New Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series Launches for 2017

Tommy Bahama introduces the Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series, custom-designed fan apparel, featuring 40 of the top universities across the country. Additional schools will be added throughout the year. Designed to appeal to students, alumni, and families, the Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series features University logoed polo shirts, camp shirts and half zip pullovers in college colors and details that are packed with school spirit. (The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series was developed in conjunction with licensing partners IMG College Licensing, LLC, Fermata Partners, Learfield Licensing Partners and 289c Apparel, Ltd. )

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Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series

We’re very excited about the new Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series and the opportunity to expand our existing sport product offering that includes MLB and NFL,” says Doug Wood, CEO of Tommy Bahama. “The collegiate series offers our guests a well-rounded selection of upscale fan apparel that showcases their favorite college.”

The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series features some of the brand’s signature styles in a range of college colors, each embroidered with the school’s logo. Styles are offered in two fits: the existing Standard Fit and the new Trim Fit, which is slimmer through the body and sleeves. Key styles in the new Trim Fit include: the Clubhouse MVP, a DryTech polo in college colors with logo on left chest; the Camp Safari Polo, an all over palm print polo; and the Tiki Time Camp shirt, a classic Hawaiian print shirt in school colors to display your school pride and Aloha style.

Offered in Standard Fit, the Collegiate Emfielder, Clubhouse Alumni Polo, Collegiate Fez Fronds, Catalina Twill Camp and Campus Flip, a reversible half zip pullover, are all a great way to show support for your favorite school. The Tommy Bahama Collegiate Series suggested retail prices range from $110 – $165.

Tommy Bahama is also celebrating its debut in the collegiate market with a sweepstakes to win a trip to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational, the premier early season college basketball tournament. The Tommy Bahama Maui Jim Maui Invitational Sweepstakes is the ultimate prize for any college basketball fan — a trip for two and all access VIP tickets to the 2017 Maui Jim Maui Invitational held in Maui, November 20-22. The prize also includes airfare, lodging, dinner at the Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store in Wailea and a $1,000 Tommy Bahama gift card to use in store or online. The Tommy Bahama Maui Jim Maui Invitational Sweepstakes runs from August 14-September 12 at Tommy Bahama retail stores and online. Continue reading

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE Celebrates the 10th BIRTHDAY of its Famed 10022-SHOE Salon

It’s been 10 years since Saks revolutionized the shoe industry with a shoe floor so big it needed its own zip code; the luxury retailer marks this incredible milestone with more than 75 exclusive styles, windows featuring custom designer birthday cakes, exclusive made-to-order programs, and moredownload (2)

On August 17, Saks Fifth Avenue will celebrate the 10th birthday of its famed 10022-SHOE salon. A pioneer in the footwear industry, Saks Fifth Avenue was among the first retailers to place a greater focus on shoes by creating a shoe department so big, the U.S. Postal Service granted the floor its own ZIP code―10022-SHOE. And now, 10 years later, 10022-SHOE is home to 110 designer brands―a number that has more than doubled since its inception in 2007; holds as many as 200,000 pairs of shoes; and has been expanded into 25 locations in the U.S. and Canada. Brands such as Jimmy Choo, CHANEL, Christian Louboutin, Dior, Saint Laurent, and Gucci, among others, have been with 10022-SHOE since the very beginning and will honor its 10th birthday at Saks with exclusive styles, made-to-order programs, custom birthday cake window designs, and more.

Saks Fifth Avenue

(Photo Courtesy of PRNewsfoto/Saks Fifth Avenue)

Throughout the past 10 years, Saks Fifth Avenue has held a constant and dominating presence in the shoe industry, selling on average 850,000 pairs of shoes per year, which equates to approximately 8.5 million over the course of its 10 year history―that’s enough “shoe footage” to travel up and down the Empire State Building close to 2,000 times!

Coupled with its impressive selection, 10022-SHOE has played host to many launches, exhibitions and firsts:

  • In 2008, 10022-SHOE was chosen to host the 70th anniversary exhibition of ruby slippers honoring the 1939 film, “The Wizard of Oz,” which included styles by designers including Oscar de la Renta, Stuart Weitzman and Roger Vivier, as well as Judy Garland‘s original ruby slippers designed by Adrian Greenberg of MGM studios;
  • From 2008 to 2015, designers such as Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura, Paul Andrew and Nicholas Kirkwood, among many others, made special appearances at 10022-SHOE locations across the country;
  • In early 2015, 10022-SHOE paid tribute to Disney’s live-action film inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella,” by collaborating, in partnership with Disney Consumer Products, with nine luxury designers―including Paul Andrew, Tabitha Simmons, Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo and Salvatore Ferragamo―to create their own interpretations of Cinderella‘s famed glass slipper;
  • Later in 2015, 10022-SHOE made history with the launch of Manolo Blahnik’s first U.S. shop-in-shop in the United States; and
  • In 2016, Saks opened its first store dedicated solely to shoes—10022-SHOE Greenwich—located in the heart of Greenwich, CT.

