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Outlierman Reopens

The Outlierman company was formed with a mission to handcraft a range of accessories that match the breath-taking beauty, exquisite quality and timeless appeal of the world’s most iconic cars. Following the temporary closure of The Outlierman after the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bologna-based company are reopening for business, supplying gentleman drivers across the world with luxury Italian driving products.

The Outlierman was born out of a desire to create the finest automotive accessories – its designers have an insatiable appetite for creating new items and introduce fresh collections every month. Amongst some of

The Outlierman’s most recent product launches, include:

The Powerslide – Driving Gloves (Suede Grey/Racing Red),

Gran Turismo – Driving Gloves

(British Racing Green/Cognac), the Weekender Garment Bag

(Lava/Black/Red) and the exclusive Tailor-Made Lab

Andrea Mazzuca, founder of The Outlierman, said: “After a temporary period of closure, my team and I are extremely pleased to be reopening

The Outlierman and making luxury Italian driving accessories for car enthusiasts across the globe.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has been devastating for many businesses around the world, including numerous in Italy, and I wish that as many as possible can recover from these terrible circumstances. It’s been a tough period for us, especially after the cancellation of this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which meant we couldn’t launch our 2020 collaboration. However, we are already in the process of developing next year’s design and hope to bring it to you in 2021. In the meantime, my colleagues and I are very keen to get back to what we are most passionate about, and we are excited to continue sharing our passion with other motoring enthusiasts worldwide.

“The health and safety of our colleagues at work is paramount. Our skilled artisans will have strict provisions in place to ensure they are safe whilst producing goods, including the use of face masks, gloves and observing social distancing in the workshop.”

The latest Outlierman products can be found here.

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Chop, Chop, Chop – By Using The Right Kind Of Shears

If you belong to the school of thought that a haircut is just a haircut, and often, make use of household scissors and a bowl to give an unfortunate individual a haircut, then you ought to quit trying to be a hairstylist.

At the very least, get rid of the bowl that you make use of to give a straight-lined boy-cut. 

Moreover, using a pair of household scissors with its blunt edges and bulkiness ends up damaging the hair, and creating more split-ends.

Thus, if you do get the thought to look around for a decent pair of scissors, preferably meant for hair cutting, then you might just have a future in the field of hairstyling.

So, if you’re thinking of buying yourself a new pair of shears, here are the questions you ought to ask yourself first.

What is the right length?

Now, if you happen to be a professional barber then you ought to have both the longer shears as well as the shorter ones. The longer pair is for techniques where you don’t hold the hair in your hand. Whereas, the shorter length in shears is generally used for when you do cut the hair, holding it in your hands.

And, if anyone has told you about measuring the blade against the palm of your hand, just ignore that little piece of advice. 

Most cosmetologists tend to go with the flow, holding the shears to see if it feels right in their hands.

On the other hand, if you do happen to be a first-timer, then go ahead and buy yourself a shorter blade because you will be holding on to the hair no matter the length.

What scissors best suits my needs?

Yes, it’s all about your needs. You have to understand that shears are now aero-dynamically designed to suit the needs of the hairstylists. 

So, if you’re right-handed, then the features are designed such that it will fit perfectly into the hands of a right-handed person. 

And, you need not worry if you are left-handed. As there are now shears available in the market to deftly fit into the hands of a lefty.

The uppermost thought you ought to keep in your mind is comfort. Now, three different types of handles are available. 

Swivel-handle shear: Most commonly used by professionals. Known to fit the hand and relax pressure on the wrists. It caused quite a rage when it was first introduced.

Drop handle: Similar to the traditional offset shear, the drop handle shear, however, offers an additional ergonomic grip that allows a firm hold and causes less strain on the hand. It is gaining much popularity.

Precision cutting shears: Much smaller and also daintier, these shears are manufactured with low hardness steel and are used for very close cuts. 

What kind of blades should I use?

Technically, all hair-dressing shears are of stainless steel. Now, when you talk of the finest shears in the market, there are two that ought to be mentioned. 

These are the Japanese shears that are also known as the clamshell or convex edge, that are reputed for giving the smoothest cut. 

And, then there is the German shear. German-style shears have non-honed, beveled edges that are serrated to grip the hair. These give a little stiffer cut but are great when working in thick sections, like for dry-cutting.

One thing to remember here is that all scissors, whether “Cobalted steel” or “Titanium scissors” are made of stainless steel. All need to be sharpened because it will get dull or nicked.

