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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Thank you Rita for including us!


By Damien Flood, Internationally Acclaimed Artist

"It was an honour to be chosen for Movers and Shakers by Peachy Deegan. The questions in the interview were intelligent and insightful and I thoroughly enjoyed answering them. The reaction to the interview has been overwhelmingly positive and has helped bring my art practice to a wider audience."
-Damien Flood, Internationally Acclaimed Artist


Whom You Know Suggests Your Feet Dive Into Single Fish by All Black Footwear This Summer! Be on Top of Style With Real Fish Skin.

Did you know your feet can be virtually swimming this summer even when you're walking down a hot sidewalk: that is, when you're wearing Single Fish by All Black Footwear!  The style will leave you feeling like you're on top of fashion with the exquisite detailing in a brilliant royal blue authentic fish skin that can be dressed up or down successfully, and is terrifically versatile in a classic style.  We love the All Black commitment to authenticity in true fish skin and Earthy Peachy loves the recycling aspect to these shoes.

Single Fish is a ballet flat made of actual Tilapia fish skin, lined in real pig skin and available in a range of fashion colors each season.The construction is referred to as “soft sole" that allows for flexibility when walking and added comfort.  These are light and comfortable and you'll feel like you're walking on clouds.

The Single Fish ballet flat is made of real tilapia fish skin, harvested from the fisheries in China and Taiwan after the fish meat is removed.  T
his is a form of recycling that helps the environment, reduces waste and provides a fashion alternative to the traditional snake skin used in fashion shoes.  
It takes between 5 and 7 skins to make a shoe because they match the fish scales in a manner that allows the scales to be uniform and the texture to be consistent.
The fish skin is backed with pig skin to provide durability and then dyed with vegetable dyes to create fashion colors that match the seasonal pallets.

When ALL BLACK was introduced to the North American market in 2005, Fish Skin was their signature material that separated ALL BLACK from their competition. Over the 12 years since their debut into North America, other brands have attempted success with fish skin, but no other brand has achieved the identity associated with ALL BLACK as the brand that makes the best quality fish skin styles.

Previously on Whom You Know, the Kid Suede Loafer was featured earlier this summer:

ALL BLACK Mission Statement

Offer fashionable women of all ages affordable, innovative designs reflecting the best of the past and the cutting edge of the future while putting a smile on their face and on their feet!

ALL BLACK now enjoys 11 years of business growth, successful customer relationships, and innovative design in North America.

ALL BLACK is a fashion forward contemporary shoe brand that combines innovative materials with retro inspired designs while still offering the important element of comfort that women of all ages desire.

ALL BLACK is a well established brand in Taiwan where it is designed and manufactured; the brand is made by ACL Footwear Company, which has been in the footwear business for two generations. We introduced ALL BLACK to the North American market place in June of 2005. Immediately Anthropologie selected ALL BLACK as a key vendor and today 11 years later we still value our special relationship with Anthropologie.

ALL BLACK has evolved to a position of a trend setter in the contemporary design segment of the women’s shoe market. Our brand has established a look that is now well known for being just different enough to be unique, but not too far over the edge to be risky.

We have introduced signature materials such as tilapia fish skin that was copied and used by a range of high end designers as well as our mid level competitors. Our recycled newspaper collection has received global recognition as both innovative and fashionable. 

We improved our comfort focus by using “Soft Sole” construction, which provided a flexible sole, and our heels are considered “just the right height” to be both fashionable and “walk- able.”

In recent years, our fashion sneaker collection has earned very high marks and recognition for its fast sell through and innovative styles.

ALL BLACK has also earned the reputation as a dependable, high quality brand, which looks more expensive then our prices represent. We deliver on time and we stand behind the quality of our brand.


Protect Your Gorgeous Table with the Celtic Coasters with Holder by The Irish Gift House! Feet Up, Drink in Hand, and Protect Your Surfaces to Improve Your Summer!

