Thursday, August 21, 2014

Charity stores are seeing brisk business in the UK

“I’M STUNTIN’ and flossin’ and savin’ my money and I’m hella happy that’s a bargain, bitch,” raps Macklemore, an American musician, in his 2012 song “Thrift Shop”, extolling the virtues of second-hand shops. A number one hit the world over, the song’s music video, in which Macklemore swaggers around wearing a fox fur coat, has been viewed more than 560m times on YouTube. It may well be the most widely-seen advert for charity shops ever.
“Thrift Shop” nicely captures the growing popularity of such stores, particularly in the English-speaking world. Britain, for instance, now has more than 10,000 of them, up 10% since 2011, according to the country’s Charity Retail Association.
The number of charity shops has increased in spite of low footfall across the wider retail sector—and because of a high level of high-street vacancy rates in Britain. Figures collated in July 2014 by analysts at the Local Data Company show that one in eight premises in central shopping areas is empty. Charity shops are filling buildings for-profit stores will not partly because of an 80% business-tax relief they receive from the British government.
The British Heart Foundation, the largest charity retailer in Britain by revenue and number of shops, is expanding its portfolio, mostly on city-centre high streets. It hopes to open its 750th store soon. Net profit from the charity's £161m ($271m) in retail income was £31.1m ($52.3m) in 2013, up 8% from the year before, and more than double the value of takings when the recession hit in 2007.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Does endorsement work for brands? Depends..

Ever wondered if brand endorsements work for the brands or designers being promoted? A yes and no answer doesn't feel right but the truth is that, if you happen to get people like the First Lady of the US, Michelle Obama  to wear your clothes, then your sales soar.

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But a stunner like Carla Bruni Sarkozy, who only wears Dior, does not have the same impact. She doesn't wear too many other designers, and not everyone can afford Dior. Michelle Obama, on the other hand, wears clothes from department stores too, which can be bought by anyone. Sort of what Kate Middleton does. And both look good doing it!

I, anyway, believe that dressing well is about having personal style and being able to carry off clothes well. This means having a fit, toned body and poise. It's never really about the brand.

Graphic source: Harvard Business Review

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Get to know your dazzling diamonds & save cash

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Get yourself some recycled newsy nails!

Want to get some really cool, gab-worthy set of nails? Then try this form of nail art. I never thought newsprint could be used for a cosmetic purpose but that's just what this lady has done. Take a look. And I must say, even the Maps, Floral Tattoo and the City Skyline ones look hot.


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