Friday, August 16, 2013

Maiyet: Fine Jewelry

Maiyet is pioneering a new luxury by creating a fashion brand that celebrates rare artisanal skills from unexpected places.
Maiyet's uniquely inspired, design driven collection seeks to elevate the next generation of master craftsmen from places such as Colombia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mongolia, and Peru.

In addition to sourcing from these global artisans, Maiyet deploys customized training programs that allow its partners to create higher-quality, exceptional product and promise stability and prosperity in their communities.

The collection is timeless and has unparalleled richness and human touch. It is designed for those who recognize quality and seek something special and rare; someone who is captivated by the caliber of design, and further inspired by the soul behind the work.

Miyet is committed to forging partnership with artisans globally and has entered into a strategic partnership with Nest, and independent  nonprofit organization dedicated to training and developing artisan businesses to promote entrepreneurship, prosperity and designate in places that need it most.

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Kate Moss for Versace Fall 2013 Campaign

When iconic brand like Versace taps a supermodel like Kate Moss, the outcome is one you can't ignore. Add in that said model is nude sans strategically places bags or a traffic-stopping yellow fur coat, and you've got one sizzling campaign. Case in point: Versace's Fall/Winter 2013 ads starting Moss, promoting the fashion house's "Vunk" (punk) collection. This is not the first time Moss has posed for Versace, and in fact, she starred in the brand's Spring 2013 campaign. The photos were taken by Mart Alas & Marcus Piggot in London with art direction by Giovanni Bianco. In addition to Moss, Versace featured models Sakis de Brauw, Travis Smith, Dominik Bauer, and Matt Trethe.
"[The] Versace campaign for Autumn/Winter 2013 is stripped back to the raw power of the clothes and models," said Donatella Versace. "There's no set, no distraction, jus the provocation, glamour and attitude of our fashion. Mert & Marcus genius transformed Kate and Saskia into these strong Versace characters."

Zara: TRF A/W '13 Campaign

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Elevator Pitch: Not just for Sales People

The "Elevator Pitch" is a traditionally used by Sales People for chance (or-not-so-chance) encounters with current and/or potential clients. Using a clear and concise delivery, the Elevator Pitch is used to help sell products and/or services. 
Ultimately,  labor is a market; you are the seller and employers are the buyers. Employed properly, the Elevator Pitch can be very helpful in selling your labor to potential buyers.

Below are a few tips from LinkdIn on developing your own, job search Elevator Pitch. . . 

What is an Elevator Pitch?
An "Elevator Pitch" is a concise, carefully planned and well-practiced description of the value you bring to a company. The pitch should be easily understood by a layman and last 30-45 seconds: the typical time it takes to ride an elevator.

Write it Out
Write a summary of your experience, skills and accomplishments. Include everything you would want a potential employer to know about you. Narrow this down to about 3 bullet points to used as the basis of your pitch.

Emphasize Value
Companies trade money for labor. Employees trade labor for money. Put emphasis on how your labor (experience, skills and accomplishments) will provide value to the employer.

Prepare Two Versions
Craft one pitch for interviews and another for social settings. For the latter, it is acceptable to include information about your persona life. For the career fair, use the social version when networking with other attendees. 

Tailor the Pitch
The biggest complaint from recruiters is that job seekers do not take the time to learn about their company. If you think you might be in a professional or social setting with someone from a company at which you want to work, tailor your pitch to show that you are knowledgeable about that particular company.

Practice, practice, practice
Rehearse your pitch. Practice on friends, in front of a mirror or into a video recorder. Repeat it (out loud) over and over until reciting it is a second nature. Assume there will be follow-up questions from the recipient of your pitch and be prepared to answer them in a clear, concise manner.

Alexander Wang: Diego Iridescent Bucket Bag

We are obsessed with with Alexander Wang's signature hardware - this time iridescent! - The Diego features a totable shape and functional straps that also gather the top and outside pockets.

Club Monaco: Fall 2013 Lookbook

Club Monaco redefined its classic in dusty shades of pale pink and blue giving a feminine twist to the classic palette of black, white and camel. Luxe fabrics emerge with an autumnal flair: calf-skin bonded with wool; cashmere, shearling and stretch leather. When the holiday countdown begins sugar beet and rose gold enter the collection - giving a classic approach to festive attire.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Madewell: Revamps Denim Collection

One of our fave shopping destinations, Madewell, has relaunched its denim line with fits that promise to retain their shape thorough the day. So long, saggy bottoms!

Madewell has changed everything about their jeans - the fit, the fabric, the works. 

Denim has:
- Tons more stretch
- Denim bounces back, so it hold its shape
- Don't cost more than, say, a nice dinner out
- Handcrafted jeans

Fits: Skinny Skinny - Skinny Skinny Ankle - Skinny Skinny Ankle High Rise, Legging Jeans, Boy Jean, Slim Boy Jean, Rail Straight, Rivet & Thread

Zara: Women's A/W '13 Campaign

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