Accessories

KristinKristinFebruary 16, 2021
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Opening any new business is a very daunting process and creating a new shop within the fashion boutique industry is no exception to this. If you want to be successful as a shop owner then it is important that you take all of the necessary steps to create a solid foundation that your business can grow upon. You shouldn’t rush into things and every little detail should be thought about before you even consider opening your store to customers.

 

Sourcing Stock and Premises

The first thing to do when it comes to opening a new boutique would be to find the perfect location for you and your company, the location of a shop is often overlooked and many new owners admit to going for their premises-based on price and not location. Of course, you should be looking for a good deal but when you are reliant on passing trade you should consider which location is going to get you the most customers. Many businesses fail due to the simple fact that they are positioned too far away from the main shopping area and a business like a boutique that is heavily reliant on its in-store sales means that location is vital to your business’s success.

Once you have finalized your boutique’s premises it is time to start looking at where you are going to purchase your stock, depending on your company you may already have contacts in the design industry and it would be a good idea to use these if you have them available. Sourcing stock is a very intricate process as you must make sure the clothes you are selling match up to the style of shop and business that you wish to open. There are many retailers out there who will offer a better price for a stock that is bought in large amounts so you should shop around for the best deal where possible. You can find many bulk clothing retailers such as toplineclotheslines, so you should look online for a retailer with a style that you like.

 

Hiring Staff

Your shop will require extra staff to help carry out the running and maintaining of your new boutique, it is important that you interview potential new recruits before you take them on as you will require staff that provides the right image for your store. Finding potential candidates should be easy as you can advertise online that you are looking for people to hire. I would argue that younger recruits are favorable as they will be able to help your customers with finding the right clothes, however, age shouldn’t be a determining factor and as long as your staff is presentable and efficient with working around the shop then you should be able to put together a high-quality team.

 

Advertising

Once you have put everything in place in the set up of your new shop and you are ready for the opening day you should be thinking about the way in which you are going to introduce your new store to the public. With proper advertising and organization, you could set up an opening day event to encourage more customers to come into your store and spend their money. An event like this is a great idea as it also spreads the word about the existence of your boutique and encourages a lot of customers to come in and see what you are offering.

 

Creating a good Aesthetic

With smaller boutique businesses there are already a lot of competing establishments in existence, with this in mind it is vital that your shop has a unique and intriguing design quality to encourage customers to choose your store over another clothing retailer. One of the main aspects that sets boutique retailers apart from the mainstream high street stores is the unique pieces that can be found, you should try and source clothing stock that is a bit different to make your store more enticing. If you are able to create a unique aesthetic in both the stock you sell and the design of your shop then you should see pretty good results in terms of sales and the number of customers who visit.


KristinKristinFebruary 7, 2021
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It can feel pointless at the moment to put effort into your accessories when they’re a few people to show them off to. However, as with all aspects of our dress, it is important to remember that you are dressing for yourself not other people. Wearing a bright pink bow or adorning our fingers with rings in the shapes of skulls might not have passed in your work environment but you can get away with them at home. In fact, being at home means that if we want to wear our dinosaur hat all day long then we can do so without fear of judgment. So, I implore you to spend this time experimenting with your weird and wonderful accessories in the freedom of your own home. To help I have compiled a list of six of the current hottest accessories brands.

 

Accessorize

It is no surprise that Accessorize made this list, it is named after all for its range of accessories. This high-street staple produces bags, hair accessories, and jewelry that are on trend at affordable prices. Their sister brand Monsoon focuses on fashionable clothing, so at sites where their shops are combined, you can find accessories that perfectly match your clothes allowing you to buy your entire outfit in one go. Their pieces appeal to those of any age, with some items specifically targeted for older or younger customers. So, no matter your age, you are sure to find the hottest accessories for your generation available.

 

Gucci

No matter the year or season, Gucci will always be on-trend. The brand was created by Guccio Gucci and is based in the city of Florence in Italy. Whilst they do produce clothing, their main focus is on accessories. If you can afford their high prices, then their world-famous handbags or golden belts are must-haves. Their pieces are iconic yet timeless so can be well worth their high price tags. Their recent collaboration with North Face has ensured that not only are their items durable they are also practical.

