Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens New Character Costumes Revealed by BuyCostumes.com and CostumeExpress.com on Force Friday(TM)

Birthday Party Supplies from BirthdayExpress.com and a Free Lightsaber Round Out the Unveiling to Celebrate the Movie

BuySeasons, Inc., parent company to online costume and party retailers BuyCostumes.com, CostumeExpress.com and BirthdayExpress.com, unveiled the new Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens merchandise, including costumes and birthday party supplies at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Sept. 4. In addition, all websites will offer compelling deals, including a free lightsaber with all orders to U.S. mailing addresses, to help fans celebrate Force Friday(TM).

Star Wars speaks to people of all ages and remains a very popular choice for costumes and birthday party supplies,” said Bob Humphrey, chief merchant at BuySeasons. Inc. “Force Friday represents a way to celebrate all things Star Wars and showcase the new items for the highly anticipated upcoming movie.”

Founded in 1999, BuySeasons, Inc. is a leading online retailer of costumes, accessories, party decor and supplies for year-round celebrations and entertaining. The company owns and operates BuyCostumes.com, BirthdayExpress.com, and CostumeExpress.com and is a subsidiary of Liberty Interactive.


Merchandise revealed on Force Friday(TM) includes unveiling the collection of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens costumes for all ages. The costumes feature the main characters including Captain Phasma, Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, as well as Stormtrooper and Flametrooper, along with a host of other costumes and accessories.


Party supplies displayed include Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens invitations, thank you notes, candles, party favors and toys, cups, napkins, plates, tablecovers, decorations and personalizable banners.

New costumes and party supplies include:
Captain Phasma Adult Deluxe
Flame Trooper Adult Deluxe
Star Wars Episode 7 – Finn Blaster with Strap
Find all Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens costumes and accessories on BuyCostumes.com here: http://www.buycostumes.com/c/themes/tv-movies/star-wars-costumes

Rey Child Classic
Kylo Ren Child Deluxe
Find all Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens costumes and accessories on CostumeExpress.com here: http://www.costumeexpress.com/c/star-wars/_/N-aZ1z141xy 

Scene Setter party supply decoration from Star Wars: Episode VII, available from BirthdayExpress.com (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

Scene Setter party supply decoration from Star Wars: Episode VII, available from BirthdayExpress.com (PRNewsFoto/BuySeasons, Inc.)

Star Wars: Episode VII Dinner Plate
Star Wars: Episode VII Scene Setter
Find all Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens party supplies on BirthdayExpress.com here: http://www.birthdayexpress.com/c/theme-parties/movies-tv/movies/star-wars

Special offers include:
BuyCostumes.com–Free lightsaber ($9.99 value) with all orders to U.S. mailing addresses* and $4.99 flat-rate shipping
CostumeExpress.com –Free lightsaber ($9.99 value) with all orders to U.S. mailing addresses* and $5 flat-rate shipping
BirthdayExpress.com— Free lightsaber ($9.99 value) with all orders to U.S. mailing addresses*, 25% off sitewide and free shipping on orders of $65 or more.
*While supplies last.

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America Announce a New Partnership Supporting Emerging Designers Who Design and Produce in the U.S.

Timo Weiland Is The First Designer To Collaborate With Banana Republic and CFDA On A Limited-Edition Capsule For Spring 2016

Banana Republic and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced a new partnership dedicated to supporting emerging designers based in America who design and produce in their local cities.

With this partnership, Banana Republic and the CFDA are committed to supporting designers located in America and American manufacturing. The partnership will include two limited-edition collections sold exclusively at select Banana Republic flagship stores and online. The program will spotlight one New York-based designer, who will create a capsule collection for Spring/Summer 2016, which is designed, cut and sewn exclusively in New York. This is going to be followed by a collection from a Los Angeles-based designer, which will be designed and produced exclusively in Los Angeles.

We are proud to partner with the CFDA and its network of emerging designers and manufacturers,” says Marissa Webb, Creative Director of Banana Republic. “This new program is a great opportunity to provide mentorship and resources to help creative talent grow their business while designing and producing locally.

Banana Republic is a quintessential American retailer, which makes them the perfect partner to support our mission to help promote designers here in America and domestic manufacturing,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA.

For the first collaboration, Banana Republic will work with designer Timo Weiland, an alumnus of the CFDA {FASHION INCUBATOR} program, on a womenswear collection for Spring 2016. The capsule will include twelve styles in solids and in custom prints, including dresses, tops, skirts and a blazer cut and sewn in New York by Sunrise Studio, a CFDA Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) grant winner, and Sn Productions.

