Written By , on January 8, 2015

Wilhelmina International, Inc. (Nasdaq: WHLM), one of the world’s leading model management companies, is pleased to announce Wilhelmina Models closing its acquisition of Union Models based in London, UK.

Founded in early 2005 by Rachel Du Preez, Union Models is an international model agency known for its selective representation of talent, its development of models and its strong client relationships, making it the ideal fit to become Wilhelmina London. The boutique agency represents talent such as Jessica Gomes and Sora Choi, as well as Elisabeth Erm, Charlotte Carey, and Sung Hee, who are already a part of a notable Wilhelmina Models roster that spans the likes of Coco Rocha, Armando Cabral, Soo Joo, R.J. Mitte, Cindy Bruna, Robyn Lawley, Alexandra Richards, Marlon Teixeira, RJ King, and Clark Bockelman just to name a few.  Beginning today, Union Models will officially operate under the name Wilhelmina London.

“Within the industry, Union Models is recognized for its highly curated style, deeply experienced team, and impeccable international reputation,” states Mark Schwarz, Chairman, Wilhelmina International. “After great patience and perseverance in seeking the right opportunity for Wilhelmina, we believe Union will be a perfect fit and natural complement to our ongoing record of successful growth.”

Alex Vaickus, CEO Wilhelmina states, “It is an exciting time to establish a physical presence in Europe. We see London as the foundation to further enhance our brand recognition in key international markets and continue to establish Wilhelmina as a global player in the modeling industry.”

“After 10 exciting years of nurturing and developing Union Models into the successful dynamic agency it is today, the time has come for us to take the next step in our evolution,” exclaims Rachel Du Preez. She continues, “I am thrilled to be a key player as Union Models evolves into Wilhelmina London.”  Ms. Du Preez will continue to provide guidance and consultation to Wilhelmina Londonduring the transition and for a period of time thereafter.

In addition, the day to day operation of the agency will be directed by Victoria Rich, who has been the Creative Director and Head of Image at Union Models for the last three years. Boasting sixteen years of experience overall, Victoria was previously Creative Director at FM Models and Head of Image at Storm prior to joining Union.

“I’m proud and excited to be part of the next chapter of such a unique and prestigious agency opening in London as Wilhelmina as it goes beyond where Union Models leaves off,” states Ms. Rich.  “We look forward to the continued support of all our clients and models.”

Also part of the team will be, Annette Koonjean, who heads up the women’s board and has 14 years experience in the industry, developing and representing models, photographers and stylists in both London and Sydney, Australia.

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Written By , on January 8, 2015

Lancome Lisa EldridgeAn incredibly talented artist who uses her outstanding technical virtuosity to express her highly modern sensibility, Lisa Eldridge has rapidly become an essential name in beauty sought out by the world’s greatest photographers, from Solve Sundsbo to Mert & Marcus, and regularly working with the most prestigious magazines and major luxury fashion brands.

This trailblazing expert is recognized among her peers while also one of the first international makeup artists to become a popular figure, adulated by millions of women across the world who truly trust her. The reason why? In 2009 she created a unique blog. Inspired one New Year’s Day, she began work on a genre-breaking support tool, flying in the face of a didactic or prescriptive approach. In the site’s inaugural video, she appears bare-faced, sharing her secrets to erase the reminders of a festive ‘night before,’ with pragmatism, generosity and humor.

A guide to the art of camouflage and artifice? Far from it. Lisa’s blog is all about wellbeing, offering practical tips on how to look gorgeous in a few short minutes and start the New Year feeling happy and good about yourself. With Lisa Eldridge, it’s all about you—not trends taken from catwalk shows or the season’s it shade, but answers to highly concrete questions that women ask. Never categorical or universal, adapted to beauty’s full diversity. Technique is always key, but accessible enough to make your own. Lastly, pleasure: the delight felt by today’s over a million subscribers every time she publishes a new YouTube video. The pleasure of learning, but also of watching and listening. Watching the precise, meticulously choreographed movements of Lisa Eldridge’s hands and listening to the warm and soothing tone of her voice: watching a Lisa Eldridge tutorial is a moment of pleasure, as addictive as it is instructive!

