Things Will Get a Little Krazy at the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

Krazy Glue® Will Debut Its First-Ever Float In The World Famous Holiday Spectacle

Upside down cars, teetering towers of chairs, furniture glued to the ceiling and other extraordinary demonstrations of the Krazy Glue brand’s strong adhesive ability will come to life aboard the new Krazy Glue float in the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Krazy Glue is partnering with Macy’s to send the “Fun House” float down the streets of New York City as millions marvel at the outrageous display of kraziness. The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, from 9 a.m. to noon in all time zones on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016.

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons.

Krazy Glue is an instant solution and the only super glue that allows consumers to create ‘krazy’ things. Macy’s has been a fantastic partner in bringing the brand’s remarkable ability to glue things together to life with the Fun House float,” said Victor Misawa, senior vice president of marketing, Writing & Creative Expression, Newell Brands. “We’re thrilled to debut our fun and ‘krazy’ float during the landmark 90th anniversary of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”

Krazy Glue®, a subsidiary of Newell Brands, is a super-strong, fast-drying adhesive solution that can hold up to 2,000 lbs. per square inch and an instant, strong solution for all needs around the house. With a wide assortment of instant adhesives for multiple applications and an all-purpose formula that bonds to a wide variety of surfaces, including ceramic, plastic, wood, porcelain, metal, leather, rubber, vinyl, and more, only Krazy Glue allows consumers to do anything “krazy”.

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Krazy Glue® Will Debut Its First-Ever Float In The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Beauty News From Sally Hansen

Beautify Nails And Pamper Cuticles With Sally Hansen’s 18k Gold Collection, The First Nail-Care Products With Real Gold

Sally Hansen has the perfect “Treats” for your nails this Halloween season and beyond. Before putting the final touches of orange and black color on your nails, give them the treat-ment they deserve with the new and improved Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment and the new, explosively exciting 18K Gold Nail Care Treatments. With these additions to your bold color, your nails will look perfect.

Gold is one of the hottest ingredients in beauty, and not just because of its glamorous reputation. It’s also one of the most talked-about ingredients in skin care thanks to its remarkable ability to stimulate collagen, boost elasticity, and increase firmness.

Now, Sally Hansen brings the unique benefits of this precious metal to nails with 18K Gold Nail Care. This luxe duo instantly treats and beautifies nails and cuticles in just one step, featuring formulas infused with real 18-karat gold that helps nourish, protect, and fortify. With 18K Gold Hardener and 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser, it’s easy to be the girl with the golden touch—and perfectly manicured nails and cuticles.

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Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener ($7.49)

Sally Hansen‘s 18K Gold Hardener ($7.49) locks in moisture and strengthens nails. This eye-catching treatment combines real 18-karat gold with peptides and amino acids—ingredients known to promote healthy growth. The breakthrough complex envelopes the gold, creating a shatter-proof shield that protects nails so they can grow longer and stronger.

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Sally Hansen 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser ($7.49) 

Sally Hansen‘s 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser ($7.49) is a must for healthy-looking, smooth cuticles. Meant to reduce and improve the appearance rough, ragged, parched cuticles, this decadent treatment renews and softens instantly while preparing nails for a flawless manicure. Continue reading

PANDORA Jewelery Partners With Dress For Success® To Invite Consumers To Shop For A Cause

The International Jewelry Brand Commits to Donate a Portion of Proceeds to the Not-for-Profit Organization

PANDORA Jewellery today announced a unique shopping experience to help empower women in support of Dress for Success®. From October 24- October 30, 2016, 15 percent of every PANDORA ESSENCE COLLECTION purchase will be donated directly to the organization, up to $500,000. 

The PANDORA ESSENCE COLLECTION features slender bracelets and bangles in addition to multiple necklace styles. They are accompanied by an assortment of delicate hand-finished charms in a range of metals of sterling silver, 14K gold, and symbolic stones each representing a personal value.

The charms slide effortlessly onto the ESSENCE COLLECTION bracelets and necklaces and are secured in place thanks to an innovative patent pending design based on a flexible silicone grip built inside the core of each charm.

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As the official jewelery partner with Dress for Success, we could not be happier to expand our commitment to further empower more and more women as they successfully enter into the professional world,” said Laurie McDonald, General Manager, PANDORA U.S.Jewelery completes a woman’s look, which can provide a boost of confidence. Our consumers will now have a way to help us bring this experience to women who need it most and help with an initiative we are passionate about as a brand.”

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From October 24- October 30, 2016, 15 percent of every PANDORA ESSENCE COLLECTION purchase will be donated directly to the organization, up to $500,000.

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Minimal design. Major impact. The PANDORA ESSENCE Collection makes a stylish statement with its slim design and colorful charms. Layer two or three bracelets for a minimalist, elegant look, or combine with other PANDORA pieces for a unique, multidimensional style.

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“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” Heads To Paris For The First Time, For Broadcast Monday, Dec. 5 On CBS

For the first time, the Victoria’s Secret Angels will be filmed in Paris for THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW, yearly seen in more than 190 countries, to be broadcast Monday, Dec. 5 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network

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“The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” Heads To Paris For The First Time, For Broadcast Monday, Dec. 5 On CBS (Angel Elsa Hosk) 

Merging fashion, fantasy and entertainment, the lingerie runway show will include pink carpet interviews, model profiles, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the show in the City of Lights, and musical performances that will be announced at a later date.

The all-star line-up of Victoria’s Secret Angels will include returning favorites Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Josephine Skriver, Lais Ribeiro, Martha Hunt, Romee Strijd, Sara Sampaio, Stella Maxwell, Taylor Hill, as well as new faces.

THE VICTORIA’S SECRET FASHION SHOW is being produced by Done and Dusted, inc. Edward G. Razek, Monica Mitro, Ian Stewart and Hamish Hamilton are the executive producers. Hamish Hamilton is the director.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Macy’s Introduces Brookstone to Stores Nationwide

Technology Takes Center Stage at Macy’s This Holiday, With Innovative Gift Ideas From Specialty Retailer Brookstone, Available in 347 Stores and Online at macys.com

This week, Macy’s launches a new partnership with specialty retailer Brookstone, to bring uniquely designed, high-quality gifts to 347 stores and macys.com this holiday season. Macy’s will carry more than 30 Brookstone items in store and online at macys.com, priced from $14.99 to $299.99, beginning in mid-October.macyslogo

Brookstone is a brand known for exceptionally innovative products that aim to improve your quality of life and Macy’s is the premiere destination for holiday gifts,” said Tim Baxter, Macy’s Chief Merchandising Officer. “By offering Brookstone at Macy’s – from headphones and speakers to kitchen gadgets or the perfect massage – their extraordinary items will add to our electronic offerings just in time for the holiday shopping season.”

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Macy’s introduces Brookstone to macys.com and stores nationwide, offering innovative gift ideas this holiday season; Brookstone Cat Ears Headphones, $99.99 (Photo: Business Wire)

Brookstone products are designed to do amazing things in surprising ways and make everyday moments more interesting – for music and massagers, toys and tech, gadgets, gizmos, gear and gifts. For those who like to stand out in a crowd, quirky Cat Ear Headphones are the perfect way to enjoy music privately, or through the cat ear speakers when sharing songs with friends. Big Blue Party™ indoor-outdoor speakers are wireless, weatherproof and deliver exceptional, omnidirectional sound. The Nap™ Massaging Wrap uses soothing vibration and ultra-soft fabric to bring neck massage to a whole new level, while the Towel Warmer ensures no one ever has to step out of the shower in the cold again.

Additional Brookstone products available at Macy’s include:

  • 6-in-1 Tool Pen; $14.99
  • 5-in-1 Gardener’s Tool; $24.99
  • Snackman™ Motion-Sensing Snack Dispenser; $39.99
  • Auto Emergency Tool and Flashlight; $19.99
  • Grill Alert Bluetooth® Cooking Thermometer; $69.99
  • Big Blue Mini™ Wireless Travel Speaker; $49.99
  • Wireless Mobile Projector; $299.99
  • Flight Force™ Stunt Drone; $59.99
  • Original Sånd by Brookstone; $19.99
  • Aperto Auto-sensing Wine Opener; $39.99

Macy’s is the perfect showcase for Brookstone, and we’re proud to be in their wonderful stores,” said Brookstone CEO, Steven Goldsmith. “Macy’s has always been about giving customers high-quality brands, exciting products and enjoyable shopping experiences. These are values Brookstone and Macy’s share, and we’re thrilled to bring Brookstone innovations to Macy’s customers in time for the 2016 holiday gift season.”

Founded in 1965, Brookstone is a U.S.-based product developer and retailer of wellness, entertainment, and travel products that are fun to discover, smart to use and beautiful in design. Brookstone products are available at its 200+ retail locations at malls and airports throughout the U.S., online at Brookstone.com, via its Brookstone catalog and through select premium retailers.

Macy’s “Buy 1 & We’ll Donate 1” Coat Campaign Kicks Off in Support of Clothes4Souls

From October 25 to 30, for every coat purchased at Macy’s stores and macys.com, one brand new coat will be donated for those in need

Macy’s and Clothes4Souls will partner again this fall season for the annual “Buy 1 & We’ll Donate 1” campaign. From Tuesday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 30, Macy’s will donate one new coat, up to 35,000 coats, to Clothes4Souls, for every coat purchased in the men’s, women’s, juniors’ and children’s outerwear departments at Macy’s stores and macys.com. Since the program’s start in 2013, Macy’s has donated 130,000 new coats, with retail value of more than $5.2 million.

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Macy’s and Clothes4Souls kick off ‘Buy 1 & We’ll Donate 1’ coat donation program at Macy’s stores and macys.com, Oct. 25 to Oct. 30. (Photo: Business Wire)

Clothes4Souls, a division of Soles4Souls, is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used clothing from individuals, schools, faith based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Clothes4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance. (Please visit www.clothes4souls.org for more information.)

To help customers save while giving back, Macy’s will offer 40 to 50 percent off a large selection of outerwear during the length of the campaign.

Our program with Clothes4Souls is one that our customers and employees look forward to every fall season,” said Holly Thomas, Macy’s group vice president of Cause Marketing. “With 130,000 new coats donated to date, we’ve seen incredible impact in our local communities. It’s an honor to partner with Clothes4Souls to once again bring brand new coats to people in need, and we hope to be able to deliver another 35,000 coats this year.macyslogo

It’s such a privilege to be working with Macy’s for the fourth year in a row,” said Buddy Teaster, Soles4Souls President and CEO. “The fact that we have been able to put 130,000 coats into the hands of people who need them most is extraordinary. A new coat can help provide much needed warmth during the harsh winter months and can bridge the economic gap for thousands across America. Macy’s and its customers understand the power they have to make a difference and we couldn’t be happier to be a partner in this work.”

