GIVEAWAY: Art of Zippo with Fire Artist Steven Spazuk

There are so many incredible ways to create beautiful works of art. We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing quite a few through personal experiences and through museum visits, but the most amazing form of visual art creation we’ve seen was at the Art of Zippo event with Fire Artist, Steven Spazuk. Using the flame of a Zippo windproof lighter, Steven created some of the most stunning portraits we’ve ever seen, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a really cool Art of Zippo gift set that includes a genuine and original chrome Zippo Windproof Lighter (as seen in Die Hard), and a handcrafted Case Trapper with Caplifter Pocket Knife. Read on for more information on this cool Art of Zippo giveaway.

The unique technique, called “fumage”, allows the artist to paint with fire instead of the traditional tools such as paintbrushes. To showcase this sensational talent, Zippo has launched a captivating video highlighting how Steven uses a flame to create an original artwork and reveals how he expertly harnesses the power of fire.

The extraordinary footage features Steven “attacking the paper” with the flame of a Zippo windproof lighter and other fire tools and then retouching his designs by etching patterns with natural bird feathers and blades. Filmed in his studio in Montreal, Steven divulges how his unique artistic approach originated and his inspiration. Steven’s art style, which originally came to him in a dream, is steeped in improvisation and spontaneity and is something he has worked on perfecting for the last 14 years. His long-held affinity for his own Zippo windproof lighter, dating back to his days as a college art student. Regarding the Zippo campaign, Steven said the following:

“The flame is something that truly inspires my art; once I found my way of working with fire, I knew it would become my voice and I should be committed to that craft. A Zippo lighter has always been a part of my toolbox, and I also love how it can be a piece of art in itself. To me, it’s both a muse and a tool, so Zippo is a stimulating brand to work alongside.”

While at the Art of Zippo event, we also got to see the phenomenal impact and appearances Zippo Lighters have made on not just in the everyday lives of regular people, but in the entertainment industry as well. You may recognize Zippo lighters in the following movies: Die Hard, Charlie’s Angels, Indiana Jones, X-Men, etc

 For 85 years, Zippo has brought unmatched levels of artistic talent to the smallest of canvases – from the early years of etching and hand-painted details to today’s cutting-edge 360-degree MultiCut engraving. With over 300,000 designs created since 1932, Zippo continues to push the boundaries of design, as well as inspire many other brands and organizations, as seen below:

By partnering with Steven Spazuk, Zippo is proud to continue showcasing art in all its forms. Steven has brought his unique artistic talent to a new limited edition Zippo windproof lighter, featuring his unique and hauntingly beautiful artwork, which is available now to order from Zippo.com.

Now on to the giveaway. Want to see exactly what you’re going to win? As stated at the beginning of this post, one person will win a chrome Zippo Windproof Lighter and a handcrafted Case Trapper with Caplifter Pocket Knife (pictured below)

To enter to win this very cool prize, which makes a great Father’s Day Gift, enter to win via our Rafflecopter entry form below:

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SHOPPING NYC: Bandier Athleticwear Warehouse Sale

It’s officially the spring season, and you know what that means – it’s spring sample sale time. Despite some airline regulations, more and more people are adding athleisure clothing to their wardrobe for absolute comfort at work, school, while traveling, and for other social settings.  We’re always on the lookout for great deals, so of course, when we heard about the upcoming sale from Bandier, the first luxury fashion, fitness, and music boutique, we had to share. If you not aware, Bandier Athleticwear is the go-to for fashion-forward athleisure and athleticwear from around the world. Some of the designer fashion brands they carry include Adidas by Stella McCartney, Fila, Koral, Nike, Varley, Reebok, Todd Snyder + Champion, Herschel Supply Company, etc.

This annual warehouse sale returns to 260 Sample Sale’s Fifth Avenue location, located on the ground floor of 5th Avenue, between 28th and 29th street, from April 4th through April 9th. They will be offering up to 80% off on apparel, accessories, and footwear. You will walk away with some of the coolest athleticwear and sneakers from Bandier Athleticwear, at amazingly low prices., just in time for the season of getting fit and getting your summer body ready. So mark your calendars and make some room in your closet, especially if your wardrobe is a little bare from spring cleaning.

For all pertinent information on the Bandier Athleticwear sample sale, see and print out the above flyer, or see below for location, dates, and times.

LOCATION: 260 FIFTH AVENUE
(BTWN 28TH & 29TH ST.)
W/R/6 TRAIN TO 28TH ST.

SALE DATES/HOURS: APRIL 4TH – APRIL 9TH
TUESDAY: 9AM-8PM
WEDNESDAY-THURSDAY: 10AM-8PM
FRIDAY-SATURDAY: 10AM-7PM
SUNDAY: 10AM-5PM

Are you planning on attending the Bandier Athleticwear sample sale? What athleisure or athleticwear items are you looking to add to your closet? Share your hopeful sample sale hauls in the comments and happy shopping.

