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OMNIÅ
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OMNIÅ

Accessories THE IDEA BEHIND OMNIÅ STARTED WITH A LIGHTER THAT SPARKED THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN; CO-FOUNDERS ANYAH AND DIEK. ANYAH,  DEDICATES HER LIFE TO THE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF OMNIÅ INSPIRED BY THE LIFETIME SHE SHARES WITH HER PARTNER DIEK. WITH MUTUAL CREATIVE PASSION, JOINED FORCES IN CREATING A LOVE CHILD, OMNIÅ.    DIEK RUNS THE SOLID NUMBER MACHINE THAT DRIVES OMNIÅ. AN ETHOS OF HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS, STRONG-FUTURIST-CONTEMPORARY DESIGN COMBINED WITH FUNCTIONALITY AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF ADDRESSING SOCIO-POLITICAL MATTERS IS WHAT LED THEM TO CREATING THE PLATFORM THAT IS NOW KNOWN TO BE A COLLECTIVE OF LIKEMINDED CREATIVES.       What was your dream to start this company?   The Dream began not long after we met - Anyah sparked the energy of light and love and Diek actioned it and made it into a reality - we met first from him simply asking for a lighter, which is now synonymously the light amongst the rest of our journey and what sparked the journey.     Tell us a bit more about who you are.                     • Couple (interracial, hence all we do reflects this subject of equality)                    • Collective ( sharing our network with creatives to enhance the people around us despite backwards social codes such as gender, race, sexuality etc.)                   • Focus on on the 3 main pillars: Fashion (design), music and the collective       What we stand for (Making a change, and rebuilding a new status quo against prejudice, and human equality through what we do and hoping the world can understand this as a point of reference, (the difference between us and other brands is that we do it from the beginning and this is the core goals of OMNIÅ )     Being a market leader in the affordable luxury segment, through the societal medium of contemporary fashion deploying like minded creatives beyond fashion to spread the collective OMNIÅ mindset. Offering a platform that nurtures represented talent to a diverse community which transcends the brands identity as a lifestyle into fashion, music and more. In turn becoming tools of change and confident self- expression; creating the heritage of tomorrow.                                                   Collective:   Building a platform where talents get the freedom to showcase their potential, whilst sharing space with other creatives to feed off of. This involves the collaboration of different forms of specialities such as design, digital marketing, music, photography and more blending together for a common aim.     Fashion:   Being at the forefront of creative product design, innovatively implementing today’s struggle and trends. Designing bags which not only focuses on the exterior look but also brings functional innovative solutions to accessories for customers everyday use.      Music:   Creating a unifying event brand bringing forward the best of today’s electronic and live artists throughout the world’s fashion capitals. Connecting the target market through a common entity, bringing the latest fashion to a party experience and vice versa, whilst embracing the brand’s social and creative expressions.      How the name came about: OMNIÅ is a strong relation to the link between our 3 pillars and how we plan to change the world’s identity to being more empathetic as we are growing in fields we love and sharing that simultaneously with the people we love.      photos by CHRIS PHILIPPO   THE IDEA BEHIND OMNIÅ STARTED WITH A LIGHTER THAT SPARKED THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN; CO-FOUNDERS ANYAH AND DIEK. ANYAH,  DEDICATES HER LIFE TO THE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF OMNIÅ INSPIRED BY THE LIFETIME SHE SHARES WITH HER PARTNER DIEK. WITH MUTUAL CREATIVE PASSION, JOINED FORCES IN CREATING A LOVE CHILD, OMNIÅ.    DIEK RUNS THE SOLID NUMBER MACHINE THAT DRIVES OMNIÅ. AN ETHOS OF HIGH-QUALITY PRODUCTS, STRONG-FUTURIST-CONTEMPORARY DESIGN COMBINED WITH FUNCTIONALITY AND THE INVOLVEMENT OF ADDRESSING SOCIO-POLITICAL MATTERS IS WHAT LED THEM TO CREATING THE PLATFORM THAT IS NOW KNOWN TO BE A COLLECTIVE OF LIKEMINDED CREATIVES.       What was your dream to start this company?   The Dream began not long after we met - Anyah sparked the energy of light and love and Diek actioned it and made it into a reality - we met first from him simply asking for a lighter, which is now synonymously the light amongst the rest of our journey and what sparked the journey.     Tell us a bit more about who you are.                     • Couple (interracial, hence all we do reflects this subject of equality)                    • Collective ( sharing our network with creatives to enhance the people around us despite backwards social codes such as gender, race, sexuality etc.)                   • Focus on on the 3 main pillars: Fashion (design), music and the collective       What we stand for (Making a change, and rebuilding a new status quo against prejudice, and human equality through what we do and hoping the world can understand this as a point of reference, (the difference between us and other brands is that we do it from the beginning and this is the core goals of OMNIÅ )     Being a market leader in the affordable luxury segment, through the societal medium of contemporary fashion deploying like minded creatives beyond fashion to spread the collective OMNIÅ mindset. Offering a platform that nurtures represented talent to a diverse community which transcends the brands identity as a lifestyle into fashion, music and more. In turn becoming tools of change and confident self- expression; creating the heritage of tomorrow.                                                   Collective:   Building a platform where talents get the freedom to showcase their potential, whilst sharing space with other creatives to feed off of. This involves the collaboration of different forms of specialities such as design, digital marketing, music, photography and more blending together for a common aim.     Fashion:   Being at the forefront of creative product design, innovatively implementing today’s struggle and trends. Designing bags which not only focuses on the exterior look but also brings functional innovative solutions to accessories for customers everyday use.      Music:   Creating a unifying event brand bringing forward the best of today’s electronic and live artists throughout the world’s fashion capitals. Connecting the target market through a common entity, bringing the latest fashion to a party experience and vice versa, whilst embracing the brand’s social and creative expressions.      How the name came about: OMNIÅ is a strong relation to the link between our 3 pillars and how we plan to change the world’s identity to being more empathetic as we are growing in fields we love and sharing that simultaneously with the people we love.      photos by CHRIS PHILIPPO  

The first international Christmas Drag Show with the cast of ‘Drag Race Holland’
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The first international Christmas Drag Show with the cast of ‘Drag Race Holland’

Culture This Christmas, multiple drag professionals will join forces to create a spectacular online Christmas show. On December 26th 2020, (boxing day) the online event “All You Need is Drag” will take place. It will be one of the most unique, online, Dutch based productions of 2020, with the entire cast of Drag Race Holland season one.     In the past year, drag had an explosive growth due to the airing of Drag Race Holland. But after the show aired, the cast of the show was not able to perform for big groups of fans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is something that needs to change”, states Danielle Jiskoot, founder of The Drag Agency. “We have to set the spotlight on the drag talents of The Netherlands in as many ways as possible.”      “All You Need is Drag“ is an online event for the whole family. Usually people would go to a Christmas show with the family, but since the pandemic has given events a problematic turn, the show will be brought to people's homes. All the cast members of Drag Race Holland season 1 will give exclusive performances made in collaboration with some of the most prominent producers, designers and choreographers to make this Christmas show a special one to remember.      Boxing Day:   The event will take place on boxing day, the 26th of December 2020, at 9PM CET (worldwide time zones available) the show will be live streamed for everybody that purchased a ticket via www.thedragarmy.com. In the show, the cast of Drag Race Holland will give a series of performances with a Christmas flavour. By giving people all over the world the chance to watch the same show, we give them the opportunity to still enjoy these holidays together even though we are separated physically.     Cast:   The entire line up for the show; Abby OMG, ChelseaBoy, Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Madame Madness, Ma’MaQueen, Megan Schoonbrood, Patty Pam-Pam, Roem & Sederginne.     The Drag Army:   The Drag Army is the organization behind ‘All You Need is Drag’; a collective consisting of multiple prominent Dutch and Flemish entertainment professionals that all have strong connections with the drag community in The Netherlands and Belgium.        Tickets: Tickets are available via www.thedragarmy.com. Early bird tickets: €10,- Reguliere tickets: €15,- This Christmas, multiple drag professionals will join forces to create a spectacular online Christmas show. On December 26th 2020, (boxing day) the online event “All You Need is Drag” will take place. It will be one of the most unique, online, Dutch based productions of 2020, with the entire cast of Drag Race Holland season one.     In the past year, drag had an explosive growth due to the airing of Drag Race Holland. But after the show aired, the cast of the show was not able to perform for big groups of fans due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. “That is something that needs to change”, states Danielle Jiskoot, founder of The Drag Agency. “We have to set the spotlight on the drag talents of The Netherlands in as many ways as possible.”      “All You Need is Drag“ is an online event for the whole family. Usually people would go to a Christmas show with the family, but since the pandemic has given events a problematic turn, the show will be brought to people's homes. All the cast members of Drag Race Holland season 1 will give exclusive performances made in collaboration with some of the most prominent producers, designers and choreographers to make this Christmas show a special one to remember.      Boxing Day:   The event will take place on boxing day, the 26th of December 2020, at 9PM CET (worldwide time zones available) the show will be live streamed for everybody that purchased a ticket via www.thedragarmy.com. In the show, the cast of Drag Race Holland will give a series of performances with a Christmas flavour. By giving people all over the world the chance to watch the same show, we give them the opportunity to still enjoy these holidays together even though we are separated physically.     Cast:   The entire line up for the show; Abby OMG, ChelseaBoy, Envy Peru, Janey Jacké, Madame Madness, Ma’MaQueen, Megan Schoonbrood, Patty Pam-Pam, Roem & Sederginne.     The Drag Army:   The Drag Army is the organization behind ‘All You Need is Drag’; a collective consisting of multiple prominent Dutch and Flemish entertainment professionals that all have strong connections with the drag community in The Netherlands and Belgium.        Tickets: Tickets are available via www.thedragarmy.com. Early bird tickets: €10,- Reguliere tickets: €15,-

THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS
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THE MUSIC MUST GO ON: LYNK & DEKMANTEL HOST DEKMANTEL CONNECTS

Music Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry. Charge your laptop and grab your best headphones because Lynk & Co is teaming up with Dekmantel, one of the biggest independent electronic music festivals in the world, to host Dekmantel Connects. The virtual event aims to not just entertain, but also share knowledge and make connections between artists, music fans, and everyone else missing festival season this year.     “From the start, we didn’t want to be a brand that simply slaps their logo on something and call it ‘sponsorship’ - we truly believe that investing and working close together with communities is the way to go, especially in a time where people, ideas, and creative initiatives are hurting. We’re really happy to be able to work with Dekmantel on this project, and hopefully we can see each other on a festival eld or club again very soon” – Robin van der Kaa, VP Marketing Lynk & Co.     As you might have guessed from the name: Dekmantel Connects is bringing together the music community, even when we can’t be together in person. Lynk & Co and Dekmantel make a natural dream team because of their shared values of uplifting creative communities and supporting artists—two things that are extra important this year as mu- sicians have been deeply affected by the pandemic. The event will celebrate local talent, offer guidance for aspiring musicians, and, of course, it’ll be a lot of fun as well.       In uncertain times, Dekmantel is grateful that they can collaborate with Lynk & Co to make Dekmantel Connects happen. The event is a tting end to a big year for Lynk & Co. The company launched their one-of-a-kind mobility membership in Europe in September 2020 and opened their Amsterdam Club in October 2020. Throughout it all, they’ve com- mitted to working with local partners, supporting sustainable initiatives, and investing in their community.     Dekmantel Connects runs from 14 –23 December and is 100% free for all to access. The event features live DJ sets and a schedule of educational content to help aspiring artists learn about the music industry. The 10-day event has ve workshops, ve panel con- versations, and three in-depth conversations with veteran artists on topics ranging from grant applications to the future of the music industry.