 

Blackshore

Blackshore is a British coastal clothing company that offers a range of handmade designer bags, the most famous of which being their canvas duffle bags. They are made in the local style of Norfolk, using the same type of canvas found in boat covers which makes them waterproof. Their unique style mixed with sea proof practicality helped to win their place on the Make It British’s list of top 30 British made bags. So, if you would prefer to support more locally independent companies instead of worldwide brands then why not spend your money on a well-crafted handmade item from Blackshore instead.

 

Audemars Piguet

Accessorising isn’t just for women. There are plenty of brands dedicated to accessories that cater to men as well. Audemars Piguet is a high-quality fashion brand that specializes in watches ad clocks. The company was founded nearly one-hundred-and-fifty years ago in Switzerland, so they have had plenty of time to perfect their craft. Their quality watches have become a must-have for any professional gentleman.

 

EMP

As stated earlier, we can use our current time at home to experiment and explore accessories that might have gotten us strange looks if we were to wear them in public. EMP is a website that has merchandise from various brands from Disney to My Chemical Romance. They have many fandoms to choose your accessories from including Marvel and Star Wars, and they are always up to date with the hottest TV shows and bands. They also do unlicenced items that cater to a more gothic or grunge look if that is more your style.

 

Claire’s

They might not appear to be the hottest accessories to older audiences, but when it comes to popular accessories for children and teens, Claire’s always has it covered. Whether the latest trend amongst tweens is to wear massive rainbows in their hair or earrings in the shapes of fuzzy pompoms, Claire’s will have it stocked. If you have children in your family and you are unsure of what to buy them, then you can be assured that anything you buy for them from Claire’s will be on-trend, however garishly so.


KristinKristinJanuary 20, 2021
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There has been a lot of changes to how things are done this year. From the way we work to the way we shop, nothing is the same as how it used to be. One of the biggest aspects of our lives that have changed is the fashion that we wear. That is completely understandable as we haven’t exactly had the chance to throw on our best clothes and hit the streets. Instead, we have been subjected to what has been called ‘Lockdown Fashion’, which is a lot different from the clothes that we used to know and love. Here is what lockdown fashion is and how we have chosen comfort over style in lockdown.

 

Sweats

A lot of people think that jeans will be completely obsolete after lockdown comes to an end. That is because we have all ditched our skinny jeans in favor of leggings and joggers. We are spending most of our time these days in bed or on the sofa admiring the four walls in our house. So when we are lying in bed looking for more unneeded house decor at internaldoorsuk, we don’t want to be wearing jeans. How can we ever return to discomfort after this? We can’t. Not only because we don’t want to, but because our lockdown weight gain won’t allow it.

 

Fluffy Socks

Another item of clothing that we have all added to our wardrobe is a vast collection of fluffy socks. Again, if we have nowhere to go, why would we choose to put on thin ankle socks when we can stay in fluffy bed socks that keep our feet nice and warm. Again, comfort has been the main priority during the lockdown, quite literally from our heads down to our feet.

 

Masks

Though we have been asked to stay at home for the majority of our time, there are still times where we have had to venture out into the apocalyptic wasteland. When we head out, we have also been asked to wear masks. What started off as everyone wearing blue throw away masks has evolved into what can be considered a fashion statement. Masks now have all sorts of patterns on them. People have also figured out how to make their own, so they really are reflections of everyone’s personalities.

 

Hoodies

Though hoodies have always been a big part of everyday fashion, they really have made a comeback. If you look at the main page of any online fashion retailer, the first thing that you are bound to see is a set of comfortable hoodies. This has something to do with the weather, but also because people aren’t leaving their homes and so have no reason to get dressed up. Plus, what is more, comfortable than a hoodie? Nothing, nothing is more comfortable than a hoodie. You may have noticed the increase in the popularity of a brand called Oodies. These are literally giant hoodies/blankets that are perfect for lounging about the house in. You are bound to know someone who owns one and it is no surprise why.

 

Fewer jackets

Something that happened due to lockdown that left us all in a state of shock once winter rolled around was the lack of people wearing jackets. This was because we weren’t going out every day and so didn’t really pay attention to the cold. Online fashion also fell out of the loop with seasonal clothing, so it became a lot harder to find weather-appropriate clothing. This meant that the high street was flooded with people in search of thick coats and gloves.


KristinKristinJanuary 14, 2021
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Vaping. It is the trend that has swept over the planet in full force. No matter how people try to push back against it, people continually invest in their vapes. It seems like only yesterday vaping had just emerged, riddled with cautious voices crying out against it and people saying it would never catch on. But those voices are now being drowned out and the nay-sayers are quiet. Vaping is here and it is here to stay.

