COS X Studio Swine to Stage New Spring During Design Miami/ 2017

This December, COS x Studio Swine’s blossoming sculpture will come to Miami Beach, during Design Miami.

New Spring, Miami, will be the first stop for the exhibition following its celebrated debut during Salone del Mobile in Milan. The installation, which won the award for Most Engaging Exhibition during Milan Design Week, grew from an open brief from COS, and exemplifies the Studio’s interdisciplinary sensibility.

The Miami edition will be an official Satellite of the design fair and will be reconceived to a greater scale, in a bright, light-filled environment designed by Studio Swine, housed in a historic art deco building.

COS X Studio Swine

Studio Swine, which is an artistic collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves, designed the installation around a focal sculpture that emits mist-filled blossoms that burst and evaporate on contact with skin, but that live on momentarily when met with textured fabrics.

On recreating the installation in a vibrant Miami context, the collaborators said, “When creating a work like this, one can only hope it lives on and reaches new audiences. We are looking forward to sharing it with the people of Miami, and are energized by the inspiration the city and its remarkable style has given us in staging this next edition.”

The installation’s first iteration drew upon the natural and the industrial, while making minimal use of resources to create an immersive multi-sensory experience. The sculpture will be repurposed and added to, while the exhibition’s interior will take on an entirely different approach.

Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS, said of the plans “New Spring, Miami, to me symbolizes exactly what we aim to do with our artist collaborations at COS: create work that reaches as many people as possible and ignites long-lasting partnerships. Alex and Azusa are such wonderful talents, we are so pleased to take this project to Miami Beach.”

“Design Miami/ is thrilled to partner with COS for our 2017 show,” said Rodman Primack, Chief Creative Officer of Design Miami/. “Experiencing COS and Studio Swine’s New Spring installation at Milan Design Week was especially meaningful for Design Miami/ as Studio Swine were selected by us as 2015 Designers of the Future. Collaborating with a thoughtful brand like COS who continues to support new and emerging talent in innovative ways is extremely satisfying and we all look forward to bringing this energy and vision to the fair with Studio Swine’s multi-sensory, interactive offering for all design enthusiasts to enjoy in Miami.”[...]

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400 Gradi launches its handcrafted Italian cuisine in the Middle East

Award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco has debuted his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand in the Middle East with the opening of the first restaurant at The Avenues Bahrain, in partnership with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

400gradi Johnny Di Francesco

The opening of the first 400 Gradi restaurant outside Australia was celebrated by Mr. Domenico Bellato, Italy's Ambassador to Bahrain; Ian Toal, the President of Alshaya's Food Division; Nigel Doughty, the Vice President of Food Retail at Alshaya; and chef Di Francesco, the founder of 400 Gradi.

400 Gradi is a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant that was created by chef Di Francesco, the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace (AVPN) and President of AVPN Australia. It offers a wide variety of deliciously handcrafted Italian cuisine, using the finest Italian ingredients to give guests the most complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples.

400gradi Ribbon Cutting Bahrain

In 2014, chef Di Francesco was named the 'world's best pizza maker' during the World Championships in Italy for his authentic Napoletana-style pizza, which is cooked for only 90 seconds at a temperature of 400 degrees - hence the name 400 Gradi.

Along with this Napoletana-style pizza, the restaurant offers an array of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes, including its famous handmade gnocchi, succulent lamb and pistachio cutlets, traditional artisan Italian gelato and delicious desserts.

Commenting on the new partnership, chef Di Francesco said: "This is a groundbreaking milestone for the Gradi Group. Expanding to the Middle East is an exciting step forward, especially with Alshaya, who are a pioneer in franchising international brands. We are delighted with this partnership and we look forward welcoming guests to enjoy the ultimate Italian dining experience."

400 Gradi plans to expand to Kuwait, Dubai and other strategic locations in the GCC.

400gradi Restaurant Interior

For more exciting news, follow 400 Gradi on Facebook and Instagram @400GradiME or call them on 17110616.[...]

