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Office x Breast Cancer Care

Monday, September 29th, 2014

OFFICE has supported Breast Cancer Care for the past four years and last October we raised a record breaking £69,000 to support this worthy charity.

We managed to raise this money in many ways, with customer donations in store, staff fancy dress days and a Bake Off in OFFICE HQ. But the most successful was our special edition Breast Cancer Awareness Month shoe and this year we have 3 styles! These three party inspired shoes have come just in time for the party season and there is a style to suit all with a classic flat, strappy mid and pointy stiletto.

The Cecilia Toe Cap Ballerina features a sparkling pink glitter upper with Parisian style quilting and a patent black toe cap, perfect with a pretty black prom dress.

The Je’ Taime mid heel has a fuchsia pink suede, strappy upper with an ankle buckle fastening. This minimal heel is easy to wear with anything from dresses to smart cigarette trousers.

The On Tops stiletto is one of our all time favourites at OFFICE and this special edition version features a pale pink metallic upper with patent stiletto heel and is best paired with a fitted dress or dressed down with ripped boyfriend jeans.

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With one in eight women now diagnosed with breast cancer, many of OFFICE’s customers and employees have had a loved one face this brutal disease. That’s why Breast Cancer Care – the only UK-wide specialist support charity – is so important to us. So, this October, OFFICE is going to start fundraising once again! The 3 special edition shoes will be on sale online and in-store and  the staff will be doing their bit too! The money raised will ensure Breast Cancer Care can continue to provide its emotional support network, specialist nurses and local services for free.

Laura says: “I was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2012 at 22 years old. I had to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. I used Breast Cancer Care’s website which was really helpful, it was a place to find information I could trust. Thank you OFFICE for promising to raise even more money for this amazing charity, with your help they can support other women just like me.

The Cecilia and On Tops will be available to buy from the 1st October and the Je’Taime is coming soon! 50% of the shoe sales + VAT go to Breast Cancer Care.

You can also show your support by donating in store or buying this year’s Breast Cancer Care pin which is only available online.

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Vintage fashion finds

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

 

There are plenty of clothes on the high street at the moment which are inspired by decades gone by, from beaded flapper dresses to 60s-style minis, but there’s nothing to beat that feeling you get when you discover a genuine vintage piece.

 

Sometimes the original is quite simply the best.

 

If you want to get your hands on some stunning clothing from a previous era, we’ve created a guide to some of our favourite vintage treasure troves across the UK.

 

In London

There are hundreds of vintage and retro shops in the UK capital, some of which specialise in a particular era and some of which provide fashions from a mishmash of decades.

 

One of our first ports of call is Rellik in Portobello which is the perfect place to browse if you want to find really high-quality vintage pieces with a few designer names thrown in. We’re always hopeful of picking up some vintage Ossie Clark, however, vintage designer pieces tend to still come with a designer pricetag.

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For something a bit more budget friendly, The East End Thrift Store has plenty of bargains to be had, with most things priced at under a tenner, but isn’t a complete jumble sale like some thrift stores. The pieces are carefully curated and arranged for easy browsing.

 

In Manchester

If you’re hoping for some vintage finds in Manchester there’s one place you should definitely head; Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter which is home to dozens of vintage shops. The cream of the crop is widely considered to be Junk, where you can find clothes and quirky accessories from a range of decades. The best thing about Junk is that most of the pices are reworked, so are wearable straightaway.

 

While you’re in the area, you should also pop into Oxfam Originals, where the quick stock turnaround means you’ll rarely see the same piece twice. Plus you can splurge knowing you are giving money to a good cause.

 

In York

Bowler Vintage in York is the perfect place for dapper gents and 50s fans to stock up on clothes. As well as a wide range of vintage attire, chosen and cared for by a team of experts, there’s also a large stock of reproduction clothing in case you can’t find the genuine article in your size.

We had a quick browse online and the beautiful beaded cardigans have certainly caught our eye.

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Online

If you don’t live near a decent bunch of vintage shops, never fear, you can simply go online and have a world of vintage fashion at your fingertips.

 

The website we’re currently wasting hours browsing is VV Vintage which has a huge array of dresses, shirts and denim for under £30 per item.

 

You can also find some great bargains on Etsy, which sells great vintage clothes and jewellery and eBay.

