Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede Launch a Fashion Brand for the “Curves” of Popular Culture

Good American Advances the Body Revolution 

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This Fall, Khloe Kardashian and Emma Grede are launching Good American – a denim-focused fashion brand designed for a curvier, sexier and stronger shape, rather than the straight body of the traditional fashion establishment. The collection offers three highly-wearable styles to flatter and enhance various body types and will be available in sizes 0-24. Good American will sell directly to its consumers starting October 18th at goodamerican.com, as well as in Nordstrom locations around the United States.

Good American (www.Instagram.com/goodamerican,www.Facebook.com/goodamerican, www.Twitter.com/goodamerican, www.Tumblr.com/goodamerican, Snapchat: goodamerican) is advancing the embracing the plus-size body movement already seen in popular culture, which has certainly redefined what it means to be sexy and is knocking down outdated physical stereotypes which the new generation of girls no longer aspire to.

In June 2016 the company’s co-founders announced they would be looking for young women to be part of their launch campaign via social media, in just two days, over 12,000 people entered and 23 girls were selected to appear in the campaign alongside Kardashian.

For our launch campaign we wanted to feature girls who embody our values, women that embrace the body they were given- they all entered themselves after all and responded to a simple mission statement on a website. Also it was important to us to get the collection onto the bodies of the women that will become our customers and not just models,” says Grede.

We wanted to find real girls to join us in this movement,” says Kardashian “This isn’t just about finding the perfect pair of jeans, but embracing your body and being proud of all that you are.

We are the Body Popular Culture, We are Good American

Nordstrom Announces President of Nordstrom.com and Strategic Shifts in Leadership Responsibilities

To further accelerate its e-commerce, digital and mobile efforts, Nordstrom, Inc. announced that it has appointed Ken Worzel as president, Nordstrom.com. Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 334 stores in 39 states and Canada.

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Mr. Worzel has served as executive vice president of Strategy and Development at the company since 2010, where he has been responsible for strengthening the company’s competitive position and relevance through developing and executing customer-driven strategies to support the company’s growth. Prior to Nordstrom, he worked as a consultant, including partnering with Nordstrom for 13 years while at Marakon Associates and McKinsey & Company.

Through his six years as a leader at Nordstrom and many years prior to that working alongside our executive team, Ken has gained a deep understanding of how our e-commerce, digital and mobile efforts play an integral role in providing customers a differentiated experience through service, personalization and convenience,” said Erik Nordstrom, co-president of Nordstrom. “Ken comes into this position with expertise around Nordstrom.com’s current position and a strong vision for its future potential that will continue to bring the company a tremendous amount of value as we evolve our strategy and build on our success.”

Additionally, to better serve the changing needs of its customers and how they shop, the company also announced a strategic shift of leadership responsibilities to better support the Nordstrom (full-price) and Nordstrom Rack (off-price) brands across both stores and digital.

New assignments include:

  • Co-President Erik Nordstrom will now be responsible for the Nordstrom brand, including Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom.com, and Trunk Club as well as Customer Care, Marketing and Supply Chain.
  • Co-President Blake Nordstrom will be responsible for the Nordstrom Rack brand, including Rack stores and NordstromRack.com/HauteLook and other corporate functions including Finance, Technology, Legal and Human Resources.
  • Co-President Pete Nordstrom will continue to support all of the company’s merchandising functions and Store Planning. He will also remain closely involved in all areas impacting the Nordstrom brand, including marketing.

Customers are served at 121 Nordstrom stores in the U.S. and Canada; 205 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.comNordstromRack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

Gap Launches Its Fifth Limited-Edition Collection With GQ Featuring The All-Stars Of The Best New Menswear Designers In America Program

Michael Bastian, Saturdays NYC, John Elliott, and Steven Alan Create Limited-Edition Menswear Collection, Available at Select Gap Stores and Gap.com

Gap is pleased to release the new exclusive menswear collection of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the program and its fifth year of partnering with Gap, this year’s collection features the best-of-the-best All-Stars who have gone on to build successful careers with their distinct take on American menswear.

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Gap is thrilled to celebrate this milestone and bring to life the visions of these talented designers,” said Wendi Goldman, executive vice president and chief product officer for Gap. “They are true All-Stars who have played an important role in shaping contemporary American style and we couldn’t be prouder to offer their signature takes on menswear with this new collection.”

