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Covered by the Cloak

Appeal and functionality coexist with intent to live outside the box. Designed with purpose, tastemaker Jonahaze takes his street interpretation of an outdoor garment the Cloak. A gender neutral piece, detailed with gold hardware 31 inch elongated zippers on each side. Unzip to transition garment to open completely from each side for the scarf element. Multifunctional with front zipper to close – wear as a jacket for layering and achieve a full body drape. Cozy to the touch with sustainability in craftsmanship. Subtle hand painted seams outline the silhouette of the garment for a pop of color. Street branding with chenille logo patch on the back for a collegiate flare. Jonahaze lifestyle brand AceofHaze.StyleofAce spring/summer offering is parallel to trend simultaneously paying homage to timeless unisex fashion with a twist .

A best seller for the designer, paired with his core offering the Zipped joggers to complete the look. As of late, Jonhaze was spotted at Nobis fashion preview sporting a printed cultural design of the Cloak jacket. Custom orders welcomed, visit StyleofAce.com

(Photo credit: Vaughn Lowery)

Roger Dubuis × Pirelli Collaboration

Roger Dubuis – Hitting the Slopes of Aspen

Daring and duality are an integral part of everything Roger Dubuis does. Tradition with a contemporary twist is embedded in its DNA, along with excess to the point of extravagance. In parallel, Roger Dubuis timepieces are the ultimate embodiment of exclusive production expressing a seldom seen level of quality. The brand epitomizes technicity, serving aestheticism to reveal unleashed creativity. This is made possible by an integrated approach fueled by creative engineers with a unique talent for drawing raw inspiration from other avant-garde industries. Nonconformist and indomitably free-spirited, Roger Dubuis displays unparalleled mastery of complications and shatters every known watchmaking cliché.

Experience: a priceless collector’s item

Guests at any Roger Dubuis event have learned to expect the unexpected from a brand that never misses an opportunity to spring exclusive experiences. Early 2020 was no exception to this rule as Aspen geared up to stage the latest in the Roger Dubuis range of far-out adventures.

On this occasion, surrounded by snowy peaks and legendary ski runs, a lucky few had the privilege of experiencing Roger Dubuis’ particular gift as a provider of unparalleled thrills. The many perfectly choreographed sensations lined up by Roger Dubuis at Aspen included an invitation to drive a Lamborghini on ice.

A brutal truth

Rooted in this unadulterated adrenaline rush is the latest embodiment of Roger Dubuis’ unshakable determination to defy existing watchmaking codes at every level. With its sporty aesthetics and famous Poinçon de Genève-certified astral skeleton signature (820SQ calibre), the 28-piece Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 Spider America Edition took Aspen by storm. The Excalibur Pirelli Ice Zero 2 owes its name to the new studded tire of the Pirelli range: a tire developed for high performance on ice in the most extreme winter conditions, similar to the ones that the guests experienced in Aspen.

The new watch features a gleaming natural titanium case, all offset by icy blue accents. It comes complete with a state-of-the-art ICE ZERO™ 2 studded tire strap with Pirelli Cinturato™ intermediate pattern on the inside. Owners also received an additional bimaterial strap featuring a black rubber base and blue rubberTech inlay. Characterized by a shared penchant for pushing the limits and a common focus on aesthetics in R&D-driven approaches, this iconic partnership is equally rooted in a focus on superlative technical engineering and ultra high-tech materials, along with an unfettered determination to stay ahead of the pack. The latest addition to Roger Dubuis’ iconic Excalibur line is living proof of the brutal truth of boldness that characterizes Roger Dubuis – spectacular sensations, wild emotions and the most creative complications on the watchmaking world.

ROGER DUBUIS
Roger Dubuis has been at the forefront of contemporary Haute Horlogerie since 1995. Driven by an avantgarde spirit, a firm commitment to being part of a tribe, and a penchant for strong mechanical content, the Maison’s rampant creativity is unleashed onto extravagant, disruptive design exemplified by serial innovations. Systematically pushing both technical and aesthetic boundaries, boldness and extravagance are the brand’s signatures expressed through the Maison’s favorite platform of expression: Excalibur. Whether it’s about code-breaking designs or thundering technology.

