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Shanghai Tang celebrates its 20th anniversary as the global curator of Modern Chinese chic with series of collaborations with the visionary creative talents

A GARDEN OF VIBRANT DREAMS – Art Project by Shanghai Tang

SHANGHAI, 2014-8-22 — /FASHION TALK/ — Shanghai Tang celebrates its 20th anniversary as the global curator of Modern Chinese chic with a series of collaborations with the visionary creative talents. Inspired by the beauty of nature, this short film “A Garden of Vibrant Dreams” takes us on a mesmerizing journey through a series of six artworks by the talented Chinese artist Jacky Tsai. The video takes us on a continuous fall-through of captivating pop-art scenes that merge one into another to form a dream-like world. The mystic spiral made of round artworks imitate a hypnotic fall where one enters a world within a world (mise-en-abîme). Accompanied by original cinematic music that combines sounds of the East with a modern twist, it is a truly sensory experience that leaves the viewer with a sense of mystery.

THE PROJECT
“A Garden of Vibrant Dreams” by Shanghai Tang
Artwork by Chinese artist Jacky Tsai

The Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang collections are centered on six artworks; the Floral Play, Lotus Porcelain, Carved Dragon, Ginger Flower, Petrol Rainbow and Flying Tiger. In the video, these six artworks are smoothly blended together into one universe to form the garden of vibrant dreams. This magical dimension is filled with colorful energy, reflecting on the optimism of modern China.

The first scene Floral Play – an awaking of nature – captures attention with the opening gates of leaves, followed by acrobats and ballerinas dancing on tree branches, among a kaleidoscope of butterflies, forming a surreal universe embracing the vitality of life. The sudden splash of ink introduces the world of peaceful Lotus Porcelain inspired by Chinese porcelain. The leaves float quietly on a mirror-like river, while acrobats play energetically underneath on the stems. These contrasting actions form an unexpected sense of harmony. As if on wings, we are taken up into the mountains where Chinese motifs of wiggly tree branches and birds grow into a Carved Dragon on a glowing red sunset. We then dive into the radiant sunlight that unexpectedly leads us to the vibrant vegetal universe, the Ginger Flower universe. It takes us through a tunnel of birds, dragonflies, and koi fish coming together to form a picturesque portrait. A compelling spiral of paint swiftly takes the viewer to a colourful valley of Petrol Rainbow set in a landscape of an iceberg with dolphins and gold fish ending the journey by entering a Flying Tiger pop-art like circus. Chinese acrobats and Western performers are seen jumping and swinging up in the air to celebrate the Chinese New Year, on a festive background of Chinese lanterns and dancing lions.

The artworks of Jacky Tsai inspired a limited edition capsule collection of apparel and accessories for women and men. These include the traditional qipao dresses, box clutches, cashmere shawls, porcelain dining set, home products, iPad and iPhone cases, and even a skateboard.

Credits
Brand: Shanghai Tang
Title: A Garden of Vibrant Dreams
Artwork: Jacky Tsai
Motion design: 21-10 Agency (21-10.com)
Original Music & Sound Design: Charlie Nguyen Kim (cnkmusic.com)
Copywriting: Aleksandra Milewicz (Shanghai Tang)
Production: Sylvain Rocher (Shanghai Tang) & Pierre Blaise Dionet (Shanghai Tang)

A Garden of Vibrant Dreams by Shanghai Tang
A Garden of Vibrant Dreams by Shanghai Tang

THE COLLABORATION – JACKY TSAI X SHANGHAI TANG

Starting off the festivities, Shanghai Tang collaborates with the contemporary artist Jacky Tsai to create a series of original artworks. Inspired by the vibrant beauty of nature, the six art pieces are filled with colourful energy and reflect the optimism of modern China, in line with the core value of Shanghai Tang. Taking a fashionable twist, these artworks have also inspired a limited edition capsule collection ranging from luxurious qipao and box clutches to delicate tableware and cashmere shawls.

The collection and the artworks are representations of Tsai’s vision to create a unique marriage between traditional Eastern craftsmanship with contemporary Western pop art, as well as Shanghai Tang’s spirit of redefining traditional Chinese luxury with a modern twist.
Jacky Tsai x Shanghai Tang original artworks and the limited edition capsule collection debuted at the Shanghai Tang Mansion (1 Duddell Street) on 15th May at Shanghai Tang’s 20th Anniversary kick-off party in conjunction with Art Basel Hong Kong. The full collection was launched in-store and online starting 16th May, 2014.

