H&M Limited Edition: Beauty and Elegance!

H&M brings you its Limited Edition collection to prepare you for the special occasions! The Limited Edition collection by H&M is designed to inspire your personal take on fashion. It's fresh, elegant, feminine, lighthearted and carefree! Mixing and matching the key pieces of the collection will get you looking relaxed, stylish and laid back. Today's modern woman will look extra chic in any event weather it's a morning, evening or night outing. The collection will hit selected across the Middle East on 17 August, 2017. 

The collection is all about elegance and effortless beauty that's relatable and ultra-feminine with a positive and uplifting energy! It's an invitation for women to create fashion statements by wearing what they love and what represents their personality, look beautiful, and feel comfortable at all times.

H&M Limited Edition Collection

The Limited Edition collection focuses on its beautiful and detailed kaftans, kimono's, flowy trousers a-lined pleaded skirts and detailed tops in a beautiful desert sunset color palette of shades of pinks, yellows, whites, beiges and silver!

H&M Limited Edition consists of twenty-three pieces and can be styled in multiplied ways to match all your fashion needs for the season. The pieces in this collection come in colors that will present you in a cheerful and vivacious look.

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Make H&M your destination for the most stylish fashion this season by discovering the latest trends with the Limited Edition collection that will inspire you to stay natural and effortlessly beautiful![...]

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Students with Disabilities Get a Taste of the Retail World

"Thank you, Alshaya, for the amazing opportunity! Please don't stop supporting us!" With these words, 22 Kuwaiti students with disabilities this week celebrated the completion of successful internship programmes with retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. and its brands.

Now in its eighth year, the internship is a collaboration between Alshaya and Kuwait's Society for the Guardians of the Disabled (KSGD) that helps students with disabilities to gain the required skills and confidence to operate in a work environment.

KSGD Graduation 2017

Andrew Stott Regional Learning and Development Manager said "This year's students have made an incredible contribution serving our customers and understanding what it means to 'Be Alshaya'. We look forward to welcoming them back as customers and potential team members."

For over four weeks, the students worked part-time and received supervised retail training at several branches of Starbucks, Debenhams and Mothercare.

At a closing ceremony at The Avenues this week, certificates were presented by KSGD Chairwoman Rehab Boresili; the Honorary Chairperson of the Kuwait Sport Club for the Physically Disabled, Sheikha Sheikha Al-Sabah; the General Manager of the Public Authority of the Disabled, Dr Shafeka Al-Awadhi; in addition to representatives from Alshaya.

"This internship programme has helped our students gain a different perspective to their futures and careers," said Mrs. Huda Alkhaledi, General Supervisor at KSGD. "We're deeply grateful for Alshaya's continued support." 

KSGD Graduation 2017

Alshaya's partnership with the KSGD internship programme began in 2010, initially offering candidates part-time work experience in Starbucks branches across the country. Alshaya's partnership with KSGD is part of its wider commitment to the community to develop the skills and talents of young Kuwaitis and providing them with an equal chance to learn and develop.

For more information about future summer programmes and other training and career opportunities at Alshaya, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..[...]

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Kuwaiti Students Celebrate Successful Summer Internship

Armed with hands-on experience of the world of retail, nearly 160 Kuwaiti high school and university students are celebrating their graduation from retail franchise operator Alshaya's popular Summer Internship programme.

Run in partnership with Kuwait's Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP), the Internship gave the Kuwaiti students the chance to work in one of Alshaya's stores, cafes or restaurants for a month, offering a valuable hands-on learning and development experience for students who want to explore a career in retail.

MGRP 2017 Graduation

During their four weeks at the stores, interns were given the opportunity to discover the work culture, take on responsibilities, get invaluable work experience and benefit from training and development received.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony at MGRP's head office this week, Mr Tareq Alkandari, Head of the MGRP's Students Summer Programme, said Alshaya's ongoing support for the programme had given students better insight into their future plans and careers.

"It's important that graduates not only have strong academic knowledge, but have practical workplace skills as well. The Summer Internship instils a sense of responsibility and allows our interns to apply theoretical and academic concepts working with experienced operators in Alshaya stores," said Mr Alkandari. 

MGRG 2017 Graduation

Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Regional Learning and Development Manager at Alshaya, said the company's focus on youth development, creating opportunities and nationalisation was an important part of its broader corporate responsibility programme. "At Alshaya, we are strongly committed to recruit and develop an amazing Kuwaiti workforce in the country. The Summer Internship is an integral part of the company's commitment to providing career opportunities and jobs in the retail industry for Kuwaiti nationals."

