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The Fashion Institute of Technology, generally known as FIT, is a State University of New York college of art, business, design, and technology connected to the fashion industry, with an urban campus located on West 27th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. It was founded in 1944, accredited in 1957, and is ranked among the top five fashion schools in the world. It has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. Wikipedia.

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AURORA, IL--(Marketwired - May 22, 2017) - BERNINA of America, the premier manufacturer of sewing, embroidery and quilting machines, recognized Nina Means as the 2017 BERNINA Fashion Fund Recipient at Saturday night's Austin Fashion Week Runway Show. During the event, Nina was presented with a BERNINA 560 (B 560) sewing machine, a value of $3,399. The BERNINA Fashion Fund is a partnership between BERNINA and Austin Fashion Week that was established in 2014 to support local emerging designers who show incredible talent. "It's our pleasure to present Nina Means with a BERNINA 560," said Amy Sherfinski, Director of Marketing for BERNINA of America. "This 5 Series machine offers designers a wide variety of features and functions including an optional embroidery module and compatibility with BERNINA's cutting-edge DesignWorks Software Suite." The B 560 features a five-inch high-resolution color touch screen to navigate its wide range of features and functions. It features a simple yet classic design that sewists will appreciate, along with 476 total stitch patterns, an automatic thread cutter and a stitch width up to 9 mm. The B 560 also offers an optional embroidery module and is compatible with BERNINA's cutting edge software, DesignWorks. The DesignWorks Software Suite features the CutWork, PaintWork and CrystalWork components that can transform the B 560 from an embroidery machine into a mixed media tool. With CutWork, shapes, patterns and designs can be cut from multiple layers of fabric. PaintWork allows the application of pen drawings to fabric and textiles. CrystalWork gives the ability to create crystal appliqué patterns for textiles and garments. For more information, visit "I am so grateful to BERNINA for having chosen me as the 2017 BERNINA Fashion Fund Recipient and am honored to receive the BERNINA 560 sewing machine," said Nina Means. "I'm excited to start using my new BERNINA and experience, first-hand its many features. I'm confident that it will support my future collection endeavors perfectly." Durham North Carolina native Nina Means, took an unconventional path into the fashion industry after a career in public health. She took a leap of faith moving to Italy to learn under masters in apparel design. Upon her return back to the United States, and after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology, she secured an internship with Rebecca Taylor and designed for American Eagle Outfitters and H by Halston. The Nina Means Collection is an expression of elegant minimalism, fashion that is comfortable yet elevated. For more information about Nina Means, visit Facebook:; Twitter: @ninameansusa or Instagram: nina_means. About BERNINA Founded in Switzerland more than 100 years ago, BERNINA is the world's premier manufacturer with a proven reputation for offering quality state-of-the-art sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, overlockers, and embroidery software. BERNINA's leadership is marked by an impressive number of ambassadors, industry leaders, influencers and bloggers, who chose to partner with the company. BERNINA products are sold in the United States through a network of over 400 fully trained independent dealerships that also offer support and education. Select BERNINA and bernette machines, and BERNINA software can also be purchased online. BERNINA products are designed for beginning to advanced sewists and priced to meet a variety of budgets, with new products being introduced every year. You can follow BERNINA on Facebook:, Instagram: @BERNINAUSA, and Pinterest:, and read BERNINA's WeAllSew blog at To learn more about BERNINA and to find a Dealer, visit or call (630)978-2500.

