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About Living

One of Glasgow and Perth's leading homeware and gift stores. Opening in 2006, About Living now has three stores which are located in Glasgow and Perth. They pride themselves on selecting the best homeware, jewellery, gifts and cards on offer from around the world. They look at the latest trends, colours and designs and work with some of the most desirable brands including Alessi, LSA, Joseph Joseph, Le Creuset, Ted Baker, Caroline Gardner, Coeur de Lion, Dansk, Jellycat and Burt's Bees. All products are hand picked in order to stand out from the typical department store. They don't just want to offer you simply kitchenware or glassware or jewellery. They want to have a full collection of products for all styles and occasions. About Living is a lifestyle for the way you live your life. They pride themselves on giving customers great customer satisfaction with fast, friendly and efficient delivery service and a no-quibbles return policy. They want you to contact them for advice or to find out more information on their products. They are there to make life easier for you.

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Achica

Members-only, online lifestyle store offering desirable brands at exceptional prices, working with premium labels and niche boutiques to bring you a wide choice of inspirational furniture, homewares and accessories at up to 70% off RRP. It's free to join ACHICA and as a valued member, you can choose to receive a daily or weekly email from them, giving you access to their exclusive promotions, ahead of everyone else. New promotions launch daily at 6.30am, each lasting up to five days only, so demand is high, but they also offer a core collection of home essentials that are always available. Their easy-to-use website allows you to shop by promotion, style or department and search by colour, material, brand or product. The more you shop, the more they'll get to know you and can improve your shopping experience by handpicking products they think you may also like. Join Achica and start enjoying their exclusive offers now.

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All's Fair

They have a passion for design and great fair trade stories, so you can trust them to source beautiful products from some of the most popular fair trade brands available. Their fair trade products include: bags and purses, sourced from specialists like Earth Squared and Manumit; jeweller (Just Trade and Kazuri); scarves sourced from Cool Trade Winds; winter woolies sourced from Black Yak, who are local to them in Yorkshire; toys supplied by fair trade specialists like Lanka Kade; homewares sourced from BAFTS members Namaste, Azeti, New Overseas Traders and Tilnar Art. They are passionate about what they do, and believe that through fair trade we can all help to make the world a better place. Choosing fair trade helps to reduce the exploitation of workers in developing countries by guaranteeing that they receive at least a living wage and have minimum standards in which to work. Whilst this in itself is an admirable motivation for buying fair trade, value for money and guaranteed quality are still very important factors when choosing what products to buy. After all, few of us have money to burn! Fair trade products are often handmade by highly experienced craftsmen, using high quality materials and environmentally friendly production methods – and as you will see from their website, they are sold at very competitive prices. Fair trade products are, therefore, frequently much better all-round value for money when compared to similar goods you find on the High Street. As a fair trade company, it is very important to them that theyu run their own business in an ethical manner, in accordance with the Ten Principles of Fair Trade as outlined by the WFTO. They always treat their customers and suppliers with honesty and respect, and aim to be transparent in everything they do – and as a result it seems that most people want do business with them again. In addition, as a growing business they are very aware of the responsibility they have to minimise their impact on the environment, and they therefore take active steps to reduce, reuse and recycle.

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Amara

Over 300 of the world’s most luxurious home fashion brands, many of which being exclusive to them, such as Ralph Lauren Home, who have carefully selected Amara as the only online store to distribute their home collections. Bringing you the very best in luxury home fashion, they now offer nearly 35,000 products on their website to ensure your interior style is always covered. Their online magazine, The LuxPad, which provides a discerning insight into not just the interiors and design industry but also the worlds of fashion, travel and luxury cuisine, has grown exponentially over the past three years with the latest industry interviews, case studies and inspiration published weekly. With an ever expanding subscription list and US and Austalian versions launched last year, the magazine is gaining in popularity every day and many more exciting features are planned for the year ahead. Amara’s reach is ever increasing and in 2015 they connected with their customers oven more through the launch of their German language site to join their French site launched in 2014 and by increasing the visibility of their other dedicated country websites including US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UAE and Ireland.

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Anthropologie

Founded in 1992 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, Anthropologie has grown into a one-of-a-kind destination for those seeking a curated mix of clothing, accessories, gifts and home décor to reflect their personal style and fuel their lives' passions. Taking inspiration from the worlds of fashion, art and entertaining, they are committed to offering their customers signature products and unmatched service; both online and in their stores throughout the UK and North America. They are passionate about collaboration and are proud to nurture partnerships with both established and upcoming artists to bring their customers unique, covetable pieces to treasure. Their buyers and designers travel the world to uncover special products and to collaborate with talented artists. The result? A unique assortment that includes clothing, accessories, beauty, found objects, gifts and more, with influences ranging from vintage to global. Their teams have a commitment to creativity, passion, and entrepreneurship but hope their success lies at keeping the customer at the heart of everything they do.

