Retail News: Macy’s Announces 2015 Black Friday Speacial Deals and Doorbusters

Plus A Chance To Win $1 Million In Prizes This Black Friday Weekend

Customers Will Have Access To Specials Starting At 6 PM. Thanksgiving Evening In Most Stores

This Thanksgiving evening, customers can shop the greatest deals of Black Friday weekend beginning at 6 pm. at most Macy’s stores, or online all day at www.macys.com. Plus, shoppers with Macy’s mobile app will have a chance to walk in to their local Macy’s store and win $1 million in prizes through “Macy’s Black Friday Walk In and Win” game.

$19.99 – Rampage, Style&Co. and Seven Dial Boots

$19.99 – Rampage, Style&Co. and Seven Dial Boots

This year, customers will find the hottest holiday gift items and great savings with the convenience of one-stop shopping for everyone on their holiday list,” said Jeff Kantor, chief stores officer at Macy’s. “In addition to incredible savings and doorbuster deals on Black Friday at Macy’s, customers will have a chance to win up to $1 million in gift codes and prizes throughout the weekend.

$149 – 3/8 ct. t.w. True Miracle® Diamond Earrings in 14k White Gold

$149 – 3/8 ct. t.w. True Miracle® Diamond Earrings in 14k White Gold

The following are a few highlights of Macy’s Black Friday doorbuster specials, available while supplies last. Shop for these limited-time deals in-store beginning at 6 pm. Thursday, Nov. 26 through 1 pm. Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28 from 8 am. to 1 pm., or online at macys.com:

  • $39.99 – Charter Club Cashmere Crewneck or V-Neck Sweaters
  • 60 percent off Women’s Wool and Down Coats
  • 30-50 percent off Impulse Contemporary Apparel, including Lucky Brand, Kensie, Bar III, RACHEL Rachel Roy and more

    Extra 25 percent off Clearance Designer Handbags

    Extra 25 percent off Clearance Designer Handbags

  • Extra 25 percent off Clearance Designer Handbags

    Free Glitter Tote with any $95 fragrance purchase

    Free Glitter Tote with any $95 fragrance purchase

  • Free Glitter Tote with any $95 fragrance purchase
  • $19.99 – Rampage, Style&Co. and Seven Dial Boots
  • $149 – 3/8 ct. t.w. True Miracle® Diamond Earrings in 14k White Gold
  • 50 percent off all Junior Collections, including American Rag, XOXO, Material Girl, BCX, Jessica Simpson and more

    $9.99 – Your Choice: Bella Toaster Oven, Electric Skillet, Espresso Maker or Deep Fryer; Black & Decker Rice Cooker; Presto Griddle, Cuisinart Hand Mixer or Stick Blender (After Rebate)

    $9.99 – Your Choice: Bella Toaster Oven, Electric Skillet, Espresso Maker or Deep Fryer; Black & Decker Rice Cooker; Presto Griddle, Cuisinart Hand Mixer or Stick Blender (After Rebate)

  • $9.99 – Your Choice: Bella Toaster Oven, Electric Skillet, Espresso Maker or Deep Fryer; Black & Decker Rice Cooker; Presto Griddle, Cuisinart Hand Mixer or Stick Blender (After Rebate)

    70 percent off Memory Foam Pillows and Toppers

    70 percent off Memory Foam Pillows and Toppers

  • 70 percent off Memory Foam Pillows and Toppers

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Holiday Decorating: Kirkland’s Christmasland Is Your Home for the Holidays

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and Kirkland’s is ready to help you create your personal Christmasland. With four distinct Christmas décor collections to choose from, and an array of decorating, entertaining and gift-giving tips and tricks, Kirkland’s is your one-stop shop this holiday season.

Kirkland's has a great variety of Christmas ornaments this season, such as this Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Ornament.

Kirkland’s has a great variety of Christmas ornaments this season, such as this Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Ornament.

Kirkland’s, Inc., was founded in 1966 and is a specialty retailer of home décor in the United States. The Company’s stores present a broad selection of distinctive merchandise, including framed art, mirrors, candles, lamps, picture frames, accent rugs, garden accessories and artificial floral products. The Company’s stores also offer an extensive assortment of gifts, as well as seasonal merchandise.

