Macy’s Celebrates The Wonder Of Giving With Annual Believe Campaign Benefitting Make-A-Wish®

Macy’s beloved letter-writing campaign returns, with $1 donated to Make-A-Wish for each letter to Santa placed in the store’s red letterboxes or sent on macys.com/believe

For the 11th consecutive holiday season, Macy’s is partnering with Make-A-Wish® for the annual Believe campaign, giving the gift of joy to children with critical illnesses. By sending a holiday wish list to Santa, shoppers can join Macy’s in celebrating the wonder of giving and help grant the wish of a child with a critical illness. More than three children are diagnosed with a critical illness every hour that Macy’s is open for business and a wish gives these children the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illnesses.

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Macy’s Believe campaign was born in the spirit of kindness and holiday goodwill, illustrated by the true story of 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897. Virginia wrote a letter to the New York Sun newspaper asking if there really was a Santa Claus. She received a spirited response from editor Francis P. Church that has since become an iconic piece of journalism history. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” Church wrote. “He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist.” The Believe campaign seeks to capture some of the joy and generosity of Church’s words, bringing the magic of the holiday season to children across the country.

Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish Foundation for each letter sent, up to $1 million, from Nov. 2, 2018, to Dec. 24, 2018. Customers can write their letters and drop them off in stores in the red Believe letterboxes or submit them online at macys.com/believe.

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Macy’s celebrates the launch of its 11th annual Believe campaign benefitting Make-A-Wish®. (Photo: Business Wire)

Since 2003, Macy’s has donated more than $112 million to Make-A-Wish, including more than $17 million through its annual Believe campaign, helping grant more than 13,000 wishes and impacting more than 2.6 million people, including wish kids and their families, volunteers, community groups, nurses, doctors, and more. Continue reading

Cointreau Elevates the Holidays with an Exclusive Collection of Designer Cocktails

Celebrating The Art Of The Mix, Cointreau Partners With Four Designers To Curate Modern Cocktail Recipes

Mixing unexpected flavors and their unique style, each designer created a new take on a favorite Cointreau recipe to elevate simple occasions to extraordinary soirées for the season.

Cointreau, the pioneer in crafted spirits for nearly 170 years, is the celebrated orange liqueur, an essential ingredient in countless iconic cocktails including The Original Margarita, The Cosmopolitan and The Sidecar. As friends and families gather for the most festive time of year, Cointreau unveils the first Designer Cocktail Series, a collection of classic libations with an artful twist created by luminaries from the art, culinary and fashion worlds. The ensemble celebrates The Art of the Mix by creating cocktail recipes that can elevate any gathering of something extraordinary. To craft the Designer Cocktail Series, Cointreau enlisted tastemakers including actress, designer, and influencer Olivia Culpo, street artist Bradley Theodore, celebrity pastry chef Elizabeth Chambers, and fashion designer and creative director Marissa Webb.

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The Designer Cocktail Series celebrates the creative expression of The Art of the Mix, as well as Cointreau’s exceptional versatility and presence at the heart of classic cocktails,” says Craig Sherman, Senior Brand Director at Remy Cointreau USA. “Cointreau is the incomparable cocktail centerpiece that elevates any recipe, helping to transform an evening into something magical.

The Designer Cocktail Series celebrates The Art of the Mix, a global Cointreau campaign that exemplifies the brand lifestyle and its ability to elevate ordinary occasions into extraordinary ones through a mix of essential elements such as at-home entertaining, art and fashion.

Cocktail connoisseurs can raise their glasses to a medley of festive Cointreau recipes:

  • Red Carpet Cosmo – a stylish take on the Cosmopolitan by Olivia Culpo featuring sweet raspberry garnished with candied ginger.
  • The Gold Street Margarita – a colorful Margarita by Bradley Theodore with a specialty black sesame and gold flake rim inspired by his street art.
  • The Lavender Sidecar – a feminine twist on a Sidecar by Elizabeth Chambers with fresh citrus, accented with a lavender infused sugar rim.
  • The Jalapeño Fizz – a spicy Fizz by Marissa Webb boasting jalapeño infused Cointreau and a cilantro salted rim with jalapeño garnish.

The House of Cointreau was founded in 1849 in Angers, France, where Edouard Cointreau perfected the recipe which remains the same today. Cointreau’s balanced flavor gives the orange liqueur its unique and delicate taste desired by mixologists and bartenders worldwide.

To learn more about the Cointreau Designer Cocktail Series and The Art of the Mix, visit www.cointreau.com.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary Opening Night Gala Benefit Performance And Party

Honorary Chairs are Iconic Screen Stars Angela Bassett and Cicely Tyson

Evening Features a Piece d’Occasion by Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey’s Revelations Sung by Ledisi, Erica Campbell, Norm Lewis, and Brandie Sutton, and the Premiere of Becoming Ailey – a Multimedia Work that Returns Alvin Ailey’s Presence to the Stage

Celebration Honors Prudential Financial and Launches Ailey’s Five-Week New York City Center Season

As a centerpiece to its yearlong Ailey Ascending 60th Anniversary celebration and a kickoff to its five-week holiday season, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will host a star-studded gala benefit on Wednesday, November 28th at 7pm, complete with a performance for the ages at New York City Center and party at the New York Hilton Midtown Grand Ballroom. The Honorary Chairs for the evening are screen icons, Angela Bassett and Cicely Tyson.

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Bassett, a Golden Globe Award winner, stars in the hit television series 9-1-1, and was most recently featured in the 2018 blockbusters Black Panther and Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Tyson – known for a myriad of roles across television and film, including Roots, Fried Green Tomatoes, and most recently How to Get Away With Murder – has received three Emmy Awards, a Tony Award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and on November 18th will make history as the first black woman to receive an Honorary Academy Award.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized by U.S. Congressional resolution as a vital American “Cultural Ambassador to the World,” grew from a now-fabled March 1958 performance in New York that changed forever the perception of American dance. Founded by Alvin Ailey, recent posthumous recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom – the nation’s highest civilian honor, and guided by Judith Jamison beginning in 1989, the Company is now led by Robert Battle, whom Jamison chose to succeed her on July 1, 2011.

(The Ailey organization also includes Ailey II (1974), a second performing company of emerging young dancers and innovative choreographers; The Ailey School (1969), one of the most extensive dance training programs in the world; Ailey Arts in Education & Community Programs, which brings dance into the classrooms, communities and lives of people of all ages; and The Ailey Extension (2005), a program offering dance and fitness classes to the general public, which began with the opening of Ailey’s permanent home—the largest building dedicated to dance in New York City, the dance capital of the world —named The Joan Weill Center for Dance, at 55th Street at 9th Avenue in New York City. For more information, visit www.alvinailey.org.)

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater with live onstage music in Alvin Ailey’s Revelations. Photo by Christopher Duggan

The once-in-a-lifetime program features selections of classic Ailey works including a specially staged excerpt of Memoria, a work he choreographed as an elegy for a dear friend; a piece d’occasion by Battle, set to Nina Simone’s Black is the Color; and culminates with Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, Revelations, performed with live musicians and special guest singers Ledisi (Grammy-nominated jazz and R&B artist), Erica Campbell (Grammy-winning singer from the gospel duo Mary Mary), Norm Lewis (Tony-nominated baritone known for Broadway’s Porgy and Bess and NBC’s Jesus Christ Superstar live), and Brandie Sutton (critically-acclaimed Metropolitan Opera soprano). The program also features the premiere of Becoming Ailey, a multimedia piece celebrating the continual gift of Alvin Ailey’s presence in our hearts, minds, and stages. Created in collaboration with the award-winning artists Bob Bonniol and Caryl Glabb of MODE Studios, Inc., it will bring the voice and likeness of Alvin Ailey back to the stage at the start of each performance during the New York City Center season.

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Cicely Tyson. Photo courtesy of Ailey, DCP.

On this historic night we will mark 60 groundbreaking years and carry Alvin Ailey’s pioneering legacy onward and upward with a performance featuring renowned guest performers, cutting-edge innovation, and the artistry and inspiration that has made Ailey one of the world’s most beloved dance companies,” said Artistic Director Robert Battle. “It is also fitting that we take this occasion to honor Prudential Financial, a company that has helped Ailey reach so many milestones and was instrumental in creating the New Jersey Performing Arts Center where Ailey is the Principal Resident Affiliate and has performed annually for two decades. We welcome everyone to join the celebration and share in the joy during this milestone season.”

Ailey’s 60th Anniversary Holiday Season of premieres by renowned choreographers Rennie Harris, Ronald K. Brown, and Wayne McGregor, and returning favorites also features special programs, including “Timeless Ailey,” “All New,” “Three Visionaries,” “All Ailey,” and “All Battle,” plus a sparkling Season Finale on Sunday, December 30th. Click here for more information.

This historic evening also honors Prudential Financial for its generous support and commitment to Ailey for over three decades, especially its educational and community programs.

As one of our longest-standing corporate benefactors, Prudential Financial has played a vital role in Ailey’s success for more than half of the Company’s lifetime,” said Executive Director Bennett Rink. “Prudential has been indispensable in funding our outreach programs in Newark, AileyDance Kids and AileyCamp – a free summer program in Newark and 10 cities nationwide that helps guide inner city youth to their full potential. We thank them for their strategic planning and leadership support, as well as their commitment to advancing young people through education, and we applaud them for the tremendous work they’ve done to elevate the city of Newark.”

Prudential Financial is honored to have worked alongside Alvin Ailey to help achieve his vision to bring dance to all people,” said Lata Reddy, senior vice president, Diversity, Inclusion, and Impact at Prudential Financial. “His belief that the arts give voice to our shared humanity is one that we share. It’s with great joy that we at Prudential congratulate the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater on their 60th Anniversary.

Christopher Taylor, an alumnus of the inaugural AileyCamp Newark (2011) and a current scholarship student at The Ailey School, will join Artistic Director Robert Battle in presenting Prudential Financial with the Ailey Legacy Honor.

