Nestlé Nespresso SA Introduces George Clooney As New U.S. Brand Ambassador

Partnership and Multi-Channel Marketing Campaign Spotlight Nespresso’s Quality Coffee Credentials and Sustainability Efforts; Encourage Americans to “Experience a cup above”

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Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium, single-serve coffee, has announced that George Clooney — American actor, screenwriter, producer, director and activist — will extend his relationship with the company by becoming the new brand ambassador in the U.S. Beginning November 2nd, Clooney will be featured in Nespresso’s new integrated marketing campaign in the U.S., which brings to life Nespresso as “a cup above” across television, print and digital advertisements, a partnership web film, social media and a dedicated microsite. The campaign will also run in Canada. This is the first branded television advertising campaign in North America to feature Clooney.

George Clooney on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

George Clooney on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 62 countries and has more than 10,500 employees. In 2014, it operated a global retail network of over 400 exclusive boutiques.

Extended Partnership to the U.S. Solidifies Clooney as Global Ambassador for Nespresso

As Nespresso’s U.S. brand ambassador, Clooney will share with American consumers Nespresso’s heritage of quality coffee, innovative design, leading sustainability and customer service. Clooney has been a long-term partner with the brand in Europe and other international markets, charming fans and coffee aficionados in broadcast and print campaigns since 2006. He also serves as a member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, collaborating on ideas and solutions towards improving the lives and futures of coffee farmers.

We are thrilled that George Clooney is expanding his relationship with Nespresso by becoming the new U.S. brand ambassador. We are very proud of the work we have done together and we look forward to extending the partnership to bring our brand story and high quality, sustainable coffee to more and more people in the U.S.,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, President, Nespresso USA and member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.

Danny DeVito on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Danny DeVito on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

In the 30- and 60-second television ads, Clooney dressed in a war General costume is in a movie studio commissary lined up for coffee where he meets Danny DeVito, wearing a Napoleon costume. Danny is pouring himself a coffee from an antiquated coffee pot while George brews himself a fresh Nespresso. Danny, and various other characters in costume, is intrigued with George’s coffee selection and proceeds to ask Clooney to introduce him to Nespresso. Clooney, in his characteristic wit and charm, agrees to train Danny in the art of good taste – from his coffee selection to the beauty of tango dancing to a finely tailored suit. In the end, George himself is even impressed. Through their entertaining and comedic interplay, Clooney and DeVito demonstrate how everyone can “Experience a cup above.”

Danny DeVito, with supporting actor, Helena Mattsson, on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Danny DeVito, with supporting actor, Helena Mattsson, on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

The statement is an invitation into Nespresso’s elegant lifestyle and the company’s commitment to deliver the highest quality sustainable Grand Cru coffees to its consumers. Only 1-2 percent of the world’s coffee crops match the brand’s strict quality requirements and aroma profiles. Continue reading

Travel Alert: ZERO HALLIBURTON, Inc. Introduces the GEO Aluminum 2.0 Luggage Collection

ZERO HALLIBURTON‘s best-selling aluminum series, The GEO Aluminum, has recently been updated and now includes new features like recessed Drawbolt Latches that feature TSA-Accepted Combination Locks, Stain-Resistant Signature Linings, and a reinforced Sealed-Gasket Frame. Besides classic Silver and Black, there is a striking new third color that is being introduced: Bronze. The two largest Spinners, the ZRG228 and the ZRG230, will also include a premium Neoprene Luggage Cover for quick identification and additional protection of the exterior.

Travel in Style (PRNewsFoto/Zero Halliburton, Inc.)

Travel in Style (PRNewsFoto/Zero Halliburton, Inc.)

According to Mr. Atsushi Osaki, President of ZERO Halliburton, Inc., “The new GEO Aluminum 2.0 addresses the needs of today’s traveler: it is quite functional with exceptional organization and packing capacity; it is extremely durable and offers the ultimate protection of your belongings while traveling. In regard to design, ZERO HALLIBURTON‘s new GEO Aluminum 2.0 is one of the most aesthetically attractive cases on the market. Travelers who carry the new GEO Aluminum 2.0 will definitely feel both rewarded and empowered.”280495 (2)

ZERO HALLIBURTON‘s NEW GEO Aluminum 2.0 Luggage Collection is is available in seven sizes, ranging from the International Carry-On 4-Wheel Spinner Travel Case to the 30″ 4-wheel Spinner Travel Case. Prices range from $750 to $1,300; and sold at the ZERO HALLIBURTON Flagship Store in New York City and at the finest specialty luggage and department stores throughout the world.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Moda Operandi Launches The 2015 Holiday Collection

Collection Includes Expanded Range of Extravagant and Over-the-top Gifts for All Ages

Moda Operandi Has Established A Retail Renaissance Where The Time-Honored Institution Of Luxury Meets An Innovative Point Of View On Fashion.

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The legendary Neiman Marcus Christmas Book has some competition this season. And although Moda Operandi doesn’t have the decades-old pedigree of The Christmas Book, it easily competes with it when it comes to opulent gifts and luxurious experiences. Moda Operandi, the first online luxury retailer to provide consumers access to the full collections of top designers directly from the runway, announces the launch of their 2015 Holiday Collection.

Featuring one-of-a-kind items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, the assortment of extraordinary gifts is curated to appease even those with the most discerning taste. (The holiday campaign was shot by renowned British photographer Steve Hiett who regularly shoots for Vogue Italia, Numero, and Elle France. )gift_guide_ed23_011 copy

Every holiday season, I look forward to selecting gifts for my nearest and dearest,” said Lauren Santo Domingo, Moda Operandi Co-Founder. “One could argue the sentiment and sense of creativity that goes into a selecting a gift can be a chore. But between our stylists and our collection of gifts, Moda Operandi can make (almost) everyone’s wish list a reality.”gift_guide_ed24_011 copy

Moda Operandi’s gift collection is priced from $20 to $5 million and is available to shop on the site and in the London Mews, 32 Grosvenor Crescent Mews, Belgravia boutique. Items and one-of-a-kind experiences available in the collection include:

 

The 2015 Moda Operandi Holiday Collection campaign photographed by Steve Hiett. (PRNewsFoto/Moda Operandi)

The 2015 Moda Operandi Holiday Collection campaign photographed by Steve Hiett. (PRNewsFoto/Moda Operandi)

EXPERIENCES:
Buccellati Diamond Engagement Ring & Party: In addition to selecting a diamond ring from the brand’s celebrated collection of fine jewelry, the happy couple will have the opportunity to host a lavish engagement party at the exclusive Buccellati Club in New York.
Bespoke Playlist by Steve Aoki on Goldgenie iPod: This incredible, all-encompassing experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a weekend in Las Vegas including a meet-and-greet session, dinner at his VIP table at the Hakkasan nightclub, and a personally-curated playlist on a 24K gold-plated iPod by GoldGenie IPod.gift_guide_ed26_138 copy
The “One-Hit Wonder” Experience: Your chance to record a song with Grammy Award-winning hitmaker and songwriter Dallas Austin, who has collaborated with Michael Jackson, Madonna, Mick Jagger and others.
Custom Children’s Super Kart: Have a custom-made children’s car built by Jason Castriota of Skylabs, who has helped shape designs for the likes of Ferrari and Maserati.
Kiki de Montparnasse Love Suite Experience: An exclusive collaboration between the five star resort in Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland and the beloved luxury fashion brand in New York. This package provides couples with a private retreat and includes a shopping spree, personalized lingerie set, spa treatment, and a seven-course dinner at hotspot Megu.gift_guide_ed25_056 copy
Private Casamigos Mixologist Package: You and eight guests enjoy a night filled with Casamigos cocktails and fine food with an expert mixologist and world-renowned chef, brought straight to your door.
2015 World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen: A collaboration between Moda Operandi and the St. Regis to provide exclusive access to the 2015 World Snow Polo Championship in Aspen and a luxurious 5-night stay at the St. Regis Aspen Resort. Not only does the package provide access to the polo matches, it also includes polo lessons with international polo star and St. Regis Connoisseur, Nacho Figueras at the Aspen Valley Polo Club, two sixty minute massages at the Remede Spa, two Aspen Snowmass lift tickets, and dinner for two at the Chefs Club by Food & Wine.

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RARE & ONE-OF-A-KIND:
A made-to-order Goldgenie 24K Gold Racing Bicycle
Bayco 24 cts Emerald and Diamond Ring
Jamie Clawson made to order Resin-Coated Python Leather Surfboard
Savelli Geneve Limited Edition Mobile Phone with 3 cts Emeralds, 18K Rose Gold
Jewelry and home decor by Simon Teakle, Baccarat, and Buccellati
FINE JEWELRY: Exquisite pieces from Buccellati, Irene Neuwirth, Nam Cho, Sutra and Nina Runsdorf

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FOR THE GENTLEMAN: Playful cufflinks from Deakin & Francis, Cedes Milano Traveling Shaving Set and exclusive Python Leather Surfboard and Dartboard from Jamie Clawson

FOR THE KIDS: Personalized Christmas Wish Pillow from Julia B. Couture, Back at the Ranch cowboy boots, life-size Hansa stuffed animals, and a Bulldozer Bed by Imobili

FINE ART: A private collection of contemporary artists, including names such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, and Cindy Sherman.

Our client is dynamic–there is always a demand for us to curate more than clothing for her and the holiday season is no exception,” said Deborah Nicodemus, Moda Operandi CEO. “Our international stylist team offers the ultimate in bespoke luxury shopping services, ensuring each and every detail is perfect; from the selection of the item down to the perfectly-tied bow.”

For the Holiday season, Moda Operandi will be partnering with the iconic St. Regis New York hotel, placing service buttons in three suites, for the ultimate luxury experience. Guests staying in the Presidential, Royal, and Imperial suites will have 24/7, direct access to a Moda Operandi stylist to source, wrap, and deliver the perfect gift. Not in New York? The Moda Operandi stylist team is global and available for all wishlists. Contact Stylist@modaoperandi.com to discover more.

The Holiday 2015 Collection is available to shop online at https://www.modaoperandi.com/shop/holiday-gift-guide-2015.

About Moda Operandi
Moda Operandi is the only place to preorder looks straight from the unedited runway collections of the world’s top designers–months before they are available anywhere else. But for those who just can’t wait? Moda Operandi Boutique offers an expertly curated selection of in-season items from both established and emerging designers, ready to ship now. In homage to the history of couture, Moda Operandi offers a bespoke shopping experience that includes unprecedented access to your favorite designers and hand-selected recommendations from personal stylists. For more information visit www.modaoperandi.com

Beauty & Grooming: MopTop Haircare Announces New Products, New Business Relationship

280038MopTop, Inc., an award-winning natural haircare line known for its nourishing shampoos, conditioners, and stylers, launches two new products – MopTop® Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner and MopTop® Mongongo Oil.

Founded in 2005 by Kelly Foreman, MopTop, Inc. is a global company of award-winning hair care products manufactured in Texas. MopTop is dedicated to providing the finest natural hair care products for all ages, ethnicities, and hair textures, to invigorate confidence and embrace natural beauty.279970

The MopTop® Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner is an oasis in the desert for the “No ‘Poos” (those who do not use shampoo) or for those with extra-dry hair. The Co-Wash is a conditioner that is used in lieu of a shampoo, and the friction used to work the product into the hair works to both moisturize and clean hair and scalp, without drying hair out. This product is ideal to clean and condition for second- and third-day hair that is wavy, curly, or kinky in texture.

The MopTop® Mongongo Oil is a decadent oil infused with mongongo, a nutty oil rich in protein and Vitamin E, that penetrates the hair follicle to repair hair cells, help retain strength and elasticity, and shield hair from the elements. It has the versatility to act as a styler or a finisher while adding shine and moisture, smoothing fly-aways and frizzies, and can be used as a sealer after styling. This product does not have thermal protection and should not be used for flat ironing. It can be used with leave-ins, custards, or gels to hydrate, regenerate, and restructure hair.

Our Co-Wash and Mongongo Oil are great additions to our natural line and we’re excited to bring these products to market,” said Foreman. “The ‘no poos’ have been pretty vocal about having more options to freshen up their hair without drying it out, and our Co-Wash does just that. There has also been a demand for a finisher that could both add shine and manage frizzy ends. We’re thrilled to give the people what they want!

MopTop also announced a developing partnership during 3rd Quarter 201515 with United Natural Foods, Inc. (UNFI), a leading national distributor of organic and personal care products. UNFI is now selling the MopTop natural haircare line through their natural retail channels in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast territories.