ABOUT JACKY TSAI

Jacky Tsai
Jacky Tsai

Best known for his artistic creations bringing together the East and the West, Jacky Tsai was born in Shanghai in 1984 and moved to London after completing a BA at the China Academy of Art to study at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. He quickly made an impact in the fashion world with his iconic floral skull image made for Alexander McQueen.

Since graduating in 2008, Jacky has been fascinated with combining traditional Eastern craftsmanship and contemporary Western pop art aesthetic – a vision shared with Shanghai Tang in its pursuit of modern Chinese lifestyle and attitude.

Tsai’s commitment to revitalising Chinese artistic traditions is seen in the works produced for this Shanghai Tang collaboration where he utilises the traditional techniques of lacquer carving, silk embroidery and hand-painted porcelain.

His recent works include an exquisite large blue and white porcelain egg for the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York City, which was auctioned in Sotheby’s New York in April 2014.

ABOUT SHANGHAI TANG
Founded in Hong Kong in 1994, Shanghai Tang is a luxury fashion label that interprets Chinese heritage by bringing its richness, beauty and energy into the world. Owned by Richemont Group, Shanghai Tang combines Eastern aesthetics with relevant modernity, contemporary elegance and sophistication.

Through its womenswear, menswear, gifts and homeware collections, Shanghai Tang embraces curated Modern Chinese Chic by adding a unique touch of vibrancy, wit and creativity to everyday life.

With a worldwide presence, the company continues to expand in the world’s most cosmopolitan cities as well as online with a mission to offer affordable luxury with a gracious sense of service.

For more brand information and to shop online, please visit www.shanghaitang.com

Shanghai Tang
Shanghai Tang

OUR RETAIL NETWORK
Shanghai Tang supports an international network of 43 boutiques, including:
– The Shanghai Tang Mansion, the world’s largest lifestyle flagship – 1 Duddell Street, Central, in Hong Kong
– The Cathay Mansion in Shanghai, China. the largest flagship boutique in China – 868 Huaihai Zhong Road , Shanghai

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DESCRIPTIONS
Floral Play – The first scene – an awaking of nature – captures attention with the opening gates of leaves, followed by acrobats and ballerinas dancing on tree branches, among a kaleidoscope of butterflies, forming a surreal universe embracing the vitality of life.

Lotus Porcelain – A sudden splash of ink introduces peaceful lotus flowers inspired by Chinese porcelain. The leaves float quietly on a mirror-like river, while acrobats play energetically underneath on the stems. These contrasting actions form an unexpected sense of harmony.

Carved Dragon – Chinese motif makes a reference to a traditional Chinese painting. Animated, they resemble wiggly tree branches leading to an idyllic red sunset.

Ginger Flower – The signature scent of Shanghai Tang takes you through a tunnel of birds, dragonflies, and koi fish to come together in a picturesque portrait.

Petrol Rainbow – A compelling spiral of paint swiftly takes the viewer to a colourful valley, set in a landscape of an iceberg with dolphins and gold fish.

Flying Tiger – Enter a pop-art-like circus of Chinese acrobats and Western performers, jumping and swinging up in the air to celebrate the Chinese New Year on a festive background of Chinese lanterns and dancing lions.

PRESS CONTACT
For more information, please contact
Aleksandra MILEWICZ
Digital PR | Shanghai Tang
aleksandra.milewicz@shanghaitang.com
+852 2839 0833
25/F Guangdong Investment Tower,
148 Connaught Road Central, Hong Kong

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Simone & Son Announces Release of New Custom Wedding Rings

Simone & Son, Southern California’s premier jeweler specializing in custom Orange County jewelry, today announced that they have added brand new pieces to their custom wedding rings section in time for the fall and winter wedding season. More than a dozen new custom wedding ring options have been added to Simone & Son’s already thorough collection, including new Greek and Celtic influenced pieces, as well as rose gold and palladium options as well.

“Everyone out there has a different idea on what exactly is the perfect wedding ring,” said Shant Dakessian, designer and certified Gemologist, Simone & Son. “While some people may like simplicity from a wedding band, other’s like something that is a bit flashier to wear on their finger from decades to come. At Simone & Son we offer our customers a large selection of rings so that everyone can find something that they love. In our custom wedding band section, we are proud to have added even more options for our customers this month, including such options as an 8mm Greek Key Wedding Band, a sleek and stylish Blackened Palladium & Diamond Wedding Band, and even custom his and her’s Celtic Wedding Rings. At Simone and Son we are known for giving our customers plenty of options to make sure that they find the perfect ring for their special day.”

