Delta Celebrates 11th Annual ‘Breast Cancer One’ Survivor Flight

Airline Kicks Off BCRF Fundraising Campaign With First-Ever International Route And Updated Livery

Delta Air Lines‘ annual “Breast Cancer One” employee survivor flight took flight October 1st, kicking off the airline’s month-long campaign to generate awareness and raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year marks Delta’s 11th annual survivor flight, which carried more than 140 employee breast cancer survivors on board Delta’s newly painted pink plane on the flight’s first international route from New York City to Mexico City.

Delta recently repainted its iconic "Pink Plane" in advance of the airline's 11th Annual "Breast Cancer One" survivor flight. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta recently repainted its iconic “Pink Plane” in advance of the airline’s 11th Annual “Breast Cancer One” survivor flight. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Since 2005, Delta employees, customers and their friends and family members have raised more than $9.2 million for BCRF, including last year’s efforts of $1.3 million. The collective contributions have also funded the vital work of 37 different research projects over the years.

“As Delta continues to focus on expansion in Latin America and the Caribbean, we are proud to showcase on a global scale, our commitment to finding a cure,” said Sandy Gordon, Delta’s Vice President – In-Flight Service. “Our 80,000 employees worldwide look forward to this campaign each year and rally together to find new, innovative ways to generate awareness and funds for BCRF. We are grateful for our employees and customers for their continued passion and support as we work together to eradicate breast cancer.”

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta’s international Boeing 767-400ER, the “Pink Plane” which has adorned a pink-themed livery since 2010, was due for a repaint this year. As a result, teams in Delta’s Marketing department as well as those in Delta’s TechOps division worked together to design a refreshed look while taking advantage of a unique paint formula to wrap the fuselage in a pink ribbon. In 2012 the aircraft was formally dedicated to the memory of Evelyn Lauder who founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in 1993. The aircraft flies international routes and will raise awareness for BCRF around the world this year. Delta’s first pink plane was a Boeing 757 that flew between 2005 and 2010 throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean to generate awareness for the cause.

Images of the BCRF plane on Septeber 20, 2015. © 2015, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

Images of the BCRF plane on Septeber 20, 2015. © 2015, Chris Rank, Rank Studios

The next day, it was a Pink Power party in the Big Apple. The women from Delta’s 11th annual “Breast Cancer One” employee survivor flight were featured this morning on NBC’s “Today” show – branded as #PinkPowerToday. Dressed in pink, of course, survivors spoke with special correspondent and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden, along with hosts Hoda Kotb – a fellow survivor – and Savannah Guthrie as part of the network’s coverage of breast cancer awareness.
The employee survivors, along with Delta leaders and BCRF executives, traveled from New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Mexico City International Airport. Survivors were celebrated and honored during a gatehouse event in New York and an event in Aeromexico’s hangar in Mexico City. In Mexico, survivors was treated to an overnight stay which included dinner and a meet-and-greet with Dr. Sofia Merajver, one of BCRF’s world-renowned researchers. Nearly 80 percent of the Delta employees involved are first-time participants.

Colleagues from Delta’s partner airline Aeromexico will took part in this experience, showcasing the international scope of the effort to end breast cancer.

For the second year in a row, select Delta customers who are breast cancer survivors or currently under treatment for the disease and their guests also joined the flight. Delta customers were encouraged to share stories of the person who provided tireless support during their journey through the airline’s Unsung Hero social media contest. As a result, two customers and their unsung heroes were chosen to join Delta employees on this year’s flight.
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In addition to the Unsung Hero contest, Delta also held a SkyMiles Experiences online auction, where three customers donated a total of 263,071 miles, which will go directly toward BCRF and its efforts. The three customers, along with their guests, will also be a part of the flight, totaling 10 total customers on board.

Delta has been instrumental in advancing the Breast Cancer Research Foundation’s mission to be the end of breast cancer,” said Myra Biblowit, President of BCRF. “Their passionate and dedicated employees worldwide are a driving force in the eradication of this disease. Delta’s commitment is clear: over the last decade, they have solidly moved the dial on raising awareness and saving lives through research.”

