The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-12T05:51:45Z Checkpoint Systems Debuts MicroFlex: Unique RF Label Protection for Eyewear and Other Hard-to-Tag Retail Merchandise 2017-07-12T05:51:45Z checkpoint-systems-debuts-microflex-unique-rf-label-protection-for-eyewear-and-other-hard-to-tag-retail-merchandise AUSTRALIA – Checkpoint Systems, a leading global supplier of Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry has announced its MicroFlex solution – a unique RF label that is designed to help retailers reduce external shrink on traditionally hard-to-protect merchandise. With the majority of Australian retailers choosing to display merchandise openly to allow customers to try before they buy, MicroFlex helps improve the customer experience by enabling full interaction with the products, while simultaneously deterring opportunistic thieves. An alternative to hard tags, MicroFlex features Checkpoint’s clear Micro EP labels with visible circuit and the company’s trademarked Black Lock logo, both of which discourage potential dishonest shoppers. MicroFlex can be easily applied, both in store by staff or at the point of manufacture by brands themselves. Retailers that have introduced Checkpoint’s 2928 EP Clear Micro Tamper Tag onto other merchandise, such as cosmetics, have seen shrink reduce by 30 percent or more and sales increase by 10 percent or more. The versatility of the new solution, which features a small label on an adhesive carrier, means that it can be used on a diverse range of metallic items such as jewelry, small accessories, golf clubs, handbags and kitchenware to name a few. According to Carl Rysdon, Vice President of Inventory Control Solutions for Checkpoint Systems, “MicroFlex offers minimal impact on the customer experience and product display, while carrying the Black Lock logo for maximum deterrence using the smallest, best-performing label on the market. In addition, it improves the checkout experience, as the label is quickly deactivated at the point of sale and can be removed at home.” The MicroFlex label is available to Australian retailers immediately. About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. ( Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in EAS and RFID solutions for the retail industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility in a growing omni-channel environment. A division of CCL Industries, Checkpoint provides source-to-shopper solutions enabling retailers to achieve accurate real-time inventory and accelerate the replenishment cycle, while preventing out-of-stocks and reducing theft throughout the supply chain — thus improving the shopper experience. Checkpoint’s solutions are built upon 45 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss prevention solutions, market-leading software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling capabilities to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf. Checkpoint’s customers’ benefit from increased sales and profits by implementing on-shelf availability to ensure the right merchandise is available at the right place and time when consumers are ready to buy. Twitter: @Checkpoint_ANZ About CCL Industries CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers, employs approximately 19,000 people and operates 150 facilities in 25 countries on six continents with corporate offices in Toronto, Canada, and Framingham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit Sterling Silver Lockets 2017-05-25T12:35:52Z sterling-silver-lockets Sterling silver Lockets Why not carry all your loved ones in one of our Sterling silver lockets and have them with you always. Five loved ones, photo engraved into the one sterling silver locket We are on holidays having a nice well earned break at the beach.  Plus the weather is nice, which is a bonus in Melbourne.  We are on the Mornington peninsula which is a lovely place with lots of things to do. Today I took a call from a young girl enquiring about having all her family photo engraved into one locket.  I suggested our sterling silver locket as that can have up to ten people photo etched into the piece.   There are 2 styles of sterling silver lockets.  We can photo engrave six of your family individually on one side and four on the back side.  We normally do oldest to youngest as that makes it fair and most families agree on that. She wanted to buy this gift for her 67 year old grandmother as a unique birthday gift that she will remember forever.  She can then have all her loved ones with her at all times.  A gift that can be passed down for years to come.  Our clients have named it our Forever Ball. My mother wears her piece all the time and it provides the comfort and love she requires at times. This is a piece we did for a client.  She had 6 children and they ranged from 9 to 26.  The older children were moving out and she was struggling as the big house was becoming empty.  