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Bristol, Somerset, 13/05/2013 —
The lookbook idea is not so new anymore but it is a huge investment for brands and retailers alike. The finished product though is a great way, particularly for online shoppers, to see what they are buying ‘in action’ as it were. This summer season Lookbook has great backdrops and location shoots, with great real Bristol street views as background to the models and the stunning new season clothes.
Shot over the course of a couple of days in Bristol the photos, models and editing crew have created an amazing slideshow of great urban streetwear for consumers to really digest and consider before turning to Street Casuals catalogue for their summer purchases of urban clothing.
Street casuals have certainly gone from strength to strength stocking many of the world’s top and upcoming urban clothing brands. Owner Will said “The Lookbook is something that we invest in twice a year. We are very proud of our creative team as they have once again pulled a great shoot out of the bag. The ever increasing range of labels and brands that we stock means that visitors to our website or our boutique in Cardiff can be assured of the best streetwear available in the UK.”
We had a good look round the site and found everything from Happy Socks to the Penfield brand, all from a UK based dispatch centre. Seriously, these guys have seemingly got it all.
The weather maybe cold and spring might be a little late but the urban clothing world moves to its own pace as the seasons collections arrive in time for the next phase of the year. The streetwear world in particular has many people waiting for the next releases and this March is no different. The et Casuals boutique, in Cardiff city centre, has just taken delivery of the Clae SS’13 range of footwear.
The top US label that is well known for its footwear, have released a collection for 2013 that is based on classic lines, but is not just a straight re-using of the classics. They seem to have been taken with some newer fabrics and have found some funky new versions on the silhouette theme and gone to the front of the class with their prints. They have, for instance, used cork on their Mills runner. The Desmond and the Nicholson both have Vibram soles for durability – something that has not always been the case in the designer footwear market.
Street Casuals owner Will said “We are absolutely stoked to take these in to stock. It is a great time of year for the urban clothing market as we let go of the winter stock and start to receive and display new vibrant colours, styles and textures for the summer. Having the shop now as well as the online business means that we can display these physical goods to their best here in Cardiff. Roll on summer!”
The world of streetwear is no longer limited to skateboards and street artists anyone can buy men’s urban clothing from streetcasuals.com. And as the winter (hopefully) draws to a close the fastest selling fashion forward items available in their shop and online will probably switch from beanie to snapback (from their hats page: http://streetcasuals.com/8-hats) as temperatures rise – although there are snowflakes outside this window as I type.
Award-winning field marketing agency Cosine are launching a new specialist service focusing on the convenience sector. Using their long standing experience it retail execution and the recent addition of Richard Sankey to their senior management team Cosine has created a shared convenience service, to ensure brands can capitalise on the exceptional growth being forecast in the Convenience market.
Many experts have predicted significant growth in the Convenience sector over the next five years, based on changing shopping habits, an increase in single-person households, less car use and tightened budgets for households of any size. In fact, the IGD’s 2012-2017 UK channel forecast suggests that the Convenience sector will grow by 5.1% per year and bring in an extra £10 billion worth of sales over this period, a total increase of 28.5%.
Despite this projected growth, 60% of consumers claim their opinion of a Convenience store is negatively affected by the availability of core staples. This shows that availability remains the key issue for the Convenience sector.
Cosine’s dedicated team have the skills and insight to fix availability and in-store compliance, increase distribution levels and therefore sales. And of course this team is supported by a robust convenience channel database meaning Cosine make the right calls at the right time, increasing clients ROI in the process.
Richard Sankey discusses the growth of the Convenience sector and also the exciting new service that Cosine have launched in the latest post of Cosine’s ‘Expert View’ series on the Cosine Blog. Sankey uses his piece to pose the questi “are brands in good shape to take their share of this growth?”.
About Richard Sankey
Richard Sankey is Business Unit Director B2B Sales at Cosine UK. Richard has 22 years industry experience working predominantly across convenience and impulse channels, selling directly to retailers and consumers, with brands such as HP, Bulmer and Twining’s. Richard says: “I believe the industry is increasingly moving towards being led by data to drive the very best sales solutions and Cosine is a market leader is the use of data to design and execute field marketing solutions”.
Cosine UK is a leading field marketing agency with experience of all manner of field sales campaigns, from merchandising and product sampling to sales team training, in-store branding and more.