Simone & Son’s new custom jewelry releases join the dozens of options that are available for purchase on their website. These include rings made of traditional metals such as gold and silver, as well as newer “alternative” metals such as palladium, platinum and titanium. Customers can choose from a collection that features everything from simple rings to ornate options that feature a variety of diamonds and gems which can be customized to each customers liking. The new addition range in price from sub-$1,000 to $10,000-plus, which means that both sides of the price spectrum have new options. You can find a full listing of the wedding bands offered at Simone & Son, including the new releases, at http://www.simoneandson.com/wedding_bands.asp.

By utilizing the advancement in technology and computer aid, there are virtually no limitations on the exquisite works that the jewelers at Simone & Son can accomplish. By integrating modern prototyping technology models are able to be created in fine detail at a faster pace. With many years of cultivated craftsmanship and skill customers can ensure of receiving nothing but the highest quality work. Through the long passed down family tradition of making jewelry since 1945, customers can rely on the family presence and skill when choosing to customize their engagement ring.

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Seasons Of Wool to Participate in Luxury Gift Lounge in Honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters

We’re excited to announce Seasons Of Wool, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in a luxury Gift Lounge hosted by GBK Productions on January 13-14, 2012 at the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of the The 2012 Golden Globes Nominees and Presenters.

Our Felted Alpaca Fingerless Gloves will be gifted to members of the press at The Artisan Group’s exhibit. This event will be attended by over 75 media outlets.

To learn more about Seasons Of Wool and our products, or our participation in GBK Productions’ Gift Lounge, visit www.seasonsofwool.etsy.com, call (937)269-4701, or email info@seasonsofwool.com.

Lucy Chapman, Season of Wool’s sole proprietor, is a resident of Laura, OH.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org/ or email press@theartisangroup.org.

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Best of British Bling Backs Miss England

Clip on earring specialist jewellers, www.make-me-beautiful.co.uk, sponsor British Beauty Queen, Alize Mounter as she stands for England at Miss World

By conventional standards, it’s not been a year with much to cheer about. Food and heating costs have increased, budgets have been slashed and politicians around the globe continue to make ugly faces at each other rather than work together to solve the issues. Yet this year the 61st Miss World contest will be staged in London, UK and clip on earring specialist jewellers, Make Me Beautiful, have got together with reigning Miss England, Alize Mounter, to show that Britain’s got beauty.

“Like the best English tweed, Alize is unfussy yet stunningly put together with a surprising amount of inner strength”, spoke Make Me Beautiful founder, Misae Richwoods . “We just had to get behind her and support her in England ‘s bid for Miss World when it comes to home turf!”

Make Me Beautiful have become Miss England’s Official Jewellery Sponsor at Miss World and arranged for a number of English designer brands to be available for Alize to wear. Participating designers and brands include Fiorelli, Adele Marie and Zandra Rhodes of London, Barbara Easton of Maidenhead and Elements Silver who are based in Essex.

The Miss World 2011 Final will be televised although the contest will have run for three whole weeks for the contestants.

“It’s not a case of turn up and look pretty on the night,” laughed Alize, who’s previous television experience included the hit series Britain’s Next Top Model. “We’ll be with the judges for three weeks having all sorts of random activities thrown at us. At this level, it’s not just competing on looks as all the other girls are stunning. It’s who has the right personality to carry forwards the charitable work the Miss World organisation carries out as the winner will spend a year doing just that. I’m really excited to be representing England and look forward to being at Miss World.”

Alize completed her warm up to Miss World by taking time out from her degree studies to jump from an aeroplane, raising over £2,000 for the Parachute Regiment Charity in the process. With past global audiences for the show surpa ss ing the 2 billion mark, the world will see if a star shines for Alize that night. Over 8 million UK viewers are expected to tune in when Channel 5 broadcasts the Miss World finals on November 6th 2011.

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TAG Heuer Watches Launch India F1 Special Edition

Always at the forefront of timepiece technology TAG Heuer is also a major player in developing sporting success in the motorsport world.

Not only do the company support upcoming cart drivers through their ‘Junior Ambassador’ scheme, but they also support the likes of the Red Bull Racing team, home of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel and his team mate Mark Webber. With the growing interest in motorsport in Asia, the group has now issued a special watch to commemorate the inauguration of the Indian GP in New Delhi.

The race is not the first involvement in motor racing for the Sub-continent. Force India entered the Formula One contest in the 2008 season and currently compete with two cars with the lead being taken by German born driver Adrian Sutil. The team currently lies in sixth place in the Constructors Championship.

The watch launched by TAG Heuer in support of the Indian GP also marks 150 years of involvement in high speed racing by the luxury watch manufacturer. The TAG HeuerCarrera Tachymeter Chronograph forms the basis of the special edition.

