Fashion Startup Launches Limited Edition Frida Kahlo Scarf To Raise Money For Los Angeles Famed Nonprofit Inner-City Arts

Eco-Friendly Charity Scarf To Bring Awareness And Funding For Homeless And Inner-City Youth In Los Angeles

Los Angeles fashion house Jemae announced the launch of its second humanitarian campaign, a stunningly beautiful Frida Kahlo scarf available at Jemae.org and on Etsy. Jemae is a“fashion for humanity platform” whose mission is “to love, heal, and empower people throughout the earth.” Every few weeks, it teams up with a top designer to create limited edition designer products that benefit humanitarian projects. Proceeds from the sale of the limited edition Frida Kahlo scarf will benefit Inner-City Arts, long considered one of the nation’s top providers of arts education for children that has taught more than 250,000 at-risk youth over the last 25 years.

Limited Edition Kahlo Scarf  Charity Scarf

Limited Edition Kahlo Scarf Charity Scarf

Founded in 1989 as a learning oasis in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Inner-City Arts cultivates a sense of agency and possibility within Los Angeles’ youth through the transformational power of creativity. Professional teaching artists engage students in the visual, media and performing arts in an authentic studio setting. Services include instructional day classes for K-8 students, afterschool and weekend workshops for middle and high school students, diverse and innovative performances in The Rosenthal Theater for community audiences, and creativity-based professional development for teachers and other educators.Inner City Arts logo

We’re excited to launch the Frida campaign in partnership with Inner-City Arts,” said Rob Carpenter, Jemae Founder. “Not only is the scarf a piece of visual ecstasy, but it is also the most environmentally friendly scarf ever produced. The scarf is made with no water and no chemicals, and that’s huge. It’s safe for people of all ages to wear and is machine washable.”

Proceeds from the sales are meant to raise substantial funds to help educate homeless and at-risk kids in visual art, theater, and dance on Inner-City Arts’s famed Skid Row campus.

In Celebration of World AIDS Day and #GivingTuesday, RONROBINSON Boutique Host Fundraiser to Raise Funds for mothers2mothers in Their Efforts to Eliminate Pediatric AIDS in Africa

The RONROBINSON flagship boutique will host a celebrity-driven fundraiser to help support mothers2mothers in their efforts to provide mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa essential health education and peer support to help them protect their babies from HIV infection and stay healthy

Interior shot of the RONROBINSON Flagship Boutique in Santa Monica CA

Interior shot of the RONROBINSON Flagship Boutique in Santa Monica CA

In 1978, RONROBINSON, Inc. opened its doors at Fred Segal on Melrose Avenue. With the store’s reputation for a curated selection of high-quality merchandise and outstanding service, RONROBINSON captured a quintessentially California aesthetic and quickly became a Los Angeles retail icon and destination for musicians, artists, designers and celebrities. In November of 2014, the company opened a 5,500 square foot, free-standing and open concept storefront in Santa Monica. The self-titled store, features a unique shopping experience, with the same expertly selected collections of home design, men, women’s and kids apparel, books, jewelry, accessories and beauty products. RONROBINSON continues to reinvent the concept of a retail environment and regularly host diverse collaborations with Southern California based artists, musicians, and designers.

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St Paul Client Home (mothers2mothers in lesotho): m2m trains, employs, and empowers women living with HIV as Mentor Mothers to work alongside doctors and nurses at understaffed health centers, educating and supporting other women.

The RONROBINSON Flagship Boutique (in Santa Monica, CA) will allow customers a special opportunity to do some holiday shopping for loved ones, while also helping to save the lives of HIV-positive mothers and their babies in sub-Saharan Africa. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, the world will celebrate #GivingTuesday and World AIDS Day, showing support by giving back to help pregnant women and new mothers struggling with HIV. 20% of all proceeds made at the RONROBINSON store and online that day will be donated to benefit mothers2mothers’ (m2m) efforts in eliminating pediatric AIDS.