 

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The rise of the Christmas jumper

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

 

This year Christmas jumpers are no longer the preserve of young children and embarrassing uncles, they’re the perfect way to make a festive fashion statement.

Novelty jumpers are lining the shelves of pretty much every high street store and even the likes of Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and Markus Lupfer have put their own spin on Christmas couture.

A number of designers have also created bespoke festive fashions in aid of Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, which this year falls on December 13 and will see people all over the UK pulling on their Christmas jumpers and donating £1 or more to the charity.

If you want to follow in the footsteps of stylish novelty knit loving celebs like Taylor Swift, Fearne Cotton, Cheryl Cole and Katy Perry, who have all been spotted in Christmas jumpers in the past, you’ll have unprecedented choice this year.

Data from trend agency WGSN shows that a massive 136 novelty jumpers have been launched by UK retailers in the past month alone, ranging from classic Fair Isle prints to ironic designs and slogan sweaters.

Our favourites include a cheeky Primark offering featuring some strategically placed Christmas puds. At just £12, it doesn’t matter that this jumper has a limited shelf life. We love a bit of Christmas kitsch here in HO and held a Christmas jumper competition last year. With so many more on offer this year we think we might have a rematch!

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Or for something a bit more subtle, Topshop’s fluffy knitted snowflake jumper taps into the trend for texture while Cath Kidston’s Santa knit is charmingly traditional.

If you just want to make a subtle nod to the fashion for festive jumpers, you’ll be able to keep cosy in Topshop’s Fair Isle knits past Boxing Day.

To stop your fluffy Christmas knits being too kitsch, team them with contrasting leather trousers or inky blue jeans.

For more information about Christmas Jumper Day visit Save the Children

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How to style your mo’

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

For those of you attempting to grow a moustache as part of Movember, almost two weeks in it’s likely you now have a significant amount of fuzz on your upper lip. If you’re not used to rocking a mo’, the chances are you aren’t sure how to style your ‘stache, but now is the time to put a bit of thought into it if you don’t want to look like a scruffbag who’s never seen a razor by the end of the month.

Here are our top tips for making the most of your mo’ this November.

Painter’s Brush

If you’re yet to really groom your mo’ the chances are it already looks like a Painter’s Brush, a thick moustache which covers the entire mouth and rolls down slightly at the edges. This is the perfect tache if you are a low maintenance fella as all it requires is regular shave to keep it in tip top condition. Brad Pitt has been known to sport a Painter’s Brush, so we know it works with both off-duty clothes and a smart suit.

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Pencil

The Pencil is the type of moustache you’re most likely to see celebs experimenting with from time to time. It’s a thin, well defined line just above the upper lip, which needs to be kept neat with regular clipping. For maximum impact, use wax to add extra definition and make sure it’s arranged precisely. If you are a slick dresser, or regularly wear suits for work, this is the moustache which may work best for you.

The Artist

The Artist is a bit more of a high maintenance ‘tache. Made famous by French painters, it requires precise grooming and regular upkeep as the whiskers shouldn’t reach past the edges of your lips. If you want to add a humorous edge, take inspiration from Salvador Dali and add a little wax to the ends so they point upwards.

The After Eight

If you were a bit dubious about growing a mo’ but gave in after some not-so-gentle ribbing from your mates then the After Eight will be the option for you. The Movember rules make it clear you can’t join your moustache to your chin, as that would be considered a goatee, but after careful reading, it doesn’t say anywhere that the rest of your face has to be completely hairless. The After Eight is a barely there tache combined with some stubble on your chin, for a rugged ‘I just forgot to shave look’.

Maybe not perfect for the office, but it will look great with your jeans and trainers on lazy weekends.

Team Teddy’s Whiskers – Update

As you are aware, some of the fella’s here in HO are growing their mo’s for this amazing cause. One guy has cheated a little bit by not shaving his face completely due to having incredibly sensitive skin; well, that’s what he told us anyway (can you tell which one?). All cheating aside their progress is clear to see. There’s also hot debates over who is going to go for the Ron Burgundy, our money is on Stuart. We’ll come back with further updates but in the meantime you can check out their marvellous mo’s and donate on their  page here 

To find out more about Movember visit the official website.

