Announcing Wine Enthusiast’s 2016 Wine Star Award Winners

The Leading Publication In Wine Lifestyle Names This Year’s Luminaries Of The Wine & Spirits Industry

The winners of Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s annual Wine Star Awards, dedicated to honoring individuals and companies whose vision has impacted the wine and spirits industry, have officially been announced. Over the last seventeen years, Wine Enthusiast has celebrated industry icons representing a collection of perspectives and business approaches united for one goal—to advance the American wine and spirits industry. These winners are noted for their groundbreaking vision coupled with the courage to take risks and the skill to succeed.logo-wine-enthusiast

We’re very excited to announce our 2016 collection of Wine Star Award winners,” says Editor & Publisher of Wine Enthusiast, Adam Strum. “Wine Enthusiast is the number one voice of authority in the wine lifestyle space and it is with great pride and pleasure that we present these fifteen deserved recipients with the Wine Star trophy in Miami at the new Nobu Eden Rock Hotel.”

And The 2016 Wine Star Award Winners Are

The winners will be honored at the annual Wine Star Awards Dinner held for the first time in Miami, Florida at Nobu Eden Rock on Monday, January 30th 2017. To attend or RSVP please contact Jen Cortellini at jcortellini@wineenthusiast.net. To read in-depth profiles of the Wine Star Award winners, pick up the Best of Year Issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine hitting newsstands on December 20, 2016 or online at WineMag.com. To join the social conversation follow @WineEnthusiast on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #WineStar.

“Experiential” Nike Soho Store Debuts the Future of Sport Retail

NIKE, Inc. opened its newest retail experience, Nike Soho, on Friday, November 11th: a five-story, multi-sport, 55,000-square-foot digitally connected store located at 529 Broadway at Spring Street in the heart of New York City’s Soho neighborhood.

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The new Nike Soho Flagship is designed to deliver the best of Nike products and personalized services through a series of re-imagined spaces.

The new Nike Soho Flagship is designed to deliver the best of Nike products and personalized services through a series of reimagined spaces. Guided by a large team of highly trained Nike store athletes, Nike Soho offers one-of-a-kind immersive experiences for consumers.

We’re leading the transformation of sport retail—offering the best of Nike products, services and experiences under one roof,” said Heidi O’Neill, Nike’s President of Global Direct to Consumer. “With Nike Soho we can realize the promise of personalized performance. Powered by immersive digital trials and in-store experts, this store is about elevating every athlete’s potential. Whether you’re training for a marathon or shooting hoops on our in-store court, or if you love sneakers, Nike Soho will help you raise your game. Because it’s more than a store—it’s a personal sport experience.

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Nike Soho features the Nike+ SNKRS experience, a 54-foot wide dual gender Nike Sportswear footwear wall which is the largest in any Nike store worldwide. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nike Soho’s one-of-a-kind spaces are the ultimate service destinations and include: interactive digital Nike+ Running and Basketball Trials; the Nike+ Soccer Trial Zone, where consumers can try out the latest soccer cleats; the Nike+ Service Station, a dedicated service space to consult with Nike certified store experts; Nike By NYC, a personalization studio; The Lounge, a women’s boutique within the store with greatly expanded and enhanced fitting rooms and personal styling service; and The Stands, an in-store space where consumers can connect with one another, learn about the latest product drops or hear from a designer in residence.

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The Nike+ Basketball Trial Zone simulates the feel of the game, with five sensors circling the court, guiding consumers as they test product through custom drills and taking them on an immersive experience in New York’s Dyckman or Brooklyn Bridge Parks. (Photo: Business Wire)

Nike Soho also features the ultimate scene for sneakerheads, the Nike+ SNKRS experience. The 54-foot wide dual-gender Nike Sportswear footwear wall is the largest in any Nike store worldwide and has the largest in-season collection of the iconic Nike Air Force 1 in the company’s global fleet of stores. NSW products will premiere on the wall, showcasing the company’s best in sport style innovation.

It’s great to see the everyday athlete getting the same personalized treatment from Nike that I’ve enjoyed over the years,” said tennis champion Serena Williams. “When you have experts guiding you along the way, it can make all the difference to your game. I’ve been to a lot of Nike stores over the years and Soho’s personal touches and focus on style, service and experiences are unlike any other. I can’t wait to see what New York shoppers think of it.”