PIRELLI
Pirelli was founded in 1872 and is now one of the world’s leading tire-makers, specializing exclusively in tires for cars, motorbikes and road bikes, as well as associated services. Pirelli enjoys a unique space in the High Value tire sector, thanks to products with advanced technological content, which have obtained more than 2700 homologations in partnership with the world’s most prestigious car manufacturers. Pirelli is constantly engaged in cutting-edge research and development, re-investing 6.1% of its High Value revenue, in order to maintain the highest levels of performance, safety, and environmental respect. Pirelli has been active in motorsport since 1907 and from 2011 has been exclusive supplier to the Formula 1 World Championship, recently renewing until 2023. Pirelli will also be exclusive supplier to the World Rally Championship from 2021 to 2024.

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Reebok × Awake NY

Reebok and NYC-based clothing brand Awake NY announce the release of their first collaborative collection – an understated footwear and apparel capsule championed by Awake NY-inspired takes on Reebok’s Instapump Fury and NYC-staple the Workout Low. The capsule drops March 13 exclusively at awakenyclothing.com and in-store at Dover Street Market, before becoming available worldwide on March 20 on Reebok.com and select local retailers.

“The partnership between Awake NY and Reebok is all about mutual support,” said Angelo Baque, founder of Awake NY. “Reebok offers a rich platform for Awake’s ideas, while Awake offers a fresh, authentic NYC take on Reebok’s heritage and classic sneakers.”

The SS20 Reebok x Awake NY collection turns the clock back nearly three decades to NYC’s emerging streetwear landscape of the late ‘80’s and ‘90s – a time when the world capital began to embrace sportswear from all over the world. Because New Yorkers became especially fond of Reebok’s Workout Low ($120) in the ‘90s, Awake NY’s SS20 rendition emphasizes the sneaker’s historical impact on the city’s street culture and style at the time.

Simultaneously, Awake’s subtle NYC-inspired take on Reebok’s Instapump Fury ($180) localizes this globally iconic ‘80s silhouette, which once broke the rules of sneaker design on a massive scale with its unprecedented Pump technology. “We wanted to keep the designs simple and true to both brands,” continued Baque. “Reebok’s signature silhouettes and colorways with Awake NY’s brand blue make a great match stylistically and narratively.”

Complementing the footwear, the collection also features a Reebok x Awake NY hockey jersey and tracksuit, each of which mirror the sneakers’ heritage-inspired aesthetic.

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Franky Baca Footwear

Franky Baca [FB] is a breakthrough designer for 2020. With 70’s inspired unisex athleisure, he has fabricated key components for all. A stand alone piece of his recent collection consolidates a sophisticated pallet for sneaker heads and shoe aficionados alike. Possessing snap-on lace guards as well as a removable sock extension, his designer tennis shoes are ideal for any major music festival attendee. As most fashionable avid travelers, not having to carry additional pieces for a comfortable casual outfit is always ideal. The functionality of this affordable accessory with suede accents and robust patent leather tongue makes them unparalleled.

For a cool golf look, bump off the guard and rock a polo shirt. Or, sport a guard and sock on alternating foot for an avant garde exhibition. Whatever the case, FB has struck gold by making a dynamic tier for fashion/istas and mavens during a period of personal style. With durability, customization on a whim coupled with a generous price point, this layer is soon to be SOLD OUT by Gen X, Y and Z.

Established in 2013, self-taught designer Franky Baca set out to construct his first garments. The brand drew inspiration from nature, architecture, classic paintings, motion pictures and his Bay Area neighborhood, ultimately creating a sense of individuality for both men and women.

In 2014, their products were available to the public using futuristic yet historic silhouettes, its singularity is what differentiated the collection from what’s already been offered in the marketplace.

Franky says “My goal in creation is for the customer to question why something so different from there style is still beautiful to them. I want to challenge them to what they thought they knew about beauty. I always wanted to design clothing and loved fashion but I was hesitant because I didn’t want to design for others. I thought it took away from my individuality. I realized I could never be them and they could never be me, and I knew I must move forward. We need to inspire people and it’s the inspired people that create heroes of tomorrow.”

