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Old school style 2way satchel, featuring a fold-over fastening, double buckle straps to front, grab handle to the top and a detachable long strap with an adjustable pin buckle design.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Debenhams has become the first retailer on the British high street to launch a national window campaign featuring a disabled model in all of its 160 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The ground breaking imagery features disabled model Shannon Murray, along with additional photography, mannequins and products in a display to launch the Debenhams autumn winter womenswear.
The innovative display follows an approach by Nikki Fox and Natasha Wood, both disability campaigners and presenters of the hit TV show, How to Look Good Naked, which lead to a trial using Shannon in three stores earlier this year. The pilot resulted in the some of the most responsive and positive feedback the retailer has ever received prompting Debenhams to take new shots and roll out across all its stores.
The move comes as a natural next step for Debenhams following campaigns featuring plus size and petite models, un-airbrushed swim models and size 16 mannequins - all since the start of 2010.
Debenhams hopes the latest move will encourage other retailers to follow suit and be more versatile.
Celebrity stylist, presenter of 'How to Look Good Naked' and inclusivity campaigner, Gok Wan, commented: ?"After months and months of hard work, this is some of the best imagery I have seen on the British high street…ever.
"It is so inclusive and fabulous. This, for me, is bigger than anything else I have ever personally worked on and I have never been so proud in my entire life."
Michael Sharp, Debenhams' Deputy Chief Executive said: ?"We cater for men and women of all shapes and sizes, young and old, non-disabled and disabled. ?So following on from our initial work with Shannon and the How to Look Good Naked team, we wanted to make a commitment to continuing with this inclusive approach.
Shannon Murray, the disabled model who features in the new Debenhams window campaign added: "I am delighted to be working with Debenhams again and?I applaud?their dedication to represent real women on the high street.
I'm hoping that eventually other brands will follow Debenhams' lead and?recognise the diversity of their customers."
Nikki Fox praised the store for using Shannon in its campaign: "It was a very proud moment for me when Debenhams agreed to cast our beautiful disabled model Shannon for such a huge campaign, but what is even more exciting is how Debenhams have continued their commitment to using?Shannon.
"Debenhams is the first on the high street to regularly use?a disabled model?and it's great that they have done so because they passionately believe in representing everyone. I am very proud of what we have all?achieved."
Mark Stevens, Head of Creative at Debenhams, and who heard Nikki and Natasha's original pitch added: "We are committed to using a variety of models in our photography, and have had a fantastic reaction to our fashion jackets work with Shannon so far.
"This second photo shoot and larger scale campaign was a natural next step as we aim to be as representative and inclusive of our customers as possible. I've no doubt we will carry on using disabled models in a variety of shoots in the future."
The images can be seen in Debenhams' womenswear autumn winter launch windows in all stores across the UK and Ireland.
Debenhams is also trialling a revolutionary new wheelchair display product called a Mannequal in its Oxford Street window. Debenhams will be asking customers to feedback on this over the coming weeks.
Debenhams is a leading department stores group, and has a strong presence in key product categories including dresses (http://www.debenhams.com/women/dresses ), womens shoes (http://www.debenhams.com/women/shoes-boots ), handbags (http://www.debenhams.com/women/handbags-purses ), bridal lingerie (http://www.debenhams.com/lingerie ), mens shoes (http://www.debenhams.com/men/accessories/shoes-boots ) and clothing, home ware and children's wear with a number of Debenhams deals also on offer.
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Subscribers to high-end online shopping directory Sheerluxe.com have voted Laura Ashley best e-tailer for furniture in the first annual online shopping awards, beating off stiff competition from the likes of homeware giants John Lewis and Habitat.
Laura Ashley's range of furniture allows customers to create homes that ably combine quality, style and, crucially, comfort, with living room furniture that spans the spectrum from elegant fabric sofas in cool, classic shades to the luxe grandeur of commodious armchairs in deep berry velvet or rich brocade.
Dining room furniture like the Milton table, in honeyed shades of oak, is created with family-friendly meals in mind, while the glossy black finish of the Henshaw lends itself to more formal dining arrangements. Bedroom furniture and fabrics for little ones encompasses the sweetly fantastical nature of childhood whilst still holding bags of appeal for more refined adult tastes, and for grown-ups, offers a choice of delicate romanticism, fresh minimalism or sensual opulence - all geared towards making your bedroom the haven you desire.
