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SHANGHAI — White Day, a.k.a. the male version of Valentine’s Day, has become increasingly popular in China, a country inundated with Eastern and Western commercialized, romantic festivals. Celebrated one month after Valentine’s Day, on March 14, the holiday became popular in Japan, before spreading to other East Asian countries, including China. The concept behind the day is that men are repaid by their loved ones for the effort they put into making Valentine’s Day special.
This year, White Day will be celebrated by British luxury men’s wear brand Dunhill and popular Chinese influencer Mr. Bags with a limited-edition collection of 368 pieces, with the edition number etched inside each bag. The number of pieces was chosen by Tao Liang of Mr. Bags as it is a combination of Chinese lucky numbers, as well as his own personal lucky numbers. This is just one example of the attention to detail paid by the online entrepreneur, whose previous luxury bag collaborations have sold out within minutes. “It’s not like we want to use this number to create something lucky. It’s just that I want everything to be perfect,” said Liang.
Liang’s Chiltern drawstring backpack is his first collaboration to focus on a single man’s
PARIS — Kering and the Savory Institute have joined forces to apply the nonprofit’s “Land to Market” system for sourcing to the fashion industry.
Noting the industry’s part in damaging ecosystems, the luxury giant said the idea is to promote agriculture practices meant to reverse environmental damage. So-called regenerative raw materials are key to building a circular economy for the industry, and their use could be a potential game changer, the company said in a joint statement with the organization.
“Regenerative agriculture is a multibenefit solution which supports Kering’s sustainability ambitions to mitigate our environmental impacts and deliver positive outcomes along our supply chain,” said the group’s chief sustainability officer, Marie-Claire Daveu, who also heads the group’s international institutional affairs.
The company will become a “frontier founder” or partner to the Boulder-based group, and the two will work together to draw up a network of farms to supply raw materials to Kering.
Fashion companies are under increasing pressure to improve their records amidst growing consumer concern about environmental issues. Kering has positioned itself as a trailblazer on such matters in the corporate world, publishing an environmental profit and loss account for the sneaker business Puma as early as 2011, for example.
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Johnny “King Nerd” Dowell has teamed with Master and Dynamic.
The London-based artist, who graduated from Central Saint Martins, has hand-engraved 10 MH40 Over-Ear headphones.
Dowell, who spent 15 years engraving at James Purdey and Sons, a British gunmaker, is known for working with some leading watch brands but had more room to play with this partnership.
“The sleek and modern designs of Master and Dynamic headphones combined with the premium quality and materials have always stood out to me as a product with engraving potential and here we are,” said Dowell. “For this particular project I was inspired by a traditional scrolling style, which starts with a nice curve and features ornate details that flow back and forth between the patterns, juxtaposing classic techniques with contemporary product.”
The headphones, which retail for $ 999, are available to purchase now. Master and Dynamic has previously worked with filmmaker Sam Kolder and architect David Adjaye.
MORE THAN A COAT: This year, Nordstrom employees join a list of other retail partners, such as Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Hollister Co. and TJX Cos. Inc. in volunteering their time in partnership with Operation Warm to provide coats to children in need — and also help the planet.
Marking 20 years in helping the unfortunate, Operation Warm is on track to achieve three million coats distributed with the aid of corporate partnerships and the corporate employee volunteer program, which is in its third year. Other avenues of assistance come directly through community groups, firefighters and schools for where the help is most needed.
Through its inaugural partnership with Nordstrom, “the green guardian” coat gives back. Each coat is designed and manufactured by Operation Warm and made out of 32 recycled plastic bottles.
Mutually excited in their partnership, Nordstrom and Operation Warm believe the mission is in line with company core values as well as demonstrated need.
As the holidays warrant a pleasure in giving, “This holiday season, Nordstrom is excited to be partnering with Operation Warm to outfit 1,500 children in New York City with new winter coats,” said Chris Wanlass, vice president and general manager of Nordstrom Manhattan.
Similarly, Dick Sanford, chief executive
Apple will begin making independent, feature-length films through a multiyear partnership with the Oscar-winning studio A24, broadening the iPhone maker’s push into original content beyond TV programming and into movies.
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In order to make the classical soprano singer Sarah Brightman shine just a little bit more on her “Hymn” tour next year, Swarovski has teamed with the English crossover artist on a collection and partnership.
The approach to this link-up is multitiered. Swarovski and Brightman created a line of unisex and bespoke jewelry that will be available for purchase at Brightman’s concerts and online; plus, the company applied more than 600,000 Swarovski crystals to the costumes — and a custom tiara, which Brightman co-designed — she’ll wear on tour. A limited-edition version of her new album “Hymn,” customized by Swarovski, will also be for sale, replete with exclusive bonus content.
As part of her involvement with the design and consultation process, Brightman traveled to the brand’s headquarters in Wattens, Austria, to check out the corporate archives and gain further inspiration for her collection.
“I wanted to create something the fans would feel a natural connection to, and capture the essence of the show experience,” said Brightman, who’s known for donning otherworldly and lavish costumes when she’s on stage.
The “Hymn” tour, it seems, won’t lag in the decadence department. For the 125 dates Brightman is performing in cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore and São
HOLIDAY CHEER: In one of the more unexpected branding coups, Talbots has partnered with the “Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes,” and will be the official women’s fashion and footwear partner.
In addition to being a sponsor with presenting sponsor Chase, the Massachusetts-based chain of boutiques will have a replica storefront in the department store scene during this year’s “Christmas Spectacular” production at Radio City Music Hall. That scenario centers on two brothers who are on the hunt for the ideal Christmas gift for their sister and they wind up on a wintry adventure to discover the magic behind Santa Claus.
The Talbots-Rockettes connection will not only be on the historic hardwood stage at Rockefeller Center. The high-kicking dancers will be featured in Talbots’ holiday campaign, which will encompass the holiday catalogue and the retailer’s site. For the crucial fourth-quarter selling season, Talbots has recruited the Rockettes to field their share of meet-and-greets and to make cameos at select customer events at the Talbots Madison Avenue flagship.
Set to bow Nov. 9, this year’s production will feature a more technologically advanced “Christmas Lights” finale, combining innovation — futuristic digital projections with more traditional aspects that will extend the show beyond the stage.
Natalie Bloomingdale’s e-commerce site The SIL (which stands for “stuff I love”), a platform for exclusive offerings by independent designers, has teamed with The Beverly Hills Hotel to unveil a holiday capsule collection next month inspired by the landmark property. Launching in one of the redesigned bungalows, the collection will feature ready-to-wear pieces and accessories designed by SIL Shop designers from Paris to San Antonio, Tex.
“For more than a century, The Beverly Hills Hotel has remained a symbol of Hollywood’s Golden Age and Los Angeles’ celebrated lifestyle, with a signature aesthetic that has become recognized around the world,” said Edward Mady, the hotel’s regional director and general manager. “Its iconic design elements serve as inspiration for artists and designers, and this inaugural capsule collection with The SIL is an example of the influence this beloved property continues to have in the fashion world.”
Founded by Bloomingdale last year, The SIL’s own branding was very much inspired by the color palette of The Beverly Hills Hotel, her favorite Los Angeles haunt and that of her late grandmother-in-law, society doyenne Betsy Bloomingdale. A frequent patron of the Polo Lounge, the hotel’s legendary restaurant and bar, the younger Bloomingdale channeled the green and white
Rémy Martin is exploring product collaborations.