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Arabian Business Celebrates Mohammed Alshaya’s Contribution to Middle Eastern Retail

Mohammed Alshaya, executive chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., has been recognised as the individual who has made the biggest contribution to the retail industry in the Middle East over the past 30 years by the prestigious Arabian Business Magazine. Mr Alshaya received the award from Ali Akawi, CEO of ITP Media Group, at a gala event in Dubai to celebrate the magazine's 30th anniversary.

The award recognises Mr Alshaya's role in developing a modern retail culture in the Middle East. His vision has seen Alshaya grow from one retail franchise store in 1983 to becoming one of the world's leading retail franchise businesses, with 80 brands and more than 3,500 stores across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe.

arabian business 2017

The event honoured some of the Middle East's most high-profile business people for their contributions to a range of industries. Other award recipients included Colm McLoughlin, chief executive officer of Dubai Duty Free; Mohamed Alabbar, founder and chairman of Emaar; Yusuf Ali, chairman of Lulu Group; Sheikha Lubna Khalid Al Qasimi, UAE Minister of State for Tolerance; Sunny Varkey, founder of GEMS Education; and Munib Masri, chairman of Edgo and PADICO.

"Mohammed Alshaya is a true game changer. Not only has he created a vast retail empire, but his impact on society has been phenomenal. His ability to spot the right trends in the right markets, at the right time – and execute his vision – is second to none," said Mr Akawi.

Receiving the award, Mr Alshaya said: "This award is a great honour for me, for our family business and for the 50,000 people who work at Alshaya. I have always said that retail is the most exciting industry in the world, and I have been privileged to work with some of the world's greatest retail brands to help develop a modern retailing culture in the Middle East. This has delivered exciting new choices to local customers and created many thousands of job opportunities."

Since opening its first Mothercare store in Kuwait in 1983, Alshaya has been a pioneer in the retail industry – driving innovation, shaping standards in customer care, and introducing over 80 of the world's best known and best loved brands to customers in the region. The company today operates brands that include Starbucks, H&M, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang's, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria's Secret, Boots, Pottery Barn and KidZania, and employs more than 50,000 people from over 120 nationalities across a range of sectors covering Fashion & Footwear, Health & Beauty, Food, Optics, Pharmacy, Home Furnishings and Leisure & Entertainment.[...]

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COS Reveals Loop By Snarkitecture, open now until 19 November 2017, in Seoul

COS is pleased to reveal Loop, an installation by New York-based design studio Snarkitecture, now open to the public until 19 November at the Gana Art Center in Seoul, South Korea.

The installation is a sequence of four distinct metal tracks which curve throughout a white exhibition space, creating an intertwined path. Using precision engineering, the sculpture is brought to life by the steady hum of 100,000 marbles, with one marble introduced every five seconds. The installation embodies the interdisciplinary nature of Snarkitecture’s practice across art, design and architecture, and creates a multi-sensory experience for visitors.

Cos Reveals Loop By Snarkitecture

The marbles, formed in white glass, proceed along 400 metres of track in a light blue powder-coated aluminium to an adjoining space, forming a scattered sea of thousands.

Daniel Arsham, Snarkitecture co-founder commented: “Our intention was to create a contemplative environment with Loop – a space that was not immediately understood upon entering. While we wanted the design to be playful, we were mindful of creating a work that provided an escape. It was important to offer a setting and feeling that were completely new and inspiring to visitors.”

Alex Mustonen, Snarkitecture co-founder, added: “In conceiving this project, our third with COS, we wanted to offer visitors an experience that combines the values and sensibility of the brand with our perspective and approach. It is a legacy we are developing together and we hope the project offers visitors an interactive and memorable experience.”

Cos Reveals Loop By Snarkitecture

The COS x Snarkitecture installation is open between 10am-7pm every day at the Gana Art Center, located in the Pyeongchang-dong area of the city, known for its arts and culture. The exhibition centre was designed by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and is surrounded by the Bugak mountains.

“To collaborate once again with Snarkitecture is to celebrate our aim to form long-term exchange with the creative talent that inspires us, at COS. Daniel and Alex have created an impressive and inspiring work of art which draws on what we do, but also gives us the chance to reflect on their point of view. I am so pleased to invite the people of Seoul and the city’s visitors to the exhibition this month,” said Karin Gustafsson, Creative Director of COS.[...]