To further raise awareness and support for breast cancer research, Delta employees will wear pink uniforms and sell pink products, including pink lemonade and pink headsets, on board and in Delta Sky Clubs throughout the month of October. Proceeds from the airline’s pink products will benefit BCRF. Additional information, including how to donate, is available on

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Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati Collection Now Available

This past week, Eddie Bauer announced the launch of the highly anticipated Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati collection. Designed by the leading fashion stylist, the collection is marked by uncompromising quality, value and performance with a nod to Eddie Bauer‘s iconic heritage and styling rooted in the outdoors. The collection is now available at select Eddie Bauer and Nordstrom stores as well as online at and

Eddie Bauer (PRNewsFoto/Eddie Bauer)

Eddie Bauer (PRNewsFoto/Eddie Bauer)

Ilaria Urbinati has an extensive background in the fashion industry and is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after stylists today. She began her career as a buyer at some of Los Angeles’ top fashion boutiques before opening her own store in 2008 called Confederacy, which catered to many prominent celebrities and musicians. There she collaborated with Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes on a limited edition line of suits that were most notably worn by Ryan Gosling in Crazy Stupid Love. Urbinati has become renowned for her ability to style clients with distinction while taking into consideration their personality, body type and desire for timeless quality. She has since collaborated with many top designers, including Gucci and Ferragamo, on custom designs for her clientele. By 2014, she was listed as one of the top “25 Power Stylists” by The Hollywood Reporter, dressing leading men such as Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, James Marsden and Ryan Reynolds for red carpet and press events.

I’m known more as a men’s stylist than a women’s stylist, and I think part of the reason for that is I don’t go for a lot of bells and whistles. I really aim for a timeless, iconic look. I look to guys like Paul Newman and Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen. Fifty years from now, their photos will still feel modern and current” said Urbinati. “I try and adhere to that ethic with my clients now, and make sure they look timeless and masculine. I think sometimes people feel when they’re styling that the result has to look styled. But I actually try and make it look like I wasn’t there. My favorite book is The Fountainhead, which always talks about how, in a home, every single piece should have a purpose. I think of clothes in that way. I don’t like random tabs and things that are there just for the sake of being cute or something. Especially with menswear, I like the idea of everything having a little bit of a purpose.

1936 Modified Skyliner Bomber Jacket, Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati (PRNewsFoto/Eddie Bauer)

1936 Modified Skyliner Bomber Jacket, Eddie Bauer Limited Edition by Ilaria Urbinati (PRNewsFoto/Eddie Bauer)

One thing I’ve heard a few times is that they [my male clients] all look like themselves,” she continues. “like individuals. They don’t look like a stylist dressed them. I really try and bring out their personality. Some of them are preppier, some are more rugged, and some are more elegant. It’s all different. I want to make sure that they always feel like they look like themselves.

The limited edition collection features a full suite of outerwear, apparel, accessories and gear and fuses modern style and fit with iconic Eddie Bauer heritage to create the ultimate sportswear line, marked by uncompromising quality, value, and performance. Anchored by modern updates to classic Eddie Bauer pieces, Urbinati has created a collection for the modern adventurer. New styles include a modern interpretation of Eddie Bauer’s 1936 Skyliner Jacket and 1953 Kara Koram Down Parka, as well as Fair Isle sweaters, buffalo-check flannel shirts, and chino pants with a custom-designed camouflage print using the brand’s iconic goose logo.

The hero product for the collection is a modern interpretation of Eddie Bauer’s 1936 Skyliner Jacket – the first down jacket to be patented in America. Fusing contemporary style and fit, the 1936 Modified Skyliner Bomber Jacket features 700 fill Premium Goose Down, a DWR finish to shed moisture, quilted stich detailing and a rib-knit collar, cuff, and hem. Other noteworthy styles include the Modified Kara Koram Down Parka, Deer Valley Fair Isle Cardigan, Woodhacker Heavy Twill Shirt-Jacket, and the Arrowhead Modern Slim Chino Pants featuring a custom Eddie Bauer goose camouflage.Men's Modified Kara Koram Down Parka

What drew her to the timeless character of the Eddie Bauer brand?I think because I’m from Europe, I have a “grass is greener thing” about America being great. So I’ve always been really drawn to Americana and the timeless all-American appeal. When I sat down with my team to talk about my next step, I thought about a men’s collaboration. They asked me for a list and the first one on my list was Eddie Bauer. I wanted a brand that had heritage that was all-American, that was iconic, but that needed a little bit of sprucing up for a younger, more hip clientele—a little more tailored. I loved the heritage of Eddie, the history of Eddie. I felt like we could bring that to a cool young guy.

