Macy’s and G-III Sign Exclusive Agreement for DKNY Women’s Apparel and Accessories

Macy’s, Inc. and G-III Apparel Group, Ltd., a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands and private label brands, today announced an agreement under which Macy’s will serve, beginning February 2018, as the exclusive U.S. department store for sales of DKNY women’s apparel and accessories.macys inc

Under the agreement, Macy’s exclusivity covers DKNY women’s apparel, handbags, and shoes, in addition to women’s and men’s outerwear and swim, which will be available at Macy’s locations nationwide and on macys.com. Macy’s and G-III will work closely on brand extensions and exclusive products that build upon the founding principles of the iconic New York–based brand. The agreement also plans for increased and enhanced DKNY shop-in-shops in Macy’s stores.

We want to create partnerships that offer our customers products and experiences that they can find only at Macy’s, and DKNY is a fashion-first brand we know our customers love,” said Jeff Gennette, president and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc.By offering exclusive access in key categories, we are confident that DKNY will quickly become one of our top brands. Their remarkable global recognition combined with our expansive footprint make Macy’s and DKNY a perfect partnership.”

We believe that Macy’s is the ideal partner as we implement our strategy for DKNY to be the premier brand in the world for women’s apparel and accessories,” said Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III.We have worked well with Macy’s in the past with respect to our portfolio of brands and we are confident that this partnership with Macy’s will help DKNY flourish and capture market share.

G-III will continue to operate the freestanding global DKNY stores and DKNY.com. G-III also will maintain DKNY’s agreements with international license partners and distributors outside of the United States. Products outside the exclusive categories and products distributed by DKNY’s various licensees under other categories in the DKNY family will continue to be sold to a broad range of department stores, including Macy’s.

G-III is a leading manufacturer and distributor of apparel and accessories under licensed brands, owned brands, and private label brands. G-III’s owned brands include Donna Karan, DKNY, Vilebrequin, Eliza J., Andrew Marc, Marc New York, Bass, and Jessica Howard. G-III has fashion licenses under the Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Cole Haan, Guess?, Vince Camuto, Ivanka Trump, Kensie, Jessica Simpson, Levi’s and Dockers brands. Through its team sports business, G-III has licenses with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Hands High, Touch by Alyssa Milano and more than 100 U.S. colleges and universities. G-III also operates retail stores under the DKNY, Wilsons Leather, Bass, Vilebrequin and Calvin Klein Performance names.

Introducing Maisonette.com: The Ultimate Children’s Clothing & Lifestyle E-Commerce Destination

Maisonette.com, the new premier online baby and children’s fashion and lifestyle destination, launches today. Co-founded by Vogue Magazine alums and entrepreneurs Sylvana Durrett and Luisana Mendoza-Roccia, Maisonette brings together a curated selection of the most stylish children’s brands and boutiques from around the world into one convenient shopping destination featuring apparel, accessories, furniture, and home decor.

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Easter at Maisonette.com

Over the past five years, growth in the $300 billion childrenswear market has outpaced all other apparel markets, resulting in a fragmented landscape of thousands of brands and independent boutiques impossible for the average consumer to navigate. Maisonette will be the definitive shopping and editorial destination for childrenswear and accessories by aggregating this fragmented supplier base into one, seamless shopping destination.

Maisonette is an online marketplace featuring a curated assortment of products for children ages 0-12 from a global network of over 40 stylish boutiques and 125 brands. The site assembled the world’s coolest and hard-to-find kids’ boutiques onto one retail platform with a centralized checkout process. This enables customers to shop from Yoya in New York City, Arcade in Nashville, and Bobo Choses in Spain with single check out and streamlined shipping. In addition to bringing the world’s shops to your desktop or mobile, Maisonette also sells select exclusive brands direct to consumers, such as Bonpoint, Stella McCartney and Oeuf. All product is presented through the lens of original editorial content featuring interviews, photo shoots and curated lists from tastemakers and celebrities.

We were inspired to launch Maisonette because of the frustration we felt when we tried to shop online for stylish, well-made products for our kids,” said Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Sylvana Durrett. “The children’s industry is more fragmented than any other and there is no central authority in the space. Our aim is to make Maisonette that authority, and provide unprecedented access to the best children’s brands and boutiques in the world.”maisonette-skate-ahead

“As former editors, it is important to us to not only provide a compelling marketplace but also to provide inspiration,” added Chief Creative Officer and Co-Founder Luisana Mendoza-Roccia. “Maisonette connects customers to the world’s most special and unique children’s products while offering editorial content that provides an insider’s guide to trends, new brands, and tips from tastemakers. It’s the ultimate online destination for all things children and baby.”

Maisonette raised $2.775 million in seed round investment from strategic partners who offer industry-leading expertise in launching groundbreaking retail concepts and fashion brands. Participating in the round are NEA, a venture capital firm with investments in Jet.com and Moda Operandi, and Thrive Partners, an early investor in Warby Parker and Harry’s. Private investors include Silas Chou, an early investor in Michael Kors, as well as Andrew Rosen, Marcus Wainwright & Glenna Neece, Vivi Nevo, and Jonathan & Lizzie Tisch.

Pantene Celebrates Diversity with Powerful “All Strong Hair is Beautiful Hair” Campaign

The Largest Hair Care Brand Addresses Societal Beauty Norms and Celebrates African American Hair

Pantene has helped to define “Beautiful Hair” for 40 years through powerful images of strong, healthy hair; however, while diversity and inclusion continue to improve in society, there is still a level of inequality in how African American hair is represented in popular culture and in mainstream hair care advertising. Mass brands, like Pantene, have inadvertently been a part of this pervasive hair bias with a history of advertising showcasing a limited representation of African American hair styles and textures and promoting long, shiny, smooth hair as the pinnacle of hair health and beauty. Pantene has set out to change this perception and empower all women to embrace their strong and unique hair because all strong hair is beautiful hair.4. Pantene Gold Series Logo

As part of the next chapter of its “Strong Is Beautiful” story, Pantene has launched a new ad that celebrates the heritage, diversity, and beauty of African American hair, proving all strong hair is beautiful. Featuring Pantene Brand Ambassador, Jillian Hervey, alongside African American women of all ages and with a broad representation of hair textures and styles, the ad is a celebration of all strong, beautiful hair. The varieties of striking and varied styles shown are the artistic creation of Pantene Celebrity Stylist, Chuck Amos.

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Pantene Gold Series Collection (Photo: Business Wire)

As a part of Pantene’s commitment to better serve the unique hair needs of African American women, the brand created a premium collection of products – Pantene Gold Series – which delivers the strength hair needs to conquer any desired style. With 15 years of research and development to understand the needs of textured hair, the collection of eight care and styling products delights the most discerning hair care and styling consumers.

Pantene Gold Series is the Brand’s first hair care collection co-created with a team of African-American PhD’s, scientists, stylists and dermatologists, specifically designed to deliver Pro-V Nutrient Blends to provide superior strength and moisture for women with relaxed, natural and transitioning hair.

