Written By , on March 25, 2015

Eve Group Fashion Week

On March 24, the new season of the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week (15/16 autumn and winter series) was officially held in Beijing. Eve Group made a huge splash by showing off an exquisite array of clothes boasting thick and heavy colors and simple styles. Below are four of Eve Group’s China Fashion Week highlights.

Highlight 1: Skillfully Combining Chinese and Western Elements  

The 40 suits of this season skillfully combined Chinese elements and Western style successfully. Eve weakened the models’ masculine outline by introducing butterfly patterns on men’s clothes. Eve’s attempts in women’s clothing were apparent and the Eve de CINA turned out to be the greatest highlight of this fashion show.

Highlight 2: Awakening Beautiful Traditional Skill

Eve introduced fascinating Miao nationality embroidery art on in its garments as a way of exhibiting traditional Chinese art and modern elements.

Highlight 3: Magnificent European Castle

The Eve show stage – Beijing Garden Expo European Hall was filled with the glamour of European royal gardens. The two buildings of the Hall bear great resemblance to two European castles. Walking into the castle, the artware and droplights that could be seen everywhere were alive with the designers’ superb ingenuity. If the Eve members’ great passion for life and their ingenuity werecompared to music, it would be akin to a symphony.

Highlight 4: Showing Unbounded Concepts for the First Time

Eve’s global designer space helps provide clients and designers with an efficient platform for communication and offers the most direct communication between businesses and world-famous design talents. This space also proves to be a medium that enables Eve to expand its design and make fashion aesthetics to develop in a horizontal way.

Eve has also entered into cooperation with Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design so as to enable design and innovation to win general approval and to keep fashion aesthetics in continuous inheritance. The high-grade EVE de CINA 15 ready-made clothes series have inherited traditional Chinese handicraft whilst exploring the way to harmonize men and nature. In the coming future Eve is bound to play a leading role in China’s fashion brands and to open up the new pattern of international fashion design.

Live broadcast of the Show is available on Vhall, visit http://webinar.vhall.com/101314756.

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Written By , on March 24, 2015

On March 23, 2015, LACOSTE celebrated the exclusive launch of its LT12 Racket & Capsule Collection at with an event hosted by The Webster CEO & Co-Founder Laure Heriard Dubreuil and LACOSTE Tennis Pro John Isner.

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LACOSTE was excited to debut its groundbreaking, limited-edition tennis racket and accompanying capsule collection entitled LACOSTE LT12. Exclusively available this week at the two boutiques of the preeminent fashion destination, The Webster. The LT12 will broaden its distribution to select LACOSTE boutiques and LACOSTE.com next week. Designed by a racket specialist who worked alongside the brand’s founder for 15 years, it is a wonderful example of French savoir-faire. Ever the pioneer in the arena, and following the grand tradition of innovation in sports set by founder René Lacoste, the new racket will be celebrated as the latest championship innovation.

 

To celebrate the launch, The Webster welcomed guests into a world of Beautiful Tennis, along with DJ Crespo, and showcased the limited-edition LT12 Racket and Capsule Collection (only 600 made in the world). Also in attendance, was LACOSTE President & CEO of North America Francis Pierrel and Australian tennis coach Roger Rasheed.

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Written By , on March 24, 2015

POPSUGAR today announced the first collaborative effort with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). POPSUGAR and the CFDA joined forces to launch the CFDA POPSUGAR Must Have box. The limited-edition Must Have box will feature a curated assortment of items from CFDA members and is available for purchase on April 15.

The POPSUGAR and CFDA partnership is based on aligned priorities, namely philanthropy, fashion, and discovery. POPSUGAR supports the CFDA’s global mission “to strengthen the influence and success of American Fashion Designers in the global economy.” Fifty percent of the profits from sales of this Must Have box will be donated to the CFDA Foundation, Inc., which aims to raise funds for fashion-related charity and industry activities.