But how does vaping go from being a simple smokers alternative, designed to help people quit, to being one of the biggest industries on the planet. Alongside it also being one of the biggest fashion trends of the 21st  century. Today we are going to do a deep dive on vaping, examining its early years and looking at its eventual rise into fashion icon history.

Humble Origins

Vaping was born out of the ever raging battle against smoking addiction. Smoking is one of the biggest killers on the planet. With proven studies showing its clear links to a number of heart and lung diseases. And, of course, the correlation between smoking and cancer is undeniable.

And yet, despite millions dying from smoking-related illnesses every year, smoking remains legal. This is due to the big tobacco companies having enough money to lobby for laws to stay the way they are. But this battle is where vaping comes from.

Starting out as E-cigarettes designed to give a nicotine hit to the user to help them ween off of cigarettes. Here is something you may not know, the nicotine in cigarettes is addictive but it isn’t actually the worst part of smoking. It is all the dangerous chemicals inside the cigarettes, mixed with the act of inhaling smoke, that causes the most damage. Nicotine still has a number of mental effects that make it horribly dangerous.

So E-cigarettes were a cheaper, safer alternative to smoking. But the issue was this early tech was cumbersome, ugly, and unresponsive. So it went largely ignored for a long time. Until we finally got the first proper Vaporiser.

Vapes

Vaporizer technology was nothing new. Used in a lot of fields from the sciences to medicine and everything in between. But when Vape companies finally released the first batches of flavored vape juice, combined with nicotine, all bets were off. Early adopters flocked and began vaping everywhere they could, leading to a lot of memes and jokes about people who vape.

But eventually, the trend picked up. In relation to its impact on smoking, it did help a lot of people quit. Being able to slowly ween themselves down on their nicotine intake was a valuable tool. But for some people, it was a doubled edge sword. Their nicotine intake now doubled as they could vape inside and smoke outside.

And technology only improved. Soon people were making their own vape juices, exploring exotic flavors. People were getting custom vapes and vape accessories. People began vaping with delta 8 thc and various cbd oils as well. Vaping was seeping into a lot of cultural areas.

Fashion Trend

One day vaping finally hit America in a huge way. Juul pods started surfacing, mini vapes that could be easily concealed, and the lovely flavors associated with vaping made it very enticing for the younger crowd. And then came TikTok.

A wave of influencers would parade themselves around, flashing their vapes for the world to see. And their audience lapped it up and, wanting to be just like their idols, millions began vaping. Suddenly it wasn’t just smokers that were vaping. People were buying non-nicotine based vapes and simply vaping for the flavors. It had become an area all its own.

Soon many fashion icons, aside from the TikTokers, started vaping proudly in public too. Further pushing that vapes were now as much a fashion icon as they were a tool to combat smoking. With companies creating new and exotic flavors every year and the vaping community growing by the day, it seems vaping is here to stay. We have even seen vaping conventions popping up, where people go to compete in blowing smoke, discuss and trade and just be with other vape enthusiasts.

A Dangerous Trend

It would be negligent to look at all this and see it as just a positive. In fact, we would go as far as to say that this may be one of the more dangerous trends to appear lately.

Medically speaking there is little evidence that vaping non-nicotine vape liquid has any negative health effects. Some hospitals have claimed that odd-viscous liquid has been shown to form in the lungs because of it, but these claims are anomalous.

The big danger has come from the influx of young people now vaping. But you might be thinking, where is the danger if the juice is nicotine free.

Smoking addiction is more than just nicotine. It is the lifestyle attached to it. Any smoker will tell you the social aspect of it is what kept them smoking for so long. Vaping could be seen as a gateway to smoking. Or a way to easily get nicotine introduced into their lifestyle. Not to mention vaping is an addictive activity in and of itself. To have so many teenagers now addicted to this lifestyle is not encouraging at all.

But we might be worrying needlessly. What do you think about it all? A welcome fashion trend, or a dangerous sign of the times?


KristinKristinAugust 3, 2020
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The striking shine of a necklace and the bold appearance of a solid monochrome bag cannot be overlooked. Just like it is said, ‘’fashion is incomplete without an accessory’’. Most women swear by this statement. Fashion is definitely incomplete without accessories that bring out the real you. Different women are hooked into various sorts of accessories. It is not always the earring that you will find useful. Sometimes, a minimal accessory decked on your body does the trick.