Recap: Patron Tequila Margaritas Custom Crafted by International Bartenders

To say we had a great time celebrating International Margarita Day with Patron Tequila is an understatement. Before we had a fantastic time honoring the day, we gave you guys a sneak peek at seven never before seen margarita recipes from across the globe, all of which we had the pleasure of enjoying at the Patron Tequila Margaritas celebration. The evening was nothing short of amazing, with a night full of spectacular cocktails, great music, and amazing eats.

Surrounded by all things Patron, including the very stylish ponchos worn by staff members (we so want one), we had the very difficult task of voting for our favorite Patron Tequila Margarita out of the seven amazing cocktails that were on-hand to indulge in. If you read our previous post which is linked at the beginning of this post, you note the margarita nominees for 2017’s Margarita of the Year were the creations of the following mixologists: Shaun Gordon of Truman Tavern, Hemant Pathak of Junoon, Mindy Kucan of Oregon, Alexander Kady of Denver, Reisler Morales of Mexico City, Sophie Bratt of England, and Max Greco of Australia. Our plan of attack was to just head down the line of stations and enjoy the margaritas one after the other.

Along with these amazing drinks, we indulged in the seven Patron Tequila Margaritas in popsicle form, thanks to Popbar and their handcrafted treat on a stick. All of the seven margaritas were perfectly duplicated in this delicious frozen treat.

As if the seven exclusive margaritas weren’t enough, we also had the opportunity to create our own, using our own choice of fresh fruit and other ingredients to our very own signature margarita using the onsite Patron Produce Market and available Bar Chefs. We’re not on the sam level as the above creative mixologists, but we think ours turned out pretty damn delicious.

Another treat for us was the introduction to what will surely be a huge hit with cocktail aficionados, Cocktail Courier, who delivers the world’s best cocktails, right to your door.

We ended the evening quite sated and happy and especially loved getting to take home a personalized Patron Tequila Hand Squeeze Juicer. For more photos from the event, check out our slideshow below:

Launching Soon: Ultra-Premium Tequila Herradura Luck is Earned Campaign

It feels wonderful to be back and active again after my HP laptop decided it was time to retire and I’m trying my hardest to do all I can with 4 minutes at the library. Getting everyone back up to speed, we’ve had a bit of a whirlwind experience with spirits, one of which was tequila. First up is our celebration of the Tequila Herradura Luck is Earned Campaign, their latest advertising campaign from the global tequila brand, which celebrates the hard working people who channels the brand’s message of ambition, passion and soul. The Tequila Herradura Luck Is Earned event, held at the legendary The Cutting Room, featured a sampling of crafted margaritas by New York Mixologist Jimmy Fransioli (just in time for International Margarita Day), and a live performance by Grammy winning jazz-funk guitarist Eric Krasno.

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura

As Tequila Herradura knows, there is no shortcut to greatness, which is why they the last true Tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, a sentiment highlighted through their new campaign and mirrored in the career of Eric Krasno. The Tequila Herradura Luck Is Earned campaign, which rolls out its first creative in the United States on September 16th in conjunction with Mexican Independence Day. The campaign features real people who emulate the courage of Tequila Herradura by resisting compromise and exceeding standards on the path to greatness. It honors the brand’s iconic horseshoe, demonstrating it isn’t just a symbol of good fortune, but a testament to Tequila Herradura’s commitment to excellence since 1870, when Aurelio Lopez found a horseshoe in his agave fields, and named his tequila “Herradura”, horseshoe in Spanish. It showcases how Tequila Herradura is crafted with a balance of respect for traditional processes with industry-leading innovation at the last true tequila-producing hacienda on the planet, a true piece of Mexico’s cultural fabric.

“We’re excited to launch a global marketing campaign that illustrates Tequila Herradura’s history, heritage and tequila leadership,” said John Tichenor, VP Global Brand Director, Tequila Herradura. “The ‘Luck Is Earned’ campaign not only reinforces the brand’s courageous legacy, but pays tribute to our consumers’ real stories of conviction and eminence.”

One of those talents was the extremely talented Eric Krasno, who enchanted the crowd with his career trajectory and performed an electrifying 30 minute set of jazz-funk music that blew the crowd away.

Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Tequila Herradura

Whether it’s making tequila (which Tequila Herradura has been doing it for over 145 years), music or art, the Tequila Herradura Luck is Earned Campaign knows that turning one’s all-consuming passion into perfection requires dedication to the craft and determination for excellence. Some of the wonderful margaritas

HERRADURA HORSESHOE MARGARITA


2 Parts Tequila Herradura Silver
1 Parts Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
0.75 Part Agave Nectar
1 Lime Wedge (Garnish)
Combine all the ingredients in a shaker with ice, shake hard so that some of the ice melts, then strain over fresh ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

 

FRENCH MARGARITA


1.5 oz Tequila Herradura Silver
0.75 oz Chambord Liqueur
0.75 oz Pomegranate Juice
0.5 oz Lime Juice
Raspberries (Garnish)
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into margarita or martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

 

About Tequila Herradura
Tequila Herradura is an ultra-premium 100% agave tequila crafted by Casa Herradura in Amatitán, Jalisco, the last true Tequila-producing hacienda on the planet and one of Mexico’s most historic and renowned Tequila producers. Since 1870, Casa Herradura has been hand-harvesting and estate bottling 100% agave Tequila using only the most mature blue agave and artisanal methods, such as slow cooking the agave in traditional clay ovens and using natural fermentation. Tequila Herradura is distilled twice and aged to perfection in American white oak barrels. Tequila Herradura Silver, Reposado, Añejo, Ultra and Selección Suprema Extra Añejo are available throughout the U.S., Mexico, and more than 80 other countries around the world. For more information about Tequila Herradura, visit www.herradura.com/ or connect with Tequila Herradura on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Celebrating 45 Years of Dark and Lovely Hair Care for Women of Color

We recently helped celebrate a great milestone in African American beauty. This year, Dark and Lovely hair care celebrates 45 years of catering to the haircare and styling needs of women of color. The event highlighted Dark and Lovely’s rich heritage and impact the brand has made in the beauty and fashion in the African-American community from it’s creation in the 1970’s, to today.

To commemorate this milestone in haircare, brand ambassador, actress, and singer Demetria McKinney, welcomed the crowd with her latest single, as well as singing the brand’s praises.

 “To have 45 years of excellence, to have 45 years of beauty, to have 45 years of empowerment – that’s what Dark and Lovely is. “To be a brand ambassador for this brand has been an awesome, awesome journey!”

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Although she couldn’t make the event, actress Teyonah Parris, the newest brand ambassador for Dark and Lovely hair care welcomed the crowd of attendees with a video message stating her excitement to be part of the hair care brand.

“I am thrilled to be able to help Dark and Lovely celebrate their 45th anniversary and I am so excited to be the newest brand ambassador. “I grew up using Dark and Lovely products and I’m so proud to be able to represent the brand as an ambassador. It is a privilege to celebrate this significant milestone during Black History Month.”

After Demetria’s wonderful performance, we journeyed through the influential African-American hairstyles of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s; from afros and finger waves to braids, and flowing layers, each highlighting an essential Dark and Lovely hair care product. Fun fact about the iconic brand – did you know Dark and Lovely was introduced as the first hair color product formulated specifically for African American women? The brand has, of course, expanded to a wide range of deep conditioning treatments, shampoos, fade-resistant hair colors, relaxers, styling products, and a full line of products specifically designed for naturally curly hair.

Making their debut at the event were two new collections: Dark and Lovely Color-Gloss Ultra Radiant Color Crème, a no-ammonia natural-looking hair color infused with Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Pomegranate, that gives natural looking color, while delivering a glossy shine; the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Clumping Curl Clay Cleanser, and Clumping Curl Crème Gel, a care and styling duo formulated with Coconut Oil and Argan Oil, to help define naturally curly hair and reduce frizz.

The Dark and Lovely hair care event was capped off with the brand awarding five wonderful students with scholarships totaling $10,000 and assigned them to be mentored by L’Oréal USA senior-level executives as part of the Young Women with a Purpose Project, in partnership with The Tom Joyner Foundation. Scholarship winners include Ashani Scales of Delaware State University, Renea Young of Mississippi Valley State University, Hollye Weekes of Wiley College, Kimberly Burton, and Cherise McAdoo of Hampton University.

Photo Credit – Joe Chea

Are you excited for the latest Dark and Lovely hair care launches? What’s your favorite Dark and Lovely products? To learn more about these products, head to Dark and Lovely.

NYFW Debut: Farm Rio FW17 Collection Makes Its First NYFW Appearance

We find that we enjoying attending fashion presentations a lot more than runway shows during fashion week. For one thing, you’re not waiting an hour for a fifteen-minute show, and my favorite part, you get up close and personal with the fashion looks to see their details. After blowing everyone away at Coterie, 19-year old Brazilian fashion brand Farm Rio, born in a small stand of a fashion flea market, made their first NYFW debut highlighting the brand’s collaboration with Adidas Originals. We know Rio has always been a great source of inspiration for fashion and that is exactly what the Farm Rio FW17 Collection celebrates.

