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Valentines Gift Ideas for Men

For men seeking the ultimate Valentine’s gift look no further than the winner of the Best Luxury Brand Online 2009, AstleyClarke.com.

The fine designer jewellery site caters for men seeking unusual and interesting Valentine’s Day jewellery gifts for their wives and girlfriends. AstleyClarke.com’s collection of designer jewellery in precious and semi-precious gemstones is perfect for those keen to buy an investment piece of jewellery and crucially who want to show the recipient that their Valentine’s gift has been well considered and that thought and effort
has gone into their research.

A large proportion of high value jewellery purchases made on AstleyClarke.com come f r o m men who are gifting their loved ones. These clients, dubbed by Astley Clarke as the Alpha Gifter are happy to spend up to £11k online at AstleyClarke.com on jewellery purchases and spend an average of £4.5k three times a year for Birthdays, Anniversaries and Valentine’s Day gifts.

This Valentine’s Day the Alpha Gifter will look to AstleyClarke.com for the design, craftsmanship and provenance of all of their jewels. These men have purposely moved away f r o m homogenized and generic jewellery brands which to them show a lack of thought and effort by opting for the big-name but mediocre luxury jewellery brands. Partners of Alpha Gifter males tend to be professional women who are independent and shy away f r o m conspicuous consumerism. This makes AstleyClarke.com, the perfect place to shop online for unique and unusual pieces of fine designer jewellery for Valentine’s Day.

Having recently won the Walpole award for Best Luxury Brand Online, Astley Clarke delivers an exceptional online shopping experience. Next day UK delivery is offered to all customers, alongside same day London delivery and International delivery, but it is their VIP Personal Shopping service goes that extra mile. Last Valentine’s day an Alpha Gifter who was on a business trip in London staying at Claridge’s hotel, forgot his wife’s Valentines gift, but saw a piece of jewellery in the Astley Clarke showcase there and called the Personal Shopping team who promptly met him at his hotel suite with a selection of jewels to choose f r o m thus saving him the embarrassment of a Valentine’s day with no gift!

This Valentine’s Day, choose f r o m their enticing array of romantic jewellery gift ideas, including engagement rings, anniversary stones and eternity rings, as well as Astley Clarke’s large selection of rose gold jewellery which would be a welcome alternative to more transient offerings of flowers, chocolates or lingerie. With collections f r o m over 50 internationally renowned jewellery designers including Pippa Small, Carolina Bucci, Shaun Leane, Kiki McDonough and Monica Vinader the online jewellery shopper is spoilt for choice.

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Topshop Announces Return Of Sno Clothing Range

Topshop, the award winning clothing retailer, has announced the return of its Sno clothing range. Included in the collection are trousers, jackets, a ski suit, salopettes and a selection of accessories such as thermal style underwear, sunglasses, snoods, goggles and mittens. All designs are wind and water proof and feature rubberised zip-pulls and waterproof coated zips, offering complete comfort and protection f r o m the elements. The Sno range has been streamlined since 2008 to include only the most essential pieces for customers’ skiing holidays.

Jackets come in black and a monochrome print with a warm fur-trimmed hood. They are based on the mobility and functionality of the ‘boarding’ style jacket and feature a ‘snow skirt’ which keeps the snow out. They include a soft fleece interior, an adjustable hood, a glove pocket, a pocket for goggles and a zipped internal pocket, ideal for an iPod or phone.

There are two styles of trousers, including a ski style and a board style, with both available in classic black. All trousers, salapettes and the all-in-one boiler suit are part-fleece lined for comfort and warmth, and include taped seams and durable gaiters to go around the base of the ski boot.

Additional pieces include cotton thermal style underwear in either pale coral or dove grey, woollen snoods lined in fleece, padded ski mittens, knitted headbands and fleece-lined woolly hats. Spray-back sunglasses are available in black or charcoal and filter UV rays as well as offering resistance to snow glare.

The Topshop Sno range is focused on fashionable and affordable professional ski and boarding garments with accessories. The range incorporates technical ski features and provides manoeuvrability with maximum insulation and minimum bulk.

The Sno range is available at all Topshop stores in the UK and online at topshop.com.

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Hotter Comfort Concept Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Hotter Comfort Concept, which manufactures 1.3 million pairs of comfortable women’s shoes and men’s shoes in the UK each year, celebrates its 50th anniversary.

In five decades Hotter Shoes has grown from being a producer of moulded slippers to become one of the biggest comfort shoe manufacturers in the UK, making some of the most technically advanced Women’s Shoes in the world. The brand, which turned over £37.5m and made profits of £5m in the last financial year, announced 20 per cent growth in the first six months of this financial year.

