Graff Diamonds, the world-renowned hi-end jewelry brand, has acquired the Firebird 20.7ct diamond from ALROSA. The parties do not disclose the transaction details, but note that it achieved one of the highest prices per carat for such a stones in recent years.
Yellow Asscher-cut 20.69 ct diamond was graded by GIA as Fancy Vivid Yellow – VS1 – Excellent polish and symmetry. Created by nature and brought to perfection by ALROSA cutting and polishing masters, the diamond resembles a simultaneous ensemble of flame, reflections of sunlight on crystal water and a trail of sparkles coming from the tail of a Firebird.
“This Fancy Vivid Yellow with high clarity and very special step-cut is truly unique. And one can only imagine the wealth of rough colors that comes from that fire that sparks the diamond’s lightness. It is extremely rare and very special in the world of diamonds to see unique yellow diamond like this,” said John King, GIA Chief Quality Officer.
The diamond is a part of “The Spectacle” unique diamonds collection, dedicated to the Russian ballet. There are two more diamonds in the collection, one of them is “Spirit of the Rose” 14.8 ct Fancy Vivid Purple-Pink stone. Another diamond will be announced later when cutting and polishing is finished.
The “Firebird” ballet was part of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes productions with music composed by Igor Stravinsky. The plot is based on the Russian fairytale of the Firebird, the blessing and curse it possesses for its owner.
The Firebird diamond was created from “Stravinsky,” a 34.17 ct rough, bearing rare honey-yellow overtones and incredible clarity. Discovered at the “Ebelyah” mine in Yakutia, it became the largest yellow rough diamond extracted in Russia in 2017.
Highest Annual Total in the Company’s History Auction Sales Top $109 million *Up 22% on 2018*
Driven by Record Prices, including for An Independent Watchmaker and An English Watch $4.6m for George Daniels’ Legendary “Space Traveller I”
Landmark “Masterworks of Time” Collection Generates Enthusiasm among International Collectors
2019 In Figures
A Record Year
• Auction sales achieved an unprecedented $108.7m – up 22% on 2018 (153% on 2010)
• 44% of the lots realised prices over their high estimate • Average lot value: $49,000 (up 10% on last year) • 7 timepieces sold over $1m (16 over $500,000) • Record for an English watch & an independent watchmaker: $4.6m for George Daniels’ Space Traveller I
• Record year for private sales • More Sales – New Experiences: Record number of lots sold: 3,369 lots (24% more than last year) Cars & Watches: Auction highlights are exhibited alongside RM Sotheby’s flagship sales around the world
An Ever-Expanding Globalized Market
• 100 countries across the globe participated in our watch sales (17% more than last year)
• Half of the buyers had never taken part in watch auctions at Sotheby’s before
The Continued Growth of Online Sales
• 56% of the lots sold online, four times more than five years ago • 80% of the bidders participated online • 65% of the buyers placed their winning bids online (up 20% over last year)
• The proportion spent online has more than tripled in the past five years. This year, it was up 22% over 2018
• Top Watch sold online set an auction record for a Millennium wristwatch by George Daniels: a Millennium in yellow gold from 2000 sold for US$ 289,800 in Hong Kong in April.
• Online-only Sales have doubled in value since 2018. Many of these were driven by innovative thematic and partner sales. For example in February, an IWC Big Pilot’s watch that was worn by Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper while attending and performing at the 91st Academy Awards ceremony, sold for $75,000. Proceeds went to the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation.
MASTERWORKS OF TIME – History in the Making
Pocket watches stole the show this year, with “Masterworks of Time”, one of the most important collections of timepieces remaining in private hands, setting many landmarks. With two additional auctions scheduled in 2020, the first wave of auctions has already brought $15.8 million, thereby surpassing the low estimate for the entire 800-watch strong collection (est. $15-27m). Two of the highest prices of the year were achieved in London in July:
World record for a timepiece by an independent watchmaker and an English watch: George Daniels’ legendary “Space Traveller I”, rocketed to a sky-high $4.6m – over 30 times the price set by the watch 31 years ago (pictured left and on p.1). Conceived to honour the astronauts that the great watchmaker so admired, this is one of the most technically accomplished watches of all time. For further information, a post-sale release is available here.
Record for a 17th-Century Watch: A masterpiece of enamel, Jehan Cremsdorff’s extraordinary gold, enamel and diamond-set verge watch, realized $2.7 million. When this watch last appeared at auction in 1986, it took collectors by storm, soaring to CHF 1.8 million ($998,336) – then the highest price for any pocket watch ever sold at auction.
PRIDE OF PLACE FOR PATEK PHILIPPE
• A Reference 2499, first series made in 1951 realised US$ 1.5m
• A Skymoon Tourbillon Reference 5002 in pink gold, circa 2011 fetched US$ 1.4m
• A Skymoon Tourbillon, reference 5002p-001 from 2006 fetched US$ 1.1m
• Record for a Reference 2497 in pink gold: a model from 1953 with a remarkable case by Emile Vichet achieved US$ 979,775
• Record for a Reference 5208: a reference 5208P-001 from circa 2014 made US$ 888,145
• Record for aReference 5020: a possibly unique platinum perpetual calendar chronograh made in 2008 achieved US$ 709,900
Macy’s Makes Last-Minute Gift Shopping Easier than Ever with Grab and Go Gifts, Extended Store Hours and Special Deals
Gifts Arrive In the Nick of Time with Fast Shipping Solutions
It’s beginning to look a lot like … you waited until the last minute. Eight tiny reindeer aren’t coming to the rescue, but Macy’s has it covered with unique and thoughtful last-minute ideas from ultra-luxe to gifts under $100, $50 or $25 to make everyone believe their special gift was wrapped and sitting under the tree weeks ago. Whether you’re looking for something sparkly from the Forevermark Tribute™ Jewelry Collection or scoring an out of this world gift like First We Feast’s “Hot Ones” exclusive hot sauce pack and gear from the hit Complex Networks series, Macy’s makes finding great gifts on every budget so easy that they’re sure to get everything on the “what they really, really want” list.
When the elves have left the building, Macy’s is here to help wrap it up fast with extended store hours, fast shipping solutions and special deals. To ensure everyone’s checked off the list, Macy’s will open early and close late until Dec. 24, check your local store for up-to-date hours.
On Dec. 21, grab your wallet and dash to your local Macy’s, the first 250 shoppers in-store will receive a free $10 Macy’s Reward Card.
Orders placed by Saturday, Dec. 21 with standard shipping or by noon EST on Sunday, Dec. 22 with express delivery will arrive by Christmas.
Orders placed by 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 can be picked up in-store by 6 p.m., just in time for Christmas morning!
STORY at Macy’s
Faster than you can call on Dasher, Dancer or Prancer, score the perfect gift from STORY at Macy’s. “Home for the Holidays STORY,” the latest theme at the narrative-driven concept store inside Macy’s locations nationwide, features more than 900 unique presents from 200 small businesses. Experience this editorial-inspired living gift guide and discover a wonderland of gifts for everyone on the list in the ultimate home setting. From grooming kits and whimsical games to food-themed finds and rock music inspired collectibles, STORY at Macy’s gifts add wonder and merriment to any holiday celebration. Visit STORY at Macy’s at select locations or shop a highlight of gifts online at macys.com/STORY.
Thanksgiving weekend draws nearly 190 million shoppers, spending up 16 percent
Retail sales in November, and especially around the Thanksgiving/Black Friday period are some of the most important sales data in all of retail. And this year’s numbers are even more important than ever before.
Per the analysts at the National Retail Federation, retail sales in November increased 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted over October and were up 2.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year, marking the first half of the holiday season with billions of dollars in shopping left to be done. The numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.
“November showed modest growth on the surface, but you have to remember that the late timing of Thanksgiving delayed the beginning of the busiest portion of the holiday season and pushed Cyber Monday’s billions of dollars of retail sales into December,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “These numbers are more about the calendar than consumer confidence. Consumer spending has been solid, and there’s still a lot of spending to be done. With strong employment and higher wages, we’re on track for a strong holiday season.”
Kleinhenz noted that the year-over-year comparison was challenging because November 2018 was up an unusually strong 4.7 percent over the year before. But December 2018 was down 0.2 percent from the year before, making it likely that next month could show a strong comparison.
In addition, many consumers began their shopping early this year, with some starting before November. NRF surveys showed that 39 percent planned to begin by Halloween, and that consumers on average had completed 52 percent of their shopping as of the Thanksgiving Day weekend.
“Whether they’re looking for something unique on Main Street, making a trip to the mall or clicking from the couch, this is when holiday shoppers shift into high gear.” – NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay
NRF’s forecast predicts that holiday retail sales during November and December will increase between 3.8 percent and 4.2 percent for a total of between $727.9 billion and $730.7 billion.
November’s results build on October’s increase of 0.2 percent month-over-month and a strong 4.1 percent year-over-year. As of November, the three-month moving average was up 3.3 percent over the same period a year ago, compared with 4.2 percent in October.
NRF’s numbers are based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which said today that overall November sales – including auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants – were up 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted from October and up 3.3 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
Specifics from key retail sectors during November include:
Online and other non-store sales were up 7.2 percent year-over-year and up 0.8 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Sporting goods stores were up 4.3 percent year-over-year but down 0.5 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Grocery and beverage stores were up 4 percent year-over-year and up 0.3 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Furniture and home furnishings stores were up 1.4 percent year-over-year and up 0.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
General merchandise stores were unchanged year-over-year but up 0.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Building materials and garden supply stores were down 1.2 percent year-over-year but unchanged month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Electronics and appliance stores were down 1.7 percent year-over-year but up 0.7 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Health and personal care stores were also down 1.7 percent year-over-year and were down 1.1 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
Clothing and clothing accessory stores were down 2.9 percent year-over-year and down 0.6 percent month-over-month seasonally adjusted.
And the good news, such as it is, continued into the proceeding Thanksgiving Day weekend. A record 189.6 million U.S. consumers shopped from Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday this year, an increase of 14 percent over last year’s 165.8 million, the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics said.
“Americans continue to start their holiday shopping earlier in the year, and Thanksgiving is still a critical weekend for millions,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Whether they’re looking for something unique on Main Street, making a trip to the store or searching for the best deals from their mobile device, this is when shoppers shift into high gear. With the condensed holiday season, consumers are feeling the pressure to get their shopping done in time. Even those who typically wait until the last minute to purchase gifts turned out in record numbers all weekend long.”
A Reassuring Presence Instilling Calm, Confidence, And Connection
Tapping into sight, sound, smell, taste, and texture Pantone makes PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue the first multi-sensory Color of the Year in the company’s history.
Pantone, provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions, today announced PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue, as the Pantone® Color of the Year for 2020; a timeless and enduring hue elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, the reassuring qualities of the thought-provoking PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation from which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.
“We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Imbued with a deep resonance, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
The Color of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s color experts at the Pantone Color Institute comb the world looking for new color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact color, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention. For 21 years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Past selections for Color of the Year include:
PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral (2019)
PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet (2018)
PANTONE 15-0343 Greenery (2017)
PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity and PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz (2016)
PANTONE 18-1438 Marsala (2015)
PANTONE 18-3224 Radiant Orchid (2014)
PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald (2013)
PANTONE 17-1463 Tangerine Tango (2012)
PANTONE 18-2120 Honeysuckle (2011)
PANTONE 15-5519 Turquoise (2010)
PANTONE 14-0848 Mimosa (2009)
PANTONE 18-3943 Blue Iris (2008)
PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper (2007)
PANTONE 13-1106 Sand Dollar (2006)
PANTONE 15-5217 Blue Turquoise (2005)
PANTONE 17-1456 Tigerlily (2004)
PANTONE 14-4811 Aqua Sky (2003)
PANTONE 19-1664 True Red (2002)
PANTONE 17-2031 Fuchsia Rose (2001)
PANTONE 15-4020 Cerulean (2000)
The color selected as the Pantone Color of the Year 2020 was taken from the Pantone Fashion, Home + Interiors Color System, the most widely used and recognized color standards system for fashion, textile, home, and interior design.