MACY’S HEARTS PEANUTS®

This Holiday Season, Macy’s Celebrates PEANUTS As The Retailer Partners With The Iconic Entertainment Brand In Celebration Of Its 65th Anniversary And The 50th Anniversary Of The Holiday Classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”

This November, the PEANUTS® gang takes center stage at Macy’s for the holiday season in celebration of their 65th anniversary and the golden anniversary of the classic holiday animated special, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A collaboration that is sure to delight generations of fans who have grown up with PEANUTS beloved characters and stories, this holiday season at Macy’s, the world-famous characters will be showcased with a collectible plush and exclusive themed merchandise as inspiration for Macy’s famed holiday windows and via a new float in the 89th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®.

Snoopy Plush at Macy's This Christmas

Snoopy Plush at Macy’s This Christmas

Together Macy’s and PEANUTS have a long history of entertaining generations of fans, dating back to the first-ever Snoopy balloon in the 1968 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, group vice president, Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group. “This year, we are celebrating the milestone anniversaries of this American treasure by putting Peanuts and its beloved characters front and center during the holidays at Macy’s, with featured roles in a host of our most beloved holiday traditions – from our collectible plush and animated holiday windows to our iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade.macys_on_black_se_8540

Peanuts and Macy’s are two brands that are essential to celebrating the holidays – it just isn’t the holiday season until you see Snoopy soar down the streets of Manhattan in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watch Charlie Brown decorate his pathetic tree in ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’” said Leigh Anne Brodsky, managing director of Peanuts Worldwide. “This year, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ that connection will be even stronger as Snoopy and his sister, Belle, star as the collectible plush package and the Peanuts gang is featured in Macy’s windows around the country.”

Kicking off the holiday celebration will be PEANUTS iconic beagle Snoopy, who will serve as the 2015 Macy’s Holiday Ambassador. Starting Nov. 2, an exclusive Snoopy collectible plush featuring his sister Belle will be available at more than 600 full-line Macy’s stores and on macys.com. The huggable plush features Snoopy dressed in a warm holiday hat and vest along with a bonus backpack clip of his sister Belle. For two decades, Macy’s collectible plush program has featured some of the most recognizable characters in history. Selected to highlight the family fun and excitement that awaits shoppers at Macy’s stores during the holiday season, Snoopy makes his fifth appearance as the Official Holiday Ambassador. The Snoopy plush will be in stores through the end of the holidays and will be available for $15.95. As part of his duties as Holiday Ambassador, Snoopy will be featured in a host of holiday collateral at Macy’s, including posters and custom-designed shopping bags distributed nationwide throughout the holiday season. In addition, Snoopy cold-air inflatable balloons will adorn marquee entrances at Macy’s flagships in New York City and San Francisco, and he will be a featured character at a series of in-store special children’s events from coast-to-coast. Continue reading

The Elton John AIDS Foundation Awards $4.4 Million in New Grants

New EJAF Grants Challenge HIV Criminalization Laws, Address The Needs Of Vulnerable Homeless Youth, And Increase Access To Clean Needles For Injection Drug Users

Join Us In Speaking Out, Taking Action, And Contributing To Our Efforts To Achieve A World Without AIDS.” – Scott Campbell, EJAF’s Executive Director

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF), a leader in the global effort to end AIDS, has announced a new series of grants totaling $4.4 million to support organizations fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic in critical and innovative ways. The Foundation is renewing 16 grants and funding nine new organizations to scale up programs that address societal trends driving the HIV/AIDS epidemic. This is one of EJAF’s largest grant cycles to date.

Elton John AIDS Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/Elton John AIDS Foundation)

Elton John AIDS Foundation logo (PRNewsFoto/Elton John AIDS Foundation)

To most people, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is primarily known for its renown (and-hard-to-get-into) annual Oscar Night Viewing Party/Benefit Gala in Hollywood. But it’s one of the driving force in the fight against HIV and AIDS throughout the world. The Foundation believe that AIDS can be beaten. As such it act on that belief by raising funds for effective programs and policies, and also by speaking out with honesty and compassion about the realities of people’s lives. Sir Elton John created EJAF over twenty years ago, first in the United States in 1992 and then in the United Kingdom in 1993. Through hard work and with the help of our network of kind, amazing, creative, and generous friends and supporters, the two foundations together have raised more than $349 million over the past two decades to combat stigma, prevent infections, provide treatment and services, and motivate governments to end AIDS. The U.S. foundation focuses its efforts on programs in the United States, the Americas, and the Caribbean, while the U.K. foundation funds HIV-related work in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

For more than 20 years, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been committed to confronting the HIV/AIDS epidemic where it exists,” said EJAF Founder Elton John. “Our newest round of grants supports exciting and innovative projects addressing transgender health, homeless LGBT youth, the continued criminalization of HIV-positive people, and the syringe services for people who inject drugs. We also remain focused on increasing access to HIV prevention, treatment, and care for all.”

Included in this wide-ranging cohort of grantees, EJAF is also renewing its commitment as a founding partner of the Syringe Access Fund and will award $2 million over two years to reduce injection-related transmissions of HIV. This award builds on the $2.5 million investment the foundation made in 2013 and 2014 for services that aid people who inject drugs.

Our grantees are on the front lines of the epidemic,” said Scott Campbell, EJAF’s Executive Director. “As one of the largest funders in the world dedicated to ending AIDS, we are committed to making real-time investments that address the latest trends in the epidemic and also providing ongoing support for the tried and true strategies that improve access to healthcare and ensure basic human rights for people most affected by the epidemic.”

AMONG THE NEW GRANTS ARE:

Bold projects by Equality California Institute and The Williams Institute in California to change discriminatory state laws enacted during the HIV panics of the 1980s that criminalize HIV transmission;

A new national survey by the University of Chicago to document the numbers and needs of homeless youth – especially homeless LGBT youth, who are at increased risk of HIV/AIDS;

A program run by Garden State Equality to improve transgender people’s adherence to HIV treatment in New Jersey;

A project by Immigration Equality in New York City that provides much-needed, high quality legal services to people with HIV caught up in the U.S. immigration system; and

Increased support for programs by the National Black Justice Coalition to identify and cultivate the next generation of young Black LGBTQ leaders and engage them in the effort to end HIV/AIDS.

For more information and for a complete list and descriptions of EJAF’s 2015 grantees, please visit www.ejaf.org.

American Airlines is the official sponsoring airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Luke Bryan to Kick Off 125th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Halftime Performance During Dallas Cowboys 2015 Thanksgiving Day Game

Over $2 Billion Raised Since Dallas Cowboys And The Salvation Army Joined Forces 19 Years Ago

Luke Bryan to Kick Off 125th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Halftime Performance During Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Luke Bryan to Kick Off 125th Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with LIVE Halftime Performance During Cowboys Thanksgiving Day Game

Country music star Luke Bryan will perform LIVE at AT&T Stadium during halftime of the Dallas Cowboys game against the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day, November 26, kicking off The Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Campaign. The nationally televised halftime performance marks the 19th year the Dallas Cowboys have partnered with The Salvation Army to launch the iconic annual campaign, which raises millions of dollars throughout the holiday season. Donations help provide meals and shelter for families and Christmas toys for millions of children, in addition to numerous other social services programs year-round, such as substance abuse programs, shelter and counseling for victims of domestic violence, and military veteran assistance.

From its humble beginnings as a Salvation Army captain’s start-up program in 1891 in San Francisco, the Red Kettle Campaign has grown into one of the most recognizable and important charitable campaigns in the United States. It provides toys for kids, coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and countless social service programs year-round. As part of the campaign, more than 25,000 Salvation Army volunteers throughout the country ring bells and solicit donations to the Red Kettles.

Luke Bryan was joined by Charlotte Jones Anderson, Lt. Col. Ron Busroe and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders before his concert in Dallas to announce that he will kickoff The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with a halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game.

Luke Bryan was joined by Charlotte Jones Anderson, Lt. Col. Ron Busroe and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders before his concert in Dallas to announce that he will kickoff The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign with a halftime performance during the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day game.

The Red Kettle Campaign runs from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Eve and is the largest and longest-running fundraiser of its kind. It raised $144.7 million last year alone, with more than $2 billion raised since the Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day partnership began in 1997. For the second year, this campaign will include an invitation for donors to share their reasons for giving on social media, and Luke Bryan will add his own #RedKettleReason.

Luke Bryan shares his #RedKettleReason, “Because I want my kids to know Christmas is a time to give"

Luke Bryan shares his #RedKettleReason, “Because I want my kids to know Christmas is a time to give”

The Red Kettle Kickoff Halftime Show has been nationally televised for all of its 19 years, reaching millions of viewers with the campaign’s message. Bryan is the newest addition to a list of Red Kettle Kickoff celebrity halftime performers, including Selena Gomez, Kenny Chesney, Enrique Iglesias, Keith Urban, Daughtry, Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Sheryl Crow, Destiny’s Child, Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes, Creed, Jessica Simpson, Billy Gilman, Clint Black, Randy Travis and Reba McEntire.

In addition to giving online or to the traditional bell ringers that will be stationed at retail locations across the country, supporters can donate through the Army’s text-to-give program. By texting the word “KETTLE” to 80888, donors can send $10 to the Red Kettle Campaign. Continue reading

Uniqlo Launches the Carine Roitfeld x UNIQLO Capsule Collection, Now In Stores

UNIQLO launched the much-anticipated Carine Roitfeld x UNIQLO capsule collection today Thursday, October 29 at the UNIQLO store in Le Marais in Paris. The collection is now available at select UNIQLO stores worldwide and online at a dedicated collection e-commerce website. The line, made in collaboration with fashion industry leader, Carine Roitfeld, offers ultra-feminine and sophisticated wardrobe pieces designed for the modern woman who expects her clothes work in all circumstances.

Carine Roitfeld x UNIQLO offers a choice of coats and jackets with impeccable cuts, worked mesh pieces, printed cashmere tops leopard and other silk blouses and very fitting skirts and pants.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Carine Roitfeld is the founder and editor-in-chief of CR Fashion Book, as well as the Contributing Fashion Director of all international editions of Harper’s Bazaar. During her 10 years as editor of Vogue France, from 2001 to 2011, Roitfeld redefined the rules of fashion and style and hoisted the publication to the rank of “fashion bible” status, constantly pushing the boundaries of the concept of what a monthly fashion magazine should be. Prior to this position, she worked for several years in publishing and fashion design for publications such as Glamour (France), V Magazine, Elle (France) and The Face.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

The provocative and supremely talented Carine Roitfeld has always extended her reach beyond the magazines for which she works. Her aesthetic has redefined the image of certain brands through legendary campaigns for Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Tom Ford in particular, and changed the codes of clothing by inspiring a generation of women with her iconic style.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Today, armed with her unbridled imagination and his unwavering ability to turn dreams into reality glossy, she continues to put the bar higher by becoming fashion director of international editions of Harper’s Bazaar and directing her own magazine ( her “laboratory of ideas” as she calls it herself), CR Fashion Book, launched in September 2012 with the help of a friend and longtime collaborator, Stephen Gan. The development of the first CR Fashion Book issue was immortalized by director Fabien Constant in a fascinating and successful (and highly enjoyable) documentary Mademoiselle C, released in theaters worldwide in 2013.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Carine Roitfeld Collection x UNIQLO UNIQLO store in Le Marais. Photo by Jean Picon.

Since its launch, the CR Fashion Book has become a showcase for Roitfeld, enabling her to discover and promote countless young designers, photographers and artists, and to further develop her presence in the international fashion arena, asserting her fashion icon status while continuing to work on outside projects. Carine Roitfeld‘s work was the subject of a book entitled Irreverent published by Rizzoli editions in 2011.

Carine Roitfeld’s collection for Fall Winter 2015 season:

Coats and jackets From € 69.90 to € 179.90

Skirts and trousers From € 19.90 to € 59.90

Shirts From € 39.90 to € 69.90

T-shirts and tops From € 19.90 to € 49.90

Sweaters From € 39.90 to € 49.90

Dresses From € 39.90 to € 79.90

Accessories (bags, belts and scarves) From € 19.90 to € 39.90

Tights € 7.90

Dedicated website : http://www.uniqlo.com/carineroitfeld/

Premier Selection Of Galleries To Participate In Art Basel’s 2016 Edition In Hong Kong

Preview (by Invitation Only)

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 3pm to 8pm

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 1pm to 5pm

Vernissage (by Invitation Only)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 5pm to 9pm

Public Days

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 1pm to 9pm

Friday, March 25, 2016, 1pm to 8pm

Saturday, March 26, 2016, 11am to 6pm

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 - General Impression © Art Basel Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 – General Impression © Art Basel
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel has announced the details of its fourth edition in Hong Kong, taking place for the second time in March. The Hong Kong show of Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, will feature 239 premier galleries from 35 countries and territories, presenting works of the highest quality that range from the Modern period of the early 20th century to the most contemporary artists of today. Once again, Art Basel will be a showcase for art from the region of Asia and Asia-Pacific, where half of its galleries have exhibition spaces. Art Basel Hong Kong will open to the public from Thursday, March 24 to Saturday, March 26, 2016, and will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 - General Impression © Art Basel Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 – General Impression © Art Basel
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 - General Impression © Art Basel Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 – General Impression © Art Basel
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel stages the world’s premier art shows for Modern and contemporary works, sited in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Defined by its host city and region, each show is unique, which is reflected in its participating galleries, artworks presented, and the content of parallel programming produced in collaboration with local institutions for each edition. In addition to ambitious stands featuring leading galleries from around the globe, each show’s singular exhibition sectors spotlight the latest developments in the visual arts, offering visitors new ideas and new inspiration.