“At POPSUGAR, we love fashion almost as much as we love giving back. We’re thrilled to partner with the CFDA and the incredible work they do for fashion designers in America with our Must Have program,” said Lisa Sugar, editor in chief and founder of POPSUGAR.

“The POPSUGAR collaboration builds on the CFDA’s mission,” said Steven Kolb, CEO of the CFDA. “POPSUGAR’s immense fan base allows CFDA members participating in the Must Have box to significantly broaden their reach.”

The collaborative box is an extension of POPSUGAR’s popular Must Have program, which includes monthly subscriptions, Special Edition Must Have boxes, and Limited Edition Must Have boxes. The CFDA box will be available exclusively onmusthave.popsugar.com and features an assortment of established and emerging designers, including some of fashion’s most coveted brands. The assortment is curated by POPSUGAR founder and Editor in Chief Lisa Sugar in partnership with the CFDA.

Retailing for $195, the box features items valued over $600 and is available for purchase beginning April 15. For more information, please visit https://musthave.popsugar.com.

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Written By , on March 24, 2015

M Gemi Italian Luxury Footwear

M.Gemi, a new brand of Italian handcrafted footwear at an accessible price, launches today. Discovering a void in the marketplace, M.Gemi was eager to combine the old world craftsmanship of luxury, Italian footwear with new world accessibility, sold directly to the consumer through the M.Gemi website. By cutting out the traditional retailer and selling online, M.Gemi is able to offer a premium collection of the highest quality women’s footwear, reasonably priced from $128 to $298 to start.

“We saw a white space in the footwear market,” said Founder Ben Fischman. “Women know that the finest handcrafted, luxury shoes are made in Italy, but the prices have become astronomical, so we are reinventing the Italian shoe business for the American market. We have partnered with family-owned Italian factories to create a new supply chain, enabling us to produce gorgeous, high-quality shoes at uniquely accessible prices.”

M.Gemi shoes feature entirely Italian-made materials, and are made with artisanal craftsmanship and precise attention to detail on each and every pair. They are designed and produced in small batches, in the most sought after specialty factories in Italy. M.Gemi shoes leverage classic elements like polished saffiano leathers and hand stitching, always mixed with unique and special details. All M.Gemi shoes are limited editions and every Monday a new collection is released on mgemi.com.

“Our shoes are the same luxury quality as those of premier, Italian designers, however one of our unique differences are our weekly new-releases. Our clients will always find the latest trends they love, and the quality of our shoes will never be compromised,” said Chief Merchant Maria Gangemi. “It’s not only important that we’re using the best possible materials, but also that fit remains consistent, so once a client finds a forma that works for her, she can order additional styles made on the same forma and never have to think twice about size. While styles will constantly change, fit and quality will not.”

With more than 50 years of experience in fashion, business, design and technology, the M.Gemi team, headquartered in Boston andFlorence, has a wealth of knowledge in the industry, bringing together their unique perspectives and expertise. M.Gemi has raised approximately $14M in seed and Series A funding, led by General Catalyst with participation from Forerunner Ventures and Breakaway Ventures.

For more information on M.Gemi and to shop the collection, visit www.mgemi.com.

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Written By , on March 24, 2015

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts presents Italian Style: Fashion Since 1945, an elegant exhibition that chronicles the birth and growth of the Italian fashion industry from the post-World War II recovery years to the present day. Based on new archival research, the exhibition explores the development of both womens- and menswear and highlights key designers and the outstanding techniques, materials and expertise for which Italy has become renowned. Organized by Sonnet Stanfill, curator of 20th-century and contemporary fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum,London, Italian Style will be on view in the Frist Center’s Ingram Gallery from June 5 to September 7, 2015.