From water to wine to milkshakes and cocktails, even your morning coffee can spill and ruin your best furniture. However, spills should be obvious.
You might be having so much fun this summer setting your glass down, regaling your guests with a fantastic story and find out when your story is over, your glass has offended your table and left a nasty circle that you will have a hard time getting out, if you can get it out.
We have a coaster rule: use them. And make sure your guests do too!
Coasters should add to your occasion and that means great design.
These Celtic coasters along with the matching holder will be a great addition to your Irish home or pub.  
This set of Celtic coasters includes 6 tan beverage coasters with Celtic knots and a holder with a complementing design. The classy style is sure to add quiet ambiance to your setting.  The Celtic coasters measure 3 5/8" square and the holder measures 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" x 2 1/2" tall. These Irish coasters and the holder are made of resin and feature padded feet. The set is received boxed with a Celtic knot history card.  These are gorgeous for either indoor or outdoor use.  Protect your surfaces, they may be collectible antiques and not replaceable!  Use coasters, and we suggest these by The Irish Gift House!

Family owned and operated, The Irish Gift House was established in Tempe, Arizona by Kerry O'Neal-Costanzo and Andrew Costanzo in 1994.

Prior to opening their Irish gift store, Kerry had been employed by her dear friend Lorraine Flynn, the owner of Irish Imports at Flynn's which was the original Irish store in Arizona. Kerry had initially meet Mrs. Flynn years earlier while searching for an Irish gift for her mother, Pauline (O'Hearon) O'Neal. 

Mrs. Flynn eventually retired and closed her store and with her encouragement Kerry and Andrew opened The Irish Gift House in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe.

The Irish Gift House quickly became one of the leading sources of fine Irish merchandise and Celtic jewelry. In 2005 we added on-line sales and in 2013 we transitioned to an all on-line store.  
The move to all on-line sales has proven to be very beneficial as both Kerry and Andrew are each blessed with a parent in their nineties and their required attention would not be possible if the traditional store had remained open. 

The Irish Gift House stocks the world's largest collection of over 9,000 different Irish goods that includes Claddagh rings and Celtic crosses. After 23 years in business The Irish Gift House's mission statement is still simple; we treat you like we would like to be treated. Neither Kerry or Andrew have college degrees, but both express an entrepreneurial spirit that has created several successful business ventures that has so far culminated with The Irish Gift House.

Kerry O'Neal Costanzo is a native of Phoenix, Arizona and was raised by a mother and father who instilled an appreciation for her Irish heritage. 

Andrew Costanzo is a native of Ridgewood, New York; while a child his family moved to Arizona. Andrew is of Italian descent who was fortunate to marry a pretty Irish lass who dreamed of owning an Irish store. 

Through The Irish Gift House we have been active with the Arizona Law Enforcement Emerald Society and over the years have raised and donated almost $40,000.00 for the families of fallen officers and firemen. Most of the proceeds have been generated through t-shirt sales, including the Irish Pubs of Arizona T-shirt.


Wall Street Peachy: Announces Private Offering of Senior Unsecured Notes, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) ("Amazon" or the "Company") today announced that it is offering to sell senior unsecured notes (collectively, the "Notes") in a private offering.

The Company expects to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund all or a portion of the consideration for its acquisition of Whole Foods Market, Inc. and for general corporate purposes.

The Notes being offered have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), or any state securities laws. As a result, they may not be offered or sold in the United States or to any U.S. persons, except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the Notes are being offered only to "qualified institutional buyers" under Rule 144A of the Securities Act or, outside the United States, to persons other than "U.S. persons" in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. A confidential offering memorandum for the offering of the Notes, dated today, will be made available to such eligible persons. The offering is being conducted in accordance with the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in such confidential offering memorandum.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy the securities described herein, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.


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On the Day, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Each morning sees some task begun, each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, has earned a night's repose."
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow



Ten outstanding Music Academy of the West musicians have been selected to travel to New York as Zarin Mehta Fellows in January 2018 to participate in the fourth year of the New York Philharmonic Global Academy Fellowship Program, which offers opportunities to train and play with Philharmonic musicians, representing an innovative approach to training the next generation of world-class musicians for successful careers.

The 2018 Zarin Mehta Fellows were selected by audition from Music Academy of the West instrumentalists, all full-scholarship participants during the summer of 2017. They are: Choi Tung Yeung, violin; Gi Yeon Yoon, violin; Yuan Qi, viola; Jenny Kwak,cello; Michael Marks, double bass; Hannah Hammel, flute; William Welter, oboe; Ryan Toher, clarinet; Nathaniel Silberschlag,horn; and Michael Cox, trombone.