Known for her fantastical illusions and stylized eastern themes, Chen Man's work has been featured across top fashion publications including Vogue and Harper's Bazaar. The legendary model Carmen Dell'Orefice will also be recognized for her close connection to Chinese fashion and her role in sparking a worldwide conversation about China's influence on design. The centerpiece of the China Fashion Gala will be a full-length haute couture show by influential Chinese designer Lan Yu, whose designs have been featured at New York Fashion Week and worn by numerous celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga. In support of the gala and those being honored, Gala advisor Christian Louboutin commented, "Fashion is a powerful, communicative tool that carries rich traces of history and culture, as well as the designer's character. This is why I am happy to once again support an initiative that spotlights China's rich culture in a context where both heritage and innovation are praised." Vivienne Tam added, "I am honored to serve as an advisor for the China Fashion Gala and to show my support for the up-and-coming artists that capture China's influence through their medium. I am particularly excited to see Lan Yu's show and I applaud the China Beauty Charity Fund and China Institute for supporting individuals who take China's rich cultural history and interpret it in their own imaginative, contemporary designs, and for introducing young, talented Chinese designers to the U.S." The proceeds from the China Fashion Gala will support the China Beauty Charity Fund Scholarship at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). The gala will benefit China Institute's new Fashion Initiative, which includes a Fashion Design Competition to support young designers and promote creativity inspired by China, a $10,000 award to the first prize winner and mentorship from a leading designer, and other public events including conversations with leading designers and workshops. "We are excited to diversify China Institute's offerings through the Fashion Initiative," said China Institute's SVP and Chief Development Officer Andrea Sanseverino Galan. "By shining a light on China's emerging artists and designers, we demonstrate the country's influence extends far beyond its unparalleled manufacturing expertise." To learn more about China Institute or purchase tickets to the China Fashion Gala, please visit Through its world class School of Chinese Studies, renown Gallery Exhibitions and Center for Business, China Institute is a nonpartisan organization that serves as a dynamic gateway between the US and China. China Institute is the foremost resource in the United States on "all things China"— a gateway to Chinese language, art, culture and business. China Institute has been part of the fabric of New York City since the Institute was founded nearly a century ago by forward thinking educators—including Dr. Hu Shih, John Dewey, Kuo Ping-Wen, and Paul Monroe. Henry Luce fueled a second chapter in the Institute's venerable history in 1944 when serving as president and chairman of the board. China Institute's impact on bicultural understanding began with the inspired vision of its founders: Today, China Institute has become the premier resource for public programs that illuminate China through art, culture, language history, philosophy, business and contemporary life. China Beauty Charity Fund ("CBCF") was established in 2011 in honor of Yue-Sai Kan by the Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Foundation, one of the most important and trusted charitable foundations in China. The word "beauty" in Chinese embodies caring, giving, honesty and beautification of the human spirit. True to this spirit, CBCF is dedicated to the betterment and advancement of women and children through education, health and cultural programs worldwide. Since its establishment, CBCF has raised a total of $US 3 million to fund cleft lip and palate surgeries, provide free medical supplies to underserved regions in China, and to provide scholarships for Chinese students through the CBCF Scholarship Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

NEW YORK, May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- In August 2017, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) will become the second State University of New York (SUNY) institution to offer degree programs at SUNY Korea in Songdo. SUNY is the first American university in Korea and is also SUNY's first global campus outside of the United States. The FIT programs being offered in Korea are Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management―two signature curricula of the college―leading to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. These programs reflect the college's historical commitment to providing industry-ready graduates for the fashion industry and its related businesses. Fashion Design is one of the earliest programs ever offered by the college; the Fashion Business Management program is the oldest and largest program of its kind in the United States, providing students a comprehensive business curriculum focused on the fashion industry. FIT's location in Korea makes it the college's third location abroad, along with Milan and Florence, and extends the institution's global reach. The application deadline is June 30 and, after that, admission is on a rolling basis. Admitted students will earn their AAS degree at FIT at SUNY Korea and may then apply to FIT's bachelor's degree programs in New York or in Milan for Fashion Design. "FIT is delighted to be able to offer students from all over Asia―including Japan, China, India, Thailand, and Vietnam―the opportunity of an FIT education in Korea," said Dr. Joyce F. Brown, president of FIT. "Students will be able to benefit from FIT's offerings, complete with its curriculum and faculty, on the vibrant and innovative Incheon Global Campus. All of higher education functions globally today, and it is among FIT's goals to educate students to be fluent in this environment." Classes begin on August 25, 2017, at the Incheon Global Campus in Songdo, Korea's only "smart city," which is becoming Northeast Asia's economic hub. The campus features state-of-the-art facilities, classrooms, a library, research labs, a sports center, auditorium, multicultural activity center, dining hall, dormitory, and guest house, among other amenities. The Incheon Global Campus is a national project established by the Korean government and Incheon Metropolitan City. SUNY Korea is the first campus to locate there. SUNY Korea was established in 2012 as the first American university in Korea through the combined effort and investment of the South Korean and U.S. governments and SUNY at Stony Brook University. About SUNY The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States. Its impact in New York State and across the globe begins with 64 institutions, including research universities, academic medical centers, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, colleges of technology, and an online learning network. SUNY serves nearly 1.3 million students, including nearly 600,000 in credit-bearing courses and programs and more than 700,000 through continuing education and community outreach programs. SUNY's nearly 3 million alumni are located around the globe, each making their own unique impact. About FIT The Fashion Institute of Technology, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for more than 70 years. With a curriculum that provides a singular blend of hands-on, practical experience, classroom study, and a firm grounding in the liberal arts, FIT offers a wide range of outstanding programs that are affordable and relevant to today's rapidly changing industries. Internationally renowned, FIT draws on its New York City location to provide a vibrant, creative community in which to learn. The college offers nearly 50 majors and grants AAS, BFA, BS, MA, MFA, and MPS degrees, preparing students for professional success and leadership in the global marketplace. Among notable alumni in fashion are Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Amsale Aberra, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Dennis Basso, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ralph Rucci, John Bartlett, and Michelle Smith. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of bareMinerals; international restaurant designer Tony Chi; Nina Garcia, creative director, Marie Claire; Essie Weingarten, founder of Essie Cosmetics; and Joe Zee, executive creative officer, Yahoo Style.