But are accessories important? Yes! They are! Each accessory has its own meaning and completes the outfit you are wearing. It not only compliments your personality but uplifts your charm even more. A slight mismatch can sometimes bother you and make you feel incomplete. Therefore, wearing the right accessory is crucial.

Steps to choose the right accessory:

It is important to realize the efficiency and importance of an accessory. Women’s fashion is constantly evolving. Most young girls and ladies are equally vocal about their fashion needs. Each piece of accessory strikes the balance with the outfit you choose to wear. Therefore, here are some tips and the basic steps that will guide you on how to choose the perfect accessory:

  1. Accept the bling

Accessories for women comprise of different types of amazing items like jewelry, scarves, bags, etc. For completing your look, an accessory is a must. Therefore, the first tip that is always considered a blessing is to add some bling. Avoid wearing too much shimmer at one point in time.

If you wearing a dress that’s sparkly, do not accessorize with more than two items. If your outfit is simple, feel free to choose an accessory that gives instant bling. This will also make you look more fashionable.

  1. Wear your colors

If you are wearing a scarf, or for example, new earrings, think of keeping it simple as far as possible. Never buy an accessory that is either too big or small. This will make you look incomplete, in spite of the fact that you are wearing them. Choose your own colors and feel free to experiment. If you have your earrings on, skip the neckpiece and vice-versa. Also, when wearing a scarf, let your collar show. Do not hide your outfit with the scarf as that is just complete misuse of your accessory.

  1. Go nude

Nude is in fashion these days. Whether it is nude lipstick, eye-shadows, or bags, the color nude can complement any outfit that you wear. But, in some cases, lets your nudes shine out. If you are wearing a colorful outfit, try to pick a nude plump or stilettos. The contrast will make you look more attractive. You can try the opposites too, like wearing a light-colored dress and wearing a bold shoe.

  1. Keep a statement jewelry handy

Statement pieces can never go wrong. Avoid buying a piece that you cannot manage or seems uncomfortable to you. For that eye-catching appeal, you must buy a piece that can help you get better compliments. Therefore, always buy pieces that are precise, simple, yet sophisticated.

A butterfly locket or a platinum neckpiece not only adds a subtle glow to your face but makes you feel complete. These pieces are excellent and can go with any kind of outfit you choose to wear for the day.

  1. Bags are necessary

Having a good bag or just a decent bag collection is important. If you want to stand out of the crowd, let your bag shine out too. Good bags are an essential part of your accessory collection. Tote bags, bucket bags, or shoulder bags are some of the best types that every woman should have in her closet.

You can carry these bags any time of the day, to your workspace, and even for late-night parties. Also, a clutch bag as an accessory is best for young girls, who are just learning to get their accessories sorted out. A bag will rightly complement your outfit in the best way possible.

  1. Shoes and more shoes

You can never go wrong with shoes. Shoes are the masterpiece of your accessory collection. From nudes to bolds, each shoe comes with its own charm that cannot be messed with. While picking up a shoe, choose colors that you love. Follow the trend and also go bold.

On one hand, if you are wearing a light-colored outfit, think of wearing a pair of shoes with contrasting colors. Avoid too much pastel at once, as it can disturb the whole look of your outfit. Check some trends going on and try to incorporate and match your ideas. In this way, you will have a beautiful combination and all thanks to your accessories!

  1. Rings are the best you can choose

Rings are incredible and mark a shift from traditional accessory pieces. Nowadays, it is quite common to wear a ring on all your fingers. But one tip that will help you here is to avoid buying too large ones. It is good to wear one big ring on your finger, but not on all of them. Instead, buy sleek and beautiful rings that are small in length. This will give a better visual appeal and make your hands look beautiful!

The final thought:

Believe it or not, but an accessory is an essential part of women’s fashion that cannot be neglected. If you love to keep it simple or go over the top, each piece delivers an incredible charm that never goes unnoticed. If you think about it carefully, each accessory is unique in itself. A small ring, the choker, and even the bold neon shoes- each one of the attractive women you are!

On the whole, you can choose to wear any kind of accessory you like based on your likes and dislikes. Plus, you can readily follow the trend of new styles that can match your outfits and make you feel special. Accessories will never fade and its aura will remain forever!


