A Little Pink Does a Lot of Good: Lands’ End’s Pink Thread Project to Raise Awareness and Funds For The Breast Cancer Research Foundation

The Lands’ End Pink Thread Project will once again prove that a little pink can do a lot of good. The company is raising awareness and funding for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through the annual campaign, which was created to further support the organization’s mission to be the end of breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

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“At Lands’ End, we are proud to partner with and support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through the annual Pink Thread Project,” said Joe Boitano, Co-Interim Chief Executive Officer, Lands’ End. “This impactful campaign proves that a little pink truly does a lot of good, and together with our customers we look forward to helping make a difference.”

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Lands’ End’s Pink Thread Project Raises Awareness and Funds For The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For every Pink Thread monogram or embroidery added to Lands’ End apparel, accessories or home goods, Lands’ End will donate $4.50 of the $6.00 fee to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Supporters can take part in the Pink Thread Project by ordering online at http://www.landsend.com  now through October 31, 2016. (PRNewsFoto/Lands’ End, Inc.)

The Pink Thread Project is a simple, beautiful way to raise funds for breast cancer research by adding any monogram or embroidered icon using pink thread to Lands’ End apparel, accessories or home goods ranging from totes and towels to cardigans and shirts. For every Pink Thread monogram or embroidery, Lands’ End will donate $4.50 of the $6.00 fee to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Supporters can take part in the Pink Thread Project by ordering online at landsend.com from now through October 31, 2016. (View campaign video here.)

Our goal is to accelerate the breakthroughs bringing us closer to a cure and to speed up the progress that will improve survivorship and quality of life for breast cancer patients today. But that research relies on us all—by uniting with the highest rated breast cancer organization in the country, Lands’ End will undoubtedly propel research forward, faster. Together, we can be the end of breast cancer,” said Myra J. Biblowit, President & CEO, Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Additional Pink Thread Project Initiatives

The Pink Thread Project will also feature other initiatives to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation now throughout the month of October, which include:

Purchase Pink Styles – From inspirational warm socks and lovely scarves to handy totes, purchase select pink Lands’ End merchandise and 25 percent of the net purchase price (excluding sales/use tax and shipping and handling fees) from the sale will benefit BCRF.

In Stores Lands’ End will donate 10 percent of the retail purchase price of select pink women’s apparel and accessories sold in Lands’ End Shops at Sears to the BCRF during the campaign.

New Styles Give Back – In addition to core merchandise, select pink items from the Canvas by Lands’ End collection have been chosen for the campaign, and the sales of these select items will contribute 15 percent of the net retail purchase price (excluding sales/use tax and shipping and handling fees) benefitting BCRF.

Lands’ End OutfittersLands’ End is even giving businesses and organizations a way to raise funds for BCRF. Lands’ End Outfitters will feature a curated collection of 21 pink products that will be offered as part of the Pink Thread Project, with 5 percent of the net retail purchase price (excluding sales/use tax and shipping and handling fees) benefitting BCRF. Continue reading

The Council Of Fashion Designers Of America And Fabletics Join Forces For the 2016 Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Initiative

Actress and Fabletics Co-Founder Kate Hudson is the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Ambassador for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer 2016.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is partnering with the stylish, high-quality and accessible activewear brand Fabletics for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) 2016. Iconic actress, fashion tastemaker, mother of two and Fabletics co-counder Kate Hudson is serving as the FTBC ambassador for October.413198logo-1

As part of the partnership, Fabletics launched an FTBC-branded outfit on September 28, “National Women’s Health & Fitness Day,” which will dovetail into October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 3-piece look will feature a tank, sports bra and capri, with proceeds benefitting Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. Fabletics also hosted an FTBC event at all its locations that day with a percentage of sales donated to FTBC. Hudson follows an impressive list of previous FTBC Ambassadors including Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, and Karolina Kurkova among others.

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Kate Hudson Pictured in the FTBC Branded Outfit (PRNewsFoto/Fabletics)

The Fashion Targets Breast Cancer® (FTBC) name and symbol were created by Ralph Lauren and subsequently entrusted to the CFDA Foundation. In 2011, FTBC began working with The New York Community Trust to develop a focused grantmaking program covering the critical areas of breast cancer screening, treatment, and survival. It established the Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Fund, which is guided by an advisory committee of fashion industry representatives, experts in the content area, and Trust staff, to make grants to New York City organizations that assist women with breast cancer. Specifically, grants from the FTBC Fund help low-income, minority, and immigrant women, with screening, treatment, and support services to help them cope with their cancer.

