Two British institutions and high street giants are celebrating big birthdays this year.
Most of us can hardly have failed to have missed Marks ‘n’ Sparks 125th birthday, what with the penny bazaar and all the vintage packaging currently seen in store. The campaign offers comfort for the cash strapped recession swamped consumers. Harking back to the good ol’ days, also reminds customers how important M&S is as a feature on the British High Street.
With less stores around the UK, it may come as a surprise to those who manage to avoid Oxford Street, that up-market department store Selfridges is 100 years old in 2009. The brain child of an American named Harry George, yep you’ve guessed it, Selfridge, it opened in 1909 and according to some, effectively put London on the retail map. Selfridge wanted his new store to stand out from other department stores and to encourage people to part with their hard earned cash endevoured to make shopping a fun experience rather than a chore. The centenary celebrations at Selfridges focus on looking to the future and predicting where fashion will be in another 100 years.
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