Friday, December 21, 2012

Miles for Meso 5K Returns to Historic Downtown Alton to Raise Money for Mesothelioma Cancer Research

The Simmons law firm is sponsoring the second annual Miles for Meso 5k fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 25 in Alton, Ill., to raise mesothelioma cancer awareness. Mesothelioma is an aggressive disease caused by exposure to asbestos.

Last year, over 500 people supported the fight against this rare cancer by participating in the first ever Miles for Meso race in historic, downtown Alton. Race organizers expect as many people to once again fill the streets for this year's event.

"Since we held the first Miles for Meso in Alton last year, its popularity has exploded," said John Simmons, chairman and CEO of the firm.

During Miles for Meso's first year, Miles for Meso races were held in Alton, St. Louis and Florida. Now, the number of Miles for Meso races has nearly doubled with additional Miles for Meso races scheduled in Rushville, Ind. and Fairfax Station, Va. In addition, the Miles for Meso team has received requests from individuals affected by mesothelioma in Texas, Massachusetts and California who are also interested in hosting their own Miles for Meso races.

"We're making progress. As Miles for Meso grows, so does the support for this orphan disease, mesothelioma," Simmons said. "But much more work needs to be done in order to raise awareness and advance treatment options."

The races in Alton, Ill., Rushville, Ind., and Fairfax Station, Va. will take place the same weekend to celebrate Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Last year, Illinois was one of eight states including Missouri, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Colorado and Washington, to make a proclamation or pass a resolution making Sept. 26 Mesothelioma Awareness Day in the state.

All the proceeds from the Miles for Meso races will help medical researchers find a cure for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses, Simmons said.

Last year, the Alton Miles for Meso race raised nearly $50,000 for mesothelioma research. This year, one hundred percent of the proceeds from all three Miles for Meso races will benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that has contributed more than $6.4 million to research for improving treatment options and finding a cure for mesothelioma.

St. Louis native and mesothelioma survivor Julie Gundlach will attend the Alton Miles for Meso to share her inspirational story. As recently documented in a national investigative story about mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases, she was exposed to asbestos as a child when her father brought the deadly dust home on his work clothes. Years later, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

"I think people are most often surprised to learn that asbestos is not fully banned in the United States," Gundlach said. "Awareness and events like this are vital to advancing a national conversation that leads to financial support of research at the federal level."

Registration for Miles for Meso in Alton begins at 7:30 a.m. and runs until 8:45 a.m. at the new Simmons law firm building next to Marquette High School.

It costs $15 to register for Miles for Meso before Sept. 16, $20 if postmarked after Sep. 16, and $25 if you register the day of the race.

The Miles for Meso race begins at 9 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Cash prizes of $500, $250, and $100 will be awarded respectively to the top finishers in the men and women's divisions.

The Alton Miles for Meso race is coming to life through the support of the following sponsors: Acropolis Technology Group, Alton Steel, Inc., First Clover Leaf Bank, Hays Companies of St. Louis, Holland Construction Services, Hurford Architects, Inc., Pohlman Reporting, Saint Anthony's Health Center, Slayden Glass, Inc., Sokolove Law LLC, STL Communications, Inc., Stone Carlie and The Tedrick Group."

For more information about Miles for Meso races or to register visit

About the Simmons firm:
The Simmons firm is one of the country's leading asbestos and mesothelioma law firms. With offices in Illinois, Missouri, Georgia and California, the Simmons firm's mesothelioma lawyers have represented over 2,000 patients and families affected by mesothelioma in nearly every state. The Simmons firm has pledged over $15 million to cancer research and proudly partners with top mesothelioma medical experts throughout the country in order to find a cure. For more information about the Simmons firm, visit http://ww women's jackets


BabyDolls Boutique Celebrates Three Year Anniversary; Launches Own Baby Clothing Line

BabyDolls Boutique, located on Lakeview's Southport Corridor, is celebrating three years of business on Saturday, October 23rd with a party for its customers. This event will also be the unveiling of the Pink & Blue are the new Black baby clothing line designed by the boutique's owner, Vanessa Rodriguez.