She felt she needed the comfort to have all her children with her at times.  For this reason we photo engraved all her children into the one piece.  She absolutely adored her piece and showed it off to many people.  But more importantly it provided her with comfort that she needed as she didn't see her children on a daily basis as she had previously been accustomed to.  But when she felt like she needed the comfort she could simply open up her locket and they would all be close to her.   It was quite funny as she advised us that one of her children went overseas on a holiday and she took the sterling silver locket with her.  She had previously travelled and was very homesick, so this time she took the locket with her.  It provided the daughter with the comfort she needed when she was overseas, just as it did for her mum.  Such a feel good piece. Layby is available on this piece.  To find out more Forcast Women High End Fashion Retail Expanding Their Wings – Two More Stores Opened in Melbourne and Myanmar 2017-05-04T03:02:12Z forcast-women-high-end-fashion-retail-expanding-their-wings-two-more-stores-opened-in-melbourne-and-myanmar One of Australia’s most elegant and chic women fashion retailer, Forcast, which has 45 stores scattered all over the Australian continent has opened two more all new Forcast stores in the month of April 2017 – at DFO Moorabbin in Melbourne and their first overseas store, located at Junction City, Yangon, Myanmar. Forcast began its operational hive of women’s fashion brand in 1992. And, they have come a long way since then. As a women’s fashion retailer that has created a niche of style and womanly couture in Australia, Forcast is proud to have successfully opened offshoots at DFO Moorabbin and Junction City which will positively have the Forcast Factor which has contributed to the success of Forcast women’s clothing line. The immense success of Forcast boutiques that not only sell perfectly made to fit sartorial ensembles for women but also matching accessories and footwear on the Australian national forefront provided the confidence and impetus for them to open and operate two stores at DFO Moorabbin, Melbourne and Junction City, Yangon, Myanmar. Patrons of both newly opened stores can expect clothes that are not only having latest and evergreen styles in mind but also exceptional customer service, supreme quality clothing all tagged in reasonable and affordable prices – just like at the rest of Forcast stores situated all over the width and breadth of Australia. The freshly opened Forcast stores at DFO Moorabbin and Junction City mutually promise the essence of Forcast’s mastery and aesthetic eye that capture the modern woman’s sense of style. Forcast is bent on ensuring that their brand of style and couture mould are staples and not the least bit compromised, neither lessened so that the uniformity of quality is constant and in continuum. The team behind Forcast has the confidence that deliverance of the optimum and ultimate clothing line for women at the newly opened stores will be well done, Forcast style. It’s Forcast’s passion and driven burning desire to dress women to the nines, to suit every occasion and slay every event with feminine charm and grace. But of course as a clothing line built for the modern woman, Forcast strives to fulfil every form of women clothing style, including subtle masculine qualities for confidence and rugged appeal that complete a woman’s distinct personality. Forcast boutiques go that extra length to extend sleek elegance to their tops, dresses, pants, shorts, skirts, jumpsuits, jackets, coats and knit-wears including other basics. Forcast’s accessories too are of their league of their own which can be mixed and matched to create unmatched style that instantly attracts and trailblazing. Forcast store newly opened store at Moorabbin, Melbourne is located at DFO Moorabbin, Shop G034, 250 Centre Dandenong Rd, Moorabbin Victoria 3194 Australia. The store is open from Monday to Sunday, from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. Their overseas store at Myanmar’s address is, Tenancy 243 /244, Junction City, Yangon, Myanmar. The store is open from Monday to Sunday, from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. For more information, visit and AMP Capital Bring The Face of Fashion to the East and West 2017-03-28T23:48:05Z amp-capital-bring-the-face-of-fashion-to-the-east-and-west Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - AMP Capital Shopping Centres (AMPCSC) is pleased to announce the launch of The Face of Fashion Magazine which will be available to shoppers in Queensland and Western Australia from this week. The bi-annual magazine, which will launch exclusively in AMPCSC’s Garden City and Karrinyup Shopping Centres in Perth and Pacific Fair Shopping Centre on the Gold Coast, will see an initial print run