News Article | May 16, 2017

In time for this year’s wedding season, Cameo Cleaners, long trusted as one of the best wedding gown cleaners in NYC, announced today that it is adding to its portfolio of wedding gown cleaning and wedding gown preservation services. Cameo has been considered one of New York’s premier couture dry cleaner and garment care services for over 60 years. “As our customers can tell you, we put as much care into restoring your dress as you did in first picking it out,” said a spokesperson for the company. “We clean bridal gowns by hand in our own facility. We know how to work around the tiniest embellishment and seam.” Cameo Cleaners has unparalleled experience in cleaning and preserving bridal gowns. They are renowned for attention to detail in bridal gown dry cleaning in New York. Cleaning a wedding dress requires a careful process. For example, Cameo avoids using certain dry cleaning chemicals (like “Perc”) which can ruin the fabrics used in wedding dresses. Cameo also offers last-minute, rush wedding dress alterations in NYC. The service is available in-home. “We come to you,” the spokesperson added. “You’re about to get married. You don’t need to schlep down to us with your dress. Relax. Just call us and we’ll come over and do the alteration in your home.” Museum quality preservation of wedding dresses is also available through Cameo Cleaners. Generations of New York brides have trusted Cameo to have their wedding gowns looking as memorable as they did on their wedding days. Cameo’s methods allow clients to open the preservation package at any time so they can share their cherished memories with loved ones. The service includes wrapping the garment in acid-free fibers and placing it in an acid-free storage box. Cameo’s flagship store is located at 280 Third Avenue, near 23rd Street. This facility is capable of doing almost any type of cleaning. The company’s services range from cleaning full beaded gowns that need to be done completely by hand as well as restoring leather pieces. Cameo has served its customers continuously since 1958. They are trusted by such world-famous organizations as the Metropolitan Opera, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Other services include care of accessories and handbags, fur glazing, garment restoration, cleaning of delicate interior fabrics such as curtains and Oriental rugs, bed linens and tablecloths.

News Article | May 1, 2017

"With digital DIY inspiration, a broadened range of product offerings and accessibility to high-end vendors there is a unique opportunity for one to flex their own design capabilities without the trained eye of an interior designer. twelvehome was born when Paige and I observed there was a lack of knowledge with balancing color, layering textures and practically fabricating for these self-designers. The room offerings of twelvehome give you the essentials for a beautifully layered, unique room and allows you to visualize the end product and effortlessly implement your personal style." - Christi Rogers, Co-Founder Well-versed in the design world, twelvehome is the creative notion of interior designer Christi Rogers and marketing expert Paige Kramer. Christi's vast creative experience with her own design firm paired with Kramer's family background in the furniture industry, brings a new approach to designing interior spaces. twelvehome, the name which derives from 12th Street in New York City where both Christi and Paige once lived, is a creative collaboration of the duo and is breaking down the walls of the exclusive design world and making high-end, designer living accessible to all. "When designing a space there is an emotional element within the conceptual process, creating an environment that will live in one's home. Christi and I are drawn to designs that have character and depth when shopping the fabric market and work towards creating concepts that are adaptable to personal style. A light, delicate twelvehome palette can be paired with a punchy limited edition print to juxtapose the softness of the space and infuse an individual attitude." - Paige Kramer, Co-Founder twelvehome is a direct to consumer brand with each pre-designed room scheme available in numerous offerings, including full-room options and multiple sizes in soft goods. Essential room packages start at $1,749.00 and individual items start at $89.00 for a pillow up to $3,725.00 for a bespoke rug. twelvehome offers shipping within the continental US. For all press inquiries and image requests: Travis Paul Martin | | 312.635.8222 Jess Gamblin | | 312.635.8226 Christi Rogers has spent her career designing luxurious interiors for her clients. Through her time living in Prague and London and her extensive travels throughout Europe, Christi developed a curiosity and appreciation for interiors around the world. Christi received a degree in Interior Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and after completing the program landed a position with world-renowned interior designer Jamie Drake. There Christi managed over 25 projects ranging from the Showtime Metropolitan Home Show homes to resort villas in Aruba and gained experience in a vast array of areas from product and furniture design to tabletop styling. In 2009, Christi founded CRD Associates, where she creates residential and commercial interiors. In addition to her design degree, Christi also holds a degree in International Business and Finance from Loyola University New Orleans. Paige Kramer was born into the furniture industry. Paige's family owns one of Florida's oldest and most well respected home furnishings businesses. Having spent each summer working in the family business, she developed a deep love and appreciation for home furnishings and design. Through the construction of her family's homes in New York City and The Hamptons, she met interior designer Christi Rogers and the idea for twelvehome was born. Prior to co-founding twelvehome, Paige spent ten years with The Commissioner's Office of Major League Baseball handling entertainment and lifestyle public relations. In addition to twelvehome, Paige spends time volunteering with an educational and arts mentoring program for underserved children in New York City. Paige holds a Bachelor's Degree in Art History and Fine Art from The George Washington University. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

