Nordstrom & Piece & Co. Launch Capsule Collection with Eight Top Brands to Support Women Worldwide

This spring, Nordstrom and Piece & Co. are collaborating on a new collection of apparel and accessories that connects style with global impact. Founded in 2011 by Kathleen Wright, Piece & Co. is committed to ending global poverty by providing sustainable employment opportunities to female artisans. Wright wanted to help women artisans create a marketplace for their products, and in turn create sustainable employment for themselves. Soon she began to make connections with brands that were looking for authentic alternatives to factory-produced fabrics and accessories and today, the handmade textiles she helps source – ikat, block print, tie-dye – are sought-after for their one-of-a-kind prints, bold colors and interesting textures. Piece & Co. was born. To date, Piece & Co. has created thousands of jobs for women in more than 30 countries by connecting their craft with brands who serve a global marketplace of conscious consumers. With one brand’s order, between 75 and 100 artisans can be employed for up to three months. By joining forces with Nordstrom, these brands are able to create more than 5,000 jobs through Piece & Co.

A woman tie-dies fabric in Jodhpur, India. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A woman tie-dies fabric in Jodhpur, India. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

 

Launching today, the capsule collection brings to life the work of women artisans around the world through unique, stylish pieces from eight incredible brands – Alice + Olivia, Current/Elliott, DVF, Joie, Rebecca Minkoff, Theory, The Honest Company, and Tory Burch. Each brand worked closely with Piece & Co. to source handmade materials and fabrics that are then incorporated into their pieces – dresses, tops, skirts, shorts and handbags. The collection will be available at select Nordstrom stores and on nordstrom.com (nordstrom.com/pieceandco).

A Rebecca Minkoff jacket and skirt and Alice + Olivia dress from the Nordstrom + Piece & Co. collection. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

A Rebecca Minkoff jacket and skirt and Alice + Olivia dress from the Nordstrom + Piece & Co. collection. (PRNewsFoto/Nordstrom, Inc.)

In the collection, customers will find classic silhouettes revisited in global patterns and colors, including:

–    DVF‘s iconic wrap dress, this time made with hand-printed indigo batik, an ancient fabric printing technique that incorporates wax resist and dye.
–    Alice + Olivia‘s A-line dress in an artisan-made bold blue and white loom-woven fabric, made in a weaving cooperative in India.
–    Rebecca Minkoff‘s ‘Mini MAC’ cross-body in cognac leather accented with backstrap loom fabric, an ancient weave technique from Vietnam.
–    Tory Burch‘s crackle printed canvas separates made of hand-painted fabric from Zambia.
–    The Honest Company‘s nursing scarves made from hand-woven stripe and chambray designs and silk-screen printed fabrics from Maheshwar and Jodhpur, India.
–    Theory‘s tunics and city shorts in fatigue and block prints from India that are created using a hand-carved wooden stamp.
–    Current/Elliott‘s prep school shirts in black & white ikat or floral block prints made in India.
–    Joie‘s blue and white ikat on casual summer staples: jumper, shorts and a sleeveless dress.

What excites us most about this collaboration with Piece & Co. is how each of the brands really embraced the idea that the clothing they’re designing can truly make a difference,” said Tricia Smith, executive vice president, general merchandise manager, Women’s Apparel at Nordstrom. “It’s been inspiring to see how all of the brands have enjoyed creating their items with these beautiful fabrics and how they’ve now been incorporated into their spring collections.

When you invest in a woman, you invest in her family and community, too,” said Wright. “On average, women invest 90 percent of their income back into their families. This includes putting healthy food on the table, paying for their children to go school, or buying healthcare. And our artisans are no different. When we employ one artisan woman, we impact many. Pretty amazing things happen when women from around the world come together. I’m excited for the possibilities that this collaboration with Nordstrom and these fantastic brands brings.”

Pantone Color Institute Announces 2016 Color Trends for Home Furnishings and Interior Design

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 highlights nine directional color palettes with innovative themes and forward-thinking style

At the  International Home & Housewares Show 2015,  The Pantone Color Institute®, the global authority for color forecasting and custom color development, unveiled PANTONE® VIEW home + interiors 2016 – Innovation and Impact, a multi-faceted trend forecast highlighting color trends for the home and interiors marketplace in 2016. Containing nine key trend palettes, plus individual color and material direction, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors provides home furnishings and interior designers with the color information they need to make those critical color decisions.

