ALEX AND ANI Unveils Exclusive Jewelry Collection Featuring Original Copper Preserved from the 1980’s Restoration of The Statue of Liberty

After nearly 100 years of standing guard over New York City Harbor, The Statue of Liberty underwent a much-needed restoration from 1984-1986. Stainless steel armature bars replaced her original iron frame and copper supports. The original copper was then preserved and stored for over 30 years, awaiting a new purpose. In a history-making unveiling, the copper preserved from the Statue of Liberty‘s centennial restoration is now available to the public through a jewelry and accessory line. ALEX AND ANI announces the groundbreaking launch of its LIBERTY COPPER Collection, supporting the work of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation.

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This limited edition collection was created in partnership with The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., and includes 26 pieces available now. It features an exact replica of Lady Liberty’s torch, made from her preserved copper.

The signature meaning card that accompanies each LIBERTY COPPER Collection purchase reads, “Bearing her torch…we become Lady Liberty’s movement of light and hope. When we CARRY LIGHT, we ignite the light in others, and create one light indivisible.

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The biggest honor of my life is to take her message and make it literally, physically attached to each and every one of us,” says ALEX AND ANI Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer Carolyn Rafaelian. “LIBERTY ENLIGHTENING THE WORLD. That’s who she is. She holds the torch to light our path.”

With this, ALEX AND ANI encourages consumers to draw inspiration from Lady Liberty, and recognize the light they bring to the world. The company is asking people to answer the question, “What do you CARRY LIGHT for?” — for example, their causes, passions, art, the Earth, loved ones — then share their response via social media, inspiring others to do the same with the hashtag #CARRYLIGHT.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and The Peopling of America® Center completed in 2015. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

We always knew there was a greater purpose for these preserved materials,” said Stephen A. Briganti, President and CEO of The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. “This collaboration with ALEX AND ANI will bring the Statue’s message and spirit directly into the lives of people around the world. We couldn’t be more pleased.”

(ALEX and ANI also released a short film celebrating the history of the Statue of Liberty and the collection. You can watch the video here.)

The collection is now available at ALEX AND ANI stores nationwide, as well as alexandani.com, and authorized retailers. For more information about the signature collection, visit alexandani.com. For more information about The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, visit www.LibertyEllisFoundation.org.

The Art Of Craft: Cole Haan Launches The Made In Maine USA Collection

Elegantly Designed & Engineered to Last a Lifetime

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Cole Haan’s Made In Maine USA Men’s Pinch USA Penny Loafer In Burgundy and Women’s Pinch USA Penny Loafer in Black

Cole Haan is proud to launch Made in Maine, USA – a limited-edition collection blending quality American craftsmanship with timeless designs.

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Cole Haan – Made in Maine, USA – Men’s Pinch USA Penny Loafer in Burgundy

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Cole Haan – Made in Maine, USA – Women’s Pinch USA Loafers in Brown, Black and Burgundy

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Cole Haan – Made in Maine, USA – Men’s Cap Toe Oxford, Split Toe Oxford, Wingtip Oxford in Brown and Black

Creating a shoe that will last a lifetime is an exceedingly personal, painstakingly accurate process from start to finish and is the very definition of American craftsmanship. This quality has allowed Cole Haan to build a legacy that lives on today,” explains David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Business Development.

The Made in Maine, USA Collection includes:

  • Men’s Maine Cap Toe in Black Full Grain Italian Leather, $400
  • Men’s Maine Long Wing in Brown Full Grain Italian Leather, $400
  • Men’s Maine Short Wing in Black Full Grain Italian Leather, $400
  • Men’s Maine Split Toe in Brown Full Grain Italian Leather, $400
  • Men’s Pinch USA Penny in Black, Brown and Burgundy, $325
  • Women’s Pinch USA in Black, Brown and Burgundy, $325
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    Cole Haan – Made in Maine, USA

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    Cole Haan – Made in Maine, USA

Hand-forged by artisans in Lewiston, ME, the Made in Maine, USA collection represents a homecoming for Cole Haan, paying homage to the brand’s roots. One shoe alone requires the expertise of no less than five different artisans, each with their own unique skill sets. An individual pair of shoes can take as long as 30 hours to produce, ending with overnight drying to ensure shape and structure. The craftsman’s touch is maintained throughout the process, from authentically rubbing dyes directly into the grain of the leather, to the expert, traditional stitching. Continue reading

Robert Redford’s Sundance Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Jewelry Catalog

Premier Lifestyle Retailer Marks 20th Anniversary with Limited Edition Collection and Trunk Shows

Sundance, a premier lifestyle retailer of women’s and men’s apparel, footwear, jewelry, accessories, art, and home décor, is pleased to celebrate 20 years since the Jewelry Catalog‘s first mailing.

