Gap Launches its 2018 Limited-Edition Collection with GQ Featuring the ‘Coolest Designers on the Planet’

Balmain, Dsquared2, MSGM, No Vacancy Inn, Officine Générale, OpeningCeremony, Stampd, and Surf is Dead Create Limited-Edition Sweatshirts, Available at Select Gap Stores and Gap.com

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Gap, with GQ Magazine, launched the new exclusive menswear collection of GQ’s ‘Coolest Designers on the Planet.’ The program, which recognizes menswear designers, has expanded to feature international talent from around the globe. This year, Gap invited Balmain, Dsquared2, MSGM, No Vacancy Inn, Officine Générale, Opening Ceremony, Stampd and Surf is Dead to design their take on the classic Gap sweatshirt.

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This year, we took a fresh approach to our GQ for Gap collaboration,” says John Caruso, Gap VP of Men’s Design. “Our Gap hoodie and crewneck sweatshirts are iconic American staples that have appeared in countless ad campaigns and editorials. We are so excited to show our customers how each designer re-invents this classic.”

GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America project, which was established in 2007, works to advance and bring attention to emerging American menswear designers. The recognized designers were selected by GQ editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, creative director-at-large Jim Moore, and the magazine’s fashion editors, and took part in a mentoring program led by GQ and Gap.

“This year’s collection spotlights the iconic Gap sweatshirt, with collaborations from menswear’s most exciting names,” says Neilson. “It represents the very best of the Coolest Designers on the Planet program and the global influence of menswear in the thing we all really want to wear: a classic sweatshirt.”

Gap + GQ Surf is Dead Pullover Hoodie

The GQ for Gap collection consists of eight sweatshirts, one crewneck and seven hoodies, created by the eight designers. Designed to their brand aesthetic, each designer incorporated their own logo alongside the Gap logo with custom color palette, graphics, and silhouette. For example, the MSGMfor GQ for Gap x MSGM is oversized, featuring a double hood in a red and white color palette while GQ for Gap x Surf is Dead is a boxy silhouette in gray with neon graphics and dolman sleeves. The collection is available starting today, at selectGap stores in the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe. It will also be available online atwww.gap.com/gq. The collection prices range from $78 to $148.

As part of this year’s program, GQ will be making donations on behalf of each designer to the following organizations:

  • Balmain: (RED), working to eradicate HIV/AIDS
  • Opening Ceremony: Destination Tomorrow, a non-profit for LGBTQ+ youth in the Bronx
  • STAMPD: Ride2Revive, provides ill children with memorable and adrenaline-filled driving experiences meant to distract them from their health related struggles and revitalize their senses
  • Surf is Dead: Miracle Babies, devoted to providing financial assistance and supportive services to parents of sick newborns
  • No Vacancy Inn: Flint Kids Fund, working to help the children of Flint, Michigan who have been exposed to lead in their drinking water
  • DSQUARED2: The Center, the heart and home of NYC’s LGBT community
  • MSGM: Pane Quotidiano, an over 100-year-old Italian-based organization that provides free food to the poor on a daily basis
  • Officine Générale: The Bibi Fund, dedicated to curing cancer in children

For more information on ‘The Coolest Designers on the Planet,’ visit www.gap.com.

Lightbox Lights Up New York With A Holiday Pop-Up

Lightbox, the laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from the DeBeers Group, kicked off CyberWeek 2018 with the opening of their first pop-up activation, now through December 2,  at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center on Monday morning.

The innovative new laboratory-grown diamond jewelry company from De BeersGroup gives consumers an interactive experience for Cyber Week

Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices. The company is the only brand that sources lab-grown diamonds from Element Six, the world’s leading lab-grown diamond producer, based in Oxford, England, and built on more than 50 years of groundbreaking innovation. Lab-grown diamonds share the same physical, chemical and optical characteristics as rare, natural diamonds. But the process needed to create them is different from nature, so while they are neither as valuable or precious, they are just as sparkly. A tiny piece of lab-grown diamond, rather like a seed, is placed into a plasma reactor. Then heat that plasma to 4000 Kelvin (over 6000 degrees Fahrenheit).

Guests at The Lightbox pop Up at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center 

Gradually the tiny crystal grows. After around 400 hours, it’s big enough to cut into a polished stone. And if they desire a bigger stone, they simply run the process for longer. They can now play with chemistry, time and temperature to make a lab-grown diamond in different colors. The very same lab-grown diamond can then be used in many cutting-edge technologies, from today’s finest audio systems to tomorrow’s quantum computers. Element Six have pioneered the use of lab-grown diamond in multiple applications, from the sharpest surgical blade to the unrivaled speaker ‘tweeters’ used in Abbey Road studios.(*Learn more at www.lightboxjewelry.com.)

