Fabrics and Operating System achieve Cradle-to-Cradle Certification

 

Luxaflex has long been known for its innovative approach to window dressing and this is not just a matter of design, the company cares greatly for the environment and people and is delighted to receive Cradle to Cradle certificates for the following products:

  1. EOS® 500 2.0 Roller Blind Hardware
  2. Polyester FR Shading Fabrics: Sphere FR, Globe FR, Classic FR, Noblige TCS DustBlock® FR and Optic TCS FR in various openness factors and colours.
  3. GreenScreen® Eco

The Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program is becoming a globally recognized “gold standard” science-based quality certification. It acknowledges continuous improvement and innovation of products and processes towards the goal of being not just “less bad” but also “more good” for people and the planet. Luxaflex has committed itself to participate in this certification program.

www.luxaflex.co.uk

Rococo Chocolate and Jigsaw Dressing Up Christmas Bars

 

In a collaboration with Jigsaw, the contemporary British fashion brand started in 1972, Rococo Chocolates, founded by Chantal Coady OBE in 1983, has developed three special, festive flavours for Christmas 2017. They are absolutely perfect for giving as a gift or enjoying with family and friends during the festive season. This is a limited edition.  Don’t miss-out – when they are gone… they are gone!

Jigsaw approached Rococo because they loved Chantal’s designs and a number of her designs have been used on accessories for their Christmas 2017 collection. Do look out for them. Some will also be available on the Rococo website.

 

Zest, Spice and Cinnamon Eve:

Tones of Cinnamon and nutmeg punctuated by pops of orange. This is what Christmas tastes like. A milk chocolate bar with a minimum 40% cocoa solids.

Cardamom & Crackle:

A crisp combination of crackling rice and cardamom in a smooth white chocolate. Like freshly fallen snow in a bar. White chocolate contains minimum 30% cocoa solids.

Boxing Day Beets:

Sweet beetroot enveloped in a coat of dark chocolate. An antioxidant – there is no guilt in this pleasure.  Dark chocolate contains a minimum of 65% cocoa solids.

 

The bars are available in 70g bars retailing at £5.00 or in mini bee bars retailing at £1.60.  Available at all Rococo shops and online from 16 October as well as in selected Jigsaw shops.

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ROCOCO CHOCOLATES PICKS UP SPECIAL AWARD

The Academy of Chocolate Awards was held at Claridge’s Hotel for the 2017 event. This prestigious, and increasingly internationally recognised event, saw 900 entries this year, showing that the UK chocolate scene is growing in reputation and creativity.

Chantal Coady OBE. Founder of Rococo Chocolates was joined by Head Chocolatier Karen and the entire Rococo Kitchen team of Jordan, Mireille, Paul, Nick and Veronica, to collect all of the Awards, including two of the very few Golds awarded this year: for Citrus Rooibos and Yuzu & Sake, both ganaches from Rococo’s Couture range of Fresh chocolates, as well as a gold for Orange Blossom Neroli Bee Bar.

The surprise of the evening, came when Rococo were also awarded the inaugural Golden Bonbon Award, for the highest scoring chocolate of the year!

That was awarded for Citrus Rooibos – a dark chocolate dome, filled with a layer of sharp, blood orange jelly and a Valrhona ganache infused with rooibos tea. Both of the Gold winning ganaches were created for Rococo’s ‘Round the World’ seasonal range last year, when the chocolatiers worked to discover and share new flavours and ingredients from around the globe. Citrus Rooibos represented South Africa, and the mouth-tingling acidity of the Yuzu & Sake was for Japan.

The Orange Blossom Neroli bee bar, which won Gold in its category of flavoured milk bars, is a 50% dark milk, infused with organic Neroli essential oil for the evocative and delicate flavour of orange blossoms.

As well as the gold, Rococo also won four Silvers for Lychee & Thai Lime, Liquorice & Rhubarb, Sticky Toffee Pudding and our Macadamia Gianduja. Plus three Bronzes for the Cashew & Cocoa Nib Cluster, Popcorn Ganache, and panned Caramelised Macadamias & Hazelnuts.

