This holiday, Edible Arrangements has outdone itself by creating its largest Edible® fruit display yet–the Edible® Grand Collection, each containing more than 450 pieces of fruit decorating a base, standing at three feet by two feet and fit for a crowd. There are nine large fruit arrangements within the Edible® Grand Collection. Each arrangement contains enough for 150+ individuals and can be purchased plain or chocolate-dipped, offering party planners a mix of options. Options include the following:

The Majestic Love features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple hearts with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Magnificently Radiant features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh pineapple stars with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Field of Daisies features Edible Arrangements’ signature fresh daisy-shaped pineapples with a variety of chocolate Dipped Fruit(TM), including chocolate-dipped pineapple, chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate-dipped apples and chocolate-dipped bananas.

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

Each piece in the Edible Grand Collection is made with more than 450 pieces of fruit, making them the largest fresh-cut fruit arrangements created by Edible Arrangements. (PRNewsFoto/Edible Arrangements)

At parties–such as the many that are held this time of year–guests are drawn to a bright, beautiful centerpiece,” said Rob Price, President of Edible Arrangements. “The Edible® Grand Collection features an awe-inspiring, show-stopping presentation for special events or any occasion that calls for something truly spectacular!

PANDORA Jewelry’s New Disney-Themed Collection Celebrates Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse turn on the charm this season, as part of PANDORA Jewelry‘s new Disney-themed collection. The original assortment of hand-finished jewelry, released in collaboration with Disney Consumer Products, includes charms inspired by the iconic silhouettes, patterns and colors of Disney’s most iconic couple. Sterling silver Mickey and Minnie icon dangles accented with black and red enamel celebrate Disney’s classic designs. Wear the charms on your favorite PANDORA bracelet, or style the charms as pendants on necklace chains of varying lengths to celebrate your love of Disney.

Disney’s eternal sweethearts are celebrated on a sterling silver “Minnie and Mickey Kiss” heart-shaped charm featuring red and black enamel designs, with engraved Walt Disney script expressing “Believe in Magic.” The Mickey and Minnie double-heart sterling silver dangle with six bezel-set black crystals and red enamel commemorates the pair’s courtship, which has been going strong since they first debuted together onscreen in 1928.

Mickey and Minnie sparkle on sterling silver clips encrusted with clear and red cubic zirconia. A sterling silver clear pave charm with intricate cutouts and a spacer set with 24 clear crystals are inspired by Mickey’s instantly recognizable silhouette. The charms add whimsical style to PANDORA‘s layered leather bracelets, sterling silver bangles or multi-strand color cords.

The initial launch of PANDORA‘s co-branded Disney jewelry collection includes 25 charms, which are currently sold at PANDORA concept stores throughout the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central America and the Caribbean. Sterling silver pieces from the new collection start at $35. To discover the Disney jewelry collection from PANDORA, visit

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Stand Mixer Gifts From KitchenAid

With new juicer and food processor attachments, stylish ceramic bowls and three new colors, the KitchenAid® Stand Mixer offers endless culinary possibilities and makes for a great gift this holiday season.  Further details about the products listed below can be found at

Stand Mixer Attachments
These new attachments mimic the performance and capabilities of the brand’s countertop appliances, while taking up a fraction of the space. The new juicer and sauce attachment features a 2-in-1 feed tube capable of accommodating a variety of fruits and vegetables. A stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, and then processes them at a low speed. The attachment includes a low pulp, high pulp and sauce screen. Suggested retail price for the juicer and sauce attachment is $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The juicer attachment’s stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, then processes them at a low speed. It includes three pulp screens to customize juices, and is available for $249.99.

The new food processor attachment for the stand mixer features the brand’s exclusive ExactSlice(TM) System, which adjusts slice thickness using an external lever. A 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube eliminates the need for extensive food prep beforehand. The base model comes with a reversible shredding, julienne and slicing discs, while the premium model includes a new commercial-style dicing kit. The base and premium food processor attachments are available for $179.99 and $249.99, respectively.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

Base and premium food processor attachments feature ExactSlice™ System and 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube. Base model is available for $179.99; premium model with dicing kit is available for $249.99.

As with all KitchenAid® stand mixer attachments, these new attachments fit into the multi-purpose hub of all stand mixer models and are powered by the stand mixer motor.

Ceramic Bowls
New colorful ceramic bowls for the brand’s 5-quart stand mixers offer cooks a new way to personalize their stand mixers. These bowls – available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate – feature a convenient pouring spout and are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls carry a suggested retail price of $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

The 5-quart ceramic bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe. The bowls are available in Glacier, Majestic Yellow, Onyx Black, Purple and White Chocolate for $79.99.

New Colors
KitchenAid is debuting three new colors for the brand’s iconic stand mixer. Sea Glass adds a playful touch to any neutral kitchen space with its captivating hue and luminous glossy finish. The Sea Glass Artisan® Design Series stand mixer is currently available for $459.99.  The Artisan® Series Bordeaux stand mixer offers a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous, and adds a rich, luxurious touch to the countertop. It is available at a suggested retail price of $429.99. Lavender is a soothing shade of pastel purple that brings a soft, fresh element to any kitchen space, pairing especially well with white or stainless steel appliances. The Lavender stand mixer is available for $429.99.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

The Bordeaux stand mixer is a blue-based red hue that is both timeless and glamorous. It will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer $429.99 beginning in September.