We are excited to partner with Ilaria on this collection. We hold a high level of respect for what she has accomplished both in her career and with this capsule collection,” said Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer for Eddie Bauer. “Ilaria came into the partnership with a strong appreciation for Eddie Bauer’s heritage. Together, we were able to create a timeless collection that represents the modern outdoorsman.”

How do you see this line evolving?I would love to do another collection again. I hope that this sells out and we do another one. There have been rumors, whispers, of maybe adding a women’s collection at some point, which would also be really fun. I’d love to do a women’s line as well, and to be able to do both would be fun. But I definitely hope to do more. And keep evolving the line—seeing what the customer response is and keeping an ear out for needs and wants. The collection is really styled the way I see the pieces being put together, and the collection is designed for every piece to work together. It actually made the styling for the launch event at Sundance hard because there were so many options of how things could have gone together. Ideally, you should be able to buy a few pieces and they all work together.

The limited edition collection joins Eddie Bauer’s premium product series including award-winning technical outerwear and gear from First Ascent, active wear from Motion, field apparel and gear from Sport Shop, travel-ready apparel from Travex, and active lifestyle apparel.

Clement At The Peninsula New York Announces Fall Lineup For 2015 Color Room Wine Dinner Series

This fall, The Peninsula New York will welcome back its Annual Wine Dinner Series beginning this October. Taking place in the Color Room of Clement, the hotel’s signature restaurant, the three scheduled events will showcase the talents of some of the world’s most renowned winemakers from the United States and Europe, while guests enjoy the culinary delights of Clement’s contemporary dining experience.

The splendour of nature and city is unleashed upon the walls of the Color Room with a dramatic etching entitled “Wild New York. (Photo Credit:

The splendour of nature and city is unleashed upon the walls of the Color Room with a dramatic etching entitled “Wild New York. (Photo Credit:

The wine dinner series will kick off with its first event this October, with the hotel’s new Executive Chef, Sam Linder serving up a four-course menu utilizing local meat, fish and produce for guests. Those with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling five hand-picked wines from three world-renowned vineyards, while learning moThe Peninsula New Yorkre about the art of winemaking alongside the brand’s most notable individuals. Together with Clement’s Director of Wine, Jared Fischer, the individuals will share extensive knowledge surrounding each winery’s history and culture while personally guiding guests through the tasting.

The following lineup will take place this fall:

Soliste Barrels

Soliste Barrels (Photo Courtesy of The Peninsula New York)

Soliste Bottle Line up

Soliste Cellars Bottle Line up (Photo Courtesy of The Peninsula New York)

October 6: Soliste Cellars, Sonoma, CA; hosted by Claude Koeberle, Owner

A collaboration between long-time friends Claude Koeberle, a former Three-star Michelin Chef turned winemaker and Donald Plumley, the mission of Soliste Cellars is simple: to craft the best possible Burgundian-style wines. The Soliste wines are precise, focused, high-tone aromatic and vibrant, combining the purity of California fruit with the sensitivity and finesse of Burgundian winemaking, creating wines of great complexities and length.

Soliste Vineyard

Soliste Vineyard (Photo Courtesy of The Peninsula New York)

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Two-Time Oscar Winner Robert De Niro to be Honored with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards®

The 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards will take place Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

The 2015-2016 Awards season has officially begun. dick clark productions announced that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015.

Hollywood Film Awards (PRNewsFoto/dick clark productions)

Hollywood Film Awards (PRNewsFoto/dick clark productions)

The Hollywood Film Awards®, founded in 1997, were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season and recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory Team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. Past honorees of the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” include Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Keaton and Robin Williams among others.

Robert De Niro is currently starring in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ “The Intern” and will appear next in 20th Century Fox‘s “Joy,” coming out December 25, 2015. He will next be seen in the upcoming boxing film “Hands of Stone,” Lionsgate‘s “Dirty Grandpa” and Grindhouse Entertainment‘s “Bus 657.” Currently, he is filming HBO’s “Wizard of Lies,” in which he is starring as Bernie Madoff and co-producing.

