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Selfridges and Art You Grew Up With have teamed up to give you a slice of your childhood in the form of personalised Mr Men or Little Miss art prints. For the first time, members of the public can choose from 25 characters, including favourites such as ‘Mr Tickle’ or ‘Little Miss Naughty’ and it has already proved a huge hit in the run-up to Christmas with over 3000 units sold already.
Customers simply select their character, name, print size (classic, large or huge) and choose either framed or unframed. It is then printed and ready to collect from just 20 minutes later.
Speaking from the new pop-up shop housed within Selfridges Christmas Emporium, Art You Grew Up With, CEO, Russell Singer commented ‘I have loved the Mr Men ever since I was a small child… They are a wonderful part of this country’s heritage, adored by millions around the world’.
As the official fine art publisher of Mr Men, Singler felt there was a ‘buzz’ surrounding personalisation and the Mr Men characters were a great fit for the concept. Despite popularity, the brand resisted until this opportunity arose and it is certainly proving to be a prodigious choice. Queues of Mr Men and Little Miss enthusiasts and doting parents alike have been taking advantage of this perfect Christmas treat.
Richard Jones, Selfridges Buying manager comments “This is truly an amazing opportunity to take an iconic character we’ve all grown up with and loved,and personalise for yourself or as a great gift”.
Prints vary in cost from £14.99 for an unframed small print and £194.99 for the biggest print framed with sizes ranging from eight by eight inches and 27 by 29 inches.
The Mr Men and Little Miss Personalised Print PopUp will be in the Christmas Emporium at Selfridges until January 10.
About Art You Grew Up With:
Formed in 1995, Art You Grew Up With is the world’s leading partner for licensed properties seeking to grow their business into high end retail with concessions in Selfridges, Harrods, House of Fraser and John Lewis.
Currently celebrating their 18th year of connecting fans of all ages with the art they love, Art You Grew Up With are the official Fine Art Publisher to the nation’s favourite characters including: Mr Benn, Mr Men and Little Miss, Peppa Pig, Paddington Bear, Peanuts, Beatrix Potter, Snowman and many more.
Their art programmes bridge the gap from mainstream to high-end, by producing art prints at all price points from £10 to limited edition and highly collectible fine art prints. As much known for their one-of-kind in-store events and creative in-store theatre as for their merchandise, Art You Grew Up With, is now firmly established as the go-to partner for any licensed brand looking to expand their business and gain international reach into the lucrative and prestigious art print area.
About Mr Men Little Miss:
Mr Men Little Miss is a publishing institution. With an 85-strong cast of characters they have brought fun and laughter to generations of families. Currently one Mr. Men and Little Miss book is sold every 2.5 seconds worldwide, and lifetime sales total 200 million books.
Shintaro Tsuji founded Sanrio in Japan in 1960 with the motto “Small Gift, Big Smile” and the aim of bringing happiness to people’s lives through inexpensive fancy goods. Throughout the years his company has created and licensed over 400 characters appealing on ages 0 to forever. It is indeed not only home to superstar Hello Kitty, but a global brand concentrating on marketing classic characters like My Melody, Kerokerokeroppi, Bad Badtz-Maru, Little Twin Stars, Cinnamoroll, Pompompurin, Sugarbunnies, Chococat, Tuxedo Sam, Jewelpet, Kuromi, Charmmykitty and new acquisitions like British icons Mr. Men Little Miss. Sanrio today joins forces with the most respected companies in fashion, streetwear, cosmetics, hi-tech, toys to bring smiles on the coolest brands: as Hello Kitty says, you can never have too many friends!
Santa and his elves agree to reveal even more secrets and features
in personal video messages to good boys and girls
Portable North Pole is back for the 6th season! And Santa and his elves have added all kinds of magical extras, including new themes, more scenes, and even greater personalisation!
With Portable North Pole, boys and girls both big and small can experience the magic of Santa and his village on their personal computers or mobile devices. To celebrate Christmas and birthdays, users can surprise their loved ones with personalised video messages from Santa himself, featuring personal photos and lots of other customised details.
