The Original Skate Shoes Manufacturer Proves To Be A Big Hit With The Youth Market At

The original skate shoes manufacturer proves to be a big hit with the youth market at; however the highly functional and stylish skate have much broader appeal.

Vans shoes first came to the market in 1966, catering to the growing popularity of skateboarding and rapidly became one of the best loved street brands, producing a wide range of shoes and apparel specifically targeting the highly popular sport. With such a long pedigree in the industry, it is no surprise that they are one of the leading brands for skaters, and with top names endorsing the brand including some of the world’s leading skateboarders, and sponsorship of some of the major skating and x-games events, they remain at the forefront of the sport.

“Vans are one of the most easily recognisable skate brands, having provided the footwear for generations of skaters since the birth of the sport in the 1960’s and are just as popular today as when the skating craze first started” says MD Richard Gundle. The shoes are a popular choice at the online skating and extreme sports apparel store, with the brand no longer restricted to skaters, with it now catering to the full range of street sports.

Whilst the brand has diversified from skater apparel and footwear into all extreme street sports, Vans shoes are still primarily constructed for skateboarders, providing a high quality construction, double and triple stitched panels for extra protection from grip tape, and use leather and mesh for comfort and breathability, in addition to traditional suede to give greater durability to deal with a highly abrasive environment.

Vans shoes are the product of years of research and testing, and feature the waffle grip sole unit which is still widely regarded as the best sole design for skate shoes in the industry, providing unbeatable grip and great board feel. Vans shoes use vulcanized sticky rubber for the soles, with a waffle iron pattern to maximise surface area for expert traction, whilst each section acting as a sucker to keep the feet firmly on the board. Skate shoes are known to have to deal with brutal treatment, with Vans shoes designed to cope with the abuse from grip tape and concrete, with high wear areas reinforced to improve the lifespan. Vans have incorporated their Duracap system into the shoes, so that they remain functional when the uppers wear through, thanks to a thin rubber underlay which prolongs the lifespan considerably.

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Keen Shoes Sales Surge at

Warm spring weather sparks a surge in sales of Keen Shoes, as water sports and outdoor enthusiasts are able to secure early season discounts on hybrid shoes for the summer.

The first decent spell of warm sunny spring weather is usually enough to see consumers heading to the shops and online stores to pick up new footwear for the summer. This year has proved to be no different, with most of the country bathed in sunshine and temperatures heading into the twenties, it was a welcome reminder that summer is fast approaching and that wardrobes need to be replenished before the summer starts. Visitors to online performance footwear retailer have been treated to massive early season discounts on summer shoes and sandals, with Keen shoes one of the most popular choices. Current discounts offer up to 20% savings on the recommended retail price, something which has proved to be too much to resist for its customers with Keen shoes sales soaring.

Keen shoes started life in 2003, with the brand formed with the singular goal of producing a new breed of sandal which offered exceptional protection for the toes. The brand was launched with the Keen Newport, a revolutionary new shoe with the lightweight and airy design of a sandal and the sturdy performance of a walking shoe. Termed hybrid footwear, the shoes offered the benefits of both shoes and sandals, and proved to be an instant hit with outdoor enthusiasts, with both hikers and water sports aficionados flocking to the brand. One of the key components which made the brand such a runaway success is the patented toe protection system. The soles of Keen shoes wrap up and around the toes for exceptional protection on the trail and from underwater hazards, with the quick drying water resistant design ideal for a life in and out of the water. Whilst the toe protection system was designed for use in their range of sandals, the system now features in every Keen shoe model, even in their range of slippers, making stubbed toes a thing of the past.

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Naartjie Kids Opens Three New Stores

Naartjie Kids, the original name in clothing sizes 0-10 years and premier retailer specializing in childrens clothes, announce the opening of three locations across the country. On April 14th Naartjie Kids stores opened for the first time in Minnesota, Maryland, and Texas.

Naartjie Kids, known for their superior quality in fabric, is expanding its services across the country with the addition of new stores. In Minnesota, Naartjie Kids is the latest addition to the Mall of America in Bloomington. This store will be exclusive to the Mall of America in the five-state drive market, thus being the first store to open in the Midwest. In Maryland the Naartjie Kids store will be located in the Towson Town Center in Towson. The third location of a new store opening is in Frisco, Texas at the Stonebriar Centre. The store is on the lower level near the ICE.