RONROBINSON, located at 1327 Fifth Street in Santa Monica, California, will be hosting multiple designers and brand ambassadors showcasing their products, including Apothia LA, Calvin Rucker, Cotton Citizen, Gladys Tamez Millinery, Lilah Beauty, Lysa Nalin Scarves, Modern Queen Kids, Nixon Watches, Peppina Jewelry, Retrouve Skincare, Say the Sun, Shaffer LA, and Zemi Speakers. The event will also feature a book signing by fashion icon and supermodel Cindy Crawford for her new book Becoming, as well as Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer for his new book A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.

As an added incentive, BabyCenter, the #1 pregnancy and parenting digital resource, will match all donations to m2m from December 1 through December 15, up to $50,000, including money raised by RONROBINSON.

Although significant progress has been made over the last decade towards eliminating pediatric AIDs, each day 600 children are still infected with HIV globally. Almost 90% of these cases happen within sub-Saharan Africa, and most are acquired from mothers during pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. m2m began its efforts in 2001, as medical interventions were available to protect babies from HIV infection, but the critical shortage of medical professionals in the region made it difficult for women to get the information and support they needed to access lifesaving medical care.12068718_10153751896839367_4639473201173646804_o

m2m trains, employs, and empowers women living with HIV as Mentor Mothers to work alongside doctors and nurses at understaffed health centers, educating and supporting other women. By sharing their own experiences with HIV, Mentor Mothers have a unique ability to form trusted relationships with women to help them access medical care early in their pregnancies and stay on treatment for the best possible health outcomes for themselves and their families. Formerly marginalized by their HIV status, Mentor Mothers are professionalized, employed, and economically independent, fighting stigma and discrimination through example and becoming role models and leaders in their communities. Knowledge is power, and mothers2mothers is giving women in countries most impacted by the HIV/AIDS pandemic back the power they deserve to maintain health for both themselves and their families. Since its founding in 2001, mothers2mothers (m2m) has reached more than 1.3 million HIV-positive mothers in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa with its scalable, high-impact peer approach.O_ceaab539d7bb914a459a62ff17285dfbbaby_h_rgb_5c[1] Continue reading

Hotels.Com Makes Travel Predictions For The Year 2016 Based On Current Trends

Where Will Americans Travel in 2016?

Many Underrated Domestic And International Destinations Are Forecasted To Gain Traction For Their Unique Offerings

In a constantly evolving tourism industry, new offerings, attractions and experiences are making travelers more apt to explore unique and underrated destinations to satisfy their inner wanderlust. As 2016 rapidly approaches, Hotels.com® is revealing its Top 10 Travel Predictions for the new year through an analysis of travel demand changes over the last two years* on the website.Hotels.com_ObviousChoice_RGB_left-align__

For 2016 we’re foreseeing an interesting mix of trending and often overlooked destinations with something for every type of traveler no matter your budget, climate preference, preferred language or lifestyle,” said Josh Belkin, VP and general manager, North America for Hotels.com.

According to Hotels.com 2016 Travel Predictions, Queens will overtake Brooklyn as the most popular outer borough for travelers visiting New York in the new year. (PRNewsFoto/Hotels.com)

According to Hotels.com 2016 Travel Predictions, Queens will overtake Brooklyn as the most popular outer borough for travelers visiting New York in the new year. (PRNewsFoto/Hotels.com)

Queens Will Overtake Brooklyn As The Most Popular Destination For New York Visitors Staying In The Outer Boroughs. While the hipster haven has experienced steady growth in travel demand over the past two years (approximately two-thirds increase in travel demand), Queens is catching up quickly (nearly 150 percent increase) with an eclectic food scene and several boutique hotels like The One Boutique Hotel in Flushing and Z NYC Hotel in Long Island City.2016-travel-predictions-by-hotelscom-2-638

Dallas Will Make A Significant Leap In Popularity After Seeing A Nearly 40 Percent Increase In Travel Demand Since Last Year. In addition to offering great shopping, arts and dining options, Dallas has made a focused effort to welcome more diverse visitors including LGBT travelers.2016-travel-predictions-by-hotelscom-3-638

Anaheim Will See A Large Surge In Tourism Beyond Theme Park Visitors. The city is increasing in popularity faster than any other major California destination (up 40 percent over 2014), and with a convention center expansion and new hotel openings in the coming year, that trend will continue.2016-travel-predictions-by-hotelscom-6-638 Continue reading

Robb Report Gears Up With Launch Of New Digital Content Platform — Robb Gear

The international luxury lifestyle authority Robb Report is getting in gear for the holidays with the launch of a new digital platform. Already known for curating the best of the best in luxury lifestyle, the brand shifts gears to the world of cutting-edge products with Robb Gear (www.robbgear.com), a comprehensive curated collection of the world’s ultimate gear and groundbreaking goods on land and water, including tools and technology.

