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OOZOO Timepieces, the affordable fashion watch brand synonymous with oversized watches, has launched a new website in the UK to meet the needs of its growing customer base – the first dedicated online shop for OOZOO in the world.

Stuart Baxendell, managing director of OOZOO UK, commented:

The success of OOZOO watches over the past year meant it was a logical next step to build an online shop. One of our primary objectives is to showcase a large range of watches to compliment and support our growing retail network. With more than 400 watches for men, women and children and many variations in size, shape, style and colour, there’s a watch to suit every taste. The collection also includes many larger faced watches (up to 52mm diameter), which are so “on-trend” at the moment. With retail prices starting at just £39.95 (to £129.95) OOZOO watches make an affordable gift for any occasion.

Oozoo watches

In addition to the website OOZOO is expanding its retail network across the UK – growing in size to match the Dutch (600 outlets) and German (800 outlets) markets.

With Christmas on the horizon we think that OOZOO has timed this just right. Check out the site at www.oozoowatches.co.uk

The hot trend from the catwalk this season is print..print..print! Be it bold, floral, geometric or traditional, it’s all mixed up for eclectic style.

Digetex has launched its fantastic Iconic Pop paper murals collection this month. Taking a cue from the master, Andy Warhol’s Pop Art of the 60’s, today’s visual graphics portray a modern vision of popular culture which can be used to reflect personal expression.

pop mural

Digitex Wall Mural


Digetex’s wall murals are a great way to touch on this trend. The collection features iconic images like the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal in ever popular monotone, complemented by a range of fun, colourful pop art style lips, clocks, phones and a patriotic Majesty which will add a splash of iconic style to your home.

Each design is available as a paper mural on durable matt or semi gloss paper, and is available in a range of sizes to suit your wall space or custom printed to your specified size.

More details can be found at www.digitex.com

2009 saw the introduction of black into the bathroom, with accents of black on taps and furniture presented in stylish finishes. In 2010, black is now the defining colour in up-to-date bathrooms.

Basins, for so long only available in white, are now offered in sleek, sexy black.

Jacuzzi Morphosis Basin

Jacuzzi Morphosis Basin


The Jacuzzi® Morphosis basin in black epitomises the essence of the new trend and is available now from the new Jacuzzi® Designer Range. This distinctive basin, designed by leading design house Pininfarina, oozes style and sophistication.

The stunningly proportioned Jacuzzi Nexus basin takes on a whole new persona as its sleek lines are accentuated further by this new colour option. Combine with a red, black or white deck for a real boutique look.

And why choose white when the Jacuzzi Bordo basin is now available in black? Better still, choose one of each and create your own unique look.

Bold, decadent and highly desirable, a Jacuzzi basin in black is the ultimate design statement. Add a touch of sophistication to your bathroom and update with this on-trend style to create a sleek and stylish look.

The Jacuzzi Designer Range New Innovations catalogue is available to download now and features highly desirable products that look superb and perform to the highest standard.

Further details at www.jacuzzi.co.uk or call 01782 717175

Eighties fashion accessory revival!

Makki eel skin bracelet

Makki eel skin bracelet

The Makki eel skin cuff bracelet is perfect for this season’s 80’s fashion trend and ideal for the upcoming party season. The soft eel skin leather in vibrant colours including electric blue, hot pink, scarlet red, chocolate brown and stiletto black is a super-chic and versatile way of adding style to your outfit.

Snakeskin cuff

Snakeskin cuff

This luxury blue genuine Snakeskin cuff displaying a large leather flower is so stylish. This item is very eye-catching and unique in design. It is also available in other colours including, purple, black, hot pink and turquoise. One size fits all and a perfect fashion accessory for women and girls of all ages. An affordable fashion accessory for a winter wedding.

Love Sparkle heart bangle

Love Sparkle heart bangle

This luxury denim blue fashion bangle with charms is rhodium lined & features a large sparkly heart and two smaller charms, one of which is a sparkly studded heart on a rhodium plated chain. All Love Sparkle products are ethically manufactured to the highest quality, using only premium quality materials in a socially responsible manner. Created from the heart to be worn only by those that Love Sparkle! This piece of jewellery has a high quality finish and is available in many other colours including classic black, hot pink, yellow, white, peach and soft pink.

See more at www.bagsofsparkle.com.

Fly the Flag!

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Flag BagOur friends at Ecsotype continue in their quest to bring us designer flair from downunder with this newly released extension to their exquisite collection! And when we say newly released we mean today, 17th December! How’s that for hot off the press?

Flag is a collapsible utility bag that will say so much about its wearer and stands in a league apart from the various other utility bags currently available on the high street.

I was given a sneak preview and I loved it! Manufactured from high grade New Zealand leather, it is assembled from two flat panels and features a large internal cell with a smaller secondary pocket.