The freezing New York winter temperatures were quickly forgotten when we stepped inside the tropical escape. We sipped on delicious Leblon Caipirinhas while surrounded by tropical plants and feBossanovasanova-inspired Brazilian house music. The Farm Rio FW17 Collection features a vibrant and graphic color palate, with a mix of winter tones illuminated by points of light and hot colors, such as yellow and red. The idea behind this vivid color palate is to bring warmth with a tropical vibe to the cold season proving that you can rock standout colors in the winter. The collection, owned by designers Marcello Bastos and Katia Barros, successfully captures the essence and soul of their lifelong inspiration: the Carioca girl.

The fall and winter seasons have always been ideal moments to layer and mix prints and fabrications, adding a new dimension to contemporary and stylish looks.  As you can see the looks from the Farm Rio FW17 Collection are perfect for layering and blending. The artisanal and handcrafted materials, with an emphasis on crochet, are important aspects of Farm Rio FW17 collection. The collection also boasts fun accessories and head adornments that mix the tropical climate of Rio de Janeiro and Japanese pop culture.

Along with New York’s fashion elite, the presentation was attended by model Niki Taylor and actress Danielle Campbell (pictured in the first photo in one of the Farm Rio looks). The Farm Rio FW17 Collection is available in the US at all doors of Anthropologie, and www.RevolveClothing.com.

NYFW: WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection Presentation

This season, our NYFW experience begun with an old fashion favorite, Bomber Jackets. We had the pleasure of starting our fashion week celebrating Los Angeles musician-turned-designer, Ayler Young, and his new collection of gorgeous Bomber jackets at the WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection Presentation. The edgy fashion crowd gathered into What Goes Around Comes Around, the leading purveyor of authentic luxury and vintage pieces, to preview the limited edition jacket collection.

The limited edition, unisex and handmade Bomber Jackets are made from vintage European fabrics. We were in awe of the stunning assortment of vintage French bouclés and Italian fabrics. Each unique piece is constructed in downtown Los Angeles and is available in such luxury fabrics as vintage Armani crepe, a rainbow confetti French bouclé, vintage French brocade, vintage French terry houndstooth, and so on. The story behind the creation of these jackets is just as wonderful as the jackets themselves:

“I started making these jackets because I had this vivid dream about traveling the world wearing this burgundy bomber jacket. I didn’t know where it came from but it stayed with me after I woke up. I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. [That morning] I got a phone call from a close friend of mine who’s a stylst and 15 minutes later she pulls up at my house, hops out of the car and is carrying a gift for me, a burgundy bomber jacket. I literally got on my knees outside of my house and said, ‘This is the strangest thing that’s ever happened to me, because I had a dream about this jacket last night.”

One of our favorite details about the jackets, aside from the amazingly beautiful and unique fabrics, is that each jacket from the WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection also reversible, and are finished with signature gloss nickel zippers and luxurious custom ribbing.

The WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection jackets are available exclusively online at www.PhilipAyler.com and at What Goes Around Comes Around in New York and Los Angeles. The one-of-a-kind, luxury jackets are priced from $795.00 to $2,495.00 (depending on the fabric). What are your thoughts on the WGACA x Philip Ayler FW17 Collection? Which of the colors, or prints are your favorites?

NYFW: Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

It seems our childhood favorites are continuing to make some wonderful modern day moves. We recently highlighted the Care Bears collaboration with Sprinkles Cupcakes, now we bring you news on what’s happening in the magical world of Equestria. As we eagerly await the new animated My Little Pony movie, we can bind our time with the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, which made it debut during NYFW the Shows.

The Canadian designer teamed up with Hasbro for a sartorial interpretation of My Little Pony as a high fashion streetwear collection, using New York and its many unique style personalities as its backdrop. Showing looks for both men and women, the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony collection is all bold prints and colors while reinforcing positive body image, creativity, and unapologetic individuality.

Using bright hues, contrasting patterns, and visual imagery in classic, wearable silhouettes, the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony show presentation is one to remember. The fresh and timeless wardrobe staples of Hayley Elsaesser’s eponymous collection allow customers to stand out in a crowd and express themselves through her clothing. Hayley’s designs are a tongue-in-cheek rebellion against the status quo. Whether you are street-style obsessed or a runway fashion maven, this fashion brand is inclusive to all shapes, sizes and walks of life. Favorite looks from the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony show presentation include the Rainbow Dash A-Line Dress, the pink and black sun and moon overalls, and the heart locket-printed dress (featured directly above).

Hayley tapped cosmetic powerhouse MAC Cosmetics as an official show sponsor, with glam directed by acclaimed Key Makeup Artist, Melissa Gibson. The presentation’s unique nails were fashioned by Gracie J of The Editorial Nail, and the presentation’s newsworthy coifs created by Lead Hair Stylist Mischa G. and the Bumble and bumble team. The mix of dark and pastel-hued footwear were provided by Timberland. For more information on the Hayley Elsaesser X My Little Pony Fall/Winter 2017 Collection, visit www.hayleyelsaesser.com.

 

Photos provided by Suite PR & Showroom