Nordstrom & Piece & Co. Launch Capsule Collection with Eight Top Brands to Support Women Worldwide

This spring, Nordstrom and Piece & Co. are collaborating on a new collection of apparel and accessories that connects style with global impact. Founded in 2011 by Kathleen Wright, Piece & Co. is committed to ending global poverty by providing sustainable employment opportunities to female artisans. Wright wanted to help women artisans create a marketplace for their products, and in turn create sustainable employment for themselves. Soon she began to make connections with brands that were looking for authentic alternatives to factory-produced fabrics and accessories and today, the handmade textiles she helps source – ikat, block print, tie-dye – are sought-after for their one-of-a-kind prints, bold colors and interesting textures. Piece & Co. was born. To date, Piece & Co. has created thousands of jobs for women in more than 30 countries by connecting their craft with brands who serve a global marketplace of conscious consumers. With one brand’s order, between 75 and 100 artisans can be employed for up to three months. By joining forces with Nordstrom, these brands are able to create more than 5,000 jobs through Piece & Co.

A woman tie-dies fabric in Jodhpur, India. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A woman tie-dies fabric in Jodhpur, India. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

 

Launching today, the capsule collection brings to life the work of women artisans around the world through unique, stylish pieces from eight incredible brands – Alice + Olivia, Current/Elliott, DVF, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, Theory, The Honest Company, and Tory Burch. Each brand worked closely with Piece & Co. to source handmade materials and fabrics that are then incorporated into their pieces – dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and handbags. The collection will be available at select Nordstrom stores and on nordstrom.com (nordstrom.com/pieceandco).

A Rebecca Minkoff jacket and skirt and Alice + Olivia dress from the Nordstrom + Piece & Co. collection. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A Rebecca Minkoff jacket and skirt and Alice + Olivia dress from the Nordstrom + Piece & Co. collection. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

In the collection, customers will find classic silhouettes revisited in global patterns and colors, including:

–    DVF‘s iconic wrap dress, this time made with hand-printed indigo batik, an ancient fabric printing technique that incorporates wax resist and dye.
–    Alice + Olivia‘s A-line dress in an artisan-made bold blue and white loom-woven fabric, made in a weaving cooperative in India.
–    Rebecca Minkoff‘s ‘Mini MAC’ cross-body in cognac leather accented with backstrap loom fabric, an ancient weave technique from Vietnam.
–    Tory Burch‘s crackle printed canvas separates made of hand-painted fabric from Zambia.
–    The Honest Company‘s nursing scarves made from hand-woven stripe and chambray designs and silk-screen printed fabrics from Maheshwar and Jodhpur, India.
–    Theory‘s tunics and city shorts in fatigue and block prints from India that are created using a hand-carved wooden stamp.
–    Current/Elliott‘s prep school shirts in black & white ikat or floral block prints made in India.
–    Joie‘s blue and white ikat on casual summer staples: jumper, shorts and a sleeveless dress.

What excites us most about this collaboration with Piece & Co. is how each of the brands really embraced the idea that the clothing they’re designing can truly make a difference,” said Tricia Smith, executive vice president, general merchandise manager, Women’s Apparel at Nordstrom. “It’s been inspiring to see how all of the brands have enjoyed creating their items with these beautiful fabrics and how they’ve now been incorporated into their spring collections.

When you invest in a woman, you invest in her family and community, too,” said Wright. “On average, women invest 90 percent of their income back into their families. This includes putting healthy food on the table, paying for their children to go school, or buying healthcare. And our artisans are no different. When we employ one artisan woman, we impact many. Pretty amazing things happen when women from around the world come together. I’m excited for the possibilities that this collaboration with Nordstrom and these fantastic brands brings.”

Pantone Color Institute Announces 2016 Color Trends for Home Furnishings and Interior Design

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 highlights nine directional color palettes with innovative themes and forward-thinking style

At the  International Home & Housewares Show 2015,  The Pantone Color Institute®, the global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, unveiled PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2016 – Innovation and Impact, a multi-faceted trend forecast highlighting color trends for the home and interiors marketplace in 2016. Containing nine key trend palettes, plus individual color and material direction, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors provides home furnishings and interior designers with the color information they need to make those critical color decisions.

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, and product imagery for use in presentations and storyboards. Highlighting additional insight and direction, a summary page provides a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors influencing the world of home furnishings and interior environments. To enable digital design, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 also includes PANTONE COLOR MANANGER for direct download of all PANTONE Color Libraries into design software.

The nine palettes for 2016 are: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage, Soft Focus, Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag.