Nike Soho offers some of the hottest products – from brand-defining innovation to Nike Soho exclusives to Nike and Jordan Brand restocks including: LeBron Soldier X collaboration with designer John Elliott; Air Force 1 Low NYC HS; iconic Jordan silhouettes; and local designer collaboration tees.

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Nike Soho features a wide variety of Nike Basketball and Jordan Brand products on the store’s fifth floor. (Photo: Business Wire)

The store also has a special display of the last pair of the Nike Mag shoe that was auctioned on Saturday, Nov. 12 to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The Nike Mag is on display alongside a pair of Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, which will go on sale in early December. For the first time, consumers can also see the collection of Nike’s 12 Soles Collection, a tribute to Nike’s deep roots in basketball with a nod to the future. The first drop of the collection will be available at Nike Soho in early December. The recently released Apple Watch Nike+ is also sold in the store. Continue reading

Now Accepting Reservations: Experience A Landmark Of Sophistication Reborn In The City’s Historic Heart At Four Seasons Hotel London At Ten Trinity Square

  • Grade II*-listed heritage building in the City of London transformed into a luxury hotel just steps from major landmarks, business hubs and cultural destinations
  • Now confirming arrivals from January 26, 2017
  • Four Seasons also will be home to three Michelin-starred Chef Anne-Sophie Pic’s first London restaurant

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    The Exterior Facade of the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Nearly a century in the making, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square is now accepting reservations as it puts the finishing touches on an exquisite restoration in anticipation of its opening on January 26, 2017. Located in the City of London, Ten Trinity Square is just steps from the Tower of London and a short walk to St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Hotel also offers easy access to the Canary Wharf financial district and the city’s famed West End.four-seasons-hotel-london-at-ten-trinity-square-1

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square joins sister properties Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane – a favorite of Londoners and international travelers for the past 46 years – and the country estate experience at Four Seasons Hotel Hampshire.

Ten Trinity Square was the setting for the inaugural reception of the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, and now the very room where that remarkable gathering took place has been meticulously restored down to the smallest detail, with discreet technological upgrades to accommodate today’s demands.

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Architectural Detail at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

The new wood paneled UN Ballroom is the perfect setting for a sit down dinner or cocktail reception, offering stunning views over the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the River Thames. Across a shared pre-function area, the circular Merchant’s Hall is a unique, naturally-lit space above the building’s rotunda. In all, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square offers 7857 square feet (730 square meters) of function space, including several smaller venue options.

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Superior Room at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

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Executive Room at The Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

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Deluxe Room at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

In this landmark of power and prestige, we plan to introduce a more intimate, personalised experience for international travellers as well as local guests,” says General Manager Charlie Parker of this important building’s transformation into a luxury hotel and residence. “In the story of Ten Trinity Square, a new Four Seasons chapter in London is about to unfold.

Home to just 100 guest accommodations as well as 41 private residences, Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will also offer guests three dining options, a luxurious spa experience, state-of-the-art fitness centre and beautiful indoor pool. Gracious event spaces will accommodate up to 200. The heritage building’s past as headquarters of the Port of London Authority is reflected in the maritime-inspired details of its elegant architecture and interiors. Continue reading

Old Navy to Give Away $100,000 Every Day in the Week Leading up to Black Friday

Promotion Part of the “Instant Happy” Sweepstakes

Entire Store 50% off When Doors Open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday until close on Black Friday

Old Navy is helping to put the happy in Happy Holidays this shopping season with incredible giveaways, extended Black Friday deals and a line-up of family fun in-store events. At Old Navy, #happyistrending!instant_happy_press_release_visual

In the week leading up to Black Friday (11/18-11/25), Old Navy will be giving away $100,000 to one lucky winner each day, plus thousands of other prizes, as part of the “Instant Happy” sweepstakes.* Scratchers distributed in-store daily, while supplies last, will reveal instant prizes from partners including Chipotle Mexican Grill, Coca-Cola, Fandango and Tiny Prints. Every scratcher will contain a prize as well as a code to enter for the daily grand prize of $100,000.