We wanted to make the 10th anniversary of this program feel like its own declaration, a snapshot of the state of American fashion,” said GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson. “We also wanted to make the clothes instantly wearable, easily attainable, and flat-out covetable. With these four exciting designers, and with Gap’s exceptional partnership, I think we hit the sweet spot.”

The collection includes tailored trousers and denim, overcoats, leather jackets, classic tees and sweatshirts, sweatpants, and a variety of button down shirts along with accessories — including hats, bags, and socks; and is available starting September 27th, at select Gap stores in more than seven countries, including the United States, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, and throughout Europe. It will also be available online at www.gap.com with prices ranging from $18 to $595.

The four designers below, along with the pieces from their limited-edition Gap capsule collections, will be featured in a special advertising insert in the October 2016 issue of GQ magazine.

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  • Michael Bastian (New York, established 2006, GQ Class of ’07, ’11)–The beauty of Bastian’s clothes is that they can be remixed a hundred different ways. “It’s a great challenge,” Bastian tells GQ of creating his capsule collection. “It’s the difference between a novel and a good short story. They’re equally powerful.” But as the only designer to ever be given repeat recognition in the program (he participated in both 2007 and 2011), he was top of the list for this year’s All-Star roster.

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  • Steven Alan (New York, established 1994, GQ Class of ’08)–Most designers build their collections and work their way up to opening a storefront. Steven Alan did it backward. The clothes he did make (shirts, mostly) were basically private-label pieces to fill his own shelves. He opened a showroom in 1997 and gradually diversified: a striped tie here, a polo there, until he was a capital-F fashion designer. Today he’s a one stop shop with everything from shirts and shoes to sunglasses and watches, all stocked next to those under-the-radar brands he’s found through his travels. That collection-curation combo is a move many major menswear retailers have since borrowed–but nobody ever nails it quite as well as Steven Alan.

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  • Saturdays NYC (New York, established 2009, GQ Class of ’12)–Founded by Morgan Collett, Colin Tunstall, and Josh Rosen, Saturdays showed up out of nowhere, a magpie line that fathered all the style touch points of the moment: the surf-culture explosion, the shrunk-in-the-wash fit, and the crisp graphic designers aimed at city kids partying on the tiki-torched decks in Montauk and Malibu. What Saturdays does best, is make the brand feel like a way of life. From publishing their own in-house magazine to developing a coffee blend, their shops (now in New York, Japan, and Australia) feel like your most stylish buddy’s weekend home.

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  • John Elliott (Los Angeles, established 2012, GQ Class of ’14)–When Elliott first participated in the program just two years ago, he was working out of an apartment with three other guys, and the quartet has since revolutionized menswear with their side zip hoodies and tapered sweatpants. “One of the most incredible experiences of my life was going to the Gap near where I live in L.A. to look at my first GQ collection, and they didn’t have anything left,” reflects Elliott. He has since ascended to street wear-demigod status with his signature layered look, creating a style movement that is still gathering steam.

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’s editor-in-chief, Jim Nelson, creative director Jim Moore, and the magazine’s fashion editors, and took part in a mentoring program led by GQ and Gap

GQ is the leading men’s general-interest magazine, with a monthly readership of 7 million readers. It is available in print, online at GQ.com, and as an app at http://www.iTunes.com/. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications

September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

September 27 is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day of action—initiated by United States’ governing health body, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention— to focus on what each of us can do to reduce the toll of HIV among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM). More directly, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NGMHAAD) is observed each year to direct attention to the continuing and disproportionate impact of HIV and AIDS on gay and bisexual men in the United States.ngmhaad_profile_logo

HIV Among Gay and Bisexual Men – Fast Facts from the CDC:

  • Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States.
  • From 2005 to 2014, HIV diagnoses decreased in the United States by 19% overall, but increased 6% among all gay and bisexual men, driven by increases among African American and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.
  • Over the past 5 years (2010-2014), the increase in HIV diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men was less than 1%, although progress has been uneven among races/ethnicities.

Although only 2% of the US population, gay and bisexual men account for more than half of the 1.2 million people living with HIV in the United States and two-thirds of all new diagnoses each year. If trends continue, 1 in 6 gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime, including 1 in 2 black gay and bisexual men, 1 in 4 Latino gay and bisexual men, and 1 in 11 white gay and bixesual men. But these rates are not inevitable. There are many actions gay and bisexual men can take to protect themselves and those they care about from HIV. And each of us can take action to help ensure gay and bisexual men know what options are available. We have more prevention tools today than ever before.

