Gallup Reports Trump’s Job Approval Stabilizing at Lower Level

Gallup’s Trump Daily Approval Rate is 34% as of Today, August 31, 2017

President Donald Trump‘s job approval rating has stabilized, registering 34% or 35% in each Gallup Daily tracking three-day rolling average since Aug. 20, including 35% in the latest update based on Aug. 27-29 interviewing. The 34% approval ratings recorded last week tie the Aug. 11-13 measurement as the lowest Trump has had as president. And it still could go lower yet. 

After starting out in the mid-40s, Trump’s job approval rating has been below the 40% mark in each month since February. He is on pace to spend the entire month of August below 40%, with his job approval rating last at 40% on July 11.Trump's Job Approval Stabilizing at Lower Level 1

The stable, lower job approval ratings in recent days produced a 35% weekly average for Trump during the week of Aug. 21-27. This is the lowest weekly average of his presidency.

Because of the recent pattern, Trump’s full-term approval average since he took office in January has now fallen below 40% for the first time, to 39%. The historically low job approval ratings for Trump are well-documented, but the weakness of his 39% term average to date is stark:

No other president has had a full-term average of less than 45% approval (Harry Truman) while in office.

  • No other president has averaged less than 49% approval during his first year in office.
  • Only three presidents — Bill Clinton (49%), Ronald Reagan (57%) and Barack Obama (57%) — have averaged less than 60% job approval in their first year.

Trump still has nearly five months left in his first year in office, and three full years beyond that until his first term is over. His unusually low ratings so far mean his support will need to improve substantially to avoid leaving office with the worst approval ratings a president has had by a significant margin.amzg0lnthko46odiazojvw (Graph #2)

Democratic Approval of Trump Stuck in Single Digits

The chances of Trump’s ratings improving substantially, however, are hampered by his low support among Democrats, a major reason why his overall approval is so low. In Aug. 21-27 Gallup polling, an average of 7% of Democrats said they approve of the job Trump is doing.

Single-digit approval ratings of the president are not uncommon in the recent era of highly polarized job approval ratings. Presidents Obama and George W. Bush registered many single-digit approval ratings from Republicans and Democrats, respectively, while in office. But neither did so for the first time until much later in his presidency — Obama in October 2010, nearly two years into his presidency, and Bush in October 2004, during his fourth year in office.

In contrast, Trump fell below 10% job approval among Democrats his second full week in office. Although Trump has seen some approval ratings among Democrats of 10% or higher since then, he has not done so since the week of April 24-30.

Obama had the lowest full-term average approval rating among supporters of the opposition party, at 13%. Trump has averaged 8% job approval among Democrats to date. Continue reading

Home and Interiors: KitchenAid Brings Signature Colors To Commercial-Style Ranges

KitchenAid is now offering a way for home cooks to include its signature colors in a new, eye-catching way. Following the launch of the brand’s popular line of major appliances in the industry-first black stainless finish, KitchenAid has added even more major appliances to the color lineup with the introduction of four new colors to its existing line of 30″, 36″ and 48″ non-steam commercial-style range models.

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KitchenAid Brings Signature Colors To Commercial-Style Ranges

Our commercial-style ranges have consistently earned high marks with serious home cooks who value the power and precision of a professional style appliance,” says Anthony Pastrick, brand manager for KitchenAid. “These new models give those who design with color in mind a way to combine commercial-style performance with a fresh, new look.”

Features on the KitchenAid® commercial-style range series include the industry’s most powerful burner among leading brands. The 20,000 BTU Ultra Power™ Dual-Flame Burner offers the versatility to go from intense searing to a low simmer. Additional burners include two 15,000 BTU professional burners and a 5,000 BTU simmer/melt burner.

Electronic ignition enhances reliability for lighting burners while infinite-heat controls provide countless intermediate settings between low and high for added cooking precision.

To promote even cooking on all racks of the oven, an Even-Heat™ True Convection System uses a hidden heating element, a fan and a bow-tie shaped baffle to consistently circulate air heated by the element. An EasyConvect™ Time and Temperature Conversion System automatically converts conventional times and temperatures to their convection equivalents. Other features include convection bake, broil and roast, a bread proofing option and a Sabbath mode. A large glass-touch oven display features a responsive, easy-to-use interface designed for easy cleaning.

Available now, the commercial-style series will add four new colors in Signature Red, Cobalt Blue, Imperial (matte) Black, and Imperial (matte) White, in limited quantities. Suggested retail prices will range from $5,049 to $9,949.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined Opens At The Whitney On October 20

The Whitney Museum of American Art debuts Toyin Ojih Odutola’s first solo museum exhibition in New York on October 20, 2017. The exhibition presents an interconnected series of portraits that chronicle the private lives and surroundings of two fictional aristocratic Nigerian families: the UmuEze Amara clan and the house of Obafemi. Rendered life-size in charcoal, pastel, and pencil, Ojih Odutola’s figures appear enigmatic and mysterious, set against luxurious backdrops of domesticity and leisure. In tandem with the artist’s larger conceived narrative, they highlight the malleability of identity and upend assumptions about race, wealth, and class. The exhibition features a significant new body of work alongside a small selection of works made in 2016.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985), Wall of Ambassadors, 2017.

Photo Credit: Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985), Wall of Ambassadors, 2017. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper, 40 x 30 inches. © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Ojih Odutola creates intimate drawings that explore the complexity of identification and belonging. Depicted in her distinctive style of intricate mark-making, her sumptuous compositions reimagine the genre and traditions of portraiture. They are informed by the artist’s own array of inspirations, which range from art history to popular culture to experiences of migration and dislocation. Highly attentive to detail and the nuances of space and color—whether of palette or skin—Ojih Odutola continues her examinations of narrative, authenticity, and representation.

Toyin Ojih Odutola (b. 1985) was born in Ife, Nigeria and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. She currently lives and works in New York City. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco (2016), the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2015), and the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art (2013). She has participated in several group shows including Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum (2015); Ballpoint Pen Drawing Since 1950, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (2013); Fore, Studio Museum in Harlem (2012); The Moment for Ink, Chinese Cultural Center, San Francisco (2013); and The Progress of Love, Menil Collection, Houston (2012). Ojih Odutola received her MFA from the California College of Arts, San Francisco in 2012 and her BFA from the University of Alabama, Huntsville in 2008.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined will be on view in the first-floor John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Gallery, which is accessible to the public free-of-charge.

This exhibition is organized by Rujeko Hockley, assistant curator, and Melinda Lang, curatorial assistant. Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined is sponsored by Audi of America. Major support is provided by the John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation. Generous support is provided by Jackson Tang.

Anne Murray To Release Career-Spanning Set September 29

The Ultimate Collection Tracklist Personally Curated By Murray

Available in Single Disc, 2-CD, Digital, and Double-Vinyl Formats

Pre-Order Digitally Now And Instantly Receive The Track You Needed Me

Internationally renowned music legend Anne Murray will have her storied career encapsulated once more with the most authoritative collection yet assembled – overseen by Murray herself. The Ultimate Collection will be released September 29 in single disc, 2-CD, Digital formats via UMe. A Double-Vinyl configuration will be available November 17.

Murray is a Canadian music trailblazer, with a string of firsts: first Canadian female solo singer to reach No. 1 on the U.S. charts, first to earn a Gold record (for Snowbird), and the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards, to name but a few. Her successes made a path for further Canadian artists to follow en route to conquering the world stage – Céline Dion, Shania Twain, kd lang, Alanis Morissette, and Sarah McLachlan among them.Anne Murray Ultimate Collection UMe

Murray’s career began with chance encounters which resulted in remarkable achievements. The young singer from Nova Scotia was offered a couple of songs, including Snowbird – which soared beyond all borders and still sails the stratosphere to this day. Not long after, a television performance on Glen Campbell‘s Goodtime Hour brought Murray into people’s homes and into their hearts, places she would occupy throughout her recording and performing years. Over the next decades, Anne Murray would sell over 55 million albums worldwide and did so while effortlessly moving between pop, country, and adult contemporary formats. The accolades were equally multitudinous, with several standout achievements.

On receiving the Grammy in 1978, Murray recalls: “When I started in my career I didn’t have any intention of being any one kind of singer, I thought: ‘Well, maybe you can do a little bit of everything.’ When I was nominated in the pop category for ‘You Needed Me’ I was so relieved in that they had seen the song as a pop song and seen me as a pop singer alongside of people like Barbara Streisand, Olivia Newton-John, Carly Simon, Donna Summer, and not only did they see me there, I also won. After that, even my career in country music became bigger. I was trying to do a little bit of everything but, in the end, it didn’t matter to me as long as people enjoyed the music. That was what was important to me. Get to the people, and so I did.”

During her illustrious career, Anne Murray received four Grammys, a record-breaking 24 Junos, three American Music Awards, three Country Music Association Awards, and three Canadian Country Music Association Awards. She is a Companion of the Order of Canada, the highest honor that can be awarded to a Canadian civilian and, in 2007, Canada Post issued a limited edition Anne Murray stamp. She has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame, The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame. Murray has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Canada’s Walk of Fame as well as Nashville’s Walkway of Stars. Murray has been involved in many charitable initiatives, most notably her years of work with Colon Cancer Canada. She continues to oversee the Anne Murray Centre, a charitable foundation, and museum of her memorabilia which was established in 1989.

The original idea was to come up with a greatest hits compilation along with several of the songs that many people wouldn’t have heard but were particular favorites of mine,” explains Murray. “The hits were easy but then to decide what should go on the second disc, I went over the songs that I used to do in sound check, things I used to do in the unplugged segment of the show, personal favorites of mine. Some of them are from early on in my career so they have kind of a special meaning for me too.” Continue reading

Lucky Brand Home Arrives at Macy’s for Fall 2017

Macy’s and Lucky Brand announced, this past week, the launch of Lucky Brand Home, a new bedding collection created for Macy’s. The line offers a full range of duvet covers, comforters, hand-crafted quilts, sheet sets, throws and decorative pillows in a relaxed and free-spirited aesthetic, available now on macys.com and in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.macyslogo

In collaboration with the Lucky Brand design team, we focused on the idea of effortless style and vintage textiles, while also keeping in mind the tradition and aesthetic of the heritage collection,” said Roberson Keffer, vice president and Home fashion director for Macy’s. “We are particularly proud of the craftsmanship behind the line. From tassel details in the throws to the intricate embroideries of our quilts, Lucky Brand Home looks beautiful in any space, but is also easy to care for and style.