Coats donated through the program average in retail price from $40 to $100 and distribution will take place in cities across America, beginning in November. To view this year’s outerwear assortment to participate in “Buy 1 & We’ll Donate 1,” visit macys.com.

2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Vera Bradley Coloring Books Add Beautiful Patterns to the Adult Coloring Book Craze

New Licensing Agreement Combines Iconic Vera Bradley Designs With Fox Chapel Publishing’s Coloring Book Expertise

Women who love the beautiful colors and playful patterns of Vera Bradley handbags will soon have a new way to enjoy their favorite designs. Adult coloring books featuring Vera Bradley’s iconic style will be available for the first time this holiday shopping season, produced under a new licensing agreement with Fox Chapel Publishing.

Vera Bradley is a leading designer of women’s handbags, luggage and travel items, fashion and home accessories and unique gifts. Founded in 1982 by friends Barbara Bradley Baekgaard and Patricia R. Miller, the brand’s innovative designs, iconic patterns and brilliant colors continue to inspire and connect women unlike any other brand in the global marketplace.

Vera Bradley’s distinctive patterns naturally lend themselves to coloring books,” according to Kati Erney, Editor at craft magazine DO magazine. “Their simple beauty just inspires you to get creative with gorgeous color,” said Erney.

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The Vera Bradley Coloring Collection will offer four coloring books in an attractive boxed set.

Six coloring books will be released in the first stage of the new agreement. The Vera Bradley Coloring Collection will offer four coloring books in an attractive boxed set. Printed on heavy cardstock with satin ribbon bookmarks and foil-embellished covers, each book in the collection costs $10.00 and provides 20 coloring cards that detach easily to share with friends.

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The Vera Bradley Coloring Collection will offer four coloring books in an attractive boxed set.

In addition to the boxed set, two full-size adult coloring books will also enable consumers to bring authentic Vera Bradley designs to life. Focused on floral and paisley patterns, these titles are priced at $15.00 each and include full-color instruction in coloring techniques, innovative craft ideas, selected color swatches, and detachable ready-to-color gift tags.

Coloring book consumers are seeking quality, and Vera Bradley’s exciting lifestyle brand will strongly influence their buying decisions,” noted Ray Wolf, Sales Director at Fox Chapel Publishing. “And we know that Vera Bradley’s target demographic closely matches the typical female coloring book consumer.”

The new Vera Bradley coloring books and gift sets will be available on a limited basis for holiday 2016 at Vera Bradley and Michaels stores, with a full rollout coming nationwide in Spring 2017. Select Hallmark Gold Crown stores will also have the Vera Bradley coloring products.

For more information about the new coloring books, visit www.verabradley.com and www.foxchapelpublishing.com.

Travel & Tourism: Disney Cruise Line Introduces First-Ever Marvel Day at Sea on Select Disney Magic Sailings from New York in Fall 2017

In 2017, Disney Cruise Line guests will unite and celebrate the epic adventures of the legendary Super Heroes and Super Villains from the Marvel Universe during a brand-new, day-long celebration: Marvel Day at Sea. The seven special voyages on the Disney Magic will depart from New York City in the fall of 2017.

Marvel Day at Sea combines the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series, with the excitement of a Disney Cruise to summon everyone’s inner Super Hero for the adventures that lie ahead during this unforgettable day at sea.

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Disney Cruise Line Introduces First-Ever Marvel Day at Sea on Select Disney Magic Sailings from New York in Fall 2017

Occurring on one action-packed day during each of the seven Disney Magic sailings, guests are transported to a new realm of possibilities when the Marvel Universe assembles on the ship. The event features all-day entertainment including exclusive interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes and the menacing foes that oppose them, an extraordinary deck party, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise and unique food and beverage offerings. Highlights include:

  • Unleash Your Inner Super Hero during the Ultimate Day at Sea
  • Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor and other Marvel Universe Super Heroes are onboard for scheduled meet-and-greets and photos.
  • A brand-new spectacular party fills the upper deck with music, dancing and games.
  • The deck party culminates in a stunning display of themed pyrotechnics, lighting, sound effects and the largest collection of Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains ever assembled on a cruise ship.
  • Kids and families summon their Marvel knowledge and enjoy friendly competition during trivia games, covering courageous heroes and fun facts from the Marvel Universe.
  • For young heroes-in-training, Marvel-themed games, activities and arts and crafts will be offered throughout the day in the Marvel’s Avengers Academy in the Oceaneer Club.

Also featured are exclusive at-sea screenings of fan-favorite films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe including the newest theatrical releases, as well as viewings of the Disney XD shows: Marvel’s Avengers Assemble, Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Day at Sea will be on seven- and eight-night Disney Magic Bahamian cruises departing from New York on Oct. 6, 14, 28; Nov. 4, 11 and 18, 2017. All will include a stop at Disney’s private island Castaway Cay and Port Canaveral, Fla., with a day at the Walt Disney World Resort. Marvel Day at Sea will be on one seven-night Canadian Coast cruise departing from New York on Oct. 21, 2017, with stops at Charlottetown, Sydney and Halifax.

To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit http://www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888-325-2500 or contact their travel agent.

Diana Krall’s Classic 2005 Holiday Album “Christmas Songs” Is Released Back On Vinyl via Verve Records/UMe

#1 Jazz and Holiday Album Reissued As Double LP

Diana Krall‘s beloved holiday album, Christmas Songs, is now available back on vinyl via Verve/UMe. Originally released to wide spread critical acclaim in 2005, the album featuring the GRAMMY® Award-winning pianist/singer backed by the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra was the #1 Jazz and #1 Holiday record in the U.S. upon release, and #17 in the Top 200. The album, which is being made available as a double LP just in time for the holidays, can be ordered and streamed here: https://UMe.lnk.to/DKChristmasSongs

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Diana Krall Christmas Songs LP Cover Art

Christmas Songs follows the vinyl release of eight essential Krall albums this past summer as part of Verve’s ongoing 60th anniversary celebration. On July 15, Krall’s acclaimed records – All For You, Love Scenes, When I Look In Your Eyes, The Look Of Love, Live In Paris, The Girl In The Other Room, From This Moment On and Quiet Nights – were released as 180-gram double LPs.

Christmas Songs was co-produced by longtime friend and fellow GRAMMY® Award-winner Tommy LiPuma, and features the talents of renowned bassist/arranger John Clayton (Count Basie, Duke Ellington), guitarist Anthony Wilson (Chris Botti, Michael Bublé), drummer Jeff Hamilton (Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole) and bassist Bob Hurst (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live).

The Clayton/Hamilton Orchestra accompanies Krall for season standards including “Let It Snow,” “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” and “Jingle Bells,” while legendary composer Johnny Mandel contributes a string arrangement to “Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep.” Rounding out the album are perennial favorites “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Christmas Time Is Here” with a band that includes guitarist Russell Malone. Continue reading

Brand Collaborates with Acclaimed Tattoo Artist to Launch New mike’s HARDER Tennessee Barrel Lemonade

mike’s HARDER Goes Even Harder With Lalo Yunda to Design Limited-Edition Ink-Inspired Collectible Cans

To celebrate the launch of the all new mike’s HARDER Tennessee Barrel Lemonade, mike’s HARDER is collaborating with acclaimed tattoo artist Lalo Yunda to create one-of-a-kind tattoo designs to appear on the new seasonal flavor limited-edition collectible cans. The all new mike’s HARDER Tennessee Barrel Lemonade combines the sweet tartness of lemonade with the smooth, smoky taste of barrel-aged whiskey.mikes HARDER lemonade cans

Yunda – who appeared on season two of Spike TV’s “Ink Master” and recently opened his own studio, House of Monkey Tattoo, in Brooklyn – is entirely self-taught and is continuing to make a name for himself as one of the top artists in the country.

As tattoos continue to grow in popularity and evolve into mainstream culture, inked skin is seen as a creative form of self-expression for millennials, with nearly four-in-ten (38 percent) having at least one tattoo and about half of those having more than one.

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mike’s HARDER Goes Even Harder With Lalo Yunda to Design Limited-Edition Ink-Inspired Collectible Cans

Tattoo culture embraces the fact that the riskiest artwork is both painful and permanent, and HARDER has an incredible respect for that mentality,” said Sanjiv Gajiwala, vice president of marketing, Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.By collaborating with artists like Lalo Yunda, we’re asking HARDER fans to push conventional boundaries by going even harder – not only with bold, intricate tattoo designs but as they live their truth out loud every day.

The collection of HARDER-inspired tattoos – including bold designs such as a skull, snake and dragon horse – were crafted in Yunda’s self-described signature style of “magical realism,” which combines the inclusion of mythical elements within otherwise realistic, true-to-life images.Flash Tattoos

Many years ago, tattoo designs were incredibly basic and a one-shot, simple design. With the evolution of both technology and the craftsmanship of this art form, tattoo designs have become much more complex and sophisticated,” says Yunda. “Tattooing is one of the biggest art revolutions in history, and over the course of the next few years, collecting tattoos will be of the same caliber as collecting fine artwork.

For more from mike’s HARDER, visit facebook.com/harderlemonade, twitter.com/HARDER or www.mikesharder.com.

Toys”R”Us® Kicks Off Its Annual In-Store And Online Fundraising Campaign Benefitting The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation

Organization’s Largest Corporate Sponsor Determined to Deliver a Toy to Every Child in Need This Holiday Season

The faint sound of jingle bells approaching can only mean one thing Toys”R”Us® has officially launched its annual nationwide fundraising campaign to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. As the organization’s largest retail partner, customers can help spread holiday joy to some of the 15.5 million U.S. children living in poverty, and who may not find a present under the Christmas tree this year, by donating new, unwrapped toys at any Toys”R”Us or Babies”R”Us® store across the country and online at www.Toysrus.com/ToysforTots now through Wednesday, December 7. The company will also collect monetary donations in-store and online through Christmas Eve.Toys R Us Logo

This holiday season and beyond, Toys”R”Us is encouraging customers to share their own #GivingIsAwesome moments – whether through donating to Toys for Tots or a heartwarming way they give back in their own communities – on social media using the dedicated hashtag, which serves as the company’s overarching theme for all of its charitable giving programs. Helping spread that #GivingIsAwesome feeling, Toys”R”Us rang in the holiday giving season this September with a massive donation to the charity – more than $1 million of the hottest Shopkins toys. The company will also donate $1 (up to $100,000) to Toys for Tots for every new Wish List created between Thursday, October 27 and Saturday, November 19.