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Estimated New HIV Diagnoses Among the Most-Affected Subpopulations, 2014—United States. Image and information courtesy of The (US) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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In 2014:

  • Gay and bisexual men accounted for 83% (29,418) of the estimated new HIV diagnoses among all males aged 13 and older and 67% of the total estimated new diagnoses in the United States.
  • Gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 accounted for an estimated 92% of new HIV diagnoses among all men in their age group and 27% of new diagnoses among all gay and bisexual men. 
  • Gay and bisexual men accounted for an estimated 54% (11,277) of people diagnosed with AIDS. Of those men, 39% were African American, 32% were white, and 24% were Hispanic/Latino.

Although HIV diagnoses increased among gay and bisexual men overall from 2005 to 2014—and increased sharply among African American and Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men—diagnoses overall have stabilized in more recent years:

  • From 2010 to 2014, diagnoses increased less than 1% among all gay and bisexual men overall and among African American gay and bisexual men. Diagnoses:
    • Declined 6% among white gay and bisexual men.
    • Increased 13% among Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.
  • From 2010 to 2014, among young (aged 13 to 24) gay and bisexual men, diagnoses: 
    • Declined 2% among young African American gay and bisexual men.
    • Declined less than 1% among young white gay and bisexual men.
    • Increased 16% among young Hispanic/Latino gay and bisexual men.

Living With HIV

  • At the end of 2013, 687,800 gay and bisexual men were living with HIV. Of those, 15% were unaware of their infection.
  • Among gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV infection in 2014, 84% were linked to medical care within three months of diagnosis.e
  • During 2013, 57% of gay and bisexual men who had been living with diagnosed HIV for at least a year were retained in care (receiving continuous HIV medical care) and 58% had a suppressed viral load (a very low level of the virus). e

Prevention Challenges

  • Gay and bisexual men continue to experience the greatest burden of HIV compared to any other group in the United States. Therefore gay and bisexual men have an increased chance of being exposed to HIV. A 2016 analysis estimated that there are nearly 4.5 million gay and bisexual men in the United States and that 15% are living with HIV infection (11% diagnosed).
  • Nearly 1 in 7 gay and bisexual men living with HIV are unaware they have it. People who don’t know they have HIV cannot get the medicines they need to stay healthy and reduce the likelihood of transmitting HIV to their partners. Therefore, they may transmit the infection to others without knowing it.
  • Most gay and bisexual men acquire HIV through having anal sex with an HIV-positive person without using a condom or without taking daily medicine to prevent HIV called pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) or without their partner taking medicine to treat HIV called Antiretroviral Therapy (ART). Anal sex is the riskiest type of sex for getting or transmitting HIV. Receptive anal sex is 13 times as risky for acquiring HIV as insertive anal sex. Using condoms the right way every time and taking medicines to prevent or treat HIV each can reduce the risk of getting or transmitting HIV. Combining 2 or more options provides more protection from HIV and condoms also protect from some sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • Gay and bisexual men are also at increased risk for other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, like syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia.
  • Homophobia, stigma, and discrimination may place gay and bisexual men at risk for multiple physical and mental health problems and affect whether they seek and are able to obtain high-quality health services.

What The CDC Is Doing

The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) funds health departments and other Community-Based Organizations (CBOs) to support HIV prevention services for gay and bisexual men. For example, Continue reading

Robin Roberts to Receive Point Foundation Courage Award

Anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Will Receive Award at Point Honors Gala at the Beverly Hilton October 1

Point Foundation (Point) will honor Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts with the Point Courage Award at the organization’s annual Point Honors Los Angeles Gala October 1. The award recognizes those who have advocated for the future of the LGBTQ community and believe in the vision that investing in today’s potential will produce a brighter tomorrow.

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Point Foundation empowers promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential – despite the obstacles often put before them – to make a significant impact on society. Point Foundation promotes change through scholarship funding, mentorship, leadership development and community service training.

Roberts is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and a survivor of breast cancer. Her willingness to publicly share her medical odyssey was recognized with a Peabody Award, as well as the admiration of millions. TV personality and restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump will present the award to Roberts.