Naartjie Kids in celebration of the new store openings, these locations will be offering 25% off the entire stock until the 17th of April. For those who do not live near these locations, or who prefer to shop on the website can take advantage of the special promotion running through the 20th of April. Currently Naartjie Kids is offering Buy One Get One 50% off girls dresses and skirts, as well as boys’ fashion shorts. The offer runs through midnight, and one can visit the website for more details and information.

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

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

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Fast Cars – Jets – High End Fashion And A Diamond

The 13 th & 14 th April 2011 saw the spectacular launch event of the new Bentley Continental GT model, facilitated by Live Out Loud at ExecuJet, Lanseria Airport.

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An orchestra suspended in the air – high end international fashion – sumptuous cocktails and fine cuisine – private jets and exquisite Beitling time pieces were all part of a night of lavish entertainment which culminated in the unveiling of  the new Bentley Continental GT.

MC for the event Nico Panagio controlled the symphony of events with great panache and an unexpected appearance of Bryan Habana raised the pulses of fans.

The central theme of entertainment was a fashion show featuring international men’s fashion wear presented by 24 Fervier Mens Boutique and for the women, a selection of the latest Abigail Keats creations. The fashion event commenced with models streaming out of a private jet and played out on the centre stage, forming the setting for a dramatic South African début of the stunning new Bentley Continental GT which emerged from behind a veil of water, to an appreciative roar of approval from guests.

The occasion had an extra sparkle for Abigail Keats who topped off the excellent reception of her ladies designer fashion wear by scooping a prize sparkling diamond from her Champaign glass. :
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Abigail Keats Designer Boutique Spreads Its Wings

Hot on the heels of the successful launch of her 2011 Autumn Winter collection at the recent Jo burg Fashion Week, Abigail Keats has announced an expansion of her Sandton Designer Boutique to the exclusive Bromwell Boutique Mall in Cape Town.

Keats is excited with this new development about which she says. “I have for some time now wanted to take my label to Cape Town but had not found the right positioning for such a venture”. She continues, “At the invitation from Nina Delnon – Bromwell Mall Boutique Manager, I visited for the first time and was taken by the sophisticated elegance and unique offering of this exclusive place, situated in the heart of Woodstock”.

Beautifully restored, comprising a series of interlinked concept show rooms as well as the intimate BREAD café, boulangerie and deli, this historic building is the home to limited editions and one off pieces of jewellery, art works and furnishings. It is also the exclusive Cape Town outlet for Nataniël’s “Kaalkop” lifestyle products and is now extending its top end ladies fashion and accessories offering with the Abigail Keats designer label.

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Gelish Creates Two Special-Issue LilacPink-Cherry Blossom Gelish Colors

Hand & Nail Harmony, Inc., makers of Gelish, announces the creation of two special limited-edition Gelish colors today, “Pink Cherry-Blossom of Renewal” and “Pink Lilac Sparkle Sunrise.”

Gelish will donate advance proceeds for Japan Tsunami & Earthquake Relief, in order to assist the survivors who live in areas affected by the devastating quake. The two special “Japanese-pink” pigments pay homage to the resilience of the people of Japan.

Harmony’s CEO, Danny Haile, has developed products in Japan for 15 years, working with Tokyo-based Nails Unique, a leading beauty-products distributor.

Mr. Haile is the inventor of Gelish, the holder of an international patent and three US patents pending, the brand front-runner in the newest salon nail-care trend, “the Gelish Permanent Manicure” that uses a unique gel-polish fusion technology. Gelish will donate over $50,0000 in advance to represent sales earnings from the two exclusive tribute shades. The donation period will be effective immediately, starting today through the anticipated period of distribution of the limited run of 1,500 specially-labeled bottles to last until about May 30, 2011. Gelish will donate the funds to the American Red Cross for Japan relief efforts.

Haile, President and CEO of Gelish, and David Daniel, COO, said, “This is a crisis that needs global help from all sectors; all of us here at Gelish and Hand & Nail Harmony extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan and wish to support their relief and rebuilding efforts. We are committed to raising and donating funds to help our overseas colleagues and friends as well as their families and loved ones.”

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