Lands’ End Introduces Premium Leather Accessories Collection

For decades, Lands’ End has been known for its iconic canvas tote bags. This year, the classic American brand is taking its must-have bag collection one step further with the launch of a line of premium leather accessories called the Landmark Collection

Lands' End Introduces Premium Leather Accessories Collection.  (PRNewsFoto/Lands' End)

Lands’ End Introduces Premium Leather Accessories Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End)

The inspiration of the line is reminiscent of a prior Lands’ End handbag that was a customer favorite when sold in the ’80s. The design team took care to honor the original design, digging deep into archived catalogs. The Landmark Collection pays homage to the earlier design but brings an updated, modern sensibility perfect for today’s consumer. The team spent over a year sourcing the right materials for this high-quality collection. Crafted specifically to meet the design team’s stringent specifications, the rich, top-grain leather is drum-dyed with natural vegetable oils, ensuring that it will continue to soften over time.

The launch of this elevated line of handbags is in step with our strategic goal to build a larger accessories business and drive forward Lands’ End’s continued growth as a global lifestyle brand,” said Edgar Huber, CEO & president, Lands’ End.  “As we focus on introducing new innovative products, we will stay true to our heritage of offering high-quality merchandise and exceptional customer service at an honest value.”  The collection offers seven styles of handbags and small leather goods, each of which is named after a town in Wisconsin, where Lands’ End has its roots.”

The seven pieces within the collection range in style from a cardholder to a tote and are available in two colorways: cognac and black.

— ‘Monona’ double-handle shopper tote bag, $268

— ‘Verona’ single-strap shoulder bag, $268

— ‘Geneva’ double-handle tote bag, $248

— ‘Fontana’ crossbody bag, $248

— ‘York’ clutch, $128

— ‘Vienna’ wristlet, $68

— ‘Dakota’ keychain wallet, $39

— ‘Ashland’ card sleeve, $29

— Heat stamp, $6

— Leather heart heat-stamped hangtag, $16.50

We have a big opportunity to go after this category in a new way. Our goal for the Landmark Collection is to deliver an elevated line of superior quality leather handbags at competitive prices,” says Marla Ryan, Senior Vice President, Merchandising, Lands’ End. “There is a style for every woman and every occasion, no matter if she is running errands, on her way to the office or attending an evening event.  She can literally carry her day in these bags.”

Furthermore, the Landmark Collection can be personalized by adding a heat-stamped monogram which provides a level of sophistication and distinctive personality to each bag. The stamps are debossed directly on the leather and can also be done in either a gold or silver foil.  A monogrammed heart hangtag can be used to add personalization instead of monogramming the bag directly. Other signature details in the collection include soft gold polished metal hardware that is made to be especially durable, collar pin details, signature lighthouse rivets, easy-to-clean brushed lining and an authentic dust bag for storage. Visit to purchase.



Deluxe box set features all 31 albums (across 34 CDs) released by Columbia Records; Includes first U.S. release of 8 albums which originally appeared on CBS/Sony (Japan)

Box Set Arrives in Stores November 11, 2013

Herbie Hancock: The Complete Columbia Album Collection 1972-1988 brings together, for the first time, the master musician’s complete Columbia Records and CBS/Sony Japan catalog.  The deluxe 34-CD box set arrives in stores November 11, 2013, through Columbia/Legacy, a division of Sony Music Entertainment.

The stunning box set structure is a chest with removeable lid, housing 28 single albums and three double-CD albums (for a total of 34 discs). Each album will be packaged in a mini-LP CD cardboard replica of the original jacket, with original artwork including gatefold jackets where applicable.

Hancock’s catalog on Columbia and CBS/Sony Japan is a microcosm of musical development in the 1970s and ’80s, and an uncannily accurate forecast of many trends that would follow. Those developments played out over the course of 31 albums.  Eight have never been issued in the U.S. (or outside of Japan), three others have never been issued on CD in the U.S. (Sunlight, Magic Windows, Lite Me Up), and some that were issued on CD have been out of print for years. Most importantly, all of them have never been gathered in one box set collection before.

