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16/08/2016

Summer sales boost for budget fashion chain H&M as sun brings out shoppers

H&M beat forecasts with a 10 per cent rise in July sales following a tough few months.

The cold spring weather had previously caused the worst second quarter sales growth in three years at the fashion retailer.

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However, the warmer summer in Europe has helped trading recover.

Jamie Merriman, an analyst at Bernstein, said the sales increase in July were probably due to discounting.

The boost for H&M – a staple of the High Street with ranges designed by singer Beyoncé – comes ahead of official UK retail sales figures later this week.

The report, due to be published by the Office for National Statistics on Thursday, will show how retailers fared in the month after the vote to leave the European Union.

Sales fell at the fastest rate in six months in June with officials blaming the bad weather rather than the looming EU Referendum.

Two weeks ago Next, which is seen as a bellwether for the High Street, posted a better-than-expected 0.3 per cent rise in sales for the three months to the end of July.

The Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee cut interest rates for the first time since 2009 at the beginning of the month and delivered an emergency package worth up to £170billion to ward off recession following the Brexit vote.

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12/08/2016

Summer dresses with sleeves!

If you’re looking for a marieprom dress that’s versatile, chic and work-appropriate, those with sleeves are your answer. They’ll also take you further into the fall season.

Since the style can be harder to find in the summer, we did the work for you and rounded up the best styles to buy now.

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Alice + Olivia Katt Print V-Neck Caftan Minidress ($398 at Nordstrom). This semi-sheer designer piece can be worn alone or layered in a multitude of ways as the weather cools.

H&M Patterned Long Dress ($50). Go anywhere in this airy woven dress, with a simple but striking print that needs no accessories.Related Stories

J.Crew Striped T-Shirt Dress ($98). A bit of stretch gives this cotton dress a flattering, elevated shape that works for the office or a Sunday afternoon.

Ganni Misaki Cotton Dress ($195 at needsupply.com). Minimalist and structured, this shirtdress is the perfect base for your favorite accessories. Its pale blue color is neutral, but a little something different from all the white and black in your closet.

Floreat Amber Ruffle Dress ($168 at Anthropologie). Sleeves don’t have to be serious, as this ruffled, printed number proves. The elbow-length sleeves and A-line shape make it ultra-flattering, and the styling keeps it fun and youthful.

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19/07/2016

Beautiful little girl dresses – perfect for summer – spring from women’s shelter in Bangkok

From a women’s shelter in Bangkok comes beautiful dresses for little girlssold by Menlo Park-based Kasumisou Gallery.

“The dresses are machine made, but the smocking and embroidery are done by hand,” explains Gallery co-owner Mark Rosasco. “An order of nuns, the Good Shepherd Sisters, operate the center where the unique prom dresses are worked on by disadvantaged girls and women who live nearby. The goal is to teach them marketable skills.”

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The mantra of the Gallery is “profits with a purpose,” and most of the products are sold online. Mark’s Gallery partner Clare Warner (pictured with dresses) and his wife, Barbara, do get out in the community with the dresses from time to time, as they did recently at the Menlo Park Downtown Block Party, where the quality of the dresses caught this reporter’s eye.

“We had great success with the dresses at the Gamble Garden Tour this spring,” says Clare. “It is hard to get the word out, and the photos online don’t quite convey that the smocking and stitching that goes into each dress.”

The workshop in Bangkok is not large, and only the best sewers get to work on the MarieProm UK. They are paired with Kissy Kissy sweaters, which Mark takes personally overseas.

Read more about Kasumisou Gallery’s mission and its connection to theKasumisou Foundation in this February 2014 InMenlo post.