"We were thrilled to see Laura Ashley win the 'Best for Online Furniture' category," says Sheerluxe.com's founder and editor, Georgie Coleridge Cole. "Whether you are looking for country style or something more contemporary, there is something for everyone. Unlike their competitors, every piece is available to view in their online brochure in lifestyle photography, as well as in stand-alone images. When you're ordering via the web it really helps to be able to see all furniture shot in situ. We are big fans of Laura Ashley at Sheerluxe - both in terms of the quality and price points of their furniture."
For more information please contact:
Laura Ashley PR Team
0207 880 5100
About Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley is one of the UK's leading retailers, with over 225 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, plus an expanding international business offering stylish, high quality, great value women's clothing and home furnishings. In the last financial year Laura Ashley sales were ?268.4 million.
As a much-loved British heritage brand Laura Ashley founded in 1953 provides a source of design-led items, good-quality yet accessible fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and home accessories and women's fashion.
The company also offers an excellent level of services including an array of bespoke options for the home, including made to order upholstery in a choice of over 100 fabric options, made to measure curtains & blinds and a comprehensive Design service.
Laura Ashley has growing franchise operations all over the world, including the Far East, Australia, Scandinavia and South America, as well as increasing numbers of licensing projects for products includi women's coats ng carpets, eyewear, scarves and bedlinen.
In addition to an increasing portfolio of store Laura Ashley also offers a mail order service and internet sales at http://www.lauraashley.com.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
On a constant mission to provide stand up paddlers with the sickest SUP gear available, Stand Up Pad women's coats online dle Flatwater is pumped to announce the addition of the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing collection to its comprehensive yet selective lineup.
"As soon as I saw the Premiere Paddle Surf designs, I couldn't wait to offer them to our customers," says Stand Up Paddle Flatwater co-owner Lainey Booth. Each one has a very classic yet current feel."
The seamless blend of traditional and modern elements is the result of ardent research and careful design by the Premiere Paddle Surf team, headed by Sean Cook, who is a stand up paddler himself.
In search of visuals that would resonate with SUP enthusiasts, the team gained access to archived photographs of early watermen like Duke Kahanamoku and spent hours pouring over books at the Surfing Heritage Museum in San Clemente, California. They also sought inspiration from their everyday surroundings to give the designs a fresh, exciting, up-to-the-minute quality. "We incorporated images we see every time we're on the water - like paddlers backlit by the sun," says Cook. For further refinement, prominent stand up paddle athletes were invited to offer feedback.
The outcome is a definitive line of stand up paddle apparel for men and women that includes T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and more.
Until now, stand up paddlers seeking to wear their love of the sport on their sleeves have been limited to apparel designed by consumers and apparel designed by board manufacturers and retailers as a secondary focus. By contrast, the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing line is created by a company solely focused on creating apparel that matches the SUP sensibility.
Stand Up Paddle Flatwater has been offering the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing line at its flagship store in Bend, Oregon for the past week to very positive responses. "I haven't seen SUP clothing this cool anywhere, not even in Hawaii," says avid stand up paddle surfer Tom Burke.
In addition to the Premiere Paddle Surf clothing line, Stand Up Paddle Flatwater also carries SUP apparel by a number of other top-quality brands like Victory KoreDry, Hobie, Kialoa, Stand Up Paddle Bend, and more.
Stand Up Paddle Flatwater is a full-service, family-owned online SUP shop dedicated to providing you with everything you need to have as much fun as possible with SUP. Whether you want to surf big waves, win races, get in shape, shoot rapids, just cruise, or do a little of everything, you can trust us to help you pick equipment you'll be stoked on. Telephone: 541.639.2655. Email: Info@StandUpPaddleFlatwater.com. Flagship store: Stand Up Paddle Bend, 550 SW Industrial Way, #115, Bend, OR 97702. Web: http://www.StandUpPaddleFlatwater.com.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Woolworths.co.uk is delighted to announce that it is now the major online destination for craft supplies.