The liquor brand is introducing The Collector’s Series, which will feature capsule collections from various designers.
First up is the “Just Rémy” collection that is designed by Don Crawley, better known as Don C, who currently collaborates with Nike on sneakers and has his own line called Just Don.
“Rémy Martin has been a cultural icon for me and my community growing up on the South Side of Chicago, and I’m honored to partner with a brand that has been such a big part of my history,” said Crawley. “This project allowed me to effortlessly integrate my passion points and personal style to a collection that is unique to Rémy Martin. Throughout this creative process, our brands consistently remained inspirations to one another and this ‘Just Rémy’ collection is truly a one-of-a-kind showcase for both Rémy Martin and Just Don.”
The line, which will launch in Chicago later this month, will include the 1738 Sneaker Box, patterned with Just Don’s signature snakeskin detailing and featuring a bottle of premium Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal with branded “Just Rémy” sneaker laces.
“Rémy Martin is excited to present ‘The Collector’s Series’ and unite the world of luxury and lifestyle through collaboration,”
The brand behind the cult-favorite beauty box of the Eighties and Nineties is getting a makeover.
Caboodles, the accessories brand best known for its colorful boxes used to organize beauty products and jewelry, is undergoing a re-brand to give the 30-year-old label a refresh. In addition to updating the original boxes with new colors and designs, the re-brand consists of two main collection expansions, one called Life & Style and the other called Active by Simone Biles.
Caboodles ‘On the Go Girl’ Box.
“I grew up with the brand and my parents used to give me cases for everything,” said the Olympic gymnast, who is also a brand ambassador. “It’s been able to come full circle to work with them as an adult while I still use Caboodles.”
Biles worked closely with the brand to create a collection of accessories made for women with active lifestyles. Designed in black with purple accents, which is Biles’ favorite color, the collection includes seven bags meant to organize and store beauty products, jewelry and other items in a convenient and portable way. For example, the collection includes an MVP Beauty Pack, which is a backpack that features padded compartments with room for the original Caboodles box,
The Tie Bar wanted to test out a more premium product, so it partnered with Vitale Barberis, the Italian mill, on a line of seven ties and two bowties constructed with fabrics sourced from the mill.
“The Tie Bar has always taken pride in bringing our customer a premium quality product at an unbeatable value,” says Allyson Lewis, chief executive officer of The Tie Bar. “Our customer has been asking for a higher-end offering for years, but it was important for us to find the right partner to maximize the value for our customer.”
The line features premium Italian wool fabrics that retail for $ 35. The Tie Bar’s typical pricing for ties is $ 19. It includes windowpane patterns coming in trending colors for fall. The line was meant to complement The Tie Bar’s collection of dress shirts and pants. It’s available at The Tie Bar’s six permanent stores and its e-commerce site.
The Tie Bar has also expanded its distribution strategy and signed a deal with Destination Hotels. Its products — ties, bow ties, pocket squares, belts and socks — will be available to purchase at six Destination Hotels in the U.S. The capsule includes a custom tie and bow tie designed exclusively
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Dr. Precious Moloi Motsepe is partnering with Global Citizens Festival, which is put on by the Global Poverty Project that aims to end extreme poverty by 2030.
Through the Motsepe Foundation, where she serves as co-founder and chief executive officer, the doctor, fashion entrepreneur and philanthropist will help support the South African edition of Global Citizens Festival, which will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. She will get on stage this weekend at the New York edition of the festival, which will feature performers from Janet Jackson, Janelle Monae, The Weeknd, Cardi B and more, to speak about the partnership,
“I went to the festival before and I was really impressed with their model of convening young people around the issues and ensuring that leaders in business and politics connect with young people and young people hold them accountable,” said Dr. Motsepe, who was recently named co-chairman of the Maverick Collective by outgoing co-chair Melinda Gates. “We thought it would be best to take the Global Citizens Festival to South Africa in celebration of Nelson Mandela. In Africa, the youth population is huge and we need to ensure they are educated and engaged.”
The festival in South Africa will take place on December 2
SAVE THE SPECIES: Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB is collaborating with the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) on a sustainable collection of children’s clothes, in its latest initiative designed to cement its green credentials in the eyes of increasingly eco-conscious consumers.
Launching Sept. 27, the line features items such as sweatshirts, leggings and hooded dresses in organic cotton, with 10 percent of each sale helping fund the wildlife conservation organization’s endangered species program.
Designs are printed with illustrations of at-risk species such as tigers, snow panthers, polar bears, elephants and penguins. WWF hopes the collection will raise awareness among the younger generation of consumers.
The H&M Kids x WWF collection
“The campaign will allow us to collect funds to support our actions, but also to alert the future generation to environmental issues,” David Bloch, head of corporate marketing partnerships at WWF International, said in a statement. “This collection proves that it is possible on a large scale to produce clothes that are better for the environment and for our children.”
The brand first joined forces with WWF in 2010 on an ocean-themed collection, and subsequently inked a partnership with the organization in 2011 covering issues including water management and environmental strategies designed to
While Google’s search engine remains blocked in China, the company is courting allies there by providing tools and support to a growing number of app developers, manufacturers and advertisers in the region.
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EMME’S LATEST GIG: Emme, the plus-size model, has partnered with Woman Within, the plus-size e-commerce site that offers sportswear to swimwear, to encourage women to feel great in their own skin.
Since the Nineties, Emme has been promoting body positivity before it became a modern movement.
“The Love What You Wear” campaign encourages women at every age and size to wear what makes them feel beautiful and special. In the campaign, the 54-year-old Emme shows five different looks — workout, event, casual, date night and weekend. The retailer carries clothing in sizes 12W to 44W. The campaign, which breaks today and runs through July 24, will appear on the company’s web site and their social channels.
“As a curvy woman in a high-fashion world, I believe in helping women find confidence within themselves,” Emme said.
“Woman Within is committed to celebrating the beautiful shapes of all women. We are fully engaged in helping every woman be comfortable in their own skin with the fiercest commitment to helping them feel great about what they put on,” said Celeste Risimini-Johnson, brand manager of Woman Within. “Wherever life takes you, we deign the clothes that you will always love to wear.”
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NEW YORK — Architecture is always a reference point for Martin Andersson, the men’s creative director at Theory. But this time, he’s letting consumers in on the process.
On Tuesday night at Theory’s Meatpacking District store, Andersson presented his men’s pre-fall 2018 collection, which was situated next to Marvin Rand photographs that will be up in the store for a week or so. The late photographer is known for his graphic photographs of California architecture and landscape, which is documented in “California Captured,” a recently released book published by Phaidon.
“I’m really inspired by Los Angeles and all the facets of L.A.,” said Andersson. “It started with me looking at David Hockney paintings and some midcentury architecture, then we started thinking about the Theory man in L.A. and this whole little world came up. Then we had the opportunity to partner with Phaidon around this book, which captures exactly what influenced the collection.”
To further celebrate the partnership, Theory will hold a panel discussion at its Meatpacking District flagship on June 5 that will feature Andersson; Sam Lubell, who edited the book, and Giancarlo Valle, an architect. As retailers look for ways to connect with shoppers, panels are becoming a regularly utilized tool.