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 - General Impression © Art Basel Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 – General Impression © Art Basel
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 - General Impression © Art Basel Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 – General Impression © Art Basel
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 - General Impression © Art Basel Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Art Basel in Hong Kong 2015 – General Impression © Art Basel
Photo by Jessica Hromas/Art Basel 2015

Alongside a strong presence of returning galleries from across the globe, this year’s edition features 28 galleries that will participate in the Hong Kong show of Art Basel for the first time. Nine new galleries join from Asia including Antenna Space (Shanghai), galerie nichido (Tokyo, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Karuizawa, Kasama, Paris), Gallery 100 (Taipei), Ink Studio (Beijing), Lawrie Shabibi (Dubai), Longmen Art Projects (Shanghai), MEM (Tokyo), Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai) and Yeo Workshop (Singapore). Art Basel Hong Kong will also see the addition of 18 leading Western galleries showing for the first time including Cardi Gallery (Milan, London), Carlos/Ishikawa (London), David Kordansky Gallery (Los Angeles), Galerie 1900 – 2000 (Paris), Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi (Berlin), Galerie Jocelyn Wolff (Paris), Galerie Nagel Draxler (Berlin, Cologne), gb agency (Paris), Greene Naftali (New York), In Situ – fabienne leclerc (Paris), Kewenig (Berlin, Palma), Metro Pictures (New York), P.P.O.W (New York), Sabrina Amrani (Madrid), Société (Berlin), team (gallery, inc.) (New York, Los Angeles), Xavier Hufkens (Brussels) and Zeno X Gallery (Antwerp). Selma Feriani Gallery (Sidi Bou Said, London) joins Art Basel as the first African gallery outside of South Africa to ever participate in an Art Basel show.

Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Ushio Shinohara, Samurai Sword, 1967. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galleries 2016: Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Ushio Shinohara, Samurai Sword, 1967. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Project Fulfill Art Space, Sung-chih Chen《Untitled-Room 1》mixed media installation, 300x300x240cm,2008 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei) Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galleries 2016: Project Fulfill Art Space, Sung-chih Chen《Untitled-Room 1》mixed media installation, 300x300x240cm,2008 (Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei) Courtesy the artist and the gallery

The upcoming edition features a particularly strong representation of galleries with exhibition spaces in Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan, in addition to those with spaces in Hong Kong and Mainland China. The participating galleries have exhibition spaces in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mainland China, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.

de Sarthe Gallery, Zao Wou-Ki, Untitled, 1963. Courtesy the artist and de Sarthe Gallery

Galleries 2016: de Sarthe Gallery, Zao Wou-Ki, Untitled, 1963. Courtesy the artist and de Sarthe Gallery

Gallery Exit, LUI Chun Kwong. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Galleries 2016: Gallery Exit, LUI Chun Kwong. Courtesy of the artist and the gallery

Galleries, the main sector of the show, will feature 187 Modern and contemporary art galleries, presenting the highest quality of painting, sculpture, drawing, installation, photography, video and editioned works. Exhibitors returning after a brief hiatus include Marianne Boesky Gallery (New York) and Applicat-Prazan (Paris), while many Asian galleries have moved from other sectors of the show into Galleries, where they will present a wider range of their gallery programs. These galleries are: Athr (Jeddah), Blindspot Gallery (Hong Kong), Chambers Fine Art (Beijing, New York), Galerie Ora-Ora (Hong Kong), Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde (Dubai, Brussels), Nanzuka (Tokyo), Nature Morte (New Delhi), Project Fulfill Art Space (Taipei), Taro Nasu (Tokyo), TKG+ (Taipei, Beijing), Yavuz Gallery (Singapore) and Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo). Francesca Minini (Milan) and Galeria Plan B (Cluj, Berlin) are also showing for the first time in the Galleries sector.

Insights 2016: 1335Mabini, Kiri Dalena, Erased Slogans. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Insights 2016: 1335Mabini, Kiri Dalena, Erased Slogans. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Lawrie Shabibi, Farhad Ahrarnia, Intuitive Notion of a Rotation, 2015. Courtesy The artist and Lawrie Shabibi

Lawrie Shabibi, Farhad Ahrarnia, Intuitive Notion of a Rotation, 2015. Courtesy The artist and Lawrie Shabibi

The Insights sector will be dedicated to curatorial projects by 28 galleries with spaces in Asia and the Asia-Pacific region and will feature solo shows, exceptional historical material, and strong thematic group exhibitions. This year’s edition features a particularly strong presentation of Modern work, with around half of the galleries presenting material from this period. This year’s Insights will provide a particularly diverse and in-depth overview of art from across the region with featured artists from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Japan, Mainland China, South Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Turkey. Highlights include eight large photographic works by Michael Cook (b. 1968, Australia), forming a panoramic narrative reflecting on colonial histories and drawing on the artist’s Bidjara heritage, presented by This Is No Fantasy + dianne tanzer gallery (Melbourne); Antenna Space (Shanghai) presents sculpture by artists Guan Xiao (b. 1983, Mainland China) and Yu Honglei (b. 1984, Mainland China) each responding to themes of ‘postproduction’ and ‘reproduction’; a new body of work by Stella Zhang (b. 1965, Mainland China), a continuation of her existing series ‘0-Viewpoint’ and comprising sculptural paintings and an installation, brought to Art Basel by Galerie du Monde (Hong Kong); experimental ink work by Li Huasheng (b. 1944, Mainland China), presented by Ink Studio (Beijing); ceramic sculptures by Kimiyo Mishimo (b. 1932, Japan), many of which will not have previously been seen outside of Japan, brought by MEM (Tokyo); performative video work by Tadasu Takamine (b. 1968, Japan), an artist whose work draws attention to the societal effects of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, presented by Arataniurano (Tokyo); and, brought by Pi Artworks (Istanbul, London), new sculptures by Tayeba Begum Lipi (b. 1969, Bangladesh) reflecting on her childhood, accompanied by video and audio work. Continue reading

THE GREAT BIG TOYS“R”US BOOK OF AWESOME Arrives In Homes This Week, Featuring An All-New Interactive Experience

For the First Time Ever, Augmented Reality Brings the Year’s Hottest Toys to Life Within Kids’ Beloved Holiday Catalog

Cover of THE GREAT BIG TOYS“R”US BOOK OF AWESOME

Cover of THE GREAT BIG TOYS“R”US BOOK OF AWESOME

Toys“R”Us® today announced that The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome, the company’s annual resource for the year’s hottest toys, will begin arriving in homes this week featuring an all-new, special interactive edition. This 96-page toy compendium is compatible with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle, a game that allows kids to bring to life the season’s most coveted toys through an augmented reality experience. An abbreviated catalog, which features 48 pages of kid-favorite toys, is now available online at www.Toysrus.com and will be in local newspapers on Saturday, October 31. This year’s highly-anticipated gift guide from The World’s Greatest Toy Store™ also includes thousands of dollars worth of compelling deals and coupon offers, valid Sunday, November 1 through Saturday, November 21.

The arrival of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome marks the kickoff of the time-honored tradition of children eagerly studying pages upon pages of the year’s hottest toys, curating their must-have lists for Christmas morning,” said Richard Lennox, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, Toys“R”Us, U.S.Within the book, we created eight interactive lifestyle spreads that show the breadth of our assortment and make bold statements for some of the brands most beloved by kids. This catalog is the centerpiece of our holiday marketing efforts, and extends the theme of “AWWWESOME,” speaking not only to the excitement kids have when they turn the first page, but also the ways the company is helping gift-givers save with great deals and services, such as Price Match Guarantee and Free Shipping.

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

Awesome Toys Brought to Life in 3D

Through this year’s augmented reality experience, kids are able to bring toys from the interactive edition of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome to life within The Geoffrey Shuffle app game. In the palm of their hands, kids can examine their favorite toys by zooming in to see intricate details, spinning or walking around pages of the book for different angles or capturing photos within the game. The app encourages players to find Geoffrey as he and other kid-favorite characters hide in shuffled gift boxes. When the player finds Geoffrey in eight scenes, parents qualify to enter Geoffrey’s Awesome Christmas Sweepstakes for a chance to win exciting prizes. Available now, the game can be downloaded from the App Store® or Google Play® onto any smartphone device or tablet.

STAR WARS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

STAR WARS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

SHOPKINS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

SHOPKINS: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

Additionally, if kids want to play The Geoffrey Shuffle without an interactive edition of The Great Big Toys“R”Us Book of Awesome¸ they can download the eight interactive scenes by visiting www.Toysrus.com/TheGeoffreyShuffle, or by playing the app in Virtual Reality mode. This alternate game play displays a pre-loaded seasonal backdrop for each of the eight rounds of the game and allows for pinch-to-zoom functionality to view toys in more detail.

Fisher-Price: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys'R'Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

Fisher-Price: This is one of eight spreads within The Great Big Toys’R’Us Book of Awesome that has interactive capabilities with the company’s all-new app, The Geoffrey Shuffle

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Christopher Isherwood And Don Bachardy To Be Focus Of November Weekend Celebration In West Hollywood

The Christopher Isherwood Foundation and the City of West Hollywood today announced a pair of events dedicated to the late writer Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986) and the artist Don Bachardy and the role they played in defining Southern California as a center of artistic expression and personal freedom.

On Friday evening, November 13 at 7:30pm the Isherwood Foundation and the City of West Hollywood will present a special free screening of the acclaimed documentary “Chris and Don: A Love Story,” followed by a Q & A with filmmakers Guido Santi and Tina Mascara in the West Hollywood City Council Chambers, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood. The screening is open to the public and seats can be reserved at www.weho.org/arts.

On Saturday evening, November 14, the Isherwood Foundation, Howarth & Smith, and Paul Lester and The Agency will present “An Evening With Chris and Don.” The program for this evening includes a reception and dinner; a special presentation by Guido Santi and Tina Mascara, featuring unreleased video footage; readings from The Animals: Love Letters Between Christopher Isherwood and Don Bachardy, edited by Katherine Bucknell; and a special announcement. Proceeds from the event will fund activities of the Huntington Library that build upon the personal and artistic legacies of these two men, including grants to scholars. Tickets for the event are available at www.IsherwoodFoundation.org.

The screening and dinner coincide with two events at the Huntington Library: a lecture by writer Armistead Maupin (the Tales of the City Series, November 12) and an academic conference (November 13-14) on the life and writings of Christopher Isherwood. Additional information regarding these events can be found at www.huntington.org.

Chris and Don were key parts of a community of writers and artists who shaped Southern California, and whose reach extended far beyond the region,” said Joe Rodota, a director of the Isherwood Foundation. “Each element of our weekend program celebrates their legacy as well as their unique partnership.”

Isherwood’s masterpiece, A Single Man, set in Southern California and published 50 years ago, is among the first and most influential literary novels about a gay man. Written for both gay and straight readers, the novel was brilliantly adapted as a film in 2007 by director Tom Ford.

Don Bachardy (born 1934) has spent nearly 60 years drawing and painting portraits of major creative, cultural and political figures—including California Governor Jerry Brown—as well as friends and neighbors. Hollywood, a selection of Don’s portraits of film legends, including stars, screenwriters and directors, has received international recognition.

The Christopher Isherwood Foundation aims to preserve the creative legacy of the Anglo-American writer Christopher Isherwood and the American painter Don Bachardy by keeping their work available to the public in published and unpublished form and by promoting through any appropriate means the enjoyment and study of their work and the unique way of life which allowed them to produce it. Learn more at www.IsherwoodFoundation.org.