The company owes its longevity to an innovative strategy which has seen it diversify from its manufacturing roots to incorporate direct selling, online selling, branded stores and independent retailers into its marketing strategy. Indeed the company has a 100 seater call centre sited next to its factory and warehouse in Lancashire.

Managing Director, Stewart Houlgrave, whose parents set up the company in 1959 said: “It’s our 50th birthday in 2009 and we are aiming for 20 per cent growth. In the past six months we have invested in a state-of-the-art website which revolutionises our customer shopping journey, tested our first TV advertising campaign and we are actively looking to boost our overseas presence.

“Over the past six years we’ve invested £6m in our shoe making company and now have one of the most successful production facilities anywhere in the world. We have a ground-breaking marketing model which helped secure £21m of private investment in 2007 – and we have been placed in the top 100 of the Times Profit Track 100 for the past two years.

“We have sold our shoes via iconic photos of the Calendar Girls wearing nothing but Hotter women’s shoes and our monthly factory tour is fully booked until 2016 purely by word of mouth.”

About Hotter Comfort Concept:
As one of the last bastions of shoe manufacturing in the UK, the 380 staff of Hotter Comfort Concept are flying the flag for home-grown footwear talent with an innovative strategy which includes selling its wide fitting women’s shoesladies boots and comfy men’s and women’s shoes direct to its customers via its on-site 100-seater-call centre, through five branded stores and selling through 200 independent UK retailers including garden centres.

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Ancient Japanese Samurai Sword-Making Technique Used Create Stunning Titanium Jewelry

Titanium-Jewelry.com, a trusted online resource and retailer of men’s wedding bands, tungsten rings, titanium rings and unique men’s jewelry, is pleased to announce the arrival of the EM TIMOKU collection of men’s, ladies’ and unisex rings by Edward Mirell.

“We’re excited to bring the exotic EM TIMOKU collection to our offering this season,” said Ron Yates, founder, Titanium-Jewelry.com. “The collection of TIMOKU rings is very special. There’s really no other designer with a mokume gane ring using titanium as its material. The manufacturing process combines ancient Japanese metalsmithing techniques with contemporary metals and modern technology. The resulting design of each ring is a truly distinctive unique pattern.”

TIMOKU derives its name f r o m mokume gane, a Japanese metalworking technique invented in the 17th century and originally employed in the crafting of Samurai swords. Mokume gane translates to “wood-eye metal,” referring to the finished product’s resemblance to the patterns of burl wood grain. In this process, multiple layers of metals are permanently fused together by means of intense heat and pressure into a single laminated piece which is then cut, twisted and forged to expose the layers, resulting in highly unique, wood grain-like patterns.

With its TIMOKU collection, Edward Mirell has united the art and science of mokume gane with modern technology and space-age metals. Titanium is completely hypoallergenic and corrosion-resistant, and boasts the highest strength-to-weight ratio of all metals, making it an increasingly sought-after material by jewelry makers and consumers.

Due to the laborious process of making each ring, the TIMOKU Collection is only available at select retailers. Currently, it is only available online only at Titanium-Jewelry.com. Several hundred customers have waited nearly one year for the arrival of the TIMOKU collection. Each ring is individually manufactured per the customer’s finger size, after it is ordered. For more information about EM TIMOKU, view the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nxCixJR_0Q.

About Titanium-Jewelry.com
Titanium-Jewelry.com provides a wide selection of titanium ringstungsten rings and black titanium jewelry uniquely styled for men and women. Experts in modern men’s wedding rings and modern metals jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry.com leads the industry in contemporary jewelry fashions. For more information, please visit www.Titanium-Jewelry.com.

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Pologeorgis Furs Announces The Launch Of Their Website

Pologeorgis Furs, the renowned New York City designer and manufacturer of high end furs and fur accessories is proud to announce the launch of their new website, www.pologeorgis.com. The site is designed to be user friendly and easy to navigate for both retail stores and personal clientele.

Pologeorgis Furs

Approaching their 50 th year in business, Pologeorgis Furs is known for their impeccable quality of furs and couture like craftsmanship. A pioneer in the fur industry, Pologeorgis was among the first to forge relationships between ready to wear designers and fur manufacturers. Pologeorgis has built an impressive roster of designers which include, Michael Kors Furs, Zandra Rhodes Furs, Chado Ralph Rucci Furs, Zac Posen Furs, and Chris Benz Furs. Each collection features the finest in Russian sable, mink, sheared mink, fox and shearlings, combined with the most inventive styling and innovative techniques available in fur today.