Starting Nov. 2, all Kirkland’s stores will transform into Christmasland.

Kirkland's carries a large assortment of Christmas signs and banners for your decorating needs.

Kirkland’s carries a large assortment of Christmas signs and banners for your decorating needs.

Kirkland’s Christmasland is the promise of a perfect Christmas. From putting the final festive touches on your tree to picking out the best Christmas gifts for each and every one of your loved ones, you’ll find exactly what you need at Kirkland’s,” said Brad Wahl, vice president of marketing and e-commerce at Kirkland’s.

The Cozy Christmas and Holly Jolly collections are the perfect fit for traditional holiday décor lovers, while the Glitz & Glam and Majestic Metallics collections have just the right amount of sparkle to catch the eyes of more contemporary crowds.

Kirkland’s offers a wide selection of décor to spruce up your Christmas tree, such as the Red Pom Pom Jute Ribbon, Mason Jar String Lights and Rustic White Snowflake Ornaments. You can even create your own tree topper design with Kirkland’s Cream Scroll Chalkboard. Continue reading

The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong Launches New “Shanghai Architecture Experience” for Guests

The Five-Star Shanghai Hotel Puts an Architectural-Inspired Spin on Afternoon Tea Coupled With a Private Tour of the City’s Most Iconic Buildings

Paying homage to the city of Shanghai’s stunning collection of 1930’s Art Deco architecture, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is pleased to now offer guests a new private day tour of the city’s most dynamic architectural styles that have impacted the history of Shanghai. The Shanghai Architecture Experience includes a private day tour of Shanghai’s most dynamic architecture from old to new, an optional second day of touring the traditional waterfront villages outside Shanghai, a new Art Deco-inspired afternoon tea at Aura overlooking the Bund, and three night club accommodations.

The influence of the 1930s can be seen upon arrival in the lobby, where doormen and bellboys, dressed in specially designed uniforms, welcome guests

The influence of the 1930s can be seen upon arrival in the lobby, where doormen and bellboys, dressed in specially designed uniforms, welcome guests

The lobby offers an inviting space where guests not only check in but connect with friends, family and colleagues throughout their stay

The lobby offers an inviting space where guests not only check in but connect with friends, family and colleagues throughout their stay

Curated by renowned architect and local historian Spencer Dodington, the Shanghai Architecture Experience tour concludes with a relaxing afternoon tea at Aura, where guests will enjoy tea as well as desserts resembling the city’s most iconic Art Deco structures while overlooking aerial views of The Bund.

Arranged by the luxury hotel’s Concierge, The Shanghai Architecture Experience tour provides guests the opportunity to stroll through Shanghai’s best neighborhoods, viewing an array of building styles that define the Paris of the East, from towering, sleek skyscrapers to Art Deco gems. Guests will experience the Bund, the old British waterfront district which is home to the best Art Deco and Neo-Classical structures in China. As a striking juxtaposition, guests will be amazed by sights of the Oriental Pearl Tower and the new skyscrapers of Pudong’s Lujiazui, the financial epicenter of China where The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong resides inside the highest part of the IFC complex designed by world-famous Architect Cesar Pelli.

The corner Carlton Suite features a separate sitting area, ideal for entertaining, with Oriental Pearl TV Tower and North Bund views

The corner Carlton Suite features a separate sitting area, ideal for entertaining, with Oriental Pearl TV Tower and North Bund views

In Aura’s sophisticated lounge, located on the 52nd floor, hotel guests will sip “As Time Goes By” — an elegant tea blend exclusively made for the experience — alongside an original array of macarons, minicakes, and pastries mirroring silhouettes of Shanghai’s skyline. Presented over an illustrated sketch of the skyline, the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower is recreated by Executive Pastry Chef Jean-Luc into a decadent dessert consisting of vanilla curd “verrine” compote of berries, cinnamon crumble, and macaroons made with strawberry almond cake, lemon and passion fruit. Other sweet treats resemble Shanghai’s historical buildings and Pudong’s skyscrapers, including a mango mousse dome on a buttery biscuit, and pistachio and milk chocolate jivara cake glazed with dark chocolate, served alongside boat-shaped chocolate and mascarpone cream cakes that reflect the passing ships on the Huangpu River. Continue reading