Last Thursday 7th march 2013 saw the launch party for the Street Casuals’ Cardiff Boutique new expanded sales area. The event kicked off 3 days of special offers and in-store deals that has been given a massive thumbs-up by the customers at the shop. The decor and displays were of particular note and gave the whole shopping experience a more inclusive dimension.
The evening event was organised to show off the recently refurbished upper sales floor and with free drinks on the night along with DJ Bailey the evening was a great success. There were special giveaways and promotions in-store as well as a special ticket price for Bailey’s appearance at F.A.O.’s bash at the Buffalo Bar in Cardiff later that night.
The exclusive offers extended over this last weekend and were snapped up by eager streetwear shoppers at the store. Owner Will said ‘We had an amazing response on Thursday and the shop has been buzzing all weekend too. The boutique is going from strength to strength as we integrate into the Cardiff shopping experience.’
Street Casuals are one of the leading online retailers of streetwear in the UK and their online store is really a one-stop-shop for all the biggest and best global urban streetwear brands. As the weather returns to winter temperatures again it is companies like Street Casuals that keep high quality anti-winter clothing available. Being able to buy Penfield jackets in the UK, makes staying warm and stylish easy to do.
So whether you need a Diamond Supply beanie from Street Casuals or a Huf t-shirt the choice is vast and the people of Cardiff can go one better than shopping online by getting down to the Street Casuals Boutique to experience this fun and funky place to feel and buy urban fashions latest offerings.
There are many ways to face the winter months, hunker down stay small and wait it out, ignore it and pretend nothing is happening or get out in it and revel in its majesty taking every opportunity to grow and prepare for the coming spring. Well, Street Casuals (the Bristol based online streetwear retailer) has been doing the latter. With a burgeoning catalogue of global brands already on its books; it has added the Diamond Supply Company Ladies Urban Fashion to it.
The online store has stocked Diamond Supply Company for men until now but has recently closed the deal on stocking the Ladies range as well. This brings the ladies streetwear range available at their website more in line with the array of general streetwear and men’s urban clothing.
Diamond Supply Company started in 1998 by Nick Tershay (known as Nick Diamond) as a skateboard clothing and accessory brand. Nick has designed skateboards and the company runs a world class skateboarding team too. The 2005 days of the ‘Tiffany’ Dunk sneaker were a heady time of world fame and sold out stock that boosted the brand into an un-paralleled position. In more recent years the team at Diamond Supply headquarters have been focusing on the styles and cuts that keep this brand up to date and ahead of the times in the streetwear world.
The addition of the ladies range to Street Casual’s catalogue means that their continued expansion to include specific ranges for girls has just bumped up yet another notch. The globally sourced streetwear by Street Casuals offered for women already run to Penfield, Vans, Dr Denim and Carhartt. So Street Casuals now offer ladies diamond supply in the UK too.
So as we all steel ourselves for another month or two of the winter process perhaps for the ladies at least there is a website that might hint at better days to come. Skateboard parks are renowned for being emptier in the winter months, so maybe it is time to buy some cool 2013 urban outfits and get out and steal a march on practising for the coming skate trick season.
Famous luxury car manufacturers, Porsche Design Group are celebrating their 40th birthday with a forward thinking marketing campaign that utilises Touchcode technology in an innovative voucher. The Touchcode technology enables the voucher to contain invisible data code that can be used in combination with many popular touchscreen devices. In order to create this modern marketing campaign, Porsche Design Group has joined forces with the relatively new company, Printechnologics who first released the Touchcode technology to the market during 2011.
Once a physical voucher is acquired the activation process is simple. Using one of the supported touchscreen smart devices, head to www.porsche-design40y.com. With the page loaded simply place the voucher on top on the devices screen. From here the webpage should compute the invisible Touchcode and unlock the exclusive content within. Voucher holders will have access to a wide range of discounts, promotions and customised content that is available exclusively online. The online voucher is currently only redeemable through iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy SII and SIII devices.
The Touchcode technology separates itself from other options in interactive digital marketing as it does not necessarily need to be used with a device with a camera or pre-installed app. Instead, Touchcode is able to provide instant delivery of unlockable content via its invisible data that is coded directly onto any printable surface such as paper and plastic. This allows for marketing campaigns to move away from other more visually disruptive technologies such as QR codes.