It is heartbreaking to know that millions of children may wake up on Christmas morning only to find an absence of gifts beneath the tree. At Toys”R”Us, we are committed to preserving the joy of the holidays – and to a child, the gift of play is simply magical,” said Amy von Walter, Chairman, Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund. “This is why our partnership with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation has been the cornerstone of our holiday giving for more than a decade. With the help of Shaq-A-Claus, our team members and customers, we are doing all we can to ensure more kids in need experience that quintessential moment of childhood joy this holiday season.”VI101916A_TFT_stanchion sign

Shaq-A-Claus will also soon dash through the snow to make Christmas wishes come true. NBA Legend, philanthropist and entrepreneur Shaquille O’Neal is re-enlisting as his holly jolly alter-ego to encourage shoppers to donate to the charity. Also making a comeback is The Great Big Shaq-A-Claus Wish List items purchased from this list will be sent directly to Toys for Tots, helping deliver the magic of a toy to kids in need across the country.

One act of kindness can be an inspiration to a kid – it was for me when I received the gift of a basketball on Christmas morning,” said Shaquille O’Neal.That’s why I’m once again suiting up as Shaq-A-Claus and calling on my little elves across the country to help me and Toys”R”Us deliver the awesome magic of a toy to kids in need this Christmas by donating to Toys for Tots.”

As the largest retail partner in the history of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Toys”R”Us has raised nearly $50 million and collected more than 4 million toys since the partnership began in 2004. The Shaq-A-Claus program is also supported by the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund.

“For 13 years, Toys”R”Us has been essential to helping Toys for Tots deliver holiday happiness to the millions of U.S. children living in poverty,” said LtGen Pete Osman, USMC (Ret), President and CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. “With their generous spirit and dedication to giving, we are confident that millions of children that might have gone without will find a present under the Christmas tree this year.”

The philanthropic mission of Toys”R”Us, Inc. and the Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund is to keep children safe and help them in times of need. The Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund contributes millions of dollars annually to various children’s organizations, including those providing disaster relief to victims of large-scale crises, as well as those supporting America’s military families. The Fund also provides grants to leading special needs organizations, furthering the company’s commitment to children of all abilities. In addition to financial and product donations, Toys”R”Us, Inc. hosts in-store and online fundraising campaigns annually that raise millions of dollars for the company’s signature philanthropic partners.

Virginia Overton: Winter Garden at The Whitney Museum of American Art

Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Winter Garden, which will be presented on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery, expands upon her installation featured there this summer, which explored the concept of the sculpture garden through a system of windmills pumping air into large containers filled with thriving aquatic plants. The exhibition will be on view October 28, 2016, through February 5, 2017.

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Installation view of Virginia Overton: Sculpture Gardens (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 10–September 25, 2016). © Virginia Overton. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

To reflect the change of season, Overton has re-imagined the “sculpture garden” as a sonic rather than botanic environment. Her practice often involves the repurposing of materials, and the new installation takes elements from the summer’s and redefines each of their functions. Emptied of water, the overturned containers become natural amplifiers for the sounds generated from the wind as it is pumped from the windmills through pneumatic tubing. By activating these materials, Overton creates zones of unusual aural experience throughout the outdoor site.

Throughout her career Virginia Overton (b. 1971, Nashville, TN) has used the languages of physicality, displacement, and minimalism in her sculptures, videos, photography, and installations. Overton creates exhibitions in response to the natural and manmade environments in which she works, often overlaying these sites with diverse references ranging from the history of modern art to her personal background in rural Tennessee. She recently created thirteen site-reactive sculptures and a video for the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, which will be on view through February 2017. Overton has also had recent solo shows at Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL; Kunsthalle Bern, Bern, Switzerland; and The Power Station, Dallas, TX.

Virginia Overton: Winter Garden is organized by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, and Laura Phipps, assistant curator. Generous support for Virginia Overton: Winter Garden is provided by Bob and Pam Goergen.

Tommy John Underwear to Now Feature The Dallas Cowboys Star

Tommy John, the premium men’s underwear company, has announced a product line extension with the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys that will see Cowboys branding featured on Tommy John underwear.Tommy John Logo

As a part of the partnership, Tommy John launched Dallas Cowboys men’s underwear that is being sold in the pro shops at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, select Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops, Fans United stores, online at www.tommyjohn.com/cowboys, as well as shop.dallascowboys.com.

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Tommy John/Dallas Cowboys Cool Cotton Black Boxer Brief

Tommy John‘s Cool Cotton and Second Skin Trunks and Boxer Briefs will be emblazoned with the famous Cowboys Star allowing fans to show their support for their favorite team, while being supported by premium underwear. In addition, Tommy John will be exposed to millions of devoted Cowboys fans through Cowboys digital and radio platforms as part of the partnership.

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Tommy John/Dallas Cowboys Cool Cotton Navy Trunk

The Dallas Cowboys are proud to partner with Tommy John to place a premium product inside not only AT&T Stadium, but also in our Dallas Cowboys Pro Shops as well,” said President of Dallas Cowboys Merchandising Bill Priakos. “When looking for brands to partner with, we look to join together with companies with innovative and premium products to reach our fans, and we believe we’ve found that with Tommy John.” Continue reading

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden Presents “Holiday at the Arboretum” Featuring The Claus Collection Santa Exhibit and “The 12 Days of Christmas”

Holiday teas, Santa sightings and special activities throughout the season round out a holiday visit to the Dallas Arboretum, one of the 15 most breathtaking gardens in the world, according to Architectural Digest, and one of the South’s Best Holiday Experiences according to Southern Living Magazine.

Celebrate Dallas’ favorite holiday tradition during the most wonderful time of the year with Holiday at the Dallas Arboretum, featuring the return of the magnificent 12 Days of Christmas outdoor exhibit from November 6 to January 8, and the new Claus Collection Santa exhibit, November 25 to December 31 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden.Print

For The 12 Days of Christmas, 12 elaborate 25-foot-tall Victorian gazebos displayed in the 66-acre-garden are filled with the charming costumed characters, whimsical animals and winter scenes made famous by the beloved Christmas carol. Each gazebo is encased in glass and extravagantly decorated on all sides to provide a dramatic, three-dimensional experience that adds to its “music box” quality, depicting the old English carol from the Victorian era.

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Holiday teas, Santa sightings and special activities throughout the season round out a holiday visit to the Dallas Arboretum

Everything is bigger in Texas, including our holiday displays,” said Mary Brinegar, president and CEO of the Dallas Arboretum. “Live music, special holiday performances, appearances by our favorite North Pole residents, and holiday treats make this evening display a one-of-a-kind, not-to-be missed family outing.”

Wednesday through Sunday evenings, the garden re-opens for The 12 Days at Night exhibit, which displays the illuminated gazebos for magical viewings. With 500,000 lights throughout the garden, trimming the architecture of the historic homes and lighting the canopies overhead, including a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree at the center of property, this display is sure to warm the hearts of holiday guests this season.

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Day 1: Partridge in a Pear Tree

Sponsored by Jeanne R. Johnson. The Pear Tree has gold branches sprinkled with rhinestones, green mirrored leaves, and gold, rhinestone encrusted pears. The partridge sits “center stage,” intricately painted and adorned with rhinestones. The tree revolves with the partridge in it.

Day 2: Two Turtle Doves

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum. The Two Turtle Doves cuddles on an arrow that pierces a heart-shaped cage suspended from the roof of the gazebo. The feather-tailed turtle doves are intricately painted and covered with rhinestones. The outer cage of crystal beading is decorated with fleur de lis banding on top and bottom.

Day 3: Three French Hens

Sponsored by Faye C. Briggs. Day three reflects the native countryside of the Three French Hens. White and gold oval French mirrors bolster Victorian perches for the hens, and this base turns. The hens, black-and-white with red accents,sits in gold straw nests.

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum The Four Calling Birds sit on filigreed, jeweled, Victorian hanging bird perches within an inner oval cage made of iridescent bead strands. The calling birds are multi-colored, with feather plumes and long tails.

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

In honor of Great Grandparents Dolph and Evelyn Bosley and their 5 Gold Rings. The Five Golden Rings feature a Victorian circus with a ceiling draped in red and white fabric to mimic a circus tent. The center circus ring has a pedestal with oval mirrors on which a white bear wearing a vest and collar balancing a spinning gold ring on his nose. The bear is surrounded by four seals wearing ruffled collars that are seated and balancing spinning bedazzled gold rings on their noses.

Day 6: Six Geese A-Laying

Sponsored by Marilyn R. Corrigan The Six Geese A-Laying is set in a snow-covered forest. Snow-flocked trees of varying sizes sit on a mirrored floor that turns. Snow and rhinestone “rocks” are piled high around the edges of the gazebo. Two geese are sitting on nests, two are standing in their nests to reveal golden eggs, and two are nested in the trees. The geese have feathered and rhinestones heads and necks, and feathered bodies.

Day 7: Seven Swans A-Swimming

Sponsored by Tom and Phyllis McCasland The seven swans float in a snowy, ice crystal palace. The gazebo feature a pond with a tiered fountain and frozen water and icicles in the center of a mirror, or “frozen” pond. The swans, six white and one with black feathers with small crowns on their heads, are around the fountain.

Day 8: Eight Maids-A-Milking

Sponsored by Kathy and Gene Bishop This gazebo feature a truly spectacular English barn divided into four wedge-shaped stalls. There are four intricately painted cows and four beautifully costumed maids sitting on stools while milking. Four other maids are carrying pails.

Day 9: Nine Ladies Dancing

In Honor of Chloe Simone Shea. Given by Holly & Tom Mayer, Maile and Charles Shea. Nine Ladies Dancing feature a Victorian ballroom. The ladies are costumed in beautiful Victorian beaded gowns and have elegant period hair styles. All of them move around the gazebo, and four make complete turns.

Day 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Sponsored by The Margot A. and Carl J. Johnson Foundation. This gazebo features ten ice-skating lords. The mirrored floor is a frozen pond. The lords are dressed in Victorian outerwear and ice skates, and all will be skating.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers Piping

Sponsored by a Friend of the Dallas Arboretum.