  • Unambiguous colors, including shades that are plumbed from natural sources such as warm rosy clay and sheepskin beige, give us Natural Forms.
  • Dichotomy reinforces the concept that opposites do and can attract as silver metallic, sunny yellow and bright cobalt blue combine with calmer versions of the hues.
  • Pastel-focused Ephemera blends delicate shades of wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow.
  • Lineage is a palette where shades of navy, black, tan and regimental green co-mingle with touches of brighter colors.
  • Soft Focus reveals subtle and/or muted colors, sometimes being described as “smoky” and always versatile.
  • In the French language, Bijoux means “jewelry” – a fitting title for this palette that gleams with drama and intensity across many jewel tones.
  • Merriment is full of joyful shades including vibrant greens and yellows contrasted with pinks and oranges.
  • Capricious color combinations with vacation-destination blues and blue-greens create Footloose – a palette that supports the idea of throwing off the constricting scheduling of everyday life and simply enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.
  • Mixed Bag is an assortment of eclectic patterns and prints, with exciting and unique colors like pirate black and mandarin red as well as violet and florid orange.

Products in colors from the nine palettes featured in PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 is presently on display through tomorrow in the PANTONE ColorWatch Display located in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home and Housewares Show. Colors from PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 will also be highlighted in two presentations at the show given by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016 ($350 for One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 ($450 for a One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 color kit ($550 for a One year subscription) and PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016/plastic standards ($750) are available immediately at www.pantone.com/viewhome2016.

Give Yourself The Gift of a Digital Detox Retreat at The Villa at Grace Santorini

This spring season, Grace Santorini (in-season dates: 20 April 2015 – 31 October 2015) is introducing a Digital Detox Retreat at the hotel’s premier luxury suite, “The Villa”, encouraging guests to switch off from the outside world, helping to recharge the mind, body and soul.

The retreat will allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the luxury of The Villa, the pinnacle of Grace Santorini’s boutique accommodation. Located above the world-famous Caldera and in a prime position to enjoy the iconic Santorini sunsets, The Villa is the perfect sanctuary for those seeking the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity.

the Villa Private Pool Terrace at sunset

the Villa Private Pool Terrace at sunset (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

The 400 m² self-contained suite benefits from its own heated swimming pool and extensive double-level terraces for relaxation, be it guided mediation or sunbathing, ensuring the perfect blend of seclusion and indulgence, as well as offering two en-suite bedrooms, a private spa with steam bath, heated plunge pool and treatment room, kitchen with a private chef on request and a personal concierge.

The Villa Master Suite Seating Area

The Villa Master Suite Seating Area (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

The Villa Personal Chef

The Villa Personal Chef (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

On arrival at The Villa, guests will have the option to surrender their digital devices for the duration of their stay, and all electronics will be removed from The Villa at the guest’s request. This unique three-day experience is ideal for those looking to relax and reflect in beautiful surroundings and includes:

— Three nights’ accommodation at The Villa at Grace Santorini

— Welcome reception with a healthy selection of light bites and detox juices prepared and served by the chef in The Villa’s private kitchen

— Healthy breakfast and lunch each day prepared by The Villa’s private chef, from a specialist Mediterranean detox menu including dishes such as traditional Greek “Gemista” with quinoa, fresh fish baked in a salt crust, Santorinian fava and strawberry salad with consommé

— Daily yoga classes on The Villa’s terrace overlooking the Caldera

— Daily meditation sessions

— A Grace Royal spa treatment for each guest (90 minutes), to be enjoyed in The Villa’s private spa treatment room

— Digital Detox amenities (relaxation books, paints, paper, easel, digital detox notepad and pencil)

Further touches include specialist wellness dining menus including detox juice blends, as well as a selection of books on mindfulness and relaxation, an easel with a sketch pad and water colours which guests can take with them upon departure.

The Grace Hotels (www.gracehotels.com) is an award-winning luxury hotel group that offers sanctuary and quality for discerning guests in the world’s most sought after resorts and cities. Each hotel is a wholly authentic expression of its locality allowing guests to enjoy a true immersion in local culture with an experience incorporating both tradition and modernity. Gastronomy is an integral part of all hotels, with menus showcasing the finest local ingredients combined with international touches. The company’s hotels have attracted critical acclaim since the first opened in Greece’s Cyclades Islands in 2007. The group is undergoing a period of significant expansion–opening soon: Grace Marrakech (Morocco), The White Barn Grace (United States), Grace St. Moritz (Switzerland), La Dolfina Grace (Argentina), Grace Kalamata, and Grace Kea (Greece)–and will soon have a present on five continents.

Prices start from €2460 per person for three nights, based on 4 guest occupancy. For booking enquiries please email res.santorini@gracehotels.com or call +30 22860 21300.