“Encouraged by the success of our 2010 presentation of The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947–57 and the strong working relationship we have established with the V&A, we are pleased to present another dazzling exhibition of design from fashion houses that have become familiar, if not household names,” says Frist Center Executive Director and CEO Dr. Susan H. Edwards. “The passionate responses of visitors to The Golden Age of Couture confirmed the cross-cultural appeal of good design and its power to inspire scholarly study as well as conversations about beauty and material culture.” As the most comprehensive exhibition ever to examine Italy’s influential contribution to the international fashion world, Italian Style celebrates the defining factors that have earned the country a reputation for quality and style: the use of luxurious materials; expert textile production; and specialized regional manufacturing.

Organized chronologically, Italian Style charts an economic history of how Italy’s traditional use of high-quality materials and artisanal craftsmanship developed into a global industry. More than 90 garments and accessories by leading Italian fashion houses, including Armani, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Missoni, Prada, Pucci, Valentino and Versace will be on display. Among these objects are ball gowns shown next to their original hand-drawn designs; shoes, including an ornate pair of Dolce & Gabbana stiletto ankle boots; handbags; jewelry; personal letters; maps; photography; and archival footage.

The exhibition begins in the recovery years following World War II, when Italy’s government aimed to reinvigorate a country weakened in spirit and in physical and financial ruin. The swift retooling of Italian factories alongside efforts by the country’s many entrepreneurs helped fashion become a cornerstone of Italy’s postwar recovery. As clothing designers and textile manufacturers gradually resumed trading, their stylish designs responded to a hunger for glamour after years of wartime deprivation.

Propelling Italian fashion onto the world stage with a parade of luxury, the landmark Sala Bianca catwalk shows held in Florence in the 1950s stand out as one of the dramatic peaks of this narrative and are widely credited with heralding the birth of Italian fashion as it is known today. When Hollywood films, including The Barefoot Contessa and Roman Holiday, were shot in Rome in the 1950s and ’60s, photographs of actors such as Audrey Hepburn, Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck wearing Italian clothing on and off set were captured by the paparazzi, a term made popular by the 1960 film La Dolce Vita.

“The exhibition features dresses and suits worn by movie stars and directors,” explains Frist Center curator Trinita Kennedy, “and even an exquisite Bulgari tremblant brooch of yellow diamonds acquired by Elizabeth Taylor while she was in Rome filming Cleopatraand beginning her passionate affair with Richard Burton. The casual informality of Italian fashion and its graceful nonchalance—what Italians call sprezzatura—were infectious.” A 1949 mint green Vespa is included in the exhibition and serves as a playful nod to the period’s zeitgeist.

Beginning in the early 1970s, the popularity of couture gave way to enthusiasm for manufactured fashion. By the 1980s, the fashion cognoscenti had embraced designer ready-to-wear as a new fashion language. “This is when Milan emerged as the fashion capital ofItaly,” says Ms. Kennedy. “Designers such as Giorgio Armani, Missoni and Gianni Versace offered luxurious clothes that previously had been possible only when made by hand.”

The designation “Made in Italy” became an international mark of style for a universe of goods by the 1980s, yet Italian-made fashion remained synonymous with family-run businesses and Italy’s famed networks of regional, specialized production, including spinning, dyeing, weaving, cutting and stitching. A digital map of Italy in the exhibition will visualize this landscape of mills, workshops and the clusters of related industries.

The exhibition also includes a series of filmed interviews with key protagonists across the design, manufacturing and media sectors, discussing the challenges and trends that will impact and shape the future of Italian fashion.

Italian Style concludes with a look at the next generation of talent, including couture by Giambattista Valli, bold ready-to-wear fromFausto Puglisi and work from Valentino’s new designer duo Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

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Written By , on March 23, 2015

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Entertainer, entrepreneur and three-time award winner for his signature fragrances, Sean “Diddy” Combs announces today the launch this spring of his next and most highly anticipated new fragrance: 3AM. 3AM is a luxurious scent designed for those who take chances and live without regrets. 3AM is the moment when the world is most raw, and your emotions are the most real – the truth comes out. The fragrance begins forcefully with an exotic intensity, combining sensual fruits and the richness of precious woods that are captivatingly addictive. Top notes of vibrant Bergamot and Mandarin blend with Cardamom in a wave of effervescent energy. The rich essence of Geranium and Fig Leaves is warmed by an intoxicating pulse of Orange Blossom that at the heart, crafts a smooth, provocative signature. Fresh Tonic Accord and Cool Skin nuances wrap the wearer in an undeniably sexy finish. The signature element of absolute freshness reinforces a sophisticated style that covers up the sins that come with the dawn.