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Dr. Martens Talking Tough podcast: In conversation with the role models of our time
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Dr. Martens Talking Tough podcast: In conversation with the role models of our time

Culture Dr.Martens is back with new episodes of the Talking Tough (UK) podcast.This time we present a special mini-series, recorded live from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.Hosted by writer Jill Mathon, journalist Bo Hanna and former night mayor of Amsterdam Shamiro van der Geld, each episode sheds light on topics ranging from community building, activism and self-expression in the form of art.They talk to the role models of our time: Massih Hutak, Tim Wes and Naomie Pieter.Talking Tough is a podcast about game changers that deserves to be heard more.In this mini-series, the hosts go into depth with our guests per episode.From gentrification to art as a form of resistance, and from Black queer love to spirituality.Today the first episode was launched with artist and writer Massih Hutak, which can be heard on Spotify and watched on YouTube.You can expect these episodes:     15/12 Episode 1: THIS LAND IS FOR EVERYONE | Massih Hutak   In the first episode of this Talking Tough miniseries, Jill, Bo and Shamiro talk to Massih Hutak about community building, creative initiatives and preserving authentic cultures.Massih is a rapper, father writer and columnist.Originally from Afghanistan, but raised in Amsterdam Noord, he talks about integration as a two-way street and the worldwide threat of gentrification.He recently published his first book about this: 'You have not discovered us.We have always been here. 'On behalf of Massih, Dr.Martens paid a sum of money to the Food Bank.They support people and fight against poverty by putting together and issuing food packages.Want to know more about the organization?Look here: amsterdam.voedselbank.org The episode with Massih can already be heard via Spotify from today: click here to listen immediately!   LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5E0x09xBLPNfUADwcr4n7k?si=brWKp3GxTAuli7Tm_NrF7Q#login     22/12 Episode 2: MUSIC MEANS IDENTITY | Tim Wes   In this episode we take a look at the soul of Tim Wes.As an independent musician and multi-disciplinary artist, he often ran into stuck systems and boxes in his career.Looking at the intersection with identity and individualism, in the second episode of this Talking Tough miniseries, the jazz and R&B artist tells Jill, Bo and Shamiro about pressure in the music industry, art as an act of defiance and the struggle for new forms.of creativity.On behalf of Tim, Dr.Martens paid a sum of money to the MAEH Foundation.This organization offers development opportunities in the form of music lessons, art and language for young people in Rotterdam.Want to know more about the organization?Look here: https://maeh.eu/This episode will be released on Tuesday December 22, 2020 on Spotify & YouTube.     29/12 Episode 3: BEHIND THE MEGAPHONE | Naomie Pieter   Naomie Pieter has always made her voice heard.She is a choreographer, founder of Black Pride Nederland and Pon Di Pride.Naomie is also one of the driving forces behind Kick Out Zwarte Piet, Black Queer Trans Resistance and Black Lives Matter NL.And yes, she also has 24 hours in her day.In this episode of Talking Tough, Jill, Bo and Shamiro learn more about the woman behind the megaphone.And they talk to her about healing, self-care for activists and the importance of love in the broadest sense of the word.On behalf of Naomie, Dr.Martens paid a sum of money to the FOKO Curacao Foundation.They are committed to the LGBTQI + community on Curacao.Want to know more about the organization?Look here: instagram.com/fundashonorguyokorsouThe last episode of this miniseries with Naomie Pieter will be released on Tuesday December 29, 2020. You can also listen to it on Spotify, and watch it on YouTube.Stay tuned! Dr.Martens is back with new episodes of the Talking Tough (UK) podcast.This time we present a special mini-series, recorded live from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.Hosted by writer Jill Mathon, journalist Bo Hanna and former night mayor of Amsterdam Shamiro van der Geld, each episode sheds light on topics ranging from community building, activism and self-expression in the form of art.They talk to the role models of our time: Massih Hutak, Tim Wes and Naomie Pieter.Talking Tough is a podcast about game changers that deserves to be heard more.In this mini-series, the hosts go into depth with our guests per episode.From gentrification to art as a form of resistance, and from Black queer love to spirituality.Today the first episode was launched with artist and writer Massih Hutak, which can be heard on Spotify and watched on YouTube.You can expect these episodes:     15/12 Episode 1: THIS LAND IS FOR EVERYONE | Massih Hutak   In the first episode of this Talking Tough miniseries, Jill, Bo and Shamiro talk to Massih Hutak about community building, creative initiatives and preserving authentic cultures.Massih is a rapper, father writer and columnist.Originally from Afghanistan, but raised in Amsterdam Noord, he talks about integration as a two-way street and the worldwide threat of gentrification.He recently published his first book about this: 'You have not discovered us.We have always been here. 'On behalf of Massih, Dr.Martens paid a sum of money to the Food Bank.They support people and fight against poverty by putting together and issuing food packages.Want to know more about the organization?Look here: amsterdam.voedselbank.org The episode with Massih can already be heard via Spotify from today: click here to listen immediately!   LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE: https://open.spotify.com/episode/5E0x09xBLPNfUADwcr4n7k?si=brWKp3GxTAuli7Tm_NrF7Q#login     22/12 Episode 2: MUSIC MEANS IDENTITY | Tim Wes   In this episode we take a look at the soul of Tim Wes.As an independent musician and multi-disciplinary artist, he often ran into stuck systems and boxes in his career.Looking at the intersection with identity and individualism, in the second episode of this Talking Tough miniseries, the jazz and R&B artist tells Jill, Bo and Shamiro about pressure in the music industry, art as an act of defiance and the struggle for new forms.of creativity.On behalf of Tim, Dr.Martens paid a sum of money to the MAEH Foundation.This organization offers development opportunities in the form of music lessons, art and language for young people in Rotterdam.Want to know more about the organization?Look here: https://maeh.eu/This episode will be released on Tuesday December 22, 2020 on Spotify & YouTube.     29/12 Episode 3: BEHIND THE MEGAPHONE | Naomie Pieter   Naomie Pieter has always made her voice heard.She is a choreographer, founder of Black Pride Nederland and Pon Di Pride.Naomie is also one of the driving forces behind Kick Out Zwarte Piet, Black Queer Trans Resistance and Black Lives Matter NL.And yes, she also has 24 hours in her day.In this episode of Talking Tough, Jill, Bo and Shamiro learn more about the woman behind the megaphone.And they talk to her about healing, self-care for activists and the importance of love in the broadest sense of the word.On behalf of Naomie, Dr.Martens paid a sum of money to the FOKO Curacao Foundation.They are committed to the LGBTQI + community on Curacao.Want to know more about the organization?Look here: instagram.com/fundashonorguyokorsouThe last episode of this miniseries with Naomie Pieter will be released on Tuesday December 29, 2020. You can also listen to it on Spotify, and watch it on YouTube.Stay tuned!

Daily Paper and Off-WhiteTM Collaborate With Collective Surf Ghana to Build Ghana's Very First Skatepark
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Daily Paper and Off-WhiteTM Collaborate With Collective Surf Ghana to Build Ghana's Very First Skatepark

