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Food: FOOD & WINE Announces The Best New Chefs In America 2018

FOOD & WINE has announced the Best New Chefs in America 2018, the highly anticipated annual list of the most innovative and up-and-coming epicurean talent in the country today. 


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Celebrating its 30th anniversary year, the franchise's 11 winners hail from restaurants in nine cities. The 2018 class joins the ranks of past Best New Chefs, including game changers such as Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Nancy Silverton, Tom Colicchio, Nobu Matsuhisa, Michael Symon, Stephanie Izard, Andrew Carmellini, and David Chang.

FOOD & WINE editors chose the Best New Chefs after a months-long selection process in which Restaurant Editor Jordana Rothman flew 37,000 miles to dine across America. The history of the franchise and the impact that Best New Chefs have made on American cuisine is captured in The Tastemakers, a new 14-minute mini documentary on and a feature story in the July issue.

"For 30 years, FOOD & WINE has highlighted the country's most brilliant, talented, and up-and-coming chefs for pushing their cuisines forward. This year's class of Best New Chefs is one of the youngest groups to be recognized in the history of the program," said FOOD & WINE Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis. "We're thrilled to announce the 2018 class of Best New Chefs today and celebrate them on all of our brand platforms."

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Best New Chefs, FOOD & WINE is launching a key initiative today: a mentorship program designed to empower the next generation of leaders who will shape American cuisine. The program begins in New York City with a half-day of conversation with industry leaders, like Mike Solomonov, and past BNCs, like Nancy Silverton and Alex Stupak, covering topics ranging from cultivating a healthy kitchen culture and practicing self-care to management skills and business development. This year's class of chefs will also be paired with Best New Chef alums to form a yearlong mentorship. "Strong, strategic leadership in the restaurant industry is needed now more than ever, so we are honoring leaders and organizations dedicated to charting a healthy, inclusive, and respectful path forward—and sharing their strategies with the next generation," said Lewis.

Meet the new class:

Diana DávilaMi Tocaya Antojería, Chicago
Julia SullivanHenrietta Red, Nashville
Liz JohnsonFreedman's, Los Angeles
Jonathan YaoKato, Los Angeles
Michael GallinaVicia, St. Louis
Clare de Boer & Jess ShadboltKing, NYC
Katianna HongThe Charter Oak, St. Helena, California
Kevin TienHimitsu, Washington, D.C. 
Kate WilliamsLady of the House, Detroit
Brady WilliamsCanlis, Seattle

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Style News: The romantic wedding of Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva covers HOLA USA

Richard Gere and Alejandra Silva have finally tied the knot.


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The Hollywood superstar and the gorgeous Spaniard married in early April in the Civil Registry, but the real celebration, accompanied by their relatives, took place at his fantastic ranch outside of New York City.

Photos can be seen exclusively on and in the digital magazine edition available on Google Play and the App Store. In the feature, for the first time and by their own account, the couple shares their love story and exclusive photographs of the three dresses worn by the bride, their Buddhist ceremony and their magical celebration steeped in Spanish flair.

It was in 2014 in Positano, on the Amalfi Coast (Italy), when Richard Gere appeared in the exclusive, family-owned hotel managed by the Spanish beauty. Since then, neither distance (he lived in New York and she lived in Madrid), nor the divorce proceedings in which both were immersed, nor the 33 year age difference between them were an obstacle in their relationship. Now, on the shores of the idyllic lake on his ranch, the couple has exchanged "I do's". A magical celebration available exclusively on and the digital magazine edition available on Google Play and the App Store.

The star of "An Officer and a Gentleman" and "Pretty Woman" spoke to HOLA! USA of his love story with his now wife. "I am the happiest man in the universe. How could I not be? Alejandra is beautiful, smart, sensitive, fun...and she's Spanish! The land of kings and queens, the land of Cervantes and Buñuel, unsurpassed!" said the actor.

Alejandra Silva also reveals about her relationship with the actor: "I'm so in love...every morning he asks, 'what would make you happy today?' What's more romantic than a man who composes songs about you every day?"