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G-SHOCK × MISCHIEF

Casio G-SHOCK announces an all-new, limited-edition women’s timepiece in collaboration with MISCHIEF, the Seoul street fashion brand that is popular throughout Asia. This collaborative model is inspired by the street fashion culture of the 90s that has become the signature style of the MISCHIEF brand along with the dial look that created the G-SHOCK boom back in the 90s. The new GMAS model showcases this nostalgic look with a transparent case and band in “sun-washed” coloring.

The GMAS140MC-1A includes nods to the two brands that are known for their sleek, streetwear looks for women, with the MISCHIEF logo appearing on the watch face, and engraved on the back cover and band. The band clasp also comes with the unique detail of “DEADLY COMBINATION” printed on the band, celebrating the coming together of G-SHOCK and MISCHIEF. To finish the look of the 90s-inspired timepiece, the updated GMAS arrives in custom packaging that features the MISCHIEF logo printed across the box.

Additionally, the GMAS140MC-1A arrives in the classic GMAS circular model shape and boasts large side buttons, making it easy to use for women that are always on the go.

The new model also comes equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology such as: 

  • Shock Resistance
  • 200M Water Resistance
  • Stopwatch
  • Auto LED Light
  • Lap/Split Time
  • Magnetic Resistance
  • Countdown Timer
  • 5 Daily Alarms
  • 12/24 Hr.Time Formats
  • Full Auto Calendar

The GMAS140MC-1A will retail for $120 and will be available for purchase starting this March at gshock.com, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and select G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s.

Steve Madden x Financial Results

Steve Madden Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results 

Steve Madden (Nasdaq: SHOO), a leading designer and marketer of fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019, and provided initial fiscal year 2020 revenue and EPS guidance.

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items that are described under the heading “Non-GAAP Adjustments.” The Company reclassed commission and licensing fee income to Total Revenue and reclassed its respective expenses into Operating Expenses from previously labeled Commission and Licensing Fee Income – Net on the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Operations for each period provided. For the Fourth Quarter 2019: Revenue increased 0.7% to $419.6 million compared to $416.8 million in the same period of 2018.

Gross margin was 37.7% compared to 38.1% in the same period last year. Adjusted gross margin was 37.8% in 2019.

Operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 33.1% compared to 32.1% in the same period of 2018. Adjusted operating expenses as a percentage of revenue were 30.0% compared to 29.0% in the same period of 2018.

Income from operations totaled $19.5 million, or 4.6% of revenue, compared to $25.0 million, or 6.0% of revenue, in the same period of 2018. Adjusted income from operations was $33.0 million, or 7.9% of revenue, compared to Adjusted income from operations of $37.9 million, or 9.1% of revenue, in the same period of 2018.

Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $17.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to $12.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter. Adjusted net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $32.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to $35.7 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the prior year’s fourth quarter.

Edward Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “We are pleased to have achieved Adjusted diluted EPS at the high end of our guidance range for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. Fiscal year 2019 was a strong year for the Company, with revenue and Adjusted diluted EPS increasing mid-single digits on a percentage basis compared to the prior year despite significant headwinds from the bankruptcy of Payless ShoeSource and the tariffs implemented on accessories, footwear and apparel from China.

“Looking ahead, while we are cautious on the near-term outlook due to additional headwinds from the coronavirus outbreak, China tariffs and the termination of the Kate Spade footwear license, we are confident that the strength of our brands and our business model will enable us to drive earnings growth and shareholder value creation over the long term.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Segment Results
Revenue for the wholesale business decreased 1.1% to $313.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 due primarily to a decrease in wholesale accessories/apparel revenue. Wholesale footwear revenue declined 0.2% with a decline in the branded business offset by a gain in private label. Wholesale accessories/apparel revenue decreased 3.6% driven by declines in private label handbags and cold weather accessories, partially offset by the addition of the BB Dakota apparel business. Gross margin in the wholesale business decreased to 29.2% compared to 30.1% in last year’s fourth quarter driven by tariffs on goods imported from China.

Retail revenue in the fourth quarter rose 8.7% to $101.1 million compared to $93.0 million in the fourth quarter of the prior year. Same store sales increased 6.7% in the quarter driven by strong performance in the Company’s e-commerce business. Retail gross margin was 61.2% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 61.0% in last year’s fourth quarter. Adjusted gross margin in the retail segment increased to 61.6% in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 61.0% in the fourth quarter of the prior year due to a reduction in promotional activity.

