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How Cath Kidston lured in high-powered women with a passion for polka dots Personally, I sit on the side of the fans – and in fact, her business has a small but not insignificant role in the success of Green & Black’s. Every single night after work, my husband/ business partner and I would walk the streets of Notting Hill, downloading our day – brainstorming, discussing staff issues and coming up with ideas for new chocolate deliciousness. In 1993, a little store opened on our ‘beat’, selling vintage wallpaper and fabrics, and the sort of cleaned-up car boot sale finds many women who were too busy/ prissy to go to car boot sales lusted after. Art and Photography Just noticed these rather eye-catching Vintage by Hemingway prints at Habitat, which are ideal if you want some interesting graphic design on your walls. Continue reading "Exclusive Vintage by Hemingway prints at Habitat" » Love Bowie?

All Things Lovely I am little obsessed with Instagram at the moment, especially since I'm doing the Photo A Day challenge. Friends sometimes ask what apps I use for all my photos so I thought I'd share my favourites. This isn't a sponsored post, just my favourite and most used apps. I take the majority of my photos just with the camera on the iPhone. I never use the camera in the Instagram App, and will only edit my photos in Instagram if I'm in a hurry.

How Cath Kidston is driving direct marketing through content - Marketing Week Fashion and homeware brand Cath Kidston is taking a content-focused approach to direct marketing, with a particular focus on email to showcase the lifestyle appeal of its in-house designed prints. Ecommerce director Lynn Ritson says email is particularly useful in building excitement in the lead up to key events, such as the release of the brand’s first collaboration with Disney on 26 September. In the weeks prior to the launch the team teased email subscribers with exclusive imagery from the collection.

DIY Tuesday: Mother's Day Gift Idea I decided to make a mini-book for my mama for Mother's Day (hoping she doesn't see this before then ;)) about "10 Things I Love about You." I decided to name this post "DIY Tuesday", since it's not really a tutorial, but more of a, well, a project that you can do-it-yourself :) *Edited to add (5/2/12): I changed the file so there is no longer a specific date on the "Happy Mother's Day" card at the end of the set. Now it can be used any year :) Enjoy!

Fabrics - Decoration - Arts & Crafts Home The Arts and Crafts Home is currently updating their collections of beautiful fabrics, ensuring the authenticity and quality of the materials and designs. Many of the designs are available, but some have been discontinued. The prices may also have changed - we are updating the site as quickly as possible. Please email us to receive samples. Cath Kidston to expand in Asia after Hong Kong firm's takeover Cath Kidston, the fashion brand famous for its floral patterns, is set for significant expansion in Asia after it was taken over by a Hong Kong-based investment firm. Baring Private Equity Asia has bought out TA Associates, a US private equity company, to take control of Cath Kidston. The new owners have appointed William Flanz, the former boss of Gucci, as chairman of Cath Kidston and have identified Asia as a key market for the brand. Baring first invested in Cath Kidston two years ago when it acquired a 40% stake in a deal that valued that company at around £250m. The new deal, which involves Baring buying TA’s 40% stake, is understood to value Cath Kidston at significantly more than £250m, although the price has not been disclosed.

page corner bookmarks This project comes to you at the request of Twitterer @GCcapitalM. I used to believe that a person could never have too many books, or too many bookmarks. Then I moved into an apartment slightly larger than some people’s closets (and much smaller than many people’s garages) and all these beliefs got turned on their naïeve little heads. But what a person can always look for more of is really cool unique bookmarks.

Mod Retro Indie Decor & Home Accessories Does your room reflect your fashionista style? Accessorize your living space with our cute room decor! From vintage-style bedding to unique kitchen accessories, our apartment decor is sure to add personality to any room. Let your individual style shine with our apartment decor! Express your love for vintage fashion with our retro apartment acces...More

Starbucks to support Emma Bridgewater mugs with digital offensive Starbucks has struck a partnership with the British pottery firm, which is making 6,000 limited edition mugs, as the coffee chain moves to tap into the fervour around the Diamond Jubilee and London 2012. The mugs will be priced at £19.95 and be available for a limited period. Ian Cranna, Starbucks marketing director, said the mugs would be "marketed through social media and our own websites". Starbucks is also expected to bring a new as yet unnamed drink to the market in July. Separately, Starbucks claims it has hit "record" sales of its iced Frappuccino drink, with stories averaging sales of one Frappuccino a minute during the busiest periods. The record sales of the Frappuccino coincided with a promotion, called Frappuccino HappyHour, which offered customers half-priced Frappuccinos between 3pm and 5pm.

creative little daisy: Have you priced vintage blue canning jars lately? Wanna make your own really cheap? I bought these probably five years ago at an antique/consignment store. I think I paid about 12 dollars for a set of four. Now you can expect to pay at least that for just one. Last night I was cruising around the internet and happened upon a link to a tutorial using mod podge and food coloring to make your own. Cool! In the original tutorial, she experimented with a few different methods and colors to get the look she was after. “Toast & Marmalade And Other Stories” by Emma Bridgewater There is hardly a home in Britain that does not have one or several of Emma Bridgewater’s colourful, country-style pottery pieces in their kitchen or dining room. Like Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely, Laura Ashley and Cabbages & Roses, the Bridgewater brand stands for a cosy, comfortable lifestyle and homely, timeless housewares that are passed on from one generation to the next. But unlike many of her contemporaries in the homeware industries, Emma Bridgewater decided to manufacture her mug, plate and bowl collections in Britain, in the abandoned, redundant potteries of Stoke-on-Trent, where, once-upon-a-time, most of the world’s china was produced. Providing much-needed employment and for nearly two hundred people, there are now four Emma Bridgewater shops, turning over millions of pounds selling quirky goods with an {almost} recession-proof, aspirational appeal.

Style Scrapbook: DIY: YELLOW CLUTCH March 19, 2011 in Uncategorized by Andy And because I like keeping my word, here is the step-by-step… C’mon, its Saturday, you have no school, no work, you probably have a party later today, but you are free right now, so get the fabric, scissors, pins and let the party begin! Liberty Meets Emma Bridgewater Long-time Liberty favourite and leading pottery-maker Emma Bridgewater has been flying the flag for English-made earthenware since her brand’s inception in 1985. Still produced in Stoke-On-Trent, Emma Bridgewater pottery continues to inspire the colourful, mismatched kitchens we’ve come to know and love. Talk us through the moment you decided to design pottery. I was looking for a birthday present for my mum, and knew that a cup and saucer for her dresser felt right but couldn’t find what I wanted on the market; always quite a good recipe for a new business. What would you say is your design ethos?

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