Fashion Powerhouses Daily Paper and Off-WhiteTM join forces with social collective Surf Ghana and spatial design studio Limbo Accra to create Freedom Skate Park, Ghana's very first fully functional skate park in the heart of Accra. As part of their Beyond The Return pop-up in Ghana, Daily Paper is releasing a capsule collection with Surf Ghana and an exclusive collaborative tee with Off-WhiteTM that will be available for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the construction of the skatepark. One of only 10 skateparks in all of Africa, Freedom Skate Park plans to begin construction in the first quarter of 2021 and open later that year - ushering in a new day in African sport and creative life.     A Collaboration Between Global Diasporic Visionaries:   The Daily Paper x Surf Ghana capsule collection and the exclusive Daily Paper x Off-WhiteTM tee will make its debut at Daily Paper's pop-up store in Accra, Ghana on December 21, 2020 with a global release to follow on dailypaperclothing.com on January 15, 2021. The collaboration will kick off with Daily Paper going into conversation with Surf Ghana's founder Sandy Alibo, co-director Joshua Odamtten and Limbo Accra's founderDominique Petit Frère, co-hosted by Stories of Young- founder Ashlee Janelle through a paneltalk in Daily Paper's pop-up at Mhoseeno Studios in Accra.      "With this initiative we hope to evolve the skate culture in Ghana to the next level and give locals a platform to grow their talents within a space that will hopefully become their biggest training ground to date. More than board sports, the park will be a creative hub for young Ghanaians to come together, exchange ideas, inspire each other and build their futures through recreational activities. They now have a place where they can be themselves, freely develop their skills together with likeminded people and reach their true potential. Hence the name Freedom Skate Park." - Jefferson Osei, Co-Founder of Daily Paper     Contributions from Virgil Abloh's Design Firm Alaska Alaska and Vans:   Virgil Abloh's design firm Alaska Alaska created the Freedom Skatepark logo and will contribute to the design of some spatial elements of the skate park.   The original action sports brand Vans is also honored to contribute to the future skateboarding program of the skatepark seeking to grow participation of skateboarding in Africa. The icon of creative expression will support the initiative to inspire the culture and values of skateboarding onto the global stage.     A New Sport Ecosystem:   The initiative of a skatepark has been nurtured by Surf Ghana since its start in 2016. It's core mission has been to offer easy access to board sports for youth across Ghana, but because of the sport's relatively recent popularity in the country, Ghana has not had the infrastructure necessary for a functioning skate community to fully thrive - now it finally will. Presently, the ever-growing community of active skateboarders has created an ecosystem that supports well-being, creativity, and entrepreneurship that is all 100% Made in Ghana.     The multifaceted space will also function as a training ground for Ghana's possible inclusion in the skateboarding category of the 2021 Olympic Games. Finally, the park will solidify the growth of board sports in Ghana and help the youth participate in creative activities that build confidence, self-esteem, and provide a valuable platform for self-expression.     Beyond the Return Pop-Up:   With the overwhelming success of the 2019 pop-up store, Daily Paper will return to the capital of Ghana in December 2020 - hosting a celebration of the Beyond the Return initiative with a 2 week pop-up and creative space for their community. A continuation from last year's activities, Daily Paper will host a full house of local talent, students, creatives and tourists, through panel talks and events next to seeing a return of the football tournament from last year on the pitch built with Puma back in 2017. Another highlight is the premiering of a limited edition Daily Paper and Off-WhiteTM designed Tony's Chocolonely chocolate bar that will be gifted in the pop-up for the first visitors. Powerhouses Daily Paper and Off-WhiteTM join forces with social collective Surf Ghana and spatial design studio Limbo Accra to create Freedom Skate Park, Ghana's very first fully functional skate park in the heart of Accra. As part of their Beyond The Return pop-up in Ghana, Daily Paper is releasing a capsule collection with Surf Ghana and an exclusive collaborative tee with Off-WhiteTM that will be available for sale with 100% of the proceeds going to the construction of the skatepark. One of only 10 skateparks in all of Africa, Freedom Skate Park plans to begin construction in the first quarter of 2021 and open later that year - ushering in a new day in African sport and creative life.     A Collaboration Between Global Diasporic Visionaries:   The Daily Paper x Surf Ghana capsule collection and the exclusive Daily Paper x Off-WhiteTM tee will make its debut at Daily Paper's pop-up store in Accra, Ghana on December 21, 2020 with a global release to follow on dailypaperclothing.com on January 15, 2021. The collaboration will kick off with Daily Paper going into conversation with Surf Ghana's founder Sandy Alibo, co-director Joshua Odamtten and Limbo Accra's founderDominique Petit Frère, co-hosted by Stories of Young- founder Ashlee Janelle through a paneltalk in Daily Paper's pop-up at Mhoseeno Studios in Accra.      "With this initiative we hope to evolve the skate culture in Ghana to the next level and give locals a platform to grow their talents within a space that will hopefully become their biggest training ground to date. More than board sports, the park will be a creative hub for young Ghanaians to come together, exchange ideas, inspire each other and build their futures through recreational activities. They now have a place where they can be themselves, freely develop their skills together with likeminded people and reach their true potential. Hence the name Freedom Skate Park." - Jefferson Osei, Co-Founder of Daily Paper     Contributions from Virgil Abloh's Design Firm Alaska Alaska and Vans:   Virgil Abloh's design firm Alaska Alaska created the Freedom Skatepark logo and will contribute to the design of some spatial elements of the skate park.   The original action sports brand Vans is also honored to contribute to the future skateboarding program of the skatepark seeking to grow participation of skateboarding in Africa. The icon of creative expression will support the initiative to inspire the culture and values of skateboarding onto the global stage.     A New Sport Ecosystem:   The initiative of a skatepark has been nurtured by Surf Ghana since its start in 2016. It's core mission has been to offer easy access to board sports for youth across Ghana, but because of the sport's relatively recent popularity in the country, Ghana has not had the infrastructure necessary for a functioning skate community to fully thrive - now it finally will. Presently, the ever-growing community of active skateboarders has created an ecosystem that supports well-being, creativity, and entrepreneurship that is all 100% Made in Ghana.     The multifaceted space will also function as a training ground for Ghana's possible inclusion in the skateboarding category of the 2021 Olympic Games. Finally, the park will solidify the growth of board sports in Ghana and help the youth participate in creative activities that build confidence, self-esteem, and provide a valuable platform for self-expression.     Beyond the Return Pop-Up:   With the overwhelming success of the 2019 pop-up store, Daily Paper will return to the capital of Ghana in December 2020 - hosting a celebration of the Beyond the Return initiative with a 2 week pop-up and creative space for their community. A continuation from last year's activities, Daily Paper will host a full house of local talent, students, creatives and tourists, through panel talks and events next to seeing a return of the football tournament from last year on the pitch built with Puma back in 2017. Another highlight is the premiering of a limited edition Daily Paper and Off-WhiteTM designed Tony's Chocolonely chocolate bar that will be gifted in the pop-up for the first visitors.

In conversation with Michaela DePrince
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In conversation with Michaela DePrince