The pipers are dressed as Scottish bagpipe players in red and green tartan plaid. Each piper plays bagpipes. The ceiling is draped in green and red tartan to match the pipers’ kilts, and a circle of horns adorned with roping and tassels will suspend from the ceiling over the pipe major. The pipers also move in this gazebo.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers Drumming

Sponsored by Myron K. Martin.This gazebo is a spectacular choice to the exhibit. The drummers are dressed in white pants with red and gold piping, red jackets and red hats with gold trim. They move in concentric circles, with one set moving clockwise and another set moving counterclockwise.

In the historic DeGolyer House, lavishly decorated for the holidays, experience the new Claus Collection Santa Exhibit. Whether you call him Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas or Papa Noel, you’ll see the many artistic representations of the jolly gift-giver surrounded by beautiful decorations, on loan from the Junior League of Dallas. The DeGolyer House is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with guided tours, and on Wednesday evenings during the holiday season, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In special celebration, Restaurant DeGolyer will be open for reservation-only dinners at 7 p.m. on these Wednesday evenings.

The Schedule of Events and Exhibits for the Holiday Season includes the following: Continue reading

Target Announces Spring Collaboration with Victoria Beckham

Limited-edition collection reflects the charming, yet functional essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham womenswear line and includes the designer’s first foray into childrenswear

Target this past week announced its limited-edition spring collaboration with designer Victoria Beckham. Available April 9, 2017, at all Target stores and Target.com, Victoria Beckham for Target reflects the essence of the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, including original designs and inspiration from iconic silhouettes, with apparel and accessories for women, girls, toddler and baby. The collaboration with Target also marks the designer’s first foray into the kids’ product category. Select pieces from the collection will be available for sale internationally via www.victoriabeckham.com.abv-projectbee-header

Victoria Beckham is an internationally-known businesswoman, fashion designer and style icon. Since launching in 2008 at New York Fashion Week, the Victoria Beckham brand has developed into a celebrated mainstay of the fashion industry. In 2011, following the success of her mainline collection, Beckham launched Victoria, Victoria Beckham, a free-spirited companion to the original Ready-to-Wear collection, offering softer silhouettes and a more playful fashion perspective. With each collection, Victoria adapts her own personal style to the needs and desires of the international women who swear by the label’s luxurious and flattering garments. (For more information on Victoria Beckham, please visit www.victoriabeckham.com.)

Victoria Beckham for Target, with more than 200 items featuring soft pastels, bright pops of color and pretty spring prints, is feminine and functional and reflects the designer’s commitment to quality craftsmanship. Ranging in price from $6-$70, with most items under $40, Victoria Beckham for Target will be offered in sizes XS-3X for women and NB-XL for girls, toddler and baby. Standout pieces include easy-to-wear dresses, rompers and playful tops and bottoms for women, with corresponding styles for girls, toddler and baby.

Working with Target has been a really exciting process, and this partnership allows us to share the essence of Victoria, Victoria Beckham with more people than ever before,” said Beckham. “I was inspired to create the Victoria, Victoria Beckham line when I was pregnant with Harper, and since its launch, the category has evolved into an established lifestyle collection. With both the line and my daughter turning five, I felt it was the perfect time to extend into a more accessible price point and to celebrate both milestones by opening the range up to include childrenswear for the first time.”

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Victoria Beckham is an internationally-known businesswoman, fashion designer and style icon. (Image courtesy of Target)

The Victoria, Victoria Beckham line, or “VVB” as it’s often called, is a lifestyle range incorporating all the pieces my customer needs in her wardrobe—at a more accessible price point,” continued Beckham. “I always describe VVB as the younger sister to the Ready–to–Wear. It’s a range that reflects what I think of as the more ‘playful’ side of my own style. The collections within VVB are fun and full of character, but always stay true to the refined brand spirit. The line of women’s and childrenswear that I have created with Target perfectly encapsulates the spirit of VVB and features some of the earlier silhouettes that the category originally became known for. From the outset of my brand, I have always designed clothes that I want to wear, and that’s exactly what I have done here, but this time there are also clothes that my daughter would love to wear, too! Continue reading

Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 Exhibition at The Met to Focus on Rei Kawakubo and the “Art of the In-Between”

Costume Institute Benefit on May 1 with Co-Chairs Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour; and Honorary Chair Rei Kawakubo

Exhibition Dates: May 4–September 4, 2017

Member Previews: May 2–May 3, 2017

Exhibition Location: The Met Fifth Avenue, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, Floor 2

As expected (and the most gossiped-about morsel of news during the European leg of the Spring/Summer 2017 womenswear fashion shows), The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that The Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition will be Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons, on view from May 4 through September 4, 2017 (preceded on May 1 by The Costume Institute Benefit). Presented in the Museum’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall on the second floor, the exhibition will examine Kawakubo’s fascination with interstitiality, or the space between boundaries. Existing within and between entities—self/other, object/subject, fashion/anti-fashion—Kawakubo’s work challenges conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and, ultimately, fashionability. Not a traditional retrospective, the thematic exhibition will be The Costume Institute’s first monographic show on a living designer since the Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1983.

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Image: Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

In blurring the art/fashion divide, Kawakubo asks us to think differently about clothing,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Met. “Curator Andrew Bolton will explore work that often looks like sculpture in an exhibition that will challenge our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture.”

Rei Kawakubo said, “I have always pursued a new way of thinking about design…by denying established values, conventions, and what is generally accepted as the norm. And the modes of expression that have always been most important to me are fusion…imbalance… unfinished… elimination…and absence of intent.

The exhibition will be curated by Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute, who will collaborate on the exhibition design with Rei Kawakubo. Nathan Crowley will serve as exhibition production designer for the fifth time, working in collaboration with The Met’s Design Department.

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2. Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Body Meets Dress – Dress Meets Body,” spring/summer 1997. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

The exhibition will feature approximately 120 examples of Kawakubo’s womenswear designs for Comme des Garçons, dating from her first Paris runway show in 1981 to her most recent collection. Organized thematically rather than chronologically, the examples will examine Kawakubo’s revolutionary experiments in interstitiality or “in-betweenness”. By situating her designs within and between dualities such as East/West, male/female, and past/present, Kawakubo not only challenges the rigidity and artificiality of such binaries, but also resolves and dissolves them. To reflect this, mannequins will be arranged at eye level with no physical barriers, thereby dissolving the usual distance between objects on display and museum visitors.

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3. Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Blue Witch,” spring/summer 2016 Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

Rei Kawakubo is one of the most important and influential designers of the past 40 years,” said Andrew Bolton, Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute. “By inviting us to rethink fashion as a site of constant creation, recreation, and hybridity, she has defined the aesthetics of our time.”

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4. Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, born 1942) for Comme des Garçons (Japanese, founded 1969), “Not Making Clothing,” spring/summer 2014. Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, © Paolo Roversi

In celebration of the opening, The Met‘s Costume Institute Benefit, also known as The Met Gala, will take place on Monday, May 1, 2017. The evening’s co-chairs will be Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, and Anna Wintour. Rei Kawakubo will serve as Honorary Chair. Raul Avila will produce the gala décor, which he has done since 2007. The event is The Costume Institute’s main source of annual funding for exhibitions, publications, acquisitions, and capital improvements.met-logo

Special support for the exhibition and gala will come from Apple, Condé Nast, Farfetch, H&M, and Maison Valentino.

A publication, authored by Bolton and designed by Fabien Baron, will accompany the exhibition. It will be published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press.

A special feature on the Museum’s website, www.metmuseum.org/ReiKawakubo, provides information about the exhibition. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to join the conversation about the exhibition and gala. Use #MetKawakubo, #CostumeInstitute, and #MetGala on Instagram and Twitter.

New Season, New Ambitions, New Footwear Arsenal: Under Armour And Stephen Curry To Launch The Curry 3

Set To Drop October 25, The Newest Addition To The Reigning MVP’s Signature Collection Is Powered By Breakthrough Technology And Infused With Game-Changing Design

Stephen Curry returns to the court this season with a renewed drive, hunger and focus on the future. Fueled by Stephen’s unwavering will to always take his game to the next level, Under Armour will drive the game of basketball forward with the latest addition to Curry’s signature footwear collection, the Curry 3.

Being able to work directly with my team at Under Armour on the Curry 3 has been an incredible experience,” said Curry. “Our team’s knowledge and expertise on the science of building a shoe is unparalleled, and pairing with what works for my body and my game, I know that we have created something really special. Working in collaboration with my UA team from start to finish on inspiration, design and fit will without question drive us to success.”

Constructed with proprietary technologies and designed to drive the league’s back-to-back MVP to new heights, the Curry 3 is the optimal combination of lightweight support, balance, speed and durability. Powered by Under Armour’s newest breakthrough in fabric technology, Threadborne™, Under Armour and Curry have created a new shoe that breaks the mold of what to expect from basketball footwear, with innovative technology and design.

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The New Curry 3-Dub Nation Heritage colorway from Under Armour

Tech Specifications:

  • Threadborne™ is a new technology created by Under Armour’s innovators after examining a parachute, specifically paracord, a strong piece of material that is at the equipment’s core. Within the weave construction of paracord, Under Armour discovered ultra-durable yarns and rebuilt them into a fabric engineered to withstand the rigors of an 82 game season and support the two-time MVP as he transcends the limits of the game. The Curry 3 Threadborne fabric is comprised of braided thread that wraps around a larger, corded panel, delivering unparalleled lightweight directional strength and infinite support.
  • Meta-Wing lines the heel of the Curry 3 to expressly support the subtalor joint—the joint that connects the ankle and heel bones, and is crucial in terrain balance, pivoting and shock absorption. The shoes create a snug fit that is unrivaled in stabilizing the foot, ensuring the most complete and efficient way to cut and move laterally on the basketball court.
  • Anafoam is constructed on the medial to deliver body-mapped fit, lightweight structure and support.
  • Charged Cushioning™ is a unique foam technology, which absorbs impact and converts it into a responsive burst, making each stride or change of direction explosive.
  • Herringbone Traction: The return of Herringbone traction on the sole of the Curry 3 amplifies stability, grip and support on the court.