Prominent figures in the worlds of entertainment, business, philanthropy, and politics will join Robert Battle and the Company for dinner and dancing to live music in the New York Hilton Midtown’s Grand Ballroom following the performance. The Gala benefits the creation of new works, scholarships to The Ailey School, and Ailey’s educational programs for young people. Emily & Len Blavatnik, Paulette & Howard Bradnock, Mellody Hobson & George Lucas, Debra L. Lee, Stephen Meringoff & Kim Charlton, Lata N. Reddy, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, and Joan & Sandy Weill serve as Co-Chairs for the Gala. (Call 212-405-9031 or visit alvinailey.org/support/60th-anniversary-gala for tickets.)

(Opening Night Gala Benefit Sponsors are Emily & Len Blavatnik, BNY Mellon, Debra L. Lee, The Meringoff Family Foundation, Prudential Financial, Daria L. & Eric J. Wallach, The Weill Family Foundation.)

Ailey is also proud to announce the Ailey Ascending Honorary Committee, a distinguished group of individuals across industries who will join the organization in celebrating 60 years of artistry and excellence: Gbenga Akinnagbe, Christiane Amanpour, Jon Batiste, Harry Belafonte, Colman Domingo, André Holland, LaTanya & Samuel L. Jackson, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Naturi Naughton, Yvonne Orji, Robin Roberts, Anika Noni Rose, Jussie Smollett, Lorraine Toussaint, and Fredricka Whitfield.

Tickets for season performances start at $29, and are now on sale at the New York City Center Box Office, through CityTix® at (212) 581-1212, or online at www.alvinailey.org or www.nycitycenter.org.

Lead support for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater‘s 60th Anniversary is provided by Emily and Len Blavatnik. Major support for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary is provided by the  Ford Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, and Pamela D. Zilly & John H. Schaefer. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s 60th Anniversary Season in New York. American Express is the Official Card of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater gratefully acknowledges the support of Diageo North America during the 60th Anniversary Season. The 60th Anniversary Season is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has performed for an estimated 25 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents – as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms – promoting the uniqueness of the African‐American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance tradition. In addition to being the Principal Dance Company of New York City Center, where its performances have become a year‐end tradition, the Ailey company performs annually at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami‐Dade County in Miami, The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Zellerbach Hall in Berkeley, CA and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark where it is the Principal Resident Affiliate), and appears frequently in other major theaters throughout the United States and the world during extensive yearly tours.

Condé Nast Traveler Announces The Winners Of The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards

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Condé Nast Traveler has unveiled the winners of its 31st annual Readers’ Choice Awards, ranking the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, airlines, airports, and cruise lines in the world. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry. This year, we received a recording-breaking number of responses from nearly half a million readers who rated their travel experiences to provide a full snapshot of where and how we travel today.

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The full list of winners, including more than a dozen galleries and web-only exclusives of the 50 Best Hotels in the World and 50 Best Resorts in the World, can be found here.

The 2018 results are all about comfort. Readers stayed closer to home than ever Lansdowne_Conde_Nast_2018_RCA_2018 _white SZ100before, pushing more cities like Chicago, Charleston, and Nashville to the top of our lists. They favored the Caribbean and domestic islands in the southeast, like Hilton Head, Amelia, and Kiawah. The properties that impressed them most were smaller and less flashy than in years past, and our small-cruise-ship list is longer than it’s ever been, suggesting that the right kind of less is more. The world has changed in ways no one could have predicted, and so it stands to reason that how we get away from it all would, too. 

The 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards are celebrated in Condé Nast Traveler‘ November issue on newsstands October 16 and on online at www.cntraveler.com/rca.

‘Let’s Go Gifting’: Nordstrom Launches its 2018 Holiday Campaign Celebrating the Joy of Gifting

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This holiday season, Nordstrom wants to make shopping fun with Gifts That Do Good, Gifts That Inspire, and innovative services that help make the holidays completely stress-free in-store and online. The marketing campaign was produced by Nordstrom and directed and photographed by Theo Wenner, who has worked on original campaigns for Chanel, Chloe, and Topshop/Topman, as well as editorials for Vogue and Rolling Stone. The cast includes Guinevere Van Seenus, who began her modeling career walking a Nordstrom fashion show as a teenager, as well as longtime Nordstrom customer and model Jan De Villeneuve, who has been gracing runways for over 50 years.

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The campaign includes a colorful, cheerful video that will run on Nordstrom.com and on the retailer’s social and digital platforms, print and out of home. A national TV commercial will launch on November 5.

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in O: The Oprah Winfrey magazine  (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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Giving back feels good any time of year, but particularly during the holidays. From gift cards that give back, to gifts that do good, Nordstrom is making it easier than ever for customers to find the perfect gift.

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in InStyle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Harpers Bazaar magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

  • Gift Card Give Back Nordstrom donates 1% of all gift card sales to nonprofits across the U.S. and Canada. This year alone, the company has donated over $7.5 million to more than 600 organizations.

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  • Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ In partnership with its customers, Nordstrom is supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals™ (CMNH) to make a difference in the lives of children. Now through December 24, Nordstrom invites customers to support CMNH through the purchase of $10 giving cards at any Nordstrom full-line store in the U.S. and Canada. All donations will stay local to the community in which they were given, including 55 network hospitals in regions with Nordstrom stores. The donations will fund critical treatments, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care for children and their families across the U.S. and Canada.

  • Nordstrom Signature Nordstrom is introducing a new cashmere collection featuring beautiful designs for women, men, and children. Select products within the collection are produced in factories where Nordstrom has partnered with BSR’s HERproject to implement workplace training programs on topics like health, finance, and gender equality. Since 2007, Nordstrom has partnered with BSR to launch worker empowerment programs in 27 factories around the world, reaching more than 18,000 workers.

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    Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Elle magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

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    Campaign visuals from the 2018 Nordstrom ‘Let’s Go Gifting!” Holiday campaign to run in US Marie Claire magazine (Courtesy: Nordstrom PR)

  • Treasure & Bond Nordstrom donates 2.5% of net sales from this exclusive, private-label brand to programs that empower young people to make a difference in their community. To date, the company has donated $2.5 million. This year, Treasure & Bond is supporting WE Charity, which provides educators and students with curriculum and educational resources that help them gain an understanding of the root causes of pressing social issues and provides the tools necessary to take action and make an impact. Treasure & Bond features laid-back wardrobe staples with an Americana aesthetic for women, men, children, as well as home, a new category that launched this year.

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GIFTS THAT INSPIRE

Nordstrom aims to be THE destination for unique holiday gifts at a range of price points, from a chic Topshop faux fur shoulder bag for $48 to showstopping Gucci boots for $1,790, including emerging brands and exclusive items.

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November 27 – Treasure & Bond Patterned Pullover

  • Daily Drops Beginning November 27 through December 18, Nordstrom will release exclusive, limited products each day called ‘Daily Drops,’ to create a sense of discovery in-store and online throughout the shopping season. Products will be added to Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts at 6:00am PST, as well as on the @Nordstrom Instagram. ‘Daily Drops’ will feature exciting, new-to-market items and styles from brands like Something Navy, Christian Louboutin, Charlotte Tilbury, Rothy’s, Treasure & Bond, Le Labo, Sant & Abel, Hugo Boss x Jeremyville, and Rag & Bone x Mickey.

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  • Gift Guides Based on top-demanded categories and search terms by Nordstrom customers, the company is introducing a persona-based gift guide featuring curated and unique ideas for 11 customer personalities. Examples include The Tech Collector, The Luxe Lover, The Traveler, The Witty One, and the Do-Gooder, among others, and can be found on Nordstrom.com/holidaygifts.

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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There are gifts, and then there are gifts from Lands’ End. Each item is thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted and made-to-order with ease so that the gift giver and recipient alike can experience the delight of quality, the heart of five-star customer service and the integrity of a company that cares. Lands’ End today unveils its 2018 Holiday and Christmas Collection filled with something special for everyone on the list. The complete collection can be found in the Holiday Shop at landsend.com.

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With its new Scientific Warmth Ratings Guide Families on Outerwear Choices, Lands’ End Offers a Coat for Every Level of Warmth this holiday season

There’s a quality at Lands’ End that permeates everything we do. From our designers to the pickers and packers in the warehouse, we carry with us the heart of first-rate customer service. We strive to make the holiday season easier for busy families with quality gifts that they’ll be proud to present,” said Gill Hong, EVP, chief merchant and head of international at Lands’ End.

Lands’ End offers timeless, classic style and is a part of many family traditions with gifts such as fine cashmere sweaters and our handstitched, personalized Needlepoint Stockings. But we’re also modern, with gift ideas that are social media friendly, easy to shop and heartwarming during this busy season, making Lands’ End the smart stop for all our customers’ holiday shopping.”

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Lands’ End Makes It an Easier and Merrier 2018 Holiday Season Filled with Great Gifts, Traditions, and Warmth

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‘Tis the season for sharing memorable moments on social media. Soon, pages and profiles will be lit up with holiday scenes including favorite gift ideas. Lands’ End offers gifts ideas for social media mavens that will look great when scrolling on smartphones and tablets.Hol_hires_1

For a primo family photo “op,” family Christmas pajamas in the same Rich Red Multi Plaid will look fantastic for the Christmas day around-the-tree shots. Kids’ graphic tees in holiday themes including snowflakes, a Christmas tree and snow plows bring personality to holiday baking pics. For outdoor snow play shots, consider colorful down coats and jackets with faux fur trim around the hood along with vivid, cold-weather accessories including the Fair Isle Stripe Scarf, Beanie Hat and Convertible Mittens. Buffalo Check in red and navy can be seen throughout the Lands’ End gift collections in sweaters, wraps, slippers, accessories and more. This pattern stands out in just about any photo and brings the holiday spirit. Felt Animal Slippers for women with delightful creatures such as a sheep, polar bears, and even a cow will pop on the page when shown photographed alongside the Kids Critter Slippers with a snowman, a penguin and more.

