The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Names Honorees for the 2017 American Image Awards

The American Apparel & Footwear Association today announced its 2017 American Image Awards honorees: Andrew Rosen, Founder and CEO of Theory (Person of the Year); Marc Fisher Footwear (Company of the Year); Stuart Vevers of Coach, Inc. (Designer of the Year); Nick Graham (Fashion Maverick); and Ed Nardoza (Lifetime Achievement Award). Owned and operated by the AAFA, the American Image Awards began in 1977 to honor those who have exemplified leadership, excellence, and outstanding achievement in all sectors of the apparel and footwear industry, including education, design, manufacturing, and retail. Award-winning stage and screen actor Alan Cumming will emcee the gala. Presented on April 24 in New York City, the American Image Awards will benefit the Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI), part of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation. This year’s ceremony will take place at the historic 583 Park Avenue venue in New York City.aafamemberlogotwocolor

Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of $361 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry and delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. The organization enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation and its comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.

The Fashion Manufacturing Initiative (FMI) is a program of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and was created to nurture, elevate, and preserve garment production in New York City, ultimately connecting fashion designers to local manufacturing. The program includes: FMI Grant Fund offering matching grants to facilities committed to improving their services through innovation and technology; Apparel Skills Training Courses to generate a stronger workforce; a New York City Production Database on www.CFDA.com; and ongoing professional development sessions, industry events and collaborative partnerships. Continue reading

Abercrombie & Fitch Unveils New Store Concept

Designed For An Exceptional And Personal Customer Experience

Remember when Abercrombie & Fitch was a nightmare shopping experience with that dark cave atmosphere and enough overpowering perfume odor (not smell) to kill an asthma patient? Well, that’s on its way out and a new dawn is coming over the horizon.

Abercrombie & Fitch announced that for the first time in more than 15 years, it will unveil a new store concept. The store will open on Friday, February 17th, at the Polaris Fashion Mall in Columbus, Ohio and 20% of all opening weekend sales will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Designed by MJ Sagan Architecture, which was also involved in the creation of the company’s New Albany headquarters, the prototype’s look and feel is in line with the brand’s new evolution.

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Abercrombie & Fitch Unveils First New Store Concept in Over Fifteen Years

This boutique, which is 4,860 feet in size, is the first of seven that will be built this year and provides the customer with a new vision of the brand. In line with the changes that have taken place over the past eighteen months, the space was imagined with the best customer experience in mind, encouraging the discovery of the brand’s new collections.image560246x

It is important that our stores reflect what the Abercrombie & Fitch brand is today, so we’ve created a new space for our customers, that is warm, inviting, inclusive and open. We are excited for customers old and new to rediscover what is at the core of this American Heritage brand: timeless, high-quality clothing that you want to live in,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids. Continue reading

Cupid’s Arrow Points to Macy’s This Valentine’s Day

Loved Ones Will Adore Special Gifts Found At Macy’s Stores And On Macys.Com

Show that special someone your love and appreciation this Valentine’s Day with heartfelt gifts from Macy’s. By offering an array of irresistible items from the hottest designers and brands, Macy’s has the perfect gifts to make loved ones swoon. From now through Valentine’s Day, shop Macy’s stores nationwide and online at www.macys.com for apparel, jewelry, cosmetics and fragrances that are sure to surprise and delight.macyslogo

At Macy’s, it’s easy to find unique gifts with a personalized feel this Valentine’s Day,” said Cassandra Jones, Senior Vice President of Macy’s Fashion. “Shop for a loved one or yourself – our extensive assortment features a variety of items, from luxe and romantic to flirty and fun. Or, if you need a little extra help, find inspiration from our Valentine’s Gift Guide at macys.com/gifts. Once there, you can search for ideas in various categories, including gifts curated by Macy’s Fashion Directors, The Celebrate Shop or even by price point.