The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia Announces Major Erte Exhibition, Planned for June 2016

Martin Lawrence Galleries to Sponsor Exhibit Celebrating the Father of Art Deco

The Hermitage Museum is rightfully counted among the world’s finest, boasting an extensive collection of masterworks from the most renowned artists of the past several centuries. And now, for the first time in its history, it will be curating an exhibition to honor the work of Erté, the father of Art Deco and one of Russia’s most celebrated cultural native sons. The exhibit is scheduled to open in June, 2016.

Martin Lawrence Galleries (MLG) with premier locations in ten major cities across the United States is will serve as a sponsor of this historical event. MLG is home to an extraordinarily varied and consequential collection of Erté works. An further announcement relating to this event will be made in the New Year

Erté whose real name was Romain de Tirtoff (initials “R.T.”) ̶ was born in 1892 in St. Petersburg. In 1910 he moved to Paris to pursue a career as a designer, despite objections from a father who wanted him to become a naval officer. In 1915, he secured his first substantial contract with Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and thus launched an illustrious career that included designing costumes and stage sets. Between 1915–1937, Erté designed over 200 covers for Harper’s Bazaar, and his illustrations would also appear in such publications as Illustrated London News, Cosmopolitan, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Vogue.

Elegant Erté fashion designs captured the Art Deco period he founded. His delicate figures and sophisticated, glamorous designs are instantly recognizable, and his ideas and art still influence fashion into the 21st century. In 1925, Louis B. Mayer brought him to Hollywood to design sets and costumes for the silent film Paris. He also designed for such films as Ben-Hur, The Mystic, Time, The Comedian, and Dance Madness. Well into his nineties, he designed the costumes for the musical “Stardust” and the costumes for the Rockettes “Easter Parade” at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Erté continued working throughout his life and with the 1960s Art Deco revival, he began creating limited edition prints, bronzes, and other fine art. His work can be found in the collections of several well-known museums, including the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

The Hermitage Museum was originally built from 1754-1762, to serve as the Czar’s Winter Palace. In 1764, Catherine II made it Russia’s home of fine art by acquiring a significant collection originally intended for Frederick the Great of Prussia. It has since become one of the world’s most renowned and respected museums, and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2014.

Founded in 1975, MLG has lent fine art to, and sponsored exhibitions at many of the world’s finest museums and enjoys a superb and distinctive reputation among collectors of all kinds for the unparalleled depth and breadth of its artistic offerings as well as its unrelenting insistence on offering clients and prospects works of art in only the finest condition.

Home to the most highly respected artists in the world; Martin Lawrence Galleries has redefined the art scene for clients and prospects of all tastes, with an unparalleled collection of works of art available for acquisition at exceptional value. The galleries are distinguished by works by Philippe Bertho, Erté, Marc Chagall, Robert Deyber, François Fressinier, Kerry Hallam, Frederick Hart, Keith Haring, Douglas Hofmann, Liudmila Kondakova, René Lalonde, Felix Mas, Takashi Murakami, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Andy Warhol and many others.

Over the past 40 years, MLG has published works by Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, and has loaned nearly 250 different artworks by dozens of internationally renowned artists to over 30 world class museums around the world, including those by Calder, Chagall, Magritte, Basquiat, Francis, Picasso, Warhol and many other artists to esteemed institutions such as the Whitney Museum, New York, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., the San Francisco MOMA and the Museum Picasso, Barcelona.

The Martin Lawrence Galleries has locations in 10 cities across the country, including New York City, San Francisco, Costa Mesa and La Jolla, California; Maui, Hawaii; Boston, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, and Las Vegas; and offers unique and original works to its thousands of collectors ranging in price from the hundreds to the millions of dollars.

