With a voice which pays tribute to one of Britain’s most beloved artists, and a rock sound modelled on some of the UK’s top rock exports, you could be forgiven for thinking that TK Lawrence is a songwriter from this side of the Atlantic.
He is actually born and raised American, based in Florida, and has had a long standing love for some of our brightest musicians. The result of that respect is his latest album released with his band Rosemary Station – ‘Last Human’ is not directly a ‘tribute’ album as such, but certainly wears its 80s rock influences on its sleeve.
So, if you enjoy a neat lyrical turn of phrase, a touch of melodic rock guitar and Morrissey/Bowie like vocal delivery, this is definitely one for you to check out. Don’t believe me? Here’s a sample of their work:
Written by Harry Dean of Labelled Independent
The world is full of eye-catching packaging that makes us want to buy something, but what about packaging that makes us want to keep it after we’re done with the thing inside? Designer Bora Yildirim has come up with a reusable design concept for Turkish food and dairy retailer Pinar that encourages kids to combine their used packaging with their imagination and build toys of their very own.
In addition to encouraging children to drink milk to help their physical development, this project aims to improve their creative imagination with the product’s functionality as a toy.
The concept features different-sized bottles than can be screwed together to form different shapes. Whether the aim is to come up with an elaborate pattern, or build a robot that stands as tall as a human, kids have plenty of options. Lids from the bottles can also be used to create more intricate elements of a particular toy.
The different forms and colors aim to re-vamp the product package [setting it apart from] existing and traditional milk package designs. This innovative approach will ensure the product [is] noticed by consumers. The toy functionality of the product will help develop and raise awareness of re-use among [children] starting at young ages, and contribute to realizing the company’s social responsibilities.
Yildrim’s design is a great example of packaging that not only has an extended life cycle, but encourage positive behaviors that can impact the environment and a child’s creativity all at once.
What’s happening in retail & with brands – trends for week ending 26th September 2014 #retailtrends #retailnews #marketingweek #eventmagazine
- Beales have reported a 0.6% decrease in total group sales including concessions and VAT for the 19 weeks to 13 September 2014. Like-for-like sales including concessions and VAT increased by 1.7% for the same period.
– River Island have reported a 4% increase in sales to £839m for the year to 28 December 2013. Pre-tax profit decreased by 10% to £88m for the same period. (Source: The Telegraph)
- Booker have reported a 0.1% increase in total sales for the 12 weeks to 12 September 2014. Like-for-like sales excluding Makro increased by 1.8% while like-for-like sales excluding tobacco increased by 3.1% for the same period. (Source: The Grocer)
– House of Fraser have reported a 4.2% increase in like-for-like sales for the half year to 26 July 2014. Online sales increased by 29% for the same period. (Source: The Telegraph)
– John Lewis have reported a 2.0% increase in sales for the week to 20 September 2014. Electricals & Home Technology and Home sales increased by 8.3% and 6.6% respectively while Fashion sales decreased by 6.9%. Sales at johnlewis.com increased by 12.7%.
– Zara have reported a 3.4% increase in UK sales to £457.8m for the year to 31 January 2014. Pre-tax profit decreased by 34.3% to £33.9m for the same period. (Source: Retail Week)
- Lakeland have reported a 5.7% increase in turnover to £166m for the year to 31 December 2013. In-store sales increased by 4.9% while home shopping sales increased by 4.6%. Operating profits fell from £6.18m to £3.01m for the same period. (Source: Retail Week)
– Moss Bros have reported a 4.6% increase in total sales to £55.8m for the 26 weeks to 26 July 2014. Like-for-like sales increased by 6.4% while e-commerce sales increased by 100% for the same period. Pre-tax profit decreased by 9.1% to £2.0m.
– Waitrose have reported a 7.6% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 20 September 2014.
A largely negative week for the lifestyles sector with the majority of contributors down year-on-year. Small ticket gifting and jewellery appeared relatively strong, though growth was far from exceptional.
Unseasonal weather continued to plague the fortunes of fashion retailers this week. Many of the more specialist retailers actually demonstrated some reasonable growth but the more mainstream retailers found growth very hard to come by.
Homewares remained robust this week with the weather having little effect on the sector. Big ticket furniture sold particularly well this week.
Non-store had another very poor week with sales well below expectations. In line with the high street, homewares retailers far outperformed those operating in the fashion and lifestyles sectors.
Clothing, Footwear & Accessories
- Claire’s have partnered with Toys R Us in an attempt to expand to more than 100 locations by the end of 2014. (Source: Fashion United)
– Harrods have announced plans to add a 5,090 sq. ft. section dedicated to fragrances at their Knightsbridge store on 30 September 2014. (Source: The Telegraph)
– Jimmy Choo have announced plans for an IPO on the London Stock Exchange in October 2014. The retailer plans to use the funds for their growth strategy including the roll-out of a new store concept and expansion in Asian and new markets. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
– Victoria Beckham has opened her first fashion store at 36 Dover Street in London’s Mayfair. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Links of London and Folli Follie have plans to open new stores in Park House on London’s Oxford Street later in 2014. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
– Next have announced plans to open their largest tax-free store at Stansted Airport in October 2014. The store will stock childrenswear along with womenswear and menswear. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
Electrical & Entertainment
- Amazon have revealed a new range of tablet and e-reader devices, including a child-friendly version of their Fire HD tablet. The two versions of their Kindle e-reader and Fire HDX tablet will start shipping to the UK in October 2014. (Source: The Guardian)
- Phones 4U are to sell 58 stores to EE for £2.5m, after they entered into administration, safeguarding 359 jobs. The retailer have also agreed to sell 140 stores to Vodafone in a separate deal. (Source: BBC)
The latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel, for the 12 weeks to 14 September 2014 show that overall grocery market growth has slowed to a new record low of 0.3%, as price inflation falls to zero. Aldi has continued its run of double-digit growth by recording a sales increase of 29.1% compared with last year. Similarly, Lidl has increased sales by 17.7%, showcasing that shoppers still have a strong appetite for the discount stores. On the other hand, Waitrose sales have grown at a faster rate than previous months, up by 4.5%, which has brought its market share back up to 5.1%.
Food & Drink
- Tesco have announced that their new Chief Financial Officer, Alan Stewart, has joined the retailer immediately, instead of 01 December 2014 as originally planned. (Source: BBC)
– The Co-operative Group have extended their deal with New River Retail to lease former pub locations as convenience stores, increasing the total of properties involved from 54 to 63. (Source: Verdict)
– Waitrose have confirmed plans to open their second cookery school at their supermarket in Salisbury. (Source: Company Press Release)
– Diageo has unveiled a new Smirnoff TV ad in a GBP15m (US$24.5m) marketing push for the vodka brand in the UK (Source: Just Drinks)
- Argos have announced plans to recruit about 10,000 seasonal workers for the Christmas period. The retailer are offering initial contracts for around three months, with the potential for some jobs to become permanent. (Source: The Guardian)
– Poundland have announced that Trevor Bond, their Non-Executive Director has resigned from his role. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
– Screwfix have expanded in Europe with the launch of four trial stores in Germany. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
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