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Silkbody opens online store

March 18, 2009/10.34

Dunedin-based Silkbody is on a high, after securing a retail presence in Germany. Now, it has announced its ecommerce site, where New Zealand customers can get free shipping, and everyone can get information on end-of-line discounts and special prices online. The site also includes a wish list and zoom on garment images. You may also […]

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MAC’s Hello Kitty clothing auction goes live tonight

February 9, 2009/12.37

MAC Cosmetics has launched its Hello Kitty line, but as with many of its initiatives, charities will benefit. There’s a Hello Kitty cosmetics’ range for those who love the brand, while clothing inspired by it will be auctioned off on Ebay from Monday, February 9 at 9 p.m. EST (Tuesday, February 10, 2 a.m. GMT) […]

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Iberian inspiration


This could have been our main cover image for the Lucire website—it’s fun and vibrant, and taken a few weeks ago at Bread & Butter Barcelona by our long-time photojournalist, Joma García i Gisbert. But given that our cover changed to Tiago Espirito Santo’s Moda Lisboa report only recently, we made the call not to. […]

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TOMS Shoes, Rag-bag, Paul Newman among Medinge Brands with a Conscience winners

January 1, 2009/7.42

Above: A 2005 photograph of Paul Newman with ‘Paul’, an eight-year-old Victory Junction Gang camper, during the Las Vegas Champ Car 400. Among the Medinge Group’s Brands with a Conscience winners, announced today by the international branding think-tank, is TOMS Shoes, known for donating a pair to communities in need whenever one is bought. Annually, […]

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Lucire expands to cover web video with InTheSeen tie-up

December 14, 2008/11.40

Lucire, New Zealand’s internationally published fashion magazine, has formed an alliance with InTheSeen (, which will provide original online video programming for the title at This means that Lucire will enter 2009 covering print, web, mobile and online video media.    InTheSeen will provide custom, original programming for Lucire, initially in its New Zealand […]

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The urgent measures Detroit must take

December 12, 2008/12.18

Above: One of the cars that Ford could sell in North America: the subcompact Ka, built in Poland. [Cross-posted] Earlier this year, before we found out just how bad Detroit’s financial situation was, I wrote a paper for The Journal of the Medinge Group called ‘Saving Detroit, by Not Making the Same Old Mistakes’. My […]

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The fundamentals of New Zealand’s economy are sound

November 14, 2008/2.41

[Cross-posted] As I call in around New Zealand to different companies, I have noticed a few things. First, the General Election has made no real difference to the way people feel. It’s no surprise: John Key voted the same way as Helen Clark on many of the least popular pieces of legislation, and fewer people […]

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Kevin Rudd’s stimulus package could be great for green

November 10, 2008/9.08

I congratulate Australian PM Kevin Rudd for announcing a A$6·2 billion stimulus package for the Australian car industry. And before you think I am going to go off talking cars again, this is about the environment—something that many Lucire readers care about with our UNEP connection.    Australia has long innovated in the automotive industry […]

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H&M opens in Harajuku, shows Comme des Garçons collaboration

November 9, 2008/1.21

With the Japanese economy at risk of deflation, it’s probably not a bad time to open a retail store that specializes in low prices. H&M’s new store in Harajuku, Tokyo, opened yesterday and was one of two that showed the Swedish brand’s latest designer collaboration—this time, with one of Japan’s own: Rei Kawakubo of Comme […]

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Meadowlark, Charlie’s succeed in spite of the big parties

November 5, 2008/0.36

There’s some good news from New Zealand-owned firms lately. First, our friends at Meadowlark have a new shop online. Secondly, we were happy to hear that Charlie’s, the orange juice company, has launched its brand into Australia, after opening a new production facility in Renmark, SA.    New Zealand will be electing a new government […]

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