Accompanying the discs will be a 200-page book, published exclu­sively for this collection. In addition to dozens of rare photographs, the book will contain several sections, starting with a comprehensive 5,500-word historical essay written by Bob Belden. Belden has won three Grammy Awards for his work with Columbia/Legacy on The Miles Davis Series, including album notes (twice) and compilation producer. An accomplished jazz composer, arranger, bandleader, and recording artist in his own right, Belden has served as CD reissue producer at Legacy for the Hancock albums Head Hunters, Sextant, Thrust, The Piano, V.S.O.P.: Live Under the Sky, Future Shock,  Sound-System, and Perfect Machine. Continue reading

Uncle Goose Grows To New Heights With “Big and Tall” Set Introduction

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Uncle Goose® reveals its latest set of decorative wooden blocks to retail partners this week with the introduction of Big and Tall. The set includes bold hues, a number of patterns and a custom-designed alphabet that includes punctuation symbols. The 20-piece set has a suggested retail price of $80.00 per and is available immediately for retailer pre-order.  Big and Tall goes on sale directly to consumers via on Aug. 21.

Uncle Goose(R) reveals its latest set of decorative wooden blocks this week with the introduction of Big and Tall.  (PRNewsFoto/Uncle Goose)

Uncle Goose(R) reveals its latest set of decorative wooden blocks this week with the introduction of Big and Tall. (PRNewsFoto/Uncle Goose)

As the name would imply, the Big and Tall set has been stretched and pulled to feature 12 blocks that are double the height of a traditional wooden blocks and eight blocks of standard scale. The latest decorative wooden block set from Uncle Goose was designed in partnership with House Industries®, one of the world’s most prolific type foundries. The latest introduction represents the 10th Uncle Goose product developed in conjunction with House Industries.Uncle Goose logo

We love these blocks,” said Pete Bultman, proprietor of Uncle Goose. “The elongated lines stretch the blocks physically, but they encourage us to stretch our minds as well to think non-traditionally; not just about these blocks, but about the concept of ‘play’ and what great toys are all about.”

Founded in 1983, Uncle Goose, one of the last handmade wooden toy block manufacturers in the world, exists in an era of smart phones, tablets and video games, yet it chooses to step back more than 100 years to make wooden alphabet, decorative and other specialty wooden blocks by hand from its company-owned facility in Grand Rapids, Mich. Simple, creative, old-fashioned (and maybe a little quirky), the essence of Uncle Goose can be found in its love of learning, design, and creativity. Uncle Goose blocks are sold in children’s toy stores, design shops, museums and boutiques across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea and Africa. Its traditional alphabet blocks feature non-toxic inks and are made from sustainable basswood sourced from the U.S.

Uncle Goose Groovie Math & Patterning Blocks

Uncle Goose Groovie Math & Patterning Blocks

Uncle Goose Nursery Rhyme 28 Block Set - Monkey Caboose

Uncle Goose Nursery Rhyme 28 Block Set – Monkey Caboose

Uncle Goose ( stepped outside the boundaries of the iconic childhood toy several years ago to develop decorative block sets featuring the periodic table of elements, U.S. Presidents and non-traditional designs.  The unique blocks received immediate and profound support; museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY, NY), The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA; NY, NY) and Guggenheim Museum (NY, NY) began stocking Uncle Goose blocks in their gift shops, and the design community has gravitated towards Uncle Goose’s instinctive creative aesthetic.


Freshpair And Z100 Join Forces To Break The World Record For Largest Gathering Of People In Underwear During The 11th Annual National Underwear Day®

More than 2,270 participants from across the globe will gather in Times Square for the record-breaking attempt

In celebration of the 11th Annual National Underwear Day® , on August 5, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.,

Freshpair, Inc. logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Freshpair)

Freshpair, Inc. logo. (PRNewsFoto/Freshpair)

thousands are set to gather in Times Square for an attempt to break the Guinness World Records® title for “Largest Gathering of People In Underwear.” Event host, creator of National Underwear Day® , and Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York’s Z100, New York’s hit music station, aim to promote self-confidence and celebrate body image on the world’s biggest stage. Freshpair is thrilled to be partnering with many of their top underwear brands for this year’s National Underwear Day® including Papi, Diesel, and Wacoal.