Imprinted in our psyches as a restful color, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue brings a sense of peace and tranquility to the human spirit, offering refuge. Aiding concentration and bringing laser-like clarity, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue re-centers our thoughts. A reflective blue tone, Classic Blue fosters resilience.
As technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052, Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction. Associated with the return of another day, this universal favorite is comfortably embraced.
“The Pantone Color of the Year highlights the relationship between trends in color and what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time, a color that reflects what individuals feel they need that color can hope to answer.” added Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions, designers and brands should feel inspired to use color to engage and connect. The Pantone Color of the Year selection provides strategic direction for the world of trend and design, reflecting the Pantone Color Institute’s year-round work doing the same for designers and brands.”
To fully bring to life the true meaning of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, Pantone has translated PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue into a multi-sensory experience. By extending the sensory reach of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, Pantone is hoping to reach a greater diversity of people to provide everyone with an opportunity to engage with the Color of the Year 2020 in their own unique way.
“As we all head into a new era, we wanted to challenge ourselves to find inspiration from new sources that not only evolve our Color of the Year platform, but also help our global audiences achieve richer and more rewarding color experiences,” added Pressman. “This desire, combined with the emotional properties of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, motivated us to expand beyond the visual, to bring the 2020 Pantone Color of the Year to life through a multi-sensory experience.”
Classic Blue in Fashion
PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a poised and self-assured blue hue elegant in its simplicity. Genderless in outlook and seasonless in endurance, this foundational anchor shade enables color mixes throughout the spectrum, as well as making a strong statement on its own. Emblematic of heritage but at the same time highly contemporary, versatile PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue takes on distinct appearances through application to different materials, finishes and textures from shimmering metallics, lustrous sheens and high-tech materials to hand crafted looks and more fragile fabrics.
Classic Blue in Beauty
In the ultimate display of personal expression, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue makes a dramatic statement for eyes, nails and hair in a variety of finishes from glittery and glam to dusty matte.
Classic Blue in Home Décor
Offering the promise of protection PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a pervasive favorite for home. Creating a stable foundation from which to build, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue injects creative confidence into interiors, transforming a space through unique color combinations and tonal statements. Easily applied across so many different materials, textures and finishes, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is a dependable blue that can take you in different directions expressing tradition and elegance as well as unexpected boldness.
Classic Blue in Graphic Design and Packaging
Because of PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue’s relation to the sky at dusk, something we see every day, it maintains a perception of dependability and constancy. A color we respond to viscerally as being trustworthy, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is an ideal shade for many applications of graphic design. This is especially true for packaging where PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue conveys the message of honesty, credibility and reliability that today’s consumers are connecting to.
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.
This season for holiday Pop-In@Nordstrom were expanded to additional Nordstrom locations. New stores are starred below:
Something For Everyone This Holiday Season and All with a Touch of Glamour
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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.
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?
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.
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
‘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.
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.
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!”
the cast itself seems to have had a fun and memorable time as well.
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.”
launched the ultimate luxury accommodation package for jewellery
lovers this festive season. Guests wishing to immerse themselves in
the hotel’s five-star comforts, an extraordinary exhibition by
elite jewellers Van
Cleef & Arpels
and everything else Italy’s fashion capital has to offer can book A
Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels.
23 February 2020,A
Sparkling Season with Van Cleef & Arpels
features complimentary access tothe jeweller’s exhibition Time,
accompanied by an expert guide. Other package benefits include
accommodation in an elegant Deluxe Room, with breakfast and a
limited-edition book of the exhibition.
place at the city’s Palazzo
Nature, Love exhibition
showcases more than 400 of Van Cleef & Arpels’
most exceptional and beautiful creations. Running until the end of
February, the exhibition traces the maison’s artistry from 1906 to
the present day, with jewellery, watches, archival documents and line
drawings on display.
visiting the exhibition, guests can relax at Mandarin
spa and enjoy Italian fine dining at the hotel’s
Only a few steps away from the elegant boutiques of Milan’s fashion
district, the hotel makes an ideal base for exploring city sights and
for Christmas shopping. With haute couture fashion labels, high
street shops and independent retailers, Milan is the perfect place to
find gifts for loved ones.
The Very Best Gifts Along With Convenient Services To Make Gifting Easy, Nordstrom Is A One-Stop Holiday Destination For Customers
the season for cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks and gift-giving, and
is excited to offer customers the very best gifts for everyone on
their list, along with services to make gifting easy and fun. With
curated product in-store and on Nordstrom.com,
Nordstrom has thousands of gifts for everyone at every price point,
making the season of giving a little more convenient and a lot more
thrilled to welcome the holiday season and provide customers with a
single destination to find gifts for their friends and family,”
said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores. “We know this can
be a busy and stressful time of the year, and we hope to provide
great gifts at a range of price points coupled with convenient
services to take the guessing out of gifting so our customers can
spend more time doing the things they love.“
holiday season, Nordstrom.com
gifts for everyone with a curated selection of exclusive, unique and
tried-and-true items from brands customers know and love. From
festive candles, to the perfect winter jackets, Nordstrom makes it
easy and stress-free to shop the best gifts by recipient, price or
Gift Shop: More than 70 Nordstrom stores will feature “The
Gift Shop” – an all-in-one shop for the perfect gifts at
accessible prices, including $22 cozy hats, $16 candles and $12 tote
bags. The Gift Shop will also include new-to-Nordstrom brands like
DECIEM, Compartés Chocolatier and Joya Studio.
Rack Gift Shops: Nordstrom Rack will offer in-store gift
shops to make it easy for customers to shop its top giftable items
by recipient and price point during the holiday season. Nordstrom
Rack will also launch ‘Holideals‘ beginning December 8,
which will feature a series of specially priced items available for
a limited time.
the holidays with the latest iteration of Pop-In@Nordstrom
and the rest of the Peanuts
along with hundreds of uncommon gifts. Featuring 1,000+ items, the
shop will also feature a wide range of gifts at every price, such as
home décor, health and wellness, travel, tech, beauty, accessories
and much more.
Explore The Wonder Of The Season With New Brands, Experiences And Services To Make Shopping Easy In-Store And Online at macys.com
As The Holiday Gift Destination, Macy’s Offers A Festive Assortment Of The Perfect Gifts For The Whole Family
Macy’s Puts Holiday In The Palm Of Each Shopper’s Hand With Store Maps And Style Inspiration Directly From Its Award-Winning App
year, Macy’s makes navigating
holiday shopping even easier with a seasonally curated assortment of
the best gifts in-store and online, brands that will deck the halls
and keep guests happy, plus services to make picking out the perfect
gift more convenient than ever. From finding a new fragrance or
creating a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to using technology to
refresh any space for entertaining, what’s new at Macy’s this
holiday has everyone covered.
on the role of Santa and head into your local Macy’s for unique and
custom experiences to make shopping for gifts fun and convenient.
holidays are the perfect time to gift a new scent, and Macy’s new
Bar allows customers to find their favorite. The
Fragrance Bar’s interactive screens activate when shoppers engage
with them by picking up a fragrance bottle, scent stick, or simply
touching it. From there, customers can learn all about the selected
fragrance, including scent notes, information about the perfumer and
customer reviews, and each product has a QR code enabled for product
purchase, allowing them to scan and pay through Macy’s mobile app,
and pick up in-store. Visit Macy’s fragrance hub online to take a
quiz to uncover your perfect scent match, learn about the newest
scents of the season, and more.
Your Own Jewelry
the most luxe, one-of-a-kind gift this holiday season, visit stores
to experience Macy’s newly launched “Create Your Own”
jewelry program. Shoppers work with a Macy’s colleague to
choose gemstones, diamonds, metals, shapes, settings and more via
in-store tablets. Options for men and women include incredible
engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and
charms. Once the design is complete, the final, personalized piece
will be delivered to the customer’s home or local store in seven
days, making thoughtful gifting simple this holiday season.
Lane for Trim and Toys
the wonder of the holidays by visiting Macy’s
Holiday Lane Toy
to shop a festive assortment of Christmas décor and toy gifts. These
independent store fronts in select locations will make spirits bright
by showcasing some of the season’s most popular toys, glistening
ornaments and classic decorations, plus beautiful wreath adornments
and lush garlands to make this year’s holiday a memorable one.
customers can shop both trim and toys in more than 500 Macy’s
stores across the country, featuring exclusive items from F.A.O.
Schwarz, plus a well-rounded assortment from popular
brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®,
Fisher Price®, Board Games, L.O.L. Dolls, PAW Patrol®
Reality in Furniture
yourself the ultimate seasonal splurge and purchase a new piece of
furniture just in time for holiday entertaining. With Macy’s
“See Your Space IRL” technology, shoppers can
virtually see each piece in their home through the in-store VR
experience. Now available in 140 stores nationwide, virtual reality
technology allows customers to ensure that their purchase will
elevate their next holiday gathering, whether they’re looking to
buy a comfy couch for the whole family or an apartment-sized dining
table. There are thousands of products to choose from, including new
additions, such as rugs, upholstery and lighting. Starting
mid-November, shoppers’ favorite Customize It feature will now be
available in a VR experience. Choose from an assortment of different
fabrics and colors to design a truly unique piece of furniture.
Customers can also use their mobile device to visualize select
furniture pieces in their space via augmented reality technology
through Macy’s app and make a purchase from the convenience of
Park at Herald Square
At Macy’s iconic 34th Street Flagship, customers can shop the re-imagined men’s store featuring new and exciting products, fashion-forward brands and a curated space highlighting trends called The Park, which completely refreshes every eight to 12 weeks. The newly unveiled 14,500 square foot main floor experience is a lifestyle hotspot for the fashion-conscious, urban customer to be inspired and discover new brands and fashion in a trendy, au courant setting.
Whether you’re shopping for mom, dad or the one and only best friend, Macy’s selection of gift ideas takes the guesswork out of finding the perfect gift.
for the Home
comfort and coziness top of mind this season with Hotel
Collection’s new line, Hotel
Collection Classic. Created exclusively for Macy’s, the
new line was designed for the traditional customer looking for
elevated luxury expressed in an authentic classic aesthetic. From
rich jacquards and stunning velvets to beautiful embellishments,
Classic offers timeless elegance for the home. The line has a range
of pieces that will impress your holiday houseguests, including
duvets, comforters, shams, coverlets, sheets, bed skirts and
Photo Credits: All Images photographed by Connie Zhou, Mo Daoud, and David Zheng (and provided by Nordstrom Inc. PR)
On October 24th, Nordstrom, Inc. opened the doors to its first-ever flagship store for women and children in New York City. Located at 225 West 57th Street, across from the Nordstrom Men’s Store which launched in April 2018, the new store occupies the base of Central Park Tower, the tallest residential building in the world. Customers can shop 320,000 square-feet of retail space across seven-levels in the heart of the city. Nordstrom NYC represents the biggest and best statement (as well as the biggest gamble) of what the brand has to offer.
diverse as New York City itself, merchandise includes a curated
offering across all categories. Customers can shop a comprehensive
selection of apparel brands across a broad range of accessible and
aspirational price points, including Dries Van Noten, Givenchy,
Saint Laurent, Vince, Ted Baker London, Madewell, Reformation and
Topshop, complemented by an extensive selection of accessory
brands like Longchamp, Chloe, Valentino, Fendi, Loewe, MCM, Coach
its heritage in shoes dating back to 1901, Nordstrom NYC offers
customers three shoe departments, including one entire
floor dedicated to women’s shoes. The vast shoe selection will
include Gucci, Prada, Christian Louboutin, Golden Goose, Tory
Burch, Birkenstock, UGG, Steve Madden, Nike and more.
testament to the ever-evolving nature of the New York City store, the
first level will be home to a rotating series of installations,
kicking off with a Christian Louboutin pop-up featuring an
exclusive 30-piece capsule of footwear, handbags and gift items
for men & women, inspired by the Palais de la Porte Dorée
Museum near Louboutin’s childhood home in Paris.
to its roots in shoes, Nordstrom is launching Perfect Pairs,
an exclusive collaboration with 14 customer favorite brands, and a
diverse group of NYC muses, bringing together the likes of Steve
Madden with model Winnie
Harlow; Cole Haan with
poet and activist Cleo Wade; Nike with
Tennis champion Maria Sharapova; Birkenstock
with celebrity stylist Leslie Fremar; UGG with costume
designer Patricia Field, and more.