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Argos

Is the UK's leading digital retailer, offering more than 33,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores, over the telephone and uniquely, through Argos TV. Argos continues to be the UK's largest high street retailer online with over 430 million website visits annually. Argos serves around 130 million customers a year through its network of 740 stores. In the financial year to February 2012, Argos sales were £3.9 billion and it employed some 31,000 people across the business. Argos is part of Home Retail Group, the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer. They Keep clean and green, dealing accordingly with environmental issues such as waste management and energy consumption; they are extending their product range to help you make more responsible choices, conserve resources and save money; they source with care, providing details of their timber sourcing policy, chemical strategy and ethical trading conditions in their supply chain; they support the local and national communities in which they operate. These are just some of the practical ways in which they try to be socially, ethically and environmentally responsible. They're committed to reducing the impact their business has on the environment as well as helping you to do the same. They're working hard to reduce the amount of resources they use and the amount of CO2 emissions they produce. Some of their recent achievements: 91% of waste from the business was recycled, 35% reduction in waste sent to landfill, 26% reduction in packaging from own brand and direct-sourced products, 9% reduction in carbon footprint and 100% of direct-source and direct-import factories have a current ethical audit. They believe that working to meet these objectives is the best way to live up to your expectations of them as a retailer, enhance their reputation and manage their resources effectively in the face of rising costs.

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Auroville

Online store presenting the products and services of Auroville to the world. The products on this website are produced in Auroville by its numerous units and all funds and profits from the sale of products go to furthering the development of the township. They pride themselves on the quality and fineness of all products and also on the ethical way in which they are produced. Auroville is a centre for alternative technology in India and the world. Natural earth-building methods have been developed to a high degree. Organic farming is well established and use of natural methods of manufacturing without pollution or destruction of the planet are a hallmark of the Auroville community.

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Bakers and Larners of Holt

An exceptional department store!

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Barneys New York

Luxury specialty retailer renowned for having the most discerning edit from the world’s top designers, including women’s and men’s ready-to-wear, accessories, shoes, jewellery, cosmetics, fragrances, and gifts for the home. Barneys' signature sense of wit and style is manifested in its creative advertising campaigns, original holiday themes, and celebrated window displays. Today, Barneys New York operates flagship stores in New York City, Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Scottsdale along with a preeminent luxury online store, Barneys.com, as well as 25 other stores and outlets across the United States.

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Bergdorf Goodman

Luxury goods department store based on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan in New York City. The company was founded in 1899 by Herman Bergdorf and was later owned and managed by Edwin Goodman, and later his son Andrew Goodman. Today, Bergdorf operates from two stores situated across the street from each other at Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets. Bergdorf Goodman's main store, which opened at its current location in 1928, is located on the west side of Fifth Avenue. A separate men's store, established in 1990, is located on the east side of Fifth Avenue, directly across the street. Bergdorf is a subsidiary of Neiman Marcus, which is owned by the private equity firms TPG Capital and Warburg Pincus.

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BHS

British department store chain with branches mainly located in high street locations, primarily selling clothing and household items. In recent years, the company has begun to expand into furniture, electronics, entertainment, convenience groceries and, most recently, fragrance and beauty products. The company has 164 stores throughout the United Kingdom, and 74 International stores across 18 separate territories. BHS was previously a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index, but was bought by Sir Philip Green in 2000 and taken private. The company became part of Green's Arcadia Group in 2009. On 12 March 2015, BHS was sold to the consortium Retail Acquisitions Ltd for the nominal value of £1.

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Black + Blum

They are passionate about creating beautiful, original designs which are underpinned with functionality. They have an eclectic taste and this shows through in the varying aesthetics of their different ranges. They design in house but also collaborate with the most talented designers worldwide, bringing the finest products to market. Dan Black and Martin Blum met while studying industrial design at Northumbria University. In 1998, not long after graduating, they formed black+blum. Although the company started as a consultancy, their passion lay in developing and selling their own designs and they launched their first range of lighting in 2000. The range quickly grew and they entered the homeware market in 2002, with the launch of their iconic James the doorman. Other award winning designs followed swiftly, with the propello fan, loop candelabra and box appetit lunch box. The designs were adventurous in diversity of category and aesthetic, but always consistently underpinned with function and fun. Their studio is in the Oxo Tower, which is situated in central London next to the Thames. London is the melting pot of design cultures, and being in the heart of the city allows them to take advantage of these influences.

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Bloomingdale's

To think it all started with a 19th century fad, the hoop skirt. That was the first item that Joseph and Lyman Bloomingdale carried in their Ladies' Notions Shop in New York's Lower East Side. In the late 1800's, most fashion retailers specialized in just one type of garment. Not the brothers Bloomingdale, their East Side Bazaar, opened in 1872, sold a wide variety of European fashions. It was the beginning of what would become a "Department Store". In 1886 came the visionary move uptown to 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. The store expanded steadily and by the 1920's, Bloomingdale's converted an entire city block. Flexing his marketing muscle, in 1900 Lyman created splashy ad campaigns to bring people in the door. People started seeing the "All Cars Transfer to Bloomingdale's" slogan everywhere, on billboards, delivery wagons, and even ladies' beach umbrellas. In the 1940's Bloomingdale's became the stage for gala events and fashion shows, including "Woman Of The Year, 1947." With music, lighting and sophistication, it was retailing as theater. In 1961, the Bloomingdale's team came up with the first designer shopping bags. Since then, many have become collector's items. By the 70's, everyone was stopping by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for a look, including Queen Elizabeth. People came to see and to be seen. Once there, they were dazzled by the cutting-edge fashion of designers like Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis and Norma Kamali, who got their first truly big opportunities at Bloomingdale's. In the 2000's, looking forward, Bloomingdale's is committed to once again lead the way with exclusive merchandise, customized services, and alternative shopping venues. Carrying on the Bloomingdale's brothers' dream, Bloomingdale's are always finding ways to set their stores apart. That's both the legacy and the promise of Bloomingdale's.

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