Even the family dog has a place at Lands’ End. Look for a complete collection of dog vests, dog beds, collars, leashes and even dog treats and a new Pup Tent at Lands’ End. Since pets are special, plus make the most adorable photos, customers are encouraged to tag their dog sporting the latest looks from Lands’ End with #LandsEndPets. Continue reading

Gap Celebrates Spreading Love with the ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ Holiday Campaign starring Leon Bridges

Bridges lead Gap into the holiday season to create an uplifting moment with his rendition of “Now That We Found Love”

Gap, the iconic American clothing brand, today announces the holiday ‘Meet Me in the Gap’ campaign starring Grammy Award-nominated R&B artist and songwriter Leon Bridges doing what he does best by capturing the holiday spirit in song and dance alongside a group of individuals drawn to his magnetic energy. The Gap Holiday 2018 campaign is meant to transcend the edgy climate of today by spreading love and driving positive change to demonstrate that feeling good and doing good go together.

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The hero campaign video features Bridges moving to the rhythm in a blank space that is brought to life with oversized Gap crazy stripes that come together to form a path, leading him and the rest of the cast on a journey of good and generosity. Directed by accomplished music video director Emil Nava, the video embraces the magic of the holidays with the entire cast outfitted in classic Gap denim paired with colorful knits and bright stripes. Through a soulful rendition of Heavy D & The Boy’s original version of “Now That We Found Love,” Bridges creates a feel-good moment that is perfectly accompanied by choreographed moves of the entire cast.

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

Music, dance, fashion, and personal style are my big passions in life, so getting to work with Gap on this campaign that ties all of those elements together is epic,” said Bridges. “I grew up watching all of their diverse, music based commercials, and they were just the coolest. Getting to be in one myself is wild and it’s a dream to lead the brand into the season, especially with a song that has a message of love.”

Launching on November 1, the campaign spans television, mobile, social, in-store and digital. The television spots will air on major networks and be incorporated into high impact moments, including digital takeovers on Vevo, Hulu, and Spotify with priority on live viewing moments within the NFL and the season’s top-rated programs.

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Gap Holiday 2018 Meet Me in the Gap: Meet Me In The Gap, See The Good

For Gap, holiday is all about the feeling of giving and coming together to celebrate the season with loved ones. This year especially, we want everyone to feel the love by lifting spirits with Leon’s harmonious take on this ’90s anthem,” said Gap chief marketing officer Craig Brommers. “Leon’s soulful voice and charismatic rhythm, styled in Gap’s signature crazy stripes, created an undeniable energy brought to life in this moment of positivity and cheer, bound to spread love.

For more information on ‘Meet Me in the Gap,’ visit gap.com.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History Receives Matthew Shepard Collection

Judy and Dennis Shepard Donate Historic Collection 20 Years After Their Son’s Murder

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will receive a donation of papers and personal objects from the parents of Matthew Shepard, a young, gay college student who died of severe injuries following a vicious attack in October 1998 when he was a student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.nmah-header-logo

Judy and Dennis Shepard will donate papers, photographs, and notebooks representing the everyday life of their son from elementary school through college, as a participant in local theater productions and as an international traveler. The collection also will include condolence cards and correspondence the Shepards received following his death. In addition to the archival materials, a number of objects will serve as a poignant reminder of Shepard’s life as an average American boy: a child-sized Superman cape, sandals, a purple ribbon award he received at school and a wedding ring he purchased in anticipation of one day meeting his soulmate.

Twenty years is a long time in human years but only a blink in history. Yet it seems like only a moment ago that the country was shocked by the brutal killing of Matt Shepard,” said Katherine Ott, curator at the museum. “The materials donated by his parents, Judy and Dennis, will allow a deeper understanding not only of that time and how people responded and grieved but also the historical vulnerability of LGBTQ people.”

For 20 years, we have tried to share the meaning of our son’s life, as well as his dreams for a kinder, more accepting and loving world,” said Judy Shepard, speaking for the Shepard family. “While we always have our family memories, it is deeply comforting to know the Smithsonian will preserve his story for future generations. We cannot think of a better way to honor Matt’s life and legacy.

Matthew Wayne Shepard was born Dec. 1, 1976, in Casper, Wyoming. Shepard spent his childhood and teenage years in Casper and participated in various local theatrical productions. In his junior year of high school, the family moved to Saudi Arabia for his father’s new job with ARAMCO. Shepard returned to the United States after graduating from The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) and lived in North Carolina and Colorado before attending the University of Wyoming during the 1998-1999 school year. Continue reading

Johnnie Walker Introduces John Walker Masters’ Edition: The First 50 Year Old Scotch Whisky in the History of Johnnie Walker

Half a century in the making, 100 bottles in existence

The John Walker Masters’ Edition is an elegant and triple-matured Scotch whiskey that has been crafted from six exceptionally rare whiskeys, each aged for a minimum of 50 years. The whiskeys in The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been drawn from ancient distilleries that existed during the lifetime of founder John Walker (1805-1857).

The John Walker Masters’ Edition features single malt whiskeys drawn from some of the oldest available stocks from the Glen Albyn and Glenury Royal distilleries – which are now closed – and the much-celebrated Blair Athol distillery, which stands at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands. The three-grain whiskeys used in its crafting are drawn from the ghost distilleries of Caledonian, Cambus and Port Dundas.

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Johnnie Walker Masters Edition

The John Walker Masters’ Edition is a triple-matured Scotch whiskey. Finished in small batches in a bespoke marrying cask made of 100-year oak staves, its layers of flavor are revealed slowly on the palate, where luscious blackcurrants and citrus give way to rich, creamy dark chocolate and a long, gentle and warming finish with cooling menthol and a subtle smokiness.

Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director John Williams said: “Fifty-year-old whiskeys are very rare. Whiskeys of this age have incredible character but it takes great skill to reveal their flavor and then balance them so people can appreciate the end result. That’s where our Master Blender Jim Beveridge – one of only six in the history of Johnnie Walker – and his small team of exceptional whisky-makers come into their own as masters of their craft.”

Only 100 bottles of The John Walker Masters’ Edition have been created. This exclusive Scotch whiskey takes its name from the masterly expertise in whiskey as well as presentation. A special release of The John Walker, it is presented in a bespoke, individually numbered, rare double-cased black crystal Baccarat decanter and comes housed in a cabinet made by N.E.J. Stevenson, Cabinet Makers by Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen.

Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge said: “Each drop of this whiskey has been hand-selected from some of the most valuable and precious casks of malt and grain whiskeys to be found in our reserves.

“About 20 years ago, Johnnie Walker blenders recognized that these individual whiskeys were very special and the decision was made to put them aside for special use, allowing each of them to continue to mature in their casks, knowing that, in time, something even more remarkable would emerge. Our goal was to pay tribute to the whisky masters who worked with these whiskies such a long time ago and, with the creation of The Masters’ Edition, I believe we’ve done that.

The John Walker Masters’ Edition has a natural cask strength ABV of 43.3% and an RRP of $25,000 (US). It is available in limited, selected markets and one bottle will be auctioned at Bonhams, Hong Kong in 2019.

The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival Announces 2nd Annual Festival

The Schedule includes a Robust Slate of Films and Panels from 21 Chinese Independent Voices Featuring A Lineup From 21 Chinese Independent Voices

Festival runs November 1st – 4th 2018

The Los Angeles Chinese Film Festival (LACFF) is proud to host its second annual festival, screening 21 nominated films from Chinese independent filmmakers and artists, at the Downtown Independent Theater, from November 1st to 4th, 2018. LACFF is the only film festival in Los Angeles to focus on independent Chinese culture and heritage films. LACFF also aims to foster cultural exchange between the Hollywood and Chinese film industries.12736187-lacff-2018-engchinese-logo

(The LACFF is organized by Chinese in Entertainment (CIE), a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization that supports Chinese talent and culture in entertainment and the arts.)

This year, the festival received a total of 255 film submissions from 11 different countries and regions. After two months of expert and jury deliberations, 21 films were nominated; including three features, three documentaries, six narrative shorts, four documentary shorts, and five experimental/animated shorts.

Of the festival line-up, nine films will be making their North American and/or Los Angeles Premiere at LACFF this year. The feature film, E.T. Made in China (Dir. Xiaosha Zhang), as well as stop-animation short, The Quintet of the Sunset (Dir. Jie Weng), will be making their World Premiere at LACFF as well.

This year’s films cover a variety of international topics, focusing primarily on the directors’ thoughts on the ever-changing Chinese and global landscapes. For example, E.T. Made in China looks at the modern Chinese rural reality in the presence of actual extraterrestrials; Speculator (Dir. Yuntao Du) features the ride-sharing app, Uber and the foreign capital flowing into the Chinese market; People’s Republic of Desire (Dir. Hao Wu) explores the financial and personal conflicts behind live internet streaming platforms; and Hanzi (Dir. Mu-Ming Tsai) explores Asian culture and identity through a typographic lens.

Full Festival Line Up

Narrative Features

  • E.T. Made in China (World Premiere); Director: Xiaosha Zhang
  • Girls Always Happy, Director: Mingming Yang
  • Transcendent (North American Premiere); Director: Linzi Zhang

Documentary Features

  • Hanzi (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Mu-Ming Tsai
  • I’ve Got a Little Problem (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Ximing Zhang
  • People’s Republic of Desire; Director: Hao Wu

Narrative Shorts

  • Besieged; Director: Mengchen Niu
  • Birthday Party; Director: Theo Ma
  • Cupcake; Director: Dawei Zhang
  • Jiejie; Director: Feng-I Roan
  • Miss World; Director: Georgia Fu
  • Mother Eden; Director: Erzhuo Wang

Documentary Shorts

  • Arcosanti: A State of Fugue (North American Premiere); Director: Kehui Feng
  • Life as He Likes; Director: Lizhu Yang
  • One Day In GaoYi (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Jiaxuan Xiao & Muqiu Qin
  • Speculator (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Yuntao Du

Animation and Experimental Shorts

  • Ayesha (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Yanyu Dong
  • Barry; Director: Anchi Shen
  • Cry Baby (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Xiner Jiang
  • Light (Los Angeles Premiere); Director: Tatsu Aoki
  • The Quintet of the Sunset (World Premiere); Director: Jie Weng

Opening and Closing Screenings

Opening Screening: Walking Past the Future; Director: Ruijun Li

Closing Screening: Linsanity; Director: Evan Jackson Leong

Jury members this year include Ruijun Li, the director and screenwriter of Walking Past the Future, which has been featured in the official selections of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, and 69th Venice Film Festival; film scholar Gabrielle Kelly, who has taught at UCLA, USC, & NYU and is currently on the faculty at AFI; Rebecca Baron, a Los Angeles-based media artist whose works have screened widely at the New York, Toronto, and London Film Festivals; award-winning producer Richard Liang, whose documentary won the Best Chinese Documentary Award at the Taiwan International Documentary Festival in 2016; David E. James, film studies professor at USC‘s School of Cinematic Arts; Jeff Swimmer, professor of Documentary at Chapman University‘s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts; award-winning cinematographer, Helder K. Sun; and Emmy Award-winning visual artist, Lin Zheng.