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Stadium Goods is infiltrating another space not typically known for sneaker reselling.
Shortly after revealing that it would have a concept space within Nordstrom’s men’s store in New York — it’s still to be determined when that will be up and running — the sneaker retailer has teamed with marketplace Farfetch to sell a curated selection of its inventory on Farfetch’s new sneaker hub, which launches today, and will feature shoes from a variety of international retailers. John McPheters, cofounder and chief executive officer of Stadium Goods, which received backing from LVMH Luxury Ventures in February, said the company will select a specific collection that targets Farfetch’s luxury consumer base to be sold through its site.
“Farfetch is the leading global technology platform for the luxury fashion industry. With their expansive global reach, this partnership gives Stadium Goods the opportunity to tap into a sophisticated customer base that appreciates the quality and craftsmanship of the products we sell,” McPheters said. “In addition, the partnership allows us to continue bolstering our presence in the international luxury market and gives Farfetch the chance to offer authentic and sought-after sneakers and streetwear to its growing customer base.”
Farfetch has always sold sneakers, but José Neves, founder and ceo,
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President Donald Trump is talking again about getting the U.S. into a Pacific Rim trade agreement. But any serious effort to do so would be fraught with difficulty, not least because Mr. Trump is demanding a “substantially better” deal than Washington got two years ago.
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Adidas is doing its part to help level the playing field for women.
The activewear brand has teamed with Lean In, the organization founded by Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg to encourage gender equality in the workplace. And today — which is Equal Pay Day — the organization is kicking off #20PercentCounts, the first of three public awareness campaigns to shine a light on the fact that women, on average, are paid 20 percent less than men for doing the same job.
On this day, Lean In has partnered with hundreds of U.S. businesses to share information on the gender pay gap in their communities.
For Adidas, the campaign will be promoted at its Adidas and Reebok retail stores across the U.S. as well as on their e-commerce sites.
The logo from the initiative.
Karen Parkin, an Adidas executive board member in charge of the company’s global human resources, said Adidas’ chief executive officer and chief merchandising officer met with Sandberg last fall and decided to get involved.
“We’re partnering with an organization we have high respect and admiration for,” Parkin said. “We want to be an employer of choice and to do that, we need to offer equal career opportunities for males and females.
Onia and Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What are linking up again.
Following the success of a 2016 swim collaboration, Onia and Bernstein are launching a larger, more widely distributed collection that will be available on May 1 at onia.com and retailers including Shopbop, Revolve and Everything but Water. According to Nathan Romano, cofounder of Onia, they’ve already sold six figures’ worth of product to store buyers.
“We underprojected what our opportunities were with the first collection,” said Romano. “We really wanted to figure out how we could make this a bigger business.”
Bernstein, who has already teased the collection on her Instagram, looked to the past to create a versatile line.
Onia’s Nathan Romano and Danielle Bernstein.
“For this collection, I was inspired by vintage swim editorials,” said Bernstein. “I wanted to create a high-rise fit that would be superflattering on the body with a vintage, yet modern look. My goal was to create basic shapes in colors and patterns that could be mixed and matched to create multiple looks.”
The collection includes one- and two-piece looks made from Italian fabrics. Styles range from a striped one-piece suit with a belted waist to a polka-dot two-piece with high-waist bottoms. Separates retail for $ 95 and one-pieces
“That’s right! I get to stay in Shondaland for Katie’s Crib which is the best!” the actress, 36, tells PEOPLE about her latest post-Scandal project and the first-ever Shondaland-produced podcast that will cover topics related to all things motherhood and parenting.
“This whole thing of motherhood is insane. It’s a rollercoaster, which I love because the Shondaland logo is a rollercoaster. That’s basically how I feel every day,” she jokes. (Fun fact: Scandal and Shondaland’s executive producer Betsy Beers had a hand in naming the podcast.)
“Shondaland approached me about it actually. They came to me and thought, ‘I feel like you’re going through this huge thing called motherhood and there are probably a lot of people that would benefit going through this stuff with you.’ It’s been amazing,” Lowes says about the weekly podcast that will feature fellow moms Kristen Bell, Casey Wilson, Jennifer Finnigan, Angelique Cabral and June Diane Raphael.
Lowes and husband Adam Shapiro welcomed their first child, son Albee, in October 2017.
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“Each episode is about different topics that I’ve been going through in motherhood. Doulas, PPD, breastfeeding, sleep training, the village it takes to raise a baby, C-sections, intimacy post-baby, etc. There are endless topics that I really feel like need to be discussed,” Lowes explains.
“When I was pregnant, I was a big fan of pregnancy podcasts and found inspiration there for Katie’s Crib. What’s so fun about it is that a Shondaland producer actually comes to my house and we shoot it in my crib, hence the title,” she shares. “We shoot it in Albee’s playroom and he’s usually napping in the room next door. So on my podcast, it’s real: You’re gonna hear dogs barking, the lawn being mowed, my baby crying, you’re gonna hear the whole kid and kaboodle of how my life runs.”
Adding, “My son doesn’t care about a schedule so even though I’m pretty sure he’s going to be napping during that time, it’s not a definite. It makes it very interesting and it makes it very real.”
In addition to her celebrity pals, Lowes also invites experts in various fields to provide professional advice and consultation.
“The topics get pretty raw and vulnerable, not only from my own experiences but I’m lucky that I’m living in L.A. and befriended a lot of experts in different fields. Each episode has a topic and I usually have a few girlfriends on that talk about their experiences. We have an expert that can help us with topics like lactation or speaking with therapists or an OB,” she says.
Shapiro adds that his wife’s podcast is very similar to the daily conversations she has with her inner circle.
“Katie has such a close-knit group of moms that she talks to all the time. And I always hear the Katie side of that conversation so I always thought she should do a podcast because she basically does one every day on the phone with her girlfriends,” says the father of one, who also made cameos on Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy.
“It’s an incredible group of friends who happen to have babies at the same time. It’s amazing when I talk to moms that don’t have a circle like that, how much information they don’t have to receive because they’re not constantly in contact with other moms and other ideas. So that kind of world that Katie has created for herself she gets to share it through this podcast and everybody gets to be her mom friend,” he says.
Overall, Lowes seeks to inspire and empower mothers and parents with Katie’s Crib.
“I hope that people who listen really connect with a day in my life looking similar to a day in their life. We are not a podcast that’s a how-to guide,” she emphasizes. “We’re not telling people exactly what to do but I’m hoping that each episode provides moms and partners with any sort of insight or thing that could help them.”
Katie’s Crib is available on iTunes.
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Canada Goose and the FDNY Foundation have teamed up to unveil the brand’s “Bravest Coat.”
The Canadian outerwear company will donate all proceeds of the $ 695 limited-run item to the nonprofit, which specializes in fire safety education. In addition to outreach programs for the public, the group provides training and support for FDNY fire and EMS workers, as well as technology and equipment for the department.
The unisex wind-resistant jacket with reflective stripes and metal clasps is being sold in Canada Goose stores in New York City, Toronto, London and Tokyo and through the company’s web site. It is adorned with the foundation’s emblem on the left chest. For a customizable element, consumers will receive a selection of five official FDNY Firehouse patches that they can change as they see fit on the Velcro patch on the garment’s right sleeve.