Prizes include:

  • Free Chips & Guacamole from Chipotle Mexican Grill
  • 20 oz. Coca-Cola beverages from My Coke Rewards
  • Movie tickets from Fandango
  • $25 off a purchase from Tiny Prints
  • Free Shipping from OldNavy.com

Online customers will also be able to enter for a chance to win the $100,000 daily grand prize on OldNavy.com. Learn more about “Instant Happy” at www.Oldnavy.com/InstantHappy.

We’re excited to enrich the lives of eight lucky customers with an incredible holiday jackpot,” said Steve Stickel, Old Navy’s Global Head of Stores & Store Operations. “Our goal is to put a smile on every customer’s face through our week of prizes, extended Black Friday deals, covetable product and engaging in-store activations.”

Shop Happy Deals: Customers don’t have to wait until Black Friday this year to take advantage of the biggest sale of the year. Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23 from 6 a.m. until close at 10 p.m., the entire store will be 50 percent off. The 50% off sale will continue when stores open on Thursday, Nov. 24 at 4 p.m. until they close on Friday, Nov. 25 at midnight, giving shoppers 32 hours straight to snag incredible deals.** On the morning of Black Friday, Old Navy will offer its beloved Frost-Free jacket for the family at a doorbuster price of $10 (while supplies last). The savings last throughout the weekend, with 40 percent off the entire store Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Continue reading

H&M U.S. Announces Exclusive an All Black Collection for Black Friday 2016

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, announces the first Black Friday Fashion Collection for ladies, men’s, kids and home available for a limited time from November 25th in stores and on online at hm.com. The collection features on trend, all black looks designed exclusively for the biggest shopping day of the year. 

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H&M U.S. Announces Exclusive an All Black Collection for Black Friday 2016

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H&M U.S. Announces Exclusive an All Black Collection for Black Friday 2016

Premiering the brands’ first Black Friday Fashion Collection, H&M’s design team created a comprehensive high fashion collection exclusively for Black Friday, offering fashion and quality at the best price just in time for the holiday season. Including an array of key fashion items, ladies can find the latest fashion including luxe bomber jackets with printed motifs that can be worn during the day with a pair of denim jeans or swapped out with black faux leather pants to transition into the evening. A velour track suit is this year’s must have and essential for keeping it casual. Cut out and lace detailed tops or bodysuits can be dressed up with velvet platform or worn casually with cozy knits. For men, Graphic tees can be paired with faux leather pants for a casual vibe, or a heathered button down provides a clean and sophisticated night-time look with a high shine bomber to complete the look.

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H&M U.S. Announces Exclusive an All Black Collection for Black Friday 2016

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H&M U.S. Announces Exclusive an All Black Collection for Black Friday 2016

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H&M U.S. Announces Exclusive an All Black Collection for Black Friday 2016

Kids will look sharp and have fun dressing up for the upcoming holiday season. Girls will love black and grey tulle dresses with added sparkles for those upcoming recitals, while the boys will look dapper in the perfect black suit with a polished lapel. Spruce up your place for the holidays with H&M Home. Pick up a much needed throw to keep you warm through those cold evenings or update your bedding with a new duvet in a rich color for the winter months. Continue reading

A Season Of Goodwill With Cartier At Four Seasons Hotel Seoul

There is no better way to foster and spread the festive spirit than by giving back to the community in need. This holiday season, Four Seasons Hotel Seoul and Cartier, two timeless luxury brands, have teamed up for the first time in Korea to put their creative minds together for charitable Christmas offerings available from November 14 to December 31, 2016, with proceeds going towards Sisters of Mary to support children in need.

Take a Cartier Ornament Home: World-famous floral designer Nicolai Bergmann will transform the Hotel’s lobby into a splendid winter forest brimming with exceptional style, luxury and elegance. Panthère de Cartier and Cartier ornaments will illuminate the lobby with panache and sparkle. Available for purchase only at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul, guests can bring a Cartier ornament home to hang in their Christmas tree while helping support children in need. Cartier ornaments are priced at KRW 60,000 each. Proceeds from the Cartier ornament sales will go to Sisters of Mary to support children in need.