Portrait Michaela DePrince, a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer, rose to fame in 2011 with starring in the documentary ”First Position”, which was following her and other young ballet dancers as they were preparing to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix, at which her performance gained her a scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet. As the youngest dancer in the history of the company, she danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and currently she is a solo ballet dancer for the Dutch National Ballet, which she joined in 2013.       What inspired you to become a ballerina?   What I would say inspired me was when I found this magazine in Sierra Leone and there was this beautiful ballerina. And it wasn't just the fact that she was something I've never seen before, the position was absolutely beautiful, the costumes were absolutely beautiful in all the pages of the magazine. But the cover struck me so much because she looked so happy and I decided then that I would become this ballerina and to become super happy and that's when my dream to become a ballerina started, in Sierra Leone.     From competing at the Youth America Grand Prix, studying at the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet to becoming a professional ballerina. In US, you danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where you were their youngest dancer in the history. Then you came to Europe, where you are now a solo ballet dancer for the Dutch National Ballet. Tell us more about your journey from the US to the Netherlands.    I remember that when I got adopted I felt like the biggest thing that I ever have to worry about was people not like me for my white spots, cause in Sierra Leone I was considered the devil's child because of my vitiligo, I was different. But then I got to the US and I realized there's a fact that I was born brown and I fell in love with the art that has always discriminated against brown and black dancers and somehow I was drawn to it and I didn't want to be affected by it. But I was affected by it, I didn't have a lot of friends as well, I never saw a lot of black dancers in my classes growing up.    Then I joined Dance Theatre Harlem, I was the youngest member to join and it was an amazing experience, cause the founder that started it, Arthur Mitchell, he was originally the first black, African-American dancer in New York City Ballet. Obviously everybody knows New York City Ballet is one of the best and he was able to give space for brown and black dancers of different races and built this opportunity to do what you love, to do ballet and know that it's ok to accept your skin color. He would give us the opportunity to wear brown tights, whatever skin tone matched our bodies, but then at the same time I felt like I needed to bring that into bigger companies and change that in Europe or in the US and so I joined Dutch National Ballet, the junior company.    Of course, in the beginning you're a beginner and you don't want to speak out as much, so I was holding my tounge as much as possible and waiting for me to get the opportunity to be at the highest point as possible. When I got to the highest point, that's when I realized it was my opportunity to really try to change it, so I started wearing brown tights at Dutch National Ballet. But even last year, I had to fight for it. They wanted me not to make a big deal about it, but that's just me going back to who I was. Them not letting me wear them, that's not who I was, so they made me feel like I didn't belong again and all those old feelings. Luckily, I was able to make a fuss about it and I was able to wear my brown tights in the end.    I don't want other dancers in the next generation to have to deal with that, to have to constantly feel like you're not fully yourself on stage. You're trying to tell a story, but it's also coming from your point of view and you want to feel like you're most authentic that you possibly can be.     Your road hasn't been the easiest, you faced a lot of racial discrimination, which is a global problem that escalated to its highest levels ever in 2020. What is your view on that, how do you feel about all that?   The Black Lives Matter movement, it's a big movement. It was sad seeing people, who look exactly like me, getting killed for absolutely no reason. I always think we're all human, we all have preferences, we all love, we can all care about each other and support each other. I just don't understand why people are killing people without even getting to know them. You just see them as an animal or whatever and it's really upsetting, cause I've experienced that growing up in New York, that discrimination. Also here in Amsterdam, I've been told to go back to my own country and it's a lot and it's constantly making you feel like you never belong. So that's what I'm trying to do, to change that. It doesn't matter if you're brown, black, spotted, white ... you have an option to conquer your dreams through a lot of hard work and your support system.     What do you love most about ballet, what is the most special thing about this passion of yours?   For me, it's not that I saw ballet and I was living a great childhood. It was what gave me hope as a young orphan who thought nobody ever wanted her and gave me an outlet to just being in a little bubble when other things in my life, even after I got adopted, were not going the way I wanted them to go.    Ballet, it made me feel special. Acknowledgement from the audience always makes you want to do it more and more, but it's just this opportunity to have your own bubble and to be able to express yourself as much as possible. That's why in general art is such a saviour for a lot of people and it's upsetting when they're constantly defunding arts. The art helped me, it helped my sisters and brothers and other people that I know and it's an outlet to express yourself without even having to use words and I think that's the best way for me to express myself. When I'm sad, I can dance. When I'm upset, I can dance.    It's really like a second half of my heart. It sounds cheesy, but it really means a lot to me.      Together with your mom, Elaine, you wrote the book ”Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina”. What inspired you to write your story as an autobiography?    I was getting a lot of good feedback from telling my story and other people hearing it and saying ”You need to talk about it”. I remember one of the biggest moments was when I was living in Vermont and I told my story and the next day two little black girls came in to the studio. They never started ballet because they never thought that they could see somebody who looked exactly like them and as well because of where they came from. Coming to the studio and starting ballet showed them that they could accomplish their dreams and so I decided I wanted to find a way to reach out to more people.    ”Taking Flight” is in 12 different languages around the world. ”Ballerina Dreams” is also in around 5 different languages around the world, it'a a children's book. It's inspiring people and that's what I always wanted to do, just to give people hope. I had that opportunity with a magazine, to have hope. And if I can find a way to help people, I'll do it, which is also why I work with War Child Holland.      You've been a goodwill ambassador for the Dutch organisation War Child since 2016.  What is the most important thing about this ambassadorship?   I was a refugee at one point and I had no hope. Going on the field with War Child, telling my story and having these children see somebody who came exactly from the same circumstances, accomplishing her dreams and just beating the odds, I'm hoping I can inspire them they don't need to be defined by where they came from. They can become a doctor, they can become a singer, they can become a pediatrician, they can become whatever they want to be, because where you're born does not mean you can't overcome those circumstances.         Tommy Hilfiger partnered with you on their Tommy Icons Campaign for Fall 2020, which is a celebration for the brand 's 35th anniversary. How was it for you to be a part of such a meaningful campaign?   Being part of Tommy Hilfiger's Icons Campaign for Fall 2020, I mean this is just an incredible honor. When I was in LA shooting with such a diverse group of people, it felt like oh wow, I didn't feel like the odd one out. These people come from different stories, they're doing amazing things, accomplishing things that people probably don't even know about. We've really got to know each other and it just made me even more proud to be a part of this campaign of diversity, being together, moving forward together and it's just absolutely incredible to be a part of it. I love what Tommy believes in, I love the vision, I love the concept of everything. I'm just so proud to be around so many incredible people.     The theme of Tommy Icons Fall 2020 collection is 'Moving Forward Together' and represents inclusivity and diversity. The campaign itself celebrates and proudly portrays models from a variety of backgrounds, sizes, ages, gender expressions and ethnicities. What does the message of this campaign mean to you?   What moving forward together means to me is creating opportunities to spread a message of hope, power and love. The hope we need to believe in a better world, the power we need to make a change and the love for each other, no matter who you are or what you look like. That will be a basis, on which a new world will be built.     Tommy Hilfiger is not just a fashion brand, it is also one of the world's most recognized lifestyle brands, that shares its inclusive and youthful spirit. How do you identify with the brand's style and philosophy?   I've been in the Tommy family for a little bit of time. From my experience personally, I think everything that they're doing is very authentic. I believe their philosophy is authentic, I see it in their clothes, I see it with the people that they have representing the clothes, I see it with the fact that they support Black Lives Matter. They really believe in what they're saying and they're thinking about it and making sure it's gonna be equal for everybody and everbody is gonna have that opportunity to feel like this fashion brand ”Makes me feel like I belong”.        What are your hopes for ballet post-pandemic? What's in the future for you?   To be honest, I don't know what my future's gonna be like. Right now I'm focusing on myself and maybe some people might think that's selfish, but it takes a lot of courage to say I need a break.I lost my father this summer during Covid and I wasn't able to see him, so I've decided to take some time off to just focus on the next step of me becoming the best artist I possibly can. With grief, you really have to experience it, you can't just go and supress it. In the dance world it's like, even when you're injured, you continue and it's not about your mental health. But it is important to take some time off. It's scary, but I can not be the best artist I can possibly be when I'm dealing with such grief and loss and Covid, which is a mental thing as well for a lot of people.   At the moment it's just a lot of uncertinty, not really knowing when I can go and see my family in the US. But I do have the certainty right now that I have this amazing support system. They're helping me through everything and I know that's just gonna make me have a better future and I'm just gonna have to be patient. I'm always gonna be an artist. I'll either be a teacher or when I open up my school in Sierra Leone, I'm still gonna be an artist teaching children who deserve an opportunity to see what I've experienced in life and I wanna give back to them. You know, that's a goal that I have after my career.    We'll just have to see. I'm hoping as well that with the Black Lives Matter movement, it's gonna change also the dance world. I mean, it's 2020, let's change this. Dancers just wanna do what they love to do, they should not be defined by their skin color. If you give us an opportunity, if you open those doors to us, we will fight. If you can just do that for us in the ballet world, give us an opportunity that our skin color doesn't define us, I think you will find some amazing, beautiful brown and black ballerinas around the world.   It was a crazy year and I'm hoping things get better. Now it's really time for me to take care of myself and find out who and what kind of artist I will be after all this healing.      Michaela DePrince is one of our cover stars of our Third issue: Dream which you can now pre-order on @boutiquemags   TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Michaela DePrince @michaeladeprince Photography: Woody Bos @woodybos  Casting / EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja Styling: Gino Gurrieri @ginogurrieri  Art director: Victor Vergara @victor___vergara  Make-up: Anita Jolles using Deciem: The Ordinary & MAC Cosmetics @anitajolles  Hair: Sanne Schoofs using Label M Styling assistant: Emma Hersbach Photo assistant: Nikki Hock @nikki_hock  Special thanks to Omyra Samadi @omyrasamadi & @miloukakisina  Location: Parq Studios Amsterdam Interview by: Jana Letonja @janaletonja Michaela is wearing Tommy Hilfiger @tommyhilfiger    Michaela DePrince, a Sierra Leonean-American ballet dancer, rose to fame in 2011 with starring in the documentary ”First Position”, which was following her and other young ballet dancers as they were preparing to compete at the Youth America Grand Prix, at which her performance gained her a scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet. As the youngest dancer in the history of the company, she danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and currently she is a solo ballet dancer for the Dutch National Ballet, which she joined in 2013.       What inspired you to become a ballerina?   What I would say inspired me was when I found this magazine in Sierra Leone and there was this beautiful ballerina. And it wasn't just the fact that she was something I've never seen before, the position was absolutely beautiful, the costumes were absolutely beautiful in all the pages of the magazine. But the cover struck me so much because she looked so happy and I decided then that I would become this ballerina and to become super happy and that's when my dream to become a ballerina started, in Sierra Leone.     From competing at the Youth America Grand Prix, studying at the American Ballet Theatre's Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of Ballet to becoming a professional ballerina. In US, you danced with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, where you were their youngest dancer in the history. Then you came to Europe, where you are now a solo ballet dancer for the Dutch National Ballet. Tell us more about your journey from the US to the Netherlands.    I remember that when I got adopted I felt like the biggest thing that I ever have to worry about was people not like me for my white spots, cause in Sierra Leone I was considered the devil's child because of my vitiligo, I was different. But then I got to the US and I realized there's a fact that I was born brown and I fell in love with the art that has always discriminated against brown and black dancers and somehow I was drawn to it and I didn't want to be affected by it. But I was affected by it, I didn't have a lot of friends as well, I never saw a lot of black dancers in my classes growing up.    Then I joined Dance Theatre Harlem, I was the youngest member to join and it was an amazing experience, cause the founder that started it, Arthur Mitchell, he was originally the first black, African-American dancer in New York City Ballet. Obviously everybody knows New York City Ballet is one of the best and he was able to give space for brown and black dancers of different races and built this opportunity to do what you love, to do ballet and know that it's ok to accept your skin color. He would give us the opportunity to wear brown tights, whatever skin tone matched our bodies, but then at the same time I felt like I needed to bring that into bigger companies and change that in Europe or in the US and so I joined Dutch National Ballet, the junior company.    Of course, in the beginning you're a beginner and you don't want to speak out as much, so I was holding my tounge as much as possible and waiting for me to get the opportunity to be at the highest point as possible. When I got to the highest point, that's when I realized it was my opportunity to really try to change it, so I started wearing brown tights at Dutch National Ballet. But even last year, I had to fight for it. They wanted me not to make a big deal about it, but that's just me going back to who I was. Them not letting me wear them, that's not who I was, so they made me feel like I didn't belong again and all those old feelings. Luckily, I was able to make a fuss about it and I was able to wear my brown tights in the end.    I don't want other dancers in the next generation to have to deal with that, to have to constantly feel like you're not fully yourself on stage. You're trying to tell a story, but it's also coming from your point of view and you want to feel like you're most authentic that you possibly can be.     Your road hasn't been the easiest, you faced a lot of racial discrimination, which is a global problem that escalated to its highest levels ever in 2020. What is your view on that, how do you feel about all that?   The Black Lives Matter movement, it's a big movement. It was sad seeing people, who look exactly like me, getting killed for absolutely no reason. I always think we're all human, we all have preferences, we all love, we can all care about each other and support each other. I just don't understand why people are killing people without even getting to know them. You just see them as an animal or whatever and it's really upsetting, cause I've experienced that growing up in New York, that discrimination. Also here in Amsterdam, I've been told to go back to my own country and it's a lot and it's constantly making you feel like you never belong. So that's what I'm trying to do, to change that. It doesn't matter if you're brown, black, spotted, white ... you have an option to conquer your dreams through a lot of hard work and your support system.     What do you love most about ballet, what is the most special thing about this passion of yours?   For me, it's not that I saw ballet and I was living a great childhood. It was what gave me hope as a young orphan who thought nobody ever wanted her and gave me an outlet to just being in a little bubble when other things in my life, even after I got adopted, were not going the way I wanted them to go.    Ballet, it made me feel special. Acknowledgement from the audience always makes you want to do it more and more, but it's just this opportunity to have your own bubble and to be able to express yourself as much as possible. That's why in general art is such a saviour for a lot of people and it's upsetting when they're constantly defunding arts. The art helped me, it helped my sisters and brothers and other people that I know and it's an outlet to express yourself without even having to use words and I think that's the best way for me to express myself. When I'm sad, I can dance. When I'm upset, I can dance.    It's really like a second half of my heart. It sounds cheesy, but it really means a lot to me.      Together with your mom, Elaine, you wrote the book ”Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina”. What inspired you to write your story as an autobiography?    I was getting a lot of good feedback from telling my story and other people hearing it and saying ”You need to talk about it”. I remember one of the biggest moments was when I was living in Vermont and I told my story and the next day two little black girls came in to the studio. They never started ballet because they never thought that they could see somebody who looked exactly like them and as well because of where they came from. Coming to the studio and starting ballet showed them that they could accomplish their dreams and so I decided I wanted to find a way to reach out to more people.    ”Taking Flight” is in 12 different languages around the world. ”Ballerina Dreams” is also in around 5 different languages around the world, it'a a children's book. It's inspiring people and that's what I always wanted to do, just to give people hope. I had that opportunity with a magazine, to have hope. And if I can find a way to help people, I'll do it, which is also why I work with War Child Holland.      You've been a goodwill ambassador for the Dutch organisation War Child since 2016.  What is the most important thing about this ambassadorship?   I was a refugee at one point and I had no hope. Going on the field with War Child, telling my story and having these children see somebody who came exactly from the same circumstances, accomplishing her dreams and just beating the odds, I'm hoping I can inspire them they don't need to be defined by where they came from. They can become a doctor, they can become a singer, they can become a pediatrician, they can become whatever they want to be, because where you're born does not mean you can't overcome those circumstances.         Tommy Hilfiger partnered with you on their Tommy Icons Campaign for Fall 2020, which is a celebration for the brand 's 35th anniversary. How was it for you to be a part of such a meaningful campaign?   Being part of Tommy Hilfiger's Icons Campaign for Fall 2020, I mean this is just an incredible honor. When I was in LA shooting with such a diverse group of people, it felt like oh wow, I didn't feel like the odd one out. These people come from different stories, they're doing amazing things, accomplishing things that people probably don't even know about. We've really got to know each other and it just made me even more proud to be a part of this campaign of diversity, being together, moving forward together and it's just absolutely incredible to be a part of it. I love what Tommy believes in, I love the vision, I love the concept of everything. I'm just so proud to be around so many incredible people.     The theme of Tommy Icons Fall 2020 collection is 'Moving Forward Together' and represents inclusivity and diversity. The campaign itself celebrates and proudly portrays models from a variety of backgrounds, sizes, ages, gender expressions and ethnicities. What does the message of this campaign mean to you?   What moving forward together means to me is creating opportunities to spread a message of hope, power and love. The hope we need to believe in a better world, the power we need to make a change and the love for each other, no matter who you are or what you look like. That will be a basis, on which a new world will be built.     Tommy Hilfiger is not just a fashion brand, it is also one of the world's most recognized lifestyle brands, that shares its inclusive and youthful spirit. How do you identify with the brand's style and philosophy?   I've been in the Tommy family for a little bit of time. From my experience personally, I think everything that they're doing is very authentic. I believe their philosophy is authentic, I see it in their clothes, I see it with the people that they have representing the clothes, I see it with the fact that they support Black Lives Matter. They really believe in what they're saying and they're thinking about it and making sure it's gonna be equal for everybody and everbody is gonna have that opportunity to feel like this fashion brand ”Makes me feel like I belong”.        What are your hopes for ballet post-pandemic? What's in the future for you?   To be honest, I don't know what my future's gonna be like. Right now I'm focusing on myself and maybe some people might think that's selfish, but it takes a lot of courage to say I need a break.I lost my father this summer during Covid and I wasn't able to see him, so I've decided to take some time off to just focus on the next step of me becoming the best artist I possibly can. With grief, you really have to experience it, you can't just go and supress it. In the dance world it's like, even when you're injured, you continue and it's not about your mental health. But it is important to take some time off. It's scary, but I can not be the best artist I can possibly be when I'm dealing with such grief and loss and Covid, which is a mental thing as well for a lot of people.   At the moment it's just a lot of uncertinty, not really knowing when I can go and see my family in the US. But I do have the certainty right now that I have this amazing support system. They're helping me through everything and I know that's just gonna make me have a better future and I'm just gonna have to be patient. I'm always gonna be an artist. I'll either be a teacher or when I open up my school in Sierra Leone, I'm still gonna be an artist teaching children who deserve an opportunity to see what I've experienced in life and I wanna give back to them. You know, that's a goal that I have after my career.    We'll just have to see. I'm hoping as well that with the Black Lives Matter movement, it's gonna change also the dance world. I mean, it's 2020, let's change this. Dancers just wanna do what they love to do, they should not be defined by their skin color. If you give us an opportunity, if you open those doors to us, we will fight. If you can just do that for us in the ballet world, give us an opportunity that our skin color doesn't define us, I think you will find some amazing, beautiful brown and black ballerinas around the world.   It was a crazy year and I'm hoping things get better. Now it's really time for me to take care of myself and find out who and what kind of artist I will be after all this healing.      Michaela DePrince is one of our cover stars of our Third issue: Dream which you can now pre-order on @boutiquemags   TEAM CREDITS: Talent: Michaela DePrince @michaeladeprince Photography: Woody Bos @woodybos  Casting / EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja Styling: Gino Gurrieri @ginogurrieri  Art director: Victor Vergara @victor___vergara  Make-up: Anita Jolles using Deciem: The Ordinary & MAC Cosmetics @anitajolles  Hair: Sanne Schoofs using Label M Styling assistant: Emma Hersbach Photo assistant: Nikki Hock @nikki_hock  Special thanks to Omyra Samadi @omyrasamadi & @miloukakisina  Location: Parq Studios Amsterdam Interview by: Jana Letonja @janaletonja Michaela is wearing Tommy Hilfiger @tommyhilfiger   