Kim, Nordstrom Vice President of Creative Projects, also brings
the unique Nordstrom offering to life, curating concepts within the
flagship to create a sense of newness and discovery for customers.
Beginning with British fashion house Burberry, the exclusive Nordstrom concept shop will showcase products from the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection, housed within a giant, immersive installation spanning five rooms, accented with wood paneled walls and raised theatre style seating, windows for visitors to illustrate or tag with graffiti, and a café featuring Nick Knight‘s Portrait of a Rose print throughout with a menu of British classics available to order.
off fall with Nordstrom x Nike (NxN), Nordstrom has developed
the ultimate women’s sneaker boutique with a distinctive view on
style and sport. NxN is the place to find coveted Nike product with a
curated selection of merchandise from the most compelling brands in
fashion. To celebrate the opening, the shop will exclusively launch a
Jordan Air Latitude 720 sneaker with Swarovski and the Nike by
Olivia Kim capsule collection of sneakers and apparel, inspired
by Kim’s NYC-experience during the 90s, launching in-store on October
opening of the New York City flagship brings the exciting in-store
curation of SPACE, a boutique featuring advanced and emerging
designer collections selected by Olivia Kim from brands such as
Cecille Bahnsen, Bode, Eckhaus Latta, Jacquemus, Martine Rose,
Molly Goddard, and Simone Rocha, as well as exclusives
from Tom Wood and Sandy Liang. Unique to the flagship,
SPACE includes the first branded in-store shop from Acne Studios,
and a one-of-a-kind Comme des Garçons shop designed with
artist and furniture designer Marc Hundley.
A Significant Number Of New Brands Join Kohl’s Product Portfolio
celebrates the launch of a significant number of new brands joining
its product portfolio during the fall and holiday seasons, offering
newness at every turn for Kohl’s customers. Shoppers will discover
new brands across product categories including new brands to Kohl’s,
exciting collaborations and new partnerships with existing Kohl’s
following brands have launched or will launch at Kohl’s stores and
Kohls.com this year. While store locations offering each brand vary,
customers can shop the full assortment of all brands online at
in Kohl’s Stores and on Kohls.com
A long-term partnership with Fanatics to significantly broaden
Kohl’s fan gear assortment online, including officially licensed
men’s, women’s, and kids apparel, jerseys, hats, collectibles, and
tailgating and novelty products, launched in September
Ellen DeGeneres Pet Collection: Exclusive pet offerings from
Ellen DeGeneres, featuring toys, beds, apparel, and accessories,
launched in October
handbags, jewelry, and an exclusive apparel collection featuring an
expanded wear-to-work offering, launched in September
Santana x Apt. 9*: Exclusive, limited-time apparel collaboration
between actress and tastemaker Cara Santana and Kohl’s private
label brand Apt. 9, featuring blazers, sweaters, pants, skirts,
outerwear, and more, launched in October
Men’s lifestyle apparel from country music star Brett Young,
exclusively at Kohl’s, featuring a selection of short sleeve and
long sleeve graphic tees, fleece, flannels, and joggers, launched in
Koolaburra by UGG: Exclusive home collection featuring a variety of luxury soft home products, including bedding and bathroom linens, throws and decorative pillows, launched in September
Scott Living at Kohl’s: Exclusive home offerings from HGTV’s Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott, featuring modern home basics and décor, including furniture, bedding and bath, kitchen décor, and more, launched in October
addition to these new brands in women’s, men’s and kids, Kohl’s
also recently announced a cross-category platform for new brands
called Curated by Kohl’s, launched in October. Beginning in 2020,
Kohl’s will partner with Facebook on brand curation, identifying
and engaging with brands that have built a strong online community on
the social media platform. While the selection will refresh
quarterly, the first selection of items include the following brands:
Adore Me: Designed by women, for women, Adore Me celebrates every body type with high-quality, affordable lingerie styles made for every occasion. The Curated by Kohl’s assortment will feature a selection of Adore Me bras, panties and sleepwear available in all sizes.
East Adeline by Dia&Co: Rooted in the belief that everyone, regardless of size, deserves to express their personal style on their own terms, East Adeline by Dia&Co is a collection of select styles, exclusively for plus size women. Curated by Kohl’s will offer East Adeline by Dia&Co’s versatile designs, including statement pieces, modern prints, and closet staples available in sizes 14 – 32.
Kid Made Modern: Craft kits and accessories, including on-the-go travel kits, jewelry kits, holiday decorating kits and various art supplies. Through imaginative and innovative arts and crafts, Kid Made Modern is on a mission to inspire kids and parents to find and enjoy creativity everywhere. Curated by Kohl’s will offer a variety of Kid Made Modern craft kits and accessories, including on-the-go travel kits, jewelry kits, holiday decorating kits and various art supplies.
Lovepop: With a mission to create one billion magical moments, Lovepop creates beautiful laser-cut pop-up cards designed with ship-building software and handcrafted in the ancient art form of kirigami. Curated by Kohl’s will offer a wide selection of Lovepop cards to make every occasion magical — from birthdays and anniversaries to holidays and “just because.”
Luca + Danni: After losing his brother to cancer, Fred Magnanimi founded Luca + Danni to honor his brother’s memory and share his “”embrace the journey”” spirit. Curated by Kohl’s will offer Luca + Danni iconic stacking bracelets, made in the U.S. and shaped to sit on top of the wrist to express what matters to you most.
United by Blue: From reusable straw kits and drinkware to eco-friendly clothing and bags, United By Blue designs products built for sustainable living. For every product sold, UBB removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways.
is proud to announce The Beauty Checkout, a rotating selection
of products from emerging beauty and skincare brands, launched in
October. Beginning in 2020, Kohl’s partnership with Facebook will
also support The Beauty Checkout.
see the beauty category at Kohl’s as an opportunity for growth, and
our nimble approach ensures we can quickly bring new trends to
customers, as well as continually test emerging products and brands
as part of our assortment,” said Robert Jezowski, Kohl’s
vice president, divisional merchandise manager of beauty. “We
are looking at many categories across the beauty department and one
of the many trends we are launching at Kohl’s is CBD beauty
products, including facial care, body care and topical creams, in
The Beauty Checkout selection will be refreshed
quarterly, the first selection of items include the following brands:
Co: clean skincare
Scientist: footcare solutions, including blister prevention
spray, pain relief cream, hydration therapy and more
Beauty: showerless products, including dry shampoo, body wipes
and shave gel
& Coco: natural deodorant
Botanicals: natural skincare, including pomegranate sleeping
mask and kale superfood moisturizer
ingestibles, featuring gummies, glow capsules, collagen powder,
probiotics and more
Belle: clean skincare
& Pompette: face polish
Aura: masks, including glow glitter mask, 24K gold foil mask,
rose gold foil mask and paper cloud cleansing mask
Her: lip kits
Bee: hand and body care
Bud’s: hemp skincare, including body lotion, body wash and
roll-on pain relief
Proteins: beauty collagen
Beauty Offerings: Kohl’s continues to bring newness to
beauty with trending and relevant brands, including:
and James fragrance
Beauty by Kendall Jenner
Vie est Belle fragrance by Lancome
Beauty** – CBD offering
Bud’s** – CBD offering
– CBD offering
Soon for the Holiday Season
retailer of Elizabeth and James apparel, handbags and accessories
from designers Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, launching in November
Jason Wu*: Exclusive, limited-edition women’s holiday apparel
capsule from globally-renowned designer Jason Wu, feature
signature pieces for holiday dressing, including dresses, jumpsuits,
and jackets, launching in November
are thrilled to amp up newness and discovery across our stores and
Kohls.com with a strong pipeline of new brands and partnerships to
excite existing customers and attract new customers to Kohl’s,”
said Doug Howe, Kohl’s chief merchandising officer. “As our
product portfolio evolves, we are bringing new offerings in every
department including women’s, men’s, home, and beauty to inspire
shoppers this holiday season with a modernized, relevant merchandise
always, customers can take advantage of Kohl’s many conveniences
and values, including shopping via the Kohl’s App, the
option to Buy Online, Pick Up In Store and the ability to earn
Kohl’s Cash, a Kohl’s-only value that can be earned on
anything or anywhere customers shop – in store, at a kiosk or
online. Additionally, Amazon Returns at Kohl’s is now
available at more than 1,100 stores nationwide. Customers can now
visit their local Kohl’s store to return eligible Amazon items,
without a box or label, for a free return.
shop all these brands and more, visit Kohls.com.
available in select Kohl’s stores and for all customers on
available in select Kohl’s stores only.
From a limited-edition 007 Aston Martin to a Michelin-starred Taste of Italy, the 2019 Fantasy Gifts are revealed in a digital campaign brought to life by award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan, filmed in Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards
Today, Neiman Marcusunveiled the 2019 Christmas Book, a curated selection of nearly 800 extraordinary holiday gifts for everyone on the customers’ wish lists. Included in the Christmas Book are the legendaryNeiman Marcus Fantasy Gifts, which celebrate their 60th anniversary and were unveiled last night at an event in Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards.
Neiman Marcus Christmas Book and our Fantasy Gifts are a tradition
that customers look forward to year-after-year,” said Lana
Todorovich, President and Chief Merchandising Officer, Neiman Marcus.
“For the 60th anniversary of Fantasy Gifts, we’ve pulled out
all the stops – both with the gifts themselves and the way we’re
unveiling them to customers.“
The 2019 Fantasy Gifts will delight customers this holiday season through a series of videos starring award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan. “Rachel perfectly brings our Fantasy Gifts to life and truly reveals them in a magical way to our customers,” said Todorovich. The series, which will be promoted through Neiman Marcus’ social channels, introduces each gift in a whimsical way that evokes the feeling of holiday nostalgia. In addition, for everyFantasy Gift purchased with a Neiman Marcus credit card, purchasers will receive an InCircle membership to the President’s Circle; subject to credit approval.
year’s Christmas Book also presents an assortment of
extraordinary holiday gifts across a broad range of categories and
price points. A few notable and exclusive gifts include a Neiman
Marcus-edition Moët & Chandon Vending Machine
($35,000, page 29), a Versace Punching Bag
($1,550, page 184), a Bey Berk Cigar Humidor
($165, page 205), and a Funboy Holiday
Inflatable Snowmobile($99, page 227), to name a
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. Over the years, the book has evolved into a legendary source for alluring and spectacular gifts while maintaining its personal and timeless touch.
GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK Neiman Marcus has a history of giving back and community outreach has always been an integral part of the company’s core values. In 2018, the efforts of The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation impacted more than 2.5 million children. As in years past, a portion of every Fantasy Gift is donated to the foundation, bringing art-enriching experiences nationwide.
year, Neiman Marcus continues its three year partnership with the
& Girls Clubs of America, an
organization committed to offering resources to help benefit 4.3
million kids and teens nationwide to reach their full potential as
productive, caring and responsible citizens. Neiman Marcus has
pledged a $750,000 financial commitment over three years to focus
both on local and national programs aimed at bringing meaningful art
experiences to communities in need.
2019 Fantasy Gifts include:
ASTON MARTIN DESIGNED BY DANIEL CRAIG
your secret agent fantasies in an Aston
Martin DBS Superleggeradesigned by 007 himself, Daniel Craig. Available in a
run of seven – naturally – each limited-edition car comes in a
beautiful inky blue and features a powerful twin-turbo 5.2-liter V12
engine, producing immense torque and extraordinary in-gear
performance. As if that weren’t enough, you’ll also receive one of
only seven limited-edition, all-platinum Seamaster Diver 300M
OMEGA timepieces – each featuring a unique hand-engraved case
back – plus tickets to the world premiere of No Time to Die,
the 25th installment in the James Bond series.
the purchase of each 007 Fantasy Gift, 12 percent of the
Fantasy Gift purchase will be donated to The Opportunity Network,
with a guaranteed minimum donation of $330,000; shipping
charges and taxes may apply. Limited production of seven packages
available. ($700,007; page 259-260)
VERY VIP TASTE OF ITALY
all foodies: This gift’s for you. Take a once-in-a-lifetime trip
for two kicking off in Modena, Italy. Get ready for food and fun—and
more food—in the days to come. Visit the Pastificio Di Martino
factory, where you’ll learn the art of Italian pasta making from
third-generation pasta maker Giuseppe Di Martino. The next day
enjoy a cooking lesson from Chef Massimo Bottura, followed by
dinner at an exclusive table inside the wine room of his
three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Osteria Francescana.