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Famed actor, director, and visionary of independent filmmaking through the Sundance Institute and the annual prestigious Sundance Film Festival, Robert Redford founded the Sundance Catalog in 1989 to promote the works of artists and craftspeople from across the country and around the world. From a small operation run out of the attic of the old Sundance Village firehouse, the Sundance Catalog has grown to become one of America’s preeminent lifestyle retailers. Offering a thoughtfully curated mix of unique, premium-quality women’s and men’s apparel and footwear, jewelry, accessories, art and home décor, Sundance elevates the traditions of authentic American heritage into a classic and creative style.

In 1996, the inaugural edition of the Sundance Jewelry Catalog, dedicated to the artistry and beauty of jewelry making was created. Showcasing artisans and their craft from all over the world, the jewelry catalog quickly attracted loyal customers who appreciate the authenticity and originality of its collection. Two decades later, as Sundance continues to celebrate the community of jewelry artists who express their individual creativity through inspired use of mixed metals and gemstones, color and form, Sundance is renowned for the unique, yet timeless artisan pieces it offers.

To commemorate the 20th Anniversary, Sundance will introduce a limited edition collection of one-of-a-kind and exclusive pieces by some of today’s premier jewelry artists. Many of the handcrafted works of the featured artisan partners can be found at www.sundancecatalog.com/20years.

In addition to the collection, Sundance will host two trunk shows at the Sundance Stores at Edina Galleria in Edina, MN and Bridgeport Village in Tigard, Oregon to commemorate the 20th anniversary. The trunk shows will feature long-standing Sundance artisan Jes MaHarry who will be showcasing her one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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The flora, fauna and kaleidoscopic landscapes of Jes MaHarry’s California ranch inform her creations. Images drawn from her surroundings become whimsical pictographs scrawled in precious metals. Fanciful beads and colorful gemstones intermingle to reflect nature’s wild abandon. Often she adds an inspirational message like “Live love” or “Honor your dreams.” Each of her jewels is imbued with heart and a handcrafted aesthetic all her own.

From our beginnings in the mountains of Utah, to a beloved multi-channel national brand, we could not be more proud of celebrating this milestone with our most loyal customers,” says President and CEO, Matey Erdos. “We take pride in curating exceptional and unique jewelry collections which embrace creativity and new discoveries for artisans and customers alike. These loyal relationships are the foundation of our success.”

The Sundance Catalog headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, UT. The company’s unique product selection is available through its catalog, website and eight retail stores in Park Meadows, CO, Corte Madera, CA, Edina, MN, Dallas, TX, Southlake, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, Tigard, OR and an outlet store in Salt Lake City, UT. Visit: www.sundancecatalog.com.

Chloe + Isabel Launches Fall 2016 ‘Modern Muses’ Campaign with Renowned Photographer, Mark Seliger

Chloe + Isabel continues its mission to empower and celebrate women through its latest “Modern Muses” initiative. The jewelry brand and pioneer of social retail, celebrating their fifth anniversary, partnered with renowned celebrity photographer Mark Seliger for its new campaign starring seven real-life Chloe + Isabel Merchandisers who each redefine what it means to be a muse today.

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Chloe + Isabel is a jewelry company that works to empower women through its Merchandiser program which offers women training, mentoring and sales and marketing skills that build confidence and drive financial independence. Founder Chantel Waterbury started Chloe + Isabel in 2011 with the mission of creating a social retailing platform devoted to empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Chloe + Isabel offers high quality jewelry, beauty, lifestyle products, and hair accessories with accessible prices. To date Chloe + Isabel has nearly 10,000 merchandisers throughout the country.

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Waterbury, featured alongside the Merchandisers in the images said, “In a world where everyone is so focused on celebrity, I felt it was important to highlight these real, extraordinary and passionate women that represent our incredible Merchandisers. These ladies have made a positive impact on their families and communities, and in my eyes, that is the true definition of what it means to be a modern muse in today’s society. I’ve always been mesmerized by Mark’s work and his ability to capture the true essence of people. He did an amazing job shooting the women as if they were celebrities and really brought our vision to life.

Seliger who is best known for his portraits and fashion work with Vanity Fair, Elle, and Rolling Stone said, “It was such an honor working with Chantel and this inspiring group of women. From the very beginning, the process and collaboration was unique and creatively a delight.

The campaign, which unveils the brand’s fall collection, was inspired by four historic female figures and their corresponding traits, including Lee Miller (The Hero), Anais Nin (The Rebel), Tamara de Lempicka (The Maven) and Leonor Fini (The Artisan). The featured Merchandisers demonstrate similar qualities but are showcased in a way that allows them to shine and tell their individual stories.