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Lucky Brand Home Pillows_and Throws, Created for Macy’s

The collection will launch with five top-of-bed offerings, each as three-piece sets that include a duvet cover or comforter and two shams. The bedding ranges from rich, indigo hues in the Sienna set to the neutral tones of Ventura Waffle and Santa Fe Stripe. Designed to layer seamlessly, Lucky Brand Home also features 100 percent cotton quilts, throws and coverlets, and decorative pillows distinct with texture that are crafted in a range of techniques.

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Lucky Brand Home’s Sachiko Quilt Collection, Created for Macy’s

With a rich history beginning in Southern California in 1990, Lucky Brand embodies the authentic, all-American spirit, grounded in vintage-inspired denim. Now, with the introduction of home, the Los Angeles-native company has become a true lifestyle brand, offering the customer a piece of the SoCal experience from their wardrobe to their bedroom.

We are very proud of our collaboration with Macy’s and the creation of the first home collection for our brand. The new collection is rooted in our brand heritage and the West Coast casual lifestyle. The line is beautiful, the style is highly differentiated and the quality of every product is amazing. The Macy’s team, working closely with our design team, has done an incredible job in bringing the vision of a Lucky Brand Home Collection to life with impeccable taste and great authenticity. We see this launch as an important brand extension of our product offering to support the active lifestyle of our customers.

Ranging from $80 to $330, Lucky Brand Home is available now at www.macys.com/LuckyBrand and www.LuckyBrand.com. Product will be introduced in 100 Macy’s stores beginning Sept. 15, 2017.

Blue Ridge Fall Color Forecast: Ideal Conditions For “Vibrant 2017”

New Ways To See The Leaves Change, Interactive 360-Degree Views And Weekly Color Reports at FallintheMountains.com

Biologists and NOAA weather experts are citing ideal conditions for a healthy and bright 2017 fall color show across the Blue Ridge Mountains and Asheville, an area known for one of the longest and most colorful fall foliage seasons in the world.

Surrounded by the highest peaks in the East, Asheville is steeped in natural history, fall adventure and cultural legacies – including America’s Largest Home, Biltmore. With elevations that range from 1,500 feet in the valleys to 6,684 feet at Mount Mitchell (the highest peak east of the Mississippi River), the Blue Ridge Mountains have more than 100 deciduous (leaf-shedding) tree species, regularly placing the area among the nation’s top fall travel destinations.

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The Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Asheville make a premier Southeastern destination for autumn leaf watchers. The fall color season extends from late September through early November, with significant variance in elevation providing no one “peak” for viewing fall color. (Photo courtesy of FallintheMountains.com)

Named Lonely Planet‘s “Best in the U.S.” travel destination for 2017, Asheville heads into autumn with a slate of new fall color adventures for travelers including new hotels with rooftop views, “forest bathing” eco-tours and craft breweries with panoramic mountain scenery. Fall travel deals, weekly color updates and interactive 360-degree views of peaking fall leaves at http://www.FallintheMountains.com.

Fall Foliage Report: Ideal Conditions For A Colorful Blue Ridge Autumn

A warm and wet 2017 with a temperate summer has biologists and fall color experts predicting that autumn will be beautiful and vibrant across the Blue Ridge.

According to NOAA Climate Scientist Jake Crouch, Asheville is experiencing its second warmest year on record. The average high temperature of 58.8 degrees Fahrenheit is 3.5 degrees above normal. Much of the warmth occurred in winter and early spring, with summer offering more temperate conditions. While precipitation levels for Asheville are above average in 2017, the summer has been fairly dry. “Drier soils typically mean brighter fall color in the mountains,” said Crouch. “But we aren’t having to worry about any extreme conditions like drought and what that might do to the leaves.”ashevillelogo2

Healthy trees will add to the color spectrum this year says Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, professor of biology and “fall color guy” at Appalachian State University. “We aren’t seeing trees prematurely losing their leaves in the mountains. Tulip poplars often lose their leaves in the summer, but this year we may get to enjoy an added burst of bright yellow from these sentinels in the forest.

As the area moves into autumn with favorable conditions, a continuation of below-average precipitation is ideal to keep the strong color on track this year. Dr. Beverly Collins, a biology professor and fall foliage forecaster at Western Carolina University, adds that September weather is a very important factor for fall color. Sunny days and crisp, cool nights during the month are what causes green chlorophyll in leaves to degrade and red, orange and yellow pigments to emerge. The extreme variation in elevation and variety of tree species make for a colorful display of falling leaves from late September (at the highest locations like Grandfather Mountain and Mt. Mitchell) to early November (lower locales like Chimney Rock). Continue reading

Nordstrom Expands “Reserve Online” Program & Try In Store” Service To About 40 Stores

Nordstrom, Inc. announced that it has expanded its Reserve Online & Try In Store service to nearly 40 stores across the country; following a pilot in six stores. Reserve Online & Try In Store allows customers to select items online and try them on in person at their nearest Nordstrom store, combining the convenience of shopping online with an efficient and personalized in-store experience. Nordstrom first launched Reserve Online & Try In Store as a pilot in six Washington state stores in the fall of 2016. During the pilot, 80 percent of shoppers who tried Reserve Online & Try In Store continued to use the service multiple times.

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Shoppers nationwide can easily use Reserve Online & Try In Store through the Nordstrom mobile app by selecting “Reserve Online & Try In Store” from the product detail page of the items they’d like to try on. Customers will then receive a text notification when their items have been found at their nearest store and are ready to try on, as well as a text notification when they get to the store letting them know where they can find the dedicated dressing room with their name and selected items.

Nordstrom is continually looking at ways that technology can support the customer shopping experience. The company offers several services that allow customers to shop on their own terms in a convenient manner such as Buy Online & Pickup In Store, Curbside Pickup and Scan & Shop on the Nordstrom and Nordstrom Rack mobile apps. Nordstrom also recently launched Style Boards, a mobile tool that allows salespeople to create digital boards filled with personalized style recommendations which customers can view on their phone and purchase from Nordstrom.com.

We’re thrilled to expand our Reserve Online & Try In Store service to provide a better experience for customers shopping with Nordstrom – whether that’s online, in-store or a combination of both,” said Shea Jensen, senior vice president of customer experience at Nordstrom. “Many of our customers like to feel and try on clothes and shoes before they purchase them and we’re excited to offer them a more convenient way to do so.

The following Nordstrom stores now offer Reserve Online & Try In Store services:

California

Colorado

Georgia

Illinois

Maryland

New Jersey

New York

Oregon

Texas

Virginia

Washington

Nordstrom plans to continue expanding Reserve Online & Try In Store to stores over the next year.

San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Embarks on Lavender Pen Tour

Funds Raised Will Support Local LGBTQ Non-Profit Organizations

The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC), whose mission is to create extraordinary musical experiences that inspire community, activism, and compassion, will kick off its 40th season by embarking on the Lavender Pen Tour from October 7-15, 2017. The tour will visit various cities and small towns in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee while raising much-needed funds for local LGBTQ+ non-profit organizations. (View a video with more information about the Lavender Pen Tour here
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(In 1977, a year before his death, Supervisor Harvey Milk sponsored a gay civil rights bill. Mayor George Moscone signed that bill into law with a lavender pen given to him by Milk. The Lavender Pen remains a symbol of the fight for equality for all, and the reason for the tour’s name.)

With an increasingly divisive political climate in the United States, marked by an uptick in dangerous and hostile rhetoric against the LGBTQ and other marginalized communities, SFGMC will take its message and music on the road to promote universal equality and inclusiveness, and the value in treating all individuals – irrespective of differences – with dignity. The Chorus will marshal its mosaic of powerful, positive voices to empower fellow Americans, especially LGBTQ+ youth, to come together, provoke conversations and action around civil liberties for all, while raising funds for local communities.

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San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Logo

As has been evidenced in the recent weeks, we as a country have a long road to travel. After spending a week in the South last month with our beneficiaries and community partners, I learned that hope – the unbreakable and audacious idea that Harvey Milk built his life on and inspired us to do the same – is very much alive,” said Chris Verdugo, SFGMC Executive Director.We will amplify the work of these organizations across the South, raise tens of thousands in additional funding so they may continue their vital work and empower and inspire them with our music and mission. We believe this tour is another step in the right direction that will build bridges of understanding, compassion, and empathy.”

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Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir logo

Joining SFGMC for the Lavender Pen Tour is the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir (OIGC), a community of diverse races, cultures, and faiths, inspiring joy and unity among all people through black gospel and spiritual music. Together, SFGMC and OIGC will perform five anchor concerts during the tour, with each show raising funds for local LGBTQ+ organizations. All funds raised during the tour will support the vital work these organizations are doing to dismantle bigotry and discrimination locally and nationally.

SFGMC and OIGC will also visit schools, churches, government buildings and more to spread the message and share the meaning of The Lavender Pen Tour. The tour’s goal is to open a dialogue between a diverse set of Americans from different backgrounds and empower LGBTQ+ youth struggling with unease and fear of further marginalization. SFGMC hopes to use its voice to affect change in lives of people struggling to live their authentic lives and communities throughout the South.

Concert Information:

  • Sunday, October 8, 2017 (7:30 pm) – Jackson, MS / Thalia Mara Hall
  • Tuesday, October 10, 2017 (7:30 pm) – Birmingham, AL / Alys Stephens Center
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 (8:00 pm) – Knoxville, TN / Knoxville Civic Auditorium
  • Friday, October 13, 2017 (7:00 pm) – Greenville, SC / First Baptist Church
  • Saturday, October 14, 2017 (7:30 pm) – Charlotte, NC / Ovens Auditorium

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Johnnie Walker Presents Its Latest Limited Edition Blenders’ Batch Whiskeys

The leading global brand of Scotch whiskey Is Stirring With The Launch Of Three Experimental Whiskeys During The Celebration Of The Diageo World Class

Johnnie Walker has launched three new experimental whiskeys from its Blenders’ Batch range for whiskey fans and cocktail lovers. The Limited edition whiskeys presented during the celebration of the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Final held in Mexico City.

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Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast.

The three new blends – Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend, Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast – have been designed to form the basis of exceptional whiskey cocktails, and like all Classic brand whiskeys, can be enjoyed directly with ice.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch whiskeys are the result of bold experiments performed that exceed the limits of flavor. Like Johnnie Walker Black Label – it was first achieved with taste experiments more than a century ago and since then it has become a real icon among whiskeys – these new whiskeys have been created by a small team of 12 Passionate and skillful mixers, under the expert direction of the two-time Master Blender of the Year, Jim Beveridge [1] .

