AMP3 ADDS DESIGNER EYES AS CLIENT & HANDLES OPENING OF FLAGSHIP STORE IN WESTFIELD WORLD TRADE CENTER
Luxury NYC Eyewear PR Client Designer Eyes
We are excited to announce the addition of luxury eyewear retailer, Designer Eyes, to our client roster, starting with the opening of the NYC Flagship Store inside the new World Trade Center Mall (also known as “The Oculus”).
The store houses the most coveted eyewear brands including limited edition merchandise like Dolce & Gabbana‘s Sicilian Carreto Hand Painted Frames (only 100 created in the world), Dior Abstract in new colors, DITA Decade Two customized colors developed exclusively for Designer Eyes, Fendi Thierry limited edition, and Cartier (Designer Eyes is the only authorized dealer to sell Cartier eyewear online in the U.S.). Shoppers also have the chance to scoop up limited Gifts With Purchase, including a two-frame textured leather case by Oliver Peoples, business card holder by Mont Blanc, and a Black Orchid fragrance set by Tom Ford.
This $3.5 million, 1850 square foot space marks the 7th retail storefront for the brand, with upcoming launches planned for Miami, Beverly Hills, and Fifth Avenue. The flagship store offers personal eyewear stylists by appointment, concierge services for any off-site eyewear emergencies, and complimentary espresso or champagne to sip & shop.
At the AMP3 hosted launch event last night, guests were treated to champagne and light bites, while the DJ spun for notable guests like Michael Strahan and Olivia Caridi; who spent time taking a few fabulous pairs of sunglasses for a spin.
The Designer Eyes Flagship is located on the 2nd level of Westfield World Trade Center (185 Greenwich Street), and is open from 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, and 11am-7pm on Sundays. To learn more, visit DesignerEyes.com.
About Designer Eyes:
Designer Eyes was originally founded in 1974 by the Moroccan born, Jacky Amar, and has remained a family-owned business for 40+ years with an unwavering commitment to innovation and first class customer service. “Our deeply rooted brand partnerships allow us to offer exclusive styles and unique assortments to fashion-forward eyewear connoisseurs,” says Jacky Amar. “Luxury is no longer defined by cost, it’s defined by the experience, and that’s exactly what our clients will find at the new World Trade Center location.”
RECAP: Indie Designers showcase Fall/Winter 2017 collections during the Nolcha Shows at NYFW
We just wrapped another successful season of the Nolcha Shows at New York Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2017 at Artbeam Studios, featuring 9 runway shows. The platform for indie brands remains the go-to downtown destination for discovering fresh designs during fashion week.
The day kicked off with the “Ones To Watch” show at 1pm spotlighting emerging brands including: Mariana Valentina (Arabian Architecture-inspired statement dresses), Son Collection (Vietnamese womenswear), Just In Case (men’s and women’s streetwear from Taiwan), Chèlbè (made especially for tall women 5ft11+), and Stevenson University (a collective of students debuting their take on the little black dress).
The 4:30pm Main Show featured two “Made in NYC” brands: Samantha Leibowitz (men’s and women’s ready-to-wear) and ACID NYC (men’s and women’s by husband & wife design duo), as well as Lavanya Coodly (where all materials are sourced in the USA and hand-embroidered in India).
The 8pm show closed with a special presentation by PromGirl and PromGuy. The show featured “Real Teens” walking the runway including Kalani Hilliker (Dance Moms), Madeline Stuart (the first model with Down syndrome & an advocate for inclusiveness), a male ballet dancer from Brooklyn, a football player who trains Rescue K9s from Newport Beach, a teen who advocates for literacy from San Francisco, and a budding entrepreneur from Chicago. Randy Jackson was also on-site to introduce a live performance from rising latin star, Sammi Sanchez.
Celebrities who came out to support independent fashion design included: Danielle Savre (Actress “Too Close To Home”), Aubrie Sellers (Singer,) Yonee (Electronic Artist), Zeke Thomas (DJ/Producer), Kim Appelt (Celeb Stylist), Syd Wilder (Actress/Comedian), Lauren Rae Levy (Celebrity Stylist), and Derek Warburton (Celebrity Stylist & Nolcha Shows Style Ambassador).
Official Sponsors of the Nolcha Shows included: Citibank, Bai Brands, Mido Watches, L’Oréal, Cookie Pop, AOFM PRO, Hackamore, Sin Piedad Mezcal, and Breather.
For more information or designer profiles, visit: www.nolchashows.com.