Beauty aligned with pleasure, promoting happiness and wellbeing? Lisa and Lancome simply had to meet. But this meeting had already taken place 20 years earlier, when Lisa worked as a beauty advisor at the Harrods Lancome counter. Back then, who would have thought that Lancome would one day name her Makeup Creative Director? Certainly not her—though perhaps Kate Winslet, the Lancome ambassadress, who has always trusted Lisa with her makeup.

Working with the French beauty Maison, Lisa will create products and collections that embody her effortlessly chic philosophy—one she shares with Lancome. She will also craft application gesture techniques and tutorials designed to make women’s lives easier and turn makeup into a source of liberation rather than a constraint—another vision that she shares with the brand. Whether natural or glamorous, her use of makeup is always designed to make women look and feel beautiful. Lisa is not interested in outdated beauty precepts, though often follows three golden rules: choose between eyes OR lips, buy products that illuminates your face only after trying it out in natural light and, first and foremost, a beautiful complexion is key.

“Lisa and Lancome, immediately appeared evident for us,” explains Francoise Lehmann, General Manager of Lancome International. “We share the same values, the same desire to provide to women the keys to a more intimate and deep sense of beauty, rather than one that is solely on the surface. A style of beauty that removes itself from a purely materialistic vision of femininity to one that is aspirational and influential.”

“It’s an honor to be named Makeup Creative Director at Lancome, a brand with an incredible heritage, impeccable style and genuine integrity. We are designing a brand new Paris Makeup Atelier and I can’t wait to start creating new collections, shades and products, as well as posting the amazing on-line content we have in mind. This truly is an exciting new adventure!” Lisa Eldridge

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Written By , on January 8, 2015

GUESS Watches CONNECTGuess has partnered with Martian Watches, a California based award-winning developer of fashionable smartwatches, to deliver a multi-function, fashion chic smartwatch line, designed to include models for men and women.  Based on its global best-selling style called RIGOR, this boldly styled smartwatch is powered by Martian technology that is updateable and replaceable to keep GUESS CONNECT watches fresh and relevant for years to come.

Having already been distinguished as a CES 2015 Innovation Award Honoree, the new GUESS CONNECT watches Powered by Martian, will be on display at the Martian Watches booth #70843 and in the CEA Innovation Showcase, both at the Sands Expo Center during the International CES event this week in Las Vegas, Nevada.  For more information please visit http://www.cesweb.org

The watches will be water resistant and will incorporate Martian’s Dual Mode functionality, simultaneously offering voice command functions via Classic Bluetooth while utilizing Bluetooth LE to provide hands-free and eyes-free notifications to the wrist from thousands of popular apps and programs.

The GUESS CONNECT smartwatches will uniquely house a fully-contained Martian module that sports a microphone and clear audio speaker.  It allows users to connect to their smartphone’s resident voice command app, so wearers can give voice commands, talk and listen, and respond to texts directly from the watch.  In addition, using the free iOS & Android App, users can customize which notifications are received on the watch, create unique vibration patterns to distinguish between alert types, and recall the most recent notifications with just a tap of the watch glass.

While fashion still drives most watch purchases today, GUESS recognizes the value and importance of also providing smart, high-tech value on the wrists of their young, sexy, and adventurous buyers.  The marriage of this fashion powerhouse with a leading smartwatch developer may become the first fashion smartwatch to be distributed through both the worldwide fashion watch channel and the consumer electronic channel.

“The GUESS CONNECT Smartwatch, Powered by Martian, represents one of the first true marriages of a fashion watch powerhouse and a wireless technology innovator,” states Cindy Livingston, President and CEO of Sequel / GUESS Watches.  “We are thrilled to move in this direction with a proven technology innovator to create smart, GUESS designs.”