The Company ended the quarter with 227 company-operated retail locations, including eight Internet stores, as well as 31 company-operated concessions in international markets.

The Company’s effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2019 was 15.9% compared to 52.7% in the fourth quarter of 2018. On an Adjusted basis, the effective tax rate was 6.3% compared to 9.2% in the fourth quarter of the prior year due to the impact of the year-over-year benefit resulting from the exercising and vesting of share-based awards.

Full Year Ended December 31, 2019

For the full year ended December 31, 2019, revenue increased 6.5% to $1.8 billion from $1.7 billion in the prior year.

Net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $141.3 million, or $1.69 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to net income of $129.1 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018. On an Adjusted basis, net income attributable to Steven Madden, Ltd. was $162.8 million, or $1.95 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared to net income of $157.7 million, or $1.83 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2018.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
During the fourth quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 589,809 shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $25.3 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards. For the full year ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 3.0 million shares of the Company’s common stock for approximately $101.8 million, which includes shares acquired through the net settlement of employee stock awards.

As of December 31, 2019, cash, cash equivalents and current marketable securities totaled $304.6 million.

Quarterly Dividend
The Company’s Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.15 per share. The dividend will be paid on March 27, 2020, to stockholders of record at the close of business on March 17, 2020.

Fiscal Year 2020 Outlook

For fiscal year 2020, the Company expects revenue will increase 0% to 1% over revenue in 2019. The Company expects diluted EPS for fiscal year 2020 will be in the range of $1.70 to $1.80. Compared to the prior year, the diluted EPS range reflects an adverse impact of approximately $0.35 from the combined impact of the coronavirus, tariffs on goods from China, the termination of the Kate Spade footwear license and a higher anticipated tax rate.

Non-GAAP Adjustments

Amounts referred to as “Adjusted” exclude the items below.

For the fourth quarter 2019:

$8.9 million pre-tax ($8.9 million after-tax) vendor support associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$4.0 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for a legal settlement and related fees, included in operating expenses.

$0.4 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in cost of goods sold; $0.2 million pre-tax ($0.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in operating expenses; and $0.2 million after-tax income in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest.

$0.04 million pre-tax ($0.03 million after-tax) expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota, included in operating expenses.

$2.2 million tax expense in connection with deferred tax and other tax adjustments.

For the fourth quarter 2018:

$12.1 million pre-tax ($11.5 million after-tax) in bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$0.5 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.

$0.3 million pre-tax ($0.2 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.

$11.1 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.

For the fiscal year 2019:

$8.7 million pre-tax ($8.6 million after-tax) vendor support, net of recovery of bad debt expense associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$5.4 million pre-tax ($4.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with early lease termination charges and the impairment of lease right-of-use assets.

$4.1 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) non-cash expense associated with the impairment of the Brian Atwood trademark.

$4.0 million pre-tax ($3.0 million after-tax) expense in connection with provision for a legal settlement and related fees, included in operating expenses.

$1.9 million pre-tax ($1.4 million after-tax) net benefit associated with the change in a contingent liability and the acceleration of amortization related to the termination of the Kate Spade license agreement as of December 31, 2019.

$1.1 million pre-tax ($0.8 million after-tax) expense in connection with the acquisitions of GREATS and BB Dakota, included in operating expenses.

$0.7 million pre-tax ($0.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with a divisional headquarters relocation.

$0.4 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in cost of goods sold; $0.2 million pre-tax ($0.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in operating expenses; and $0.2 million after-tax income in connection with the termination of a joint venture, included in net income attributable to noncontrolling interest.

$2.6 million tax expense in connection with deferred tax and other tax adjustments.

For the fiscal year 2018:

$12.1 million pre-tax ($11.5 million after-tax) in bad debt expense and write-off of an unamortized buying agency agreement support payment associated with the Payless ShoeSource bankruptcy, included in operating expenses.

$2.8 million pre-tax ($2.1 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for a settlement, included in operating expenses.

$2.1 million pre-tax ($1.5 million after-tax) expense in connection with the integration of the Schwartz & Benjamin acquisition and the related restructuring, included in operating expenses.