De Niro recently starred in Warner Bros.’ “Grudge Match,” David O. Russell‘s “American Hustle,” CBS Films’ “Last Vegas,” Relativity Media‘s “The Family,” Millennium‘s “The Killing Season,” and Lionsgate‘s “The Big Wedding.” Other recent film credits include Focus Features‘ “Being Flynn,” Grindstone Entertainment‘s “Freelancers,” and “Red Lights,” New Line Cinema‘s “New Year’s Eve,” thriller “Limitless,” “Little Fockers,” the third installment of the highly successful Tribeca Productions‘ “Meet the Parents” franchise, Filmauro‘s Italian romantic comedy “Manuale d’amore 3,” Nu Image Films‘ psychological thriller “Stone,” and 20th Century Fox‘s “Machete.”

“The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”

Mr. De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma‘s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese‘s “Mean Streets.” In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.”

In 1980, he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese’s acclaimed “Taxi Driver;” as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino‘s “The Deer Hunter;” as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall‘s “Awakenings;” in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 classic “Cape Fear;” and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell‘s “Silver Linings Playbook.”

In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. He also received the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, which he won again in 2012, and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. In addition, AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award. De Niro was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He also served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

His distinguished body of work also includes performances in Elia Kazan‘s “The Last Tycoon“; Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “1900“; Ulu Grosbard‘s “True Confessions” and “Falling in Love“; Sergio Leone‘s “Once Upon a Time in America“; Scorsese’s “King of Comedy,” “New York, New York,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino“; Terry Gilliam‘s “Brazil“; Roland Joffe‘s “The Mission“; Brian De Palma‘s “The Untouchables“; Alan Parker‘s “Angel Heart“; Martin Brest‘s “Midnight Run“; David Jones‘ “Jacknife“; Martin Ritt‘s “Stanley and Iris“; Neil Jordan‘s “We’re No Angels“; Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings”; Ron Howard‘s “Backdraft“; Michael Caton-Jones‘ “This Boy’s Life“; John McNaughton‘s “Mad Dog and Glory“;  Kenneth Branagh‘s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein“; Michael Mann‘s “Heat“; Barry Levinson‘s “Sleepers” and “Wag the Dog“; Jerry Zaks‘ “Marvin’s Room“; Tony Scott‘s “The Fan“; James Mangold‘s “Copland“; Alfonso Cuarón‘s “Great Expectations“; Quentin Tarantino‘s “Jackie Brown“; John Frankenheimer‘s “Ronin“; Harold Ramis‘ “Analyze This” and “Analyze That“; Joel Schumacher‘s “Flawless“; Des McNuff‘s “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle“; George Tillman‘s “Men of Honor“; John Herzfeld‘s “Fifteen Minutes“; Frank Oz‘s “The Score“; Tom Dey‘s “Showtime“; Michael Caton-Jones‘ “City By The Sea;” Nick Hamm‘s “Godsend;” John Polson‘s “Hide and Seek“; Mary McGuckian‘s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey“; DreamWorks‘s “Shark TaleJay Roach‘s “Meet The Parents,” and “Meet the Fockers,” Barry Levinson‘s “What Just Happened,” Jon Avnet‘s “Righteous Kill” and Kirk Jones‘ “Everybody’s Fine.”

De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences.

Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor. Tribeca’s “A Bronx Tale” in 1993 marked De Niro’s directorial debut. He later directed and co-starred in “The Good Shepherd” with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. Other Tribeca features include “Thunderheart,” “Cape Fear,” “Mistress,” “Night and the City,” “The Night We Never Met,” “Faithful,” “Panther,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Wag the Dog,” “Analyze This,” “Flawless,” “ The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Meet the Parents,” “Fifteen Minutes,” “Showtime,”  “Analyze That” and “Meet the Fockers.”

In 1992, Tribeca TV was launched with the acclaimed series “Tribeca.”  De Niro was one of the executive producers. Tribeca Productions is headquartered at De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center in the Tribeca district of New York. The Film Center is a state-of-the-art office building designed for the Film and television industry. The facility features office space, a screening room, banquet hall and restaurant. The center offers a full range of services for entertainment professionals.

Last year’s Hollywood Film Awards® honorees and presenters included Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gerard Butler, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Jonah Hill, Ron Howard, Randy Jackson , Angelina Jolie, Michael Keaton, Keira Knightley, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Janelle Monáe, Jack O’Connell, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, Chris Rock, Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Reese Witherspoon and Shaileene Woodley among others.