Home & Interior Design: Benjamin Moore Names “Simply White” Its 2016 Color of the Year

Color Leader Reveals Color Trends 2016, Highlighting White as a Timeless and Versatile Design Statement

Benjamin Moore has announced its highly anticipated 2016 Color of the Year – Simply White OC-117. The company also unveiled Color Trends 2016, a corresponding palette of 23 colors to illustrate how white works within the color spectrum.

energizing color, crisp white borders… focus White frames and flatters. In this gallerist's brownstone, white is the guide that directs the eye to multiple color encounters.

Energizing Color, Crisp White Borders… Focus… White frames and flatters. In this gallerist’s brownstone, white is the guide that directs the eye to multiple color encounters.

energizing color, crisp white borders… focus White frames and flatters. In this gallerist's brownstone, white is the guide that directs the eye to multiple color encounters.

energizing color, crisp white borders… focus
White frames and flatters. In this gallerist’s brownstone, white is the guide that directs the eye to multiple color encounters.

The color white is transcendent, powerful and polarizing – it is either taken for granted or obsessed over,” said Ellen O’Neill, Benjamin Moore Creative Director. “White is not just a design trend, it is a design essential. The popularity of white, the necessity of white, the mystique of white is quantifiable in our industry. Of the top ten best-selling Benjamin Moore colors, variants of white occupy five spots. It was inevitable that we would ultimately recognize white as our Color of the Year.

layered whites, diffused light… ambience. Surrender to the complexity of white. In this abstract artist's townhouse, the interplay of whites and light creates nuance and subtle beauty.

layered whites, diffused light… ambience. Surrender to the complexity of white.
In this abstract artist’s townhouse, the interplay of whites and light creates nuance and subtle beauty.

layered whites, diffused light… ambience. Surrender to the complexity of white. In this abstract artist's townhouse, the interplay of whites and light creates nuance and subtle beauty.

layered whites, diffused light… ambience. Surrender to the complexity of white.
In this abstract artist’s townhouse, the interplay of whites and light creates nuance and subtle beauty.

The Benjamin Moore Color Studio forecasts color trends after a year of research attending major industry shows around the world, while also taking cues from standouts in architecture, fashion, textiles, home furnishings and the arts. White transcends style, and is seen in traditional, transitional and modern interiors. The color also presents attractive exterior looks for the home, from colonial to contemporary and virtually everything in between.

striking contrasts, bold lines...definition.  Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black. This digital designer's cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colors punctuate the black and white landscape.

striking contrasts, bold lines…definition…. Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black. This digital designer’s cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colors punctuate the black and white landscape.

striking contrasts, bold lines...definition.  Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black. This digital designer's cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colors punctuate the black and white landscape.

Striking contrasts, bold lines…definition.…. Angles and edges become sharply defined as white is cut with black. This digital designer’s cabin conveys intent, celebrates form, as fearless, high chroma colors punctuate the black and white landscape.

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Performance Bicycle® Introduces Fall 2015 CHCB Clothing Line

Collection Offers Practical, Stylish Apparel For Cooler Temperatures

Performance Bicycle® is introducing its Fall/Winter 2015 CHCB Collection designed to provide riding apparel for warmth and functionality. Inspired by the town where Performance Bicycle was founded in 1982, Chapel Hill (CH), and its sister city, Carrboro (CB), CHCB is a clothing line designed to connect cyclists to the towns and places where they live, work and ride. Combining excellent cycling performance with contemporary, stylish design that looks and feels great on and off the bike, CHCB debuts its newest line to accommodate active lifestyles during cooler temperatures.

The new CHCB line features men’s and women’s jerseys, accessories and outerwear that will keep cyclists warm during cooler weather. The CHCB line combines all of the functions of traditional cycling clothing with contemporary and useful additions that allow it to seamlessly transition to a great experience off the bike, too. The blended poly/wool fabric in the Fall/Winter collection jerseys helps to insulate and regulate body temperature to ensure a comfortable ride. The back pocket has a button closure that will securely store a phone or wallet, while a reflective tab on the back pocket ensures visibility during night rides.