The designer fur collections can be found at department stores such as Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue , and Bloomingdale’s as well as specialty stores around the World. Seeing a void in the market place, a collection of fur accessories was developed focusing on high quality and high fashion at an accessible price point. Styles include vests, hats and scarves which retail at Nordstrom’s and Bergdorf Goodman. A full line of Home Furs featuring luxurious custom made blankets and pillows evolved from collaborating with interior designers and decorators.

Since 2001, Pologeorgis has been headquartered in a New York City loft. The unique space features a private showroom for sales and an on site factory for immediate repairs and custom work. The state of the art temperature controlled fur storage vault is spacious enough to house thousands of garments. An experienced expert is available by appointment to assist clients in the restyling and repairing of their existing furs.

Pologeorgis is a multi faceted operation with the capacity to produce made to measure garments. Following in the old world tradition each garment is made completely by hand. The process starts with a private style consultation with the pattern maker, then the selection of the pelts and a final garment fitting only to be completed at the customer’s total satisfaction.

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Handbag Design House, Junior Drake Announces Factory Outlet Store Opening

Junior Drake, a leading designer, manufacture and marketer of genuine leather handbags for women, today announced it plans to open an outlet retail store in Santa Monica, California. The outlet store will represent the company’s first outlet retail location. Junior Drake invites media and press to join us on our opening day. Doors will open on Friday, November 6th at 9am. The store is located at 700 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA. 90401.

The Company’s new 2400 square foot retail location will carry select Junior Drake handbag collections at discounts up to 80% off. The first 200 customers will receive a free Junior Drake tote with purchase, while supplies last. This affluent area is the destination for some of the hottest shops and boutiques Los Angeles has to offer.

“Our fans love the soft, well-treated, expensive leathers we use to make our handbags. With Junior Drake, you’ve always known you’re getting quality and style. Now at our new Factory Outlet, you’re getting those things for a sweet deal! We’re so happy to be in Santa Monica. Outlet shopping is a destination activity, and what more could you want than the beach and 3rd St. Promenade right near by?” –Lucy Brown

The Junior Drake House of Design
The Junior Drake collection of quality leather handbags caters to the fashion forward woman. The classy but edgy style of Junior Drake handbags attracts women of all ages who are confident in their own style, strive to make a statement, and exude a distinctive personality.

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Kate Moss Topshop Christmas 2009 Collection Launches October 29 2009

The collection presents an assortment of luxurious yet sophisticated oriental-inspired pieces for day and evening festive wear, along with an exclusive lingerie preview online.

Influences of traditional Chinese and Japanese clothing run through the collection. The Cheongsam dress, normally made in embroidered satin is brought up to date in a gunmetal lurex knit whilst kimono shape dresses in chiffons and silks offer a sensual laid-back style. The sleeves on the ‘Geisha Rose’ print blouse are voluminous and bell-shaped. Prints of bamboo, flying stalks, lotus flowers and fireworks are flamboyant reflecting the richness of the orient.

Knitwear is given glamorous details, offering comfort and sparkle for winter dressing. A soft grey cashmere tunic is dressed up with a silver beaded obi belt whilst two classic knit crew-neck jumpers in slate grey and navy are spruced up with jewelled shoulder pads stitched to the outside of the garment. A series of lurex-striped shrugs and sequinned knit waistcoats when worn over a casual outfit add instant night-time luxury.

The black rectangular jagged sequin bandeau maxi dress epitomises festive party-wear mixed with Kate’s signature rock-n-roll style. Elsewhere a traditional floral beaded long sleeve dress is one-shouldered and the skirt of a strapless mini dress is covered in black mesh petals and gold beads. Snake print leather obi belts wrap around smart dresses and ostrich feathers adorn the sleeves of a shift dress.

Continuing from the previous season, Christmas embraces chic, smart tailoring. An exquisite satin pencil skirt in navy or black is asymmetrically buttoned down the front and a black grosgrain boat neck shift dress is the ultimate in ladylike dressing. A shrunken Victoriana jacket with frogging and cornelli detailing is easy to wear, and a jacquard Princess coat with jewelled buttons stands out from the collection.

Underwear makes a prominent return this season, with the debut of nightwear and an exclusive online preview of the new lingerie range. Beautiful printed chiffons in triangle shape bras and teddies are feminine, whilst a leopard print balcony bra with an eyelash lace trim has instant sex-appeal. Floral printed silk pyjamas are adorned with an embroidered ‘K’ and come with a drawstring bag in the same material making it the perfect gift for Christmas.

When asked what the inspiration was behind the new nightwear collection, Kate said: “I love beautiful nightwear, it makes you feel great. I’ve collected millions of vintage slips, nighties, camis and bed jackets. Who doesn’t want fab nightwear for Christmas?”