This year, LACFF is also hosting industry tastemakers to speak at two panels discussing the collaboration and future of US and Chinese entertainment, in both the business and creative fields. The panelists include Rong Chen, Senior Vice President of Perfect World and CEO of Perfect World Pictures, Mike Gabrawy, Chief Creative Officer of Arclight Films; Randy Greenberg, Executive Producer of The Meg (2018); Bennett Pozil, Executive Vice President of East West Bank; Jimmy O. Yang, actor on Silicon Valley (2014-2018) and Crazy Rich Asians (2018); Jessica Gao, Emmy Award-winning writer for Rick and Morty (2013) and Silicon Valley (2014); Helen Shang, writer on Hannibal (2015) and Invoking 5 (2018); Rachel Song, Founder, CEO, and bilingual producer of XS Media (A Kid Like Jake, 2018); and Rui Yao, screenwriter of Lin Shi Yan Yuan (2017) and Angry Kid (2013).

Cochine Launches in Bergdorf Goodman

Luxury Fragrance Brand Enters Premier Retailer in NYC This Month

Created in 2009 by fragrance and skincare expert Kate Crofton-Atkins to capture the distinctive charm and romance of Saigon, Cochine is pleased to announce its rollout this month to premier luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.Cochine logo

Since my first trip to New York, I have always loved visiting Bergdorf Goodman, and now to have Cochine in this iconic store is a dream come true,” says British founder of Cochine, Kate Crofton-Atkins. “I am truly delighted to introduce Cochine’s unique collection of home fragrances and bath and body products to Bergdorf Goodman’s clientele, who appreciate the exceptional service that Bergdorf’s provides and the art of perfumery for the home.

Cochine’s entry into the fabled Fifth Avenue shopping destination begins in mid-October with a strong assortment of Scented Candles and Reed Diffusers in four of the brand’s exquisite signature fragrances, Agarwood & Amber, Vanille & Tabac Noir, White Jasmine & Gardenia and Tuberose & Wild Fig, as well as stunning 4-Wick Candles in Vanille & Tabac Noir and White Jasmine & Gardenia. All Cochine products are made in Vietnam and France using the highest quality essential oils and ingredients, ethically and sustainably sourced.

Cochine White Jasmine & Gardenia Range

Cochine White Jasmine & Gardenia Range

Luxury Votive Candles, ideal for travel, are available in Vanille & Tabac Noir, White Jasmine & Gardenia and Tuberose & Wild Fig. Cochine’s offerings also extend into the Bath & Body category, with their elegant Hand & Body Wash and Hand & Body Lotion in White Jasmine & Gardenia and Tuberose & Wild Fig. Cochine devotees will also discover the brand’s beautiful NEW fragrance, Cedar & Vietnamese Oud, available in an exclusive limited edition slate grey candle glass decorated with an intricate silver lattice design. A perfect scent for holiday gifting and sumptuous winter evenings, Cedar & Vietnamese Oud is inspired by the incense-filled temples found hidden deep in the forests of Central Vietnam. Rich, velvety tones of Cedar and Sandalwood are blended with the precious resins of Amber and Oud. Top notes of Lotus Flower combine with leathery, smoky base notes to create this deeply luxurious fragrance.

Cochine’s plans to support sales include advertising in Bergdorf Goodman’s Holiday Catalogue, hosting in-store staff trainings, coordinating with Bergdorf Goodman on marketing initiatives and providing dedicated in-store sales support during the holiday season. With distribution throughout Europe and Asia, Cochine’s expanding distribution in the USA since launching here in 2017 also includes key retailers Kuhl-Linscomb in Houston, TX; Candle Delirium and Malibu Colony in Los Angeles; Anthem in San Francisco; and Shoppe Birmingham in Birmingham, AL.

For stores worldwide see www.cochine.com/pages/store-mapper for a full list of retailers.

“The Christmas Chronicles,” A Netflix Film To Spread Holiday Cheer In 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®

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This November, four of Santa’s most helpful elves will take flight down the streets of New York City as new balloons in the 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. On Thursday, Nov. 22, Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg, stars of the upcoming Netflix film, “The Christmas Chronicles” will debut in the annual holiday spectacle helping to kick-off the holiday season for more than 3.5 million spectators lining the streets of Manhattan and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide.

The Macy’s Parade team is thrilled to welcome Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg, stars of Netflix’s ‘The Christmas Chronicles’ to the high flying stage of the 2018 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” said Jordan Dabby, vice president, partnership marketing for Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “The Parade’s signature mix of whimsy and magic is the perfect place to showcase Santa’s loveable elves who team up to save Christmas in the film and ignite joy in the hearts of millions along the Parade route and in homes across the nation.”3560772_Netflix

Netflix’s “The Christmas Chronicles” is a new holiday film from producer Chris Columbus (“Home Alone”, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”) and director Clay Kaytis (“The Angry Birds Movie”), that tells the story of sister and brother, Kate (Darby Camp) and Teddy Pierce (Judah Lewis), whose Christmas Eve plan to catch Santa Claus (Kurt Russell) on camera turns into an unexpected journey that most kids could only dream about. After staking out Santa’s arrival, they sneak into his sleigh, cause it to crash and nearly derail Christmas. As their wild night unfolds, Kate and Teddy work together with Santa — as you’ve never seen him before — and his loyal Elves to save Christmas before it’s too late. “The Christmas Chronicles” will debut on Netflix on Thursday, Nov. 22.

(Preview “The Christmas Chronicles”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0xv99h17QE&feature=youtu.be )

When asked for comment, Hugg remarked, “Hövuumi virma rugvömma grüngrünki embruushi,” which loosely translates from Elvish to “I promise to keep my chainsaw away from the balloons.”

Sparking the holiday spirit along the Parade’s famed route, Fleck, Bjorn, Jojo and Hugg will take flight this November as 30-foot tall helium, 20-foot wide character balloons. Fleck will set off on his maiden New York City adventure carrying Santa’s bag tracker, Bjorn will be showcased in his signature candy cane-fueled toy-making frenzy, while troublemaker Jojo will be depicted delivering letters to Santa, and Hugg will be featured hard at work on a new wood carving. On Thanksgiving Day, the elf foursome will usher in the arrival of the one-and-only Santa Claus as he officially opens the start of the holiday season.

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a national icon that has grown into a world-famous holiday event. For more than 90 years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has marked the official start of the holiday season. Growing in size and scale, the Parade proudly marches down a more than 2-mile route in New York City with more than 8,000 participants in tow including Macy’s employees, their families, celebrities, athletes, clowns and dance groups spreading holiday cheer. The Parade also features America’s best marching bands, fabulous floats, and Macy’s signature giant helium character balloons. The 92nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationwide on NBC-TV, on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, from 9 a.m. – Noon; in all time zones.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Neiman Marcus Unveils The 92nd Edition Of The Iconic Christmas Book And Legendary Fantasy Gifts

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The 2018 Fantasy Gifts Include a Tennis Majors Tour with 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens, an Indian Subcontinent Adventure, 74-Foot Serenity Solar Yacht, Custom Sugarfina Candy Bar, Custom-Outfit Designed by Colleen Atwood, and More Once-in-a-Lifetime Experiencesneiman-marcus Logo

Neiman Marcus has unveiled the 2018 Christmas Book, curating a thoughtful selection of timeless holiday gifts for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Included in the Christmas Book are the legendary Neiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts, kicking off the highly-anticipated six-month countdown to the upcoming Neiman Marcus flagship in Hudson Yards, debuting in March 2019.

To launch this year’s iconic Fantasy Gifts, the Dallas-based retailer transformed Affirmation Arts, a New York City art gallery, into “1907 Fantasy Lane,” a luxurious, Instagram-able experience taking guests through a home that has been transformed room by room, to represent each of the eight Fantasy Gifts. These rooms include: a game room designed around a Tennis Majors Tour, the four great tennis matches, with 2017 U.S. Open Champion Sloane Stephens, a master closet built through the lens of a custom Fantastic Beasts-inspired outfit created by four-time Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, and a child’s room designed as an homage to sailing on a one-of-a-kind customized 74-foot Serenity Solar Yacht, and much more.

We are thrilled to debut this season’s Fantasy Gifts just blocks from our future Neiman Marcus store at Hudson Yards,” said Jim Gold, President, and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus Group. “It is a joy for us to continue this time-honored holiday tradition of offering gifts and experiences that capture the imagination of our wonderful customers.

This year’s Christmas Book also presents a selection of holiday gifts across a broad range of categories and price points for everyone. Neiman Marcus’ “Crazy Good Gifts” are a thoughtful collection of gifts featuring unique finds with a built-in fun factor. A few notable gifts include an exclusive Chiara Ferragni Skateboard ($658, page 23), an exclusive Locomocean Neon Sign ($60, page 25), an exclusive TRNDlabs Razor Drone ($129, page 26), and a Frosted Art Bakery Exclusive Gold-Bar Cake ($260, page 32), to name a few.