Continue with a guided tour of the local markets, all while driving
exotic cars through the Emilia Romagna region, aka “Italy’s
the purchase of the Taste of Italy experience, $10,000 will
be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation and
Pastificio Di Martino will make a donation of $50,000 to
Food for Soul, a cultural project raising awareness of food
waste and social isolation; shipping charges and taxes may apply.
Gift limited to one experience ($200,000; page 265-266)
FASHION WEEK LIKE AN INDUSTRY INSIDER
fashion fantasies will come to life as you and a plus-one jet to New
York City to join a Neiman Marcus insider at FASHION WEEK.
Sit front row at four of the week’s most coveted shows—you’ll get
to pick a look from each designer—hobnob with designers backstage,
and reminisce over the view from the front row with cocktails in hand
at Neiman Marcus at Hudson Yards. You’ll enjoy five-star
treatment from doorstep to red carpet, and you’ll look good while
doing it, thanks to hair, makeup, and styling courtesy of Neiman
the purchase of the Fashion Week experience, $12,000
will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation;
shipping charges and taxes may apply. Gift limited to one experience.
($250,000; page 273-274)
IT IN TOKYO WITH SNEAKER LEGEND, JEFF STAPLE
for the latest drops? This is your chance for all-access to the
mastermind of cool collaborations, Jeff Staple. You’ll head to
Tokyo to meet the designer and streetwear icon for a
once-in-a-lifetime experience. Visit Jeff’s favorite boutiques, enjoy
a private dinner with Jeff at his favorite restaurant, Narisawa,
and stay at Aman Tokyo, a five-star hotel conveniently located
near the shopping hubs of Ginza and Shibuya. Then,
every collector’s dream: Throughout 2020, you’ll also receive a
minimum of eight Staple collaborations, each with a signed
letter of authenticity from Jeff himself with the option to have each
the purchase of the Sneaker Legend experience, $7,500
will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation;
shipping charges and taxes may apply. Gift limited to one experience.
($110,000; page 267-268)
IN A MAKEUP BY MARIO INSTAGRAM VIDEO
every beauty junkie’s dream come true: an hour in the chair of
makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. Travel to meet up with Mario
for a personalized makeup session, and see for yourself why
celebrities around the world book him a year in advance. He’ll do
your makeup using some of his favorite products from Neiman Marcus,
and you’ll be featured on his Instagram channel, where he’ll showcase
your ultimate beauty look. The fun doesn’t end there. You’ll receive
tickets to The Masterclass, Mario’s sought-after makeup master
class, including a special meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with
Mario. Finally, you’ll also receive a special package with some of
the products Mario used during your glam experience.
the purchase of the Makeup by Mario experience,$15,000
will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation;
shipping charges and taxes may apply. Gift limited to one experience.
($400,000; page 271-272)
CUSTOM PET PARADISE BY ROCKSTAR PUPPY AND DENISE RICHARDS
your dog feel most at home in a Cape Cod beach cottage or a Brooklyn
brownstone? Maybe his style’s more midcentury modern with a
traditional twist. In any case, make your pampered pet feel right at
home in a one-of-a-kind doghouse, produced in collaboration with
Rockstar Puppy, purveyors of a luxe canine lifestyle, and
actress/animal lover Denise Richards. Houses are designed to
your specifications inside and out, and nothing is off limits. You’ll
share your vision with Jessica Clark, the creative mind behind
Rockstar Puppy, discuss the design with Denise via video chat, and
then Rockstar Puppy will work its magic, bringing your unique
creation to life.
the purchase of the Pet Paradise gift,$5,000 will be
donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation and Denise
Richards will make a donation of $25,000 to American
Humane Society; shipping charges and taxes may apply.
Limited to one gift. ($70,000; page 269-270)
BEHIND THE SCENES EXPERIENCE WITH BOUCHERON
treasure trove awaits at 26 Place Vendôme in Paris, home of
Maison Boucheron since 1893. Meet Creative Director Claire
Choisne and enjoy exclusive access to the house’s workshops and
design studio, where you’ll get an up-close look at the artistry that
goes into creating each spectacular piece. Take home the exclusive
Perle Au Trésor, a precious objet d’art that opens to reveal
a necklace, bracelet, and two broaches. Then, retire in style with
luxury accommodations, including two nights at Le 26,
Boucheron’s stunning Place Vendôme apartment. You and your guest
will be among the few to stay in the highly exclusive apartment,
which was added during a recent refurbishment of the historic
building, formally known as Hôtel de Nocé. Très magnifique.
the purchase of the Boucheron experience, $35,000 will
be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation; shipping
charges and taxes may apply. Gift limited to one experience.
($695,000 page 261-262)
A COUTURE PAIR OF CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTINS
jetting to Paris to paint the town red à la Christian Louboutin.
You and a guest will visit the designer’s favorite haunts and browse
the original Christian Louboutin boutique on rue Jean
Jacques Rousseau, where you’ll select five pairs from the latest
collection. Next, you’ll visit the designer’s atelier and work with
the atelier director and a group of master artisans to design your
very own one-of-a-kind custom couture shoe. Wine and dine at
Michelin-starred restaurant Divellec, enjoy a show at the
legendary cabaret club, the Crazy Horse, and call it a night
in a two-bedroom signature suite at the luxurious Mandarin
Oriental, Paris, an award-winning, five-star hotel on chic rue
Saint-Honoré. After you’ve bid Paris au revoir and returned home,
your one-of-a-kind pair of shoes and an original sketch of the design
from Mr. Louboutin himself will be delivered to your door.
the purchase of the Christian Louboutin experience, $18,000
will be donated to The Heart of Neiman Marcus Foundation;
shipping charges and taxes may apply. Gift limited to one experience.
($125,000; page 263-264)
AROUND THE WORLD
For the first time ever, Neiman Marcus presents an additional Fantasy Gift accessible exclusively to InCircle members. Circle the World with InCircle will take customers aboard a Privé Jet to five world-class destinations with luxury accommodations. Guests will stay three nights at each location, then board the private jet to set off to the next location. The luxurious adventure begins at Kasbah Tamadot near Marrakech, Morocco, then off to Lefay Resort & Spa near Dolomiti, Italy, next Ice Hotel in Sweden, then Jade Mountain in St. Lucia, and the trip culminates at The Lodge at Blue Sky in Utah. For more information and to join InCircle, visit www.incircle.com. ($575,000)
Neiman Marcus!” said award winning actress Rachel Brosnahan.
“After 60 years you’ve simply outdone yourself. Nothing puts me
in the holiday spirit like these glamorous goodies… an 11-room
doggie mansion, a 10 out of 10 makeover by Mario, nine courses of the
Italian countryside, eight Jeff Staple collaborations, 007’s Aston
Martin, six pairs of Louboutins, five curated destinations, four
fashion week shows, three Boucheron baubles. This holiday season, the
gift of fantasy is two words and one of a kind… Neiman Marcus.”
Neiman Marcus is a Dallas-based luxury retailer, providing luxury customers access to exclusive and emerging brands, anticipatory service, and unique experiences since 1907. Each day, Neiman Marcus digitally connects with customers around the world while delighting them with interesting, interactive, and immersive experiences across a physical 43-store presence in the U.S. From delectable dining and indulgent beauty services to bespoke experiences and exclusive products, there’s something for everyone. Neiman Marcus is part of the Neiman Marcus Group, which is comprised of a multi-branded, luxury shopping experience under the Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodma, Neiman Marcus Last Call, and Horchow brand names. To keep up with the latest news and events happening at Neiman Marcus, visit www.neimanmarcus.com or follow the brand on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and WeChat.
This New Location Marks The Company’s Second Connecticut Store and The First Of Two East Coast Openings This Fall
past week, leading
fashion retailer Nordstrom,
the doors to Nordstrom
the SoNo Collection,
the company’s second full-line store in Connecticut. The three-level,
140,000 square-foot store features the latest store design, a
brand-new service concept, a new beauty and wellness experience, and
a comprehensive offering of clothing, shoes and accessories for the
entire family. The first Nordstrom store in Connecticut opened at
Farmington in 1997.
The SoNo Collection (100 N. Water St, Norwalk, CT 06854 +1-203-299-0701) is a new 83-store strong shopping, dining, art, and entertainment destination located near I-95 in South Norwalk, Connecticut , just one hour outside of New York City. The SoNo Collection has a lot to offer, including an expansive selection of your favorite fashion retailers and an abundance of one-of-a-kind art and entertainment experiences in Fairfield County.
newest store design concept includes lighter fixtures, more windows
and natural light that connect the shopping experience to the outside
world. The goal was to create spaces where customers want to spend
their leisure time, to encourage a sense of discovery for new brands
or styles they haven’t tried before.
apparel features fashion in a variety of price points including
of-the-moment brands like rag
& bone, Veronica Beard, FRAME,
designer brands including
Missoni, Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta;
and exclusive and limited distribution brands like Madewell,
and more than 35
Nordstrom Made labels.
In shoes, customers can find everything from Nike
Doc Martens to
including several Nordstrom Exclusive styles from Valentino,
Prada, Golden Goose
The store also has four specialty handbag boutiques including Chloe,
will also find the retailer’s latest beauty concept Nordstrom
which highlights wellness, haircare and beauty tools with top
trending brands and services to pamper customers from head-to-toe –
whether they have 30-minutes or three hours. Services include:
Beverly Hills Brow Suite:
A boutique brow experience with experts trained to reshape and
sculpt using the Anastasia method.
Coat Nail Salon:
Featuring manicures and pedicures using plant-based and mostly
This light bar service brings convenient and effective five to
sixty-minute treatments to customers using the latest LED
technology. The facial bar offers various treatments ranging from
spot treatments to peels.
beauty brands include dedicated boutiques by Chanel,
Atelier Cologne, Diptyque, Jo Malone,
as well as Charlotte
Tilbury, Sulwhasoo, Arcona, Herbivore, Kopari
Shoes and clothing include designer brands like
Ksubi, Norse Projects,
as well as Madewell
Men, Patagonia and
to name a few. The Kid’s Wear department features Tucker
+ Tate, Miles Baby
and the store also has an
At Home department,
a full-service bistro-style restaurant Bazille,
for artisan coffee and snacks.
eager to welcome customers to showcase our latest store design and
some of the company’s most exciting new beauty and service concepts,
in addition to great fashion at a breadth of price points,”
said Molly Carmody, Nordstrom the SoNo Collection store manager. “We
can’t wait for customers to experience the best of what we have to
offer and look forward to welcoming them right here in Norwalk.”
the retail landscape continues to evolve, Nordstrom is looking to
make shopping in-store and online a seamless experience that’s easy,
convenient and serves customers on their terms. The answer? A new
service concept called Express
launching at Nordstrom the SoNo Collection for the first time. This
new department features a dedicated 2,700 sq. ft. area where
customers can pick-up online orders, try them on, issue express
returns and access in-store alterations and tailoring services all in
one place. Additional services include Curbside
bra and prosthesis fitters,
Day kicked off at 8 a.m. with Beauty
a high energy beauty party – just outside the store’s SoNo
Collection mall entrance. Customers enjoyed a preview of the store’s
exciting cosmetics selection as well as one-on-one time with
Nordstrom beauty experts who provided inside scoop on fall beauty
trends. More than 320 employees welcomed customers when the doors
officially opened at 10 a.m.
night before opening, Nordstrom hosted Nordstrom
Night Out –
an opening party that raised more than $80,000 for Fairfield County’s
Foundation and Domestic Violence Crisis Center.
More than 1,000 guests were in attendance to experience an exclusive
preview of the new store while enjoying cocktails, gourmet delights
and desserts; entertainment from artists DJ
fall fashion presentations and an opportunity to shop the season’s
the end of the month, Nordstrom the SoNo Collection will be joined by
– the company’s first flagship store in New York City, opening
Men’s Store NYC
opened in April of 2018.
