King’s Day Orange in Holland

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The Netherlands celebrates its first Kings Day on Saturday, April 26th. The color of the day? Bright orange. This is the color of the Royal Family, descents of the House of Oranje-Nassau, and a color which has been accepted more broadly as the color of the Dutch people. Have you got your orange fashion item prepared for the day? If not, here are 21 clothing and accessory items available online which can get you all set for the biggest holiday of the year in the Lowlands. Order today to get your item well in advance of Kings Night (the night … Continue reading

House of Fraser Bought By Chinese Conglomerate

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If you haven't been keeping up with retail news, a pretty big story broke broke about a week ago and was confirmed earlier today. The 60-unit British department store chain House of Fraser is being bought by China's Sanpower Group. The deal is set to be finalized later this week, according to Women's Wear Daily. House of Fraser has been a part of the retail scene in Great Britain since 1849. During its colorful history, it acquired many other department stores, including Beatties, Jenners and Howells. But probably the most well-known store it acquired was Harrods in 1959. House of Fraser owned Harrods … Continue reading

Mens Designer Camouflage Looks for Spring 2014

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Camouflage is one of those prints which always seems to be around in fashion, just like florals, paisley and stripes. But this doesn't mean it is always "in fashion." The life cycle of a fashion trend works like this: designer sees a print they like (or devlops one) which they incorporate into items within their collection, the collection is sold to retailers, the retailers sell to their customers. Based on how well it sells, line merchandisers for moderate brands and mass marketers decide if they think it could appeal to a broader customer base. If so, they interpret the look … Continue reading

Bicycles & Bike Accessories

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The Netherlands is known for having a particular fondness for bicycles. Everybody cycles in Holland…commuters, students, mothers with toddlers, senior citizens, elementary school children, bar hoppers, police officers, competitive cyclists, fundraisers and on and on. It is estimated there are more bicycles in Holland than there are people. It is certainly not uncommon to see quite unique bicycle shapes, sizes and accessories such as those pictured above. Will Holland's preferred form of transportation catch on elsewhere? Our neighbors in the UK cycle quite a bit these days. The Italians and French love to bike through the countryside. Biking in Hong Kong … Continue reading

Spring 14 Trend: Royal Blue Accessories

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Head into any department store or fashion boutique and you'll undoubtedly find a fair share of blue accessories; bags, shoes, jewelry, even cosmetics ranging from cobalt to royal to imperial blue. The image below happens to be from a high end shop in The Hague, which carries brands such as Jimmy Choo, Prada, YSL and Dior.  Below you will find a sampling of accessories in this season's hottest fashion color: BLUE.  1- Carvela Cara cobalt blue dress sandal with gold metal ornamentation (£120 at House of Fraser), 2- A/X Armani Exchange gold-face watch with royal blue leather band (£125 House of Fraser), 3- Lilly Pulitzer … Continue reading

Sarah Jessica Parker and Nordstrom Team Up

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Sarah Jessica Parker, best known for her playing Carrie Bradshaw, the fictional New York relationships columnist and over the top fashionista, has created a capsule collection which launches this week exclusively at select Nordstrom stores as well as on Nordstrom.com. As one would expect, the mini-collection is focused primarily on two product categories: shoes and bags, with a few iconic clothing pieces, such as a grosgrain-trimmed nylon trench available in navy and khaki. In support of the launch, Parker is make in-store appearances at 5 Nordstrom stores throughout the country. These include a pop up store in New York's SoHo (372 … Continue reading

Fashion Clothing Chain Stores in Holland

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If you have newly arrived to The Hague, Rotterdam, Leiden, Delft, Amsterdam or some other city here in the Netherlands, you will undoubtedly come across a lot of stores you don't recognize. Some may be mom & pop stores, with just one or two units, while others are actually chain stores. Figuring out which are which can take some time on your own. Having a little guidance, with a quick profile of each chain can be helpful to a new resident or tourist visiting the Netherlands.  The following is a list of popular fashion clothing retail chain stores operating here … Continue reading

Saks Fifth Avenue to Open in Canada

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Almost 3 months to the day Hudson Bay Corporation (HBC) closed the deal to acquire American luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, it announced the first Saks store openings in Canada. Both stores will be located in Toronto, the most populated city in the country and forth most populated in North America (after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles). While the announcement comes as no surprise, having been mentioned in the takeover plan, the location and timing of the openings sends a direct message to Nordstrom that it will need to compete hard to get market share. Nordstrom previously announced six … Continue reading