Luxury Travel: The Kessler Collection Set to Open First Luxury Boutique Hotel in the State of Alabama

The Kessler Collection logoThe Kessler Collection, a portfolio of 11 artistically-inspired boutique hotels and restaurants, is excited to debut in Alabama with the opening of Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook on October 23, 2015. Located in the affluent Mountain Brook suburb of Birmingham, Ala., this 100-room boutique hotel will continue The Kessler Collection‘s award-winning commitment to providing superior guest services, Bohemian inspiration and artistic offerings. The highly anticipated property will be the first luxury boutique hotel of its caliber in the state of Alabama, boasting an on-site Grand Bohemian Gallery featuring rare, local and international original artwork, signature Poseidon Spa, grand ballroom and meeting spaces, interactive cooking school, wine blending experience and tasting room with curated selections, vibrant rooftop terrace and restaurant showcasing regional flavors.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, The Kessler Collection Marriott International Autograph Collection

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, The Kessler Collection Marriott International Autograph Collection

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook welcomes guests to a European, floral atmosphere through bold colors and oversized chairs, custom designed carpets and lighting that reflect Birmingham Botanical Gardens‘ dynamic and vibrant grounds while remaining true to the Kessler brand. Guestrooms boast rich colored drapery and Mitch Kolbe artwork. The Bohemian Presidential and Vice Presidential Suites feature hardwood floors, extraordinary custom interior textiles and furnishings complemented by beautiful views of the gardens. The Grand Bohemian Presidential Suite touts two balconies, a custom bar, and fireplace for guests who want a comforting respite at the end of the night. Lavish bathrooms are adorned with Calcutta gold marble counters, colorful glass sconces and framed antique glass vanity mirrors.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, The Kessler Collection Marriott International Autograph Collection

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, The Kessler Collection Marriott International Autograph Collection

Guests looking to mingle can dine at Habitat Feed & Social, the rooftop restaurant for a mouth-watering selection of fresh, regionally inspired cuisine and handcrafted cocktails. The bar serves an assortment of botanically- inspired cocktails, and opens onto the rooftop terrace. The country club chic hotel also offers a cooking school where guests learn about modern cuisine, hands-on or demonstration style. Next to the cooking school, guests play the role of a Vintner with one-of-a-kind Bohemian wine tasting and blending experiences, where guests can taste test 32 different types of wine from a state-of-the-art automated wine dispenser, blend their own custom red varietal during a 90-minute interactive educational class, as well as create a personalized label for their masterpiece.

Room model for Kessler Collection, Bohemian, Mountain Brook, Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Room model for Kessler Collection, Bohemian, Mountain Brook, Mountain Brook, Alabama.

Healing the mind, body and spirit, guests are transported to a sea-inspired oasis of relaxation at Poseidon Spa. The spa offers a peaceful, botanical setting featuring a sustainable living wall garden, gorgeous organic wall coverings, stunning custom chandeliers and plush teal velvet seating. Extraordinary treatments at the elegant, full-service spa include herbal poultice massage, lavender peppermint scalp treatment and an aqua gel facial masque. Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook will also offer a 24-hour fitness center equipped with cardio machines, custom-programmed music and outdoor pool.

The Kessler Collection set to open the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, the first luxury boutique hotel in the state of Alabama on Oct. 23, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/The Kessler Collection)

The Kessler Collection set to open the Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook, the first luxury boutique hotel in the state of Alabama on Oct. 23, 2015. (PRNewsFoto/The Kessler Collection)

Conveniently located adjacent to the city of Birmingham, the previous industrial center of the Southern U.S., Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook has the best of both worlds, as it is a part of the unique architectural charm of Mountain Brook while being close to downtown Birmingham entertainment. Birmingham is home to the nation’s oldest baseball park, Rickwood Field; Birmingham Museum of Art; the Local Wine Trail with vineyards and wineries; and the Sidewalk Film Festival, all which offer visitors a truly exclusive experience.