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Pantene Brand Ambassador, Jillian Hervey, behind-the-scenes at the shoot of Pantene’s newest TV ad campaign, which celebrates the heritage, diversity, and beauty of African American hair, proving that all strong hair is beautiful. (Photo: Business Wire)

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KitchenAid Adds Premium Cutting Boards And Ceramic Cutlery To Offerings

KitchenAid, long known for the precision, design, and durability of its cookware and cutlery, is introducing premium ceramic cutlery as well as wood and poly cutting boards to the brand’s offerings. Thoughtfully designed and crafted from the highest quality materials, the new ceramic cutlery sets and cutting boards are sure to become essentials for the well-equipped kitchen.

KitchenAid currently offers a large selection of forged and professional grade steel cutlery that cater to a variety of cooking style and needs,” says Wendeline Camp, global product marketing manager. “As we expand our cutlery and cutting board collection, our goal is to provide cooks with high-quality tools that both assist in and help fuel culinary creativity.”

Ceramic Cutlery

The new KitchenAid Series of Ceramic Cutlery offers an exciting alternative to traditional stainless steel knives and is a durable, long lasting addition to any kitchen cutlery collection. The line includes tough-grade black matte ceramic knives with precision diamond grind blades that stay sharp up to 10 times longer than stainless steel cutlery*. The ceramic blades feature a black matte hue, offer a rust-free guarantee, are Dishwasher Fearlessä, and incredibly durable, yet light in weight. The line includes an 8” chef knife, 6” chef knife, 6” serrated bread knife, 5” santoku knife and a 3” paring knife.

Ceramic Cutlery

KitchenAid Series of Ceramic Cutlery

Currently available, the knives will be available for purchase separately at a suggested retail price of $39.99, $34.99, $39.99, $34.99 and $19.99, respectively, as a 4-piece set with a suggested retail value of $79.99 and as a 3-piece set with a suggested retail value of $59.99.

Wood Cutting Board

Made from high-quality materials and artfully designed, the new wood cutting boards are a practical and attractive addition to any kitchen countertop. Available in three premium wood finishes, the double-sided board features one flat side with measure marks for more precise preparations while the second side boasts a drain-away tray to allow juices, gravy, and liquids to flow away from the cutting surface. Available in 15mm thick Bamboo, 25mm thick Acacia, and 25mm thick Walnut, the boards are extremely durable, yet gentle on knives to prevent dulling of blades.

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KitchenAid’s New Cutting Boards in 15mm thick Bamboo, 25mm thick Acacia and 25mm thick Walnut.

Available in July 2017, the boards will be offered in size 8”x11”, 11” x 14”, 12”x”18, with a suggested retail price of $19.99 – $59.99 based on material and size. Continue reading

Target Announces First Midtown Manhattan Store at Empire State Realty Trust’s 112 West 34th Street Location

Target has announced plans to open a 43,000 square foot small-format store in Manhattan’s Herald Square, located just west of the 34th Street and Broadway intersection, just one block from Penn Station. Target has signed a lease for the Herald Square small-format store with Empire State Realty Trust.

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Target’s New Herald Square store 33rd st entry

Projected to open in October 2017, the Herald Square store will be one of 30 stores Target plans to open this year, and will be the company’s third location in Manhattan, joining the Harlem and Tribeca stores. Additionally, Target has previously announced future plans to open small-format stores in Manhattan, including sites in East Village (projected to open summer 2018) and Hell’s Kitchen (projected to open in 2019).

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The company is focused on expanding Target’s small-format stores in dense urban neighborhoods, with New York being a priority market for the company’s growth. Target’s flexible store design allows for stores in smaller locations with assortments that are tailored to meet the needs of local guests.

The two-level Herald Square store will have two entrances, one off of 34th Street, and the other off of 33rd Street. The store will feature modern décor elements, including concrete floors, wood plank walls and ceilings, pendant and LED lighting and elevated merchandise assortment displays.

At approximately 43,000 square feet, the Herald Square store location will provide a quick trip shopping experience with a curated assortment mix, including:

  • Inspiration and style will be emphasized off of the 34th Street entrance, with apparel and accessories.
  • Convenient grab-and-go food and beverage items conveniently located off of the 33rd Street entrance. Additional grocery, including a robust, fresh assortment will be available in the store’s lower level.
  • Convenient self-checkout lanes will also be located on the store’s first level.
  • Apparel for the whole family
  • Stationery and home items dedicated to refreshing small living spaces
  • Open market grocery department
  • Health, personal care and beauty products
  • Services will include a CVS Pharmacy and Order Pickup

In addition to the new store’s robust product assortment, Target’s Order Pickup service the ability to buy online and pick up in store – will provide guests with the convenience of having their orders ready within one hour for pickup and the security of having online orders shipped to, and held at, the store.

The addition of the Herald Square store location is exciting for Target as we expand our footprint with small-format stores in Manhattan,” said Mark Schindele, Senior Vice President, Properties. “Not only will we be able to serve the thousands of working professionals that travel through Herald Square each day, but we’ll have the opportunity to showcase Target’s exclusive brands and compelling offers for the many tourists from around the world who shop in this vibrant neighborhood in Manhattan.

Target’s new 34th Street location concludes ESRT’s plans for the successful redevelopment of storage space, office, and retail into 90,000 square feet of retail,” said Thomas P. Durels, Executive Vice President and Director of Leasing and Operations for ESRT. “Target joins Sephora and Foot Locker at the best location on the 34th Street retail corridor, which spans from the Empire State Building to 7th Avenue. We are delighted to partner with Target and deliver once again to ESRT shareholders the bottom line results of our embedded growth.

Landlord representation was provided by Fred C. Posniak and Shanae Ursini of ESRT, along with Joanne Podell, Ian Lerner and Mary Clayton of Cushman and Wakefield. Peter Ripka, Richard Skulnik and Jeffrey Howard of Ripco Real Estate were Target’s broker representation.

Macy’s, Inc. Board of Directors Elects Jeff Gennette Chief Executive Officer

Macy’s, Inc. today announced that its board of directors has unanimously elected Jeff Gennette chief executive officer, effective this past week. As previously announced, Gennette succeeds Terry J. Lundgren, who will continue as executive chairman.macys inc

Jeff will be a terrific CEO for Macy’s, Inc. He has a deep knowledge of this company, coupled with the vision and determination to continue Macy’s transformation for the next generation. Jeff has a proven track record as a successful retail operator, seasoned merchant, and business leader and has contributed significantly to the company’s long history of success,” said Lundgren. “I’ve been honored to lead this great company, am thrilled to be passing the baton to such an exceptional leader, and look forward to my continued role on the board of directors.

Jeff Gennette - President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy's, Inc. (Photo Credit - Business Wire)

Jeff Gennette – President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy’s, Inc. (Photo Credit – Business Wire)

Gennette began his retail career in 1983 as an executive trainee at Macy’s West in San Francisco. He held positions of increasing responsibilities, including vice president and division merchandise manager for men’s collections, and senior vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and children’s. In 2004, Gennette was appointed executive vice president and director of stores at Macy’s Central in Atlanta. During his career, he also served as a store manager for FAO Schwarz and director of stores for Broadway Stores, Inc. From February 2006 to February 2008, Gennette served as chairman and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Macy’s Northwest. February 2008 to February 2009 brought him back to San Francisco as chairman and CEO of Macy’s West.