$1.2 million pre-tax ($0.9 million after-tax) expense in connection with a warehouse consolidation, included in operating expenses.

$1.0 million tax expense in connection with the impairment of the preferred interest investment in Brian Atwood Italia Holding, LLC recorded in fourth quarter 2017.

$0.5 million pre-tax ($0.3 million after-tax) expense in connection with a provision for early lease termination charges, included in operating expenses.

$11.1 million tax expense resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act transition tax and prepaid tax adjustments related to prior years.

Reconciliations of amounts on a GAAP basis to Adjusted amounts are presented in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation tables at the end of this release and identify and quantify all excluded items.

Conference Call Information

Interested stockholders are invited to listen to the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 earnings conference call scheduled for today, February 27, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by logging onto http://stevemadden.gcs-web.com. An online archive of the broadcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will be accessible for a period of 30 days following the call.

About Steve Madden

Steve Madden designs, sources and markets fashion-forward footwear, accessories and apparel for women, men and children. In addition to marketing products under its own brands including Steve Madden®, Dolce Vita®, Betsey Johnson®, Blondo®, Report®, Brian Atwood®, Cejon®, GREATS®, BB Dakota®, Mad Love® and Big Buddha®, Steve Madden is a licensee of various brands, including Anne Klein®, Superga® and DKNY®. Steve Madden also designs and sources products under private label brand names for various retailers. Steve Madden’s wholesale distribution includes department stores, specialty stores, luxury retailers, national chains and mass merchants. Steve Madden also operates 227 retail stores (including eight Internet stores). Steve Madden licenses certain of its brands to third parties for the marketing and sale of certain products, including ready-to-wear, outerwear, eyewear, hosiery, jewelry, fragrance, luggage and bedding and bath products. For local store information and the latest Steve Madden booties, pumps, men’s and women’s boots, fashion sneakers, dress shoes, sandals and more, visit http://www.stevemadden.com.

Safe Harbor Statement Under the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding revenue and earnings guidance, plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as: “may”, “will”, “expect”, “believe”, “should”, “anticipate”, “project”, “predict”, “plan”, “intend”, or “estimate”, and similar expressions or the negative of these expressions. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they represent the Company’s current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding anticipated events and trends affecting its business and industry based on information available as of the time such statements are made. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which may be outside of the Company’s control. The Company’s actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in these forward-looking statements. As such, investors should not rely upon them. Important risk factors include:

  • the Company’s ability to accurately anticipate fashion trends and promptly respond to consumer demand
  • the Company’s ability to compete effectively in a highly competitive market
  • the Company’s ability to adapt it business model to rapid changes in the retail industry
  • the Company’s dependence on the retention and hiring of key personnel
  • the Company’s ability to successfully implement growth strategies and integrate acquired businesses
  • the Company’s reliance on independent manufacturers to produce and deliver products in a timely manner, especially when faced with adversities such as work stoppages, transportation delays, public health emergencies, social unrest, changes in local economic conditions, and political upheavals as well as meet the Company’s quality standards
  • changes in trade policies and tariffs imposed by the United States government and the governments of other nations in which the Company manufactures and sells products
  • disruptions to product delivery systems and the Company’s ability toproperly manage inventory
  • the Company’s ability to adequately protect its trademarks and other intellectual property rights; legal, regulatory, political and economic risks that may affect the Company’s sales in international markets
  • changes in U.S. and foreign tax laws that could have an adverse effect on the Company’s financial results; additional tax liabilities resulting from audits by various taxing authorities
  • the Company’s ability to achieve operating results that are consistent with prior financial guidance
  • other risks and uncertainties indicated from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, including, without limitation, any guidance regarding revenue or earnings, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.

STEVEN MADDEN, LTD. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Operations Data, Balance Sheet Data, Cash Flow Data, and Non-GAAP Reconciliation can be viewed HERE.

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SOLO NYC

Stylish Sustainability: Solo New York Launches Re:cycled Collection

Leader in Stylish Everyday Bags Spins Recycled Plastic Bottles into Sleek New Collection; Partners with National Forest Foundation to Replant Forests

Solo New York, a leading, urban-inspired designer of backpacks, totes, duffels, briefs, and sleeves, announced the launch of the exciting new Re:cycled Collection of bags, which debuted at CES 2020.