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Alshaya: world’s best restaurant franchise partner

GLRC Award recognises Alshaya’s relationships with global food brands

M.H. Alshaya Co., the international retail franchise business that operates leading restaurant brands like Starbucks, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s and Shake Shack, has been named the world’s best restaurant franchise partner at an awards event in Dubai.

Alshaya was named the winner of the Partnership category of the Global Restaurant Leadership Conference (GLRC) Awards of Distinction, reflecting the company’s ability to adapt international brands to new markets and maintain strong relationships with multiple global brands. Alshaya operates more than 25 food brands across the Middle East and North Africa, Russia, Turkey and Europe, as part of its wider portfolio of more than 80 retail brands.

GLRC Award for Alshaya

“The recipients of the GRLC Distinction Awards have demonstrated excellence in their endeavors and respective markets. Alshaya is a franchise partner to some of the world's best known retail brands across MENA, Russia, Turkey and Europe, and is a tremendous example of the partnership required to successfully expand globally, hence their recognition as Best Partner,” said Mike Wood, CEO, Winsight, LLC.

The awards recognise restaurant operators that excel in the global marketplace through innovation, community service, partnership and expansion. GLRC attendees and sponsors, as well as the industry leaders from around the world, were invited to nominate restaurants that best exemplify success in these areas. The winners were selected by a jury of global experts from Restaurant Business, Technomic and Winsight Media, with counsel from the GRLC Advisory Council.

Accepting the award, Ian Toal, the President of Alshaya’s Food Division, said being a successful franchise partner was all about three factors: building great partnerships, delivering authentic brand experiences and having strong local market knowledge.

“At Alshaya, we’ve been operating retail franchises in the region for 35 years with some of the world’s best-known brands, and they work because we have strong partnerships built on trust, integrity and mutual benefit. Our job is to deliver the brand as the customer expects, whether they’re in home in New York, or here in the Middle East. To do this, we rely heavily on our local experience, access to great property locations, proven infrastructure and a skilled team.”[...]

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Katsuya by Starck Brings the Art of Japanese Cuisine to Qatar

Special masterclass demonstrates the use of Art and Cuisine

Katsuya by Starck made its foray into Qatar with the opening of their first restaurant in the region, at Villagio Mall that was highlighted with a special masterclass hosted for the media. The restaurant brand – a prodigious pairing of master sushi chef Katsuya Uechi and world-renowned designer Philippe Starck – continues to expand in the Middle East with the opening of its 3rd restaurant in the Middle East, in Qatar.

To honor the opening, Katsuya by Starck hosted “The Art of Japanese Sushi Making” masterclass, led by its in-house chef. The masterclass was attended by local media representatives and social media influencers who engaged in an interactive sushi-making session that combined classic techniques with Katusya by Starck’s iconic international twist.

Katsuya Debut in Qatar

“Katsuya prides itself on creating authentic dishes that cater to the international palate,” said Chef Mark Sorezo, Head Chef at Katsuya by Starck. “We wanted this masterclass to give our attendees an insight to the art of Japanese sushi making while introducing them to the tips and tricks that have made Katsuya the award-winning restaurant it is today.”

Offering a feast for the senses, the stylish 400 m2 sized Japanese restaurant seats 128 guests and is the result of the dynamic pairing of Master Sushi Chef Katsuya Uechi and design impresario Philippe Starck. With specialty cocktails, delectable Robata grills, unique rolls and spectacular sushi and sashimi platters, Chef Uechi skillfully translates Japanese flavors for the International palate.

Katsuya Debut in Qatar

“We are proud to bring Katsuya by Starck to food enthusiasts in Qatar, who will appreciate the exceptional food quality, high service and international dining experience,” said Devyn van Niekerk, Business Manager of Katsuya by Starck.