Grand Bohemian Hotel Mountain Brook will consistently attract visiting couples, family getaways, weddings, college football games and business travelers with sophisticated offerings set in a Southern retreat.Screen-Shot-2014-12-09-at-11.43.57-AM-268x300

Capturing the classical and unconventional spirit of Bohemian cultures, The Kessler Collection‘s portfolio of passionately created and artistically inspired boutique hotels boast chic design, luxurious accommodations, enriching ambiance and intuitive service. Whether visiting properties in Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina or South Carolina, each hotel’s exquisite art, music and cultural influences are deliberately approachable. Designed to inspire mystique and unforgettable experiences, Kessler guests are bathed in re-defined Bohemian luxury, from an 1888 historic hotel, a cutting edge downtown icon and Bavarian-inspired Castle, to a high design southern mansion and elite ski lodge.

The Kessler Collection was the founding member of the Marriott Autograph Collection, introduced with seven Autograph Collection branded hotels. Each property is a boldly, original hotel carefully created with style and the individualist traveler in mind. The Autograph Collection Hotels celebrates a collection of independent leaders in film, art, design and literature by curating one-of-a-kind travel experiences at more than 80 luxury lifestyle hotels found in the world’s most desirable destinations. Exactly like nothing else, each hotel has been hand selected for its distinction as an iconic landmark, for its remarkable design or for its best-in-class resort amenities. Marriott International‘s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by Marriott and Moxy Hotels.

For more information about The Kessler Collection and its properties, please visit or call 888.472.6312,, or explore our social-media channels to learn more about championing the independent spirit:


Lands’ End’s Pink Thread Project Launches to Help Raise Funds for Breast Cancer Research Foundation

From Now Through October 31, 2015, Lands’ End Is Donating 75% Of The Fee For Every Pink Thread Monogram And Embroidery Application to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF), With A Minimum Total Donation From Lands’ End to BCRF of $50,000.

Lands’ End is launching the Pink Thread Project, a campaign created to help raise awareness and funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), to further support the organization’s mission to end breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

Lands' End is launching the Pink Thread Project, a campaign created to help raise awareness and funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to further support the organization's mission to end breast cancer by advancing the world's most promising research. By simply ordering and applying a personalized monogram or icon using a shade of pink thread to any Lands' End item that can be monogrammed or embroidered, Lands' End will donate $4.50 of the $6.00 fee. Supporters can take part in the Pink Thread Project by ordering online at (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End, Inc.)

Lands’ End is launching the Pink Thread Project, a campaign created to help raise awareness and funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, to further support the organization’s mission to end breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research. By simply ordering and applying a personalized monogram or icon using a shade of pink thread to any Lands’ End item that can be monogrammed or embroidered, Lands’ End will donate $4.50 of the $6.00 fee. Supporters can take part in the Pink Thread Project by ordering online at (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End, Inc.)

The Pink Thread Project raises funds for breast cancer research by adding any monogram or embroidery icon using pink thread to Lands’ End apparel, accessories or home goods. By simply ordering and applying a personalized monogram or icon using a shade of pink thread to any Lands’ End item that can be monogrammed or embroidered – from totes and towels to cardigans and shirts – $4.50 of the $6.00 fee for every Pink Thread monogram and embroidery application will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Supporters can take part in the Pink Thread Project by ordering online at through October 31, 2015.

“There’s a common thread when it comes to breast cancer. Sadly, it affects each of us through family, friends and colleagues. The Pink Thread Project allows us to show support while also helping to raise funds for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation,” said Federica Marchionni, CEO, Lands’ End. “A little pink truly does a lot of good.”

In addition to showing support through pink personalized monograms, Lands’ End is also offering classic breast cancer icons such as the pink heart ribbon, pink sailboat, pink compass and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation logo ribbon.

We’re thrilled to partner with Lands’ End. The Pink Thread Project is a beautifully simple touch that is deeply meaningful, not only because of the pink personalization but for what it represents – a statement that you support breast cancer research. As the highest rated breast cancer organization in the nation, you can rest assured that the choice of a pink thread will directly impact the lives of millions of women and men impacted by this disease,” said Myra J. Biblowit, President & CEO of BCRF.

