When I received a cryptic event invitation to attend a special launch party for an undisclosed brand, I was intrigued. It seemed like a unique opportunity and I trusted the PR firm, so I signed up!
Toronto might be going through a heat wave, but inside Sears Canada’s media preview, it seemed like the holiday season is fast approaching. In other words, it’s not too early to start preparing a wish list or thinking about how you want to decorate your home.
In an effort to position themselves as fashion-forward, Sears is going to start selling a few very recognizable footwear brands, namely Circus by Sam Edelman, Unlisted by Kenneth Cole and Fergilicous by Fergie. These new shoe collections will be available in September and as long as you have enough storage space, I say go for it! I love my Sam Edelman ankle boots, but I never expected Sears to carry their products. I commend them for making a strong effort to keep up with the latest trends while offering affordable options.
It’s a lot easier to think positively about winter when you’re surrounded by all things red, black and white—my favourite colour scheme! What excites you about shopping for the holiday season?
Name: Crissi Giamos
Position: Director of Public Relations
Professional role model:
Mary Symons, luxury publicist and president of Mary Symons Communications. Everything this lady touches in PR is done with perfection. She oozes elegance and class. My nickname for Mary is “VVVIP”.
In 140 characters or less, what is your favourite part of your job?
The fast paced environment and how each day differs. The best part? Shoe shopping of course—one pair for the photo shoot, two pairs for me.
What are your daily responsibilities?
Fuelling the business of the Town Shoes Limited banners by consistently garnering meaningful targeted media impressions and driving sales, of course. This is ongoing daily, working with media, influencers, stylists, television stations, fashion shows, events, photographers, shopping centres and the country’s tastemakers.
Which tools or software do you use at work?
Microsoft Office 365, Cision, Meltwater, MRP Data
IKEA is known for creating innovative experiences for shoppers and their latest attempt is no exception. They’re jumping on the branded vending machine bandwagon (something we’ve seen brands like Essie do before) and offering a contest that’s powered by Twitter to promote the latest edition of their catalogue.
The vending machine is going on tour across Canada until the end of the month. When you tweet a PIN displayed on the vending machine, you will instantly win a prize such as a gift card, restaurant voucher or toy. One shopper tweeted a photo of the stuffed bear she received, which makes me curious to learn what else is inside the vending machine. It sounds like simple instructions for anyone with a Twitter account. The designated hashtag #GrabLifeByTheCatalogue is kind of long, but it clearly communicates the purpose of the campaign.