These ten Music Academy of the West fellows will travel to New York in a ten-day intensive program, including training and playing alongside Philharmonic musicians, conducted by Stéphane Denève, in selections from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet for the Philharmonic’s subscription concerts January 25–27. The Fellows will learn directly from Philharmonic musicians, a unique experience that will immerse them in all aspects of an orchestral player’s life, from audition to performance, learning important career skills.

President and CEO of the Music Academy of the West Scott Reed said: “The Music Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic is providing innovative leadership to our fellows that is tangibly assisting them to take a next step in their careers. Exposure and mentorship by the players of the New York Philharmonic is an invaluable experience for these young musicians, providing the highest caliber orchestral experience to take with them throughout their very promising professional careers.”

Since the New York Philharmonic’s Global Academy Fellowship Program began in 2015, several alumni of the program have already been appointed to professional orchestras. 2015 Zarin Mehta Fellow successes include: Anthony Bellino, trumpet, recently won a position in The President's Own Marine Band. Matthew Cohen, viola, took first prize at the 2015 Vivo International Music Competition ($3,000 and performance at Weill Hall). Sean Krissman, clarinet, is now the Principal Clarinet of Houston Grand Opera. Simon Michal, violin, is now a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Michael Severance,bassoon, is a member of the San Francisco Opera Orchestra. William Shaub is Concertmaster of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra. 2016 Zarin Mehta Fellows are also earning positions with major orchestras. Nikolette LaBonte, horn, who served in 2015 as Assistant Principal Horn of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra, is now a member of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Rebecca Reale, violin, has been appointed to the first violin section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, after a brief stint with the Houston Symphony.

2017 Zarin Mehta Fellows achievements include Jack Walters, clarinet, earning the Second Clarinet position with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra; Kevin Chen, violin, joining the New World Symphony this coming September; and Alexander Volkov,violin, earning an internship with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, starting this fall.

The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara is the first American partner in the New York Philharmonic Global Academy. The four-year partnership, which began in the summer of 2014, combines training of Music Academy fellows by Philharmonic musicians; biennial performances by the Philharmonic at the Music Academy Summer Festival; and Academy Festival Orchestra performances at Music Academy Summer Festivals. This collaboration is the formalization of a long relationship between the Orchestra and the School; twelve New York Philharmonic musicians are alumni of the Music Academy of the West.

During the Music Academy of the West’s 2017 Summer Festival, Music Director Alan Gilbert led the Academy Festival Orchestra in the final concert of the season with soprano Renée Fleming on August 5 at the Granada Theatre, in addition to conducting the New York Philharmonic at Santa Barbara’s City College La Playa Stadium in the Music Academy’s 70th Anniversary Community Concert on July 31. Also as part of this residency, five Philharmonic musicians — Concertmaster Frank Huang, Principal Cello Carter Brey, Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair, Principal Trombone Joseph Alessi, and Associate Principal Percussion Daniel Druckman —served as guest faculty July 30–August 4 to train fellows in collaboration with Academy faculty, including masterclasses, chamber music coachings, private lessons, and lectures. The New York Philharmonic String Quartet also joined faculty members in a chamber music concert on August 1 at the Lobero Theatre.

The Music Academy’s partnership with the New York Philharmonic has been made possible through the generosity of lead sponsors Linda and Michael Keston.

The Global Academy Fellowship Program, in association with the New York Philharmonic Global Academy, is supported in part by The Hilaria and Alec Baldwin Foundation, Inc., an anonymous donor, and other gifts made towards the Zarin Mehta Fund.Additional support provided by Shirley Young/U.S.-China Cultural Foundation.

About the New York PhilharmonicThe New York Philharmonic plays a leading cultural role in New York City, the United States, and the world. Each season the Philharmonic connects with up to 50 million music lovers through live concerts in New York City and on its worldwide tours and residencies; digital recording series; international broadcasts; education programs; and the New York Philharmonic Leon Levy Digital Archives. In the 2017–18 season, during which Jaap van Zweden serves as Music Director Designate, the Philharmonic celebrates its greatest strengths and essential commitments while looking to the future as an innovative, global ensemble, spotlighting its musicians and partners, dedication to new music, wide-ranging repertoire, education programs, and accessibility. The Philharmonic has commissioned and / or premiered works by leading composers from every era since its founding in 1842 — including Dvořák’s New World Symphony, John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize–winning On the Transmigration of Souls, dedicated to the victims of 9/11, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Piano Concerto, and Wynton Marsalis’s The Jungle (Symphony No. 3). A resource for its community and the world, the Philharmonic complements its annual free citywide Concerts in the Parks, Presented by Didi and Oscar Schafer, with Philharmonic Free Fridays and its famed Young People’s Concerts. Committed to developing tomorrow’s leading orchestral musicians, the Philharmonic established the New York Philharmonic Global Academy; current Global Academy projects and partners include the Shanghai Orchestra Academy and Residency Partnership and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. Renowned around the globe, the Orchestra has appeared in 432 cities in 63 countries. The oldest American symphony orchestra and one of the oldest in the world, the New York Philharmonic has made more than 2,000 recordings since 1917 and produced its first-ever Facebook Live concert broadcast in 2016. Jaap van Zweden will become Music Director in 2018–19, succeeding musical leaders including Alan Gilbert, Maazel, Masur, Zubin Mehta, Boulez, Bernstein, Toscanini, and Mahler.

