Moët Hennessy Celebrated The Grand Opening Of The National Museum Of African American History And Culture

As part of the Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Moët Hennessy USA was proud to be a Major Contributor in support of the opening celebrations.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture Opening Night Gala with Moët Hennessy. (PRNewsFoto/Moët Hennessy USA)

We couldn’t be more proud to be associated with the National Museum of African American History and Culture,” said Jim Clerkin, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy North America. “For over 200 years, Moët Hennessy and its global brands have been connecting with a dynamic cross-section of consumers, not just through our events, but with our partnerships and programs. As part of our heritage, we continuously aim to create a unifying message of inclusion and provide progressive leadership in the American marketplace.”

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts. Nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members of the museum. When the NMAAHC opened on September 24, 2016, it was be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

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Dave Chappelle and Belvedere (RED) artist Esther Mahlangu at the National Museum of African American History and Culture After Party with Moët Hennessy (PRNewsFoto/Moët Hennessy USA)

During the celebrations, Hennessy, Belvedere and Moët & Chandon along with a selection of other Moët Hennessy USA products, were featured and served at all of the museum’s grand opening festivities including the Donor’s Gala, The Smithsonian National Board Gala, and The Official After Party. Additionally, Moët Hennessy will be permanently recognized as a Major Contributor of the NMAAHC with an etching of the company’s name that will appear on the building in perpetuity. Continue reading

SEPHORA Launches Classes For Confidence Nationwide As Part Of Sephora Stands Social Impact Intiative

SEPHORA, the leading prestige beauty retailer, announces the nationwide launch of Classes for Confidence, a series of complimentary, specialized in-store beauty classes developed to help inspire confidence in participants facing major life transitions. On Saturday, October 1st, more than 85 Sephora stores around the United States partnered with non-profit organizations in their local communities to offer a supportive environment where participants can have fun as they learn tips for creating a professional beauty look for entry back into the workforce.

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Sephora Stands Social Impact Program (PRNewsFoto/SEPHORA)

Classes for Confidence is one of three programs that comprise Sephora Stands, Sephora’s social impact initiative. Sephora Stands is committed to using the strengths of Sephora for even greater good in our world and aims to inspire confidence and fearlessness. Research shows that the make-up a woman wears in a job interview can make a difference. In each class, Sephora educators go step-by-step from skin prep to color application, focusing on simple techniques that create a natural and professional appearance. Participants will leave with enhanced confidence and a selection of products to recreate their looks as they transition into the next phase of their lives.

Classes for Confidence was born from our core strength of education, and utilizes the company’s existing infrastructure and beauty classes programs for even greater good,” said Corrie Conrad, Sephora’s Head of Social Impact. “Our aim with this program is to connect with the community, have fun, and help those who partake feel confident, beautiful, and ready to face whatever challenges lie ahead.”

Through October’s national launch, regional classes held earlier this year, and the pilot program initiated in 2015, Classes for Confidence will reach 2,000 people by the end 2016 via approximately 200 classes. By 2020, Classes for Confidence has a larger goal of inspiring confidence in 100,000 women and providing job opportunities where possible for interested participants.

To learn more about SEPHORA Classes for Confidence, log on to www.Sephora.com/sephora-stands, or follow @Sephora @SephoraStands #SephoraStands #ClassesforConfidence.

Lane Bryant to Support Breast Cancer Awareness With This Body Stands Strong Campaign

The Brand will partner with the American Cancer Society on a comprehensive campaign to support the Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Initiativelane-bryant-logo

Lane Bryant, the nation’s leading women’s specialty size apparel brand, launched its This Body Stands Strong campaign in support of the American Cancer Society‘s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative on September 30th.

The cause-dedicated This Body Stands Strong aligns with Lane Bryant’s national body positive campaign, This Body. Lane Bryant recently revitalized the This Body campaign, featuring new imagery and a new manifesto that encourage all women to show the world that her body is beautiful.american_cancer_society_logo-svg

Since 2012, Lane Bryant customers and associates have contributed almost $2 million dollars to the initiative. The brand aims to increase its 2016 contribution by 5% for a total contribution of $2.5 million dollars in 5 years.