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Style News: Dove Partners To Empower Women In Cocoa Farming Communities

DOVE® Chocolate announced a partnership extension with CARE®, a leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty. Since 2015, DOVE®Chocolate has supported the development of small female-driven enterprises in cocoa farming communities using CARE Village Savings & Loan Associations (VSLA) methodology.


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The evolution of the VSLA program is the linkage of members to a formal Micro-Finance Institution (MFI) that will increase financial access to participating women and men in Cote d'Ivoire.

VSLAs provide a safe place for women to save money and access micro-loans, in an effort to empower them to be more engaged in financial decision-making. Within the past year, the number of VSLAs and VSLA members have more than doubled within communities in Cote d'Ivoire, touching the lives of thousands. Women represent 80 percent of the membership. Overall, members have increased their savings by 58 percent since joining a VSLA.

"We're encouraged by the tremendous progress we've seen in Cote d'Ivoire as a result of our partnership with CARE," said Leslie Philipsen, Brand Director, DOVE® Chocolate. "While early in its adoption, the new MFI linkage will allow VSLA members who have mastered the traditional system even more financial access to fund their income-generating activities, opening doors to brighter futures."

Since the inception of the VSLA program in Cote d'Ivoire, loans have been used for small trade and commerce (43 percent) as well as for cocoa farm improvements (35 percent). More than 20 percent have been used for agricultural diversification in other crop production and household needs such as health and education. The introduction of the new MFI linkage will allow VSLA members even greater financial opportunities by moving from the use of cash to digitized and mobile money. Members can also have access to more financial resources with favorable terms.

A new short film premiering at the 2018 National CARE Conference illustrates the positive impact of the VSLAs within the communities of Cote d'Ivoire. The film follows three women and the evolution of their businesses as they embark on the new MFI linkage system. According to Leopodine Gadou, Project Leader for CARE in Cote d'Ivoire, the new system has "transformed the attitudes of these women. They are becoming more involved in modern technology, which is a real change for them. And now, these women are able to look ahead and plan for their futures."

The continued partnership between DOVE® Chocolate and CARE is part of the commitment by Mars, Inc. to improve the lives of cocoa farmers as well as further sustainability efforts. Having already pledged $1 million to CARE, Mars recognizes enriching and improving communities in cocoa-producing regions is the most important step of the bean to bar journey. For the second consecutive year, consumers can join this effort. From July 22 to August 18, 2018, for every purchase of specially marked DOVE® Chocolate PROMISES® at CVS Pharmacy locations, $1.00 will be donated to CARE.

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Style News: Saks Fifth Avenue Unveils New Beauty Floor In New York Flagship

Saks Fifth Avenue today opens the new, 32,000-square-foot beauty space on the second floor of the New York Flagship with more than 120 color cosmetics, skincare, fragrance and wellness brands  —58 of which are new to the floor.

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With a significant focus on experiences, the floor is approximately 40-percent larger and now includes 15 new spa rooms along with services such as medi-spa treatments, facials, massages, manicures, brow services, a flower shop and more.  By moving the Beauty department to the second floor, Saks is evolving the way customers shop and experience beauty. 

"As part of Saks' overall growth strategy, we continue to look for ways to innovate, create and disrupt. The bold decision to move Beauty to the second floor, from the traditional main floor model, allowed us to build a one-of-a-kind destination enabling Saks to create the epitome of an experiential beauty floor," said Marc Metrick, president, Saks Fifth Avenue. "We continue to apply the principles of what we call The New Luxury to everything we do.  What we've done with Beauty gives the customer a warmer environment, differentiated from what they can get anywhere else and creates a reason to come to Saks and experience our brand."

"What makes this new beauty concept special is the exclusive services and unparalleled offering of brands we are providing to our clients. We curated the floor to represent the best innovations in beauty and wellness in a truly specialized space," said Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchant, Saks Fifth Avenue. "By offering beauty and wellness workshops and panels, Saks is taking a holistic approach to making our clients feel great both inside and out."