Dispute Over 'Fearless Girl' and 'Charging Bull' Statues Kevin L Smith Dean of Libraries, University of Kansas University of Kansas Smith can discuss the dispute over the "Fearless Girl" and "Charging Bull" statues in New York, the associated copyrights for each, copyright law and intellectual property: "This case is especially interesting since it involves a relatively new provision of the copyright act, the Visual Artists' Rights Act of 1990, which secures some specific 'moral rights' for a limited group of visual artists. Interpretation of VARA has been difficult for the courts, and this case could really push on the issue of what a right of integrity, not recognized in any other part of U.S. copyright law, really entails. How much, we might ask, should an artist be able to control the meaning of his or her own work?" Contact: Mike Krings, Supreme Court: Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley Daniel Conkle Professor Indiana University's Maurer School of Law "The Supreme Court in recent decades has moved steadily toward a 'neutrality' understanding of the First Amendment's Establishment Clauses. Under this approach, the government generally is free to include religious organizations in otherwise general programs of funding, for example, through voucher programs for private schools. At the same time, in the interest of federalism, the Court has permitted states, applying state constitutional law, to enforce a stricter separation of church and state. Missouri has denied funding for the church playground based upon a state constitutional provision. But by denying the funding the state has effectively discriminated against church-sponsored daycares, presenting the question of whether the state constitutional provision itself violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment," says Conkle. "The question is whether the First Amendment requires neutrality between religious and nonreligious organizations, and if so, then the state constitutional provision will have to give way. Many state constitutions include provisions similar to Missouri's, so as a result, the Court's decision could have broad implications." Conkle is available to comment on the oral arguments in Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley (4/19). According to Conkle, the case raises important issues, not only about church-state separation, but also about federalism and the intersection of state and federal constitutional law. An expert on the intersection of constitutional law and religion, Conkle is the author of Constitutional Law: The Religion Clauses, which provides a theoretical and conceptual framework for understanding and evaluating the components of the Supreme Court's constitutional doctrine. His research addresses constitutional law and theory, religious liberty and the role of religion in American law, politics and public life. Conkle is also a Nelson Poynter Scholar at the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions. Bio: Website: Contact: Kemba Neptune, Relationship-Building Between Law Enforcement and the Community Bill Cassell Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY The importance of fostering understanding between police departments and the communities they serve through pro-active education and relationship building has never been more apparent. Says Cassell: "Community policing is an essential step in building trust between local departments and the communities they serve. In light of today's divisive political environment pro-active outreach is a necessary relationship building step. Unfortunately, race relations and secure communities have been in the spotlight lately. No strategy that encourages officers to target certain racial or ethnic groups is going to turn out to be positive in today's culture. Local cooperation, mutual respect and education about use of force policies are key to increasing understanding of not only police work but of each other." Cassell is a retired law enforcement and chief of police, with over two decades of experience, most of which spent teaching others. In his role as manager at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice he planned, implemented and managed instructors for all law enforcement officer trainings across the state. Cassell has numerous certifications, in topics such as situational leadership, ethics, and community vulnerability assessment methodology.  In addition to these topics he is available to discuss ethics in policing, leadership and communications training, and the role of social media and technology in police departments. Contact: Jessica Brown, The Increased Strain on Law Enforcement Dr. Walter E. Stroupe Chair & Graduate Coordinator, Criminal Justice Department at West Virginia State University West Virginia State University Charleston, WV The current challenges and controversies surrounding law enforcement departments include issues related to officer shortage, inadequate agency budgets, and public policy impacting state and local police departments. Says Dr. Stroupe: "Lost in our national conversation over policing is that America's social services are coming under an enormous amount of stress. We are seeing increased burnout and retirements across the spectrum, from child protective service workers and teachers to emergency responders, and it has been up to law enforcement to pick up the slack without increased budgets and staff. These new roles in policing are leading to departments stretched thin, funding shortages, and an overall inability to improve services. What law enforcement agencies across the country need now are more dedicated funds so that they can effectively adjust to new responsibilities, recruit better officers, and implement long-term strategies for their communities."  