Johnnie Walker’s mixer , Aimée Gibson, led the development of Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend. Believe in the parallel between the creation of a great whiskey and the creation of extraordinary cocktails in the World Class Final of Mexico City as the perfect setting for the introduction of these new whiskeys.

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Johnnie Walker blender Aimée Gibson to pictured with Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge at the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year Final in Mexico City.

An unforgettable drink experience is always the ultimate goal. It is what the elite mixers seek to achieve when cocktails are perfected and it is what we, as whiskey creators, have at the forefront of our thinking as we experiment and create new mixtures “Said Gibson, who recently received the Rising Star Award at the International Spirits Challenge 2017.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend is the result of an experiment in wine barrel maturation established with Aimee’s mentor, Beveridge, a decade ago. It is an exceptionally fruity whiskey full of fresh berries, sweet toffee flavors and fragrances of delicate fragrances.

Gibson commented: “My goal in Johnnie Walker is to create whiskeys that can be enjoyed by people with a range of taste preferences, especially those who would have previously thought that whiskey is not for them. 200 years of experience in the creation of whiskey and we take the inspiration of the pioneers of the flavor of the world “.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend is soft and fruity, perfect for enjoying a cocktail after work with friends or to savor in yourself at quiet times.

Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “At Johnnie Walker, we know how to make an exceptional whiskey, which was demonstrated in the creation of the first Johnnie Walker Black Label a century ago, and continues to be real today. The creation of exceptional Scotch whiskeys is a centerpiece in everything we do.

Our mixers have free rein to take inspiration from everything around them when they create a whiskey: experiences they have lived, personal passions, sounds and tastes. Their passion drives them to the challenge of the status quo in the creation of whiskey and enter In other cultures of flavors to create the best combinations of flavors possible for all our blends, every day.

Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Wine Cask Blend will be launched in select countries starting in September 2017 with a suggested retail price of $ 29.99.

Johnnie Walker Blenders ‘Batch Rum Cask Finish and Johnnie Walker Blenders’ Batch Espresso Roast will be available globally at some of the best bars in the world starting in October 2017.

For more information visit www.johnniewalker.com

[1] International Whiskey Competition (2015 & 2016)

Mattel Debuts New Adult Game — Escape Room In A Box

New Game Inspired by Escape Room Experiences Available This Fall

Mattel today announced the launch of a new adult strategy game, Escape Room in A Box: The Werewolf Experiment™ at Gen Con 2017. In 2016, 13.4 million people in the US alone participated in Escape Rooms inspiring this new game which gives players one-hour to solve puzzles, crack codes and find hidden clues to thwart a mad scientist’s plot.

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We are continuing to expand our games business with on-trend and relevant games, and Escape Room in A Box is the latest addition to the growing Mattel Games portfolio,” said Ray Adler, Senior Director, Global Games at Mattel. “We know that in a digitally focused world, consumers are gravitating toward social game play. This new introduction brings friends and families together to re-create the thrill captured in the entertainment experience.

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MATTEL DEBUTS NEW ADULT GAME — ESCAPE ROOM IN A BOX. New Game Inspired by Escape Room Experiences Available This Fall

A breakout form of entertainment, Escape Room in A Box: The Werewolf Experiment™ challenges teams to solve both physical and mental puzzles to unlock clues to free themselves before time runs out. Once players open the game they have been exposed to a virus that will turn them into werewolves. Players are given one-hour to solve 19 puzzles and find the codes to open three-locks to ultimately escape the virus, and the room.

To enhance gameplay, players can connect to the Amazon Alexa to keep track of time, ask questions and play a special soundtrack. The game will be available this November for $29.99 at retailers nationwide.

essie Introduces New Fall Nail Colors For 2017

With Every Stroke Of The Brush, Each Color Takes You Back In Time.essie - Logo

essie, a leader in luxury nail polish and America’s nail salon expert since 1981, introduces six new nail colors for the perfect fall nails. Remember the relaxed, approachable cool that defined 1990s style? Rock’n’roll set the tone on the runways and celebs and supermodels sported dark nail colors with punk flair to express their blatant disregard for fashion rules.

It was this breath of fresh air that gave life to the new essie fall nail colors for 2017. This six-shade collection will inspire to create the perfect fall nail art look, with colors ranging from light baby pink to saturated dark purple to a deep wine red. These six sleek nail colors are the perfect accessory to create fall nails, adding to your “so don’t care” attitude. Create playful nail art for a modern twist on sultry dark nail colors of the nineties.

  • girly grunge – soft silvery metallic with a light purple shine
  • saved by the belle – light baby pink with a subtle blue undertone
  • as if! – powdery periwinkle blue with a hint of red
  • mixtaupe – warm ivory with a dash of pink
  • knee-high life – deep wine red with purple undertones
  • dressed to the nineties – dark purple with a green-blue shimmer

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

The Lands’ End Do-It-All Diaper Bag Returns As The Carryall

Plus, introducing the On-The-Go Diaper Clutch, designed for quicker outings

Sometimes, little packages like babies come with a lot of baggage. For years, the Lands’ End Do-It-All Diaper Bag topped the list to help moms, dads and families effortlessly tote what babies need while away from home. Now, Lands’ End introduces an improved diaper bag with all the favorite features customers loved in the Do-It-All, but with updated styling. Parents and family, meet the new Carryall Diaper Bag and the On-The-Go Diaper Clutch, available now at Landsend.com.

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The Lands’ End Do-It-All Diaper Bag Returns As The Carryall

Our customers kept asking us to bring back the Do-It-All Diaper Bag. We’ve done so and then some with the updated styling of our new Carryall Diaper Bag,” says Todd Christiansen, divisional merchandise manager, Lands’ End Kids. “With the new Carryall Diaper Bag, we’ve introduced something even better – more features, style, and functionality.”

Lightweight, durable and filled with smart features and pockets, the Carryall Diaper Bag is a smart and sophisticated diaper bag solution. It’s made from tough basketweave nylon and polyester with a removable webbed strap that is designed to loop around a stroller handle. A generous main compartment holds a folding changing mat while exterior mesh pockets hold bottles.

Two exterior snap-closure pockets make for the perfect place to stash snacks and smaller items while two, velcro-close side pockets make it easy to quickly stow baby books and toys. Interior mesh pockets help keep things like diapers and wipes organized.

While kids will outgrow the need for a diaper bag, the Carryall won’t outgrow a family. The Carryall Diaper Bag is available in a classic black for $65 and a sophisticated printed Deep Sea Medallion and Light Gray Medallion for $70. Its classic styling and prints make it functional beyond baby years as a work bag, for toting items to and from the gym, travel and many other carry-all uses. Each can be monogrammed or embroidered for just $6 in colorful or subtle thread colors.

Clutching On To Convenience: The On-The-Go Diaper Clutch

Sometimes quick outings call for a more compact diaper-carrying solution. For just such instances, Lands’ End introduces the On-The-Go Diaper Clutch, $25. Made from the same durable basketweave nylon and polyester as the Carryall Diaper Bag, it combines a changing mat and a diaper carrier in one compact, foldable clutch. It features storage pockets including an exterior zip pocket and an interior hook and loop closure pockets.

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum Announces 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame Inductees

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum announced its 2017 class of Photography Hall of Fame inductees, and first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Kenny Rogers, Ernest H. Brooks II, Harry Benson, Edward Curtis, William Eggleston, Anne Geddes, Ryszard Horowitz, James Nachtwey, Cindy Sherman, and Jerry Uelsmann will be recognized for the contributions they’ve made to the photography industry by the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. (IPHF)IPHF-Logo

The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography. The 2017 Awards and Induction Event will take place on November 17th, 2017 in St. Louis, MO, home of the IPHF in the Arts District, Grand Center.

A nominating committee of IPHF representatives and notable leaders with a passion for preserving and honoring the art of photography selected the inductees. To be eligible for induction, nominees were considered based on the noteworthy contributions they made to the art or science of photography that had a significant impact on the photography industry and/or history of photography. The inductees, though widely differing in style and practice, are individually seen as significant innovators in their respective fields. They are all risk takers who introduced the world to new means of artistic representation and expression.

Kenny Rogers, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, photographer, and author, will receive the 2017 IPHF Lifetime Achievement Award, the first of its kind awarded by the IPHF. Continue reading

Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Black AIDS Institute/Heroes in the Struggle Honors Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown

17 hits p2 ebrite head no bg-crop-u909The Black AIDS Institute inducts a select group of individuals and organizations that have made commendable heroic contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Black America. The 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception will be held on September 16, 2017, at the Darryl F. Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Studios in Los Angeles at 6:00 PM.

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Empire’s Jussie Smollett to Hosts 16th Annual Heroes in the Struggle Awards Presentation & Reception at 20th Century Fox Studios

Founded in May 1999, the Black AIDS Institute is the only national HIV/AIDS think tank focused exclusively on the Black communities. Our motto is Our People, Our Problem, Our Solution. The Institute’s mission is to stop the AIDS pandemic in Black communities by engaging and mobilizing Black institutions, leaders, and individuals in efforts to confront HIV. The Institute interprets public and private sector HIV policies, conducts trainings, offers technical assistance, disseminates information and provides advocacy and mobilization from a uniquely and unapologetically Black point of view.

The 2017 inductees include Taraji P. Henson, Laverne Cox, Vanessa Williams, Alfre Woodard, Gina Belafonte, and Gina Brown. The 2017 Corporate Hero is Novant Health. Black AIDS Institute Board Member Jussie Smollett serves as Chair and Host. The 2017 theme is Black Men Honoring Black Women and celebrated R&B singer/songwriter Ledisi performs a special tribute. The awards presentation is produced by Russelli & Hall.

“At the age of fifteen, I began working with the Black AIDS Institute and I am proud to be a member of the Board of Directors,” said Smollett. “Although it is not spoken about like it used to, the AIDS epidemic is not over, especially in Black communities. I am humbled to pay tribute to these remarkable women in our community. Continue reading

Landmark Exhibition “World War I and American Art” Makes Final Stop at Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Public Programs Explore Contemporary Cultural Connections and Role of Art in Healing Wounds of War, October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018

World War I and American Art was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

World War I and American Art, the first major exhibition to examine how American artists reacted to the First World War, opens at Nashville’s Frist Center for the Visual Arts on October 6, 2017. Works by more than seventy artists, including George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, and John Singer Sargent, represent a pivotal chapter in the history of American art that has until now been overlooked and underestimated.