The special edition will be limited to just 200 numbered pieces world-wide. The limited edition has been adorned with the logo of ‘Mastering Speed for 150 Years’ and features striking India colours – Saffron and Green.

The special ‘Mastering Speed for 150 Years’ logo has been placed on the dial at the 9 ’o clock and also features on the Sapphire Crystal case back. Both the chronograph and the stitching on the leather strap are adorned with traditional Indian saffron colours.

Taking its name from a south-American road race, the Carrera models are designed for drivers and feature an easy to read dial, important when you are driving at F1 or Rally driving speeds. From F1 timekeeping to Le Mans and Indy 500, the company has longstanding partnerships with the greatest events and drivers in the world of timekeeping.

For more information on TAG Heuer watches, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Award winning clip on earring specialist jewellers, make-me-beautiful.co.uk, review trends at London Fashion Week

London Fashion Week has hardly had time to get out of it’s high heels and massage it’s sore feet yet already journalists are waxing lyrical about this season’s trends. Award winning clip on earring specialist jewellers, make-me-beautiful.co.uk, were at Somerset House to meet colleagues, be wowed by suppliers and to survey the latest trends. Make Me Beautiful founder, Misae Richwoods, outlined three key trends in accessories for S/S12:

1. Get Feminine – With Bora Aksu, Jena Theo and Emilia Wickstead exhibiting bare-breasted models on the first day’s catwalk’s alone, London Fashion Week S/S12 steps away from it’s recent flirtation with androgyny to re-declare a passionate love affair with the female form. Think elegant curves and shapes, daintily finishing often with a subversive or slightly sinister twist adding a bit of playful cheekiness.

2. Geometrics Make a Statement – Powerful Aztec shapes with angular cuts and asymmetrical finishes make the season’s statement wear as Holly Fulton, Jaeger London and Sass and Bide all bounced the house in bold numbers. Brilliant Swarovski crystals, oversized pearls and multi-textural bodywork provide perfect staging and emphasis with sharp colours and spiky shapes that flashback the 80s

3. Keep it Natural – With florals (Erdem, Christopher Kane and Ashish) and animal prints (House of Holland) making their way onto the catwalk a range of decorative reminiscence backs it up with Cabinet including antlers, Renaissance featuring deers, Mawi showing their Minnie Mawi collaboration with Disney Couture and Les Néréides showing a whole arc full of cute characters and cheerful flowers.

Fashion156 Magazine tweeted afterwards, “LFW is so strong this season. Reminds me of McQueen’s LFW era when you walked out of his shows feeling you could bounce over a skyscraper.” Make Me Beautiful announce they will feature a curated collection of some of the most desirable and wearable pieces from some of the brightest designers as they increase choice in their specialist clip on earring collection. Look out for new designer partnerships being announced from late Autumn or follow Minxy’s Jewellery on Facebook or Twitter.

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Nir Livnat, MD of Steinmetz Diamonds Speaks on Getting RJC Certified

R Steinmetz & Sons NV, the Antwerp based diamond company was certified by the ethical, human rights, social and environmental standards established by the Responsible Jewellery Council Member Certification System. The news was announced by the Responsible Jewellery Council on 21 July 2011 in London. RJC’s Chief Executive Officer, Michael Rae said, “The RJC is delighted to congratulate R Steinmetz & Sons NV on their Certification. The successful verification assessment of R Steinmetz & Sons NV was conducted by Peter Warbrick from SGS.”

On acquiring the RJC Certification, the Group’s Marketing Director Nir Livnat said,“We are most proud to have achieved this important certification and we are pleased to be a part of the RJC to support ethical conduct and sustainability within the jewellery supply chain.”

Known across countries for being the leading suppliers of rough diamond assortments to diamond manufacturers, the company will now boast of the benefits of recognition against the RJC certification, which supports their reputation of providing conflict free diamonds. This is an important advantage to have over consumers, for building buyers’ confidence in the brand, and strengthening the diamond supply chain. A subsidiary of the Steinmetz Diamond Group, R Steinmetz & Sons NV has been around since 1977 with offices throughout the world’s top diamond centers.

Says Nir Livnat, Managing Director, of The Steinmetz Diamond Group “we established in the early 1940s and have been the proud creators of world renowned diamonds like the Steinmetz Pink, which is a one of its kind internally flawless pink diamond. The 59.60 carat stone is the world’s largest fancy vivid pink diamond ever graded”. Also “another diamond stone by the Group is the famous pear shaped De Beers Millennium Star that weighs a whopping 203.04 carats and internally flawless D colour gem” says Nir Livnat.