Dr. Stroupe has over 20 years of law enforcement experience, including as a state Field Trooper, First Lieutenant, and retiring as the Assistant Director of Training at the West Virginia State Police Academy. He has been involved in developing and instructing criminal justice curriculum, including classes in race and gendered issues, domestic terrorism, sex crimes, and community oriented policing. Contact: Michael Timberlake, The Future of Learning is Personal Dr. Mickey Blackwell Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Education West Virginia State University Charleston, WV With advancements in the use of technology and student data in the classroom, personalized education initiatives are the future. Says Dr. Blackwell "Personalized learning is where we are all headed. Soon every child will have their own plans, tailored tests, and teachers will know in real-time how that student is performing. It will be up to teachers, with the help of their administrators, to craft new materials, exercises, and tasks that can bring out the best in their students. Plus with the right support, states and districts can that embrace this learning revolution and will be better equipped to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their students and what teachers need to be successful in the classroom. This is an immense challenge for the education system, but it will pay endless dividends if fully supported by teachers, policymakers, and parents." Dr. Blackwell has over 30 years of experience in teaching and school administration, including serving as superintendent and principal at multiple schools, and currently is the executive director for the West Virginia Association for Elementary and Middle School Principals. Dr. Blackwell can speak to developing district-based curriculum goals and related staff development and staff, as well as the impact of public policy on state public school educators and school administrators.  Contact: Michael Timberlake, Preparing College Students for Life After Graduation Marjorie Silverman Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Internship Studies FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) State University of New York New York, NY The transition of college students to the working world can be extremely challenging and stressful. Says Silverman: "The pressure on college students is at a dangerous level. Student debt, academic demands and a highly competitive job market leave college students overwhelmed, overstressed and exhausted. It has never been more urgent for higher education institutions to provide real-life experiential education that prepares the student for life after graduation." Working with leading employers in multiple industries, her areas of concentration include engaging students in an increasingly distracted world, expanding opportunities and commitments for non-traditional age students and innovative experiential educational programming. Silverman holds an Organizational Psychology/Leadership from Columbia University. Contact: Ken Ferber, Liberal Arts Education in the World of STEM David Harrity English Professor, School of Arts and Sciences Campbellsville University Campbellsville, KY "We continually hear about the important role STEM education plays in regards to job opportunities. I argue that the movement toward pragmatic STEM education is creating a loss in the way people approach debate, communication and creativity. I see STEM degrees and liberal arts degrees as equally important. The ability to express differing opinions and take part in active listening is becoming an increasingly important skill needed to be effective in our deeply divided communities today. The philosophy behind a liberal arts education is for students to be exposed to challenging and thought provoking ideas. If we are truly committed to seeing the next generation succeed, we need to place equal value on both STEM and liberal arts education." An established writer, Professor Harrity has authored a number of books focused on poetry and imagination's connection to theology. In addition to the creative writing process, Harrity can discuss the positive and negative links between social media and human connection as well as the cultural shift toward enhanced self-selection which means people are no longer forced to process information that is difficult, emotional or uncomfortable. Contact: Jessica Brown, Following are links to job listings for staff and freelance writers, editors and producers. You can view these and more job listings on our Job Board: Following are links to other news and resources we think you might find useful. If you have an item you think other reporters would be interested in and would like us to include in a future alert, please drop us a line at PROFNET is an exclusive service of PR Newswire. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

News Article | May 25, 2017

Although she always loved aesthetics and design, Russo says that as a result of growing up in a very small rural town, she had no understanding of the fashion industry. She eventually attended the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, but earned a degree in advertising and communications, which seemed to her to be a more reliable path to a paycheck. But it wasn’t a guarantee. In fact, Russo asserts that she became “part of the collateral damage” while working at a small graphic design firm that lost their largest client when the economy tanked in 2008. At this point, all Russo knew was that she wanted to do something creative and help people. She had about $10,000 saved up, so by being frugal she was able to spend the next two years “bumbling around” and trying to figure it out. Then Russo got her first lucky break. A friend of hers had just landed a great new job. She’d always admired how well put together Russo