We are delighted to partner with Cartier this holiday season to not only provide memorable experiences to our guests with our special festive offerings but also help children in need,” says General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Seoul Lubosh Barta.

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Relax and Enjoy a Cartier Cake with a Glass of Champagne at Maru

Relax and Enjoy a Cartier Cake with a Glass of Champagne at Maru

At Maru – Korean for “living room” – guests can sink into one of the comfortable sofas for a truly decadent treat. Indulge in Executive Pastry Chef Reinhard Lackner’s Cartier-inspired white chocolate cake with a glass of champagne. Containing the sweet taste of France from Grand Marnier-scented Valrhona Opalys Mousse, raspberry creameux and marmalade, Cartier cake at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul is a pure Parisian delight reflecting timeless elegance and the luxury of Cartier’s jewelry box.

Cartier cake paired with two glasses of champagne is priced at KRW 85,000 and is also available for takeaway at KRW 39,000.

Magical Evening in a Hidden Bar with Ruby Timepiece Cocktail

To try the Cartier-inspired Ruby Timepiece cocktail, guests have to first find the entrance to Charles H, a speakeasy bar inside Four Seasons Hotel Seoul – also number 52 on the World’s 100 Best Bars 2016 list.

Indulge in a magical evening at Charles H. with Ruby Timepiece, a special cocktail created by Head Bartender Christopher Lowder to reflect Cartier’s irresistible allure. A rich and luxurious take on the classic Manhattan cocktail, Ruby Timepiece is silky and elegant with hints of decadent black truffle, served on the rocks, hand cut in the shape of a diamond. Available only during the holiday season, Ruby Timepiece is priced at KRW 39,000.

Spend the Holidays with Four Seasons and Win an Exclusive Parisian Getaway

This holiday season, dine at one of the restaurants at Four Seasons Hotel Seoul or stay overnight and have the opportunity win a luxurious Parisian getaway with Four Seasons. Experience the best of Paris while staying for two complimentary nights in the heart of the city at the legendary Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, located just steps from the famous Champs-Elysees. Make the trip extra special with a visit to Fondation Cartier Pour L’Art Contemporain featuring the works of major contemporary artists from around the world.

For reservations or inquiries regarding Four Seasons Hotel Seoul and Cartier’s festivities, call 02 6388 5500.

 

Pottery Barn Kids Announces Exclusive Collaboration With Designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos

Eclectic Collection for Baby and Kids Will Debut In Stores and Online in January 2017

Pottery Barn Kids, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, announced today plans for a new exclusive product collaboration with designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos. Composed of over 50 pieces for nursery, bedroom, and playroom, the Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids collection captures Amos’s joyful and imaginative design aesthetic. The collection thoughtfully mixes vibrant colors, inviting textures and playful prints – including Amos’s namesake flower, the daisy, which is a signature in her children’s clothing collection, Margherita Kids. The Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids capsule collection, which is Margherita’s first entry into children’s home furnishings, will debut in January 2017.pottery_barn_kids_logo-_jpeg

Pottery Barn Kids, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, is a premier specialty retailer for children’s home furnishings and decorative accessories. Introduced in 1999, Pottery Barn Kids offers exclusive designs that create kid-friendly, stylish and innovative spaces for the nursery, bedroom and playroom. Key product categories include furniture, bedding, bath, window treatments, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, toys, nursery essentials and gear such as backpacks and reusable lunch bags.

I love to create pieces that encourage self-expression and explore individuality. It is a natural evolution from dressing myself and my children to now dressing the home,” said Designer Margherita Maccapani Missoni Amos. “As a mother, I want my collection to inspire my children, Otto and Augusto, and all children to imagine, create and play. I’m very excited to work with Pottery Barn Kids on this collection of textiles, accessories and furniture that reflects a colorful world of possibilities.

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Margherita Missoni for Pottery Barn Kids Collaboration coming January 2017. (Photo: Business Wire)

Collaborating with Margherita Missoni on a one-of-a-kind collection for Pottery Barn Kids is very exciting,” said Jennifer Kellor, executive vice president, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. “The vibrant mix of colors, textures, and prints is celebrated in her beautiful and playful collection of home furnishings for kid and baby. Continue reading