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James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia

Timed to coincide with the centennial of the entry of the U.S. into the war, this ambitious exhibition organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), Philadelphia, revisits a critical period in history through a wide variety of artistic responses, ranging from patriotic to dissenting. Garnering acclaim from outlets such as Forbes, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour, the exhibition and its central themes of how artists respond to geopolitical turmoil is strikingly relevant today. American artists were vital to the culture of the war and the shaping of public opinion in several ways. Some developed propaganda posters promoting U.S. involvement, while others made daring anti-war drawings, paintings, and prints. Some worked as official war artists embedded with troops and others designed camouflage or took surveillance photographs.

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James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia

The exhibition features many high-profile loans from both private and public collections, including most importantly Sargent’s monumental tableau Gassed (Imperial War Museums, London), which has been seen in the U.S. only once before (in 1999).

Working as an official war artist for the British government, Sargent witnessed the aftermath of a German mustard gas attack on British soldiers. He represented the harrowing scene on an epic canvas measuring about 7½ x 20 feet,” says Frist Center curator Trinita Kennedy. “Our presentation of the painting and the exhibition as a whole will be enriched by a lecture on opening day entitled ‘Mr. Sargent Goes to War’ by Richard Ormond, the artist’s great-nephew and a renowned scholar based in London.”

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Claggett Wilson (1887–1952). Front Line Stuff, ca. 1919. Watercolor, pencil, and varnish on paperboard, 18 3/4 x 22 7/8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Alice H. Rossin, 1981.163.11. Photo: Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC/Art Resource, NY

The organization of the exhibition mirrors the historical unfolding of the war itself. It begins by showing how American artists interpreted the threat of war while the U.S. remained neutral between 1914 and 1917, the debate to enter it, and then how the conflict involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official artists. The spectrum of political points of view and purpose can be seen through the juxtaposition of works. Hassam’s flag paintings are impressionist and patriotic, while Hartley’s tribute paintings to his slain friend and possible lover, a German military officer, are abstract and mournful. Bellows, at first an opponent of the war, later encouraged US involvement by vilifying German war crimes with macabre detail. O’Keeffe’s more personal work reflected her conflicted feelings about her younger brother’s enlistment.

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Marsden Hartley (1877–1943). Portrait, ca. 1914–15. Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. Lent by the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson D. Walker Collection, 1978.21.234

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George Bellows (1882–1925). The Return of the Useless, 1918. Oil on canvas, 59 x 66 in. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2009.6. Photo: Douglas Dalton. Reproduced with permission of The Bellows Trust

A group of patriotic artists came together to form the government’s first art agency in the service of war: the Division of Pictorial Publicity. On display will be iconic recruitment posters created by Laura Brey, Howard Chandler Christy, James Montgomery Flagg, and others that promoted enlistment with stirring imagery and language. There are also posters aimed at mobilizing women on the homefront, encouraging them to enter the workforce to support the war effort. As part of the Frist Center’s presentation, an education gallery with interactive electronic stations will allow visitors to explore such ideologically motivated works of art. Continue reading

Eddie Bauer Introduces The EverTherm Down Jacket, A Breakthrough In Down Innovation

Eddie Bauer has introduced the EverTherm Down Jacket. Insulated by an ultra-thin sheet of down fabric, the jacket removes the need for quilting found in traditional down jackets, eliminates cold spots, and provides superior uniform warmth in a lightweight, slim profile.Eddie Bauer Logo

Since 1920 Eddie Bauer has been an innovation leader in outerwear and gear,” said Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer at Eddie Bauer. “The EverTherm Down Jacket is a transformative step forward in insulation technology. It will change forever the way people think about down.”

Eddie Bauer, the man, was an outdoor guide. He pioneered the use of down as a method of insulation, and in 1936 invented the Skyliner Jacket, the first quilted down jacket patented in America. Now Eddie Bauer is revolutionizing down outerwear once again by eliminating the need for quilting in the EverTherm Down Jacket.

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Adrian Ballinger, Eddie Bauer Guide, wears Eddie Bauer’s new EverTherm Down Jacket

Powered by 30g THINDOWN™ insulation and a water-repellent StormRepel® Super DWR shell, the EverTherm Down Jacket provides warmth down to -15 degrees with moderate activity. The men’s jacket weighs an ultra-light 11.36 oz., while the women’s jacket weighs only 9.12 oz. Eddie Bauer is the first outdoor brand in North America to develop THINDOWN outerwear and has exclusive rights to the technology through 2018.

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Caroline George, Eddie Bauer Guide, wears Eddie Bauer’s new EverTherm Down Jacket

Eddie Bauer continues to work with world-class guides and athletes to build and test its technical products. The EverTherm Down Jacket has been tested on Mt. Everest, ski touring in the Grand Tetons, and alpine climbing in the Alps to perfect the warmth-to-weight ratio, and versatility, of the jacket.

It’s the best jacket I’ve worn: it’s ultra-light, warm, and slim,” said Eddie Bauer alpine climbing guide Adrian Ballinger, who tested the jacket during his seventh summit of Mt. Everest earlier this year.

The EverTherm Down Jacket is now available for pre-order online at www.eddiebauer.com/evertherm and will be in all stores nationwide on September 24. The jacket is available in both a non-hooded ($249) and hooded ($279) version for him and her in a variety of colors. And like all Eddie Bauer products, the EverTherm Down Jacket is guaranteed for life.

UGG Collective Launches for Fall/Winter 2017

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UGG® has unveiled their second UGG® Collective campaign for Fall/Winter 2017. The global marketing program features a cast of real Californians and continues to celebrate its uniqueness and elevated position by featuring personalities who highlight the diversity and spirit of the brand. From majestic mountains and wild woodlands to buzzing cities and quiet beach towns, California represents an eclectic paradise that brings together people from all across the world. For their new campaign, UGG® and the cast traveled across the state, finding locations that represent the culture of the brand and California alike. The campaign stills and videos will live globally in digital, print and UGG® store window displays.

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Kyle MacLachlan for the FW17 UGG Collective

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The cast consists of Californian photographers, musicians, actors, artists, surfers, and skaters. Like UGG®, they are provocative, progressive, free-spirited, sensual, optimistic and warm. Each season, UGG® selects new groups of unique individuals to represent the brand and in telling their stories, the brand tells theirs.UGG-AW17-Phase-2-M-CASUAL SHOE COLLECTIONUGG-AW17-Phase-2-W- KASEN COLLECTION - FASHION-BOOTUGG-AW17-Phase-3-W-HANLEI_CLASSIC-II TALL_KIM_CLASSIC II SHORT-COLUGG-AW17-Phase-2-W-KASEN-PROD-COLUGG-AW17-Phase-3-W-CLASSIC-II-PROD-COL Continue reading

Better Homes & Gardens Magazine Unveils Seventh Annual September Stylemaker Issue

Annual Issue Features Influencers Including Joy the Baker, Lili Diallo and Barri Leiner Grant

Better Homes & Gardens (BH&G), the leading lifestyle brand reaching 40 million consumers a month published by Meredith Corporation (www.meredith.com), today released its seventh annual Stylemaker issue, highlighting creative forces and tastemakers who influence the worlds of beauty, food, home design, and entertaining. The issue is available on newsstands today.

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Better Homes & Gardens’ seventh annual September Stylemaker issue

The cover features interiors stylist and author, Lili Diallo. Diallo joins 39 other Stylemakers from all ages and walks of life who shape the way we decorate, cook, garden, organize, dress, and celebrate.

The Stylemakers featured in this issue embody the Better Homes & Gardens brand,” says Stephen Orr, Editor-in-Chief of Better Homes & Gardens. “Just as we do with our own content, these influencers were chosen for their ability to reach, engage with and inspire our readers in various aspects of their daily lives.”

The 2017 BH&G Stylemakers include:

  • Joy Wilson: Food writer and photographer known as Joy the Baker. Her blog attracts over 600,000 unique visitors a month.
  • Helen Norman: Fashion and lifestyle photographer and owner of Star Bright Farm in Maryland.
  • Lior Lev Sercarz: Owner of spice shop La Boite in New York and author of The Spice Companion.
  • Jean Brownhill: CEO of Sweeten, a company founded to help homeowners planning a renovation find the right contractor and navigate trouble spots.
  • Gregg Renfrew: Founder of Beautycounter, a non-toxic beauty brand that aims to get safer products in the hands of everyone.
  • Dallas Shaw: Fashion illustrator, style expert, and author of The Way She Wears It.
  • Kim Ficaro: Prop and interiors stylist who recently launched her own home collection with an e-commerce store, Totem Home, for which she collaborates with artisans in Mexico and Morocco on a range of designs.

To celebrate the issue, Better Homes & Gardens is hosting its sixth annual Stylemaker event at the 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge on September 28th. Over 80 top influencers and tastemakers are expected to join for a day of classes, workshops, and panels.

Stylemaker is an annual event that brings to life the pages of Better Homes & Gardens with a day of thoughtfully curated panels and activities,” says Stephen Bohlinger, Group Publisher. “We pride ourselves on our ability to reach a wide audience who trust us for guidance on everything from decorating, gardening and food to health, beauty, and fashion. Stylemaker is a way for us to showcase our strengths across all those verticals.

Sponsors of the event include Bertolli, Gymboree, and Torani.

For more information about Better Homes & Gardens Stylemaker go to: www.bhg.com/stylemaker

New Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series Launches for 2017

Tommy Bahama introduces the Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series, custom-designed fan apparel, featuring 40 of the top universities across the country. Additional schools will be added throughout the year. Designed to appeal to students, alumni, and families, the Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series features University logoed polo shirts, camp shirts and half zip pullovers in college colors and details that are packed with school spirit. (The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series was developed in conjunction with licensing partners IMG College Licensing, LLC, Fermata Partners, Learfield Licensing Partners and 289c Apparel, Ltd. )

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Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series

We’re very excited about the new Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series and the opportunity to expand our existing sport product offering that includes MLB and NFL,” says Doug Wood, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “The collegiate series offers our guests a well-rounded selection of upscale fan apparel that showcases their favorite college.”

The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series features some of the brand’s signature styles in a range of college colors, each embroidered with the school’s logo. Styles are offered in two fits: the existing Standard Fit and the new Trim Fit, which is slimmer through the body and sleeves. Key styles in the new Trim Fit include: the Clubhouse MVP, a DryTech polo in college colors with logo on left chest; the Camp Safari Polo, an all over palm print polo; and the Tiki Time Camp shirt, a classic Hawaiian print shirt in school colors to display your school pride and Aloha style.

Offered in Standard Fit, the Collegiate Emfielder, Clubhouse Alumni Polo, Collegiate Fez Fronds, Catalina Twill Camp and Campus Flip, a reversible half zip pullover, are all a great way to show support for your favorite school. The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series suggested retail prices range from $110 – $165.