The 2018 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book features over 823 holiday gifts across 275 pages. Nearly half of the gifts are under $250, with several items under $20. The most expensive item this year is priced at $7.1 million (74-Foot Neiman Marcus Edition Serenity Solar Yacht, page 124). First published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book was initially intended as a Christmas card to the store’s best customers. Through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and spectacular gifts. For more information please visit NeimanMarcus.com and follow along on Instagram and Twitter using the handle @NeimanMarcus.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

Neiman Marcus has a rich history of giving back and community outreach has always been an integral part of the company’s core values. In 2017, the efforts of The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation impacted more than 2.3 million children. As in years past, a portion of every Fantasy Gift is donated to the foundation, bringing art-enriching experiences to youth nationwide.

This year, Neiman Marcus further continues its philanthropic tradition by pledging its support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, an organization committed to offering resources to help benefit 4.3 million kids and teens nationwide to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. Neiman Marcus has pledged a $750,000 financial commitment over three years to focus both on local and national programs aimed at bringing meaningful art experiences to communities in need.

The 2018 Christmas Book Fantasy Gifts include:

WONDERS & WELLNESS EXPERIENCE IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

Discover India, Nepal, Bhutan, and The Maldives, $630,000

Discover India, Nepal, Bhutan, and The Maldives, $630,000

Want to give someone the world? We’ve got just the thing. Spend time exploring India, Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives with bespoke travel purveyor Black Tomato. Travel through secret spots in the Taj Mahal, observe tigers in their natural habitat on a private safari, watch the sunrise from Mount Everest Base Camp and so much more. The recipient plus three guests will travel by private jet, staying in luxurious style in award-winning five-star hotels, chic glamping safari tents and secluded luxury lodges constructed just for them. Appealing to wellness gurus and adventure seekers alike, activities include time with yoga masters, naturopathy experts, Hindu priests, and monks, along with breathtaking helicopter tours of the Himalayas and island cruises via yacht. From picturesque snow-capped mountains to the paradise-like Maldives, it’s a corner of the Earth as diverse geographically as it is culturally—and this once-in-a-lifetime experience provides a taste of it all while offering unparalleled access to sites seldom traveled.

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The Toy Insider Trend Experts Made a Holiday List and Checked It Twice: 2018 Hot Holiday Toy Picks Revealed

Fingerlings Hugs, PJ Masks, Harry Potter Wands, Ryan ToysReview, K’NEX Thrill Rides, & 3Doodler Hexbug Set Top the Toy Insider’s Hot 20, Top Tech 12, and STEM 10 ListsToyInsider_Logo

The Toy Insider, one of the toy industry’s most influential organizations and a trusted go-to resource for parents and gift-givers, today unveiled its expert picks for the best kids’ toys and gifts in its 13th annual holiday gift guide. The hottest and most coveted items for 2018 are broken out into three lists: the Hot 20 (the most wished-for items of the year), Top Tech 12 (featuring artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality and other innovative technologies) and STEM 10 (science, technology, engineering and math toys that make learning fun).

The Toy Insider’s 2018 holiday gift guide appeared in the November issue of Family Circle magazine, which hit the newsstands on Oct. 9. An extended guide also appeared online at www.thetoyinsider.com. This year’s print guide features more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers, and an additional 170 toys can be found online, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total.

These hand-picked items represent an incredible assortment of must-have collectibles, interactive toys, traditional playthings, and tech-infused robots and drones, among many more categories that are sure to make kids of all ages jump for joy this holiday season.

The incredible variety of toys we reviewed for this year’s holiday gift guide shows that toy makers are working hard to create more innovative and magical toys than ever before,” said Laurie Schacht, Chief Toy Officer, The Toy Insider.This year’s guide includes tons of fun collectibles, interactive craft kits, creative plush and more that are sure to bring smiles when they are unwrapped this holiday!

The Toy Insider’s Hot 20

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Safari Learning Station (LeapFrog)

  • Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Magical Wonderland (VTech)
  • Safari Learning Station (LeapFrog)

3-5 years

  • Fingerlings Hugs (WowWee)
  • Hairdorables (Just Play)

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    PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket (Just Play)

  • PJ Masks Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket (Just Play)
  • Pomsies (Skyrocket)
  • Power Action Pikachu (Wicked Cool Toys)
  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43-inch Epic Sewer Lair Playset (Playmates Toys)
  • Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg (Bonkers Toys)
  • Scruff-a-Luvs (Moose Toys)

6-8 years

  • Boxy Girls (Jay@Play)
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    Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands (Jakks Pacific)

  • Hatchibabies (Spin Master)
  • Laser X Fusion (NSI)

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    L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls (MGA Entertainment)

  • L.O.L. Surprise! Eye Spy Series Under Wraps Dolls (MGA Entertainment)

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    Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu + Poké Ball Plus & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee + Poké

  • Pokémon Let’s Go Pikachu + Poké Ball Plus & Pokémon Let’s Go Eevee + Poké Ball Plus (Nintendo)
  • Smooshy Mushy Babies (RedwoodVentures)
  • Treasure X (Moose Toys)

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Elvis Presley’s Graceland to Host Holiday Concert Weekend December 14-15, 2018

Three Concerts Celebrating Elvis Presley and the Christmas Season: Christmas with Elvis at Graceland with Live Orchestra led by Renown UK Conductor, Robin Smith; An Elvis Gospel Christmas Starring the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and Former Members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet; and Elvis Live in Concert Featuring Legendary TCB Band Guitarist James Burton

In addition to special tours of Graceland Mansion decorated inside and out with Elvis’ original decorations, the holiday weekend will include a “Christmas at Graceland” Archive Presentation, Christmas Tips, Tricks and Crafts seminars, and two newly expanded Exhibits at Elvis Presley’s Memphis

There’s no place more magical than Elvis Presley’s Graceland® at Christmas. On December 14 and 15, 2018, Graceland will host a special weekend of holiday music and activities highlighted by three incredible live concerts on the Graceland Soundstage at Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex: Christmas with Elvis with Live Orchestra; An Elvis Gospel Christmas and Elvis Live in Concert. Anyone attending these concerts will receive free admission to Elvis Presley’s Memphis at 3:00 p.m. that day where they can visit two newly expanded exhibits: ICONS: The Influence of Elvis Presley and Presley Cycles.

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The weekend will also include several unique holiday activities such as a “Christmas at Graceland” Archive Presentation, Christmas Tips, Tricks and Crafts seminars at The Guest House at Graceland hosted by Lifestyle Expert JJ Keras, who has been regularly featured on the Today Show and Good Morning America, and a special screening of the Hallmark Channel’s movie “Christmas at Graceland” in The Guest House Theater.

In addition to the concerts and activities, the joy and beauty of the holiday season can be found throughout the Graceland campus. The Mansion will be decked out with a Christmas display that includes hundreds of blue lights along the driveway, a life-size Nativity scene, Santa and his sleigh, and much more, all originally displayed at Graceland by Elvis and the Presley family. Seasonal holiday tours of the interior of Graceland Mansion, featuring the Presley family’s personal Christmas décor, will be offered through January 8.

Christmas with Elvis at Graceland – With Live Orchestra
Friday, December 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Graceland Soundstage
This special Christmas concert debuted last year and became an instant classic with fans and families. The show features Elvis’ holiday favorites performed live on stage, with the full, rich sound of a 32-piece orchestra, featuring local Memphis musicians, vocalists, choirs and dancers including members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Tennessee Mass Choir, and Havenview Middle School Choir. For the second consecutive year, the concert will be under the musical direction of and conducted by, Robin Smith of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. Smith conducted the critically-acclaimed live orchestra tour of Elvis Live in Concert performances throughout the United Kingdom, continental Europe, and the United States in 2016 and 2017.

Elvis Presley's Graceland at Christmas with Elvis' original decorations. (Photo Business Wire)

Elvis Presley’s Graceland at Christmas with Elvis’ original decorations. (Photo Business Wire)

An Elvis Gospel Christmas – Live at Graceland
Saturday, December 15 at 5:00 p.m. at the Graceland Soundstage
An inspirational and uplifting concert featuring Elvis’ favorite gospel and Christmas classics performed by gospel greats the Blackwood Brothers Quartet and former members of JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet. The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, led by James Blackwood, sang at Gladys Presley’s funeral at the special request of Elvis and Vernon Presley. James’ younger son Billy Blackwood now continues the Blackwood Quartet legacy. JD Sumner and the Stamps Quartet were Elvis’ male back-up singers from 1971 to 1977. Former members who will be performing include Donnie Sumner, Ed Hill, Larry Strickland, and Bill Baize.
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Macy’s Launches Sixth Annual “The Big Give Back: Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One” Holiday Charity Program

 

Help share the warmth this season. Buy a coat at Macy’s stores or on macys.com from Nov. 4 to Nov. 6, and Macy’s, in partnership with Clothes4Souls, will donate a new coat to someone in need

Macy’s, in partnership with nonprofit Clothes4Souls, invites you to help those in need this fall by participating in the retailer’s sixth annual “The Big Give Back: Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One” campaign. From Sunday, Nov. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 6, for every coat purchased in the men’s, women’s, junior’s and children’s outerwear departments in-store and on macys.com, Macy’s will donate a brand new coat, up to 35,000, to Clothes4Souls to provide warmth, hope and dignity to those in need this winter.macys_logo

Coats donated through the program average in retail price from $40 to $100 and are generously donated from a variety of participating brands including 32 Degrees, Calvin Klein, Celebrity Pink, DKNY, GUESS, Hawke & Co. Outfitter, Kensie, Laundry by Shelli Segal, Lauren Ralph Lauren, London Fog, Michael Michael Kors, Nautica, S. Rothschild, Sebby and Weatherproof.

Since 2013, Macy’s has donated $8 million in coats, helping more than 200,000 people. This year, Macy’s and Clothes4Souls will distribute coats in 25 communities near Macy’s stores and corporate office locations. Additionally, employee volunteers from Macy’s Partners in Time program will assist with sharing the warmth and distributing coats in their local areas all around the country.

