering four lucky customers the chance to win a trip to New York in conjunction with the eagerly anticipated ‘Sex and the City 2’ movie which is due for general release in the UK on 28th May.

The prize includes 4* hotel accommodation and $1000 spending money. Debenhams card holders will also be given the opportunity to win 50 ‘Sex and the City 2’ goody bags through a free prize draw competition.

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North West Based Hotter Flies The Flag For UK Manufacturing

Hotter Comfort Concept, the Lancashire based shoe manufacturer, has reaffirmed its mission statement to keep manufacturing in the UK. This statement comes at a time when Cadbury’s, one of Britain’s best loved businesses, faces US takeover.

Hotter Comfort Concept, which is celebrating 50 years in the industry, is one of a few UK businesses currently beating the recession. Manufacturing 1.3 million pairs of footwear each year in the UK, Hotter is one of the world’s most technologically advanced shoe making factories and last year turned over £37.5m and made profits of £5m.

In light of the current economic climate and imminent Cadbury’s takeover, Hotter has renewed its commitment to remain true to its British roots with company values built on enthusiasm, passion and courage. Managing director, Stewart Houlgrave has seen many changes in the industry over the years and is determined to see Hotter shoes beat the recession and prove that the UK manufacturing industry is strong in the economic downturn.

Stewart commented: “The recession has seen many of our well known high street names disappear. Woolworths was probably one of the biggest last year and the recent Cadbury takeover is a shock and great loss to the UK manufacturing industry.

“My parents set up Beaconsfield Footwear over 50 years ago and I’ve grown up with the brand and through our business decisions and operations created some of the most advanced shoe manufacturing technology in the UK. I am proud that we are proving it’s still viable, and indeed a lucrative proposition, to manufacture and sell shoes in the UK with a British workforce.”

Over the past six years Hotter Comfort Concept has invested £6 million and now has one of the most successful production facilities anywhere in the world. Hotter targets the active mature market, where shoe shoppers are investing their cash in the ultimate indulgence for their feet. Many of the hundreds of letters and emails Hotter receives comment on the heritage and firm British roots the company retains.

Hotter Comfort Concept has strong values with a modern outlook on business. Stewart re-affirmed Hotter Comfort Concept’s determination to retain UK roots and that the company is not afraid of future industry change: “When other businesses fled overseas I was sure our future remained here in the UK and I am glad I made that decision all those years ago, despite surprise in certain parts of the footwear industry. I stood by what I believed in and today with a loyal workforce of nearly 400 including a manufacturing plant, call centre and five high street stores, Hotter is going from strength to strength and I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved.”

About Hotter Comfort Concept:
Hotter Comfort Concept targets the active over fifties market where thousands of shoe shoppers are indulging their feet in the hidden comfort of Hotter shoes – designed, manufactured, packed and shipped from the Lancashire factory.

Hotter manufactures more than 1.3 million pairs of women’s shoes, men’s shoes, extra wide shoes, women’s boots and women’s sandals every year- more than any other shoe maker in the country.

Via EPR Network
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