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Babywear By French Connection

French Connection, the fashion clothing designers, has announced the arrival of its first ever babywear range.

The capsule range which is being launched as fc:baby will include designs for both genders and will be available in five sizes: 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months and 12-18 months. The new baby clothes collection will be available f r o m the end of August in select London and Manchester stores as well as f r o mthe French Connection website.

The new french connection babywear range will feature all in ones and full length bodysuits as well as bodysuits, tops, bottoms and hats all made in soft jersey for both style and comfort.

For the boys, the clothing comes in an understated palette of traditional blue or the option to go grey or white. Girls – as well as having the obligatory pink and purple clothes to choose f r o m- can also take their pick f r o m navy and white options.

Plain designs are also available for parents who want to give their baby a more discreet look, while star print pyjama tops can be paired with stripy trousers to give an alternative funkier look for infants who want to make an impression. Sleep suits with drawstring bottoms or elasticated waists and retro button-up detailing will be available in toned down stripes or bold and kitsch flower prints in crimson or grey.

In keeping with the classical designs, the fc:baby collection will also offer tops with thin horizontal stripes for boys and polka dot patterns for the girls for a timeless day wear look, along with stuffed toy rabbits in prints and fabrics f r o m the range.

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Trend-Setting Tungsten Jewelry Among The Pieces Showcased During New York Fashion Week

Designs by leading contemporary jeweler, J.R. Yates were on display at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week held recently in New York. J.R. Yates signature designs were featured in the “Untapped Fashion & Music” show, which helps emerging designers and musicians showcase their work at major fashion events around the country. The event was held from 8-11 p.m., Sept. 12 at the Time Hotel on W. 49th Street. The after party was held at Greenhouse, a locally renowned lounge.

“As a frontrunner in fashionable contemporary jewelry, we are privileged to showcase our designs at this event, alongside our fellow artists and artisans,” said Ron Yates, founder, J.R. Yates. “In addition to the opportunity to display our jewelry, we were able to show our support for up-and-coming clothing designers, who will continue to shape the future of the industry.”

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is a semi-annual industry event showcasing the latest designs from major fashion houses such as Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Isaac Mizrahi. Untapped Fashion & Music was attended by contestants from both MTV’s “The Real World,” and “America’s Next Top Model,” and Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009, the event was attended by leading celebrity and fashion publications such as Glamour, Village Voice, US Weekly, Vogue and People magazine.

About J.R. Yates
J.R. Yates has been in the jewelry design business for more than 20 years. Designing from his studio in northern California, his attention-grabbing designs in precious and contemporary metals incorporate the latest European couture sensibilities with state-of-the-art innovations in metallurgy. For more information, please visit www.jryates.com. To purchase J.R. Yates, visit www.titanium-jewelry.com.

About Titanium-Jewelry.com
Titanium-Jewelry.com provides a wide selection of titanium ringstungsten rings, men’s watches and black titanium jewelry uniquely styled for men and women. Experts in modern men’s jewelry, men’s wedding bands and modern metals jewelry, Titanium-Jewelry.com leads the industry in contemporary jewelry fashions. For more information, please visit www.Titanium-Jewelry.com.

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Women’s Fashion Brand Roman Originals Have Launched A New Women’s Underwear Collection

Women’s fashion brand Roman Originals have launched a new women’s underwear collection in collaboration with fashion guru’s Trinny and Susannah and fashion brand Sloggi. What’s more, Roman Original is also offering a further free delivery service for those customers that spend £45 or more.

Roman Originals have launched a new range of flattering and affordable women’s underwear. Their knickers come in a variety of luxurious soft to the touch mixed fabrics and a selection of soft to vibrant colours. Both comfort and flattery are qualities that are at the forefront of the new Roman Original underwear designs.

The new womens underwear collections are available in an array of styles, colours and sizes. These women’s underwear ranges focus on accentuating the female form and importantly, supporting the body fully and comfortably at all times. All of Roman Originals underwear is designed with figure improving and supporting qualities. Consequently, the new underwear will boost confidence not matter a females shape or sizes. In particular, the unique and exclusive range of ‘Magic knickers’ and ‘Control Thongs’ designed by fashion guru’s Trinny and Susannah are said to flatten the stomach, synch in the waist, slim the thighs and lift the bum. As a result, women nationwide are set to look and feel fabulous when they sport Roman Originals underwear.

Roman Originals offers this new beautiful range of womens underwear at very affordable prices. Their wonderful women’s underwear ranges consist of underwear sets in soft and comfortable cotton mix fabrics. All of the women’s underwear sets are designed with comfort, practicality and most importantly, flattery in mind. Roman Originals has brought quality clothing to the high street for over 50 years now. Roman Originals listen to their customers, especially during this current economic climate. This progression means that the all clothing, even the underwear ranges continue to be of the highest quality at entirely affordable prices. The underwear provided is designed with women of all ages and sizes in mind. With all of this taken into consideration, customers are returning time and time again with confidence in the longevity of style and standard of their purchases.