BabyDolls Boutique ( first opened its doors in 2007. Vanessa Rodriguez, the first Mexican-American entrepreneur on the Southport Corridor, is part owner with her sisters, Nereida and Paola. The store specializes in both baby clothing and women's accessories.

The anniversary party will be broken up into two parts. The morning and women's jackets afternoon portion will include activities for children. During the evening, women are treated to a consultation with a professional make-up artist. In addition, a local jewelry artist will be showcasing his handmade collections.

The highlight of the event will be the unveiling of BabyDolls Boutique's label; Pink & Blue are the new Black. This exclusive line includes handmade baby clothing and accessories designed by Vanessa Rodriguez. This is the first original label both for the boutique and Rodriguez.

Pink & Blue are the new Black focuses its designs on achieving a vintage feel for the modern baby. Items include handmade dresses, christening gowns, onesies, skirts and twins/triplets apparel. What makes this label truly unique, however, is its contribution to charities. For every purchase from Pink & Blue, BabyDolls Boutique will donate a portion of the proceeds to two local non-profit organizations- The Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and The Women's Center.

During the anniversary party, customers will get the opportunity to participate in the Women's Center Baby Bottle Project which allows participants to fill the bottles with spare change. Money raised from this project will go to helping provide basic needs for battered women and their unborn children.

BabyDolls Boutique is expressing to the community that it's "IN to give!" They hope to set a trend and lead by example.

For more information regarding BabyDolls Boutique's Three Year Anniversary Party and the Pink & Blue Label, visit or call 773-525-2229. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see what they're doing to give back.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Coleen Rooney has Designs on

The countdown for Coleen Rooney's launch of her first ever fashion collection for the UK's largest home shopping company, has women's coats begun.

The leading style icon launches her 25-plus piece collection on 29th December 2010 to present a style which encapsulates Coleen's signature chic and sophisticated sense of style while demonstrating ingenious 'chiconomics' – a high fashion design look on a budget that won't break the bank.

Inspired by the look of classic style icons including Jackie Onassis, the 'Coleen' collection has accessible, affordable fashion at its core, with prices for the feminine, polished pieces starting from ?25.

"I am delighted to be showcasing my first fashion range for I have loved pulling together my favourite spring/summer looks to create a collection that women everywhere can access and wear," said Coleen.

The collection cements Coleen's fashion credentials and includes, floor sweeping maxi dresses, neat shifts, razor sharp tailoring and for the cocktail hour, strapless prom styles. Projecting a ladylike appeal, the pieces retain a contemporary cool and effortlessly stylish look Coleen is synonymous with. The collection, designed to meet the many demands of the modern wardrobe instils confidence and gives women a grown up glamour they're sure to love.

"I am often asked about the clothes that I wear and my sense of style. By creating a range myself I hope to make my favourite looks available to all. I have really enjoyed the process of designing my first collection, I look forward to hearing how it is received by the public," said Coleen.

The collaboration between Coleen and sees her work with a company that has huge heritage in her home town, Liverpool. Coleen's appeal to women of all ages, her down to earth and accessible nature makes her the perfect designer for the multi-channel retailer.

Shop Direct Group Product Director, Matt Hudson said, "Our customers are great fans of Coleen's sense of style and we have had a great reaction since she joined the Littlewoods team as style ambassador in July this year. To be able to work with her as a designer in her own right and create a range with her handwriting is a natural progression which I am sure will be very popular."

The Coleen range includes Beaded Bubble Hem dress in pink and black at ?75, Floral printed dress with embroidery skirt detailing at ?85, Applique full skirt dress at ?75, Paisley print maxi dress at ?85 and a One shoulder ruffle sequin dress at ?85. Smart separates include Burnt Orange satin shirt at ?35, Floral Printed skirt at ?49, Classic white shirt at ?35 and Ruched sleeve jacket at ?69. The Gathered cuff trench at ?99 and Cropped leather biker jacket at ?150 make great outerwear options for the season accessorised with the Paisley print scarf at ?25.