Each bag in the new Re:cycled Collection repurposes plastic from three to eight plastic bottles, depending on bag size. With the first Re:cycled Collection product run alone, nearly 90,000 plastic bottles will be recycled, keeping them from ending up in landfills.

Taking the initiative a step further, Solo has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to help restore U.S. forests. With every bag sold from the Re:cycled Collection, Solo is planting a tree to help regrow U.S. National forests. The company has also added a pledge page to its website, and an additional tree will be planted for anyone who takes the Solo Green Pledge.

“With the new Re:cycled Collection, we set out to make stylish bags that also do good for the environment. And our designers really sweated the details to make this collection accessible to anyone and everyone who wants to make a difference,” said Serkan Anders, Vice President of Marketing, Solo New York. “To go even further, we’ve since revamped all of our packaging and hang tags which are now also made from recycled materials, and our hang tags are biodegradable. We had to figure out which finishes are biodegradable, and train our suppliers to source those finishes as well as the recycled plastic. It was a challenging yet very rewarding process, and many of our learnings will carry over to other Solo New York products.”

 Solo’s Re:cycled Collection will soon be available at major North American retailers and online, further demonstrating that retail partners and consumers are looking for stylish products made with care for the environment. The Re:cycled Collection launches with the Re:vive Mini Backpack (MSRP $24.99), the Re:store Tote (MSRP $54.99) and the Re:move Duffel (MSRP $64.99), and the collection will be expanded with new bags in the Spring of 2020. The full Re:cycled Collection will be on display at CES 2020, including bags not yet in production.

Learn more about Solo New York’s new Re:cycled Collection: https://solo-ny.com/pages/recycled-collection

Solo New York’s headquarters building is 100% solar powered, the company has a strict policy of no single-use plastic bottles, and all Solo New York products are shipped in recycled corrugated cardboard boxes.

“Sustainability and our net green impact are part of our brand DNA, and we’re dedicated to moving forward and adding new, more environmentally friendly programs and initiatives every year,” added Anders.

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How Live Technology is Revolutionising Consumer Experiences in Fashion, Retail and Beyond

Over the last few years, the fashion industry has been one of several global markets that have embraced the possibilities of modern-day technology. Above all else, augmented and virtual reality equipment has become central to the future direction of retail shopping, with the technology providing simulated environments that are enhancing the consumer’s overall experience.
As a result, we’re going to look at some of the technology that is currently changing the fashion industry. Moreover, we’ll also consider how similar real-time advancements are being utilized within other contemporary sectors.

Live Developments Within Fashion and Retail

Five years ago, Tommy Hilfiger, a premium clothing company from America, became the first major global fashion retailer to provide customers with virtual reality headsets in their stores. Through using this technology, the company allowed prospective consumers to view their latest fashion catwalk for their newest collections as if they were experiencing it live. In regard to in-store experiences, Gap released their DressingRoom app back in 2017, which offers the prospect of digitally trying on new items. By imputing personal data into the app, such as height and weight, the development then generates a virtual model with desired clothing on, allowing the shopper to view the item and its fit before deciding whether or not to buy it.

Due to the very nature of the fashion industry, the implementation of augmented reality isn’t purely limited to accessories or clothing. In 2017, IKEA launched its newly-developed app, IKEA Place, for IOS devices. The application itself allowed for users to browse through the company’s catalog of furniture and virtually place any item within the desired room of their house through their mobile device. Furthermore, for in-store shoppers, the Swedish retailer has created a high-definition, interactive showroom which utilizes the power of virtual reality in seeking to offer shoppers more life-like exploration and visualization techniques.

What’s Happening Beyond Fashion?

As highlighted above, real-time technology is enhancing user experiences across a wide array of different sectors, and the gaming industry is no different. VR headsets have, in particular, altered the outlook of the market by providing more realistic gaming activities that are more immersive than traditional console alternatives. Moreover, NetEnt games developer have been able to create real-time titles within the iGaming sector that also seek to promote realism through their casino-focussed developments. Their live blackjack and roulette variants feature some of the most advanced gaming software to offer an authentic in-house casino experience from your desktop or mobile.

