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H&M Opens Hollywood
Hennes & Mauritz is to open a store on the trendy Hollywood
Boulevard in Los Angeles.
Sweden-based H&M will lease the store from real estate investor CIM Group.
Hollywood is the second location H&M has leased with CIM Group.
Earlier this year it was announced that the retailer plans to open
a 12,000-square-foot store in a CIM development on Colorado
Boulevard in the bustling Old Pasadena district in 2006.
United Retail's Catalogue
United Retail Group has signed a deal with catalogue retailer
Redcats USA for a Avenue-branded Catalogue.
Redcats will create and distribute the catalogue for a trial period
lasting up to six months.
United Retail Group will not assume any of the costs associated with this trial, and catalogue sales will not be included in United
The parties' business relationship after the trial will be worked out on the basis of the test results and may result in a license
agreement among other arrangements.
The purpose of the test is to assess the appeal of the Avenue brand
in the direct-to-consumer market while drawing on the direct-to-consumer expertise of Redcats.
The trial includes several mailings with the first test catalogue
to be distributed by the end of February.
Eco Friendly Clothing
High-street chains Topshop and Oasis are to follow in the footsteps
of retailer Marks & Spencer by launching ranges of environmentally-friendly clothing.
Topshop will sell fair trade and ecological fashion label People Tree in its Oxford Circus store in London starting March 6.
Launching to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight, People Tree will have a month-long concession in the store, to showcase its
spring/summer 2006 collection.
Safia Minney, founder and director of People Tree, said: "Fair Trade Fashion has arrived on the high street this season, and it’s
here to stay. People Tree’s concession in Topshop proves that Fair Trade fashion has broken all the stereotypes and is at the cutting
edge of fashion retail.
People Tree has worked for over ten years alongside small-scale producers in the world’s most
marginalized communities, helping them use fair trade to break out of poverty.
Meanwhile, Oasis is launching a collection called Future Organic, which will feature a range of toxin-free, organic jeans, jackets
Future Organic is being launched in response to demand from environmentally-aware shoppers, Oasis was reported as saying.
The range will be launched in April.
Cortefiel's Distribution Deal
Cortefiel has signed a deal with Elmec Sport for the latter’s
import and distribution in Greece of Women'Secret-branded underwear and accessories.
The duration of the agreement is five years with Elmec having the right to extend it for three more years.
Elmec plans to open ten retail stores within the next five years, which will sell exclusively Women'Secret products.
Women'Secret mainly specializes in underwear, lingerie, casual clothes and accessories for women, as well as children’s products.
Cortefiel also reported net attributable profit of EUR55.5m (US$65.9m) for the first quarter of the financial year, with
earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization of EUR74.2m.
The company had 1,211 points of sale at the end of December 2005.
Locals Vote To Keep
Residents of the small New Zealand district of Cardrona have voted to retain the area's "bra fence" - a farm fence out in the country with hundreds of discarded women's brassieres tied to it.
The fence has attracted worldwide attention since it was started by four local women at Cardrona on South Island on New Year's Day 2000 to mark the "liberation" of the new Millennium.
Thousands of tourists stop to photograph it each year.
A dispute over the future of the fence, with hundreds of bras tied to it, has been brewing for more than a year after a sole objector demanded it be removed.
Andre Prassinos, who lives part of the year in nearby Wanaka township, started his solo campaign against the fence last year, saying it was a "potential traffic hazard."
Since he lodged a fresh complaint with the local council, Cardrona Valley ratepayers and residents have come out in unanimous support of the bra fence.
"We don't want it getting higher, longer or suddenly being filled with boots and knickers as well. But it should stay because it's become part of the valley," said one of the supporters.
Van de Velde Profit
Lingerie maker Van de Velde reported its operating profit rose by 14.7% to EUR35.7m (US$42.6m) in 2005, helped by lower material
costs and improved margins.
Turnover for the year increased by EUR10.2m to EUR111.9m, a rise of 10.0%. However, the company cautioned that its expected long-term
growth in turnover is more likely to be 5% per year.
The improved margin on material costs was partly offset by a higher write-down on the stocks of raw materials and finished products.
But this, however, forms part of corporate strategy to take more risks in production numbers so as to enable more deliveries and
The company said its increasingly broad product assortment also contributes to a higher write-down risk.
Benefits of a Sports Bra
A promotion filled with bouncing breasts that actually serves a purpose rather than to simply titillate.
U.K. sport bra company Shock Absorber has created a site where woman can choose her cup size, a level of activity and then see the "activity" her breasts undergo in three side-by-side scenarios: nude, regular bra and sports bra. It's certainly a convincing argument for buying a sport bra.
The Husband Store &
The Wife Store
A store that sells new husbands has just opened in New York City, where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at
the entrance is a description of how the store operates. You may visit the store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the
attributes of the men increase as the shopper ascends the flights. There is, however, a catch: you may choose any man from a particular floor, or you may choose to go up a floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!
So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads: Floor 1 - These men have jobs.
The second floor sign reads: Floor 2 - These men have jobs and love kids.
The third floor sign reads: Floor 3 - These men have jobs, love kids, and are extremely good looking.
"Wow," she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the fourth floor and sign reads: Floor 4 - These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead good looking and help with the housework.
"Oh, mercy me!" she exclaims, "I can hardly stand it"
Still, she goes to the fifth floor and sign reads: Floor 5 - These men have jobs, love kids, are drop-dead gorgeous, help with the housework, and have a strong romantic streak.
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor and the
sign reads: Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store
A New Wives store opened across the street.
The first floor has wives that love sex.
The second floor has wives that love sex and have money.
The third through sixth floors have never been visited...
Spellbound Pulls Live
Spellbound, an Augusta lingerie shop has stopped using live
models to draw attention and customers after one of its models
received harassing phone calls.
The shop drew protests when it began using live models who dressed in lingerie and posed in the storefront windows shortly
after it opened on Water Street last fall.
Store owner Felicia Stockford last week decided to end the practice of using live models after one of them received calls -- which
Stockford described as violent and graphic -- on her cell phone.
Stockford said she is also considering moving her business to Portland or Massachusetts.
There was a mixed reaction from the public and neighboring businesses after Stockford hired the models in an effort to
establish the store's name.
Some suggested that the women brought life and beauty to the street, while others said using scantily clad women in storefront
windows was morally reprehensible.
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Red Light District's
Several topless bars, peep shows and sex show clubs in Amsterdam's famed "Red Light" prostitution district declared an open house on February 18, hoping to shore up their reputation with local politicians who are calling for a crackdown.
"You can come in, have a free drink, look around," said Bob de Maan, spokesman for the "Banana Bar," which is known for its live sex shows.
"People think that this is something dirty, but now — it's an open house. They can see for themselves."
Prostitution in Amsterdam boomed during the city's 17th century Golden Age, when prostitutes catered to sailors on shore leave.
With its lingerie-clad women and red neon lights, the area in the city center became a major tourist draw in the 20th century. The Dutch government legalized prostitution in 2000 with an eye to making it easier to tax and regulate.
But problems have continued as the area acts as a magnet for pimps, drug addicts, petty criminals and human traffickers. A recent study found that despite health rules, about 7% of Dutch prostitutes have HIV.
The open house came in response to proposals by the head of Amsterdam's largest political party meant to discourage women from marketing themselves in windows.
Several of the best-known institutions opened their doors, in an idea supported by the Prostitution Information Center, the Sex Museum, and the Salvation Army which helps the district's many downtrodden.
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