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Emma Friday 31 July 2015 at 13:22
| Post #447 |
|Subject: Pride of Brighton|
One of the marvelous things about living and working in a place like Brighton is the amazing variety of things going on. Everyone knows about the London-to-Brighton bike ride (where hardy souls make this energetic journey in aid of the British Heart Foundation), the London-to-Brighton Vintage Car Run (which has been going even longer than I have been here), and Brighton Festival, which provides far too many art events to mention here.
Less well known are the myriad other events: the gathering of Minis (just one instance of such vehicle gatherings, of which there are many), or the coming together of political parties, the large number of different conventions, meetings of particular breeds of dogs, nude cycle rides, march of thousands of zombies, design fairs, concerts, outdoor theatrical productions.....I could go on and on.
This week we are looking forward to our astonishing and joyful Pride weekend, which, if I am honest, I can no longer describe as a festival of all things gay (because it has been enthusiastically been taken up by what seems like the entire city). This is now a celebration of colour (in every sense!), vitality and diversity.
It's not strange, then, that we at our shop are also caught up in the happy vibe: colour, vitality, and particularly diversity (a very important concept in the plus-size industry, where we rebel against the forces that are trying to condemn anyone who doesn't fit neatly into a box)are our watchwords.
We just hope that, in between walking our Brighton streets and marveling at the sights to be seen, we can tempt people to come and have a little peek into our store. We've started getting our new stock in now, and this, alongside some fantastic summer Sale bargains, make it a worthwhile diversion.....
Emma Wednesday 01 July 2015 at 14:50
| Post #446 |
|Subject: Heat and Cold|
Today, it's at least 25°of heat in Brighton. For many people, this is the very best weather to come down and visit our city by the sea.
It's true that Brighton is lovely when it's like this. We have quaint, pretty shops, in shady little lanes. We have funky stores in lively thoroughfares, and sophisticated boutiques in bustling roads. There are lovely parks with fountains in dappled sunlight under old trees. We have sunny beaches with funfair rides and jet ski excitement.
On virtually every road we have cafes, from fine dining to quirky vegan eateries and gorgeous cream tea emporiums.
But I am aware that, for as many people who see this kind of weather as a blessing and a delight, there are those who find it tiring and uncomfortable.
For those people, I would still recommend a trip down to the coast. The air is nearly always breezy, and many shops have fantastic climate control.
Take us, for instance. We are right next door to the Theatre Car Park (no more than 10 steps from your air - conditioned car), and our air conditioning is usually set (if Kimmy is working ) at such a temperature that our customers are more likely to get hypothermia, rather than heatstroke. Words cannot express the wonderful feeling of coolness that meets you as you walk through our door.
Browsing through a collection of wonderful summer clothes in the cool of our store, a lovely way to spend some time.
And if, once you have enjoyed cooling down and selecting some scrummy clothes, you decide that you would like to catch up on some heat and sun after all, the sea, the beach, and all the cafes, bars and parks are right here.....
Emma Saturday 20 June 2015 at 16:18
| Post #445 |
|Subject: Our Fashion Show|
We had such fun with our fashion show this year! For a change, we co-operated with two wonderful local businesses: a fantastic shoe shop called Mo Brog (situated in Bond Street, just round the corner from our shop), and a lingerie store called She Said, which is in Duke Street, about ten minutes' walk from us.
If you look carefully at this picture, you can see the results of this collaboration....we have teamed our lovely Emma Plus Spring/Summer 15 clothes with some gorgeous and steamy She Said erotic lingerie, and, as a finishing touch, worn them with some amazing borrowed shoes.
The day went off with so much fun-every time we do these events we are left with the feeling that we should do it every week......
Emma Friday 29 May 2015 at 11:41
| Post #435 |
|Subject: Fashion Show|
In the shop at the moment we are running around like mad things, sorting out the finishing touches to our fantastic Fashion Show next Saturday (the 6th June).
It promises to be a lovely day: We never like to skimp on things, so of course we will be providing some scrummy refreshments. We will also be having a fun competition, the first prize being a £50 gift voucher to spend in our store.