Kabinett: 27 Curated Exhibitions Highlighted At Art Basel’s Miami Beach 2015 Show

Private View

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11am to 8pm (by invitation only)

Vernissage

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 11am to 3pm (by invitation only)

Public Days

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 3pm to 8pm

Friday, December 4, 2015, 12noon to 8pm

Saturday, December 5, 2015, 12noon to 8pm

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 12noon to 6pm

Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Atmosphere at Galleries, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 | Impression © Art Basel

Art Basel in Miami Beach 2013 | Impression © Art Basel

A decade after its inauguration in 2005, Kabinett has become a much-loved and highly praised sector of Art Basel Miami Beach in which galleries display concise curated installations within their booths. This year’s 27 curated exhibitions will feature work by Eduardo Basualdo, Adolfo Bernal, Chris Burden, Waltercio Caldas, Michael Craig-Martin, Suzanne Duchamp, Jan Fabre, Li Gang, Al Held, Glenn Kaino, Joseph Kosuth, Dr. Lakra, Deana Lawson, Jochen Lempert, Isa Melsheimer, Meuser, John Miller, Chris Ofili, Richard Pettibone, Sigmar Polke, Stephen Prina, Ana Sacerdote, Zilia Sánchez, Alan Sonfist, Stanley Twardowicz, Agnès Varda and Nari Ward. Art Basel, whose Lead Partner is UBS, runs from December 3 – December 6, 2015

Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Atmosphere, Art Basel Miami Beach 2014 © Art Basel

Highlights this year include a new installation by Glenn Kaino (b. 1972, United States) at Kavi Gupta. ‘The Internationale’ (2015) is comprised of a recreation of a 19th-century Pierrot and the Moon automata installed within a pitch-black room. Triggered by the presence of spectators, the moon will trace the movement of visitors with its eye, speak fragments of seminal texts on post-colonial theory, and sing The Internationale, the classic French song of the 19th-century socialist movement.

Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view 'Texts for nothing' Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit - Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Lia Rumma, Joseph Kosuth, Installation view ‘Texts for nothing’ Samuel Beckett, in play, 2010. Photo credit – Daniele Nalesso; Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Text will be a point of entry for Galleria Lia Rumma’s presentation of neon works by Joseph Kosuth (b. 1945, United States). The series, conceived in 2010, features sentences formed in white neon installed in a floor-to-ceiling matte black space. From one angle, the phrases will appear to be composed of small points of lights, however on shifting one’s point of view the words can be read clearly, bringing into question the viewer’s relationship to language. Likewise, Casas Riegner will present a selection of text-based pieces by Adolfo Bernal (b. 1954 – d. 2008, Colombia). Comprising one- or two-word posters to vintage photographs and objects from the late 1970s and early 1980s, all of which highlight his interest in the visual power of words.

Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Casas Riegner, Adolfo Bernal, The End, 1980. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Reflecting on seminal works by Chris Burden (b. 1946 – d. 2015, United States), the acclaimed artist who passed away this year, Galerie Krinzinger will exhibit hisDeluxe Photo Book 1971 – 1973′, a hand-painted binder containing all of the photodocumentation and explanatory texts of the first three years of his performances. This will be accompanied by material from Burden’s laterBridgesseries, as well as works on paper and smaller sculptures.

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo - Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

Lehmann Maupin, Nari Ward, Swing Low, 2015. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein; Courtesy the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong

New works by Nari Ward (b. 1963, Jamaica) at Lehmann Maupin will reflect on his ongoing concerns with how the art object can challenge societal power structures. The centerpiece is We Shall Overcome(2015), a large-scale wall installation that brings to mind both the African American Civil Rights Movement from the 1960s and current issues of race, identity and politics. Photographs by Deana Lawson (b. 1979, United States) inspired by the materiality and expression of black cultures globally will be on view at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Drawn from across the last decade, the presentation will be a collective portrait, which investigates black aesthetics through the body, the domestic environment and various settings of ritual or celebration.

Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galerie Lelong, Zilia Sánchez. Soy Isla [I am an Island], ca. 1970. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Kabinett will include several works that have rarely and in some cases never been seen before. Bringing together the feminine and the erotic, a selection of shaped canvases by Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926, Cuba) will be presented by Galerie Lelong. Since the 1950s, Sánchez’s unique approach to formal abstraction has rarely been seen outside of Puerto Rico. At Art Basel Miami Beach, Galerie Lelong will feature recent and historic works such asAntigonía (1970),Módulo Infinito (1978) and ‘El Silencio de Eros(1982-1990)along with works on paper from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Van Doren Waxter, Al Held, 60-1 (detail), 1960. Courtesy the artist and the gallery

Galerie Nathalie Obadia will feature photographs by Agnès Varda (b. 1928, Belgium) created from 1962 to 1963, four years after the Cuban revolution. Many of the vintage prints that will be on view – which capture the island’s post-revolutionary ambiance and the premises of a Latino-socialism utopia – have never been exhibited before. A selection of assertive, freehand India ink drawings by Al Held (b. 1928 – d. 2005, United States) from 1960 will be on view at Van Doren Waxter; the works foreshadow the hard-edged geometry that he was to become known for in his later paintings.

Two Kabinett presentations will be located within the Edition sector. Alan Cristea Gallery will install new editions and mono-prints by Michael Craig-Martin (b. 1941, Ireland), including the world premiere of a new set of letterpress editions and a grouping of screenprints that will be shown for the first time in the United States. Two Palms will present Black Shunga(2008-2015) by Chris Ofili (b. 1968, United Kingdom), a suite of 11 erotic line etchings printed on specially prepared paper with a dark blue color-shifting metallic surface. The series refers to Shunga, a Japanese style of erotic art that peaked in the Edo period (1603-1867). Ofili’s etchings reveal themselves slowly; upon close inspection, fine lines emerge depicting figures entwined. Continue reading

Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium Brewing Toast to the Next Pint in their Partnership: Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale Ice Cream

Beer and Ice Cream Focus on Climate Initiative to Benefit Protect Our Winters

Beer Floats Have Never Had A More Perfect Pairing…

If there’s one thing that socially responsible businesses have learned, it’s that they can’t go at it alone. Whether it’s implementing responsible sourcing initiatives or creating a positive corporate model to make an impact on sustainability, there is strength in numbers. So where did Ben & Jerry’s turn for help and inspiration for its latest ice cream flavor? Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing. Never has the phrase “polishing off a pint” been so perfectly poised in any partnership for a delicious double-entendre.

New Belgium Brewing, makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers, is recognized as one of Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work and one of the Wall Street Journal’s Best Small Businesses. The 100% employee-owned brewery is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business as designated by the League of American Bicyclists, and one of World Blu’s most democratic U.S. businesses, and a Certified B Corp. (Ben & Jerry’s became a certified B Corp–Benefit Corporation–in 2012.) In addition to Fat Tire, New Belgium brews ten year-round beers; Ranger IPA, Rampant Imperial IPA, Slow Ride Session IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Shift Pale Lager, Sunshine Wheat, 1554 Black Ale, Blue Paddle Pilsener, Abbey Belgian Ale and Trippel.

Ben & Jerry’s Partners with New Belgium Brewing and releases Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale

Ben & Jerry’s Partners with New Belgium Brewing and releases Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale

Collectively committed to making a better impact in their global communities, the two B Corp companies proudly introduced Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale Ice Cream, which will be featured in Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops as well as in pints across the country as a Limited Batch flavor this fall (MSRP $4.89). The concoction consists of New Belgium Brown Ale Ice Cream with Salted Caramel Swirls and Fudge Brownies. The ice cream, arriving on shelves this month, was unveiled Wednesday evening at a Washington D.C. launch “Brew-Ha-Ha” in the confines of the historic Howard Theatre. The launch event was heralded as “a night of music, climate activism, beer, and ice cream.” Musicians Galactic and Dr. Dog performed at the unveiling of Ben & Jerry’s newest ice cream flavor to highlight climate activism.

A portion of the proceeds from the ice cream and the beer will benefit Protect Our Winters. New Belgium Brewing and Ben & Jerry’s jointly pursued a partnership with Protect Our Winters. an organization founded by pro-snowboarder Jeremy Jones. Protect Our Winters (POW) was started in 2007 by Jones who witnessed first-hand the impact of climate change on our mountains. After having been turned away from areas that had once been ride-able and seeing resorts closed due to lack of snow, Jones saw a gap between the winter sports community and the action being taken by us all to address the problem. Snow-based recreation in the United States is estimated to contribute $62 billion annually to the US economy and supports over 940,000 jobs. So when we look at the cost of inaction, it’s serious business. POW was founded on the idea that the collective power of the winter sports community is massive, and if they can all work together, the end result can be revolutionary. Together We Can Protect Our Winters.Ben & Jerry’s Partners with New Belgium Brewing and releases Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale (2)

We wanted to partner with a business that shared our progressive values, fun spirit, and desire to take action giving fans an opportunity to act on climate. New Belgium quickly became the perfect choice,” said Jay Curley, Senior Marketing Manager at Ben & Jerry’s.

Attendees at the launch event were encouraged to request action via governors in their home states to embrace Protect Our Winters and the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions.

Ben & Jerry’s and New Belgium combined forces on a Ben & Jerry’s-inspired beer as earlier announced by the brewing company in April 2015. Although the beer is just hitting markets now in October, the story made a springtime splash with the announcement of Salted Caramel Brown-ie Brown Ale. New Belgium’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale, a limited special release, is laden with dark roasted malts, chocolaty tones and hints of vanilla. Both the beer and ice cream are available now through the holiday season while supplies last.Ben & Jerry’s Partners with New Belgium Brewing and releases Salted Caramel Brown-ie Ale (3)

We are incredibly excited to be working with a like-minded business, creating top-notch flavor sensations and leveraging our collective efforts to bring awareness to B Corps and climate issues,” said Bryan Simpson, New Belgium’s PR Director. “Beer and ice cream are a beautiful pair and getting to turn folks onto the work of POW makes this collaboration that much more meaningful.”

The Ritz-Carlton Expands Collection of Luxury Meeting Styles with New Localized Experiences

From Honey Bees To Food Trucks, Chefs And Chandeliers On The Beach

Throughout its 32 year history, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. has always been known as a leader in luxury meetings for both corporate and incentive programs hosted in the iconic brand’s hotels and resorts worldwide.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain’s “Roadrunner” Food Truck serves everything from ice cream to street tacos and other western culinary experiences like the Chili, Salsa and Guacamole Challenges, and the Margarita Mixing Class.

Tailoring custom experiences for attendees has always been a priority for us, and today the localization of those experiences has become extremely popular,” said John Harper, Vice President, Sales for The Ritz-Carlton. “Our meeting planners host events with specific goals in mind, whether it be retaining talent or inspiring customers. We partner with our customers to help them create stronger relationships with their attendees,” Harper continued. Once again, The Ritz-Carlton was voted #1 in guest satisfaction for 2015 by J.D. Power and Associates.

New, Innovative Food and Beverage and Authentic Local Experiences:
Around the world, The Ritz-Carlton inspires luxury meeting attendees with unique destination-inspired food and beverage experiences such as The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Islands Honey Break served by the resort’s beekeeper with both honey comb and honey-infused treats. In Arizona, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain‘sRoadrunner” Food Truck serves everything from ice cream to street tacos and other western culinary experiences like the Chili, Salsa and Guacamole Challenges, the Margarita Mixing Class or the “Stargazing Dessert” station filled with sky-inspired treats such as Black Hole Brownies, Lemon Moon Pies and Milky Way Cupcakes. In St. Louis, the hotel’s themed coffee breaks include pretzels, local Fitz Root Beer and Kaldi’s Coffee to the sounds of jazz and other music. In coastal Half Moon Bay, California, guests blend their own wines sourced from the nearby Santa Rita Mountains or compete in an “Iron Chef”– style cooking challenge.

Local excursions and adventures also have been curated by the hotel teams for meeting guests. For attendees looking to network with their peers, Meetings on the Grid allows participants to experience the vibrant city of Charlotte including the young city’s thriving craft beer, recreation, art and entertainment scenes in nearby neighborhoods. Dove Mountain guests venture on sunset hiking receptions where attendees journey into the magnificent Tortolita Mountains, exploring areas which the Hohokam Indians originally inhabited. Jean-Michel Cousteau‘s Ambassadors of the Environment in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands offers group excursions including the memorable “Nightlife on the Reef,” a guided nighttime snorkel using dive lights. Guests can also snorkel around the nearby island of St. John on Lady Lynsey, the resort’s sea-going catamaran.

Other special group dining experiences include Chandeliers on the Beach in Naples, Fl., set along the water’s edge. The white sand beach hosts tables lit overhead with eight foot tall chandeliers swaying while guests dine and view the sunset to the sounds of the Gulf of Mexico‘s crashing waves. The ‘Sea to Sails’ experience in St. Thomas is authentically Caribbean with guests greeting the fishermen daily as they bring their seafood ashore, delivering them into the hands of the chefs. Guests hand-select their fish and lobsters, photograph, share while chefs prepare and serve their meal.