Good luck Teddy’s Whiskers!

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Breast Cancer Awareness month; The round up

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Final Total..

We had a brilliant month that was fun, interesting and all for charity!

Drum roll please……OFFICE’s grand total raised for Breast Cancer Care this Breast Cancer Awareness month is £67,738.49!

Thanks to everyone who donated, got involved and contributed to such a brilliant charity that is so close to the hearts of everyone at OFFICE.

It’s been a big month at OFFICE for the whole team. We’ve all be beavering away trying to do what we can to raise money for Breast Cancer Care in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. So what exactly have we been getting up to to have raised such a brilliant amount, I hear you ask? Well, here’s a little round up for you of all the things that we’ve been doing to support the cause and how we got involved.

The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show

We were so kindly invited to the Breast Cancer Care London fashion show, hosted at the very glamorous Grosvenor House, AJW Marriott Hotel on Park Lane. The show itself featured models who have all had a diagnosis of the disease, and we saw them strut their stuff down the catwalk in our very own OFFICE Ribbon shoe. We also heard the tragic news that the weekend before the event one of the models sadly passed away before being able to take part; Sally White.

To read more about the fashion show and see some fabulous pictures of the evening go to the blog here.

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The Pink Day

In honour of such a great charity OFFICE turned pink for a day. Stores and Head Office dressed up to the nines head to toe in pink all to raise to some extra pennies.

You can check out all the pictures on Facebook here.

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The Donations

We would guess that you all noticed that our brilliant store staff have been shaking the buckets in order to get you, our lovely customers, to part ways with your lose change and pennies in store. And they’ve done a brilliant job by raising a whopping £61,881!

The Shoe and Badge

The OFFICE Ribbon shoe was designed with this brilliant cause in mind. Taking inspiration from the current trends and the hot pink colour synonymous with Breast Cancer Care, we produced a beautiful heel that all women will be proud to wear. With over 70% of the shoe’s worth going straight to the charity there are no excuses good enough for why you wouldn’t buy this shoe!

Plus we added a little extra and we’re also selling the Breast Cancer Care pin on site. Walking around drenched head to toe in good deeds for all to see, just for £1 extra. The good feelings just keep rolling!

Shop the Ribbon Heel and the Badge here, there’s still time!

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The Real Life Story

We were lucky enough to have the very brave Laura Owens write us a blog all about her experience of having this disease. In it we hear about the history of the charity and Laura also talks about how she felt and how she was helped by Breast Cancer Care during her treatment. Laura was one of the models in the London fashion show at the start of the month.

Read her blog here.

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The Bake Sale

The secret bakers of OFFICE HQ got their bake on for a very special cake sale. With muffins, biscuits, cakes and cupcakes galore, we had a table full of delights, treats and goodies for a whole day! It was cake heaven and it was all for charity! Everything was sold for at least £1 throughout the day and we managed to raise £234.82! Thanks to everyone who got involved!

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The Sample Sale

At head office we are lucky enough every now and again to be given the opportunity to buy old used samples. Scrambling up the stairs is only part of the challenge, once you get there it’s a race to find the shoes you’ve been keeping your eye on all season to see if they made it in! This month we had a big sale, with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Care. The grand total for a day of crazy sample buying was £610.67!

Thanks again to everyone that took part. Bring on next year!

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The Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show

Friday, October 11th, 2013

As we all know, October is widely known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Having been proud supporters of the cause for 4 years, we at OFFICE HQ are ever keen to raise money in any way that we can. Whether it be creating a shoe, dying our hair and hosting bake sales – October is all about fundraising.

Every year, Breast Cancer Care support and host a huge fashion show in London– all of the models have either recovered from a diagnosis or are still undergoing treatment. As a supporting brand, OFFICE jumped at the chance to attend the show – which was nothing short of inspiring!

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Held at the grand Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, we were greeted at the door by men in suits and huge smiles, offering welcome goodies from champagne to the chance to win a plethora of prizes (including the chance to win a years worth of shoes from OFFICE!). As the prizes were called out from generous corporate donations, the room filled with ‘oohs’, ‘ahs’ and gasps. The atmosphere soon became electric!

The grandeur didn’t stop from entrance to main hall – we knew we were in for quite the treat.