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Michael Lombardo

Also at the October 1 event, the Point Impact Award will be presented to producer and broadcast executive Michael Lombardo by actress Molly Shannon. Comedian Tig Notaro will host the evening, which will include appearances by Wendi McLendon-Covey, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, and Matt Walsh, among others. Additional celebrity participants will be announced shortly. Information about attending or supporting Point Honors is at www.pointfoundation.org/LAHonors.

My mother always told me, ‘We’ve all got something to give’ and that’s why it’s so important to empower young people through education,” said Roberts. “Nothing – not race, ethnicity, gender identity, or sexual orientation – should stand in the way of anyone getting the chance to become a skilled doctor, a scientist, journalist, or an artist whose creativity brings us joy. I am blessed to be in a position to encourage young people to help those in need, as well as assure them there are people and organizations like Point Foundation that they can turn to when they need help.

Robin Robert’s achievements as a highly accomplished journalist make her a great role model for LGBTQ students,” said Jorge Valencia, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Point Foundation. “That she continued to express great empathy for the lives of others even when facing daunting challenges to her health, demonstrated great courage and leadership.”

Point Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ students of merit. Some of Point’s 84 current scholarship recipients and 244 alumni will be at the event to share with the audience their inspiring stories.POINT FOUNDATION

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Karen Harvey Consulting Group Announces New High Profile Speakers and Moderators for its 3rd Annual Fashion Tech Forum (FTF)

Speakers and Activations Now Include Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Intel, Tamara Mellon, Movado, Away, Evrythng, and KidBox

Moderators Now Include Those From: Fast Company, Digital Times, Business of Fashion, and Refinery29

Karen Harvey, CEO of Karen Harvey Consulting Group is pleased to announce that some of the most important leaders in Fashion Tech will now be joining Fashion Tech Forum (FTF) on October 13 at Duggal Greenhouse in Brooklyn. Ms. Harvey launched Fashion Tech Forum in 2014 to provide a platform for the fashion, retail, technology and investment communities to better connect and collaborate on how to work together in the future.

The annual conference is an invitation-only event with 800+ industry leaders. Last year, Fashion Tech Forum brought together the most exceptional CEO’s, innovators, thinkers, founders and investors in fashion, retail, media and technology. This year’s conference will engage Founders and CEOs in sharing their stories of leadership and transformation.

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Karen Harvey Consulting Group Announces New High Profile Speakers and Moderators for its 3rd Annual Fashion Tech Forum (FTF) At Duggal Greenhouse In Brooklyn On October 13th, 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Karen Harvey Consulting Group)

FTF 2016, which was officially announced on August 3rd is a platform for the fashion and technology sectors to gather for powerful conversation and to share new information fostering future collaboration. CEO’s, founders, leaders and investors from both sectors will discuss a broad range of issues, fueling the genesis of the hybrid companies of the future.

Verizon‘s Chief Marketing Officer Diego Scotti will talk about bringing Verizon’s mission to deliver the promise of a digital world to the forefront as they continue to evolve into a lifestyle and entertainment brand engaging with consumers across all aspects of their lives.

EBay (Nasdaq: EBAY), one of FTF’s original partners, will participate again as Bradford Shellhammer their Head of Curation and Merchandising on the eBay Innovation team will lead a discussion on human-led curation. Michael Preysman, Founder and CEO of Everlane returns to FTF’s stage along with Head of Product and Design Rebekka Bay.

Laurent Potdevin, CEO of Lululemon (Nasdaq: LULU), and Creative Director Lee Holman will share their ongoing commitment to innovation, authenticity and creating a design-led company.

Other keynote speakers will include: Robbie MyersEditor in Chief of ELLE, who will share her journey in transforming ELLE into a cultural game-changer for women; and in the areas of evolving fashion companies Diane von Furstenberg along with the brand’s CEO, Paolo Riva and new Chief Creative Officer, Jonathan Saunders will share their transformative experiences.

Ganesh Srivats, VP North American Sales from Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) shares the advancement of luxury retail experiences.

As the leader in mobile storytelling platforms, Snapchat‘s Peter Sellis, Head of Revenue Product, along with Snapchat‘s Farnaz Azmoodeh, Director of Engineering, will discuss how the platform is transforming retail experiences.

