Friday, 29 March 2013

Cootchie-Coo Opening Soon


Cootchie-Coo Opening Soon
Opening on April 8th is exclusive children’s store Cootchie-Coo, a children’s clothing and accessory boutique showcasing fashionable, stylish and affordable brands.

With ranges that offer children comfortable, quality and uniquely designed clothing,
the store will cater for boys and girls from Newborn to 8 years.

Having developed as a successful online business, Cootchie-Coo’s first store will feature a wide selection of children’s clothing and accessories including Bam Bam, Lilly & Sid, Hatley & Toffee Moon.
Founder Charlotte Oldroyd says, “Having two young daughters of my own I decided to launch my own children's clothing and accessory boutique using brands that I (and they!) have tried and tested, for other parents to discover. Alongside a great range of fashionable, high quality products we will also have a bespoke range of special occasion wear by Anita Massarella that is exclusive to Cootchie-Coo.

The store opens at 32, County Arcade on Sunday 8th April. For more details about the ranges available, visit the website

Monday, 25 March 2013

Late Nights at the Espresso Bar

New to Harvey Nichols Leeds is the Late Night Espresso Bar in the VQ.

Join them for late nights at the Espresso Bar where their extended opening hours until 9.30pm, Tuesdays to Saturdays, will ensure that the Champagne is still flowing, wine is still being sipped and the cocktails are still being shaken!

Their after dark drinks list will also include an interesting selection of boutique wines that will be available at Foodmarket prices (plus a £5 corkage fee) as well as a delicious late night sharing plate and tapas menu.

For more information, or to make a reservation, please call 0113 204 8888

Easter at Liz Earle

Easter at Liz Earle

Liz Earle’s Indulgent Easter Bodycare Gift is the perfect Easter treat and is available now at VQ, featuring everything you need for beautifully soft and smooth skin.

Purchase includes: Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash 100ml, Superskin Body Cream 50ml and Superbalm 5gm for £20.00, saving £6.75*. All in a complimentary travel bag.
*Normal retail value £26.75 based on individual item prices.

Orange Flower Botanical Body Wash 100ml bottle
Contains uplifting citrus aromas, this gentle body wash cleanses and refreshes all over, leaving every skin type fresh, soft and smooth. With foaming agents derived from soap bark, corn and coconut plus soothing organic oats, it is suitable for all the family and can be used daily. Contains no sodium lauryl/laureth sulphate. Pour into the hand for a light foam, massage onto the skin and rinse off. Naturally active ingredients include organic oats, natural source vitamin E, plus orange flower water and 10 pure essential oils to lift spirits and delicately scent the skin. Suitable for all skin types.
Superskin Body Cream 50ml tube

This divinely aromatic, rich body cream is formulated with 25% plant oils – making it Liz Earle's most intensive body moisturiser ever. With East African shea butter, organic rosehip oil, antioxidant cranberry seed oil and pomegranate extract, natural source vitamin E, plus the divine scent of neroli, this luxurious cream helps more mature or very dry skin look and feel visibly plump and smooth. Massage all over your body every day for beautifully soft, youthful-looking skin. Naturally active ingredients include shea butter, organic rosehip oil, cranberry seed oil, pomegranate extract and neroli oil. Suitable for mature or very dry skin.

Superbalm 5g pot
Liz Earle’s ‘emergency’ skin salve rescues and soothes skin. Made from pure plant oils and natural waxes plus shea butter, it gently softens and calms dry skin on hands, heels, elbows and lips and also helps condition nails and cuticles. Massage into nails, cuticles and other areas of dry skin as and when needed. Naturally active ingredients include vitamin E, rosehip oil and neroli essential oil. Suitable for all skin types.
Easter’s a time for indulging at…

Liz Earle
Victoria Quarter
38-40 Queen Victoria Street
Tel: 0113 288 5940

Get In The Garden With Crabtree & Evelyn

Get In The Garden With Crabtree & Evelyn

Put the winter days behind you and get in to the garden this Easter.
Crabtree & Evelyn are celebrating 15 years of their Gardeners Collection with 25% off. *

The celebrated intensive formulas of Crabtree & Evelyn’s hand & body range will leave skin beautifully soft, smooth & moisturised after spending the day outside. A blend of natural ingredients & botanical extracts inspired by an English herb garden - rosemary, clover, thyme, sage & lavender - helps restore, soothe & protect work-roughened hands. Created to care for a gardener’s hard-working hands, this botanical range has now become an essential when seeking a little extra nourishment.

