Artist Sebastan Errazuriz has created a series of exquisitely-designed shoes that deal with his past relationships in a uniquely artistic and open way. The series, called “12 Shoes For 12 Lovers,” features shoes designed to reflect each of his 12 exes.
Each beautiful high-heel shoe comes with a brief anecdote about or description of the girl in Errazuriz’s past that it is dedicated to. Some of the descriptions are beautiful and flattering, while others are not quite as nice. However, they are all powerful – the shoes seem like an act of deliberate public self-exposure, and Errazuriz seems more vulnerable to these women from his past.
“Cry Baby” Alexandra
“Gold Digger” Alison
“Heart Breaker” Laura
“Ice Queen” Sophie
“Hot Bitch” Caroline
“The Virgin” Anna
“The Boss” Rachel
“GI Jane” Barbara
“The Ghost” Valentina
“The Rock” Alice
What’s happening in retail & with brands – trends for week ending 6th December 2013 #retailtrends #retailnews
- John Lewis have reported an 18.4% increase in sales (including VAT) for the week to 30 November 2013. Fashion and Electricals & Home Technology sales increased by 16.6% and 41.5% respectively, while Home sales decreased by 1.1% in the same period. Sales at johnlewis.com increased by 35.7%.
- Mulberry have reported a 2% increase in total revenue to £78.1m for the six months to 30 September 2013. Retail revenue and international retail revenue increased by 6% and 29% respectively. Profit before tax declined by 28% to £7.2m for the same period.
- Tesco have reported a 0.6% increase in group sales (excluding petrol) for the 13 weeks to 23 November 2013. UK total sales (excluding VAT and petrol) increased by 0.9% while like-for-like UK sales decreased by 1.5% for the same period.
- Waitrose have reported a 3.8% increase in sales (including petrol) for the week to 30 November 2013.
Non-fashion was flat this week with the majority of contributors demonstrating like-for-like contractions. Luxury retailers faired best with small ticket gifting ahead of Christmas not yet in full flow.
Fashion sales were poor last week with a third of the contributions in double digit negatives. Specialist retailers provided the strongest results by far whilst the majority of mainstream fashion retailers were down.
Homewares was strong, albeit against a double digit contraction in like-for-likes in 2012. Big ticket furniture and department stores both performed well whilst there were no real negative trends of note with the contractions evenly spread across sub-sectors.
Non-store was very strong again this week with sales through these channels remaining robust. The trends of recent weeks continued with non-fashion once again the strongest performing sub-index (+53.5%). Fashion sales were also strong with like-for-likes up 30.8% whilst homewares contracted this week, down by 3.2%.
Clothing, Footwear & Accessories
- Cath Kidston have opened their flagship store at Londons Piccadilly on 05 December 2013. The three-floor shop offers over 20,000 products, including new ranges and services. (Source: The London Evening Standard)
- Clarks have appointed Thomas ONeill as the new Chairman of the group. ONeill will take up the position from 06 December 2013. (Source: Retail Gazette)
- Coast have opened a new store on Liverpool ONE’s South John Street. The 2,956 sq. ft. store is the first Coast store outside London to showcase the brands new stock package. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Following the £40m refurbished of their Oxford Street store, Debenhams have held a relaunch event on 02 December 2013, featuring a line-up of the department stores star designers. (Source: Verdict)
- Jaeger have appointed Richard Kozlowski as their new Chief Financial Officer. Kozlowski had joined the retailer as interim CFO in June 2013. (Source: Just Style)
- M&S have signed a deal with developer St. Modwen to open one of their biggest stores in the UK. The 150,000 sq. ft. store is expected to occupy the former Longbridge Rover plant in Birmingham. (Source: The Independent)
- Sainsbury’s have reported an 85% increase in year-on-year sales of their Tu branded tuxedos during this festive season. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Warehouse have announced plans to open their first store on Londons Oxford Street. The 2,500 sq. ft. flagship store is scheduled to open at the end of February 2014. (Source: Drapers)
- H&M is extending its sports sub-brand in January in order to engage with the “rapidly growing” activewear market.