The strength and growth of 10022-SHOE over the past 10 years is a testament to Saks’ commitment to the footwear category as well as our customers’ desire for the depth and breadth of our designer and emerging designer shoe assortment,” stated Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant, Saks Fifth Avenue. “10022-SHOE is a landmark for shoe lovers in New York City and around the world for one-of-a-kind merchandise and experiences that they cannot find anywhere else―a core principle of Saks’ identity.”

Beginning this month, Saks Fifth Avenue is celebrating 10022-SHOE‘s 10th birthday with:

  • More than 75 exclusive shoe styles from powerhouse brands such as Aquazzura, Gucci, Giuseppe Zanotti, Valentino Garavani and Gianvito Rossi;
  • 12 exclusive made-to-order programs, including programs by Prada, Alexandre Birman, Manolo Blahnik, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roger Vivier and Jimmy Choo; and
  • 16 designer Happy Birthday 10022-SHOE cakes featured in the New York flagship store’s windows designed by brands such as Valentino Garavani, Gianvito Rossi, Gucci and Prada.

From Thursday, Aug. 17 until Sunday, Aug. 20, Saks will showcase a visual installation in its New York flagship, entitled “10 Galleries: A Decade of Shoes.” Each of the 10 installations will play off the 10022-SHOE exclusive items and trends and invite customers to discover, interact with, and celebrate all things shoes.

Notable footwear designers share memories about Saks Fifth Avenue and 10022-SHOE:

Designer Christian Louboutin speaks about his fondest memory of Saks’ 10022-SHOE: “Doing a personal appearance on the shoe level when it was first opened where women told me intimate stories about themselves and their shoes. It made me understand the desire of the American customer, their differences in their approach, and their taste for luxury.”

Designer Manolo Blahnik speaks about his fondest memory of Saks’ 10022-SHOE: “I think when we first launched our boutique in 2015―we had a book signing and dinner. It was an honour to meet so many women who loved my shoes … I love it [Saks]! It has always been one of my favourite stores, so beautiful and feminine!

Designer Sandra Choi of Jimmy Choo―a brand which first launched at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1997―recalls her favorite memory, designing the commemorative 2007 10022-SHOE stamp: “The custom Jimmy Choo stamp I designed for the inauguration of the shoe floor 10 years ago. It was designed to reflect the unique zip code that was created to mark the opening. It featured a sketch I drew of a signature pump, it was such a fun and original idea.”

Designer Nicholas Kirkwood speaks to his exclusive 10022-SHOE birthday style: “I wanted to create something completely different to celebrate the 10022-SHOE 10th birthday, but also something special, and I loved the idea of the interplay between masculinity and femininity so it was from there that I designed the Combat boot.”

Designer Paul Andrew speaks about his partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue: “Saks has been a signifier of style and sophistication since they opened their doors for the first time in 1924. When I launched my own brand in 2013, my very first order came from Saks. It was a surreal moment—and Saks will always hold a special place in my heart for that reason.”

Designer Edgardo Osorio of Aquazzura speaks fondly about Saks Fifth Avenue: “Saks is such an iconic shopping hub, especially the historic Fifth Avenue flagship, and it’s just amazing to be carried there and all over the United States … Saks was the first department store to buy AQUAZZURA in the U.S. and as one of our key partners, they have continued to believe in me and my designs ever since. Over the years the working relationship has blossomed into a friendship.

Check out Saks’ 10 top shoe trends in the upcoming Saks Fifth Avenue Shoe Book, which will be available in stores and on saks.com August 16. Visitors can view their local stores’ 10022-SHOE celebratory activities on the Store & Locations page on Saks.com. Saks Fifth Avenue also welcomes viewers to connect via its social channels, and to follow #10022SHOE for insider access.

