Award Dinner honoring fashion designer Reem Acra
Earlier in the month, non-profit “Bridges of Understanding“, held their annual awards dinner at Lincoln Center in New York City. This year they honored fashion designer Reem Acra and AMP3 PR handled publicity for the evening. The award was presented by Steven Kolb, the CEO of the CFDA, and the event was co-chaired by philanthropists Cathie Black and Tom Harvey.
BOU is an organization aimed at bridging the cultural divide between Americans and the Arab world, by providing in-school education initiatives that pair high school classrooms in the US with their peers in the Middle East through a videoconferencing-based curriculum. The goal is to teach youth about their commonalities, to overcome the cultural divide, to shift negative perceptions, and to grow towards a more empathetic future among nations. Previously held in DC, this was the first Building Bridges award dinner in NYC, and it honors individuals who further the mission and ethos of the organization.
Lebanese fashion designer, Reem Acra, is a perfect example of an empowered woman from the Middle East who has taken the basic cultural tradition of sewing which she learned from her mother, and harnessed it to become an entrepreneur and one of the world’s top couture designers. She exemplifies the importance that the arts (and in this case fashion) have on building an understanding between peoples, especially during times of sociopolitical unrest. “The Council of Fashion Designers of America is proud to count Reem Acra among its prestigious membership of creative talent,” says Steven Kolb of the CFDA, “Fashion is a universal language of which Reem has a powerful voice. Her beautiful clothes empower women around the world and there is no better example that similarities of cultures are greater than their differences.”
Of the honor, Reem Acra said: “It is both an honor and a privilege to be standing here tonight, an honor to be recognized for my participation in our efforts to promote a better world. As you are aware, I spend the majority of my time in a world of magic and elegance; finding new ways to celebrate the woman’s inherent beauty and make life a more luxurious experience for everyone that I can touch. I am always conscious however, of the need that we all have to give back. When I became aware of “Bridges of Understanding,” I knew that it was a place where my humble efforts could add to those of others, and together we could achieve the kind of change we all know is possible.”
Notable guests included: Reem Acra, Steven Kolb (CFDA), Cathie Black & Tom Harvey (co-chairs), Dr Mehmet Oz & his wife Lisa Oz, Ariel Foxman (InStyle), Bobbie Thomas (Today Show), Bevy Smith (Fashion Queens, Bravo), Noah Levy (Gossip Table), David Bradley (Owner, Altantic Media Group), and Dayle Haddon (Model). Funds raised from the evening will in part allow Bridges of Understanding’s education programs to find a home in New York City.
In November of this year, a New York City public school in the Bronx will be the first school to bring “YouthTalk” to the area, and will later pilot a new middle school curriculum, “Bridges at School.” At AMP3 PR, we were honored to merge our love for Fashion PR with philanthropy, and were delighted to have our media contacts further support the cause with coverage in fashion publications like WWD, regional newspapers like The New York Observer, and digital fashion outlets like The Fashion Times. For more information about the cause, visit: www.bridgesofunderstanding.org.
AMP3 PR Adds Paul Drish Men’s Luxury Footwear To Client Roster
We’re excited to announce that AMP3 PR has added Paul Drish Men’s luxury footwear to the client roster. Paul Drish is a new collection of high-end leather shoes & bags. Through their vertically integrated manufacturing facilities and innovative technology, Paul Drish is able to produce high quality footwear at an accessible price point. The brand officially launches in the U.S. on November 20th but the collection is available for pre-order on their website: www.pauldrish.com.
The Paul Drish business model is strictly e-commerce, and by keeping it so, they’re able to pass on savings directly to customers. They also have a gorgeous by-appointment-only Tribeca loft where customers can make an appointment (on the website) to come in and sip scotch while trying on their favorite styles prior to ordering. In fact, all customers receive a luxury experience with Paul Drish. All Paul Drish shoes feature the brand’s signature purple lining, are delivered in a durable drawer-style jute box, and are tucked inside an embroidered cotton dust bag. Each shoe order also comes with a leather shoe horn and an extra padded leather insole for additional comfort. All orders also come with free shipping and returns as well as a one-time $20 return credit towards your next purchase.
For press inquiries, please contact [email protected] or 646-827-9594.
RECAP: Cat Footwear Launches First Pop-Up in NYC
Cat Footwear, an AMP3 PR client, has taken over The Corner Pop-Up space on Lexington & 47th Street in Midtown Manhattan for the entire month of October. The last few weeks of the month we’ve been hosting a series of private PR & consumer facing events to introduce the brand to NYC.