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Within minutes the entire audience was captivated. With Denise Lewis guest speaking and Michael Thaxton entertaining the crowd, the wine and general good spirit flowed. We hardly noticed we were sat with complete strangers, who in the end all became friends after team games were introduced.

The show themes ricocheted from The Wild West to the swinging fifties and sixties – without a single nervous face. Women and men of all ages dominated the catwalk confidently, demanding grins and tapping feet from every single person in the room. As per usual (never the wall flower), the OFFICE Shoes presence was obvious. Glowing neon on the opening walk, our signature Ribbon heel adorned the majority of models feet receiveing cheers and applause for every proud step.

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Model Wears On Top High Heel by OFFICE

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It was at this point that the very sad news was announced. After many years of battle with cancer, Breast Cancer Care model Sally White, sadly lost her life to the disease the weekend before the show. She unfortunately was never able to fulfil her dream of being a model and partaking in the show. As a member of the audience the spirit and determination amongst the remaining models was felt by all.

Seeing our shoes on stage filled us with a huge sense of pride. It really hammered home the message that Breast Cancer Care Awareness month really is crucial in the development of the charity and the support it provides to all of those affected by this disease.

Throughout October we’re asking you, our brilliant customers, to get involved by investing in a pair of OFFICE Ribbon heels – where £40 of this £55 shoe will go directly to the charity. This money will go towards helping grow an already incredible organisation that rebuilds lives every day.

An amazing night of laughter, tears and shameless dancing  was enjoyed by all in honour of the late Sally White.

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Breast Cancer Care – The real life story

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

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Breast Cancer Care was founded by Betty Westgate in 1973 five years after her own diagnosis of breast cancer. Following her diagnosis Betty felt really isolated and believed there was a lack of information available. She decided she wanted to use her personal experience to make a difference to the lives of others affected by this disease.

Betty’s passion for information, education and empowerment led her to run the charity on a voluntary basis from her home in Croydon, South London.  40 years later, Breast Cancer Care is the only UK-wide charity dedicated to providing services and support for anyone affected by breast cancer. The charity continues to blend the expertise of some of the finest clinical nurse specialists in the country with the personal experience of thousands of men and women.

To celebrate this, Breast Cancer Care holds an annual London fashion show at which all the models are men or women who have had a breast cancer diagnosis. This year the Office pink and black patent leather shoe will feature on the catwalk.  The models will show off the most coveted stiletto of the season – the single soled pointed court with a barely there ankle strap. Retailing at £55 and with an amazing £40 donated to Breast Cancer Care from every shoe sold, Office is helping to ensure the charity can be there for the 55,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the UK.   

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Laura Owens from Liverpool was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012 when she was just 31 years old and will model at The Breast Cancer Care fashion show this October. She says:

“80% of people diagnosed with breast cancer are over 50, so I found it hard going to all my appointments and not meeting other young women in the same position as me. My worries about fertility, self image (I put on a lot of weight during my treatment) and new relationships were very different to the older women I was surrounded by. That’s where Breast Cancer Care came in. I attended Breast Cancer Care’s Younger Women’s Forum which changed my whole experience into something so much more positive. I met other women who were feeling the same as me (I wasn’t going mad after all!) and it prepared me for what to expect over the next few months. It is vital to talk to someone who directly understands how you feel, especially at night when you’re lying in bed with uncontrollable thoughts racing through your head (and 2 million tabs open on Google!).

“I’m really looking forward to The Breast Cancer Care fashion show. It’s been hard having to deal with ‘chemo’ hair but being involved with the catwalk show has already given me a confidence boost.”

Visit breastcancercare.org.uk/theshow

Laura Owens

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Gandys – An Interview with Rob and Paul

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Gandys is a unique flip flop brand started by 2 passionate young brothers, Rob and Paul that have had some serious life experiences leading them to start something that has real purpose. The brothers were tragically orphaned by the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, which they narrowly survived themselves. Following this they wanted to turn the ultimate negative into a positive and use all of their life experience to date to help others.

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Having travelled for years, both with their family and individually, the brothers have always been closely involved with helping children in developing countries. With their footwear business they felt they could build a brand on their own beliefs so they created Orphans for Orphans. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, in 2014, the brothers are on target to open their first children’s home in their parents’ memory and eventually spread their work even further than the children’s home planned in India.

