G-Shock Opens its First U.S. Store
Struggling to find the perfect holiday gift for your husband? G-Shock, the Casio owned watch brand, opened it’s first U.S. store in SoHo this Wednesday. The brand celebrates its 30th anniversary with the opening of its first free standing U.S. Store and commemorative limited-edition pieces. The two story store, located on 454 West Broadway, carried the full men’s line, the women’s line, Baby-G and features a second-level gallery and museum space devoted to the companies history and unique street-wear inspired partnerships.
The brand has over 300 stores around the globe and is carried in department stores, but Tadashi Shibuya, the general manager of the timepiece division, claims SoHo to be a “fashion destination.” The flagship U.S. Store conveys G-Shocks attitude with it’s industrial feel and metal beams. Primarily a men’s line, the watches are supposedly the “toughest in the world” and have unique features such as being water-resistant, vibration resistance, and highly durable. The watches are perfect for your action-sport enthusiast husband, but in case you get bored shopping for him, the ladies collection is just a few steps away and features the same incredible designs!
27th Annual Footwear News Achievement Award
The 27th Annual FNAA, or Footwear News Achievement Awards, took place this past week in the ever elegant Museum of Modern Art. The award ceremony recognizes footwear brands in their yearly achievements with awards such as Designer of the Year, which was awarded to Charlotte Olympia Dellal, and Brand of the Year, Sam Edelman. Among some of the other winners were Tabitha Simmons for Style Influencer of the Year, May’s for Retailer of the Year, and Sophia Webster for the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent award.
FN also announced three new Hall of Fame inductees. Ron Frasch, Saks Fifth Avenue’s president and chief merchandising officer, Stephen Rubin, Pentland Group chairman, and Ron Fromm, Brown Shoe Company’s chairman were recognized for their efforts in footwear retail. The night mimicked the Oscars with exquisite fashion and A-list presenters including Kenneth Cole, Miranda Kerr, and Anna Sui. At the end of the night, Stuart Weitzman was awarded the prestige honor of the Lifetime Achievement award, presented by his good friend Steve Wynn.
Kate Middleton’s New-Do
Abolishing the classic cut she’s had for years, Kate Middleton has cut her hair and upgraded to cheek skimming bangs. The bangs made the appearance at the Natural History Museum’s Treasures Gallery where Kate rocked a green Mulberry frock and loose barrel curls. The look is very 70’s inspired. The blow-out was surely compliments of Richard Ward, royal hair attendant. It also appears that Kate has traded in her reddish brown tone for a slightly darker, winter oak shade. Her hair, and new overall appearance certainly gives her added charm and a slightly quirky appeal.
Source:WWD and NYMag