Nordstrom Unveils New Fall 2017 Fashion Campaign

Retailer Showcases Fashion Through The Lens Of Photographer Max Farago And Director Clara Cullen

Today, Nordstrom, Inc. launched a new national brand campaign shot by photographer Max Farago with video by director Clara Cullen, which celebrates the best of fall fashion. The campaign will debut on August 7 in the U.S. and on September 4 in Canada with print, digital, social, out of home and video components.

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Clara Cullen, Max Farago

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen, Max Farago

The campaign vision and concept was developed by Olivia Kim, Vice President of Creative Projects at Nordstrom, who has set the creative tone for the retailer’s last five brand campaigns. Kim along with her creative team tapped Farago and Cullen, the husband and wife creative duo favored by the fashion world, to bring their vision to life.

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Clara Cullen with her mother, daughter, sister + niece

The campaign features intimate and honest portraits of models and non-models alike, minimally edited and styled how people really dress to depict a modern and relevant perspective on a high-fashion campaign. The full campaign imagery and videos can be seen at Nordstrom.com/Fall2017. Highlights of brands featured in the campaign include 3.1 Phillip Lim Acne, JW Anderson, Simone Rocha, Studios adidas, Lemaire, Sophie Buhai, Alexander Wang, A.P.C., Levi’s®, Tibi, Dr. Martens, Molly Goddard, Tomorrowland, FRAME, Norse Project, Topman, Isa Arfen, Officine Generale, Ovadia & Sons, J.Crew, Vans®, Vejas, Richard Malone, and SATURDAYS NYC.

With her creative mind and unique perspective as a merchant, Kim took on the role of setting the vision for the company’s brand campaigns in Spring 2016, the retailer’s first in 15 years. Following her inaugural “See Anew” campaign, “We Are Here” from Fall 2016, and “Love, Nordstrom” from the holiday season, and the Spring 2017 campaign shot by Petra Collins. The Fall 2017 campaign marks Kim’s fifth developed for Nordstrom.

The cast includes:

Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hailey Gates

Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hailey Gates

  • Actress and television journalist Hailey Gates, host of VICELAND’s series States of Undress, in which she explores geopolitics through the lens of fashion. Her work takes her to conflict zones around the world for international fashion weeks.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - The Hiplets - Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – The Hiplets – Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, Nia Lyons

  • Camryn Taylor, Lourdes Taylor, Nia Parker, and Nia Lyons, classically trained ballerinas of The Hiplet™ and the most senior dancers at the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center. The Hiplet™ have appeared in a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Show, TEDxSanFrancisco, the New York Times and CNN. Their YouTube videos have gathered over hundreds of thousands of views.
  • Homer Hans Bryant, the artistic director and founder of the Chicago Multi-Cultural Dance Center who conceived dance group phenom The Hiplet™ which showcases dancers en pointe interplaying hip-hop movements with classical styles.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Saam Emme, Vejas Kruszewski

  • Designer Vejas Kruszewski (in his collection) and Saam Emme, the creative team behind the label Vejas. Their designs redefine conventional streetwear, breaking borders and blending youth culture with studious fashion history. Vejas was awarded the LVMH Special Prize in 2016.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Angela Goding

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Angela Goding

  • Contemporary art curator Angela Goding, who has a formidable reputation in the New York art world for her instincts and distinct fashion sense.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Jane Moseley (1)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Jane Moseley

  • Twenty-nine-year-old painter, sculptor, and model Jane Moseley, who spent six years in New York resisting the lure of the modeling industry, then became a fashion sensation after walking in Balenciaga’s fall 2016 show. She has a collection of horror-movie-inspired tattoos, and a dog, five cats, a lizard, a hedgehog and two pet rats.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Creative Growth - Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Creative Growth – Elizabeth Rangel, Tom di Mara, William Scott

  • Tom di Maria, director of Creative Growth Art Center, which provides studio space, representation, instruction and opportunity for personal expression to adult artists with mental, developmental or physical disabilities. Artists from the center exhibit in museums and esteemed collections worldwide.
  • Elizabeth Rangel, a self-taught artist, and designer who works in textiles and fashion.
  • William Scott, a self-taught artist whose work appears in the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Oakland Museum of California.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Ian & Marc Hundley (1)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ian & Marc Hundley

  • Marc and Ian Hundley, artists and twin brothers. Marc creates text-based posters incorporating references to literature, lyrics, and film; he also makes furniture. Ian constructs colorful, large-scale quilts based on topographic maps.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Hayett McCarthy

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Hayett McCarthy

  • French-born Londoner Hayett McCarthy, a former dog groomer, record-label intern, bartender and sandwich-board carrier, now a model for top fashion brands including Hermès, ACNE Studios, Burberry, COACH, and Vetements, among others.

