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When it comes to sportswear and trainers are women given less selection?

When it comes to sportswear and trainers are women given less selection?

Investigations, Shopping, Specials
Whilst the sportswear industry is estimated at $1.3 trillion women seem to struggle getting trainers in correct sizes and are not offered as wide a variety, especially women of size 5 or below who often have to shop in junior sizes. Sporting trainers such as football boots also seem to lack selection for those tailored to fit women's feet properly. There is some recognition for the lack of availability in trainers for women with larger feet, there isn’t the same energy for those with smaller feet, even though there is a market. From country to country, the average size of a woman’s height, weight and shoe size varies. However, we do know that women in the UK have surpassed their grandma’s generation by two inches and subsequently, the average shoe size for women has increased from a
Do people actually care about Christmas ads?

Do people actually care about Christmas ads?

Christmas, Investigations, Radio, Shopping, Specials
Christmas is a key time for advertisers large and small. November may seem a bit too early for some to bring it into discussion, but now that December has arrived, Christmas is on everyone's lips and can't really be avoided. Each year brands invest large sums of money and are looking to deliver advertising with emotional resonance in the hope they will make it in the top of the most appreciated commercials or will simply boost their profit. Many people now see the official start of Christmas as when they hear or see a particular advertisement. This year hasn't been out of controversies. It started with Iceland, whose animation ad was banned from TV broadcast as it was originally created for a political group (Greenpeace) and that would have been unlawful. https://twitter.com/J...
The problem with the fashion industry

The problem with the fashion industry

Fashion, Lifestyle, Shopping
"I like my money where I can see it. Hanging in my closet" those words uttered by Sex and The City's heroine Carrie Bradshaw have become a mantra to live by for millions of people around the world. But to what cost?  After the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh collapsed in 2013, killing over 1,000 of its worker's people where left outraged. The problem they'd be ignoring for years had become headline news. High street favourites Primark, Mango and Inditex (the parent company behind Zara) all had their clothing produced in this factory which was not fit to work in. The Voice of London spoke to Elly, a dressmaker and blogger, from London who had lots to say about sustainability within her industry. She talked about how she first got into sustainability and ethical clothing:
Is payment service Klarna too good to be true?

Is payment service Klarna too good to be true?

Fashion, Featured, Lifestyle, Shopping
“I really need this in my life” is just one of many ways we justify our crazy shopping habits. In this technology driven world, more and more millennials have turned to online shopping. The reason is obvious – convenience, everything we need is only a few clicks away from us. Not only that, but you can online shop now even if your bank account is on the verge of a breakdown. How is this possible? Well, the answer is short and simple – Klarna, a buy now pay later service which has exploded over recent months. Klarna is one of Europe’s largest banks which provides payment solutions for 60 million consumers across 90,000 merchants in 14 countries. You may have noticed their pink sunglasses icon when choosing payment options on sites such as ASOS. According to Klarna’s team in the UK
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