Do I need to buy the whole set?

If you are only into standards cuts, then save yourself the cost of buying an entire set of shears. 

However, if you do deal in precise haircutting styles such as slide cutting, thinning and style cutting, then it would be outrageous to attempt these styles with a single pair of scissors.

Where to buy these high-quality shears?

There are many shears available in the market, that are simply high-priced but do not have the premium high quality.

If you do not know much about the newbies boasting of manufacturing high-end quality scissors and selling them at exorbitant prices, then steer clear of them. 

But you still want a high-quality product, then you ought to stick to the established names in the field.

Keep an eye out for ball bearing tension systems and polymer inlays in the pivots that are both common features in high-end quality shears.

What look should I go for?

There’s a very good reason for discussing this aspect of high-quality shears at the very end. Quality and comfort are features that supersede looks. 

However, you can’t really take the style out of the stylists, now can you? So, there are several options available to you even if you regard the looks of a thing as relatively important.

There are colored titanium-coated shears. As mentioned earlier, these shears are merely coated with titanium, not made of it. This helps significantly in preventing rust.

Colored titanium shears come in a variety of amazing colors. The drawback, nonetheless, is that these shears tend to fade, scratch, or chip more easily than the classic stainless steel shears.

Next, comes in the colored finger inserts. Primarily, finger inserts are meant to provide more comfort and better fit. And, the finger inserts come in three sizes-small, medium and large.

 But, they are now used as a beautifying element of the good old pair of shears. So, you can find finger inserts coming in every imaginable color to pep up the look of the high-quality shears.

Finally, there are colored silencers. Silencers are also known as bumpers or stoppers. They serve as a stop for the scissors and keep them quiet as the shear comes together.

These too are now available in different colors and elevate the look of the shears aesthetically.

Finally, there’s the tension screw. This feature is of notable importance. Scissor tension is the tension of the screw that holds the two scissor blades together.

In most cases, it is a matter of personal preference. The blade should fall slightly and close halfway up the other blade. If the blade doesn’t move at all, your tension is too tight. On the other hand, if the blade falls completely closed, then the tension is too loose.

Now, for the cosmetologists, it isn’t possible to completely overlook the aesthetics of the tools they so commonly use, hence, this feature too comes in different colors to brighten up the look of the shears.

The upkeep of your high-quality shears

If you have managed to make up your mind and find for yourself the perfect pair of shears, please remember that you need to make an effort to keep it in mint condition.

You shouldn’t really have to clean your scissors very often, but if you have managed to get it dirty, make sure to clean it up immediately. Make sure to clean it up thoroughly to avoid rust.

If you’re not looking to replace your high-priced shears due to rust, the best way to get rid of rust is to soak the scissors in warm water with a tiny bit of bleach.

This ought to solve your problem once or twice, but if you’re not taking care to keep your shears clean and rust-free, then you will end up with a useless pair of shears.

No matter the quality of the shears, if you keep them dirty and wet then you will end up having to replace them fairly soon.

Also, it is a rule of thumb to have your shears sharpened every six months or at least after every 500-700 haircuts, to get a smooth cut every time.

The market for high-quality shears has advanced greatly in the last decade. So, you see an emphasis on every aspect of the very tool used for haircutting. 

Shears were only about sharp edges before, but today, it’s about the look, the grip, the shape, the metal, even the finish of the shears itself. Everything is of importance and the buyer is spoiled for choice.

But, these high-end quality shears are exactly as the name suggests, and do in fact deliver enduring comfort for the hairstylists. And, without a doubt elevate the haircutting technique.

Hopefully, you have gained some insight as to the aspects one ought to consider before buying a high-quality, high priced pair of shears. 

However, doing a little bit of research never really hurts anyone, so do ask around about the best names in the market dealing with high-quality shears. 

And, if you really don’t feel the urge to plod around looking for different brands of shears, let us give you another useful tip. Try out scissortec.com, where you are going to find a whole range of high-end quality products, with varying price tags, features, and colors.

Ford Honors Pirelli at 21st Annual World Excellence Awards

Pirelli was recognized as a top-performing global supplier at the 21st annual Ford World Excellence Awards, receiving a Brand Pillar of Sustainability World Excellence Award presented by Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer and Linda Cash, Ford vice president, quality and new model programs.