About the Music Academy of the West The Music Academy of the West is among the nation’s preeminent summer schools and festivals for gifted, young, classically trained musicians. At its ocean-side campus in Santa Barbara, the Academy provides these musicians with the opportunity for advanced study and performance under the guidance of internationally renowned faculty artists, guest conductors, and soloists. Admission to the Academy is strictly merit based, and fellows receive full scholarships (tuition, room, and board). The Academy’s distinguished teaching artists roster has included famed soprano Lotte Lehmann, composers Darius Milhaud and Arnold Schoenberg, cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, pianist Jeremy Denk, and current Voice Program Director Marilyn Horne. Academy alumni are members of major symphony orchestras, chamber orchestras, ensembles, opera companies, and university and conservatory faculties throughout the world. Many enjoy careers as prominent solo artists. In 2014 the Music Academy entered into a four-year partnership with the New York Philharmonic, resulting in unprecedented training and performance opportunities for Academy fellows, and Summer Festival residencies for Philharmonic musicians.

The Music Academy of the West cultivates discerning, appreciative, and adventurous audiences, presenting more than 200 public events annually, many of them free of charge. These include performances by faculty, guest artists, and fellows; masterclasses; orchestra and chamber music concerts; and a fully staged opera. The 2017 Summer School and Festival took place June 12 through August 5 at the Academy’s scenic Miraflores campus and in venues throughout Santa Barbara. For more information, visit

About the 2018 Zarin Mehta FellowsChoi Tung Yeung, violin, 20, born in Hong Kong, is an undergraduate at The Juilliard School, studying with Ida Kavafian. Ms. Yeung won the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts Concerto Competition, took second prize in the Alice and Eleonore Schoenfeld International String Competition, and was first prize winner of the Hong Kong Youth String Competition.

Gi Yeon Yoon, violin, 25, born in Korea, is a graduate student at Manhattan School of Music under the tutelage of Laurie Smukler. Ms. Yoon has performed with Bucheon Philharmonic, Seoul National University Orchestra, and Seoul Arts High School Orchestra. Ms. Yoon’s several awards include receiving first place in the Dong-A, Segye Times, and Kookmin Times Competitions.

Yuan Qi, viola, 27, born in Hebei Province, China, is assistant principal violist at the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and pursuing a graduate diploma at the Peabody Institute. Ms. Qi holds a master’s degree from Yale School of Music and a bachelor’s degree from Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, and took second prize in the 2015 International Hugo Kauder Competition.

Jenny Kwak, cello, 25, born in Gwangju, South Korea, completed her master’s degree from Yale School of Music. Ms. Kwak has appeared as soloist with the Music in the Mountains Chamber Orchestra and the Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra as its concerto competition winner. Ms. Kwak attended the Pacific Music Festival, where she performed as principal cellist.

Michael Marks, double bass, 23, an Arizona native, is pursuing a master’s degree at Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. Mr. Marks was Principal Bass of Arizona Opera from 2013-2016. Mr. Marks is currently a substitute musician for the Houston, Phoenix, and New World Symphonies, the Houston Grand and LA Opera Orchestras, and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. This was his second summer at the Music Academy of the West.

Hannah Hammel, flute, 23, born in Richmond, Virginia, holds a master’s degree from Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory. Ms. Hammel won the National Flute Association Young Artist and Orchestral Excerpt Competitions, and is a substitute forNew World Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Houston Grand Opera.