Engaging Meeting Planners and Attendees Through Technology:
Anticipating needs of guests are core to The Ritz-Carlton service values and philosophy and that now includes digitally assisting meeting planners with the launch of ((Chime)), the new mobile app designed specifically for meeting planners.

The Ritz-Carlton is the leader in luxury meetings globally. “((Chime)) extends that leadership into digital and mobile, allowing meeting planners around the world to schedule services and request fulfillment prior to and during their events,” said David Murphy, Vice President, Food and Beverage Design and Development.

Both meeting planners and attendees are now utilizing technology to maximize the luxury meeting experience. Planners are looking for fresh inspiration constantly and for those active on social media, Pinterest has quickly become the go to source for aspirational imagery in the meeting planning phase prior to arrival. The Ritz-Carlton has created a dedicated Art of Meetings Pinterest page to inspire planners to craft, photograph and share images of memorable events by The Ritz-Carlton. Imagery of meeting setups, food and beverage presentations and indoor and outdoor venues are curated on the page by The Ritz-Carlton social media team to inspire future visits and experiences. Continue reading

Booking.com Reveals the Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals in the US

The Latest Trending Food Destinations In America As Rated By Booking.Com Travelers

Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travelers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, announces the top 7 emerging food capitals in the U.S. New data according to the experts – Booking.com travelers – confirms several U.S. cities that are pushing New York, San Francisco and New Orleans off their perch.

There’s no doubt that there’s something exciting about discovering the newest, hidden gem foodie capitals,” says Leslie Cafferty, VP of Communications at Booking.com. Booking.com used review data that shows where travelers are rating highly for food in the U.S. “The number of incoming food endorsements we’ve seen so far in 2015 in most of these cities is more than three times what we saw in 2013.”

Off the beaten plate, there’s a chance to experience the places where the culinary scene is taking off and bringing new concepts, ingredients and tastes to the table.

Booking.com Reveals The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals In The US - Asheville, North Carolina (PRNewsFoto/Booking.com)

Booking.com Reveals The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals In The US – Asheville, North Carolina (PRNewsFoto/Booking.com)

ASHEVILLE

For such a small mountain city, Asheville is garnering a huge amount of praise for its creative and buzzing culinary scene. An entrepreneurial ambiance means a rapidly-growing selection of new restaurants, farmers’ markets and foodie start-ups, producing everything from artisanal cheese to chocolate and preserves. And a visit to Asheville’s grand Biltmore Estate, a châteauesque mansion built by the mighty Vanderbilt family in 1895, is great to explore once you can’t eat anymore.

What To Try

The craft beer movement has really taken off here so order everything with a pint of local brew. Chai Pani (22 Battery Park Ave, Asheville, NC 28801), an Indian streetfood-style hotspot, was recommended by several Booking.com travelers and has been featured in GQ and The New York Times. And stop off at the Gourmet Chip Company (43 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801) to try the irresistible Napa (lavender honey, blue cheese crumbles, sea salt) or Parisian (white truffles, herbed goat cheese, sea salt) potato chips.

Booking.com Reveals The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals In The US - Savannah, Georgia (PRNewsFoto/Booking.com)

Booking.com Reveals The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals In The US – Savannah, Georgia (PRNewsFoto/Booking.com)

SAVANNAH

Oozing Southern charm, the historic coastal city of Savannah is hardly new on the tourist trail. Its grand colonial architecture, pretty squares and parks filled with magnolia blossoms have been attracting visitors for years. But its food endorsements from Booking.com customers have been growing at such a rate that it is now a big player on the U.S. foodie scene. Its culinary prowess lies largely in its seafood offering (Savannah crab cakes are the stuff of dreams) but also in its high standard of home comfort food eateries.

What To Try

Back in the Day Bakery (2403 Bull St, Savannah, GA 31401) is a prime example of traditional Southern fare with a menu offering enticing baked goods such as Bourbon Bread Pudding and Chocolate Heaven Cupcakes. The bakery also serves savory specialties, heavily featuring bacon in true Savannah style. Booking.com reviewers lauded Mrs. Wilkes restaurant ( 107 W Jones St, Savannah, GA 31401), where BBQ pork, sweet potato soufflé, fried chicken and other Southern classics are served up buffet-style.

Booking.com Reveals The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals In The US - Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRNewsFoto/Booking.com)

Booking.com Reveals The Top 7 Emerging Food Capitals In The US – Santa Fe, New Mexico (PRNewsFoto/Booking.com)

SANTA FE

As the second-oldest city in the U.S., New Mexico’s eccentric capital has spent centuries developing a vibrant culinary culture blending the best of Native American, mainstream American and Mexican flavors. While staying true to its chili and chorizo roots, Santa Fe also offers a dynamic dining scene with new restaurants constantly cropping up and lots of mouth-watering street food. Continue reading

Caesars Palace Las Vegas Announces New $75 Million Julius Tower; The Newest Luxury Rooms On The Strip

Original Roman Tower Undergoing Full Renovation And Renamed Julius Tower, As Caesars Palace Enters 50th Golden Anniversary Year

As the 50th Golden Anniversary beckons, the evolution of Caesars Palace Las Vegas continues with the reimagining of the iconic hotel’s original tower, the Roman Tower, to be completely reborn as the new Julius Tower. Never resting on its laurels, the $75 million Las Vegas hotel tower renovation is part of an ongoing brand transformation of the Las Vegas resort that has welcomed millions of visitors from its center Strip vantage point beginning August 5, 1966. Expected to welcome its first guests January 1, 2016 with rates starting at $149, the new 587-room Julius Tower will feature new design-savvy, modern rooms and suites. The Julius Tower is the latest piece of a $1 billion investment, cementing Caesars Palace as the premier resort at the center of the Las Vegas Strip.279855LOGO

Drawing from Roman history, the name of the new Julius Tower pays homage to Julius Caesar, the first and perhaps most widely known of all the Caesars. He was a pivotal figure in ancient Rome, credited with laying the foundation for the Roman Empire. Fittingly, the new Julius Tower represents a rebirth of the original tower at Caesars Palace, around which the legendary casino resort has expanded into its own Las Vegas Empire. Today, Julius Tower is located at the heart of Caesars Palace, with easy access to the casino floor and all of the resort’s world-class amenities.

As we enter into our milestone golden anniversary year, we continue to reinvent Rome…and Las Vegas,” said Gary Selesner, Caesars Palace regional president.We set the standard of luxury when we first opened our doors almost 50 years ago and are proud to continue to raise the bar for excellence in every way. Caesars Palace has a well-earned reputation for providing guests with impressive accommodations, unmatched culinary offerings, and the best in gaming and entertainment. With this renovation of our original tower, we are proud to continue this tradition and can’t wait for guests to experience the all-new Julius Tower.”

Designed by Michael Medeiros of KNA Design, the classically inspired yet modern interiors of the new Julius Tower rooms are made up of a soothing neutral palette with a pop of freesia yellow and a touch of Aegean blue. The all-new rooms in the Julius Tower combine textured and lightly reflective fabrics, creating a calm respite from the excitement of the casino. The focal point of the room is a custom-upholstered headboard incorporating bronzed framed mirror panels adding sparkle and reflection to the space. Highlights of Julius Tower guest room amenities will include 55″ TVs, luxurious Beautyrest Bouvet Island Mattresses, a specially-curated mini bar and English-themed Gilchrist & Soames in-room toiletries and amenities.

The entry and bathroom walls feature a two-toned stone pattern creating an expanded feel to the bathroom and features a double sink floating vanity. A stone shower with glass enclosure features two sides of glass for an open feeling with both handheld shower and shower head. The custom lighted vanity mirrors are designed and inspired by a modern interpretation of an iconic column of Caesars Palace with some guest rooms featuring a custom-designed chaise lounge inspired by a Greek Klismos chair. The new Julius Tower rooms also feature custom artwork that combines photographs of roman statues with artistic hand drawn costumes meant to inspire the notion of a Caesars Palace themed Vegas “show girl.”

Renderings of New Julius Bathroom; Photo Credit Caesars Palace Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Palace Las Vegas)

Renderings of New Julius Bathroom; Photo Credit Caesars Palace Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Palace Las Vegas)

Renderings of New Julius Tower King Room; Photo Credit: Caesars Palace Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Palace Las Vegas)

Renderings of New Julius Tower King Room; Photo Credit: Caesars Palace Las Vegas (PRNewsFoto/Caesars Palace Las Vegas)

World-renowned Las Vegas hotel and casino and voted “Best Strip Hotel” by the readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Caesars Palace features 3,980 hotel guest rooms and suites, including the all-new Julius Tower welcoming its first guests January 1, 2016, the 181-room Nobu Hotel Caesars Palace and Forbes Star Award-winning The Laurel Collection by Caesars Palace. The 85-acre resort offers 25 diverse dining options including the award-winning Bacchanal Buffet, as well as celebrity chef-branded restaurants by Gordon Ramsay, Bobby Flay, Nobu Matsuhisa, Guy Savoy, Searsucker Las Vegas, and the highly-anticipated December 15, 2015 debut of MR CHOW Las Vegas. The resort also features nearly 130,000 square-feet of casino space, a five-acre Garden of the Gods pool oasis, the luxurious Qua Baths & Spa and the new 75,000 square-foot OMNIA Nightclub. The 4,300-seat Colosseum, Billboard Magazine‘s Venue of the Decade, spotlights world-class entertainers including Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Mariah Carey and Jerry Seinfeld. The Forum Shops at Caesars has more than 160 boutiques and restaurants. For more information, please visit www.caesarspalace.com

JURA IMPRESSA C65 Platinum Brings New Elegance to Automatic Coffee Centers

JURA presents a new bean-to-cup automatic coffee center with the sophisticated look of platinum. The new IMPRESSA C65 Platinum stands out for its metallic silver-toned side panels, which make it a focal point on the countertop, and its uncompromising quality.

The IMPRESSA C65 Platinum makes it intuitively easy to brew the best in espresso-based beverages that are freshly ground, never capsuled. A simple Rotary Switch and text display let you choose the type of coffee specialty, amount of water and coffee strength. Just turn, press and enjoy – that’s how easy it is.

JURA IMPRESSA C65 (PRNewsFoto/JURA)

JURA IMPRESSA C65 Platinum (PRNewsFoto/JURA)

Ease of use, simplicity and elegance are the hallmarks of the IMPRESSA C65 Platinum. Compact design is another advantage, for those with limited counter space. Advanced features include a high-performance conical burr grinder and high-speed thermoblock system that produce delicious specialty beverages in a flash.

The machine features JURA’s revolutionary fine foam technology that ensures milk foam quality with a fine, feather-light consistency. Its coffee spout can be adjusted between 2 ½ inches and 4 1/2 inches, ideal for small espresso cups to large coffee cups.

Made with high-quality materials and unsurpassed workmanship, the IMPRESSA C65 Platinum it is 11 by 13.6 by 16.1 inches, and is easy to program and maintain.

JURA offers a variety of automatic coffee centers, with actual retail prices ranging from $799 to $5,599. For more information, visit www.jura.com.

Toyota and Lexus Celebrate 15 Years of Hybrids and Hollywood

Fifteen years ago, Toyota launched a hybrid no one had heard of…the Prius. Shortly after launch, the Environmental Media Association (EMA) and Toyota connected to help bring the hybrid to Hollywood. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

2016 Toyota Prius

2016 Toyota Prius

On Saturday, October 24, Toyota and Lexus celebrated 15 years of partnership with EMA, and the 15th anniversary of the Prius, at the 25rd annual Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, Calif. The all-new 2016 Prius also made its Hollywood debut at the green carpet event.

The award ceremony honors film and television productions that communicate environmental messages in creative and influential ways. This year’s honorees include Don Henley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kristin Davis, Van Jones, Zem and James Joaquin, and a special tribute to 25 years The Simpsons‘ series excellence in environmental messaging.

The entertainment industry elevated Prius to a cultural icon and made hybrids cool,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president, automotive operations, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. “Toyota and Lexus are proud to support and celebrate Hollywood’s positive influence and impact on the planet.”

The completely redesigned 2016 Prius boasts striking design, smarter technology, and impressive MPG in a vehicle that is more fun to drive than ever. Lexus will be showcasing two vehicles for the evening. The NX 300h AWD, a luxury hybrid with class-leading MPG efficiency and innovative design and the CT F SPORT Special Edition, with sport-tuned suspension, exclusive F SPORT styling and impressive fuel efficiency.

The hydrogen powered Mirai fuel cell vehicle, which hit the streets of California this week, is also attending the party. The Mirai combines two elements – hydrogen and oxygen – to produce electricity that can power the car for an estimated 312 miles on a single fill-up. The best part is what leaves the tailpipe: only water vapor.