The CEO and co-founder of Printechnologics, Sascha Voigt released this statement regarding their partnership with Porsche Design Group:
“Once more an internationally prestigious company, well-known for its exquisite style and high quality, has selected out forward-looking Touchcode”
Printechnologics has quickly become one of the leading developers of printing solutions and functionalities. Printechnologics pride themselves on creating products that combine physical printed items that integrate digital aspects. This technology has been implemented in everything from forgery-proof packaging to the new Touchcode technology as used by Porsche.
The Porsche Design Studio has been providing elegant and desirable designer goods to complement their range of luxury cars since its inception in 1972. Originally founded by the grandson of the founder of the entire Porsche company, Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the Design Studio began work in Stuttgart, Germany before being relocated to Zell am See, Austria two years later. The Design Studio has produced a wide range of car-related accessories that include T-shirts, calendars, model cars and even a range of luggage. The design house has also been responsible for creating Porsche designs for a range of industrial applications including streetcars for Vienna.
X Factor superstar, Ella Henderson has been involved in the UK introduction of a new piano that has been designed by Peugeot and created by established piano producer, Pleyel. Seventeen year old Ella Henderson performed using the new piano in an exclusive, one off performance. Ella demonstrated her own incredible vocal and pianist abilities with an acoustic performance of Cher’s record, ‘Believe’. The performance also showcased the unique, sophisticated sound of the newly produced piano. Following the show, Ella spoke about her experience using the new instrument:
“It’s been a real privilege to be one of the first performers to play on the Peugeot Design Lab Pleyel piano. The design of it is so different to anything I’ve played on before and while it comes from a company more recognised for their stylish cars, it looks so futuristic and sounds incredible. It definitely added something to my performance today. My emotions today were a mixture of excitement and nervous energy, but I was worried people might be paying more attention to the piano than me!”
The pioneering piano includes a set of features and specifications that really sets it out against what people would normally expect from a piano. Weighing in at 614kg, the piano is based on a Renner professional mechanic, tailored to specification by Pleyel themselves. Both the foot and cover of the piano and constructed from composite carbon fibre and the foot features an independent braking system. The piano is finished in stylish black lacquer and white hues.
One major design feature of the Peugeot Design Lab Pleyel Piano is that due to the layout of the piano, the audience can actually see the pianist perform from all frontal angles, showcasing the pianist’s hands as they play. This also means that both the audience and performer can enjoy a greater degree of sound response and interaction. This model is the first piano in history that enables this to take place, breaking away from traditional side-on performance approach used by pianists across the globe.
While the Peugeot brand is normally associated with their range of city and family cars, their engineering prowess extends far further than automotive design and manufacture. Peugeot have been involved in the production of automobiles for over 120 years and they also boast a wealth of industrial heritage that spans over 200 years. The French company began life in 1810 as a coffee mill company before switching to manufacturing bicycles in 1830. It was in 1882 when Peugeot first started producing cars before adding motorcycles to their list in 1898. Founded in 1807, Pleyel also has a rich French history. The family run firm has produced pianos for famous French composers including Chopin, Debussy and Stravinsky.
Nairobi based company, MoDe have been announced as IBM’s Global Entrepreneur of the year as part of their ongoing ‘SmartCamps’ scheme. The innovative firm plans to spread the availability of ‘nano finance’ to the numerous users of pre-paid mobile phones that populate the African continent. MoDe tackles the problem of nano finance in an interesting way – by using flexible mobile payment schemes to provide users with mobile airtime as and when they need it. The company was able to gain media attention and international recognition via IBM’s SmartCamp scheme that aims to identify small and early stage businesses that share similar objectives to IBM’s Smarter Planet plans.
MoDe’s CEO and co-founder, Julian Kyula released this statement regarding their SmartCamp success:
“Being named the IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year is a tremendous honour and will accelerate out ability to create new markets. The access to clients and potential investors that we have had through the SmartCamp program would have taken out company 10 years to achieve on our own, with IBm it took less than six months.”
