Amsterdam shop combines fashion and wood

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You can find many a unique shop in Holland, but one particular business in Amsterdam stands out for its use of wood in a wide range of fashion products including jewelry, sunglasses, hats, watches and even home decor items. The company is called Two-O and we'll show you some of … Continue reading

EU New Initiatives for Single Digital Market

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Earlier this week the European Commission announced a 3-prong initiative to grow total online sales within the union by reducing existing barriers and pushing for cross border fluidity. The action comes one year after the commission first announced one of its key priorities, the creation of a "Single Digital Market" within the European … Continue reading

Hudson’s Bay to Open Stores in Holland

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Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay has confirmed that it has acquired the leases for 20 "prime" V&D department store locations in Holland and will start opening stores by mid-2017, approximately a year from now. Vroom & Dreesmann was the last remaining moderately-priced Dutch department store chain before it went out of … Continue reading

Spring 2016 Top 10 Trend Colors in Fashion

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As always, we turn to our friends at Pantone, the foremost experts in color, for guidance on Spring 2016's hottest trend colors in fashion ready-to-wear and accessories. What we see in the palette is a range of 5 soothing dusties, 3 bolder vegetable tones and rounded out with 2 neutrals. With thousands of color … Continue reading

Perry Sport, AktieSport Latest Dutch Chains in Bankruptcy

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USG (Unlimited Sports Group), the Dutch parent company of sporting goods chains Perry Sport and AktieSport, is the latest retailer in the Netherlands to seek bankruptcy court protection. The company employs over 2,500 workers in its 300+ stores located throughout the Benelux, as well as distribution centers and headquarters. The company … Continue reading

V&D Department Stores to Fold

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In late December (2015), V&D department stores, the 62-store Dutch retail chain sought bankruptcy protection from creditors. A warm November-December led to weaker than expected holiday sales, and leaving the retailer with a glut of cold-weather items such as boots, gloves and outerwear. Sun Capital, the American investment firm which … Continue reading

Gift Idea 13: e-Gift Cards

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Despite the valiant shopping efforts people make during the holiday season, sometimes we still find ourselves at the 11th hour with a few names on that Christmas List without a line through it. Unfortunately just about every online retailer is telling you gifts ordered at this point will be delivered after Christmas. … Continue reading

Department Stores Expand Outlet Divisions

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Department stores are deciding more and more frequently to invest in their own off-price outlet stores in order to retain those customers who flock to retailers such as Marshall's, Ross Dress For Less and Burlington when they are looking for discounted designer brands. While some department store chains such as … Continue reading