Noting the Toronto-based company’s 60-year heritage and experience making products for industrial workers, researchers and in some cases first responders, Canada Goose’s chief product officer Lee Turlington said the initiative was an opportunity “to honor the people who protect the people in the city that we have such a strong relationship with.” Canada Goose opened a SoHo boutique in November 2016. A few
Underwear brand 2(x)ist is trying out collaborations.
The company has teamed with Mr Turk, a men’s contemporary line, on a holiday collection that will be sold exclusively on 2(x)ist’s e-commerce site and within Mr Turk’s eight boutiques in the U.S.
“I think that collaborations are becoming even more relevant in the marketplace and it’s a great way to connect brands that have synergies and an overlapping consumer base,” said Tom Speight, the president and chief executive officer at 2(x)ist. Mr Turk is known for the use of unique prints and textures and we are known for our well-fitting underwear and loungewear. We speak to that Millennial consumer who likes fashion and is not afraid to be bold.”
The collection, which includes 12 stockkeeping units, is made up of popular 2(x)ist silhouettes in Mr Turk prints. It includes loungewear, underwear, onesies and special pieces like a smoking jacket-inspired robe. There will also be gift sets, that are new for 2(x)ist. Most of the collection is under $ 100, but certain items like the sleeping jacket will retail for $ 400.
According to Speight, the goal is to broaden distribution for spring 2019.
“We want to control what it looks like first and foremost and tell the story in an
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LONDON — The Arab Fashion Council is starting to lay the foundations for the development of a sustainable infrastructure across the Arab world, with a strategic partnership with the British Fashion Council and the debut of the first Arab Fashion Week in Riyadh.
The nonprofit organization, which represents 22 countries across the Arab world and has recently set up a regional office in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, is aiming to use the event as a platform to support local talent, as well as international names looking to enter the Arab market.
“The history and trajectory of the BFC goes hand in hand with what we are trying to achieve: nurturing young talent and adopting an international vision,” said Princess Noura Bint Faisal Al Saud, the organization’s honorary president.
In turn, the AFC will work toward providing opportunities for London-based designers to tap into the Arab market.
Jacob Abrian, the founder and chief executive officer of the AFC, pointed to the fact that their efforts are aligned with the government’s broader vision to diversify the economy of Saudi Arabia and create opportunities for its increasingly young generation — 70 percent of the population being under 30. “Most Arab countries are looking to diversify; Abu Dhabi, for example, announced that
BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM: With her new deal with Reebok, Victoria Beckham is the latest designer to link up with a major athletic brand.
The British-born designer let her 17.6 million Instagram followers know by posting a video of herself wearing the Club C sneakers outside of the company’s new Boston headquarters. She made the most of her first day on the scene, hosting an all-company meeting, touring the office, checking out the brand’s archives and holding initial design and planning meetings.
The choice of Beckham is meant to further Reebok’s message of women’s empowerment, which includes a roster of internationally known personalities like Ariana Grande, Gigi Hadid, Aly Raisman and Teyana Taylor. With four children and a multimillion-dollar business, Beckham would appear to have little time for exercise. Whippet-lean as she is, Beckham has spoken publicly about her daily two-hour morning workouts and healthy diet. Reebok executives undoubtedly approve of that regimen. The fact that Beckham’s designs are meant to relay a sense of strength, confidence and power also met their approval.
Beckham said, “I have always championed instilling confidence in women and Reebok is a brand that has been at the forefront of this same message for decades. To have the
Indochino, the Vancouver-based made-to-measure men’s brand, has a new partner.
The company has created what it is calling “a strategic partnership” with Postmedia, a Canadian media company representing more than 200 newspaper brands across Canada.
Under the terms of the deal, Postmedia has committed to invest more than 40 million Canadian dollars of media money in the brand over the next five years.
Postmedia will help Indochino grow its market share in Canada by promoting the company through print, digital and native advertising to its 13.4 million monthly unique digital visitors and 8.3 million weekly print readers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and other emerging markets in Canada where Indochino has less of presence.
“We’re proud to be symbiotically aligned with Canada’s largest newspaper company, which provides credible sources of news via its digital and print network to two in three adults,” said Drew Green, Indochino’s chief executive officer.
“As part of our 2016-2020 plan, we’ve boldly sought out strategic alliances to help us achieve our business goals and this mutually beneficial partnership will no doubt have a profound impact on our growth in Canada.”
Green said the deal will serve to boost the brand’s marketing activities while lowering one of its largest expenses.
“Both sides have
Perry Ellis is tapping into the voice activation market.
The men’s wear brand has teamed with Amazon to create an “Ask Perry Ellis” skill, or a set of built-in capabilities, that works with the voice-activated Amazon Alexa device to offer styling suggestions for various occasions.
“Over the years, we’ve seen men’s dressing habits evolve from wearing clothes for one specific occasion to the need to wear clothes for many different occasions,” said Melissa Worth, Perry Ellis’ president, before presenting the new technology on Thursday morning at The Standard Hotel in New York’s East Village. “At Perry Ellis, we are committed to providing solutions that are going to help him feel comfortable, look stylish and be appropriately dressed for any occasion on his calendar.”
According to Worth, after surveying a group of men, the team at Perry Ellis found that 81 percent of them had challenges getting dressed and 45 percent said the biggest struggle was getting dressed for a specific event and making sure they were appropriately dressed.
Perry Ellis is hoping to remedy this with “Ask Perry Ellis,” which allows men to ask Alexa what to wear for a particular event — the skill is programmed to respond to 150 different occasions ranging
REEBOK GOES BIG: Following in the sneakers of Gigi Hadid, Ariana Grande is the newest ambassador to join Reebok’s roster.
As part of the yearlong partnership, the pop star will be used primarily for social media purposes. Grande’s massive social media following — 113 million on Instagram alone — was no doubt a selling point with Reebok. One of the first images features her wearing an oversize white sweatshirt emblazoned with Reebok logo and white Reebok sneakers. She was photographed by her favorite lensman Alfredo Flores at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, during her “Dangerous Woman” tour. (Hadid continues to do her part with 35.7 million Instagram fans.) Grande’s first round of photos, not surprisingly, will be featured prominently on Reebok’s site.
Grande will also be central to Reebok’s global marketing and digital efforts, according to a Reebok spokesman. While there’s no disputing that performing concerts is physically grueling, the four-time Grammy nominee showed a different kind of steeliness in June when she returned to Manchester to perform a benefit concert two weeks after the bombing there that occurred after one of her shows. The fact that she is pictured on her official site’s home page wearing a black eye
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FIT’S NEW COLOR WHEEL: The Fashion Institute of Technology is home to the first Archroma Color Center at a college or university.
As part of its plan to team with leading global universities, Archroma, a Swiss resource for color and specialty chemicals, has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Textile Development and Marketing department through the Archroma Color Management service business. In the new Archroma Color Center, FIT students have access to color management tools for their design projects, while getting more hands-on experience that helps to prepare them for careers in the fashion and textiles industries.
Having had a relationship with FIT through the years, Archroma wanted to partner with an entity that connects with a lot of students and has great standing in the industry, according to Chris Hipps, global director of Archroma Color Management, which is housed in Charlotte, N.C. About 50 to 100 companies including American Eagle Outfitters are working with similar tools that the students are using.