Since the introduction of its legendary stand mixer in 1919 and first dishwasher in 1949, KitchenAid has built on the legacy of these icons to create a complete line of products designed for cooks.  Today, the KitchenAid brand offers virtually every essential for the well-equipped kitchen. To learn why chefs choose KitchenAid for their homes more than any other brand*, visit

* Based on a 2012 survey, KitchenAid was found to be the home kitchen appliance brand chosen most often by members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

Postal Service Launches ‘Magical’ Mailbox Holiday Experience

Capitalizing on advancements in smartphone technology, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new mobile marketing campaign that has transformed its approximately 156,271 blue mail collection boxes across the country into a holiday mobile experience using augmented reality (AR) technology.

“Whether you’re walking down a busy city street or a main street in a small town, you can find one of our iconic blue boxes all across the country,” said Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing and sales officer for the Postal Service.  “Instead of just dropping off mail, smartphone users can use our USPS AR app to transform these boxes into a unique and interactive experience during the holidays.”

Starting today through the end of the year, smartphone users can experience the magical mailbox, by simply downloading the “USPS AR” app and using it to scan a nearby blue mail collection box.  The innovative use of augmented reality will feature fun activations like flashing holiday lights or dancing animated penguins, followed by prompts to order free shipping boxes or stamps.

The Postal Service has been promoting augmented reality as a way for marketers to add a digital component to direct mail campaigns to generate a greater return on investment.


“Mobile technology is enhancing physical mail in some pretty remarkable ways,” said Manabe. “Augmented reality, QR codes, and one-click buying technology are changing the way consumers interact with major brands. That’s why the Postal Service has launched a multi-channel advertising campaign this holiday to reach consumers of all ages.”

As the nation counts down to the holidays, the Postal Service will be adding new features every few days so customers will have a different experience when they use the app to scan the blue collection boxes.

To promote this new mobile experience along with key holiday shipping and mailing dates, the Postal Service has sent a direct mail piece to every U.S. household this week.  The direct mail piece includes instructions on how to download and use the “USPS AR” app to experience the magic.

This mailer is one part of a holiday advertising campaign by the Postal Service ranging from direct mail to television and print advertisements, to social media and digital promotion.

“Our holiday marketing effort will be built around the idea that the Postal Service has been planning all year for this season and we are prepared to deliver the holidays for America,” said Manabe. “Our advertising goal is to attract new consumer and business customers and provide assurance for our customers that they can depend on our affordable and reliable service to deliver their mail and packages during this season.”

Download the USPS AR app  at Google Play or iTunes App Store

Mario Testino Unveiled as The Fifth Macallan Master of Photography

The luxury spirit, The Macallan, has revealed Mario Testino as its fifth Master of Photography. For the very first time in its award-winning series, The Macallan brings to life its foundation stones, The Six Pillars, through the eyes of one of the world’s most prolific portrait and fashion photographer. The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition allows him interpret The Six Pillars through the characterization of six individual personalities in his distinct, inimitable and luxurious style. (See the video at

The Macallan Masters of Photography Limited Edition Pack - Mario Testino Edition (PRNewsFoto/The Macallan)

The Macallan Masters of Photography Limited Edition Pack – Mario Testino Edition (PRNewsFoto/The Macallan)

The Macallan Masters of Photography series features exclusive collaborations, conjoining the art of whisky making with the artist’s interpretation of the world of The Macallan. Previous editions were authored by iconic photographers Elliott Erwitt, Annie Leibovitz, Rankin and Albert Watson.

Founded in 1824 in the heart of Speyside, The Macallan was one of the first distilleries in Scotland to be legally licensed. Since then it has built a reputation as one of the world’s leading single malt whiskies.  The creation of The Macallan draws on the vital contributing influences of Spain, North America and Scotland, and of their respective natural raw materials, combined with traditional methods and craftsmanship.

As one of the world’s truly great whiskies, we seek to collaborate with the best photographers in the world. Not just those who have the technical ability, but something more,” remarks Ken Grier, Director of Malts for The Macallan. “The Macallan Masters of Photography is about the personal touch, we work with photographers with whom we have a shared passion to create beautiful collectables. Mario’s emotional engagement coupled with the level of his creative involvement, heralds an evolution of the role of the Master in the Masters of Photography series, one which has brought about an exciting visual celebration of our fundamental Six Pillars. Not only is he a historically important giant in contemporary photography, his elegance, charm and gentlemanly approach to creating this ultimate party has made him both a joy and an inspiration to work with.”

The Masters of Photography: Mario Testino Edition is The Macallan’s most inspired to date, with the whisky bringing together six different casks to showcase the ultimate complexity. Each of these six perfect whiskies is the definitive representation of one of the Six Pillars: the Spiritual Home, Curiously Small Stills, Finest Cut, Exceptional Oak Casks, Natural Color and Peerless Spirit. Each pillow has its  own definitive character, flavor and aroma which when brought together; thus creating what many consider to be the perfect single malt with unparalleled depth, darkness and diversity. Each edition comprises a different Mario Testino print capturing The Six Pillars, an exclusive photo-archival booklet featuring a total of 20 images, shot by Testino during the process, one bottle of the single malt whisky and six miniatures from each of the selected six casks.

Renowned for his mastery of composition – the artistic arrangement and placement of visual elements within the picture – and for creating a reflective and intense connection with his sitters, be it celebrities or royalty,Mario Testino has now turned his lens to The Macallan. The Master Whisky Maker personally selected these six unique casks from over 200,000 maturing at The Macallan distillery to craft this limited edition expression.  He has achieved this through adding layer upon layer of character and flavor, reflecting the approach taken to the photography itself.   Shot in Beijing, in a former palace near the Forbidden City and Tian’anmen Square, the photographs showcase the vibrancy and luxury of The Macallan world, infused with subtle eclecticism and cultural allusions.