Freshpair is the largest online retailer of men’s underwear and a leading online retailer of women’s intimates and has been on the industry’s cutting edge since the company was founded in 2000. With its proprietary At Home Bra Fitting and subscription services, Freshpair carries thousands of styles from more than 100 brands, matched with exceptional advice and excellent customer care.

At Freshpair, it’s our mission to help people feel more confident in their underwear,” said Matthew Butlein, President of Freshpair. “For the 11th anniversary of National Underwear Day® , we wanted to send a big message. Join us on August 5 th to break a Guinness World Records achievement and help show the world what confidence looks like. If just one person is inspired to be more confident in their own skin then we’ve done our job.”

National Underwear Day® was created on August 5, 2003 to create awareness with the hope of inspiring confidence in everyone, regardless of shape or size. This year’s event is focused even more on body awareness and empowers participants to be comfortable in the skin they are in. For National Underwear Day® updates, please follow @Freshpair, #NUD2013 and/or visit

Z100’s Greg T will host and DJ the celebration in Times Square between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EST. and will announce the winner of Freshpair’s Twitter contest. The event is free and open to the public.

I’m excited to help inspire positive body image in the New York City community,” said Greg T, on-air personality for Z100, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment New York. “We are proud to be a part of this event and I look forward to breaking a world record in just my underwear.”

Harley-Davidson Rentals Revs Up Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR

Charity Ride to Support AIDS Research Travels from Seattle to LA July 31-Aug.8

Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals (, the world’s largest motorcycle rentals provider, is joining with Kiehl’s Since 1851 as the exclusive motorcycle partner of the fourth annual Kiehl’s LifeRide for amfAR to rev up the multi-day charity motorcycle ride taking place July 31 through August 8, 2013, from Seattle to Los Angeles in support of amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. Kiehls-1851-Logo_Black-1

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise.

Inspired by Kiehl’s history with motorcycles and its philanthropic heritage, the ride will be led by Chris Salgardo, President, Kiehl’s USA and Kevin Robert Frost, amfAR CEO, riding with approximately ten fellow motorcycle enthusiasts eager to join the fight against HIV/AIDS, including actors John Corbett, Gilles Marini, and Kurt Yaeger and World Cup Rugby Champion Ben Cohen. In addition, amfAR’s Global Fundraising Chairman, Sharon Stone, will accept the check for the full donation to amfAR, at the LifeRide Finale, Aug. 8, at The Grove in Los Angeles.

Celebrating with the public at seven Kiehl’s retail stores and three Harley-Davidson dealerships along the route, the ride is projected to generate $150,000 in donations to amfAR. At each stop, the public will be invited to meet the riders, learn more about amfAR, and contribute to the organization.

With more than 350 locations world-wide and the largest fleet of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals is the world’s largest provider of motorcycle rentals. In 2012, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals provided more than 80,000 riding experiences over the course of more than 220,000 days and

About Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals: With more than 350 locations in 18 countries and the largest fleet of late-model Harley-Davidson motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals is the largest provider of motorcycle rentals in the world. In 2012, Harley-Davidson Authorized provided more than 80,000 riding experiences over the course of more than 220,000 days and more than 50 million miles traveled. Every Harley-Davidson Authorized Rental includes a Harley-Davidson helmet and rain gear, short term luggage storage, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Online reservations at any participating dealer can be made 24 hours a day at (PRNewsFoto/Kiehl's Since 1851/Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals)

About Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals: (PRNewsFoto/Kiehl’s Since 1851/Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals)

more than 50 million miles traveled.