 

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Shop Macy’s for loveable items for all this Valentine’s Day – Skagen 2-pc Boxed Set with Heart Necklace and Watch (Photo: Business Wire)

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Shop Macy’s for loveable items for all this Valentine’s Day – Heart Umbrella, $28 (Photo: Business Wire)

Macy’s makes it easy to shop gifts from the heart for friends and significant others. Find Cupid-approved items from ban.do such as a duffle bag with heart graphics and playful drink tumbler labeled “Love Potion.” Intimates from the Thalia Sodi collection will spark romance in comfort and style. Add a throwback photo to a heart and arrow frame for a thoughtful gift that can be enjoyed for years to come. Michael Kors watches for her and Movado Bold watches for him prove your love together is timeless. Simple and sweet Kate Spade Heart and Arrow ear pins are a treat for your girlfriend or best gal pal. Macy’s is also the ultimate destination for tech gifts such as the Fitbit Flex 2 Fitness Wristband and Polaroid camera and printer. Continue reading

UGG Unveils Spring/Summer 2017 Marketing Campaign

Iconic Brand Celebrates Its Heritage Via Colorful Cast Of Eclectic California Individuals

Beginning in Spring/Summer 2017, UGG®, founded in California, will launch a global marketing campaign that is rooted in its heritage. Aptly titled “Real”, the new campaign features a collective of authentic Californians who live lives that express the diversity, spirit and core values of the brand. Inspired by the beaches, mountains and iconic architecture of California, the campaign tells the story of 11 unique individuals that personally and collectively represent the spirit of the UGG® brand.ugg_large_black

Coming together under the creative direction of Jess Wells, the UGG® campaign was directed by Brazilian-born, California-based director and videographer Kauai Moliterno, photographed by Frederic Auerbach, styled by costume designer and stylist Kate Ruth with hair and make-up by Gio Campora. Set to launch in tandem with the spring/summer collection release beginning today, the global campaign is primarily focused on digital channels but can also be seen in UGG® store and across selected out-of-home venues.

The cast includes:

  • Tasya van Ree: An American artist and photographer, Tasya cites Sally Mann and Francesca Woodman as inspiration. Her work explores the relation between fashion and identity through a romantic and intimate lens.
  • Warm Brew: Ray Wright, Manu Li and Serk Spliff form the LA-based rap group, Warm Brew. The group uses rap to reflect their unique West Coast upbringing and to promote authenticity over façade.
  • Hanalei Reponty: Born in French Polynesia, Hanalei learned how to swim before she could walk. Starting her career as a professional surfer, she now divides her time between surfing and running a successful surfwear line.
  • Sakae Patrick: Sakae is a Swedish-Japanese surfer born in San Francisco and raised in Japan. Having spent years traveling the globe as a competitive surfer, he’s called Hawaii, Australia, Indonesia and California, where he currently resides, home.
  • Aleali May: Blogger Aleali’s style is a cool mix of street grunge and the avant garde. A force of creative energy, she epitomizes the strong and independent West Coast urbanite.
  • Colleen Heidemann: Colleen has spent her life traveling the world from Bangkok to New York to London to Paris. She now calls Southern California home and devotes her time toward combating the prejudices of ageism.
  • Yasmina Jones: Singer-songwriter Yasmina splits her time between her self-made desert home in Joshua Tree and a vintage ‘70s fishing trawler in Venice Beach. She defies the status quo with her free-spirit lifestyle.
  • Haden McKenna: Born and raised in Venice, Haden spends his time surfing and skating through LA. Effortlessly cool and laid back, he is a fixture at Venice Beach’s historic skate park.
  • Daniel Hivner: Growing up in Long Beach, Daniel finds stability and peace through surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and martial arts. Bold and adventurous, he thrives off the freedom and exhilaration of life.
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New SS17 UGG® campaign features a collective of authentic Californians who live lives that express the diversity, spirit and core values of the brand. (Photo: Business Wire)

The 2017 campaign celebrates the diversity and spirit of the California lifestyle,” says Andrea O’Donnell, UGG® Brand President. “The UGG collective is an eclectic group of people that represent our values and our heritage. In telling their stories, we tell ours.(Click here for additional information including product stills and a short movie supporting the UGG® Spring/Summer 2017 Campaign.)

