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Davie Bowie pop-up shop, Selfridges, London

BY CSA STAFF

A match made in heaven. That’s what some are calling the David Bowie dedicated pop-up in Selfridges’ renowned London flagship. Called David Bowie Is All Yours, the pop-up was created in collaboration with London’s Victoria & Albert Museum’s record-breaking retrospective of the legendary performer.

The Selfridges shop is as colorful and bold as the artist it celebrates. The eclectic merchandise lineup includes bespoke Bowie product, otherwise available only at the V&A, T-shirts, limited edition prints and collectors items. A selection of the most iconic Bowie albums is available in all original vinyl discs.

The fashion quotient is high. Decades, the famed Los Angeles vintage fashion emporium, has curated a special collection inspired by Bowie’s iconic style. Featured items include sequined, gold and silver numbers from an emerging Gianni Versace and Yves-Saint Laurent jackets echoing Bowie’s look for his “Man Who Fell to Earth” film and his Marlene Dietrich persona. The shop also features items from Selfridge’s current designer lineup that the retailer believes reflect Bowie’s unique sensibility.

And in a neat touch that’s only fitting considering Bowie’s penchant for dramatic looks, Selfridges has teamed up with beauty company Illamasqua, known for its intense colors, to offered daily makeovers and one-off master classes drawing on the artist’s famous make-up personalities.

The Bowie shop at Selfridges is open until August 11, 2013.


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Gander Mtn. sets sights on Rogers, Minn.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Leading firearms retailer Gander Mountain will open the state’s first dedicated Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center in Rogers, Minn., by the end of April. It will be the retailer’s 12th store in the state.

Remodeling and construction activity is underway on an existing 30,000-sq.-ft. facility in Rogers. The Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center is a new concept, which will provide a specialty retail outlet focused specifically on fulfilling the needs of firearms enthusiasts, featuring thousands of new and used firearms of all kinds, as well as a selection of firearms accessories, specialty apparel, ammunition and security.

Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center will buy and sell a huge selection of used firearms and is staffed by firearms specialists on duty to give shoppers more one-on-one service, even as gun control remains a hot-button issue that continues polarizing the nation and dominating headlines.

Gander Mountain recently launched a campaign to stress firearms responsibility via a call to action: “With Rights Comes Responsibility; Secure Your Firearms.” Gander Mountain is encouraging firearms owners to take a responsibility pledge on their website and to use hashtag #responsibilitypledge in social media to raise awareness and encourage accountability on the subject of firearms ownership.

“Gander Mountain is already recognized as the firearms experts, but with our latest Gander Mtn. Firearms Super Center we are taking the experience of shopping for firearms and accessories to an entirely new level of selection and service,” said David Pratt, CEO of Gander Mountain, “We are excited to bring this new retail experience and opportunity to the people of Minnesota and we’re confident that our unmatched selection and the expertise of our specialists will make this a premiere destination for those with an interest in firearms.”

“The City of Rogers is truly excited to have such a high-quality, Minnesota-based retailer like Gander Mountain coming to our community,” said Rogers mayor Jay Bunting. “Rogers is the ‘Gateway to Minnesota’s Northland’ for much of the Twin Cities and we are pleased that Gander Mountain recognized our city as the best location for their new store in the northwest metro. This addition solidifies Rogers’ growing reputation as the preferred retail destination for outdoor enthusiasts and further expands an already diverse commercial and employment center.”

Gander Mountain Company, headquartered in St. Paul, Minn., is the nation’s largest retail network of outdoor specialty stores for firearms, hunting, fishing, camping, marine and outdoor lifestyle products and services. Since 1960, Gander Mountain has offered the a selection of outdoor equipment, technical apparel, active performance wear and footwear featuring national, regional and specialty brands. It operates 119 outdoor lifestyle stores in 24 states.

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Annie’s names organic food exec new SVP, strategy

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BERKELEY, Calif. — Annie’s, a leading natural and organic food company, has appointed Ed Aaron to the newly created position of SVP of strategic planning and investor relations.

Aaron will lead the strategic planning and business development process at Annie’s, including identifying opportunities to support long-term growth and margin improvement. Aaron will also be responsible for development and oversight of all Investor Relations planning and engagement. Based in the company’s Berkeley headquarters, he will report to Kelly J. Kennedy, CFO.

"We are very pleased to welcome Ed to our team,” said John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s. “Ed has significant experience in the broad consumer products sector, including a deep understanding of the natural and organic industry. He is also widely known and respected in the investment community. His unique combination of skills and experience will help him lead our strategic planning processes and business development efforts, as well as expand and improve the company’s investor relations program.”

Prior to joining Annie’s, Aaron served as a managing director for RBC Capital Markets in Denver, where he led RBC’s research of the food and leisure sectors. Aaron worked in equity research for the past 15 years and has covered the natural foods industry throughout his career. He earned his bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a CFA charterholder.

Annie’s offers more than 125 products and is present in more than 25,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada.

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