A Comprehensive Update Of The Luxury Jeweler’s Progress And Longstanding Commitment To Sustainability And Transparency, Including Its 2018 Progress.
& Co. has published its enhanced Tiffany.com/Sustainability
website representing the next chapter in Tiffany’s
industry-leading legacy of social and environmental responsibility.
The website outlines the luxury jeweler’s commitments, actions and
longterm vision to promote the well-being of people and the planet at
the heart of the brand. The site is designed to increase transparency
and be accessible to all of Tiffany’s stakeholders, including
Tiffany customers and employees, and includes formal reporting
updates on Tiffany’s 2018 sustainability performance.
a global company and luxury leader, Tiffany has a bigger role to play
beyond careful and responsible stewardship in our own business
operations,” said Alessandro Bogliolo, chief executive officer,
Tiffany & Co. “We can, and do, leverage our legacy and our
reach to drive positive change in the industry and in the world.”
website summarizes the great strides in socially and environmentally
sustainable efforts that Tiffany made in 2018 and so far in 2019.
Among these are:
launch of the Diamond Source Initiative, which identifies for Tiffany
customers the provenance of all newly sourced, individually
registered diamonds.. This new initiative is a significant step in
diamond transparency and continues Tiffany’s longstanding
commitment to responsible sourcing.
2018, the luxury house continued to provide a living wage for
artisans in Tiffany’s manufacturing workforce in developing
2019, Tiffany established Employee Resource Groups to maintain
inclusion that focus on working parents, communities of color, the
LGBTQcommunity and women.
addition to strong female representation throughout the Company and
its leadership, Tiffany achieved a gender ratio of 45% women on the
Tiffany & Co. Board of Directors in June 2019.
is ahead of schedule in its goals for reaching net zero emissions,
LEED-certified green buildings, sustainable packaging and 100 percent
renewable electricity.In 2018, over 80% of Tiffany’s global
electricity came from clean, renewable sources.
Tiffany & Co. Foundation has awarded more than $80 million in
grants to help preserve the world’s seascapes and landscapes—from
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef to the majestic natural monuments of
the American West.
Save the Wild collection, now in its second year, which has garnered
over $5 million since its inception benefitting the Wildlife
Conservation Network, including the Elephant Crisis Fund, to protect
Tiffany’s has long been transparent about its sustainability efforts and progress. Building upon Tiffany’s legacy of social and environmental stewardship over the past two decades, the enhanced Tiffany.com/Sustainability website provides a comprehensive look at the luxury jeweler’s history and recent action. In addition, Tiffany formally reports on 2018 metrics, a sub-set of which are assured by PwC, and its alignment to internationally recognized external reporting frameworks, including the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact Communication on Progress and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. For more details on these highlights, please visit Tiffany.com/Sustainability or follow #TIFFANYSUSTAINABILITY
& CO. and TIFFANY are trademarks of Tiffany and Company.
out Macy’s Presents The Edit online to get inspired for fall with
fashion trends and advice from Macy’s Fashion Office
Newness In Store With thredUP, Mango Woman, the Watch Drop, Sam
Edelman and more
fall, we get the opportunity to effect a fresh start and a chance to
reintroduce the world to our most remarkable selves. Macy’s
incredible assortment of fashion, accessories, home and beauty is
full of perfect pieces to make shoppers feel confident, while cooling
temperatures offer new ways to layer trends in a way that feels
to spark your personal style inspiration? Check out Macy’s Presents
The Edit, a digital destination for all the latest style advice,
curated by the experts at Macy’s Fashion Office. For some fresh
fall fashion, check out new additions to Macy’s including thredUP,
Mango Woman, the Watch Drop, Sam Edelman, Beatles product, and more.
start of autumn truly sparks a renewed sense of creativity as it
relates to getting dressed,”
said Durand Guion, vice president, Macy’s Fashion Office. “We’ve
curated the season’s top trends including animal print power and
plaid mixing, highlighting the must-have patterns of the season, in
addition to a color spotlight on green and all of its rich and deep
variations. Our take on beauty this season celebrates a bold and
beautiful look. This fall, we’ll offer more style options than ever
to help her express a remarkable sense of individual style.”
fall campaign, “For Every You,” features the power of
fashion as self-expression and follows women on the journey to the
ideal look to the soundtrack of Lizzo’s “Like a Girl.” Women
choose an outfit for more than outward appearance, as a look can also
express who they want to become while wearing it. Macy’s vast
fashion selection gives women freedom to express all parts of
themselves and bring their inner dreams and aspirations into the
world. Produced by Macy’s in collaboration with BBDO New York, the
30-second spot began airing across television and digital September
8, along with robust supportive content rolling out across digital
Instagram, Macy’s is launching Besties,
a first-to-market collaboration with Instagram and Bustle Digital
Group, featuring the time-honored tradition of shopping with your
best friend. No one can offer fashion advice quite like your BFF, so
follow along with three real-life sets of friends as they shop Macy’s
fall fashion collection and explore the season’s featured trends
with fully shoppable content. Want to show off your own style? Post a
selfie of your own Macy’s fall fashion look on Instagram, Twitter
or Facebook and hashtag #macyslove for a chance to be featured on
@macys Instagram or macys.com.
autumn, shoppers can seek out remarkable style and engage with key
trends in a personal way. For women, greenery is the central hue for
fall. Deep shades of kelly and olive reference the natural world and
tones can be mixed and matched effortlessly. Varied textures add
interest and dimension, like a snake and crocodile I.N.C.
International Concepts pump. For a little more boldness, walk on the
wild side with animal prints of every variety. From natural leopard
on faux fur coats to neon hues of snake on Bar III dresses, pattern
is king of the jungle this season. Try a new twist on plaid with bold
color mixes and prints of all sizes, like a tweed Julia Jordan dress
or a Vince Camuto plaid top and skirt with just the right hint of
lengths are key in skirts and dresses, like those from Tommy
Hilfiger, especially when paired with oversized sweaters. Add some
drama to a casual look with a voluminous sleeve or make the ultimate
style statement with a Lauren Ralph Lauren head-to-toe plaid suit.
Animal prints make marks on everything from handbags to Calvin Klein
intimates, while statement earrings approach the trend with
tortoiseshell prints. Western accents adorn shoes, hats and saddle
bags with buckles, fringe and whipstitch details. Chunky sole
sneakers, like those from DKNY, keep any look feeling fresh and new
arrivals shoes from Sam Edelman offer something for every style.
menswear, gray matters this fall. From sleek tailored suiting in
windowpane patterns by Tommy Hilfiger to streetwear sets by Ellesse,
the head-to-toe monochromatic look is sure to turn heads. For a
standout moment, try a silver metallic moto trucker jacket from
Michael Kors or an abstract printed trench from Alfani. The modern
utility trend also offers new twists on menswear favorites. A
military jacket from Levi’s is an effortlessly cool take on the
trend, while a head-to-toe wine-colored camo suit from I.N.C.
International Concepts is the ultimate statement.
your fearless self this fall and don’t be afraid to play with
color! Bold and bright eyes are the hottest beauty trend this season.
Pack on the pigment with Anastasia Beverly Hills x Jackie Aina
Palette or clean beauty brand PÜR’s Barbie Endless Possibilities
Pressed Pigments Palette. Use the same shade on the lower lash line
to amp up the wow factor! On days where you want to up the ante but
don’t have the time, try the season’s hottest lip trend, the
flame lip. It’s great to wear on its own and make a chic bold
statement. Channel your inner French girl with Dior Rouge Dior
Lipstick in 080 Red Smile or Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in 954
Radical. This modern twist on the classic red lip brings orange hues
out to play.
transition into the colder months also brings on new skincare needs
and regimens. Macy’s has made the task of finding what works best
for all skin types easy by offering skincare solutions by concern.
Whether it’s dryness, dullness, anti-aging, oily skin, dark circles
or acne, find the right products to target and remedy issues and help
you put your best face forward. Go to a local store or visit our
get pro tips and curated product recommendations that’ll keep you
confident and radiant in your skin this fall.
Home and Entertaining
La Dolce Vita this fall with pieces designed with the simplicity and
craftsmanship of the Italian lifestyle in mind. Tuscan tile-inspired
decals and olive branch embossing bring depth to plate settings,
quilts and serveware. Terracotta hues, rich blues and vibrant yellows
breathe life and authenticity into home decor. Martha Stewart
Collection serveware and textiles bring the richness and comfort of
the Old World countryside right to your home. Inspired by
family-style culture, highlight your hosting skills with an olivewood
Lazy Susan or marble wine and cheese pieces from Thirstystone. Set
out a cheese board, equipped with a built-in slicer for easy
self-serving, or keep guests’ wine at temperature all evening with a
sleek marbled wine chiller. Achieve the peak Italian lifestyle by
recreating the perfect espresso with coffee and espresso machines
from Brim and Nespresso. Made for countertop convenience, these
modern appliances will transport you to a café in Milan.
In-Store and on macys.com
of newness is in store this autumn, beginning with the recent launch
of Mango Woman in select Macy’s stores and on macys.com. The
chic assortment from the Spain-based label includes womenswear and
accessories, with inspiration reflecting the essence of Mediterranean
style with a contemporary twist.
has also partnered with thredUP, the world’s largest fashion
resale marketplace, on a pilot program to create a secondhand
shopping experience in select Macy’s stores. Millions of consumers
use thredUP to sell clothes they no longer wear and buy vetted
secondhand apparel; now Macy’s will add a selection of those high
quality secondhand products to 40 stores, allowing customers to
discover the thrill of the thrift with great deals on the new-to-you
brands and constant new arrivals.
launches are also hitting the menswear floor in select stores and on
macys.com, like a created for Macy’s capsule of Beatles
apparel. These tees and fleeces celebrate the 50th anniversary
of the legendary “Abbey Road” album.
will also be commemorating another Hollywood icon with the exclusive
Barbour International Steve McQueen Collection. McQueen was
one of the British brand’s most famous fans since wearing their
designs in the 1964 ISDT (International Six Days Trial) in East
Germany, and the collection pays homage to his classic Americana
Watch Drop program
is returning this fall, with 25 exclusive, limited-edition men’s,
women’s and unisex watches. These special timepieces will drop
online at macys.com/watchdrop
in three waves on September 10, September 24 and October 15.
School of Style
is back in session at STORY
the always changing “store to explore” inside 36 Macy’s
locations nationwide. This semester, expressing personal style is the
top major during STORY’s third experiential concept – School of
Style STORY. Opening September 12 and running through October 24, the
STORY at Macy’s campus is the place to discover and master your own
unique flair. The course catalogue features options like adding
timeless basics to your wardrobe in Trend Equations 101 to Studio Art
4U, where a blank canvas can be transformed into a masterpiece. The
fall class can also hit the stacks of the Style Library to learn how
to enhance their home and life on the go. With a host of electives
focused on styling sessions and customization workshops, the School
of Style class of 2019 will be prepped to conquer the fall fashion
scene and graduate with honors.
U.S./New York-based Condé Nast and London-based Condé Nast International Are Integrated as One Global Team. New Consumer Marketing Function to Bring Focus on Direct-to-Consumer Efforts With Unified Commercial Team to Better Serve Global Clients’ Holistic Needs
New Leadership Structure is Expected to Help Further Turn the Financial Ship Around As Company Moves Beyond Closing and Selling Off Magazine Titles, Layoffs and Consolidation of Workforce Across All Titles
Long expected, Condé Nast yesterday appointed a new global leadership team designed to accelerate the company’s evolution into a 21st-century media company. The new organizational structure, which combines Condé Nast and Condé Nast International into a unified global team, was created with several guiding principles in mind, including the preservation of local editorial voice and authority, an enhanced focus on the consumer, unification of the company’s ad and commercial sales functions to reflect clients’ local and global needs and the development of new ways to share capabilities and best practices across the company.
Condé Nast is a global media company, home to iconic brands including Vogue, The New Yorker, GQ, Glamour, AD, Vanity Fair, and Wired, among many others. The company’s award-winning content reaches 84 million consumers in print, 367 million in digital and 379 million across social platforms, and generates more than 1 billion video views each month. The company is headquartered in London and New Yorkand operates in 32 markets worldwide including China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico & Latin America, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, the U.K., and the U.S., with local license partners across the globe. Launched in 2011, Condé Nast Entertainment is an award-winning production and distribution studio that creates programming across film, television, social and digital video and virtual reality.
