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Christmas free scarf offer
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 18:26

Spend £60.00 or more this Christmas and we'll include a FREE lambs wool scarf! Simply pick a lambs wool scarf you like, include the scarf product code in a note with your order and we'll send your free scarf out to you with the rest of your purchase. To get your free scarf, read the full offer here.

Get a free lambs wool scarf for Christmas
Get a free lambs wool scarf for Christmas!

High society
Sunday, 06 November 2011 15:13

A few days ago we were lucky enough to see a professional mixology class at the Langham Hotel. Mixology is the skill and study of how drinking liquids interact and affect taste. To you and me that's making cocktails. If you've never heard of 'mixology' you're not alone. I didn't know it either until a few days ago!

The event was hosted in the Langham's Artesian Bar by vodka company Ketel One. Brad Farran, head bartender of the Clover Club in Brooklyn was flown in to run the class. Around 50 people attended; mainly staff from other 5 star hotel chains as well as journalists doing pieces for London Cocktail Week.

cocktail making
Mixing drinks in the Artesian Bar.

artesian bar
Guests sampling all the new flavours.

Apologies for the bad photos. Lighting in the Artesian Bar is great for atmosphere but not for photography. Incidentally, if you're ever in London the Langham is definitely worth a visit.

It's home to the rich and famous of course, but as London's biggest grand hotel it has plenty of history to boast too. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle used the Langham as a setting in his Sherlock Holmes adventure 'The Sign of Four', and Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain were regular visitors there.

Best wishes
Thursday, 03 November 2011 07:46

Goodbye and good luck to our friend Laura, who is flying off to new adventures in Australia for a year or two. Take care, pack plenty of sunscreen and send us the traditional photos of you holding a koala.

goodbye drinks
Last round of drinks with the old crew.

Brand new flat caps in store
Monday, 31 October 2011 09:33

Our beautifully crafted Italian flat caps for men and women are now available in store. Each one is made from cashmere, cotton or wool with a satin lined interior. You can check them out in the shop category named Hats and Flat Caps.

men's and ladies flat caps
Men's and ladies Italian flat caps now available.

PayPal Christmas prize draws
Friday, 28 October 2011 22:49

paypal buy it win itGet your purchase free with PayPal's Buy It Win It daily prize draw! Anyone with a PayPal account who buys from us between 25 October and 20 December could win back the price of their purchase to the value of £200!

Simply pay through your PayPal account as normal, and PayPal will automatically enter you in the next day's prize draw. 5 winners are picked every day until 20 December, and you can enter as many times as you want.

There's also a Wish It Win It weekly prize draw to the value of £5000 which begins October 31. To enter the weekly draw, create a wish list by clicking the blue Buy It Win It box.

Conditions of the daily and weekly draws can be read here. Good luck and happy Christmas shopping!

Ads during the movie
Wednesday, 26 October 2011 21:59

The previous post about watches in films got us thinking about all kinds of product placements in movies. Whether it's a huge Carlsberg logo placed on a truck in 'Spider-Man' or a personalised GAP ad in 'Minority Report', companies today are well aware that getting their product shown in a hit movie can immediately drive both sales and brand image sky high.

Prominently placed Carlsberg logo in Spider-Man.

Personalised marketing from GAP in Minority Report.

In our own field of clothing accessories and fashion, we can only guess how many designers were frothing at the mouth to get their clothes onto Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in 'The Devil Wears Prada'. However, the biggest record holder (by far) for inserting commercials into films has to be former ad man Michael Bay.

His film 'The Island' contained obvious product placements in almost every other scene. There were so many ads, somebody even made a compilation of it!

Ewan and Scarlett do a lot of posing with products in The Island.

The question is, are company ads becoming invasive? David Lynch, highly respected yet never a mainstream director, once dismissed placements as putrefying the movie. Others point to the spiralling cost of films and call it a necessary part of modern movie making. With so many films jostling for attention, extra dollars from placements means more money for promoting the movie in a crowded market. Love it or hate it, it seems placements are here to stay.

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