William Welter, oboe, 23, from Crescent, Iowa, is pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music under the instruction of Robert Walters. Mr. Welter has been a substitute musician for the Pittsburgh Symphony, and has performed at Tanglewood Music Center, Bravo! Vail Music Festival, and the Music from Angel Fire Summer Music Festival.

Ryan Toher, clarinet, 23, born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, is a graduate student at the USC Thornton School of Music. Mr. Toher has attended the New York String Orchestra Seminar, Sarasota Music Festival, National Orchestral Institute, Banff Centre Masterclass Series, National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, and is a substitute for the New World Symphony.

Nathaniel Silberschlag, horn, 18, born in Leonardtown, Maryland, is earning a bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School. Mr. Silberschlag was principal horn of the Romanian State Symphony on a tour in Northern Italy and appeared as a soloist with New York’s Little Orchestra Society and the Bulgarian Philharmonic. Mr. Silberschlag won the 2016 Juilliard Horn Concerto Competition.

Michael Cox, trombone, 23, born in Skokie, Illinois, is a graduate student at New England Conservatory of Music, and earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwestern University. Mr. Cox has been a substitute musician with Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and was a finalist in the 2017 International Trombone Festival’s Tenor Trombone Competition.


Monday, August 14, 2017

#FASHIONALERT PROJECT Las Vegas SS'18 Opens Its Doors Our Coverage Sponsored by Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner

For fifty years, Hallak Cleaners the Couture Cleaner has been entrusted with Manhattan’s finest wardrobes. New York’s fashion boutiques have been recommending Hallak to their loyal customers for years. They understand the importance of quality fabric care and protecting their client’s investment. While Hallak is known for their expert handling of couture and other precious items, they also make it a point to give your more casual garments the same level of attention. Their representatives are always on the look out for the hard-to-notice stains, loose seams, missing buttons, etc. You can trust Hallak Cleaners with your entire wardrobe and then some. A sample of some of their specialized services: 

Tables & Bed Linens

Suede, Leather & Furs 

Couture & Casual Wear 

Custom Interior Services 

Expert tailoring department located at both locations.

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PROJECT Las Vegas opens with a strong grouping of interactive seminars, trend setting fashion brands, live presentations and an unrivaled assortment of ready-to-wear and luxury brands. These offerings underscore PROJECT Las Vegas as the premiere destination for contemporary fashion across several categories in the tradeshow landscape, presented by UBM Fashion, the leading producer of world-renowned fashion trade shows.

The three-day event will take place at Mandalay Bay Convention Center and run from Monday, August 14th through Wednesday, August 16th touting premier marketplaces: PROJECT, PROJECT Womens, THE TENTS, The Collective, POOLTRADESHOW and STITCH.

Delving further into complimentary educational experiences, starting Monday and Tuesday, the fair will offer more than seven seminars dedicated to topics ranging from strategizing licensing brands to the trending grooming marketplace. Each discussion will educate attendees determining how to expand and grow their brand and business by adjusting to the ever-evolving fashion landscape. For location, a full schedule and list of industry experts participating, please click here

PROJECT is renowned for its array of contemporary men's collections featuring expertly merchandized advanced contemporary, premium denim and designer collections. The unmatched marketplace is proud to announce new and noteworthy brands: The Cords Co., PE360, Europann, Tortoise Denim and The Normal Brand.

Highlights at the men's focused show PROJECT include:

MOVE showcases performance-based active wear for men
Vanguards Gallery offers curated new and emerging designers
Tailored + Furnishings highlights classic and update tailored suites, shirting and accessories
Coast Life unveils a new, relaxed and effortless inspired section
Made in Italy presents the finest in Italian clothing, footwear and accessories

Presented in an elevated environment alongside PROJECT, THE TENTS serves as a focused platform for the top luxury and designer contemporary men's and dual-gender labels to convene for the most inspiring shopping experience in the market including: Baldwin, Borsalino, Gabriele Pasini, Greyson Clothiers, Le Flow Paris, and W. Kleinberg.

Live presentations will be hosted throughout the day on Tuesday to showcase designer collections on models.

Premier womenswear destination, PROJECT Women's, gives buyers access to an unrivaled collection of the top emerging and established brands. This year's show will not only raise the bar on style but also shift the conversation; introducing its first collaborative neighborhood of home and apothecary with COEUR and presenting Conscious Collections, a display of sustainable and cause-oriented brands.

