Ebay launch new digital concept to mark New York Fashion Week

eBay have launched #MyFashionWeek with shoppable fashion sketches to celebrate the start of New York Fashion Week.

Posted on the eBay Fashion homepage, the #MyFashionWeek drawings take inspiration from eBay’s most popular sellers’ street style, translating recognisable outfits into sketches with ‘Shop the Look’ technology that suggests eBay items for customers to purchase.

"#MyFashionWeek illustrates the thrill of finding style inspiration from the world around you through the seamless shopping experience that eBay delivers," says Jill Ramsey, Vice President of Merchandising at eBay in a press statement.

Fans can also follow the concept on social media, using #MyFashionWeek to search, and participate on Twitter and Instagram.

The illustrators include Jenny Walton of The Sartorialist, Dallas Shaw, who has previously worked with Chanel, and Jessica Durrant, whose clients include Lancôme Paris, L'Oreal Paris Kérastase, and NYX Cosmetics.

"My illustrations have always been inspired by unique street style, and #MyFashionWeek makes that very inspiration shoppable -- letting me browse and buy brand-new and coveted vintage finds that suit my own unconventional look, in a never-before-done way," says Walton in a press statement.

#MyFashionWeek is currently only available on eBay’s US site.

Screenshot courtesy of eBay Fashion website.

Joules to launch in Southampton

British fashion and lifestyle brand Joules, are set to open a new store in Southampton’s Westquay shopping centre this Autumn.

The store will carry Joules’ entire offering including clothing for women, men and children as well as accessories and homeware, set over 3,966 square feet.

Located on the mall’s third floor, the store will launch alongside brands such as H&M, Lush and River Island and will be the first Joules in Southampton.

“It’s great to see another high quality business choose Westquay for its first store in the city. An incredibly popular brand, Joules will enhance the retail line-up further with its unique range of products,” commented Iain Mitchell, UK Commercial Director at Hammerson, the retail management firm responsible for Westquay.

The addition of Joules to Westquay comes amid changes to the shopping centre. A dining and leisure extension: Westquay South was added, as well as brands including Smiggle, Yankee Candle, Laing Edinburgh, and Russell & Bromley having signed for stores.

Joules was founded nearly three decades ago, and now counts over 100 stores in the UK and Ireland.

Photo courtesy of Joules

Polish retailer Reserved opens UK flagship

Polish fashion retail group LPP has entered the UK market with the opening of its flagship brand, Reserved, with a store on Oxford Street in London.

Located within the former BHS unit at 252 Oxford Street, Reserved have opened a 32,000 square foot store, offering its trend-led affordable fashion for women, men and children. The opening, which was attended by Kate Moss, who is the face of its latest campaign, features a special London Collection that includes “fashion-led pieces built around style and individuality”.

Polish retailer Reserved opens UK flagship

“Launching Reserved in the UK is a milestone for LPP and reflects our ambition to grow brand recognition and establish ourselves across Western Europe and beyond,” said Marek Piechocki, LPP’s founder and chief executive. “London is an iconic fashion capital and a global city, and is the perfect stage on which to introduce Reserved and LPP to the international shopping community.”

To coincide with its London store, Reserved is also launching its e-commerce offering for the UK, showcasing the full Reserved London and autumn/winter 2017 collections.

Polish retailer Reserved opens UK flagship

Reserved opens on Oxford Street, London

Speaking about the launch of Reserved on Oxford Street, New West End Company chief executive, Jace Tyrrell, added: “The arrival of Reserved and LPP is incredibly exciting, and a strong vote of confidence in London and the UK. London’s West End continues to be the number one choice for brands opening their stores in the UK and this comes at a particularly momentous time with the imminent arrival of the new Elizabeth Line.

“With its unique look and established customer base Reserved looks set to make its mark on Oxford Street, the world’s greatest shopping district.”

Polish retailer Reserved opens UK flagship

The opening in the UK represents the 20th market for LPP, which has 1,710 stores covering over 10 million square foot worldwide for its five brands: Reserved, House, Mohito, Cropp, and Sinsay. It is also part of LPP’s wider global expansion strategy, which includes Reserved openings in Berlin, Serbia, Belarus, and Kazakhstan.

Polish retailer Reserved opens UK flagship

LPP, founded in Gdansk, Poland in 1991, is one of the fastest-growing clothing companies in Central and Eastern Europe, last week, the company announced H1 2017 revenues of 3 billion Polish Zloty (650 million pounds), an increase of 15 percent.

Commenting on the company’s first half performance, Przemysław Lutkiewicz, vice-president and finance director of LPP said: “This is attributable to a well-designed collection and, specifically, the positive reception by customers of the spring/summer offers of Reserved and Mohito. In the first half, sales in like-for-like stores increased by 5.5 percent, which confirms that we were right in choosing our strategy.”