It’s a very meaningful day for me as I take on the leadership of the company I’ve worked for and the colleagues I’ve worked with for more than 30 years. I’m honored to be taking on this role and excited about Macy’s prospects. While we certainly have our challenges, we also have great assets and opportunity. No company is better up to the task of re-invention than Macy’s,” said Gennette. “I want to personally thank Terry Lundgren for his leadership, his mentorship, and the support he has shown me over my career at Macy’s. Terry is a legend in retail and no one could have asked for a better teacher.

Jeff Gennette was elected president and chief executive officer on March 23, 2017. Prior to CEO, Gennette was president of Macy’s, Inc. since March 2014. Previously, he was the chief merchandising officer of Macy’s, Inc. (formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc.), a position to which he was appointed in February 2009.

Marna C. Whittington, Macy’s, Inc. lead independent director, added, “Jeff is an extremely talented executive who has had an enormous impact on the Macy’s, Inc. organization over his tenure. We are confident that he will be a strong leader, guiding the company on the path to growth and increasing shareholder value. On behalf of the entire board of directors, I also want to thank Terry for his outstanding leadership. We are happy to continue our partnership with him in his role of executive chairman.”

erry J. Lundgren - Executive Chairman, Macy's, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors (Photo Credit - Business Wire)

Terry J. Lundgren – Executive Chairman, Macy’s, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors (Photo Credit – Business Wire)

Terry Lundgren is executive chairman of Macy’s, Inc. and chairman of the board of directors, roles to which he was elected on March 23, 2017. Previously, Lundgren was chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. since January 2004, and also served as president and CEO from February 2003 to March 2014. Prior to 2003, he served as president and chief merchandising officer since May 1997.

Lundgren began his retailing career in 1975 as a trainee with Bullock’s, a Los Angeles-based division of Federated. He held positions of increasing responsibility over the next decade in buying, store management, human resources and senior-level store management, as well as serving as the division’s director of stores. Lundgren was named senior vice president and general merchandising manager of Bullock’s in 1984. In 1987, he was named president and chief executive officer of Bullocks Wilshire, then an upscale chain of specialty department stores owned by Federated.

Lundgren left Federated in 1988 to join Neiman Marcus, where he served as executive vice president and shortly thereafter was named chairman and chief executive officer. He returned to Federated in April 1994 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Federated Merchandising Group.

Target Reveals Design Elements of Next Generation of Stores

First, fully reimagined store to open this fall in Houston market, with plans to roll out new elements of design to hundreds more

Target Corporation today unveiled design elements for the company’s most ambitious store re-design to date, with plans for the first fully reimagined store to open in the Houston suburb of Richmond near Grand Parkway Southwest in Aliana’s Market Center From the stage at Shoptalk, the retail and e-commerce event held in Las Vegas, Target’s chairman and CEO Brian Cornell introduced Target’s newest store redesign plans as part of the company’s commitment to invest billions of dollars over the next three years to reimagine hundreds of existing stores.

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The inspiration entrance features displays of exclusive brands and inspiring seasonal moments. (Photo: Business Wire)

With our next generation of store design, we’re investing to take the Target shopping experience to the next level by offering more elevated product presentations and a number of time-saving features,” said Cornell. “The new design for this Houston store will provide the vision for the 500 reimagined stores planned for 2018 and 2019, with the goal of taking a customized approach to creating an enhanced shopping experience.”

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Elevated, cross-merchandise product presentations will amplify Target’s exclusive style assortment across various departments. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Next Generation of Target’s Store Design

In October, Target will open its first fully reimagined store 35 miles southwest of Houston. There, the new 124,000 square-foot store will offer guests the newest shopping experience as Target evolves its stores.

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New for Target, curved, more circular center aisles will feature merchandise displays to engage guests with compelling products in unexpected places. (Photo: Business Wire)

In addition to the Houston location, 40 additional stores will receive elements of Target’s next generation re-design when they are updated in October 2017. Guest feedback and learnings from this new design will influence Target’s customized approach to the 500 stores being reimagined in 2018 and 2019. Continue reading

KitchenAid Introduces New Precision Kettlesat 2017 International Home & Housewares Show

KitchenAid is expanding its popular portfolio of craft coffee appliances with the introduction of two new gooseneck spout Precision Kettles. Available in both electric and stovetop models, the new kettles offer precise and consistent pour control for a pour over coffee, tea or beverage of choice.

Our new precision kettles allow for coffee and tea lovers to create their favorite pour over beverages in the comfort of their own home,” says Daniel Galea, global product marketing manager for KitchenAid. “The streamlined design and accuracy allow consumers to precisely pour their preferred beverage without needing the skills of a trained barista”.

KitchenAid Precision Kettle

KitchenAid Precision Kettle

Featuring a polished stainless steel design and elegant gooseneck spout, the new kettles make a stylish addition to any kitchen or coffee bar countertop. A one-liter capacity and three unique flow rate settings offer precise pour control for a perfect at-home custom pour, every time. The electric and stovetop kettles also include a brew range thermometer displayed on the lid to keep track of the water temperature while pouring. The stovetop kettle is compatible with gas, electric and induction stove tops.

The new KitchenAid® Precision Kettles will be available in August at a suggested retail price of $119.99 for the electric model and $99.99 for the stovetop model.

New Kitchenaid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker Makes Home Brewing A Breeze At 2017 International Home & Housewares Show

Cold brew coffee lovers can now make their favorite cold brew beverages at home with ease thanks to the new KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Making its debut at the 2017 International Housewares Show, the new addition to the brand’s popular craft coffee collection brings the high quality taste and experience of coffee shop cold brew into the home.

Cold brew coffee is an increasingly popular brewing technique known for producing a smooth, rich and full bodied flavor,” said Dan Rellis, Senior Manager of the KitchenAid® Coffee Category. “We’re thrilled to offer coffee enthusiasts a new way to treat themselves to their favorite cold brew coffee beverage in the comfort of their own home.

KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker

KitchenAid®’s New Cold Brew Coffee Maker

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker’s thoughtful and streamlined design allows for easy home brewing in three simple steps: grind, brew and pour. The model’s no heat brewing method steeps coarsely ground coffee in cold water for 12-24 hours, resulting in a smooth and balanced flavor that can be enjoyed all day. Capable of making up to 28 ounces of concentrate at once (or approximately 14 average single servings), the resulting brew is best enjoyed by combining 2 ounces of coffee concentrate with ice and the option of milk and sweeteners.

Designed with a modern glass brew jar and sleek stainless steel tap, the cold brew coffee maker serves as a stylish addition to any kitchen countertop, while the compact footprint provides an ideal fit for a refrigerator shelf or door for easy dispensing straight from the refrigerator. A reusable stainless steel steeper allows for custom beverage brewing, aided by a fill guideline that take the guesswork out of the process. The easy to clean glass and stainless components help to preserve taste in combination with a fitted lid that ensures freshness of coffee concentrate. A convenient carrying handle allows for easy transport from countertop to refrigerator.

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker is available now in stainless steel at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

House & Home: Kitchenaid Unveils Covetable New Colors At 2017 Home & Housewares Show

KitchenAid, the pioneer in bringing color to countertop appliances, is adding new stand mixer colors, small appliance collection hues, and finishes to its palette of over 86 color variations. New colors Avocado Cream, Black Violet, Ink Blue, and Milkshake, all featuring the brand’s popular matte finish, will join the current matte finish stand mixer options. Small appliance collection offerings have expanded to include existing colors Guava Glaze, Matte Grey, and Matte Black.