Architecturally inspired, the bottle is translucent with a flash of red, designed as a luxe object of desire while incorporating sleek edges that evoke the city landscape. 3AM‘s presence is felt even before the scent escapes the packaging.

Sean “Diddy” Combs, founder of Sean John, says, “Fragrance is truly a passion of mine and I have always said that it is the finishing touch to anyone’s outfit and mood. For my newest scent, 3AM, I have combined the most luxurious ingredients to create a fragrance that draws everyone close to you while washing away your sins. It has both sensual and fresh notes reminiscent of a night that you never want to end. 3AM is at once breathtaking, addictive, and slightly dangerous leaving even the most elegant men and women uninhibited.”

With 3AM

Anything Can Happen
This is when you do everything that’s wrong because it feels so right – your nerves exposed and your guard down.  Being out at 3AMis scandalous and unexpected, and you wouldn’t have it any other way.

All Is Forgiven
What happens in the dark is forgiven in the light. Sensuality is provoked at 3AM and passion is unleashed, taking us further than we could imagine. There is an unspoken secret that comes with the dawn.

Get Set. To Reset
Live without regrets. The truth shines brightest in the dark. At 3AM, a pulse of light shines and there is a realization that your night is not quite over. Your scent and your time is now.

3AM by Sean John Fragrances will debut the powerful scent in May 2015:
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$70 for 3.4 oz. Eau de Toilette

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Written By , on March 23, 2015

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Global retailer H&M and not-for-profit organization DoSomething.org are teaming up with actress Victoria Justice for their second annual Comeback Clothes campaign, an initiative aimed towards collecting unwanted clothing and textiles to recycle them into a new life. Beginning today through May 31st, participants can collect any old or unwanted clothing and textiles and bring them into any H&M store. In return, participants will receive 20% off their next H&M purchase. Young people who sign up for the campaign at comeback-clothes.com will have the chance to win a $10,000 scholarship or a $4,000 school grant, and are encouraged to get their schools and local communities involved.

Rising star Victoria Justice, star of the new MTV cyber thriller, “Eye Candy” serves as the face of this year’s campaign by starring in the public service announcement for Comeback Clothes encouraging fans to recycle their unwanted clothing. “Living a conscious lifestyle is important to me and the Comeback Clothes campaign makes it so easy to help the planet,” said Victoria Justice. “Everyone has a solo sock or ripped t-shirt that they can keep out of a landfill.”

After learning that the vast majority of fabric can be recycled, yet 85% of all textiles end up in landfills each year, H&M wanted to offer an easy solution to get rid of unwanted clothing while also doing something good for the environment. H&M is the first fashion company to launch a global garment collecting initiative. Since the launch in 2013, almost thirty million pounds of product has been collected. The brands aim is to minimize waste that goes into landfills by finding a solution to reuse and recycle textile fibers for new use. The donated clothing will be sent to a recycling facility where they will be given a new life.

“We are proud to re-launch our partnership with DoSomething.org. Garment Collecting is a key Sustainability initiative for H&M,” saysDaniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “In the U.S. to date, we’ve kept more than 400,000 pounds of textiles out of landfills. We want to positively affect the environment by offering our customers a convenient way to recycle their old textiles.”

“Last year, DoSomething.org members recycled over 340,000 pounds of clothing in less than nine weeks,” said Naomi Hirabayashi, chief marketing officer at DoSomething.org. “This is an issue that young people really care about and Comeback Clothes is such an accessible way to help the environment.”