The new beauty floor is the latest step in the New York flagship's Grand Renovation.  Saks redefined the department store concept with the revolutionary migration of Beauty from the main floor to the second floor. The Saks Store Planning and Design team, in collaboration with Gensler, spearheaded the design focusing on opening up the space, creating broad sightlines across the floor and modernizing traditional finishes that complement the brand's heritage.  The team used custom agglomerate white stone flooring from Italy throughout and restored original windows facing Fifth Avenue, 49th Street, and 50th Street, allowing natural light to the floor and north and south facing views of the city.

Saks curated exciting treatments and luxury experiences for customers with services including:

  • FaceGym, the original non-invasive facial workout, exclusive to Saks and the first shop in the United States.
  • Dedicated spa rooms for CHANEL, Clé de Peau Beauté, Dior, Kiehl's Since 1851, La MerLa PrairieMartine de RichevilleSKINNEY MedSpa and Sisley Paris.
  • Brow and lash styling by Blink Brow Bar London, CoolSculpting and laser hair removal by SKINNEY MedSpa and manicures and meditation by Sundays.
  • Martine de Richeville's signature slimming, deep-tissue massage, Rémodelage, —a Saks exclusive and brand-first space in the United States.
  • Hand-tied floral arrangements by EB Florals, revolving around the composition of the fragrances and their seasonal availability. 

Anchor shops AesopCHANELChristian Louboutin BeautéDiorGiorgio ArmaniGivenchyGucciKiehl's Since 1851La MerLa PrairieSisley Paris, and Tom Ford, brought new concepts to Saks featuring the latest in technology or exclusive designs. Highlights include:

  • First of its kind CHANEL spa room modeled after the CHANEL au Ritz Hotel Spa in Paris.
  • Dior spa room modeled after the Dior Institut at the Plaza Athenée in Paris.
  • Ex Nihilo Osmologue for demi bespoke fragrances.
  • Gucci's first new beauty concept store in the United States.
  • A Guerlain Parfumeur boutique offering 110 iconic creations where visitors can choose their own scent through a digital consultation and personalize their own bottle.

Nearly all makeup and skincare brands at Saks provide a selection of complimentary services, known as "Beautiful Discoveries" including mini facials, eye treatments, hand massages, makeup and skincare coaching, and more.  The floor will offer exclusive fragrances from Bond No. 9, By Kilian, Clive Christian, EB Florals, Ex Nihilo, Hermès, Roja Dove and more as well as feature an Apothecary concept including a 160-square-foot curated boutique of niche beauty products and expert favorites from 30 brands.  Saks Fifth Avenue will launch new and exclusives brands including Orveda's gender-neutral range with 18 highly innovative and unique products as well as Floraïku, a luxury fragrance inspired by Japan, and Valmont skincare and fragrance.

The department boasts a dedicated concierge who can direct visitors to specific brands, shops or products, and book treatments.  Clients can also easily reserve services on SaksFirst Beauty members can pick up their quarterly rewards at the beauty concierge counter and a beauty curator is available onsite to assess a customer's skin and recommend skincare treatment options.

Saks New York will host a series of beauty and wellness events in its 850-square-foot flexible event space with industry influencers, ranging from noted doctors to fitness empire founders and more. The space will also host master classes, public appearances, small private gatherings and visual installations. 

Saks New York is located at 611 Fifth Avenue at 50th Street and is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For additional information on the new location, visit the Saks New York store and events page on

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Style News:The First Distillery In Manhattan Since Prohibition opens up

Our/New York is a new, small-batch, high-quality vodka from the first legal distillery to open in Manhattan since Prohibition. Our/New York is a subsidiary of Our/Vodka, a global family of local vodkas made in micro-distilleries in cities around the world, which was started in 2010 by a group of Swedish entrepreneurs and later funded by Pernod Ricard.



Our/New York is a new, small-batch, high-quality vodka from the first legal distillery to open in Manhattan since Prohibition. Our/New York is a subsidiary of Our/Vodka, a global family of local vodkas made in micro-distilleries in cities around the world, which was started in 2010 by a group of Swedish entrepreneurs and later funded by Pernod Ricard.

