Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Deola Sagoe Collection

Images photographed by Lev Radin

For more than two decades Deola Sagoe has had a singular aim and achievement: “To enable our customers to reveal through our design, their unique, albeit inexplicable, `Je ne sais quoi ‘ …Which is always a joy to behold.” She has  a unique approach to her craft that has endeared her to fans and followers all over the world. Using African fabrics, hand-woven materials, and contemporising almost-lost traditional African techniques, Deola designs present a unique vision and attitude for the modern woman.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09, 2014: Designer Deola Sagoe (R) and model pose during Deola Sagoe presentation for Deola at  Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week at Location 05 studio (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 09, 2014: Designer Deola Sagoe (R) and model pose during Deola Sagoe presentation for Deola at Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week at Location 05 studio (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

Deola describes the woman who she designs for: “The Deola Sagoe woman has the mysterious and engaging complexity that is a gift to all women. One day she is dead serious the next she has the naughtiest sense of humor. One day she is all woman, the next she is ingénue. She definitely enjoys standing out, she is not a worker bee, but finds it far more interesting when everyone has a different point of view and yet everyone can still get along. She is colorful – she uses color to mirror her mood. She is vital – energetic – not the shy, retiring, type, but she also knows the appropriate time to hold her peace. I like the Deola Sagoe woman because she’s really like a contribution to life…

 

Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Marc by Marc Jacobs

Images photographed by Lev Radin

The Snorkelboard Factory Launches New Product Into Watersports Industry, Great for all ages

The Snorkelboard Factory launches new product, The Snorkelboard®, a body board with embedded anti-fog and anti-leak goggles
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The Snorkelboard Factory has introduced a new product, the Snorkelboard®, a personal body board with embedded anti-fog and anti-leak goggles. The official product launch took place at the 111th annual American International Toy Fair at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Constructed and sealed with EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) and an EPS (Expanded Polystyrene ) high density foam core for added durability and strength, the Snorkelboard® is designed to prevent the snorkel mask from filling up with water, fogging and completely removes the need for “perfect fit” as the Snorkelboard®’s one-size-fits-all mask is embedded directly into the board. This all-in-one thin, sleek design allows for light transport and easy storage. The Snorkelboard® is affordable, is available in a wide variety of designs and colours, can be enjoyed by all ages.

The Snorkelboard® combines advanced technology and the highest quality graded materials for solid flotation, stability, and ease of paddling, guaranteeing a smooth water entry line for maximum glide-style.

Murray Scott, creator of the Snorkelboard® and owner of The Snorkelboard Factory, comments, “The Snorkelboard Factory has been monitoring trends in the watersports industry for over fifteen years to develop a brand new, unique water and snorkeling experience. The sport of Snorkelboarding will soon become a household word because it is really a two-sports-in-one board.”

The Snorkelboard® was developed out of the research and insights that conclude that consumers are looking for experiential purchases while maintaining a sense of purpose and functionality. Statistics show that snorkeling is one of the top ten most popular marine activities while there are close to 1.5 million body boarders worldwide. By merging the sports of bodyboarding and snorkeling, The Snorkelboard Factory has captured two very successful markets in one product; thus creating a new niche in the world of water sports. This new product will not only provide the foundational benefits needed for safety and utility but allow for a positive experience for all snorkelboarders by allowing them to enjoy the wonders of snorkeling comfortably. Body board enthusiasts will have the added goggle feature while conventional snorkelers will have the added support and buoyancy that body boarders already enjoy. This is “a new way to sea life with your head above water.”

No longer will you have to worry about your mask filling up with water, blocking your view with fog or pressing up against the bridge of your nose. Gone are the days of re-breathing spent air left in your snorkel tube or interrupting your experience to equalize because, with the Snorkelboard® your head never touches the water. This all-in-one thin, sleek design allows for easy storage and leaves carrying heavy equipment in the dust! Available in a wide range of designs and colours, your “at-the-beach-riding-waves-lookat- me” Snorkelboard® experience can be as personalized as you want.