Sustainability is an integral part of H&M’s operations. In an effort to continue to work towards a more sustainable fashion future, H&M’s Conscious Exclusive collection will be launching in select stores and online at hm.com on April 16th. The limited-edition collection, which embodies details derived from global influences and cultures, is made from more sustainable and recycled materials.

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Written By , on March 23, 2015

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McDonald’s USA has joined forces with Harlem’s Fashion Row™ (HFR) to challenge college students to showcase lovin’ through fashion via the 2015 Lovin’ Student Fashion Design Competition. One grand prize winner will receive the opportunity of a lifetime – his or her limited-edition lovin’ line of T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts will be displayed and distributed at HFR’s Shop, Brunch and Be Social event during the fall New York Fashion Week, where the winner will also attend HFR’s Fashion Show. In addition to the line being photographed by a fashion photographer, the winner will receive a one-on-one lunch and mentoring session with Bravo’s “Fashion Queens” host Bevy Smith.

Undergraduate fashion design students attending historically black colleges and universities nationwide are encouraged to enter. Aspiring designers must submit two T-shirt sketches and two hooded sweatshirt designs that are inspired by the bright, playful colors and tone of McDonald’s new lovin’ campaign. Entries are due by Friday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern for their chance to win.

A panel of judges, which will be comprised of HFR alumni designers, key fashion and beauty editors and McDonald’s representatives, will select five finalists. Sketches will be judged based on uniqueness of design, on-trend design, quality of designer’s submissions, including biography, and overall completed application and submission. Finalists will be notified via e-mail and unveiled on Twitter via@365Black. Final selection of the grand prize winner will be left up to the designers’ friends and followers, as all finalists must encourage their fan base to vote for their line on harlemsfashionrow.com and via Twitter and Instagram using #365LovinFashion. The line with the most votes will take home the win. The winner will receive two all-expense paid trips to New York City to participate in the photo shoot and Lunch with Bevy, as well as the HFR NYFW fashion show and event, respectively. Results will be announced via Harlem’s Fashion Row’s website and @365Black on Friday, May 15. More information about the competition can be found atharlemsfashionrow.com.

“Harlem’s Fashion Row is excited to again partner with McDonald’s to provide HBCU fashion students with this unique opportunity,” said Brandice Henderson, CEO and founder of HFR. “The look and feel of McDonald’s recent lovin’ campaign is a great inspiration for these aspiring designers, as they seek to make a positive impact on the world through fashion.”

The Lovin’ Student Fashion Design Competition, in conjunction with HFR’s initiative Harlem’s Fashion Row-University (HFR-U) kicked off today on Clark Atlanta University’s campus and was hosted by Smith.  As an extension of HFR’s popular “Conversations With…” series, Smith led an informative question and answer discussion about her journey in the world of fashion, the importance of reaching out to millennials and her passion for mentoring. Additionally, students were treated to a variety of McDonald’s favorites, including new Chicken Select Tenders, Ranch Snack Wraps, side salads and an array of Coca-Cola beverages.

This is the second consecutive year that McDonald’s USA has partnered with HFR. Not only will this year’s competition support HBCU fashion students, but McDonald’s is also extending the lovin’ to students of color nationwide through its donation to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. The company will match proceeds raised from the Lovin’ line, up to a certain dollar amount, to help give other students an opportunity to attend, or remain, in college.

“At McDonald’s, we believe a little more lovin’ can truly change a lot,” said Kristen Wells, PR & Brand Reputation Manager, McDonald’s USA. “And, that’s why we’re pleased to expand our program with Harlem’s Fashion Row, as it allows us to an additional occasion to connect with and support college students.”