Additional Pink Thread Project Initiatives

Throughout the month of October, other initiatives to support the Pink Thread Project include:

  • “Pink” Your Profile Pic– Lands’ End is offering Fans the chance to add a shade of pink to profile pictures on Facebook or Twitter to show support of the Pink Thread Project and Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the month of October. Visit to learn more.
  • #PinkThread Twitter Party– Join Lands’ End and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for a Twitter Party during the Pink Promises Luncheon on October 7th. Lands’ End will be tweeting inspirational content from Breast Cancer Research Foundation spokesperson and survivor, Amy Robach. Join @landsend and @bcrfcure with the #PinkThread hashtag from 11a – 12p ET for inspirational thoughts, research, giveaways and more.
  • #PinkThread Tips and Stories – Throughout the month, Lands’ End will share #PinkThread tips and stories from survivors, supporters and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation on Twitter and Instagram (@LandsEnd) as well as Facebook.
  • In Stores – Lands’ End will donate 10 percent of the retail purchase price of select pink women’s apparel and accessories sold in Lands’ End Shops at Sears to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through October 31.
  • Lands’ End Outfitters – Lands’ End is even giving businesses and organizations a way to raise funds for BCRF. Lands’ End Outfitters will feature a curated collection of 21 pink products that will be offered as part of the Pink Thread campaign with 5 percent of the retail purchase price benefitting BCRF.

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The New Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Is Home To An Eclectic Collection Of World-Class Dining Experiences And Lively Social Venues

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Opens 7 New Restaurants And Bars In Seoul

(Images Courtesy of the Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Communications Department)

Fast becoming the global capital of cool, the ever-changing, ever-charming and always exciting Seoul continues to influence the world’s palate and redefine the idea of a night out on the town – and now the city’s culinary landscape is redrawn with the opening of seven distinct new restaurants and bars, all at one address, the new Four Seasons Hotel Seoul.

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

Each concept is entirely new and never before seen at any Four Seasons,” says General Manager-cum-restauranteur Lubosh Barta. “We started with a dream team of creative minds, culinary talent and visionary designers, then let imagination guide us through the entire process. While each restaurant and bar is as unique as its place and its people, the common thread throughout is a passion for quality and signature Four Seasons service that makes every visit – whether the first or the fiftieth – memorable.”

Whether getting together for a family meal, enjoying a night out with friends, celebrating the day’s successes with colleagues or simply taking a break during a day of shopping or sightseeing, this new collection of restaurants and bars offers choices for every taste and mood.

Each of these seven restaurants and bars is a destination unto itself, with one-of-a-kind concepts that are stylish yet unpretentious,” says Vinod Narayan, Director of Food and Beverage at Four Seasons in Seoul.

With each space visually defined by the eye-popping finishes, custom-designed furnishings, intricate design details and thoughtfully mapped floor plans, the real stars are the people who cook, pour and serve the finest food and drink in the city.

Executive Chef Ralf Dohmeier

Executive Chef Ralf Dohmeier

Executive Chef Ralf Dohmeier leads a team of experienced specialists and rising stars hailing from across Asia, Europe and the Americas who share both culinary skill and a passion for taking the best quality ingredients and turning them into magic on the plate and in the glass.

People who come to Korea and those who live here are looking for excitement, and that’s what we’re delivering,” says Chef Dohmeier.

Without Further Ado: Introducing Seoul’s Newest Food and Drink Destinations




In a complete rethinking of the traditional Italian restaurant, Boccalino takes inspiration from the pace-setting fashion and design culture of mid-century Milan, and draws energy from the busy city seen through floor-to-ceiling windows.  Like a perfectly-crafted pair of Italian leather shoes, Boccalino puts contemporary Italian cuisine on the most stylish tables in the city.  At its heart is the fiery show kitchen and grill, where the signature Bistecca alla Fiorentina (steak prepared in the Florentine manner) are prepared to perfection, along with culinary innovations that will introduce guests to a sexier side of Italian culture. Insider tip: plan to meet for drinks at Bar Boccalino next door.

  • Details: approximately 130 seats plus a communal table and 8 chef-view spots at the counter, plus 2 private dining rooms; open for lunch and dinner, plus buffet breakfast with made-to-order entrees.
  • Designers: AvroKO
  • Chef: Loris Pistillo

    Yu Yuan

    Yu Yuan

Yu Yuan

Named for the famed Shanghai rock garden that influences its look, Yu Yuan offers a lavish dining experience reflecting the opulence and glamour of Shanghai during its heyday in the swinging 1920s. On the way to one’s seat in the main dining area or one of eight private chambers, guests will see Yu Yuan’s signature dish being prepared in the Peking duck oven. Also featured: an extensive tea bar at the heart of the intimate restaurant.