During their internship, students worked with some of the 80 international brands operated by Alshaya, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Jack Wills and KidZania. They were introduced to the essentials of successfully running and managing store operations and received coaching in sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management. 

For more information about future summer programmes and other training and career opportunities at Alshaya, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..[...]

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Alshaya partners with Chef Johnny Di Francesco to launch 400 Gradi in the Middle East

International retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. has announced a franchise partnership with award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco to bring the 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand to the Middle East this year – its first expansion outside Australia.

400 Gradi, a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant, is the creation of chef Johnny 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.

400 Gradi Coming to Kuwait

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 restaurants offer 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.

400 Gradi Coming to Kuwait

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 through Alshaya, who are a pioneer in franchising international brands. We are delighted with this partnership and we look forward to presenting guests with the best pizza in the world, and great Italian food, at the official debut of 400 Gradi."

Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., said: "We're constantly looking for ways to bring authentic and diverse dining experiences to our customers in the Middle East. 400 Gradi offers a complete Neapolitan experience, and we believe that it will be an exciting addition to the regional dining scene. We look forward to a successful partnership together."[...]

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Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza announces agreement with Alshaya

Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, the United States' leading fast-casual artisanal pizza chain, has announced an exclusive development agreement with Kuwait-based retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to build and operate multiple Blaze Pizza restaurants across the Middle East and Northern Africa.

Blaze Pizza Kuwait

The agreement provides for the development of 100 restaurants in 11 countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt, and Morocco, with the first five restaurants scheduled to open in Kuwait and the UAE in 2018. The partnership with Alshaya marks the first expansion of Blaze Pizza outside of North America and represents the largest development deal in the brand's history.

"There is really only one 'best way' to take your brand overseas and that is to partner with Alshaya," said Rick Wetzel, co-founder of Blaze Pizza. "For some time, we've been receiving requests to bring our brand to the Middle East. Now that we've partnered with Alshaya, we're happy to say that we will be there soon."

Blaze Pizza Kuwait

The build-your-own pizza chain, known for its chef-driven recipes and casually hip restaurants, recently opened its milestone 200th restaurant and has agreements in place to open more than 400 additional locations across the US, Canada, the Middle East and Northern Africa. The agreement with Alshaya includes the development of both traditional and delivery-only formats.

"Blaze Pizza is a very exciting and disruptive brand that fits nicely into our restaurant portfolio alongside Starbucks and Shake Shack," said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. "With its simple approach to fast, authentic, customizable pizza, we see a tremendous opportunity to build Blaze into the dominant pizza brand in the Middle East and throughout the region."[...]

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COS Celebrates Serpentine Galleries Park Nights

To celebrate the ongoing partnership between COS and the Serpentine Galleries, and the 2017 edition of 'Park Nights', the brand hosted an event at the Serpentine Pavilion designed by award-winning architect Francis Kéré and his Berlin based studio Kéré Architecture. This was then followed by an intimate dinner in Sackler Gallery's iconic Magazine restaurant, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. 

Guests from the creative worlds of art, design and fashion joined COS Creative Director Karin Gustafsson and COS Managing Director Marie Honda as well as Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director Hans Ulrich Obrist and Serpentine Galleries CEO Yana Peel to celebrate this fifth year of partnership. The evening's entertainment was provided in the form of a live performance in the Pavilion by the estimable British contemporary jazz duo Blue Lab Beats. 

COS and the Serpentine Galleries 2017

Attendees included: Marc Quinn; Patrick Gibson; Jasmine Hemsley; Benji B; Arthur Jafa; Matilda Lowther; Yana Peel; Hans Ulrich Obrist; Quentin Jones; Zawe Ashton; Tiphaine de Lussy; Agathe Chapman; Matthew Stone; and Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami. 

Karin Gustafsson, COS Creative Director, commented, "It is always a pleasure to celebrate at the Serpentine Galleries, and for this, our fifth year of partnership, it feels especially significant. We continue to be inspired by the way the institution promotes innovation and creativity and we are honoured to collaborate on its summer programming again this year."[...]

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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 hm.com, 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.

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"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.

"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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Kuwaiti Students Rock the World of Retail

160 students embark on Alshaya and MGRP’s 10th annual Summer Internship

School’s out, but for more than 160 Kuwaiti students, the learning journey has just begun as they start Alshaya’s Summer Internship Programme, which gives young people hands-on experience of the world of retail.