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Written By , on January 2, 2015

Victorias Secret Behati Prinsloo

Victoria’s Secret officially debuted its Swim 2015 collection with the release of the brand’s anticipated swim catalogue. Shot by acclaimed fashion photographer Greg Kadel in the beautiful islands of Hawaii, the catalogue is the destination for the sexiest, most fashionable swim styles of the season. The brand, known for building the careers of the most recognized Supermodels in the world, has selected Angel Behati Prinsloo to appear on the cover wearing the Very Sexy One Shoulder Triangle & Double Strap Cheeky. This marks the first time Behati has been chosen as the cover model to launch the annual swim catalogue series.

Behati Prinsloo was born in Grootfontein, Namibia, South Africa and can be seen in a variety of the brand’s print and television campaigns. She has walked in the annual Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show since 2007 and had the prestigious honor of opening the 2014 show in London.

Hot trends in this year’s swim collection include sport and surf inspired swimsuits using fabrics like neoprene and mesh. Boho styles make a statement this year with mixed prints, macrame, fringe and ruffle details. Super sexy silhouettes are always popular, and this year’s head-turning trends—plunging necklines, high legs and strappy details—are hotter than ever.

The Swim 2015 collection is available at VictoriasSecret.com, in the Victoria’s Secret Catalogue, select Victoria’s Secret stores nationwide beginning January 13, and on the Victoria’s Secret iPad and iPhone apps.
Be a part of the conversation with Instagram and Twitter using #OwnTheBeach, with @VictoriasSecret

Get a first look at the Victoria’s Secret Swim 2015 collection in this sizzling video featuring
Supermodels Candice Swanepoel, Lily Aldridge, Lais Ribeiro, Andreea Diaconu and Nadine Leopold.
Ready to #OwnTheBeach?

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Written By , on December 30, 2014

UGG Australia Chrissy Teigen Winter CampaignThe UGG® brand (UGG), a division of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK), today announced the debut of its Winter 2015 “This Is UGG.” brand marketing campaign starring supermodel Chrissy Teigen and DJ Jack Guinness. For the latest iteration of “This Is UGG.” – a campaign designed to develop an emotional connection with consumers that transcends any specific product – UGG took to the pristine snowcapped mountain peaks of Iceland for a breathtaking experiential journey to develop an emotional connection with the consumers to present our extensive winter product – a fashionable line that infuses the most innovative weatherproof, waterproof and water-resistant technologies. The multi-media, cross-channel campaign, which will run through February 1, 2015, will leverage this storytelling platform to illustrate how UGG products “Feels Like Nothing Else”.

“The UGG brand has demonstrated steady success in expanding its offering and developing strong product throughout the year including recent transitional footwear, as well as high fashion styles that incorporate high-tech weather features,” said Connie Rishwain, President of UGG. “We’ve called upon Chrissy Teigen and Jack Guinness to serve as our brand ambassadors for our Winter 2015 ‘This Is UGG.’ campaign to bring attention to our compelling weather designs that transcend what traditional weather products look like. These are beautiful, yet highly functional products that also deliver the luxury and comfort that the UGG brand is known for.”

In the spirit of “This is UGG.” Teigen and Guinness, who have catapulted themselves to notoriety by being “plugged in,” were asked to do just the opposite – unplug in order to reconnect to their experiences, environment and themselves. The campaign follows a story of meaningful moments that capture a feeling. From discovering local treasures to reflecting on a snow-topped glacier, Chrissy and Jack embrace their experiences and radiate emotion that mirrors what the UGG brand is all about — a comfort and ease that “Feels Like Nothing Else.”

The new collection highlights fashion-forward weatherproof, water-resistant and waterproof styles fit for blizzards, thunderstorms and everything in between.

