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May 12, 2014 - Famed Hasbro toy designer Gayle Middleton has been responsible for designs that transformed Littlest Pet Shop and My Little Pony into billion dollar toy brands for the largest toy company in the world. But few realize that the iconic toy designer harbors a secret dark side. Middleton is gratified that her designs have been so well received in the toy community. But she yearned to share a new—and very different—toy concept with her many fans.

Read more: Gayle Middleton Debuts New Line of Plush Baby Monsters

May 9, 2014 - By now, you've been reminded 10 million times that Mother's Day is this coming Sunday. If you haven't made plans by now, your shopping days are numbered. But before you go out and settle for the old standard fare of a card and some flowers, let me share with you a tale of an early Mother's Day surprise.

Read the full story on the Retail Merchandiser blog.

May 8, 2014 - Citizen Watch Company today announced the upcoming debut of the brand's global flagship store in Times Square, New York City.  Located at 1500 Broadway this will be the first Citizen Watch global retail concept store in North America.

"As a truly global brand Citizen Watch Company represents people from throughout the world, so there is no better place than Times Square to share our international brand message," said Toshio Tokura, President and CEO of Citizen Watch Co. Ltd.

Read more: Citizen Watch's Flagship Store Coming to NYC's Times Square

May 7, 2014 - The X-Men franchise is a favorite around the world. So today, AXE announced a partnership with 20th Century Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" that hooks fans up with movie-themed gift sets, new content and access to the star-studded film premiere.

Read more: AXE, X-Men team up

May 6, 2014Ripple Junction today announced a tornado disaster relief initiative through which the company has donated 5,000 of its graphic t-shirts to a charitable organization for specific distribution to victims affected by the recent tornadoes and flooding in the southern and eastern United States.  

Read more: Ripple Junction Donates 5,000 T-shirts to Tornado and Flood Victims

May 5, 2014 - MetroNational, owner, manager and developer of Houston's Memorial City, announced today the addition of seven new retailers to the epicenter of their mixed-use property, Memorial City Mall. With the growth of Houston, the affluent demographic within the West Houston area, and the mixed-use nature of the greater Memorial City community, including residential, retail, medical, office and hospitality, the mall continues to shift towards better-bridged tenants, keeping up with its growing consumer base. Seven new retailers—some of which include Vera Bradley, Banana Republic, Soma Intimates and Chico's—will open their doors on a rolling basis.

Read more: Memorial City Mall Adds Seven New Retailers

May 2, 2014 - Vitruvian Partners has led a $66 million Series D round of investment in Farfetch, the global e-commerce site for independent boutiques. Farfetch's existing investors Condé Nast International and Advent Ventures also participated in the round, alongside new investor Richard Chen, Venture Partner at Chinese VC firm Ceyuan.

Read more: E-Com Site Farfetch Raises $66 million

May 1, 2014 – The ballot for the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) hotly-anticipated 2014 International Licensing Excellence Awards competition is now set – and it features a record 118 nominees in 20 categories from across the licensing, retailing, promotion, and consumer products arenas. LIMA members may cast their votes online here through Wednesday, May 14. The winners will be announced at the LIMA Opening Night Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, June 17, during Licensing Expo 2014 in Las Vegas.

Read more: Voting Underway for LIMA International Licensing Excellence Awards

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