“It is an honor to receive the Sustainability World Excellence Award from Ford,” said Marco Crola, CEO of Pirelli Tire North America. “Sustainability is a fundamental choice for Pirelli. It is fully integrated into the Group’s vision and strategies for growth, in all business areas and in all management decisions, everywhere in the world. We applaud Ford for its strong leadership in sustainability: it has been an important stakeholder for Pirelli in areas such as responsible sourcing of natural rubber (see our work at http://naturalrubber.pirelli.com), carbon reduction, and materials innovation. This is the second year in a row Pirelli has been awarded a top award from Ford for global performance; our partnership is important and we look forward to supporting Ford in future”, Crola added.

“The Pirelli team continues to take big strides in developing innovative products for a more responsible automotive industry. With Ford’s commitment to making mobility more efficient and sustainable, Pirelli plans to partner in this path, every step of the way,” said Ernest Bedia, vice president of Original Equipment Pirelli Tire North America. “My sincere gratitude to everyone involved in the cooperation between Ford and Pirelli to help create a better future.”

“Ford’s annual World Excellence Awards recognize our top-performing suppliers for their contributions to our success,” said Thai-Tang. “Suppliers like Pirelli play an instrumental role in helping us achieve our vision of being the most trusted mobility company.”

The award winners achieved the highest levels of global excellence in 10 categories, including:

  • Quality, sustainability, safe and smart categories for suppliers that demonstrate leadership in Ford’s primary brand pillars
  • Aligned business framework for suppliers that most exemplify the framework’s principles, with an emphasis on quality, value and innovation
  • Special recognition for suppliers that delivered results exceeding expectations
  • Diverse supplier of the year and supplier diversity development corporation of the year to honor suppliers that excel in integrating diversity into their organization and business process
  • Gold and silver for supplier manufacturing sites demonstrating superior quality, delivery and cost performance throughout the year

About Pirelli

Pirelli was founded in 1872 and has its headquarters in Milan, Italy. Pirelli focuses its business on the high end, premium product segment where it is a world leader. Pirelli has a commercial presence in over 160 countries and 19 factories in 12 countries. Successfully competing in motorsports since 1907, Pirelli is currently the exclusive supplier of the Formula 1© championship, the Superbike world championship, and many other championships around the world.

Pirelli is recognized as a socially and environmentally aware corporation that applies sustainable practices in everything from “green performance” products to responsible sourcing, to providing a healthy environment for its workers.  The company is currently global leader in the auto components sector of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe Indexes, on the CDP Climate Change A List, and a leader in several other indexes and rankings such as Euronext Vigeo, Ethibel Pioneer and Ethibel Excellence, ECPI and Oekom.

Pirelli Tire North America includes the Modular Integrated Robotized System (MIRS) facility and research and development center at its Rome, Georgia headquarters, a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Silao, Mexico, sales and marketing offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Detroit, Montreal and Mexico City, and a prestige flagship store in Los Angeles. The company manufactures, distributes and markets original equipment and replacement tires for export and domestic car/motorcycle applications. For more information regarding Pirelli, please visit www.pirelli.com

Course Records Broken At Dubai Marathon

Getaneh Molla of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Ruth Chepngetich won the 20th edition of the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon today (Jan 25) with both athletes producing spectacular course records that rank among the fastest times in the history of marathon running.

In excellent weather conditions, Ethiopian Molla clocked 2:03:34, achieving the first sub-2:04 time in Dubai. He improved the former course record – set in 2018 – by 26 seconds and became the sixth fastest marathon runner ever. It is also an unofficial world debut record by the 25-year-old.

Second-placed Herpassa Negasa also ran sub-2:04 with 2:03:40, making him the eighth fastest of all time, while Asefa Mengstu completed an all-Ethiopian podium with 2:04:24 for third place. In a stunning women’s race, Kenya’s Chepngetich achieved the third fastest time in history with 2:17:08. Only Britain’s world record holder Paula Radcliffe and Kenya’s Mary Keitany have ever run faster as the 24-year-old smashed the course record by more than two minutes.

Underlining the quality of the field, Worknesh Degefa – the winner in Dubai in 2017 – broke the Ethiopian record by 15 seconds to become the fourth fastest runner ever in 2:17:41. Her compatriot Worknesh Edesa took third in 2:21:05.

Held under the patronage of HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and under the aegis of the Dubai Sports Council, the event once again underlined its status as a world-class IAAF Gold Label Marathon.

