DODGEVILLE, Wis., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the most wonderful time of the year. Lands' End today announced its plans to help shoppers "Love Giving" with a flurry of holiday activities. The company will engage customers with its largest-ever collection of handmade and heirloom-quality gifts, a partnership with HGTV Design Star winner Emily Henderson and opportunities to give back to schools through DonorsChoose.org. Throughout the season, Lands' End will also invite customers to connect on key shopping days, create fun social shopping experiences via Facebook, Twitter and text, and welcome thousands of seasonal employees.
"For almost half a century now, people have picked up the phone, stopped by the store or clicked over to landsend.com for our holiday gifts. And for the friendliest customer service south of the North Pole," said Chris Kolbe, Brand President, Lands' End. "This season we've created beautiful, timeless new gifts for the family – down-filled robes, personalized iPad covers, fresh greenery, hand-knit sweaters. All with that famous Lands' End quality, at values we think can't be beat."
Santa's elves have been hard at work. The Lands' End 2011 Holiday Collection features the company's largest selection of handcrafted and heirloom-quality gifts made by master artisans around the world and right here in the United States. With exclusive designs, unique specialties, limited editions and an extended array of gifts for the family pet, shoppers will find plenty of options to love giving and love receiving.
Holiday Theme: Love Giving
This holiday season, Lands' End has embraced the theme of "Love Giving." The company's "Love Giving" campaign will inspire joy in gift giving and giving to those in need.
"The 'Love Giving' theme captures our commitment to help customers show they care – with thoughtful gifts that brighten the holidays for others," said Kolbe. "We're giving back to the community as well this season, and helping customers do so where they live, too. What feels more like Christmas than that?"
HGTV Design Star Winner Shares Tips to Love Giving
Emily Henderson, HGTV Design Star winner and host of Secrets from a Stylist, has partnered with Lands' End this holiday season to share her insights on gift giving and holiday style trends.
"Emily's aesthetic could be called 'modern nostalgia'; it's a fusion of vintage and contemporary in spaces that are warm and inviting. For giving, for decorating, for dressing, this approach really defines our holiday collection," said Kolbe. "We think people will appreciate just as we do her vision of how to create a beautiful and unforgettable holiday experience."
Love Giving Back to Schools with DonorsChoose.org
Lands' End will give thousands of shoppers the chance to give back to schools this holiday season with its Love Giving school initiative. Beginning Nov. 14, select customers will receive a personalized donation code to share a $25 gift with schools nationwide via DonorsChoose.org – more than $100,000 in total. The customers will have until Dec. 18 to select their school project for the donation.
To kick off the initiative, Lands' End funded all DonorsChoose.org school wish lists in their Wisconsin based locations – Dodgeville, Madison, Reedsburg and Stevens Point – totaling more than $10,000 in donations. DonorsChoose.org donations fund a variety of classroom project requests from public school teachers across the country ranging from textbooks and field trips to planting gardens and music programs.
Key Holiday Shopping Moments
Some of the holidays' most stressful moments can come on key shopping days and Lands' End will be there to support its customers. From Cyber Monday (Nov. 28) to National Free Shipping Day (Dec. 16), and every day in between, Lands' End will engage customers with exclusive offers, superior customer service and the company's heralded return policy – Guaranteed. Period.®
Back by popular demand are daily St. Nick's Picks. Each day from Nov. 25 to Dec. 20, Lands' End will reveal a daily deal on a featured product. Shoppers can discover St. Nick's Picks online at www.landsend.com or by calling 1-800-800-5800.
Digital Initiatives: Social Shopping
During the holidays, Lands' End makes shopping both easy and social with a variety of digital solutions. Facebook fans will love giving with exclusive shopping opportunities via the Lands' End Shop on Facebook. Customers can also use the Facebook Shop's "Wish List" feature to create a collection of their favorite Lands' End items to share with friends and family by posting it to their news feed. On Twitter, connect with @Landsend for holiday tips, fun events and giveaways.
Digital editions of Lands' End catalogs will be available for iPad® from the iTunes® App Store and via the Google Catalogs app. The digital edition will contain exclusive content, including festive stories and heart-warming stories penned by the Lands' End family. Shoppers on the go will stay in the know with text alerts from the Lands' End mobile club. To join, simply text LANDSEND to 41963.
To provide the world-class customer service shoppers have come to expect, Lands' End has hired approximately 2,700 seasonal and part-time employees to answer customer calls, take orders, pack and stock products in the distribution center, as well as for hemming, monogramming, gift boxing and returns.
The company began recruiting seasonal employees in July for work through early January. The majority are hired to work in Dodgeville, Wis., with approximately 30 percent hired to work in Reedsburg, Wis., and 15 percent in Stevens Point, Wis. Just over a third of applicants are referrals from Lands' End employees. Seasonal hires range from college students to retirees.
About Lands' End
Lands' End® is a classic American lifestyle brand with a passion for quality, legendary service, real value and a simple two-word promise to stand behind everything it sells: Guaranteed. Period.® Lands' End delivers timeless style for Men, Women, Kids and the Home at landsend.com, 1-800-800-5800, the Lands' End Shops at Sears and around the world. Lands' End is a proud member of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD).
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