of 260,000 across all three centres. Led by editor-in-chief of 10 Magazine and 10 Men, Alison Veness, The Face of Fashion will celebrate Australian and international fashion, beauty and lifestyle. “I’m thrilled to be working with AMP Capital to produce The Face of Fashion, and supporting Australian designers and retailers,” said Veness. “Both cities are unique in their approach to fashion and lifestyle. This will be celebrated with curated content tailored to reflect both markets.” AMP Capital has recently unveiled its latest redevelopment plans for both Garden City and Karrinyup Shopping Centres, which will see the centres transform into leading edge, world-class retail, leisure, entertainment and fashion destinations. Meanwhile, Pacific Fair has continued to welcome leading local and global brands to its stable of retailers, cementing its title as Queensland’s leading fashion destination. Belinda Daly, Head of Shopping Centres Marketing has said, “At AMP Capital, we’ve always been a supporter of established and up-and-coming brands through our shopping centres across the country. By launching The Face of Fashion in Garden City, Karrinyup and Pacific Fair, we’re excited to give these brands and centres a voice, and showcase just how much talent and creativity is found within our coastal cities.” The first issue of The Face of Fashion will focus on the AW17 season, including a ten page spread shot by internationally renowned fashion photographer Simon Lekias, who has previously worked with Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire and InStyle. The shoot was styled by leading stylist Mark Vasallo who is known for his work with leading Australian brands Scanlan Theodore, Bassike and Camilla. The Face of Fashion magazine can be found in-centre or online through: The first Autumn/Winter issue is available now, while the second issue for Spring/Summer will launch in September 2017. ENDS Media enquiries Niki Aquino, Consultant Hausmann Communications 02 8353 5723 / 0435 098 085 Booking enquiries Phebe Chan, National Business Development Manager AMP Capital Shopping Centres 02 9257 9526 About AMP Capital Shopping Centres: Established in 1971, AMP Capital Shopping Centres has a portfolio of 27 centres throughout Australia and New Zealand, which generates over $A7.9 billion in annual sales and attracts more than 158 million visitations annually. AMP Capital Shopping Centres employs a team of 300 professionals and has around 3,500 retailers. Its expertise includes property and asset management, property development, leasing, marketing, research, placemaking and retail design. AMPCSC’s purpose is to create inspiring shopping centre experiences for all its stakeholders and to be a world-class property and development team, delivering significant value to its clients. *As at 30 June 2016. Includes internally and externally managed centres Duchess Hair Extensions Selling the Best Quality Hair Extensions 2016-12-07T11:18:44Z duchess-hair-extensions-selling-the-best-quality-hair-extensions When it comes to selling personal and beauty products nothing matters more than quality. So when shopping for hair extensions shoppers would want the best and that’s what Duchess Hair Extension, an online hair extension store does – sell Premium Quality 100% Russian Remy Human Hair!The company sells a wide range of hair extensions and sells its products not only in Australia but even exports them to a number of countries. What is it that a customer would look for when purchasing hair extensions online? The one that you must want is thick and strong hair, other wishes may be blonde hair or colour hairs or probably hairs in different styles like curled or straight hairs.Duchess Hair Extension offers the buyer with exactly these many choices, if you are looking for thick and strong hair then that’s what 100% Russian Remy Human Hair stands for. If you are looking for hair extensions in different colours or in different styles then you can find right on their website at it comes to their product range you will be happy to know that Duchess Hair Extension offers Keratin Bond Extensions, Easy Loop Extensions, Micro Bead Hair Extensions, Clip In Hair Extension and Tape Hair Extensions. Speaking to the media, Kate, the owner of the business said, “All our hair extensions are pure 100% A Grade European Remy Human Hair. This means you are getting a more superior product than that offered by many competitors. Our company offers fast shipping services; we ship orders within 24 hours of the order being placed on our website.”Hair extensions like one piece clip in volumizers can be bought for just $79.00 while the starting price for double drawn clip in sets (120-160 GRAMS) is $109.00 and just $119.00 for double drawn clip in sets (200-220 GRAMS).The company claims to sell the “Thickest Hair Extensions Online” and states that, “All our hair extensions are extremely