Lightbox is the innovative new company offering consumers fashion jewelry featuring high-quality pink, white and blue laboratory-grown diamonds at transparent and accessible prices.

For Cyber Week, shoppers will have the opportunity to experience the launch collection from Lightbox (currently only available online) featuring pretty pendants and stud earrings with sparkly lab-grown diamonds in blush pink, pale blue and traditional icy white. The jewelry is set in either silver or rose gold and Lightbox’s easy-to-understand linear pricing model is highlighted within the space, making purchasing a lab-grown diamond easier than ever. Prices start at just$200 for a quarter carat and range up to $800 for one-carat total weight, plus the cost of the setting.

The Lightbox Pop Up at The Oculus, Westfield World Trade Center 

Visitors to the pop-up can engage with a customized styling display and try on jewelry from the collection. Brand ambassadors will be on hand to facilitate online orders through the Lightbox website and all orders placed at the pop-up will receive free expedited shipping. The pop-structure also features an interactive selfie video wall where visitors can share a moment.

Lightbox General Manager Steve Coe and Head of Marketing Sally Morrison were joined by models from the brand’s advertising campaign for a lighting ceremony at the 20′ x 20’light-filled structure.

H&M and Children’s Health Fund Celebrate Giving Tuesday 2018

In celebration of Giving Tuesday 2018 (November 27th), H&M is supporting Children’s Health Fund and its mission of ensuring access to high-quality healthcare for some of America’s most disadvantaged children. Through a gift card sales drive online and in all stores this holiday season, H&M will donate 5% of card purchase amounts to the Children’s Health Fund, with a minimum donation of $350,000 and a maximum of $500,000.

Additionally, on Giving Tuesday, H&M, along with employee volunteers, will hand out nearly 400 H&Mcoats to students at the Harlem flagship location of Healthy and Ready to Learn (HRL), an innovative program supported by the H&M Foundation. Another 250 coats will be distributed to children who are seen at the Children’sHealth Fund’s clinic in the South Bronx as well as other schools who participate in the Healthy and Ready to Learn program. This Giving Tuesday effort launches a nationwide volunteer program that will roll out in 2019 to continue giving the gift of healthcare to children in need. H&Memployees across the country will be volunteering in a variety of ways to help support Children’sHealth Fund’s programs and the children they serve.

TheChildren’s Health Fund is committed to ensuring high-quality health care to America’s most disadvantaged children. They achieve this through expanding access to comprehensive primary care, reducing health barriers to learning, responding to the needs of children impacted by a major public health crisis, and improving the health and well-being of children through advocacy and public education efforts.

The H&M Foundation currently partners with the Children’sHealth Fund, supporting an innovative school-based program inNew York, designed to get children healthy and ready to learn. In the first phase of the project, Healthy and Ready to Learn was designed to determine best practices for addressing health barriers that risk slowing down children’s ability to learn. During the coming years, the Children’sHealth Fund will continue to support the HRL model and increase bothservices and dissemination of practices that reduce health barriersto learning in New York City while also preparing the model to betested and scaled nationally.

Weare so grateful to H&M for donating coats to the children we serve here in New York so that they are prepared for the cold winter months ahead,” said Dennis Walto, Chief Executive Officer ofChildren’s Health Fund. “It’s the perfect illustration ofH&M’s commitment to keeping the students at this school healthy and ready to learn.

Shinola And Disney Celebrate 90 Years Of Mickey Mouse With The Launch Of The Mickey Classics Collection

Two American True Originals Collaborate on a Mickey Mouse Capsule Collection

Shinola and Disney are pleased to announce the launch of the Mickey Classics Collection, a capsule collection that honors 90 years of Mickey Mouse. The collaboration is part of “Mickey the True Original,” a global celebration of Mickey’s heritage, personality and status as a pop-culture icon.

Since his big-screen debut in Steamboat Willie on November 18, 1928, Mickey continues to serve as the global ambassador for The Walt Disney Company. From the beloved Mickey Mouse Club to today’s Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts, the character’s optimistic outlook and endearing personality continue to delight fans around the world.

Shinola is committed to making lasting things. World-class watches, beautiful leather goods, high-integrity audio, thoughtful gifts, and a hotel. If it’s made, they want to try to make it better. With relentless optimism, tenacity, humor, and humility, Shinola helps people shine in an understated way.

Shinola is a company that believes in celebrating American success stories,” said Shannon Washburn, President of Shinola. “We are proud to join Disney in honoring the magic of Mickey Mouse while also commemorating the five-year anniversary of our flagship watch, the Runwell.

The Mickey Classics is a collection of limited-edition and special-edition Shinola Runwell timepieces, leather goods, audio equipment, wall clocks and journals showcasing Mickey Mouse.