PROJECT Women's, the West Coast lifestyle influenced show will offer:

A debut partnership with the premiere apothecary, home and gift trade fair COEUR x PROJECT Women's enlisting Interior Designer, Joseph Jagod to create an on-site installation to inspire retailers with aspirational and easily adaptable ways to incorporate gifts, home, apothecary, and tech accessories into their ready-to-wear stories

Athleisure offering activewear and yoga collections for women
Accessories providing an expanded neighborhood of contemporary accessories
OASIS hosting a selection of new and noteworthy womenswear brands to look out for in the SS'18 season

The art and music-focused indie experience POOLTRADESHOW, which will now be located alongside STITCH and Accessories the Show, and will feature: Luz Collections, Kid Dangerous, We are all Smith, The Wicked Boheme, Sheila B Jewelry, Smarty Pants Paper Company and Honey Bell.

Boasting heritage and classic apparel, THE COLLECTIVE gives buyers unparalleled access to the rapidly growing men's and young men's market. 

STITCH delivers another exceptional global and vibrant marketplace offering a selection of carefully merchandised contemporary sportswear, lifestyle and international brands. 

For a complete list of happenings, brand lists and activations at PROJECT, THE TENTS, PROJECT Women's, POOLTRADESHOW, STITCH, CURVE and THE COLLECTIVE view here

About PROJECT | Held bi-annually in New York and Las Vegas, PROJECT is the world's preeminent contemporary fashion trade event, encompassing men's, women's, accessories and footwear brands. Within the Las Vegas edition, exists PROJECT Women's, THE TENTS The COLLECTIVE, POOLTRADESHOW and CURVE. Bringing expertise and relevance to the global fashion industry through a highly merchandised approach, PROJECT creates destinations where innovation, commerce and service converge. For more information, please visit

About UBM Fashion | Uniting the most influential fashion retail decision makers and the world's top fashion brands, UBM Fashion serves the $1 trillion+ worldwide fashion industry through its comprehensive marketplaces in New York (NY Men's and Women's) and Las Vegas (MAGIC). UBM Fashion serves the industry by bringing together great brands and retailers in superbly merchandised shows while providing superior customer service and ultimately presenting end consumers with the best apparel, footwear, accessories, and fashion products.

About UBM plc | UBM plc is the largest pure-play B2B events organizer in the world. In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allows us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions. For more information, go to; for UBM corporate news, follow us on Twitter at @UBM, UBM Plc LinkedIn.


Cutting-edge Style Spotlighted at the 25th Annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale in Jackson Hole this September

The 25th-annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale will showcase the latest in Western form and fashion this fall, featuring the work of juried artists. The four-day celebration held in Jackson, Wyoming, September 7 – 10, 2017, is a signature event of the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and attracts design enthusiasts from around the world.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming (PRWEB) August 12, 2017

Furniture inspired by the works of Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “Western design,” but MosArt, which creates just such pieces, is among many exhibitors from across the country at this year’s Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale (WDC) in Jackson Hole who prove that Western style is more than just leather and hair-on-hide.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary Sept. 7-10, 2017, at the Snow King Event Center in Jackson, Wyoming, the WDC was founded on the idea of cultivating the best of contemporary craft, a mission that has only grown in recent years as artisanal businesses boom, embracing both innovative ideas and heritage techniques.

At Maryland-based MosArt, for example, owner Bruce Schuettinger combines his background in studio furniture and abstract painting to create custom-made tables, chairs and sideboards with a palette of sustainably sourced wood varieties. He arranges differing shades and grains of wood in abstract mosaic-like patterns – a process he calls “painting with wood” – resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces of functional art.

Schuettinger isn’t the only one with a unique take on the style of the Wild West. At the WDC Exhibit + Sale, he’s joined by over 150 juried artists and exhibitors specializing in home décor, jewelry, fashion, woodworking and mixed metal. This year’s talented lineup includes award-winning artist Supaya Gray Wolfe, whose intricate saddles function as statement pieces in the home; John Gallis, who mixes contemporary and rustic styles for his furniture company Norseman Designs West; Nebraska’s Garry Underwood of Dry Creek Design, who captures history through life-size sculptures crafted out of metal artifacts; and Doug King, a Missoula-based furniture maker known for his mid-century modern forms.