Stephen is an exceptional basketball player whose talent is only exceeded by his will to be better every day, on-and-off the court,” said Dave Dombrow, Chief Design Officer. “Our team is inspired by Stephen’s passion for the game and his ingenuity has driven our partnership to create the world’s most technically innovative shoe in the Curry 3, and to keep driving performance footwear forward in-step with the back-to-back MVP.UNDER ARMOUR, INC. LOGO

The Curry 3 mid style retails for $140.00 and debuts globally at UA.com and the UA Shop App on October 25 with the “Dub Nation Heritage” colorway. The “SC Camo” colorway follows with a release at retailers worldwide on October 27.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum Opens Its New Galleries for Folk and Self-Taught Art

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum‘s collection of folk and self-taught art represents the powerful vision of America’s untrained and vernacular artists. Represented in the museum’s collection are pieces that draw on tradition-such as quilts-and artworks that reveal a more personal vision. The museum has re-imagined its permanent collection galleries to feature 59 recent acquisitions, an expanded presentation of the beloved “Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly” by James Hampton, reopened historic windows and new oak floors. The galleries opened to the public today, Friday, Oct. 21.

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James Hampton, The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly, 1950-1964, mixed media. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Gift of anonymous donors; Gift of Margaret Kelley McHugh, Nancy Kelley Schneider and William H. Kelley; Gift of Harry Lowe.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has long recognized folk and self-taught art as integral to the greater story of American art,” said Betsy Broun, The Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. “The museum’s mission to tell the story of America through the art of its people is particularly relevant at a time when museums everywhere are realizing that an expanded narrative of what American art is is necessary for engaging and satisfying contemporary audiences and accurately portraying the scope of creativity in this country.”

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Emery Blagdon, The Healing Machine, 1955-1986, mixed media. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment; Gift of Dan Dryden, friend of Emery Blagdon; Gift of Kohler Foundation, Inc.; Gift of John E. and Douglas O. Robson, from the Margaret Z. Robson Collection.

Recently acquired works by Consuelo Gonzalez Amezcua, Emery Blagdon, David Butler, Ulysses Davis, Ralph Fasanella, Clementine Hunter, Dan Miller, Joe Minter, Eddy Mumma, J.B. Murray, Achilles Rizzoli, Melvin Way, Charlie Willeto, Clarence and Grace Woolsey, Purvis Young and Albert Zahn join visitor favorites by Thornton Dial, Lonnie Holley, Martín Ramírez and Jon Serl. A striking presence in the galleries is a display of more than 60 sculptures and paintings by Blagdon that represents his constantly changing “Healing Machine.” It is the second-largest installation of his work on public view in the United States.

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Clementine Hunter, Melrose Quilt, 1960, fabric. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Museum purchase through the Barbara Coffey Quilt Endowment.

“The first-floor galleries for folk and self-taught art should have a powerful impact on visitors, conveying not only the museum’s commitment to diverse American narratives and manifesting the tremendous quality, depth and power that art by untrained artists can have, but also affirming its rightful position in a museum of great art,” said Leslie Umberger, the museum’s curator of folk and self-taught art.

Since it acquired Hampton’s “Throne” in 1970, the museum has been recognized internationally as a leader in championing the importance of works by artists who have no formal art training. Subsequent acquisitions, including major collections from Herbert Waide Hemphill Jr., Chuck and Jan Rosenak, and David L. Davies in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as recent selections by Umberger, have resulted in the museum becoming one of the only major American museums to clearly advocate for a populist and uniquely American voice within the context of great art. Continue reading

Delta Air Lines Debuts New Uniforms by Zac Posen

Delta Air Lines and New York fashion designer Zac Posen together unveiled an exclusive uniform collection today, which will be worn by more than 60,000 of the airline’s frontline employees including customer service agents, flight attendants, ramp agents and technicians. The contemporary line fuses together bold color palettes and classic styles, while paying homage to the heritage and iconic design from decades past to elevate the look and brand of Delta employees.

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Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune‘s Top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents.

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Delta unveils Zac Posen-designed, inspired employee uniforms (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

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Zac Posen with Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO.

Delta last updated its uniform collection for above wing employees including flight attendants and airport customer service agents, in 2006 with designs by Richard Tyler. The airline last updated its uniform collection for below wing employee employees, including technical operations employees and ramp agents, in 2000.

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Uniforms for Delta’s non-customer facing employees were developed by clothing retailer Land’s End with design inspiration and color consultation from Posen. Delta announced the production and design partnership with Land’s End last week.

The world’s best employees deserve the best uniforms and this new collection is classically influenced, yet modern,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “Zac and the Delta team worked closely with our people to create timeless and fashionable pieces that reflect the thoughtful and innovative spirit of Delta.

Posen partnered directly with Delta employees from nearly every work group to design the collection, developing a functional wardrobe fit for Delta’s diverse employee group and the environments where they work. Employees influenced the design and final selection of each uniform piece.

We wanted Delta employees to look glamorous on the job without sacrificing functionality and style,” said Posen. “I worked alongside employees to understand how they interact with the clothes they wear and developed a look that empowers and excites, because we want Delta’s global workforce to exude the confidence and thoughtfulness that reflects the airline’s brand.”

Posen’s designs drape employees in a wholly-reimagined mix of colors dubbed Passport Plum, Cruising Cardinal and Groundspeed Graphite, with accents of Skyline Slate and Traveling Thistle to bring a cohesive look across customer-facing and technical job functions.

There are a number of subtle details including a signature winged collar on the women’s Traveling Thistle blouse, the Delta logo, also known as the widget, accented throughout the collection and for non-customer-facing employees, reflective Delta widgets on high-visibility outerwear.

At the Delta Hub Runway Unveiling, some of the items in the lineup for the flight attendants and customer service agents include a feminine Passport Plum V-neck dress, peplum sweater, wrap dress, ottoman skirt suit and swing jacket. For men, a Groundspeed Graphite three-piece suit, Passport Plum crew neck sweater and widget-printed tie, among other pieces. For technical employees working on the airport ramp or in Delta’s TechOps division, a mid-layer sweater, three-in-one ANSI jacket and rapid-dry polo shirt are among the lineup. Continue reading

Bugaboo Opens First Ever U.S. Pop-Up Store In New York City

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Bugaboo, a global mobility company whose products enable people to explore and move freely through their world, announced today the opening of the company’s first U.S. pop-up store in New York City. Bugaboo recently shook up the travel industry with the announcement of its most recent mobility concept creation, the Bugaboo Boxer, inspired by the company’s existing and iconic strollers. Both will be available for hands-on testing at the store, providing a space for guests to experience the “power of push.”

Best known for revolutionizing the stroller market with the launch of their iconic stroller in 1999, Bugaboo designs products that make life on the road easier.

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Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System 

The pop-up store will showcase the brand’s recently launched luggage system, the aforementioned Bugaboo Boxer, as well as its signature stroller line. The Bugaboo pop-up store is located at 224 Mulberry Street, New York, NY. The store will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

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BUGABOO EXTENDS MOBILITY EXPERTISE WITH LAUNCH OF BUGABOO BOXER LUGGAGE SYSTEM

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BUGABOO EXTENDS MOBILITY EXPERTISE WITH LAUNCH OF BUGABOO BOXER LUGGAGE SYSTEM (HERE WITH CABIN CASE LAPTOP BAG)

Bugaboo’s pop-up store simulates a traveler’s journey with the Bugaboo Boxer from packing at home, to airport security, all the way to the airplane aisle. Upon walking into the SoHo location, guests are welcomed into their “home” where the shopping experience and packing with the Bugaboo Boxer are explained through a live demo. The next stop on the journey takes place in a staged airport security entrance where the ease of moving with the Bugaboo Boxer is showcased. Finally, guests will be transported to the aisle of an airplane to get a firsthand feel for the effortlessness of stowing away the lightweight Cabin Case. Continue reading

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus Celebrates The Greatest City In The World For Its 2016/17 Season

To sing together is to form a family. To sing for an audience is to invite you into our family.

The New York City Gay Men’s Chorus recently announced their 2016/17 season of concerts and fundraisers, which celebrates a city like no other: New York.new-york-city-gay-mens-chorus-logo

Our world today has been shaken by tragedy and division and we’ve seen what music can do to connect people, challenge intolerance, and celebrate life,” said Charlie Beale, Artistic Director for NYCGMC. “New York City has long welcomed people from all walks of life to live together and find harmony. With all that’s happening in the world, it feels like the right time to sing music that celebrates NYC as an eternal beacon for inclusion, opportunity, excitement, and inspiration,” Beale added.

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New York City Gay Men’s Chorus. Photo by Michael R. Dekker

NYCGMC’s 2016/17 season includes an exciting, diverse, and musically rich program that celebrates the city’s attitude and history, the weird and wonderful life and diversity of the city today, as well as NYC’s changing relationship with, and influence on, the rest of the world. NYCGMC will also be taking their performances to all corners of the five boroughs throughout the year—details of which will be announced later in the season. JetBlue is the official airline and corporate partner of the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus.

This season will be as spectacular and magical as if you’re discovering the city for the first time,” Charlie further added.

2016/2017 Concert Series Details:

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XMAS & CHILL A COZY HOLIDAY WITH 250 GAY MEN With Special Guests – Well Strung

XMAS & CHILL A COZY HOLIDAY WITH 250 GAY MEN With Special Guests – Well Strung
Saturday December 17, 8pm/Sunday December 18, 3pm
The Town Hall, 123 W 43rd St

Light up the fire, shake off the snow, and crack open the holiday champagne. It’s time to leave the crowds, the cold, the car horns, and the craziness outside, and snuggle up with your favorite gays for the merriest holiday celebration in New York this season.

Xmas & Chill will feature some of the coolest arrangements of holiday favorites, spine-tingling traditional choral pieces, many other fabulous performances, plus our very special guests, the hunky string quartet Well Strung. Filled with the spirit of the season, Xmas & Chill will be the ultimate holiday date night for the whole city.

Warm-hearted, funny, nostalgic, uplifting, and always with an incredible sound, this is guaranteed to be the one holiday show in NYC that truly sleighs.