The CHCB Shetler Jacket is water resistant and will stay dry throughout the cold, rainy season. The Shetler Jacket has a front chest pocket with zipped entry and two zipped hand pockets to ensure your valuables stay dry. The Velcro closure at the sleeve opening and the interior adjustable bungee cord at the bottom hem create a more customized fit. A full list of CHCB clothing is available at performancebike.com/CHCB.

The CHCB Fall/Winter clothing line is comfortable on the bike, and stylish and practical enough for day-to-day wear off the bike,” said Performance Bicycle CEO David Pruitt.As temperatures cool down, it’s really a great option for anyone who has an active lifestyle.”

The new CHCB clothing line is available in-store at more than 100 locations nationwide and online at PerformanceBike.com.

“Bring the Sleigh”: Sears Makes 2015 Gift-Giving Easy For Holiday Shoppers By Connecting Online, In-Store, Mobile

282243Sears kicks off the holiday shopping season with exclusive offers for Shop Your Way members, more shopping conveniences including In-Vehicle Pickup, and a holiday campaign featuring Santa and his iconic sleigh.

Sears first introduced Buy Online Pickup In-Store 14 years ago and changed the game. We continue to bring new services to our members that let them shop wherever and however they choose,” said Joelle Maher, President and Chief Member Officer for Sears. “With so many great holiday gift ideas from a refrigerator to a sweater to a drill, our members will want to ‘Bring the Sleigh’…and it better be a big one.”

More for Members All Season:

More Rewards – Beginning Nov. 1 and running through Jan. 2, Sears credit cardholders receive 10 percent back in points on the first $500 of each qualifying purchase with their Sears card, so filling the sleigh means more rewards for members. The offer is valid through Jan. 2, 2016, and reward points expire Jan. 30, 2016 (valid opt-in email required). Sears will announce more savings events and exclusive shopping opportunities for its Shop Your Way members later in the season.

Updated Sears Mobile App –The Sears app lets shoppers find the right products faster and compare features, prices and user reviews; find deals, get eCoupons, and make the most of Shop Your Way points; make purchases, track orders, manage layaway, and access free shopping conveniences like Free Store Pickup and In-Vehicle Pickup.

In-Vehicle Pickup, Return and Exchange in Five – Using the Sears app members can pick up, return or exchange their purchases for free – guaranteed in five minutes or less – without ever leaving their vehicle.

Free Shipping – Sears offers free shipping and Shop Your Way Max members get two-day free shipping on qualifying online orders. Online shoppers can bypass shipping altogether – simply choose Free Store Pickup then swing by their local Sears where the order is ready in five minutes or less, guaranteed.

Shopping Recaps – In consultative departments like appliances, members can request an email that recaps information they discussed with a Sears associate in-store and includes model numbers and other details. The member can pick up where they left off at their convenience later online.

Anyone, Anywhere Pickup – Purchase gifts online and have friends or family pick them up at a local Sears or Kmart in a different city, for free.

Expanded Free Store Pickup – An online/in-store collaboration that enables members to pick up sears.com or kmart.com orders at any of each other’s stores – more than 1,700 locations nationwide.

Reserve It – A timesaving service that allows members to reserve apparel items online for them to quickly try on in store.

Meet With An Expert – Members shopping for home appliances can seamlessly take their online research into the store to get expertise from a knowledgeable home appliance associate.

Sears Holiday Hours on Thanksgiving and Black Friday:

Open from 6 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 26 to 2 a.m. Fri., Nov. 27

Re-open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fri., Nov. 27

Shoppers can download the Sears app at www.Sears.com/mobile and discover more @Sears.com. Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook about Sears holiday at #BringTheSleigh.

*Sears stores in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and Puerto Rico will not be open on Thanksgiving Day, per their respective state laws. Stores in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will open at 12:30 a.m. on Nov. 27. Puerto Rico stores will open at midnight on Nov. 27. In addition, stores in some jurisdictions may have different hours of operation if required by local law. Check local store hours by visiting www.sears.com/stores.