Perry Ellis Debuts Immersive, technology-driven “Shop of the Future” Retail Concept at Macy’s Herald Square

The Perry Ellis Brand announced today, the debut of the “Shop of the Future,” an immersive, technology-driven retail concept located within the new men’s department at Macy’s Herald Square. Ahead of the industry trend, the brand-driven shopping destination utilizes digital technology and tools, designed to captivate shoppers by telling the Perry Ellis brand story in a modern, tech-savvy manner.

To bring this new concept to life, Perry Ellis partnered with The Science Project to co-develop the digital and physical store concepts which feature reactive retail technology. Interactive, floating mirrors with embedded proximity sensors deliver responsive, branded content to create a personalized experience for each shop-per; while curved walls provide a modern storytelling platform through the use of custom LED hardware. Design firm Tarella Architecture & Design implemented retail store design concepts.

When we were considering this new space, we wanted to create something that would draw in new cus-tomers and would continue to resonate with our core shopper.” said Oscar Feldenkreis, President and Chief Operating Officer of Perry Ellis. “Adding a tech component to the shopping experience was a natural way to accomplish that goal. Proximity sensors enable the space to feel futuristic but still very user-friendly, and the digital platform allows us to communicate with customers in a more contemporary voice.

Divided into three sections, the space gives shoppers an opportunity to discover the brand, experience a personal moment and engage with the digital and physical structures through witty dialogue. The shop is also designed to invite customers into the space through fluid, non-angular shapes which draw guests into the shop. The private space also provides customers with phone charging stations so they may stay in the space and connect further with the brand.

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Perry Ellis and unveil this Very Perry Macy’s experi-ence,” said Jeremy Bergstein, CEO of The Science Project. “Perry Ellis sought a partner that could understand the playful, innovative legacy of the namesake designer and transform it into a new brand-driven shopping destination. We are excited to be the first digital agency to create this kind of retail innovation from concept, strategy and design all the away through to implementation.”

The seasonal collections of suits, wovens, men’s accessories, fragrance, swim and outerwear are sold at better department stores and on www.PerryEllis.com.

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya Welcomes Highly Acclaimed Chef Dong Zhen Xiang For Exclusive Gourmet Week

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is welcoming celebrated Chef Dong Zhen Xiang of Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant from 10 to 20 December 2015. This will be Chef Da Dong’s first gastronomy event in Sanya, and guests can enjoy his cuisine and Mandarin Oriental hospitality to the full by booking a luxury stay at the resort with the Culinary Getaway Package.

Mondarin Oriental, Sanya

Mondarin Oriental, Sanya

Chinese Master Chef, Dong Zhen Xiang, has studied the culinary techniques of Shandong, Guangzhou, Sichuan, Huaiyang and selected western countries for more than 30 years to finesse his style of Chinese cuisine. His ability to embrace the true delicacy of Chinese cooking and present dishes in a poetic and healthy way has won him and his nation’s cuisine worldwide recognition.

During the exclusive gourmet week at Yi Yang restaurant, Chef Da Dong and his culinary team will present menus that showcase their authentic Beijing dishes and Da Dong specialties. These include the award winning “Super Lean” Roast Duck, which has only half of the fat found in conventional roast duck. Also on offer will be Braised Abalone with Chinese Yam and Truffle Sauce, and Chef Dong’s Braised Sea Cucumber. The Beijing Da Dong Roast Duck Restaurant is the only mainland premises listed in The Miele Guide’s Top 20 Restaurants in Asia.

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya - Yi Yang Private Dining Room

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya – Yi Yang Private Dining Room

We are delighted to welcome Chef Da Dong to Mandarin Oriental, Sanya,” says General Manager, Paul Jackson, “And to offer our guests an opportunity to enjoy his inspired cuisine, whilst relaxing in the balmy weather and beautiful tropical environment of the resort.

Mandarin Oriental Sanya - Fresh Restaurant

Mandarin Oriental Sanya – Fresh Restaurant

Mandarin Oriental, Sanya opened in 2009, bringing the hotel group’s signature oriental service excellence and distinct ‘East Meets West’ design to mainland China’s premier resort destination. Offering tranquility and serenity, the 296-room Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is a perfect hideaway surrounded by a peaceful, natural environment with lush greenery, protected coral reefs and a secluded 1.2 km beach. The Hotel/Resort is situated at Sanya City, Hainan’s most popular beachfront holiday destination. Sharing the same latitude as Hawaii, Sanya offers a tropical climate with year-round sunshine, sandy coral beaches, clear waters, authentic cultural activities, and excellent golf and water sports facilities. Set among 12 hectares of exclusive beachfront site, Mandarin Oriental, Sanya is situated in the sheltered Coral Bay near the city’s shopping and entertainment area, with sweeping views of the South China Sea; and provides convenient access to all of the area’s major tourist attractions. Continue reading

The American Society of Magazine Editors Introduces The ASME Next Awards for Journalists Under 30

PrintReporters And Editors Working In Print And Digital Media Are Eligible; Awards Sponsored With Mpa–The Association Of Magazine Media

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced today the introduction of the ASME Next Awards for Journalists Under 30. The awards honor outstanding achievement by young magazine journalists working in print or digital media, including editors, writers, photographers, producers, graphic designers and photo editors.

