Macy’s Launches SoGifted, a Female Entrepreneur-Focused Destination for Gifts

In partnership with SoGal Ventures and powered by b8ta, seven Macy’s stores nationwide feature products from women-owned small businesses

This season, holiday shoppers can find the perfect gift at Macy’s from a host of female-led small businesses in the SoGifted shops at seven Macy’s locations nationwide. The SoGifted shops are made possible via a partnership with SoGal Ventures, the first female-led millennial venture capital fund investing in diverse entrepreneurs in the United States. Macy’s recently became a strategic partner with SoGal through a minority stake in the fund. The SoGifted shops feature a selection of products and gifts from women-founded brands in the SoGal community including Lovevery, toys designed by experts for your child’s developing brain, Neely & Chloe, a fashion-forward accessories range, and HidrateSpark 3, a smart water bottle that tracks your hydration, among others.

Open through January 2020, the SoGifted Concept Shops give Macy’s shoppers access to new brands that define what SoGal stands for: entrepreneurship, equality, and empowerment of diverse enterprises. Today, SoGal co-founders Elizabeth Galbut and Pocket Sun guide more than 65 companies, reaching a network of more than 100,000 entrepreneurs in an excess of 30 countries.

Macy’s launches SoGifted, a female entrepreneur-focused destination for gifts in partnership with SoGal Ventures and powered by b8ta, at seven stores nationwide (Photo: Business Wire)

SoGal Ventures is the first female-led millennial venture capital firm. Galbut and Sun started this fund after experience as entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. They believe in the power of diversity, borderless business, and human-centric design. SoGal invests in early stage diverse founding teams in the U.S. and Asia, aiming to be the strongest ally for their portfolio companies. Powered by the SoGal Ecosystem across 40+ cities around the world, they are galvanizing a brand-new demographic – millennial & Gen Z women and minorities – to take center stage in entrepreneurship and creation.

Founders Event – Elizabeth Galbut and OK Jewelry founder

Our mission is to build a firm that embodies the cultural values that we want to see in the world,” said Galbut. “With the partnership at Macy’s we’re taking this a step further and giving in-store shoppers across the country an opportunity to discover and support female-led small business brands – so the next generation of women can be empowered to know that entrepreneurship is within their reach,” added Galbut.

This type of brand discovery spotlights Macy’s ongoing partnership with b8ta, operator of the Ark Marketplace platform that allows brands that traditionally haven’t operated stores to quickly set up new physical retail operations. The b8ta-powered experience enabled SoGal’s range of entrepreneurs to activate at Macy’s within a matter of weeks – with products ranging from Bon Temps herbal teas to unbreakable hosiery by Sheertex.

SoGifted Shop at Macy’s – Bon Temps Tea display table
Hidrate Spark display

For holiday shoppers, the fresh female-first lens brings diversity to Macy’s gifting mix, further reinforcing Macy’s newly established diversity and inclusion goals, which include increasing representation and advancing the growth of under-represented suppliers. Empowered offerings like TomboyX, a size and gender inclusive line of underwear and pajamas and Blume, a range of safe and sustainable feminine care solutions, highlight Macy’s commitment to testing new brands and categories. On the more traditional gifting side, Ettitude introduces sustainable bamboo pajamas and bedding essentials, OK Jewelry showcases its affordable high-end fashion jewelry, and Quirktastic supplies geek-chic graphic tees – perfect for the comics lover in your life.

Hidrate Spark display
Skin Inc. close up

The SoGifted shops are being supported by entrepreneurial focused events including a dedicated launch party with the female founders at Macy’s flagship location at Herald Square which took place on November 20 and a “For Women, by Women” panel discussion with the founders of Blume, TomboyX and Sheertex. In addition, there will be events throughout the holiday partnership including beauty and trunk shows, as well as wellness focused event content in January to bring in the New Year.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide: Find The Perfect Holiday Gifts, At Every Price, At Macy’s

From ultra-luxe to gifts under $100, $50, or $25, check off this year’s shopping list with thoughtful gifts for every budget and everyone

Plus, Macy’s flexible shipping solutions deliver the perfect gifts just in time

Macy’s want to take the stress out of the season with an incredible range of items from ultra-luxe to gifts under $100, $50, or $25 of the best and buzziest brands, plus services that make finding the perfect gift effortless. Whether that stocking needs a little extra stuffing or a holiday soiree calls for cozy cashmere, Macy’s has an incredible assortment of fashion, accessories, toys, beauty, and home with convenient services and great shipping to make it simple. Check out macys.com/gifts to view helpful shopping guides by price and shop Macy’s Friends and Family sale now through Dec. 9 with code FRIENDS for extra savings.