Starting this week, the programme will see high school and university students spending four hours daily in one of Alshaya’s stores, gaining invaluable hands-on learning and development experience. They will be working in some of the more than 80 international brands operated by Alshaya, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Jack Wills, and KidZania.

During the four-week programme, the interns will get intensive training in all aspects of store operations, including sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management – ideal preparation for those interested in a career in retail.

MGRP Summer Kuwait

Now in its tenth year, the programme is testimony to the strong partnership between Alshaya and Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP).

“Our partnership with Alshaya has been going on successfully for a decade now,” said Mr. Tareq Alkandari, MGRP’s supervisor of student training. “Alshaya has always been very supportive of all our training initiatives, and its store staff has shown great energy and enthusiasm to work with our young interns every summer. We are very pleased to see our interns gain valuable retail knowledge and experience during their training at Alshaya stores.”

Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Regional Learning and Development Manager at Alshaya, said the internship programme was a great opportunity for young people to get a better understanding of the career options available in the retail industry, and the behaviours and skills necessary to forge a career in retail.

MGRP Summer Kuwait

“The summer internship programme in Kuwait is one of the highlights of our year. We look forward to helping young Kuwaiti students develop their skills and get more insights into this dynamic industry,” said Mr. Stotter-Brooks.

For more information about future summer programmes and other training and career opportunities at Alshaya, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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DEAN & DELUCA launches it’s new ‘Light Bites’ specials

DEAN & DELUCA, Kuwait’s destination gourmet café and grocery store welcomes the summer season with a flavorful menu available for a limited time only. The Light Bites menu presents an exciting fusion of spices and cuisines with signature Tacos & Sliders dishes, created satisfy your cravings.

This summer, Taco fans will get to experience the authentic taste of the Prawn Hamsa Tacos specially introduced this season. Tantalize your taste buds in your choice of Chicken or Doner Shawerma Tacos. Each choice is carefully crafted with the perfect seasoning of pico de gallo or oriental chili salsa for an unforgettable taste. A TacosTrio special is available for order to indulge in all three selections; this is not for the faint-hearted!

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For an exciting sizzling selection this summer, DEAN & DELUCA presents for the first time the new sliders creation featuring Chili Lime Shrimp Sliders and Crispy Chicken Sliders along with the all-time favorite, Burger Sliders. The SlidersTrio will ensure you get a heavenly bite of each of the extravagant flavors. The sliders specials for this season are also available for order separately for a mouth-watering experience.

The Light Bites menu will be available from 5th July 2017 and until the end of August 2017, ready to accompany your summer plans, gatherings and munching spree at DEAN & DELUCA, The Avenues Mall. [...]

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VAYCAY ALL DAY – AEO take the girls to Havana Nights and the guys to Cali Cool Beach this Summer with a denim surPRICE!

If the weather hasn’t got you screaming, “Aloha Summer!”, then American Eagle Outfitters Summer collection and NEW denim prices are sure to lead you out the store and to the beach. It’s ‘bout that time to give away last season’s wardrobe to make space for your dreamy Jamaican vacation inspired closet.

Staying true to AEOs essentials, your staple has now become even more affordable. The new denim prices will keep your jaw dropped for the entire Summer, and be prepared, it’s a long season!

For the gals, it’s time to ditch the sarongs and try outerwear for swim cover-ups. A cabana oversized shirt, an embroidered military jacket for a grungy mien, or a mesh kimono for a more romantic play on the beach. AEO Denim shorties available in a variety of washes and styles are the go to travel companion, keeping the fresh look rollin’ against your bronze sun-kissed glow. Choose a favourite from Overalls, Hi-Rise, Midi, Vintage, Patch worked / Embroidered, Two-Tone shorties and pair with a cold shoulder cami for that up-to-the-minute look.

AEO 2017 summer collection

For the guys, on the other hand, it’s prep and rewind on the road less travelled. AEO is your exclusive destination before leaving your comfort zone for adventure – with a swag range of shorts; from destroyed denim to cargo, to classic, longer and shorter lengths in printed or solid colours. Why not break the rules this Summer and pair must-have shorts with an Active AE Tee, Flex Polo, or Short-sleeve Sportshirt with a subtle jacket tied around the waist, a cool nonchalance styling trick? If that’s not your vibe, then pair your desired shorts with an AE Active Tank and a Sportshirt with the top button done.

There’s no excuse this Summer![...]

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