thick, which gives a much more natural result. We sell many products which are double drawn as an option if you wish for your hair extensions to be really thick right to the ends!”About Duchess Hair Extension Duchess Hair Extension is an Australian company that sells quality hair extensions in Australia and also supplies products to other countries. Australian jewellery designer raising the bar for unique pieces 2016-08-23T07:03:10Z australian-jewellery-designer-raising-the-bar-for-unique-pieces Australian Jewellery Designer, Simone Walsh, makes it easy for Australians to access unique, fine and fashion jewellery through her fascinating online jewellery shop: a great place to snap up delightful Christmas gifts for women (and men too). Simone Walsh specialises in designing contemporary and unique jewellery that is created from precious metals: particularly sterling silver, with gold and gemstone highlights. Visitors to the Simone Walsh Jewellery website can choose from a unique collection of charming and intricately designed jewellery that cannot be found anywhere else.  From stud and dangle earrings to statement necklaces and wedding jewellery, there’s nothing in the Simone Walsh Jewellery online store that doesn’t command attention. The collection is very appealing to those who want to stand out from the crowd and make a statement with their jewellery. Some of the most popular pieces in the shop include an Arabesque pendant with vivid red beads, a Lily of the Valley necklace with lustrous pearls, delightful Forget-Me-Not dangle earrings, and sets of elegantly simple textured silver stacking rings. Not all jewellery is made equal and when it comes to quality and authentic designs, Simone Walsh Jewellery is in a league by itself. Apart from the uniqueness of the jewellery collection, Simone Walsh Jewellery is committed to producing ethical jewellery. Simone seeks to use ethically mined or lab grown gemstones and recycles all gold and sterling silver. In addition, she endeavours to use as much recycled precious metals as possible. Simone has been designing jewellery for over two decades. Her pieces reflect the depth of her experience and the passion for her craft. When asked what motivated her to pursue a career in this field, she said: “I’ve always been drawn towards the sparkly and the ornamental. When I was a kid growing up in Adelaide I had a vast collection of ornate, vintage buttons that I would play with for hours on end.   Around 1992 my love of beautiful and intriguing objects came back into focus when I stumbled across a simple yet fascinating statement necklace. I got myself some pliers, wire and glass to see if I could replicate the unusual design. I was hooked.” Though based in Australia, Simone’s talent for art jewellery has captured eyes and hearts of many across the world. Simone Walsh Jewellery has customers from as far afield as Britain, France and the United States. One customer summed up the overall appeal of Simone’s jewellery. She said: “It’s so rare to find eco-conscious jewellery that has this sort of old-world elegance.” The uniqueness and authenticity of Simone Walsh Jewellery designs make them unique gift ideas for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.  As for Christmas gifts, Simone Walsh Jewellery creates Christmas pudding coins: a collection of 6 large, high quality silver coins that each display a different vintage Christmas illustration. These are very popular and are often gifted as family heirlooms. Simone Walsh Jewellery is backed by a money back happiness guarantee and - best of all - Australian customers get free shipping.  For further information or to browse Simone Walsh Jewellery’s collection of unique designs, visit the online jewellery shop: * * * Full media kit and a selection of high res images: From Hell to Happiness-this memoir has it all 2016-07-19T01:55:13Z from-hell-to-happiness-this-memoir-has-it-all Patricia Dennis’s memoir has been described as “The most moving memoir I’ve ever read” by people who have read it.  Titled Hell to Happiness | A concentration camp childhood to a life of abundance, the 350-page book is a memoir of one woman’s undying spirit and is full of heart-felt emotion. It provides a different view of WWII looking from the perspective of a seven year old girl who was forced to grow up in a Japanese concentration camp in Manila for three and a half years. Having had virtually no schooling until age 11, Tricia Dennis arrived in Sydney and became a guinea pig for the NSW Education Dept who followed her progress until she Matriculated. She was placed in the class corresponding to her age and told to “catch up and keep up”, which she took on board as her motto in life.   Tricia’s family moved to Melbourne and it was here where she started a career that was to take her around the world and see her on the cover of magazines and have her own segment on daytime TV.  