Browns Gets On Board With the BFC’s NewGen Initiative

LONDON — British retailer Browns is amping up its efforts to support emerging talent by becoming the latest partner of the British Fashion Council’s NewGen scheme.
NewGen promotes London’s most promising up-and-comers by providing mentoring, financial support and showcasing opportunities during London Fashion Week.
As a partner, Browns said it will work toward strengthening the designers’ support network by further funding the scheme and providing mentorship programs that will focus on passing on the Browns team’s business and retail expertise.
Members of the Browns team will also sit on the NewGen judging panel to determine which designers will receive sponsorship in the coming seasons.
Current recipients include Halpern, Richard Quinn, Phoebe English, Matty Bovan, Liam Hodges, Kiko Kostadinov and Alighieri.
“Through partnerships like this, we will continue to demonstrate the Browns ethos, and we look forward to working closely with the BFC and the designers to build out meaningful initiatives with support and mentorship at the heart,” said Holli Rogers, the retailer’s chief executive officer.
Earlier this year, Browns also set up a new department dedicated to scouting and supporting young talent and is now looking to expand it into different segments, to reflect the huge variety of categories emerging talent can belong to.
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CFDA, Lexus Fashion Initiative 3.0 Program Seeks Applicants

The CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative 3.0 program, designed to help fashion labels implement sustainable practices in their businesses, is under way.
Applications will open today on CFDA.com, inviting designers and brands of small- to midscale, with specializations in women’s and/or men’s apparel and accessories (excluding jewelry) to apply for the opportunity to participate in the nine-monthlong virtual residency program.
Five designers or brands will be selected for the 2018-19 program. The goal of the initiative is to further American fashion’s movement toward sustainability.
Underwritten by Lexus, the participants will be eligible for awards totaling $ 80,000 to advance their goals. At the conclusion of the program, the designer-brand with the most visionary, viable and impactful strategic blueprint for a positive future will be awarded a Lexus Grant of $ 100,000.
Steven Kolb, president and chief executive officer of the CFDA, said “We continue to invest in the future of our industry through education and by encouraging innovation in sustainability. Sustainability is a core pillar of our work and the partnership with Lexus on the CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative allows us to do this and guide designers toward a sustainable future.”
For the last go-round, the  top honors went to Studio One Eighty Nine, which was

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Fashion Trust Arabia Supports Local Talent with New Prize Initiative

LONDON — As the Arab fashion industry continues to gain ground, a new charitable venture, Fashion Trust Arabia, is being launched and it’s spearheading a new prize initiative to support local design talent through mentorship and funding.
The initiative, which follows on the footsteps of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust, will be chaired by Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser and co-chaired by Sheikha al- Mayassa Bint Hamad Al- Thani and Tania Fares, founder of the Fashion Trust in the U.K.
A wide range of local and international business and fashion leaders are said to participate in the new venture, joining its executive committee or judging panel and mentoring participating designers. Fashion Trust Arabia is yet to announce its committee members.
The launch of the prize aims to coincide with the increased interest in the growth potential of the region’s fashion industry, to support local talent that has so far been operating under-the-radar and spark investment opportunities.
Earlier this year, the Arab Fashion Council – which is now headquartered in Saudi Arabia – also announced a partnership with the British Fashion Council and hosted the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh, in a bid to develop a sustainable fashion infrastructure across the Arab world and create new revenue

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Qurate Retail Group Plans Nest Initiative for International Women’s Day

QVC AND HSN STEP UP: In recognition of International Women’s Day today, Qurate Retail Group’s QVC and HSN are joining forces with global nonprofit Nest to promote women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment.
QVC, HSN and participating brands from both retailers plan to donate a minimum of $ 325,000 to benefit Nest, a nonprofit that empowers artisans worldwide to bring their talents, creativity and craftsmanship to the global marketplace.
“Entrepreneurial at heart, QVC and HSN have a long history of supporting women and cultivating strong relationships,” said Mike George, president and chief executive officer of Qurate Retail Group. “QVC and HSN have fostered the growth of some of today’s most successful brands, many of which were founded by women. Today and throughout the month of March, QVC and HSN are proud to continue to collaborate with Nest to celebrate women entrepreneurs around the world, including those who got their start here.”
Today and through the month, QVC will offer a special curated selection of products featuring apparel, jewelry, accessories, beauty and home items from 15 women-led brands such as Peace Love World, LOGO by Lori Goldstein, Mally, Tarte and It Cosmetics. In addition, HSN brands such as Lysse, Minnetonka, Nurse Jamie and Perlier will join together

