Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Powder Puff Boutique

Powder Puff was established in 2007 and is set in a beautiful old Georgian building on the main street of Banbridge.

Powder Puff prides itself on stocking clothing that is a little bit different to make a unique outfit for any occasion. Brands are sourced from from individual and up and coming designers from London and Europe. Powder Puff also supports local talent, who produce one off creations, exclusively for the shop.

Brands include:

Almost Famous

American Retro

American Vintage

DEPT denim

Miguel de Luna

Pink Soda




Powder Puff also carries a range of accessories from up and coming jewellery designers such as Lovett and Co, and also well established brands like One Button.

This Friday the 26th of November there is a

one off promo evening with spot prizes and a fantastic 25% off all clothing stock. The shop will be open until 8.30pm

50 Bridge Street Banbridge, Down BT32 3JU

Tel: 028 40669133 fax: 028 40662951 email: powder_puff@btconnect.com

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


By combining the product from our existing high street shops with an eclectic mix of specially sourced and edited on- trend quality fashion from other parts of the world and other categories like jewellery, denim and accessories we hope to bring to our online customers an exciting and functional mix which will make creating their wardrobe a pleasant and convenient process.

Harrison has won several awards for customer service, shop windows and sustainability. Below we have listed the most relevant awards.

Contact us on:
028 256 49822 or

Monday, November 15, 2010

Christmas Merchandising Tops Tips

The key success for Christmas is planning; this does not mean endless hours planning your call to action, but making a plan for your store and staff of what you want to focus on for Christmas. It is not a case of let’s focus on everything it is all about the unique ideas you can create to really attract consumers to your business,

All of these questions need to answered before you decide your final strategy:

1. What price points will I focus on?

2. What theme will I give my store?

3. What products will I promote?

4. What unique gift ideas can I offer?

5. What’s the best location in my store to use?

No matter how large or small your store, it is crucial that these questions are asked, and that the answer appeals to your target audience.

My top tips are:

  1. Create a simple yet effective window! Focus on the right products, if you do not have access to good window decorations, my advice; keep it minimal.
  2. Create a gift area, somewhere people can get inspiration from.
  3. Use aggressive signage and price points are a key idea.
  4. Get the product positioning right.
  5. Make the time to create an action plan with all your staff.

Product groupings are also very successful at Christmas time; they make shopping easier for your customers and focus their attention to what you want them to buy. Making a simple knit table will have much more impact than an over cluttered rail or a over complicated wall


Presentation of goods is crucial to how your customers will spend this Christmas, as not only will they want great value, they will want it shown to them in a simple, clear and visual pleasing environment. Every year Christmas comes and goes with the blink of an eye so it’s vital that we make the time for these decisions. Not making time for these decisions means not making the time to maximise those all important sales.



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Stripes Boutique


Since opening in 2004, Stripes has become a destination store for women who love fashion.

Stripes is a family business with a passion for creating an inspiring boutique that is totally unique and offers a beautiful shopping environment, knowledgeable sales team and a fresh selection of clothing and accessories. They are proud of their products and take great care in travelling all over Europe to bring new collections to you.

The buying team buys for a spectrum of women and uses the feedback from our customers to put together a wearable yet unique collection. Established brands sit alongside up-and-coming designers to create a product mix that is both interesting and exciting. They know how important it is to keep on top of the hottest brands and trends so that their fashion conscious shoppers are well informed! Stock is constantly changing with new deliveries throughout the year.

Stripes are dedicated to creativity, service and attention to detail.The unique store in the 19th century Hopmarket bank in Worcester is quirky and welcoming with plenty of space to browse. The shop floor is an old banking hall with high ceilings and marble pillars for a feeling of calm and opulence. The create unique store and window displays and always endeavour to think creatively. We also host shopping parties every season with fashion shows, trend presentations and plenty of bubbly!They would love to welcome you at Stripes and our friendly sales team, including store owners, sisters Claire and Jenny, will be happy to offer advice and assistance in finding the perfect clothing and accessories for you.

Brands include: By Malene Birger, Bruuns Bazaar, BZR, Patrizia Pepe, Set, Turnover, 2Two, 7 for all Mankind, Hudson, J Brand, Serfontaine, Hultquist, Dyrberg Kern, Hamilton Davis, Joma

Stripes Retail Ltd
13 The Foregate
Worcester, WR1 3QD
e: info@stripesfashion.co.uk
t: 01905 26772

Fran and Jane

Fran and Jane Make a Glamorous Entrance on the Kings Road

Fran and Jane made a glamorous entrance on to Kings Road in Chelsea launching their first London boutique on Thursday August 19th 2010. The event was hosted by brand founder and owners Fran and Laura Nolan and Jane Baker, who amongst bunches of pink and white balloons greeted guests up their fabulous Fran and Jane pink carpet and into the beautiful new store.

The event was attended by some very family faces in the UK and Ireland such as MTV’s Laura Whitmore and noted Vogue fashion and reportage photographer Alistair Guy. Guests sipped on champagne to celebrate the arrival of this established Irish retail brand in to the UK market. Atmosphere was created on the night by UK solo jazz guitarist Jo Caleb who kept guests in good spirits as they nibbled on delicious canap├ęs of mini quiches and smoked salmon bagels, vol au vents and tasty garlic and mozzarella bites.

Fran and Jane’s autumn winter 2010/11 collection was showcased at the event by models from M and P model management and was extremely well received by guests. To tempt their guests even further, Fran and Jane sent attendee’s home with juicy goodie bags containing Fran and Jane vouchers and quirky lollipops, in addition to treats from some of Fran and Jane’s new neighbours on the Kings Road such as Molton Brown and The Body Shop and also a membership gift voucher for exclusive private members club Morton’s of Berkley Square.

Fran and Jane certainly had good reason to celebrate as they have evidently already made quite the impact on the UK market and so invited their guests to join them at an after party held at Morton’s of Berkley Square.

For further queries please contact elaine@franandjane.ie