The new Snorkelboard® will be available on www.snorkelboard.co and will soon be found at retailers worldwide in 2014. For more information about The Snorkelboard®, visit http://www.snorkelboard.co and check out http://www.Facebook.com/Snorkelboard, http://www.Instagram.com/Snorkelboard and http://www.Twitter.com/Snorkelboard to join the conversation (#snorkelboard and #daretosnorkelboard).

Blue Orange Games Diversifies Catalog with Eight New Family Games at New York Toy Fair 2014

Blue Orange Games, leading designer and manufacturer of tabletop games for the family, announces their new product lineup premiering at The American International Toy Fair on February 16-19, 2014. Joining their collection of over 40 products are eight new games that showcase what Blue Orange is best known for—easy to learn, fast playing games that are stimulating regardless of skill or age.

The 2014 games will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores across the United States and Canada in late spring 2014. Visit the store locator on www.blueorangegames.com to find a retailer.

The 2014 games will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores across the United States and Canada in late spring 2014. Visit the store locator on http://www.blueorangegames.com to find a retailer.

For this year’s releases, we had the goal of adding diversity to our catalog. Our retailers and fans of Blue Orange can look forward to different game formats, new components, and fresh packaging designs. We tried to bring something unexpected to the table and hope to win over new audiences with some of the games. For example, BraveRats is a great microgame that crosses over into the hobby game market,” said Martin Marechal, the Director of Sales and Marketing. “We still have more surprises in store for the year, but for now we are very excited to introduce the new titles at Toy Fair.

Kids’ Favorites

Doodle Quest
Ages 6 & Up / 1 to 4 Players
This unique drawing game takes kids on a deep sea adventure to fulfill underwater quests with the power of their pens. Each quest card has a detailed illustration and drawing instructions. On their separate transparent sheets, players complete the drawing and must trust their eyes in order to meet targets and avoid obstacles. The sheets are then placed over the card to score their sketch’s success. With 36 quests and two levels, the bait of the challenge hooks kids for hours of fun!

WuzzIts
Ages 6 & Up / 2 to 4 Players
Enter the wacky world of WuzzIts and watch to see what monster they will morph into next! Clever choices and matching skills are rewarded in this charismatic card game. The WuzzIt population is divided in five families, but the mischievous WuzzIts like to combine with each other to create a confusing cast of characters. To unscramble them, players strategically exchange bottom cards and top cards to match up a monster and earn points. Playing is easy, but victory is tricky. Round up the most WuzzIts to win!

Family Fun

Aztack
Ages 7 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players
Aztack dares players to stack up to the great Aztecs and build a temple following divine laws. The high quality playing pieces or “stones” are inscribed with two colored Aztec glyphs. Every added stone must bridge two underneath and match them by color or glyph. Strategic decisions like blocking your opponents’ next move will help a player stack the most stones to win!

Battle Sheep
Ages 7 to Adult / 2 to 4 Players
Rivaling sheep herds go to head to fluffy head in this quick moving strategy game. The goal is to have your sheep occupy the most pastures. On each turn, players split their stack of sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. The winner will be watchful of sneaky sheep and successful at fencing out the foe. A different playing board is assembled before every game, so Battle Sheep is full of new challenges every time you play!

Spot it! Freeze
Ages 8 to Adult / 2 to 8 Players
Everyone’s favorite card game has gone sub-zero! Spot it! Freeze pits players against an electric timer and heats up the match fueled frenzy with three new games. Players race against the clock as they search for matches between temperature charged symbols, all while looking for their chance to freeze their opponents. Depending on the game, the clock can grant an advantage or cause a hair-pulling drawback. Beat the freeze to win! The handy timer opens up to store the playing cards.

Spot it! Splash
Ages 7 to Adult / 2 to 8 Players
The new waterproof version of the family favorite makes a splash wherever your adventures take you! Surf and sand are no match for these plastic cards, so you can play all five game variations any time, any place. Spot the single match between the most card combinations to win. Whether you’re pool side or inside, the summery symbols will put everyone in the mood for fun in the sun. Stash the cards in the waterproof travel bag and soak up the excitement on the go!