Away from the fashion industry, various sectors have accepted the potential of virtual reality equipment and have since implemented it into their respective markets. Within the health sector, computer-generated environments have significantly altered training methods. According to statistics from the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, 30 percent of graduating surgeons are unable to operate independently following the conclusion of pre-existing training methods. By using VR technology to replicate the medical activity, there is no risk of any operational issues occurring because the live training is being conducted in a controlled, safe environment.

The Future of Consumer Experiences will be Centred Around Live Experiences

Ultimately, the fashion, gaming, and medical industries all demonstrate that replicating real-time experiences through either VR technology or other advanced software heightens immersion levels among consumers and aspiring surgeons. While each market is very different in what they’re seeking to provide and achieve, each will continue to benefit from implementing the latest technology over the coming years.

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How to Buy Gold Bracelet for Women 

Gold is not only beautiful, but it’s also friendly to wear. This explains why gold bracelets for women hardly ever go out of style. 

Gold is a unique precious metal that’s durable and specially designed to retain value over time. 

Often buying gold jewelry is considered to be an investment because it doesn’t come cheap. 

A well maintained gold bracelet for women can last for many generations. 

If you love gold jewelry, knowing how to buy gold jewelry helps you get the most value from your purchase. 

What’s the Impact of Purity on Value?

A genuine gold bracelet for women will come with a specific figure to indicate how much pure gold it contains in percentage. 

This could range anywhere from 10K, 14K, and 18K. The letter K represents karat. The higher the karat, the more expensive the jewelry piece will be. 

Let’s take a detailed look at the karat percentage.

  • If your jewelry is indicated 24K, it means it’s pure gold
  • 18K jewelry comprises 18 parts of gold and 6 parts one or more extra metals. This makes it 75% gold.
  • 14K jewelry comes with 14 parts of gold and 12 parts of one or more metals which makes it 50% gold. 
  • 10K jewelry contains 10 parts of gold and 14 parts one or more metals and this makes it 41.7%gold. 
  • 10 karat in the lowest karat that can be said to be gold in the US. 

Commonly Sold Gold Jewelry

You’re likely to find gold bracelets for women in various jewelry stores in the US. 

If the jewelry you buy is less than 14 karats, it means that it can only be valuable for a short period. 

It’s worth mentioning that the higher the gold content, the more influence it shall make in the market. 

Apart from gold content, there are various factors to consider to determine how valuable your jewelry pieces are. 

Here are some of them. 

Understand European Markings

European gold bracelets for women are marked with numbers that show the percentage of gold. You need to understand them, especially when you’re buying classic gold jewelry. 

Understand other Markings on your Gold Jewelry

Karat branding on your gold jewelry should come with a trademark that can help you determine the manufacturer. 

The product’s country of origin is usually indicated in some jewelry as well. Make sure the gold jewelry you choose has been certified for gold content before you can buy it. 

Why mix Gold with other Metals?

Knowing about gold alloys can come in handy to help you in your search for gold jewelry. 

Remember, pure gold is usually soft and this means that wearing it every day is impractical. 

Other metals are usually combined with gold to enhance its durability. Such jewelry often comes at a low price. 

Mixing gold with different metals enables metallurgists to change its color. For instance, nickel and palladium can be mixed with gold to produce white gold. 

Combining gold with copper creates a pink or rose tint. Doing so with silver produces a green cast 

When metals are combined with gold, the result is an alloy. This is a bent combination of metals which can be quite expensive. 

Solid gold is a term used to define jewelry that contains a minimum of 10 karats of gold in the US

Gold Used as a Coating

There are various ways of applying gold coating in a less expensive metal and this reduces its cost. 

Remember, if your jewelry comes with an overly thick layer of gold you shouldn’t wear it daily. Doing so exposes your gold bracelet to wear and tear. 

Finally 

Plated or gold filled jewelry is ideal for the jewelry you plan to wear occasionally. 

However, don’t think about it as an investment. Daily use of these pieces increases wear and tear which in turn exposes bottom part of the metal. 

This could stain your skin and eventually trigger an allergic reaction. 

If you’re looking for the best gold bracelets for women that will be durable, you should invest in the highest quality gold you can afford. 

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