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The company is offering five limited-edition Runwell timepieces featuring illustrations by Disney’s character artist, Jeff Shelly

The company is offering five limited-edition Runwell timepieces featuring illustrations by Disney’s character artist, Jeff Shelly. Each illustration is drawn specifically for these five Shinola watches, inspired by iconic Mickey Mouse moments such as the character’s appearance in Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willie. Limited to 90 timepieces per style in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary, each Runwell comes with one of five framed original sketches of Mickey Mouse, as well as a special-edition Shinola sketchbook with a “How to Draw Mickey” instructional booklet.

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Additionally, both the leather Runwell backpack—which includes a hand-stitched leather appliqué of Steamboat Willie—and the leather tech portfolio are lined with a “How to Draw Mickey” illustration.

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Shinola-Disney Medium Journal Cover

The Mickey Classics journals feature a flip book that animates a scene from The Nifty Nineties (1941) created by Disney legend Fred (Freddie) Moore, whose design and animation of the spunky little star is considered seminal in Mickey’s career.

The Shinola x Disney Mickey Classics collection is now available at Shinola.com and in Shinola stores, Disney stores, and select specialty retailers. Prices range from $28 for a journal to $2,500 for a Shinola Runwell Turntable.

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

National Museum of American History Participates in Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative #BecauseOfHerStory

List of Exhibitions and Displays Opening March 2019 – June 2020

Three National Museum of American History exhibitions opening in 2019 and 2020 are part of the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative #BecauseOfHerStory. The initiative is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document display and share the compelling story of women. It will deepen our understanding of women’s contributions to the nation and the world. Designed to amplify women’s crucial roles in building and sustaining the nation, the three exhibitions are “All Work and No Pay,” “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage” and “Girlhood! (It’s Complicated).”smithsonian-logo

All Work and No Pay”: Opens March 4, 2019, and Closes February 2020

Break rooms across America hold signs that read: “Your mother doesn’t work here.” The Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s new display “All Work and No Pay: A History of Women’s Invisible Labor” examines just that: the implied expectation that women will take care of the housework. The exhibit, opening March 4, shows that despite making steps forward in the paid labor force, women continued to be responsible for the almost-timeless and undeniably endless unpaid work at home.

Pockets, aprons, housedresses and a variety of other costumes meant for domestic work from colonial America to the 1990s are featured. Objects from various ethnic communities and classes will highlight how women shared similar tasks across race and class despite the complicated dynamics and inequalities between them. Through this display, visitors can see how women have always worked and debate the value and implications of unwaged labor in the home.

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SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY Logo. (PRNewsFoto/SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY)

Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage”: Opens March 6, 2020/Closes TBD

To mark the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking 19th Amendment that recognized women’s right to vote, the museum will open “Creating Icons: How We Remember Women’s Suffrage.” Designed to commemorate women’s achievements in winning suffrage, the exhibit will invite audiences to explore how we celebrate, what we remember, what (and who) has been forgotten or silenced over time and how those exclusions helped create the cracks and fissures in the movement that continue to impact women’s politics and activism. A jewel box approach will display a small group of artifacts in conjunction with graphics and media – an interweaving of the “famous” and the “forgotten.” The most impressive piece, a six-foot oil portrait of Susan B. Anthony, will be the centerpiece of the exhibition. Painted by Sarah J. Eddy in 1900, it depicts an idealized image of Anthony being presented with flowers by young boys and girls on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Other Items from the National American Women Suffrage Association collection (now the League of Women Voters) donated to the Smithsonian between 1919 and 1920 will be featured. Materials related to Adelaide Johnson (sculptor of Portrait Monument in the Capitol), Alice Paul (suffragist and activist who helped secure women’s right to vote) and the National Woman’s Party (NWP), and other suffrage and women’s activism collections are included.

Girlhood! (It’s Complicated)”: Opens June 12, 2020, and Closes Jan 2, 2022, and will travel through SITES

For decades, young women were told that girls were “made of sugar and spice and everything nice.” What we learn from history is that many girls were made of stronger stuff. They changed history. This will be a signature exhibition at the museum and it is designed to travel through the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. Through its rich collections and new acquisitions, the museum will explore how girls have been on the front lines of social and cultural change. Girlhood (It’s Complicated) engages in timely conversations about youth movements and women’s history through unexpected stories of girlhood in the United States. With the design inspired by zines, the 5,000 square-foot gallery will have five story sections: Education (Being Schooled), Wellness (Body Talk), Work (Hey, Where is My Girlhood?), Fashion (Girl’s Remix) as well as biographical interactives called “A Girl’s Life.

Through incomparable collections, rigorous research and dynamic public outreach, the National Museum of American History explores the infinite richness and complexity of American history. It helps people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. The museum is located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th Streets, and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.