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 (PRNewsFoto/Pantone LLC)

PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 contains visual inspiration, suggested color harmonies, individual tear-out palette cards for each of the nine forecasted palettes, swatches of the 77 forecasted colors, and product imagery for use in presentations and storyboards. Highlighting additional insight and direction, a summary page provides a comprehensive color overview and a look at other factors influencing the world of home furnishings and interior environments. To enable digital design, PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 also includes PANTONE COLOR MANANGER for direct download of all PANTONE Color Libraries into design software.

The nine palettes for 2016 are: Natural Forms, Dichotomy, Ephemera, Lineage, Soft Focus, Bijoux, Merriment, Footloose and Mixed Bag.

  • Unambiguous colors, including shades that are plumbed from natural sources such as warm rosy clay and sheepskin beige, give us Natural Forms.
  • Dichotomy reinforces the concept that opposites do and can attract as silver metallic, sunny yellow and bright cobalt blue combine with calmer versions of the hues.
  • Pastel-focused Ephemera blends delicate shades of wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow.
  • Lineage is a palette where shades of navy, black, tan and regimental green co-mingle with touches of brighter colors.
  • Soft Focus reveals subtle and/or muted colors, sometimes being described as “smoky” and always versatile.
  • In the French language, Bijoux means “jewelry” – a fitting title for this palette that gleams with drama and intensity across many jewel tones.
  • Merriment is full of joyful shades including vibrant greens and yellows contrasted with pinks and oranges.
  • Capricious color combinations with vacation-destination blues and blue-greens create Footloose – a palette that supports the idea of throwing off the constricting scheduling of everyday life and simply enjoying the freedom of the outdoors.
  • Mixed Bag is an assortment of eclectic patterns and prints, with exciting and unique colors like pirate black and mandarin red as well as violet and florid orange.

Products in colors from the nine palettes featured in PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 is presently on display through tomorrow in the PANTONE ColorWatch Display located in the Hall of Global Innovation at the International Home and Housewares Show. Colors from PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 will also be highlighted in two presentations at the show given by Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®.

PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016 ($350 for One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 ($450 for a One year subscription), PANTONE VIEW home + interiors 2016 color kit ($550 for a One year subscription) and PANTONE VIEW inspiration for interiors 2016/plastic standards ($750) are available immediately at www.pantone.com/viewhome2016.

Give Yourself The Gift of a Digital Detox Retreat at The Villa at Grace Santorini

This spring season, Grace Santorini (in-season dates: 20 April 2015 – 31 October 2015) is introducing a Digital Detox Retreat at the hotel’s premier luxury suite, “The Villa”, encouraging guests to switch off from the outside world, helping to recharge the mind, body and soul.

The retreat will allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the luxury of The Villa, the pinnacle of Grace Santorini’s boutique accommodation. Located above the world-famous Caldera and in a prime position to enjoy the iconic Santorini sunsets, The Villa is the perfect sanctuary for those seeking the ultimate in privacy and tranquillity.

the Villa Private Pool Terrace at sunset

the Villa Private Pool Terrace at sunset (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

The 400 m² self-contained suite benefits from its own heated swimming pool and extensive double-level terraces for relaxation, be it guided mediation or sunbathing, ensuring the perfect blend of seclusion and indulgence, as well as offering two en-suite bedrooms, a private spa with steam bath, heated plunge pool and treatment room, kitchen with a private chef on request and a personal concierge.