Our/Vodka invests in and builds micro-distilleries in select cities while local partners run the business of producing and selling the vodka.  The local entrepreneurs become a part of the Our/Vodka family, investing their own time and effort in return for gaining access to Our/Vodka's expertise, long-term capital investment and share of profits. Our/New York will be operated by local skate wear entrepreneur and artist Dave Ortiz, founder of DQM (Dave's Quality Meat)

Located at 151 West 26th Street in the heart of Manhattan between Sixth and Seventh avenues, the Our/New York micro-distillery will feature a public tasting room, bar, retail shop, gallery and event space. Visitors are welcome to stop by the distillery daily for drinks, tours, and tastings starting Friday, May 25th, 2018.

Our/Vodka has built micro-distilleries in Berlin, Detroit, London, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and New York, with each city giving Our/Vodka its local name and character. The vodka is partly distilled, blended in small batches, and hand-bottled onsite at the micro-distillery following the same global recipe, but with ingredients sourced as locally as possible without compromising on quality to give each city its own unique flavor profile. Our/New York is a corn-based super-premium vodka that is blended using New York City tap water for a vodka that is smooth, fresh and pure with a slight grain and fruity note.

Our/Vodka is the brainchild of Founder and CEO Åsa Caap and was developed in secret with her co-founders for two years before receiving funding from Pernod Ricard. Åsa Says: "Our/New York is an important and exciting chapter in the Our/Vodka story and Dave, a born and raised New Yorker, is the perfect partner to write that chapter."

Growing up in East New York in the 70s and 80s, Dave Ortiz was swept up in the graffiti and skate culture zeitgeist before developing parallel careers in the skatewear industry while simultaneously pursuing fine art.  He says of the venture: "When Our/Vodka approached me about Our/New York, it sounded too good to be true at first, but Our/Vodka isn't based on superficial brand ideas; it's based on real people combined with real expertise and I was immediately attracted by the opportunity to grow a brand that New Yorkers can really identify with."

Sold in 375ml-sized bottles, Our/New York will be available at the distillery, regional bars, restaurants and liquor stores.

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Style News: Redefining the swimsuit

Leading swimwear brand Swimsuits For All, a FULLBEAUTY brand, releases a show stopping campaign entitled 'Power Suit' featuring women from all walks of life.


Each has her own story and claim to fame including 52-year-old actress and model Brooke Shields, 30-year old supermodel Ashley Graham, 30-year-old mom and reality star Angela Simmons, 67-year-old professional swimmer Pat Gallant-Charette, and 37-year-old Nurse Practitioner Katie Duke. Reclaiming the term and flipping it from its traditional meaning of a uniform associated with work attire, this squad stands proudly in their swimsuits. In aiming to empower all women to take off their everyday clothing and stand proudly in a swimsuit – the new 'power suit' – the campaign seeks to inspire all women to feel just as confident as they would in their professional wardrobe. Women typically feel insecure or oversexualized in a swimsuit and this campaign showcases how women of all ages, races, and sizes can feel just as powerful in their swimsuit as they do in their professional attire.

The imagery from this iconic campaign portrays the women donning bold styles from Swimsuits For All's summer collection. Each brings a different point-of-view and prowess that stem from different backgrounds and experiences. Coming together to inspire each other and their fans by celebrating their strength in all aspects of their lives, each exemplifies an infectious confidence regardless of age, size or circumstance.

"Working on this campaign with Swimsuits For All was inspiring to me because each one of these women is remarkable," says Brooke. "Growing up under such scrutiny led me to feel insecure about my looks. Over time, I was able to find confidence in myself through my work, my passions, my network of strong female role models and my journey through motherhood. And now, after 50 years in the spotlight, I can confidently say that my 'Power Suit' is being in my own skin, showing my body and not hiding it. I loved being able to share that with these women who have also come to that realization."

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Style News: Women Help Women Reach for More In Life

Social Experiment Shows That Women Understate Life Goals Without Support from Other Women



Having it all' is a concept that women have been discussing and aspiring to attain for nearly 40 years. Still, the conversation continues because no one has determined what having "it all" actually means. After decades of debate, women today are reshaping the definition. And female relationships are proving to be a powerful force.