Kicking off the four-day event, the WDC’s runway fashion show, while still embracing the fantasies of fringe and fur, departs from the cowboy couture of the past. The up-close-and-personal live event showcases looks crafted by established and up-and-coming designers from around the country, including chic knits by Chicago-based Ann Everett, high-fashion gowns inspired by the mountain landscape by Celeste Sotola of Montana Dreamwear, and sleek sterling silver belt buckles by Ellie Thompson. The Opening Preview Party, Fashion Show and Live Auction are from 6-10 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Snow King Center.

Whether you’re a traditional guns-blazing cowboy or a sophisticated trendsetter, the WDC offers a range of styles that highlight the past and present of the West.

About the Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale:

The 25th annual Western Design Conference Exhibit + Sale is a four-day, multimillion-dollar event that brings together craftspeople, collectors, interior designers, architects and fashion designers with a love of the West. The Western Design Conference was founded 25 years ago in Cody, Wyo., as a way to promote contemporary artists working in historical American craft methods. The WDC Exhibit + Sale moved to Jackson in 2007; owner Allison Merritt continues the strong commitment to Western arts in Wyoming while expanding the reach of the show. Additional information on the WDC Exhibit + Sale, including schedules and tickets, is available at and on Facebook and Twitter @WesternDesign.


Gracious Galleries: apArt To Launch New York City Location And First Solo Exhibition October 5, 2017

apArt Private Gallery announces New York City location and the first ever Solo Art Exhibition “Terebintina”, by Brazilian artist Marcello Serpa Oct 5, 2017, from 7pm-11pm, Upper East Side Manhattan.

apArt is a private space where, through scheduled appointments, guests are able to appreciate, purchase or rent fine art as well as meet and engage in conversation with the emerging artists and designers exhibited at apArt.

Founded in São Paulo, Brazil by Thais Marin and her husband Artist Leo Macias, apArt is inspired by German collector Christian Boros’ initiative to transform a Berlin bunker into an art gallery, where he also lived. The great experience provided by apArt is its ability to enable art and its creator to come into contact with those who appreciate it.

With the focus on trendsetting, apArt Private Gallery host artists from all over the world who are able to live-in a creative environment and be inspired to develop their work, which later would be displayed in an exhibition. Additionally apArt focuses on non-art collectors educating them on how they can buy art and essentially become collectors.

“The foundation in which we built in São Paulo and Colombia is so innovative and bold that we could not be more excited to bring this to New York”. Thais Marin, Co-Founder apArt Private Gallery.

The Founder Thais Marin and Entrepreneur Maria Inês Moraes have partnered on apArt Private Gallery, which after its opening and success in Brazil and Colombia is taking place in New York, at Maria Inês apartment to launch apArt New York on October 5, 2017. The private Upper East Side space features over 4000 square feet of event space and will open its doors to host the opening of “Terebintina” (Turpentine), the first solo exhibition by Brazilian artist Marcello Serpa who will showcase his acrylic on canvas works from October 5, 2017, to December 5, 2017.

“apArt's purpose is to connect creators and appreciators where they can meet and spend time with the artists. An interesting aspect of apArt’s gallery is to show there is the option to rent affordable, fine works of art and design." Maria Inês Moraes, Partner in apArt Private Gallery NY.

The exhibition will be “Invite Only” with a pre-exhibit press hour from 6pm-7pm. Opening night festivities will include a performance by Brazilian recording artist, Maria Gadu. While the event is not open to the general public, the public can schedule visits by emailing Additional details pertaining to the event and exhibition will be released within the coming weeks. For more information on apArt please visit

apArt Private Gallery is an art gallery conversion within an apartment. The gallery provides a space for upcoming artists to expose their art to the general public giving them opportunities to become art appreciators, buyers, and consequently collectors. ApArt serves as a cultural hub that hosts a number of private events, book release parties, intimate pocket shows or pop-ups, and many other cultural events. São Paulo Brazil, Bogota Colombia, New York.


Chote Nawab Indian Cuisine by Hemant Mathur Inaugural Review Our Coverage Sponsored by Fresh Origins

From the Sunhari Jhinga Kebab to the Murgh Hariyali Tikka, Hemant has impressed us again!