Tommy Bahama is also celebrating its debut in the collegiate market with a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the premier early season college basketball tournament. The Tommy Bahama Maui Jim Maui Invitational Sweepstakes is the ultimate prize for any college basketball fan — a trip for two and all access VIP tickets to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational held in Maui, November 20-22. The prize also includes airfare, lodging, dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store in Wailea and a $1,000 Tommy Bahama gift card to use in store or online. The Tommy Bahama Maui Jim Maui Invitational Sweepstakes runs from August 14-September 12 at Tommy Bahama retail stores and online. Continue reading

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Celebrates the 10th BIRTHDAY of its Famed 10022-SHOE Salon

It’s been 10 years since Saks revolutionized the shoe industry with a shoe floor so big it needed its own zip code; the luxury retailer marks this incredible milestone with more than 75 exclusive styles, windows featuring custom designer birthday cakes, exclusive made-to-order programs, and moredownload (2)

On August 17, Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the 10th birthday of its famed 10022-SHOE salon. A pioneer in the footwear industry, Saks Fifth Avenue was among the first retailers to place a greater focus on shoes by creating a shoe department so big, the U.S. Postal Service granted the floor its own ZIP code―10022-SHOE. And now, 10 years later, 10022-SHOE is home to 110 designer brands―a number that has more than doubled since its inception in 2007; holds as many as 200,000 pairs of shoes; and has been expanded into 25 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Brands such as Jimmy Choo, CHANEL, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Saint Laurent, and Gucci, among others, have been with 10022-SHOE since the very beginning and will honor its 10th birthday at Saks with exclusive styles, made-to-order programs, custom birthday cake window designs, and more.

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Throughout the past 10 years, Saks Fifth Avenue has held a constant and dominating presence in the shoe industry, selling on average 850,000 pairs of shoes per year, which equates to approximately 8.5 million over the course of its 10 year history―that’s enough “shoe footage” to travel up and down the Empire State Building close to 2,000 times!

Coupled with its impressive selection, 10022-SHOE has played host to many launches, exhibitions and firsts:

  • In 2008, 10022-SHOE was chosen to host the 70th anniversary exhibition of ruby slippers honoring the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” which included styles by designers including Oscar de la Renta, Stuart Weitzman and Roger Vivier, as well as Judy Garland‘s original ruby slippers designed by Adrian Greenberg of MGM studios;
  • From 2008 to 2015, designers such as Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura, Paul Andrew and Nicholas Kirkwood, among many others, made special appearances at 10022-SHOE locations across the country;
  • In early 2015, 10022-SHOE paid tribute to Disney’s live-action film inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella,” by collaborating, in partnership with Disney Consumer Products, with nine luxury designers―including Paul Andrew, Tabitha Simmons, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo―to create their own interpretations of Cinderella‘s famed glass slipper;
  • Later in 2015, 10022-SHOE made history with the launch of Manolo Blahnik’s first U.S. shop-in-shop in the United States; and
  • In 2016, Saks opened its first store dedicated solely to shoes—10022-SHOE Greenwich—located in the heart of Greenwich, CT.

The strength and growth of 10022-SHOE over the past 10 years is a testament to Saks’ commitment to the footwear category as well as our customers’ desire for the depth and breadth of our designer and emerging designer shoe assortment,” stated Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant, Saks Fifth Avenue. “10022-SHOE is a landmark for shoe lovers in New York City and around the world for one-of-a-kind merchandise and experiences that they cannot find anywhere else―a core principle of Saks’ identity.”

Beginning this month, Saks Fifth Avenue is celebrating 10022-SHOE‘s 10th birthday with:

  • More than 75 exclusive shoe styles from powerhouse brands such as Aquazzura, Gucci, Giuseppe Zanotti, Valentino Garavani and Gianvito Rossi;
  • 12 exclusive made-to-order programs, including programs by Prada, Alexandre Birman, Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roger Vivier and Jimmy Choo; and
  • 16 designer Happy Birthday 10022-SHOE cakes featured in the New York flagship store’s windows designed by brands such as Valentino Garavani, Gianvito Rossi, Gucci and Prada.

From Thursday, Aug. 17 until Sunday, Aug. 20, Saks will showcase a visual installation in its New York flagship, entitled “10 Galleries: A Decade of Shoes.” Each of the 10 installations will play off the 10022-SHOE exclusive items and trends and invite customers to discover, interact with, and celebrate all things shoes.

Notable footwear designers share memories about Saks Fifth Avenue and 10022-SHOE:

Designer Christian Louboutin speaks about his fondest memory of Saks’ 10022-SHOE: “Doing a personal appearance on the shoe level when it was first opened where women told me intimate stories about themselves and their shoes. It made me understand the desire of the American customer, their differences in their approach, and their taste for luxury.”

Designer Manolo Blahnik speaks about his fondest memory of Saks’ 10022-SHOE: “I think when we first launched our boutique in 2015―we had a book signing and dinner. It was an honour to meet so many women who loved my shoes … I love it [Saks]! It has always been one of my favourite stores, so beautiful and feminine!

Designer Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo―a brand which first launched at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1997―recalls her favorite memory, designing the commemorative 2007 10022-SHOE stamp: “The custom Jimmy Choo stamp I designed for the inauguration of the shoe floor 10 years ago. It was designed to reflect the unique zip code that was created to mark the opening. It featured a sketch I drew of a signature pump, it was such a fun and original idea.”

Designer Nicholas Kirkwood speaks to his exclusive 10022-SHOE birthday style: “I wanted to create something completely different to celebrate the 10022-SHOE 10th birthday, but also something special, and I loved the idea of the interplay between masculinity and femininity so it was from there that I designed the Combat boot.”

Designer Paul Andrew speaks about his partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue: “Saks has been a signifier of style and sophistication since they opened their doors for the first time in 1924. When I launched my own brand in 2013, my very first order came from Saks. It was a surreal moment—and Saks will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason.”

Designer Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura speaks fondly about Saks Fifth Avenue: “Saks is such an iconic shopping hub, especially the historic Fifth Avenue flagship, and it’s just amazing to be carried there and all over the United States … Saks was the first department store to buy AQUAZZURA in the U.S. and as one of our key partners, they have continued to believe in me and my designs ever since. Over the years the working relationship has blossomed into a friendship.

Check out Saks’ 10 top shoe trends in the upcoming Saks Fifth Avenue Shoe Book, which will be available in stores and on saks.com August 16. Visitors can view their local stores’ 10022-SHOE celebratory activities on the Store & Locations page on Saks.com. Saks Fifth Avenue also welcomes viewers to connect via its social channels, and to follow #10022SHOE for insider access.

Williams Sonoma Announces 2017 Chefs’ Collective

Fourteen Premier Chefs And Bar Experts To Serve On Culinary Advisory Board

Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, is proud to announce the members of its 2017 Chefs’ Collective, featuring fourteen chefs and bar experts selected to serve as brand advisors. Each member of the diverse group was selected for being an innovator in his or her field and someone who is redefining the culinary landscape. These newly inducted members come from notable restaurants and bars in the US and Canada and will provide culinary insights, feedback on product development, testing, testimonials, exclusive content and new recipes.002

The Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective began in 2015 as a culinary advisory board of top chefs from notable restaurants and eateries in North America. The members of the Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective partner with the brand as culinary ambassadors for product launches, new store openings, product development initiatives, cooking events and classes and company culture.

Williams Sonoma’s 2017 Chefs’ Collective members are as follows:

  • Matt Bolus, Executive Chef, 404 Kitchen, Nashville, TN: Matt Bolus is the Executive Chef of 404 Kitchen, in Nashville, TN. Bolus has been awarded the title of Best Restaurant in Nashville by Eater Nashville, Best New Restaurant in the South by Southern Living and Writer’s Choice for Best Restaurant by Nashville Scene. He was named to the 25 Best Restaurant List by Thrillist and The Tennessean, and was named one of the Best Whiskey Bars in America by Travel + Leisure. Bolus has appeared on the Bravo Cooking Series, Recipe for Deception, has been a co-host on Little Chef Big Chef Nashville and was a 2014 James Beard Award semifinalist for Best New Restaurant.
  • Katie Button, Executive Chef/Owner of Heirloom Hospitality Group, Cúrate and Nightbell, Asheville, NC: Katie Button is the executive chef and owner of Heirloom Hospitality Group and restaurants Cúrate and Nightbell in Asheville, NC. She was a 2012-2013 James Beard Rising Star semifinalist, a 2014 James Beard Rising Star nominee and a 2015 semi-finalist for the James Beard Best Chef: Southeast Award. In 2015, she was also named one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs. Button hosted the international TV series “The Best Chefs in the World” and is the author of CÚRATE: Authentic Spanish Food from an American Kitchen. She has an eco-friendly approach, is Living Wage Certified, and is an active member of the Chef Action Network.
  • Ashley Christensen, Chef/Proprietor, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Bridge Club, Chuck’s, Death & Taxes, Fox Liquor Bar, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC: Ashley Christensen is the Chef and Proprietor of Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Bridge Club, Chuck’s, Death & Taxes, Fox Liquor Bar, and Poole’s Diner, in Raleigh, NC. Christensen has been featured in Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The New York Times, Southern Living, and Garden & Gun and has appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and MSNBC’s Your Business. She won the 2014 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast and is the author of Poole’s: Recipes and Stories from a Modern Diner.
  • Derek Dammann, Chef/Owner, Maison Publique, Montreal, QC: Derek Dammann is the Chef and Owner of Maison Publique, in Montreal, QC. He owns Maison Publique with Jamie Oliver, who he trained under while in London. Dammann was a featured Judge on Top Chef Canada and is a founding member of the Northern Chefs’ Alliance and is the author of True North, an award winning cookbook on Canadian Cuisine that features a foreword by Jamie Oliver. Maison Publique was nominated by Conde Nast Traveler as Montreal’s Best Restaurant.
  • Deuki Hong, Owner, Deuki Hong Hospitality Group, Executive Chef, Sunday Bird, San Francisco, CA: Deuki Hong is the owner of Deuki Hong Hospitality Group and the Executive Chef of Sunday Bird, in San Francisco, CA. Hong began cooking at age of 15 for Aaron Sanchez at Centrico where he first honed his culinary skills. He was named the 2015 Eater Young Gun, to the Zagat 30 Under 30 and Forbes 30 under 30. He is the former chef at Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong, Momofuku, and Jean-George and is a Co-Author of Koreatown: A Cookbook.
  • Brandon Jew, Executive Chef/Owner, Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco, CA: Brandon Jew is the Executive Chef and Owner of Mister Jiu’s, a contemporary Chinese American restaurant in San Francisco Chinatown. Jew trained in Italy and Shanghai before long stints under Judy Rodgers of Zuni Cafe and Michael Tusk of Quince. Jew was the opening chef of the James Beard-nominated Bar Agricole before opening Mister Jiu’s. At Mister Jiu’s he was awarded San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, received one Michelin star and was named one of 2017’s Bon Appetit Top 50. Jew has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies and PBS Mind of a Chef.
  • Gavin Kaysen, Chef/Owner, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis, MN and Bellecour, Wayzata, MN: Gavin Kaysen is the Chef and Owner of the award-winning Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis, MN and recently-opened Bellecour in Wayzata, MN. He was named one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2007 and won the 2008 James Beard Foundation Rising Star Award. As active Vice President of the ment’or BKB Foundation, a non-profit that selects, trains, and sends Team USA to compete in the Bocuse d’Or, he contributed significantly to the team’s successes in 2015 and 2017. He has competed on Food Network’s Next Iron Chef and Iron Chef America. His first restaurant, Spoon and Stable, was a 2015 James Beard Foundation Best New Restaurant Nominee.
  • Joshua McFadden, Executive Chef/Owner, Ava Gene’s, Founding Partner, Tusk, Consulting Chef, The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse, Portland, OR: Joshua McFadden is the Executive Chef and Owner of Ava Gene’s, Co-Owner of Tusk, and Founding Partner of Submarine Hospitality in Portland, OR. He is also the Consulting Chef at The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse. McFadden has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine and Sunset, was a semifinalist for a James Beard Award in 2017, and Ava Gene’s was included in Bon Appétit’s Best New Restaurant list in 2013 and won the Eater Award for Portland’s Restaurant of the Year (2013). Tusk was named one of Food & Wine Restaurants of the Year for 2017. McFadden recently published his first cookbook, Six Seasons: A New Way with Vegetables, to critical acclaim.
  • Julia Momose, Bartender at Large, Eater Young Gun, Chicago, IL: Julia Momose, bartender at large and Eater Young Gun, in Chicago, IL. Momose has been named Food + Wine’s Best Mixologist of 2016 and won the Eater Young Guns of 2016 Award. She was awarded the 2017 Jean Banchet Awards Mixologist of the Year. During her time at GreenRiver, they were awarded a Michelin Star, Three Stars by Chicago Tribune, Four Stars by Crain’s Chicago Business, and was named one of Playboy Magazine’s Best New Bars of 2016. She is currently the cocktail creative at two-Michelin starred Oriole, where she is championing the zero proof cocktail. Momose dedicates her time to developing the non-alcoholic beverage pairings for Chef Noah Sandoval’s tasting menu, as well as writing the cocktail and zero proof cocktail menus.
  • Steven Satterfield, Executive Chef/Co-Owner, Miller Union, Atlanta, GA: Steven Satterfield is the Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Miller Union, in Atlanta, GA. Satterfield was a James Beard finalist for Best Chef: Southeast in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and won the coveted award in 2017. Bon Appetit and Esquire named Miller Union one of the “Best New Restaurants in America.” Satterfield has also been featured in The New York Times, Epicurious, Tasting Table, Vice, Garden & Gun, Atlanta Magazine, and Men’s Book. He serves on the board of Slow Food Atlanta and the local leader of Chefs Collaborative Atlanta. Satterfield is the author of Root to Leaf, A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, Harper Wave and Short Stack Editions: Peanuts, Dovetail Press.
  • Daniela Soto-Innes, Chef De Cuisine, Cosme, Alta, New York, NY: Daniela Soto-Innes, 26, comes from a long line of women who love food and cooking. After traveling and staging at restaurants in Texas, New York, and Europe, she joined Brennan’s of Houston where she worked with Chef Danny Trace to create tasting menus. Two years later, she joined the progressive American restaurant Triniti, followed by the charcuterie driven restaurant Underbelly with Chef Chris Shepherd, a mentor who pushed her to become a leader in the kitchen. After a stage in the kitchen of Pujol, Soto-Innes was offered a full-time position working alongside Chef Enrique Olvera. In 2014, she opened Cosme in New York City as Chef de Cuisine, where she quickly began garnering praise as one of the city’s top young chefs. After just a year and a half in the role, she was named the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year. In 2017, she was included in Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30: Food & Drink list. Just a few months later, Cosme was ranked 40th on the prestigious World’s 50 Best Restaurants list, and, around the same time, Soto-Innes was made Chef Partner at both Cosme and the newly-opened ATLA, an all-day café-style restaurant created by the same team behind Cosme.
  • Jeremiah Stone, Chef/Owner, Contra, Wildair, New York, NY/Fabian von Hauske, Chef/Owner, Contra, Wildair, New York, NY: Fabian von Hauske and Jeremiah Stone are the Chefs and Owners of Contra and Wildair, in New York, NY. Both restaurants have acquired numerous awards and recognitions including glowing reviews from the New York Times from critic Pete Wells, as well as landing in his best restaurant picks for 2014 (Contra) and 2015 (Wildair). Contra was bestowed one Michelin Star, and Wildair was a James Beard Best New Restaurant finalist, won Taste Talk’s Best New Restaurant-East, as well as Wine Enthusiast’s Best Wine Restaurants, and was named Best New Restaurant by Bon Appetit Magazine. Additionally, Jeremiah and Fabian were named Best New Chefs 2016 by Food & Wine Magazine.
  • Kris Yenbamroong, Chef/Owner, NIGHT + MARKET, Los Angeles, CA: Kris Yenbamroong is Chef and Owner of NIGHT + MARKET, in Los Angeles, CA. He has been named Rave reviews LA Times critic/Pulitzer Prize winner and was marked youngest ranked in Los Angeles Times Best Restaurant Top 20. Yenbamroong has had back-to-back semifinal nods from the James Beard Foundation in the Rising Star Chef category and was named Chef of the Year by Los Angeles Magazine in 2012, 2015 Eater LA’s Restaurant of the Year Award and has no formal culinary training.

Williams Sonoma’s history as a culinary connector began more than sixty years ago, as Chuck Williams introduced home cooks to iconic chefs of his era, like James Beard, along with the tools and equipment they used in their professional kitchens to customers. Throughout the years, notable chefs have served as a voice of authority for the brand about what to cook, how to cook it, and what tools and ingredients chefs are using.

In 2015, Williams Sonoma launched its first Chefs’ Collective, a culinary advisory board that has been featured throughout the last two years at events, online, and on social media. The Chefs’ Collective members participate in many large brand moments including product launches, new store openings, and product development initiatives. As the chefs graduate to Williams Sonoma’s Chefs’ Collective alumni, the brand welcomes the newest class of chefs and bar experts.

The Williams Sonoma Chefs’ Collective is an important group of talented leaders,” said Janet Hayes, president of Williams Sonoma. “Their creativity, knowledge, and appetite for innovation inspire us to think in new ways as a brand. We’re looking forward to collaborating with them in 2017 and beyond.”

In celebration of the Williams Sonoma 2017 Chefs’ Collective, there will be a series of events with the chefs throughout the year.

Cole Haan Collaborates With Staple Design On Limited-Edition Sneaker

Cole Haan, the global lifestyle brand and retailer, is joining forces with renowned street culture icon, Jeff Staple, to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of his Staple Design brand with the launch of the Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ x Staple Design sneaker to mark the occasion. Fusing tradition and modernity, the collaboration marks a hallmark moment for the two innovative brands by providing a sophisticated, well-crafted product that exudes street sensibility, without sacrificing craft, style or comfort.Cole Haan x Staple Design Logo

Jeff Ng (aka “jeffstaple”) is an established graphic and fashion designer, curator, branding expert, footwear aficionado, and all-around creative visionary. He founded Staple Design, Inc. in 1997: now a well-known streetwear brand (@StaplePigeon), creative consulting agency (Staple Design) and retail store (@ReedSpace, which opened in 2002). Over the years, Jeff has taken Staple’s motto, “A Positive Social Contagion” to whole new levels, spreading his instinctual design know-how and fresh knowledge across all media platforms and worldwide.

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Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ x Staple Design Sneaker

Working with Cole Haan represents an opportunity to show the world how far Staple has come in this — our 20th year of existence. Cole Haan to me is at the perfect intersection of innovation, sophistication, and design. I am extremely proud that Staple is now a part of its storied history,” commented Staple.

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Cole Haan elevated the original ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ by executing the Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ x Staple Design in twisted yarn for a marbled spectator effect to create the classic Cole Haan wingtip design. The shoe’s functional zonal knitting ensures stability and breathability. Featuring a sleek heather grey colorway and iconic Staple Pigeon logo, this is sneaker innovation at its finest.

Cole Haan is honored to work with NYC’s cultural icon, Jeff Staple, and Staple Design, especially on his 20th anniversary,” said Scott Patt, Vice President of Design & Innovation at the Cole Haan Global Innovation Center in New Hampshire. “Jeff and his work represent all that is New York in its grit, adaptation, and individuality. This partnership is a celebration of our shared values and our dedication to craft, style, and engineering in everything we make.”

Priced at $300, the Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite™ x Staple Design will be available exclusively on www.ColeHaan.com.

Trump Job Approval Rating Now at 34%, New Low

by Frank Newport/Gallup/Monday, August 14, 2017

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating in Gallup Daily tracking is at 34% for the three-day period from Friday through Sunday — by one point the lowest of his administration so far.download

It is difficult to pinpoint the precise cause of the new low rating, but the changes were apparent on Friday, with his day-by-day ratings near 34% across Saturday and Sunday as well. Trump has consistently been in the news over the past week, including the continued focus on North Korea, even while taking a working vacation at one of his golf properties in New Jersey. The events in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in the deaths of a 32-year-old woman and two Virginia State Police officers dominated news coverage on Saturday and Sunday. Trump’s prior three-day low reading was 35%, registered March 26-28.

From a broader perspective, Trump’s rating of 36% for the week ending Aug. 13 was also by one point his lowest on a weekly basis. The president has talked in recent days about doing well with his “base,” but Republicans’ latest weekly approval rating of 79% was the lowest from his own partisans so far, dropping from the previous week’s 82%. Democrats gave Trump a 7% job approval rating last week, while the reading for independents was at 29%. This is the first time independents’ weekly approval rating for Trump has dropped below 30%.

For the three-day period ending Sunday, Republicans’ approval of Trump was at 77%.

Trump’s highest three-day reading to date has been 46%, recorded most recently on Jan. 23-25, shortly after his Jan. 20 inauguration. He has averaged 40% so far since taking office.