“One of my top priorities has been to define our organizational structure so that we can take full advantage of our unique growth opportunities and exceptional content around the world,” said the recently-appointed CEO of Condé Nast, RogerLynch “I’m confident that our new global structure will better enable us to collaborate across teams and markets and, ultimately, deliver unparalleled experiences for our consumers and clients.“
new structure is as follows:
Global Content Functions:: Anna Wintour, U.S. Artistic Director, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue U.S. and (newly-appointed) Global Content Advisor, will continue in her role as U.S. Artistic Director and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue U.S., and will add Global Content Advisor and oversight of Vogue International to her responsibilities. In her expanded role, Wintour will advise the executive leadership team on global content opportunities and act as a resource to editors-in-chief and editorial talent worldwide.
Oren Katzeff, President of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNE), will expand the company’s digital video, film and television operations to create best-in-class video content experiences for audiences worldwide. The company has been increasing its focus on video content and currently generates 1.1 billion video views per month. Under Oren’s leadership, CNE will now be the core of our global network of video teams, supporting the growth of our video businesses in all markets.
David Remnick, Editor-in-Chief of The New Yorker, will also continue to report directly to Lynch.
Global Operations Organization: Wolfgang Blau, President, International & Chief Operating Officer will oversee all non-U.S. markets, as well as selected global strategic functions, including Product & Technology, Data, Licensing, Global Editorial Operations, Business Development, and Delivery & Business Transformation. This organization will ensure day-to-day operational excellence and capability sharing across the business.
Global Commercial Organization: Pamela Drucker Mann, Global Chief Revenue Officer & President, U.S. Revenue, will lead a new global revenue organization that brings together the company’s U.S. and international ad sales, creative and agency, B2B marketing and client service capabilities. Jamie Jouning, promoted to Chief Client Officer, will report to Drucker Mann and oversee key global accounts, multi-market deals, and central digital ad operations. Drucker Mann will define ad sales and ad product strategies globally, and work closely with Jamie and the central team and commercial leads in the company’s worldwide markets to drive overall ad, agency, and B2B revenue and share best practices.
Consumer Marketing Organization: Condé Nast is creating a new consumer marketing organization that will be led by a Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and will bring added focus to the company’s direct-to-consumer efforts. As the company expands its consumer offerings, this team will be charged with developing best-in-class capabilities and consistency across consumer experiences on every platform. The team will also be responsible for consumer revenue, with a core focus on subscriptions and memberships. In addition, the team will have responsibility for global brand management, consumer research, and insights and global audience development, ensuring a data-driven approach to the company’s efforts. The search for a CMO to lead this new organization will begin immediately.
Corporate Functions: The company is also globalizing its three corporate functions to leverage skills, expertise and standardize processes and best practices: People, Finance and Communications. The company will begin an immediate search and selection process for these and other open roles. Until new leaders are identified, teams will maintain their existing reporting lines and responsibilities.
bringing added focus to our direct-to-consumer efforts and will build
a new consumer marketing function that will be charged with
developing best-in-class subscription and membership capabilities,
and maintaining the authenticity of our iconic global brands,”
Lynch continued. “And by transforming our sales organization
into a unified global team, Condé Nast will be better positioned to
serve the holistic needs of our clients around the world and make it
easier for them to do business with us.“
new structure and appointments take effect immediately.
Retailer Commemorates 20 Years Of Great Designs Accessible To All
Audiences With A Limited Edition Anniversary Collection
This fall, Target Corporation celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first collaboration with a designer, a bold initiative that has continued to differentiate this great chain as a provider of Fashionable and affordable designs. This project, which began with renowned architect Michael Graves in 1999, has resulted in more than 175 collaborations with designers in the last two decades.
To celebrate this anniversary, Target will relaunch almost 300 original and emblematic articles from 20 collaborations with past designers. This limited edition collection includes clothing, accessories, home decor and kitchenware. The Anniversary Collection will be available, while supplies last, until September 14 at all Target stores and on Target.com, with prices ranging from $ 7 to $ 160. Designers’ collections and items will vary between stores and customers can purchase up to five items per size and color. Customers can visit Target.com when the catalog is available to properly plan their visits. To underline Target’s commitment to inclusion, all women’s fashion will come with expanded size.
has always been part of Target’s DNA. From our stores and the
products we create, to the collaborations we establish, our
commitment to affordable designs differentiates Target and is one of
the reasons why customers enjoy shopping with us, “said Rick
Gomez , executive vice president and digital and marketing director
of Target. “Our marketing campaign will celebrate the
inclusive nature of Target’s designs, and will include a book and
documentary to highlight Target’s impact on the retail sector and the
lives of our customers by making large designs available to all
the occasion of this event, Target has turned to its archives to
offer its customers a limited edition collection with 20 of its
collaborations with past designers, which incldes the following:
Derian (2008, 2010)
has forever changed the retail scenario by doing what was believed
impossible, offering great designs at an incredible price. This
anniversary celebrates our extensive design history and the wide
variety of collaborations we have offered to our customers over the
past 20 years “said Mark Tritton , executive vice
president and director of Marketing for Target. “All the
collaborations have contributed something special and exciting to our
clients and, with 20 years behind us, we can say that this is only
the beginning. We hope to continue offering our clients more
incredible, inspiring and affordable designs, and increase the
presence of Target every day. “
addition to the launch of Target’s Anniversary Collection,
Rizzoli, an editorial known for its extensive catalog of books
of great quality and beauty, will publish a book that gathers
Target’s rich design history, with comments from designers and
followers of the collaborations of the retailer, which will be
available from Tuesday, September 3.
has also recruited RadicalMedia, a producing partner, to
create a documentary that will be released this fall and that closely
analyzes how Target’s innovative approach to affordable designs has
forever changed the retail sector.
documentary includes the testimony of people who have played a key
role in the collaborations of the retailer, both with emerging brands
and designers, as well as with others already consolidated.
PANDORA Jewelry Debuts Two Seasonal Mementos Featuring PANDORA’s Signature Charms: ‘Radio City Music Hall Charm and Ceramic Box’ and ‘2018 Exclusive Holiday Charm and Ornament Gift Set,’ Inspired By The Glamour Of The Radio City Rockettes
PANDORA Jewelry and The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes, presented by Chase, have announced that for the second consecutive year, PANDORA will be the Official Jewelry Partner of The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. Expanding upon the successful 2017 inaugural year of the partnership, PANDORA has created two seasonal mementos, ‘Radio City Music Hall Charm and Ceramic Box‘ and a limited edition ‘2018 Exclusive Holiday Charm and Ornament Gift Set,’ which was inspired by the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.
PANDORA Logo (PRNewsfoto/PANDORA Jewelry)
As part of the partnership, PANDORA will again host an exciting pop-up activation within Radio City Music Hall during the show’s run from November 9, 2018 – January 1, 2019, where the exclusive merchandise will be sold for audiences attending the Christmas Spectacular as well as at Radio City’s Sixth Avenue Store.
“The Christmas Spectacular holds a special place in the hearts of many during the holiday season, much like the feeling of finding that perfect piece of jewelry as a gift for a loved one,” said Laurie McDonald, General Manager, PANDORA U.S.A. “Whether you’re attending for the first time or have fond memories of going in the past, we’re excited to continue creating and being a part of these wonderful moments that last forever.“
2018 Exclusive Holiday Charm and Ornament Gift Set
The ‘2018 Exclusive Holiday Charm and Ornament Gift Set‘, is a limited-edition Christmas ornament and charm for fans who are looking to add some extra Rockettes inspired glamour and sparkle to their holiday season. Inspired by a Rockettes costume, the silver base features stripes of white enamel inlaid with cubic zirconia gems and is topped with a delicate bow. Presented in an exquisitely designed matching holiday ornament, it makes for a beautiful and sophisticated keepsake. The exclusive gift set is currently available for purchase at PANDORA authorized retailers, on the PANDORA ecommerce website, at PANDORA’s Radio City Music Hall pop-up, and at Radio City’s Sixth Avenue Store.Continue reading →
Make your world a more beautiful place this fall with the help of QVC and Martha Stewart. The Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author have long dedicated her career to teaching and inspiring people to live more beautiful, more functional and more meaningful lives. And now she is bringing that devotion to her signature QVC collection, spanning multiple categories including fashion, skin care, garden and food, all inspired by her impeccable taste and incomparable passion. Stewart made her QVC debut on August 13 with “Martha Stewart’s Slow Cooker” cookbook.
Live a more beautiful, functional and meaningful life with a new QVC collection from America’s most trusted lifestyle expert
“We were blown away by the tremendous response to Martha’s cookbook, which sold out in its first airing,” said Doug Howe, Executive Vice President of Merchandising for QVC. “Our customers welcomed Martha back with open arms, and we can’t wait to impress them with Martha’s full product assortment. At QVC, we are constantly striving to bring our customers not only the newest and most innovative items but products that are designed to solve everyday problems and make life easier. Martha shares this philosophy and has worked with us to develop a collection that will truly inspire people to live more beautifully, in all aspects of their lives.”
QVC viewers and Martha Stewart fans can tune in to QVC® on September 7 during “Inspired Style® – Live from New York City” at 10 PM (ET) for a first look at select items from Stewart’s fashion collection, and check back on September 25 for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Fashion” at 6 PM (ET), featuring items ranging from knit and woven tops to denim essentials, designed for easy, everyday living. On September 19 at 10 AM (ET), Stewart will unveil all the tools and tips needed to beautify any backyard or outdoor space in the first “Martha Stewart – Garden” show.
To assist with holiday meal planning and preparation, She will return to QVC on October 18 with the Today’s Special Value®, scheduled to debut at midnight (ET). Each day, QVC picks one special item it believes shoppers will love and offers it at an exceptionally low price from midnight (ET) until 11:59 PM (PT) that day. Tune in at midnight (ET) and 7 PM (ET) on October 18 for “Martha Stewart – Gourmet Food“, featuring an assortment of gourmet foods and decadent confections. “Mario Badescu Skin Care with Martha Stewart“, a collaboration with Mario Badescu, is scheduled to launch on November 10 at 9 PM (ET) and 10 PM (ET) on Beauty iQ.
“Working in new product categories and with QVC—a multi-platform, multi-network shopping experience—has been very exciting,” said Stewart. “I have developed signature collections that reflect my passion for beautiful living and I look forward to expanding our product offerings.“
Martha Stewart is the author of 89 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.
The Jewish Museum’s long-running collection exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, originally mounted in 1993, recently close, making way for a major, new collection display, Scenes from the Collection, opening in Fall 2017. Culture and Continuity’s last day on view was Sunday, February 12, 2017.
The Jewish Museum (New York) logo
The Jewish Museum‘s unparalleled collection spans 4,000 years of Jewish culture through nearly 30,000 objects, including painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, ceremonial objects, antiquities, works on paper, and media. Scenes from the Collection will transform the Museum’s third floor and feature over 650 works from antiquities to contemporary art – many of which will be on view for the first time at the Museum. The exhibition was designed by Tsao & McKown Architects.
Hanukkah Lamp, Orivit-Aktiengesellschaft (1900-1905), Köln-Braunsfeld (Germany), 1900-05. White metal: cast and silver-plated; glass: mold formed, 13⅞ x 12¾ x 5 5/16 in. (35.3 x 32.4 x 13.5 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Dr. Harry G. Friedman (?), F 3573.
The new exhibition will be divided into eight different sections, or scenes, highlighting the diversity and depth of the collection. The new installation will present the collection as a reflection of the continual evolution that is the essence of Jewish identity, as well as a powerful expression of artistic and cultural creativity.
“Scenes from the Collection will immerse our visitors in a dynamic and engaging experience. Developed collaboratively among the Museum’s curatorial staff, the new installation is a reflection of the Jewish Museum’s unique position as an art museum exploring Jewish culture and identity through a contemporary lens,” said Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum.