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Ta da....and the Hemant Mathur hit parade continues with Chote Nawab!
Hemant was most recently lauded on Whom You Know for his latest and greatest, Sahib:
We told you he's got many tricks up his sleeve these days, and please meet Hit #2, Chote Nawab, which opened in 2011.  Now you know that Choate (has an a and is Peachy's programmed Choate in her head since she knew it first) is not only a famous boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut (JFK was a student there) that Peachy played field hockey against; its name means Little Prince (we certainly remember that book from French class)-and we think it is an Indian movie-see the end photo.  Hemant came to this team as Executive Chef and one of the owners in 2014.  This venue focuses on kebabs and biryani and to our rather American tastes, it seemed like more of a wonderful summery BBQ to differentiate it from other Indian traditional venues.  It is slightly more casual, but still sit-down.  We love sit-down.
If we are writing on a place at all, it is understood that the service is fantastic.  We don't comment on hospitality often, but you should know that they are extremely attentive at Chote Nawab, which is most appreciated by our audience.  We had citrus water and Merlot immediately and the grill was fired up to ignite our appetite!  Note not all Indian restaurants have great wine but we liked this one.
You also should assume that if we are writing on a place at all, the food is served at the appropriate temperature.  Chote Nawab is even a step above here as it was so super hot it fogged up Peachy's camera lens.  We love to see this effort and attention to detail.  
Do you know these are mushrooms!
Meet Achari Guchi and trust us, this is a fantastic way to get in your vegetables.  Skewered pickled mushrooms are superbly flavorful and fun to eat.  We have never had pickled mushrooms before we believe, and you're going to like them too.
That's what they look like cut in half; their life was short!
Everything we've seen Hemant create is beautiful.
The cast iron is a nice touch and they are served with green sauce that is mint and nicely tones everything down a bit.  Onions and lime come to the edible party.

If you really know Peachy, you know she steers towards anything green because she is competitively Irish.  That is why we ever tried Green Masala in the first place, but we keep ordering it because the flavor is amazing. Again, this was super sizzling upon arrival and the chicken was tender and the formal name is Murgh Hariyali Tikka.  If you love onions as much as we do you are going to love this too.

We absolutely adore both shrimp and saffron, so when they are teamed up it is even better.  If you quite concur, remember the name Sunhari Jhinga Kebab, because that is what this is called.  Succulent shrimp seared to perfection arrive on one of the best kebab presentations we have ever seen.  Sunhai means golden, and Jhinga means shrimp.
We liked everything we tried, but we loved this dish the most at Chote Nawab.

We are advocates of getting your greens in, and Sag Paneer is a delicious, hearty way to do this with great success.  Of course, all vegetables are better with cheese and so is this: Spinach, cheese and garden herbs combine for a vegetable not to be ignored.
A big mistake restaurants can make is putting their phone in a spot where the person answering it cannot hear properly; please do not mistake Deegan for vegan ever.  But if you are a vegan or not, you will be won over by the Baigan Bharta, found on the Vegan section of the Chote Nawab menu.  Smoked eggplant, roasted spices and garden herbs remind you of how ecstatic you can be about vegetables!  We'd even order it again.  It boasts a beautiful consistency and a balanced flavor.  It is mild if you are on fire.

A total winner is the classic: Chicken Tikka Masala.  Every bite will leave you in pure amazement at how much better this is than your typical neighborhood Indian restaurant.  Skewered spring chicken in creamy tomato sauce absolutely hits the spot.  The presentation in the silver bowl is lovely.  It is flavorful yet not overwhelming which to us is key in successful Indian food.  And Hemant Mathur totally knows what he is doing; did you know he opened the first Indian restaurant in East Berlin in 1992?
Bagari Jhinga (remember, Shrimp!) Nawabi is the seafood entree we selected, and the tanginess of the tomato sauce was just right for Goldilocks Peachy, not too spicy and not too mild.  Curry leaves added wow factor and again, the shrimp are super impressive and frequent once you dig in.
Drumroll please!  Peachy's favorite is Chicken Biryani, and Hemant's is terrifically flavorful with the chicken on the bone.  
We dream of this dish and it is just as great as the Sahib edition.  Sauces of Raita and Mirchi Ka Salan join the party, but American Peachy likes it straight.  Just like scotch, and Hemant likes that too!
Does your dinner smile at you like this?
Of course, you have rice on the side for the entrees:
...and Garlic Naan, for the Garlic Naan monster!
Fresh, hot and short-lived!  We love garlic.
We were so impressed with Chote Nawab on our first visit; we look forward to seeing what Hemant Mathur does next.


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