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The Brand New Wonderbra By Dita Von Teese Collection

Based on the success of the last collection the iconic burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese has returned to the drawing board to create a second line for Wonderbra, and House of Fraser was the first online retailer to stock the collection.

The designer bras collection launched at House of Fraser on 11 September and is titled the ‘Party Edition’.

Speaking about her inspiration for the line, Dita said: “I wanted to re-invent the existing collection for a few reasons, one being that I love it so much myself, and I was so happy with the execution of the new bra shapes Wonderbra made for me, that I kept fantasizing about having it in other colours and fabrics.”

The Sparkle Teese lingerie is sure to excite customers, with its combination of sequins, tulle and ruby red tassles. Designed to provide sexy yet sophisticated styling, the Sparkle Teese is available in a cleavage and balcony bra, brief and thong bottoms and matching suspender belt.

The Satine Teese lingerie has been created to provide pure silver screen glamour. The line comes in two shades of a fiery red satin and a delicate mauve with a sensual lace trim. The Satine Teese introduces the shaping high suspender to exaggerate curves and sits alongside a matching cleavage bra, thong and brief.

Wonderbra lingerie continues to have a strong following, thanks to its range of designs, in particular their bestselling Wonderbra Strapless bra as well as a variety of different underwired bras. From one icon to another, Wonderbra by Dita Von Teese is a fabulous addition to the House of Fraser lingerie collections. Both in store and online shoppers can find a whole host of brands including Elle MacPherson intimates, Freya, Calvin Klein and DKNY. Dita Von Teese’s ‘Party Edition’ Wonderbra range can be purchased from House of Fraser stores and online.

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Christopher Kane Returns This Season With His Third Collaboration With Topshop

The landmark collection, which is 39 pieces strong, will be the largest Topshop Boutique collection with a designer to date.

Echoing his AW09 collection Kane’s fusion of manmade embellishments creates a subversive look. Body conscious pieces in fine black gauze form the back bone of the collection and are embellished with mirrors and eyelets. This adornment features on several pieces including 50s inspired briefs which are high waisted and worn as outerwear, slim fitting leggings, a slick long sleeved dress and a high necked body with cap sleeves.

Simple garments are given an element of luxury; a black cotton shirt buttons-up to the collar to expose oversized black gems covering the neckline, a white T-shirt dress features several rows of oversized white opaque gems around the neck, sleeves and hem of the dress. Evening dresses and camisoles have a deep V to accentuate the décolletage and feature oversized jewels around the neckline. A heavy black jersey scarf is adorned with gems along the perimeter updating a winter essential.

For this collection Christopher Kane also debuts a footwear and accessories collection creating pieces which are suitably both modern and romantic. Slouch leather pouch bags are oversized and can be worn with a cross body strap, covered entirely with tiny mirrors, the bag features two large leather tassels which hang from the base of the pouch.

Rachael Proud, senior buyer for Topshop said: “What Christopher Kane has done with this collection is a really new thing for Topshop – in both the size of the range and the production of it. It’s such high spec, such high quality and I really think if you saw it on a catwalk at London Fashion Week it wouldn’t look out of place. It’s got amazing elements of past collections but the new mirrored dresses and opaque gems on other styles just look so amazing.”

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French Connection, The High Street Clothing Specialists, Has Delivered Details Of Its Ladieswear Collection For Autumn/Winter 2009

French Connection has injected a casual diffusion range into the main collection, paying special attention to cut, fit, premium materials and quirky little twists.

The casual diffusion line is a collection of everyday pieces. Womens T-shirts take on a new form with oversized proportions adorned with abstract and playful prints. Special attention has been paid to denim with ultra skinny indigo wash to 80s bleached stone wash jeans. Playful outerwear continues with wet look hooded bombers and subtle zebra print drawstring parkas.

The main French Connection collection introduces a range full of diversity that fits together in unexpected ways. Underpinning the range is smart attention to detail, a rarity that you only find with vintage.

Lorna Perrin, director of marketing and PR at French Connection, said: “This season we have concentrated on key trends including the 80s with shoulder pads, deluxe sequin embellishment, exposed zips and fierce tailoring while giving everything a French Connection twist. Leather jackets, pencil skirts and trousers have added a tough luxe edge to the collection.”