Best known for their diversified interest in the diamond business, cutting and polishing expertise, and manufacturing and supply of rough diamonds, Steinmetz has mines in many countries, and cutting and polishing centres in Botswana, South Africa, New York, and Namibia.

Committed to coming up with innovative and creative marketing tools like exhibitions at world recognized museums in London and Washington, the Stienmetz Diamond Group is also the proud sponsor of Formula 1 team Vodafone Mclaren Mercedes in addition to holding the annual Monaco and Singapore Grand Prix.

The Responsible Jewellery Council is an international not-for-profit organization that brings more than 310 member companies together, which are committed to promoting responsible ethical, human rights, social and environmental practices in a transparent and accountable manner throughout the jewellery industry from rough to the end consumer. The certification system applies to all members’ businesses that supply to the diamond, platinum, gold and metal jewellery contribution chain. responsiblejewellery.com is a website which includes comprehensive information and the full list of RJC members.

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Diamond Jewellery Market Growth in East

Recent figures suggest that the market for diamond jewellery in the near future is expected to be driven by increased growth in India, China and the Gulf.

These emerging Eastern markets have demonstrated significant growth in the past few years, with diamonds proving increasingly popular as both a luxury item and a long-term investment.

By 2015, it is predicted that India, China and the Gulf will equal or surpass the market share of the US, which currently stands at 35 to 40 per cent. In 2010, India and China were already up 31 and 25 per cent respectively.

However, with worldwide reserves of diamonds at an all-time low, this new growth in Eastern countries means the balance between supply and demand is set to become more mismatched than ever; forecasts warn that demand is likely to outpace lower levels of diamond supply for many years to come.

With diamonds only getting rarer, it’s likely that the value of diamonds will continue to ascend on a global scale in the same way that gold and silver prices have already, increasing the natural treasure’s worth in the long term.

Although diamond prices have already begun to reflect the imbalance between supply and demand, the view that diamonds are an ‘investment vehicle’ that has the potential to grow – or at least remain the same – means customers are continuing to buy.

When compared to the inflated prices of gold, diamonds also – for the time being – pose a more affordable alternative in an unsteady economy.

It is yet to be seen how the rising value of diamonds will affect the production and/or prices of popular jewellery brands, popular in both the East and West, which feature diamond-encrusted pieces in their collections. For now, however, fans of Pandora jewellery and the like need not worry.

Visit the Jewel Hut, one of the UK’s leading jewellery websites, today to view an extensive collection of diamond jewellery.

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OMEGA Watches to be US PGA Timekeeper

Already a sponsor of numerous golfing tournaments around the world, OMEGA Watcheshas renewed and expanded its links with the US PGA Tour.

The Swiss watches brand has signed a five year deal to be the organisation’s Official Timekeeper. The new partnership will be launched at the 2011 PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club which begins on 8 August and will run through to the PGA’s Centennial year celebrations in 2016.

The new deal will encompass two of golf’s best known events, the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup, alongside a number of popular subsidiary contests. The commitment from the watch manufacturer includes advertising on TV broadcasts of the sport and marketing support for the PGA’s Player development efforts.

As the Official Timekeeper of The PGA of America, the company will also provide timings and other support to the Senior PGA Championship, the PGA Championship and Grand Slam of Golf, and the Official Licensee of the 2012 and 2014 Ryder Cup. The sponsor also allows the manufacturer presenting Sponsor rights at certain events and the status of Official Timekeeper of the Professional National Championship.

As well as organising prestigious golf events, the US PGA also organises representation and accreditation for the 27,000 men and women PGA professionals who work with golf clubs as golf tutors, course managers and other associated roles.

OMEGA watches also supports golf outside of the United States, serving as title sponsor of the European Masters, the Mission Hills World Cup of Golf and the OMEGA watches Dubai Desert Classic. The roster of Brand Ambassadors includes a number of current golf stars such as Sergio Garcia and Michelle Wie and one of the game’s all-time greats, Greg Norman.

With a rich history in sports timekeeping, OMEGA watches has served as Official Timekeeper at 24 Olympic Games since 1932. It has extended its agreement with the International Olympic Committee through to 2020.

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Sekonda Watches Party on TV’s Popstar to Operastar

The party is nearly over for ‘Popstar to Operastar’ contestants Joe McElderry and Cheryl Baker but it never stops for Sekonda watches.

Over the past five weeks, Sekonda has showcased its colourful range of Party Time watches in its role as official show sponsor of ITV1’s singing competition.

In that time, the eight celebrity contestants have been whittled down to finalists McElderry and Baker, who will compete against each other to be crowned the winning ‘Operastar’ on Sunday’s final show.