looked, and asked if she would help her put together a proper work wardrobe. “We went shopping,” says Russo, “and it was everything I wanted my career to be.” Russo says she immediately started trying to drum up more clients to style. But first she needed to tackle what she didn’t know. “I bought Small Business for Dummies,” says Russo, to learn about the basics of working for herself. While she was busy pounding the pavement at a mall in Long Island in search of ideas, inspiration, and hopefully some new people to dress up, Russo spied a “help wanted: personal shopper” sign in the window of an Anthropologie. Getting A Job For Which You Aren’t Exactly Qualified “I knew that one of the best ways to gather clients, experience, and expertise was to get on the retail floor,” Russo says. So she did what any eager but inexperienced job seekers would do: “I over-embellished my level of expertise,” Russo states, with a hearty laugh. “I never even worked in retail,” she recalls, although she had waitressed and done other service gigs. “Sometimes confidence is the biggest power move you have,” Russo maintains. She never lied on her resume, but she did fudge the numbers of how many people she’d worked with, and how often she did it. “I think at one point they asked me if I’d worked with pregnant women before,” she recalls, “because they had a lot of moms [as customers].” She hadn’t up until then, but she remembers making up a story that sounded plausible. In the end, says Russo, “My eagerness and excitement paid off, and I got the job.” But Russo’s story doesn’t end happily there. She says she spent the next four years in a “mashup” between independently building a private client base and dressing hundreds of women and some men in the fitting room. She moved from Anthropologie to J.Crew’s flagship store in New York, and then to the designer brand Theory. This was foundational and necessary work, says Russo, citing Malcolm Gladwell’s theory of mastery in Outliers. “I could grasp the science behind how to dress someone: fabrication, fit, styling, the way colors work, proportion. I guess you could say I hit my 10,000 hours much faster than I would have done researching and Googling online.” That learning curve is precisely why Russo says people hire personal stylists and shoppers. “They can’t step between the space of what they see in a magazine, and applying it to themselves,” she explains. Working with so many people with different body types, needs, and limitations gave her a solid overview of what works on a variety of clients that goes beyond what even the most passionate amateur shopper can cultivate on their own. But Russo also started setting herself apart as an expert right from the get-go. She’d taken note of what people like Seth Godin and Tim Ferriss were doing with their blogs. When she struck out on her own, Russo immediately set up a WordPress site for fun and used a lot of blogging tools to communicate with potential clients and other bloggers. She also used Facebook to share her own blog posts as well as ideas and articles. “I built up an audience that, even though small, was highly engaged,” Russo explains. “It helped establish a leadership quality.” Russo maintains all it takes to be an expert is, “You just have to know more than the people who follow you. If you have a knowledge you can share, and a skill set like styling that so many people are not good at or not interested in but recognize they need to improve, you will gather [followers].” Russo is quick to point out that she has never had any interest in styling celebrities or socialites. She wanted to focus on helping the average person look their best within their means, whether that means buying Prada or Banana Republic. For years, Russo says she focused on female clients, who she says have very different dressing needs and expectations than men. But her forays into online dating made her think there might be a whole untapped male market. Russo says that in her experience with online dating, she found that she would meet men who were intelligent, sweet, and kind, yet would make a bad impression by showing up for a first date unkempt and disheveled. She even joked about dates showing up in cargo pants on Twitter: Every time a date shows up in cargo pants. #dating #mensfashion #tinder #okc #firstdate “Their awesomeness didn’t come through,” Russo says. “It’s like a beautiful picture in a shitty frame.” And so, by accident, she landed on a name for the business as well. “The name Let’s Get You grew out of my frustrations while dating, and how often I saw my date’s confidence fall flat,” she explains. “The self-perception men projected with their appearance was out of line with the quality of their character. In all frankness, one day I was telling a friend about one man in particular, and I said, ‘I wanted to grab him by the shoulders and yell, Can we just get you laid already!?’ It was that moment when I realized I wanted to help men end the style struggle, and came up with the less crude, more inclusive, Let’s Get You.” Russo says the phrase is meant to be taken in the spirit of a loving sister or friend who just wants to be encouraging and helpful. Indeed, many of the men she met couldn’t make the mental leap beyond wearing a clean shirt and trousers to really being well dressed without help. The cargo pants, she says, became a metaphor for how men saw themselves and their value. “How many are missing out on [a partner] or an amazing job opportunity because they hate shopping?” she muses. She has thought about the competition, like personal styling e-commerce clubs like Stitch Fix or Trunk Club, which promise to proffer perfect ensembles after a member takes a quiz about their preferences. “A man can only use them if he knows what works for him,” Russo points out. “And most men don’t.” So the services Russo offers go much further. Her soup-to-nuts approach commences with an interview and survey, a review of the current clothing situation, making a shopping list and