Uncle Goose® Introduces Its Highly Anticipated Persian Set

Unique Wooden Toy Block Set Represents the First-Ever to Feature the Persian Alphabet

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Uncle Goose®, the nation’s leading handmade wooden toy block manufacturer, adds to its line of foreign language block sets with the introduction of Persian Language Alphabet Blocks. Founded in 1983, Uncle Goose 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. Uncle Goose’s traditional alphabet blocks feature non-toxic inks and are made from sustainable basswood sources from the U.S. The unique blocks are stocked in many museums, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) and the Guggenheim.

The new Persian alphabet block set from Uncle Goose, a 32-piece collection of beautifully illustrated blocks featuring the entire Persian character set. Visit UncleGoose.com for more information.  (PRNewsFoto/Uncle Goose)

The new Persian alphabet block set from Uncle Goose, a 32-piece collection of beautifully illustrated blocks featuring the entire Persian character set. Visit UncleGoose.com for more information. (PRNewsFoto/Uncle Goose)

Persian alphabet blocks represent Uncle Goose’s 20th foreign language set. Born from the unique geometric patterns found in Iranian architecture and art, the patterns bring to life meanings within the culture while the alphabet forms maintain the educational and language value of the set. The new line marks the first collaboration with New York based Golreezan, a brand known for icon designs featuring Iranian-American themes.

The 32-piece set of beautifully illustrated blocks features the entire Persian character set, numbers, as well as geometric and floral patterns. Unveiled last month at the NY Now Show, the set is available for purchase for a limited time exclusively through http://www.golreezan.com. It becomes widely available after Sept. 20 at boutique toy and gift shops nationwide and at http://www.unclegoose.com. Persian has a suggested retail price of $43.00.

“We’re always stretching the traditional alphabet block paradigm while maintaining playability, and this set is a good example of our effort to elevate the design while incorporating aspects of the culture,” said Pete Bultman, owner of Uncle Goose. “Teaming with Golreezan was a wonderful experience because of their unique expertise and their ability to bring this set to life.”

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. For more information, visit http://www.unclegoose.com.


Company launches “Eye Am Empowered” campaign to help support women experiencing life-changing challenges

Credited for developing a lash and brow gel serum with nourishing and effective ingredients, the luxury beauty brand Lashem (www.lashem.com) has created “Eye Am Empowered,” a program that focuses on supporting causes that help empower women. Lashem provides a collection of luxury lash and brow products that is infused with a proprietary Lash & Brow Serum which hold the secret to gorgeous, healthy lashes and brows. Due to the success of its highly effective lash-enhancing serum, the company extended its product LashEm_Logo (1)selection to incorporate the serum formula into mascaras,li quid eyeliner, and brow tint. The brand also includes premium antiwrinkle creams and Premier Spa Collection beauty devices for at-home use. Lashem was created by Chrislie Formulations, headquartered outside of the Los Angeles area.

The main collection includes the Double Trouble (Volumizing & Lengthening) Mascara, Extensions in a Bottle (Fiber lash extension with Lash Enhancing Serum), All Eyes on You Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum, Color Strokes Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum, Color Strokes Brow Tint & Lift, 3-in-1 Eye Bright (formulated to help diminsh the appearance of dark circles and reduce redness), Picture Perfect and the Get the Look Lashem Kit (including All Eyes on You Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum, Double Trouble Mascara, Extensions ina Bottle and Color Strokes Liquid Eyeliner with Lash Enhancing Serum).

We wanted to create a safe forum where women can share their life-changing experiences to benefit and empower other women around the world,” said Helga Arminak, Founder and CEO of Lashem. “We want to do what we can to help empower women battling cancer, as well as women who are struggling with any of life’s challenges, whether physical, financial, or personal.

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Lashem is currently partnering with Look Good Feel Better, a nationwide organization with beauty industry professionals who teach women how to manage appearance-related side effects of cancer treatments. Lashem donates a percentage of the proceeds from every sale of its All Eyes on You Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum in its partnership with Look Good Feel Better, and Arminak wanted to do even more to help women.

“We want to empower women on a global scale, and the “Eye Am Empowered” social media support network is another way to accomplish that goal,” stated Arminak. “Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than when she is helping others.”

Lashem has now expanded its “Eye Am Empowered” campaign to include the creation of a new social media support network where women can inspire and empower other women who have experienced or are currently experiencing life-changing challenges. The company is encouraging women to share their own personal stories on the http://www.eyeAMempowered.com website in order to inspire and empower other women.

Visitors to the www.eyeAMempowered.com site can upload personal videos describing their life-changing experience and how they managed it, which can help inspire other women who may be going through a similar challenge. The social network will also provide a means for exchanging ideas, suggostions, and support.