Electrical & Entertainment
- HMV owner, Hilco, have concluded an agreement to assist the receivers of entertainment retailer, Free Record Shop, in their business operations in Belgium. Hilco Capital will also provide inventory and up to 4m of working capital to ensure that the company will continue to trade through the busy Christmas period. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Maplin have announced plans to open a new fascia, Maplin Trade, in February 2014. The 3,500 sq. ft. shop will pilot in Sheffield and will target businesses. (Source: Retail Week)
Food & Drink
- Asda have announced plans to cut prices by £1bn over the next five years. In addition, the grocer will spend £250m on improving the quality of their own-brand food and will revamp their supermarkets. (Source: The Telegraph)
- John Lewis have plans to launch two new food concessions, Hotel Chocolat and Joe & The Juice. Hotel Chocolats cocoa bar café concept will open in Edinburgh in early 2014 while Joe & The Juice will open a concession at the retailers Solihull store. (Source: Retail Gazette)
- Lidl have revealed plans to increase the number of stores in the UK to as many as 1,500. The grocer also plans to increase the number of store openings from 15 to 20 a year to at least 30 to 40 new stores a year. (Source: BBC News)
- Morrisons have appointed Tribal Worldwide London as their new digital communications agency, ahead of the launch of their online grocery business, which is expected in early 2014. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Havana Club is plotting a brand push to exploit the ‘under-premiumised’ rum category (Marketing Week)
- Nisa have appointed three new member directors to their board. Raza Rehman, Sanjeev Vadhera and Saqib Ghafoor were appointed to fill the three member positions available. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Twitter has introduced age-verification for users who want to follow accounts run by alcohol brands (The Telegraph)
- Tesco, along with Trussell Trust, Fare Share and the British Red Cross, held the biggest charity food drive in Britain, since the Second World War. The drive was held in all of the grocers 2,500-plus UK stores from 29 November 2013 to 01 December 2013. (Source: The Guardian)
According to IMRG and Capgemini, year-to-date figures in 2013 shows that online-only retailers continue to outperform the multichannel merchants in terms of year-on-year performance, by 2 percentage points, a trend first seen in 2012. There appear to be several reasons for this including more confidence overall in online shopping, increased brand awareness of lesser-known pureplay retailers and less brand loyalty due to shift in shopping habits.
- Bathstore have launched a new ecommerce platform in late November 2013. In the first week of the websites launch, online sales rose by 26% year-on-year and the average order value increased by 8%. (Source: Retail Week)
- Osbornes Stationers have entered administration. The retailer appointed FRP Advisory as administrator on 02 December 2013. (Source: BBC News)
- West Elm have launched their first European store on Tottenham Court Road, London. The two-storey branch opened on 05 December 2013. (Source: London Evening Standard)
- Secret Linen Store was launched this week by Adam Black and Jon Kamaluddin. The e-tailer will focus on the £1.1bn bed linen market. (Source: Retail Week)
- Sofaland have plans to open their first store in London. The retailer are planning to open a new store in the UK every 12 months and expand into the south east of England. (Source: Retail Bulletin)
- Topps Tiles have plans to trial a smaller store format, the ‘Topps Tiles Boutique’. The retailer will spend £300,000 for the trial, which is expected to end in March 2014. If successful, the company intends to open 60 to 70 smaller format stores. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
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SOUL MAVERICKS & CELLAR DOOR present: CREWZ CONTROL BREAKDANCE #soulmavericks #breakdance #bboy #bgirl
On Saturday 30th November the Jacqueline Wilson Hall, Kingston University, was transformed into a battle arena where 44 solos and 16 pairs went head to head to be crowned the inaugural winners of ‘CREWZ CONTROL‘. Watching over proceedings were world-renowned judges Ghost, Manny, Dr. Gabs with the Master of Ceremonies Wild Willy, AJ47 and Angry Abz keeping things flowing in true BBoy fashion. DJ Jam Fu provided the beats behind the decks.
CREWZ CONTROL AS IT HAPPENED…
SHARKEY vs AiMZ
SPANIARDS vs SMAC19
The aim was to use this event to showcase and provide inspiration to the next generation of dance artists.
For a look at the full album of BBoys and BGirls click HERE
Thanks to all who came down to support. For further videos of hectic battles from the day see below:
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Madiba’s long walk to freedom showed many of us ‘what human beings can do when they are guided by their hopes, rather than their fears.’
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Cellar Door were delighted to be invited to the private launch of Zealous X
Showcasing the works of 100 creatives from across art, film, photography, music and performance, in one of London’s most unique venues along the Southbank.
Visitors delved deep into the artists’ journeys, their challenges and achievements with a series of talks dedicated to the creative economy; bringing together industry experts and artists alike for a well-rounded overview of the industry and a glimpse into its future.
Written by Farouk Deen