Winter 2015 – Women’s collection highlights:

Teigen radiates an unexpected outgoing personality with a passion for adventure. For “This Is UGG.”, Chrissy unveils her most natural side, indulging in her interest for unique foods and beauty. In an exclusive video, “Soul Food,” she reflects on slowing down to appreciate life’s small moments:

“Life goes by so quickly so it is really important to create time and space for yourself. Sometimes you have to think of your surroundings and how blessed you are: Close your eyes, take it all in and be in the moment. In Iceland we were surrounded by so much beauty and so much simplicity— it’s just food for the soul.” – Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen, “Soul Food” video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWVLbX7LjJo

Updated classics with touches fit for the elements, including weatherproof, water-resistant and waterproof technology, are joined for the men’s winter campaign.

Winter 2015 – Men’s collection highlights:

The “This Is UGG” winter journey shows an intimate side of Jack Guinness – one that reflects his personal interests and creative pursuits, out of the limelight. Jack barely has a moment for himself; those rare moments are like gold. As an accomplished DJ, one of Jack’s favorite things to do is spending time getting lost for hours in hidden record stores and finding little gems of sound that will make his sessions better. As a musician, avid reader, writer and art collector, before departing for Iceland Guinness spoke about his excitement for the “This Is UGG” campaign via an exclusive video featuring the UGG brand:

Iceland is a sublime place. There’s something so romantic and unique about Iceland; it’s rugged and magic. I want to meet the people, listen to the music that’s popular there, and learn about their culture. Does living in Iceland create a different outlook on life? An original aesthetic and way of looking at things? I want to drink and dance with the locals, and try and see the world through their eyes. It sounds cheesy but it’s true! I’m really, really excited… I’ll keep a diary while I’m out there, sometimes writing helps me share thoughts that would otherwise go unexpressed and be forgotten. I don’t just want to remember what I did, I want to remember how it made me feel.” – Jack Guinness

Jack Guinness, “On the Rocks” video: http://youtu.be/H8XjyGWqOvg

About UGG®
Founded in 1978, UGG has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship, and delivering new and innovative styles well beyond the original sheepskin Classic boots. The UGG® brand is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand with more than $1 billion in annual sales, offering footwear, loungewear, outerwear, home products, cold weather accessories and handbags under the UGG Women, UGG for Men, UGG Kids, UGG Handbags, UGG Loungewear, UGG Home and I HEART UGG® product lines. The brand’s concept and outlet stores offer the ultimate brand experience with 130-plus locations worldwide, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo,Shanghai and Beijing. For more information, visit our website, www.uggaustralia.com, and our blog, blog.uggaustralia.com. @UGGAustralia #THISISUGG

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Written By , on December 22, 2014

Etihad Airways today revealed its much anticipated new uniforms at a spectacular show inAbu Dhabi, paving the way for a new age of glamorous and sophisticated flying.

Etihad Airways new uniformsCreated by Italian Haute Couturier Ettore Bilotta at his atelier in Milan, the new uniform exudes a classic elegance seldom seen in the aisles of modern airliners, and cleverly merges dramatic elements of old world haute couture from 1960s Paris and Rome, with the more contemporary fashions evident on the runways of London, New York, Milan and Tokyo.

The beautiful collection possesses a style which has come to characterise the Etihad Airways brand and which will enhance the airline’s reputation as the standard-bearer of superlative customer service.

Unveiled at a catwalk show held for global media, the launch has been timed to coincide with the arrival of Etihad Airways’ fleet of Airbus A380 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft, equipped with the airline’s revolutionary new cabins. The debut of the new uniforms represents the grand finale to what has been a momentous year for the airline on the world stage.

Peter Baumgartner, Chief Commercial Officer of Etihad Airways said: “Ettore, working with our teams, has once again delivered a new uniform which will showcase our brand with characteristic flair at every city on our ever-growing network.

“The world has been paying very close attention to us this year and our new collection will not disappoint. It is the embodiment of the Etihad Airways brand, service ethos and unshakeable commitment to excellence, marking our arrival as a leader of sophisticated flying.”