Presenting the first ever Masters of Photography design collaboration, each of the 1,000 Mario Testino Editions for sale globally (available worldwide starting at $3500)– of which there are four different variations, each featuring one of the four iconic shots taken by Mario – are presented in a beautiful, high gloss, black lacquered presentation box, designed together with Mario Testino. Inspired by the subtle elegance and rich Asian cultural heritage of traditional lacquered boxes, each presentation box is individually numbered and features a secret hidden compartment.

Whisky was the choice of drink in my country during the years I was growing up. When I was approached by The Macallan to take part in the Masters of Photography Series I decided to capture the moment when people get together to celebrate, in the atmosphere of a whisky environment – a whisky club!” says Mario Testino.

Born in Lima, Peru, Testino moved to London in 1976 where he made his home and began his career. His vision has made him a much sought-after creative partner in the fashion and beauty industries.  His work has been featured in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair and he has contributed to the success of many leading fashion and beauty houses through advertising campaigns, from Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana, to Chanel and Lancome.

As a portrait photographer Mario Testino works with the actors and celebrities of the moment, as well as receiving royal commissions from HRH The Prince of Wales, TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, HRH Prince Harry, (the late) Diana, Princess of Wales (including the iconic portrait of Diana, Princess of Wales for her Vanity Fair cover story in 1997)Her Majesty Queen Rania al Abdullah of Jordan and intimate shots of original supermodel Kate Moss spanning several decades.

The recipient of many awards, Testino has received the Medalha Tiradentes from the state of Rio de Janeiro, in 2010 the Grand Cross Order of Merit, his country’s highest honor and in 2013, the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services to photography and charity. In 2012 Testino established MATE, Asociacion Mario Testino in Lima, Peru. MATE is a not-for-profit cultural organization that promotes and celebrates the arts of Peru and permanently hosts his own work. He has also published twelve books, including MaRio de Janeiro Testino, Kate Moss by Mario Testino, Private View and In Your Face.

New for 2014 is the The Six Pillars Tour (The Macallan Visitor Centre, The Macallan Distilleries LtdEaster Elchies, Craigellachie, AB38 9RX, Scotland. Tour duration: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes. Price per person – £15). Much like their curiously small stills, the small tour groups are limited to just 10 people to ensure a luxurious, personal experience. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will explain how we create The Macallan‘s rich spirit in a working still house and introduce you to the ‘Six Pillars’.  You will learn how the company’s unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colors, aromas and flavors that set The Macallan apart. After a thorough immersion into the world of The Macallan, you will experience a nosing and tasting of four The Macallan whiskies as well as their very foundation, their wonderfully rich new make spirit.

Lands’ End Launches Holiday “#MonogramMonday” Campaign Searching for Monogram Matches

At Lands’ End, monogramming costs just $6 per monogram and $10 on most luggage, towel, and sheet sets. Most items can accommodate a monogram of up to 10 characters on one line. (Some items, like baby blankets, can accommodate a monogram of up to 15 characters on up to 3 lines.) To celebrate the company’s busiest monogramming season, today Lands’ End has launched #MonogramMonday, a fun campaign searching for individuals with initials to match monograms posted on Lands’ End’s social platforms.


Each Monday at 8:00 a.m. (CST) from December 1December 22, 2014, Lands’ End will post a photo or video of a three-lettered monogram on Twitter (@LandsEndPR & @LandsEnd), Facebook ( and Instagram (@LandsEnd_PR & @LandsEnd). The lucky-named individuals whose personal initials match the posted monogram in any order can enter at within 24 hours.  All entries matching the monogram will be collected and one winner will be chosen at random to win a $1,000 Lands’ End gift card each week.


During the holiday season, November and December, the monogramming department will go through 3,600 spools of thread – the equivalent of 10,800 miles of thread. The company offers 30 different thread colors to help create a truly personalized look with a monogram, with Parchment being the most popular thread color during the holiday season due to the high volume of Christmas stockings monogrammed. Customers can choose from a single initial, three initials or a word, and then select from a variety of font styles for each choice, with “Mom” and “Dad” being the most popular monograms.

Monogramming at Lands’ End is our specialty and we love to see how creative our customers and employees can be with thread colors, phrases and words that help to uniquely personalize everything from cashmere sweaters, down vests, canvas totes and fleece throws to even slippers and socks,” said Steve Rado, SVP, chief marketing officer, Lands’ End. “We thought we’d join in the fun this season by offering a fun, engaging campaign focusing on monogramming.  So, check with us each Monday from December 1 through December 22 to see if your initials match.”

Count Down to Christmas with New Care Bears™ Advent Calendar

Make this holiday season a beary merry adventure with your cuddly friends, the Care Bears. The brand new Care Bears Advent Calendar is a magical interactive calendar you can download to your desktop or iPad, and each day brings festive fun!  Follow your favorite Care Bears through a jolly experience filled with games, activities, videos and more to build the holiday excitement as you explore the dazzling sights of Care-a-Lot at Christmas time.

Count Down to Christmas with Brand-New Care Bears(TM) Advent Calendar! This interactive digital calendar is available for PC, Mac and iPad and brings sharing and caring to holiday anticipation. (PRNewsFoto/American Greetings Corporation)

Count Down to Christmas with Brand-New Care Bears(TM) Advent Calendar! This interactive digital calendar is available for PC, Mac and iPad and brings sharing and caring to holiday anticipation. (PRNewsFoto/American Greetings Corporation)

First introduced by American Greetings in 1982 through consumer products, greeting cards, and later an animated CGI television show, Care Bears has become one of the world’s most popular and endearing children’s properties. Today, fans of all ages are falling in love with these huggable bears who help kids have fun while sharing and caring.