Indulge this spring with Crabtree & Evelyn’s:

Gardeners Moisturising Lip Balm with SPF15 13g/ 0.46 FL OZ Price £6.00 - An essential tool to protect your lips from the elements. Its multi-butter formula gives it a luxuriously rich texture, while an SPF15 ingredient protects from the sun.

Gardeners Age Defying Hand Remedy 100mL/ 3.4FL OZ Price: £18.00 - This intensive formula helps reduce the visible signs of aging, leaving hands soft & smooth with a more youthful appearance.

Gardeners Hand Scrub with Pumice 250g/ 6.8 FL OZ Price £13.00 - Blended with soothing herbs & fine pumice to gently lift & remove ingrained soil from the skin.

Gardeners Hand Recovery® 100g/ 3.5 FL OZ Price £16.00 - The 3-in-1 formula is a blend of salt crystals, macadamia oil & shea butter to cleanse, exfoliate and condition the skin. Follow up with Gardeners Hand Therapy to maintain soft, smooth hands.

Gardeners Hand Therapy 100mL/ 3.5 FL OZ £14.00 50 mL/ 1.8 FL OZ £9.00 - Recommended for anyone with dry skin, this hand treatment is a rich blend of conditioning shea butter, moisturising macadamia nut oil & hydrating ceramides for soft & supple hands.

Gardeners Soothing Muscle Soak 42g/ 1.5 OZ FL Price £3.50 - Blended with a unique combination of oatmeal & cucumber, rosemary & sage extracts, it is rich in magnesium, an essential nutrient that helps to relax & soothe the skin.

Gardeners Nail & Cuticle Therapy 15mL/ 0.52 FL OZ £10.00 - Soothe, soften and condition dry or roughened cuticles with Nail & Cuticle Therapy.

Gardeners 60 Second Fix For Hands £24.00 - Reveal nourished & moisturised hands in just a minute. Contains the innovative 3-in-1 formula Hand Recovery 100g & richly moisturising Hand Therapy 100g to calm, soothe and protect hands.

Gardeners ‘Mini’ 60 Second Fix For Hands £8.00 - Enjoy all the benefits of the 60 Second Fix kit in a miniature version that's perfect for your handbag, office or travel essentials kit. Contains Hand Recovery 25g and Hand Therapy 25g

Enjoy the outdoors & take some gardening leave this season at……….

Crabtree & Evelyn UK,
4 Queen Victoria Street,
The Victoria Quarter,
T: 0113 246 9460
*For a limited period. Terms and conditions apply.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Take the Personal Approach to shopping at Reiss

Take the Personal Approach to shopping at Reiss

Book a Personal Approach appointment for an exclusive and unique Reiss shopping experience.

The Personal Approach treats you to the very best quality service, offering one-to-one appointments with your very own personal stylist. This complimentary service is the ultimate personal shopping experience, with bespoke style advice and outfit-building, complimentary refreshments, an exclusive 10% discount on purchases, and a Space NK goody bag on purchases over £350*. Plus, all customers who book an appointment between Thursday 28th March until Sunday 7th April will have the opportunity to win a £1000 Reiss shopping spree and a Space NK hamper.

To book your appointment simply visit Reiss in VQ or visit

*Discount available on full price merchandise only. Space NK goody bags subject to availability.

Friday, 22 March 2013

David Bowie T-Shirt at Paul Smith

David Bowie T-Shirt at Paul Smith

Oh! You Pretty Things , we’re Dancing In The Streets here at The VQ, because when it comes to our Heroes, it’s all Hunky Dory. Why? The great Paul Smith has been approached directly by the Starman David Bowie to create a T-Shirt using The Next Day album cover art work, to co-inside with the launch of Bowie’s new album The Next Day, and they’re at the Paul Smith VQ store now.