Since its 2006 brand launch in Los Angeles, Katsuya by Starck has developed a reputation for its superior design, ambiance, experience and cuisine. The menu features more than 180 selections and can be enjoyed at the newly extended area of Villaggio Mall. The mall’s Venetian styled interiors combined with an astonishing range of shopping, dining and entertainment venues make it a unique and unforgettable attraction in Qatar.


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Alshaya debuts 15 brands at The Avenues Bahrain

Over 40 brands open at Bahrain’s premier leisure and retail destination

Alshaya Trading Co. is preparing to bring customers an exciting choice of over 40 leading international brands at The Avenues – Bahrain, which is set to open its doors next week. The opening will include 15 new brands making their debut in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

The mall’s opening day will feature new brands such as cosmetics powerhouses NYX and Clinique; home furnishing brand West Elm; fashion store Phase Eight; and jewelry and accessories specialist Icing. Customers will also see the long-awaited debut of The Cheesecake Factory; organic Belgian restaurant Le Pain Quotidien; and American chocolatier Bridgewater Chocolate.

The Avenues - Bahrain

Seven further brands will follow a few weeks later, including pizza brands 400 Gradi and Blaze Pizza; gourmet and specialty foods purveyor Dean & Deluca; upmarket Japanese restaurant Katsuya by Starck; family steakhouse Texas Roadhouse; and the Lebanese restaurant Babel. The new brands will join a stellar line-up of some of the world’s most-loved brands operated by Alshaya at the mall, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Victoria’s Secret, MAC, The Body Shop and Pottery Barn.

The Avenues – Bahrain, strategically located in the heart of Manama on King Faisal Road, is a stunning new retail and entertainment destination, with a unique seafront location of more than 1.5 km.

Alshaya’s Senior Vice-President for Property Development, John Hadden, said: “We are delighted to have such a strong presence at The Avenues – Bahrain, which is going to be a major leisure and shopping destination for shoppers across the region. We look forward to offering our customers in Bahrain the widest range of shopping and dining experiences.”

The Avenues - Bahrain

Every time they shop, enrolled customers can also benefit from Alshaya’s loyalty programme, PRIVILEGES CLUB, that offers members a range of offers, rewards and prize draws. Alshaya already operates more than 100 stores in Bahrain, across retail sectors that include fashion & footwear, food, health & beauty, pharmacy, optics and home furnishings.

The complete list of brands being opened by Alshaya at The Avenues - Bahrain are:

Fashion & FootwearFoodHealth & BeautyHome Furnishings
American Eagle Outfitters 400 Gradi* Bath and Body Works West Elm*
Claire’s Asha's Clinique* Pottery Barn
Foot Locker Babel* Jo Malone Pottery Barn Kids
H&M Blaze Pizza* M.A.C  
Icing* Bridgewater Chocolate* NYX Professional Makeup Pharmacy
Justice Café Coco* The Body Shop Boots
Milano Dean & Deluca* VaVaVoom  
Mothercare IHOP Restaurant    
Muji Katsuya by Starck Optics  
Payless ShoeSource Le Pain Quotidien* Solaris  
Phase Eight* P.F. Chang's Vision Express  
River Island Pinkberry    
Topshop Raising Cane's    
Victoria's Secret Shake Shack    
  Texas Roadhouse*    
  The Cheesecake Factory*    
Key: *First brand store in Bahrain

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Charlotte Tilbury dazzles on Middle Eastern debut

Official opening for Kuwait store - with Doha and Dubai to follow

Charlotte Tilbury, the world’s number one makeup artist, has officially opened her first store in the Middle East, and her first standalone Beauty Wonderland outside the UK, in partnership with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

Charlotte Tilbury was in Kuwait to cut the ribbon for her stunning new store, in Grand Avenue, The Avenues, together with Alshaya’s Executive Chairman, Mohammed Alshaya and Mr Michael Davenport MBE, British Ambassador to the State of Kuwait.

Charlotte Tilbury makes dazzling Middle Eastern debut

At 240m2, the flagship two-storey store is the brand’s largest in the world, and blends cutting-edge digital innovation with luxurious interiors.