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Fabletics is a high-performance lifestyle brand co-founded by Kate Hudson in 2013. Established to offer high-quality activewear at an accessible price, Fabletics was designed with the modern woman’s busy lifestyle in mind; every piece is intended to fit seamlessly into every moment of her day—from desk to dinner and workout to weekend. The brand offers a full selection of apparel and accessories to over one million VIP members across eight countries via its eCommerce website www.fabletics.com and thirteen U.S.-based retail stores.

Hudson has a passion for motivating and supporting women to lead healthy and active lives, and being the face of FTBC allows her to further her passion. “I feel so honored to be an ambassador for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. As a longtime supporter of the cause, I believe being given the opportunity to lend your voice and creativity to empower, support and spread awareness is a beautiful thing,” she said.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc, (CFDA) is a not-for-profit trade association founded in 1962 with a membership of over 500 of America’s foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry, and accessory designers. In addition to hosting the annual CFDA Fashion Awards, the organization owns the Fashion Calendar and stages New York Fashion Week: Men’s. It also offers programs which support professional development and scholarships, including the CFDA {Fashion Incubator}, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, the Geoffrey Beene Design Scholarship, the Liz Claiborne Design Scholarship Award, the Kenneth Cole Footwear + Accessory Innovation Award, and the CFDA/Teen Vogue Scholarship. Member support is provided through the Strategic Partnerships Group, a group of high-profile companies offering designers strategic opportunities. The CFDA Foundation, Inc. is a separate, not-for-profit organized to mobilize the membership to raise funds for charitable causes. Through the Foundation, the CFDA manages the worldwide Fashion Targets Breast Cancer initiative and raises funds for HIV/AIDS organizations, among others programs.

We couldn’t be more excited to have Kate join the history and legacy of Fashion Targets Breast Cancer. It’s a meaningful cause to the CFDA and one that we work year-round to help fundraise for. With Fabletics‘ focus on health and fitness, Kate is a perfect Ambassador to the cause and understands the importance of how fashion can support philanthropic endeavors,” said CFDA President and CEO Steven Kolb.

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

Official Launch of Wedspire Revolutionizes Wedding Industry

Each year, couples in the United States spend $100 Billion on wedding products and services, yet the stress on both professionals and consumers had yet to be resolved. That is, until Wedspire came into fruition. Wedspire, a new and unique two-sided, curated marketplace for the wedding industry, is officially launching on Sunday, October 2. Wedspire will be having its official public launch in Las Vegas at Wedding MBA October 3-5, at The Las Vegas Convention Center.9cf6df589930e89687b782ae0fc0

Wedspire is a platform to source, and purchase items from wedding professionals all in one spot. Through the platform, couples are offered wedding services and products through an extensive style quiz that results in an overall personalized experience for every user. With both the wedding professionals and consumers in mind, Wedspire has combined innovative features to create the most user-friendly and all-inclusive wedding marketplace available online.c501cee3d44531d2b06c9cd87cc0

The website brings the interaction between wedding professionals and couples into the ever-changing era of high technology. By catering to the millennial ideal of on-demand service, this innovative marketplace has combined information, inspiration, and the ability to purchase services all in one beautifully packaged platform.

Newly-engaged couples enjoy a curated Neflix-style feed of shopable items – from wedding cakes to that perfect dress and more. Comprehensive style and preference quizzes filter wedding needs based on style, budget and location into a unique ‘dream feed’ of items that are actually available for purchase. In addition to innovative planning tools, Wedspire allows the couple to shop while their budget dynamically updates based on their purchases. Throughout the entire process, from inspiration to check out, the website allows and encourages collaboration between family, friends and wedding professionals.fbcb582f14221aeb564142cf6855

For wedding professionals, Wedspire has innovative manager tools that make it seamless for wedding professionals to fulfill orders and provide first class service to their customers. Tools such as synced appointment calendars, customizable billing options and integrated shipping allows the pro to focus on what they do best: deliver their service or product to the Bride and Groom on the happiest day of their life. Continue reading

THE First KENZO X H&M Campaign Images by Jean-Paul Goude Are Revealed

kenzoxhm-graphics-originalH&M is proud to reveal the first KENZO x H&M campaign images by the iconic fashion and music image maker Jean-Paul Goude, featuring Chance The Rapper, Iman and rapper Suboi.

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Model, Humanitarian and Beauty Business Icon Iman starring in the new Kenzo X H&M Campaign (Image provide by H&M Media)

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Suboi starring in the new Kenzo X H&M Campaign (Image provide by H&M Media)

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Chance The Rapper starring in the new Kenzo X H&M Campaign (Image provide by H&M Media)

The campaign stars seven globally celebrated personalities from fashion, music, arts and activism, with Chance, Iman and Suboi as the first campaign ambassadors revealing pieces from the KENZO x H&M collaboration. For the campaign, Goude has used his signature hand-made cut-up style, slicing and reassembling the prints to express the exuberance and character of the collection.

