Honey Birdette, the lingerie brand based in Australia, recently launched an e-commerce site dedicated exclusively to consumers in the U.S. The retailer has also revealed plans to increase its number of stores in the U.K. from three to 40 by 2018.
Entrepreneur Eloise Monaghan founded Honey Birdette in Brisbane in 2006. Over the past 12 months, Monaghan has seen U.S. orders increase by 374%, leading to the company’s decision to base a website around its U.S. customers. The U.S. website offers free shipping for orders over $50, faster delivery, and an expanded product range. Monaghan says the new U.S. platform “aims to enhance the customer experience.”
In the future, Honey Birdette plans to expand its retail outlets into the U.S. as well as growing its U.K. consumer base. The lingerie and intimate products company has 55 stores in its native Australia. Honey Birdette’s first store outside of Australia opened in 2016 in Covent Garden, London. Two more shoppes in Victoria Gate in Leeds and Westfield White City followed.
Investment company BBRC is a primary backer of the Australian chain. Brett Blundy founded the private investment group, starting with the purchase of a single music store in rural Australia, in 1980. Today it has offices in Melbourne, Sydney, and Singapore.
Yanni Hufnagel is a college basketball coach and recruiter. Hufnagel is from Scarsdale, New York. He initially attended Penn State University, where he played lacrosse, before transferring to Cornell University.
Hufnagel earned his bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell. Hufnagel was a graduate assistant for the University of Oklahoma men’s basketball team. He earned his masters degree in Adult Education, while planning to focus on Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.
Recently, Hufnagel was featured in Tablet Magazine. Hufnagel is considered one of the top recruiters in college basketball. Yanni Hufnagel rose to prominence as the men’s assistant basketball coach at Harvard University. The success that Harvard achieved has turned Hufnagel into one of the top young coaches in the country. Hufnagel is also seen as a role model for the Jewish American basketball community.
As a child, Hufnagel had figures of basketball players and read coaching books. After being cut form his basketball team, Hufnagel started calling high school games for the local television station. While a graduate assistant at Oklahoma, Hufnagel helped develop future NBA star Blake Griffin.
Hufnagel says that being an assistant coach in college basketball involves being a recruiter, which involves networking with coaches and text messaging high school players. Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Jeff Capel considered Hufnagel a great recruiter.
At Harvard, recruiting can be a difficult process due to its tough admissions requirements and the fact that the school does not give out athletic scholarships. Because of his reputation, Hufnagel is now seen by many as a future head coach. Hufnagel will coach Maccabi USA’s youth team during the Maccabiah Games in Israel. Hufnagel is excited to be a head coach for the very first time.
Norka Luque is a young energetic Venezuelan musician who is rising to popularity at a very impressing and fast rate. The international fame draws back to her bigger dreams and tireless efforts of making the impossible possible and bringing hope. Norka’s songs are full of inspiration, motivation and hope. She uses her God-given talent to pass and deliver hope and love messages to listeners and fans who are experiencing overwhelming situations. According to Norka, no overwhelming situation is permanent and so overcoming adversity is possible at all times. Unlike most artists, Norka Luque’s success and rise is an uphill battle aimed at gaining fortune.
Her Passion for Music.
Norka Luque discovered her singing ability at a very tender age. Her guardians played an important role in supporting her by providing all the necessary requirements she needed in the vocal and musical training. At the same time, her parents also made sure she pursued her education. Norka is a well-educated musician who graduated from a France based university with a Bachelor’s Degree in fashion, culinary arts and marketing. Luque’s fortune in becoming a popular and recognized singer happened on meeting Emilio Estefan Jr. while studying in France.
Emilio is one of the renowned music producers that many musicians dream of working with. The great producer invited Norka to his studio and on listening to her songs, he got interested in them. Emilio assisted her start recording and this marked the beginning of Norka’s success. Every day, Luque lives her lifelong dream through recording inspirational music and learns new tactics from the talented producer. Her belief and dream of transforming the world to a better place are now possible through her songs.
Her Progress in the Music Industry
Currently, Norka is promoting MILAGRO, her new single song. The song was produced by the talented producer Emilio Estefan. MILAGRO has been a big hit since it has tapped several music charts in Venezuela, US and Puerto Rica. This song is also one of the nominated songs on the Latin Music Billboard. The hit is made up of different sounds such as Caribbean sounds, Mediterranean traces and reggae. This has therefore attracted millions of listeners across the globe.
As a musician, Norka strongly believes that she holds the responsibility of bringing a positive and hopeful message to her esteemed fans through her songs. Despite the changes that come with producing different genres of music, Norka still retains positive message in all her songs.