The Villa Master Suite Seating Area

The Villa Master Suite Seating Area (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

The Villa Personal Chef

The Villa Personal Chef (PHOTO CREDIT: Serge Detalle)

On arrival at The Villa, guests will have the option to surrender their digital devices for the duration of their stay, and all electronics will be removed from The Villa at the guest’s request. This unique three-day experience is ideal for those looking to relax and reflect in beautiful surroundings and includes:

— Three nights’ accommodation at The Villa at Grace Santorini

— Welcome reception with a healthy selection of light bites and detox juices prepared and served by the chef in The Villa’s private kitchen

— Healthy breakfast and lunch each day prepared by The Villa’s private chef, from a specialist Mediterranean detox menu including dishes such as traditional Greek “Gemista” with quinoa, fresh fish baked in a salt crust, Santorinian fava and strawberry salad with consommé

— Daily yoga classes on The Villa’s terrace overlooking the Caldera

— Daily meditation sessions

— A Grace Royal spa treatment for each guest (90 minutes), to be enjoyed in The Villa’s private spa treatment room

— Digital Detox amenities (relaxation books, paints, paper, easel, digital detox notepad and pencil)

Further touches include specialist wellness dining menus including detox juice blends, as well as a selection of books on mindfulness and relaxation, an easel with a sketch pad and water colours which guests can take with them upon departure.

The Grace Hotels (www.gracehotels.com) is an award-winning luxury hotel group that offers sanctuary and quality for discerning guests in the world’s most sought after resorts and cities. Each hotel is a wholly authentic expression of its locality allowing guests to enjoy a true immersion in local culture with an experience incorporating both tradition and modernity. Gastronomy is an integral part of all hotels, with menus showcasing the finest local ingredients combined with international touches. The company’s hotels have attracted critical acclaim since the first opened in Greece’s Cyclades Islands in 2007. The group is undergoing a period of significant expansion–opening soon: Grace Marrakech (Morocco), The White Barn Grace (United States), Grace St. Moritz (Switzerland), La Dolfina Grace (Argentina), Grace Kalamata, and Grace Kea (Greece)–and will soon have a present on five continents.

Prices start from €2460 per person for three nights, based on 4 guest occupancy. For booking enquiries please email res.santorini@gracehotels.com or call +30 22860 21300.

 

KitchenAid Energizes 2015 International Home and Housewares with Launch of New Products

KITCHENAID® PRECISE HEAT MIXING BOWL SIMPLIFIES TRICKY AND TRADITIONAL COOKING TECHNIQUES

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With New Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Whether looking for more ways to eat healthfully or fresh ideas for exploring culinary creativity, the new Spiralizer Attachment for the iconic and versatile KitchenAid® Stand Mixer is destined to become “go to” gear for adventurous home cooks.

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer: Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

Go Healthy or Go Adventurous With Spiralizer Attachment For KitchenAid® Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid® Spiralizer Attachment includes five blades and offers nine combinations of spiralizing, slicing, peeling and coring. A fine spiral blade creates a thin noodle-like strand, similar to spaghetti, for using vegetables as a healthier alternative to flour based pasta, while a medium blade quickly and easily spiralizes potatoes for casseroles or zucchini for soups. Separate slicing blades can be used for creating spirals of fresh fruits or vegetables with little to no cores, such as sweet potatoes, or those with larger cores, including apples and pears. By using a combination of accessories, the attachment can perform several functions at once, including peeling, slicing and coring most fruits and vegetables. The spiralizer features durable metal construction and a storage case for convenient organization of both the unit and its dishwasher-safe accessories.  Available in June at a suggested retail price of $129.99, it is the first spiralizer to take advantage of the power and hands-free operation of a stand mixer.

KitchenAid announced the addition of a new Precise Heat Mixing Bowl that can be used as a traditional stand-alone slow cooker or with the brand’s iconic Stand Mixer to mix, knead, whip, stir and remove the guesswork from heating even the trickiest temperature-sensitive ingredients. It is the first product from KitchenAid to serve double duty as both a stand-alone countertop appliance and Stand Mixer accessory. Simply select a temperature ranging from 70 – 220° Fahrenheit based on two degree increments, and the bowl will maintain the selected temperature for up to 10 hours. A digital display shows the temperature and provides a timer for up to 10 hours. The glass lid gives cooks a clear view for monitoring the progress of dishes.