Dresses have evolved in both sharp tailored fabrics and draped jersey with totally tropical prints. Necklines are square with shoulders given 80s power woman presence, with skirts staying tulip with front pleating and wrap over detailing. Eastern China vase prints adorn strapless dresses and oversized box shifts. Womens knitwear creates easy-to-wear versatile styles with geometric contrasting panels. Knitwear is u p d a t e d with kitsch and vintage embellishment, overlapping loop details on collars and cuffs and faux fur trims.

The outerwear range is inspired with new silhouettes, f r o m oversized masculine designs in mustard hues, a little red riding hood swing style to grey with solid military hardware. Exaggerated proportions are also evident in collars, bell sleeves and strong empire lines. The classic leather jacket is given a new slim line edge with super soft leather and gold fastenings.

Owl, wolf, tiger and rabbit prints give a playful nod to this year’s bicentenary of Charles Darwin’s birth, appearing cleverly across silks, t-shirts and shirts. The collection is drawn together in an autumnal colour palette of greys, black, mustard and rich red with splashes of tropical brights and high shine metallics.

About French Connection
French Connection was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks who set out to create well-designed women’s clothes that would appeal to a wide audience.

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French Connection Has Revealed The Details Of Its Menswear Range For Autumn/Winter 2009

The season starts off with a prison story, presenting styles and details with a heavily distressed penitentiary influence. The collection then moves on to revel in a horror theme where colour, texture, and print work symbiotically to convey the move in to darkest winter. Finally, the range leads in to Christmas with a colourful and kitsch mountaineering inspired collection guaranteed to get you on the go.

French Connection enters the season with a nod to 1930’s workwear. Soft powder pinks and Oxford blues are complemented by micro spots and stripes and vintage bib or removable collar detailing. The mood darkens with the introduction of the Gothic, including Beetlejuice striped shirts, motor jackets in leather, or a maroon wool suit with white tipping and buttons. The mountaineering story provides technical down-filled removable linings, ropes and toggles, paired with fashionable gingham shirts and covetable knitwear.

Lorna Perrin, director of marketing and PR at French Connection, said: “For French Connection menswear we have focused on preppy chic blazers and shirts, while knitwear is given original design twists, and tailoring is fashion forward in quality fabrics and designs. The younger FCUK sub-brand leads the way in stylish streetwear with checked shirts, authentic denims, fun graphic tees and battered leathers.”

FCUK presents vibrant street sportswear with highlights of ‘pop’ colours. Bold dark wash denim and a base monochrome palette are livened up with bright piping on baseball jackets and bold prints. Bright colours prevail with hip-hop style retro track tops and alternative windbreakers with multi seams and jersey collars.

French Connection’s other main line, FC72, this season focuses on heavy detailing to liven up staples such as a cotton donkey jacket or denim dungarees. Overdying, paint-splattering, crushed knits, and heavy stitching all lend to a distressed penitentiary feel, solidified with a fun barbed wire stripe print. The season ends on a softer note, with brushed cottons and cosy bright chunky knits with fairisle detailing.

French Connection is also placing a high emphasis on men’s accessories this season. Men’s bags are the main focus, but a complete collection of ties, hats, cuff links and leather belts are also available.

About French Connection
French Connection was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks who set out to create well-designed men’s clothing that would appeal to a wide audience.

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Base London Has Expanded Its E-Commerce Site To Incorporate An Online Gentlemen’s Club

The Gentlemen’s Club is aimed at entertaining and educating their loyal customer base and giving them the opportunity to interact directly with the brand.

A variety of ‘rooms’ in the Gentlemen’s Club play host to elements of interest to the Base London target market including competitions, videos and reviews along with fashion and style tips educating the customer on key looks for the season and what to wear to which social event.

Once in the Gentlemen’s Club the visitor has the opportunity to enter a selection of ‘rooms’ such as the Video Lounge, screening the choice cuts of the best videos on the net, and the Comedy Club which offers some witty one liners and classic quips. The Trap Door reviews a variety of subjects ranging f r o m weird restaurants to the latest movie releases while a Games Room offers the chance to win a pair of the latest Base London men’s shoes.

The Base London Gentlemen’s Club also features a Dressing Room section that advises customers on how to pull of the latest looks and a Street Style section that spots Base London customers on the streets f r o m around the UK. The Base London Gentlemen’s Guide also offers some handy tips for men, with topics ranging f r o m how to impress your boss to pub magic.

Customers can find everything they need to know about the latest Base London formal, semi formal and casual shoes as well as pairing shoes with situations, with all products available to buy in the Base London Online Shoe Shop.