Chloe + Isabel‘s fall collection launched this week and will be available exclusively on www.chloeandisabel.com and through its nearly 10,000 Merchandisers nationwide. The merchandisers photographed are located nationwide from Seattle, Washington to Largo, Florida and information on their stories is available upon request.

 For more information, visit www.chloeandisabel.com or join them on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram.

Cole Haan Reinvents Dress Footwear For A New Generation

A 360° Reinvention of Dress Footwear From the Inside Out

Cole Haan, the iconic American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand, today unveiled GrandRevølution – a dual gender collection that brings the innovation associated with performance footwear to dress shoes.cole-haan-reinvents-dress-footwear-for-a-new-generation-10-hr

With the launch of GrandRevølution, we have dramatically reinvented the design and construction of dress footwear,” says Jack Boys, Chief Executive Officer at Cole Haan. “We have re-engineered traditional dress silhouettes in a way no dress footwear company has since the invention of the Goodyear Welt in 1869. You must see and feel it to believe it,” he added.

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Cole Haan Fall 16 – Antoinette Grand Pump (100mm) – 3D Image

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Cole Haan Fall 16 – Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford – 3D Image

Traditional craftsmanship meets modern engineering with the GrandRevølution men’s collection. Running-shoe inspired GRAND.ØS energy foam provides responsive cushioning, while a lightweight torsional arch supports and steadies each step. The achilles and tongue padding generate ready-to-wear comfort right out of the box. A fully synchronized motion outsole and flex welt infuse the dress shoes with the flexibility and moisture control benefits of a performance sneaker. Laser-perforations found on the Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford upper offer a contemporary take on a traditional wingtip.

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Cole Haan Fall 16 – Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford in Black & Bristol Blue – Flexed

To say, ‘they don’t make them like they used to,’ would be an understatement,” asserts David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Business Development. “This represents a comprehensive revolution in dress shoemaking – we have re-engineered, re-invented and re-imagined these products to deliver comfort one can immediately feel in a luxuriously-crafted, elegantly-engineered, fashion-forward shoe,” he concluded.

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The men’s collection includes:

  • Men’s Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford, $400 – Available in Black/Bristol Blue, British Tan/Molten Lava
  • Men’s Hamilton Grand Plain Oxford, $280 – Available in Black, British Tan, Dark Brown
  • Men’s Hamilton Grand Wingtip Oxford, $280 – Available in Black, Dark Brown, British Tan, Cordovan, Navy
  • Men’s Hamilton Grand Cap Toe Oxford, $280 – Available in Black, Dark Brown, British Tan
  • Men’s Harrison Grand Derby, $220 – Available in Black, Dark Brown
  • Men’s Harrison Grand Double Monk, $220 – Available in Black, British Tan
  • Men’s Harrison Grand Shortwing, $220 – Available in Black, Dark Brown, British Tan

The GrandRevølution collection for women offers an innovative update to the classic Cole Haan pump. Designed to provide both ease and stability throughout the day, the Antoinette Grand Pump features a GRAND.ØS motion outsole which is seamlessly integrated into a laser-perforated leather upper. The addition of responsive GRAND.ØS energy foam and achilles padding creates heightened comfort from the very first step.

When we designed the GrandRevølution collection, our goal was to infuse the modern benefits of performance footwear inside the beauty, elegance and craft of traditional men’s oxfords and women’s pumps. The result is a wearing experience that can only be described as mind-blowing. We’ve created a 360˚ reinvention of the everyday dress shoe engineered with the GRAND.ØS benefits of cushioning, lightness, flexibility and breathability,” said Scott Patt, Vice President of Design & Innovation at the Cole Haan Global Innovation Center in New Hampshire. Continue reading

Artistic Falls Adds Provocative New Pieces to Bridal Wear Jewelry Collection

Handcrafted jewelry retailer Artistic Falls (www.artisticfalls.com) has expanded its bridal wear collection with the creation of several new pieces for brides and bridesmaids. These unique, high-quality pieces build on the young company’s reputation for exceptional and provocative pieces that combine elegance, flair and just the right amount of whimsy. Based in Canada, Artistic Falls features custom, handmade jewelry that demonstrates the expert handiwork and creativity of its founder, Salwa Yak. Moreover, the company has priced its inventory to be highly competitive with brick-and-mortar establishments.

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Our bridal wear collection features elegant jewelry, perfect for life’s most cherished moments,” says Yak, who also designs all of the company’s pieces. “Each of these pieces is designed to be provocative, but not gaudy, and carefully crafted to last a lifetime.”