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl - Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl – Tilt-Head Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl - Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

KitchenAid Precision Heat Mixing Bowl – Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer

In addition to maintaining precise temperatures, the mixing bowl comes with a flex edge beater, wire whip and dough hook to keep dishes such as soups and stews, risottos and sauces consistently mixed and evenly cooked under low heat. The mixing bowls will be available in April in two different sizes – one that will fit all Tilt-Head Model
Stand Mixers, and one that will fit select 5- and 6-quart Bowl-Lift Model Stand Mixers, and the 7 quart Pro
Line® Series Stand Mixer. The mixing bowl can also be used as a standalone unit. Suggested retail price
for each mixing bowl is $329.99.

KitchenAid Launches Magnetic Drive Blender And New Business Unit

In a move that could prove transformative for the fast-growing premium blender category, KitchenAid has introduced a first-of-its-kind Magnetic Drive Blender for home use (at the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show (in Chicago, Ill.) and launched a newly formed global business unit that will focus entirely on blenders. The new KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender, dubbed Torrent(TM), uses an interlocking magnetic drive system, instead of a traditional coupler mechanism, to power its blades and safely secure its jar.

The new blender uses magnets to secure the pitcher to the motorized base and drive the blades, resulting in an easy front-load, slide-in design. Helpful pre-programmed, hands-free settings for juices, soups and sauces, milkshakes, and icy drinks and smoothies take the guesswork out of blending and remove the need to constantly monitor the blender. Features also include variable speed controls and a pulse setting for added flexibility in a range of blending tasks.

A thoughtfully located ingredient feed on the top of the blender allows for the addition of ingredients at any point during the blending process, while an intuitive Intelli-Speed® Control system automatically optimizes blade speed to efficiently complete blending tasks like crushing ice or pureeing vegetables.

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) blender features a powerful 1.8HP motor capable of tackling homemade nut butters and icy drinks. It also incorporates the brand’s exclusive Diamond Blending System with patented stainless steel blades and a diamond-shaped pitcher that creates a powerful vortex for thorough and efficient blending. All high performance KitchenAid blenders, including Torrent(TM), will be assembled at the brand’s Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant, which is expanding to accommodate growth in the brand’s global 2015_show_logo_dates_HiRessmall appliance business.

We wanted to launch the new business unit with a product that had never before been available for consumer use,” says Kay Oswald, global business unit director for KitchenAid Blenders. “Thoughtful marketing partnerships coupled with a blender offering unprecedented performance will ensure that KitchenAid becomes a leader in the premium blender category.”

The blender is not only powerful but also exceptionally easy to use compared to traditional models,” said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “The ability to add ingredients, select a program button and walk away make this product an incredible game-changer for the home blending experience. With its sleek design and wide array of blending tasks, the Torrent(TM) blender was designed to be a versatile statement piece for the kitchen counter

 

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) Blender will be available this April in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl, Onyx Black and Sugar Pearl Silver at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

The 2015 Architectural Digest Home Design Show Expands to Two Locations; Delivers New Programming, Special Events, and Installations

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The Architectural Digest Home Design Show, the premier U.S. luxury design fair, is set to run from March 19–22, 2015, at New York City’s Piers 92 & 94, 55th Street and Twelfth Avenue. The show is produced by Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado, in partnership with Architectural Digest and co-sponsored by The New York Times.

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Panoramic View at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

 

The show explores the world of design through inspiring installations, high-caliber programming, exciting special events, and more, (featuring more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, carpets, electronics, ceramics, stone + tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, building products and more). The show, open to both the design trade and consumers, has expanded this year, taking over adjacent spaces Pier 92 and Pier 94, together with DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) showstopping DINING BY DESIGN. Popular areas such as Furniture & Furnishings, MADE, the SHOPS, and reFRESH will each feature a notably larger roster of new talent in addition to returning exhibitors like Scavolini, Ligne Roset + LV Wood, Orley Shabahang, PELLE, Asher Israelow, and Calico Wallpaper.

Show highlights include:

• Exhibitions by a diverse range of 400+ brands in the luxury home market— from Fortune 500 companies to artisanal studios.

• More than a dozen new complimentary panels and talks by leading talents in 21st-century design, including a keynote presentation by Architectural Digest Editor in Chief Margaret Russell and the celebrated New York Times Design Series.

• New international exhibitors from the Netherlands, Turkey, Italy, and France.

DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN table viewing at Pier 92 at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show 2014: Ralph Lauren

 

MADE—a juried show-within-a-show featuring artists and designers with limited-edition, custom, and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings— welcomes 69 new exhibitors. It will be a showcase of talent from around the country (Austin, Brooklyn, Detroit, Nashville, Providence, Seattle, and more) and around the world. An expanded Los Angeles contingent at MADE will include Eric Trine, Parachute Home, Wolfum, 100xbtr, Brendan Ravenhill, Ria Leigh, Elyse Graham, BROOK&LYN, Mimi Jung, and Lewis Mauk. Additionally, more than 30 businesses exhibiting are women-owned or -run. Continue reading

KitchenAid® Craft Coffee Line Brings The Coffeeshop Experience Into Home Kitchens

New Stand Mixer Color Dazzles at International Home + Housewares Show 2015

KitchenAid continues to bring the coffee house experience into the home with three new additions to its Craft Coffee portfolio: the Siphon Coffee Brewer, Precision Press Coffee Maker and Burr Grinder. Inspired by the careful technique and precision of baristas, the brand’s newly expanded line of brewers offers a range of craft brewing methods celebrated within coffee house culture. Beginning with the Pour Over Coffee Brewer and Pro Line® Series Espresso Maker and the forthcoming new products, consumers can bring a range of barista techniques that deliver nuanced flavors, aromas and expert consistency of a high-end craft coffee house into their kitchens.The new additions to the line were formally introduced at the 2015 International Home and 2015_show_logo_dates_HiResHousewares Show, presently happening in in Chicago, Ill.

Available now, the KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer– having earned a Home Brewer Certification from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which enforces some of the country’s toughest guidelines on home coffee brewing equipment– emulates the technique of an expert barista with a pre-infusion stage that pours just enough water to wet the coffee grounds, then pauses long enough to allow the fresh coffee to “exhale” before the final brewing stage. This technique creates the “bloom” that marks a great cup of pour over coffee, without the need to watch, wait and hover over the cup.

The brewer also boasts a carefully designed shower head that fully saturates the fresh grounds, and an intermittent brewing cycle that mimics the natural pauses in a handmade pour over brew. In addition, it features multiple brewing temperature settings calibrated for both light and dark roast coffees, and an adjustable cup setting that optimizes the brew for different batch sizes.

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Manual Espresso - Empire Red

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Manual Espresso Maker – Empire Red

French press is a popular coffee brewing technique known for resulting in rich, full bodied flavor,” notes Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “The features built into this new coffee maker help optimize flavor without requiring the skills or tools of a barista.”

The forthcoming KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer,  available in Onyx Black, Silver and Slate, reimagines the theater of classic vacuum pot brewers with modern engineering, simple setup and fewer parts, combining the richness of total-immersion brewing methods with the clean flavor profile of filter-brewed coffee, all without the need for an actual filter.  The new KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer features vacuum technology that fully immerses the grounds in water to create a more complex flavor profile. The new brewer uses vapor pressure to create a vacuum and draw hot water from the carafe, up through a stainless steel siphon tube, and into the upper brew unit. Here, the grounds are fully immersed and evenly saturated with hot water, extracting the coffee’s full range of flavors. When the brewing temperature is reached, the heat turns off and vacuum is lost, causing the freshly brewed coffee to stream down through a reusable stainless steel mesh filter and empty back into the carafe.

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer - Onyx Black

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer – Onyx Black

The brewer is constructed of premium glass with stainless steel accents. An included reusable stainless steel filter is simple to clean and eliminates the waste disposable filters create. A strong magnetic interlock system secures the top and bottom carafes together to ensure a tight seal for brewing, while a dual-purpose lid sits on top of the unit during brewing and can then be conveniently attached to the carafe for pouring. An angled cleaning brush makes the unit easy to clean between uses.

Making siphon-brewed coffee by hand is a complicated process requiring precise timing and frequent temperature adjustments over an open flame,” said Robinson. “Our new brewer eliminates this tedious process with simple setup and fewer parts, while maintaining the unmistakable flavors of siphon-brewed coffee. Despite its ease of use, the brewer provides coffee lovers with a rich sensory experience. Watching the brew method, enjoying its complex aromas and tasting the end product make for a very satisfying ritual.Continue reading