For all further information contact the team at Lee Publicity
Tel: 020 7359 2288
Email gemma(at)leepublicity(dot)co(dot)uk

Stockist Details:, Tel: 0844 822 800


  •     Shop Direct Group is the UK's leading online and home shopping retailer, with sales of circa ?1.7 billion
  •     Coleen's range for is available in sizes 8 to 24 from ?25
  •     Coleen's Spring/Summer range is available from 29th December 2010
  •     The Group has 5 million active customers and employs around 9,500 people
  •     Shop Direct is the largest full price branded clothing and footwear retailer in the UK
  •     Shop Direct is the 2nd largest online clothing retailer in the UK
  •     Shop Direct is the 4th largest Furniture retailer in the UK
  •     Shop Direct is the 4th largest sportswear retailer in the UK
  •     Shop Direct Group Financial Services offers customers a wide range of credit, insurance and warranty products
  •     Brands include Littlewoods, Empire Stores and Marshall Ward
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Beat the Cold Weather with Laura Ashley's Irresistible Hand-Knitted Blankets

With the cold weather showing no sign of letting up any time soon, Laura Ashley's latest range of hand-knitted blankets offer a unique combination of style and comfort for those looking to beat the ongoing winter blues.

Since staying in is the new going out, a living space that is both cosy and inviting is key. Laura Ashley's range of home accessories gets the balance right perfectly, with beautiful objects that are as useful as they are covetable and comforting.

Chunky knitted blankets constitute an enduringly popular choice for anyone wanting to enhance a living space: thrown over the back of leather sofas they'll add texture and warmth - ideal for snuggling into while reading or watching television. And when folded at the end of double beds they hold the promise of a deliciously cosy, peaceful sleep or the temptation of a late-morning lie-in.

A return to lovingly crafted products is another reaction to modern life and to the soullessness of many mass-produced goods, so Laura Ashley's new hand-knitted Elsham blanket, with its generous proportions and sumptuously soft texture, is an irresistible choice: chunky hand-knits suggest a comforting earthiness, a rustic, homesp women's coats un quality that's as nourishing to the spirit as mum's chicken soup. Available in calming shades of duck egg blue or natural, they will complement any décor and make downtime even more relaxing.

There's a more wide-scale worthiness to all of this luxury and self-indulgence too - in an age when the warned-of hard times have many watching their pennies, and when environmental concerns are paramount, a pile of cosy blankets is an ideal way to limit heating usage, helping both wallet and world.

Has there ever been a better reason to get to bed early, and stay there until late?

For more information please contact:
Laura Ashley PR Team
0207 880 5100

About Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley is one of the UK's leading retailers, with over 225 stores in the UK and Republic of Ireland, plus an expanding international business offering stylish, high quality, great value women's clothing and home furnishings. In the last financial year Laura Ashley sales were ?268.4 million.

As a much-loved British heritage brand Laura Ashley founded in 1953 provides a source of design-led items, good-quality yet accessible fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, lighting and home accessories and women's fashion.

The company also offers an excellent level of services including an array of bespoke options for the home, including made to order upholstery in a choice of over 100 fabric options, made to measure curtains & blinds and a comprehensive Design service.

Laura Ashley has growing franchise operations all over the world, including the Far East, Australia, Scandinavia and South America, as well as increasing numbers of licensing projects for products including carpets, eyewear, scarves and bedlinen.

In addition to an increasing portfolio of store Laura Ashley also offers a mail order service and internet sales at


Friday, December 14, 2012

Nordstrom Launches Naked Brand Group Inc.'s Line of Luxury Men's Underwear and Lounge-wear

Naked Brand Group Inc. (OTCQB:NAKD) (the "Company" or "Naked") is pleased to announce it has shipped its products to 39 of Nordstrom's best stores across the country and on, giving Naked an immediate distribution channel through one of the nation's most sought after department stores.

The Nordstrom launch, which occurs this week, will be supported by a national public relations campaign and Nordstrom marketing campaign. Naked has the opportunity to expand into 117 Nordstrom full-line stores.