New Additions and Updates Being Announced Today Include:

  • Levi’s Strauss & Co: Chip Bergh, CEO interviewed by David Lidsky, Deputy Editor, Fast Company and Google (Nasdaq: GOOGL): Ivan Poupyrev (ATAP) and Levi’s Paul Dillinger, VP, Head of Global Product Innovation, to be interviewed by Elizabeth Segran, Staff Writer, Fast Company about their joint initiative, Project Jaquard.
  • Intel: Sandra Lopez, VP & GM, Wearables to be interviewed around the surging value of data as an essential business commodity.
  • Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA): Ganesh Srivats, VP, North American Sales to be interviewed by Piers Fawkes, Founder & Editor-in-Chief, PSFK on the advancement of luxury retail.
  • Sarah Robb O’Hagan: Sarah Robb O’Hagan, Founder, CEO and author of the upcoming book of the same name, EXTREMEYOU will be giving an inspirational keynote.
  • KidBox: Haim Dabbah, Founder, and Miki Berardelli, CEO, will be talking about the first kids style box that combines cool brands, meaningful savings, and a mission to clothe children in need. They’ll be interviewed by Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Technology, & Economics Correspondent, ABC News.
  • Emblematic Group: Jamie Pallot, Co-Founder, will be making opening remarks to kickoff this year’s event as one of our hosts for the day.
  • Theory: Andrew Rosen, CEO, and Investor, and Former Chairman and CEO of Coach: Lew Frankfort, to be interviewed by Lauren Sherman, New York Editor, Business of Fashion.
  • TMellon Enterprises LLC: Tamara Mellon, President, Movado: Efraim Grinberg, CEO and Maison de Mode: Amanda Hearst and Hassan Pierre, Co-Founders to be interviewed by Christene Barberich, Refinery29.
  • Evrythng: Andy Hobsbawm, Co-Founder & CMO, Away: Steph Korey, Co-founder and TBC to be interviewed by Robin Raskin, Digital Times on the future of the Innovation of Things (IoT).

“From Snapchat to lululemon the 3rd Annual Fashion Tech Forum brings together our vision for sharing powerful insights that are important for the leaders of both fashion and technology companies as they plan their strategy for the future. As it is my commitment to provide content from the most senior leaders from both sectors, ensuring that our C-level audience will be inspired, I am pleased to announce these new additions to our lineup. They are the experts bringing fashion and technology together and they will share both their challenges and their advances on the journey to shaping the next decade of product, retail, and innovations that will add value to all of our lives.” states Ms. Harvey

The Karen Harvey Consulting Group is an international consulting firm focused on executive search, brand incubation and advisory services for luxury, fashion, retail and innovation-driven companies. In addition to FTF, the firm also launched INDX, a two-sided marketplace for vetted, world-class creative talent to discover, connect and seek employment opportunities with top brands. Karen Harvey Consulting has earned international recognition for bringing some of the industry’s most successful CEOs and creative leaders to powerful global companies. The company is based in New York and London.

Spin Master Announces Hatch Day

Spin Master Corp., a leading children’s entertainment company, will unveil Hatchimals – one of the most highly-anticipated toys of 2016 – on October 7, 2016.778988192726_20074826_hatchimals_draggles-green-egg_purple-white_m01b_gbl_product_8

Spin Master‘s ground-breaking Hatchimals integrates the company’s advanced technology in new and unexpected ways to bridge multiple play patterns. Previewed exclusively to industry at select Toy Fairs around the world earlier this year, Hatchimals is already a contender for numerous toy awards globally and has landed on top toy lists from retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Toys ‘R’ Us and Kohl’s. For the first time, the public will be able to see and purchase Hatchimals at major retailers and on www.SpinMaster.com beginning on Hatch Day, October 7 (MSRP $59.99 USD).

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Spin Master Corp., a leading children’s entertainment company, will unveil Hatchimals on October 7, 2016.

To date, Spin Master has only revealed the toy’s egg-shaped exterior publicly. Children, ages five and up, can select the color and species of their Hatchimal egg, but who is inside will only be revealed by holding and hatching the Hatchimal.778988192511_20074805_hatchimals_pengualas-pink-egg_dark-pink_m01_gbl_product_11

“Hatchimals ‘come to life’ from the connection with a child; the inherent nurturing play pattern initiates the experience,” said James Martin, Head of Robotics Global Business Unit, Spin Master Ltd. “It is a wonderful bonding and magical experience that continues to evolve. Get ready to see who’s inside on Hatch Day and get ready to be amazed.”778988192542_20074807_hatchimals_pengualas-teal-egg_teal-green_m01_gbl_product_13

Visit www.hatchimals.com for updates. Continue reading