The Environmental Media Association (EMA), organizer and host of the awards, is a non-profit founded by Cindy and Alan Horn and Lyn and Norman Lear in 1989. EMA’s mission is to mobilize the entertainment industry in educating people about environmental issues. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. is a member of the EMA Corporate Board.

For more information on Toyota and Lexus environmental initiatives, please visit www.toyota.com/about/environment. The complete Environmental Media Awards ceremony will be broadcast on Fusion Network at a later date.

Martha Stewart’s Fourth Annual American Made Program Announces 2015 Honorees

Ten Awards Will Be Given To The Country’s Most Innovative Entrepreneurs Across Food, Crafts, Style And Design Categories

This fall, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. will host its American Made program for the fourth consecutive year. The nationally recognized program celebrates the next generation of makers who have turned their passions for handcrafted, well-designed goods into small businesses and proudly make their products in America. Martha Stewart and the editors of Martha Stewart Living magazine are pleased to announce this year’s American Made Honorees and Audience Choice Winner. The 2015 American Made Honorees, past winners, and VIP guests will join Martha and the editors at an exclusive reception on Friday, November 6, at the World Trade Center Observatory.

Martha Stewart Announces Fourth Annual American Made Program (PRNewsFoto/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia,)

Martha Stewart Announces Fourth Annual American Made Program (PRNewsFoto/Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia,)

Martha and the panel of judges have carefully selected 10 companies from across the country as honorees in the fields of Food, Crafts, Style and Design. From revolutionizing the urban food landscape in New York City and Chicago, to bringing new jobs to Fort Payne, Ala. with a thriving sustainable sock business, these honorees are not only dedicated to creating beautiful, quality products and building successful businesses, but also making a difference in their local communities, ultimately changing the way Americans eat, shop, work and live.

This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Summit on Saturday, November 7 – a day packed with educational, inspirational panels and talks for creative entrepreneurs held at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia‘s headquarters in New York City. Newly confirmed speakers, who will join an impressive roster of industry leaders and innovators such as Arianna Huffington, Dylan Lauren and Emeril Lagasse, include:

  • Maxine Bedat, Co-Founder, Zady
  • Christian Birkey, Founder of Lazlo
  • Mika Brzezinski, co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”
  • Avi Flombaum, Dean, Flatiron School
  • Piera Gelardi, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Refinery29
  • Michelle Klein, Head of Marketing for North America at Facebook
  • Chris Morris, Creative Director, The Dirt Label
  • Veronika Scott, Founder of the Empowerment Plan
  • Daniel Silverstein, Creative Director and Founder, Design Star
  • Tina Wells, CEO and Founder, Buzz Marketing Group

In addition to being celebrated at the Summit, these accomplished honorees will each be awarded a cash prize of $10,000, a trip for two to New York City for the Summit, and the opportunity to be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and on MarthaStewart.com, all to help promote and grow their businesses.

2015 American Made Honorees (who will be featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine):

  • Annie’s Annuals and Perennials, Annie Hayes–Richmond, California
    With her catalog of rare and unusual annuals and perennials—including an extensive selection of California natives and old-fashioned cottage flowers—Hayes is helping to diversify the gardening landscape of the U.S.
  • Fruitscapes and Pine Island Tropicals, Steve Cucura and Jesse Avolos and Donna and Gary Schneider – Bokeelia,Florida
    Since 1993 Pine Island Tropics, has been selling tropical organic plants, fruits, and homemade food products. Newcomer Fruitscapes specializes in new varieties of mangoes and other unusual fruits and plants. Together these two companies are building a successful market for unusual mangoes and other rarities in Southwest Florida.
  • Gotham Greens, Viraj Puri, Eric Haley, and Jennifer Nelkin Frymark – New York City
    Puri, Haley and Frymark are trying to revolutionize the urban food landscape by converting unused city rooftops into verdant greenhouses that grow fresh, pesticide-free produce year-round in New York City and Chicago.
  • Leontine Linens, Jane Scott Hodges – New Orleans, Louisiana
    For Hodges, “every piece of linen tells a story.” And so, inspired by her great-grandmother’s own monogrammed collection, she started a company that handcrafts heirloom-quality linens featuring modern color and patterns.
  • Little River Sock Mill, Gina Locklear – Fort Payne, Alabama
    Growing up in a town formerly known as “the world’s sock capital,” Locklear witnessed as much of the town’s manufacturing moved overseas. Determined to stem this tide, she set out to revitalize her family’s own sock business by producing high-quality organic cotton socks sustainably, and, in doing so, bring jobs back to the community.
  • Portola, Jamie Davis and Casey Davis – Los Angeles, California
    The Davis brothers are admittedly obsessed with color. Together they have turned their father’s small paint shop into a thriving environmentally conscious business where each color is blended by hand and each customer gets personalized treatment.
  • Rainbow Iris Farm, Kelly Norris – Bedford, Iowa
    Norris’s childhood dream came true at age 15, when he talked his parents into buying an iris farm. Thirteen years later, the mail-order company specializing in unusual irises that he owns and operates with his parents is still going strong. Today Norris is focusing on breeding unique varieties.
  • Sandback, Peter Sandback – Harrisville, New Hampshire
    The forms may be simple, but Sandback’s tables are anything but. For his current collection, the artist and inventor embellishes each handmade piece of furniture with inlaid nails, inspired by old fabrics or Japanese stencils.
  • Smith Family Farm, Margaret and Lucian Smith – Bar Harbor, Maine
    At Mount Desert Island‘s only remaining dairy farm, the Smith family raises Jersey cows and heritage pigs, and grow heirloom apples and vegetables. They offer the fruits of their labor—artisanal raw milk, yogurts, cheeses, butter, meats, fruits and vegetables—to their local community.

The 2015 Audience Choice Winner, Baiser Beauty from Miami Beach, Florida, will also be celebrated at the American Made Summit and attend the exclusive reception. Baiser Beauty was chosen from over 500 finalists by popular vote online and will also receive a cash prize of $10,000 and a trip for two to New York City for the Summit.

Martha Stewart’s 2015 American Made program is presented with support by sponsors including Intuit QuickBooks, The UPS Store, Toyota and Triscuit. For additional information about the 2015 American Made Program please visit the American Made website.

Absolut® Labs Releases “State of Nightlife 2015” Report Highlighting Inclusivity And Diversity

100 Industry Leaders Highlight The Opportunities And Challenges That Technology Brings; A Desire For Unique Venues And Memorable Experiences; And New Voices Fueling New Subcultures

Absolut® – a brand that’s had its finger on the pulse of nightlife since the Eighties – released a “State of Nightlife 2015” report as an output of Absolut Labs, an idea incubator and think tank for cutting-edge ideas, products and technology that help push nightlife forward. The report identifies emerging trends and consistent themes resonating across the landscape as described by 100 of the country’s most influential leaders in the space. (You can read the full “State of Nightlife 2015” report at theabsolutlabs.com/research)

From promoters to DJs, entrepreneurs to creatives, these influencers give voice to the challenges facing the industry and the rising possibilities. The report finds that the once-dominant exclusive, bottle-service model is evolving into more inclusive, diverse and exciting scenes than ever before.

The study, conducted between May and August 2015, features insights from a diverse array of Absolut’s ‘tribes,’ or “Nightlife Fuelers,” including Beatmakers (emerging DJs and producers) and Visual Stage Acts (multi-media artists, programmers, performers and designers) and “Nightlife Makers,” including Party Fixers (concept creators, promoters) and Nightclub Owners.

Through one-on-one interviews, these influencers shared insights into consumer behaviors and motivations as well as personal experiences grounded in business-driven nighttime ventures. As a result, nine trends emerged across the three primary drivers of the industry: Music, Venue and Experience.

Music: Extended nightlife hours and a desire for an immersive experience are driving both sonic and audience diversity.

  • EDM is evolving to blend new production techniques with live instrumentation and merging with other genres like rock and R&B.
  • Diversified playlists are fueling Open Format parties which, in turn, draw more diverse, “melting pot”-type crowds.
  • Visuals are now becoming as important as the music, with new technology providing more epic, cinematic experiences than ever before.

Venue: A desire for authenticity and meaningful experiences is informing venue choices, from intimate get-togethers to large scale festivals.

  • Nostalgia for house parties is rising with consumers looking for nights that come together more organically.
  • Mega-Clubs are waning, surprise off-the-grid venues are in.
  • Festivals are diversifying, offering more versatile musical line-ups for inclusive, collective experiences that span mindfulness, fitness and entrepreneurship.

Experiences: Experience is the new luxury, especially when it’s tailored and in-the-moment.

  • Hosts are starting to require their guests to detach from their devices and focus on forging connections with those around them.
  • While nightlife experiences were franchised in mega clubs in the past, trends are now starting on a local level and then tailored to each new community as they expand.
  • Nightlife is becoming more heterogeneous and eclectic with niche communities rapidly shaping mainstream tastes.

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Luxury Travel: Opening Of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo Marks A New Era For The Majestic Property

Iconic Hotel Offers Gateway To Egyptian Luxury Lifestyle In A Legendary Setting

All Images Courtesy of The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, the iconic luxury hotel on the shores of the Nile (and adjacent to the Arab League headquarters and The Egyptian Museum), opened its doors to a new wave of global travelers to the historic city this past Thursday. The landmark property, which reopened under the stewardship of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., will offer leisure and business travelers to the city an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo that is rich in history and intuitive in service.

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo Hotel Facade

The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo Hotel Facade

SALAH EL DIN CITADEL

SALAH EL DIN CITADEL

SULTAN HASSAN MOSQUE

SULTAN HASSAN MOSQUE

Set in the heart of downtown, between the Nile River and Tahrir Square, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo is a modern luxury hotel with a storied past. The hotel, in his previous life, hosted the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra, and today guests will experience the true sense of elegance by the stewardship of The Ritz-Carlton hotels.

The interior as a reminiscent of the timeless style of The Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe, and yet are anchored in the flavors and traditions of Egypt.

The interior as a reminiscent of the timeless style of The Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe, and yet are anchored in the flavors and traditions of Egypt.

The grand opening of the iconic property, offers visitors from around the world a stately vantage point to witness the resurgence of one of the world’s most famous historic destinations.“Cairo is a city that fuses the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present and the promise of the future,” stated Herve Humler, President & C.O.O., The Ritz-Carlton.

Visitors over the centuries have been drawn by its ever-evolving mix of history, trade and culture, which continues to draw adventurists, as well as families and business travelers to this vibrant city. With millennial travelers seeking luxury as part of their travel experience, the Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marries this “bucket-list” city with world-class services. This has not only made Cairo more appealing but has also given us the opportunity to raise our first Ritz-Carlton flag on the banks of the Nile.

ROYAL SUITE BEDROOM

ROYAL SUITE BEDROOM

ROYAL SUITE DINING ROOM

ROYAL SUITE DINING ROOM

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Relais & Chateaux Properties Top the List of Best Hotels in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

Relais & Châteaux is proud to announce that over 40 property members in North America have been recognized with Condé Nast Traveler‘s 28th annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The magazine revealed Relais & Châteaux properties, Triple Creek Ranch, The Lodge at Sea Island, Ocean House, Winvian, The Surrey, and Montpelier Plantation & Beach in the top 100 Hotels in the World. Casa Palopó in Guatemala was voted #1 in the Top 10 Hotels in the Caribbean & Central America category while The Surrey was recognized as the Best Hotel in New York City.Logo_Relais_et_Chateaux

Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of more than 540 of the finest charming hotels and gourmet restaurants, managed by a family of independent owners, innkeepers and chefs setting the world standard for excellence in hospitality since 1954. Every property, on all five continents, focuses on ‘The Art of Fine Living‘ and the unique, personal experiences that make hospitality a true art form. From the vineyards of Napa Valley to the beaches of Fiji, from Provencal olive groves to South African lodges, Relais & Châteaux offers their guests extraordinary stops on breathtaking routes, each a window into the beauty, cuisine, and customs of a very special part of the world. Driven by a strong desire to protect, sustain and promote the richness and diversity of the world’s cuisines and cultures, Relais & Châteaux members are committed to preserving the environment and local heritage.

The Lodge at Sea Island

The Lodge at Sea Island

The Surrey Entrance (www.thesurrey.com)

The Surrey Entrance (www.thesurrey.com)

Condé Nast Traveler’s Readers’ Choice Awards rank the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, and cruise lines in the world. Over 128,000 dedicated readers cast votes for over 5,000 hotels, hundreds of cities and islands, dozens of cruise ships, airlines and airports, resulting in more than 1,500 of the best travel experiences in the world.