Tricia became a professional model, TV celebrity, cattle farmer and a business entrepreneur.  People are amazed how much Tricia has managed to fit into one life (she is now 82). When you learn she bought a B&B at aged 69 and ran it for more than 10 years, this gives you an idea of the type of person Tricia is.  Her memoir, which is full of passion, hope and inspiration, took a year to compile with Tricia writing it by hand; all 114,000 words. She’s now learning more about computers with weekly lessons; ready for her next book perhaps?  Hell to Happiness documents Tricia’s magnificent and tumultuous life in which she achieved great personal and business triumphs. This true story illustrates how she overcame adversity and gained the confidence to truly live life to the fullest. She has made all of her dreams come true. As she says, “Living on borrowed time will sharpen your appreciation for life”. The press release can be read here: The website is Would you like to review the book? If so, please let me know if you’d like a PDF of it or a hard copy posted to you. Would you like to interview Tricia Dennis? If so, please email me at or call me on 03 9803 2588. I have a wide selection of images showing Tricia as a child, on the cover of magazines and other modelling assignments, as well as current photos of her and the book’s covers. A number of these are on the press release page. Regards Wendy McWilliams ESSENSE DESIGNS ADDS TO ITS TRENDSETTING SORELLA VITA BRIDESMAID DRESS COLLECTION 2016-06-27T21:25:10Z essense-designs-adds-to-its-trendsetting-sorella-vita-bridesmaid-dress-collection Award-winning bridal house Essense Designs announced today the arrival of additions to its Sorella Vita bridesmaid dress collection. The new collection additions bring the hottest runway styles and latest red carpet trends to the aisles of fashionable weddings around the world. Showcasing eye-catching details and sophisticated fabric, the new Sorella Vita bridesmaid dresses include glamorous sequins, soft boho styles, and trendy high-low hem details. Brides and bridesmaids will find new sequined bridesmaid dresses added to the trendsetting Modern Metallic designer series, soft boho silhouettes, and a new, romantic bridesmaid dress with a fashion-forward high-low hem. “Sorella Vita is designed for the bride who wants to add a little something different to her bridal party - a bride who wants a bit of fashion-forward style as part of her day,” said Chief Creative Officer, Martine Harris. “All of the dresses within the Sorella Vita collection can be mixed and matched with other styles, giving brides the opportunity to play with styles and create the wedding party style of her dreams.” No matter if the bride’s vision of her wedding day is trendy, glamorous, bohemian or romantic, the new additions to the Sorella Vita Collection will highlight the style of her wedding and bring confidence and beauty to each of her bridesmaids. Essense Designs was founded by Wayne and Martine Harris in Western Australia in 1992 with the mission to exceed brides' expectations by designing, manufacturing, and wholesaling to retailers wedding gown collections with fashion-forward styling, superb fit, couture finishing, and extraordinary customer service. The company's Overland Park, KS, office in the greater Kansas City metro area, serves as the hub of its northern-hemisphere business, while its original office in Perth, Australia, serves the southern hemisphere. In addition, the company has offices in the UK and Switzerland, as well as over 1,000 retailers worldwide. Essense of Australia, Stella York, Martina Liana wedding dresses, and Sorella Vita bridesmaids dresses can be found in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. Dresses can be viewed online at the company website, and blog, ### DESIGNER BAGS, SMARTPHONES AND HIGH HEELS COULD AFFECT YOUR HEALTH SAY NZ CHIROPRACTORS 2016-06-14T23:05:01Z designer-bags-smartphones-and-high-heels-could-affect-your-health-say-nz-chiropractors-2 Your choice of handbag and how you carry it may be affecting your health long term, according to the New Zealand Chiropractors’ Association. NZCA spokesperson and chiropractor Dr Cassandra Fairest explains: `Regularly carrying a large, heavy bag, texting and looking down can cause an alteration in your natural posture. When you add the combination of high heels it becomes a recipe for accelerated symptoms. The heels tilt your pelvis forward and cause adaptive muscle shortening over time, predisposing you to back pain. The heavy bag over one shoulder magnifies the risk of chronic pain and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction. `Shoulder bags are one of the biggest issues. Your natural posture is disrupted if you carry one, and loading it with heavy items adds to the strain on your spine. It alters the way your arms and legs swing when you walk and increases tension in muscles as they work to counter-balance the weight. Long term this can make your body lopsided and affects your spinal posture. Chiropractors are highly trained in assessing and assisting with the damage that this may cause[1]. Prevention is of course always better than cure.’ Dr Fairest points out that all the weight of the bag is on one shoulder, and most people will carry their bag on their dominant side. This causes the muscles in the dominant shoulder to become bigger and chiropractors are commonly seeing people  with significant asymmetry in posture, such as one shoulder higher than the other. `This asymmetric load also causes the opposite side go into spasm to compensate as it attempts to stabilise your spine. The muscle spasm and fatigue then also affects lower down at the base of the spine, forcing all the muscles below the shoulders to work even harder’, Dr Fairest adds.  ‘Not only can it cause a lot of stiffness and eventually soreness in the upper back, the shoulder area and the neck, it’s been associated with a decreased curve in the neck, a pathological condition, which is known as “military neck[2].”  Military neck, or forward head carriage, then speeds up degeneration in the spine, and this can cause many ongoing problems as we age as nerves and other tissues are affected.’ There is a longer term risk that women will develop arthritis in their lower neck, and will have difficulty turning the head.  The dreaded “Dowager's Hump” can also be a consequence. Tension headaches may also result from spasms in the shoulder and neck muscles, which may cause pain in the back of the skull that radiates around to the front. Compression or irritation to nerves supplying the arms, hands and other areas can arise with various associated symptoms. Posture has also been shown to have an effect on many other areas of health and wellbeing beyond symptoms of pain such as mood, energy levels, self-confidence, range of motion, and change in the release of stress hormones.[3] [4] Poor posture can also negatively impact on job prospects, decision making, work productivity and other areas of life.[5] Dr Fairest advises her patients to never carry more than five percent of their body weight in a shoulder bag. She says: `You’d be surprised at how much some of us are carrying and the bag itself can weigh quite a lot on its own if it has a lot of studs and big zippers. I also look for bags with handles plus a wide strap as the strap distributes the weight over a wider area, and the handles give an option to carry the bag in your hand or over your forearm.’ She advises bags with handles or those with longer straps for crossbody wearing distribute the weight more evenly but adds: `Change things around regularly by switching to the opposite shoulder at intervals when walking so that you balance the way your body carries the weight and your muscles develop equally.’   ­Ends­ Further Information: Dr Cassandra Fairest, Chiropractor 021 242 3073 or Peter Boyes 027 554 0500 or     [1] [2] [3] [4]   [5]   Introducing The Active Bloc 2016-05-25T05:06:20Z introducing-the-active-bloc INTRODUCING THE ACTIVE BLOC - Men’s Designer Performance Active wear There's been a dramatic and very welcome shift in the active wear world of fashion over the past 5 years but unfortunately for the Australian man it's been all too hard to get our hands on the leading international fashion brands designing and manufacturing beautiful, modern and innovative performance-based active wear. The Active Bloc delivers the world's greatest brands into Australia, some for the first time, and many with an expanded range into Australia. Where possible we'll be releasing our season collections in-line with European and US seasons so that you're wearing the absolute latest fashions and every item is guaranteed 100% authentic as we're an authorised retailer for every brand we present. The Active Bloc's business model will always be a concept store focus and every product stocked MUST embody at least one of the following principles:  The latest fashion or active wear collection releases from the world’s best brands  Game-changing innovative performance based apparel  Exclusive active wear fashion - only sold on The Active Bloc in Australia with limited numbers of each item. Arriving Soon       Hugo Boss Green – Spring Collection from August  Emporio Armani EA7 – Winter Collection from June Our First Year Men’s Brand Line up Is:  Hugo Boss - Green Collection  Emporio Armani - EA7  J.Lindeberg  Peak Performance  Lacoste Sport Our Product Offering For Men:  Performance Top - T-shirts & Tanks  Performance Bottoms - Pants, Shorts & Tights  Performance Mid-layers - Vest, Jackets & Pull Overs  Performance Outerwear - Wind & Waterproof Jackets, Vest & Pull Overs  A selection of Urban Wear.  