There are some days where some of the
Green Pebbles Girls need to dress up as soccer mums... yes, you can imagine the type, jeans (thank you
DIESEL) , white blouse
(great because you can bleach off mucky chocolate hand prints), a huge tote (to carry around an extra pair of children's clothes, wipes, plasters, disinfectant, drinks and snacks alongside your
VALEXTRA Ipad case and
VUITTON make up case!) and of course sneakers.......but have you ever noticed that whilst your highest
LOUBOUTIN's have never caused any blisters,
your sneakers have a nasty habit of you ending up having to walk around with a plaster hanging out from the back of your heel?
So The Green Pebbles Girls set themselves a challenge: find a pair of sneakers that were fun, easy to wear with any "soccer-mum-look" whilst allowing us to retain a fashion edge and not look frumpy, and of course most important outrageously comfortable .... and we found them all the way in MIAMI!
ALESSANDRA GOLD's super-soft leather and patterned canvas moccasins with a memory foam insole and driving shoe bottom are exactly what we were looking for.
If you are feeling a bit more adventurous you could always opt for these super fun citric and banana versions!
For further information please contact the Alessandra Gold Customer Service.
According to Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman and Chief Researcher of Hurun Report
“Gift-giving is an essential part of Chinese culture. The money spent on gifting, especially at Chinese New Year, is staggering compared with the West.”
One should not be surprised therefore that as Red Luxury reports, the top gifts favoured by Chinese luxury consumers in 2012 according to a survey of 503 Chinese millionaires consist mostly of global name brands, particularly French brands.
Guan Hongsheng, who owns a trading company in Wenzhou says
“What I want is a brand that is widely recognized. Domestic brands are still not well-known enough for my friends. I prefer the latest items that cost more than 10,000 yuan each,”
Mr. Hongsheng spent more than 1 million yuan in business-related gifts that included more than 40 iPhones, seven iPad 2s, Macbooks and items from Cartier, Hermes and Montblanc.
A typical wealthy mainland Chinese included in the survey of which 3 out of 5 were male, average age was 41 with a personal wealth of Renminbi 10 million or more (equivalent to USD 1.6 million / Euro 1.2 million / GBP 1 million) “has two private bank accounts, 4.2 watches and three cars. They travel eight days a month for work. They go abroad three times and spend 20 days for leisure in a year.”
Top 10 Gifts for the Chinese Luxury Consumer 2012
|| % of Respondents
|| Country of Origin
|| Louis Vuitton
|| Jewelry, Watches
|| Fashion, Perfumes
|| Consumer Electronics
Source: Hurun Best of the Best Awards Survey 2012
After the sheer invasion of China by luxury and fashion companies of such as Vuitton, Prada etc, Chinese designers and brands are now heading west to show off their designs. Should their European counterparts be worried? Possibly.
(Image via Red Luxury)
Just as Western luxury brands colonize China, it is inevitable that Chinese companies will want to do the same right back. Big ambitions – and big payrolls – amid Chinese designers and entrepreneurs mean that some of the country’s brands are already making bids at international status. The most anticipated of these is Shanghainese designer Uma Wang, who American Vogue featured following the Paris show in October.
While many popular European brands like Louis Vuitton have an artisanal history spanning several centuries, young Chinese dominate the top business schools and creative colleges More.......