The American Society of Magazine Editors is the principal organization for magazine journalists in the United States. The members of ASME include the editorial leaders of most major consumer and business magazines published in print and on digital platforms. Founded in 1963, ASME works to defend the First Amendment, protect editorial independence and support the development of journalism. ASME sponsors the Ellie Awards in association with the Columbia Journalism School and publishes the ASME Guidelines for Editors and Publishers.

American Society of Magazine Editors logo

American Society of Magazine Editors logo

The ASME Next Awards are open to any journalist under the age of 30. Candidates must be nominated by an ASME member and work full time or freelance for an MPA-member print or digital publication. Four award winners will be chosen by a panel of judges chaired by Mark Jannot, Vice President, Content, National Audubon Society, and ASME President. The deadline for entry is December 16, 2015.ellie-2016-carousel-v7A

Sponsored by ASME in association with MPA—The Association of Magazine Media, the inaugural ASME Next Awards will be presented at the American Magazine Media Conference on February 2, 2016, the day after the Annual Ellie Awards Dinner, also sponsored by ASME. For more information about the ASME Next Awards, please visit asmenextawards.org.

We are proud to introduce the ASME Next Awards,” said Sid Holt, Chief Executive of ASME. “ASME has long been committed to fostering young talent—in fact, our Magazine Internship Program turns 50 next year. But the ASME Next Awards are something special—a chance to recognize the journalists who will shape the future of magazine media, both in print and online.MPA_Logo_rgb

MPA—The Association of Magazine Media is the primary advocate and voice for the magazine media industry, driving thought leadership and game-changing strategies to promote the industry’s vitality and increase its revenues and market share. MPA represents 200 domestic, associate and international members. MPA is headquartered in New York City, with a government affairs office in Washington, D.C. Visit www.magazine.org.

ASME's Ellie award for Journalistic Excellence

ASME’s Ellie award for Journalistic Excellence

 

Out100 2015 Cover Revealed: President Barack Obama

President Obama Makes History On The Cover Of OUT Magazine

Photography by Ryan Pfluger in the White House Library on October 5, 2015.

President Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, made history yet again when he was named Out magazine’s Ally of the Year and featured on the cover of the December 2015 issue. President Obama, said the editors, “came to office on a wave of euphoria, appeared to lose momentum halfway through, and has since rallied, helping us secure marriage equality, among other landmark initiatives that are transforming our place in America.”ocoverlo

Caitlyn Jenner was named Newsmaker of the Year, among others honored inside the issue. (SLIDESHOW | Out100 2015)

This is the first time a sitting president has been photographed for the cover of an LGBT title, a historic moment in itself, and a statement on how much his administration has done to advance a singularly volatile issue that tarnished the reputations of both President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. It might have tarnished this president, too, but for his late-hour conversion in 2012, which set the stage for the extraordinary succession of events that led to this year’s Supreme Court ruling, on June 26, making it unconstitutional to deny same-sex couples the right to wed. Many things led up to that decision—“decades of our brothers and sisters fighting for recognition and equality” as the president notes—but once his administration decided to join that fight it created what people like to call a “transformative” moment. It helped tip the balance, and it put our elected leader on the right side of justice.

Newsmaker of the Year: Caitlyn Jenner (http://www.out.com/out100-2015/2015/11/09/out100-caitlyn-jenner-newsmaker-year)  Photography by Ryan Pfluger at her home in Malibu, Calif., on September 26, 2015. Styling by Grant Woolhead. Hair: Courtney Nanson. Makeup: Kip Zachary at Cloutier Remix. Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.

Newsmaker of the Year: Caitlyn Jenner (Interview at http://www.out.com/out100-2015/2015/11/09/out100-caitlyn-jenner-newsmaker-year)
Photography by Ryan Pfluger at her home in Malibu, Calif., on September 26, 2015. Styling by Grant Woolhead. Hair: Courtney Nanson. Makeup: Kip Zachary at Cloutier Remix. Dress by Diane Von Furstenberg.