Macy's And Clothes4Souls Share The Warmth With Bowery Mission

From Sunday, Nov. 4 to Tuesday, Nov. 6, for every coat purchased in-store and on macys.com, Macy’s will donate a brand new coat, up to 35,000, to Clothes4Souls to provide warmth, hope, and dignity to those in need this winter. (Photo: Business Wire)

The ‘Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One’ campaign is one of our favorite campaigns of the Macy’s holiday season,” said Sam Harrison, Macy’s vice president of corporate communications, giving and volunteerism. “By encouraging customers to shop for a cause, we reinforce our belief in the wonder of giving at a time when people need it most. Our partnership with Clothes4Souls has allowed us to provide warmth, hope, and dignity to men, women and children for more than six years and we are excited to continue doing so with the support of our vendors, customers and local communities.

Clothes4Souls, a division of the nonprofit Soles4Souls, creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of clothing around the world. The organization works with nonprofit partners to distribute both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities.

It really is the ‘most wonderful time of year,'” said Buddy Teaster, CEO of Clothes4Souls. “Together with the help of Macy’s, its vendors, and dozens of agencies around the country, we have helped more than 200,000 people who desperately need a winter coat to stay warm. We’re thankful to Macy’s for their continued partnership and helping people in need right here in the U.S.

For more information on “The Big Give Back: Buy a Coat and We’ll Donate One”, visit macys.com/macysgives.

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Find the Ultimate Gift for Everyone on Your List at Macy’s This Holiday Season

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As the holiday gift destination, Macy’s offers a festive assortment of the perfect gifts for him, her, kids and home, including fashion, accessories and beauty, that will bring joy and style to all

Macy’s is channeling the spirit of giving through a special selection of the latest and greatest gifts for everyone on your list. Shoppers can get started early this year and find the perfect gift with the help of Macy’s Gift Guide, curated by Macy’s Fashion Office experts. Whether it’s cozy and warm or shiny and glam, this season’s gifts will delight family, friends and co-workers alike. Plus, find inspiration for both your coziest and most glamorous looks – depending on the mood, and home entertainment tips that will add that holiday cheer.macys_logo

The holidays are our favorite time of the year at Macy’s,” said Durand Guion, group vice president, Macy’s Fashion Office. “As the gift destination, we believe in the wonder of giving and are excited to help our shoppers find the perfect gift. Our fashion directors have highlighted the very best selection of fashion, beauty, and home, with trend pieces that are not only versatile but also inspiring, whether they’re for gifting, dressing or entertaining.

For Her

Cold weather essentials make the perfect gift from Macy_s this holiday season; DKNY bold logo puffer jacket, $169

Cold weather essentials make the perfect gift from Macy’s this holiday season; DKNY bold logo puffer jacket, $169

Upgrade her closet this holiday with special pieces for both cozy nights in as well as glam evenings out on the town. Macy’s is the style destination for all things holiday fashion, from festive party, looks to chic gifts for loved ones. For the trendsetter on your list, add a little sparkle to her winter look with a metallic jacket from Tommy Hilfiger and multi-colored statement earrings from I.N.C. Wrap up the look with quilted puffer scarves, hats, and gloves from DKNY. Bold logos are a statement-making must for all occasions, from cozy matching DKNY velour sets to luxe Michael Kors handbags with eye-catching hardware. Top off the look with sparkly party heels by I.N.C. or trendy hair accessories from Deepa by Deepa Gurnani. Coziness is definitely in and faux fur is most definitely on her wish list this season. Soft teddy coats from Style & Co. and Kensie will keep her warm in the cold, while I.N.C.’s playful slippers will have her stylishly covered at home. For comfy but elegant sleepwear, Lauren Ralph Lauren’s satin pajamas are the ultimate gift. To add even more shine and glam to the holiday season, think diamonds. The bezel-set slide diamond bracelets from EFFY will bring casual luxury to her everyday look and timeless diamond hoops will keep her glowing all year-round. For the extra special person, select the gift of love from the Grown With Love program, which offers an award-winning, stunning lab-grown diamond selection. This gift is sure to make the holidays brighter.

For Him

Macy_s gives the gift of great style with a statement dinner jacket by I.N.C., $129.50

Macy’s gives the gift of great style with a statement dinner jacket by I.N.C., $129.50

Make it effortless for him to dress the part this holiday season with statement dinner jackets by Bar III and Tallia, and bold smoking slippers from I.N.C. For formal holiday dressing, top it off with a velvet tie from Ryan Seacrest Distinction. Bright logo sweatshirts from Tommy Hilfiger and the softest plaid Levi’s flannel shirts are perfect for the guy who loves a more casual cool look. Give him the gift of warmth during tailgates in the dropping winter temps with quilted puffers from Calvin Klein, finished off with color-blocked knit beanies from Polo Ralph Lauren and hiking boots from Bar III. For a polished holiday look, try shawl collar sweaters from American Rag or textured cashmere from Tasso Elba. Watches are the perfect gift for your favorite guy, and no matter his taste, black-on-black styles from his favorite brands like Tag Heuer and Bulova add a modern touch. For the modern tech man, gift him the latest Apple Watch, replete with all the functionality and technology he could ever want. Continue reading

Hess Announces Collector’s Edition First Hess Truck, Now On Sale

Hess Corporation announced that the special limited Collector’s Edition truck, commemorating Hess Corporation’s 85th anniversary, is now on sale exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com for $42.99 with free standard shipping and Energizer® batteries included.

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Photo Credit: Hess Corporation truck. PRNewsfoto/Hess Corporation

Offered at the most limited quantity ever for any Hess Toy Truck, the Collector’s Edition First Hess Truck is designed as an enhanced replica of the original fuel oil delivery truck used by Leon Hess when he founded the company in 1933.

The Collector’s Edition First Hess Truck features three button-activated vintage sounds, rich LED lighting, expanded chrome-look details, a commemorative 1933 license plate, and comes packaged in a showcase box that pictures the original Hess truck fleet.

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Hess Corporation truck

Continuing the company’s annual tradition, the 2018 holiday Hess Toy Truck will be announced and available for purchase starting November 1 at 10 am EDT exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com. This year’s holiday truck will retail for $33.99 with free standard shipping and eight Energizer® batteries included.

Parents Magazine Reveals The Best Toys Of 2018

Kid Tested, Parent Approved! This Year’s Hottest Toys Include Surprise-Inside Toys, Wearable Fun, and Silly Robots

Parents magazine, the most trusted brand and leading voice for millennial moms, has revealed The Best Toys of 2018 list for kids of all ages and interests. Earlier this year, 70 kids and their parents were invited to play and test 350 of the newest toys to hit the market. Our toy experts narrowed down their favorites to the top 44 picks for infants to school-age kids.

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Parents magazine reveals the Best Toys of 2018

Our annual list, timed to the holiday season, covers a wide range of playthings and is nearly a year in the making! We go over and over the picks, but ultimately our kid-testers make the final call,” said Liz Vaccariello, Editor-in-Chief of Parents. “From educational STEM toys to interactive games to toys that encourage creative play, this year’s list has something special for everyone.

The Parents Best Toys of 2018 list, by category, include:

Best Big Wows

  • LEGO Jurassic World Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate; 8+ years, $130
  • Nerf Nitro DoubleClutch Inferno; 5+ years, $40
  • Singing Machine Kids Pedestal; 4+ years, $90
  • American Girl RC Sports Car; 8+ years, $215
  • Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus; 3-6 years, $60
  • Brio World Smart Engine Set With Action Tunnels; 3+ years, $90
  • Our Generation Horse Trailer; 3+ years, $70 trailer, $35 horse, $25 doll
  • Hasbro furReal Ricky, the Trick-Lovin Pup; 4+ years, $130
  • Baby Einstein Curiosity Table Activity Station; 12+ months, $70

Best of Surprise Toys

  • Party Popteenies Double Surprise Popper; 4+ years, $10
  • Hatchimals’ Hatchibabies; 5+ years, $60
  • Mega Construx Breakout Beasts; 5+ years, $10
  • Ryan’s World Giant Mystery Egg; 3+ years, $40
  • Rainbocorn; 3+ years, $25

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FAO Schwarz, The World’s Most Famous Toy Store, Announces New York Flagship Opening Date And International Expansion Plans

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The world-famous FAO Schwarz has announced their international expansion plans as well as November 16th as the official opening date of the New York City flagship store located at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Expansion plans include:

  • In partnership with Canada’s Hudson’s Bay, all 89 stores across the country will open pop-up FAO Schwarz shops, ranging in size from 300 to 1,200 square feet. Items will also be available at www.thebay.com.
  • A 27,000 square foot flagship will open in China via Kidsland China in Beijing slated for March of 2019. Additional stores and pop-ups will open over the next few years.
  • In partnership with Selfridges in London, UK, the team will open a pop-up for the holidays in early November 2018 as part of their “Selfridges Rocks” Christmas Shop.
  • Spain’s El Corte Ingles will open an FAO Schwarz pop-up in Madrid in early November 2018 through the holidays.
  • In partnership with Australia’s Myer Australia, FAO Schwarz will open a pop-up in their two flagship stores in Sydney and Melbourne as a part of their Giftorium Event starting in late October.

Founded in 1862, Frederick August Otto Schwarz opened FAO Schwarz, a marvelous bountiful emporium full of extraordinary, one-of-a-kind toys from all over the world. As one of the oldest and most iconic toy brands in the world, FAO Schwarz has always been synonymous with quality and innovation and offering cherished memories for generations of adults and children alike. (The company filed for bankruptcy in December 2013 and later bought by ThirtySixty Brands.)

The expansion to these countries further exemplifies FAO Schwarz as a global kids lifestyle brand,” said David Conn, CEO of ThreeSixty Brands, owners of FAO Schwarz. “FAO Schwarz was built on in-store experiences, which has made it a global destination over the years. In partnering with these amazing companies around the world, we are able to bring back that wonderment of toys and a deep nostalgia for the larger than life experience that FAO Schwarz has offered to parents and children alike for over 150 years.”