Multi-award winning, New York-based photographer Norman Jean Roy, whose prolific career includes work for leading publications such as Vogue and Vanity Fair, leading fashion brands and Hollywood studios, was commissioned by the airline to capture a breath-taking set of images of the new collection. The photo-shoot took place on the majestic sand dunes of Abu Dhabi’s Liwa desert and on location at the exclusive Qasr al Sarab desert resort.

The new uniforms will be introduced system-wide from 27 December and will be worn by Etihad Airways’ cabin crews and ground teams, and feature new designs for the airline’s Butlers in The Residence by Etihad, First Class Inflight Chefs, Business Class Food & Beverage Managers, Cabin Managers, Cabin Crew, Flying Nannies, and airport and lounge teams.

Ettore Bilotta said: “Since the launch of Etihad in 2003, I have come to know the airline, its teams and management, very intimately, and have developed a style which has evolved as the airline has grown. For me it has essentially been about dressing a brand and an ethos.”

The brief given to Bilotta by the airline was for a design which would represent timeless sophistication, glamour and elegance. The designer has succeeded in realising the airline’s aspiration to reimagine flying by creating clothing which captures the understated style and innovation of Etihad Airways.

Aubrey Tiedt, Vice President Guest Services at Etihad Airways said: “This is not just a uniform. This is pret-a-porter concept – a future lifestyle statement and homage to the golden age of glamorous flight. It is about bringing back classic elegance, allure and richness to our men and women in a style which will become their signature look. No matter where you are in the world, you will know this is Etihad.”

Made from 100 per cent Italian wool, the uniforms feature an intricate jacquard design and were made in various locations acrossItaly, with additional manufacturing taking place in Shanghai, Tunis and Bucharest by a dedicated team which totalled approximately 400 staff. Uniquely, approximately 30 per cent of the outfits were handmade or hand-stitched.

Stylishly cut and fitted, each ensemble is easy to wear, flexible and practical, allowing cabin and ground personnel ease of movement as they carry out their duties.

The uniforms have been created incorporating almost all the brand colours of Etihad Airways’ brand palette.

A warm chocolate brown has been chosen as the base colour for the different uniform variations, with a deep purple accent colour for cabin crew and lounge teams, and a burnt orange accent colour for ground crews and Special Services teams. Bilotta has also taken the unusual step of breaking up the main primary shades by introducing all the secondary colours as accents on blouses and accessories.

Female cabin crew, ground and lounge teams will wear a skirt suit, accessorised with fitted gloves, belt, hat and scarf.

Hats worn by the crew are now more aerodynamic and ‘retro’, inspired by the iconic stars of the Hollywood Silver Screen and the sweeping formations of the Emirati desert sand dunes. The new style is classic and enduring, reminiscent of the much-admired designer collections of airline crews in the heyday of international air travel.

Male cabin crew will wear a three-piece suit, while male ground crew will wear a two-piece suit. Accessories will also include belts and gloves. Male lounge agents will wear new Food & Beverage uniforms in line with those worn by the onboard Food & Beverage Managers.

A classic trench coat adds a sense of catwalk drama to all the variations of the uniform and can be worn in all types of weather. The light-weight coat is versatile and foldable, reducing cost and allowing easy carriage.

All gloves, scarves and neckties feature intricate geometric patterns and fretwork. The same level of detail is also evident on matching accessories such as new slim-line handbags, which have been made to the dimensions of a tablet device.

For Etihad Airways’ acclaimed Butlers, the airline has combined historic British butler attire with new world design to reflect Etihad Airways’ modern and globally recognised style. The fabric colours used for this uniform are warm brown for the long-tailed jackets and ties, ivory for the trousers and waistcoats and white for the shirt and gloves. The tones used reflect some of the subtle colours evident in The Residence by Etihad, and also the airline’s new ‘Facets of Abu Dhabi‘ corporate livery.