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We thought we would ask the brothers some questions to introduce us to this fresh and exciting new brand.

1. Why did you choose flip flops as your product, was there other ideas in the beginning?
Rob: I woke up with a mouth like Ghandi’s flip flops and after years of living in flip flops travelling around the World it seemed the perfect time to build a brand based on the beliefs my brother Paul and I learnt travelling and volunteering in India.

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2. Tell us more about the Orphans for Orphans campaign, how has Gandys helped orphans around the world since it began?
After being orphaned ourselves in the tsunami we had support from family and friends when we returned home from Sri Lanka. We obviously saw a lot and after years of a unique upbringing volunteering in India we wanted to create something sustainable in which we could help to open a home for those in need, which we hope to be one of many!

3. We love the idea that people can become Brand Ambassadors for Gandys, how can they do this and how can it help awareness?
It’s great way for other people to join us on our journey and we thought rather than have one particular celebrity ambassador we should involve everyone. Simple steps, such as sharing it on social networks to organising an event will help us towards the opening of our first children’s home.

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4. What are the ideas for the future with Gandys? Do you see more products in the future?
With the English weather perhaps wellies!

5. Our favourite colour flip flop is the definitely the Waikiki white, what’s yours?
Rob: Paul is a big fan of the bright Goa Green and I am a fan of the Necker Red as we now have Sir Richard Branson and everyone on Necker Island wearing them.

6. We know that you guys love to travel the world, where haven’t you visited but would love to?
We are both really keen to go to South America! Hopefully sometime in the near future we will be able to get out there.

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7. Who would you love to see rocking a pair of Gandys?
We have already seen all sorts of people wearing them from Jamie Oliver, Abbey Clancy, Michelle Keegan, Premiership Footballers, Made in Chelsea and TOWIE stars. We also asked Usain Bolt to wear them out to the final of London 2012 but didn’t manage it on this occasion, perhaps in Brazil….

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8. If Gandys could talk what would they say?
The English Weather has been nasty and not treated me with the TLC I need! Please take me somewhere sunny!

9. What has been the ultimate highlight so far for you guys since it all began?
There has been many highlights from getting into OFFICE, a shop we have always gone to for our shoes and seeing people out in Gandys. But the ultimate highlight was getting back out to India for Christmas and funding a teacher and educational equipment for a community after our first summer working out of our bedroom in Brixton.

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To get to know the brand even better the boys have made us this fantastic video, we at OFFICE are looking forward to rocking some Gandys flip flops this summer.

TOMS and Movember

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

TOMS and Movember have teamed up for the third year in a row to support men’s health and to provide new shoes to children in need. Movember is the global  charity that encourages men to grow and women to support the Mo (moustache) for the 30 days of November –while TOMS focuses on the health and education of children in need.

This year the signature Movember moustache appears in maroon on Grey Aviator Twill Classics for both men and women and on Grey Aviator Twill with Chambray Botas for men.

So grow a Mo this Movember, and check out the new TOMS + Movember Botas and Classics, with proceeds benefiting Movember, and a pair of new shoes to a child in need too! Available in women’s sizes, so everyone can help change the face of men’s health.

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WE MADE IT!

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Kids'n'Cancer We are happy to announce that Sophie
has hit her target! Thanks to all of you for your help and generosity.Here’s a little more insight from Sophie’s parents;


“After an incredible 6,000 donations from around the world and a dedicated fundraising site in France, we have hit our target on our team page. That means we can go ahead and get Sophie the surgery that she needs to give her the best chance. We’re looking forward to later in the year when hopefully our beautiful girl will be in remission again!

If you are moved by Sophie’s story and still want to donate this would be fantastic as any excess money raised will be managed by the charity we have been working with, Kids ‘n’ Cancer, to help other children who are in situations like Sophie get a head start in getting the critical treatment they need.

Some funds may be retained for Sophie by Kids ‘n’ Cancer, in case she requires treatment again. Should there come a time, for whatever reason, that Sophie no longer requires treatment, those funds would be made available for other children.

Friends and family will continue to work hard for her cause over the coming weeks and months and anything we raise will be managed by Kids ‘n’ Cancer to help her and other children.”

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