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Men’s Footwear Brand, Base London Showcases The ‘Best Of British Footwear’ For Autumn 2009

Base London’s autumn range goes about tackling the everyday obstacles that face the modern day man. A fashion formal collection, comprising of clean cut, smooth silhouette lace up and slip on men’s shoes, such as Encore and Reason, combine rich leathers and intricate stitch detailing with a sharp fashion focused approach that’s set to impress, whether in the office or at the bar.

The semi-formal range of men’s shoes featuring Pressure, showcases casual shoes in a dressed down style. While being discreetly lifted by formal uppers and a casual collection reveals a sporty approach, shown by Dart and Stealth, and a fresh look to styles strongly considered Base London signature pieces. The autumn collection introduces new prints and trims as well as an earthy colour palette of autumnal tones.

Autumn also sees a strong presence of formal and casual men’s boots, with rich treated leathers and strong detail trims. Smart and tailored trending, with subtle detail stamped leathers displayed by Force and Review, form the crux of the formal styles, whilst the more casual styles have a rugged and urban led fashion feel, displaying clear military influences and heavy detailing, shown in Keystone and Metal.

About Base London
Base London was founded in 1995 after a niche was spotted in the market – branded fashion formal shoes for the high street. Previously consumers had the choice of own label or exclusive designer names with nothing in between.

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Animal, The Freesports Apparel Brand, Is Proud To Announce That The New Animal E-Store Now Gone Live Has

The E-Store will stock one of the widest selections of Animal products available in the UK including extensive clothing ranges as well as watches, footwear, luggage, eyewear and accessories.

Animal has taken the decision to launch an online store as e-tailing is the fastest growing form of shopping and is proven to have become an essential part of Animal customers’ lives.

Animal CEO Kevin Keaney said: “I am delighted that with the launch of the Animal E-Store our loyal customers across the UK will now be able to access a full range of Animal merchandise 24/7. The benefit of shopping at the E-Store will be its ability to offer Animal products UK wide and in a space unconstrained by shop floor size.”

Not only will the E-Store stock all the latest Animal collections but there will be regular opportunities to win unique and exclusive prizes. All orders before the 30 September will receive free standard delivery and automatically go through to a prize draw to win a holiday for two on next year’s Animal Snowcamp to Austria.

The E-Store gives shoppers the chance to check out the new autumn/winter season range just as the new Animal clothes are going into stores. As well as clothes, shoppers can order footwear, wallets, gifts and Animal bags. E-gift vouchers are also available for those who are traditionally tricky to buy presents for.

About Animal
Established in 1987 in Poole, Dorset, Animal is one of the UK’s leading freesport brands specialising in the design, marketing and retailing of freesports influenced clothing, technical clothing, footwear, luggage, eyewear, accessories and watches.

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Back-to-School Sale Announced At Naartjie

Naartjie, the original name in fashionable, kid-friendly clothing, announced the reduction of its Fall Transition Collection to $19.99 per piece and under. The Fall Transition pieces ease children f r o m late summer into the breezes of fall and the start of the school year. Shoppers will find everyday value among selected Naartjie Essentials girls tops and bottoms at just $11 each.

“As the summer season winds down, cooler temperatures demand pieces with layering capabilities such as long-sleeved tees, tunic dresses, vests and ponchos,” said Joe Norwood, director of marketing, Naartjie USA. “While fall fashion and styles tend toward the conservative, at Naartjie, the fun is just beginning. With reductions on our Fall Transition Collection, and great values f r o m the Fall One collection, Naartjie sets new standards in affordable back-to-school shopping.”

Naartjie girls’ Fall One kitty print is inspired by whimsical and magical cats found hidden among trees, playing with bugs, dressed up with a crown, or staring mysteriously, as kitties often do. Kitty prints combined with Naartjie’s patch spot and modern stripe patterns inspire playful blends of color and fun found on girls dresses and separates. Continuing with tilly and grey, fall hues mix and match with our earlier Fall Transition collection. Delightful shades of Lucy, bunny, peapod, stardust and nautilus complete the color pallet. Fringed ponchos, netting overlay skirts, and scarves complete the look.

To boldly go where no man has gone is the premise of the space-themed Naartjie boys’ Fall One collection, which spurs the imagination with space ships to fly, galaxies to explore, robots to command and astronauts that walk in space. Touches of neon add punch to the line which will appeal to future space explorers of all ages. Bright colors of treetop, lagoon and Billy combine with grey mélange for a celebration of the exciting world of space travel. Layering pieces including a bold woven shirt, hoodies and a hooded vest make this a great line for cooler weather ahead and for going back to school in style.