Serious Strategy

Niya
Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players
Set in the Imperial Garden of Classical Japan, Niya centers on a dark political conspiracy among two influential clans. On every turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their clan tokens. The next player can only exchange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the previously chosen tile. The first to position their clan in a row, square, or blockade will win control of the garden…and power at court! A simple yet sophisticated strategy game, Niya captivates players young and old.

BraveRats
Ages 8 to Adult / 2 Players
In the Highlands of Medieval Scotland, an epic battle is taking place underfoot! Rivaling rat clans clash in a bid for the throne in this two player strategy game. Both players have a hand of eight cards, numbered 0 to 7, with each character on the card possessing a special power. Cards are revealed in a calculated duel with the victory going to the higher number, unless the special power overrules. The first player to win four rounds claims the kingdom for their clan. This minimalistic wonder plays in just minutes but packs rich game play and plenty of suspense.

Founded in 2000, Blue Orange Games is a leading creator of tabletop games that excite and challenge all ages. The company is driven to inspire families to “unplug” and connect face to face with the people who matter most by playing games together. Their catalog of over 40 award-winning products has earned a reputation for high play value, skill development, elegant simplicity, and continuous fun. The eco-friendly company focuses on high quality designs using durable materials and plants two trees for each tree used in game construction. The 2014 games will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores across the United States and Canada in late spring 2014. Visit the store locator on www.blueorangegames.com to find a retailer.

Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Joie by Serge Azria

Images photographed by Lev Radin

Since its inception in 2001, JOIE has been one of the most sought after contemporary brands catering to the savvy, fashion minded, modern woman. Understatedly chic, JOIE’s designs are constantly inspired by the Southern California lifestyle and its casual, yet sophisticated way of life. Originally known for its signature cargos, JOIE has emerged as a lifestyle brand, a complete collection of ready to wear and accessories.

The JOIE aesthetic, both modern and timeless in its appeal, draws its influence from vintage creations while successfully maintaining a fresh approach to fashion. Be it Paris or California, the JOIE girl enjoys wearing casual, comfortable clothes accented by her travels throughout the world. The concept has always been “Casual, Comfortable and Luxurious.” Therefore, each piece that is designed encompasses a balance of these three key elements…one cannot exist without the other.

Azria is familiar with accomplishment. Prior to his time at JOIE, Azria partnered with Vince Camuto as CEO and head designer to create VCS footwear (which later became the Camuto Group) where he led the company to outstanding and rapid growth. In 2004, while enjoying the challenges he faced in design and in management, Azria accepted the offer to purchase a portion of the contemporary line JOIE. With great success, he then became sole owner and Creative Director in 2007.

Fall/Winter 2014 New York Week: Hernan Lander

Images Photographed by Lev Radin

Hernan Lander employs visions of modern art and creative forms of architecture in his designs. Since his beginnings at Altos De Chavon in the Dominican Republic, he was recognized with the Silver and Amber Thimble and was awarded a full scholarship to study at Parsons New School for Design. During his studies, Hernan won the Silver Thimble for menswear before he finished his junior year. Before graduating, Hernan worked for many prominent New York designers (such as Velasco Couture) where he collaborated with names as Rogelio Velasco, Proenza Schouler and Ralph Lauren. He was a finalist for the Gap competition (2007), and won first place in the Nordstrom Competition (2007) where his first collection was produced and sold during the spring/summer 2008. Hernan Lander was nominated as Designer of the Year at Parsons School of Design and won the Gold Thimble during his senior year of his studies. Hernan had been working for Donna Karan until December of 2008 when he decided to start his own collection.

Fall/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week: Tia Cibani

Runway Images photographed by Lev Radin

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 05, 2014: Models walk runway for Tia Cibani presentation at Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week at the Prince George Ballroom (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 05, 2014: Models walk runway for Tia Cibani presentation at Fall/Winter 2014 Fashion week at the Prince George Ballroom (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)