A new social experiment from LEAN CUISINE® asked women to define their 'ideal life' and explored how they made decisions alone versus in the presence of other women (i.e. - friends, family members and colleagues). The results of the ItAll social experiment showed that 89 percent of women set more ambitious goals in the presence of other women, and 77 percent chose greater aspirations in the aspects of life they deemed most important. The bottom line – women helped each other set a higher bar when striving for 'her all.'

Despite societal stereotypes suggesting female relationships encourage anxiety, pressure and judgment, the ItAll social experiment demonstrated the impact women can have on other women as an engine for ambition.

"We rarely talk about the positive power of female relationships that we saw firsthand in the ItAll experiment," says Dr. Emily Balcetis, Associate Professor of Psychology at New York University. "Women can encourage each other to shoot for more where it matters most, rather than working to accomplish something that society says we should. We have a truly unique way to inspire each other to reach our own greatest potential."

In collaboration with LEAN CUISINE, Dr. Balcetis designed this first-of-its-kind social experiment for 18 participants. To establish a baseline, participants were individually surveyed about what they want in life through a questionnaire. They were asked questions about their ideal family life, career, finances, personal enrichment, health & wellness, education and more.

Weeks later, participants were invited to shop at the ItAll store where items on the shelves mimicked the initial survey – salary ranges, types of careers, number of children, etc. In the store, however, each woman brought with them familiar, influential women in their life.

As they made their way through the store, the participants selected very different answers about their personal life ambitions. Participants declared a desire for higher salaries, chose to work more hours, wanted to spend more time with friends and be more involved with children.

"What was most compelling in this experiment was how women close to us can help to relieve the societal pressure to 'have it all,' and instead focus each other to achieve 'her all,'" says Dr. Balcetis. "In the ItAll store, we saw women helping other women identify their truest versions of themselves and encouraging them to strike for higher potential."

Following the eye-opening results of the ItAll store, LEAN CUISINE wants to create a new dialogue that ensures every woman can aspire not to 'it all,' but to the very best version of 'her all.' Earlier this year, the brand launched the L.E.A.N. Fund (Lend, Empower, Achieve, Nurture), which helps lower income women thrive as entrepreneurs by providing financial support and mentorship to females who need it most.

"LEAN CUISINE has always set out to feed the greatness in women and we're increasing our actions to explore how we can further support their pursuits," says Rebecca Kvam, LEAN CUISINE Communications Marketing Manager. "The ItAll store ignited a new candid, meaningful conversation between women about what they truly want for their lives, and we want to help create a future in which women's impact on each other's ambition is more positive than ever before."

About Social Experiment

Eighteen female participants were administered a 30-question electronic survey to determine how they would define their ideal life. They were asked multiple-choice questions about family life, career, finances, personal enrichment, health & wellness, education and more. Approximately 14 days later, they attended the ItAll store experience with their friends, family or colleagues that brought the survey to life through items available on the shelf that represented the survey options. The ItAll store was open on Friday, April 6 2018 and located at 76 Wooster Street New York, NY 10012. Each participant's selections were analyzed to see where changes occurred from the initial survey to the in-store experience. The analysis compared both individual and group results to see where their selections changed across core topic areas and questions, contrasted with qualitative findings that were shared during the screening process.

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Style News: Sprint Launches Groundbreaking IoT Factory to Make Everyday Business Easier

Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced the launch of the Sprint IoT Factory, a game-changing online marketplace that presents businesses with a wide selection of complete, ready-made boxed solutions that leverage the power of IoT (Internet of Things) to help them do business smarter.


With more than 550,000 developers already driving innovation on the platform, everyday businesses now have access to the latest technology to connect and automate what matters most to their unique operations.


“From family-owned restaurants, medical companies to heavy equipment fleet operators and everything in between, the Sprint IoT Factory is giving business owners the power to easily enhance operations – using IoT technology to track assets and connect what’s most important to them,” said Ivo Rook, senior vice president, IoT at Sprint. “We’re excited about the effect this has on small and medium-sized businesses. They can now attain the latest in advanced and secure technology at reasonable costs – with the ease of being able to buy a complete solution from the digital store, having it shipped quickly and installing it themselves within a matter of minutes. That truly drives a business forward in an unprecedented manner.”