Spring 2014 Color Trends in Fashion

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In these dark gray days of winter, what is there to brighten your outlook? How about a preview of the hottest fashions color trends for Spring 2014?! There are certainly enough primary brights and rich floral tones to instill a fair amount of excitement into an otherwise bleak forecast. One need only look at what is being celebrated as the color of the year for 2014, radiant orchid (Pantone # 18-3224), to understand to depth of hew prevalent in designer collections for the Spring season. According to our friends at Pantone, owner of the world's most respected color reference library, … Continue reading

February 14 Is Just Around The Corner

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Time to start giving thought to all things Cupid! Valentine's Day will be here before you know it, so why not start considering how you are going to show your that one who has your heart just how special they are? Here are Valentine's Day gift suggestions available at a few of our favorite retailers: 1- KATE SPADE gold and hot pink heart earrings ($48 Bloomingdales), 2- BCBGeneration L-O-V-E bracelet ($28 Nordstrom), 3- COACH Classic Signature watch($178 Bloomingdales), 4- MICHAEL Michael Kors gold watch with hot pink face ($180 Nordstrom), 5- Harrods crystal-encrusted cosmetics bag (£15 Harrods), 6- TOM FORD eye … Continue reading

Expansion News for Nordstrom

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Nordstrom is an iconic name when it comes to the retail industry. The venerable 137-year old establishment has expanded from its roots as a small regional shoe chain in the Pacific Northwest, renown for its high-level of customer service, to become a major force in the American fashion world. And it's not about to stop there! In late 2009, Nordstrom partnered with a company called Fifty One, which enabled it to begin accepting, fulfilling and shipping orders from international customers abroad. This has allowed international shoppers familiar with Nordstrom (for example, tourists who might visit a Nordstrom store while vacationing in the States, American expatriates … Continue reading

Lord & Taylor Mizner Park

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If you haven't been in South Florida lately, you may not be aware that a few short months ago, Lord & Taylor continued its recent expansion (begun in 2012) by returning to South Florida with its first full-price store in almost a decade. The 80,000 square foot, 2-level L&T store is located at Mizner Park, the outdoor lifestyle center located in Boca Raton, Florida. The brand and merchandise assortment in the Boca Raton store is well edited, with a focus on brands more relevant to the Florida market. That need for a special assortment becomes much more apparent in the Fall/Winter than in … Continue reading

Where to Find the Best Online Discount Shopping

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These days everyone shops online, and why not? The convenience of being able to do it at your own leisure, regardless of the time, in your own home, without having to brave the elements, the crowds and the potential disappointment of driving all the way to a store just to find out they are sold out of what you wanted. One of the things that has not been as easy to get online are the great deals you can find in places like Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx, Off Fifth and the like. Online discounters are far and few between when … Continue reading

Spring 2014 NL Concerts and Events

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The following is a list of major concerts, theater shows and events taking place in and around the Netherlands from January to June 2014.   Spring 2014 Concerts & Events in the Netherlands             ARTIST MONTH DATE CITY VENUE TICKETS MICHAEL BUBLE JAN SUN, 19 JAN AMSTERDAM ZIGGO DOME TICKETS MAROON 5/ ROBIN THICKE JAN MON, 20 JAN AMSTERDAM ZIGGO DOME TICKETS ABN AMRO TENNIS TOUR. FEB M-SU, 10-16 FEB ROTTERDAM AHOY TICKETS ELLIE GOULDING FEB SUN, 15 FEB AMSTERDAM HEINEKEN MH TICKETS JAMES BLUNT MAR SUN, 2 MAR AMSTERDAM HEINEKEN MH TICKETS GAVIN DEGRAW … Continue reading

Spring 2014 UK Concerts and Events

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List of major concerts and events in and around London (England, U.K.) It includes arenas such as Wembley and the O2.  Tickets to Major Concerts & Events in UK (Spring 2014) ARTIST MONTH DAY/DATE CITY VENUE TICKETS MAROON 5 JAN FRI, 10 JAN LONDON O2 TICKETS MAROON 5 JAN SAT, 11 JAN LONDON O2 TICKETS TAYLOR SWIFT FEB SAT, 1 FEB LONDON O2 TICKETS TAYLOR SWIFT FEB SUN, 2 FEB LONDON O2 TICKETS TAYLOR SWIFT FEB TUE, 3 FEB LONDON O2 TICKETS BRIT AWARDS FEB WED, 19 FEB LONDON O2 TICKETS X-FACTOR LIVE MAR SAT, 8 MAR LONDON WEMBLEY TICKETS ELLIE … Continue reading