Harley-Davidson Authorized Rentals dealers offer a variety of new Harley-Davidson motorcycles to those that are over 21 years old and have a valid motorcycle endorsement. Every Harley-Davidson Authorized Rental includes a Harley-Davidson loaner helmet and rain gear, short term luggage storage, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Online reservations at any participating dealer can be made 24 hours a day at

Follow the riders’ journey with daily updates, contests, photos and video posted on Kiehl’s Facebook (, Twitter (@Kiehls and @KiehlsPrez) Instagram (@KiehlsNYC), and YouTube channel ( Use #LifeRide or #HDrentals to join in the conversation.

For more information, visit Harley-Davidson’s website at



New Willie Nelson Album, To All The Girls… Debuts 18 Musical Duets with Country’s Top Female Singers

Artist’s Third New Album for Legacy Recordings

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release the new Willie Nelson album, To All The Girls… , on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. A collection of newly recorded duets between Nelson and a dream list of contemporary pop-country women singers– featuring Dolly Parton, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn, Wynonna Judd, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Tina Rose, Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Secret Sisters, Brandi Carlile, Lily Meola, Shelby Lynne, Willie-Nelson-To-All-The-Girls Melonie Cannon and Paula Nelson— was recorded mainly in Nashville. The artist’s second new album release in his 80th birthday year, To All The Girls… is the third new Willie Nelson album since his historic deal with Legacy Recordings was announced in February 2012.

2013 is a banner year for the pop country patriarch who, in addition to releasing three essential new albums in 16 months, penned a rollicking memoir, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die – Musings from the Road” (published by HarperCollins in May 2012) which hit the New York Times bestselling non-fiction list.

To All The Girls… celebrates n Nelson’s 80th birthday year with a selection of profoundly moving and heartfelt performances of classic songs from America’s country, pop and gospel repertoire and more.

To All The Girls… track listing:

1.    Dolly Parton – From Here To The Moon And Back

2.    Miranda Lambert – She Was No Good For Me

3.    Secret Sisters – It Won’t Be Very Long

4.    Rosanne Cash – Please Don’t Tell Me

5.    Sheryl Crow – Far Away Places

6.    Wynonna Judd – Bloody Mary Morning

7.    Carrie Underwood – Always On My Mind

8.    Loretta Lynn – Somewhere Between

9.    Alison Krauss – No Mas Amor

10.  Melonie Cannon – Back On Earth

11.  Mavis Staples – Grandma’s Hands

12.  Norah Jones – Walkin

13.  Shelby Lynne – Til The End Of The World

14.  Lily Meola – Will You Remember Mine

15.  Emmylou Harris – Dry Lightning

16.  Brandi Carlile – Making Believe

17.  Paula Nelson – Have You Ever Seen The Rain

18.  Tina Rose – After The Fire Is Gone

Heroes, his first for Legacy, was released May 2012, debuted at #18 on the Billboard 200 best-selling albums chart (Willie’s highest number on the chart since Always On My Mind hit #2 in 1982) and spent five consecutive weeks at #1 on the Americana Radio Chart.

Let’s Face The Music And Dance, Willie’s second Legacy album, was released on April 16, 2013 (two weeks before Willie’s 80th birthday on April 30). Comprised of a range of pop, rock, jazz and country classics chosen by Nelson, Let’s Face The Music And Dance was praised by critics, peaking at #16 on the Billboard Top Country Music Albums chart and #49 on the Billboard 200.

The album celebrates Willie’s more-than-forty years on the road and in the studio with Family, the band he formed with his sister, Bobbie Nelson (on piano), drummer Paul English and harmonica shaman Mickey Raphael–their name taken from his 1971 studio album Willie Nelson & Family. Rounding out the Family line-up on Let’s Face The Music And Dance are Billy English (Paul’s brother) on electric gut string and snare drum, Kevin Smith on upright bass and Jim “Moose” Brown on B-3 organ with Willie’s son, Micah Nelson, adding percussion on select tracks. Willie Nelson and his guitar, Trigger, appear on all the songs.