The Sprint IoT Factory comes alive with ready-made solutions delivered in as few as two days and installed quickly. No, IT expertise is needed. With a simple visit to the digital store, users will find a wide range of options – from refrigeration temperature monitoring for grocery/convenience stores to ensure consumers always get fresh fruits and vegetables, to energy management tools that save businesses money. Need something unique? Developers are invited to build their own solutions.

Industry Leaders Team Up for a Game-Changing Platform

The Sprint IoT Factory is reinforced through a strategic relationship with myDevices and The Goldie Group. MyDevices, the IoT solutions company that “simplifies the connected world” provides their IoT in a Box™ solution. The Goldie Group, a leading telecom technology service provider, serves as the fulfillment arm, enabling scalability for IoT.

In addition to selling directly to end customers through the Sprint IoT Factory, Sprint, myDevices and The Goldie Group will also enable channel partners, wholesalers, system integrators and others to buy solutions as resellers.

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Style News: Cosmoprof Bologna Presents 2019 Campaign



Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna presents the new advertising campaign for the next edition, which will take place in Bologna from 14 to 18 March 2019.

The new image, conceived and curated by Heads Collective, will promote the events of the Cosmoprof network - Cosmoprof Worldwide Bologna, Cosmoprof North America, Cosmoprof India and Cosmoprof Asia - on the main national and international media (digital, trade and consumer, billposting, tv).

The images, created by Emilio Tini, represent a boundless beauty, expression of a multicultural society, through the faces and the painted bodies of models of different ethnic groups. The image of each of them is associated with Bologna, Las Vegas, Mumbai, Hong Kong, the cities that will host, during 2019, the Cosmoprof events. The make-up game, which is actually almost a piece of body art, creates an alienating visual effect, in a dialogue between fiction and reality, between the real and the painted faces. In each of us, there is a person with multiple facets that make up can hide or vice versa emphasize.

The same game of shapes and colors is the protagonist of the videos of the campaign, directed by Francesco Meneghini, played on close-ups of the models, which dwell on the steps between the colored side and the natural faces.
In line with the Cosmoprof campaigns, Heads has also developed the image for Cosmopack, the event dedicated to packaging and raw materials, taking up the same colors of the different events to communicate the international development of the salon dedicated to the cosmetics supply chain.

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100 years so ASICS is celebrating with limited-edition footwear.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding father, Kihachiro Onitsuka, ASICS is launching an exclusive, limited-edition footwear and apparel pack created to reflect Mr. Onitsuka's positive outlook on life and appreciation of sunflowers.

The new collection includes products from each brand under the ASICS umbrella - ASICS, ASICSTIGER and Onitsuka Tiger, and have been specially curated to reflect Mr. Onitsuka's bright personality and pioneering spirit. Along with ASICS' trademark comfort and design, the sunflower pattern features striking reds, oranges and yellows which are inspired by Mr. Onitsuka's love of artist Vincent van Gogh. The bold colors represent his desire to encourage people to take control of their bright futures in the same way a sunflower reaches for the sun.


Constructed with 360 degrees of ASICS GEL® technology cushioning, the GEL-QUANTUM 360 KO100 available for both male and females balances high performance and comfort.

The heel design is inspired by 'himawari', or 'sunflower' in Japanese. The rubber sole and knit upper are shades of yellow and orange – designed to mimic the range of tones in a sunflower. Available for $170 USD.


The unisex ASICSTIGER GEL-MAI KO100 offers a unique asymmetrical eyelet stay which tightens around both the forefoot and ankle of the shoe. The volume of the midsole emphasizes the fuzeGEL technology and superior cushioning, a key feature of the GEL-MAI.

The multi-colored upper includes subtle sunflower inspired patterns splashed along the mesh and suede overlays. Available for $140 USD.