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Well Strung

Well-Strung, a New York City based string quartet, derives their unique blend of vocals and strings by fusing classical music with the pop music of today. Members Edmund Bagnell (1st violin), Chris Marchant (2nd violin), Daniel Shevlin (cello), and Trevor Wadleigh (viola) spend their time making new music and touring internationally. The group was conceived by producer Mark Cortale and Chris Marchant

HARMONY: OUR ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALABenefiting New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and Youth Pride Chorus
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Neiman Marcus Presents The 90th Edition Of Its Iconic Christmas Book

 

Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts Include a Walk-On Role in the Broadway Musical Waitress

Exclusive Grammy Awards Experience, Private Quarterback Camp with Joe Montana and His and Hers Neiman Marcus Island Cars Featuring Lilly Pulitzer

 

The 2016 Christmas Book was unveiled today by luxury omni-channel retailer Neiman Marcus in Dallas. The 90th edition of this legendary book continues Neiman Marcus’ unmatched tradition of offering a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even the wildest of dreams come true.neiman-marcus Logo

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetites, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including A Week at Three English Estates Experience, Slumber Party at the Neiman Marcus Flagship and Cobalt Valkyrie-X Private Plane in rose gold. This year’s featured car is an INFINITI Q60 Neiman Marcus Limited Edition. The “His & Hers” fantasy gift comes to life as the Neiman Marcus Island Cars Featuring Lilly Pulitzer.neiman-marcus-christmas-book-cover-2016

We are thrilled to present the 2016 fantasy gifts. Our team has scoured and vetted hundreds of one-of-a-kind items resulting in this highly curated collection of 12 items and experiences,” said Jim Gold, President and Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “It is our goal to bring dreams to life!

First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts.

Each year, the Christmas Book features specially commissioned artwork and the covers are as anticipated as the contents. “With the goal of bringing a fashion component to the cover of the Christmas Book, we combined custom artwork by Maija Louekari with the beautiful face of Lindsey Wixson to create a final image photographed by Walter Chin. And, to add that bit of fantasy that Neiman Marcus is famous for, the lenticular printing animates Lindsey winking,” said Georgia Christensen, Vice President, Brand Creative Director of Neiman Marcus. This year represents only the second time a unique element has been used to animate the cover. In 1999, a Christmas tree glistened with butterflies thanks to a lenticular onset.

As in previous years, Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from the majority of fantasy gifts to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide. Donations will be made to the GRAMMY Foundation with the purchase of the Exclusive GRAMMY Awards Experience and to Akola Project with the purchase of the Optimist Akola Bracelet.

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The Love to Give Collection, also featured in the 2016 Christmas Book, includes over 40 perfectly priced items for gift giving. Each Neiman Marcus store gives ten percent of the proceeds to benefit youth arts education in Neiman Marcus communities across the country. An additional $50,000 from online sales goes to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Vendors participating in the Neiman Marcus Love to Give Collection include, but are not limited to, Hermès, Yves Saint Laurent beauty, Fresh, Lumio, Sugarfina, and Kate Spade. Prices range from $10 – $200.

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Hip stocking stuffers, cool hostess gifts and unexpected treats can be found in the Fun to Give Collection, also featured in the 2016 Christmas Book. These imaginative, easy to buy items (starting at just $5) are truly fun to give.

The fantasy gifts included in the 2016 Christmas Book include:

WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS

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WALK-ON ROLE IN THE BROADWAY MUSICAL WAITRESS

Perfect for the star in your life searching for their spotlight, one lucky recipient will receive a walk-on role in Broadway’s tastiest musical, Waitress, starring Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller and directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. With music and lyrics by five-time GRAMMY Award nominee Sara Bareilles, the gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant.

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The gift comes with four premium show tickets, a meet-and-greet with the Waitress cast, and a Waitress-themed pie-making lesson with the show’s pie consultant.

With the purchase of the Broadway musical Waitress walk-on role, Neiman Marcus will donate $22,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one customer. ($30,000; page 120)

CURATED COLLECTION OF 36 CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Send someone on a charming editorial exploration with a curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books. Perfect for children of any age, the books within this once-in-a-lifetime library span over almost 80 years and have each been bestowed the Caldecott Medal, given annually since 1938 to “the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children” as voted by the Association for Library Service to Children. Either first editions or early printings, all in original dust jackets, the collection has been gathered by two of New England’s finest book sellers, Johnnycake Books and E.M. Maurice Books.

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CURATED COLLECTION OF 36 CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING CHILDREN’S BOOKS

The 36 Titles Included in the Caldecott Medal-winning Children’s Book Collection Fantasy Gift:

  • 2015: The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, illustrator Dan Santat
  • 2014: Locomotive, illustrator Brian Floca
  • 2013: This Is Not My Hat, illustrator Jon Klassen
  • 2012: A Ball for Daisy, illustrator Chris Raschka
  • 2009: The House in the Night, illustrator Beth Krommes
  • 2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, illustrator Brian Selznick
  • 2007: Flotsam, illustrator David Wiesner
  • 2006: The Hello, Goodbye Window, illustrator Chris Raschka
  • 2005: Kitten’s First Full Moon, illustrator Kevin Henkes
  • 2004: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers, illustrator Mordicai Gerstein
  • 2003: My Friend Rabbit, illustrator Eric Rohmann
  • 1999: Snowflake Bentley, illustrator Mary Azarian
  • 1998: Rapunzel, illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky
  • 1992: Tuesday, illustrator David Wiesner
  • 1991: Black and White, illustrator David Macaulay
  • 1986: The Polar Express, illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1985: Saint George and the Dragon, illustrator Trina Schart Hyman
  • 1982: Jumanji, illustrator Chris Van Allsburg
  • 1981: Fables, illustrator Arnold Lobel
  • 1978: Noah’s Ark, illustrator Peter Spier
  • 1976: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears, illustrators Diane and Leo Dillon
  • 1974: Duffy and the Devil, illustrator Margot Zemach
  • 1973: The Funny Little Woman, illustrator Blair Lent
  • 1968: Drummer Hoff, illustrator Ed Emberley
  • 1967: Sam, Bangs & Moonshine, illustrator Evaline Ness
  • 1964: Where the Wild Things Are, illustrator Maurice Sendak
  • 1963: The Snowy Day, illustrator Ezra Jack Keats
  • 1959: Chanticleer and the Fox, illustrator Barbara Cooney
  • 1954: Madeline’s Rescue, illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans
  • 1951: The Egg Tree, illustrator Katherine Milhous
  • 1944: Many Moons, illustrator Louis Slobodkin
  • 1942: Make Way for Ducklings, illustrator Robert McCloskey
  • 1941: They Were Strong and Good, illustrator Robert Lawson
  • 1940: Abraham Lincoln, illustrators Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire
  • 1939: Mei Li, illustrator Thomas Handforth

With the purchase of the curated collection of 36 Caldecott Medal-winning children’s books, Neiman Marcus will donate $10,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation. Gift limited to one customer. Caldecott is a registered trademark of American Library Association, which does not sponsor or endorse this gift, Neiman Marcus, Johnnycake Books, or E.M. Maurice Books. ($100,000; page 122) Continue reading

Mandarin Oriental, Macau Welcomes Chef Fei From Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou As Special Guest Chef At Vida Rica Restaurant

Mandarin Oriental, Macau is set to welcome Chef Fei of Jiang by Chef Fei at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou for a special culinary collaboration with the hotel’s Chinese Executive Chef Wong Tak Wing that will feature a series of exquisitely prepared Cantonese dishes from November 4-6, 2016.

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The Mandarin Oriental, Macau is ideally situated in the heart of Macau’s business, entertainment and high-end retail districts, offering easy access to all major tourist sites and transport hubs.

Lucky diners can explore Chef Fei’s signature dishes including deep fried roasted duck puff pastry with black and snow fungus, kungfu soup with matsutake mushroom, sautéed Australian sirloin with Szechuan pepper and chilli as well as crispy roasted chicken with flaxseeds, featured in a six-course lunch menu at MOP 568 per person or an eight-course dinner menu at MOP 888 per person. Both menus offer a choice of wine pairing.

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Chef Fei of Jiang by Chef Fei at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou will be the guest chef for a special culinary collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental, Macau’s Chinese Executive Chef Wong Tak Wing, that will feature a series of exquisitely prepared Cantonese dishes from November 4-6, 2016.

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Chef Fei of Jiang by Chef Fei at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou will be the guest chef for a special culinary collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental, Macau’s Chinese Executive Chef Wong Tak Wing, that will feature a series of exquisitely prepared Cantonese dishes from November 4-6, 2016.

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Chef Fei of Jiang by Chef Fei at Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou will be the guest chef for a special culinary collaboration with the Mandarin Oriental, Macau’s Chinese Executive Chef Wong Tak Wing, that will feature a series of exquisitely prepared Cantonese dishes from November 4-6, 2016.

Chef Fei began his cooking career at the age of 16 where he honed his culinary skill in a Chinese speciality restaurant, mastering all aspects of Cantonese cuisine. With an impeccable eye for detail, he is well known on Guangzhou’s fine dining-scene, where his innovative creations combining intricate taste experience with artistic presentation have won him numerous awards, including the Chinese Culinary Skill Master Gold Medal and Chinese Celebrity Chef Five Star Medal. Following his achievements, Chef Fei has been constantly invited as guest chef to Mandarin Oriental properties such as Hong Kong and Sanya, to showcase his Cantonese dishes with a contemporary twist.

Prices are subject to 10% service charge. For reservations, please call Vida Rica Restaurant at +853 8805 8918 or email momac-vidarica@mohg.com. In order to make the most of this occasion, guestrooms can be booked at preferential rates from MOP 2,099, including breakfast. Rates are subject to 10% service charge and 5% government tourism tax. For room reservations, please contact the hotel’s reservations team at +853 8805 8822 or email momac-reservations@mohg.com.

The Mandarin Oriental, Macau is ideally situated in the heart of Macau’s business, entertainment and high-end retail districts, offering easy access to all major tourist sites and transport hubs. Both Macau International Airport and the Macau-China border are only 10 minutes by car, while the Hong Kong-Macau ferry terminal is just a short five-minute drive away. From here, Hong Kong’s airport can be directly accessed by ferry in 45 minutes and Central Hong Kong in just one hour.

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is the award-winning owner and operator of some of the world’s most luxurious hotels, resorts and residences. Having grown from its Asian roots into a global brand, the Group now operates 29 hotels and eight residences in 19 countries and territories, with each property reflecting the Group’s oriental heritage and unique sense of place. Mandarin Oriental has a strong pipeline of hotels and residences under development, with the next hotel opening planned in Doha.

Wine Institute: 2016 California Wine Harvest Report Early, Normal Yield, Exquisite Quality

According to the Wine Institute (http://www.wineinstitute.org), The 2016 California winegrape harvest was early, with a mostly normal yield of exceptional quality fruit throughout the state. A relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that helped to alleviate the drought.