Our centerpiece, however, is going to be the fashion show: a stylish but lighthearted take on what we are stocking for our summer collection this year. Very often it's a revelation to see clothes actually being worn, rather than just looked at on a mannequin or hanger.
Just to add extra delight and spice to the proceedings, we have also liaised with our colleagues in a couple of fabulous local stores. Erotic boutique She Said (just around the corner for us in Duke Street) has been providing gorgeous plus-size lingerie for those in the know, and we have decided to help them spread the word about what is available now for our customers. I won't say anything more than that!
Designer shoe shop Mo Broag, from Bond Street (again, just 3 or 4 minutes' walk from our shop) is providing some gorgeous and stylish shoes to go with our collection.
All in all, it promises to be a fun, fascinating and enjoyable afternoon!
The nibbles and competition are on all day, but the fashion show itself is taking part at 2pm - and we look forward to seeing you!
| Kim P Monday 01 June 2015 at 14:09|
I'm pleased that I am able to come to this. Must remember to pick up my leggings that have been patiently waiting for collection!
| Emma Tuesday 02 June 2015 at 17:44|
Really looking forward to seeing you here....it's going to be a fun day.....
| Kim P Saturday 06 June 2015 at 20:33|
What a super day, thank you so much to all at Emma Plus. I really enjoyed the fashion show, the models were all beautiful and poised yet somehow vaguely familiar! The food and drink was super and the competition good fun.
I loved seeing the jewellery "tattoos" in gold, silver and turquoise. I have not seen anything like them before and they looked fantastic on the skin.
As always I am delighted with my purchases. The white seersucker cut offs are fabulous and brilliant for the warm weather. I really look forward to seeing the Q'Neel polka dot jacket/top after alteration.
Thank you again, a tremendous amount of hard work must have gone in to planning the event and it was much appreciated by those of us there.
Emma Thursday 09 April 2015 at 17:17
| Post #434 |
|Subject: Trouser Day|
We are revving up for one of our exciting events this weekend - our Trouser Day!
Trouser Day is an event that brings together all the trousers that will fit all the different shapes of our customers and places them alongside all our trouser experts.
We have a guest expert (the fabulous Claire Lunnen-Kaye, from leading plus-size retailer, Larger than Life... with her 25 years in plus size fashion, what she doesn't know about plus-size trousers really isn't worth knowing), our own trouser experts (Kim the trouser queen, and myself, a trouser fit obsessive, along with Anna De Lannoy who also has years of experience as a plus-size fashion business owner).
We also have guest trousers, sent in by our suppliers, in styles and fabrics not usually found in our store.
In short, we have brought together all the elements that could possibly be required to find our customers the perfect pair of pants!
Add to this, our fun competition (win a £50 gift voucher), yummy refreshments, and a fantastic offer whereby our customers are able to buy one pair of trousers and have a second pair from a selection at half price, and you see what we mean by a Trouser Day!
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow (Friday the 10th April) and Saturday!
| Kim P Saturday 11 April 2015 at 19:40|
Disappointed not to be able to make trouser day but hope it was a great success. I never knew what a comfortable and well fitting pair of trousers were until I found Emma Plus!
| Emma Wednesday 15 April 2015 at 19:58|
You were much missed, but the day did go off tremendously well. I think I'm right in saying that we sold more trousers last week than any other week in our history!
It's always such a good laugh. ....can't wait until our next event day, which I can exclusively reveal now is going to be our Fashion Show on Saturday 6th June!
Hope you will be able to make that one, Kim....
diane cullen Friday 13 March 2015 at 15:22
| Post #433 |
|Subject: another satisfying shopping trip|
Many thanks again for such an enjoyable hour or so, being coerced into trying on new seasons tops/trousers.Never have to look at your range, Kim as always just presents me with all the items and as always she is nearly always right. Kim and her colleague just know instinctively what will suit.After a refreshing ''cuppa'' came away with three new tops and a pair of trousers. Return visit is called for soon for the summer linen trousers. What would we do without this wonderful shop and staff, plus of course, Emma and dog!
Emma Friday 06 March 2015 at 17:12
| Post #432 |
|Subject: New Images Spring/Summer 2015|
Just a quick message to remind customers that the new images of our gorgeous Spring/Summer collection are now loaded on to our website.