Images: courtesy of LPP/Reserved

Skinnydip opens at Meadowhall

Fashion accessories brand Skinnydip has opened its first standalone store outside of London in Yorkshire’s Meadowhall shopping centre.

Skinnydip, known for its colourful and quirky fashion accessories range of phone cases, bags and jewellery, has opened a 1,000 square foot store on Meadowhall’s High Street, alongside retailers including Zara and Levi’s.

The London-based brand also has standalone stores in London’s Camden, Westfield White City and at Brent Cross shopping centre.

Meadowhall has had a number of new stores debut this year including Flannels, Schuh Kids, Timberland, as well as upsized Primark and Sports Direct flagships as part of the shopping centres 60 million pound refurbishment.

Image: courtesy of Meadowhall

Online flash sale website Gilt.com is celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a site redesign that aims to offer consumers easier navigation and advanced personalisation.

"The new Gilt is a totally redesigned shopping experience that lets customers shop their way, whether they're looking to be inspired or know exactly what they're searching for," explains Jonathan Greller, president of Gilt and Saks Off 5th. "In this rapidly changing retail environment, listening to our customers and evolving to exceed their expectations is more important than ever before.”

The online retailer, which was acquired by Hudson’s Bay Company last year, has added a “robust” navigation bar and expanded category tabs, allowing customers to shop by a general merchandise category, specific brand or one of Gilt's featured shops. In addition, the new search filters can also be narrowed down to brand, size, colour, price or item type, all the way down to the sleeve length or material of a dress.

In addition, the redesign has put personalisation at the forefront, with the new Gilt being tailored to customer's unique likes and tastes with specialised new product feeds, shops and editorial stories based on shopping patterns, search habits and profile preferences, on top of the customised emails that consumers receive. Custom recommendations and similar products can now be viewed throughout the shopping experience through the use of updated visual recognition and machine learning technologies.

The final element of the redesign is to Gilt’s editorial section, which will now feature “longer-lasting content” showcasing curated shops, category boutiques and designer offerings, as well as styling reports and trend-based stories aimed at enable customers to “drift between inspiration and intent”.

Mr.Porter to launch stand alone Kingsman store

Menswear e-tailer Mr.Porter are set to launch a second Kingsman costume-to-collection range on September 7, ahead of the premiere of Kingsman:The Golden Circle on September 20.

Featuring exact costumes from the sequel, the bespoke collection was designed by costume designer Arianne Phillips, with help from Director Matthew Vaughn and Mr Porter.

“Kingsman has been the perfect opportunity for us to create our own label inspired by both Kingsman: The Secret Service and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. After the first film, we were successful in launching a new luxury brand that translated directly from the screen, and had relevance and resonance in both the fashion and film industries. And now we get to take that experience a step further in opening the Kingsman Shop, and bringing the film’s setting to life for customers and fans alike,” said Vaughn.

Mr.Porter to launch stand alone Kingsman store

Launching on September 7, the stand alone store will be located next to a 300–year-old wine merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd in the heart of St James’s London, an integral location in the new film.

Spread over 1,076 square feet, the store will carry 90 pieces from the collection, including double breasted suits, shearling coats as well as branded pieces such as Turnbull & Asser shirts, George Cleverley shoes, Mackintosh jackets, Higgs & Crick glass decanter sets, Bowers & Wilkins headphones, Golden Bear varsity jackets, Lucchese Western boots, Mister Freedom leather jackets, Todd Snyder tops and trousers, Adidas sneakers and Hunter boots.

Customers will also be able to interact with digital experiences including, a digital hub revealing the special elements of the TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Kingsman watch, and a touch-activated mirror housed within the changing room, showcasing styling tips for a curated selection of Kingsman and Statesman (The US collection equivalent) products.

Mr.Porter to launch stand alone Kingsman store

The standalone store launch follows feedback from the two day pop up Mr.Porter staged for the first Kingsman collection. “We had such positive response and so many requests for it to be longer that we just decided to open something on a longer term,” said Toby Bateman, managing director at Mr Porter in a press statement.

“The location is key to the plot of the film,” Bateman added. “And we hope customers will enjoy visiting a real life movie location to shop the Kingsman collection.”

Prices for the “The Golden Circle” collection range from 95 pounds to 2,495 pounds.

Photos credit: Mr Guy Stephens for MR PORTER

Animal launch new-look website

Lifestyle brand, Animal have launched a new-look website in the hope of aiding their customer journey and digital presence.

The website’s navigation has been simplified, search functionality improved and a seamless checkout process has been achieved, with a particular focus on the mobile site.

The website also features a blog with news, events, design & inspiration, “blurring the lines between storytelling and e-commerce has meant speaking directly to our customer user journeys through great content. The site now has a great mix, including our new AW17 collection,” said Kellie Parsons, Marketing Director at Animal.

“We didn’t want to launch just another online store. We wanted to create a site that was more than just an ecommerce site; reflecting how Animal is more than just a lifestyle brand,” added Parsons.