Wrote Editor-in-chief, Aaron Hicklin and the Editors of OUT: “Yes, there’s work to be done — we are still waiting for Congress to pass comprehensive federal LGBT protections, for a start — but whichever way you look at it, this president and his administration have ushered extraordinary change into the lives of LGBT Americans. For someone who at first seemed coy, even awkward, on the subject, President Obama’s evolution on marriage equality has been something to behold. He came to office reiterating that marriage was an institution reserved for a man and a woman, and continued to hold that line throughout most of his first term, even while advancing other important legislation, including the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Other signal achievements included an order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, passage of the first federal LGBT law in the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, encouraging the end to a ban on transgender military service, and the ongoing effort to create a more diverse judiciary. His nomination of Eric Fanning to be secretary of the Army, if successful, will make him the first openly gay head of a military branch.”

Yet even as polls suggested that a growing majority of Americans supported same-sex unions, many of us were losing faith that the president would join their ranks. His public conversion, when it came on May 9, 2012, telegraphed just how far the country had moved, and was one that had the encouragement of two important women in his life: the first lady and his senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett. It took a few more years for the president to agree that marriage equality was a constitutional matter, rather than one left up to the states, but by November 2012, Americans were electing the nation’s first pro-gay marriage president. It was an extraordinary contrast to eight years earlier, when President Bush exploited fears of gay marriage to help secure a second term.

From that moment, the wind has been in our sails. Obama’s re-election was followed by two Supreme Court decisions in June 2013: United States v. Windsor, which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and Hollingsworth v. Perry, which led to the annulling of California’s Proposition 8. In March this year, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear arguments on Obergefell v. Hodges, lawyers for the Justice Department filed a brief arguing that state bans on same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, likening them to prohibitions on interracial marriage.

When he was sworn in on January 20, 2009, there were two states where same-sex marriage was legal. Today it is a right nationwide. Many share credit for what has transpired, but there’s no question that without the active engagement of the 44th president of the United States, who has made securing the rights of LGBT Americans a fundamental part of his legacy, we’d still be working to fulfill that dream. On this issue, among many others, he is truly a great American.”

President Barack Obama in the White House Library on October 5, 2015. Photo Credit: Ryan Pfluger

President Barack Obama in the White House Library on October 5, 2015. Photo Credit: Ryan Pfluger for OUT Magazine (www.out.com

This introduction was followed by an interview with President Obama with Hicklin at The White House (See transcript below.)

Aaron Hicklin: Mr. President, who was the first person you met who you knew was gay?

President Barack Obama: I’m not sure who the first openly gay person I met was, but Dr. Lawrence Goldyn, one of my college professors, is a man who stands out to me. I took his class freshman year at Occidental. I was probably 18 years old — Lawrence was one of the younger professors — and we became good friends. He went out of his way to advise lesbian, gay, and transgender students at Occidental, and keep in mind, this was 1978. That took a lot of courage, a lot of confidence in who you are and what you stand for. I got to recognize Lawrence last year at our Pride Month reception at the White House, and thank him for influencing the way I think about so many of these issues. 

When was the moment that you realized that LGBT equality would be a key focus for your administration?

This really goes back to when I was a kid, because my mom instilled in me the strong belief that every person is of equal worth. At the same time, growing up as a black guy with a funny name, I was often reminded of exactly what it felt like to be on the outside. One of the reasons I got involved in politics was to help deliver on our promise that we’re all created equal, and that no one should be excluded from the American dream just because of who they are. That’s why, in the Senate, I supported repealing DOMA [the Defense of Marriage Act]. It’s why, when I ran for president the first time, I publicly asked for the support of the LGBT community, and promised that we could bring about real change for LGBT Americans. 

Watching Sasha and Malia grow up, are you conscious of a generational difference in their attitudes to homosexuality versus the generation(s) before them? 

Absolutely. To Malia and Sasha and their friends, discrimination in any form against anyone doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t dawn on them that friends who are gay or friends’ parents who are same-sex couples should be treated differently than anyone else. That’s powerful. My sense is that a lot of parents across the country aren’t going to want to sit around the dinner table and try to justify to their kids why a gay teacher or a transgender best friend isn’t quite as equal as someone else. That’s also why it’s so important to end harmful practices like conversion therapy for young people and allow them to be who they are. The next generation is spurring change not just for future generations, but for my generation, too. As president, and as a dad, that makes me proud. It makes me hopeful.  Continue reading

Nick Graham Announces First-Ever Design Collaboration With Bill Nye, The Science Guy

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Nick Graham and Bill Nye "The Science Guy" launch limited edition collection of science-themed bow ties (PRNewsFoto/Nick Graham)

Nick Graham and Bill Nye “The Science Guy” launch limited edition collection of science-themed bow ties (PRNewsFoto/Nick Graham)


Nick Graham is pleased to announce its first ever design collaboration in partnership with Bill Nye to launch a Limited Edition Set Of Bow Ties that gives nod to Nye’s work and legacy. The collection will be available at NickGraham.com beginning today.