Torah Binder, Rabat (Morocco), 19th century. Cotton: embroidered with silk thread, 9 1/2 × 103 3/4 in. (24.1 × 263.5 cm). The Jewish Museum, New York, Gift of Sonia Cohen Azagury, 2004-64.
In addition,Scenes from the Collection will be flexible, with four scenes changing annually, and one changing every six months, so that different subjects can be examined while more of the collection is on view. The stories the works of art tell will illuminate multiple perspectives on being Jewish in the past and present, how Jewish culture intersects with art and the art world, and how it is part of the larger world of global interconnections.
The eight scenes are:
Scenes from the Collection will start from the beginning – the year 1904 when the Museum was founded with a gift of ceremonial objects from Judge Mayer Sulzberger. Central to this section will be the question of what, why, and how the Museum has collected and what this says about the changing identity of the institution, the Jewish community, and the art world.
In “Constellations,” over 50 of the most visually powerful and culturally significant works in the collection – from antiquities to the twenty-first century – will be exhibited as individual gems but with powerful thematic connections to one another. Such issues will be explored as transforming and transcending tradition, cultural distinctiveness and universality, and ever-changing notions of identity. Groups of works will relate to each other aesthetically or contextually, creating multiple conversations. For example, three works that can be seen as challenging tradition are Peter Blume’s Pig’s Feet and Vinegar (1927), Laurie Simmons’ Woman Listening to Radio (1978), and Nicole Eisenman’s Seder (2011).
Chairman Michael Kowalski Will Serve as Interim CEO; Board Will Work with Executive Search Firm to Recruit Successor
Company Reaffirms FY 2016 Earnings Guidance
Tiffany & Co. today announced that Frederic Cumenal has stepped down as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. The Board of Directors has commenced a search to recruit a successor in which it will be assisted by a leading executive search firm. During this process, Michael J. Kowalski, Chairman of the Board of Directors and previous CEO of Tiffany, will serve as Interim CEO while continuing as Chairman
Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837. Through its subsidiaries, Tiffany & Co. manufactures products and operates TIFFANY & CO. retail stores worldwide, and also engages in direct selling through Internet, catalog and business gift operations.
“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to thank Frederic Cumenal for his contributions to Tiffany,” said Mr. Kowalski. “At a time of continuing challenges in the global luxury market, Frederic has enhanced the management team and taken important steps to position Tiffany for success in the long term. We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Mr. Kowalski continued, “The Board is committed to our current core business strategies, but has been disappointed by recent financial results. The Board believes that accelerating execution of those strategies is necessary to compete more effectively in today’s global luxury market and improve performance. As such, we remain focused on enhancing the customer experience, increasing the rate of new product introductions and innovation, maximizing marketing effectiveness, optimizing the store network, and improving our business operations and processes, all while efficiently managing our capital and costs. We believe these initiatives and the pace oftheir execution are key to driving shareholder value. Tiffany is an iconic brand with a family of talented and committed employees to match, and I look forward to supporting both during the transition.”
Mr. Cumenal said, “I am proud of what we have accomplished at Tiffany and would like to thank the management team and our many talented employees around the world with whom I have had the pleasure to work. I have great confidence in Tiffany’s brand, strategic direction, and people, and I believe the Company will have many exciting opportunities in the future.”
Reaffirms Annual Guidance
The Company also affirmed, based on its plans and assumptions detailed in the January 17, 2017 holiday period sales news release, its fiscal year 2016 guidance described in that press release. The Company expects to report its fourth quarter and full 2016 fiscal year results, and also to provide its expectations for the 2017 fiscal year, on March 17 before the market opens.
For additional information, please visitwww.tiffany.comor call the shareholder information line at 800-TIF-0110.
Kendra Scott Design, Inc. (the “Company”), a leading fashion accessories brand led by founder Kendra Scott, announced that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based investment firm. Kendra Scott will continue as majority shareholder and CEO**. The Company’s senior leaders will remain in their current positions, focused on growing the brand’s omni-channel presence. Norwest Venture Partners will continue as a minority investor.
(**Berkshire has a long history of partnering with management teams to build market leading growth companies.)
The brand is well-known for its comprehensive suite of elegantly designed jewelry pieces as well as lifestyle categories such as beauty, home goods and fine jewelry. The brand also offers the Kendra Scott Color Bar™, an innovative jewelry customization experience available in all Kendra Scott stores as well as online at www.KendraScott.com. Kendra Scott is sold at premiere retailers including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Von Maur and over 600 specialty boutiques worldwide.
Scott, Designer and CEO, founded Kendra Scott Design with $500 from a spare bedroom in her home in 2002. Under her leadership, the Company has grown into a leading jewelry, home and beauty brand with more than 50 stores throughout the United States and significant wholesale and e-commerce operations. As the brand continues to grow, the company remains true to its founding philosophy of “Family, Fashion, Philanthropy” and “Kendra Gives Back: You Shop, We Give” initiatives to benefit both local and national charities across the country.
“Kendra and her team have built an authentic brand that is widely loved,” said Marni Payne, a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners. “The Company’s deep focus on its customers, commitment to product innovation and culture of giving back has led to impressive growth. We look forward to partnering with Kendra and her team to support their continued success.”
“We are delighted to have Berkshire invest with us at a very exciting time for our company,” said founder and CEO Kendra Scott. “Berkshire has significant experience in helping leading brands maximize their potential and a deep appreciation for the Kendra Scott culture and organization.”
Berkshire Partners, a Boston-based investment firm, has made over 115 investments since its founding in 1986 and has raised nine private equity funds with more than $16 billion in aggregate capital commitments. Berkshire has developed industry experience in several areas including consumer and retail, communications, business services, industrials and healthcare. Other investments in the retail sector have included Aritzia, Bare Escentuals, Carter’s and Party City. For additional information, visit www.berkshirepartners.com.
Jefferies LLC served as the exclusive financial advisor to Kendra Scott Design and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP and Kastner, Huggins, Reddien & Gravelle LLP served as legal counsel to the Company. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP served as legal counsel to Berkshire Partners. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the first quarter of 2017.
The Artisan Handcrafted Luxury Jewelry Brand Unveils an Experiential Retail Boutique in New York’s Soho
Luxury jewelry brand John Hardy announces the debut of its first U.S. flagship, situated in New York’s Soho neighborhood. Established in Bali in 1975, John Hardy is dedicated to the creation of ultimate beauty through artisan handcrafted jewelry. The master artisans honor original craft through the perfection of modern design, creating timeless one-of-a-kind pieces that are brilliantly alive. Each of John Hardy’s distinctive collections conveys evocative symbolism and honors the transmission of creative energy from the artist to the wearer. Since inception, the company has been deeply rooted in the essential values of community, artisanship and sustainability.
John Hardy Debuts First U.S. Flagship And Artisan In Residence Workshop. Courtesy of John Hardy (PRNewsFoto/John Hardy
The flagship, which opened November 25, offers a highly differentiated and authentic shopping experience designed to engage all five senses with the myth and magic of Balinese artisanship. The highlight of the flagship is an experiential concept space on the boutique’s second floor, which will serve as a creative sanctuary for artisans and offer consumers immersive experiences.
THE ENCOUNTER: THE ARTISAN IN RESIDENCE
The Residence animates the creative spirit and storied craftsmanship of the John Hardy Jewelry Workshop in Ubud, Bali into a full sensory experience and will be dedicated to hosting artisan master classes, workshops, talks, and installations across dynamic disciplines. The space serves as a real workshop for John Hardy Artisans when in Residence from overseas. The first series will run December 10 – 23 and explore the brand’s signature 8-step jewelry-making process.
THE EXPERIENCE: THE STORY OF TOUCH
The flagship weaves together scent, sound, light and art for a refined reimagining of the John Hardy Jewelry Workshop in Ubud, Bali. It is designed to herald transformative moments and inspire connection.
THE INSPIRATION: MAGIC OF BALI
Designed around a central display, clients are invited to navigate the boutique like the island of Bali itself, walking around its natural edges and exploring tactile moments of inspiration. True to founder John Hardy’s creative vision as an artist and environmental sculptor, the boutique walls showcase powerful collections like a gallery, encouraging guests to interact with every dimension of inspiration. The dynamic contours and exquisite detail of handcrafted jewelry is exhibited with bold authenticity—each piece, a work of art in and of itself.
A lush scent designed to conjure the verdant grounds of the Ubud Workshop transports and transfixes, as store lighting and sound shift throughout the day to evoke the rising and setting of the Balinese sun. All the while, a custom playlist blends nomadic beats and natural soundscapes, invoking the essence of wanderlust.
Signature carved wood details punctuate the space with rich walnut and hammered gold inlays, summoning elements of earthy softness and water reflection. A large-scale art installation hand-carved from teakwood tree root—the sustainable byproduct of production—serves as a dynamic focal point, manifesting creativity and celebrating the uncompromising artistic ethos behind the brand.
THE STYLE: SINGULAR. SUSTAINABLE.
In conceptualizing the space, architectural firm Design Republic sought to celebrate the brand’s heritage and roots in artisan craftsmanship forged by founder John Hardy in 1975. All millwork is custom designed and unique to the store. Natural and locally sourced materials reflect the brand’s commitment to community and artisanship while large jewelry display tables, made from locally sourced black walnut, recall the communal artisan’s table in the Ubud Workshop. Elements such as mirrors etched with the John Hardy chain motif and hammered brass accents, echo the objects of beauty on display.
The open yet immersive design sets the stage for a unique shoulder-to-shoulder selling experience, reminiscent of the warm hospitality in the Workshop. A client services team, robed in custom-designed natural fiber pieces by Balinese artisan brand Biasa, channel the elegance, effortlessness, and exploration of travel. Their style honors the timelessness of the John Hardy brand, serving as an inspiration—and an invitation—to be part of its tradition.
THE LOCATION: SOHO, NEW YORK
The John Hardy Flagship is situated in the heart of Soho’s luxury corridor at 118 Prince Street in a three-story landmark building from the early 1900s. The store will open Mondays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (212-343-9000)Continue reading →
On th eve of the 2016 edition of Art Basel Miami Beach, Tiffany & Co. will present the first of a five-part video series on contemporary art entitled New Ways of Seeing with each remaining video to be released in one-month intervals. Tiffany & Co. commissioned cultural leaders to script videos and examine different compelling art-related topics and is proud to highlight these critics and curators who push the boundaries of convention.
Tiffany & Co. has a long history of supporting the arts, guided by the belief that a successful company has a responsibility to the greater community. Tiffany’s legacy with the arts dates back to its founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, an original trustee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his son Louis Comfort Tiffany, a pioneering designer and jeweler of the American Art Nouveau movement. Tiffany continues its commitment to arts and culture with its support of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and its sponsorship of the next three Whitney Biennials through 2021.
The overarching concept for the videos was inspired by the 1972 BBC television series and book entitled Ways of Seeing, which uniquely examined how we look at art and the meaning of imagery through the context in which we view it. Tiffany & Co. has contemporized this discussion and tapped American art critic Jerry Saltz to write and star in the first episode. Saltz titled his three- and-a-half minute video “Art Contains Multitudes;” and it features the renowned critic engaging in insightful yet playful conversation with three contemporary artists. Portrait painter Kehinde Wiley shares his thoughts on how artists can revolutionize perception while artist Shantell Martin describes the simplicity behind her process. Irish artist Oliver Jeffers acknowledges the fine line between creation and destruction.
“The new film series explores how the role of art has evolved alongside our lives, and ideas in the digital world that reflect how we consume information and record our creativity today,” said Frederic Cumenal, Chief Executive Officer, Tiffany & Co. The next episode of New Ways of Seeing is written by performance artist Miranda July and takes a closer look at the debate around what exactly constitutes art.
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Walmartissued the following statement on how the company delivered on its Black Fridayplans for customers. The retailer also unveiled top products purchased on Black Friday and how customers shopped that day in stores and online.
“This Black Friday, we promised customers great deals, more availability of those items, an integrated offering with Walmart.com and the simple shopping experience our customers have come to expect from Walmart. I am proud to say that we’ve delivered on all fronts,” said Steve Bratspies, Chief Merchandising Officer, Walmart U.S. “Our customers were particularly excited about the new technologies we offered this year. In addition to picking up Black Friday favorites like televisions and toys, they flocked to our stores for drones, virtual reality products and hoverboards.”