The news follows CEO Dominic Langan’s plans to turn Animal into a 100 million pound turnover business, he told Drapers, adding that the brand would focus on “contemporary designs in technical fabrics, moving away from blanket discounts and looking at shop fits.”

Animal was launched 30 years ago in 1987, with just a watch. The brand grew to make clothes, and accessories and continues to focus on passion for adventure.

Photo courtesy of Animal

First Look: Hudson's Bay first department store outside of Canada

Amsterdam - September 5 is a historical day for Canadian department store group Hudson's Bay Company, as the doors of the first Hudson's Bay store outside of Canada opened in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Located at the Rokin and Nes, the first Hudson's Bay store opening in the country ties in with the launch of Hudson's Bay local web shop. Additional Hudson's Bay stores in the Hague and Rotterdam are set to open on Thursday, September 7, as the company aims to open 9 department stores in the Netherlands during the month of September alone.

First Look: Hudson's Bay first department store outside of Canada

Hudson's Bay opens its first store in The Netherlands

The move sees Hudson's Bay presenting its new retail concept for the first time outside of Canada, the latest step in the company's ambitious expansion plan in Europe. Separated into four buildings, each location offers different categories from the brand, ranging from womenswear to menswear, childrenswear, homeware, accessories, shoes, gadgets, and delicatessens. Each aspect of the newly opened department store is said to cater to the local consumers' needs and wants.

First Look: Hudson's Bay first department store outside of Canada

In addition to offering an array of international brands ranging from emerging labels to mid-market brand segment, such as Topshop, The Kooples and 7 For All Mankind, the department store also features over 100 selected national brands. Key Dutch brands offered include Love Stories, Nikkie and Denham. In honour of the department store's opening, a number of brands have created limited edition designs which will be offered in the collection The Limiteds .

First Look: Hudson's Bay first department store outside of Canada

Another new addition to Hudson’s Bay debut store in Amsterdam is Studio concept , a dedicated area featuring new brands and products to the Dutch market. Innovation is a key aspect of Hudson’ Bay new store, as it offers a hand-free shopping service which allows customers the scan the products of their choosing to purchase, and pick them up and pay at Click & Collection upon leaving the store. Other customer services featured in the store include restaurant Nacarat, a children’s playing area and a hair salon.

First Look: Hudson's Bay first department store outside of Canada

FashionUnited NL attended the opening of the first Hudson's Bay department store on Tuesday morning, and shares more information as well and behind the scenes photos below.

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Photos: FashionUnited NL and Hudson's Bay

Monki to launch two new UK stores

Swedish fashion retailer Monki, have confirmed that they will open two new UK stores this Autumn.

Set to open in London’s Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, the H&M group owned brand will launch a 3,982 square foot store, joining Carnaby Street and Bristol to make it the third Monki store in England.

The second store will mark Monki’s expansion into Scotland, launching in Glasgow with a 5,166 sq ft store in Buchanan Galleries.

Monki to launch two new UK stores

“We are delighted to be opening two new stores,” said Lea Rytz Goldman, Managing Director for Monki in a press statement. “We love London, but it’s also very exciting to finally be able to offer our stylish Scottish fans the full Monki experience.”

Both stores will feature the usual ‘Monki World’ concept, with mirrored, rainbow interiors that aim to create an imaginary, inspiring universe.

Monki was founded in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2006, and joined the the H&M group in 2008. The brand now counts 115 stores in 13 markets in Europe and Asia, as well as an online store for 18 countries.

Photos courtesy of Monki

Lexicon adds more names ahead of opening on Thursday

The Lexicon, Bracknell have added four new retailers ahead of the 240 million pounds transformation launch on Thursday, September 7.

Cath Kidston is set to open a 1,745 square foot unit; tailor Moss Bros a 2,225 square foot unit; Vision Express a 1,745 square foot store and Greggs will open a bakery/food-to-go unit bringing the pre-let or agreed floor area to 93 percent.

“These four new signings demonstrate the continued level of interest that retailers have shown in The Lexicon Bracknell. With just [two days] until opening, we’re delighted to be able to announce such a broad range of leading retailers that have demonstrated confidence in the scheme,” Jessica Berney Head of UK Retail at Schroder Real Estate, commented in a press statement.

The retailers will join Joules, Fat Face, Superdry, Office, Next, H&M, River Island, Timberland amongst many other brands including a new full-line Fenwick, the first to be opened in 14 years in the 580,000 square foot mall.

Berney commented: “We view the Lexicon as the catalyst for future opportunities in a town centre where people want to live, work and spend their leisure time.”The regeneration will provide 3,500 jobs, and bring customers from further afield, helping to transform the area into an enjoyable retail destination.

The Lexicon, Bracknell has been developed by the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, and is now made up of a million square feet of retail, dining and leisure areas, including the existing Princess Square shopping centre.

Photo courtesy of The Lexicon, Bracknell