GUCCI IS SUPPORTING UNICEF USA TO HELP FUND THE SUPPLY AND EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF A SAFE COVID-19 VACCINE WITH A US$500,000 DONATION AND A 21-DAY MATCHING CHALLENGE
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GUCCI IS SUPPORTING UNICEF USA TO HELP FUND THE SUPPLY AND EQUAL DISTRIBUTION OF A SAFE COVID-19 VACCINE WITH A US$500,000 DONATION AND A 21-DAY MATCHING CHALLENGE

Culture Gucci continues in its commitment to fight the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by making a donation of US$500,000 to UNICEF USA on behalf of the #GucciCommunity, to ensure the future COVID-19 vaccine is equitably procured and distributed in the most vulnerable communities around the world.     To encourage global solidarity for this work and further calling on its community, Gucci will also match funds raised for UNICEF's work, dollar for dollar, up to an additional USD $100,000 through the “21-day challenge”. Contributions made through https://gucci.benevity.org/community from Dec 5 until Dec 26, 2020, are eligible for this match.     “As the pandemic threatens the hard-won gains to protect and advance child’s rights around the world, UNICEF is working on the equitable global supply and distribution of a safe COVID-19 vaccine when available,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, President & CEO, UNICEF USA. “UNICEF USA is incredibly grateful for Gucci’s support to help rally global solidarity on this work and their commitment to help every child survive and thrive.”     “No one is truly free unless we are all free: this also includes being free from sickness – said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO, Gucci. Now that a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be ready for use, the true challenge is ensuring that it is procured and distributed fairly. This is why,  under the “We Are All In This Together” call to action we launched in March, we are today announcing a donation of $500,000 to UNICEF USA, to help in securing COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable communities. Over the next 21 days, everyone is invited to give their donations, large or small, which Gucci will match, up to a maximum of an additional $100,000.     This is a global battle, a global effort – continued Bizzarri  - and the commitment also needs to be global.”     Gucci is answering UNICEF’s global call for support for COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, an innovative global collaboration organised to accelerate the development and production of, and equitable access to, COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.     The global pandemic is not simply a health emergency, it is also a child rights crisis, which threatens to have lasting effects for the progress of an entire generation.      Global equitable access to a vaccine, through which healthcare workers and those most at risk can be protected, is the only way to mitigate the public health and economic impact of the pandemic, and this is what COVAX is designed to deliver.     Gucci’s donation will support UNICEF’s work in preparing for the roll-out of a safe vaccine, including logistics to forecast demand, the preparation of cold chains (temperature-controlled supply chains) and the advance purchasing of supplies. Furthermore, UNICEF will receive Gucci’s help to fund immunisation programming to build the capacity of local healthcare systems, and to ensure community awareness and mobilisation to make certain there is demand for vaccines when they arrive.     Gucci has a long history of partnering with UNICEF on many projects, however in choosing to work with the organisation in this instance the House is allying itself to an expert in the area of vaccine procurement and distribution. UNICEF is uniquely positioned to prepare for what could be the largest, most rapid vaccination programme the world has seen to date.     Already, UNICEF procures more than two billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries, making it the largest single vaccine buyer in the world; it has also been working on health systems-strengthening for the past 70 years and understands and supports the role of a grassroots approach to help positive health outcomes at community level.      Currently, UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and supply COVID-19 vaccines for more than 180 countries on behalf of the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is open to all countries to ensure that no country is left without access to a future COVID-19 vaccine.     Gucci’s contribution to UNICEF will go towards activities such as: test kits helping to stop community transmission; cold chain equipment to keep doses of vaccines effective as UNICEF delivers them to low- and middle-income countries; the cost of transport of vaccines; oxygen concentrators with accessories to deliver oxygen therapy and monitoring to patients; and face masks to keep protecting personnel on the ground.     #GucciCommunity #UNICEFWontStop Gucci continues in its commitment to fight the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by making a donation of US$500,000 to UNICEF USA on behalf of the #GucciCommunity, to ensure the future COVID-19 vaccine is equitably procured and distributed in the most vulnerable communities around the world.     To encourage global solidarity for this work and further calling on its community, Gucci will also match funds raised for UNICEF's work, dollar for dollar, up to an additional USD $100,000 through the “21-day challenge”. Contributions made through https://gucci.benevity.org/community from Dec 5 until Dec 26, 2020, are eligible for this match.     “As the pandemic threatens the hard-won gains to protect and advance child’s rights around the world, UNICEF is working on the equitable global supply and distribution of a safe COVID-19 vaccine when available,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, President & CEO, UNICEF USA. “UNICEF USA is incredibly grateful for Gucci’s support to help rally global solidarity on this work and their commitment to help every child survive and thrive.”     “No one is truly free unless we are all free: this also includes being free from sickness – said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO, Gucci. Now that a COVID-19 vaccine appears to be ready for use, the true challenge is ensuring that it is procured and distributed fairly. This is why,  under the “We Are All In This Together” call to action we launched in March, we are today announcing a donation of $500,000 to UNICEF USA, to help in securing COVID-19 vaccines to the world’s most vulnerable communities. Over the next 21 days, everyone is invited to give their donations, large or small, which Gucci will match, up to a maximum of an additional $100,000.     This is a global battle, a global effort – continued Bizzarri  - and the commitment also needs to be global.”     Gucci is answering UNICEF’s global call for support for COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, an innovative global collaboration organised to accelerate the development and production of, and equitable access to, COVID-19 tests, treatments and vaccines.     The global pandemic is not simply a health emergency, it is also a child rights crisis, which threatens to have lasting effects for the progress of an entire generation.      Global equitable access to a vaccine, through which healthcare workers and those most at risk can be protected, is the only way to mitigate the public health and economic impact of the pandemic, and this is what COVAX is designed to deliver.     Gucci’s donation will support UNICEF’s work in preparing for the roll-out of a safe vaccine, including logistics to forecast demand, the preparation of cold chains (temperature-controlled supply chains) and the advance purchasing of supplies. Furthermore, UNICEF will receive Gucci’s help to fund immunisation programming to build the capacity of local healthcare systems, and to ensure community awareness and mobilisation to make certain there is demand for vaccines when they arrive.     Gucci has a long history of partnering with UNICEF on many projects, however in choosing to work with the organisation in this instance the House is allying itself to an expert in the area of vaccine procurement and distribution. UNICEF is uniquely positioned to prepare for what could be the largest, most rapid vaccination programme the world has seen to date.     Already, UNICEF procures more than two billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries, making it the largest single vaccine buyer in the world; it has also been working on health systems-strengthening for the past 70 years and understands and supports the role of a grassroots approach to help positive health outcomes at community level.      Currently, UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and supply COVID-19 vaccines for more than 180 countries on behalf of the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is open to all countries to ensure that no country is left without access to a future COVID-19 vaccine.     Gucci’s contribution to UNICEF will go towards activities such as: test kits helping to stop community transmission; cold chain equipment to keep doses of vaccines effective as UNICEF delivers them to low- and middle-income countries; the cost of transport of vaccines; oxygen concentrators with accessories to deliver oxygen therapy and monitoring to patients; and face masks to keep protecting personnel on the ground.     #GucciCommunity #UNICEFWontStop