For more information, visit www.eyeAMempowered.com

camper x Bernhard Willhelm for Opening Ceremony

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Opening Ceremony, iconic designer Bernhard Willhelm, and Camper, have joined forces to create the Camper Himalayan, a bouncy space boot with a prehistoric feel. Camper now takes it one step further this Fall/Winter 2013-14, with a unique bold design developed exclusively for Opening Ceremony. This limited edition version of the now emblematic, unisex Himalayan sneaker, feature one of Willhelm’s most representative prints from his Spring/Summer 2006 collection, resulting in a daring, street concept, with an ironic and individualistic touch.

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Made of rubber, polyester, cotton, and leather, the signature gray, black, and white colorway is jazzed up with happy-go-lucky cartoon dinosaurs in an array of neon hues. The thick rope laces in black and white boldly snake across the shoe and the soft construction of the sneaker brings all of the elements together. For all the grown-up kids wanting to indulge once again in your childhood fixations, the sneaker is available at Opening Ceremony stores around the world.

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Introducing Rivé, Luxurious Glass Water Bottles Where Hydration is Made More Elegant

A new water bottle has debuted on the market from Rivé USA (www.riveusa.com) that is both stylish AND eco-friendly. Rivé is an innovator in water bottle engineering and design, revolutionizing the way consumers view hydration. The Rivé story began with a single drop of water – one of life’s most essential ingredients. Inspired by the idea of infusing an everyday object–the ubiquious water bottle– with a touch of luxury, Jillian Craig – a fashion-forward, health-conscious, eco-savvy entrepreneur – set her sights on designing a stylish, sustainable way to consume water.

Rivé USA Family of Water Bottle - The Elan, Savoy Designer Series and The Lynx

Rivé USA Family of Water Bottle – The Elan, Savoy Designer Series and The Lynx

From Jillian’s passion, Rivé (rihVAY) was born. Rive water bottles are what you should expect from your water bottle. The smart, innovative engineering and design ensure that style-conscious sippers get the added benefits of safety, comfort and durability in their Rive water bottles. Because, as stylish as they are, these bottles aren’t designed for curio cabinets. They’re designed for you.

At Rive, they are as particular about what goes into their bottles as you are about what goes into your body. That’s why they’ve designed their glass water bottles using only the safest, highest quality materials. Like glass. Glass is completely non-toxic and doesn’t leach, so it’s BPA-free! As a result, you can be certain that your beverage will be just as pure coming out of your bottle as it was when you put it into your bottle. There are no chemicals, no contaminants and no peculiar taste. It’s no wonder then that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration classifies glass as the safest packaging material available.

The patented Rivé drink cap is a uniquely designed, two cap system that is unlike any other bottle on the market. When designing the cap, the goal was to create a functional solution that addresses the common problems you find with most other bottles. The Rivé system offers an asymmetrical design that gives the bottle a modern look without sacrificing comfort. And unlike threaded caps, their bottle has a top piece that functions independently from the bottom, so you only need to tighten the cap when you refill it — not every time you take a drink. Simply tighten the cap when you fill, then twist the top piece 180° counter-clockwise to open and close.

In 2008, the company unveiled its first tour de force: a glass water bottle with distinctive and stylish elegance aptly named the Elan. It was a turning point. The water bottle as we knew it had been elevated to new status. the original Rivé Masterpiece offers distinctive and stylish elegance. With its hourglass, ergonomic shape, etched glass and clean, fresh colors, this bottle is both graceful and bold and has a liquid capacity of 12 ounces.

That was quickly followed by the launch of The Savoy Designer Series and the Lynx. The tall, straight and sophisticated lines of the Savoy Designer Series are complemented by the playful, limited-edition art that adorns it. The Savoy offers fine details like textured glass, an easy-flow mouthpiece, protective silicone end pieces, and boasts a liquid capacity of 16 ounces. Tall and sleek, The Lynx offers simplicity without sacrificing personal style. Sure to be a gym accessory favorite among fitness enthusiasts, the Lynx will be in every gym bag hydrating health nuts for their yoga classes, spin classes and personal training sessions all year round.

Today, Rivé continues to innovate with unique and inspiring glass water bottles. Whether you choose your water bottle for functional fashion or sustainable sipping, it’s a sure bet that you will quench your thirst in a way you never imagined. Rivé water bottles are quite affordable, ranging from $15-$20 and sold online at www.riveusa.com, at national Target stores (www.target.com), and select Bed, Bath and Beyond stores.