budget, heading to the store, and finally, going home to create an array of completed outfits to grab and go each day. Instead of getting a box of clothes, Russo underscores, “I am changing your mind about yourself.” She just has one rule: They can’t bring along a partner, spouse, or family member while she works with them. “It’s not a matter of their voice interrupting mine, but the client is paying, and they need to feel confident in the service [I am] providing,” she says. Anyone who hasn’t been in a fitting room in a long time will be uncomfortable, says Russo. If no one else is around, she can introduce new ideas and encourage them to take a risk with a piece they might not have chosen themselves. So far, her approach is working. Russo can’t comment on how many clients she has or who they are, but suffice to say she’s moved beyond finding them on OKCupid. Although she does get some clients through word of mouth, Russo observes that most people don’t want to talk about the fact that they have a personal stylist. So what she did to draw more in is offer existing clients a free service in exchange for referrals. Once she broke into the tech community, Russo says workers there are more than happy to talk about how they enlisted her help to dress better. The difference, according to Russo, in working with men, particularly those in the tech industry, is that they make decisions about clothing more quickly than women. So Russo makes sure the experience is fun and educational. “Men are not expecting it to be a benefit as much as problem solving and transactional,” she explains. “But it’s fun to surprise them.” Russo says she knew she made it when she stopped caring about getting another client. “I just knew it would happen,” she says. Being “scrappy” with a lot of “chutzpah” not only helped her start, but is also what keeps her in business. She continues to make phone calls to people in her network that she’s worked with in the past. “I’m glad that in the beginning, I had no idea what to do. It’s about taking risks and chances on yourself.”

News Article | May 9, 2017

Cameo Cleaners, one of New York’s premier couture dry cleaner and garment care services, announced today that it is expanding its renowned tailoring and alterations service. Long considered the best tailoring service in NYC, Cameo is now able to visit clients in their homes for extra convenience. The company has also expanded its offerings for weaving and garment repair. “So, maybe you gained or lost some weight over the winter. It happens, but what should do about your favorite outfits? There’s no need to settle for a different dress that you didn’t like as much as the one you wanted. You don’t have to throw away your favorite suit just because it no longer fits you,” said a spokesperson for the company. “We have six decades of tailoring experience. Let us get your shirts, dresses, suits and pants to fit perfectly for the way you are today.” Cameo Cleaners offers free pick-up and delivery in its vicinity. A tailor is also available to visit clients at home. The company has found this to be a valuable service, especially for elderly customers and busy professionals. Special accomodations for tailoring and alterations in New York City are also available. Cameo Cleaners operates its flagship store at 280 Third Avenue (near 23rd Street). This store is capable of doing almost any type of cleaning. Services range from cleaning full beaded gowns that need to be done completely by hand as well as restoring leather pieces. Cameo has served its customers continuously since 1958. They are trusted by such world-famous organizations as the Metropolitan Opera, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Cooper Hewitt Museum. Other services include care of accessories and handbags, fur glazing, garment restoration, cleaning of delicate interior fabrics such as curtains and Oriental rugs, bed linens and tablecloths.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: INT-04-2015 | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2016

This Project aims to address an increasingly pressing global challenge: How to achieve the EUs development goals and the UNs Sustainable Development Goals, while meeting the global target of staying within two degrees global warming and avoid transgressing other planetary boundaries. EU policies must align with sustainable development goals (Article 11 TFEU). The impacts of climate change and global loss of natural habitat undermine the progress achieved by pursuing the Millennium Development Goals and threaten the realisation of EU development policy goals. Our focus is the role of EUs public and private market actors. They have a high level of interaction with actors in emerging and developing economies, and are therefore crucial to achieving the EUs development goals. However, science does not yet cater for insights in how the regulatory environment influences their decision-making, nor in how we can stimulate them to make development-friendly, environmentally and socially sustainable decisions. Comprehensive, ground-breaking research is necessary into the regulatory complexity in which EU private and public market actors operate, in particular concerning their interactions with private and public actors in developing countries. Our Consortium, leading experts in law, economics, and applied environmental and social science, is able to analyse this regulatory complexity in a transdisciplinary and comprehensive perspective, both on an overarching level and in depth, in the form of specific product life-cycles: ready-made garments and mobile phones. We bring significant new evidence-based insights into the factors that enable or hinder coherence in EU development policy; we will advance the understanding of how development concerns can be successfully integrated in non-development policies and regulations concerning market actors; and we provide tools for improved PCD impact assessment as well as for better corporate sustainability assessment.