FENDI Lays the Foundation Stone of FENDI Factory
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FENDI Lays the Foundation Stone of FENDI Factory

Culture FENDI lays the foundation stone of FENDI Factory, its new pole of excellence located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside in Bagno a Ripoli, close to Florence, highlighting the Maison’s continuous commitment towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility.     To mark the importance of this milestone for the Roman luxury house, Serge Brunschwig, Chairman and CEO, planted a tree on the construction site: a Turkey oak, a symbol across different cultures of virtus, dignity and courage. In particular, the Turkey oak tree plays a key role in the Fendi Factory project, celebrating the local biodiversity of the area.     Covering a land surface of 8 hectares, FENDI Factory, which has been designed by Milan-based architecture firm Piuarch, will occupy a 13,000-square-meter area formerly housing the Fornace Brunelleschi kiln. FENDI kicked off the works in the area in August 2018 to clear and prepare the construction site.     “Italy is synonymous with tradition, history, beauty and above all excellence. We embrace the opportunity to invest in the Made in Italy and to sublimate the core values of craftsmanship, artisanal savoir-faire and the power of handcrafting. Expertise and experimentation are all elements that support our marketing and company culture and at FENDI we believe that keeping and transmitting this level of tradition is fundamental for the coming generations. We are very proud of our roots, of this new chapter in Bagno a Ripoli, offering our teams a sustainable and caring working environment, “states Serge Brunschwig, FENDI Chairman and CEO.     Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, FENDI Factory will feature a series of buildings connected with squares and stairs that, located at different levels, will be harmoniously integrated into the natural conformation of the Tuscan hillside. With plenty of sunlight filtering through the large glass walls, the functional and efficient manufacturing plant will offer a healthy workplace, where artisans will be able to express their skills and creativity at their best. Designed to guarantee unparalleled efficiency, FENDI’s new plant, including a range of manufacturing areas, offices and warehouses, will feature rational spaces enabling an easy circulation of people and goods.   “The start of the works of the new FENDI Factory production facility in Bagno a Ripoli witnesses the importance of the development agreements promoted by the MiSE, which aims at supporting our companies in the process of technological transformation, while protecting both the skills of our workers and the reconversion of existing plants in the territories in which they are located”, states the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli. “Encouraging investments in training, research and development is in fact one of the pillars – adds Patuanelli – of the strategy that the MiSE is carrying out, also through the 4.0 Transition plan. Historic fashion brands like FENDI represent Italian excellence in the world. The contribution of this sector to economic growth and to the presence of Italy in international markets is strategic, just as it is fundamental to support the authenticity and craftsmanship of their productions. The challenge for our productive fabric is to combine Made in Italy with innovation, technology with digitalization, skilfully merging the old and the new know-how, ancient manual skills and 4.0 training, always with an attentive eye to environmental sustainability”, concludes the Minister.   “Our bond with FENDI is strong and rooted and we are proud to have co-financed the national program that today consolidates a historic brand, relaunches growth prospects and gives us the reconversion of an historical industrial site like the former Fornace Brunelleschi," declares Eugenio Giani, President of the Toscana region. “We are proud –of the development agreement that unblocked the Mise resources, focused on leather goods and on the use of innovative technologies, and that opens a season of new employment with the prospect of doubling jobs.”   “FENDI’s new site represents a news of absolute impact for the Metropolitan City of Florence and beyond, because it combines the recovery of the former Fornace Brunelleschi and the spaces of the area with technological and employment development, doubling, as a matter of fact, the number of employees. It is a great project that, on the other hand, finds support and further increase in expectation precisely because it can pride of operating in the ‘Greater Florance’”, says Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence.     “The start of the construction works of the new FENDI facility at Capannuccia is, today, a wave of hope for the future in such a complex moment,” asserts Francesco Casini, Mayor of Bagno a Ripoli. “It’s a new demonstration of how Bagno a Ripoli is a territory of opportunities for those who want to realize quality investments and of how in Florence and Tuscany one can do, and do well, with rapid and definite times, a virtuous collaboration between private and public sectors. Once again, with this intervention, the road to sustainable development is taken, allowing one of the leading groups in the fashion industry to have a new production plant immersed in the beauty of Chianti, looking to Florence, with a remarkable and very important impact on the economy and employment of the entire Tuscan and Florentine territory. And all of this without consuming a new soil, yet recovering an abandoned, degraded and squatted industrial site, that for a long time has represented an environmental emergency, thus transforming a critical problem into an extraordinary opportunity.”   In keeping with the Roman luxury house’s continuous commitment towards sustainability, FENDI Factory has complied so as to aiming at the prestigious LEED Platinum certification. Both the perimeter and interior walls will be made of glass, enabling the sunlight to filter and offering employees serene views of the Tuscan countryside and of the impeccably designed courtyards presenting local varieties of plants and flowers. Enabling the new FENDI site to blend in with the environment, the external walls of the different building will match glass with a natural mix of soil and concrete in a signature earthy tone reflecting the color shades of the Tuscan hillside and celebrating the ancient tradition of the site.   In addition, FENDI has created a public park in the same area, opposite the kindergarten, featuring playgrounds, wide benches and following the same approach of biodiversity of the FENDI Factory landscape, with native plant species and some areas dedicated to the growth of plants to have as natural an effect as possible.     FENDI Factory is set to inaugurate in 2022. FENDI lays the foundation stone of FENDI Factory, its new pole of excellence located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside in Bagno a Ripoli, close to Florence, highlighting the Maison’s continuous commitment towards environmental sustainability and social responsibility.     To mark the importance of this milestone for the Roman luxury house, Serge Brunschwig, Chairman and CEO, planted a tree on the construction site: a Turkey oak, a symbol across different cultures of virtus, dignity and courage. In particular, the Turkey oak tree plays a key role in the Fendi Factory project, celebrating the local biodiversity of the area.     Covering a land surface of 8 hectares, FENDI Factory, which has been designed by Milan-based architecture firm Piuarch, will occupy a 13,000-square-meter area formerly housing the Fornace Brunelleschi kiln. FENDI kicked off the works in the area in August 2018 to clear and prepare the construction site.     “Italy is synonymous with tradition, history, beauty and above all excellence. We embrace the opportunity to invest in the Made in Italy and to sublimate the core values of craftsmanship, artisanal savoir-faire and the power of handcrafting. Expertise and experimentation are all elements that support our marketing and company culture and at FENDI we believe that keeping and transmitting this level of tradition is fundamental for the coming generations. We are very proud of our roots, of this new chapter in Bagno a Ripoli, offering our teams a sustainable and caring working environment, “states Serge Brunschwig, FENDI Chairman and CEO.     Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces, FENDI Factory will feature a series of buildings connected with squares and stairs that, located at different levels, will be harmoniously integrated into the natural conformation of the Tuscan hillside. With plenty of sunlight filtering through the large glass walls, the functional and efficient manufacturing plant will offer a healthy workplace, where artisans will be able to express their skills and creativity at their best. Designed to guarantee unparalleled efficiency, FENDI’s new plant, including a range of manufacturing areas, offices and warehouses, will feature rational spaces enabling an easy circulation of people and goods.   “The start of the works of the new FENDI Factory production facility in Bagno a Ripoli witnesses the importance of the development agreements promoted by the MiSE, which aims at supporting our companies in the process of technological transformation, while protecting both the skills of our workers and the reconversion of existing plants in the territories in which they are located”, states the Minister of Economic Development, Stefano Patuanelli. “Encouraging investments in training, research and development is in fact one of the pillars – adds Patuanelli – of the strategy that the MiSE is carrying out, also through the 4.0 Transition plan. Historic fashion brands like FENDI represent Italian excellence in the world. The contribution of this sector to economic growth and to the presence of Italy in international markets is strategic, just as it is fundamental to support the authenticity and craftsmanship of their productions. The challenge for our productive fabric is to combine Made in Italy with innovation, technology with digitalization, skilfully merging the old and the new know-how, ancient manual skills and 4.0 training, always with an attentive eye to environmental sustainability”, concludes the Minister.   “Our bond with FENDI is strong and rooted and we are proud to have co-financed the national program that today consolidates a historic brand, relaunches growth prospects and gives us the reconversion of an historical industrial site like the former Fornace Brunelleschi," declares Eugenio Giani, President of the Toscana region. “We are proud –of the development agreement that unblocked the Mise resources, focused on leather goods and on the use of innovative technologies, and that opens a season of new employment with the prospect of doubling jobs.”   “FENDI’s new site represents a news of absolute impact for the Metropolitan City of Florence and beyond, because it combines the recovery of the former Fornace Brunelleschi and the spaces of the area with technological and employment development, doubling, as a matter of fact, the number of employees. It is a great project that, on the other hand, finds support and further increase in expectation precisely because it can pride of operating in the ‘Greater Florance’”, says Dario Nardella, Mayor of Florence.     “The start of the construction works of the new FENDI facility at Capannuccia is, today, a wave of hope for the future in such a complex moment,” asserts Francesco Casini, Mayor of Bagno a Ripoli. “It’s a new demonstration of how Bagno a Ripoli is a territory of opportunities for those who want to realize quality investments and of how in Florence and Tuscany one can do, and do well, with rapid and definite times, a virtuous collaboration between private and public sectors. Once again, with this intervention, the road to sustainable development is taken, allowing one of the leading groups in the fashion industry to have a new production plant immersed in the beauty of Chianti, looking to Florence, with a remarkable and very important impact on the economy and employment of the entire Tuscan and Florentine territory. And all of this without consuming a new soil, yet recovering an abandoned, degraded and squatted industrial site, that for a long time has represented an environmental emergency, thus transforming a critical problem into an extraordinary opportunity.”   In keeping with the Roman luxury house’s continuous commitment towards sustainability, FENDI Factory has complied so as to aiming at the prestigious LEED Platinum certification. Both the perimeter and interior walls will be made of glass, enabling the sunlight to filter and offering employees serene views of the Tuscan countryside and of the impeccably designed courtyards presenting local varieties of plants and flowers. Enabling the new FENDI site to blend in with the environment, the external walls of the different building will match glass with a natural mix of soil and concrete in a signature earthy tone reflecting the color shades of the Tuscan hillside and celebrating the ancient tradition of the site.   In addition, FENDI has created a public park in the same area, opposite the kindergarten, featuring playgrounds, wide benches and following the same approach of biodiversity of the FENDI Factory landscape, with native plant species and some areas dedicated to the growth of plants to have as natural an effect as possible.     FENDI Factory is set to inaugurate in 2022.