On November 16th, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, becomes home to the new FAO Schwarz New York City flagship with over 20,000 square feet of FAO Schwarz signature toys and items from partners such as Melissa & Doug, Marvin’s Magic and Build-A-Bear as well as FAO Schweetz in partnership with IT’SUGAR. The store will feature FAO’s staple retail experiences including the iconic dance-on-piano, magic shows, a baby adoption center, a kids’ grocery shopping experience, and a build-your-own RC race car station, among others. Many of these experiences will be duplicated with FAO Schwarz international partner locations, offering the world that one-of-a-kind toy retail experience the brand is known for.

Furthermore, the fondness associated with FAO Schwarz is wrapped up in the theatre of it all. It’s more than just toys. It’s the deep nostalgia for play that came to life and was so often larger than it. A visit to FAO Schwarz meant much more than a trip to a toy store and it will again.

Target Reimagines Toy Experience for the Holidays

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Retailer expands and reimagines space in hundreds of stores, doubles down on new and exclusive toys, and offers playful experiences for families with events and more

  • Nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores
  • Remodeled toy department available in more than 100 stores
  • Deeper inventory and more than 2,500 new and exclusive toys–nearly double last year
  • 25,000 hours of joy with in-store events for families
  • New digital experience, gift finder for toys on Target.com, and digitally enabled kids’ gifting catalog

Target Corp. unveiled its plans for creating an unbeatable toy experience for shoppers this holiday season. Minneapolis-based Target Corporation serves guests at more than 1,800 stores and at www.Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. The retailer is adding nearly a quarter-million square feet of new space for toys across more than 500 stores and will complete remodels of toy departments in more than 100 stores. Guests will find great prices throughout the season, deeper inventory and more than 2,500 new and exclusive toys—nearly double compared to last year. Additionally, Target will host nearly 25,000 hours of family-friendly store events and is introducing a new toys hub on Target.com, as well as a digitally enabled kids’ gifting catalog.963442362ab9bb70265680b00e3a6733

For many guests, finding the perfect toy to wrap up and give their little-loved ones this holiday is going to be their top priority. We want them to know that Target is here to help,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president, and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Our team has spent months preparing for this season, selecting the assortment, deepening our inventory to offer more of the hottest items and reimagining the experience we have for toys in our stores and online. We’re excited to welcome more shoppers to Target this season and help them create memorable moments for years to come.”

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By Nov. 2, Target will complete the expansion of nearly a quarter-million square feet of space for toys across more than 500 stores. The expanded departments will showcase larger items like electric ride-on vehicles, playhouses, outdoor playsets, and more. New displays will take items out of their packaging and put them into a 360-degree shopping experience. Playful signing will make it easy for guests to shop this new kid-friendly world and purchase items directly in-store or have them shipped to their home via Target.com. Continue reading

Tommy Bahama and Pendleton Collaborate for Fall 2018

Tommy Bahama and Pendleton Woolen Mills have joined forces on a new collaboration that celebrates these two iconic lifestyle brands’ love of the great outdoors and commitment to quality and style. This comes to life in the Tommy Bahama & Pendleton collection of men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, and home products. Tommy Bahama, based in Seattle, WA, and Pendleton®, based in Portland, OR, share a Pacific Northwest sensibility and a unique appreciation of the outdoor lifestyle and love of the beach and the surf.

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Tommy Bahama Logo

Combining their boundless dedication to open-air living, Tommy Bahama & Pendleton features the signature level of comfort, style, and quality that Tommy Bahama and Pendleton guests have come to expect. The brands’ shared sensibilities and authentic values are exemplified in two, new collaborative fabric patterns: the Aloha Harding Print unites Pendleton’s Harding design with overlaid tropical florals and the Island Serape Stripe features a tropical leaf pattern jacquard with Pendleton’s classic blanket stripe. These fabric patterns are used in a men’s vest, cardigan, camp shirt, and swim trunk and in a women’s serape poncho, dress, blouse, swim and activewear along with blankets, coffee mugs and more. Adding to the special nature of the Tommy Bahama & Pendleton collaboration, fabrics and blankets are made exclusively in Pendleton’s own Pacific Northwest mills for this collection.

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Tommy Bahama and Pendelton

This year also marks the 25th anniversary of Tommy Bahama, the iconic island lifestyle brand that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, swimwear, accessories, footwear, and a complete home furnishing collection. A successful retailer and pioneer in the concept of the combined restaurant and retail sites, Tommy Bahama locations allow guests to fully experience its hospitality and the brand anthem… Long Live the Island Life.

Tommy Bahama is part of Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. With corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama owns and operates over 160 Tommy Bahama retail locations worldwide, 18 of which offer a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar.

For 25 years, Tommy Bahama’s mission has been to Live the Island Life,” said Bradley O’Brien, EVP of Product Design for Tommy Bahama. “To celebrate this milestone, we have partnered with Pendleton Woolen Mills on this unique collaboration. Warm, stylish, relaxed and approachable are the essential elements, which dovetail our two brands. It is a true celebration of the simple pleasures of living the good life on the beach, in the mountains or in your own backyard.”

Setting the standard for classic American style, Pendleton is a lifestyle brand recognized worldwide as a symbol of American heritage, authenticity, and craftsmanship. With six generations of family ownership, since 1863, the company celebrates 155 years of weaving fabric in the Pacific Northwest in 2018. Known for fabric innovation, Pendleton owns and operates two of American’s remaining woolen mills, constantly updating them with state-of-the-art looms and eco-friendly technology. Inspired by its heritage, the company designs and produces apparel for men and women, blankets, accessories, home décor, and gifts. Pendleton is available through select retailers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea, and Australia as well as Pendleton stores, company catalogs and direct-to-consumer channels including the Pendleton website, www.pendleton-usa.com.

Bob Christnacht, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing for Pendleton said, “Pendleton is pleased to partner with Tommy Bahama, bringing to our consumers a distinctively different look, with a completely compatible collision of tropical florals and western jacquard patterns. The result, dramatic and creative fashions that reflect our similar roots and commitment to quality.

The Tommy Bahama & Pendleton collection launches on October 4th at select Tommy Bahama stores, www.tommybahama.com, select Pendleton retail store locations, and www.Pendleton-usa.com.

Vineyard Vines and Sperry Announce Multi-Season Footwear Collaboration

Vineyard Vines, the lifestyle brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo, announced a new footwear collaboration with the iconic American footwear brand, Sperry. With a shared love for the water, the two brands have partnered on a multi-season collection for men, women, kids, and baby that draws inspiration from their East Coast roots and passion for sailing. Reflecting the aesthetics of both brands—vineyard vines’ classic design approach and Sperry’s renowned craftsmanship, the exclusive footwear collection will launch with Sperry’s Authentic Original boat shoe and the Seaside Slip-on adorned with vineyard vines’ signature whale designs and unique patchwork prints. Retail prices range from $40.00 to $125.00. (Launched October 4, 2018, the premiere collection will be available for pre-sale at www.vineyardvines.com, www.sperry.com and select vineyard vines stores, followed by a more extensive Spring assortment hitting in early 2019.)

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The lifestyle apparel brand best known for its smiling pink whale logo was founded in 1998 on Martha’s Vineyard when brothers Shep and Ian Murray cut their ties with corporate America to start making ties that represented the Good Life. In addition to signature neckwear, vineyard vines offer a variety of clothing and accessories for men, women, and children.

We started our company with the mission to create quality products inspired by living the Good Life with our family and friends, much like Paul Sperry did over eighty years ago,” said Ian Murray, vineyard vines CEO & co-founder. “The Sperry collaboration is a perfect and fitting partnership between two American brands. We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with the Sperry team.” Shep Murray, vineyard vines CEO and co-founder adds, “We have always been a fan of their shoes and excited for our two brands to come together.”

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Sperry was founded in 1935 by an avid sailor, inventor, and intrepid explorer Paul Sperry. From the invention of the world’s first boat shoe, the iconic Top-Sider, Sperry continues its eight-decade tradition of offering innovative, fashion-forward styles that are perfect at sea or on the street. The company Paul Sperry founded in his own name is now fully rooted in the history of American style.

This collaboration represents the ultimate partnership of two iconic New England-based brands. We are excited to collaborate with vineyard vines on a capsule collection of shoes,” says Tom Kennedy, President at Sperry. “This initial release, which features vineyard vines heritage prints on Sperry’s most-loved silhouettes, evokes the nostalgia of simpler times, youthful fun, and family vacations at the shore.

Vineyard Vines products are sold in over 600 specialty and department stores worldwide, through a seasonal catalog at 1.800.892.4982, online at www.vineyardvines.com and at over one-hundred freestanding stores. Sperry is distributed in department stores and independent retailers in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, as well as Sperry specialty retail stores and www.Sperry.com. Sperry is a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. one of the world’s leading marketers of branded casual, active lifestyle, work, outdoor sport, athletic, children’s and uniform footwear and apparel. For a complete look at the Vineyard Vines Sperry Collection, please visit www.vineyardvines.com or www.sperry.com.

UGG Celebrates 40 Years

Supermodel Adwoa Aboah and Fashion Designer Heron Preston to star in Global Anniversary Campaign

UGG® celebrates four decades with “UGG: 40 Years“, a global campaign which launched on October 4th. From what started as a men’s surf brand in 1978 and transcended into a fashion industry authority, UGG® continues to show what it means to live the California lifestyle by being bold, provocative and free-spirited. Adorned with boldly colored poppies, California’s state flower, the campaign pays homage to that legacy and features current ambassadors, model Adwoa Aboah and designer Heron Preston, who have played a role in the brand’s success this year.

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Founded in 1978 by an Australian surfer on the coast of California, UGG® is a global lifestyle brand renowned for its iconic Classic boot. First worn by Hollywood royalty, fashion editors and then the world, UGG® designs and retails footwear, apparel, accessories and homewares with an uncompromising attitude toward quality and craftsmanship.