“We want the students to be familiar with the modern tools that they will experience when they get out into the work world. Designers and fashion designers in particular really want to have an unlimited color range to choose from,”
Stella McCartney has a new collaborative initiative with Bolt Threads, a biotech company based in the San Francisco Bay Area that specializes in advancing sustainable materials. The firm develops fibers from scratch based on proteins found in nature, as well as clean, closed-loop manufacturing processes. An example is vegan-friendly silk created from yeast, which will be implemented into McCartney’s work.
“When I first started in fashion design I never thought there would be a day like this, where we would arrive with such an important moment when technology is fused with fashion, one of the most harmful industries to the environment,” said the designer. “Now is the time to search for answers, for alternatives. For me, I’ve always struggled with the use of silk and finding Bolt has been a life changing and career changing moment for me.”
The initial product of the partnership between McCartney and Bolt will be a one-of-a-kind gold shift dress commissioned for the Museum of Modern Art’s upcoming design exhibition, “Items: Is Fashion Modern?,” opening October 1 through January 28.
A sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk that will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art.
Beyond the exhibition the terms of the collaboration are undetermined.
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SINK OR SWIM: Over the years, many have spent a night drinking Bloody Marys in the King Cole Bar at The St. Regis New York without ever checking in. Now the hotel chain’s signature cocktail is being celebrated through a partnership with Vilebrequin.
The brand has developed swim trunks for men and boys imprinted with a red snapper pattern. The design hails to the cocktail’s nickname. In 1934, when Fernand Petiot brought his signature vodka and tomato juice mixer from Paris’ La Maisonette Russe to what was then the new King Cole Bar, the drink was renamed the “Red Snapper” to avoid offending the well-heeled clientele. Eighty-three years later the cocktail remains the must-have libation for many at St. Regis Hotels & Resorts.
The new red, blue and orange limited-edition swimwear is being sold online via St. Regis Hotels & Resorts. The men’s version retails for $ 250 and boys’ styles range from $ 120 to $ 140.
Lisa Holladay, global brand leader of St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, said of the company’s first St. Regis-inspired swimwear with Vilebrequin, “Not only does the design speak authentically to the brand’s legacy, but it also highlights our resort portfolio, properties which welcome families from all over the world
Nas is capitalizing on the Nineties nostalgia wave.
The rapper and entrepreneur is teaming with The Thread Shop, Sony Music’s licensing and merchandising creative agency, to produce an apparel and accessories collection.
This is a homecoming of sorts for Nas, who is currently under Mass Appeal Records but signed his first deal in 1992 with Columbia, which is a subsidiary of Sony.
“There is a resurgence of Nineties hip-hop as a trend and he’s definitely at the forefront of that,” said Frances Wong, vice president of The Thread Shop. “We are excited about reaching out to his fan base and continuing his legacy.”
In 2013 Nas launched Hstry, an apparel line he created with Grungy Gentleman. In 2014 he relaunched it as a stand-alone brand and last year he worked with Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing on a Hstry fashion collection to coincide with the film studio’s remake of “Ghostbusters.”
But Wong said this merchandise will be much different from Hstry and will be inspired by his catalog.
“It’s not just going to be album images on a T-shirt,” said Wong. “It’s about dissecting the messaging he has within his music and conveying that within the apparel.”
Wong said the distribution plan for this line, which will retail
WOMEN ON THE MOVE: Kering, an official partner of the Cannes Film Festival, said on Tuesday it has signed a two-year deal with UniFrance, the agency dedicated to promoting French films around the world, to expand the scope of its Women in Motion initiative worldwide.
Launched in Cannes in 2015, the program hopes to shed light on women’s contribution to film and share their recommendations for greater representation within the sector through talks open to journalists and film professionals. Last year, guests included Jodie Foster, Juliette Binoche, Chloë Sevigny and Salma Hayek Pinault.
Under the terms of the new partnership, Women in Motion will have a presence at several international film events, including the French Film Festival in Japan organized by UniFrance in Tokyo from June 22 to 25. Isabelle Giordano, general director of UniFrance, will host one of the talks at the Cannes Film Festival, scheduled to run from May 17 to 28.
Further Women in Motion talks are planned during the Elle Active forum in Shanghai on May 13, in partnership with the Chinese edition of Elle magazine, and in Japan on June 17 as part of the Women in Society event organized by Elle Japan.
Mack Weldon is embarking on its first retail partnership.
The direct-to-consumer men’s basics brand is launching its AIRKNITx Series at The Shop at Equinox locations starting this month.
The active collection includes boxer briefs and brief underwear, a crewneck T-shirt and socks that are priced from $ 22 to $ 28. The underwear are made from a high-stretch, breathable microfiber blend with wicking and anti-bacterial technology. Underwear feature a flyless pouch for support. The assortment, which will also be available on Mack Weldon’s e-commerce site, comes in gray heather, blue heather and redwood heather for the boxer briefs.
“Guys are active all day, every day, so we created a product that is as suited for the boardroom as it is the locker room,” said Matthew Congdon, vice president of design at Mack Weldon. “Our customers want a hybrid product that complements their active lifestyle.”
Mack Weldon has continued to grow since Brian Berger and Michael Isaacman cofounded it in 2012. They started in socks and underwear but have since introduced apparel and sportswear.
In 2015, they also brought on Howard Socol as a strategic adviser, and Congdon, who was previously the vice president of men’s design at Calvin Klein Underwear, joined the team last year. This Equinox
SPYING GAME: Gemfields, a supplier of responsibly sourced colored gemstones, has teamed with Gübelin Gem Lab, which specializes in the analysis of precious gemstones, to develop a new technology that traces the origins of emeralds in an effort to increase transparency in the colored gemstone industry.
The new traceability technology, called Emerald Paternity Test, works by applying DNA-based nanoparticles on rough emeralds from the mining stage. They can then be decoded at any stage in the supply chain to identify an emerald stone’s exact place of provenance. The nanoparticles have been designed to survive all the processes a stone undergoes, from cleaning to polishing and setting, to ensure they are always retrievable.
Gübelin Gem Lab highlighted that by using these tiny particles — smaller than 100 nanometers — they are able to ensure that the appearance and properties of the stone are not affected in any way.
“This technology offers all stakeholders along the entire supply chain, from the miner to the final customers, proof of the exact source of emeralds, instilling confidence and creating trust. It enables a new level of transparency for the gemstone trade,” said Daniel Nyfeler, Gübelin Gem Lab managing director.
Nyfeler said he was drawn to Gemfields’ forward-thinking approach
Randa, a men’s accessories wholesaler, is tapping First Insight for its consumer-driven predictive analytics.
Starting this month, Randa will look to First Insight for design, buying and pricing decisions about the accessories it produces for its brands, retail partners and consumers.
“We are dedicated to making our partners successful. Offering the right assortment through the right channel at the right price is critical for growth — and that requires timely and accurate information,” said David J. Katz, executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Randa. “We are excited about our partnership with First Insight because their predictive analytic platform will enable us to elevate the discussion we have with our retail and brand partners, make more informed recommendations based on direct feedback from consumers and drive better business results and increased consumer satisfaction.”