Relais & Châteaux Members In North America Recognized On The 2015 Awards List include:

Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Québec City, Québec

Bedford Post Inn, Bedford, New York

Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Camden Harbour Inn, Camden, Maine

Canoe Bay, Chetek, Wisconsin

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Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti Named #2 Resort In Africa And #12 Best Hotel In The World In The Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 201

Luxury Safari Lodge Secures Global Recognition In “best Of The Best” Travel Industry Awards

Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti has been listed #2 of the Top Resorts in Africa and #12 of the Best Hotels in the World in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards 2015. With a final score of 96.805, the Safari Lodge secured its position following the votes of more than 128,000 discerning travellers – the highest number of voters to date in what is now the 28th Annual Readers’ Choice survey.SBT_057_aspect16x9

Marking the property’s second consistent inclusion on the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, these top accolades follow recognition of Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti by the recent award nominations for both the Virtuoso 2015 Best of the Best Awards or Best Family Program and the Family Traveller Awards 2015 for Best Family Educational Holiday.

With an active animal watering hole as its focal point, Four Seasons Safari Lodge is located in the heart of Africa’s best-known wildlife sanctuary. All 77 rooms, including 12 suites with plunge pools and five free-standing villas with infinity pools offer an intimate connection with nature through open-air terraces that look out to the expansive Plains.

Through highly personalised Four Seasons service, a wide choice of dining venues, an interactive Discovery Centre and educational experiences for children at the dedicated Kijana Club, the Lodge offers richly engaging experiences to both families and couples. Elevated walkways and the presence of local Maasai warriors provide a heightened sense of safety and security, while an extensive Spa, an infinity pool overlooking the animal watering hole, Fitness Centre, Games Room and Library offer a variety of leisure activities for an unforgettable safari vacation.

Cunard Announces Fashion and Culinary Event Cruises in 2016

New York Fashion Week’s Own Fern Mallis Takes to the High Seascunard-logo

Cunard has today announced two exciting event cruises for 2016, celebrating the worlds of fashion, food, music and dance. From the launch of its very first Transatlantic Fashion Week’ to a culinary tour of the British Isles to the largest Big Band Balls at sea, guests on each cruise will be immersed in the very best of these themes.

Cunard Three Queens: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth

Cunard’s Three Queens: Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth

Defining true excellence at sea with over 175 years of legendary voyages, Cunard is the operator of luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Cunard has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer Britannia crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

The inaugural ‘Transatlantic Fashion Week’ voyage on the Queen Mary 2 arrives in one of the style capitals of the world, New York, the very same day New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2017 Shows begins, after an extra special 7 night (1-8 September) voyage across the Atlantic on board the most famous ocean liner in the world.

Dame Zandra Rhodes

Dame Zandra Rhodes

The voyage will be hosted by a number of very significant names from the industry, as guests will be treated to ‘an audience with’ pioneering British designer, Dame Zandra Rhodes CBE, Colin McDowell, the highly respected fashion historian and commentator Fern Mallis, the ‘Godmother of Fashion’ and founder of New York Fashion Week.

Fern Mallis ( Credit:  Timothy Greenfield-Saunders)

Fern Mallis ( Credit: Timothy Greenfield-Saunders)

Dame Zandra Rhodes, who has dressed some the world’s most iconic stars and musicians, including Freddie Mercury and Jackie Onassis, said: “I’m extremely excited to be joining Cunard on board Queen Mary 2 for the very first Transatlantic Fashion Week, 2016. For me, it offers the opportunity to share my knowledge and wonderful experiences from throughout my career in fashion, and give guests a taste of what my collection has to offer.

Colin McDowell

Colin McDowell

Dame Zandra Rhodes will also reveal designs from her collections, as emerging faces from Storm modelling agency take to the catwalk during the voyage. Alongside these great fashion authorities, guests will have the opportunity to meet the designers of the future, as students from one of the world’s number one postgraduate fashion programmes, The Royal College of Art, showcase their latest collections on board.

Food lovers can treat themselves to a British Isles Culinary Discovery on board Queen Elizabeth in June next year. The cruise will feature highly reputable names and producers from the world of gastronomy, including Charles Sichel of Maison Sichel and Jilly Goolden, English Wine Critic and UK Television personality. Guests will be able to enjoy regional delicacies from around the British Isles through a range of tailored shore-side excursions, hosted on board events and specially curated menus.

QUEEN MARY 2 AND QUEEN ELIZABETH ROYAL RENDEZVOUS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Sydney Harbour, Australia - Sydney Welcomes Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 on Royal Rendezvous on Maiden World Voyage; Cunard’s newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Sydney for the first time this morning, following her larger sister, Queen Mary 2, into Sydney Harbour in another historic Royal Rendezvous.   This morning’s visit marks the first time two Cunard liners had ever arrived together in Sydney Harbour. It also recalls an earlier Royal Rendezvous when the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth – both then World War II troop ships – passed each other at Sydney Heads on April 9, 1941.    Stretching 294 metres in length and wearing Cunard’s classic red and black livery, the 90,900-tonne Queen Elizabeth met Queen Mary 2 outside Sydney Heads before 5.30am before following her sister into the Harbour and berthing at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at around 7am.   Both midway through their world voyages, the spectacular Queen Elizabeth sailed in from New Zealand while the majestic Queen Mary 2 arrived from Adelaide.   Launched by Her Majesty The Queen in October last year, the elegant Queen Elizabeth is carrying around 2000 guests and almost 1000 crew on her 103-night world voyage. The joint visit of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 is expected to generate close to $3 million for the Sydney economy.

QUEEN MARY 2 AND QUEEN ELIZABETH ROYAL RENDEZVOUS IN SYDNEY HARBOUR
Tuesday 22nd February 2011 – Sydney Harbour, Australia – Sydney Welcomes Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 on Royal Rendezvous on Maiden World Voyage; Cunard’s newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Sydney for the first time this morning, following her larger sister, Queen Mary 2, into Sydney Harbour in another historic Royal Rendezvous.

Each of the three Cunard Queens (Mary, Elizabeth and Victoria) will host their very own Big Band Balls in November 2016 for dance and music lovers around the world to enjoy. Cunard’s biggest orchestras of the year will delight guests with music from Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington. The big band phenomena originated in the US in the 1920s era, and soon took the world by storm by creating the party of all parties. Next year each of the three Queens will look forward to playing host to their own exclusive musical spectaculars.QM2_REMASTERED_LOGO_on_black Continue reading

Luxury Travel: Hotel De La Paix, Geneva To Become A Ritz-Carlton Partner Hotel In The Swiss Capital Of Peace

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. has a signed agreement with the Manz family in Switzerland which will add the Hotel de la Paix in Geneva as a partner hotel as of December 16, 2015. The boutique property sits on the banks of Lake Geneva, (Lac Leman) in Switzerland.

Following an extensive renovation planned by the Manz family, the hotel is scheduled for re-launch at the end of 2016 as The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva. The lakeside property will undergo a comprehensive renovation which includes reducing the number of hotel guestrooms to 75 stunning luxury accommodations featuring refreshed, modern and generously proportioned suites.

The Hotel De la Paix, built in the center of Geneva in 1865, after signing becoming a partner hotel with  The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C., and following an extensive renovation, will reopen as The Ritz Carlton Hotel de la Paix Geneva.

The Hotel De la Paix, built in the center of Geneva in 1865, after signing an agreement to become a partner hotel with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C., and following an extensive renovation, will reopen as The Ritz Carlton, Hotel de la Paix Geneva.

The Hotel De la Paix, built in the center of Geneva in 1865, has been witness to a multitude of historical world events. In January 1872, the international arbitration tribunal for the Alabama Claims met at the Hotel De la Paix. Today, the Alabama Salon still serves as a reminder of this important event within the hotel. And as with all iconic treasures in Europe, many decorated and well-known personalities have been hosted, one of which was Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco, who whiled away the hours on the banks of Lake Geneva savoring the glorious views over Mont Blanc.

It is an honor to bring The Ritz-Carlton experience to Switzerland and to partner with the highly regarded Manz family,” said Herve Humler, President and Chief Operating Officer, The Ritz-Carlton. “Geneva is an extremely desirable destination for travelers and we will now be able to offer a sensational travel experience to complement the full portfolio of Ritz-Carlton properties around the globe,” he added.

The partnership commences in the year that sees the Hotel De la Paix celebrate its 150th anniversary. Ljuba Manz-Lurje, Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Manz Privacy Hotels Switzerland AG, said “I am delighted that the hotel De La Paix, the jewel of Geneva, will be managed by The Ritz-Carlton, one the of the world’s most famous and luxurious hotel companies.”

Embedded between Alpine peaks and the hilly terrain of the Jura, the French-speaking city of Geneva lies in the bay where the Rhone leaves Lake Geneva. With its humanitarian tradition and cosmopolitan flair, the European seat of the United Nations and headquarters of the Red Cross is best-known as the capital of peace. Water flows through the center of the city into the River Rhône and museums, shops, restaurants, and parks jostle for space on the history-laden south shore known as Rive Gauche and the eponymous Quai Mont-Blanc is one of the most famous addresses in the city of Geneva.

Recently named as the world’s most popular luxury hotel brand by London-based consultancy, Luxury Branding, The Ritz-Carlton currently offers a collection of ten luxury hotels throughout Europe including The Ritz-Carton, Abama, The Ritz-Carlton, Almaty, The Ritz-Carlton, Berlin, The Ritz-Carlton, Herzliya, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, Hotel Arts, Barcelona and Penha Longa Resort & Spa in Portugal.

Iconic Stylist John Barrett Opens New Salon In New York City At 54 Bond Street

New Downtown Location Is The First Of John Barrett’s Manhattan Expansion

New Salon Opening Coincides with Announcement of Notable Collaborations with Esteemed Beauty Professionals

The opening of our Bond Street salon defines the moment our uptown heritage fuses with the cultural vibrancy of downtown. It perfectly captures our vision for the future of John Barrett.”John Barrett, Founder and Creative Director, John Barrett Holdings, LLC.

John Barrett has officially opened the doors to his new downtown Manhattan destination at 54 Bond Street in the historic NoHo (North of Houston Street) district. The debut of John Barrett Bond Street marks the beginning of a new era for the brand that will ultimately define the future of the modern luxury salon experience.

John Barrett (Photo: www.palmbeachdailynews.com)

John Barrett (Photo: http://www.palmbeachdailynews.com)

John Barrett is widely well-regarded within the industry for providing the ultimate luxury salon experience, with the highest standards for excellence in artistry and service. The debut of the new salon expands upon this foundation, with the infusion of fresh, inspired artistic talent, innovation in hair, spa, and nail services, as well as a tightly edited selection of the most coveted and inventive beauty products. The salon will also feature exclusive collaborations and a curated selection of luxury merchandise suited to the Bond Street clientele.

The Bond Street salon is an architectural masterpiece, with a rich, storied history set in Manhattan’s cultural epicenter of art, fashion and design,” says Jim Hedges, CEO of John Barrett Holdings LLC. “It so appropriately captures the emerging vision for our brand, leading us into the next chapter of growth that will elevate the standard in the luxury salon category.”

Bond Street Salon Design

The former site of the Bouwerie Lane Theater, the landmark building was once home to world-renowned painters, composers, screen sirens, musicians, and artists such as Lauren Hutton, Jane Russell, Pearl Bailey, Brice Marden and Helen Hays.

Designed by notable architect Daniel Romualdez, the new 2,200 square feet salon is modern, plush, and luxuriously appointed. The stylish space retains its original architectural splendor with a nod to its historical significance, modernized with a blend of opulent materials found throughout the two-story space. Here you’ll find brushed pewter, custom-chrome finishes flanked with sleek mirrors, glossy black wood trim, and a punch of color from the brand’s signature terrazzo lavender floors. Hand-oiled, smoke stained oak floors with a smooth, satiny finish are mixed into the flooring design as well, in both the color and treatment rooms.

Exterior shot of John Barrett Bond Street

Exterior shot of John Barrett Bond Street (Photo: http://www.johnbarrett.com

The sunbathed salon features a main floor with ten stations for cut and style and a ground level punctuated with eleven color stations and three manicure and pedicure stations. Dual wash areas are accented with silver-stroked ceilings and a glowing light cove for balanced illumination. Changing and rest areas feel posh and intimate.

The atelier-like environment is part salon, part boutique and part exhibition space, offering clients a spectacular array of exclusive merchandise and art, housed within custom glass and polished chrome vitrines scattered throughout the space. Tom Ford Beauty is the featured color cosmetic brand and is used exclusively by the resident makeup artists for makeup applications and lessons. A full styling station is tucked away on the main floor for brow and lash services.Tom-Ford-Beauty

We are creating a 360-degree experience to deliver new and innovative services, spa treatment protocols, and technologies that haven’t been available before,” says Hedges. “The salon will be a place of discovery and engagement, enabling us to expand into different luxury categories, and reinvent the salon experience beyond anything that currently exists.”