  • Details: 40 seats in the main dining area in addition to 8 private chambers including 2 VIP suites for parties up to 24; serving lunch and dinner.
  • Designer: Interior architect Andre Fu and his design studio AFSO
  • Chef: Simon Wu




Esteemed Chef Sawada Kazumi, previously of Tokyo’s Michelin-starred Banreki Ryukodo and most recently of Kumoi in Guangzhou, brings his culinary precision and leadership to Seoul for the first time at Kioku. In a sky-lit three-story environment clad in smooth woods and accented by red maple leaves, chefs prepare authentic Japanese cuisine. Upstairs, it’s a Tokyo-style sushi bar, while downstairs, the vibe is more Kyoto in style, with continuous service of flawlessly presented small plates to delight the senses.

  • Details: 50 plus table seating, more at the sushi counter, and 7 additional private and semi-private spaces; open for lunch and dinner.
  • Designer: Interior architect Andre Fu and his design studio AFSO
  • Chef: Sawada Kazumi

The Market Kitchen

Diners are transported to a bustling marketplace offering pan-Asian and international fare from live stations and generous buffet spreads for lunch and dinner, as well as a lavish Sunday brunch. Reminiscent of a European market hall with its arcade-like ceilings and tempting aromas, The Market Kitchen is where the world comes together to discover a changing selection of cuisines and styles, from rotisserie meats to fresh oysters and seafood, impressive charcuterie cheese platters, street-style food and made-to-order selections from the noodle and pasta bars.

Those in a hurry will go straight to The Market Larder, offering gourmet grocery items, gift hampers and quick meals to enjoy at a table, or take away.

  • Details: Close to 200 seats in the main dining hall, plus 5 private dining rooms; open for lunch and dinner daily, and Sunday brunch.
  • Designers: AvroKO
  • Chef: Matthieu Moles

    Bar Boccalino

    Bar Boccalino

Bar Boccalino

Adjacent to Boccalino restaurant but a destination unto itself, Bar Boccalino is a welcoming, light-filled space punctuated by four cosy sunken booths. Seasonal Italian menu choices compliment a well-curated selection of Italian and international wines, spirits and aperitivo.

  • Details: 50 plus seats in the lounge, 6 at the bar, and 2 private rooms; open daily from late morning until late evening.
  • Designers: AvroKO
  • Bar Concept: Proof & Co.

    Charles H.

    Charles H.

Charles H.

With a nod to the Prohibition-era speakeasies of New York, Charles H. plays host to cocktail connoisseurs and spirited gatherings into the early morning hours. Rich design elements inspired by traditional Korean metalwork motifs take the popular concept to a new level, while a carefully-edited selection of bottles handled by Head Bartender Christopher Lowder and his team of skilled bar staff produces classic and contemporary libations. It’s a thoroughly modern experience inspired by the travels and writings of global cocktail authority and legendary bon vivant Charles H. Baker.

  • Details: 60 seats in the lounge plus 10 at the bar, and a private room; open nightly.
  • Designers: AvroKO
  • Bar Concept: Proof & Co.
  • Head Bartender: Christopher Lowder

More Options to Meet, Eat and Drink at Four Seasons



In addition, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul welcomes guests to its own “living room” at Maru, where windows open to the street scene in a space ideal for casual business meetings and socializing over coffee, lunch, a fabulous afternoon tea service, cocktails and dinner featuring refined interpretations of Korean favourites and classic lounge fare.

Two additional outlets include Confections by Four Seasons, a coffee and pastry shop located adjacent to Maru for grab-and-go barista drinks, bite-size treats and cakes; and the Health Club’s Juice Bar offering both healthy choices and guilty pleasures for those planning to relax and unwind at the pool with friends and colleagues.

  • Details: Maru will offer all-day dining for up to 50 guests; Confections by Four Seasons will include seating for 16; and Juice Bar will be open daily and offers 32 seats.
  • Chefs: Loris Pistillo at Maru; Reinhard Lackner (the Hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef) at Confections by Four Seasons; and Jaeyoung Lee at Juice Bar
  • Maru Bar Concept: Proof & Co.
  • Designers: LTW Designworks, who also designed the public spaces and guest rooms at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

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