Arriving early 2017 exclusive joogers from Hugo Boss & Emporio Armani. Not only are the active wear collections we sell fashion forward but constructed with materials that push the boundaries of intelligent fabric performance. Every seam, zip and fiber is designed to facilitate maximum performance. Our active wear products feature more than of the following technologies; 4 Way Stretch, Moisture Winking, Anti-Odor, Breathable, Windproof, Durable Water Repellents, Waterproofs. AUSTRALIA’S LEADING AUTHORS GATHER TO CONDEMN GOVERNMENT’S PLAN TO CREATE A CULTURE OF BOOK THIEVES 2016-05-18T23:21:03Z australia-s-leading-authors-gather-to-condemn-government-s-plan-to-create-a-culture-of-book-thieves Who: Richard Flanagan, Nikki Gemmell, Andy Griffiths, Tom Keneally to lead Alist roll call of Australian and international authors When: Thursday 19 May at 6.45pm – 6.55pm Where: Art Gallery NSW, just before the 16th annual Australian Book Industry Awards begin What: Photo opp with limited vox pops available on request. Don’t close the book on Australian stories. The Australian government is about to make significant changes to copyright, threatening the future of our Australian story. But at what cost to writers, culture and jobs? Guest ABIA presenter and Man Booker Prize winner, Richard Flanagan will deliver a speech in response to the Productivity Commission's Intellectual Property draft report around 10pm during the gala ceremony. ‘Australians deserve that their lives, experiences, country and culture be reflected in the literature that they read.’ - Thomas Keneally For more information, please contact: Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 | NZL Store’s Autumn Collection Is Inspired By NZ’s Coastline 2016-04-19T02:40:44Z nzl-store-s-autumn-collection-is-inspired-by-nz-s-coastline One of NZL Store’s new autumn collections of tees and sweatshirts has been inspired by New Zealand’s endless coastline and New Zealanders’ yearning for it. They have designed a tee called ‘Coast Guard’ and it bears reference to people who love and ‘get’ the sea coast union – where things merge, play out and where many of us are irresistibly drawn. New Zealand is a land where ‘all roads lead to the coast’, and while that is an exaggeration for many of us, it is a truth we carry in our hearts. There is no location in New Zealand that is more than 130 km from the sea. As NZL Store’s Kate Tattersfield said in her latest blog, “I remember once arriving in Denver, Colorado and wondering what it must be like to live so far from the sea. My son in London recently commented that while he loved the great city, he often yearned for the ocean, with its different moods, colours and ubiquitous winds.” New Zealand has a very long coastline, and its length can only be estimated. It is guessed to be somewhere between 15,000 to 18,000 km. The exact length is obscured by the twists and turns of many inlets, spits, bays, headlands, harbours and estuaries. Strangely the North Island although smaller than the South Island, has a longer coastline. About 60% of New Zealand’s coastline is rocky shore, with the other 40% being sandy or gravel shores. A massive 80% of the coastline is directly exposed to the sea which probably underlies our strong affinity with the ocean and salt water. NZL Store’s autumn collection will have sweatshirt versions of some of their perennial favourites like the ‘New Zealand’ tee, so to see more of the collection, please visit the website at Ecowool Website Is Mobile Friendly 2016-04-12T23:41:53Z ecowool-website-is-mobile-friendly There are many advantages to shopping online at, not the least of which is the ability to browse their website from your mobile phone or iPad, making it so much more convenient for people wanting to order Ecowool products. However, this is just one of the myriad of benefits and the ease of shopping at Take, for instance, their free worldwide shipping by fast airmail on all products – there aren’t many online shops advertising this as a service. Along with their free worldwide shipping, Ecowool also gift wrap free and provide a card and message service to their customers. All goods are tracked and are fully insured by Ecowool in case they are lost or damaged in transit. Another advantage to shopping with Ecowool is that their web server is digitally encrypted and uses the same security levels as major banks. They do not retain their customers’ credit card details and all transactions are processed via DPS, New Zealand's largest and most trusted online transaction gateway, or via PayPal. Ecowool’s 'NO QUIBBLE GUARANTEE' policy means that if customers are not 100% satisfied with their purchase or change their mind, Ecowool will refund the full cost of the goods (excluding return postal costs) when returned to them within 30 days of receipt and in their original condition and packaging. Of course if goods are faulty they will offer a total refund on the cost of the goods and reimburse all return postage costs. Yet another advantage