KristinKristinAugust 2, 2020
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Kaizen is a Japanese term for continuous improvement. Continuous improvement plays a vital role in everyone’s personal life. Building a culture of continuous improvement is quite easy. But for that, you need to have an open and broad mind. Many institutes are offering the same culture on pen and paper. However, bringing the thing into practicality is far more difficult. So, how can you imbibe the culture of continuous development in your organization without being a dictator?

However, the answer is not as simple as you think. It takes years of hard work and good leadership to bring this culture. However, once it is imbibed, you need not worry for generations. This is one of the pillars the operations of an organization are based upon. Striving for excellence should never decay. While many organizations opt for drastic changes, small changes over a period help a lot. Bringing a sudden change in an institution affects the morale of the stakeholders. While some may show disappointment, some leave the organization. This is because adapting to a whole new system at once takes much effort. But the same people will feel comfortable if you introduce changes gradually.

So, here are 5 steps to building a culture of continuous improvement and nurturing it forever.

Strive for the end goal

Continuous development is not the end but a journey. It is a journey to the end of the road and that should be your end goal. So, before you implement the culture, you should have a clear goal. Now, goals are always changing based on the needs. But you should have a clear-cut goal in your mind. Furthermore, you need to make sure that the initiative has an end. Many companies implement a process to follow with a goal but eventually changes the goal based on the status quo. The ones who survive and thrive are the ones who have a clear understanding of the goal and how they want to achieve it. Rest all follow the herd and find their performance to be stagnant.

So, for effective implementation, you should ask the following questions. This question will give better clarity to your understanding:

  • Key performance indicators of the company – what they should be and how to achieve them?
  • Status quo – what is the current state and where you want it to be?
  • Annual targets in terms of revenue and potential.
  • What behaviors do you want to promote in your organizations?
  • Current core competencies of your team
  • Future expected competencies of your team
  • Type of leadership you want in your company

Once you have figured the answers to these questions, you can jump on to the next step for building a culture of continuous improvement.

Communication of the goal

The most important aspect before implementing is proper communication. You need to communicate your goals and vision to the employees. This provides your employees to receive a sense of belonging and accountability. While this is a great way to refine your targets, it also helps in sorting employees. An organization will only move forward if they share the same vision and mission. And continue to work together to achieve them. It is essential to put the goals in writing as well. This will allow everyone to have access to the mission and little scope to deviate.

Design a framework

Continuous improvement requires a process. A process details the steps to be carried out by every individual and an organization collectively to achieve a target. If you take a look at the Toyota Production System, you will find the world’s finest example of continuous improvement. In Japan, they call it the “Kaizen” principle. Kai stands for continuous and zen stands for improvement. This ideology is prevalent in every Japanese organization where they strive for betterment. Thus, Japanese companies have thrived better in the international market. That’s because they were never happy with the status quo. Some other aspects of Japanese philosophies of continuous improvements are – Plan-Do-Check-Act and six sigma certifications.

Aware your employees

Spreading awareness is very important as continuous improvement is not a natural phenomenon. Educating your employees is an effective way to empower them. This helps you to embark on your journey to the ultimate destination. There are several tools to help to educate your employees. Some of them are visual management, Kanban, and 5S. These techniques are readily available on the internet. However, there are specialists available as well to provide the course and certificate upon completion. This training and education help your employees to align with your ideas for improvements. The training will also help your organization to create leaders to bring together like-minded people on board with your goals.

Help employees to actively participate

Active participation is the essence of continuous improvement. Change is everybody’s responsibility and everyone should actively participate in it. The main reason for any organization to implement continuous improvement is to work the process. If the employees are not willing to participate in the process, their subordinates will also not follow. The major issue the organizations face is the intent. Some of the employees will show negative intent. They will either leave the company or won’t follow the stated processes. Whereas some employees don’t understand the process well. Thus, you must make them aware of the changes and your expectations.

This needs to be stated very clearly so that they can pass on the knowledge to their subordinates and adhere to the process.

So, these are the 5 simple steps to inculcate the sense of Kaizen into your firm. You can always start small and heap up with time. But you need to make sure that you don’t rush into things very soon. It is always recommended that you understand the concept of continuous improvement very well before implementing it.

Lastly, we would like to state that you shouldn’t lose hope. You will find many difficulties in implementing your thought process. But you need to have the communication skills to make your team understand why this process is required. And why everybody needs to follow that.



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