Woolworths.co.uk has recognised that there is a growing, nostalgic trend for making personalised gifts and cards and to meet this, the brand has created an extensive arts and crafts (http://www.woolworths.co.uk/gifts-crafts/arts-crafts/e/b/100698.end) department within its online superstore.
The craft supplies (http://www.woolworths.co.uk/gifts-crafts/arts-crafts/e/b/100698.end) range features nearly 1500 products including pens, paints, craft tools, paper, card, envelopes, embellishments, paper craft equipment, craft technique supplies, needlecraft supplies and a kids arts and crafts range as well as specialist equipment such as embossing machines and paper crimpers. The products range in price from ?1.99-?599.99.
The range features craft supplies for people who are craft enthusiasts right down to people who are just beginners at the hobby, meaning there should be something for every skill level.
Available brands include My Craft Studio, Crafters Companion, Joanna Sheen, Circuit, Martha Stewart, DMC, Disney, Forever Friends and Keepsake card craft.
Woolworths.co.uk has teamed up with well-known crafting personality, Stephanie Weightman, who will be creating a set of bespoke and exclusive crafts and card projects and recording 'How To' video guides, as well as writing step by step breakdowns, which will be hosted online at Woolworths.co.uk. The videos are also available on Woolworth's You Tube page.
The first video to be added to the site features Stephanie showing customers how to make a home-made a Valentine's Day card. The 'How To' section of the site features a list of the all tool that are needed to complete the project, complete with links to the products on the Woolworths website.
Customers ordering the new range of arts and crafts supplies can either have them delivered to their home or can have them delivered to one of women's jackets 3500 neighbourhood stores nationwide, meaning customers can pick up their parcel at a time convenient for them.
Woolworths is part of Shop Direct Group who is the UK's largest online and home shopping retailer with sales of circa ?1.7 billion. The Group has 5m active customers and offers 1000's of big brands across a range of categories including toys (http://www.woolworths.co.uk/toys/e/b/5132.end), kids' clothes (http://www.woolworths.co.uk/kids-clothing/e/b/12472.end) women's clothing, men's clothing, furniture and electrical.
Brands within the Shop Direct Group portfolio include Very.co.uk, Littlewoods.co.uk, Littlewoods Ireland, Littlewoods Europe, Additions, Great Universal, Choice, Kays, Empire Stores and Marshall Ward.
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"Knowing how to manage your finances is an important skill throughout your life, but especially during times of economic uncertainty," said Jeff Courtney, senior vice president, Customer Support Division, Chase Card Services. "Fortunately, there are a variety of qualified organizations to provide assistance, and our Financial Literacy Grant Program is intended to improve awareness of those resources. We hope these grants will help people across the country get the information they need to increase their financial literacy, improve their financial situations and, as a result, their overall economic stability."
According to a recent survey by Freddie Mac and Roper Public Affairs and Media, 57 percent of late-paying borrowers still do not know lenders may offer workout options to help avoid foreclosure. However, borrower confusion is not limited to mortgages, but can extend across the financial industry.
"We are grateful for Chase's commitment to financial literacy through their Financial Literacy Grant Program," said Susan C. Keating, president and CEO of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). "By supporting NFCC Member Agencies across the country, these grants will directly help the many consumers who are in need of quality financial education and counseling services."
Chase's Financial Literacy Grant Program, now in its third year, gives consumers greater access to information, credit counseling services and the support resources that they need to take control of their finances and improve their financial health and stability. With its donation this year, Chase has provided $3.9 million in the past three years to more than 90 organizations. The nationwide program is part of the ongoing commitment by Chase to support financial education and literacy for people of all ages, so they can keep their finances in check while pursuing what really matters in their lives.
This year's grants will be sent to more than 30 organizations, including credit counseling agencies and consumer financial research groups. Chase grant recipients, such as the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Buffalo, Inc., the Young Women's Christian Association in El Paso, TX, and the Consumer Credit and Budgeting Counseling in Marmora, NJ, will use the grants directly for consumer education, community outreach and awareness programs, and for conducting research to design more effective financial literacy programs. There are also grant recipients like Take Charge America in Phoenix, AZ, a program that provides basic financial and budgeting education to high school students.