Each day, click on the stars to reveal another special Care Bears surprise and check out all of the wondrous Christmas activities. Whether you’re helping trim the tree in the center of Care-a-Lot, making your own snowflakes or creating joyful scenes with interactive coloring pages – there’s something for everyone. We even saved the best for last – on Christmas Day, a full-length Care Bears holiday video will be unlocked!  For only $2.99 per download, this video adds an extra value to gifting a Care Bears Advent Calendar. It’s easy to order and send extra copies to friends and family, so everyone can count down to Christmas together!

The joyful and generous spirit of the holiday season and excitement of anticipating Christmas are a perfect fit for the sharing and caring message that’s synonymous with Care Bears,” said Derek Roberto, vice president of new media at AG Properties. “The interactive experience of exploring Care-a-Lot at Christmas is sure to make the season merry and bright with sights and sounds that will delight fans of all ages.

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Give the Gift of Beauty and Good Health

With the last dish being placed in the dishwasher and your getting ready for Black Friday shopping, the holidays are officially here. Bring on the season of hot chocolate, decorations, too much family time, parties and potentially extreme cold weather.  You can give the best gifts, all while looking your best, with these beauty holiday essentials.


With the Marvis 7 Flavour Gift Set (Amarelli Licorice, Aquatic Mint, Cinnamon Mint, Classic Strong Mint, Ginger Mint, Jasmine Mint and Whitening Mint,$36), discover the 7 unique experiences of the Marvis product line. Marvis is a luxury line of oral care products that turn your daily teeth cleaning ritual into a wonderful sensory experience. Their gentle xylitol- and sorbitan-based formulas cleanse and condition your teeth and gums without causing irritation. This flavorful gift set is available on


In chic hotels around the world, you’ll find Marvis 7 Flavour Gift Set . It make makes any space feel more like home. It was developed using a proprietary blend of waxes with lead-free wicks to ensure even melting, specially infused with the highest quality fragrance oil to burn approximately 60 hours. Other scents in the line include Fig, Freesia, Eucalyptus, Smoke, Amber, Lemon, Musk, and Neroli. C.O. Bigelow Candle in Lavender & Peppermint ($42), is available on

OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday Glam’s in the Bag ($23, available at www.ulta.comincludes two Nail Lacquers 15 mL – 12 Fl. Oz.(Bogotá Blackberry and Funny Bunny) and two Free zippered cosmetic cases.

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01

Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01

Don’t leave the house this holiday season without Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 01 ($5.49, available at drugstores nationwide), this (and every holiday’s) signature fierce red lip! The 1st Lipstick collection created by Kate Moss is a high intensity color that lasts for up to 8 hours and infused with Black Diamonds that reflects light like never before.


This holiday season give the gift that keeps on giving and giving… a GoodMouth Subscription Service. Many types of subscription services exist nowadays. From health subscription services to food subscription services, there is one for everyone to enjoy. Replacing your toothbrush every month, as doctors suggest, can be such a daunting task – so much that people often forget. Not to mention when going to convenience stores you tend to spend more by purchasing items you don’t even need. GoodMouth ( ) helps you stay healthy and keeps your budgeting on track all for less than $5 a month ($4.95)!

Style your hair just right this season with KMS California FREESHAPE 2-in-1 Styling + Finishing Spray ($19.99).  Whether you want to curl, straighten, or put your hair in an up-do, this product is the ultimate do over on dry hair. It keeps your hair dry – Drying instantly to not dampen your existing style, keeps it protected – Thermal protection so you can refresh your style with hot tools and keeps it light – Finish with a light, flexible hold for no product build-up. Available at salons nationwide

adidas Originals and PHARRELL WILLIAMS Launches Holiday “Polka Dot Pack” Limited Edition Collection

Multifaceted musician and cultural icon, Pharrell Williams (NBC’s The Voice,) continues his highly successful collaboration with adidas with the new Polka Dot Pack Collection. Using his ongoing love affair with two of adidas’ most celebrated design icons: the Superstar Track Jacket and the Stan Smith sneaker, Williams imbues the collection with the classic polka dot: a bold, fun print motif that signals high energy. This the final adidas Originals = PHARRELL WILLIAMS collection for 2014 – with additional pieces to follow in 2015.

On November 28th, two different ‘Polka Dot Packs’ are being launched in-stores worldwide, with both assortments experimenting with different colors; fabrics and dot size proportions. One, showcasing a larger size polka dot throughout, offers Track Jackets and Stan Smith sneakers in 3 different shades each cut from fine leathers, with white dots are spread across both the footwear and jackets, applied over a background of red, blue or black.

The other, simultaneously timed ‘dot’ delivery features a smaller scale dot, printed in red. While the Stan Smith shoes in this assortment are leather, the track jackets are offered in satin. Both jackets and sneakers are ranged in a palette of yellow with red micro-dots; blue with red micro-dots; and a fresh white, also featuring the smaller sized red dots.

The campaign artwork accompanying these deliveries plays off the same optimistic and playful spirit of the spotted product. The campaign is once again captured by photographer, Ryan McGinley, with a production team led by art director Lloyd & Co. and styled by editor, Jay Massacret, and the campaign visuals intend to express the most profound joy of all: love. Aerial shots of the same group of millennials – first seen in the Tennis Campaign / Equal Sign images – reveal the group has united once more, this time in the shape of a heart.

