Corona partners with Spotify for its SunSet Sessions - Retail Gazette

“Looking for a bar that felt like minded” led Mexican beer brand Corona to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, says Steph Okell, Marketing Manager for Corona. SunSet sessions from the lager brand are to be spread across bars in the UK and will include ‘beach themed’ Corona evenings to push drinks in the lead up to Corona's SunSet Festival this summer. The sessions will be spread out as a series of exclusive music events which will take place at set venues that Corona is partnering with. They aim to

Selfie generation ditches Canon for mobile - Retail Gazette

Consumer spending through smartphones and tablets is set to rise to a staggering £53.6bn by 2024, compared to 2014’s figure of £9.7bn according to research from Barclays. The news means that retailers who aren’t creating mobile friendly sites are most likely going to miss out. However, not all retailers are welcoming developments in mobile technology.  Imaging and optical product specialist Canon has today announced a substantial 29% decrease in its first quarter profit – primarily due to snap

The Polo Bar: Ralph Lauren’s latest venture - Retail Gazette

Chic, luxurious and with equestrian themed décor, Ralph Lauren’s Polo Bar is everything you would expect from the world famous fashion designer. The restaurant and bar is set to open this month at 1 East 55th Street, just down the road from a New York Ralph Lauren store. It will follow in the steps of Giorgio Armani and Bergdorf Goodman who have also created successful restaurants in the area. It will be Ralph Lauren’s third bar and cuisine venture, following his RL Grill in San Francisco and

Easter pushes fashion sales - Retail Gazette

Easter provided varied results for retailers this year, although overall the industry appears to have profited. Data released by IRI, the retail and FMCG market intelligence company,  found that Easter confectionery sales were up strongly in 2015, and UK retailers had a better than expected Easter period. Sales of confectionary were up by 8.6% over the five week period which ended the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Though sales were up to £111m in the final week before Easter, the IRI believes

Are retailers ignoring plus-size fashion? - Retail Gazette

Lingerie business Lane Bryant is causing a stir after it alluded to Victoria’s Secret in its latest ad campaign. The US plus sized retailer compared its models to Victoria’s Secret ‘angels’ on its website: “They’re no angels — and they own it. Join the women who are redefining sexy by posting your personal statement of confidence using the hashtag #ImNoAngel”. Lane Bryant has gone from an unobtrusive retailer to a global online sensation in no more than 10 characters. The Ohio based company’

Locality key to capitalising in Russia and Eastern Europe - Retail Gazette

While many companies have struggled in parts of Eastern Europe and Russia, following political instability, Tesco’s F&F will be opening its first outlets in Moscow, Russia in June. The Russian franchise operator Debruss will also be opening a further store in August in Moscow. Two out of three of the new Russian ventures will be within Debenhams stores, following the F&F brand launching in the UK and Ireland in 2001. At an Internet Conference, titled, ‘Wild Wild East- How to succeed in E-Comme

Cafes in Paris - Ten Belles | Cafes, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Places to Eat in Paris | HG2 A hedonist's guide to...

A worthy detour from the sunny quais along the Canal Saint-Martin, Ten Belles is a miniature delight whose spot-on motto (“drinking good coffee is sexy”) is reason enough to venture in. That and the fact that it’s one of the better places in Paris for third-wave coffee. The modern café is busy with avid espresso swillers, likely found reading or chatting outdoors on a nice day (lack of Wi-Fi makes this a largely laptop-free zone). Inside, there are a handful of tables downstairs, with a mezzani

Gucci Westman says goodbye to Revlon - Retail Gazette

Gucci Westman, Global Artistic Director for Revlon, has announced that she is leaving her role from 15 April. After joining in 2008, Westman created colour collections or ‘colour stories’ which have been linked to the company’s global success. Martine Williamson, Senior Vice President at Revlon commented on how Westman, “helped elevate the brand within the world of fashion and inspired us to push the envelope in the colour collection category”. Famous for her attention to detail, Westman is re

George Osborne: Back enterprise and “you raise more revenue” - Retail Gazette

“Today I report on a Britain that is growing and paying its way”, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said early this afternoon. Aiming to take over the successful German economy in the next 15 years, Osborne said that global expansion and business development is fundamental to 2015’s Budget. UK economic growth has been forecast at 2.5% in 2015, while 2016 - 2018 hopes to maintain a growth of 2.3%. Following Retail Gazette’s morning article, ‘What retailers can expect from budget Brita

London goes mad for Parisian fashion - Retail Gazette

London, the multicultural capital of the UK, appears to be replicating a Parisian ‘boutique’ high street to capitalise on consumer love for everything French. With a turbulent economy, Paris is a difficult market to conquer, as it is only just emerging from three years of stagnation. Though there is something to be said for the fashion capital, with tech giant Apple having selected lux department store Les Galeries Lafayette as one of its key destinations to debut the new Apple Watch. "Paris i

Chanel launches ‘e-service’ plan - Retail Gazette

After recently confirming that it will align its prices, fashion power house Chanel is now preparing for another ‘universal’ move that will allow the luxury retailer to sell its goods online. The news that Chanel will soon be launching e-commerce has been contemplated for some time, though Chanel’s President of Fashion, Bruno Palovsky rejected the idea back in 2012 when he said: “What we want today - and the way we use digital - is to have more and more people come to the boutique to see the p

LFW: project technology - Retail Gazette

“Gone are the days where stores are the forefront of the marketing stage and mobile devices are used predominantly for text messages and playing snake”, says Matthieu Chouard at RichRelevance, an omnichannel personalisation specialist. This couldn’t more true than at this season’s ‘Fashion Month’, where technology dominated the catwalk. The runway no longer attracts fashion stereotypes, instead technology businesses, financial experts and even politicians are entering the ‘serious’ fashion scen

Is the activewear hype here to stay? - Retail Gazette

An analysis by retail analytics company EDITD has found activewear a sector to watch this year. No longer favoured by gym fanatics alone, sportswear is now becoming an everyday fashion staple. EDITD cites that retailers in the US and UK have increased their active offering by 203% compared to April 2013. The push has come from growing popularity in sportswear by fashion designers such as Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham - the latter pushing the new fitness trend SoulCycle. There was clea

Unusual Prague Sculptures

The City of a Hundred Spires may be famous for its architecture, but there’s more to Prague than its skyline. Home to an exciting avant-garde art scene that spills out of the museums and onto the streets, you’ll find plenty of public art on display across the city. Something of a household name in the Czech Republic, David Černý has created many of the most famous Prague sculptures, with his Tower Babies and upside down horse among the best known (and most bizarre) public artworks on display. Yo
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