From free-spirited surfers to provocative fashion designers and California creatives, UGG has embraced bold, unapologetic individuality for 40 years,” said Andrea O’Donnell, President, Fashion Lifestyle Brands. “What the UGG brand stands for is more important than ever and this year we celebrate who we are now and look onward with excitement to the next 40 years.”AW18-40th-H-HERO

On October 4th, UGG® hosted an exclusive event to celebrate its 40th anniversary and global brand campaign at the iconic Hollywood hotel Chateau Marmont. Campaign stars Adwoa Aboah and Heron Preston were joined by Vanessa Hudgens, Teyana Taylor, Justine Skye, Luka Sabbat, H.E.R., SIMIHAZE, Hailey Clauson, Cozy Boys, Gianni Lee, Amanda Steele, Anne Winters, Neels Visser, and more to fete the momentous occasion. The event featured musical performances by H.E.R., Cherry Glazerr, and Heron Preston, and included art installations by Gianni Lee and Cleo Wade. After H.E.R. performed, she announced her role as the new UGG® brand ambassador and star in the brand’s Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign.AW18-40th-M-Neumel-SAN-W-Classic-Short-II-SAN-3-LockupAW18-40th-MW-Classic-Mini-II-SAN--Lockup

To celebrate this important milestone, the brand envisions a new future that’s still deeply rooted in its past by teaming its most popular icons with icons in fashion, innovation, and art. These unique individuals represent the next generation of UGG®.

  • Adwoa Aboah. With her bold personality, Adwoa Aboah rewrites the script of what it means to be a modern woman. A model and activist who has fronted campaigns for Chanel, Burberry, and Revlon. She challenges traditional standards of beauty, champions unconventionality, and builds a safe space for women to discuss mental health, sexuality, and body image without stigma and shame through Gurls Talk, a platform she founded with her best friend.
  • Heron Preston. A genre-bending artist, creative director, content creator, designer, and DJ, Heron Preston carves his own path in the fashion industry through his commitment toward innovation, experimentation, and unpredictability. His unconventional style has led to collaborations with Virgil Abloh, Nike, Kanye West, and the NYC Department of Sanitation. His relationship with UGG® was teased during Coachella, when Preston put his spin on a limited run of UGG® Classic II Mini boots with the designer’s signature pull tab and logo. The brand’s full collaboration will launch in 2019.

Additional cast members will be unveiled throughout the month of October.

UGG: 40 Years” was shot by photographer and visual artist Erik Madigan Heck, who is known for creating elaborate and surreal environments in his work. Heck brings a fine art sensibility to the campaign by reimagining iconic California landscapes, such as Big Sur and the Redwood Forest in saturated imaginative sets with vibrant colors and bold patterns, such as the sea of poppies, California’s state flower.

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Women’s Classic Short II, Classic Mini II, Ansley and Tasman II 40:40:40 in Sand

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Men’s Classic Short, Neumel, Ascot, Tasman and Scuff 40:40:40 in Sand

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Kids’ Classic II, Neumel II, Tasman and Infants’ Jessie II 40:40:40 in Sand

UGG® also ushers in their 40:40:40 Collection to commemorate the milestone. The limited-edition collection reissues its most beloved styles in the brand’s original colorway, Sand. The capsule includes 40:40:40 branding in Women’s, Men’s and Kids’ with prices ranging from $55-$180.

The limited-edition collection is now available at UGG® stores worldwide, ugg.com and at the select global wholesale accounts while supplies last.

  • North America: Nordstrom
  • Europe: Office (U.K.), Printemps (France) and Breuninger (Germany)
  • Japan: Isetan Shinjuku

Perry Ellis International, Inc. Announces Launch of 90’s Archive Collection, ‘Perry Ellis America’

The Limited Edition Reissue Will Feature Iconic 90’S Pieces Across A Series Of Drops Through 2019

Perry Ellis International, Inc. (PEI), fashion house for the iconic menswear label Perry Ellis®, announced today the launch of Perry Ellis America®; a limited edition capsule collection of the brand’s famed sub-label, which first debuted in 1984. A homage to the original collection, PEI is exploring its archives to recreate some of its most recognizable Perry Ellis America pieces, while introducing new additions inspired by the bold logos and vibrant colors of the 90’s. The unisex collection will revisit the fashion history Mr. Ellis helped to create, by bringing 90’s streetwear staples back for a limited time for enthusiasts around the world.

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Perry Ellis America logo (Photo Credit: Perry Ellis)

(Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high-quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution.)

From prep to grunge, to logos and back, fashion guru Perry Ellis (Mr. Ellis) defined American fashion for generations. In 1984 – in partnership with Levi’s – Mr. Ellis launched Perry Ellis America, the very first clothing collaboration of its kind. The collection fused luxury fashion with everyday classics to create a fresh, unique direction in American sportswear; a concept that would be imitated but never duplicated.

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Perry Ellis America

The first limited edition 12-piece capsule will include an assortment of instantly recognizable hallmark Perry Ellis America styles, including reissued nylon tracksuits, washed denim, color-blocked outerwear, and an assortment of logo-heavy fleeces and tees. Continue reading

Children’s Brand Gymboree Launches Collaboration with Rachel Zoe

 

Children’s retailer teams up with celebrity mom and fashion designer for two-part partnership, exclusively at Gymboree stores and gymboree.com

Gymboree, the children’s retailer known for providing high quality, comfortable clothing, and accessories, is collaborating with celebrity mom and fashion designer Rachel Zoe to curate holiday looks, along with co-designing an upcoming Spring 2019 collection. This announcement comes on the heels of the brand’s relaunch and celebrates the all-new Gymboree.

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Gymboree Logo (Photo Credit: Gymboree)

To kick-off the collaboration, Zoe is featured in an exclusive video, making her favorite picks from Gymboree’s Holiday collection, now in stores and at gymboree.com. She shares the best of dressed-up holiday looks with an assortment of styles that are perfect for family photos and all the special events of the season. For girls, you can expect to see pieces with a lot of texture and shine, such as ribbon stripes, metallic jacquards, velvet, and faux fur. For boys, Zoe recommends creating a look he would be happy to wear by mixing soft knits with cozy sweaters and denim.

The second curated collaboration from Rachel Zoe and Gymboree is the Holiday Gift collection, coming in early November, which will include her top picks for boys and girls—pieces that are easy to mix in different ways and encourage individual style. Standout pieces include a metallic silver windbreaker for boys and a denim jacket with a fur collar for the girls.

In Spring 2019, Gymboree will launch Rachel Zoe X Gymboree, a limited-edition collection of clothing and accessories for both boys and girls. Zoe’s design aesthetic brings a fresh, pretty sensibility to the upcoming girls’ styles and a cool California feel to the boys’ looks while staying true to Gymboree’s signature comfort and quality style for kids.

I am beyond excited to partner with Gymboree to share my favorite pieces from their new holiday collection and to announce our upcoming Spring 2019 design collaboration. The Gymboree holiday line has something for everyone on your list––whether you are shopping for your own little ones or gifting friends. As a mother of two young boys, it is so important to consider comfort as much as style when getting them dressed for any occasion.”

Rachel Zoe’s picks from the Holiday collection will be available in stores and online at www.gymboree.com earlier this month. More information on the exclusive Rachel Zoe X Gymboree collection launch will be made available in the coming months.

Barneys New York Launches Barneys Home and Kids with Renovated Floor in Madison Avenue Flagship

Renamed from Chelsea Passage, the expanded offering will launch with a newly renovated space, Open House event, and collaboration with interior designer Ryan Korban

Barneys New York announced the launch of Barneys Home and Kids, its new home and children’s offering, in its newly renovated space on the ninth floor of the Madison Avenue flagship. Barneys Home includes all new home brands and categories, including bedding, and Barneys Kids features an enhanced kids’ clothing and shoe selection. The divisions were formerly referred to as Chelsea Passage, which encompassed both home and children’s products. To celebrate, Barneys New York will host a Barneys Home and Kids Open House event for the public, a collaboration with interior designer Ryan Korban, and additional programming and partnerships.

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Barneys New York Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Barneys New York)

Barneys New York will host the Barneys Home and Kids Open House event on Saturday, October 20, from 1 – 5 p.m. The event will showcase designers, artisans and vendors, and feature designer appearances, activations and customization experiences throughout the floor. Guests at the Open House will experience a wide range of unique activations ranging from stationary customization to kids’ manicures to food tastings.

Barney Home is now offering luxury linens from brands including Magniberg, a Swedish luxury bedding brand, and Somma, an Italian collection of linens and bath towels. Barneys will also expand its selection of Hermes tabletop dinnerware and Baccarat crystal gifts. In addition, Barneys is now hosting a pop-up of the iconic Radical Design brands, including furniture, décor, and accessories from Gufram, Zanotta, and Laboratorio Pesaro. The redesigned floor also includes a dedicated children’s footwear area with brands like Gucci, Givenchy, and Fendi. New featured kids’ clothing brands include ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, Moncler, Neil Barrett, and more. Barneys Home and Kids products are now available in select Barneys New York stores and Barneys.com.

To continue the excitement around the new Barneys Home, Barneys New York is partnering with renowned interior designer Ryan Korban, who will curate a pop-up installation on the ninth floor of the Madison Avenue flagship. The space will preview Ryan Korban’s new furniture line, a variety of Ryan Korban décor and accessories, as well as Ryan’s picks of Barneys Home products. The pop-up will run from November 6 through the end of the month. To celebrate the partnership, along with Ryan’s new book, Ryan Korban: Interiors, Barneys New York will host a private event at its Madison Avenue flagship on November 6.

We are so excited for our customers to experience the new Barneys Home and Barneys Kids,” said Tom Kalenderian, Executive Vice President, General Merchandise Manager, Men’s, Children’s and Home, Barneys New York. “With new categories and offerings, our redesigned Madison Avenue space, and innovative events and collaborations, Barneys New York will always have something new to satisfy both design enthusiasts and stylish kids.

To shop Barneys Home online, visit here: https://www.barneys.com/category/home/N-1142dlo

To shop Barneys Kids online, visit here: https://www.barneys.com/category/kids/N-cwqgiq