Flag can be worn off the shoulder or across the body, fully extended for maximum internal space, or folded in half for maximum portability. Now that’s what I call a real utility bag!

Flag Bag
Flag is not inexpensive but, as with so much in life, you get what you pay for and this bag is worth every penny, cent or euro!

It’s so new that you won’t find it in a shop near you just yet but its available online directly from Ecsotype.

The Fesscap Hat

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FesscapTurkish designer Erdem Akan has merged Middle Eastern tradition with European and American style in his Turkish Reforms Collection.

His Fesscap caught our eye. Inspired by the traditional fez and combined with elements of the baseball cap, Fesscap aspires to becoming the “hat of the century”, according to Erdem.

Handmade from a mixture of wool and felt, in addition to traditional red it is also available in black, white and purple. With the winter months now descending upon us we can see this stylish bit of headgear being a real winner.

Blickfang logoInnovative design, intriguing forms and unusual ideas.

Talk directly to the designers and learn more about the creation and the characteristics of each product’s design. Discover your favourite object and take a small piece of BLICKFANG home with you!

This intriguing design exhibition runs from 21-23 November 2008 at Kongresshaus Zurich. What a great excuse for a pre-Christmas weekend away!

Christina KraemerGet a little inspiration for your home or your wardrobe, buy your Christmas gifts or relax in the Bombay Lounge or the KENT Smoking Lounge. Visit the BLICKFANG fashion show. Take time to discover designers from the French region of Switzerland at their own special exhibition ‘Espace Romandie’ and last but not least get to know guest designers from Lisbon in the “City Corner”.

Sounds like a “must-visit” event to us!

Sabine Pound

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Book BagWe love all things Ecsotype! Regular readers will recall that we recently featured Christian Pound. Reader interest in that article has been enormous so we thought that wife Sabine deserved a mention too!

On track to a career in art curatorship, French born Sabine changed course in 2004 to join husband Christian running the newly founded Ecso Group.

The move to creating objects has proven to be the right one for Sabine, who cherishes the thought that good ideas materialised into form can be shared and offered for years to come.

Her approach consists of striving to constantly outdo herself. Novelty is the filter through which she runs all new designs, and the justification for their existence.

We gave credit to Christian for the Presse bag but the truth is that they design as a team so here’s something “from” Sabine, to balance the books!

Speaking of books….‘Book’ is a small leather bag with proportions that are roughly the size of an A4 sheet of paper.

A central satchel is nestled in a harness and two handles provide different carrying options (over the shoulder or across the body).

Book Bag BlackThe bag is available in four different colours with all components being individually configurable, leaving room for hundreds of colour combinations. Bottom line is that you can create a bag to suit your style, suit your mood and be almost totally individual (what are the odds?).

Dig deep into your pockets, however, as this is not a bargain basement bag but, then again, whoever said that the best things in life are free hadn’t encountered the designs of the dynamic duo that are Christian and Sabine Pound!

AfterwardsFully established at the forefront of contemporary fashion design, the twice named “British Designer of the Year,” Hussein Chalayan, is renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitudes to new technology.

This exhibition, running from 21 January – 17 May 2009, will be the first comprehensive presentation of Hussein Chalayan’s work in the UK. Spanning fifteen years of experimental projects, the exhibition explores Chalayan’s creative approach, his inspirations and the many themes which influence his work such as cultural identity, displacement and migration.

AirborneExhibits will include ‘Afterwards’ which explores the notion of ‘wearable, portable architecture’ in which furniture literally transforms itself into garments; ‘Airborne’ bringing the latest LED technology to fashion design with a spectacular dress consisting of Swarovski crystals and over 15,000 flickering LED lights, and ‘Readings’ a dress comprising of over 200 moving lasers presenting an extraordinary spectacle of light.

Presenting fashion as a site of exploration and as expressions of concepts, Hussein Chalayan challenges preconceived notions of what clothing can mean, rather than as garments with only functionality in mind. Motivated by ideas and disciplines not readily associated with fashion, Hussein Chalayan’s pioneering work crosses between architecture, design, philosophy, anthropology, science and technology.

Since 2003, Hussein Chalayan has also directed art projects, including the short films “Temporal Meditations”, “Place to Passage” and “Anaesthetics”. In 2005, he represented Turkey at the 51st Venice Biennale with Absent Presence, featuring Tilda Swinton.

Hussein Chalayan’s presentations demonstrate his unique ability to combine beautiful and wearable clothes for today with an intriguing vision of the future.

Hussein Chalayan is the creative director of PUMA, which acquired a majority stake in Chalayan’s London-based fashion business and Hussein Chalayan brand in February 2008

Ticket costs are: Adults £8.50; Concessions £6.50; Students £5.00; Under 12s free. Advance bookings can be made by calling 020 7940 8783 or online at www.ticketweb.co.uk