Amazon Login and Pay in Europe
Today Amazon will open its Login and Pay With Amazon system in Europe, the streamlined payment and checkout solution that made its debut in the U.S. in October. The tool allows you to use their Amazon credentials when purchasing from non-Amazon sites, eliminating the need to register and input personal information every time you shop at a different e-tailer. The service is optimized to work across desktops, smartphones and tablets. Existing U.S. partners for the system are AllSaints, Guess and Giorgio Armani, as well as in-flight Internet provider Gogo. In the U.K., participating retailers include AllSaints, Secretsales.com, Moss Bros., Printed.com, Overclockers UK, FulhamBrassOnline and Paddock Spares. Engelhorn, Babyartikel, Moebelisten, Klimaworld and Hirschel-Cosmetic use the product in Germany.
NARS Announces Christopher Kane Collection
NARS Cosmetics announced its latest collaboration with British designer Christopher Kane. The Christopher Kane for NARS Collection will launch worldwide in May 2015 with a full color collection featuring products for eyes, lips and cheeks. The collection combines NARS’ iconic and bold beauty philosophy with Christopher’s unexpected and innovative design aesthetic. NARS and Christopher Kane have been collaborating on the Christopher Kane runway shows at London Fashion Week since 2012. “NARS has been a long-standing and valued partner of ours, so this collaboration was an obvious fit,” said Christopher Kane. “NARS has the same unapologetic aesthetic that is signature to the Christopher Kane brand and I’m excited to share what we’ve created together.”
First Saks in Canada To Open Spring 2016
Hudson’s Bay Co. will open its first U.S. luxury Saks Fifth Avenue and sister discount Off Fifth stores in Canada in the spring of 2016. This move adds to an increasingly crowded high-end retail market. Saks’s plans come as upscale American rival Nordstrom Inc. is launching its first store in Canada on September 19 at Calgary’s Chinook Centre, with up to nine more slated in the next several years. At the same time, Canadian incumbents such as Holt Renfrew & Co. are girding for the added competition, investing in bolstering their own operations. Newcomers to this market can take lessons from U.S. discount retailer Target Corp., which stumbled badly in its rapid move into Canada in 2013. Consumers complained about empty shelves and high prices. Both Saks and Nordstrom vow they are mapping out a more moderated rollout than Target. Richard Baker, chief executive officer of HBC, said in an interview its launch of Saks’s first stores here is “very low risk.” “I’m opening up two stores, not 100-and-whatever stores. They paid $1.8-billion for leaseholds, then they paid $10-million per store to fix them up. … They created everything from scratch while we’re coming in very quietly opening up two stores with … existing infrastructure.”
Accident at Fashion East Show
Police and ambulances were called to the Topshop show venue on Gray’s Inn Road on Tuesday around 1:15 p.m. after part of the building’s roof fell during the Fashion East show in London. Witnesses said a young male student was climbing on the roof and fell through it. The audience gasped loudly when they saw the corrugated roof panel fall, but the show continued.
– Carol Calacci
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