Robb Report launches Robb Gear featuring cutting-edge brands and products covering land, water, tools and tech. (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

Robb Report launches Robb Gear featuring cutting-edge brands and products covering land, water, tools and tech. (PRNewsFoto/Robb Report)

With an eye toward the authentic and reliable, Robb Gear is designed to serves as a one-stop shop for enthusiasts, offering a deep dive into the must-have products of the season and direct access to purchase from the innovative brands behind them. As such, Robb Gear launches with a coveted selection from over 100 brands, ranging from new releases to products that are consistent stalwarts in their category. For items such as the Moots Frosthammer fat-tire bike, Miura’s New Wedge Series golf clubs, and Bomber Ski’s AM Woodie all-mountain skis, Robb Gear curates and educates with informative product facts, brand videos, instructional guides, and related products.

The Robb Report audience is an active one,” said editor in chief Brett Anderson. “Our readers embrace life and the best that it has to offer on all levels–from collecting cars and timepieces to rock climbing and scuba diving. We designed Robb Gear to complement our current content channels, providing readers with valuable information on the indispensable tools that will help them achieve their personal best, from a reliable and authoritative source.

Robb Gear offers readers the opportunity to create their own community profile and upload personal product picks, to be vetted by Robb Gear’s team of editors for posting. Plans are in the works for an influencer network of category experts to provide commentary and product evaluation, along with a Robb Gear blog that will spotlight user-generated submissions, cutting-edge content, and customer reviews.

The December 2015 issue of Robb Report will feature a brilliant array of gift suggestions courtesy of Robb Gear, all of which are sure to make the holiday season merry and bright. From dive computers and surfboards to skis and cigar cutters, Robb Gear uncovers the best tools and toys for the true enthusiast. The December issue of Robb Report will hit newsstands November 24, 2015.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2016, Robb Report is the authoritative voice in the global luxury market. Widely regarded as the single most influential journal of living life to the fullest, it covers the newest in what matters most to its discerning and sophisticated audience, including luxury automobiles, aircraft, fine dining, travel, timepieces and fine jewelry, style and design, arts and culture, spirits, and cigars.

Robb Report is accessible to digital users at www.RobbReport.com, in a variety of digital newsletters, and apps are accessible via iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Tablets. It is also available through Zinio‘s online newsstand, Magzter, and Google Play. For more information, visit the Robb Report website at www.RobbReport.com and connect on Twitter (@robbreport), Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Luxury Brand K.BLU Invades America

K.BLU Logo (Gold_RGB)Singapore luxury brand K.BLU Swim, a line of women’s swimwear crafted from high-quality fabrics and governed by an Asian-design philosophy, has landed in the United States and has announced that its swimwear is now available at Calypso St. Barth and will soon be available at Anthropologie in locations across the US.

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU

Founder and creative director Lyn Rosmarin launched the brand in 2014 with a selection of swimwear that incorporates fashion forward silhouettes and prints while maintaining fuller coverage and increased support. The fabrics used are softer and lighter, ensuring a fit and drape that is graceful and flattering.

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU  which will be available starting in January 2016.

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU which will be available starting in January 2016.

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU  which will be available starting in January 2016.

Coral Porcelain Capsule Collection from K.BLU which will be available starting in January 2016.

K.BLU also just released the lookbook for “Coral Porcelain,” its latest capsule collection which will be available starting in January 2016. Swimwear and coverups from this collection incorporate an original signature print inspired by blue and white Chinese porcelain set against a fresh pop of coral. Pieces in the Coral Porcelain collection include a bandeau bikini ($180) and bottom ($100), bomber jacket ($350), draped top ($225) and corset one piece suit ($$350).