As always, our images just scratch the surface of what is here in store. I really do recommend coming in to view the collection at the earliest opportunity - it's a sight to be seen!
This year the colours are jewel-emerald green, turquoise, lapis and amethyst, and the fabrics are eclectic. There is lace, leather, denim, silk, linens, lawns and lovely jerseys of all kinds. There are hand-painted materials, dip-dyes, raw edges... everything is about variety and creativity.
We hope to see you soon.
Kim P Saturday 21 February 2015 at 17:18
| Post #431 |
|Subject: Beautiful Spring / Summer Clothes|
After reading on the forum that new stock was arriving I rang the store yesterday and knew from the excitement in Kim’s voice that the shop would be full of lovely new designs so decided to pay and visit and so pleased I did. The shop looked wonderful with splashes of vibrant colours, both colour block and patterned complimenting the classic designs.
I am delighted with the Tomo tunics in the waffle material, the sea foam green colour was beautiful and the black is a staple. The orange scarf purchased will go lovely with both. Kim was as usual the trouser queen and the Brand leggings she recommended are so comfortable and will get lots of wear.
I would have been so disappointed if I had left it and visited in in a couple of weeks to find my size out of stock in those Tomo tunics, I did not realise that for many styles you only have one in each size. I know you often post that new stock flies out but I saw it for myself today, it was lovely to see so many happy people leaving delighted with their purchases.
I hope to pop in again in a few weeks when more new arrivals will have appeared. Thank you again for the excellent service!
| Emma Monday 23 February 2015 at 15:54|
Thanks for your post, and lovely comments! It was lovely, as always, to see you on Saturday. You got some gorgeous things, and, sad to say, deprived other people of getting them.
The wicked truth is (as I have alluded to before in this blog) that we try every trick in the book to make our store more interesting, and create the need to buy our clothes. This means that on the one hand we try to buy as wide a variety of different styles (buying fashion in a 'wide but shallow way'-lots of styles, but low numbers of each). The by-product of this kind of buying is that when you see an item in store that you like, it's a good idea to snaffle it up straight away. It's likely to be the only one in that size, and once it's gone, will never be seen again.
I know this can be a bit of a nuisance to our customers, but it does mean a continual stream of different and varied clothes, and a healthy competition which (I am being really honest here!) is very good for business!
Some of our customers have asked us to phone them when the new collection comes in, and they dash in to get ahead of the rest of the field. Not a bad idea, and it's one that's open to everyone. All anyone has to do is phone 01273327240 and tell us what you are looking for. We will do the rest...
Angela Brown Tuesday 17 February 2015 at 08:26
| Post #430 |
|Subject: Website |
I like the new home page but where will I find pictures of this sseason's stock?
| Emma Wednesday 18 February 2015 at 22:02|
Thanks for your post. Yes, it's that time of the season. ...the time when we get more of the actual stock in the store than images for our website!
However, we have got some images which we are busy collating, and should be here on our website soon.
If you are able to come into the store you will find some gorgeous things that have flooded in. This season is a hum-dinger!
There are some lovely colours:red, turquoise, cobalt blue, denim blue, green, purple and black and white.
I love this time of the season - you really don't know what stock to expect next!
Emma Friday 23 January 2015 at 09:10
| Post #421 |
|Subject: Red Friday (and Saturday)|
Anyone thinking of visiting Brighton on this bright and crisp January day may be encouraged to do so by the thought that today and tomorrow we at Emma Plus are having one of our rare Supersale events.
A riff on the recent high street 'Black Friday' events (but far better), we are having a stock clearance sale. Due to the warm autumn, we find that we still have some gorgeous winter stock which we have to clear in order to make room for all the fabulous summer stock we have on order, and which is, even as I write this, flooding into store.
This is a very beneficial combination of events for the discerning customer. ...A sale offering lovely winter clothing at amazing bargains (we are offering 20% off sale prices), and the cold winter weather in which to wear them straight away!
To add to the delights, we are also offering 10% off NEW stock-just for the next two days.
We look forward to seeing you in store!
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