The kitchen is a key place for cooks to play and experiment with favorite new and trending colors,” says Jessica McConnell, Senior Manager of Color, Finish and Material Design for KitchenAid. “Our ever-expanding small appliance color and finish offerings provide consumers, even more, freedom to curate and enliven kitchen countertops.”

Stand Mixer Colors

Avocado Cream, the latest option in matte Artisan® Mini stand mixer finishes, offers an earthy yet contemporary approach to a more traditional pastel hue, perfect for natural kitchen finishes and countertops. It will be available for the Artisan Mini stand mixer ($399.99) beginning in July.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer New Colors

KitchenAid Stand Mixer New Colors

Joining the Artisan® Series offerings are new colors Black Violet, and Ink Blue. Black Violet with its deep purple hue, a more indulgent and velvety alternative to the brighter purple stand mixer colors currently available. The new Ink Blue shade offers a softer alternative to Matte Black, while still maintaining a neutral tone. Inspired by classic ink blue glaze on white bone china tableware, the deep, rich blue fits seamlessly into a variety of kitchen color schemes. Offered only on the Artisan® Series 5 Quart stand mixer ($429.99), Ink Blue will be available in July and Black Violet will be available in September.

Milkshake, a welcome new addition to both the Artisan and Professional Series, adds warm-toned, neutral option to the brand’s existing lineup of natural and off-white offerings. It will be available for both the Artisan® Series 5 Quart stand mixer ($429.99) and Pro 600™ Series 6 Quart stand mixer ($569.99) beginning in July. Continue reading

Two Dozen Rare And Limited Release Frank Zappa Albums To Be Widely Available Around The World in Late March

On March 24, two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes the distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family Trust.

In the U.S., the 24 albums will be available on CD, download, and streaming. Internationally, they will be available digitally March 24 with physical to follow on April 28. Nine of the albums, including Zappa’s 100th release, Dance Me This, and the revered live disc, Roxy By Proxy, have never been available for download or streaming. The wide-ranging collection includes fan favorite and Grammy Award-winning titles from Zappa’s independent labels Barking Pumpkin, Vaulternative Records, and Zappa Records and encompasses more than 20 years of releases, dating back to 1994’s

On March 24, two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global

On March 24, two dozen rare and limited release Frank Zappa recordings will be made widely available around the world when UMe assumes distribution of the albums as part of their global partnership with the Zappa Family T

posthumous release, Civilization Phaze III.

For more than two decades, the only place to get exclusive Frank Zappa albums was through our mail order and website. We are thrilled to be able to make these titles available to fans across the globe with the help of our friends at Universal,” says Ahmet Zappa.

In all, the albums being made available internationally to online retailers, record stores, digital retailers and streaming services include a diverse collection of previously limited releases comprised of live concerts, taped rehearsals, treasures from Zappa’s extensive and extraordinary vault, audio documentaries, archival recordings, the famed “Corsaga” series and other exciting audio ephemera. The releases span Zappa’s entire career, from his first records with the Mothers of Invention to some of the last compositions and projects he ever worked on.

Below are a full list and descriptions of each of the titles included in this initiative. Albums can be pre-ordered here: https://UMe.lnk.to/ZappaAMSAmz

A Token Of His Extreme (Zappa Records, 2013) CD

In August 1974, Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention taped two legendary sets at KCET TV Studios in Hollywood, CA. This popular footage was used by FZ in a number of different edits originally intended as a TV special and eventually featured in the home video release The Dub Room Special (1982). A Token Of His Extreme was officially issued on DVD in 2013 along with the release of the soundtrack on CD.

Buffalo (Vaulternative Records, 2007) 2CD

Originally released in 2007, Buffalo captures an entire concert recorded live at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY on October 25, 1980. The original tapes were salvaged from the Vault by Vaultmeister Joe Travers and mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Frank Filipetti.

Carnegie Hall (Vaulternative Records, 2011) 4CD

As history would have it, and thanks to the persistence of promoter Ron Delsener, Frank Zappa & his Mothers actually played Carnegie Hall. The two shows on October 11th, 1971 were recorded for posterity to mono 1/4″ tape using a concealed Nagra tape machine and an Electrovoice 664 microphone.

Civilization Phaze III (Barking Pumpkin, 1994) 2CD

Civilization Phaze III, one of the final projects to be finished by Zappa before his passing, completes the trilogy of Masterworks established first with Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money in 1968. Originally envisioned as “Lumpy Gravy, Phase III,” this music morphed over a period of years in various states of completion. Realized mainly on the Synclavier and including performances by the Ensemble Modern and newly recorded dialogue from inside the piano, Frank finally put the finishing touches on the double CD in 1992. It received a Grammy for Best Recording Package in 1995.

Congress Shall Make No Law…(Zappa Records, 2010) CD

Gail Zappa always said that FZ always made a point to “educate” his audience as well as entertain them. She continued on that note with this release, an informative document that focuses on the importance of FZ’s testimonies to fight censorship. FZ’s address to the Senate Committee Hearings in 1985 and to the Maryland State Legislature in 1986 are featured here in their entirety combined with various Synclavier and interview excerpts found in the Vault. Continue reading

Lands’ End Takes Spring Outerwear by Storm

As snowstorms turn to rain showers (we hope), Lands’ End continues to prove its expertise in designing high-quality spring outerwear with substance. Lands’ End announced it is launching a new collection of spring outerwear for women, offering versatile options for the wide range of spring weather and lifestyle needs.

Lands' End takes spring rainwear by storm.

Lands’ End takes spring rainwear by storm.

At Lands’ End, we pride ourselves on providing our customers outerwear for any weather condition they may find themselves in while ensuring we have an option for a variety of personal styles,” said Martin Cooper, Senior Vice President And Creative Director Of Design at Lands’ End. “The spring collection combines essential outerwear features, such as breathable waterproof fabric, taped seams, and placket covered zippers, with popular trend details in silhouettes women will love.

Here are some of the spring trends found in the new Lands’ End spring outerwear collection:

Classic Khaki with a Modern Twist
The Harbor Trench Coat is a go-to piece that takes the trench trend and makes it a spring staple. Worn with a pair of jeans or a classic dress, this chic trench is perfect for business wear, formal occasion, and light rain. The single-breasted style features princess seams, a back-button yoke and removable belt in a water repellent fabric.

Standout Sporty Staple
The popular winter Squall® is now a standout this spring and with good reason. It is a solid combination of water and wind resistance, smart design and sporty style. The new Women’s Lightweight Squall features a waterproof and wind-resistant nylon shell that can be cinched at the waist for a flattering shape, sealed seams, and a removable hood that is available in on-trend colors such as yellow dandelion and rich red.

Brighten Up Dreary Days with Shades of Yellow
Yellow is the key color for spring outerwear this season. Saturated yellows in coats and jackets will brighten up any dreary day. For all around versatility and style, the StormRaker Jacket cannot be beat. Flap pockets keep items safe while an inner-cinched drawcord can lend shape and keep away breezy drafts. Look for the StormRaker in yellow dandelion, as well as four other colors.