Eastpak Artist Studio (EAST) Launches New Collection to Benefit Designers Against Aids

Eastpak has released the creations for the fourth edition of the Eastpak Artist Studio (EAST), comprising some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. Joining forces in support of Designers Against AIDS, all 16 EAST designers –including Manolo Blahnik, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dutch designer Antoine Peters— have directed their considerable creative energies to the task of transforming a special edition blank Eastpak backpack into a unique work of art for charity.

Jean Paul Gaultier

Jean Paul Gaultier

All designers were asked to use the classic Padded Pak’r® and create a unique work of art. Except for keeping intact the Eastpak Artist Studio logo the designers had no restrictions to re-interpret this iconic backpack in their own style, taste and vision.

All EAST creations will be auctioned off and all proceeds will be donated to the charity organization, Designers Against AIDS (DAA).

DAA was launched in 2004 by the non-profit organization Beauty Without Irony. It’s main objective is to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and to get the subject back on the agenda in the international media and amongst the public at large. DAA, Eastpak and the artists of the Eastpak Artist Studio are sending a clear declaration of intent to join in the fight against this destructive disease while giving support to sufferers worldwide, as well as telling the world that the disease is still active throughout the world, with new cases being announced every day. DAA’s campaigns also borrow elements from pop culture, targeting primarily young people in industrialized countries where the disease has of late been largely forgotten. The organization also fights for the acceptance and equal rights of seropositive people around the world.

Said Antoine Peters, “I ​​am very honored to participate in this edition of Eastpak Artist Studio. I think it’s great that I can use my creativity and design to contribute to the discussion about and such an important issue as the fighting of HIV/Aids.”

On World Aids Day – December ist, 2014 – the bags will be sold through an online auction. All proceeds go to Designers Against Aids.

If you want to find out more about DAA, visit their website

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Louis XIII Introduces a Limited Series Black Pearl Anniversary Edition

Exquisite cognac drawn from the House of Remy Martin’s private reserve to celebrate its 140 years.

In honor of the 140th anniversary of LOUIS XIII Cognac, The House of Remy Martin is unveiling a limited series of just 775 decanters worldwide of an exquisite cognac taken from a single tiercon from the family’s private cellars – the LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition. These numbered decanters are drawn from a unique 572-liter tiercon, which until now had been part of the exclusive reserve of the Heiard Dubreuil family, who owns The House of Remy Martin, at their Domaine de Merpins. This special limited edition Black Pearl cognac made its U.S. debut on October 30 at Alicia Keys’ annual Black Ball gala, the centerpiece of an exclusive auction prize that generated $30,000 for the singer’s Keep a Child Alive charity.

Handmade a century ago using oak from France’s Limousin region, the tiercon – marked C-100-93 – is only the third of its kind to be released by the family in the past 100 years.  Created by four generations of Cellar Masters, it is a blend of over 1,200 eaux-de-vie ranging between 40 and 100 years.  This unique combination evokes aromas of myrrh, honey, plum, honeysuckle, wood bark, leather and passion fruit.  A Grande Champagne Cognac, LOUIS XIII is the company’s crown jewel – one that pioneered the super-premium spirits category with its debut in 1874 and continues to lead the category today.

Such an important anniversary demands an iconic decanter: a contemporary “Black Pearl” version of the original metal flask that inspired Paul-Emile Remy Martin when he created LOUIS XIII in 1874. To craft this superb metallic decanter, the House of Baccarat treated the crystal using a unique plating technique. This gives the decanter a beautiful reflective quality, with subtle contrasts of light and dark dancing across its surface. Achieving this effect involves layering successive thin coatings of precious materials (titanium, carbon and gold) one upon the other. The result is a true work of art.

LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition (PRNewsFoto/M Collective)

LOUIS XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition (PRNewsFoto/M Collective)

LOUIS XIII gained worldwide recognition following the Paris World Fair of 1900, becoming a staple at all grand occasions, and continues today to be the ultimate, enduring symbol of celebration and achievement, and a favorite of those in the business, arts and creative worlds.

This anniversary offering is available worldwide, exclusively from LOUIS XIII’s partner outlets (including luxury and prestigious hotels, as well as leading wine merchants), for a suggested retail price of $16,000, plus tax.  For more information, visit


This Giving Tuesday, Donate and Make Twice the Impact with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision! For the first 3,100 donations made to World Vision on Giving Tuesday, December 2, Thirty-One Gifts will donate a Hope Kit tote to a woman or girl in need in the U.S.

Giving Tuesday began as a small grass-roots movement, the charitable answer to the consumerism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  Now the day dedicated to giving has evolved into a global campaign powered by over 13,000 partners.  In its third year as a Giving Tuesday partner, the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision wanted to give donors the opportunity to impact more lives than ever before. This year on December 2, donations made to World Vision will make twice the impact by combatting poverty in one of the 100 countries where the organization works and helping a woman or girl in need in the U.S. get back on her feet.

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. Thirty-One Gifts is the 10(th) largest direct-selling company in the U.S. Products are sold by independent sales consultants at home parties. The company was named for Proverbs 31, a chapter of the Bible that celebrates hard-working women who are compassionate, gracious and inspiring to the people around them. The distinctive functional and fashionable products and independent business opportunity offer a unique solution to women’s need to earn extra income while working independently. Since forming its philanthropic initiative in 2012, Thirty-One Gives, the company has donated more than $36 million in cash and products to nonprofit organizations that support girls, women and families.

Hope Kit Tote (PRNewsFoto/World Vision)

Hope Kit Tote (PRNewsFoto/World Vision)

I came here with nothing,” explains Michelle, who received a Hope Kit at a safe home near Tacoma, Washington. “I didn’t have anything with me but the clothes I was wearing and a brush.”