Style and image have been re-examined in line with the new collection and the bold fiery make-up and lipstick tones used previously have been replaced with calmer shades which are currently de rigueur and which also perfectly complement the earthy colours now being introduced.

Etihad Airways has collaborated with leading make up experts MAC to provide their products for crew use at the airline’s ‘Style & Image Suites’ at its Training Academy and its recently opened Innovation Training Academy.

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Written By , on December 16, 2014



Trendstop, the fashion trend forecasting agency, today announced Modern Seventies as their Fashion Trend of the Year for 2015.

The Modern Seventies trend direction will influence fashion, beauty and lifestyle products and campaigns throughout 2015. It offers a clean, contemporary and minimalist take on the 1970’s aesthetic.

“Celine inspired structured pieces inform the Modern Seventies fashion translation,” says Jaana Jätyri, founder of Trendstop.

Why Modern Seventies?

Modern Seventies represents a nostalgia for simpler, ‘pre-digital’ times in our hectic world.

This has given rise to digital detox travel getaways, hobbies and an increase in the sales of vinyl records and cassette tapes. Trendstop identified the trend in early 2013.

“Many of today’s tastemakers were born in the 1970’s. They are among the last generations to remember what life was like without constant connectivity,” Jätyri explains.

Modern Seventies in Women’s Fashion

Clean, elegant lines and natural materials inform Modern Seventies womenswear. Tactile textures and warm 70’s inspired colors provide warmth associated with the decade. Bold A-line shapes and structured statement pieces create the silhouette. Key pieces include culottes, over-the-knee skirts, clean accessories, socks with sandals and new clogs.

Modern Seventies in Beauty

Modern Seventies beauty is pared-down and natural for both day and evening. Fringes or central partings frame the face with natural hair colors completing the look.

Visit the Modern Seventies information page for further insights, quotes and images for Womenswear, Menswear, Kidswear, Beauty, Interiors and Lifestyle

Modern Seventies Online Briefings

Trendstop will present complimentary monthly online sessions on the Modern Seventies Fashion Trend of the Year 2015. For details, visit http://www.trendof2015.eventbrite.com

REGISTER FOR A PRESS SESSION on Thu Dec 18 at www.fashionpress.eventbrite.com to receive a link.

About Trendstop

Trendstop is a global fashion trend forecasting agency, specializing in helping businesses understand and incorporate key consumer trends into their product ranges and campaigns in order to improve sales to increasingly trend-aware consumers.

As well as a comprehensive online resource covering current and future trends, Trendstop offers a full Trend Studio service to provide companies with hands-on assistance in working with trend concepts and translating trends into relevant products and campaigns. More information is available at http://www.trendstop.com

Images: http://blog.trendstop.com/trendstop-trend-of-the-year-press-materials/

Logo: http://blog.trendstop.com/trendstop-press-images/

Visit the Modern Seventies information page for further information and images.

SOURCE trendstop.com

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Written By , on December 15, 2014

HM Olivia Wilde Model PosingH&M announces that Olivia Wilde, actress and humanitarian, will be the face of H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive campaign. Olivia, well known for her commitment to sustainability and her engagement for environmental causes will appear in the campaign wearing pieces from the collection. Conscious Exclusive will be available in approximately 200 H&M stores worldwide on April 16, as well as online.

“Sustainability is one of my biggest passions. I’m proud to be the face of H&M Conscious Exclusive, a collection which shows the stylishness of sustainability,” says Olivia Wilde.

There’s a global influence to this year’s Conscious Exclusive collection, with inspiration from African, Asian and Indian cultures in both cut and detail. Dresses are a focus, along with hand-drawn prints created especially for the collection.

“I love the look of this year’s Conscious Exclusive collection. The pieces are full of character with the most beautiful prints, all made from more sustainable materials,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s head of design for new development.