Throughout their illustrious careers at the forefront of Fame, Fashion and music, Paul and David have been long-time friends and the projects marks the first of many planned for 2013, combining their exceptional style and passions.

“David Bowie has worn a lot of Paul Smith throughout his career and I was excited and delighted when asked if I could do the official T-shirt for his album, The Next Day,” Smith enthuses. “There will also be some other great things coming up later in the year.”

Bowie has seen many Changes in his image and style over the years, from being an Absolute Beginner, to a Rebel, Rebel, to a chic suited and booted Star. The international artist is still as popular today as he’s ever been, with a new album and the V&A’s current Bowie exhibition being the fastest selling event in the museum’s history.

The artwork for The Next Day T-Shirt is printed on organic cotton, complemented by simple Paul Smith for David Bowie insignia, and retails at £70.00

To avoid any Sorrow, get your piece of Paul Smith/David Bowie Fashion essential now.

You’d be ‘A Lad Insane’ not to, at………..

Paul Smith
17/19 King Edward Street, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds
T: 0113 245 0728

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

BCBGMAXAZRIA Event at Harvey Nichols 20th to 23rd March

BCBGMAXAZRIA Event at Harvey Nichols

20th to 23rd March

Join BCBGMAXAZRIA in celebrating the launch of the Spring 2013 Collection at Harvey Nichols Leeds and enjoy 15% off regularly priced merchandise, for a limited time*.

Discover the season’s must-have trends with the assistance of in-house stylists, who’ll help you put together a look that’s all your own.

Whether you choose a show-stopping dress, chic graphic separates or pieces from the latest east-meets-west runway collection, visit the BCBGMAXAZRIA space at Harvey Nichols Leeds between 20 – 23 March to enjoy this exclusive discount.

Spring into Spring at BCBGMAXAZRIA ………..

Harvey Nichols
The Victoria Quarter, 
107 Briggate, 

T: 0113 204 8888

*Terms and Conditions apply. Please print out this page and bring it with you in store to redeem,or show this article on your mobile. Offer valid Wednesday 20 March – Saturday 23 March inclusively, on selected regularly priced merchandise only. Discount may not be combined with any other offer. Offer not redeemable for cash.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Acne Menswear at Harvey Nichols

Acne Menswear at Harvey Nichols

Effortlessly cool, Swedish brand Acne is the latest addition to the Menswear selection at Harvey Nichols Leeds.

The simple, raw designs are perfect for the fashion-forward gent. Consisting of jackets, sweatshirts, shirts, T-shirts and trousers, Acne is renowned for its unique collections of laid-back luxury and creative yet functional clothing.
Coming from a denim heritage, Acne is known for its urban modernity, with garments made from soft cotton and casual fabrics, reflecting on the laid-back ethos of the brand.

Acne Meanswear is now available at……………

Harvey Nichols
The Victoria Quarter, Leeds, LS1 6AZ
T: 0113 204 8000 W:

Easter Treats at Charbonnel et Walker

Easter Treats at Charbonnel et Walker
Charbonnel et Walker, purveyors of fine English chocolates, have a delectable range of hand-made Easter eggs for 2013, filled with signature chocolates and truffles. All eggs are beautifully presented in gold-embossed decorative presentation boxes.
Get on the Easter hunt:
Dark Chocolate Assortment Egg - A dark chocolate egg filled with Charbonnel et Walker’s signature dark chocolates.225g £22 / 450g £40
Milk Chocolate Assortment Egg - A milk chocolate egg filled with milk chocolates. 225g £22 / 450g £40
Dark Marc de Champagne Truffle Dark Chocolate Egg - A milk chocolate egg filled with decadent Marc de Champagne truffles. 115g £12 / 225g £22 / 450g £40
Pink Marc de Champagne Truffle Milk Chocolate Egg - Best-selling Pink Marc de Champagne truffles inside a milk chocolate egg. 115g £12 / 225g £22 / 450g £40
English Rose & Violet Creams Egg – Charbonnel et Walker’s world-renowned English Rose & Violet Creams inside a dark chocolate egg. 225g £22
Milk Chocolate Egg with Mini Eggs - A milk chocolate egg filled with speckled mini eggs. 115g £12
Mini Eggs Chick & Bunny Boxes - A handmade box in the shape of a bunny and a chick filled with milk chocolate speckled mini eggs. 150g £8.95
Chocolate Novelties - A hollow chocolate figurine chicken or bunny is a perfect treat for children - Available in white, milk or dark chocolate. 70g £6.50
Daffodil Fine Chocolate Selection - A beautiful handmade box filled with a selection of Charbonnel et Walker’s finest milk and dark chocolates. 310g £23
Milk Chocolate Novelties - Choose from a stunning array of chocolate novelties including giant chocolate bunnies. 200g £18 / 750g £75
Big Bertha - Celebrate Easter with ‘Big Bertha’, a chocolate egg weighing 27 pounds. This gigantic egg is hand made with finest English chocolate and hand decorated in a traditional Victorian design of spring blossoms and chocolate piping. Bertha’s vital statistics are: 31 inches in height and 67 inches circumference. Made to order 7.7kg £350 / 12.25kg £650.
Indulge this Easter at…….. Charbonnel et Walker,
19 County Arcade,
The Victoria Quarter,
T: 0113 245 2627 

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Sophia Webster: One to Watch

Sophia Webster: One to Watch
The latest collection of devastatingly desirable shoes, courtesy of Nicholas Kirkwood protégée Sophia Webster, have landed at Harvey Nichols Leeds. Just one pair is never enough…

These covetable heels have an entirely unique aesthetic. Markedly feminine, they are testament to Webster’s expert eye for colour, where vibrant neons are skilfully combined with sherbet shades of baby blue, lemon and pink. Webster’s inspiration was diverse – traditional Chinese dress, artist Yayoi Kusama, deconstructed Aztec prints and tropical patterns from the 1960s. Feminine, chic and real talking point, each design showcases Webster’s attention to detail and design talent.

We love these bold and bright sandals, £595 – perfect whether you’re working tribal trends or no limit prints this season. Plus keep your eyes peeled for Webster’s must-have arm candy.

Personal Style Consultations at Harvey Nichols

Personal Style Consultations at Harvey Nichols
Their dedicated Personal Style Consultants offer a one-to-one service to help you find the perfect solutions for your new season wardrobe.

Whatever your needs, your Personal Style Consultant will assist you in choosing the perfect outfit while offering style advice, as well as gift ideas, to both men and women in the private and relaxing surroundings of the Personal Shopping Suite.

All Personal Styling consultations are complimentary, but they do advise that you book an appointment. They will tailor the session completely to you and if you’d like to bring along some friends they can also take group bookings.

For more information and appointments please call their direct line 0113 204 8803 or email

Citrus Inspiration at Crabtree & Evelyn

Citrus Inspiration at Crabtree & Evelyn

NEW at The VQ - Crabtree & Evelyn’s Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage fragrance is a fresh and lively modern interpretation of a classic style of scent inspired by the European tradition of citrus colognes.

*Spend £15 or more on the Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus and Sage collection, or on products from Crabtree & Evelyn’s other Botanical ranges at VQ’s Crabtree & Evelyn store, and receive a 50g Tarocco Orange bath and shower gel absolutely free.

Take your pick from:

Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Perfect Pair 2x 250ml £25
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Souffle 250g £22
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Scrub 175ml £17
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Lotion 250ml £16
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Great Escapes Travel Pack £15
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Mist 100ml £15
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Bath & Shower Gel £15
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Hand Therapy 100g £14
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Little Luxuries £10
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Mini Duo £8
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Bath & Shower Gel 50ml £4
Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus & Sage Body Lotion 50ml £4
So why not revitalise your senses with a clean, invigorating and energising citrus scent with an uplifting blend of orange, bergamot, and neroli. The Tarocco Orange, Eucalyptus and Sage range is now available at……….