Molla smashing the course record on his marathon debut and Chepngetich’s duel with Degefa were the undoubted highlights. The Kenyan was having problems identifying her drinks’ bottles at feed stations, and regularly fell behind, which may have cost her the Kenyan/African record held by colleague Mary Keitany, the second fastest in history with 2.17.01.

Molla said he did not know what to expect from his first marathon. “I certainly didn’t expect to run 2.03,” said the new champion. “I was hoping for maybe 2.05 or 2.06 so this is a great win for me.”

While the spoils were shared between Kenya and Ethiopia in the elite Marathon, in the wheelchair category, there was a Swiss double with Marcel Hug and Sandra Graf winning in 1h:24m:09s and 1h:41m:03s respectively before the trophies were presented by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Sports Council Deputy Chairman Mattar Al Tayer and Standard Chartered UAE CEO Rola Abu Manneh.

As usual, more than 20,000 runners also took part in the associated 10km Road Race and 4km Fun Run as the Middle East’s biggest mass participation sporting event celebrated is 20th birthday in style. The event was streamed live with no rights restrictions and is available to watch on repeat at bit.ly/2019DubaiMarathon_Live.

In addition to Standard Chartered as title sponsor, the Dubai Marathon was supported by the Dubai Sports Council, adidas, Dubai Eye 103.8FM, Aquafina and Gatorade, Dubai Holding, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Police and the RTA.

Which Wireless Firms Are Doing Well?

The study is out for the J.D. Power 2019 U.S. Wireless Network Quality Performance Study—Vol. 1.

As the release linked above describes, this study measures network quality experienced by customers with wireless phones and network performance of tablets and mobile broadband devices. It’s based on responses from 32,159 wireless customers and was fielded from July through December 2018. Carrier performance is examined in six regions: Mid-Atlantic, North Central, Northeast, Southeast, Southwest and West.

The metric used is quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality, and data quality in each region. Simply put, the lower the number, the fewer problems customers experienced by customers and the better the overall experience is.

The release notes that wireless network problems are rising among customers in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and North Central regions, but that problems have decreased in the Southeast region.

As for what carrier is doing the best overall, Verizon is the clear leader. It ranks highest in all six regions covered in the study, achieving the lowest network quality problems per 100 connections (PP100) in call quality, messaging quality and data quality in each region. T-Mobile ties Verizon in data quality in the Northeast region.

You can find specific charts for each region in the study.

Here’s the link to last year’s release if you’d like to compare.

Bentley Announces World’s Fastest Wi-Fi

Bentley announced the launch of Advanced Connectivity – the world’s first super-fast, reliable and secure in-car WiFi system.

Customers can now benefit from uninterrupted mobile network coverage while traveling, providing a fully functioning and fully connected executive office on the move.

For example, when using the Advanced Connectivity WiFi system while travelling at speeds of 110 km/h (70 mph), a passenger is able to access a number of simultaneous entertainment and business applications – including high-definition video streaming across multiple devices – with uninterrupted service quality.

The Advanced Connectivity system can be simply accessed via a dedicated app on the customer’s smartphone.

Users will also benefit from Bentley Skype for Business and significant virtual office applications, such as the ability to access and edit files on the go, hold vital video conferences, conduct multiple meetings and be present for crucial discussions, all in a secure virtual environment.

The super-fast and highly reliable connection also offers customers new, unrivalled levels of in-car entertainment. Bentley Advanced Connectivity allows online video services to stream content uninterrupted in the car, for a truly luxury viewing experience.

How Bentley Advanced Connectivity Work

Bentley conducted an exhaustive international search to find the perfect partner for its in-car connectivity requirements, and has enlisted global communications company, Viasat, to provide the world’s best and most secure in-car technology for its customers.

Bentley Advanced Connectivity is a multi-channel virtual private network (VPN), which can aggregate up to three mobile network operators on one super-fast signal. The connectivity system is placed discreetly inside the boot lid, with the router connected to the on-board DC power supply.

The Wi-Fi router links to a broadband connected hub located at a static site. This hub then links the Bentley system to the broadband connection at the host site, for unparalleled connectivity, reliability and security.

Viasat is recognised internationally for having managed 14 million WiFi hotspots; for having operated a managed hotspot network in nearly 30 countries; and for bringing satellite-enabled in-flight WiFi to major commercial and government aircraft worldwide.

This new super-fast Wi-Fi service is available in all Bentley models in 2019.