The unisex TIGER CORSAIR KO100 features increased cushioning, arch cookies, full-length midsole, thicker heel and E.V.A. midsole material for added comfort.

A new upper design features a splayed sunflower print while maintaining the same silhouette of the original TIGER CORSAIR sneaker. Available $120 USD.

To represent the year Onitsuka was born, 1918 limited edition pairs of each shoe will be available globally.


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OMG IKEA has a credit card!

IKEA U.S. announced the launch of the IKEA®Visa® Credit Card, a new loyalty-driven credit card that allows customers to earn rewards on IKEA purchases and everyday spending needs such as gas, groceries and utilities.



The IKEA Visa Credit Card, which will be available starting today (May 15), will allow customers to earn meaningful rewards on their everyday purchases that they can use to purchase the IKEA products they love.

"At IKEA, we are passionate about helping our customers enjoy a better everyday life and are always looking for new ways to meet their needs," said Jacqueline DeChamps, chief operating officer at IKEA U.S. "We spent almost two years creating the new IKEA Visa Credit Card to ensure the program would support our mission by investing our profits back into value for the customer. This program is designed to reach as many of our customers as possible with the spending power to make this their credit card for everyday purchases."

Cardholders will earn 5% back in rewards on all IKEA purchases, as well as Traemand kitchen installation and TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly services, 3% back on dining, grocery and utility purchases, and 1% back on all other purchases made with the card. For more information or to apply, customers can visit

The IKEA® Visa® Credit Card is part of a broader partnership with Alliance Data's card services business to design unique financing products that will deliver meaningful credit lines and loyalty rewards to customers. In February, the IKEA Projekt Card launched, offering a store-branded financing solution for qualified customers doing major home decorating and renovation projects, such as a dream kitchen.

The new financing program is one of the many new exciting ways IKEA is growing and expanding with the aim of making the customer experience more inspiring, more convenient and even more affordable:

  • New Lower Price Shipping & Delivery: In January, IKEA U.S. began rolling out a new, lower-priced shipping and delivery option starting at $29. Delivery charges are based on the delivery zip code but are the same regardless of weight and size of the purchase. If ordering a small item online, IKEA will ship it at a new flat parcel rate of $9 - regardless of zip code.
  • Click & Collect: Last year, IKEA U.S. introduced Click & Collect, and the service is now available in 46 of 47 stores. This new functionality allows customers to purchase products online with ease and pick up in-store at their own convenience, avoiding the checkout line. The fee for Click & Collect is $5, and when picking up the order, IKEA gives a $5 IKEA Gift Card to use on a future purchase.
  • At-Home Assembly Service: In March 2018, IKEA U.S. announced its plans to rollout TaskRabbit At-Home Assembly service to its customers, now available online in select markets across the U.S. IKEA acquired TaskRabbit, the innovative on-demand platform that connects users with skilled Taskers for a variety of home services.

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ESSENCE Unveils something amazing!

Essence Communications, the number one media company, aimed at Black women, today debuted a transformative vision to grow its digital businesses, launch television, and video extensions, expand live events and establish community-driven editorial franchises.


In an interactive, visual and technical display of new offerings at its "ESSENCE Made" 2018 Upfront, ESSENCE unveiled an exciting new slate of omnichannel programming, live experiences, and immersive content.

"This is a new day for ESSENCE, and we are thrilled to share what that means for the community we serve," said ESSENCE President Michelle Ebanks.  "For nearly 50 years, ESSENCE has covered, mirrored, uplifted and celebrated the beauty of Black women and the dynamism of their lives and their interests with unparalleled depth and breadth.  As we continue to evolve with her needs, we are transforming to meet her everywhere she consumes content, which includes reimagined programming and key partnerships that now enable us to deliver information and experiences in even more meaningful and inspiring ways across the Diaspora.  From the pages of the magazine, to live events, mobile, and television, ESSENCE is owning our narrative in only the way that we can through empowering content in all formats, across all screens, on all platforms.  'ESSENCE Made' is a guarantee – a virtual seal of approval from the women we serve – that our content has been co-created and curated through her unique experience and in her authentic voice." 