It’s been a good season so far—the grapes are in great condition, showcasing spectacular flavors,” said Randy Ullom, winemaster at Kendall-Jackson Wines, with vineyards in Sonoma County and statewide.

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Cathy Corison, owner/winemaker at Corison Winery in Napa Valley is equally pleased: “2016 was early, small and delicious. The entire ripening season enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs and cold nights—perfect for inky, complex wines. Measured in pace, it was also easy on the winemakers.”

The overall state crop was estimated to be near the historical average of 3.9 million tons by the California Department of Food and Agriculture in August 2016.

Anticipated El Niño rainfall was less than hoped for (eight inches) in Paso Robles, but still greater than the prior four vintages of drought, and appears to have had a positive effect on yields and quality in our Bordeaux and Rhone varietals in 2016,” said Jeff Meier, director of winemaking/president, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. “Yield projections for 2016 were slightly below long-term averages, but most varieties are coming in at or above estimates—a welcome outcome for Paso Robles growers. Overall, the vintage of 2016 is delivering high quality, high color density Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from the cooler microclimates and fruit-intensive Rhone varietals.

In Lodi, Michael David Winery hit the halfway mark at the end of September. “The harvest pace was steady and extremely level with little peaks of chaos. Small heat spikes followed by fairly moderate weather pushed sugars up in vineyards where needed and then allowed time for growers and wineries to get fruit off in a timely manner, without major fruit breakdown or raisining. Fruit looks exceptional so far—probably the cleanest Zinfandel crop I have seen in some time. The wines are coming out beautifully, and it’s another fantastic harvest in Lodi,” said Adam Mettler, director of winemaking.

Here in Santa Barbara, we have seen another early harvest, and much of the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the last two weeks of August,” said Frank Ostini, owner/winemaker of Hitching Post Wines. “We had a very warm spring and early summer, but July and August brought cool nights and gentle warmth that allowed the medium-sized crop to mature perfectly—small berries in pristine condition. We are excited to be making some of our best-ever balanced wines with fine color and intensity.

The 2016 harvest in Sonoma County looks a lot like the 2015 harvest,” said Ryan Decker, winegrower at Rodney Strong Vineyards. “We started early, we will finish early, and the winemakers are very excited with what they are seeing in the fermenters. One of the main differences— a welcome one—was the seven to 10-day break we had between the Pinot/Chardonnay harvest and the Merlot/Cabernet harvest. This year we had some unseasonably cool temperatures in mid-September that put the brakes on harvest, albeit temporarily, allowing us to free up some tank space. The yields are down just a bit from the long-term average, but wine quality looks to be stellar.

Another high quality California vintage is great news for wine consumers here and abroad who continue to drive sales of Golden State wines to record levels,” said Wine Institute President and CEO Robert P. (Bobby) Koch. “With California wine’s economic contribution of $57.6 billion annually to the state economy and $114 billion annually to the U.S. economy, it’s also excellent news for our state and nation which benefit from jobs, tax revenue, hospitality, tourism and community enhancement.”

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Wet Seal to Open 13 Pop-Up Stores for the Holiday Season

The Wet Seal, LLC, a specialty retailer of young women’s contemporary fashion, announced today that it will open 13 pop-up locations during the 2016 holiday season at GGP regional shopping centers throughout the U.S.Wet Seal Holiday 2016

We see an opportunity for additional brick and mortar locations during the peak holiday season,” said Wet Seal CEO, Melanie Cox. “Customers have reached out to request the return of Wet Seal stores to their local areas, and we are pleased that we are able to meet that need.

The Wet Seal pop-ups will open at the following locations:

  • Tucson Mall- Tucson, AZ
  • Altamonte Mall- Altamonte, FL
  • North Point Mall- Alpharetta, GA
  • Cumberland Mall- Atlanta, GA
  • Perimeter Mall- Atlanta, GA
  • Peachtree Mall- Columbus, GA
  • Northbrook Court- Northbrook, IL
  • Rivertown Crossings- Grandville, MI
  • Woodbridge Center- Woodbridge, NJ
  • Sooner Mall- Norman, OK
  • Quail Springs Mall- Oklahoma City, OK
  • Park City Center- Lancaster, PA
  • Northtown Mall- Spokane, WA

The temporary locations are slated to open simultaneously on Thursday, November 3, 2016. The Wet Seal, LLC and GGP have entered into this venture in response to a need for additional retail locations in anticipation of the busy holiday season. The stores will range from 3,000 to 5,000 square feet and will offer contemporary fashion and holiday gift giving items, all at a great value.

We are focused on curating our shopping centers with the retailers that our customers want,” said Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of GGP. “Brick and mortar plays a significant role in the holiday-shopping experience, and through its pop-ups, GGP is excited to bring the Wet Seal brand to new communities.”

The Wet Seal, LLC is an Irvine, California-based specialty retailer of young contemporary women’s apparel and accessories. With over 160 stores in the United States and a sizeable ecommerce presence, Wet Seal offers trend-focused young women the opportunity to purchase the latest styles at attainable prices. Since the founding of the company in 1962, the Wet Seal brand has been synonymous with the casual-chic Southern California lifestyle. The same effortless style is reflected in its brand offering today. To find out more, visit www.wetseal.com.

Kipling Launches Holiday 2016 Collection

Kipling USA’s 2016 Holiday Collection reveals an ongoing evolution through refreshed aesthetic.

Kipling North America, a division of VF Sportswear, Inc., is excited to announce the launch of its Holiday Collection this October.

Kipling USA celebrates feminine festivity this holiday season, introducing a new approach to the creative direction and elevated designs. Armed with a 360° Holiday campaign and fashion influencer Olivia Culpo as the face of it, the brand dives into the refreshed vision of Nina Flood – newly named President of Kipling North America in June. In tandem with this new leadership, the 2016 Holiday collection will mark Christine Lee‘s second season with the brand as its Head Designer, North America. Lee brings with her years of experience and a pioneering vision for the brand’s aesthetic. Continuing to experiment with fabrics and treatments, Kipling’s 2016 Holiday Collection promises luxe textures, brilliant hues, and famed functionality.

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Kipling USA’s 2016 Holiday Collection reveals an ongoing evolution through refreshed aesthetic.

Founded in 1987 in Belgium, Kipling crafts lightweight handbags, luggage and accessories with a playful approach. Through innovative and contemporary designs, Kipling combines quality, function and style, creating the ideal accessory for an active lifestyle. Kipling established itself as a global brand by pioneering the use of its trademark crinkle nylon in expressive colors and patterns.

Inspired by the seasons festivity, the 2016 Holiday Collectioncelebrates femininity, adding luxe touches to everyday functional styles“, Lee, explains. At the forefront of the collection sits a plethora of styles in metallic treated nylon. Ranging in shades of champagne and platinum to rose gold, the metallic bags and accessories mimic the brand’s classic features in function, and exude holiday festivity. Complimentary to the metallic, the collection will debut two new styles, the Paola backpack and Frieda cropped-cross-body. Plush to the touch, velvet styles feature golden hardware and sateen straps, offered in midnight black, emerald green and dusty rose pink.

The campaign images feature Culpo Making Spirits Bright by attending festive parties, wrapping presents and interacting with the brand’s newest collection. Culpo will also be highlighted in the brand’s 360° campaign through filmed moments of her holiday season happenings as she shares festive outfit ideas and DIY tips.

Kipling set its sights on Olivia Culpo, the former Miss Universe, as the face of the brand this season, who with her infectious energy has made a name for herself in the world of fashion and entertainment. An up-and-coming fashion influencer in her own right, she has created a substantial platform in both the modeling and fashion/media industry. Guest-hosting for E! Entertainment and gracing the cover of fashion magazines are among her recent successes.

North America President, Nina Flood comments, “We are thrilled to welcome Olivia to the Kipling family. Her endearing, genuine personality is further complimented by a style that is both playful and sophisticated, aligning with the spirit of our brand.

The Kipling Holiday 2016 Collection will offer a complete range of styles available November 2nd on Kipling-USA.com, Kipling retail stores, and select department stores nationwide.

Kipling has headquarters in New York, N.Y. and Antwerp, Belgium, is distributed in more than 80 countries and is available in more than 5,000 stores globally. Kipling has 10 full-price retail locations in the US and is sold in Macy’s department stores and specialty stores nationwide. www.kipling-usa.com

Mary Kay Launches Unprecedented, Omni-Channel Campaign Featuring Fresh And Authentic Faces Of The Company

“I CAN” Campaign Showcases Hundreds of Real Women with Entrepreneurial Dreams

Irresistible Products. Positive Community impact. Rewarding Opportunity.

Mary Kay Inc. has launched its newest advertising campaign – the “I CAN” campaign – that for the first time was created in direct collaboration with the company’s Independent Beauty Consultants. This unprecedented campaign builds on the inherent values of Mary Kay and its dedication to connecting at a deep level with its target audience by leveraging the use of real people and their stories in its marketing campaigns.Mary Kay Inc I CAN

For more than 50 years, Mary Kay has offered it all. With 3.5 million Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants and $4 billion in global annual sales, Mary Kay is a top beauty brand and direct seller in more than 35 markets around the world.

With a goal of amplifying the thousands of stories organically shared by Independent Beauty Consultants on individual and corporate social media channels, the campaign started by seeding the social hashtag #MyMKLife in 2015. The co-created campaign was developed with stories from the hashtag and activated over the summer, with a “social-first” strategy, amplified by paid media to generate additional engagement.mk%20logo

The campaign further took shape as Mary Kay entrepreneurs shared inspirational stories and quotes illustrating how the Mary Kay business has positively impacted their lives, including “I can be me,” “I can make a difference, not just an income” and “I can be a good example for my kids.”

During the activation stage of the campaign, more than 500 women were photographed and interviewed during Mary Kay Inc.’s annual Seminar in Dallas to participate as the fresh faces of the campaign. The campaign, a multi-platform initiative, includes digital, broadcast, outdoor and print placements and was featured in national media outlets, digital billboards in the heart of ever-bustling Times Square, on the company website and on Mary Kay Inc.’s social channels.

Additionally, Independent Beauty Consultants are featured in the campaign’s first television commercial, which will be seen by more than 2M+ viewers during Season 15 Episode 6 of the hit show “Project Runway.”

The ‘I CAN’ campaign gave us the chance to showcase, on a national stage, the heart of Mary Kay – our Independent Sales Force. These inspirational women of all walks of life chose the Mary Kay business for many different reasons,” said Sara Friedman, Vice President of U.S. Marketing for Mary Kay. “However, through the campaign, it is evident that they are united by their love for the diverse opportunities their Mary Kay business allows them on a daily basis.

