Abercrombie and Fitch
Premier source for effortless American style. It all began in 1892 when David Abercrombie opened a New York emporium of apparel and sporting goods for the well-heeled outdoors enthusiast. In 1904 Ezra Fitch became a partner, and the company has been growing ever since. Today, A&F retains its original pioneering spirit, creating enduring style that continues to evolve, with an optimistic view of the future.
LAgent by Agent Provocateur is a lingerie collection co-designed by Penélope and Mónica Cruz with Agent Provocateurs 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 LAgent 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'.
Bakers and Larners of Holt
An exceptional department store!
Established more than 95 years ago, Dorothy Perkins is now one of the biggest fashion retailers in the country, with nearly 600 UK stores and more than 124 international outlets. Dorothy Perkins is renowned for affordable, feminine fashion and stylish signature prints. Their range of clothing and accessories is updated weekly in store and daily online, so theres always something new to discover. Dorothy Perkins clothes come in sizes 6 to 22, and include Tall, Petite and Maternity collections, as well as shoes and accessories to complete your look.
They lead the way in lingerie and swimwear. Their years of insider knowledge and expertise means that they know what it takes to create the perfect fit. And they deliver just that every time. With new pieces landing on site every day and an unmatched size range from A-K cup, they offer something for all women, whatever their shape, size and style. They handpick from over 200 of the most loved brands - think Freya, Fantasie, Seafolly and Bluebella - just to name a few. They're always striving for new ways to inspire, inform and excite, which is why they scour the globe to source emerging new designers and always keep you up-to-date with the hottest trends. Their passion for lingerie and swimwear doesn't just stop there - they create their very own in-house collections that are exclusive to them, from the pretty and practical to the flirty and fashion-forward. They're obsessed with creating designs that fit perfectly, so you can rest assured that only the best pieces will make it into your wardrobe. They're by your side through it all - for every day, night and special occasion. They celebrate women. It’s their belief that every woman deserves to feel confident, beautiful and empowered - from the inside out. For them, there's nothing more important.
Has seen some remarkable accomplishments over the past 30 years. With a goal to become an $8 billion company by 2017 and open 600 stores in the next three years, itll be exciting to see the company achieve in three years what it initially took 30 years to do. They are the 5th largest specialty retailer in the United States. The average Forever store is 38,000 square feet, the largest is approximately 162,000 square feet and the original store is only 900 square feet (having made $700,000 in sales in its first year). Even with the companys tremendous growth, it still remains a family owned business.
Founded in 2000 and trading as a retail website in 2002, Gameseek is a specialist internet retailer based in Cheshire in the UK, offering a huge range of Video Games, Toys, Blu-Ray and DVD movies, as well as electronics, computers and peripherals, books and clothing. That makes them 2 years older than Facebook, 3 years older than YouTube, and 4 years older than Twitter. Even from the beginning, they have been first and foremost about bringing games to customers, at the best value. Their aim now - as it was back then - is to make this shopping experience as easy and enjoyable as possible. During this time, they have been nominated for Online Retailer of the Year, MCV Industry Excellence Awards 2007, 2008 and 2009 and also for Retailer of the Year, CVG Golden Joystick Awards 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013. They pride themselves on being one of the best places to get the latest games and huge inventory of items (250,000 at the last count), as well as being thankful for having a large customer base of over 3 million. Unlike larger companies however, they still have the same CEO with the same clarity of vision, with no shareholders to answer to or dictate how they operate. There's no time to stand still however. In 2017, they continued to grow and have brought more features to customers. They launched a brand new website, they launched their Marketplace, they introduced Cyclonic Deals to bring the games to the gamers at groundbreaking prices, and they released Game Hunter, a web based interactive game for their valued community and contributors. For both short and longer term, they have big plans and intend to keep growing both within the UK and worldwide.
H and M
Fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. They offer collections that are wide-ranging and varied for women, men, teenagers and children. To them, design, quality and sustainability are not a question of price: they always offer inspiring fashion with unbeatable value for money. Quality is a central topic, from initial idea to final product. It is their aim to always exceed customers expectations on quality. They ensure the best price by in-house design, no middlemen, large purchasing volumes, buying the right products from the right markets, efficient logistics and cost-consciousness in all parts of the organisation. H&M does not own factories, but instead buys products from independent suppliers that are close long-term partners of H&M. They work to bring about long-term improvement for people and the environment in the supply chain, the garment lifecycle and the communities in which they are active.
They side with style over fashion, think timelessness is underrated and find that clothes look best when theyre lived in. They love color - blocking and pattern mixing and temper tomboy with heels. Theyre fans of tousled hair and think everythings right when somethings left just a little imperfect. They wear sneakers with suits, wing tips with jeans and chambray on chambray. They dont believe theres such a thing as overdressed and they dont rent tuxedos. Theyre an American brand, but they source fabrics from around the world: Japanese seersucker, Irish linen and Italian wool. They dont believe theres just one way to wear an outfit, but they do have a few ideas on how to pull one together. For them, the magic is in the mix.