Lightweight and Packable
If travel is on the agenda or Mother Nature is being indecisive, the Women’s Travel PrimaLoft Jacket is highly compatible and makes an easy extra layer of warmth with its 80-gram PrimaLoft® insulation. This jacket easily folds up into the included drawstring bag, allowing for easy packing.

Cooper recommends keeping fit and function top of mind when shopping for the perfect spring jacket. Interior cinched waist details and following the product size chart helps flatter figures without leaving room for wind and rain to sneak in. Lifestyle and local weather are key to ensuring spring outerwear meets functionality needs.

2017 International Home + Housewares Show: Globally-Recognized Household Brand Braun Adds New, Innovative and Unique Hand Blender and New Features to Products

With The Successful Relaunch of Braun Kitchen Collection, De’Longhi Group Expands North American New Product Innovations

De’Longhi Group has launched a major expansion of its U.S. brand portfolio with the re-launch of the globally recognized Braun Household line of products last year. With a long-standing and highly regarded design heritage dating back 90 years, Braun products are performance-driven, stylish, durable and reliable. Building on the success of the relaunch, Braun is introducing a new hand blender, the MultiQuick 9 with groundbreaking ACTIVEBlade technology to complete more tasks with more convenience and perfect results, as well as a new stainless steel thermal carafe to its popular BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker. The new product will debut at the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, Illinois from March 18-21.null

We are excited to continue the expansion of Braun household products in North America,” said Mike Prager, De’Longhi Group NA’s President, and CEO. “The new introductions offer consumers products that provide a meaningful mix of sophisticated, thoughtful design, powerful performance and high-quality standards that represent the heritage of Braun. The brand continues to strive to provide the ultimate kitchen experience by transforming the complex into simple.”

Braun inspires confidence and simplicity in food and beverage preparation while saving time to help consumers realize their true culinary potential. Braun helps the home cook conquer the expected tasks in the kitchen so unexpected meals can be created with amazing ingredients.

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Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender (Photo: Business Wire)

The NEW Braun MultiQuick 9 Hand Blender is the next generation of Braun hand blenders bringing premium design and power to the kitchen, complete with up to five attachments, along with the revolutionary blending shaft. Culinary creativity is in the palm of your hand, with the power of the 700-watt MultiQuick 9 as the most versatile hand blender for even the hardest jobs.

The MultiQuick 9 hand blender features the world’s first ACTIVEBlade Technology that moves the blade up and down within the bell. This blade movement allows you to effortlessly chop nuts, coconut, ginger, pineapples, dark chocolate or any other hard-to-cut ingredients. Developed to tackle the toughest jobs, this innovative technology results in a cutting zone that are 2.5 times greater than that of traditional hand blenders. This results in faster blending times and finer blending results. Adapted to perform with ACTIVEBlade, the new PowerBell Plus incorporates an added milling blade, decreased suction and SplashControl technology that together contribute to an efficient and clean blending experience.

Like the popular MultiQuick 7 Series Hand Blenders that launched last year, the MultiQuick 9 has Smart Speed variable control technology inspired by German automotive engineering that allows you to intuitively change the speed and power of the hand blender using just your touch. The more you squeeze, the more power you get, making it easy to regulate speeds with just one hand. SPLASHControl technology prevents splashing and delivers the best blending results – to keep you and your kitchen spotless.

The hand blender also features durable stainless steel blades, an ergonomic one-handed design and the patented EasyClick Plus system for faster attaching of accessories with a new straight cut design that decreases the overall height of the hand blender keeping it comfortable and balanced in your hands. Continue reading

House and Home: New Attachments Help Make KitchenAid® Stand Mixer A True “Culinary Center”

For those using the “I don’t bake” excuse for not investing in a KitchenAid® Stand Mixer, the brand has introduced two new attachments that reinforce its role as the culinary center of the kitchen. A new Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder attachment and Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment will join more than a dozen other attachments used for grinding meat and grains, spiralizing and juicing, and making everything from ice cream to pasta.

There’s no question that Stand Mixers have always been a kitchen essential for bakers,” notes Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “But every cook should know that each KitchenAid® Stand Mixer model has an attachment-ready Power Hub that opens up a world of possibilities for making one appliance do the work of many.”

The Fresh Prep Slicer (and) Shredder attachment was designed to take the work out of adding freshly sliced or shredded ingredients to salads, entrees and other dishes.

The Fresh Prep Slicer (and) Shredder attachment was designed to take the work out of adding freshly sliced or shredded ingredients to salads, entrees and other dishes.

The KitchenAid® Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder attachment was designed to take the work out of adding freshly sliced or shredded ingredients to salads, entrees and other dishes. Three quick-change blades can handle everything from slicing cucumbers to shredding cheeses or vegetables, saving significant time with basic tasks. A 2-in-1 food pusher provides ideal slicing performance for both large and small diameter fruits and vegetables, from cucumbers to celery. The attachment is packed and organized inside its own storage case designed for easy access and simple storage. The blades and food pusher are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup; the main body can be hand washed. The Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder attachment is scheduled for availability in April at a suggested retail price of $64.99.

The new Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment cuts fruits and vegetables into thin sheets for making fresh, alternative versions of everyday dishes.

The new Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment cuts fruits and vegetables into thin sheets for making fresh, alternative versions of everyday dishes. Three quick-change blades can handle everything from slicing cucumbers to shredding cheeses or vegetables, saving significant time with basic tasks.

The new Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment cuts fruits and vegetables into thin sheets for making fresh, alternative versions of everyday dishes. Cooks can make substitutions for pasta and wraps, or reinvent snacks and sweet dishes, by creating sheets of zucchini, sweet potatoes, apples, cucumbers and other fruits and vegetables. Two blades allow for making thinner or thicker sheets, depending on preference or recipe and premium metal construction provides durable, long lasting performance. The KitchenAid® Vegetable Sheet Cutter is packed and organized inside its own storage case, designed for easy access and simple storage. Both blades, as well as a cucumber and zucchini adaptor, skewer and food holder, are dishwasher safe on the top rack. The body can be wiped clean with a warm damp cloth. The Vegetable Sheet Cutter attachment is scheduled for availability in August at a suggested retail price of $129.99.

H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

H&M has announced the launch of Denim United, a unisex denim collection, available exclusively online at www.hm.com on March 23rd. With this collection, his and hers clothing are one in the same, blurring borders and challenging norms. Traditional style is revisited with menswear and womenswear, borrowing both materials and silhouettes from one another. The result is a sustainable, modern collection for everyone.

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

With this collection, H&M is continuing their work towards a more sustainable fashion future and closing the loop on fashion. The garments in the Denim United collection are all made with more sustainable materials such as organic cotton and recycled cotton.

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

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H&M Launches Denim United Unisex Collection: “Normcore” Style With Sustainable Fabrics

It is very natural for us to launch a unisex collection as fashion is constantly evolving and intersecting and today we see there are no boundaries in democratic style. Fashion should always be inclusive,” says Marybeth Schmitt, H&M Spokesperson.

Oversized silhouettes and casual mix and match pieces create an effortless style with work wear jackets, overalls, and slouchy shorts, all in a range of washes. The denim pieces combined with high neck t-shirts or the oversized hoody make for the quintessential normcore look.