Since the campaign’s launch in September 2016, it has garnered impressive results including 43.8 million impressions and 1.2 million engagements across social channels, and 40K+ uses of the “I Can” custom photo filter. These results demonstrate the strong adoption rates of authentic campaigns by consumers nationwide.

Discover what there is to love about Mary Kay by connecting with a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant at marykay.com.

Deck the Halls – Balsam Hill® is Set to Debut a New Float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® Celebrating Holiday Traditions

The 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 from 9 a.m. – noon in all time zones.

For the past decade, Redwood City-based Balsam Hill has been spreading Christmas cheer to families around the world with its highly-realistic artificial Christmas trees and holiday décor. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the company is partnering with Macy’s to debut “Deck The Halls,” a wondrous float bringing the magic of Christmas to life in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. For more than 3.5 million spectators and more than 50 million viewers nationwide, the Macy’s Parade signifies the beginning of the holiday season and Balsam Hill will be part of such a long-standing tradition.macyslogo

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Balsam Hill is ready to Deck the Halls this November as it debuts a new float in the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (Graphic: Business Wire)

Standing more than 30 feet tall, Balsam Hill’s “Deck The Halls” will embody all that is Christmas – from toys and decorated trees to entertainment and joy. Modeled after the traditional wooden pyramid, each of the three levels are hand-carved and hand-painted by the Macy’s Parade Studio to encapsulate different aspects of the holiday season enjoyed around the world. “Knowing who Balsam Hill was, for us, we immediately zeroed in on authenticity. We wanted things to have that kind of detail and overall beauty,” said John Piper, vice president of Macy’s Parade Studio. He added, “This one was just a real work of joy and love for us.”

At the base of the float, multiple Balsam Hill trees will be adorned with stunning decorations in different styles to showcase a host of family traditions. Whimsical, larger-than-life ornaments, toys and a snowman help capture the magic and joy of Christmas. The centerpiece of the float is a stunning carousel that will spin as it is ridden by children dressed in snowy winter wonderland-inspired costumes. To complete the scene, a special performer will delight audiences as the float makes its way down the Parade route and into millions of homes this Thanksgiving.

Since our inception, it was our intention to be a long-standing holiday tradition that families around the world welcome into their home. After a decade, we can now realize that dream and join the float family of one of our world’s most beloved holiday traditions that millions welcome into their home, as they tune in to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Thomas Harman, CEO of Balsam Brands.

What people are going to see coming down the parade route on Thanksgiving is an exceptional float. It is perfect for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She added, “Balsam Hill, to me, is about family celebration – and this is a family celebration … Balsam Hill tells that story.

With more than 50 million viewers across the country and more than 3.5 million spectators that line up along the streets of New York City each year, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons.

As part of the 10-year celebration, Balsam Hill is giving away a trip for four to New York City to attend the Parade and witness the float make its debut. To enter to win a trip to New York City to attend the 90th Anniversary Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and for rules and regulations, please visit BalsamHill.com. For more information on the Macy’s Parade, please visit http://www.macys.com/parade or call the Parade hotline at (212) 494-4495.

Founded ten years ago in Redwood City, Calif., Balsam Hill is committed to creating the best Christmas trees on the market. Founder Thomas Harman was inspired to start Balsam Hill by a family member who was allergic to live trees but wanted to create a festive atmosphere in his home during the holidays. When Harman‘ search for a lifelike artificial Christmas tree came up empty-handed, his mission was born to develop the most realistic and luxurious artificial trees. To accomplish this mission, the company’s designers carefully craft trees to mimic nature using site visits and cuttings from live trees as a guide. Balsam Hill holds several patented and trademarked technology that brings the holidays to life including ultra-realistic True Needle™ branches, unique Color+Clear™ or Candlelight™ LED lights, and innovative Flip Tree™ technology. (For more information visit the company’s website at http://www.balsamhill.com/.)

Norwegian Cruise Line To Debut New Ship Designed For Alaska Cruising In 2018

Norwegian’s next new build to seasonally homeport in Seattle beginning Summer 2018

Named Norwegian Bliss, the vessel will be the ultimate ship for Alaska cruising, with hull artwork designed by marine mammal conservationist Wyland

Norwegian Cruise Line will once again pioneer a new era of Alaska cruising beginning June 2018, as the company announced that its next new vessel, named Norwegian Bliss, will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience. Norwegian Bliss will cruise to America’s Last Frontier from Seattle and will be the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in the Emerald City.Norwegian Cruise Line Logo

At a ceremony held at Port of Seattle’s Pier 66, Norwegian President and CEO Andy Stuart shared the exciting news, alongside Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick and Port of Seattle Commission President John Creighton.

Norwegian was the first cruise line to begin cruising to Alaska from Seattle in 2000 and it’s only fitting that we bring our newest ship, Norwegian Bliss, directly to this incredible location,” said Stuart. “Alaska is one of the top destinations for our guests to explore and we are thrilled to be the first cruise line to offer our guests the opportunity to experience this coveted destination aboard a brand new, state-of-the-art cruise ship custom designed for Alaska, the first of its kind to ever debut in Seattle.”

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Named Norwegian Bliss, the vessel will be the ultimate ship for Alaska cruising, with hull artwork designed by marine mammal conservationist Wyland

The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss is designed with features and amenities to offer guests the ultimate Alaska cruising experience. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, the ship will be constructed at MEYER WERFT in Papenburg, Germany and scheduled for delivery in Spring 2018.

After a transatlantic cruise and a Panama Canal transit through the new locks, the ship will sail north along the West Coast, reaching Seattle for the start of the summer cruising season. It will then sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, offering guests the premier way to see America’s last frontier, while also providing all of the innovative features, entertainment, signature dining and onboard experiences that Norwegian Cruise Line is known for around the globe. The ship’s itinerary will feature calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.Norwegian Cruise Line Wyland

Continuing Norwegian’s tradition of decorating each ship’s hull with signature art, Norwegian has also announced that the world’s premier marine life artist, Wyland, has been commissioned to design the hull artwork for Norwegian Bliss. Known for his iconic whale murals, marine life paintings and sculptures, Wyland has inspired generations to be passionate about the importance of marine life conservation. The enormous extent of Wyland’s public artworks, his award-winning art galleries and his non-profit foundation’s community service projects have made him one of the world’s most recognized and beloved artists. His engaging and beautiful design for Norwegian Bliss’ hull art will be revealed later this month.

To further enhance the overall guest experience for cruisers from Seattle, Norwegian’s parent company, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, has entered into a groundbreaking 15-year agreement with the Port of Seattle to collectively invest $30 million to upgrade the Pier 66 facilities. From expanding the guest check-in space by 300% to more than 150,000 square feet to a new VIP lounge with expansive views of Elliott Bay and the addition of two new elevated passenger boarding bridges to provide easy and comfortable passenger boarding, the new amenities will provide guests with the perfect send-off to start their Alaskan adventure.

The Port of Seattle is proud to partner with Norwegian Cruise Line as we work to bring people from around the world to see the great Pacific Northwest from Seattle to Alaska,” said Port of Seattle CEO Ted Fick. “Our long relationship together is evident in this historic and unprecedented 15-year lease here at Pier 66.

The ship will be available for reservations in January 2017.

For more information on Norwegian Bliss, please visit bliss.ncl.com. To book a cruise aboard one of Norwegian’s newest ships, contact a travel professional, call Norwegian at 888-NCL-CRUISE (625-2784), or visit www.ncl.com.

Delta Air Lines Unveils Zac Posen-Designed, Inspired Employee Uniforms

Delta Air Lines and New York fashion designer Zac Posen together unveiled an exclusive uniform collection today, which will be worn by more than 60,000 of the airline’s frontline employees including customer service agents, flight attendants, ramp agents and technicians. The contemporary line fuses together bold color palettes and classic styles, while paying homage to the heritage and iconic design from decades past to elevate the look and brand of Delta employees.

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Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

Delta Air Lines serves nearly 180 million customers each year. In 2016, Delta was named to Fortune‘s Top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the fifth time in six years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented five consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 319 destinations in 57 countries on six continents.

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Delta unveils Zac Posen-designed, inspired employee uniforms (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

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Zac Posen with Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO.

Delta last updated its uniform collection for above wing employees including flight attendants and airport customer service agents, in 2006 with designs by Richard Tyler. The airline last updated its uniform collection for below wing employee employees, including technical operations employees and ramp agents, in 2000.

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Uniforms for Delta’s non-customer facing employees were developed by clothing retailer Land’s End with design inspiration and color consultation from Posen. Delta announced the production and design partnership with Land’s End last week.

The world’s best employees deserve the best uniforms and this new collection is classically influenced, yet modern,” said Ed Bastian, Delta’s CEO. “Zac and the Delta team worked closely with our people to create timeless and fashionable pieces that reflect the thoughtful and innovative spirit of Delta.

Posen partnered directly with Delta employees from nearly every work group to design the collection, developing a functional wardrobe fit for Delta’s diverse employee group and the environments where they work. Employees influenced the design and final selection of each uniform piece.

We wanted Delta employees to look glamorous on the job without sacrificing functionality and style,” said Posen. “I worked alongside employees to understand how they interact with the clothes they wear and developed a look that empowers and excites, because we want Delta’s global workforce to exude the confidence and thoughtfulness that reflects the airline’s brand.”

Posen’s designs drape employees in a wholly-reimagined mix of colors dubbed Passport Plum, Cruising Cardinal and Groundspeed Graphite, with accents of Skyline Slate and Traveling Thistle to bring a cohesive look across customer-facing and technical job functions.

There are a number of subtle details including a signature winged collar on the women’s Traveling Thistle blouse, the Delta logo, also known as the widget, accented throughout the collection and for non-customer-facing employees, reflective Delta widgets on high-visibility outerwear.

At the Delta Hub Runway Unveiling, some of the items in the lineup for the flight attendants and customer service agents include a feminine Passport Plum V-neck dress, peplum sweater, wrap dress, ottoman skirt suit and swing jacket. For men, a Groundspeed Graphite three-piece suit, Passport Plum crew neck sweater and widget-printed tie, among other pieces. For technical employees working on the airport ramp or in Delta’s TechOps division, a mid-layer sweater, three-in-one ANSI jacket and rapid-dry polo shirt are among the lineup. Continue reading