All three Gold Award winning chocolates are available in all Rococo shops from Saturday.

www.rococochocolates.com

Rococo Chocolates moving to new stand-alone retail store in Chester

After 5 years nestled at the front of the Grosvenor Hotel on Chester’s Eastgate, Rococo Chocolates is moving to bigger and brighter things at its own independent store at 118 Northgate Street.

The new store will have an even wider selection of delectable handmade chocolates, artisan bars, chocolate figurines and classic gift boxes.

This larger store will also feature a cosy cafe and garden terrace where customers can meet friends and enjoy award winning hot chocolate, and freshly made barista coffee from local roasters Adams + Russell Coffee Roasters

The new shop will also feature a unique Chocolate Classroom which will host workshops, tastings and for all kinds of groups events and occasions from children’s birthdays, to corporate team building to sophisticated hen parties!

VIP guests will be invited to attend an evening party at the new store hosted by Rococo Chocolates Founder, Chantal Coady and her husband James Booth on Thursday 8 June and Rococo Chocolates will open its door for the soft launch on 31 May.

Manager, Peter Kubica: “I’m really excited about the possibilities that this new location will bring. Not only will we continue to be the only chocolate shop in Chester selling award winning handmade chocolates, but now we have social and learning spaces where our customers can really indulge in their passion for all things chocolate!”

Rococo Chocolates Founder, Chantal Coady, OBE: “I’m thrilled to see Rococo Chester, which is our only store outside of London, really blossom and offer so much to chocolate fans from Chester and beyond. Peter Kubica, our effervescent and irrepressible manager, has put together a great team who have huge enthusiasm and chocolate knowledge and understand that superb customer service is as important as providing a wonderful product; they are amazing ambassadors and I am so proud of them all!”

Assistant Manager, Dan Mitchell: “There are some amazing changes going on in Chester at the moment, with all sorts of investments and improvements being made to our city. Our move to this great new location puts us at the very heart of the newly revived Northgate Quarter, opposite Chester’s wonderful new arts centre: Storyhouse.

Notes to editors

Chantal Coady, OBE:

In 1983, a young woman dared to follow her dreams, to share with others her love for real chocolate.  Following on from a Saturday job in Harrods selling chocolate, Chantal knew she wanted to create her own magical emporium of luxury chocolate. She envisaged Rococo to be a chocolate paradise, so armed with a little knowledge, a dangerous passion and the belief that there was room for a radically different approach to chocolate, Chantal opened the doors of the first Rococo Chocolates shop on the Kings Road in Chelsea. Rococo is known for Ethical Luxury, Chantal has invested in a cocoa farm in Grenada where they work with the local farmers and the Grenada Chocolate Company to add value to this most important crop.

More than three decades and five shops later Chantal is still pioneering the movement for real chocolate.  In 2014 Chantal Coady was awarded an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours ‘For Services to Chocolate’ recognising her long and ground-breaking career.

Awards:

Rococo is proud to have been recognised by the Academy of Chocolate, International Chocolate Awards and Great Taste for our chocolates.  Rococo won 9 medals at the Academy of Chocolate www.acadofchoc.com awards in April 2017

Gold: Yuzu and Sake, Rooibos
Silver:  Lychee & Thai Lime, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Macadamia Gianduja, Liquorice & Rhubarb
Bronze: Popcorn Ganache, Cashew & Caramelised Cocoa Nib Cluster, Caramelised Macadamias & Hazelnuts

Sweet Dreams

 

Duette from £103
Roller Skylight from £132

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are getting into the long period of daylight which last late into the evening and starts very early in the morning. A wonderful time of the year, but it can be difficult to sleep in a room filled with light. Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.

Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.

Now might be a good time to invest in darkening blinds -some call them black out blinds. To help you get a good night’s sleep Luxaflex® has a developed a beautiful range of room darkening fabrics for your home. And they are very stylish to fit in with your décor be it traditional or contemporary.

Roller blinds from £83

Children especially tend to wake up as soon as it is light so if you want to give yourself a little extra time in bed, Luxaflex have some pretty designs for children’s rooms.

Plisse from £80

Sleep tight!

www.luxaflex.co.uk

Note to editors

Luxaflex®, the premium brand of Hunter Douglas, worldwide market leader in window covering products, was created more than 60 years ago, with the invention of the first Metal Venetian blind. Each year Luxaflex® introduces innovative, original products, colours and design options and creates inspiring collections that are market orientated, timeless and superbly fashion forward.