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Hollywood A-Listers Launch Time’s Up Initiative to Fight Sexual Harassment

Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon and 300 other prominent women in the entertainment industry have launched an initiative dubbed Time’s Up aimed at protecting women who are facing sexual harassment in all sectors of the workforce. The plan includes a legal defense fund seeded by donations from affluent women and renewed backing for the “50/50 by […]

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Sheryl Sandberg, Who Lost Her Husband 2 Years Ago, Launches Initiative to Help Grieving Families During the Holidays

For many people coping with the diagnosis of a serious illness or the loss or separation of a loved one, facing the holiday season will be challenging—and they’ll need support from friends and family to help find joy in between their moments of grief.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer and author of the popular book Lean In, knows this struggle all too well: Sandberg lost her husband and father to her two children, Dave Goldberg, in May 2015 after he died suddenly at age 47 while on vacation in Mexico. After experiencing the pain that comes from loss and learning of ways to respond to it, Sandberg teamed with psychologist Adam Grant to publish the book, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy and its accompanying website to help those facing adversity in relation to a loved one. This is something especially important during the holiday season, Sandberg says.

“The holidays are reminders, and you really feel the absence of the person,” Sandberg, 48, tells PEOPLE. “Particularly if there’s a loss, the holidays are times when whatever challenges we face, our absences are felt so deeply, whether it’s been a week or decades.”

This magnification of grief is something that will be experienced by many households who will have empty seats at the dinner table or unopened gifts under the Christmas tree this year.

To help family and friends of the bereaved who may be unsure how to best lend their support during the holidays, Sandberg is launching the #OptionBThere initiative, where visitors can find a collection of advice and tips organized by themes including “just be there,” “say something,” “lend a hand” and “celebrate the good.” OptionB.Org community members have also submitted their own real-life experiences and detailed what worked for them during difficult holiday seasons.

“The number one thing I’ve learned, which is why we’re doing this, is that so often, we don’t address the hard things because we don’t know what to say,” Sandberg says, “so you don’t say anything.”

To relieve these often difficult and painful situations, #OptionBThere provides conversation starters to help friends and family feel comfortable sharing their feelings, and suggestions for feel-good games, “all feelings welcome” dinners, meaningful gift ideas and holiday cards to remind them that they’re loved. 

For those experiencing grief who are unsure of how to interact with other during family engagements and celebrations, #OptionBThere also has tips on how to ask loved ones for help, and a seven-step guide to creating a “holiday bill of rights” to allow themselves to approach the holidays under their own terms. These suggestions may help them to find a bit of happiness during difficult times.

“Let yourself feel what you feel. Try to think of moments of joy. Little things,” Sandberg says. “Sometimes we’re looking for happiness in big ways, and I think, if you’re facing a holiday, or even a regular day through your illness or pain, you can’t be happy all the time—don’t put that pressure on yourself.”

In the years after Goldberg’s passing, Sandberg took up the habit of writing down three moments of joy at the end of her day, which have helped her to appreciate everyday moments.

“It is a great irony of my life that I lost my husband, and I am more grateful,” she says. “I’m grateful that I was alive for Thanksgiving. I’m 48. That never would have occurred to me before.”

Sandberg stresses that one of the most important actions that friends and family of the bereaved can do is simply show up.

“Just do something. That’s really what #OptionBThere is all about,” she says. “When you show up with a meal, when you show up with a hug, when you show up with the funny story, or just the willingness to sit there and cry with the person, that’s incredibly powerful—helping ourselves see what is still good in our lives is a super important part of recovery, and when you show up for someone, you are creating a good moment.”


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Octavia Spencer, Common Among Mentors for AT&T Hello Lab’s Short-Film Initiative

AT&T has enlisted Oscar winners Octavia Spencer and Common as mentors for an initiative giving five aspiring young filmmakers funding and resources — including exclusive distribution on DirecTV Now — for their short-film projects. The mentorship program is being launched by AT&T Hello Lab, the digital studio collaboration with Fullscreen Media that produces content for… Read more »

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Swiss Fests Pact on ‘Connect to Reality’ Initiative to Boost Local Film Industry

The Locarno, Zurich, and Geneva Tous Écrans festivals have joined forces to launch a collective initiative and think tank called Connect to Reality meant to help Swiss industry professionals analyse specific challenges they face in film development, production and distribution. The new initiative marks a rare case of the three events joining forces, in an… Read more »

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Germany Gives $2 Million Grant to Better Cotton Initiative

Germany’s Federal Ministry has awarded a grant of 2 million euros, or $ 2.14 million, to the Better Cotton Initiative‘s Growth and Innovation Fund.
The fund helps BCI advance its goal of reaching 5 million farmers and accounting for 30 percent of global cotton production by 2020. In 2016, the fund invested more than 5 million euros, or $ 5.36 million, in projects. The Federal Ministry contribution will enable a significant scaling-up of the portfolio for the next season, BCI said. The ministry also became a BCI member.