The 2015 Lovin’ Student Fashion Design Competition is an extension of McDonald’s 365Black platform, an initiative that celebrates the pride, heritage and achievements of African-Americans year round.   HFR’s efforts to promote and support diversity in the fashion industry align with the 365Black platform.  McDonald’s encourages everyone who loves to express themselves through fashion, or otherwise, to follow @365Black on Twitter and join the conversation using #365LovinFashion. To learn more about the 365Black initiative, visit http://www.365Black.com.

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Written By , on March 23, 2015

Today, American Express unveils a striking new tableaux created by acclaimed international fashion photographer Nick Knight, OBE, using unseen photography captured backstage at the iconic 2004 American Express: McQueen Black Event. The commission celebrates American Express’ support of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

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This spectacular piece, entitled ‘Black’, is a stunning snapshot of McQueen’s work as showcased at the unique 2004 event, which was co-hosted and curated by Alexander McQueen.

Using material shot backstage at the event, Knight has created an unique tableaux showcasing the 35 breathtaking outfits modelled by Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Gemma Ward and Lily Cole amongst others, representing the full breadth of McQueen’s vision.

The American Express: McQueen Black Event saw McQueen show in London for the first time in several seasons and kicked off with a dramatic showcase of black pieces; some from the archive and others designed specifically for the night.

At the event, Nick Knight was asked by McQueen to photograph each model backstage with a view to creating a composite image for the future; a vision that, 11 years on, has now been realised.

Nick Knight comments: “McQueen and I knew we had the ingredients to make an incredible image. Now to coincide with the opening of Savage Beauty at the V&A, it has been a fantastic opportunity to partner once again with American Express, immerse myself in the project and finally produce the image to honour him in a unique way.”

Lisa Gregg, Vice President, American Express, says: “Our partnership with the V&A and the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty retrospective has given us an exciting opportunity to work with Nick again and to commission this beautiful image, which is a wonderful tribute to our past collaborations with McQueen.”

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be at the V&A, London until 2 August in partnership with Swarovski and supported by American Express. For more information visit Americanexpress.com

About American Express

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives, offer peace of mind and help build business success. For more information visit americanexpress.com.

About Nick Knight

Knight is among the world’s most influential photographers as well as being Director and founder of SHOWstudio.com the fashion and art internet broadcasting channel. A long-time collaborator with McQueen, Knight captured photography at 2004 American Express: McQueen Black Event.

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Written By , on March 23, 2015

Ingenium, a unique fashion, design, and marketing agency, has launched a new mobile platform for fashion professionals. Available today on iOS and Android, the Ingenium app and community allows fashion talent to build a portfolio and their own brand while gaining followers and connecting with industry professionals. Ingenium app can be downloaded free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

“The focus is on the fashion,” says Valentin Lieu, the app’s lead developer. “That’s what you see on every screen of the app. Ingenium is about gaining support and encouragement, seeking advice, and understanding our personal niche as fashion professionals.”

“I see an abundance of fashion talent struggling to find an effective way to broadcast who they are and what makes them special,” saysChristian Woelk of Adicto, a design firm in Switzerland, which worked with Ingenium to design the app. “Now they have a powerful, mobile community that gets everyone talking.”

This, perhaps, makes Ingenium’s most talked about feature offline: it promotes real conversations as a jumping off point for collaboration in the real world between talented individuals and industry pros. An integrated search allows anyone to find specific talent, skills, and expertise when trying to cast a professional for a gig.

The app also benefits from the work of Robert Markovski and his team at LeadTheWay, an app development firm that worked closely with Ingenium to successfully translate concepts of UX and UI into an exceptionally high-speed app experience.

Ingenium is available today and optimized for iPhone, iPod touch, and Android, with an expanded iPad version available soon. The team has further plans to create a website, client and agent portals, sponsored contests, and other programs to spotlight up-and-coming talent.

Ingenium can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Device requirements:
iOS 7+
Android 4.0.0+

iTunes link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ingenium-app/id920835670?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play link:  https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ltw.ingenium

Company website: http://www.ingeniumapp.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ingeniumapp
Twitter: https://twitter.com/IngeniumApp

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