First Insight’s analytics are based on its online social engagement tools that gather real-time preference, pricing and sentiment data on potential product offerings. First Insight then uses this information to determine what products have the greatest opportunity, which allows Randa to quickly evaluate its designs and base production and pricing on consumer inputs.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Randa, a company that has built its reputation on helping their retail
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Andre 3000 Benjamin has a new job.
After a relatively busy 2016 — he appeared on songs with Travis Scott, Frank Ocean, Solange and Kanye West — the artist and Outkast member will now work with Tretorn, the 126-year-old Swedish footwear and outerwear brand that was purchased by Authentic Brands Group last year.
According to Nick Woodhouse, ABG’s president and chief marketing officer, Tretorn was looking for an influencer of sorts and reached out to Benjamin, who just happened to be a fan of the tennis sneaker.
“It was very serendipitous,” Woodhouse said. “We wanted to work with Andre because he resonates with all ages and he’s an OG. He’s not a flavor of the month. There are a lot of terrific, young influencers out there, but Andre is established. These young kids are reaching out to him to collaborate. That’s why we did this.”
The stylish rapper, who is 41 years old, will appear in Tretorn’s global brand campaign for fall, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its classic Nylite sneaker, and design a capsule collection of footwear for 2018. Woodhouse said Benjamin will work directly with Marc Fisher, who holds the Tretorn footwear license, to update its traditional styles and create new
What’s the best way to address it with your spouse? Below, sex therapists share the advice they give people with higher sex drives than their partners.
1. Be honest with your spouse about your needs.
Don’t shut your partner out and quietly suffer through your sexual frustration. The first step you should take to improve your sex life is to tell your S.O. that you wish you were intimate more frequently, said Keeley Rankin, a sex therapist in San Francisco, California.
“See how your spouse responds,” she said. “Listen to what they say, feel and say they want. You never know, they may want more closeness as well.”
2. Discuss the things that make sex possible and the barriers in the way.
Without asking, there’s no way of knowing why your spouse is disinterested in sex. Maybe they’re just exhausted and too stressed out by the day’s end to initiate sex. Or if they’re experiencing sexual dysfunction of some kind (premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction or a lack of vaginal lubrication, for instance), it makes sense that they’re apprehensive about initiating sex.
“You have to consider the life, emotional and physical barriers that can affect sex and shift libidos,” said Elizabeth McGrath, a sex therapist and educator who works in the Bay Area. “If your spouse has been caring for others all day, for instance, they might not feel ready for sex until they’ve had a moment to themselves to feel nourished and decompress.”
Once you’ve pinpointed some potential causes, figure out a workaround as a team; schedule a doctor’s appointment if there’s a physical barrier to sex, or give your spouse some totally kid-free “me time” if exhaustion is the problem.
3. Try seduction, not criticism or pressure.
A slight mismatch in libido can easily become a larger one if the lower-desire spouse is badgered about the issue, said Danielle Harel, a sex therapist and the co-author of Making Love Real: The Intelligent Couple’s Guide to Lasting Intimacy and Passion.
The mismatch often creates a cycle where the spouse with the higher sex drive complains, compares or criticizes their partner and the partner ends up having sex out of obligation, she explained.
Instead of pressuring your spouse, “see if you can find out what turns them on the most and try seduction,” Harel said. “Try saying (and really meaning), ‘It’s fine if we don’t have sex tonight but would you be willing to just open up to see if you start to get turned on?’”
She added: “Just because you start, doesn’t mean you have to go all the way. Make sure you have this agreement with your partner.”
4. Take turns initiating intimacy.
If you’re locked into a cycle of initiation and rejection, ask your spouse if they’d be willing to initiate some form of intimacy every few days, said Moushumi Ghose, a sex therapist and author of Classic Sex Positions Reinvented.
“Take turns each day initiating some kind of touch, even if if the goal isn’t orgasm, but just non-goal oriented sexy time,” she said. “The next day, the other person initiates. This can help balance out the playing field.”
5. See if your spouse is willing to make out.
Reconnecting sexually is all about taking slow, measured steps. If your partner is willing to have a hot make-out session or just touch, be open to that, said Celeste Hirschman, a sex therapist and the co-author of Making Love Real: The Intelligent Couple’s Guide to Lasting Intimacy and Passion.
“Oftentimes, when people are asking for sex, a lot of what they want is just enthusiastic, loving connection.” Hirschman said. “Just remember: You both have to be enthusiastic about it; it won’t be fulfilling if your partner just gives you sex without being present or enjoying the experience themselves.”
6. Get outside help.
Instead of dwelling on what’s missing in the relationship, consider the bond and attraction that still exists and build on that, McGrath said.
“Explore workshops, sex education resources and sex therapy that can expand your sexual horizons,” she said. “Look at what is possible and continue to talk about what else you can do together as a team.”
7. Keep bringing your sexual energy, but in a loving, calm way.
Don’t lose heart if you’re the higher-desire partner, said Ian Kerner, a sex therapist and New York Times-bestselling author of She Comes First: The Thinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a Woman.
“Higher-desire partners often get frustrated and feel rejected, creating a sexual disposition that is impatient and brittle and temperamental,” he said. “This often worsens the dynamic around sex and sometimes the higher-desire partner may opt out altogether, which is equally bad.”
The best thing you can do, according to Kerner, is to “stay in it to win it. That means nurturing arousal through positive acts of intimacy.”
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GANT “Oxford Fitted Shirt” styled by Sophia Charles. Photographed by Danielle Rueda
Steve Jobs and Leo Tolstoy shared a surprising creative belief. The simplest things are the hardest to master. “You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make something simple,” said Jobs. This fall, in the heart of San Francisco, a Menswear Styling class has been working on a project unlike any other in the industry: reinventing the classic white button-down. Except this isn’t an ordinary school project but a collaboration between the iconic US retailer GANT and the Academy of Art University School of Fashion. This unique engagement marked the first time the brand has partnered with an educational institution. The one-of- a-kind incentive is having their work showcased at the GANT flagship store in San Francisco. What a great experience!
Eleven senior styling student were given a GANT shirt and the liberty to reinterpret it for a lookbook. The only direction was to focus on the versatility of the garment without having it resemble another line. Every step of the process was in the hands of the students. In an interview with Fashion School Daily, the Assistant Director of Styling in the School of Fashion, Flore Morton stated that she "wanted students to build full stories, investigate brands, and think like designers.” The students turned for inspiration to the brand’s stylish present and captivating heritage.
GANT was founded in 1949 in New Haven, Connecticut. It has since expanded globally beyond menswear into other market segments creating a name for itself as a premier lifestyle brand with aims to increase its reach by 2020 under the new direction of global CEO Patrik Nilsson. GANT has originally been associated with effortless Ivy League style and quality tailored shirts. In addition to the classic sportswear heritage GANT line they’ve also launched GANT Diamond G and GANT Rugger, contemporary lines reflecting diverse aesthetics.
Back to the earlier simplicity discourse. Tolstoy argued that “the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” Students had to start from clean slate. Fangdi Li opted to use the GANT Rugger Indigo denim shirt for her nocturnal vision: draping of the shirt on the body in a linear way over a black hoodie for a restructured silhouette. Teresa Tran kept the focus on layering possibilities. She infused vintage pieces with the GANT shirt that was accented with accessories influenced by the subcultures of the film “This is England”. Sophia Charles drew inspiration from the GANT Instagram account and the French film “La Haine” for her minimalist yet bold version with accessorized with electric red tape. Overall, the results showcased GANT adaptability and immense talent of the Academy students.