Crabtree & Evelyn, 4 Queen Victoria Street, The Victoria Quarter, Leeds T: 0113 246 9460
*Offer runs until 28th March 2013. Terms and conditions apply.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

New Fourth Floor Café and Bar, Harvey Nichols to open in April

New Fourth Floor Café and Bar, Harvey Nichols to open in April

Following a complete refurbishment, the Harvey Nichols Fourth Floor Café and Bar, Leeds will open in April 2013. The much-loved Café and Bar, recent winner of the Oliver Award for the best city centre restaurant in Leeds, is celebrating its 17th year as a leading drinking and dining destination. With its spectacular views over the city’s rooftops, The Café and Bar will be given a stylish transformation to reflect the fashions in the floors below.

World-famous interior designer Shaun Clarkson, who has previously worked on the Perrier Jouët Champagne Bar at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge and the OXO Bar, has brought his sophisticated vision to the space.

The design is opulent and dramatic, fusing contemporary with classic, taking customers from day to night in a sweep of luxury. Stunning brass finishes, metallic shades and columns clad in bronze mirror all add to the room’s allure.

On entry, the reception desk with its faceted polished brass finish delivers a statement of bold modernity. The walls display hexagonal mirrors with fabric centres in luxurious shimmering cream and gold throughout, complementing the gold grand chandelier lighting, whilst a central fretwork screen artistically divides the space.

Modern black and white seating, pops of brilliant colour from the deep teal leather chair seats and tiles on the open kitchen and a wall of windows providing a striking city vista all contribute to the Café’s sophisticated setting. The Bar, with its comfortable circular banquettes, gold dome lights and high gloss tables is a glamorous spot for an aperitif or to settle down for the evening.

Alongside the new design come new menus from Head Chef Paul Cunliffe. Paul’s menus are a clear balance between the local and seasonal. He is a keen advocate of local suppliers, ensuring his dishes exhibit the bounty and quality of produce available in Yorkshire, such as Slow cooked fillet of Yorkshire Dales beef, spring peas, girolles and smoked marrow bone sauce and Pan roasted red mullet with burnt leeks, brassicas, orange and tarragon beurre noisette. Seasonality is key and Paul uses produce when it’s at its peak with starters such as Seared hand dived Isle of Mull king scallop with a potato crust, white asparagus, truffle emulsion and coastal herbs. Desserts include Valrhona Pallet d'Or with blood orange sorbet, caramel popcorn and sesame brittle.

The Bar menu will feature lighter dishes including Warm spring salad with crispy spinach arancini, fresh truffle and glazed Monks Folly cheese alongside hearty classics such as Steak, Guinness and oyster suet pudding and Leeds brewery ale battered line caught haddock, duck fat chips and pea purée.

Alongside the a la carte menu (available all days except Sunday), a Prix Fixe menu will be available for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday (lunch only on Sunday and Monday) at two courses £17.50/three courses £20, and a traditional roast will be on offer on Sundays.

Breakfast will also be on offer with dishes including Inverawe smoked salmon, chive scrambled egg and Avruga caviar and Roast field mushroom poached eggs on a toasted English muffin served throughout the Café and Bar.  Finally, afternoon tea will be available Monday to Saturdays from 3-5pm, with beautifully made miniature desserts and sandwiches; guests can also choose a tasting plate with four miniature savoury dishes to share.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

VQ Beauty Week

VQ Beauty Week

Whether you're muddled with mascara, flumoxed by foundation or are simply looking for advice on the best beauty treatments for you and the latest on-trend make-up tips, VQ Beauty Week is for you.

Taking place in the centre from 15th - 21st April, VQ Beauty Week involves the centre's beauty retailers, including Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare, Harvey Nichols, Illamasqua, L'OCCITANE en Provence - UK & Kiehl's UK in live demonstrations and advice drop-ins, make-up masterclasses and beauty advice hosted in the Beauty Booth on Queen Victoria Street.