MoDe were originally established in 2010 to provide value added services linked to the mobile phone industry in developing countries. MoDo operates across 7 countries within Africa with 10 more lined up ready for implementation. The product that won MoDo the attention of IBM’s SmartCamp is named the Airtime Credit Service (ACS). The ACS enables pre paid mobile phone users to use emergency airtime credit in order to make calls when their prepaid subscription amount runs out. Users can then repay their usage the next time they top up. This enables adopters of the scheme an degree of flexibility when it comes to mobile phone payments, allowing them to stay connected regardless of their short term financial situation. The scheme has already experienced widespread adoption with over 200 million transactions taking place through the service. The scheme is also beneficial to network providers with Airtel and MTN both increasing revenues generated through subscribers.
This is by no means the first venture that has received assistance from IBM’s SmartCamp scheme. Previous applicants have gone on to raise in excess of $90 million in investments from big players in venture capital. The scheme is spread across 20 locations across the globe and provides 2 days of mentoring, networking and judging on product and service ideas put forward to hopeful companies. MoDe was chosen as this year’s winner due to the innovative nature of their product, their growing client base and their firm’s objective alignment with IBM’s Smarter Planet schemes.
The general manager of IBM’s Entrepreneur Programs, Jim Corgel released this statement regarding the event:
“Every day we are working with startups around the world to grow markets in big data, cloud and mobile computing. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with MoDe as we bring new mobile solutions to our clients around the world.”
The first few days of New York Fashion Week (#NYFW) have been impeded by a force bigger than the egos of many of the top designers – the weather. Nemo (the name that has been given to the storm that raged over the NY area) laid several inches of snow over the fashionistas and their acolytes causing the great and good to choose more practical clothing for their arrivals at the event. This year’s fashionable collections have contained more than a little of the phenomenon of streetwear, but who would have expected attendees to be donning so much outerwear of this nature to attend the show.
Since the 7th February, there have been many catwalk shows and so far the wild, wacky and downright beautiful designs have certainly not been a letdown and those that have braved the less than sartorial elegance of outerwear and wellies have been treated to some stunning looks. There is certainly an influence of streetwear creeping into the collections this year, once more confirming the importance of this once sub-cultured style and look.
Of the shows that we have seen so far that have contained an element or 3 of urban/streetwear styling the ones that stand out are:
Edun: with a 1980s streetwear sentiment.
Selena Gomez showed on the 7th Feb and has been working with the Adidas NEO label to promote their streetwear range (outside of NYFW).
Kenneth Cole exhibited for the first time in 7 years exploiting streetwear influences with colours like deep green, gray and black.
Even the Smurfs are getting in on the act (I know, I know!) but on the 13th of Feb at an after event there will be a show curated by Samia Grand-Pierre and Lois Sakany who are from the website – Highsnobette.com; the show is called “Le Look Smurfette” and apparently will ‘…(sic) mixes couture and high-end label aesthetics with street wear elements to create a look that presents Smurfette as an icon of style and fun’. This of course is all to do with the launch of ‘The Smurfs 2′ later this year but the fact that the show is timed within NYFW and that the after party is planned to be held at New York’s newest party event location – The Rosewood – all goes to the proof that streetwear IS part of the mainstream fashion world – albeit in this case only worn by blue characters with a slight French accent.
The list goes on; one show that has pre-declared a streetwear leaning is Manuela Arcari of Hache who will bring his collection that has grunge and streetwear influences to NYFW on the 11th February 2013 at 4pm.
I spoke to the owner of one of the top UK based streetwear retailers, Street Casuals (http://streetcasuals.com) about the up-shifting of urban streetwear to the international mainstream stage. ‘Streetwear has always been an international trend. The brands are global and the customers know this and are actively in search of brands that may be a little harder to buy because, perhaps, they are from another country. The ‘up-shifting’ as you call it has been happening for quite a while now; the fact that certain designers are bringing streetwear and urban fashion ideas to their collections really means that in the coming seasons there will be more streetwear influences on the high streets as this year’s collections are translated down the line to the department stores of the world. But for those that want to wear streetwear from brands that have a lineage of urban connections there will be increasing sales and access to new brands from independent retailers like us and others across the UK and beyond. Whether it is a Penfield Kasson jacket or a Hundreds North Beanie (www.streetcasuals.com/8-hats) sites like ours will still be the place to go.’
NYFW has several more days to run and there will be more urban fashion influences displayed and some laughs and tears, there is no doubt. But while the snow falls and winter is upon the northern hemisphere; good quality made-for-purpose outerwear, like that promoted in the many streetwear lines around the world, will reign supreme in the fight to stay warm and cool at the same time.