GANT “Oxford Fitted Shirt” styled by Sophia Charles, modeled by Keoni Kai, hair and makeup by Jessica Katelynn Clark. Photographed by Gabriel Isak
The Academy is the only American school with an accredited styling program! It seems like a natural fit for the school and the brand, both of whom focus on quality, innovation and laying a foundation for a more fashionable future. For the creative director Christopher Bastin, it’s all about legacy, “having a legacy is something that sets you apart and gives you authenticity and credibility. And, most importantly, it gives you a platform and security as a brand.” This pioneering collaboration also benefited Fashion Journalism students who were assigned to follow the process closely and report on it via various outlets. Stephan Rabimov, director of Social Media Center and Fashion Journalism, commented: “Opportunities like this benefit all involved. Our students loved working with GANT. We salute the GANT team for their visionary leadership and look forward to providing more professional experiences that are not available at any other institution.”
The finalist looks from the GANT x Academy of Art collaborations will be presented at GANT’s San Francisco flagship store at 552 Hayes Street on January 19, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m.
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Ridge Capital Partners has acquired a majority stake in Gents Co., a men’s brand that got its start in 2012 selling luxury baseball caps.
Terms were not disclosed.
Gents will be led by managing partner Ryan Fishoff. Joshua Reed, the founder of the brand and a former Calvin Klein executive, will now serve as chairman and will remain active in the brand as will Trey Alligood, the former president and creative director, who will continue to serve as a consultant.
At the same time, Wendell Brown has been named creative director at large for Gents. Brown was a senior fashion editor for Esquire for 11 years and is currently at the Daily Beast where he is creative director for the company’s new accelerator program.
Fishoff said he put Gents together with Ridge Capital Partners, a private consortium of investors in New York, to fund the brand’s growth. This is its first entry into the apparel business. It is not the same company as the Washington-based Ridge Capital Partners LLC, the company said.
Although Gents only sells baseball caps at this time, Fishoff said the plan is to expand to men’s accessories, ath-leisurewear and personal-care products over the next year.
“Both Josh and Trey have done a
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The National Jewelry Institute is going back to school.
Following its gala dinner at the Louvre in July, the institute will kick off its next banner initiative on Monday: a week of jewelry-centric courses held at The New School’s Parsons School of Design. The five-day program will be broken down each day into morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions will be held at a private club on Park Avenue and cover the topics of high jewelry and watches, presented by Yvonne Markowitz, curator of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and Pascal Ravessoud, director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, respectively. Afternoons will be focused on off-site visits, such as the vault of the Museum of the City of New York, Vacheron Constantin, Christian Dior, and the home of jewelry collector Susan Gutfreund. Lunches will include special guests each day, including Henri Barguirdjian, president of Graff Diamonds, Daniel Paltridge, president of Bulgari Corporation of America, and Thomas Bouillonnec, president of Piaget.
The program kicks off on Sunday evening with a cocktail party held at NJI president Judith Price’s home, and will wrap up on Friday evening with a graduation ceremony at Parsons hosted by Dean Joel Towers, where all participants will
SEEKING REAL WOMEN: “America’s Next Top Model” host Tyra Banks is all about acceptance, so it’s fitting that British multichannel retailer Simply Be is partnering with the show for a season-long empowerment campaign. The company is sponsoring a challenge during Wednesday’s premiere with the help of the CW show’s Cycle 10 “Fiercely Real” winner Whitney Thompson. Ty Alexander, Kelly Augustine and “ANTM” judge Kelly Cutrone will share their girl power message during a Simply Be-hosted screening party at New York’s Soho House.
Alexander, Augustine and fellow bloggers Monique Frausto, Kristine Thompson and Tess Holliday were invited by the curve-loving Simply Be to shoot viral videos to help spread the word. In addition, Simply Be has unveiled an ad campaign spotlighting four model search finalists who aim to be the U.K.’s next curvy model — Rosie Clough, Chanelle Mustafa, Angel Afrika and Charlotte McGuinness. The four British women were chosen from a field of thousands, before being flown to New York for the campaign’s photo shoot at a rooftop party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and the High Line.
The multimillion dollar ad campaign debuted in the U.K. on Saturday, during the popular prime time show “X Factor.”
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Sometimes I see individuals in therapy, or couples in couples’ counseling, where one partner continues to insist that something is “just wrong” with the other. Usually, they are referring to a lack of empathy and a self-absorbed nature, but also a person whose behavior just seems “weird” or “off.” This person often seems very selfish and mean, but there is also this niggling feeling that he or she genuinely doesn’t intend to be this way, and literally does not understand how reciprocal intimate relationships generally work.
Often, these people think that their partners must be narcissists. They identify with both the Mr. Perfect and His Crazy Wife dynamic and the Wife Who Wants More and Her Annoyingly Satisfied Husband dynamic. They believe that their partner acts self-absorbed because he was raised by narcissists, or because he is defending against low self-esteem or insecurity. But, despite all of these explanations, they still feel like something doesn’t add up. For instance, the supposedly narcissistic partner is not charming and able to manipulate social interactions, but instead often seems awkward or uncomfortable around others. And their rude comments often don’t seem to be rooted in an actual desire to be mean. In fact, they often have no idea why others take offense to what was just a “factual” comment. These social/emotional deficits bring us to another possibility: Asperger’s.
- average or above-average intelligence
- difficulties with high-level language skills such as verbal reasoning, problem solving, making inferences and predictions
- difficulties in empathizing with others
- problems with understanding another person’s point of view
- difficulties engaging in social routines such as conversations and ‘small talk’
- problems with controlling feelings such as anger, depression and anxiety
- a preference for routines and schedules which can result in stress or anxiety if a routine is disrupted
- specialised fields of interest or hobbies
There is also a new diagnosis now, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder, that is also similar to many of the criteria in Asperger’s, and it focuses on an inability to understand the social rules of conversation, difficulty picking up on others’ verbal and nonverbal cues, and a lack of understanding of nuance and ambiguity in interactions.
The overlap of self-centeredness can prevent easy differentiation between the disorders, and some clients, like this guy, come in having done a lot of research and can’t figure out whether they are narcissistic or Aspies. Here are some examples of how interactions tend to go with each:
Wife: My clothes don’t fit anymore.
Narcissist: Well, maybe you should work out like I do.
Aspie: Well, maybe you should work out like I do.
The same, right? But then it diverges:
Wife: Why are you always so mean?
Narcissist: Look, I’m sorry, but you know you aren’t motivated to work out and sometimes I’m just tired of hearing you complain.
Wife: Do you even feel attracted to me anymore?
Narcissist: I mean…. yeah, of course. But you know, it’s been a while since the baby was born, and you yourself don’t feel comfortable at this weight.
Note that the narcissist knows how his statement made his partner feel, and was actually manipulating the interaction to capitalize on this insecurity for his own benefit, which would be getting a more attractive partner that reflects better on him. But here’s how the interaction would continue with an Aspie.
Wife: What do you mean ‘What?’ You know I just wanted you to be reassuring.
Aspie: Then why did you ask? I can never do anything right.
Wife: I’m upset! Why are you just STANDING THERE?
Aspie: What do you want from me? What am I supposed to do?