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Accompanying the first revealed campaign images are three films by Swedish director Max Vitali, featuring interviews with the campaign ambassadors: Continue reading

Cure Diva, Cancer Lifestyle Store, to Launch “30 Days of Breast Cancer Reality” for October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We are a stylish, feminine environment, uniting a one-stop-shop and community site offering holistic answers to all the non-medical needs.”

Breast cancer gets lots of attention in October. Pink ribbons has already start popping up on merchandise in September, along with puppies and kittens with funny sayings. And this does only so much for the cause of breast cancer awareness. But it misses the mark when it comes to a different kind awareness – the reality of life before, during, and after breast cancer.curediva_logo

That’s where Cure Diva comes in…

With CureDiva, you’re never alone. Whether you were just diagnosed, or are a long-term survivor, one of the most immediate and direct impacts of being diagnosed with breast cancer is the way it can negatively affect your perception of your own femininity and appearance–your self-esteem. They know what’s it like, have been there themselves, and figured it was time to make a change… CureDiva is here to revolutionize the lifestyles of women coping with breast cancer and it’s after-effects, including the side effects caused by treatments.

This October, Cure Diva presents “30 Days of Breast Cancer Reality” where they will:

Encourage education, screening, and detection. Help women find resources and the benefits of being more assertive in the screening process.

Share a realistic picture of what life is like for women with breast cancer during treatment and beyond. Showcase some ways to make their lives easier and more comfortable.

Educate about long lasting effects of treatments, surgeries, and recurrence risk are just a few ways that being “cancer free” is misleading. Many women get rid of her cancer, but that isn’t necessarily the end of her breast cancer journey.

Educate people about metastatic breast cancer, with a special focus on October 13th, Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.

Cure Diva is an online store for women with cancer, focusing on products to make their lives easier, more comfortable, and more stylish. It features lifestyle products, such as mastectomy bras, breast & nipple prosthetics, clothing, books, and beauty products developed for women with cancer. Many of these products were developed by women with breast cancer when they found no existing solutions. Cure Diva also offers stylish products that solve medical problems, such as lymphedema, post-surgical compression & draining, treatment planners, cooling accessories, and more.

The only online store dedicated to helping women with breast cancer find the right products for their needs, Cure Diva carries most major brands like Amoena, American Breast Care, AnaOno, Nearly Me, Classique, Anita, LuisaLuisa, Nouvelle, Top Secret Society, Trulife and more. In addition, Cure Diva has boutique product lines developed by women who had breast cancer, like Red Fern, Brittanie’s Thyme, Infusion Breast Care, June Jacobs, and more.

A Royal Visit from Great Britain: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Lends 22 Paintings From The British Royal Collection to the Mauritshuis in The Hague

Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson“) by Johannes Vermeer Returns to the Netherlands for First Time in Twenty Years.

The Mauritshuis to Highlight Masterpiece in Landmark Dutch Masters Exhibition

Timed Tickets for Exhibition, At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection

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Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson”) by Johannes Vermeer, the highlight of At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection, on display at The Mauritshuis (also known as The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) in The Hague, The Netherlands; September 29, 2016 – January 8, 2017. Photo Credit: Ivo Hoekska

From September 29, 2016 to 8 January 2017, The Mauritshuis (also known as The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery) in The Hague (The Netherlands) will exhibit a selection of the most important Dutch genre paintings from the British Royal Collection. The renowned British Royal Collection, held in trust by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, includes highlights by famous painters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, and Gabriël Metsu.

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Gerard ter Borch (1617-1681) A Gentleman pressing a Lady to drink, ca. 1658-1659. Oil on canvas, 41 x 32 cm. Purchased for George IV, 1812. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The exhibition, At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection, covers a broad selection of the best Dutch genre paintings from the British Royal Collection, including 22 paintings from the Collection and one from the collection of the Mauritshuis, The Young Mother by Gerrit Dou. This painting was part of the British Royal Collection until about 1700, and came into Dutch ownership through King and Stadholder William III. The highlights of the exhibition are Johannes Vermeer‘s ‘The Music Lesson‘ and Jan Steen‘s A Woman at her Toilet. Also featured are significant works by other grand masters of Dutch genre painting, such as the artists mentioned above and Willem van Mieris.