As a National Corporate Supporter of the American Cancer Society‘s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative, Lane Bryant aims to inspire women to contribute and educate them on risks, prevention and where to find help through multiple channels. Lane Bryant‘s This Body Stands Strong campaign will span across all facets of the brand, from its social media pages to its clients’ in store experience, spreading awareness of the disease while raising contributions in stores and online.breastcancer_logo

This year, Lane Bryant has partnered with the American Cancer Society to celebrate the strength of many inspiring Breast Cancer Survivors. Prior to the campaign’s launch, a group of Breast Cancer Survivors were treated to a special photoshoot, along with their supporters, Lane Bryant associates and model Precious Lee. Imagery from the photoshoot will be featured across the brand’s social media and digital channels throughout the campaign. Continue reading

H&M Kids Collection To Raise Funds For World Wildlife Fund

United in a common vision for a sustainable future for people and nature, this Autumn 2016, H&M and the World Wildlife Fund have joined forces with a children’s collection that aims to inspire people all over the world to care for our planet. All the garments are organic cotton-based and recognizable by their realistic prints of iconic species at risk. The collection will be available in H&M stores worldwide and online starting 29th of September. 10% of the sales price of the collection will support WWF’s work in conserving species at risk.

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H&M Kids Collection to Raise Funds for The World Wildlife Fund 

The kids’ collection features animal prints of species such as the tiger, panda, snow leopard, polar bear and the finless porpoise, that are facing many threats including habitat loss, water pollution and the impact of climate change. The collection mainly consists of comfortable and easy to wear organic cotton-based items such as long sleeve sweaters, T-shirts, dresses, tights, trousers and pyjamas for babies and kids between 0 and 14 years old.

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H&M Kids Collection to Raise Funds for The World Wildlife Fund

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H&M Kids Collection to Raise Funds for The World Wildlife Fund

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H&M Kids Collection to Raise Funds for The World Wildlife Fund

The garments have been designed in a neutral colour palette of beige, grey and off-white with some accents of blue, emphasizing the realistic portrayal of the species. Some of the items also include inspiring messages like “Roar for wildlife”, “Protect my habitat” or “Let’s go wild”. Continue reading

The Duchess of Cambridge to Visit The Mauritshuis

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge will visit the Mauritshuis on October 11, 2016. The visit is planned to coincide with the exhibition At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the Royal Collection, which includes 22 important genre paintings from her family’s collection, and which  opened to the public on September 29th.mauritshuis_museum_logo-2

Says Emilie Gordenker, Museum Director, “We are delighted that her Royal Highness will pay the Mauritshuis a visit. I am hugely looking forward to showing her the renowned permanent collection as well as the exhibition.”

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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

The Duchess of Cambridge will be received by Gordenker, who will give her a tour of highlights in the Mauritshuis, which includes the Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, The Goldfinch by Carel Fabritius, and The Bull by Paulus Potter. The Duchess of Cambridge, who took a degree in art history at the University of St Andrews, is familiar with the collection. She will also visit the Art Workshop in the Mauritshuis, where children will be engaged in a painting lesson. The program will end with a visit to the exhibition At Home in Holland.

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Pieter de Hooch (1629-1684), Card Players in a sunlit Room, 1658. Signed and dated: P. D. H. 1658. Oil on canvas, 77 x 67 cm. Purchased by George IV, 1825. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016.

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Ludolf de Jongh (1616-1679), A formal Garden: Three Ladies surprised by a Gentleman, ca. 1676. Oil on canvas, 60 x 75 cm. Acquired by George IV before 1806. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

At Home in Holland: Vermeer and his Contemporaries from the British Royal Collection

The exhibition contains works by masters such as Gerard ter Borch, Gerrit Dou, Pieter de Hooch, Gabriël Metsu and Jan Steen, which are regarded as some of the most important Dutch genre paintings in the British Royal Collection. The highlight of the exhibition is ‘The Music Lesson’ by Johannes Vermeer.

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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

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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

The exhibition introduces the public to the ‘genre painting’, its many forms and the provocative symbolism it often conceals. These works are stunning in their variety, from simple farmhands gathered in an inn to elegant figures in rich interiors. Some of the everyday scenes carry a deeper, often moralistic meaning, which may be explicit or at times concealed. But in all of them, the artists portrayed the characters and their environments as skilfully as possible, which makes them even more attractive. Explore the Royal Collection at www.royalcollection.org.uk/collection.