They pride themselves on making fashion fit. As experts in size and fit, they understand that your shape is unique and they strive to bring you fashion that fits and flatters your figure at amazing prices. They also offer an extensive range of footwear in a wide range of width fittings, lingerie in sizes 12-32, as well as menswear in up to a 66 chest and 64 waist. Plus you'll find a wide range of your favourite brands in the electricals department, as well as stylish homewares and affordable furniture in then home department, not to mention their ranges of children's clothing and toys. They also have a wide collection of gifts available for him, for her and for the kids. From unique experience days to gorgeous wedding and personalised gifts, theyve got the perfect present for every occasion. They make sure that looking fabulous doesn't come at the expense of others. So they're members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), which looks out for those who make the clothes and helps improve their working conditions, wherever they are in the world. Their code of conduct sets out the core principles that their suppliers must follow to ensure that products are made in safe working conditions and the people that make them are treated fairly and paid a fair wage, wherever they are based in the world: employment is freely chosen, working conditions are safe and hygienic, living wages are paid, working hours are not excessive, no discrimination is practised, regular employment is provided, no harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed. They regularly check suppliers by using certified audit companies as well as using internal resource. They recognise that they have a responisibility to act ethically from wherever they source in the world. They are currently working on a number of projects together with other retailers on key supply chains around the world. These include garments from Bangladesh, toys from China, furniture from Vietnam and garments from Southern India.
Based in Thirsk, they are immensely proud of their Yorkshire heritage. Located in this great county, they have some of the best suppliers of quality fabrics and yarns on their doorstep. They choose the finest classic fabrics Scottish and Yorkshire woven tweed for men's tweed jackets, Oxford broad cloth for the range of men's button down shirts and locally supplied corduroy for men's corduroy trousers. Their fabrics are sourced, where possible, from local mills and spinners to deliver a range that is of the highest quality. Their worsted wool is woven in family-owned mills in the heart of Yorkshire; their lambswool is dyed and spun at one of Britains oldest mills in the Pennines and their corduroy is supplied by a family-run mill in West Yorkshire, where skilled craftsmen have been weaving since the 1850s. Their men's shoes and socks are bought from family run firms in Northamptonshire and Leicestershire. They sometimes travel a little further afield. For example, their casual cotton jersey wear comes from Portugal, experts in their field who have been making cotton jersey fabrics for generations; their pure silk ties are made in China (after all they do know a thing or two about silk); they source some of their fine pure cotton products from India, who are world leaders in cotton production and weaving. They believe that there is great comfort in tradition; the sense that some things are as they always have been. Whether it's the working button cuffs on their jackets and blazers or gussets in their formal shirts, they don't cut corners when it comes to making garments. It gives you a sense of things being tried and tested and being done correctly, and with the uncompromising quality of their garments, they are able to deliver a range that is timeless yet current.
Liseanne Frankfurt grew up making jewellery out of anything and everything imaginable. A native Californian, Liseanne began selling her work during her sophomore year, while studying Art History at UCLA. A successful business quickly followed, as did a move to NYC. This initial collection was sold at Barneys New York and Japan, Fred Segal, and numerous other boutiques across the country. A return to Los Angeles coincided with a sabbatical from jewellery making, and a foray into the world of interior design. This break provided the space and inspiration for Liseanne to return to her true love, and to the formation of LFrank. The retail store opened on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice in 2007, and moved in early 2015 to occupy part of the iconic former Obsolete space on Main Street, also in Venice, CA. Liseanne has travelled extensively throughout the world, and has lived in both NYC and Los Angeles. She continues to create and expand LFrank, bringing a modern sensibility to a century’s old tradition. Her studies in Gemology at GIA have further strengthened her knowledge and commitment to making exquisite objects of personal adornment. The recent creation of the LFrank Lingerie collection represents an expansion into the realm of personal luxury as not only adornment, but as a lifestyle distinction.
The idea of Lilysilk was conceived by Lily Lin in January 2010, 6 months after she returned from France to China. Having worked in the silk industry in France for over a decade, Lily felt that it was unfair how the retailers were taking the bulk of the profit while customers had to pay an extra sum and silk workers lived in relative poverty. The idea of a direct online outlet that connects Chinese silk masters and Western silk enthusiasts was put into action after a few months of discussion. Lily convinced her husband Mike and some friends to join her venture, and became the first CEO of the company, and the rest is history. Initially Lilysilk offered only 6 colours; at the beginning of 2016, their colour selection consists of an impressive total of 20. In 2011, only Full, Queen and King sizes were available; now they offer over 30 different sizings across 6 countries, as well as full customization services for most of their products. Sleepwear was introduced in 2012 and the selection almost doubled in one year and tripled in two, undergoing 3 major revamps from 2012 to 2014 that allowed for more accurate sizing and better material selection (19momme to 22momme). A variety of product lines have been added; these include, but are not limited to, decorative bedding, baby cots, beauty accessories (now, Lilysilk is introducing high quality silk undergarments into its selection). Bedding production is headed by a team of 5 master silksmiths, each with a minimum of 15 years of experience in the field of silk sheet production. Sleepwear production is overseen by 3 master tailors with 10 or more years of experience working with silk. Customizations are done by these masters by hand. A team of 20 QAs inspect the products at every step of production process to make sure the silk is of the highest quality. By the end of 2014, they have successfully obtained Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification on the most popular items they sell. In 2011, the only method of contact was through email; now they offer phone service, online chat and email reply within 24 hours for customers with inquiries. They have developed an automated mail system that keeps customers updated on their order status from the moment they place the order to the moment they receive the order. They have upgraded their delivery service to provide extremely fast shipping globally at zero cost, so you feel like you are purchasing from your own country. They have upgraded their portal site numerous times in order to provide customers with a more detailed, convenient and clear way to search for the right item and place the order. Lilysilk offers a 45-day guarantee to make sure customer can shop risk-free; this policy applies to almost all products.