For more information, please visit www.hm.com.

essie Introduces New Spring Nail Colors For 2017

Since Its Introduction By Essie Weingarten, essie Has Delighted The Color-Obsessed With A Love Shared All Over The World.

essie, a leader in luxury nail polish and America’s nail salon expert since 1981, has introduced six new spring 2017 nail colors. Inspired by sun-filled beach days and spectacular sunsets of Baja, California, these warm, inviting hues create the perfect mood for a springtime filled with bright nails and dazzling nail art. Play around and create dazzling bright nails or inspiring nail art looks.437635LOGO

essie Global Color Designer Rebecca Minkoff helped to inspire this landscape of spring nail colors with Baja, California in mind. “The sapphire waves crashing on the sandy shore and the brilliant, creamy pink sunsets over the cactus-filled desert provide the perfect backdrop for a selfie or two,” Minkoff said.

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essie spring 2017 collection

These stunning, vivid colors are the perfect way to welcome spring. Featuring a palette that includes six saturated crèmes and vibrant polishes, essie’s spring nail colors complete any warm-weather look:

  • on the roadie Vibrant Kelly Green
  • excuse me, surSun-Kissed Coral Mango
  • backseat bestiesDelicate Pink Plumeria
  • b’aha moment Enlightening Pink Pomegrant
  • designated DJPlum Sangria Crème
  • all the waveSapphired Indigo

essie‘s new spring nail colors retail at $9.00 per bottle and will be available starting March 2017 at http://essie.com, fine salons and beauty destinations nationwide. To find more bright nails and nail art inspiration, visit http://www.essie.com/essie-looks/nail-art.aspx.

The USA’s nail salon expert since 1981, essie, committed to high-quality standards, aims to inspire a love for the manicure experience with a wit and style that touches the hearts of women everywhere and is a leader in nail luxury with an award-winning line of polishes and nail care products for every woman and salon professional. essie is the go-to nail brand for beauty professionals, industry insiders, celebrities and fashion icons around the world. As the color authority, essie is center stage on runways around the world, offering highly-anticipated color collections that drive trends season after season. The salon-quality formula and catchy, whimsical names has led to the creation of more than 1,000 shades. essie can be found on essie.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, and YouTube.

Grand Hyatt Baha Mar Set to Open in April

Hyatt To Manage Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Baha Mar Convention Center And A Variety Of Food And Beverage Outlets As Part Of The Baha Mar Resort

Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced that a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a management agreement with CTF BM Operations Ltd. for the operation of Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, the Baha Mar Convention Center and a variety of restaurants, bars and lounges, all of which will be part of the mixed-use Baha Mar Resort on New Providence Island in the Bahamas. The Baha Mar Resort will open in phases, with initial operations at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar expected to begin in late April 2017.Print

It is an honor to soon be part of the Baha Mar family, and Hyatt is thrilled to reaffirm its commitment to Baha Mar and to work together to create an exciting new destination in the Bahamas,” said Myles Mcgourty, Senior Vice President, Latin America And Caribbean, Hyatt. “Expanding Hyatt’s brand presence in the Caribbean is important to our global expansion strategy as we grow our World of Hyatt platform and bring more genuine experiences to our loyal guests in destinations where they want to travel. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will undoubtedly become one of the premier destinations in the Caribbean.”

The arrival journey is the first reveal of the extraordinary grandeur of the stunning Grand Hyatt, as guests are greeted by the wonder of the dancing fountains and a 40-foot water wall. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will also present an abundance of culinary delights featuring multiple food & beverage offerings that include restaurants, bars, and lounges (including a 200-seat main restaurant, a pool bar and grill and a jazz-themed lounge). In addition, the Baha Mar Casino will provide gaming enthusiasts with best-in-class table games, sports book, slots and mobile gaming. The spectacular views will ensure you will not miss the beauty of the ocean.

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Grand Hyatt Baha Mar will offer 1,800 guestrooms, including 227 lavish suites with high-end amenities and breathtaking ocean views. (Photo: Business Wire)

Meetings, incentive events and conferences come to life at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, where the natural beauty of the landscape provokes ideas. The Baha Mar Convention Center will feature more than 85,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space. The Baha Mar Convention Center encompasses 34 divisible rooms, including three elegant ballrooms, a 2,000 seat entertainment venue and 16 breakout rooms, offering approximately 82,000 square feet of functional indoor meeting space. Whether you are hosting an elegant gala, an awards celebration or a business meeting, the property offers dynamic state-of-the- art spaces and cutting-edge technology to ensure your event makes a lasting impression. Continue reading

Original Paintings from Pink Floyd’s The Wall on Sale for the First Time

Multimillion-Dollar Collection of Masterworks Created for the Album, Concerts, and Film, From the Private Collection of Gerald Scarfe

San Francisco Art Exchange LLC (SFAE) has been selected to exclusively represent the most valuable collection of rock and roll artwork ever to be offered for sale: eleven original paintings created and hand-selected by famed English artist Gerald Scarfe, from Pink Floyd‘s 1982 masterpiece The Wall. A major exhibition will be held in July with Scarfe in attendance at the invitation-only premiere to be held at SFAE’s gallery (458 Geary St, San Francisco, CA). Details to be announced.

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The Scream, 30 1/2″ x 38 1/2″ sheet size. This image was used in the film during a battlefield scene and was selected upon first sight by director Alan Parker for use as the image for the film poster.

The paintings being offered have been carefully selected by Scarfe as his most important works, and include several of the most famous images in rock history due to their association with The Wall. Among the paintings are the true definitive originals for iconic artworks such as The Scream, Wife With Flaming Hair, Giant Judge and Hammers, The Mother, Education For What? No Jobs!, The Wife’s Shadow, One of The Frightened Ones, The Gross Inflatable Pig, Comfortably Numb, and The Teacher, as well as the massive original storyboard created for the film which incorporates 50 original renderings.

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The Mother, 23 1/2″ x 33 1/2″ sheet size. An early version of the iconic Mother character, one of the most significant in the entire narrative of The Wall. Her arms cradle baby Pink in a subtle brick wall pattern, a motif that consistently appears through the film.

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The Teacher, 39″ x 43 1/2″ sheet size. This original artwork of one of the most iconic characters in the story was projected onstage during live performances of Another Brick in the Wall.

Epic in scale and steeped in rock history, these original works of art are marquis collectibles for major individual, corporate, and institutional collectors. Due to the extensive distribution of the imagery via album, live performances, music videos, and the film (along with the accompanying publicity), the artwork offered is among the most instantly recognizable and significant in pop culture.Giant Judge and Hammers

One of the paintings available for purchase, Giant Judge and Hammers, will be prominently on display in London beginning May 13, 2017 as part of the Victoria & Albert Museum’s eagerly anticipated The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, the first international retrospective of one of the worlds’ most ground-breaking and influential bands. This exhibition is expected to become one of the most successful on record. Continue reading

IZOD Signs Multi-Year Marketing Partnership with 16 Times Grand Slam Champs, the Bryan Brothers

PVH Corp. announced today a multi-year marketing partnership agreement for its IZOD brand with Olympic gold medalists and champion tennis players, Bob and Mike Bryan. The Bryan Brothers will wear IZOD Advantage Performance apparel as official brand ambassadors, making their first appearance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, CA, which runs from March 6-19, 2017.izod_golf

With 112 tour title wins, the Bryan Brothers are the most successful men’s tennis doubles team in history, holding the record for the most team match, tournament, and Grand Slam double victories.