Although he has the lowest rating in Gallup’s history for any newly elected president in the summer of his first term in office, Trump’s current 34% remains higher than the low points reached by a number of presidents during their administrations. Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and Harry Truman all had job approval ratings lower than 34%, including the all-time low of 22% recorded by Truman in 1952.

Trump’s current approval rating is lower than any reading for his immediate predecessor, Barack Obama, who reached a three-day low of 38% several times in 2011 and 2014.

Frank Newport, Ph.D., is Gallup’s Editor-in-Chief. He is the author of Polling Matters: Why Leaders Must Listen to the Wisdom of the People and God Is Alive and Well. Twitter: @Frank_Newport

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous

  • The new five-star IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous is situated in one of Majorca’s most exclusive areas.
  • Designed by Marcel Wanders, facilities at the new hotel include Astir, a gourmet restaurant and the only one on the island to serve El Capricho meat, the finest in the world.
  • Guests at the hotel will enjoy a butler service endorsed by the prestigious British Butler Guild, as well as an extensive ‘menu’ of special services.

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts opened its newest hotel, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous, boasting a prime beachfront location in one of Majorca’s most exclusive areas. This grand luxury five-star hotel is the first establishment in the Mediterranean to be included in The Grand Collection, the company’s premium category, combining impeccable designer architecture with the most innovative and personalized services.

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The hotel stands in a prime location set against a stunning backdrop, and meticulous attention has been paid to every detail of the interior design. Five-star hotel standards are guaranteed thanks to the butler service endorsed by the prestigious British Butler Guild, including a fabulous ‘menu’ of special services.

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous(Photo Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The 66 rooms include four double penthouses with a private terrace and Jacuzzi, and five unique themed suites, all designed by Marcel Wanders. The accommodation options include two Naughty Suites for those wishing to live out their most secret fantasies, and a Stargazer Suite, where guests will have the chance to travel far beyond the stars in a unique adventure into outer space. The fun-filled facilities in the Games Suite feature a pinball machine, table football, video game console and even a putting green on the terrace. In turn, the Heritage Suite has been designed with lovers of art and antiques in mind, whilst the Spa Suite is the ideal choice for those in search of total rest and relaxation. All in all, a fabulous range of one-of-a-kind rooms.

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts Opens Exclusive Designer Hotel in Majorca’s Portals Nous. Courtesy of OBERISTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The chain’s painstaking attention to even the smallest detail is also reflected in the hotel’s gastronomy options. The IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous has four spaces serving locally sourced organic products including the Astir Gourmet Restaurant, the Selini Lobby Bar, and the Dom Pérignon Champagne Bar. Guests will also be able to take advantage of the Guest Experience offering unlimited personalized services such as getting a table at any of the island’s restaurants without having to give a thought to waiting lists, access to a personal shopper, or even making a last-minute booking for a helicopter or boat. Nothing is beyond the reach of guests staying at the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Portals Nous.

IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach

After IBEROSTAR 70 Park Avenue in New York, the IBEROSTAR Berkeley in Miami Beach, Fla. becomes the second hotel in the U.S. and the 36th in the Americas

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts, known for its luxurious four and five-star properties located in the most spectacular destinations around the world, has opened the doors of its second U.S. hotel in Miami Beach, Fla. The historic building, now renamed IBEROSTAR Berkeley, was fully renovated under a $43 million investment and is situated at 1610 Collins Avenue, right at the heart of South Beach.

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IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts is a resort hotel chain based in Palma de Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), founded by the Fluxà family in 1986. The company is an integral part of GRUPO IBEROSTAR, one of the main Spanish tourist companies with over 60 years of experience, which currently has 100 hotels with 4 and 5 stars in 17 countries around the world.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

We are thrilled to launch the IBEROSTAR Berkeley in South Beach, one of the hottest spots in the world. Its pristine beaches, vibrant culture and perfect weather, combined with our excellent customer service and amenities, make it the ideal dwelling option in the area,” said Enric Noguer, IBEROSTAR Managing Director for the Americas. “This second IBEROSTAR hotel in the United States is proof of our commitment to this market, where we strive to serve international, as well as national tourists, and to connect with the local community and its cultural heritage,” Noguer said.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

The new IBEROSTAR Berkeley features 96 brand-new, luxuriously designed guestrooms, including 20 premier rooms with balconies, a lush Sun Deck with spectacular views of Collins Avenue, and signature restaurant BLT Steak for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This pet-friendly hotel also offers a fully-equipped fitness room; a beautiful heated pool and deck with a lounge area on the fourth floor; 24-hour room service; full housekeeping with turndown service; and beach club with towels, chairs, and umbrellas; among other amenities and services. The standard and deluxe rooms feature one king and two queen size beds, respectively, as well as a minibar with snacks and soft drinks, onyx designer rain showers, comfortable workspaces with outlets and USB ports, and much more.

IBEROSTAR Berkeley is one of the new properties the brand has been developing within the urban segment, with a plan to reach a total of 15 in the next three years in key cities like Budapest, Madrid, Barcelona, Lisbon, New York, Havana, Santo Domingo and Lima, among others. Boasting the superior level of customer service and quality the brand is globally known for, these urban hotels are located at the heart of the city they are in, close to key points of interest. In this case, IBEROSTAR Berkeley is just steps away from the beach; Lincoln Road Mall (for dining, shopping, and art gallery visits); the New World Center, home to the New World Symphony; the Miami Beach Convention Center; the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater; and the cosmopolitan Ocean Drive; among other iconic South Beach locations.

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IBEROSTAR Opens New Hotel in South Beach (Courtesy of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts)

In honor of the opening, IBEROSTAR Berkeley is offering one night free when booking three or more nights Must be booked by August 31st with travel dates of August 1 – November 30, 2017. A 72-hour cancellation policy applies. To book, visit www.IBEROSTAR.com.

Historic Hotels of America Announces 2017 Awards of Excellence Nominee Finalists

Hotels and Recipients to be Honored at the 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner on September 28 at The Omni Homestead Resort

Historic Hotels of America® and Historic Hotels Worldwide® has announced the nominee finalists for the 2017 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence. These Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate the finest historic hotels and hoteliers across the nation and around the world.

Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. The organization has more than 298 historic hotels which have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including 46 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. (See more information below.)HHA_Black

Historic Hotels Worldwide® is a prestigious collection of historic treasures, including historic hotels, castles, chateaus, palaces, academies, haciendas, villas, monasteries, and other historic lodging spanning ten centuries. The organization represents the finest global collection of more than 260 historic hotels in more than 34 countries and is dedicated to promoting heritage and cultural travel to prestigious historic treasures. (See more information below.)Historic Hotels Worldwide®

The 2017 Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence and Gala Dinner will take place at The Omni Homestead Resort (1766) in Hot Springs, Virginia on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 6 pm. The final award winners will be announced to recipients before an audience of owners, senior management, industry leaders, and representatives from the finest historic hotels around the world.

Award recipients are selected from nominees received from historic hotels, historic preservation supporters, prior award recipients, community leaders, and leadership from Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. As official programs of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide provide the recognition to travelers, civic leaders, and the global cultural, heritage, and historic travel market that member hotels are among the finest historic hotels across America and around the world. The Historic Hotels Annual Awards of Excellence program recognizes the pinnacle of this distinct group of nominees in a range of categories.

From over 200 nominations, the awards committee evaluated, and after careful consideration selected the following 2017 award nominee finalists:

Historic Hotels of America New Member of the Year

Inn at Willow Grove (1778) Orange, Virginia

The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia

Penn Wells Hotel (1869) Wellsboro, Pennsylvania

Marriott Syracuse Downtown (1924) Syracuse, New York

Hotel Saranac, Curio Collection by Hilton (1927) Saranac Lake, New York

Silver Birches (1929) Hawley, Pennsylvania

Best Social Media of a Historic Hotel

The Willard InterContinental, Washington DC (1847) Washington, DC

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa (1876) Riverside, California

Grand Hotel (1887) Mackinac Island, Michigan

The Otesaga Hotel and the Cooper Inn (1909) Cooperstown, New York

Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection (1915) Davenport, Iowa

The Don CeSar (1928) St. Petersburg, Florida

Sustainability Champion

Hotel El Convento (1651) San Juan, Puerto Rico

Mohonk Mountain House (1869) New Paltz, New York

Ledges Hotel (1890) Hawley, Pennsylvania

The Lenox (1900) Boston, Massachusetts

Inn at the Presidio (1903) San Francisco, California

The Brown Hotel (1923) Louisville, Kentucky

Best Small Historic Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)

The Georges (1789) Lexington, Virginia

The Inn at Montchanin Village & Spa (1799) Montchanin, Delaware

Napa River Inn (1884) Napa, California

OHEKA CASTLE (1919) Huntington, New York

The Lord Jeffery Inn (1926) Amherst, Massachusetts

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Nordstrom Unveils New Fall 2017 Fashion Campaign

Retailer Showcases Fashion Through The Lens Of Photographer Max Farago And Director Clara Cullen

Today, Nordstrom, Inc. launched a new national brand campaign shot by photographer Max Farago with video by director Clara Cullen, which celebrates the best of fall fashion. The campaign will debut on August 7 in the U.S. and on September 4 in Canada with print, digital, social, out of home and video components.

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Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen, Max Farago

The campaign vision and concept was developed by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, who has set the creative tone for the retailer’s last five brand campaigns. Kim along with her creative team tapped Farago and Cullen, the husband and wife creative duo favored by the fashion world, to bring their vision to life.

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Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

The campaign features intimate and honest portraits of models and non-models alike, minimally edited and styled how people really dress to depict a modern and relevant perspective on a high-fashion campaign. The full campaign imagery and videos can be seen at Nordstrom.com/Fall2017. Highlights of brands featured in the campaign include 3.1 Phillip Lim Acne, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Studios adidas, Lemaire, Sophie Buhai, Alexander Wang, A.P.C., Levi’s®, Tibi, Dr. Martens, Molly Goddard, Tomorrowland, FRAME, Norse Project, Topman, Isa Arfen, Officine Generale, Ovadia & Sons, J.Crew, Vans®, Vejas, Richard Malone, and SATURDAYS NYC.

With her creative mind and unique perspective as a merchant, Kim took on the role of setting the vision for the company’s brand campaigns in Spring 2016, the retailer’s first in 15 years. Following her inaugural “See Anew” campaign, “We Are Here” from Fall 2016, and “Love, Nordstrom” from the holiday season, and the Spring 2017 campaign shot by Petra Collins. The Fall 2017 campaign marks Kim’s fifth developed for Nordstrom.