Shopbop Debuts Men’s Shopping Site, East Dane

East Dane is a distinct online shopping destination for men worldwide, including apparel, footwear and accessories

Shopbop, the premier, fashion e-commerce site and a trusted resource for women worldwide, introduces East Dane, a new premier online shopping destination created solely for men and designed to serve as the editors of what’s cool for men . East Dane, mixes Shopbop’s valued functionalities, such as 24×7 customer service and free worldwide shipping, with a stylish, yet attainable assortment for men to find all their style needs.

“We saw an opportunity in the market for an approachable shopping environment that is tailored specifically for the male perspective and

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Shopbop Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Shopbop.com)

their shopping habits,” says Jeff Yurcisin, President of Shopbop and East Dane. “We understand this is not about cloning Shopbop for men, but about creating a customized experience for guys with the ultimate combination of merchandise, customer service and usability that meets their needs.”

East Dane’s name highlights the company’s heritage, which was founded on East Washington Avenue and Dane County in Wisconsin. The well thought-out assortment provides a distinguishing variety across price points, lifestyle needs and wardrobe categories, including sportswear, denim, t-shirts, outerwear, shoes, sunglasses, bags, socks and ties. Furthermore, the mix of brands and designers cover everything from wardrobe essentials, such as Rag & Bone, Gant, Public School, A.P.C. and Aspesi, to denim favorites, such as J Brand, 3×1, Baldwin and Levi’s Made and Crafted to stylish, yet functional accessories from Billykirk, Grenson, Wolverine and Jack Spade, to name a few.

A direct competitor to NET-A-Porter’s Mr Porter, East Dane displays a dynamic and engaging homepage with rotating content that is

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Shopbop Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Shopbop.com)

straightforward and educational, including editorial items, videos and look books on new designers, product information and outfit recommendations. A toggle bar at the top of each site and universal login, as well as a unified cart and checkout, allow the user to browse and shop both sites seamlessly.

Additional noteworthy features include:
— Advanced Filtering – users can easily search and shop by category, brand, fit, price or style, creating a stress-free experience for men to find what they want
— Curated Assortments – specially selected assortments, called The Shops, further assist men in finding their wardrobe needs for various events and occasions
— Personalization – men can find and remember items that catch their eye by simply saving them to “My Likes,” or add specific sized items to their “Want List” that are searchable and sharable
— Enlarged Product Images – with the navigation search tool concentrated at the top, space is maximized allowing images to increase in size (area) by close to 54% (from the current size of images on Shopbop), emphasizing details, fabrication and craftsmanship of the garments
— Fast, Free Shipping and Easy Return Options Worldwide

“East Dane’s merchandise assortment is a strategic mix of popular favorites and up-and-coming brands to appeal to every guy, from the creature of habit to the more adventurous type who wants to take a fashion risk but may need a bit of guidance,” says Darcy Penick, Chief Merchandising Officer, Shopbop and East Dane. “The unique blend of designers and brands available on our site make us stand out, appealing to men who have a sense of personal style and appreciate value, fit and comfort but do not take themselves too seriously.”

http://www.Shopbop.com is the premier online shopping destination for what’s new and what’s next in fashion and style, offering women around the world the best selection from both established and emerging designers. Working with over 500 international brands, Shopbop.com offers women in 165 countries a selective and nuanced fashion forward assortment of ready to wear and accessories with fast free global shipping.

Glee Sings The Beatles – Album Available September 24


The Glee cast introduces The Beatles’ legacy to a new generation with the album release of Glee Sings The Beatles on Tuesday, September 24. Glee Sings The Beatles includes 14 songs from the first two episodes of Glee’s fifth season, which will premiere on Thursday, September 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The album will feature the Glee cast’s take on the Fab Four’s iconic classics such as “All You Need Is Love,” “Let It Be,” and “A Hard Day’s Night” (see below for full track-listing).

The full track listing for Glee Sings The Beatles is as follows:
1. Yesterday
2. Drive My Car
3. Got To Get You Into My Life
4. You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
5. Help
6. A Hard Day’s Night
7. I Saw Her Standing There
8. All You Need Is Love
9. Get Back
10. Here Comes The Sun
11. Something
12. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
13. Hey Jude
14. Let It Be

On the all-new “Love, Love, Love” premiere episode airing Thursday, September 26, the New Directions are back in action and take on their biggest assignment yet: The Beatles. As Will enlists the kids to pay homage to the classic song catalog from the Fab Four, Blaine and Kurt attempt to answer questions about their future together. Meanwhile, Rachel’s New York ambitions take an unexpected turn.