Macy’s has curated a list of must-have gifts that are thoughtful and stress-free,” said Durand Guion, vice president, Macy’s Fashion Office. “Whether you’re looking to go luxe with a truly special piece of fine jewelry or finding that amazing under $25 gift for the office Secret Santa, we’ve got you covered. Macy’s makes it easy with suggestions from our Fashion Office, help from our Personal Stylists, and timely service with our buy online, pick up in store options.

Macy’s Personal Stylists + Gift Squad

Need a helping hand? Macy’s Personal Stylists offer fast and free service to help stumped shoppers solve their biggest gifting or party dressing challenges. Book an appointment at macys.com/personalstylist. The experts of Macy’s Gift Squad can also help pinpoint must-have gifts for the season on Instagram. The Gift Squad, a super-team of editors from Bustle and Cosmopolitan, plus members of Macy’s Fashion Office and Style Crew, will share top products for every price point and personality, and help curate the best gifts of the season for millions of shoppers.

Last Minute Shipping + Free Ship Friday

There’s also a shipping solution to fit every time crunch. Customers can receive macys.com or Macy’s app orders by Christmas when placed by Saturday, Dec. 21 with standard shipping or by 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, Dec. 22 with express delivery. For those who need more time, buy online pick up in store orders placed by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24 can be picked up that afternoon by 6 p.m. Dec. 13 is Free Ship Friday, and Macy’s customers can enjoy free standard delivery with no order minimum on most macys.com and mobile app orders, beginning at 9 a.m. ET. All orders placed on Dec. 13 will arrive in time for Christmas.

Gifts at Every Price

Discover gifts that you’ll love to give in every price point at Macy’s; Silken Slumber Eye Mask, $20.99 (Photo: Business Wire)

Under $25

  • NC International Concepts boxed slippers
  • Unwritten silver-plated zodiac necklace
  • Thirstystone leather flask
  • Bespoke dopp kit
  • Fisher Price Disney’s® Frozen Kristoff’s sleigh by Little People®
  • Discovery Stem planetarium projector
  • Clinique Created for Macy’s 3-pc Happy Treats Set
  • Stila 3-pc. Highest Realm Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow Set
  • Homedics Crystallize ultrasonic diffuser
  • Silken Slumber silk eye mask
  • Google Mini
  • GE C-Life Smart Bulbs
  • Created for Macy’s RH Macy & Company Holiday Confections Collection
  • Created for Macy’s Frango 1lb Prewrap in 8 flavors

Under $50

Discover gifts that you’ll love to give in every price point at Macy’s; FAO Schwarz Girls’ Vanity Makeup 30-Pc. Set, $39.99 (Photo: Business Wire)
  • DKNY winter accessories
  • INC International Concepts Zoiey 2-in-1 tote
  • Columbia Steens mountain-printed full-zip fleece
  • Created for Macy’s 5-pc fragrance sampler set for him
  • FAO Schwarz Laser Tag
  • LOL Surprise #OOTD Winter Disco
  • Tarte 8-pc. Gilded Gifts Makeup Collector’s Set
  • NARS 4-pc. Studio 54 Outshine lip gloss set
  • Art of Shaving The Men’s 5-pc. Sandalwood Starter set
  • LIDS Ohio State throw blanket
  • Thirstystone geometric colorblock marble serving board
  • Tzumi Alpha Gaming Vertex LED Stereo gaming headset
  • Victrola Solid Suitcase Bluetooth record player
  • Gifts from Stonewall Kitchen
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Happiness Is Pop-In@Nordstrom: ‘Tis The Season Of Gratitude And Giving.

Celebrate the holidays at Pop-In@Nordstrom with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts Gang, and discover hundreds of uncommon gifts to light up those who make life brighter. Featuring more than 100 exclusive items and 1,000+ gifts spanning home and health, travel and tech, and even presents for your friends on four legs, Happiness Is Pop-In@Nordstrom (Now through to January 5) has something for everyone on your list. The shop is up and running now in select Nordstrom locations and online at Nordstrom.com/pop.