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Gabriël Metsu (1629-1667) Self-Portrait standing at a Window, ca. 1655-1658. Oil on panel, 38 x 31 cm. Signed lower right: G. Metsu. Purchased by George IV, 1814. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

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Adriaen van Ostade (1610–1685), An elderly Couple in an Arbour, ca. 1670. Signed: Av. Ostade. Oil on panel, 23 x 19 cm. Acquired by George IV, 1814. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

The exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection is a collaboration between The Royal Collection Trust and the Mauritshuis. The exhibition was first held at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, under the title Masters of the Everyday: Dutch Artists in the Age of Vermeer from November 13, 2015 to February 14, 2016. It then traveled and was on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh until July 17, 2016. From Thursday September 29, 2016, the paintings will be on view in the Mauritshuis in The Hague.

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Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (The Music Lesson), early 1660s. Oil on canvas, 73 x 65 cm. Signed on the bottom of the frame of the painting on the wall to the right: IVMeer (IVM in monogram). Acquired by George III, 1762. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman (“The Music Lesson”) by Johannes Vermeer returns to the Netherlands this fall for the first time in twenty years. This masterpiece, part of the British Royal Collection, was last on display in the Mauritshuis in 1996, as part of the major Johannes Vermeer exhibition and will be the highlight of this fall’s exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his contemporaries from the British Royal Collection.

The Music Lesson” is one of the rare 36 surviving works by Johannes Vermeer. This painting dates from 1660-1662, and shows a woman and a gentleman beside a virginal. Above the instrument hangs a mirror, which reflects the foot of Vermeer’s easel. The painting was acquired by King George III of England in 1762, when it was attributed to Frans van Mieris the Elder. Only later was it recognized as a masterpiece by Vermeer.

(The Mauritshuis itself has three works by Vermeer – Diana and her Nymphs, View of Delft and Girl with a Pearl Earring – but its collection lacks a genre piece by the artist. That’s why the museum is delighted to have the opportunity of showing a fourth Vermeer for a time.) Continue reading

National Aids Memorial in San Francisco Commemorates 25 Years Of Remembrance, Healing And Hope With Ceremony Honoring Long-time Supporters

Volunteers gather for Community Volunteer Workday; Pay tribute to friends and loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS

Twenty-five years ago a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic gathered in a dilapidated grove in Golden Gate Park to restore it and create a serene place where people seeking healing could gather to express their collective grief through a living memorial, an AIDS Memorial.

This past week, hundreds of supporters, volunteers and community leaders came together in “The Grove” to commemorate the 25th anniversary of what is now the National AIDS Memorial. A special ceremony paid tribute the original founders and honored supporters, including the City of San Francisco, who have helped in its mission to provide, in perpetuity, a place of remembrance so that the lives of people who died from AIDS are not forgotten and their stories are known by future generations.

Twenty-five years ago our community was ravaged by AIDS and we came together here in this Grove to heal and remember our lost friends and loved ones,” said Jack Porter, a 25-year volunteer who lost his partner Stephen Marcus to AIDS and was honored with the “Heart of the Grove” award for his years of dedication and service. “Today, this memorial has evolved into a national treasure for our entire country to remember, seek comfort and ensure that we always keep their memory alive in our hearts.”

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Circle of Friends: Volunteers and supporters gather in the “Circle of Friends” at the National AIDS Memorial following a special 25th anniversary commemoration event and Community Volunteer Workday to pay tribute to lost friends and loved ones to HIV/AIDS.

The 25th anniversary tribute began with hundreds of volunteers helping landscape and plant trees and shrubbery on the grounds of the memorial, followed by a ceremony in the Circle of Friends in honor of those lost to HIV/AIDS and an emotional performance by members of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Community leaders in attendance included State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, Phil Ginsburg, General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Christine Pelosi, former National AIDS Memorial Board member & long-time supporter.

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Unveiling of Boulder: Senator Mark Leno joins Christine Pelosi; Phil Ginsburg general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; John Cunningham executive director of the National AIDS Memorial; Mike Shriver, chair of the board of the National AIDS Memorial; and San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener unveil a commemorative boulder at the National AIDS Memorial honoring the City of San Francisco as part of the 25th anniversary of the National AIDS Memorial.

Since 1991, nearly 25,000 volunteers have donated more than 150,000 hours participating in monthly Community Volunteer Workdays and other events to support the National AIDS Memorial. Every third Saturday from March to October, volunteers ranging from the very young to the elderly come together to help maintain the Grove, clearing overgrowth, reintroducing native species and planting new trees, plants and shrubs.

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NAM 25th Anniversary Ceremony: (L to R) Christine Pelosi, State Senator Mark Leno, San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, and John Cunningham, executive director, National AIDS Memorial.

That dedication, commitment and support set in motion passage of legislation spearheaded by U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 making the Grove this nation’s sole federally-designated National AIDS Memorial. Continue reading