The Life of a Fashion Designer
By Brian Gulash

Forget what you know about the glamour, the clothes, and the sexy image. It takes a lot more than that to spit out the next Calvin Klein. Take a look around, they are the people waiting your table at Café Luxe, and serving your morning coffee; they are what some have termed as “struggling artists” or FFDA (future fashion designers of America). Thanks to shows like, “The Cut” and “Project Runway,” we have seen an in-depth look at the competition, and the hard production challenges FFDA’s endure, but there’s a lot more to it than that. More...

Davidoff Cool Water
Limited Edition graffiti bottles to benefit SurfAid International

Just in time for Father's Day, graduation gifting and summer surfing season, Davidoff Cool Water has tapped New York City’s Mickal "Mic" Stubblefield, a 23-year-old self-taught, graphic art virtuoso to hand-paint their limited edition graffiti bottles in the iconic brand’s 15th anniversary. Building on the successful new partnership with surfing legend Laird Hamilton as the fresh new face of the brand, DAVIDOFF COOL WATER is introducing limited edition “tagged” bottles with 100 percent proceeds of sales benefiting SurfAid International, where Mr. Hamilton serves as an honorary board member. More...


The Veggie Vogs
By John Fluevog Shoes

Canadian shoe designer John Fluevog announces the launch of his new “VeggieVogs” at John Fluevog Shoes. “When customers take the time to talk to us, we listen and try to accommodate - Veggie Fluevogs is something that has been coming up more and more lately”, comments John. For the initial kick at the animal-friendly, un-leather can, John Fluevog tried planting a couple of classic Fluevog designs from the familiar Angel Line, added some T’L’C and grew the uppers in Hemp. More...

Ashor’s Room
By Amanda Thayer

Upon completing her education at Columbia College Chicago with a strong background and knowledge in woman's wear design, Nichole Rairigh, as a new mother, began translating her personal design aesthetic (edgy urban and deconstructed) into clothing to dress her own daughter. This sparked the concept which founded Ashor's Room, and opened the doorway that translated her woman's wear background into a concept which would make waves in the competitive children's wear market. More...

Lighten Up!
Murad Shines A Bright Light on Eye Care with the NEW Lighten and Brighten Eye Treatment

Delicate eye tissue taking a beating? Treat and repair pigmentation and damage cause by overexposure to environmental elements with Murad’sNEWLighten and Brighten Eye Treatment! Years in development this new formula is the only one, scientifically proven to fight multiple signs of distress around the delicate eye area by lightening dark under-eye circles by an average of 59% and diminishing under-eye bags and puffiness by up to 50%. More...

For The Love of Chocolate
Chicago Event

A Group of top Chicago Chefs transformed the historic South Shore Center into a decadent chocolate wonderland – all to help a little girl Abigail Wodrich in her battle with kidney disease and other children like her at Children’s Memorial Hospital. More that one ton of chocolate has been used to create dazzling chocolate body art, drinks, and amazing sculptures. Chicagoans had enjoyed a literal feast for all the senses, as they smelled, touched and tasted chocolate like never before. More...

SAIC Fashion Show 2006
Presents Ready-to-Wear and Avant-Garde Fashions

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) will host SAIC Fashion 2006 on May 4 and 5 in the 9th Floor Events Center of the historic Marshall Field’s department store (111 N. State Street). For more than seventy years, SAIC has presented a truly unique fashion show. SAIC Fashion 2006 will be a multimedia event utilizing both runway and video performance to showcase over 200 innovative garments, ranging from the elegant and ready-to-wear, to the fearless and edgy avant-garde. More...

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