Artistic Falls’ initial collection of jewelry features necklaces and bracelets appropriate for a variety of occasions, from everyday wear to parties and weddings. All of the pieces consist mainly of beads, strung together in artful and unique arrangements demonstrating rich color palettes. Materials include onyx, Siam rubies, Japanese seed beads, snow quartz and art glass, along with timeless precious metals like gold and sterling silver. Artistic Falls works only with hand-selected materials of the highest quality. Semi-precious gemstones are chosen based on their consistency and dazzling, brilliant color.

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Handcrafted jewelry retailer Artistic Falls (www.artisticfalls.com) has expanded its bridal wear collection with the creation of several new pieces for brides and bridesmaids.

The bridal wear collection’s newest pieces are made of the same impeccably crafted and high-quality materials as the rest of the Artistic Falls catalog. Featured materials include AB graded round bead gemstones, each one cut and drilled by hand; gold and silver metal beads for timeless accents; and Czech glass beads. None of the company’s jewelry contains even a trace of nickel.

Artistic Falls’ new pieces include the following necklaces and bracelets:

Black Onyx and Gold Japanese Seed Bead Necklace – Alternating black and gold beads create a striking contrast, yet pair well with traditional wedding colors.

Black Onyx and Gold Tone Beads Necklace – Similar to the Black Onyx and Gold Japanese Seed Bead piece, this necklace is all about contrast. Its versatility means it complements a variety of gown styles, and can be a signature piece at the ceremony, reception or both.

Black Onyx and Silver Tone Beads Necklace – Gleaming, textured silver tone beads are the highlight of this dramatic piece that’s been designed exclusively for a bride’s special day.

Black Onyx and Unakite Beads Necklace – The pink and green tones of unakite lend an earthy, warm quality to this 18″ princess length necklace. In the back, a black oxide toggle clasp completes the look and keeps the piece securely in place.

Black Onyx and Green Czech Bead Necklace – 6mm glass beads from the Czech Republic offer a dazzling display of color that will make an unforgettable impression on everyone at the wedding, reception or other special occasion.

Dark Travertine Bead and Gold Tone Tubes Necklace – The deep green tones of travertine highlight this elegant necklace that rests delicately at the collarbone and provides an exquisite complement to any bridal gown or bridesmaid’s dress. Continue reading

Cole Haan Announces Global Flagship Store Opening At Westfield World Trade Center

Cole Haan Joins the World Trade Center Community with a New Design Concept Store

Cole Haan, the American lifestyle footwear and accessories brand and retailer, announces the opening of its newest global flagship at Westfield World Trade Center. Located at the World Trade Center‘s Oculus (located at 185 Greenwich St., New York, NY 10007), the store features a series of rooms, which is inspired by a residential layout that showcases the brand’s new innovative lifestyle products. This marks the first Northeast location to open with the new Cole Haan store design concept, second in North America following Dallas NorthPark

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The Oculus of the World Trade Center is the 21st Century Grand Central Station,” said Jack Boys, CEO of Cole Haan. “To be a part of a space that holds significant meaning to New Yorkers and the world is incredible for Cole Haan.

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Natural light will filter throughout the space, creating an inviting shopping experience only to be matched by the décor. Each room will have unique finishes of black, white, grey, with hints of navy, brass and hot-rolled steel. A neutral color palette incorporates a blend of traditional and modern design aesthetic with a large scale marble mosaic pattern in the front foyer and herringbone wood floors and paneling throughout. The rooms will also feature custom lighting, millwork and fixtures to highlight the full expression of merchandise including men’s and women’s footwear, apparel, handbags and accessories.

The Oculus is modeled after an image of a child releasing a dove,” explains David Maddocks, Chief Marketing Officer and General Manager of Business Development at Cole Haan. “For us to be able to have a place that is so infused with meaning in the lives of every single human being in this city is an honor beyond imagination,” he continued.

To coincide with the opening, Cole Haan will make Uber easily available via the Cole Haan store locator page. With this feature, customers can request an Uber to take them directly to the store by simply pressing the Uber button on the store page. There will also be an option to utilize UberRUSH to deliver products purchased from the store to anywhere in New York City. Customers can receive delivery alerts and track their package in real time. Additionally, the store will execute more than half of all transactions on Mobile POS, which will assist with making the checkout process seamless and expeditious.

Cole Haan continues to expand its store fleet globally,” added Michael Prince, Cole Haan President and Chief Operating Officer. “This location will be our most prominent new global flagship and will serve as a calling card to the rest of the world. As we continue our global expansion, this store will introduce millions to the Cole Haan brand and lifestyle. It will be our most technically advanced store to-date. With the added convenience of UberRUSH and the elimination of a traditional cash wrap, our team is able to focus solely on our customers’ experience,” he concluded. Continue reading