For women and girls escaping abuse and addiction, these Hope Kits are much more than a beautiful tote filled with essential supplies,” explains Deborah Durham, World Vision’s kit initiatives director. “They are tangible proof that someone cares for and believes in them, which is why when kits are distributed they are often met with tears of joy.

Celebrate Giving Tuesday with World Vision:
There are dozens of ways to take a break from the retail frenzy and celebrate generosity on Giving Tuesday with World Vision.  Here are a few examples:
—  Host a Hope Kit building event:  On Giving Tuesday, or any day this holiday season, assemble Hope Kits with your company, school, church, or other group and take part in a memorable team-building event while providing meaningful help to women and girls.
—  Share Big Dreams: World Vision’s big dream for the world this Christmas is a full life for children in need.  Help make that dream a reality by sponsoring a child and changing the trajectory of their life so they can share their own big dreams with their entire community.
—  Teach your Children to be Charitable: Transform current events discussions into active, impactful giving by reviewing World Vision’s Gift Catalog with kids. The Catalog features over 100 ways to improve lives through gifts such as: disaster relief, clean water, food, medicine, education, job training and small business loans, among others. Flip through the pages and brainstorm ways to make an impact with your child.

Holiday 2014 Gidt Guide: Andrews McMeel Publishing Announces Paperback Edition of The Complete Far Side by Gary Larson

The Far Side® is back in the much-anticipated slipcased edition of The Complete Far Side, set for publication November 25, 2014. Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was a groundbreaker in high-end cartoon publishing and a New York Times bestseller. Now it’s back as a 3-volume paperback set with a newly designed slipcase that will delight Far Side fans.

(PRNewsFoto/Andrews McMeel Publishing)

(PRNewsFoto/Andrews McMeel Publishing)

Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I ‘jotted’ them down. It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, that it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary!” Larson writes in the preface.

Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most “What the … ?”-inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side® debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994.  During its 14-year run, The Far Side® was syndicated internationally to more than 1,900 daily newspapers, spawned 23 books, and has been translated into 17 different languages.  TheComplete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book.

A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated–over 4,000 if you must know–presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that had never before appeared in a book. Also included are additional Far Side cartoons Larson created after his retirement: 13 that appeared in the last Far Side book, Last Chapter andWorse, and six cartoons that periodically ran as a special feature in the New York Times Science Times section as The Far Side® of Science. Creator Gary Larson offers a rare glimpse into the mind of The Far Side® in quirky and thoughtful introductions to each of the 14 chapters. Complaint letters, fan letters, and queries from puzzled readers appear alongside some of the more provocative or elusive panels. Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin offers his sagacious thoughts in a foreword, and Larson’s former editor describes what it was like to be “the guy who could explain every Far Side cartoon.”

Neiman Marcus Presents the 88th Edition of its Legendary Christmas Book

The Neiman Marcus 2014 Christmas Book (the 88th annual edition) was unveiled by luxury retailer in Dallas and it continues Neiman Marcus’s unmatched tradition of offering its customers a selection of spectacular and unique holiday gifts sure to make even their wildest dreams come true. 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. Building on tradition through the years, the book has maintained its personal touch while evolving into a legendary source for alluring and mystical gifts. This year Neiman Marcus will donate a portion of the proceeds from each Fantasy Gift purchase to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation which brings enriching art experiences to youth in communities nationwide.

The arrival of the Christmas Book is considered by many to mark the official start of the holiday shopping season. This year’s edition of the Christmas Book carries on the Neiman Marcus tradition of presenting a refined selection of items across a broad range of categories for everyone on your holiday shopping list. With a new collection of fantasy gifts certain to satisfy even the most indulgent appetite, the Christmas Book features exceptional and distinctive gifts and experiences, including The Leontine Linens Home Trousseau, The House of Creed Bespoke Fragrance Journey, and The Slot Mods USA Ultimate Slot Car Raceway. This year’s featured car is the 100th Anniversary Neiman Marcus Limited-Edition Maserati Ghibli S Q4.

The “His & Hers” fantasy gift tradition continues this year with the Vilebrequin Quadski, a Jet ski meets ATV that converts from water to land in just under five seconds.

We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s collection of fantasy gifts and feel they are very representative of the unique and high-quality holiday offerings our dedicated customers have come to know and love from Neiman Marcus,” said Jim Gold President & Chief Merchandising Officer of Neiman Marcus. “Each year our goal is to exceed the expectations of our customers and this year certainly will not disappoint.”

Among the selection of fantasy gifts in the 2014 Christmas Book are some exceptional items, including:





Jet ski meets ATV in this Quadski duo. Hailed as the world’s best high-speed amphibians, they convert from water cruisers to land lovers in just under five seconds. Contrary to the Vilebrequin turtle print, your Quadski quickly accelerates up to 45 mph on land or water, thanks to its 1300cc BMW engine. With every His & Hers Vilebrequin Quadski purchase, Neiman Marcus will donate $1,500 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($50,000 each; pages 104-105)



Mix one part superb craftsmanship with a jigger of history and splash of style and what do you get? The world’s coolest cocktail-making machine. Recreated from a nineteenth-century drawing under the guidance of spirits impresario Jason Crawley, the 6’-tall Imperial Shaker oozes authenticity, from its cast iron, brass, copper, and silver materials to the elliptical shake created by the crank. A one-year supply of Tanqueray No. Ten® and personal cocktail education session for up to twenty guests with a Tanqueray mixology expert is included. With every purchase of the Tanqueray No. Ten Imperial Shaker, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($35,000; page 19)