The cast includes:

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Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hailey Gates

  • Actress and television journalist Hailey Gates, host of VICELAND’s series States of Undress, in which she explores geopolitics through the lens of fashion. Her work takes her to conflict zones around the world for international fashion weeks.

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    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – The Hiplets – Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

  • Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, and Nia Lyons, classically trained ballerinas of The Hiplet™ and the most senior dancers at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. The Hiplet™ have appeared in a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show, TEDxSanFrancisco, the New York Times and CNN. Their YouTube videos have gathered over hundreds of thousands of views.
  • Homer Hans Bryant, the artistic director and founder of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center who conceived dance group phenom The Hiplet™ which showcases dancers en pointe interplaying hip-hop movements with classical styles.

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    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

  • Designer Vejas Kruszewski (in his collection) and Saam Emme, the creative team behind the label Vejas. Their designs redefine conventional streetwear, breaking borders and blending youth culture with studious fashion history. Vejas was awarded the LVMH Special Prize in 2016.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Angela Goding

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Angela Goding

  • Contemporary art curator Angela Goding, who has a formidable reputation in the New York art world for her instincts and distinct fashion sense.

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    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Jane Moseley

  • Twenty-nine-year-old painter, sculptor, and model Jane Moseley, who spent six years in New York resisting the lure of the modeling industry, then became a fashion sensation after walking in Balenciaga’s fall 2016 show. She has a collection of horror-movie-inspired tattoos, and a dog, five cats, a lizard, a hedgehog and two pet rats.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Creative Growth - Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Creative Growth – Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

  • Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth Art Center, which provides studio space, representation, instruction and opportunity for personal expression to adult artists with mental, developmental or physical disabilities. Artists from the center exhibit in museums and esteemed collections worldwide.
  • Elizabeth Rangel, a self-taught artist, and designer who works in textiles and fashion.
  • William Scott, a self-taught artist whose work appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Oakland Museum of California.

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    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ian & Marc Hundley

  • Marc and Ian Hundley, artists and twin brothers. Marc creates text-based posters incorporating references to literature, lyrics, and film; he also makes furniture. Ian constructs colorful, large-scale quilts based on topographic maps.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hayett McCarthy

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hayett McCarthy

  • French-born Londoner Hayett McCarthy, a former dog groomer, record-label intern, bartender and sandwich-board carrier, now a model for top fashion brands including Hermès, ACNE Studios, Burberry, COACH, and Vetements, among others.

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    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ebonee Davis 

  • Twenty-three-year-old Seattle native Ebonee Davis, a model, and activist advocating for more diversity in the fashion industry. In a TED Talk, she discussed her path to self-acceptance and her case for creating positive, inclusive imagery.

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Coach Introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag

Coach announces the launch of Coach x Selena Gomez, a new collection in partnership with the actress and singer. Featuring the Selena Grace, a bag designed by Gomez in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers, the offering also includes small leather goods and accessories available for a limited time.

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Coach Introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag (PRNewsfoto/Coach, Inc.)

I’m very excited for everyone to finally see the design Stuart and I worked on together,” says Gomez. “I can’t wait to carry it—it’s totally versatile, perfect to wear day-to-night and it goes with everything.”

The Selena Grace is a double-handled carryall named after the star and the quality she most embodies. A staple that reflects Gomez’s effortless all-American style, it’s a go-everywhere bag built for real life. It features Gomez’s personal touches: a hangtag bearing her signature and a storypatch sewn inside with her empowering message: “To be you is to be strong.” The bag is further customized with “Love yourself first” in Selena’s handwriting—a phrase inspired by one of her tattoos—embossed onto the base of the bag.

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The Selena Grace comes from a legacy of American authenticity, craftsmanship and unfussy luxury for which Coach is known, imbued with a youthful new personality and is available in three exclusive colors: Selena Black Cherry, Selena White, and Selena Red. The collection also includes bag charms, wallets, and the Selena Wristlet.

It was really fun to create this collection with Selena and design pieces that are cool and feminine like her,” says Vevers. “When we designed the Selena Grace, it was about exploring the qualities Selena wanted in a bag and creating something that felt personal to her.

Additionally, Coach is offering customers a chance to win one of 150 signed Selena Grace bags, as well as one grand prize: A signed bag and a trip for two to meet Gomez in person at the Coach House flagship store in New York on September 13. Customers can enter for a chance to win at www.Coach.com or at any U.S. Coach retail store now through Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The Coach x Selena Gomez collection will be available for pre-order online at Coach.com beginning on August 14 and available in Coach stores globally beginning September 1, 2017.

Gomez’s new song “Fetish” is out now and marks her third song on the radio along with “It Ain’t Me” and “Bad Liar.”

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Trump Polling Numbers Drops To New Low Across the Board, With Close To 2-1 Disapproval

Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; 71 Percent Say President Is Not Levelheaded

President Donald Trump plunges to a new low as American voters disapprove 61 – 33 percent of the job he is doing, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today. White men are divided 47 – 48 percent and Republicans approve 76 – 17 percent. White voters with no college degree, a key part of the president’s base, disapprove 50 – 43 percent.download

From July 27 – August 1, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,125 voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percentage points, including the design effect. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

Today’s approval rating is down from a 55 – 40 percent disapproval in a June 29 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. This is President Trump’s lowest approval and highest disapproval number since he was inaugurated.

American voters say 54 – 26 percent that they are embarrassed rather than proud to have Trump as president. Voters say 57 – 40 percent he is abusing the powers of his office and say 60 – 36 percent that he believes he is above the law.

President Trump is not levelheaded, say 71 – 26 percent of voters, his worst score on that character trait. Voter opinions of most other Trump qualities drop to new lows:

  • 62 – 34 percent that he is not honest;

  • 63 – 34 percent that he does not have good leadership skills;

  • 59 – 39 percent that he does not care about average Americans;

  • 58 – 39 percent that he is a strong person;

  • 55 – 42 percent that he is intelligent;

  • 63 – 34 percent that he does not share their values.

It’s hard to pick what is the most alarming number in the troubling trail of new lows for President Donald Trump,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

“Profound embarrassment over his performance in office and deepening concern over his level-headedness have to raise the biggest red flags.

“The daily drip drip of missteps and firings and discord are generating a tidal wave of bad polling numbers.

“Is there a wall big enough to hold it back?”

American voters give Arizona Sen. John McCain a 57 – 32 percent favorability rating, with a 74 – 18 percent positive score from Democrats and a 60 – 28 percent positive rating from independent voters. Republicans give McCain a negative 39 – 49 percent rating.

Trump gets a negative 34 – 61 percent favorability rating, with a 79 – 17 percent positive score from Republicans. All other groups are negative, with white men at 47 – 48 percent. That Russian Thing

The president “has attempted to derail or obstruct the investigation into the Russian interference in the 2016 election,” American voters believe 58 – 37 percent.

Voters believe 63 – 31 percent that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 election. Republicans don’t believe it 61 – 30 percent, while every other group believes by wide margins that the Russians interfered.

Trump did something illegal in dealing with Russia, 30 percent of voters say, while 30 percent say he did something unethical, but not illegal and 32 percent say he did nothing wrong. These numbers are similar for Donald Trump Jr. and Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

American voters give Trump negative approval ratings for handling key issues:

  • 41 – 52 percent for handling the economy;

  • 36 – 59 percent for foreign policy;

  • 46 percent approve of his handling of terrorism and 47 percent disapprove;

  • 38 – 59 percent for immigration;

  • 28 – 65 percent for health care. Trump’s Tweets

Trump should stop tweeting from his personal Twitter account, American voters say 69 – 27 percent, the biggest no-tweet vote so far. 

Frequently cited by journalists, public officials and researchers, the independent Quinnipiac University Poll regularly surveys residents in Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and nationwide about political races, state and national elections, and issues of public concern, such as schools, taxes, transportation, municipal services and the environment.

Known for its exactness and thoroughness, the Quinnipiac poll is featured regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on national network news broadcasts. In 2010, respected public opinion polling analyst Nate Silver ranked the Quinnipiac University poll as most accurate among major polls conducting surveys in two states or more. The Quinnipiac poll was also called “the standout performer” by City and State for the most accurate prediction in the Democratic primary for New York City mayor in 2013.

The Asbury Park Press wrote, “The Quinnipiac University Poll is considered the gold standard in the business, frequently lauded by USA Today and other national media organizations for its information and accuracy.”

For a typical public opinion survey, a randomly selected sample of about 1,000 registered voters age 18 and over is interviewed over five or six days. The polls are conducted by the Polling Institute on West Woods Road, close to the Mount Carmel and York Hill Campuses.
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Swiss Watchmaker Rado Announces Sale of its Timepieces in Select US Nordstrom Stores

Stores To Carry Highly Anticipated Limited Edition True Blaze Fine Timepieces

Swiss watchmaker Rado recently announced that it will begin selling its exquisite timepieces in select U.S. Nordstrom stores, starting August 2017. The locations, four of Nordstrom‘s top-performing stores in the nation, are Costa Mesa, California (South Coast Plaza); Bellevue, Washington (Bellevue Square); Seattle, Washington (Downtown Seattle); and Los Angeles, CA (Westfield Century City) which is slated to open late fall. The brand’s timepieces will also be available through Nordstrom online at www.shop.nordstrom.com.

Rado True Thinline Plasma

Rado True Thinline Plasma

Rado’s highly anticipated limited edition True Blaze, co-designed with interior designer Sam Amoia, will also be sold at these stores. One of Rado’s most sought-after watch designs, the True Blaze is a celebration of glitz and glamour. The dial features a textured metallic structure, reflecting Amoia’s distinctive approach to design. At the same time, the timepiece conveys a minimalist message due to the unique placement of the gold-colored logo and indexes. Only 1001 pieces of the True Blaze are available worldwide.

Rado True Blaze

Rado True Blaze designed in Collaboration with Interior Designer, Sam Amoia

It is very exciting to now be selling our watches in top-performing Nordstrom stores in the U.S.,” comments Rado CEO Matthias Breschan. “Our presence in Nordstrom is a great way to reach U.S. customers, and a wonderful opportunity to showcase the unparalleled quality, durability, and beauty of the Rado brand.”

Founded in 1917 in Lengnau, Switzerland, Rado is a pioneer in high-tech ceramic, which is lightweight, durable, scratch-resistant and hypoallergenic. Ever since its beginnings, Rado has had a pioneering spirit, with the brand philosophy “if we can imagine it, we can make it” still holding true today.

www.rado.com.