We think there is no better pair to represent the IZOD brand both on and off the court, given their youthful spirits, and long-standing reign as champions in tennis,” said Mike Kelly, Executive Vice President of Marketing for PVH.

The Bryan Brothers will wear complete outfits from IZOD’s seasonal offerings including branded shirts, shorts, hats, and socks. They will appear in a national advertising campaign for IZOD, premiering this spring, and will participate in media appearances and retail opportunities.

IZOD Signs Multi-Year Marketing Partnership with 16 Times Grand Slam Champs, the Bryan Brothers

IZOD Signs Multi-Year Marketing Partnership with 16 Times Grand Slam Champs, the Bryan Brothers

We’re honored and excited to begin working with IZOD,” said Bob Bryan. “The brand has been developing some really innovative products and we look forward working with their design team to develop more.”

It was a natural progression to work with IZOD,” said Mike Bryan. “They have an impressive history of their own in tennis and golf, and a long legacy of partnering with great athletes. My brother and I are proud to join those ranks.”

National Geographic Announces Five Days Of Supplementary SXSW Programming (AND Free Drinks!) At The “NAT Geo Further Base Camp”

Located One Block From the Convention Center on 6th Between Trinity and Neches, Nat Geo Further Base Camp Open Daily March 10-14

Lineup Includes Groundbreaking Augmented Reality; Interactive Robotic Art; Inspirational Talks and Interviews With Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jason Silva, Cory Richards, Steven Kolter, David Guttenfelder and Aaron Huey; Plus a Birthday Party and Pi Day Celebration for Albert Einstein

Live Musical Performances From R.LUM.R, Ponytrap and Little Hurricane

This year at SXSW, National Geographic presents Nat Geo Further Base Camp (Nat Geo Further Base Camp, 418 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78701): an interactive hub open daily to festival attendees to explore their own genius through brain-boosting and mind-boggling activities. Nat Geo Further Base Camp comes to life in advance of the April 25 premiere of GENIUS, starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, Johnny Flynn as the younger Einstein and Emily Watson as his wife Elsa.

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Beyond nonstop programming and content, Nat Geo Further Base Camp will offer premium Wi-Fi, charging stations and meeting spaces, in addition to a free premium bar available daily, featuring GENIUS-inspired cocktails.

Hosted by TV personality Jason J. Carter (“#SayWhat?!,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Base Camp will feature enhanced experiences inspired by the network’s highly anticipated global event series GENIUS from Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Highlights of the five-day activation include:

  • See FURTHER: Experience the world’s first commercially available untethered augmented reality headset, the Microsoft Hololens, a cutting-edge blend of the digital and physical worlds that will bring the theory of relativity to life through powerful visualizations as if Einstein himself were there to explain it.
  • Sketch Like Einstein: Einstein’s iconic chalkboard will be transformed into a first-of-its-kind interactive robotic artist, sketching art from guest-submitted Twitter photos through a genius algorithm using Einstein’s words, symbols and equations as pixels.
  • Celebrate Pi Day and the Birth of a Genius: Fete the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein, whose birthday also happens to be Pi Day (March 14). Coincidence? We think not! Guests will help Einstein blow out all 138 candles, enjoy a cocktail menu inspired by the trials and tribulations of the iconic genius and snack on a pi-inspired dessert bar.

Explore Genius: Hear from the forces behind Nat Geo’s commitment to content that pushes the boundaries of human curiosity, including:

  • Entertainment Weekly chat with GENIUS executive producer and director Ron Howard, executive producer Brian Grazer, actor Johnny Flynn (young Einstein) and actress Samantha Colley (Mileva Maric);
  • Live recording of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson;
  • Breakthrough panel on cyberterror with security expert and author Jayson Street, social psychologist Nafees Hamid, Breakthrough series producer and showrunner Kurt Sayenga and director and producer Steven Hoggard, moderated by Jason Silva (Breakthrough, premiering May 2, is Nat Geo’s anthology series that shines a light on the world’s leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond);
  • Origins panel with modern-day philosopher Jason Silva and author, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Kotler (new series Origins, premiering March 6, is a full-sensory, time-travel adventure that delves deep into history to find the pivotal “origin” moments that made the world modern);
  • Daily recording of podcasts from The Verge reporting on the festival’s hottest news, including special SXSW recordings of “The Vergecast”, “Decode,” “Too Embarrassed to Ask” and “Recode Decode” with SXSW Hall of Fame inductee Kara Swisher; and
  • Various musical performances highlighting genius in its many forms including LUM.R., Ponytrap and Little Hurricane.
  • Chasing Genius With Nerd Night: For the third year in a row, National Geographic partners with the popular Nerd Nite at SXSW. This year’s presentation will feature speakers including National Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot Erika Bergman, science and tech journalist Seth Porges and MIT researcher Adam Haar Horowitz. It is themed to Chasing Genius, a new platform being unveiled by National Geographic ahead of SXSW.
  • Travel Further: Win a 10-day National Geographic Expeditions trip for two to the Galapagos Islands by visiting Base Camp to learn about the Nat Geo Further Photo Contest.

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L’Oréal Paris Debuts New Voluminous Mascara Campaign: The Original

Diane Keaton, Julianne Moore and Debbie Harry, Among Others, Join Together to Celebrate America’s #1 Mascara

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L’Oreal Paris. (PRNewsFoto/L’Oreal Paris USA)

Lashes speak volumes in L’Oréal Paris‘ new campaign celebrating the brand’s iconic Voluminous Original Mascara. Called “The Original,” the campaign brings together a diverse range of talent – from L’Oréal Paris spokeswomen, actresses Diane Keaton, Julianne Moore, and models Barbara Palvin and Soo Joo Park to Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry and transgender model and trans rights activist Hari Nef. All personalities featured have a unique perspective on original style, breaking rules and staying true to themselves. The first piece of the “The Original” integrated campaign will air as a television commercial beginning today across networks.

The Original” showcases subjects across a wide range of ages, backgrounds, industries and experiences, all with varying points of view on what makes an original. The talent come together to demonstrate the power of the eyes in seeing the world and making a mark. In addition to Diane Keaton, Julianne Moore, Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, Debbie Harry and Hari Nef, models Dominique Babineaux, Katerina Tannenbam, Juanua Burga, up-and-coming actress Kiersey Clemons and television host Lauren Ezersky star in the campaign.

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L’OREAL PARIS DEBUTS NEW VOLUMINOUS MASCARA CAMPAIGN: THE ORIGINAL

The creative highlights both the mascara’s iconic Original Black and bold, new Blue shades. Voluminous Mascaras is America’s #1 selling mascara, beloved by celebrities, makeup artists and real women alike. It is uniquely formulated to separate lashes, resist clumping and build volume up to 5X their natural thickness. The campaign premieres on television this week and will live on social, digital and in print media in the following months.