Add to that a schedule of in-store activity across the week, there's something here for every beauty question.
Entry is free to all demonstrations and activities, when there'll also be an opportunity to enter our fabulous Beauty Competition to win the ultimate pampering prize!
Be sure to visit the VQ website and social media pages for updates and a full schedule of events.

Be Glamorous, Feel Great, Be Beautiful

Here is the schedule for the main events taking place at VQ's Beauty Booth, with an additional programme of in-store activity happening throughout the week.

Monday 15th April

Tuesday 16th April
Neal's Yard Remedies feat Judy Hall, Holistic Therapist.
Wednesday 17th April
Morning - L'OCCITANE en Provence - UK
Afternoon - Molton Brown

Thursday 20th April
Harvey Nichols
Friday 19th April
Saturday 20th April
Liz Earle Naturally Active Skincare
Sunday 21st April
Crabtree & Evelyn UK

Discover your Colours at Radley's

Discover your Colours at Radley's
The consultants from Colour Me Beautiful will be on hand this Saturday 16th March from 11am to 4pm to advise what colours work specifically for each customer with a mini consultation looking at the way skin tones, eye and hair colour work together. Each customer will be shown a range of colours to complement their unique colouring and discover what colours suit them best. Customers can also enjoy a colourful macaroon and a glass of pink bubbly whilst they shop. Plus customers spending £100 or more will receive a beautiful leather travelcard holder available in a range of 7 bold shades.
15-17 County Arcade
Tel: 0113-2341916

Family Business marks 20th Year in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter

Family Business marks 20th Year in Leeds’ Victoria Quarter
An independent family-run jewellery business celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Leeds’ premier shopping development, Victoria Quarter, this year.
Yorkshire Jewellery was opened in VQ’s County Arcade by John McPherson in 1993, not long after the centre’s wholesale refurbishment by The Prudential. Initially specialising in high quality pre-owned diamond jewellery, over the intervening years the store has taken on a select number of additional brands and extended their stock to include new quality diamond, coloured stone and pearl jewellery.
“This was my first store in Leeds, having previously had shops in Huddersfield, Cleckheaton and Dewsbury,” commented Mr McPherson. “The tenant mix was very different when I first opened but as the centre developed we adapted our ranges to suit.”
“I’m thrilled to be celebrating 20 years in business, especially with so much turmoil in retail at the moment. I feel that the family-run structure of the business has been a significant ingredient in its longevity, with customers able to see the same people in the store every time they visit. Good customer service and reliability are key to any successful business, things we’ve always put a lot of store by.”
Mr McPherson runs the shop with his sisters, Kay and Julia, along with his youngest daughter Laura. He is now in the process of handing over the business to Laura as he approaches retirement.
Laura began working alongside her father as a teenager and subsequently went on to attain a degree in Jewellery from the University of Central Lancashire, where she studied for three years.
“I’ve always had a keen interest in jewellery,” says Laura, “which developed even more when I started working in the shop as a Saturday girl when I was 15. I really enjoy taking a prominent role in the business now that my father is approaching retirement, and look forward to developing my own ideas for the store in future.”
She added, “It’s been a central aim of Yorkshire Jewellery to provide an alternative to the High Street chains by offering unique, unusual and interesting jewellery, both old and new, and that’s something we hope to continue with over the next 20 years.”
Victoria Quarter Centre Director, John Bade, added, “Yorkshire Jewellery are one of our oldest tenants, having opened in the early years of the scheme. It’s unquestionably a milestone for them to be celebrating their 20th anniversary here this year, particularly when many more prominent companies have not fared so well. While VQ is widely known for its big-name brands, the independent stores are just as important to the long term success of the centre. They add a unique point of difference and contribute significantly to the overall appeal of VQ to shoppers.
I congratulate Yorkshire Jewellery on reaching this noteworthy anniversary and look forward to them being part of VQ for the next 20 years.”
To commemorate the occasion, Yorkshire Jewellery are offering 20% discount on all sales over £200 throughout April in their County Arcade store.
Yorkshire Jewellery
7 County Arcade
Tel: 0113-2428700