Amsterdam shop combines fashion and wood

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

Hudson’s Bay to Open Stores in Holland

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

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

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

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

Department Stores Expand Outlet Divisions

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

Gift Idea 9: Keyrings

In need of Christmas gift suggestions for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list? H2H gift idea #9 is keyring (or keychain or fob, depending on how you refer to this item). We love them as a Christmas gift (or anytime of the year for that matter) because they are easy to transport, are a great … Continue reading

Gift Idea 5: USB Flash Drives

In today's modern, mobile world, we all would love quick access to our media files stored on a home computer, whether they be music files, video file or even documents. This may be the case for those who have a long commute to work and need more variety of entertainment than will fit … Continue reading

Gift Idea 2: Personalized Gifts

Nothing quite conveys that time and forethought went into selecting a gift for someone than a personalized gift. This can either be in the form of a present which is actually custom embroidered or embossed or a stock item which simply has the recipient's first or last initial.  You'll be … Continue reading