Although the final curtain will come down on ‘Popstar to Operstar’ for another year, fans of Partytime won’t have to wait that long to see their favourite Sekonda watches return to the screen.

The new series of ‘Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model’, which commenced on Sky Living on Monday (04 July), will feature the modelling hopefuls sporting Sekonda Partytime watches as part of one week’s challenge.

Sekonda watches’ starring role in Living’s fashion show follows last year’s photo shoot, which saw contestants wearing Casio Baby-G watches and led to show winner Joy McLaren being selected as an official brand ambassador.

Although it is not yet known whether this year’s winner will enjoy a similar deal modelling Sekonda Partytime watches, the brand itself is sure to benefit from another turn in the TV spotlight.

Each Partytime watch boasts a bold, single colour strap with a glittering stone-set bezel, providing a colour for every party any time of the year.

With Christmas approaching, it’s likely that Sekonda will continue its sponsorship of ITV shows over the festive period following annual slots in 2009 and 2010, which won the watch brand even more fans in the run-up to Christmas.

A wide range of Sekonda watches, including the Partytime range, can be viewed at the Watch Hut, the UK’s largest watches website.

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Citizen Watches Ambassador Kim Clijsters Misses Wimbledon

Citizen watches ambassador Kim Clijsters has confirmed that she will miss this year’s Wimbledon tournament.

The injury is the second suffered this year by Clijsters, after the first prevented her from playing in this year’s French Open. Clijsters sustained the new injury during her match against Romina Oprandi at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.

During the match, she skidded on the grass court and fell, twisting her right ankle which resulted in severe bruising and a tendon injury. The new injury is unrelated to her previous ankle problem and it is thought it could not have been prevented by the application of ankle tape.

The Citizen watches ambassador has been ordered to rest and will resume training in a month’s time to enable her to take part in this summer’s major US events such as the US Open, which takes place in late August. The event features Clijsters’ major sponsor Citizen watches as the official timekeeper.

Earlier this season, the player had to take time off to recover from shoulder and wrist injuries sustained as a result of the WTA tournament in Miami at the end of March. In early April, she injured her ankle whilst attending the wedding party of a cousin. She returned to the courts at the French Open but her lack of competitive play and training activity showed and she was ousted in the second round by the Dutch player Arantxa Rux, currently ranked 114th in the professional standings, 112 places below Clijsters.

Clijster has so far reached four Grand Slam finals and has won 34 singles titles in her career. She has also won 9 doubles titles with her partner, Japanese player Ai Sugiyama. She retired from the sport in 2007, playing her last tournament in Warsaw. Kim returned to the game in March 2009 initially aiming to participate in exhibition tournaments but returned to competitive tennis in August 2009. A few weeks later she returned to the US Open, the tournament she won in 2005.

To view over 7000 watches from more than 65 watch brands and to find out the latest developments in the world of watch brand ambassadors, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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Pandora Jewellery Line Launches Online Mag

The Copenhagen-based jeweller behind the Pandora bracelets range is set to venture into online publishing to help it to stay in contact with its millions of customers worldwide.

The first issue of the online magazine will launch on 20th June 2011 and will be sent to the 1.6 million members of their website-based Pandora Club.

The magazine will feature behind the scenes insights into the brand, fashion shoots, style tips and the stories behind customer’s purchases of Pandora jewellery and bracelets. Published six times per year, the magazine will initially launch in an international format which the company eventually hopes to be able to adapt with local content such as special events and promotions.

The launch of the magazine marks an important step in the evolution of the company. Since the UK launch in 2006 the company’s product range, which now includes rings and watches, has been selling at a phenomenal rate. The company has managed supply and demand successfully, due in large part to its integrated designs, manufactures and distribution.

Founded in 1982, Pandora jewellery is today sold in more than 55 countries on six continents through over 10,000 points of sale, including more than 450 Pandora branded concept stores as well as online from stores such as thejewelhut.co.uk.

Whilst the financial projections were made successfully, what could not have been seen is the way in which consumers have taken the brand to their hearts. Pandora bracelets have become very different from a standard jewellery product; it has taken on a life of its own and has become a part an important constituent of the lives of its wearers. This symbiotic relationship has created many repeat customers who have made their charm bead collection an integral part of their lives.

Mikkel Berg, executive marketing director, quoted in a recent Marketing Week article, said: “This magazine rewards our customers’ loyalty and gives new opportunities for them to share their thoughts with each other and the company.”

To ensure that you get your copy sign up online on the Pandora website at www.pandora.net. For more information on Pandora jewellery, visit popular UK jewellery site the Jewel Hut at http://www.thejewelhut.co.uk.