You and a very special guest are cordially invited to play the part of Hollywood royalty during the film industry’s most celebrated weekend. The star treatment begins Friday at the luxe Peninsula Beverly Hills Hotel, your home for the next three nights. Saturday’s agenda is packed with special excursions, drinks at the famous Sunset Tower, and dinner at Chateau Marmont. Oscar® day kicks off with pre-party spa pampering and culminates with entrée to the night’s most coveted event: The Vanity Fair Party where you’ll mix, mingle, and revel with silver-screen legends past and present. Hair, makeup, wardrobe styling by Neiman Marcus Style Advisor Catherine Bloom, and jewelry on loan are all provided for this once-in-a-lifetime evening. With the purchase of the Vanity Fair Academy Awards® Experience, Neiman Marcus will donate $400,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($425,000; page 32)



Everything from your clothing to the decor in your home suits you perfectly. Isn’t it time you had a signature scent that does the same? Your quest to fragrance utopia begins with two first-class tickets to Paris close to Fontainebleau, near the House of Creed atelier where you’ll meet with sixth-generation Master Perfumer Olivier Creed to create the ultimate custom scent. While in The City of Light, you and a guest will dine with Olivier, enjoy five-star accommodations, white-glove car service, private tours, and other experiences befitting the royally amazing you. A few short months later, a fragrance nonpareil will arrive at your doorstep in 24 14-karat gold-gilded six-liter flacons and 12 14-karat gold-accented leather atomizers featuring your bespoke scent. With the purchase of the House of Creed Custom Fragrance and Trip, Neiman Marcus will donate $5,000 to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation dedicated to supporting youth arts education in communities across the country.
($475,000; page 49) Continue reading


Toys“R”Us® lifted the curtain on its plans for the 2014 holiday season at a special preview event for business retail reporters in New York City. Hank Mullany, President, Toys“R”Us, U.S., discussed steps the company has taken during the first half of the year to prepare its stores nationwide for the busy shopping season ahead, including building its leadership team, successfully concluding its inventory clearance event to make way for hot new holiday products, significantly improving its in-stock position, strengthening customer relationships with enhanced service offerings and redeploying capital for store maintenance.

Mr. Mullany also announced the launch of the company’s new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program, the introduction of free online layaway and ways it is making it easy and fast for shoppers to find the toys they want through its new “Here’s What’s Hot” and “Gift Express” shops, in-aisle “Top Gift” suggestions, as well as its curated online Gift Finder. In addition, Mr. Mullany discussed the company’s innovative brand marketing campaign and the important role its expert employees play in providing a differentiated shopping experience for customers. He also noted that the company will continue to offer Price Match Guarantee for store and online competitors, a $49 everyday free shipping offer and enhanced omnichannel capabilities including In-Store Pick Up.

“We are pleased with our progress and the foundational improvements we’ve made to the business in preparing for the busy months ahead,” said Mr. Mullany. “Our focus at Toys“R”Us for the 2014 holiday season is to make it easy for customers to shop with us both in-store and online. At the same time, we will clearly demonstrate our toy category leadership through our broad product assortment, by having hot toys in-stock when customers want them, and leveraging the expertise of our employees in helping gift-givers select the right toy for the child on their list.”

Launching New Rewards“R”Us Program: Loyal Customers Earn Rewards Faster, Maximizing Their Shopping Experience

Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the company has launched a new Rewards“R”Us program to further deepen its relationship with its most devoted customers. The more than 18 million existing Rewards“R”Us members, and those who sign up in-store or online at, are now able to earn more rewards. The complimentary loyalty program enables members to simply earn one point per dollar spent* at Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us locations. For every $125 spent, Rewards“R”Us members receive $5 in “R”Us Rewards.

To maximize their membership, loyalty members now have the ability to accumulate points up to $200 in rewards, allowing them to save up and apply their rewards toward special purchases. In addition, members can register to receive rewards directly via email and enjoy an extended 60-day validity period when redeeming rewards. Plus, members have access to the dedicated Rewards“R”Us website where they can track their purchases, print rewards and receive exclusive access to special savings and partner offers from family-friendly brands that include global resorts, iconic attractions, entertainment and more.

To extend savings even further, Rewards“R”Us members who are also “R”Us credit cardholders, issued by Synchrony Bank, earn two points per dollar spent in-store or online at Toys“R”Us or Babies“R”Us, a total of $10 for every $125 they spend. They can also enjoy special financing and partake in 10% off** Thursdays at any “R”Us location. Plus, “R”Us MasterCard® cardholders also earn one point for every four dollars spent on purchases at stores other than Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us.

Rewards“R”Us members will also receive exclusive promotions throughout the holiday season and advance notice of sales, events and presale opportunities. To learn more, visit

Introducing New Online Layaway for Holiday Season

Toys“R”Us has expanded its omnichannel capabilities with the introduction of online layaway, giving customers the ability to create layaway orders at and, make subsequent payments either in-store or online and choose to pick up their order in a local store or have it delivered right to their home. This offering is in addition to the company’s in-store layaway program. Toys“R”Us will once again offer FREE layaway for the holiday season, waiving the $5 service fee generally associated, now for both online and in-store layaway orders.

As the company strives to make it easy for customers to find and buy what they’re looking for, online layaway not only provides access to a wider assortment of products, but is also an exceptional shopping convenience for those who want to make a series of payments over time, but may not be able to get to a local store to create a layaway order and make regular payments. More details are available at

It’s All About Gifting Made Easy

This fall, the company is introducing brand new navigational signage in its Toys“R”Us stores nationwide. This thoughtful and layered approach to making it easy and fast for gift-givers to find what they’re looking for includes a welcome map located at the front of the store featuring merchandise category locations, plus large overhead signage identifying major product categories and brands. Additional way-finding signage at aisle entry points and within each aisle breaks down merchandise selection even further, leading shoppers right to the item they came to find.

