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Accessorize

Born in 1984 with its debut store opening in the Piazza, an old fruit and vegetable market in Covent Garden, London. It acquired the spot next to Monsoon, which had a small area of accessories but was always selling out. The idea of a standalone accessory concept was born. It was a move inspired by Peter Simon’s trip to Les Halles, Paris. While he was wandering around the area, he discovered a small selection of stores selling fashion jewellery that customers could pick up, touch and try on while browsing – a relatively unseen concept in London in the early eighties. From the very beginning, Accessorize was an Aladdin’s cave of artfully arranged displays, tables and stands, so customers could interact with products in a brand new way. Having made its mark as a one-stop shop for vibrant and fashion-forward accessories across all categories, the first Accessorize was quickly followed by stores in London’s Carnaby Street, Norwich and Manchester. Since then, it has built on its home-grown success with around 900 stores worldwide.

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Agent (L')

L’Agent by Agent Provocateur is a lingerie collection co-designed by Penélope and Mónica Cruz with Agent Provocateur’s Creative Director Sarah Shotton. 'No detail has been left unattended and each piece is so thought-out from the carefully placed lace to the intricate embroidery', says Penélope Cruz. 'It is really important to us that our collection for L’Agent can be worn by every woman, of different shapes, sizes, and ages, so as you can see the collection is quite diverse. I feel like every season the collection gets stronger as we build up our identity as a brand'.

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Araks

Lingerie line launched by Araks Yeramyan with the simple brief to make women feel beautiful, beginning with the most intimate of layers, nothing else comes closer next to skin: it’s the very first thing a woman slips on in the morning, and the last to come off at night. Born out of a love for art, design and colour, Araks is for the modern intelligent woman who has an eye and appreciation for the finer details but is understated in her approach to style, preferring to follow her own instincts rather than the diktats of everyone else around her. This sense of ease and effortless style rings through the Araks collections, which are designed and produced in New York with the finest Italian fabrics. The line-up comprises an arresting interplay of barely-there sheer layers spliced with interludes of unexpected colour and textures; Araks is a curation of delicate pieces, so dreamy it’s like wearing nothing at all. Araks Yeramyan, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and a former student of Central Saint Martins School in London has an innate understanding of design, painting, photography and silk screening – a unique skill set she applies to every collection. After graduating with a degree in fashion design and completing an internship at Marc Jacobs, she joined the design team at J.Crew before launching her eponymous lingerie collection in 2000, followed by swimwear in 2013. Araks lives in New York City and takes inspiration from the vibrant, pulsating beauty that surrounds her. Relaunched for Resort 2014, Araks Swim is inspired by the same aesthetic and attention to color and fit that defines her lingerie collection. With it’s bold color palatte and streamlined silhouettes, the collection reflects the same concept of effortless beauty upon which all of her work is based. Launched in 2000, based on the principle of effortless beauty, Araks’ lingerie creates a holistic experience of beauty and confidence starting with the most intimate and personal layer. The collection is characterized by a focus on color and rigorous attention to detail with the goal of creating comfortable, everyday luxury cotton underwear for women. Redefining the classics with a masculine play on femininity and a refined ease, Araks’ Ready to Wear collection launched in 2006. Know for its clean pointillist construction and modern finishing, the collection creates clothing that gives women the experience of beauty through its quiet manner and intimate attention to color, texture and detail.

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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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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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Bon Prix

Founded in Hamburg, Germany in 1986, they specialise in fashion and lifestyle products and stock a huge selection of womenswear, menswear, kidswear, lingerie and shoes. The countries bonprix is now active in include Germany, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, the Ukraine, Romania, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the USA. At bonprix they understand that no two individuals are the same, so Bonprix want their customers to have a choice of fashion just as unique as they are. High quality standards and continued low prices have seen Bonprix democratise the fashion market over the last 25 years. Everybody can afford to try out the latest trends at Bonprix, regardless of size or bank balance. Their slogan “bonprix – it’s me” reflects what matters to them most: they want every single one of their customers to identify with the bonprix brand.

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Boohoo

Global online fashion retailer offering thousands of styles across womenswear and menswear so that you stay ahead of the trends. Shop their huge range of women's fashion items including dressed, tops, knitwear, coats, onesies, shoes and accessories. You want it - they've got it! They launch up to 100 new styles every day and a new collection each week so whatever you're looking for, Boohoo is 24/7 fashion at its best. Combining cutting-edge design with an affordable price tag, they’ve been pushing boundaries for the past eight years to bring you all the latest looks for less. Their philosophy is pretty simple: they don’t take fashion or life too seriously. Whether you like to keep one step ahead of the trends, or if subtle style is more your thing, they’re sure they’ve got something you’ll love. They’ve set up Boohoo’s charity programme to raise money and awareness for causes close to their hearts; last year, they raised over £22,000 through sample sales, coffee mornings and their Style for Stroke collaboration. They’ll be working with three key charities over the next 12 months – Teenage Cancer Trust, Ditch The Label and World Vision – as well as more local initiatives to make a real difference to the lives of people around them and across the globe.

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Brastop

Heavenly website for all curvy girls, offering exquisite lingerie and swimwear from leading larger cups brands. Their collections includes D to K cup lingerie and swimwear with back sizes from 28-44”. The full Brastop range includes a diverse collection of all the latest styles with bras starting from £7.95. Brastop has been trading since 1996 and they understand how difficult bra buying can be. Their fitting guide should help you make sure you are wearing the right bra: comfort and fit is key! They strive to make every girl love their curves and to create a hassle free shopping experience. Their team is at hand to give advice, style suggestions and fitting tips, so contact them via phone, live chat or email and interact with the community. They encourage customer feedback good or bad, so do not hesitate to contact them with any comments and suggestions.

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Brown Thomas

Chain of four Irish department stores, located in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Limerick. Owned by Wittington Investments, Brown Thomas is an upmarket chain, akin to Canada's Holt Renfrew chain, Britain's Selfridges stores and De Bijenkorf in Amsterdam which are also controlled by the Weston family. The stores appeal to a wide audience, selling both prêt-à-porter and haute couture clothing and accessories. The downstairs menswear section of the Dublin branch has been recently renovated. Ralph Lauren, Gant, Hugo Boss, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada are some of the brands that can be found in the new men's basement area.

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Century 21

Delivering value to live better, this NYC icon for more than 50 years, it is legendary for its exceptional offering of designer brands at amazing prices. Century 21 remains a leader in high end off-price fashion retail, offering men's, women's and children's apparel, footwear, outerwear, lingerie and accessories, along with beauty and home goods at select stores and online. The retailer is headquartered in Downtown Manhattan with 10 stores total. Locations in New York include Lincoln Square, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island. There are three stores in New Jersey: Paramus, Morristown and Elizabeth. Century 21 Department Store opened its first store outside of the New York Metro area in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continues to expand in new markets.

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