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Cameron Diaz Set to Be New Face of TAG Heuer Watches

Hollywood starlet Cameron Diaz is set to become the latest high profile celebrity to endorse TAG Heuer watches.

Although an official announcement is yet to be made, reputable sources report that Diaz is set to join Leonardo DiCaprio as an ambassador for the popular, prestigious watch brand.

TAG Heuer watches, which are particularly popular in Diaz’s native US, have long been associated with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars; prior to DiCaprio’s current role as ambassador, Brad Pitt and Uma Thurman both featured in TAG Heuer campaigns.

With sources pointing to Diaz being next in line to the TAG Heuer ambassador throne, the company’s reputation for attracting the Hollywood elite is as strong as ever.

Diaz can currently be seen in cinemas in hit comedy ‘Bad Teacher’, where she stars alongside ex Justin Timberlake, and was last year ranked by Forbes Magazine as the third highest-paid actress in Hollywood.

The actress’s box office appeal has spanned over a decade of cinema, from her breakout turn in ‘There’s Something About Mary’ to dramatic roles (‘In Her Shoes’, ‘My Sister’s Keeper’), indie endeavours (‘Being John Malkovich’, ‘A Life Less Ordinary’) and successful franchises (‘Shrek’, ‘Charlie’s Angels’).

Her new role as TAG Heuer ambassador will cast Diaz in a promotional role for the Swiss watch brand. Upon an official announcement, promotional shots featuring Diaz wearing a timepiece will be expected shortly afterwards.

TAG Heuer watches have provided watch fans and collectors with the best in Swiss ‘avant-garde’ since 1860. Many of the brand’s watches have gone on to become iconic examples of watch-making craftsmanship, including the Carrera line and the infamous Monaco. TAG’s long-established relationship with the field of motorsports means Diaz will feel right at home, following her stint behind the wheel of an Indy Race Car in the first ‘Charlie’s Angels’ movie.

For more information on TAG Heuer watches and for all the latest ambassador developments, visit the Watch Hut at http://www.thewatchhut.co.uk.

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The New Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2011 Collection

Make sure you spend your time stylishly this summer with a watch from the new Emporio Armani Spring/Summer 2011 collection, available now at the Watch Hut.

New Emporio Armani watches are just waiting to give your wrist a style overhaul, over at the UK’s largest watch website.

Famed for its sexy and youthful appeal, Giorgio Armani’s Emporio Armani brand is one of the most recognised fashion labels on the worldwide market today. Its clothing and accessories output is trendy, smart and cool – and its watches are no exception.

This season’s brand new Emporio Armani watches don’t fix what isn’t broken, providing the brand’s fashion-conscious followers with an extensive choice of sexy, sophisticated designer timepieces that complement the existing collection.

Key trends include the continuing popularity of black and white ceramic models, sporty yet smart chronograph bracelet watches, and contemporary takes on classic leather strap dress watches.

All-new Emporio Armani watches can be viewed on the Watch Hut’s dedicated brand section or within the ‘Latest New Models’ category.

The UK’s largest watch website is home to some of the world’s leading designer watch brands, including another hot Armani off-shoot, Armani Exchange. With over 6000 watches available from more than 60 popular watch brands, the Watch Hut is a one-stop destination for the best in wrist style.

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Online Men’s Fashion Ring Retailer Offers Added Savings, Free Holiday Ring Box, Reduced Prices and Same-Day Shipping to Kick Off the Holidays

A leading men’s ring retailer – JustMensRings.com – is proud to announce several key incentives for customers this holiday season. Known as a one-stop online resource for top quality men’s rings, JustMensRings.com is heavily promoting added Holiday Savings this year with the tag line “Prices That Even Scrooge Would Love”. More than just another holiday sale; this is the JMR Huge Ring Sale! Nearly 200 of their rings prices have been slashed in this extraordinary sales event.

In addition, JMR is offering a free special Holiday Ring Box, Same-Day Shipping, and Reduced Shipping of $1.95 (Orders over $99 are shipped free). Now in its second year, this exciting holiday promotion from JustMensRings.com is expected to drive many new customers to the web site for the best selection and prices on hundreds of men’s rings. JustMensRings (JMR) offers an unparalleled selection of men’s rings at affordable prices, including the most extensive collection of Men’s Large Size Rings and fashion rings available in the United States.

In addition to selling designer rings in gold, silver, cobalt, palladium and platinum, and non-designer rings in stainless steel, titanium, tungsten and sterling silver, JMR has recently added a designer collection of men’s cobalt chrome rings and designer sterling silver rings to their ever-expanding inventory.

