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

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

Gift Idea 13: e-Gift Cards

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

Gift Idea 11: Collectible Holiday Bears

No matter what age you are, a stuffed teddy bear always takes you back to when you were a child and the fond memories you have of the holidays. For this reason, our Christmas gift idea #11 is collectible holiday bears. Most of these bears are embroidered with the year, … Continue reading

Target Stores Quietly Begins International Shipping

American discount department store Target has quietly begun accepting online orders from abroad and shipping them internationally which is bound to make many expats from the United States quite happy. After all, no stores here in Europe are really equivalent in terms of the assortment + price + fashion equation. In Holland, the … Continue reading

Fragrance Exclusives at Top Department Stores

One of the benefits of being a highly respected retailer with a bit of clout, is being able to request exclusives from your fragrance suppliers. Not only does it look good in marketing, being the sole distributor of Brand X's Fragrance Y in Region Z, but it helps set the … Continue reading

Womens Floral Accessories for Spring-Summer

The garden of fashion retail is in full bloom with a plethora of floral printed shoes, handbags, tech and travel accessories from designers like Marc Jacobs, Kate Spade, Oscar de la Renta, Dolce & Gabanna and Charlotte Olympia. You might have a hard time trying to decide between roses, hydrangea, … Continue reading

Christmas Shopping in London (Virtually)

London is a great city to visit and shop anytime of the year, but especially at the holidays. The energy and hustle & bustle of London easily gets you in a festive mood. Throngs of Christmas shoppers, all bundled up and rushing about under tinseled street decorations, is like a … Continue reading

H&M to Take Over Maison de Bonneterie Locations

Not too long ago we eulogized the Maison de Bonneterie store in The Hague prior to its closing. We provided some insight into the history of the landmark building and rhetorically wondered what would become of the location?  The answer to that question was revealed today when Vogue NL announced … Continue reading