Celebrity Red Carpet Images: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/2e86en
1pm “Ones To Watch Show”:
Mariana Valentina: https://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/74a67q
Son Collection: https://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/eaed7u
Just In Case: https://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/998cdi
Stevenson University: https://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/0788fx
4:30pm Main Runway:
Samantha Leibowitz: https://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/cfa4dn
Lavanya Coodly: https://nolchashows.dphoto.com/#/album/54af4v
PromGirl and PromGuy: http://nolchashows.dphoto.com/album/669f1i
Photo Credit for all: Nolcha Shows at NYFW
AMP3 Handles Publicity for The Tri-Annual Manhattan Vintage Show
We are excited to announce the addition of Manhattan Vintage, to our client roster.
The Manhattan Vintage Show, NYC’s premier vintage shopping event, returns this February 3rd & 4th, at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Launched in 1992, Manhattan Vintage has become the largest, and oldest, vintage apparel & accessory show in the country, and a shopping mecca for designers, costumers, and vintage fashion lovers alike.
For those in the know, Manhattan Vintage acts as more than just a vintage shopping experience. If you’re a lover of all things vintage, shopping the show is like visiting your favorite museum, except you actually get to touch and buy the art. It goes deeper though, the vendors at Manhattan Vintage are the best in the business. Offering up the best vendors in the business, these merchants are also historians, able to educate you on each piece and provide you with a shoppable history lesson.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, this seasons special exhibition will be entitled “Jean-Paul Gaultier: Lingerie Through the Ages,” and will be comprised of archived, lingerie inspired, vintage Gaultier pieces alongside the original vintage lingerie styles that inspired the designs.
“By now it’s legend that Gaultier found inspiration in his grandmother’s closet. He was particularly fascinated with her corsets and other under garments. This exhibit will be an opportunity for attendees to see these early vintage lingerie pieces alongside Gaultier’s groundbreaking designs. We’re very excited to share this experience with the public,” said Manhattan Vintage owner David Ornstein.
Dealers including Cherry Vintage, Daybreak Vintage, and James Veloria will be contributing pieces to the Gaultier exhibition, many of which will be exclusively available to shop at the show.
With 80+ vendors that span the decades, there’s a vintage dealer with a one-of-a-kind piece for everyone at Manhattan Vintage. NYC based vendor, Metropolis Vintage, recently acquired a substantial collection of vintage Bonnie Cashin designs that will bring lovers of layering and vintage Coach running. And then there are the ladies of Spark Pretty, who will be owning the vintage 90s market with several vintage Tony Alamo denim jackets, as well as all the 90’s prom dresses you could ever dream of.
The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show will be open at the Metropolitan Pavilion on Friday, February 2nd (1pm to 8pm) and Saturday, February 3rd (11am-6pm). To learn more about The Manhattan Vintage Show, or for any press related inquiries, please contact Ashley Lutzker at AMP3 PR via 646-827-9594 or [email protected].
Recap: Bridges of Understanding Award Dinner Honoring Arianna Huffington
On December 7th, our client “Bridges of Understanding” (BOU), an incredible non-profit, hosted its annual awards gala at The Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center.
The event, which celebrates global citizenship, included the 9th annual presentation of the Building Bridges Award by David G. Bradley to celebrate journalist and founder of the Huffington Post Arianna Huffington, and the inaugural presentation of the Young Global Trailblazer Distinction to world refugee activist and author, Chaker Khazaal (Author of “Confessions of a War Child” and Esquire Middle East’s ‘Man of the Year’).
Both offered their inspiring words on the importance of building bridges between people, countries, and cultures. Following their acceptances, everyone enjoyed a beautiful performance by Broadway veteran Carrie Manolakos.
Partnering with the United Nations, the event also included a virtual reality pop-up exhibition on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a set of 17 goals adopted by world leaders in 2016 to end poverty, fight inequalities, and tackle climate change over the next 15 years.
With the current cultural climate, organizations like BOU are of increasing importance. The new programming includes Refugees Deeply, a single subject platform designed to clarify the complex web of geopolitical, human rights, environmental, legal, and other factors combining to make the refugee issue one of the most challenging of our lifetimes. Additionally, the existing Youth Talk video exchange program between high schools in the U.S. and the Middle East is now being piloted to middle school students, with the increasing belief that empathy building needs to start earlier.
It was an informative and inspirational night, with all funds raised going toward BOU’s education programs.
About Bridges of Understanding:
BOU is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, nonpolitical organization established in 2007, is driven by a mission to foster a personal understanding between the American people and people of the Arab World, as defined by the League of Arab States, through education and outreach programs that emphasize 21st century skills. For those from and engaged in the region, the organization’s cornerstone initiatives provide an empowering lifeline — an opportunity to have their voices heard in the classroom and by their peers in the United States. And, for Americans, these initiatives showcase the diverse Arab cultural legacy and paint thoughtful, nuanced portraits of those who respective homelands and histories are oftentimes distorted in the current sociopolitical landscape.