The new salon is one of many John Barrett locations planned to open across the country in the coming year. “Demand for our services continues to increase each successive year, so this comes at the perfect time,” says Barrett. “Nothing excites me more than spreading the magic we have created at the flagship over the years and embracing the downtown style and vitality of Bond Street. It is this energy that will fuel the next phase of our expansion in New York and across the country.

John Barrett Bond Street Notable Collaborations

John Barrett Launches First Tammy Fender Spa in New York City

John Barrett has formed a partnership with renowned Palm Beach-based holistic skincare authority Tammy Fender, bringing her legendary spa treatments to the Bond Street salon in New York City – the only location outside Palm Beach where her coveted spa treatments can be found. The treatments will be administered by aestheticians selected and trained by Fender in the custom-designed spa treatment rooms located on the mezzanine level.

I am absolutely delighted to be working with the legendary John Barrett for the official national launch of our custom treatment services,” says Tammy. “This partnership will bring our years of expertise to an even greater audience with a brand that so perfectly mirrors our own passion for quality and unparalleled client experience.”

The Gallery at John Barrett, 54 Bond

John Barrett has collaborated with art collector’s initiative, Circa 1881, to curate a custom gallery for the Bond Street location, featuring fashion photography from Bruce Weber, Helmut Newton, Steven Meisel, Steven Klein, Richard Avedon, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol. The sweeping floor-to-ceiling gallery wall features rare images of Madonna, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp, among others. All works are available for sale.

John Barrett Partners with Assouline to Curate Bond Street Library

For the first time in its history, luxury book publisher Assouline joined forces with a salon to curate a library of selected titles in fashion, art, photography, travel, design and culture, to be featured on the salon’s main floor.

John Barrett Introduces “The Nail Room” at Bond Street in Collaboration with Nail Industry Visionary, Tracylee Percival

John Barrett sought out Tracylee Percival, the new Director of Manicure Services and Education, to design and develop an unprecedented nail program. “The Nail Room” is a new and transformative concept in the nail realm, one that is in line with John Barrett’s reputation for innovation and creativity. Continue reading

Best Western Opens Two New Hotels in West Africa

Best Western Hotels & Resorts announced the opening of two new hotels in Nigeria located in the cities of Asaba and Awka. The addition of these two new hotels reinforces Best Western’s continued focus on its strong growth in West Africa.

Best Western Meloch Hotel Awka Nigeria - Exterior

Best Western Meloch Hotel Awka Nigeria – Exterior

With these two recent openings, there are now 11 Best Western branded hotels in West Africa and with a very robust pipeline, we will continue expanding our footprint in this region in 2016,” said Suzi Yoder, Best Western Hotels and Resorts senior vice president of International Operations.

Best Western Elomaz Plus Hotel Asaba Nigeria Guest Room

Best Western Elomaz Plus Hotel Asaba Nigeria Guest Room

Best Western Elomaz Plus Hotel Asaba Nigeria Pool

Best Western Elomaz Plus Hotel Asaba Nigeria Pool

In Awka, the capital of Anambra State in Nigeria, the Best Western Meloch Hotel is a new construction three-star modern hotel conveniently located in the government district. The full service hotel offers complimentary breakfast, free Wi-Fi, business center services, on-site restaurant, cocktail lounge, pool, spa, fitness center, is fully air conditioned and has meeting space and catering services.

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Best Western Meloch Hotel Awka Nigeria – Deluxe Room

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Eco Watch: Palau Passes Legislation to Protect 80 Percent of Its Waters

Protected Area Is Larger than State of California

All Images Courtesy of National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala/The National Geographic Society

National Geographic Pristine Seas: Palau. Photo by Manu San Felix

National Geographic Pristine Seas: Palau. Photo by Manu San Felix

The Palau Congress today passed legislation to fully protect 80 percent of the Pacific island nation’s waters, an area known as one of the Seven Underwater Wonders of the World. As a result, 193,000 square miles (500,000 square kilometers), an expanse larger than the state of California, will exclude all types of fishing. With this vote, Palau now protects the largest percentage of marine territory of any nation in the world.

National Geographic Pristine Seas: Palau. Photo by Manu San Felix

National Geographic Pristine Seas: Palau. Photo by Manu San Felix

National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic STAGHORN CORAL: SIGNS OF RESILlENCE Palau’s pristine reefs, such as these in the Ulong Channel, have come back strong even after being damaged by warming events in the 1990s and a big typhoon in 2012.

National Geographic Pristine Seas. STAGHORN CORAL: SIGNS OF RESILlENCE Palau’s pristine reefs, such as these in the Ulong Channel, have come back strong even after being damaged by warming events in the 1990s and a big typhoon in 2012. Photo by Enric Sala/National Geographic

National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala, head of the Society’s Pristine Seas project, led an expedition to Palau in September 2014 to assess the potential for a marine protected area there. Sala commended today’s action to protect what he calls a “pristine paradise,” stating: “President Remengesau and the Palau government have a bold vision that protects this vital resource for Palauans, builds economic revenue through sustainable ecotourism and benefits local fisheries. It is an incredible step forward for this island nation and for the world.”

National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU
National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU
National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

In 2009, Palau was the first country to create a shark sanctuary encompassing the entire country. In the years that followed, the Palau government, the Palau International Coral Reef Center and the National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas project conducted scientific studies to determine what other protections might be necessary to preserve the unique, pristine waters there. This area is also the subject of a National Geographic documentary entitled “Return to Paradise,” which debuted in Palau on April 22 — Earth Day 2015.

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU
National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU
National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU
National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

PRISTINE SEAS: PALAU
National Geographic Pristine Seas. Photos by Enric Sala/National Geographic

In June of this year, the Palau government ramped up its efforts to deter illegal fishing, destroying a number of Vietnamese fishing boats that were poaching sea cucumbers and reef fish off Palau’s coasts without permission.

Penfolds and GQ Magazine Crown “Best Dressed Somm” of 2015

Wine Connoisseur and Sommelier Kyle Ridington of New York City Claims the Coveted Style Title

Penfolds, Australia’s leading winemaker, and GQ Magazine, the premier men’s magazine for style and culture, are excited to announce the winner of this year’s “Best Dressed Somm.” On October 22nd, Chef Sommelier Kyle Ridington from Piora Restaurant in New York City was awarded the coveted style title at a reception held at the Penfolds House in New York City.

After a month long search on Instagram and Twitter, over 100 participating sommeliers across North America were evaluated on the ability to curate a look that exudes “effortless style.” Kyle impressed an esteemed panel of judges that included GQ Executive Stylist Brett Fahlgren, celebrity chef and style guru Marcus Samuelsson, and designer Rachel Roy – all of whom know firsthand that a fine wine is best paired with unparalleled style.2433a585-a224-413b-9423-2f6f42017155.HR

“I am honored to be named this year’s Best Dressed Somm by Penfolds and GQ,” said Kyle at last night’s reception. “It’s exciting to celebrate putting my best self forward when it comes to style. For the recognition to come from Penfolds, a brand known for its prestige and high caliber wines, solidifies the hard work I’ve put into my career and life.”

As one of five #BestDressedSomm finalists, Kyle, who to the reception wore cropped, tailored trousers and a fitted blazer finished with a green scarf, demonstrated his keen knack for fashion over front-runners Taylor Grant from Scopa Italian Roots in Los Angeles, Nico Snyman from Joel Robuchon at the Mansion in Las Vegas, Matt Bostick from Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles, and Elphin Murren from Kingside Restaurant in New York City.

This year marks the second annual collaboration with Penfolds to pay homage to the sommelier community and we couldn’t be more excited about the evolution of the Best Dressed Somm program,” said Fahlgren. “All top contenders demonstrated their ability to curate a collection beyond the wine cellar. We especially loved Kyle because of his confidence in pulling off a completely original look.”

An evening of style and luxury held at the Penfolds House in New York, the Best Dressed Somm reception also served as the official U.S. debut of the Penfolds 2015 Collection, including the 2011 Grange – Penfolds’ flagship and one of the most collected wines in the world.

Grange is distinguished for its lively and assured palate,” said DLynn Proctor, Penfolds U.S. Winemaking Ambassador. “This wine is unique in its expert craftsmanship – a synergistic trait reflected in the flair and contemporary attitude Kyle demonstrated firsthand last night.”

The Penfolds Collection 2015

The Penfolds Collection 2015

The Penfolds Collection 2015 evolves with the new vintage release of the winery’s family of fine wines, and is now officially available. Noteworthy wine milestones and anniversaries together with vintage nuances are evident and while the winemakers led by Chief Winemaker Peter Gago continue to act as custodians of the past, they continue to deliver their own distinctive interpretation of the wines.

The 2015 Collection spans five vintages across 20 individual wines of appeal and provenance, all proudly displaying the Penfolds ‘House Style’ established more than 171 years ago.

Key highlights include:

2011 Grange is the 61st consecutive release, this is only the sixth Grange since the experimental 1951 vintage to be 100% Shiraz.

2013 Kalimna Bin 28 Shiraz celebrates its 55th consecutive release.

2013 Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time made predominantly from Adelaide Hills fruit.

2014 Bin 311 Tumbarumba Chardonnay celebrates its 10th consecutive release.

Penfolds Chief Winemaker Peter Gago reflects,this year’s Collection again reminds our winemaking team of the magic and unknowns of wine. There’s still so much that we don’t know, a continuum of surprise is occasionally explained by science, history or experience. Our 2013 reds have significantly transformed in bottle – grown, complexed, fattened… call it what you will. These wines make us smile and remind us of why we do, what we do.

In addition to the release, for the first time this year, Penfolds will also unveil a selection of wines in stylishly crafted gift boxes and for collector’s who acquire Grange they can now personalize their gift box with a bespoke plaque denoting a name and personal message.

Earlier this year Penfolds was named 2015 International White Winemaker by the International Wine Challenge (IWC) in recognition of Penfolds whites delivering drinkability and durability. Senior White Winemaker Kym Schroeter, who has over a quarter of a century of Penfolds winemaking experience, asserts, “overall I believe this year’s white release is ‘right up there’ in terms of quality and ageability. Certainly wines for the cellar!”

These whites span three vintages, 2013 – 2015. The Penfolds Collection 2015 offers wines of great narrative, largesse, aging potential and cultural significance.

In addition to national publicity as Penfolds & GQ Magazine‘s “Best Dressed Somm” of 2015, Kyle will be featured in an upcoming issue of GQ, as well as receive a private styling session with Brett Fahlgren. For more information, please visit Penfolds.com/GQBestDressedSomm. Follow the conversation on social media with @Penfolds, @GQMagazine and @GQ using #BestDressedSomm.


Penfolds has been producing an impressive array of wines since 1844 and indisputably led the development of Australian fine wine into the modern era. The introduction of Penfolds Grange in 1951 forever changed the landscape of Australian fine wine. Since then a series of standout wines, both white and red, have been released under the Penfolds masthead. www.penfolds.com

Virgin America Named “Best U.S. Airline” In Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards For The Eighth Straight Year

Airline Celebrates By Launching New Inflight Streaming Partnerships With Spotify And The New York Times

Virgin America, the California-based airline known for reinventing flying, has today been named “Best U.S. Airline” in the coveted Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards – for an unprecedented eighth year in a row. This year, over 128,000 readers of the premium travel magazine participated in the annual survey, continuing an award-winning streak for Virgin America, which has picked up this distinction every year since it started flying. The 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards will be reported in the November issue of Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

Virgin America logo. (PRNewsFoto/Virgin America)

Virgin America logo. (PRNewsFoto/Virgin America)

Also today, Virgin America launches new inflight streaming partnerships with Spotify to provide access to the entire catalogue of over 30 million songs, and the New York Times to stream breaking news to guests’ personal devices for free onboard the airline’s new ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircraft through March 2, 2016.152969LOGO
The influential readers of Condé Nast Traveler believed in our airline from day one and we are honored that they continue to count Virgin America as the ‘Best U.S. Airline’ for the eighth straight year,” said Virgin America President and Chief Executive Officer, David Cush. “Over 128,000 readers cast votes this year, making this is one of the largest and more prestigious independent travel surveys.  To win this award yet again, despite our growth over the years, is an incredible credit to our Teammates — who believe in the mission of this airline and who work every day to go above and beyond for our guests.  Despite having the best and most consistent product in the skies today, we are continuing to invest in next generation in-flight entertainment, innovative design and topnotch service. Our goal remains to create a different kind of airline — one that people not just tolerate, but actually love to fly with.”sharklet_presspage_hires_plane-Hires
In addition, the airline is offering a Double Points, Double Status Credits frequent flyer promotion on Virgin America flights for guests that book and fly by November 19, 2015. For more, visit: www.virginamerica.com.

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