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Julie Mollo Snoopy Change Purse
LucyAndCo Dog Hoodie
MoMA Backgammon Set

This season for holiday Pop-In@Nordstrom were expanded to additional Nordstrom locations. New stores are starred below:

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Mark Badgley and James Mischka Debut Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide

Something For Everyone This Holiday Season and All with a Touch of Glamour

Use Code HOLIDAY30 for 30% off sitewide (Some Exclusions May Apply)

Badgley Mischka, the iconic American design house that exemplifies timeless glamour, invites you to celebrate this holiday season with the legendary designers Mark Badgley and James Mischka‘s top picks for gift giving. You don’t have to be a famous fashion designer to exchange gifts like these two! Badgley Mischka 2019 Holiday Gift Guide is full of wonderful items and offers gifts for everyone on your list from under $50 to $595 MSRP. When ordering, use code HOLIDAY30 for a 30% off discount sitewide. (Some exclusions may apply. Offer only valid midnight PST Wednesday, Nov 27th until midnight PST Cyber Monday.)

Badgley Mischka’s 2019 Holiday Gift Guide has no-fail items that are guaranteed to put smiles on all your hard-to-buy-for friends and family’s faces. There are glamorous options for all, whether it’s beautiful women’s jeweled shoes, which dress up any holiday outfit, to newly launched men’s shoes and stylish sneakers, to girls shoes, perfect the little ones on your list. The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

The stand out this year is the new fragrance, Forest Noir, in its gorgeous emerald green jeweled designed bottle. Both the Badgley Mischka Fragrance and Badgley Mischka Forest Noir have gift sets with body cream, and purse size sprays to complete the collection.

Men’s and women’s eyewear make a perfect stocking stuffer as well as Badgley Mischka’s latest colorful cashmere sweaters with beading and flower details to make any outfit; even your perfect pair of old jeans look dressed up. Choose to give your loved one the topper of a brightly colored winter coat, and she will thank you every time she heads out into the cold. And no need for extra tinsel when you give shimmering, festive Badgley Mischka jewelry to your favorite relative. For that extra special person on your list, surprise a loved one with a Badgley Mischka designed luggage collection and maybe pop in tickets to a favorite destination?

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“What Is Love?” Burberry Reveals Festive Holiday Campaign

Burberry‘s festive 2019 holiday campaign is out. To mark his first holiday campaign for the fashion house, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, Riccardo Tisci has assembled a cast of global talent to celebrate the notion of togetherness, union, hope and love.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry

The entire cast includes Alexis Chaparro, Arah Clarke, Ava Valentine, Blanket, Bodhi Horton, Boychild, Carla Bruni, Casper Chatfield, Cassius Varghese, Cecilia Chancellor, Christian Guzman, Dahely Nunez, Daisy Middleton, Elis Moaven, Fran Summers, Hector Polio, Howard Griffiths, Ikram Abdi Omar, Jacob Guerra, Jaeda Sherman, Jose Polio, Keith Summers, Kristians Jakovlevs, Lea T, Leissy De La Cruz, Louis Chatfield, Mahmood, Marina Morena, Noah Carlos, Noah Landes, Regina Limon Vega, Reia Zhing Cheong, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Sasha Pivovarova, Shay, Valentin Bedford, Wu Tsang, Yoo Ah-in, Zhou Dongyu

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

‘I am connected to the idea of unity, togetherness and challenging the perception of what love is today. This for me is the real spirit of the season. It’s one of my favorite times of the year – when I can stop, reflect and reconnect with those who make me feel happy and at home, no matter where I am in the world. I loved the idea of bringing together a group of people that have been so supportive of me since I joined Burberry to celebrate my first holiday campaign for the house,” states Riccardo Tisci, Burberry Chief Creative Officer.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott
Ikram Abdi Omar in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

The campaign centres around a film of the cast dancing to the soundtrack of ‘What Is Love?‘ by Deee-Lite and is shot by renowned photography duo Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott.

Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

It was a real pleasure working on this project for Burberry. Working with Riccardo is about connection, it’s about the back and forth of discussing creative ideas and it’s this that makes our jobs even more interesting and exciting. We have been friends for many years so I guess we know each other’s sensibilities – there are always a lot of laughs!” says Mert and Alas. “My favourite Christmas memory is when we were preparing a Christmas dinner and the oven literally blew up! I burnt my lashes and of course we had no turkey. Disappointing, but it was a funny night!