to shopping online with Ecowool is their ordering and checkout process which has been designed to be as simple as possible whilst ensuring maximum security for their customers’ protection. If people do have any queries or need assistance in making an order they are asked to contact Ecowool by phone or email and they’ll be delighted to help. They hold most items in stock and can normally ensure dispatch an order within 48 hours. If for some reason there might be a delay in customers receiving their order outside the Shipping & Delivery guide times above, Ecowool will contact them by email. Ecowool accept payment by Visa and MasterCard in all currencies, and American Express for transactions in US Dollars or NZ Dollars. They also accept payment by PayPal and bank transfer. Customers are asked to select from the currency converter to display all prices and transactions in their preferred currency then their orders will be charged to their credit card in the currency they have selected. Ecowool pride themselves on their superb customer service, so go to the website today to check them out at  . Style in the Subtropics: White Gloves event unites Fashion, History, Book and Australian Women Pioneers 2016-04-06T05:34:16Z style-in-the-subtropics-white-gloves-event-unites-fashion-history-book-and-australian-women-pioneers A white glove affair to toast the original, eclectic (and occasionally eccentric!) style of the sunshine state, hosted by fashion experts and authors of Remotely Fashionable, Dr Nadia Buick and Madeleine King. Don white gloves with Australia’s most respected dress historian, Associate Professor Margaret Maynard, for an exclusive look at fashion materials from the John Oxley Library collection usually tucked away in the archives. Hear sartorial stories about the female pioneers of Queensland’s avant-garde scene, as revealed by Dr Courtney Pedersen. Enjoy a champagne high tea and book signing in the VIP boardroom. Saturday 16 April, 2pm, $30 Fox Family White Gloves Room, Level 4, State Library of Queensland Event includes a white-gloves experience, talk, book signing and sparkling high tea and 10% Library Shop discount. Presented in partnership with the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and State Library of Queensland Bookings Online Facebook The Fashion Archives is an original online project exploring the past and present of fashion in Queensland, Australia. Established in 2012 by Co-Directors Nadia Buick and Madeleine King, The Fashion Archives online has brought together over sixty local artists, designers, writers, academics, and curators, to tell the story of style in the 'sunshine state'. In 2014, Buick and King were awarded the inaugural Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Fellowship for their project 'High Street Histories'. In 2015, they released Remotely Fashionable: a story of subtropical style, the first critical and comprehensive book to examine fashion and dress in Queensland with foreword by Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson. Dr Nadia Buick is a curator, writer, and editor with a research background in fashion, art history, and cultural studies. Buick completed her doctorate in curatorial practice at the Queensland University of Technology in 2013. Her exhibition projects include Costumes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, Museum of Brisbane, 2015. Madeleine King is a writer and curator working across fashion and visual art. King has a Master of Arts at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, and is Operations Manager at the Institute of Modern Art. She previously worked for Media Art Asia Pacific (MAAP) as Research and Program Development Manager. The Fashion Archives Instagram: the_fashion_archives Facebook: The Fashion Archives FOR INTERVIEWS, IMAGES AND MORE INFORMATION Please contact House of Rusher Communications Collective Emma Rusher T 0423 214 626 Julie Thomson T 0427 723 198 E Time Travelling With NZL Store 2016-03-21T03:07:31Z time-travelling-with-nzl-store The exploits of Dr Who and his tardis are so last century. We’re all time travellers when you journey to New Zealand. Our location on the edge of the GMT dateline means we’re ahead in time from all other countries and to get here you’ve actually travelled through time. You’re now five hours ahead of Perth, Australia, 13 hours ahead of London, England, and 19 hours ahead of Chicago, USA.   Thousands of people do small stints of time travel everyday as they journey from place to place around the globe. But when you travel to New Zealand you really go the distance, in fact so forward in time for many that you actually arrive in tomorrow. News and events from home will be happening yesterday, weird aye? Celebrate this miraculous (pretty easy) feat with a 100% cotton time traveller tee from East 180. (NZL Store). For more information please visit the website at  .