Pirelli Supplier Awards 2018

Sustainability, innovation and quality of service were the key elements for the Pirelli Supplier Awards 2018, the annual occasion when the Company awards 9 suppliers from its global supply chain of over 10,000. The Supplier Awards reward those suppliers who shine for their ability to make the Pirelli supply chain even more sustainable and enhance qualitative excellence, making Pirelli’s products more High Value, in line with the Group’s strategy.

Today the awards for the suppliers who distinguished themselves over the last year were presented by Chief Purchasing Officer, Matteo Battaini and the Chief Sustainability and Risk Governance Officer, Filippo Bettini, at a ceremony at Pirelli’s headquarters in Milan. The awards were given to nine suppliers in the areas of raw materials, services and machinery.

In the 2018 edition, the most frequently seen factors include innovation, quality of service and sustainability, which had its own specific award. Pirelli’s supply chain has been constructed to guarantee product innovation, process digitalization and long term competitiveness, where respect for the environment and attention to the value of people are considered a primary levers of growth.

Pirelli’s efforts towards a sustainable purchasing strategy were recognized by the confirmation that Pirelli’s supply system was in compliance with the UNI ISO 20400 rule, conferred in February 2018 by SGS Italia S.p.A. – one of the leading companies globally for inspection, verification, analysis and certification services. Pirelli is thus the first company in the automotive industry to have received this confirmation of compliance. The ISO 20400 constitutes the most important international guideline in the matter of supply chain sustainable governance, where the economic, social and environmental responsibility are integrated into the Company’s strategies, organization and purchasing processes.

The winners of the Pirelli Supplier Awards 2018 include:

Glanzstoff Sicrem Spa (Italy), suppliers of textile reinforcements – awarded for the criteria of “Quality” and “Speed”, plus the prestigious Sustainability prize, which the company deserved because it produces rayon using only cellulose from plantations certified for sustainable agro-forestry management;

JSR Corporation (Japan), a supplier of synthetic rubber awarded for the criteria of “Innovation” and “Service Level”;

Thai Eastern Innovation Co., Ltd (Thailandia), PT. Kirana Megatara Tbk (Indonesia) and PT. Prasidha Aneka Niaga Tbk (Indonesia); all suppliers of natural rubber awarded for “Quality” and “Service Level”;

VMI Holland (Holland), a supplier of tire assemblers and machines for semi-processed components for the criteria of “Quality” and “Global Presence”;

MDM (Italy), an integrated marketing and communication agency awarded for the criteria of “Innovation” and “Speed”;

APPIAN (USA), a supplier of the Business Process Management platform and related consultancy services awarded for the criteria of “Innovation” and “Speed”;

Warehouse Service, Inc. (USA), a logistics services supplier awarded for the criteria of “Speed” and “Innovation”.

Matteo Battaini, Chief Purchasing Officer,commented: “Pirelli has built its business model, focused on High Value, on product innovation and process digitalization. To pursue this strategy it is not only necessary to choose suppliers that are leading companies, but also to build with each of them a partner relationship. It is essential that they share values such as innovation, quality, customer care, product and process sustainability and attention to brand value. And, in an ever more dynamic market context, goals must also be shared, such as cost rationalization, speed of adapting to new technology and implementation of best practices in sustainable management. Today Pirelli’s procurement involves the management of around 10,000 suppliers for a total expenditure of 3.2 billion euro in 2017, mainly on raw materials (46%), services (36%), machinery (13%) and consumption materials (3%).”

Bear Walker × 360 Magazine

Recently, we had Bear Walker design a custom longboard for us! We are very honored to show our viewers this amazing piece and thankful he has spent his time designing something so unique! Make sure to check out his website and Instagram for more of his amazing work!

About Bear Walker

Walker is a designer, maker, and a seeker of adventure. He has always had a passion for art and technology growing up. Walker attended Clemson University studying graphic design and product development, where in his senior year he was tasked with designing a skateboard with various printing techniques. Designing around 40 pieces was the start to his amazing career. He has also worked as a book designer for Amazon, a prop fabricator for an events company, and a sign maker. Now he uses his skills and craftsmanship to produce the highest quality and one-of-a-kind skateboards for people.