Artipoppe releases a podcast series to inspire women
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Artipoppe releases a podcast series to inspire women

On the Playlist Artipoppe releases a podcast series to inspire women to rethink their position and power in the world. In 2012 Anna van den Bogert founded Artipoppe, a Dutch babywearing brand. What started with a single baby carrier turned into much more. Not just a rapidly growing international business, but a way to connect with mothers worldwide and to give voice to an ongoing movement about how to create more space for mothers, for women, in today’s society. This is such a vast subject that Van den Bogert decided to create a podcast around it. In this series many inspirational thinkers are being interviewed about motherhood in general, but also about health, spirituality, fashion, social justice and how to save our planet for the future of our children. Our guests: co-founder of plant-based food program Sakara Life Danielle Duboise, member of the European parliament Samira Rafaela, healer Mama Medicine (Deborah Hanekamp), indigenous rights activist Nina Gualinga, food writer and entrepreneur Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella), birth doula Carson Meyer and many more.       In the first episode Van den Bogert will explain in detail what ‘The New Motherhood’ means to her. This is a term, a philosophy that Artipoppe’s founder has briefly touched on in interviews and on social media. In a nutshell, she believes that in our current patriarchal societies feminine energy and motherhood can oftentimes be smothered. Van den Bogert wants to make way for a world in which the mother, creator of all life, and families take center stage. Moving into a world, a future reality, that’s more about community, lifting each other up and really being connected. This extends to us being more connected to nature and therefore our human nature, listening to our instincts as people and parents.    Technically this would mean that mother and child, parent and child feel truly welcomed in all arenas of society. Whether taking a Zoom call, giving a lecture or attending a meeting with your baby in tow. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who brought her child along in the first months after giving birth, is a huge inspiration to Van den Bogert. She would like to encourage women to trust themselves, trust their intuition, and to claim their space in society. Yet for that to unfold it should also become the status quo to see parent and child together anywhere in public. Also, when mothers bring a baby to a social gathering or breastfeed in public – without having to experience any social anxiety or fear of judgement. That’s where Van den Bogert would like to see a shift in consciousness. So mothers can feel empowered to walk their own path, to deeply connect to their babies and to express themselves for all that they are; a mother, a woman and so much more.    The New Motherhood is a holistic approach to motherhood and humanity as a whole. Motherhood touches all of our lives. So, in a way Artipoppe doesn’t just speak to mothers, fathers, but to everyone out there. It’s only together that we can achieve a brighter future with sustainability, inclusivity, connection and love as the norm.      Artipoppe’s products are made in Europe and delivered to over 70 countries worldwide. The brand is loved and worn by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Jude Law, Shay Mitchell and many more. The Artipoppe Podcast will be out on December 2nd, hosted by freelance journalist Kaira van Wijk. Artipoppe releases a podcast series to inspire women to rethink their position and power in the world. In 2012 Anna van den Bogert founded Artipoppe, a Dutch babywearing brand. What started with a single baby carrier turned into much more. Not just a rapidly growing international business, but a way to connect with mothers worldwide and to give voice to an ongoing movement about how to create more space for mothers, for women, in today’s society. This is such a vast subject that Van den Bogert decided to create a podcast around it. In this series many inspirational thinkers are being interviewed about motherhood in general, but also about health, spirituality, fashion, social justice and how to save our planet for the future of our children. Our guests: co-founder of plant-based food program Sakara Life Danielle Duboise, member of the European parliament Samira Rafaela, healer Mama Medicine (Deborah Hanekamp), indigenous rights activist Nina Gualinga, food writer and entrepreneur Ella Mills (Deliciously Ella), birth doula Carson Meyer and many more.       In the first episode Van den Bogert will explain in detail what ‘The New Motherhood’ means to her. This is a term, a philosophy that Artipoppe’s founder has briefly touched on in interviews and on social media. In a nutshell, she believes that in our current patriarchal societies feminine energy and motherhood can oftentimes be smothered. Van den Bogert wants to make way for a world in which the mother, creator of all life, and families take center stage. Moving into a world, a future reality, that’s more about community, lifting each other up and really being connected. This extends to us being more connected to nature and therefore our human nature, listening to our instincts as people and parents.    Technically this would mean that mother and child, parent and child feel truly welcomed in all arenas of society. Whether taking a Zoom call, giving a lecture or attending a meeting with your baby in tow. New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern, who brought her child along in the first months after giving birth, is a huge inspiration to Van den Bogert. She would like to encourage women to trust themselves, trust their intuition, and to claim their space in society. Yet for that to unfold it should also become the status quo to see parent and child together anywhere in public. Also, when mothers bring a baby to a social gathering or breastfeed in public – without having to experience any social anxiety or fear of judgement. That’s where Van den Bogert would like to see a shift in consciousness. So mothers can feel empowered to walk their own path, to deeply connect to their babies and to express themselves for all that they are; a mother, a woman and so much more.    The New Motherhood is a holistic approach to motherhood and humanity as a whole. Motherhood touches all of our lives. So, in a way Artipoppe doesn’t just speak to mothers, fathers, but to everyone out there. It’s only together that we can achieve a brighter future with sustainability, inclusivity, connection and love as the norm.      Artipoppe’s products are made in Europe and delivered to over 70 countries worldwide. The brand is loved and worn by celebrities such as Jessica Alba, Jude Law, Shay Mitchell and many more. The Artipoppe Podcast will be out on December 2nd, hosted by freelance journalist Kaira van Wijk.

Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Ter Borch,  Zwolle
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Pillows Grand Boutique Hotel Ter Borch, Zwolle

Travel Feel at home in the luxurious and timeless elegance of this old villa. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, on a city trip or on a longer break in the city, Pillows Zwolle is always your perfect destination. All  41 deluxe rooms and suites are a warm home away from home. Stay in one of the rooms or suites with a personal, inviting and refined ambiance, with eye-catching art and a homelike feel.   Coperto Restobar, awarded with a Bib Gourmand by Michelin, is the place to go for the most sublime and tasty surprises. Enjoy a gratifying lunch or dinner experience in the restaurant’s sunny conservatory or on the charming terrace. Chef Remco Jansen believes in a new and modern take on food in a familiar setting. A culinary treat, for all your senses.    Take a break from your day and unwind in one of the two private saunas, or stay in shape in their gym.   "Pillow Hotel Zwolle is located on the very centre of Zwolle, right next to the train station and walking distance from the city. It is located in a beautiful building where traditional meets modern aestetic. First thing when you walk in you are welcomed with a glass of champagne by the very kind staff. Once you get to your room that are all very spacious you can book a private sauna, which is a highlight for sure. I also recommend to rent bikes and go experience the city centre that is in shape of a star. The city offers plenty of good places to eat and a great museum to visit amongs all the cute little streets which are full of stores and boutiques. For dinner we suggest you to book a table at their in-hotel Coperto Restobar, where you can enjoy a multiple course menu, which indeed is a culinary treat. All in all it is a perfect spot to enjoy some time off." - Timotej Letonja   Visit their website for more information and reservations: https://www.pillowshotels.com/# Feel at home in the luxurious and timeless elegance of this old villa. Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure, on a city trip or on a longer break in the city, Pillows Zwolle is always your perfect destination. All  41 deluxe rooms and suites are a warm home away from home. Stay in one of the rooms or suites with a personal, inviting and refined ambiance, with eye-catching art and a homelike feel.   Coperto Restobar, awarded with a Bib Gourmand by Michelin, is the place to go for the most sublime and tasty surprises. Enjoy a gratifying lunch or dinner experience in the restaurant’s sunny conservatory or on the charming terrace. Chef Remco Jansen believes in a new and modern take on food in a familiar setting. A culinary treat, for all your senses.    Take a break from your day and unwind in one of the two private saunas, or stay in shape in their gym.   "Pillow Hotel Zwolle is located on the very centre of Zwolle, right next to the train station and walking distance from the city. It is located in a beautiful building where traditional meets modern aestetic. First thing when you walk in you are welcomed with a glass of champagne by the very kind staff. Once you get to your room that are all very spacious you can book a private sauna, which is a highlight for sure. I also recommend to rent bikes and go experience the city centre that is in shape of a star. The city offers plenty of good places to eat and a great museum to visit amongs all the cute little streets which are full of stores and boutiques. For dinner we suggest you to book a table at their in-hotel Coperto Restobar, where you can enjoy a multiple course menu, which indeed is a culinary treat. All in all it is a perfect spot to enjoy some time off." - Timotej Letonja   Visit their website for more information and reservations: https://www.pillowshotels.com/#

In conversation with Kat Graham
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In conversation with Kat Graham