We are excited to bring together trailblazing individuals in celebration of the mascara that women have loved for over 25 years. They each embody the essence of Voluminous Mascara – originals who continue to be fresh, creative and confident,” says Tim Coolican, President, L’Oréal Paris USA. “With this campaign, we want to encourage everyone to embrace their originality, take chances and make a statement, whether they have used Voluminous Mascara for years or are discovering it for the first time.

Macy’s Flower Show®2017 Presents Carnival

Macy’s Downtown Flagships Showcase a Floral Spectacular In New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco

Sunday, March 26 – Sunday, April 9, 2017

Step right up to get a front row view of lush gardens celebrating the color and whimsy of Carnival as the Macy’s Flower Show® welcomes the renewal of spring. Macy’s annual floral extravaganza sprouts once again at three flagship locations nationwide including Herald Square in New York City, State Street in Chicago, and Union Square in San Francisco. From Sunday, March 26 through Sunday, April 9, 2017, Carnival, the theme of this year’s exhibition will transport more than a million spectators into a world of imagination, filled with brilliantly-hued flora expertly landscaped into breathtaking gardens that bring the magic of a traveling roadshow to life.

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Macy’s Flower Show presents Carnival, a floral spectacle blooming from March 26 through April 9 in New York City, Chicago and San Francisco (Photo: Business Wire)

As we celebrate the renewal of the spring season, this year’s Macy’s Flower Show will take spectators on a trip through a classic fair, where the deep colors, patterns, and displays recreate everyone’s favorite carnival elements. From the big top to the fun house with thrilling stops on a rollercoaster and Ferris wheel, ‘Carnival’ will surprise and delight more than a million spectators who step into these floral wonderlands at our three flagship stores,” said Susan Tercero, group vice president, special productions/Macy’s Parade & Entertainment Group.

At the center of the spring celebration, a colorful two-tiered carousel complete with animated column horses will bloom with thousands of rhododendrons, bromeliads, and other exotic flora, welcoming guests into the funhouse atmosphere. As spectators walk through the midway, they will see a kaleidoscope of color as the world of Carnival reveals classic fair favorites, including a roller coaster, bumper cars, a Ferris wheel and games of whimsy, all recreated using more than 5,000 types of florals and plants.macyflowerlogo

For more than 70 years, Macy’s Flower Show has delighted generations of floral aficionados with over-the-top presentations of lavish gardens that showcase millions of live flowers, plants, and trees from around the globe. Native to many different landscapes, Macy’s Flower Show features floral material blooming in unison despite their unique climatic DNA. Taking root in unexpected settings such as store countertops, windows and specially-designed architecture, including grand bridges, columns, and topiaries, Macy’s Flower Show is staged in unique fashion at each of the three locations nationwide.

In addition to the floral wonder, spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy a host of special in-store events, including floral, food and fashion demonstrations, celebrity appearances, and more during the two weeks the show is in full bloom.

Macy’s springtime tradition is made possible nationally thanks to partners Girl Scouts of the United States of America, Sinclair Oil Corporation, and the Sino-American Friendship Association.

Free to the public, Macy’s Flower Show will be open during regular store hours.

For additional information about these events contact the Macy’s Flower Show Hotline at (212) 494-4495, or visit www.macys.com/flowershow.

Bacardi Limited Announces Leadership Succession Plan

Mahesh Madhavan to Succeed Michael Dolan as CEO, Effective April 1, 2018

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Family-owned Bacardi Limited, the world’s largest privately held spirits company, today announced that Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran who is currently a member of the Company’s Global Leadership Team and Regional President of Asia, Middle East & Africa, will succeed Michael J. Dolan, who will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. In the interim, Dolan will continue as CEO, while Madhavan will transition to a new role as Regional President of Europe for much of 2017. Dolan will continue to serve on the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors until the 2019 Annual General Meeting when he will retire from the company.

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Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, will succeed Michael J. Dolan, who will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2018. (Photo: Business Wire)

Facundo L. Bacardi, Chairman of the Board of Bacardi Limited, said, “On behalf of the Board, we are delighted to name Mahesh as the next CEO of Bacardi Limited. For almost three years, the Board has conducted a rigorous succession planning process to ensure an orderly transition of leadership. With a proud history that dates back 155 years, it is critical to us to advance our goals as a company in a manner consistent with our culture. As a long-time Bacardi executive, Mahesh has the ideal mix of leadership skills, commercial, operational and financial expertise, and global brands experience. Importantly, he fully embraces our culture, history, and values, and he is an exemplary leader of people. We have great confidence in Mahesh and his vision to lead Bacardi well into the future, providing continuity of leadership to build on our success during Mike’s tenure and capitalize on the momentum of our brands and the tremendous global opportunity in both developed and emerging markets.

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Michael J. Dolan will retire as Chief Executive Officer of Bacardi Limited, effective April 1, 2018. In the interim, Dolan will continue as CEO, while Mahesh Madhavan, a 20-year Bacardi veteran, will transition to a new role as Regional President of Europe for much of 2017. Dolan will continue to serve on the Bacardi Limited Board of Directors until the 2019 Annual General Meeting when he will retire from the company. (Photo: Business Wire)

Dolan has worked with Bacardi since 2009, when he joined the Board of Directors and has demonstrated a deep understanding of both the business and unique values of Bacardi. During Dolan’s leadership as CEO since 2014, the Company has taken a disciplined approach to increasing operational efficiencies, reduce costs, and re-invest in its iconic portfolio of brands. Continue reading

Lane Bryant Introduces New Spring 2017 Campaign: Inspired by #ThisBody

Throughout the past year, Lane Bryant, the most recognized specialty size apparel brand, has shown what #ThisBody is made for, and how #ThisBody shines through negativity. Now, the company aims to demonstrate how #ThisBody’s powerful mantra inspires, through a message of body-inclusivity and empowerment with its newest campaign: Inspired by #ThisBody.

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Lane Bryant Introduces New Spring 2017 Campaign: Inspired by #ThisBody

Inspired by #ThisBody enlists the talent of some beyond inspirational women: recording artist Lizzo, artist and poet Ashlee Haze, and members of the dance company, Pretty Big Movement. Through powerful and thought-provoking imagery and video, shot by famed fashion photographer Peggy Sirota, Lane Bryant will invite those who interact with the campaign to share what inspires #ThisBody throughout their daily lives.

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Lane Bryant Introduces New Spring 2017 Campaign: Inspired by #ThisBody

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Lane Bryant Introduces New Spring 2017 Campaign: Inspired by #ThisBody

Inspired by #ThisBody will also include powerful testimonials from Lizzo, Ashlee, and Pretty Big Movement, sharing how each woman was inspired along her respective journey to who she is today. The campaign will roll out across Lane Bryant’s stores and social media channels, as well as on billboards, magazines, partnerships with Refinery 29 and Glamour, as well as a strong digital presence. Fashion from the campaign creative is also shoppable in store and on www.lanebryant.com.

The campaign will be visible throughout the pages of top publications, including the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (with an ad starring model Denise Bidot in Cacique Swim) and Glamour magazine. The Prabal Gurung X Lane Bryant collection also debuted in the March issue of Vogue magazine, with an Inspired by #ThisBody-esque ad starring Gurung and campaign model Ashley Graham.

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Lane Bryant Introduces New Spring 2017 Campaign: Inspired by #ThisBody

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