ESSENCE also announced key partnerships with acclaimed entertainment attorney Nina Shaw, of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano; MACRO; and Endemol Shine North America that include television and other scripted and unscripted content development focused on telling the stories of Black women, with more details to be announced in the coming months.

Under the theme 'ESSENCE Made,' the 2018 Upfront presentation represents the next step in how the iconic brand aims to serve a multigenerational audience of Black women globally across print, digital, e-commerce and experiential platforms.  With an audience exceeding 15 million people, ESSENCE engages its community around shared interests and passions, including Beauty & Style, Entrepreneurship & Business and Culture & Community, which the brand is bringing to life in new and innovative ways through its upcoming programs and partnerships.  

These include, among others, for Beauty & Style – a new hair, skin and makeup franchise debuting in the Fall Beauty issue (curated by the ESSENCE Made Collective and featuring print.  Digital and video content and a social media awards program), the ESSENCE Beauty Carnival Tour (beginning in 2018 and traveling to multiple markets in 2019), the 25 Most Fashionable Women franchise (in the September print issue and online) and the ESSENCE Street Style FestivalTour (starting in Brooklyn and expanding to multiple markets in 2019); for Entrepreneurship & Business – the debut of Best in Black-Owned, the Future 15 Awards and Summit (in the November print issue and digital highlighting Black millennials representing the next generation of leaders who are inspiring our community with innovations and achievement), an inaugural list and bi-weekly video series spotlighting Black female tech innovators and covering all aspects of technology, and a collaboration with the New Voices Fund to support women of color entrepreneurs; and for Culture & Community – a year-long Girls Unitedinitiative to mentor young women and a collaboration with Givewith to power ESSENCE's inaugural National Day of Service.

ESSENCE also announced the creation of the ESSENCE Awards: A Celebration of Black Excellence, as well as additional original video content within ESSENCE Features, including 'Career Whisperers" (professional development), "So…This is Me" (self-acceptance), and "On My Way" (entertainment).

"Black women have long been cultural leaders setting global trends, and we are proud to provide her with continued inspiration for living her best life, without dictating her path," said Ebanks. "We know all of the challenges, historic and present, that Black women face – from being told our beauty isn't beautiful, to being denied access to capital, expertise and resources to grow our businesses, to over-indexing in technology, social and digital tools yet being hidden figures in their development, to having our stories produced and directed by cultural observers rather than by the Black female storytellers and image makers who are cultural participants. We also know all of the beauty, style, grace, genius, resilience, and creativity that Black women embody, and we are committed to not just telling all of these stories, but to offering solutions to our obstacles and creating the platforms for Black women to grow, be recognized and to shine."

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Sol de Janeiro’s NEW Glow Oils debuted tonight at the Met Gala on celebs including Kate Upton, Lily Aldridge, Yara Shahidi, Tiffany Haddish, and Scarlett Johansson.

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    Tracy Murphy for Kate Upton

o    Final Look: 

o    “I used the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil on Kate’s arms and legs, really blending it in for an even all over glow. I used a foundation brush and buffed it in around the collarbones, neck, and décolletage. The result is stunning!!”

·         Quinn Murphy  for Lily Aldridge

o    Final Look:

o    "Before Lily was dressed I used the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil all over her body. Then I added the Ipanema Sunset Glow Oil to the places where the sun hits/highlight like the collarbone and center of the chest. The combination gave her that bronze glow that makes a red carpet!"

·         Emily Cheng for Yara Shahidi

o    Final Look:

o    “Once Yara was fully dressed I used a large fluffy eyeshadow brush and applied the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil on all the high points like her shoulder, collarbone, and arms. Then I used my hands to spread and blend.”

·         Dionne Wynn for Tiffany Haddish

o    Final Look:

o    “I used the Copacabana Bronzing Glow Oil on Tiffany's jawline, face, and forehead for a super glowy look!”

·         Frankie Boyd for Scarlett Johansson

o    Final Look:

o    “Scarlett’s glow was achieved using the Ipanema Sunset Oil Glow applied with a buffer brush all over her body”

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