Founded in 1978 by an Australian surfer on the coast of California, UGG® is a global lifestyle brand renowned for its iconic Classic boot. First worn by Hollywood royalty, fashion editors and then the world, UGG® designs and retails footwear, apparel, accessories and homewares with an uncompromising attitude toward quality and craftsmanship. Delivering more than $1 billion in annual sales, UGG® partners with the best retailers globally and owns over 130 concept and outlet stores worldwide in key markets including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing. For more information, please visit www.ugg.com. @UGG @UGGforMen

Home & Tech/Design: Introducing Hestan NanoBond Cookware

Innovative Culinary Brand, Hestan, Launches First True Innovation In Stainless Steel Cookware In Over 100 Years

Beginning Immediately, NanoBond Will Be Available For Purchase Exclusively At Williams-Sonoma Stores And Online At www.williams-sonoma.com.

Hestan has launched Nanobond Cookware, a line of bonded stainless steel cookware uniquely engineered to last a lifetime, investing over $60 million in developing innovative technologies and kitchen products to elevate the culinary experience. Widely known for its high-end commercial kitchen equipment and premium residential outdoor grills, the company is applying their cutting-edge technology and innovative thinking to their first consumer cookware line, which promises to raise the bar among cookware brands and push the industry towards the future.

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Innovative Culinary Brand, Hestan, Launches First True Innovation in Stainless Steel Cookware in Over 100 Years. Introducing Hestan NanoBond.

Since its introduction to the kitchen over 100 years ago, there’s been no significant innovation to stainless steel cookware – often known for tarnishing when exposed to high heat and easily scratching. For culinary professionals and enthusiasts alike, NanoBond brings the most advanced technology to the kitchen, delivering a full line of cookware that introduces modern science to timeless culinary craftsmanship with molecular titanium. NanoBond offers incredible resilience, lasting beauty, and the cleanability to maintain its brilliance for generations.

NanoBond leverages a patented titanium based nanotechnology that creates thousands of superdense nanolayers of titanium alloys bonded to stainless steel. This enables the cookware surface to be four times harder than typical stainless steel. The result is a chemical free, extremely durable cookware that’s resistant to staining, scratching, salt pitting and provides superior performance. Thanks to a pure aluminum core, it is also 35 percent more conductive than other aluminum-clad cookware.

Hestan innovations span the culinary category including Hestan Vineyards – well-respected small-batch wines developed in Napa Valley, Hestan Smart Cooking – a guided cooking system that will forever change the cooking experience, and the award-winning Hestan Commercial and Hestan Outdoor. Continue reading

The Stoli Group® USA Enters Whiskey Category with Small Batch, Super-Premium Kentucky Owl® Bourbon

Stoli Group® USA, LLC announced that it will take over the national distribution, sales, and marketing, as well as the global rollout, for the Kentucky Owl brand, effective immediately. This news comes on the heels of the parent company, S.P.I. Group, acquiring the rights for “The Wise Man’s Bourbon,”™ adding a whiskey brand with a rich history to its burgeoning wine & spirits portfolio.

Kentucky Owl has a storied past, dating back long before a world of wedding registries. Upon marrying his sweetheart in 1879, founder Charles Mortimer Dedman was gifted the bourbon by his adopted father – a judge. This resulted in C.M. Dedman finding his second love just shortly after he said “I do” to his first. Kentucky Owl was produced until 1916 when government agents, compelled by the rising tides of teetotalism, swooped in and hauled some 250,000 gallons of Dedman’s stock by barge up the river to be warehoused under lock and key in Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort.

Sometime after Prohibition was enacted nationwide in 1919, a mysterious fire leveled the warehouse where Kentucky Owl was being stored. It is rumored that Al Capone or a similar big-time crime boss of that era cut a deal for the contents of the facility to be “relocated” before the building burned and that this fine American whiskey

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S.P.I. Group acquired Kentucky Owl(R) today. The pre-prohibition era bourbon will be distributed, sold and marketed by Stoli Group USA.

kept well-heeled “night owls” well-oiled throughout Prohibition, by being served up at the finest speakeasies as a rich man’s alternative to bathtub gin. In spite of this considerable loss, the family came into ownership of Harrodsburg, Kentucky’s famed Beaumont Inn, where it continues to thrive to this day.

C.M.’s great-great-grandson and current Beaumont Inn proprietor, Dixon Dedman, joined forces with family friends and California winemakers, Mark and Sherri Carter, to bring Kentucky Owl small batches back to the market in 2008. In 2014, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was the Drinks Category Winner at Garden & Gun magazine‘s “Made in the South” awards. Now, a century after the brand was essentially shut down, it’s spreading its wings to become a veritable “who’s who” of craft bourbons nationwide.