Each garment and accessory is made of materials such as organic silk, organic cotton, organic linen, Tencel®, recycled polyester and conscious leather. The collection is the latest stage in H&M’s long-term commitment to more sustainable fashion. For more information on H&M Conscious, visit hm.com

H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) was established in Sweden in 1947 and is synonymous with affordable as well as up-to-date and high quality fashion. H&M has a wide product range that is divided into a number of different concepts for women, men, teenagers and children. The company’s clothing collections are created by its own designers, pattern makers and buyers. H&M has more than 116,000 employees and around 3,400 stores in 55 markets, including franchise markets. For further information visit hm.com.

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Written By , on December 15, 2014

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Macy’s, Inc. has launched the collection of its first luxury technology designer. Andrew Royce Bauer, CEO of Royce Leather, integrates Fingerprint Technology, RFID Blocking Technology, and GPS Technology into his handbags, briefcases, and wallets to innovatively protect your most private possessions.

The designer collection exclusive to Macy’s features the Royce Leather Freedom Briefcase; the world’s first security bag with DNA based fingerprint technology. The product enables a single user to access the bag, demonstrating the ultimate in personal and travel security.

“Macy’s represents the greatest platform in the world to showcase fashion in its most innovative forms,” says Andrew Royce Bauer. “If you have items to protect, I have found the solution.”

The collection bridges traditional luxury accessories with contemporary, 21st century technology to create styles for the forward-thinking consumer.

The Freedom Briefcase offers discreet protection coupled with a slim, sleek silhouette, hand-milled hardware, and Italian Saffiano Leather. The security of the bag is reaffirmed by U.S. Government Certified Radio Frequency Identification Blocking Technology to thwart electronic identity theft.

“I have revised the past to produce innovative designs for the forward-thinking luxury consumer,” says Andrew Royce Bauer. “The Royce Leather Freedom Briefcase is a contemporary design for the most aspirational buyer.”

The unique collection by Royce Leather will be available on December 15th at Macy’s and will include bags, wallets, and handbags for men and women with Fingerprint Technology, RFID Blocking Technology, and GPS Technology.


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Written By , on December 10, 2014

GABY_0030-HR-donker_GL-copyDutch stylist launches original jewelry collection from Cyprus

Mother-of-pearl chips that were used between 1890 and 1920 in casinos all over the world have found a new use as an original piece of jewelery. Decorated with diamonds and dangling at a golden necklace the chips are the heart of the new worldwide jewelry line Ninety80, which Dutch stylist and designer Gaby van t Hart has launched from her residence Limassol in Cyprus.

Ninety80 will be released officially online today with the launch of it’s webshop http://www.ninety80.com, but has already gathered a lot of fans on Facebook. They applaud Van ‘t Hart for her creative ideas and designs.

The most eye catching jewelry are the casino chips made of mother-of-pearl, a natural material that comes from shells. Nowadays chips in casino’s are made of synthetic materials, but around 1900 they were made of pearl-shell. “I came across such an old casino coin at an antiquarian and he told me they were made like this a century ago,” says Van ‘t Hart. “I decorated it with diamonds and pimped it up to be a personal piece of jewelry. People responded so enthusiastic on it that I decided to explore this further.”

Since then the stylist buys antique casino chips from antiquarians all over the world to use them in her jewelry line. Every chip is different so every piece of jewelry is unique.

Formerly Van ‘t Hart owned her own fashion label in Holland. She has had a passion for jewelry since childhood. “I was always playing with my grandmother’s jewelry. That’s where the love originated and it has been a part of me ever since,” she says. Because she was born in 1980 and her grandmother died in 1990, her international jewelry line was named Ninety80

The antique casino chips are decorated with two point diamonds and are attached to an 18 carat golden necklace. Furthermore Ninety80 distinguishes itself from other collections by designing original jeweler made from gold and diamonds on a silver surface. Van ‘t Hart: “This way prices of fashionable items don’t have to become sky high, but you only have to pay for what you literally see.”

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