In addition, the company announced the launch of two new gift solutions shops located at the front of each store, providing shoppers with easy access to top gifts and helping to eliminate guesswork:

  • The “Here’s What’s Hot” shop showcases hot, new product arrivals and top trending toys for children of all ages. Featured products will change on a monthly basis, providing parents with instant knowledge of what kids are currently clamoring for.
  • For grab-and-go shoppers, a curated assortment of top items available for $30 or less is presented in the “Gift Express” shop, which is designed to help even the most indecisive gift-giver choose something great for the holidays, a birthday or other special occasions.

To further assist holiday shoppers select a gift sure to please, the company’s team of merchandising experts have chosen16 “Top Gift” suggestions to showcase through in-aisle presentations. Identified by bright green signage, these items help focus shoppers on some of the hottest items within a large product category.

For online shoppers, a new curated Gift Finder will be available at with fun gift ideas that will deliver big smiles. This specially selected guide, featuring top gifts for every toy category, allows shoppers to easily search items by age and price range, and then further narrow the results by brand and character. Continue reading


Charm-azing Bracelets, Stretchy Heroes in a Half Shell, Little Chirping Love Birds, a Virtual Construction Set and 200 Pound-Towing Truck Are Among the Top Toys Named to the Company’s Annual and Industry-Leading Gift List

With the holiday shopping season approaching, Toys“R”Us® has revealed its highly anticipated 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List. The annual list of 36 items, determined by Toys“R”Us play experts after months of extensive research, is packed with a wide range of brand new toys, games and other playthings expected to be at the top of kids’ wish lists this year. For the full list, visit or follow the conversation on social media using the hashtag, #TRUHotToyList.

“We take great pride in providing parents and gift-givers with a reliable and definitive shopping list that they can use as a starting point to help ensure kids will be smiling from ear-to-ear when they open their presents on Christmas morning,” said Richard Barry, Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys“R”Us, Inc. “Our team of toy experts has a proven track record of predicting what are expected to be the most coveted toys each holiday season. By sharing our unique toy insights, while offering compelling services and savings opportunities, including the introduction of free online layaway and our new Rewards“R”Us loyalty program with “R”Us credit card incentives, we’re determined to help make holiday gifting easy for our customers.”

THE TOYS“R”US “FABULOUS 15”: The Best-of-the-Best of the Holiday Season

Among the 36 items named to the Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List are the Fabulous 15, expected to be the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season:

THE 2014 #TRUHotToyList

From Baby’s First Christmas to Big Kids, the 2014 Toys“R”Us Holiday Hot Toy List represents the top new toys of the year in each age group:

Baby’s First Christmas:

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Bright Starts Having a Ball! Hide & Spin Monkey from Kids II®

It’s time for some monkey business! By picking up balls, placing them into the top of the monkey’s hat and pressing his nose, little ones can watch with excitement as the balls spiral down the ramp. With bright lights and silly monkey sounds and songs, parents should prepare for ongoing laughter. The Hide & Spin Monkey also encourages sit-to-stand play. 4 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 6 to 36 months.

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch 'n Crawl (In Packaging) - C.Hung Yu photographer

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch ‘n Crawl (In Packaging) – C.Hung Yu photographer

MINNIE MOUSE Musical Touch ‘n Crawl from Fisher-Price®

This too-cute Minnie Mouse is moving and grooving, encouraging crawlers to join along and further develop gross motor skills. With just a press of Minnie’s back, babies will hear adorable phrases such as “great job!” and “aren’t you sweet?” followed by Minnie crawling to a sweet melody. Minnie is soft to the touch and sized just right for little ones. 2 “AA” batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years.

13 months to 2 years:

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride  (Out of Packaging)

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride (Out of Packaging)

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride

3-in-1 Bounce, Stride & Ride Elephant from Fisher-Price®

This adorable elephant pal comes ready to play and ride with lights, music and three “grow-with-me” stages to get infants moving. Babies can bounce up and down, then steady their first steps as a walker, and ultimately take a ride. Upbeat tunes, fun sounds, phrases and sing-along songs encourage and reward actions of little learners. The elephant’s big, soft ears move as babies move to add even more fun and excitement. 2 “AAA” batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years.

Giggly Gears Twirltable

Giggly Gears Twirltable

Giggly Gears Twirltable from Little Tikes®

Little imaginations will spin into gear with this engaging and interactive Toys“R”Us exclusive play table. With over 20 colorful gears that turn, swirl and wind, there are endless ways to play and countless hours of imaginative fun to be had. Parents will love to watch as toddlers invent new ways to spin and stack gears while music plays. 2 “AAA” batteries required (not included). Ages 12 months and up.

2 to 4 years:

Cabbage Patch Kids Twinkle Toes 2 (Out of Packaging)

Cabbage Patch Kids Twinkle Toes 2 (Out of Packaging)

Cabbage Patch Kids® 14-Inch SKECHERS® Twinkle Toes Kid with Backpack from JAKKS Pacific, Inc.

Kids can’t help but shine when playing with the all-new Toys“R”Us exclusive 14-inch Cabbage Patch Kid, featuring real light-up accessories and SKECHERS shoes. Available in a variety of ethnicities, face shapes, hair colors, eye colors and more to choose from, each Cabbage Patch Kid has a one-of-a-kind name and comes with a birth certificate and adoption papers. 6 “AG13/LR44” batteries required (included). Ages 3 years and up. Continue reading