On October 8th & 9th we hosted the “White Heat” SS15 Presentation attended by editors, bloggers, and Cat Footwear retailers. 16 fully styled models were on hand to preview the SS15 collection while guests enjoyed cocktails & canapés, as well as music spun by DJ Jasper Stapleton.
October 11th was the “International Day of the Girl” shopping event at the pop-up. The International Day of the Girl is a day declared by the UN and intended to bring awareness to gender inequalities and injustices around the world. A portion of all Cat Footwear sales on this day were donated to E.P.I.C., the clean drinking water charity run by our Earthmovers, Alexi Panos & Tennille Amor.
On October 14th we hosted the “#ColoradoCouture” Art Event & AW14 Presentation. For this event we invited 5 NYC artists across different artistic mediums to use Cat Footwear’s iconic Colorado Boot as a canvas to create their own original art. We exhibited the works of Ivan Orama, Liz Lomax, Misha Tyutyunik, Amanda Dolan, and James Gulliver Hancock at the event. Additionally models were on hand to present the current AW14 Colorado Collection. Guests enjoyed cocktails & canapés, as well as music spun by DJ Jasper Stapleton.
On October 16th Cat Footwear Earthmover Tyler Hilton played a private concert for some of his biggest fans who won tickets through a social media contest run on Cat Footwear’s Facebook page. Additionally, Tyler’s performance attracted quite a street crowd, as it was piped out onto the sidewalk. The event was sponsored by William Wolf Whiskey, Hal’s NY Seltzer Water, and Pretzel Crisps. Two Fotofwd machines were on hand so that guests could print their Instagram photos when they used the event hashtag #CATbootsNYC.
On October 21st two of Cat Footwear’s favorite style bloggers, Adam Gallagher and Sazan Barzani, came out to host a shopping night for fans & consumers. While at the event they offered fashion tips and styling advice. Guests enjoyed whiskey tastings from Kings County Distillery master distiller (and Cat Footwear Earthmover) Nicole Austin as well as music spun by DJ Jasper Stapleton. Two Fotofwd machines were on hand so that guests could print their Instagram photos when they used the event hashtag #CATbootsNYC. The event was sponsored by Hal’s NY Seltzer Water and Pretzel Crisps.
RECAP: Nolcha Fashion Week: New York Spring/Summer 2015 Runway Shows
Trend-setting celebrities who came out to support independent fashion design this season included: Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), Bella Thorne (actress), Johnny Wujek (celebrity stylist), Nastia Liukin (Olympic Champion), Russel Westbrook (NBA), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Sammi Hanratty (actress), Kristen Ruhlin (actress), Skeery Jones (Z100), Shaun Ross (model), Soledad O’Brien (news anchor), Madeline Brewer (Orange is the New Black), Jessica Pimentel (Orange is The New Black), Mila J (singer/rapper), Mayer Hawthorne (recording artist) and Kristen Taekman (Real Housewives of New York).
The first solo show on September 8th featured Katty Xiomara, who was fresh off her July 2014 Pret-a-Porter Sketchcolors Project Award, and presented a collection inspired by the art form of a “chocolatier” which melted geometric shapes into organic forms. The finale dress was a collaboration with Nolcha’s sponsor, OtterBox, integrating the new “Alpha Glass,” a fortified glass screen protector for mobile phones. Actresses Kat Graham, Kristen Ruhlin, and Sammi Hanratty all attended the show wearing original Katty Xiomara designs.
The group show on September 8th featured designers: Rinat Brodach, Mariana Valentina, Sofia Arana, Mimi Tran, and a collective of menswear brands including: pants by Alberto, knitwear by Codice, shirts by Haupt, and sports jackets by Carl Gross. Celebrity friends & family came out to support model Andre King (brother of Swizz Beats and brother-in-law of Alicia Keys) as he walked in the menswear show.
The “Ones To Watch” collective show on September 9th featured emerging brands including: Monstruosite, B’VENAJ Designs, Gregory Apparel, Oiselle, JBurgos, and Charles & Ron. The collective ended with the second annual Project SUBWAY, which challenged up and coming designers to construct one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by vegetables found in a SUBWAY(R) restaurant. A celebrity panel critiqued the designs, including: Bella Thorne (actress), Johnny Wujek (celebrity stylist), Nastia Liukin (Olympic champion), and Russell Westbrook (pro basketball’s MVP of fashion and SUBWAY Famous Fan), and ultimately, they chose the onion-inspired dress by Veritee Hill as the winner.
Nolcha Fashion Week’s official sponsors include: Dasani, Franciacorta, DON Q Rums, Adrian London Skincare, OtterBox, SUBWAY, Defiant Whisky, Bella Forma Wines, and Neulook.