Happy Walmart customer reacts to receiving a Hatchimal, one of the season’s hottest toys. (Photo: Business Wire)
Thanksgiving and Black Friday Fun Facts and Stats:
The week kicked off with customers visiting stores in the days leading up to Thanksgiving to grocery shop. This Thanksgiving, Walmart sold 150 million pounds of turkey and ham. Throughout the month of November, the retailer also sold more than six pies per second with the most popular pies being pumpkin and the Patti LaBelle Sweet Potato Pie.
Black Friday is about offering great deals in stores and online. At midnight ET on Thanksgiving Day, customers started shopping on Walmart.comand the Walmart app. Thanksgiving Day was once again one of the top online shopping days of the year.
Then, at 6 p.m. the retailer kicked off the company’s Black Friday event in stores across the country. Millions of customers went home with the items they wanted. Top sellers included televisions, cookware, video games and systems, drones, toys and pajamas for the whole family.
More than 70 percent of traffic to Walmart.com during the retailer’s Black Friday event was driven by mobile.
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(Image courtesy of Walmart)
(Image courtesy of Walmart)
It is not over. Walmart’s Cyber Week began at 12:01 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 25, and will continue with thousands of online specials every day throughout the week.
“We will continue to focus on offering great prices on great products across the whole store and on Walmart.com for the rest of the holiday season,” Bratspies added.
Savings To Continue With New Discounts And Unprecedented 15 Percent Off Two-Day Sale In Stores And Online This Sunday And Monday
Target Corporation today reported a strong start to the holiday shopping season. Millions of guests visited Target stores across the country and www.Target.com, which had its biggest day ever and experienced double-digit growth, to save on Black Friday deals, including the retailer’s lowest prices ever on select items.
Target Holiday Black Friday 2016 (Image courtesy of Target)
“Shopping at Target has become an annual Thanksgiving tradition for millions of our guests, and we’re thrilled at the response we’ve seen this year. We had a record-breaking day on Target.com and traffic to our stores was strong,” said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, who greeted shoppers at the Jersey City Target store in N.J. on Thanksgiving and who rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange in celebration of Kids Day earlier this morning. “This year, we doubled down on offering guests an incredible assortment at outstanding prices. Based on early results, it’s clear that our deals are cutting through. We expect this momentum to continue throughout the weekend and into next week as we offer Target’s guests a truly unprecedented opportunity to save 15 percent off nearly everything online and in our stores this Sunday and Monday.”
Target Holiday Black Friday 2016 (Image courtesy of Target Corporation)
Black Friday Pre-Sale and Thanksgiving Day Shopping
On Wednesday, guests started their shopping early with Target’s Black Friday pre-sale on Target.com. New this year, Target’s guests could take advantage of pre-sale deals in stores via Cartwheel, resulting in the biggest day ever for new users of the popular savings app. Early on Thursday morning, the savings continued as Target offered guests access to nearly all of its Black Friday doorbuster deals on Target.com. Target.com had a record-breaking day, with traffic and sales eclipsing 2015 Cyber Monday, driven largely by doorbusters in electronics. Target also saw an increase in guests shopping via mobile, contributing to more than 60 percent of the retailer’s online sales. Top performing Black Friday deals at Target include:
TVs were a top seller, with more than 3,200 TVs sold every minute in the first hour of store opening.
Appleproducts were among the most popular deals, with guests taking advantage of savings on the iPad Air 2, iPad Proand Apple Watch Series 1.
Popular gaming systems included Xbox One S and PlayStation 4. Target sold half a million video games within the first hour of store opening.
This Holiday Season, Customers Can Enjoy More Deals Than Ever Before On Everything From Hd Tvs To Stylish Kitchen Staples To Some Of The Most Popular Toys Of The Year
To Help Customers Find The Perfect Gift For Everyone On Their Shopping List, Amazon Offers Curated Holiday Gift Guides For Electronics, Home, Handmade, And Other Categories
Alexa, What Are Your Deals? New This Year, Prime Members Can Use Alexa Voice Shopping To Shop For Almost Anything, Including Exclusive Deals For Customers With An Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Amazon Fire Tv, Or Fire Tablet
Amazon.com has announced the launch of its Black Friday Deals Store and more than a dozen curated holiday gift guides, officially marking the start of the holiday countdown. Customers can enjoy tens of thousands of deals this holiday season onAmazon.com, with new deals as often as every five minutes on everything from HD TVs to stylish kitchen staples to some of the most popular toys of the year. In addition, Amazon offers curated holiday gift guides to help take the guesswork out of shopping for loved ones and make it easier for customers to find the perfect gift for everyone on their list.
“Customers love discovering the best deals on the most sought-after products, and our Black Friday Deals Store and curated Holiday Gift Guides offer them a place to do just that – plus enjoy the most convenient shopping experience with tons of super-fast shipping options,” said Doug Herrington, Senior Vice President of North American Retail at Amazon. “This holiday season, we’re offering more deals than ever before and – for the first time ever – giving Prime members an opportunity to use Alexa voice shopping for purchasing their holiday gifts hands-free. They can make purchases simply by asking Alexa-enabled devices, like the new Echo Dot, while relaxing at home with family and friends.”
Black Friday Deals Store
Available atwww.amazon.com/blackfriday, the Black Friday Deals Store is the leading deals destination for customers with tens of thousands of deals, and new deals as often as every five minutes, now through December 22. Customers can enjoy more deals than ever before this holiday season, including low prices on top gifts such as electronics, toys, clothing, jewelry, kitchen items, and more. In fact, Amazon is offering up to 20 compelling Deals of the Day in a single day. Some examples of the great deals Amazon customers can take advantage of this holiday season include: $20 off the Kindle Paperwhite, savings on an LG 55” 1080p Curved Smart OLED TV, and up to 40% off select Magformers toys.
Electronics Gift Guide
Available atwww.amazon.com/electronicsgiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Electronics Gift Guide features more than 500 of this year’s hottest technology products all in one convenient location. Enthusiasts can explore new releases such as 360-degree cameras and buzz-worthy gifts like virtual reality headsets and 3D printers. The Electronics Gift Guide also features innovations from up-and-coming startups in theAmazon Launchpad program. Customers can browse more than 10 categories, including smart home, home entertainment, music, wearables, photography, gaming, gadgets and gizmos, and more. The Electronics Gift Guide also includes expert reviews and product demonstration videos to help customers find the perfect gift. And shoppers looking for budget-friendly gift ideas can find top gifts under $100.
Home Gift Guide
Available atwww.amazon.com/homegiftguide, the 2016 Amazon Home Gift Guide is a curated list of more than a thousand of this season’s must-have products for the home. Filled with gift ideas for indoors and outdoors, customers can easily discover presents for everyone on their list, including cooks, bakers, home decorators, arts and crafters, smart home tech lovers, pets, backyard enthusiasts, kids and more, curated by experts in the industry such as Smitten Kitchen and Design*Sponge. Holiday decorators and party planners will find everything they need to set a festive scene at home. Customers can also shop the latest trends in the Home Gift Guide, including copper appliances, rose gold cutlery, and handmade ceramics, as well as browse products that are new this holiday season, including the KitchenAid Mini,NEST Fragrances Classic Candle (Hearth),Petcube Play Wi-Fi Pet Camera, and Bissell 1650A Pet Hair Eraser Vacuum.
Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide
Available atwww.amazon.com/handmade, the Handmade at Amazon Holiday Gift Guide offers customers curated lists of genuinely handcrafted items sold directly by artisans. Featuring products for her, for him, and for kids, as well as handcrafted stocking stuffers for friends and family, the Gift Guide makes finding the perfect holiday present easier than ever. Heading into this holiday season, Amazon customers visiting the Handmade at Amazon store will see hundreds of thousands more handcrafted items, thousands of which are eligible for Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime. For shoppers looking for a personal touch, over half of the items listed on Handmade have options for customer personalization. With handcrafted items in categories from toys and games, to home décor, handbags and accessories and kitchen and dining, Handmade at Amazon is a one-stop-shop for artisan-crafted gifts this holiday season.Continue reading →
Silicon Valley-Based Company Creates Custom Diamond Jewelry and Designs Using Superior Cultured Diamonds
Ada Diamonds, in September of this year, was launched as the world’s first custom fine jeweler using exclusively conflict-free, laboratory-grown diamonds. All of Ada’s diamond gemstones are cultured in high-end laboratories and are chemically and optically identical to Earth-extracted diamonds. With the strong belief that powerful technology and fresh ideas can revitalize the diamond industry, Ada Diamonds is forming a brighter future with its one-of-a-kind, sustainable jewelry pieces.
“Ada Diamonds is delighted to offer the most meaningful diamond jewelry in the world by combining cutting-edge technology, innovative design and superlative craftsmanship,” said Ada Diamonds‘s CEO Jason Payne.
Understanding The Difference In Diamonds: Lab-grown diamonds represent a true victory for the environment, human rights and diamond supply chain transparency. Mining diamonds is an energy intensive and ecologically invasive procedure, affecting fragile ecosystems across the globe. Customers can be assured that Ada’s lab-grown diamonds are vegan and sustainable, grown in controlled environments without contributing to conflict. Dedicated to only selling cultured diamonds, Ada provides customers peace of mind that their jewelry comes from known origin.
Ada Diamonds is named after Lady Ada Lovelace, a 19th century mathematician, mother, musician, socialite, and computer scientist who was affectionately known as the Enchantress of Numbers. “Ada Lovelace envisioned a future of beautiful art and music emerging from technology and aptly coined the phrase ‘poetic science,'” says Payne. “Ada Diamonds supports initiatives in Lovelace’s honor to advance computing and women in STEM such as the Lovelace Medal and Ada Lovelace Day.”
Ada Diamonds was co-founded by Silicon Valley husband-wife team Jason Payne and Lindsay Reinsmith who were early adopters of cultured diamonds in their engagement ring in 2011. At the time, the process was confusing and access to the stones was limited. As the technology and diamonds improved, Payne and Reinsmith decided to affect a change in the industry.
“We deliver custom fine jewelry that brightens the world, not just the customer’s world,” said Ada’s CEO Jason Payne. “Anything our customers can imagine, we can create.”
Ada Diamonds launched with over 100 fashion and bridal collection pieces ranging from simple studs and pendants to intricate high jewelry. All of Ada’s jewelry collection pieces are fully bespoke and made-to-order through its unique high-touch concierge program conducted nearly entirely online.
Additionally, Ada Diamonds offers fully bespoke diamonds through theirsignature Lavoisier Process. Customers can commission the growth of diamonds from any carbon-containing mementos such as flowers, photos, papers and wood to brilliantly celebrate a marriage, graduation, birth, or milestone. The donor material is then graphitized, purified and grown into Lavoisier Diamonds, the ultimate choice in truly custom, meaningful diamond jewelry.
A true marriage of high technology, remarkable craftsmanship, and sustainable luxury, Ada’s cultured diamonds are grown to perfection in high pressure, high temperature diamond presses; the result of over 65 years of research and development in extreme-pressure technology. Using only the most superb materials, Ada Diamonds offers exceptional quality diamonds in a multitude of colors, shapes and sizes.
In addition to creating fine jewelry, Ada Diamonds partners with other luxury brands for unique installations of its spectacular diamonds. Ada has worked with iconic automotive brands such asKoenigsegg Automotive, to place lab-grown diamonds in the interiors of supercars. Ada’s latest diamond bespoking effort, anAgera RS named ‘Naraya’, was awarded Most Sensational Supercar at the 2016 Salon Privé Concours d’Elégance.
Ada is also anaffinity partnerof superlative brands includingRolls-Royce Motor Carscreating commissioned jewelry for owners, supporting events, and styling product specialists at events, auto shows and photo shoots. Most recently, Ada Diamonds held a pop-up boutique in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Pebble Beach Villa during the 2016 Monterey Car Week.
Prior to founding Ada Diamonds, Payne founded and led the Philanthropy Engineering Team at Palantir Technologies. “I am passionate about corporate philanthropy and have made social responsibility a core part of Ada’s mission,” says Payne. Ada Diamonds has pledged to give 6% of all profits to six causes as part of theirSixth Element Program.