Fresh Produce for Kids

NYC’s Largest Food Rescue Organization and Top Produce Company Team up with Nutrition Education Nonprofit to Address Childhood Obesity and Encourage Healthy Eating Habits in New York City This Summer

City Harvest and D’Arrigo Bros. of New York bring fresh fruits and vegetables to families in Queens through a new partnership with national nonprofit Brighter Bites

Food rescue nonprofit City Harvest and produce company D’Arrigo Bros. of New York today launched a summer-long program in New York City with Brighter Bites, a nonprofit organization that tackles childhood obesity by providing low-income families with free fresh produce and nutrition education. This effort builds on the three organizations’ similar work during the school year to provide free produce at schools with students living in underserved communities, and will increase access to produce for more than 400 families through programs at three summer camps in Queens.

“We believe that increasing access to healthy, affordable food is the key to helping all New Yorkers become food secure,” said Kate MacKenzie, City Harvest’s Senior Director of Programs. “Studies have shown children need to be offered a new food 10-15 times before they’ll develop a taste for it. For many working families in New York City that are struggling to make ends meet, however, experimenting with new foods like fresh produce isn’t always an option. City Harvest is excited to be partnering with Brighter Bites and D’Arrigo to decrease the risk that comes with trying new foods, and help families build healthy habits over the summer.”

According to City Harvest, more than 1.2 million New Yorkers face hunger every year, including nearly one in five New York City children. In Queens alone, over a quarter million residents are food insecure. Through City Harvest and Brighter Bites’ produce distribution and nutrition education programming, parents have the ability to learn which healthy foods their children have a taste for, and the recipe cards and tip sheets that come with the produce each week help them prepare meals in fun and nutritious ways.

Brighter Bites and City Harvest are kicking off programs at three summer camps in Queens that will provide more than 50,000 pounds of produce, along with kid-friendly bilingual recipes and tip sheets in English and Spanish on topics ranging from “Eating the Rainbow” to how bringing kids into the kitchen to help with meal prep makes them more invested in trying new foods.

Each week participating families will receive two bags containing approximately 50 servings of eight to 12 different fresh produce items along with the nutritional educational materials. D’Arrigo is generously donating a third of the fresh fruits and vegetables each week, with two-thirds coming from City Harvest.

“Every family wants to provide the best for their children to help them grow healthy and strong,” said Gabriela D’Arrigo, Vice President of Marketing for D’Arrigo. “As a family-owned business here in New York, we’re proud to partner with Brighter Bites and City Harvest to help our neighbors across the city have greater access to fresh produce.”

Since launching in 2012, Brighter Bites has distributed more than 17 million pounds of produce and hundreds of thousands of nutrition education materials to 200,000 individuals from more than 40,000 families through schools and summer camps in New York City, Houston, Dallas, Austin, Southwest Florida, and Washington, D.C. Brighter Bites uses a simple formula for introducing healthy lifestyles to families: produce distribution, nutrition education, and a fun food experience that includes sampling a recipe of the week to see just how great produce can taste. In New York City, parents and community volunteers will pack bags of fresh fruits and veggies for families and teachers to take home for six weeks this summer.

“We know that far too many parents struggle to access and provide their children with fresh produce, particularly during the summer months when kids are out of school,” said Brighter Bites Executive Director Samuel Newman. “Since Brighter Bites established our New York City program in 2017 with City Harvest and D’Arrigo, we’ve been blown away by the kids’ response to trying different kinds of fresh fruits and veggies–often for the first time–and we’re so pleased to be continuing this important work throughout the summer months with these same partners.”

Brighter Bites measures the outcomes of its program to determine impact. Research shows the Brighter Bites model provides consistent opportunities for children and their families to practice healthier behaviors in school and at home:

  • 98% of Brighter Bites parents report their children eating more fruits and vegetables while participating in the Brighter Bites program.
  • Of those, 74% said they maintained that increased level of consumption after Brighter Bites ended.

About Brighter Bites:

Brighter Bites is a nonprofit that creates communities of health through fresh food with the goal of changing behavior among children and their families to prevent obesity and achieve long-term health. Brighter Bites is an evidence-based, multi-component elementary school, preschool, and summer camp program that utilizes reliable access to fruits and vegetables, nutrition education, and consistent exposure to recipes and messages that feature fresh food. Since 2012, Brighter Bites has provided more than 17 million pounds of produce and 100,000s of nutrition education materials to more than 40,000 families and teachers in Houston, Dallas, Austin, New York City, the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area, and Southwest Florida. To learn more about Brighter Bites visit BrighterBites.org.