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign - Ebonee Davis (2)

    Nordstrom Fall Campaign – Ebonee Davis 

  • Twenty-three-year-old Seattle native Ebonee Davis, a model, and activist advocating for more diversity in the fashion industry. In a TED Talk, she discussed her path to self-acceptance and her case for creating positive, inclusive imagery.

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Coach Introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag

Coach announces the launch of Coach x Selena Gomez, a new collection in partnership with the actress and singer. Featuring the Selena Grace, a bag designed by Gomez in collaboration with Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers, the offering also includes small leather goods and accessories available for a limited time.

Coach Inc Selena Gomez Collection

Coach Introduces the Coach x Selena Gomez Collection Featuring the Selena Grace Bag (PRNewsfoto/Coach, Inc.)

I’m very excited for everyone to finally see the design Stuart and I worked on together,” says Gomez. “I can’t wait to carry it—it’s totally versatile, perfect to wear day-to-night and it goes with everything.”

The Selena Grace is a double-handled carryall named after the star and the quality she most embodies. A staple that reflects Gomez’s effortless all-American style, it’s a go-everywhere bag built for real life. It features Gomez’s personal touches: a hangtag bearing her signature and a storypatch sewn inside with her empowering message: “To be you is to be strong.” The bag is further customized with “Love yourself first” in Selena’s handwriting—a phrase inspired by one of her tattoos—embossed onto the base of the bag.

Coach Logo

Coach Logo

The Selena Grace comes from a legacy of American authenticity, craftsmanship and unfussy luxury for which Coach is known, imbued with a youthful new personality and is available in three exclusive colors: Selena Black Cherry, Selena White, and Selena Red. The collection also includes bag charms, wallets, and the Selena Wristlet.

It was really fun to create this collection with Selena and design pieces that are cool and feminine like her,” says Vevers. “When we designed the Selena Grace, it was about exploring the qualities Selena wanted in a bag and creating something that felt personal to her.

Additionally, Coach is offering customers a chance to win one of 150 signed Selena Grace bags, as well as one grand prize: A signed bag and a trip for two to meet Gomez in person at the Coach House flagship store in New York on September 13. Customers can enter for a chance to win at www.Coach.com or at any U.S. Coach retail store now through Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The Coach x Selena Gomez collection will be available for pre-order online at Coach.com beginning on August 14 and available in Coach stores globally beginning September 1, 2017.

Gomez’s new song “Fetish” is out now and marks her third song on the radio along with “It Ain’t Me” and “Bad Liar.”

CAMPAIGN IMAGE CREDIT: © Steven Meisel

EDITORIAL CREDIT: Coach

SCAD To Premiere U.S. Solo Exhibition Of Designs By Illustrious Chinese Couturière Guo Pei

The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by eminent Chinese couturière Guo Pei, Sept. 7, 2017–March 4, 2018, at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.

In her fantastical, unrestrained creations, Guo Pei imbues contemporary high fashion with ancient tradition, invoking history and mythology through intricate craftsmanship and avant-garde silhouettes rife with symbolism. This landmark exhibition will feature more than 30 of Guo Pei’s most exquisite gowns, accordant footwear, and accessories, including the now-iconic Imperial yellow cape worn by Rihanna to the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Costume Institute Gala in 2015 — a seminal moment that introduced Guo Pei to America’s fashion cognoscenti.

SCAD Guo Pei

Guo Pei, dress from the An Amazing Journey in a Childhood Dream collection, 2008. The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will present the first U.S. solo museum exhibition of designs by eminent Chinese couturière Guo Pei, Sept. 7, 2017–March 4, 2018, at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film in Atlanta, Georgia.

In concert with the exhibition, SCAD is collaborating with alumni to produce a major monograph celebrating Guo Pei’s spectacular oeuvre. The book, the first to focus solely on Guo Pei, will feature captivating new and archival images of the designer’s work and offer insight into her remarkable career and global significance as an artist. The volume will be published by Skira Rizzoli and is slated for release in December 2017.

International superstar fashion artist Guo Pei is in a league of her own, as is SCAD, the preeminent source of knowledge in the disciplines we teach,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “It is our honor to partner with Guo Pei and with our friends at Rizzoli to publish the first grand compilation of her work as part of the SCAD Museum Book Collection. Readers will become immersed in the ethereal, magical world of Guo Pei and the wonders she creates.