The funding will be invested globally in training and capacity-building to address sustainability issues in cotton farming, including pesticide use, water efficiency and severe working conditions such as child labor, gender issues and unfair pay, BCI said.
Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, said: “Making globalization socially and environmentally fair — that is our common goal, both in our Textiles Partnership and in the Better Cotton Initiative. BCI is a leader in the effort to achieve better environmental and social standards in cotton production. Together with the private sector, civil society and producer country governments, we are defining standards.”
Alan McClay, chief executive officer of BCI, noted that the BCI Growth and Innovation Fund is a global

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Corneliani Launches Digital Initiative to Present Fall Men’s Collection

MILAN – Classic Italian men’s wear brand Corneliani unveiled the “Corneliani To You” project during Men’s Fashion Week here, which launches the next phase of the company under a new owner,  Bahrain-based fund Investcorp,, and a new chief executive officer, Paolo Roviera.
“The basic idea was to create a formula to communicate the existing values of the brand without distorting the product, while in an unconventional and innovative way,” said Roviera during an interview at the firm’s stately, frescoed showroom. “We were mindful of everyone’s busy schedules.”
As a result, the company didn’t hold a presentation this season but invested in a communication idea, tapping four different directors to present their visions of the brand in one-and-a-half-minute videos. “You can do this when you are confident in your style,” said the affable Roviera, who was previously ceo at rival Pal Zileri, which is also owned by a Middle Eastern fund, Mayhoola for Investments. “I am happy with the results – four different yet complementary videos,” he said, emphasizing his belief in digital communication.
For example, “Like Suit Like Man,” by Vincent & Kristell shows a man on a business trip whose every change of suit projects him in a different dimension, from France

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Guerlain Dispatches Barbers in Paris in Men’s Health Initiative

A CUT ABOVE: Have moustache, will travel. That’s Guerlain’s mantra this month as barbers shuttle around Paris offering men facial-hair trims in support of the Movember Foundation, a charity addressing such men’s health concerns as prostate and testicular cancers, mental health and suicide.
Throughout November, the foundation urges men grow to grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for its cause.
Guerlain, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fragrance and cosmetics label, is offering trims for both moustaches and beards in two of its boutiques and via barbers who are being driven around the French capital in an electric truck.
The moustache trim going for 10 euros, or $ 10.75 at current exchange, and beard trim priced at 26 euros, or $ 28, are being carried out in partnership with the hair salon La Barbière de Paris. Full proceeds from the services will be donated to Movember France.
Last November, Guerlain — whose involvement in the program is being led again by its in-house perfumer Thierry Wasser — was the largest contributor to Movember’s cause in France, thanks to a team focusing on moustaches.
Guerlain has been running its social and environmental program, called Au Nom de la Beauté (or In the Name of Beauty), since 2007. The

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Italian Leaders Chasing American Consumers With Yearlong $21.6 Million Initiative

NEW YORK — In a major vote of confidence in American consumers, Italy’s Vice Minister of Economic Development Carlo Calenda on Monday launched a yearlong, $ 21.6 million initiative tailor-made to bolster Italian fashion exports to the U.S. market.
Before detailing the multitiered program with other leading Italian trade officials at the Jacob K. Javits Center here Monday, Calenda discussed how the dollar’s strength against the euro, the industrialization of China and the shifting global marketplace were among the factors that spurred the effort. Last year, Italian exports to the U.S. totaled 5.2 billion euros, or $ 5.6 billion, an 11 percent increase compared to 2013. Italy has seen 4.5 percent market share growth in the U.S. since 2013. Because of increased spending due to the dollar gaining strength against the euro, Italy’s growth was 23.3 percent in the first quarter compared to the same period lat year.
“In the first phase of globalization, the mantra was, ‘You have to be present everywhere.’ Now you have to be much more selective. There are places where conditions for business will worsen, and places where they are opening up their borders for our goods,” he said. “We are really trying to guide our companies to avoid

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