About City Harvest

City Harvest is New York City’s largest food rescue organization, helping to feed the more than 1.2 million New Yorkers who are struggling to put meals on their tables. We will rescue 61 million pounds of food this year and deliver it, free of charge, to hundreds of food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community partners across the five boroughs. Our programs help food-insecure New Yorkers access nutritious food that fits their needs and desires; increase partners’ capacity; and strengthen the local food system, building a path to a food-secure future for all New Yorkers. To learn more, visit CityHarvest.org.

About D’Arrigo Bros. of New York

Family-owned and operated, D’Arrigo Bros. of New York, Inc. has served the New York Metropolitan area for over 50 years, offering a full line of the highest quality fruit and vegetable items available every day of the week. The company is located in a 75,000-square foot. facility in the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx. D’Arrigo takes pride in offering its customers the highest quality produce that can be found anywhere. To learn more, visit D’ArrigoNY.com

Chamilia Stud Earring Program

This season, Chamilia, a Swarovski Company, announced the introduction of an expanded stud earring program with 14 new styles that complement motifs in several of the brand’s collections. The entire Chamilia line is made from sterling silver or 14 karat gold and features genuine Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Zirconia. The brand follows strict Swarovski Group guidelines for quality and aesthetic standards.

“We’re here to help a woman tell a story that’s hers alone through her jewelry,” said Kristin Coaker, Head of Merchandising and Brand Communicationsfor Chamilia. “Stud earrings are an area of expansion right now due to increased demand in the category. We are seeing constellation piercings, in particular, as a growing trend. Chamilia stud earrings are collectible, affordable, and last a lifetime. The classic motifs in this collection are truly timeless, as are the materials the earrings are crafted in.”

Pricing for the new earrings from Chamilia ranges from MSRP $30 U.S. to $65 U.S. New earrings in the Collection include:

Chamilia Quatrefoil Stud Earrings—Bright Sterling Silver (MSRP $35 U.S.).

Chamilia Paisley Stud Earrings—Sterling Silver (MSRP $35 U.S.).

Chamilia Paisley Pavé Stud Earrings, White—Bright Sterling Silver and Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia (MSRP $45 U.S.).

Chamilia Arrow Stud Earrings—Bright Sterling Silver (MSRP $35 U.S.).

Chamilia Crown Stud Earrings—Bright Sterling Silver (MSRP $35 U.S.).

Chamilia Crown Hearts Stud Earrings—Bright Sterling Silver (MSRP $40 U.S.).

Chamilia Cross Stud Earrings—Bright Sterling Silver (MSRP $35 U.S.).

Chamilia Sparkling Shell Stud Earrings—Sterling Silver and Frosty Mint Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia (MSRP $45 U.S.).

Chamilia Floral Stud Earrings—Sterling Silver and Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia (MSRP $40 U.S.).

Chamilia Bow Stud Earrings—Sterling Silver and Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia (MSRP $65 U.S.).

Chamilia 5MM Tiara Stud Earrings—Sterling Silver and Fancy Purple, Fancy Blue or Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia (MSRP $50 U.S.).

Chamilia Paisley Pavé Stud Earrings, Rainbow—Sterling Silver and Multicolor Swarovski Pure Brilliance Zirconia (MSRP $60 U.S.).

The new stud earrings from Chamilia will be available at retail on September 4, 2018, and will be sold at select Chamilia retail partners worldwide and on the Chamilia website. For more information about Chamilia, go to www.chamilia.com.

About Chamilia

Based in Cranston, RI, Chamilia is an American company that was established in 2002. Since its purchase in 2013, it has been a member of Swarovski, a world leader in quality and innovation. Each of the more than 400 exclusive charms and wide selection of fine jewelry available from the brand are made from .925 sterling silver or 14 karat gold and feature genuine Swarovski Crystals or Zirconia, or Italian Murano Glass. The brand follows strict Swarovski guidelines for quality and aesthetic excellence. For more information, please go to www.chamilia.com.

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse product portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski Crystal Business designs, manufactures and markets crystals, natural and created gemstones, finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. The company’s film division, Swarovski Entertainment, produces artistically accomplished feature films with global box-office appeal. The Swarovski Foundation was set up to honor the philanthropic spirit of the company by supporting creativity and culture, promoting wellbeing and conserving natural resources. Now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach, with over 2,350 stores in about 170 countries and more than 25,000 employees