More information about the initiative is available at https://womenshistory.si.edu.

New-York Historical Society Presents Artwork By Betye Saar in Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean

Exhibition Explores The Enduring Legacy Of Slavery And The Representation Of African American Women

The New-York Historical Society presents Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, a solo exhibition of work by the key figure of the Black Arts Movement and feminist art movement of the 1960-70s, on view now through May 27, 2019. The exhibition features 22 works created between 1997 and 2017, from the artist’s ongoing series of washboard assemblages utilizing the washboard as a symbol of the unresolved legacy of slavery and oppression that black Americans, particularly black women, continue to face.

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Betye Saar (b. 1926), Supreme Quality, 1998. Mixed media on vintage washboard, metal washtub, wood stand. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Tim Lanterman, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Betye Saar: Keepin’ It Clean, which fuses the historical and collective memory of race and gender in the United States with personal autobiography, joins Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow (September 7, 2018 – March 3, 2019) as part of New-York Historical’s new initiative to address topics of freedom, equality, and civil rights in America. Presented in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, part of the recently inaugurated Center for Women’s History, the exhibition is organized by the Craft &Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles and coordinated at New-York Historical by Wendy N. E. Ikemoto, Ph.D., associate curator of American Art.

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Betye Saar (b. 1926), Liberation, 2011. Mixed media on vintage washboard Collection of Sheila Silber. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

The washboards of Betye Saar’s Keepin’ It Clean series transcend the traditional boundaries of material culture and art to shed light on persistent gender stereotypes,” said Dr. Louise Mirrer, president and CEO of New-York Historical. “The exhibition furthers the efforts we at the New-York Historical Society have made over the past decade and a half to educate the public on the enduring legacy of slavery and African Americans’ struggle for full rights as citizens. Saar’s art accomplishes what we always try to achieve: to challenge conventional wisdom, provoke new thought and action, and ensure that visitors make important connections between the past and the present and are inspired to action.”

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Betye Saar (b. 1926), Dark Times, 2015. Mixed media on vintage washboard, clock. Courtesy of the artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer

Saar first encountered assemblage with her grandmother in the Depression-era neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles, where she witnessed Simon Rodia creating his iconic “Watts Towers” from found and recycled objects. Further influenced by the assemblages of Joseph Cornell, Saar began in the 1960s to collect and recycle everyday items featuring racist caricatures. Her breakout piece, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima (1972), re-imagined the well-known “mammy” figure with visual references to the art and iconography of Black Power and the Black Panther Party. In this piece and many others, Saar depicts black women in revolt against enslavement, segregation, and servitude. Continue reading

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: DrinkableGifts.com Delivers Holiday Spirits Around the World

International Beer, Wine, and Liquor Delivery Company Toasts the Holidays with a Cyber Monday Deal

DrinkableGifts.com, the world’s premier online beer, wine, and liquor delivery company is proud to kick off the holiday season with a Cyber Monday sale worth having a drink for. Delivering alcohol and spirits everywhere in the globe it’s legal in just a few days, its customer service team are ready 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you send the perfect Drinkable Gift to more than 175 countries.

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Corporate customers can send their favorite cocktail gifts to colleagues, partners, and VIPs, including the signature Long Island Iced Tea Gift Set.

The exciting liquor gift basket company has already been quick to please customers and make a lasting impression. Eager to keep up that momentum, Drinkable Gifts is taking advantage of Cyber Monday to the fullest by announcing its sales early. On Cyber Monday customers will be able to save $27 USD on any order. That makes reaching for the top shelf bottle even easier! Customers who have been waiting to order a special bottle of someone’s favorite spirit won’t get a better chance than November 26th.

DrinkableGifts.com is also pleased to announce some extra goodies for corporate clients, too. Their bulk order form makes ordering 3 to 300 gifts quick and easy. This year, it’s even better. Customers with bulk orders will enjoy deep discounts based on volume, and we hear a little haggling is encouraged. Customers can look forward to impressing friends, family, or business partners with a wide selection of spirited gifts, even if they’re in other countries.

Customers will also be thrilled to know that they can get help with picking out gifts, even if they don’t want to talk to a person. Drinkable Gifts has a new gift selection tool: the Gift Wizard, that helps customers narrow down gifts. Customers can search by budget, type of gift, location, even what the gift is for! From beer baskets for sharing to deluxe champagne hampers for one, this tool sifts through them all with ease.

To be ready for the holidays, Drinkable Gifts has brought on extra customer service agents to make it even easier to chat with, e-mail, or talk to someone. The team is available 24/7 to make sure every order goes as smoothly as possible, and to answer any questions customers have. You can learn more at www.drinkablegifts.com.