Each grant recipient is selected based on criteria that distinguish them among qualified credit counseling agencies that are providing valuable service and education to consumers both within their communities and throughout the country.
Chase Offers Long-term Support to Financial Literacy and Smart Credit Use
In addition to the Financial Literacy Grant Program and other financial literacy contributions, Chase offers a variety of resources for consumers on its Chase Clear & Simple Web site to help them better manage their personal finances and use credit wisely. For custo Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the oasap.com) mers, Chase provides a number of tools, policies and account management options to help customers gain greater control of their accounts, avoid fees and maintain their best interest rates, including:
-- Clear pricing practices: Chase will not increase interest rates for cardholders solely based on credit-bureau information.
-- Over-limit Controls: Customers can protect their accounts against over-limit fees by adding customized "controls" to their accounts that contain their spending within their credit limit.
-- Customized Payment Due Date: Chase customers can select their own payment due date, choosing the date that is most convenient for them
-- Free Account Alerts: To help customers avoid fees, Chase will send free reminders by e-mail, telephone or text message when a payment due date is approaching or when spending is nearing a credit limit.
Consumer Tips for Dealing with Financial Stress
Chase encourages consumers who are experiencing financial stress to reach out to their creditors or a certified credit counselor for solutions. The NFCC offers some basic tips to help customers avoid and better manage their debt:
-- Track your expenses. To find money available for savings, first determine where you are currently spending your money. Write down every cent you spend. At the end of the month, take a look at where your hard-earned cash really goes.
-- Create a budget and customize it to fit your lifestyle. A well-designed spending plan considers all sources of income, living expenses, debt obligations, and savings. Be sure to incorporate all three expense categories - fixed expenses (e.g., mortgage, auto loans and rent), variable expenses (e.g., credit cards, groceries, entertainment, clothes and gasoline) and periodic expenses (e.g., property taxes, home repair, and car maintenance).
-- DON'T start charging when there is no money. If you have no money left after paying your bills, you may be headed for trouble. It is not a good idea to routinely rely on your credit card to pay for living expenses when you don't have the cash available. As a general rule, you should not be spending more than 20 percent of your take-home income on credit card bills or loans, and this includes your car payment.
-- DON'T apply for new credit cards simply because you've reached the credit limit on existing cards. When your cards are taken to the limit, it is time to pay off the balance and adjust your spending habits - not apply for more cards.
-- DO make more than the minimum credit card payment. The NFCC recommends paying at least double the minimum required payment.
-- DO reduce expenses wherever possible. Look for no or low-cost entertainment and cut back on other day-to-day spending. Small reductions in daily spending quickly add up to big savings. Trimming $5 from your daily expenses adds up to more than $1,800 over the course of a year!
-- DO work with your creditors. If you encounter any problems repaying your debts, contact the creditor immediately and explain the situation. Creditors often will work with you to come up with an alternate payment arrangement.
-- Get to know your credit report better. Dedicate spring cleaning time as the annual time to review your credit report, which you can get for free at http://www.annualcreditreport.com or by calling (877) 322-8228. A credit report contains information about your credit and loan history, including amounts and payment history and is used extensively by potential lenders to evaluate your credit worthiness. Read each report carefully as there may be discrepancies between the three credit bureaus. If you find errors, file a dispute with the credit bureau.
-- DO seek help from a credit counselor. If you have been unable to resolve your finances on your own, consider working with an NFCC certified credit counselor to create a plan you can live with, one that helps you budget your money and repay your debt. An NFCC member agency can customize a spending plan that fits your lifestyle. Contact an NFCC member agency near you, call 1-800-388-2227, or log onto http://www.nfcc.org.
As a leader in the financial community, Chase offers customers what matters most to their financial well-being. Chase pledges advocacy, access, protection, recognition, and value for its customers' financial needs.
About JPMorgan Chase & Co.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $1.6 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase serves millions of consumers and businesses in the United States and many of the world's most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients under its JPMorgan and Chase brands. Information about the firm is available at http://www.jpmorganchase.com.
**Please see the following addendum for 2008 grant recipients.
Addendum A - Chase Card Services 2008 Financial Literacy Grant Recipients