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Feb 22, 2017) - FutureLand Corp. ( : FUTL), a dynamic growth company in the cannabis sector, announced today that it has signed an agreement with Greenleaf Holdings, LLC ("Greenleaf"). This exclusive agreement will provide FutureLand with the ability to make a series of strategic acquisitions, furthering its quest to become a major player in the cannabis industry, named as the fastest growing industry in the U.S. FutureLand's new partner, Greenleaf, includes a group of successful, experienced professionals with strong ties to the cannabis space and access to capital. This support team will help ensure that the Company has the ability to realize its full potential and make FutureLand stand out as one of the industry leaders. The agreement with Greenleaf is based on certain stock incentives for lining up or providing the funding to acquire companies with revenue producing assets in the cannabis sector. It will also allow Greenleaf to earn a board seat upon bringing $5,000,000 in revenue to the Company. But reaching $5,000,000 in revenue is just the beginning of what FutureLand plans to accomplish. This minimum benchmark should be a catalyst for bringing additional acquisitions and shareholder value to FutureLand. Greenleaf brings an impressive list of deals for FutureLand to immediately evaluate, prioritize and begin due diligence on. In a statement, Cameron Cox, CEO of FutureLand Corp., said, "There are almost unlimited opportunities in the world of cannabis right now, from new markets opening up, to purchasing licenses and quality real estate at attractive valuations, but access to capital is critical to being able to take advantage of these situations. We are thinking outside of the box as we enter into this agreement. Now we have a solid team and access to these resources. The relationship with Greenleaf is further strengthened by solid non-disclosure and non-compete agreements." With the partnership, Maury Winnick, one of the Principals of GreenLeaf and former CEO of VITACIG, a division of MCIG, will become a member of FutureLand's Board of Advisors. Mr. Winnick has more than 25 years of experience in building strategic distribution partnerships that drive corporate revenue, which will be applied to the Company's future growth plans. "I am so excited to be involved with FutureLand Corp. My modus operandi for any company I've ever worked with has always been to turn and burn. I am confident we are going to make FutureLand very successful," said Mr. Winnick. Mr. Winnick is also the former Vice President of Worldwide Sales for MCIG and former Vice President of Global Sales for VapeWorld, boasting an extensive sales resume related to retail distribution within the vaporizer industry. He has a proven track record of opening doors, driving sales and garnering opportunities through his vast network of account contacts. Mr. Winnick studied Textile Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia and Production Management at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. FutureLand Corp., a Colorado company, is a cannabis and hemp specialty zoned land leasing company formed to capitalize upon the emerging global cannabis market. FutureLand, focuses on target acquisition, zoning, license fulfillment, site plan preparation and financing of cannabis or hemp grow facilities throughout the United States. We give growers the opportunity to grow. We monetize through leasing the land, leasing the structures on the land, financing interest revenue and management fees associated with cultivation centers. FutureLand retains ownership of all the land and the structures. FutureLand leases to both medical marijuana, retail marijuana as well as industrial hemp growers. FutureLand does not currently grow, distribute or sell marijuana. To request further information about FutureLand, please email us at, log onto our website at, or visit us on FB @ futurelandcorp and Twitter @futurelandcorp. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 This press release may contain forward-looking statements covered within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, plans and timing for the introduction or enhancement of our services and products, statements about future market conditions, supply and demand conditions, and other expectations, intentions and plans contained in this press release that are not historical fact and involve risks and uncertainties. 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