by Jo on 12 Dec 2011
We nearly fell over ourselves with delight when we discovered we were voted one of the top four PR agencies in the homes sector in a recent survey of lifestyle journalists, conducted by PR Week. It was all the more exciting for being an unexpected surprise - were over the moon to even be mentioned, given we're not yet three years old. Party poppers at the ready!
by Jo on 28 Nov 2011
Well, we thought last weekend was a bumper but this weekend beats it all - 46 of our clients products in the weekend supplements, including The Independent Magazine, The New Review, The Telegraph Magazine, Stella and The Times Magazine. Here are a few highlights: Mirabelle rings, an Original BTC table lamp and Conran Bath & Body in The Times Magazine's gift guide (plus five pieces of Wild & Wolf no less), Lielou the Steiff pug as a recommendation for TOWIE lovers and the Wittie owl for Harry Potter fans in The Observer Magazine's Christmas offering. Ding dong merrily on high!
by Jo on 21 Nov 2011
It was a record weekend in the history of Portrait with an amazing 26 pieces of coverage in the weekend supplements reaching a whopping total of nearly 10 million readers. Highlights included My London Girl and John Lewis toys in You Magazine's Christmas gift guide as well as our Steiff pug in Caroline Baker's main fashion shoot and Conran Bath and Body in beauty news. Sunday Times Style's gift guide included Talking Tables, Steiff, John Lewis toys and Wild & Wolf while Compagnie de Provence, Wild & Wolf and John Lewis again starred in Guardian Weekend's Christmas cracker. Not to mention coverage in Stella, Fabulous, S Magazine, Celebs on Sunday and The Sunday Telegraph's gift supplement....phew! The Portrait team certainly deserve something good from Santa under their tree.
by Jo on 09 Nov 2011
The Bombay Duck showroom is bursting at the seams with all manner of delights ready for Christmas, from charm bracelets and baby booties to delightful umbrellas emblazoned with polka dots and pom poms.
Kitchenalia is set to be top of many Christmas lists, thanks to The Great British Bake Off. The smash hit show has inspired a new generation of bakers, snapping up Bombay Duck's beautiful crockery, aprons and cookie cutters for adults and children - including TOWIE'S Lydia, whose new 'Bella Sorella' boutique on Loughton High Street serves up cupcakes and other sweet treats on Bombay Duck's vintage-inspired Miss Darcy range.
by Jo on 03 Nov 2011
In the topsy turvy world of PR, we've been working on Christmas since July. Hundreds of product loans and image send outs later, the fruits of our labour start rolling in as December issues hit the shelves. And what could be more of a treat than three clients in Vogue? From Wild & Wolf's Scrabble mugs opening the gift guide, to Steiff's Bernie husky as one of Vogue's top choices for kids and Compagnie de Provence's new Anise Patchouli range as one of the best global beauty buys - it looks set to be a superb Christmas all round! Huge thanks to Vogue, congrats Team Portrait and of course thank you to all our wonderful clients, without whom this would not be possible (claps, bows and sheds a little tear).
by Jo on 26 Oct 2011
Here's a sneak peak of cult French soap and skincare brand Compagnie de Provence's new Violette fragrance, in their classic Extra Pur range. A favourite of Gwyneth Paltrow - who surely knows her stuff when it comes to all things squeaky clean - the Extra Pur collection includes liquid Marseille soap, bar soap, shower gel, body lotion and hand cream. There's also a diffuser and candle - perfect for adding a splash of Spring colour to your home.
by Jo on 25 Oct 2011
Yesterday saw the unveiling of the spanking new John Lewis Oxford Street children's floor, following a £4million refurb. The toy department was buzzing with excited kids preparing their Christmas lists. The new department includes an interactive Nintendo gaming area and a unique Lego shop-in-shop - the world's first within a department store. The Lego Hall was undoubtedly the star of the show, complete with a Lego pic'n'mix wall closely guarded by a giant Lego Darth Vader.
by Jo on 12 Sep 2011
The new My London girl boutique drew gasps of admiration from girls (and boys!) big and small within seconds of opening its doors at Westfield last week. Shoppers were bowled over by the stunning store design, beautiful dolls and adorable dresses and fancy dress outfits in sizes teeny-tiny to twelve. We could hardly tear ourselves away - the looks on little girl's faces as they walked in were too sweet for words! A truly delightful girly haven has been born.
by Jo on 07 Sep 2011
We were quite simply bowled over by the incredible 6 page feature on Original BTC and Davey Lighting in October's House & Garden. True champions of British retail, Peter Bowles and son Charlie look just spiffing in front of their Oxford production facility, while the fabulous photography of their Stoke-on-Trent bone china factory and Birmingham metal works and glass blowing facilities show the artistry and dedication that goes into the production of each of their lights. A huge thank you to the House & Garden team - and in particular, writer Hatta Byng - we couldn't have asked for more!
by Jo on 01 Sep 2011
My London Girl's Westfield boutique is not yet open and already it's causing a splash in the national newspapers! This week, coverage in the FT, Evening Standard and Daily Mail generated much excitement on Twitter. Whilst the papers predictably referred to the brand turning girls into 'living dolls', the purpose is actually quite the opposite. Rather than every girl aspiring to look like Barbie, seven dolls with different hair colour and skin tone means that little girls are encouraged to believe in their own beauty and individuality - which we heartily support! We can't wait for the first day of trading and the smiles on little girl's faces when they meet the dolls!