Be seduced by Rococo’s new arrival, a deep dark milk chocolate addition to the Bee Bar collection

Made with Rococo’s new 50% cocoa organic milk chocolate, Orange Blossom Neroli, will have you swooning. The beautiful wrapper has been painted by Chantal Coady OBE and depicts the delicate Moroccan orange blossom and the fruit itself. Made using one of the most prized organic essential perfume oils, carefully balanced with the rich chocolate, Neroli is renowned for its calming and soothing qualities, helping anxiety and nerves and inducing a good nights sleep.

The Bee Bar is just the right size for a small treat at any time of the day. So be kind to yourself, put your feet up, relax, unwind and enjoy the delicate flavours.

Bee Bars retail at £1.60 and weights in at 20g.  Available in shops and on-line.

There are 15 different flavoured Bee Bars

www.rococochocolates.com

The Journey Round the World ends with Rococo’s Winter Collection

Rococo ends its round the world voyage as it began, with ingredients from some far-away places: bringing inspiring flavours to put a bit of zest into the cold, dark days and nights of Winter. It is the season of citrus so the Chocolatiers have brought together zesty flavours, unusual fruits and spices and even the distinctively delicious taste of Rooibos Red Bush tea for you to enjoy.

Japan: Yuzu & Sake

A Ganache of 64% chocolate and fruit puree. Japan’s citrus fruit isn’t for the faint-hearted. Pucker up!

Grenada:  Banana and Nutmeg

Soft notes of banana blended to a firm ganache, with fruity Grenadian chocolate and warming nutmeg.

New Zealand: Feijoa (Pineapple Guava)

Mouth-watering, fruity jelly and chewy toffee, both made from the uniquely flavoured fruit that has the texture of quince and opens with the Winter chills.

South Africa: Citrus Rooibos

Winter brings a wonderful harvest of citrus. Rococo blended the sharpness of Blood Orange with a dark ganache infused with Waterloo Tea’s fantastic Citrus Rooibos.

The Winter Collection is available in boxes  of  4 chocolates £6.50 or 12 chocolates £17.95 or you can buy them  loose £13.50 for 100g.  In Rococo shops now.

www.rococochocolates.com

SALT

As part of the Spring Summer collection 2017 Broste Copenhagen has introduced a new service called Salt.

Its elegant shape and soft tones inspired by the natural mineral salt, have a classic expression which makes it a perfect for every occasion. The black hand-painted brim, make every piece unique. The glaze is very sensitive to conditions during firing which results in varying textures and colours.

            

Cup and saucer £18.75                                            Mug £10.50

Bowls from £5.35                                                   Plates from £9.00

www.brostecopenhagen.com

BROSTE COPENHAGEN AT TOP DRAWER

I hope to see you at Top Drawer at the Broste Copenhagen stand G 61.

Their stunning SS 2017 collection on show for you all to see, I will be there on Monday 16th from about 11 AM and would love to take you through the range.

If you want to make a specific time, do email me and we can sort that out. If you just want to pop in but would like to see me you can always text me on 07710 543 876, so we are sure to link up.

All the best and hopefully see you Monday.

Britta

Greenery – Pantone Colour of 2017

Verticle Blinds

The Pantone Colour of 2017 has not been to every one’s taste if social media is anything to go by, but it does work well with window dressing. It enhances the light effect and makes the room look brighter and sunnier as these Luxaflex® blinds clearly illustrate.

Plisse Shade
Roller Blind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Venetian Blinds

 

Honeycomb Hearts for your Queen Bee and Rose Heart for your Petal

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For Valentine’s this year Rococo is extending their fabulous and extremely popular hand-painted hearts range with two news hearts: a beautiful Honeycomb design complete with bee and a delightful Rose design.

These hand-painted hearts are made from Honeycomb milk chocolate and Rose milk chocolate respectively and are filled with 9 of Rococo’s Couture ganaches. They come in a lovely gift box so all you have to do is choose to your favourite Valentine to receive it!

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Both hearts weigh in at 300g and retail at £51.95

They will be available from Rococo Shops and on-line in the New Year.

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www.rococochoclates.com

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