Bill Nye is famous for making science fun, and appreciates fun fashion. Nick Graham and Bill Nye saw an opportunity to create a collection allowing men to add a little personality to their wardrobes via Nye’s favorite accessory – the bow tie. Whether a rocket scientist or passing alien, fashionistos can embrace Nye’s lab-friendly sense of style mixed with Nick Graham’s modern and colorful aesthetic.

The Nick Graham X Bill Nye Collection will feature Nye’s work and legacy imprinted on bow ties including periodic tables, Bill’s silhouette, planetary symbols, and quirky designs retailing for $49.50 each. With each bow tie purchased, Graham will donate 10% of proceeds towards the Planetary Society, Bill Nye’s non-profit organization which focuses efforts on empowering the world’s citizens to advance space science and exploration while nurturing creative young minds.

There couldn’t be a better combination of style and science than Bill Nye,” says Nick Graham. “He not only wears a bow tie well, but I respect his work enormously and has influenced a whole generation through his TV shows and books on the importance of science in our everyday lives.”

As you know, science is cool. Science is stylish, too.  With that in mind, I am thrilled to team up with Nick Graham to tie the world together one bow at a time,” says Bill Nye.

As the founder of the ubiquitous JOE BOXER brand, Nick Graham changed the face of fashion when he turned his underwear company into one of America’s most iconic, global lifestyle brands. He has continued to be a part of the menswear industry as a consultant to various menswear companies and retailers. Graham is a longtime member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America and has won numerous awards for his design and marketing talents.

Remembering Our Veterans and Fighting Men and Women, U.S. Armed Forces Honored With Official Holiday Ornament

Limited Edition Ornament Features Each Branch’s Official Symbols; Proceeds Go To Military Heroes And Their Families

The Spirit of Liberty Foundation has announced the first officially licensed Armed Forces holiday ornament created by to honor military heroes and their families, featuring the official emblems and symbols of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. The Spirit of Liberty Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was originally formed to raise funds and to assist in the restoration and maintenance of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. After the restoration was completed, and in the wake of 9/11, the Foundation’s mission was changed to honor and support American Heroes in the Armed Forces past, present, and future with an emphasis on Wounded Warriors, Fallen Heroes and their families.

Spirit of Liberty Holiday Ornament Front (PRNewsFoto/The Spirit of Liberty Foundation)

Spirit of Liberty Holiday Ornament Front (PRNewsFoto/The Spirit of Liberty Foundation)

In addition to the emblems and symbols of each of the services, the ornament features a visual of a gold star on an American Flag and the words “Spirit of Liberty” and “Freedom is not Free.” The symbols float proudly on a flowing American Flag and feature the words “God Bless America” on the front of each ornament.

It is rare that the emblems and symbols of the five services appear together on a single item, though this first-time ornament has been officially licensed by each of the services.

We want to establish a vehicle to honor our men and women in uniform” said Richard Rovsek, chairman of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation. “It enables those of us who benefit from the courage and sacrifice of our armed forces to demonstrate our support this holiday season and throughout the year.”

Spirit of Liberty Holiday Ornament Back. (PRNewsFoto/The Spirit of Liberty Foundation)

Spirit of Liberty Holiday Ornament Back. (PRNewsFoto/The Spirit of Liberty Foundation)

The Spirit of Liberty Foundation supports and honors these heroes and their families through of variety of programs and annual events including “Operation Christmas Miracle: The Believe in Santa Tour,” the “Crossing of America Tour,” “America’s Freedom Bell’s Patriots Tour” and “Liberty Flies Across America.”

The Armed Forces Ornament can be purchased online, at retail and by mail order for $15.95 + shipping or $19.95+shipping with a personalized inscription.
– Online orders: www.OfficialOrnament.com
– Mail orders: Spirit of Liberty Ornament, 773 Victory highway, West Greenwich, RI 02817
– Retail outlets: check the website for a list of retailers

The Armed Forces Ornament, a demonstration of the American spirit of liberty, will be available only until Dec. 31, 2016, after which its design will be retired.


As a soldier who has been deployed overseas, I know the importance of home front support, “said retired Master Sgt. Major Kaleb Weakley, recipient of two purple hearts and currently Vice President of American Warrior Brands, a Spirit of Liberty Foundation project supporting veterans. “When people remember and celebrate our service, pursuing our missions in harm’s way is made easier.

For more information regarding the First Official Armed Forces Ornament and the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, visit the websites at http://spiritoflibertyfoundation.com/ and www.OfficialOrnament.com.