SCAD has commissioned HOWL, a creative collective including three SCAD photography alumni — Jim Lind (B.F.A., photography, 2010), Patrick O’Brien (B.F.A., photography, 2010) and Elliot Ross (B.F.A., photography, 2011) — to capture Guo Pei’s designs, which the team photographed in richly styled vignettes at locations throughout the Lowcountry. Supplemental studio images provide a closer examination of each garment’s ornate artistry and opulent details. A short film chronicling the alumni collaboration and the production of the book is scheduled for release in conjunction with the exhibition’s opening.

A concise, complementary exhibition of Guo Pei’s work will open in October 2017, at Pei Ling Chan Gallery, Savannah, Georgia.

Guo Pei is China’s most renowned couturière and the first Chinese national designer invited to join the prestigious Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. For more than 20 years, she has dressed distinguished ladies, royalty, political elite and international influencers. Her show-stopping, magnificent creations make her a modern messenger of her cultural heritage. Guo Pei made her Paris Fashion Week debut in January 2016 to wide critical acclaim. Continue reading

New Season, New Look: Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign

New Season, New Look: Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign

Stuart Weitzman’s Fall/Winter 2017 advertising campaign features Gigi Hadid and demonstrates once again the power behind this pairing. Shot by renowned fashion photographer Mario Testino, the stunning black-and-white images emphasize Stuart Weitzman‘s visual vocabulary and showcase the essential silhouettes for the season.

Gigi Hadid

New Season, New Look – Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall-Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign

Hadid takes on a whole new look, capped in a Shay Ashual wig that obscures her famed tousled golden locks and will have people asking: did she or didn’t she? Gigi’s stylish faux-pixie, inspired by Jean Seberg‘s character in the 1960’s French movie classic “Breathless,” puts a chic and modern twist on her fourth consecutive Stuart Weitzman campaign. The deconstructed styling provides a sharp contrast to the sleek iconic stretch over-the-knee TIEMODEL boot and CLING ankle boot, available for sale and pre-order on www.stuartweitzman.com.

Gigi for Stuart Weitzman

New Season, New Look – Gigi Hadid Is Transformed in Stuart Weitzman’s Fall-Winter 2017 Advertising Campaign 

The international advertising campaign will launch in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. A behind-the-scenes video and additional creative content will be featured on www.stuartweitzman.com and in Stuart Weitzman boutiques worldwide.

Brighton Collectibles Announces The “Brighton For Good” Charity Drive

Project Aims To Collect 15,000 Handbags To Help Women In Need

Women Across The U.S. Are Invited To Donate A Gently Used Handbag And, In Turn, They Will Receive $25 To $50 Towards A New Handbag.

Brighton, a company with a culture of giving, extends an invitation to join them in their 18th annual Handbag Trade-In. They are asking for your help with their goal of collecting 15,000 gently used handbags in ten days – to be donated to 15,000 women who are struggling.

Brighton Handbag TradeIn 2017

(PRNewsfoto/Brighton Collectibles)

For 42 years, Brighton has focused on custom design and craftsmanship, creating timeless accessories from the finest leathers. They have always believed in giving back to the communities surrounding their 180 stores and they are grateful to their loyal customers who participate and help them as they strive to continue making a positive difference in communities throughout the U.S.

Known for excellent quality and a broad-ranging assortment of finely crafted accessories, Brighton produces handbags, jewelry, belts, footwear, small leather essentials, eyewear, luggage, fragrances, and gifts.

Many women have the good fortune to own a number of handbags and have at least one that they no longer carry. That bag could bring joy to someone less fortunate. As Brighton’s owner and founder Jerry Kohl explains, “The simple gift of a handbag can lift a woman’s spirits and help give her confidence when she is interviewing for a much-needed job.”

Handbag Trade-In is one of many charitable initiatives Brighton is involved in each year. As part of #BrightonGivesBack, Brighton has donated over $10 million to charitable organizations including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles4Souls, Little Kids Rock, Dress for Success, and other local charities helping women to re-enter the workplace.

Look into your closet, gather up gently used handbags and bring them to a participating Brighton Collectibles store between July 14th and 23rd, 2017 to receive up to $50 off a brand new Brighton bag. Any manufacturer’s handbags can be donated to qualify for the savings. (Naturally, you may donate a handbag without purchasing a new one.) To find a participating Brighton Collectibles store near you visit www.brighton.com