"We are excited about partnering with Nordstrom, a prestigious retailer who has long focused on providing premium products and high-quality service to its customers. Naked's expansion into the number one rated luxury department store in the United States is a significant milestone for the Company as it builds a department store brand with universal appeal," stated Joel Primus, President and CEO of Naked. He goes on to say, "Naked can now be found in two of North America's top retail chains. We will continue to pursue additional distribution opportunities through other major US department stores."

Nordstrom will carry all of Naked's product lines including its underwear, undershirts and fashion t-shirts from its Naked? Cotton, Naked? Micromodal? and Naked? Microfibre collections. Naked's Cotton collection is made with high gauge soft-to-the-touch Pima Cotton and its Naked? Micromodal? collection, made with imported fabric from Italy, is so luxurious and soft that it makes you feel like you're wearing nothing at all. Nordstrom has grown from one downtown Seattle store into a nationwide fashion speciality chain with renowned service and a selection of the finest apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family. This year Nordstrom announced that they would be expanding beyond the U.S. into Canada. Construction has now begun in Naked's hometown of Vancouver on Nordstrom's first BC location, featuring 230,000 sq. feet of shopping over three floors, which is expected to be their largest Canadian store. The initial order from Nordstrom will represent approximately 60% of year to date revenue for the Company at the time of shipment.

About Naked Brand Group, Inc.
Naked? is one of the world's most luxurious and environmentally conscious underwear brands. Each smooth and light-weight garment seamlessly forms to your body making you feel like you're wearing nothing at all. Naked? underwear and undershirts are sold in over 114 locations across North America including Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Boys'co, Kitson and Naked? has been featured on Entertainment Tonight (ET) Canada and on The Dragons' Den.

Naked? was founded by entrepreneur Joel Primus. Naked? underwear was launched in Canada's finest retailer, Holt Renfrew, with a seamless line of microfiber underwear in the fall of 2010 and has since shipped underwear to some of the finest men's stores in North America. This fall, the Company launches into an auto replenishment relationship with Nordstrom in many of its finest stores.

All of Naked's garments are constructed with European fine fabrics and are made with some of the highest environmental standards in the world, including blue sign certified fabric for the Company's microfiber line. A socially conscious company, Naked? donates a portion of its sales each year to the Project World Citizen Society, in addition to local charity fundraisers. Naked's products have been reviewed by as being in the top 1% in the world in terms of quality.

Naked? has achieved constant annual gro Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the wth, and is working to establish itself as the leading underwear brand in the world for men and women. The Company has built an advisory team that includes Daymond John, founder of FUBU clothing and a Shark on ABC's Shark Tank.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions, such as statements regarding the public relations and marketing campaign expected to be undertaken by Nordstrom, the Company's future distribution plans, the product lines Nordstrom may carry, future expansion possibilities with Nordstrom and the expected percentage of revenue represented by the Nordstrom shipment. In many cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "outlook," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations but they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements as a result of risks and uncertainties, which include, without limitation: an economic downturn or economic uncertainty in the Company's key markets; the Company's inability to effectively manage the growth and the increased complexity of its business as a result of the distribution agreement with Nordstrom; the Company's highly competitive market and increasing competition; the Company's inability to deliver its products to the market and to meet customer expectations, or expand its product placement to additional Nordstrom stores due to problems with its distribution system; the Company's failure to maintain the value and reputation of its brand; and other risk factors detailed in the Company's public filings. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements contained herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by applicable laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Global Luxury Goods Market to Reach US$307.3 Billion by 2015, According to New Report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc.

Luxury goods, is an industry sector that embodies the strength of the global and regional economies. Robust trading and business environment feeds growth in this industry, which is home to manufacturers of a diverse range of expensive products, such as, handbags, watches, jewelry, clothes, cosmetics, designer footwear, pens, yachts, luxurious wines and perfumes, among numerous others. Given that psychological benefits such as, prestige, status symbol, esteem and exclusivity make up critical need factors, product features such as premium pricing, craftsmanship, coveted designer brand status, aesthetic appeal, and superior quality have been traditionally driving gains in this marketplace. With its high correlation to a country's GDP, the luxury goods industry is extremely cyclical in nature, with economic ups and downs amplifying the response demand patterns. For instance, in periods of economic boom demand waxes higher than the growth in GDP, while conversely in periods of slowdown, demand recedes rapidly as consumers quickly axe their spending on high-priced luxury goods. Illustrative of this trend is the pal of gloom set over leading luxury markets in the world, such as Europe, North America and Japan, which faced the most severe impact of the global economic recession.