And the cast itself seems to have had a fun and memorable time as well.

Carla Bruni (above) in Burberry Festive Campaign. Courtesy of Burberry. Photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott

CARLA BRUNI: “I love the concept of the campaign – this big group of different people coming together. I had a fabulous time with Riccardo and was thrilled to find myself behind the lens of Mert & Marcus again. On set, Riccardo gave me this feeling of freedom and modernity – his talent is beyond words. You can see that he has this profound and precious knowledge of fashion, and has this simplistic way of using the past to invent the future. My most precious festive memory is a Christmas Eve in a castle completely buried in snow in Touraine.

Burberry Festive 2019 Holiday Collection. Courtesy of Burberry
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Holiday Gift Guide: Skechers Premium Heritage Limited Edition Collection Returns with New Capsule of Styles in Time for Holiday

The Skechers Premium Heritage Limited Edition Holiday Collection is set to drop worldwide tomorrow, November 15. The five-pack offering, designed with luxurious materials on the Company’s most iconic outsoles, follows on the heels of the successful launch of the Premium Heritage One collection.

The Skechers Premium Heritage Limited Edition Holiday Collection drops around the world on November 15. (Photo: Business Wire)

In a world with fast trends and social media creating demand for the latest hot item, consumers want newness, freshness, and something that stands out and is available for a limited time,” said Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers. “That’s the foundation of our Skechers Premium Heritage concept. These are statement shoes with high-end materials and design details on signature Skechers outsoles. It’s a capsule that creates buzz with key opinion leaders.”

The new range expands on the first wave of Premium Heritage styles that launched in September. The Skechers Energy – Captains View updates the original chunky sneaker with red leopard print, tassels, blue overlays and an intricate rope collar. The Skechers D’Lites – Golden Idea delivers a subtle luxe look with soft black leather and gold chain detailing. And there are two looks on the Skechers D’Lites 3.0 – the Cheetah Queen delivers animal power with multi-colored cheetah print plus jeweled laces, and the Flashy Stud (available in both white and black colorways) runs with current logo trends with a massive rhinestone D’Lites embellishment over snakeskin detailing.

Skechers Logo

Skechers pioneered the chunky sneaker two decades ago with the Skechers Energy, and the look soon gained popularity around the globe thanks to the help of stars like Britney Spears who appeared in the style. The style evolved with the introduction of Skechers D’Lites – a lighter version of its original style – in 2007. Ten years later, Skechers D’Lites reemerged in Asia on the retro chunky sneaker trend, sparking a global movement that included models walking runways in New York, London, Milan, Berlin and other cities. Always remaining fresh and relevant, the classic look was updated with the more modernized chunkier Skechers D’Lites 3.0 collection and featured in numerous celebrated collaborations. The styles have appeared on fashion editorial pages globally, and covered by taste-making sites like HypeBae, HypeBeast and High Snobiety.

The new range of Skechers Premium Heritage Limited Edition styles launch November 15 exclusively at skechers.com and in select Skechers retail stores in the United States and around the globe as well as in select specialty retailers in international markets.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Target Introduces HoliDeals and Unveils Biggest Black Friday Yet with Two-Day Preview Sale and Expanded Early Access

Retailer introduces HoliDeals – featuring thousands of deals throughout the season – making it easier than ever for guests to save throughout the holidays.

Black Friday Early Access for RedCard holders returns on Wednesday, Nov. 27, with more deals and deep discounts. For the first time, Target Circle members also will receive early access on select deals later in the day.

Target Corporation has announced the introduction of HoliDeals – featuring thousands of deals throughout the season on items like décor, electronics, toys and more – making it easier than ever for guests to save throughout the holidays. HoliDeals kicks off this week with the reveal of the retailer’s highly anticipated Black Friday ad . Target also is expanding early access to Black Friday deals to include members of its new loyalty program,Target Circle, in addition to RedCard holders.

This is the busiest time of year for our guests, and with the shortened season, we want to make it as easy as possible for them to cross everything off their holiday list at Target. That’s why we’re introducing HoliDeals, which will feature savings on thousands of items throughout the season,” said Rick Gomez, executive vice president, chief marketing and digital officer, Target. “Our expanded Black Friday Preview Sale is just the beginning of a season full of savings. And with our biggest investment ever in guest service, our teams will be ready to help guests shop and save with ease this holiday season.”

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