Co-founded in 2010 by Timo Weiland, Alan Eckstein and Donna Kang, Timo Weiland is a New York-based Womens and Menswear brand. Built around the ethos of creating clothes to live in, the collections are inspired by the multifaceted lifestyles of the designers and those around them. Drawing from a shared love of music, travel and contemporary culture, Timo Weiland presents an updated take on classic American sensibilities. Known for eclectic combinations of fabrics and detailing, the collection places focus on quality and wearability, while injecting touches of the designers’ distinct brand of playfulness.

Donna, Alan and I are honored to collaborate on the first CFDA X BANANA REPUBLIC CAPSULE COLLECTION for Spring 2016,” says Timo Weiland, founder of Timo Weiland. “Since launching the brand, we have designed, cut and sewn our core signature woven styles in New York with factory partners based in the Garment District. Building upon this Made-in-New York aspect has been an integral part of our business and our story as a brand.

The collection will debut at Banana Republic’s Spring 2016 presentation during New York Fashion Week in September, and launch at retail in March 2016. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in more than 750 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide.

As part of Banana Republic’s partnership with the CFDA, FMI is receiving a monetary contribution that will be matched by the City’s financial commitment to the program. FMI, in affiliation with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, aims to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 that leads industry-wide initiatives and whose membership consists of more than 450 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, which recognize the top creative talent in the industry, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar, and serves as the official keeper of New York Fashion Week. It stages the bi-annual New York Fashion Week; Men’s and also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholar Award, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a high-profile group of companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA created and manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative; raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations and addresses the issue of model health with The CFDA Health Initiative.

For more information, please visit www.CFDA.com, facebook.com/cfda, twitter.com/cfda, cfda.tumblr.com, and youtube.com/cfdatv.

H&M Releases Inspiring Film Starring Iggy Pop, Pardeep Singh Bahra, Loza Maleombho, And Daniel Lismore To Highlight Global Recycling Initiative

To Celebrate, H&M and DoSomething.org Launch “Close the Loop College Cup” Competition Across the U.S.

Our mission is to close the loop on fashion. By collecting old clothes and turn them into new updated styles, instead of letting them go to waste, we can completely change the way fashion is made.”

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, released an inspiring film emphasizing that there is only one rule in fashion – to recycle your clothes! Starring icons Iggy Pop,Pardeep Singh Bahra, Loza Maleombho, and Daniel Lismore, the piece supports H&M‘s Close the Loop collection and Global Recycling initiative, which to date, has recycled more than two-hundred sixty billion pounds of unwanted clothing. Aligning with the brand’s efforts to create a more sustainable fashion future, H&M has also teamed up with DoSomething.org to launch the “Close the Loop College Cup” competition, focusing on recycling amongst U.S. college campuses.

The film clearly shows that there are no rules in fashion but one, to recycle your clothes. H&M‘s mission is to create a closed loop in fashion, with the ambition to emphasize that you can break the fashion rules as long as all unwanted clothes do not go to waste. Singer Iggy Pop narrates and stars in the film, alongside additional influencers such as Blogger Pardeep Singh Bahra, emerging Designer Loza Maleombho, and Artist Daniel Lismore. By collecting old clothes and turning them into new, updated styles, instead of letting them go to waste, we can completely change the way fashion is made. This will reduce the need for virgin resources; as well as minimize the impact fashion has on our planet. In 2013, H&M was the first fashion company to launch a global Garment Collecting initiative.close the loop 648x365

The “Close the Loop College Cup” competition, running September 3rd through October 1st, has invited fifty colleges from around the country to compete to collect the most clothing to recycle at local H&M stores through H&M’s Garment Collecting initiative. Ambassadors from each school will lead their teams and classmates by collecting and recycling unwanted clothing around their campuses to be eligible to win a $2,000 scholarship, new laptops, and other compelling prizes for their teams and school.

Coming off the heels of H&M and DoSomething.org‘s second annual Comeback Clothes campaign this spring, the companies are excited to announce that cumulatively, Comeback Clothes has prevented nearly one million pounds of clothing from ending up in landfills. Rising star, Victoria Justice, served as the face of the second annual “Comeback Clothes” campaign, and starred in the Public Service Announcement as well as recycled her own clothes.cq5dam.web.648.486

All H&M stores globally accept clothing and textiles of any brand, in any condition, year round that can be recycled in their garment recycling boxes. H&M encourages everyone to spread the word, and don’t let fashion go to waste, by sharing the film socially.

To view H&M’s new Garment Collecting video featuring Iggy Pop, click here
For more information on Close the Loop College Cup, click 
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