When we began considering American whiskeys, we were attracted to Kentucky Owl because of its complex, yet very smooth taste profile,” said Dmitry Efimov, CEO of S.P.I. Group. “Upon sitting down with the owners and hearing the story, we became really enthusiastic about revitalizing the brand and concluded that this would be the bourbon to anchor a whiskey line for S.P.I. Our USA team is poised to bring this to market.”

Patrick Piana, President of Stoli Group USA, added, “Kentucky Owl is a great next step for our portfolio of premium and luxury brands. Bourbons have been experiencing impressive growth recently and we see a strong opportunity in the super-premium sub-category, in particular. I’m looking forward to working together with Dixon Dedman to accelerate the trusted product his family built into the cult bourbon brand for the North American brown spirits consumer.

Dedman will continue to play a critical role as Kentucky Owl is introduced in more markets nationwide and globally and will act as its Brand Ambassador. As a small-batch, super-premium bourbon, the brand adds a new and varied call to the Stoli Group portfolio for consumers and will be well-represented by Stoli Group’s team of spirits experts. Stoli Group USA will begin by expanding Kentucky Owl’s presence in the South, where its talons first took root, and from where it will also take flight to other major US cities.

Stoli Group USA, LLC is a U.S. importer and marketer of alcoholic beverages, headquartered in New York City. Formed in 2013, it is a subsidiary of SPI Group based out of Luxemburg, one of the world’s most dynamic wine and spirits organizations.

S.P.I. Group is an independent company with a talented multinational team with production facilities in the USA, Latvia, Mexico, Argentina, and Spain. The group is committed to a mission of building a respected portfolio of select premium drinks brands, which it achieves by controlling and perfecting every stage of the process, from the cultivation through the distribution.

Gap Launches Limited-Edition ’90’s Archive Re-Issue Collection with ‘Generation Gap’ Film

Gap Pays Homage To The Past And Celebrates Emerging Talent With Rumer Willis, Coco Gordon, Evan Ross, Chelsea Tyler, Lizzy Jagger, TJ Mizell and Naomi Campbell

Gap announces the launch of a limited-edition collection – the ’90’s Archive Re-Issue – for men and women featuring iconic styles from the ’90’s including the Bodysuit, Reverse Fit and Easy Fit Denim, Pleated Khakis and the timeless Pocket Tee, available online and in select stores globally starting February 7.

The design team came up with the idea for the collection after multiple visits to gapGap’s on-site archives studio in New York where the company houses key fashions from all of the brands spanning the course of the company’s 46-year history. After pouring through racks and racks of some of the brand’s most beloved styles, the team realized that so many key ’90’s fashions are not only relevant today, but many of these timeless pieces are so uniquely Gap.

To launch the collection, Gap collaborated with director Kevin Calero to create Generation Gap,’ a film that is the ultimate contemporary homage to the iconic Gap ads of the ’90’s with references to “Mellow Yellow,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Just Can’t Get Enough” and updated with a modern twist. ‘Generation Gap‘ features a roll call of emerging talent cast from the offspring of stars of the iconic Gap ’90s ads with a special cameo from the timeless icon and Gap alumni Naomi Campbell wearing the iconic pocket tee that she modeled in 1992 for her Steven Meisel shoot. Set to an a capella version of the 1992 Billboard music #1 hit ‘All 4 Love‘ by Color me Badd, ‘Generation Gap‘ is a nod to the past and a celebration of the next generation as they reimagine the iconic Gap looks in their own unique style.

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Gap Launches Limited-Edition ’90’s Archive Re-Issue Collection with ‘Generation Gap’ Film

This reissue is a true homage to some of their customers’ favorite ’90s trends. In fact, the design team was so committed to the authenticity of the project, that the pieces will feature the exact same tags, trims, hardware and denim washes that some may still have in their drawers.

We were determined to replicate the same color and washes of the original denim pieces from the ’90s using our current fabrics, some innovative wash techniques, and a sustainable process. We sent our manufacturing partners photos, swatches, and multiple samples to make sure we got everything exactly right,” said Natalie Nelson, Wash Manager of Gap’s denim design. Continue reading