Glee Sings The Beatles - Album Available September 24.  (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

Glee Sings The Beatles – Album Available September 24. (PRNewsFoto/Columbia Records)

Beatlemania continues at McKinley with the “Tina in the Sky with Diamonds” episode airing Thursday, October 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). It’s time for the students to vote for prom queen and king, but when Tina receives a nomination, she takes on a fierce attitude that alienates her biggest supporters. Meanwhile, Rachel adjusts to a new attitude of her own as she and Santana work at a Broadway diner to make ends meet.

Since its debut in 2009, Fox’s Glee has pioneered the comedy musical genre, becoming an unstoppable phenomenon that has redefined modern television and broken multiple music sales records. From the anthem hit “Don’t Stop Believin'” to the widely praised mash-up of Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and “Someone Like You,” Glee has sold over 55 million tracks and over 13 million albums worldwide. Throughout its four seasons, Glee has also set a groundbreaking record for the most songs charted by a single act on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing records previously held by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown. With their incredible record sales, Glee has made a name for itself in music history.

Glee has scored three consecutive #1 releases with Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers, and Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals. The RIAA has certified Glee: The Music, Volume 1 and Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Platinum (sales in excess of 1 million units) as well as Glee: The Music, Volume 2, Glee: The Music, Volume 3 and Glee: The Music, Volume 4 Gold (sales in excess of 500,000 units).

Harman International Industries, Incorporated Releases its New Fall 2013 Additions to the AKG, JBL AND Harman Kardon Family Brands

New AKG K323 XS Ultra-Small In-Ear Headphones Feature Studio-Quality Sound

Premium headphone sound in earphones so small, light, and comfortable, you won’t want to put them down

The new AKG K323 XS (Available at www.akg.com, MSRP $39.00 – $59.00) in-ear headphones from AKG by Harman represent a breakthrough in studio-quality sound in a compact package. Despite their miniature size, the AKG K323 XS comes in 4 fashionable colors, as well as black and white; boasts the sound quality and extreme comfort of an in-ear headphone more than twice its size (but without the extra bulk or weight) and adhere to uncompromising AKG standards for sound quality, comfort, versatility, and functionality.

Harman Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Harman Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

The secret of the AKG K323 XS’s listening experience is in its innovative ear-tip technology. The tip is shaped to maximize the fit between the headphone and your ear, creating (noise-vancelling) sound isolation that makes for an immersive listening experience. Add to that the extreme comfort that comes with your choice of four sizes (XS, S, M, and L) of ear sleeves, and you’ll discover a snug fit with studio-quality sound that’s comfortable enough to wear all day without fatigue.

The AKG K323 XS comes with a lightweight straight cable. But because you’ll need to do other things while you’re wearing them (because you won’t want to take them off), the AKG K323 XS headphones give you options. Choose a one-button in-line control microphone, for Android users, or a 3-button control mic cable compatible with Apple iOS devices. You’ll be able to take calls and control the music without removing your headphones.

AKG K323XS.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

AKG K323XS. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Our new AKG K323 XS headphones are living proof that you don’t need huge size to get huge sound over a wide frequency response range,” said Michael Mauser, President of HARMAN Lifestyle. “Specially-selected 5.6 mm drivers and an enclosed back design, plus AKG audio engineering savvy, all work together to deliver precision audio with the sound quality AKG products have made famous for over 65 years.”

New Harman Kardon® SOHO Folding Stereo Headphones Achieve a New Benchmark in Portable Sound

Harman Kardon SOHO headphones combines best-in-class audio with best-in-looks aesthetics, in a travel-friendly design

HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, has unveiled the Harman Kardon SOHO Folding Stereo Headphones (MSRP $199 at http://www.harmankardon.com) featuring a distinctive new look. Combining premium style in black, white or camel with a heritage of high-frequency clarity and stunning bass, Harman Kardon SOHO Headphones are designed to appeal to the designer, as well as the audiophile, in everyone.

Harman Kardon SOHO headphones are markedly different, even at first glance. Their genuine leather and stainless steel appointments and distinctive, oblong rectangular shape set them apart as a statement in timeless functional design. But, as a style statement, Harman Kardon SOHO Folding Stereo headphones sacrifice nothing in the way of convenience. These headphones don’t just fold; they fold flat down to less than 1.25 inches (about 30 mm) to fit inside their own sophisticated travel pouch.

Harman Kardon SOHO.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Harman Kardon SOHO. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

The richness of the Harman Kardon SOHO Folding headphones exterior is equally matched with rich sound. Specially selected 30 mm drivers and neodymium transducers deliver precision Harman Kardon sound quality across all frequencies. The generous shape of the cups is comfortable and kind to the ears during extended listening. For convenience in taking phone calls, Harman Kardon SOHO is available in a choice of remote control straight microphone cables: a universal remote/mic for Android users, or an Apple iOS-compatible remote/mic for users of iPhone. Continue reading