The classic PNP video is FREE and will feature never-before-seen footage from Santa’s village, including heart-warming and hilarious elf clips, and a first-time look at Santa’s top-secret communication centre.
And for a small fee, users can create a Premium version that is twice as long, features secret footage of the elves’ toy lab, the good deed wall, and a bonus video message from Santa on Christmas Eve. The Premium version also lets families with more than one child choose between different scenes, pushing the personalisation options even further and making it possible to customise the message differently for each child in the family.
PNP is also available on mobile devices through the PNP 2013 app on the Apple App Store and Android Market.
The PNP 2013 app includes exclusive content such as an advent calendar, Santa radar, Premium video messages and even personalised calls from Santa himself! Plus, PNP users can now synch and view their personalised video(s) from any device (computer, tablet or phone).
As a gift that gives back, Portable North Pole has also pledged to donate five per cent of all personalised product sales to participating Children’s Hospital foundations in the U.S., UK, Ireland, Canada and France, as part of the PNP Children’s Hospital program.
About Portable North Pole and UGroupMedia
UGroupMedia (UGM) is a Montreal-based company specialising in the development and deployment of innovative solutions for customised experiences. Since its launch in 2008, PNP has enjoyed unprecedented international success, boasting almost 80 million videos viewed to date. In December 2012, the PNP mobile app was among the top 5 paid apps in various countries across the world. And the Facebook community of over 400,000 devoted PNP fans is growing stronger every day.
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LONDON, UK. – October 7, 2013 Virtual Piggy, Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG), an innovator in safe youth payments, today announced that it has partnered with personal finance manager OnTrees to market the Virtual Piggy payment solution.
OnTrees is a free finance tool available on web and iPhone, designed to help people manage their money better. The relationship with Virtual Piggy will enable OnTrees to reach out to parents who value careful spending and the importance of household budgets. The partnership comes at a time when it has become increasingly important for parents to be able to monitor and control their child’s spending, especially as online and in-app sales grow. From September 2014, financial education is to become part of the National Curriculum within UK schools.
Virtual Piggy promotes financial management while empowering youth under 18 to make purchasing, saving and other money management decisions for themselves, within the boundaries setup by parents. The technology serves as a family wallet that is available online or via mobile, and is always 100% free to use. Virtual Piggy will be promoting the OnTrees application via its new mobile app and its website.
Virtual Piggy General Manager EMEA, Joe Peden says, “We’re pleased to align with another company dedicated to teaching financial management. At Virtual Piggy, we believe in encouraging financial literacy at an early age and we’re excited to partner with OnTrees to further facilitate this.”
OnTrees Managing Director, Charlie Mortimer says, “We’re really excited about the partnership as there is significant crossover in our objectives, particularly in terms of increasing financial literacy. It’s vital that future generations learn the importance of looking after their own money and Virtual Piggy will be a great asset in helping us to promote this message.”
For information about Virtual Piggy visit www.VirtualPiggy.com
About Virtual Piggy, Inc.
Virtual Piggy, Inc. is the first e-commerce solution that enables kids to manage and spend money within parental controls. It enables parents to teach financial management through the use of a secure family wallet that is available online or via mobile and is always 100% free to use. The technology company delivers online security platforms designed for the Under 18 age group in the global online market, and also enables online businesses the ability to function in a manner consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and similar international children’s privacy laws. The company is based in Hermosa Beach, CA and on the Web at: www.virtualpiggy.com
OnTrees is a free personal finance tool designed to help people manage their money better. It allows users to see a clear overview of their financial picture with all of their bank accounts and credit cards in one place. Our team are committed to helping users to understand their spending and make informed financial decisions. Since launching in November 2012, OnTrees has helped users to make sense of over £1 billion of spending, and this is just the beginning. To find out more, please visit www.ontrees.com, download our app or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to hear from you.
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