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ASOS Launches Mobile Site

ASOS has launched its debut mobile site ahead of the Christmas retail shopping season.

In response to a significant incre

ase in ASOS customer visits via mobile phones – which doubled from accounting for 1.5% of all ASOS visits through the main website in January 2010, to 3% last month – the mobile site has been designed to work across all mobile devices including Blackberry, Symbian, Android and iPhone operating systems.

Additional figures report 24,000 ASOS orders have been processed over the last six months through mobile ‘phones using the main website, with 175,000 visits to the site from mobile devices in a typical week.

Customers can directly access the mobile site using the URL m.asos.com but will also be redirected to the mobile optimised version of the site should they type www.ASOS.com.

The full ASOS range and popular features, including “Save for Later” and multiple refining options, are offered. Integration with the existing ASOS checkout and customer accounts has been incorporated to further streamline the user experience.

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Molly Brown London Launch Jewellery Care and Advice Guides

Cult girls jewellery brand Molly Brown London is launching a Care and Advice section on its website. The stylish website which houses some of the most desirable designer girls’ jewellery available on the virtual shelves has added a helpful and informative section, which will no doubt prove to be extremely useful for customers. The Care and Advice area offers specific sections dealing with the care of various precious metals, gemstones and pearls.

The Pearl Care Section focuses on the care of freshwater pearls and advises on cleaning and the best way to store pearls. The Silver Care section again, offers helpful advice on cleaning 925 sterling silver and ways of avoiding silver tarnishing.

Particular care should be taken when cleaning stones and gemstone jewellery too and so the Gemstone Care section is extremely pertinent; particularly since this super stylish brand only uses coloured gemstones within its collections – you won’t find any costume jewellery here!

The Gold Care section underlines how important it is not to wear gold jewellery in swimming pools; so please make sure that any little Molly Brown fans carefully remove any jewellery before jumping in and store their necklaces and bracelets in a safe place.

The Molly Brown Collections feature many enamel charms and enamel and sterling silver charms and so it is useful to know also how to care for enamel pendants and enamel necklaces as well.

As well as offering jewellery care information, Molly Brown has added a Sizing Section. This section provides guidelines when buying necklaces and bracelets for girls of all ages. Molly Brown London offers 14”, 16”, 18” and a new 32” chain and advises on the age groups that are most suitable for each length chain. Similarly with its’ silver bracelets, small and large sizes are available to suit most ages.

The Size Guide has been introduced as a direct result of the wide ranging appeal of the simple, sophisticated and very classic style of Molly Brown jewellery. The online store offers a fantastic Gift Guide, so if you are searching for a christening gift for a girl, there is an excellent selection of beautiful christening jewellery to choose f r o m. Similarly mollybrownlondon.com is a destination website for soon-to-be brides searching for ideal bridesmaids gifts; the beautiful bridesmaid jewellery found within the Bridesmaids Gift Guide would make a perfect ‘thank you’ present for any bridesmaid or flower girl.

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TES S/S 2011 Men’s Luxury Accessories In Alligator And Calf Colored By Hand

ES www.tessrl.it announces the first collection of up and coming designer Marco Vaccari. The collection will be presented at the TRANOI Parc Royal Showroom for 4 days during the Paris Menswear Fashion Week, June 24th – 27th. The collection is open to guests of the TRANOI Fashion Tradeshow.

TRANOI is an exclusive Fashion Tradeshow marked for its ability to launch unknown designers into household names. Far from the commercial mass Fashion Tradeshows, it focuses on emerging talent and authentic innovators.

In a few short months TES has received international acclaim, with distribution through luxury department stores L’Eclaireur in Paris and Strasburgo in Japan (Ginza).

TES is also opening distribution in the Middle Eastern, Russian, Asian, American and European markets via collaboration with the Damasco Showroom located at Via Senato 6, Milan, Italy www.damascosrl.it.

The Spring Summer 2011 Collection represents a masculine approach to the contemporary. Through 4 lines:

TRADIZIONI, Traditional craftsmanship

REVERSIBILE, Reversible belts in super soft calf leather

TINTO A MANO, Hand Colored alligator and calf leather

QUARTA LINEA, The 4th line offering a more robust approach to the men’s accessory

The collection is a union of couture, taking into consideration material, workmanship and liberty of form. The material itself, which is painstakingly sourced, hand treated, sewn and dyed, becomes a point of departure for a dandy and refined man.

Creativity is rarely enough to create luxury. The TES Men’s accessory is an intersection between the skilled ability of the Vaccari family, experts in the field of belt and wallet creation and design of 28-year-old Marco Vaccari.

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