The Charlotte Tilbury experience includes sumptuous store designs which are synonymous with the brand - deep, night crimson velvet sofas, ornate, rose-gold art-deco light fittings and old Hollywood-style vanity tables. Using the latest technology, the store offers the first-of-its-kind Magic Mirror to help customers explore in seconds which of Charlotte’s 10 iconic looks they want to discover.

Charlotte Tilbury said: “I am so thrilled to be back in Kuwait - it is a dream come true to officially open my first EVER Beauty Wonderland in the Middle East at The Avenues Mall tonight!!! I cannot wait for all of the MESMERISING AND BEAUTIFUL Arab women to discover my revolutionary, record-breaking brand!!! You will LOVE my Magic Mirror that morphs my famous ‘10 Looks Wardrobe’ in seconds, as well as the incredible Beauty Boudoir where you can have the red carpet makeup transformation of a lifetime for every special event – from weddings to family celebrations – we have it all!! I call it a beauty playground for every woman from 18-80!!”.

Charlotte Tilbury makes dazzling Middle Eastern debut

Today, Wednesday 18th October, Charlotte will be hosting an epic launch party at her brand-new Beauty Wonderland which is open to all members of the public. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and greet Charlotte, and have their picture taken together outside the store. Spaces are limited so we encourage prompt arrival, from 5pm.

On the evening of the launch party, for one night only, Charlotte’s NEW, record-breaking, Instant Eye Palette will be available for purchase exclusively in store for one night only. Due to huge, universal demand – which saw over 30k join a waitlist– Charlotte surprised and delighted fans by bringing forward a limited quantity for a 24-hour pre-sale. The palette has returned and guests will be amongst the first to buy the palette in the Middle East where the limited quantity will be available to buy for one night only.

Following the successful Kuwait debut of the brand, Charlotte Tilbury will also be opening a store in Doha, at the end of October 2017, with her highly-anticipated Dubai store scheduled to open early in 2018. To celebrate the launch, Charlotte Tilbury has unveiled a new campaign of the 10 looks featuring digital influencer and model Cindy Kimberly (@wolfiecindy).[...]

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COS to open first store in Doha, Qatar

COS, Collection of Style, the fashion brand renowned for timeless design and reinvented classics, is pleased to announce the launch of its first store in Qatar later this year, housed at the Doha Festival City, Doha.

COS to open first store in Qatar

The upcoming retail location marks a new chapter for the brand which launched in the Middle East in 2012. Located on the second floor, the new store will showcase the COS Autumn/Winter 2017 womenswear, menswear and childrenswear collections. Inspired by architectural lines and industrial references, the collection focuses on tailoring and experiments with proportions – offering a new take on classic pieces.[...]

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H&M reveals new designer collaboration with ERDEM; Baz Luhrmann to tell the story

Today H&M announced its big secret: the next exclusive designer collaboration will be with ERDEM, the London based must-have designer loved by celebrities and fashion insiders alike. H&M is also pleased to reveal that the visionary film maker Baz Luhrmann will bring the collection to life through his unique storytelling. ERDEM x H&M will be available in selected stores as well as on, from November 2.

For H&M, Erdem has designed a brand-new collection for women and, for the first time ever, a collection for men. Erdem believes in the power of beauty, exploring historical references and personal narratives in every piece he makes. For ERDEM x H&M he'll reflect and reinterpret the design themes from some of his most celebrated collections, playing with the prints, textiles and delicate craftsmanship that have made his name.

H&M Reveals New Designer Collaboration with Erdem

“I am so happy to collaborate with H&M, and to explore my work on a whole new scale including a menswear collection which I have never done before. It’s also such a thrill to work with Baz Luhrmann, one of the most important storytellers of our time,” says Erdem.

“For me fashion is always about more than just clothing, it is a form of expression - a standalone art form. I am excited to be collaborating with ERDEM and H&M to reveal the story of this unique collection,” says Baz Luhrmann.

H&M Reveals New Designer Collaboration with Erdem

“From the moment we started talking with Erdem about the collaboration, I was captured by his vision. For ERDEM x H&M he has created an enchanting world full of beauty, delicacy and rich details. These are special pieces you will want to wear forever," says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s Creative Advisor.[...]

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