Kitties play with birdies in Naartjie’s whimsical newborn girls’ collection. With a modern color palette of grey mixed with baby pink, this line is sure to delight every new mom. Even the headband has kitty ears! Stripes and heart prints are mixed in for an adorable, playful look. For newborn boys, elephants, rhinos and giraffes are mixed in Naartjie’s delightful Knysna print, named for the beautiful town in South Africa. Colors of fog, grass and white in the baby boy clothes were inspired by the town’s location on the coastline’s Garden Route.

About Naartjie
Naartjie was founded in 1989 in Cape Town, South Africa when designer Anne Eales sought an alternative to the limited selection of children’s clothes available as she shopped for her three young boys. F r o m its very conception, Naartjie was about KIDS… playful, vibrant, active, colorful, natural, always changing. We offer great kid’s clothes and baby clothes, basics and accessories for girls, boys, and newborns to 10 years of age — all at surprisingly affordable prices. Naartjie’s corporate headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Naartjie owns and operates stores in both the United States and South Africa, with new stores opening regularly. For more information, please visit us at http://naartjie.com.

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Online Parenting Community Launched by Start-rite

Start-rite is a children’s fitted footwear specialist that is developing a strong reputation for exploring new and innovative ways to engage with their customers online. Successfully launching the click’n’fit online shoe sizing tool to their site earlier this year saw the company knock down traditional e-commerce boundaries and redefine their market place.

Having recently unveiled their new parenting community a few weeks ago, it is clear that Start-rite is a company that place importance on providing a comprehensive and holistic service to their customers.

The parenting community provides a platform to harness the collective knowledge of the thousands of parents that visit the Start-rite web site every day. With so many parents coming to the site it’s clear to see how this is the perfect opportunity to launch a thriving parental advice community.

Although the community will inevitably provide a level of support for customer purchasing decisions, it will also act as a more general community for parenting issues and concerns. Despite only just being launched, the new community is being well received by the public with many people posting parenting questions, answers and parenting diaries within the first week.

The internet has become a great source of information for parenting advice, and now Start-rite have took it upon themselves to offer the benefits of a parenting community specifically to their own users. As the parenting process can be difficult, is it great to see a website supplying parents with a community where they can turn to other parents for advice.

The Start-rite parenting community has a number of features. The parenting blogs feature allows individuals to run their own parenting diary to share their parenting experiences, whilst the Question and Answer section provides rapid responses and healthy debate on any parenting related topics. Groups are also a big element to the site, with the intention of providing meeting places forum for discussion for parents who have similar interests.

The community is not just for the parents either. An activities section within the new Start-rite community provides a great source of entertainment providing loads of regularly updated activities to keep the children entertained and happy.

Start-rite is a world leader in fitted footwear, and the first children’s fitted shoe brand to launch an e-commerce site to sell its products online. With a reputation in over 35 countries, Start-rite has been entrusted by generations of parents to care for their children’s feet. Stocking fitted pre walkers, sporty casuals, smart school shoes, slippers, sandals and wellies in over 400 retailers, Start-rite pride themselves on ensuring the best possible fit for every child.

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House Of Fraser Is Exclusively Introducing Kenneth Cole New York For Autumn/Winter 09 As It Makes Its UK Debut

Established stateside as a fashion power house that has redefined Manhattan style, the exciting new womenswear lifestyle collection offers modern tailoring, smart outerwear and refined casual wear.

Since its launch in 1983, Kenneth Cole has stuck firm to its belief in providing innovative urban fashion. The label encapsulates city living with a keen focus on contemporary style. Set against a dark colour palette of black and grey, slick suiting anchors the range with architectural shapes, technical fabrics and clean silhouettes that give the range a real point of difference.

Heralding a new style of urban dress, the humble work shirt is updated in white poplin and re-designed with an elegant frill-fronted trim. Versatile Kenneth Cole dresses in shades of cherry red or black are worn with cropped leather jackets with a military twist; taking the look from day to evening. Animal printed chiffons provide a nod to 80s power dressing reflecting one of the season’s hottest trends.

Attention to detail is a strong focus with a range of casual separates for relaxed dressing that balance the dual work to weekend wardrobe. The range of knitwear in fine gauge merino wools with button and pleated trims add a cosy yet sophisticated element to the collection. These separates work well with the chic range of Kenneth Cole handbags and purses, available in utilitarian tones, including black, tan or grey as well as deep jewel shades of amethyst or emerald green. The range offers unrivalled levels of choice and style with new deliveries every month.

With an established celebrity following including the likes of Sharon Stone, Cindy Crawford, America Ferrara (Ugly Betty) and Blake Lively (Gossip Girl), Kenneth Cole New York is both versatile and stylish. Exclusive to House of Fraser, the range will be available in 20 stores nationwide and online and includes the diffusion line Kenneth Cole Reaction.

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