Wife: I told you! People need affection and love when they are upset! We even read that book.
Aspie: But you’re yelling at me.
Wife: [cries, or walks out]
Aspie [goes back to what he was doing, sad that his wife is so sensitive and unpredictable and his marriage is not easy]
As you see, in this case, the spouse slips easily into a role where she is explaining how interactions are “supposed to” work. This is a usual dynamic for them. His comment about her weight was not half as bad as the fact that he isn’t even aware why it would upset her. Then that wasn’t half as bad as that she has told him one million times that he should hug her when she is upset, and he doesn’t remember, or he doesn’t seem to care.
A narcissist usually knows what’s going on in his relationship. He or she can understand another person’s insecurities and exploit them for good or bad ends. The narcissist also requires a lot of admiration and affirmation. The narcissist can be self-centered in bed, but can usually act and even feel both romantic and passionate, particularly when being admired, as in the honeymoon stage of a relationship. Narcissists CAN empathize with others, but often choose not to, because these other people are not as important as the narcissist.
An Aspie often has no idea why partners act as they do. Other people’s emotions are a mystery. The Aspie doesn’t require excessive admiration, and if they brag about their accomplishments, it’s not to get a response but because they think it’s the facts. The Aspie doesn’t usually feel much in the way of romantic passion, and if you look back to your early courtship, it’s like that the non-Aspie partner always felt this, and may have invented romance in their own mind. Aspies are UNABLE to empathize in a deep way with other people, particularly other adults with complex emotions (although they are often good with small children or animals). Therefore, they can love, but their partners often do not feel known or understood on a deep level.
Here’s some more examples to discriminate between Aspies and narcissists.
Narcissist: I need you to come with me to my work dinner, even though it’s when you were going out with friends.
Spouse: But you didn’t give me any notice.
Narcissist: Do you understand that everyone’s partner will be there? This isn’t some Girls’ Night Out that you can reschedule.
Aspie: I’m going to my work dinner and I know you have plans so I didn’t ask you to come.
Spouse: Wait, what? Is this an important thing? Are spouses coming?
Aspie: Yes but you had plans so I didn’t ask.
Spouse: I mean, do you want me there?
Aspie: You have plans.
And here’s an example of why relationships with narcissists can be addictive:
Narcissist: You looked so hot tonight. All the guys wanted to take you home, but you’re all mine. I knew I loved you since I saw you in the dining hall in college.
Aspie: Thanks for coming to my work dinner. What time is your alarm set for in the morning? I have an early conference call.
The narcissist knows exactly how to get a mood going. He is buoyed by the success of taking you out and showing you off. He can then become wrapped up in your love story and knows how to convey this to you. The Aspie is happy you came to his work dinner. Another note: both of them want to have sex that evening. Sadly, only one of them will.
Often, Aspies look fairly normal at work and may even have many friends, but if you look closely, the relationships at work and with friends are usually based on shared interests and not much emotional connection. (Many men are like this, but sometimes they do have deeper, emotional conversations, even couched with humor. We are talking about the situation where you cannot even visualize your partner having an intimate emotional discussion with anyone, even a sibling or parent.) Also, in more superficial interactions, the Aspie can fake it. He has frequently learned social scripts to deploy in common situations. But intimate relationships are more complex, so he will often use the same script in multiple situations with a partner, but this comes off discordant, insensitive, or robotic. For instance, many Aspies will follow the same pattern in all sexual encounters, or during most phone calls.
If you realize that you are married to an Aspie, there is hope and a lot of reading material, likeMarriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger’s Syndrome (Autism Spectrum Disorder). But the prognosis is usually best if the Aspie knows what he is working with and is open about how his behavior is not normative. Then, he can intellecually empathize with his partner’s unfulfilled need for the emotionality, romance, and connection he is not providing. Aspie spouses have many strengths, like stability, predictability, faithfulness, strong work ethics, and strong moral codes. Aspies of both genders usually don’t affiliate with traditional gender roles, so this isn’t the guy that will refuse to do housework out of some ego thing, or the woman who won’t change a tire out of a notion that she shouldn’t have to. (However, if you’re turned on by a take-charge guy or a flirtatious woman, your spouse is likely not that.) Aspies are also often very kind, and try not to hurt anyone.
Couples counseling can help you and your Aspie partner accept and make sense of your dynamic, as well as give you concrete tools for communication and help guide the Aspie to better express himself verbally and emotionally, as well as how to pick up on your cues. Whatever you decide, looking through an Asperger’s lens often makes sense of a relationship that previously seemed completely confusing and hopeless.
Last points: Remember that everything is a spectrum. Your Aspie may not be this severe, but if something feels “off,” it’s worth thinking about this more, because it can make you feel better and more tender and understanding to your partner. Also, it is worthwhile to introspect about why you subconsciously chose your Aspie. It is likely that a parent was, if not Aspie, emotionally tone-deaf, and your deep seated fantasy was always to have them change their behavior to meet your needs.
Till we meet again, I remain, The Blogapist Who Says, Also It’s Often Comorbid with Anxiety, Depression, and ADHD.
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One of my friends believes that his wife should have more photos of him on her social media site, and he feels bad about it. His mistake is in thinking that those two things are connected — her action and his feeling — because attaching a feeling to a should doesn’t get us what we want.
Shoulding on our partners will not fill our needs. So these statements won’t help: “You should come home when you say you will!” “You should stop spending all our money!” “You should pay attention to what I say!” “You should treat me better!”
Should-statements don’t work. They do provide important clues about our needs and expectations though. Problems begin when we make our needs someone else’s responsibility and then believe we have the right to get angry about it.
Our anger indicates an action for us to take, not someone else.
In a recent article on how to get what we want from people, I wrote that we train everyone in our lives how to treat us, through our response to what they do. So changing our partner’s behavior begins with changing our own.
Here’s how it goes: We have a need – but instead of taking care of it ourselves, we hold our partners responsible for filling it. What begins as an expectation turns into a should, and then becomes a demand. When our partners don’t respond the way we want, we feel desperate. Then we choose anger, to manipulate them. It doesn’t work. So then we grab a missile out of our black bag.
What’s a black bag? That’s where we’ve been storing information about our partners. It includes whatever words they’ve told us that they “just can’t stand,” whatever actions they’ve said that they “won’t tolerate,” secrets that no one else knows about them, and especially anything they’ve ever told us that they don’t like about us. All of that has been stored for future use, in case we dislike our partners’ behavior and want to fire a missile at them.
Of course, our partners also have black bags by now, and they’ll probably return the fire. Matching missile for missile may provide some dysfunctional satisfaction because at least we’re both paying attention. But the result is that no one’s need is met.
What will work better? Creating conditions and perspectives that support success!
• Discuss issues when they’re not heated. Make criticizing, complaining and blaming off limits. And avoid saying always, never or you.
• State the need: “This is what I’m requesting.” And explain why it’s important to you.
• Also find out what your partner needs. Listen for keywords and ask open questions.
• Agreeing to disagree won’t be enough, so find a solution that works for both of you.
• Hug it out and say, “Thank you!”
All of this is about focusing on what is going well so that what is not can transform – because focusing on solutions depowers problems. And when being solution-oriented becomes second nature, answers begin showing up even before the problems do.
This post is featured on The Good Men Project.
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