Although luxury is widely touted as a habit difficult to break, the prolonged severity of the current economic slowdown has elicited declines in spending and the low tide has stranded growth with wealthy consumers gradually cutting back on lavish, luxury lifestyles. This scale back on spending by High Net Worth Individuals has hurt the global luxury goods market with market participants still reeling under the impact of reduced lifestyle and passion spending. The apparel segment especially is projected to be the worst hit segments, with the affluent class deferring the purchase or restricting the purchase to classic durables. However, as the year 2010 limps out on a broken economy, a quick bounce back to market fundamentals instrumental in shaping the industry's growth over the years is forecast to be on cards. Diversification of the consumer base for luxury goods away from the conventional ultra rich consumers augers well for the industry in the medium to long-term and as a result of which perception of luxury will emerge well beyond the traditional confines of fashion, and exclusivity to include quality and intrinsic product value. The changing consumer habits and values are generating enormous opportunities for marques to draw potential customers as well as reinforce their relationships with their more wealthier and absolute luxury shoppers.

Another major factor, which is expected to growth in the market, is the growing demand for luxury goods, especially haute couture clothing, apparel and footwear, in developing Asian countries, such as China and India. Growing awareness over international prestige brands, coupled with rising standards of living to complement aspirational purchases are factors poised to drive growth in these markets. Other factors, which make developing countries an attractive target market, include the emergence of new classes of affluent consumers, particularly working women, growing base of financially stable younger generation with a penchant for living unique lifestyles.

As stated by the new market research report on global luxury goods market, the Asia-Pacific market projects the fastest CAGR of 15.7% over the analysis period 2007-2015. Growth I this market will surely outshine growth in the developed markets. Although badly hit by the economic downturn, Europe will continue to retain its leadership in the global luxury goods market, taking solace from increased tourism as a result of the weak euro and its influence on luxury goods purchases. Product wise, the luxury watches market represents the largest segment within the luxury goods market, having contributed a share of about 17% in the total dollar sales, while luxury cosmetics market is projected to be the fastest growing segment over the analysis period 2007-2015.

Key players in this marketplace include Bulgari SpA, Burberry Group plc, Carlton Travel Goods Ltd., Christian Dior Couture SA, Christian Dior Couture, EDOB Abwicklungs AG, Ermenegildo Zegna Group, Giorgio Armani SpA, Gucci Group, Hermès International, S.A., L'Oreal S.A, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA, Polo Ralph Lauren Corporation, Prada S.p.A., Shiseido Company Limited, The Swatch Group Ltd, Tiffany and Co., TOD'S SpA, Valentino Fashion Group S.p.A, and V.F. Corporation among others.

The report titled "Luxury Goods: A Global Strategic Business Report" announced by Global Industry Analysts, Inc., provides a review of noteworthy market trends and growth drivers. The report in addition also enumerates product introductions, recent acquisitions, and other strategic industry activities. The report offers latent demand estimates and projections in value sales (in US$ billion) for the global Luxury Goods market by product segments, including, Watches, Menswear, Womenswear, Cosmetics, Leather Goods, Fragrances, Jewelry, and Shoes across geographic markets such as US, Canada, Japan, Tips: Find Street Fashion Online(may be you can find what you want on the Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World.

For more details about this market research report, please visit –

About Global Industry Analysts, Inc.
Global Industry Analysts, Inc., (GIA) is a reputed publisher of off-the-shelf market research. Founded in 1987, the company is globally recognized as one of the world's largest market research publishers. The company employs over 800 people worldwide and publishes more than 1100 full-scale research reports each year. Additionally, the company also offers thousands of smaller research products including company reports, market trend reports, and industry reports encompassing all major industries worldwide.

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