Film ”Operation Christmas Drop” premiered a few days ago and it is one of Netflix's first holiday films of the season. The film follows a congressional aide,played by Kat Graham, on a mission to shut down the Christmas Drop missionon the island of Guam.     Kat, you've filmed ”Operation Christmas Drop” on the island of Guam. This is the first time ever that a film was shot at the fully functioning Air Force Base. How was this experience for you? What was the best part of shooting in Guam?   This was definitely the most fun I have ever had on a movie set. There were obviously challenges being that there was never a scripted film shot on the island before, but once we got past that, we were able to really enjoy how magical it was. The people were so kind and amazing. It was definitely intimidating shooting on a live Air Force Base, but the Air Force was incredibly helpful and supportive, and a couple of them even made cameos.     Operation Christmas Drop is an actual, real mission that the Air Force base does every year. This decades-old tradition sees gifts and supplies being parachuted to the residents of remote neighboring islands. How do you look at the humanitarian aspect of this operation and what does it mean to you?   I spend a lot of my time when I'm not on set focused on my humanitarian work with the UN refugee agency. It's a huge part of who I am and to be a part of a film where it was centered around a real life humanitarian mission, really brought it home for me. I've never been able to connect the two in my work like this before. The fact that we are raising so much awareness for what the Andersen Air Force Base does every year, means that even more people will get more support with better access to needed supplies.     Why do you recommend people to see the film and what do you believe should be it's message to everyone?   This is a feel good movie for everyone. This is not just a traditional holiday movie. This is not a snowy Christmas movie. This is not a traditional love story. This is a movie about people not being able to necessarily get home for the holidays. As we know from 2020, things can turn out differently than we all expect, but to find the magic, the beauty, the positivity in it, is what we should look towards having.     The holiday season in film and TV always brings joy to people with all the Christmas magic. This year especially, when the whole world is going through such crazy times, we need it. What are your hopes for the holiday season this year?   I hope that I'm able to bring people all over the world laughter and joy through this film. The fact that I can bring people together to watch this means so much to me. From my own holiday, I just want to be around my family and my animals. I can't wait to cook for everyone and play holiday music and dance around.     You are a big supporter of UNHCR – The UN refugee agency, as this is really close to your heart. What are your next projects as an advocate for UNHCR? What are the projects you would love to do as an advocate for human rights in the future?   I want to increasingly use my platform to give a voice to the voiceless. I want to help refugees tell their story in their own words so that everyone understands how similar we all are and only our circumstances are different. I hope that we can increase aid and an overall welcoming sentiment in the US and beyond. I'm working with UNHCR on some very interesting projects to shed light on this primordial human rights issue, which I'll be able to share more about in the coming months!     Before we know it, we'll already be in 2021. What can we expect from you next year in film and TV? And as well from your work in Modern Nirvana Wellness Group?   2021 is going to be very interesting because everything that I filmed up until this point came out this year. This year alone there were four films. Next year is going to be a lot of animation with the ninja turtles Netflix film, as well as trollstopia for Hulu. I'm looking forward to producing more and getting back on set and making more projects that are reflective of me as an artist.   In regards to Modern Nirvana, we are looking forward to our second annual conference and being able to have an event post Covid. We're going to continue to create really cool and enlightening content on our channel and bring together inspiring minds in the most impactful ways we can.       You can now stream the movie on Netflix. ”Operation Christmas Drop” premiered a few days ago and it is one of Netflix's first holiday films of the season. The film follows a congressional aide,played by Kat Graham, on a mission to shut down the Christmas Drop missionon the island of Guam.     Kat, you've filmed ”Operation Christmas Drop” on the island of Guam. This is the first time ever that a film was shot at the fully functioning Air Force Base. How was this experience for you? What was the best part of shooting in Guam?   This was definitely the most fun I have ever had on a movie set. There were obviously challenges being that there was never a scripted film shot on the island before, but once we got past that, we were able to really enjoy how magical it was. The people were so kind and amazing. It was definitely intimidating shooting on a live Air Force Base, but the Air Force was incredibly helpful and supportive, and a couple of them even made cameos.     Operation Christmas Drop is an actual, real mission that the Air Force base does every year. This decades-old tradition sees gifts and supplies being parachuted to the residents of remote neighboring islands. How do you look at the humanitarian aspect of this operation and what does it mean to you?   I spend a lot of my time when I'm not on set focused on my humanitarian work with the UN refugee agency. It's a huge part of who I am and to be a part of a film where it was centered around a real life humanitarian mission, really brought it home for me. I've never been able to connect the two in my work like this before. The fact that we are raising so much awareness for what the Andersen Air Force Base does every year, means that even more people will get more support with better access to needed supplies.     Why do you recommend people to see the film and what do you believe should be it's message to everyone?   This is a feel good movie for everyone. This is not just a traditional holiday movie. This is not a snowy Christmas movie. This is not a traditional love story. This is a movie about people not being able to necessarily get home for the holidays. As we know from 2020, things can turn out differently than we all expect, but to find the magic, the beauty, the positivity in it, is what we should look towards having.     The holiday season in film and TV always brings joy to people with all the Christmas magic. This year especially, when the whole world is going through such crazy times, we need it. What are your hopes for the holiday season this year?   I hope that I'm able to bring people all over the world laughter and joy through this film. The fact that I can bring people together to watch this means so much to me. From my own holiday, I just want to be around my family and my animals. I can't wait to cook for everyone and play holiday music and dance around.     You are a big supporter of UNHCR – The UN refugee agency, as this is really close to your heart. What are your next projects as an advocate for UNHCR? What are the projects you would love to do as an advocate for human rights in the future?   I want to increasingly use my platform to give a voice to the voiceless. I want to help refugees tell their story in their own words so that everyone understands how similar we all are and only our circumstances are different. I hope that we can increase aid and an overall welcoming sentiment in the US and beyond. I'm working with UNHCR on some very interesting projects to shed light on this primordial human rights issue, which I'll be able to share more about in the coming months!     Before we know it, we'll already be in 2021. What can we expect from you next year in film and TV? And as well from your work in Modern Nirvana Wellness Group?   2021 is going to be very interesting because everything that I filmed up until this point came out this year. This year alone there were four films. Next year is going to be a lot of animation with the ninja turtles Netflix film, as well as trollstopia for Hulu. I'm looking forward to producing more and getting back on set and making more projects that are reflective of me as an artist.   In regards to Modern Nirvana, we are looking forward to our second annual conference and being able to have an event post Covid. We're going to continue to create really cool and enlightening content on our channel and bring together inspiring minds in the most impactful ways we can.       You can now stream the movie on Netflix.

BVLGARI ROMA: TRAVEL TALES FOR BEAUTY LOVERS
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BVLGARI ROMA: TRAVEL TALES FOR BEAUTY LOVERS

Art Since the house’s founding in 1884, the majestic beauty of Rome with its archaeological, artistic, and cultural heritage has provided Bvlgari, one of its most storied purveyors of luxury and style, with an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Bvlgari’s deep roots in Rome has yielded Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers, a one-of-a-kind guide to the Eternal City that cleverly connects the city’s landmarks with the timeless Bvlgari designs that they have inspired.   For example, the design of the iconic B-zero1 ring was inspired by the Colosseum, the ultimate symbol of the city, and likewise the recurrent octagonal geometries watch dial refers to the coffered ceiling of the Basilica of Maxentius. As editor and artistic director Jan Králiĉek states in the Preface, “You will understand how and why the curves of a building are mirrored in a necklace, and how the detail of a mythical painting unfolds into the story of an iconic bracelet or how the dyadic character of a building can be reflected in something as intimate and subtle as a ring. ”This portable volume takes the reader on an unprecedented historical, artistic, and emotional tour of the city. In addition to an actual guide to landmarks and monuments, the narration is enriched by short stories by some of the best-known Roman authors from the world of contemporary Italian literature, inspired by the most iconic locations in the city. The book is further enhanced by contributions from figures linked to the city by birth, by adoption, or by mere passionate attachment including renowned names from fashion, cinema, sport, and music like Anna Della Russo, Lily Aldridge, Ennio Morricone, Roberto Rossellini, Boy George, and Francesco Vezzoli. This unique book is for lovers of and visitors to Rome whose level of sophistication far exceeds the typical city guide. Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers will be coveted by the reader who loves Rome and is an aficionado of the Bvlgari style—two things inextricably linked.     About: Jan Králícek studied cultural anthropology and media at Charles University in Prague. He is now creative director of Vogue Czechoslovakia and fashion editor-at-large for Vogue Portugal and GQ Portugal. Costantino D’Orazio is an Art historian and curator at the Rome Municipality Cultural Heritage Department and the author of essays and novels on ancient and contemporary art. André Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name and Find Me as well as many other books, and essays. Aciman is the director of The Writers’ Institute, teaches Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler and in many volumes of The Best American Essays. Teresa Ciabatti earned a degree in Modern Humanities from La Sapienza University in Rome. Her first novel, Adelmo, torna da me, was adapted into a film directed by Carlo Virzì in 2005. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, and she is a regular contributor to Corriere della Sera. Melania G. Mazzucco is the author numerous books which have been published in in twenty-seven countries and her work on the Venetian painter Tintoretto includes the novel La lunga attesa dell’angelo, the monumental biography Jacomo Tintoretto & i suoi figli. Storia di una famiglia veneziana, and the docufilm Tintoretto. She has written for cinema, theater, and the radio, and is a contributor to la Repubblica. Francesco Piccolo is the author of numerous books and he is a regular contributor to Corriere della Sera. He has also written many screenplays including the television serialization of the best-selling Elena Ferrante novel My Brilliant Friend.     BVLGARI ROMA: TRAVEL TALES FOR BEAUTY LOVERS Edited by Jan Králiĉek Texts by Costantino D'Orazio, André Aciman, Teresa Ciabatti, Melania Mazzucco, and Francesco Piccolo Hardcover / 5” x 7” / 304 pages / 300 color illustrations $40.00 U.S. / $55.00 Canadian / £27.00 U.K. ISBN: 978-8-89-182943-6 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: November 2020 Since the house’s founding in 1884, the majestic beauty of Rome with its archaeological, artistic, and cultural heritage has provided Bvlgari, one of its most storied purveyors of luxury and style, with an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Bvlgari’s deep roots in Rome has yielded Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers, a one-of-a-kind guide to the Eternal City that cleverly connects the city’s landmarks with the timeless Bvlgari designs that they have inspired.   For example, the design of the iconic B-zero1 ring was inspired by the Colosseum, the ultimate symbol of the city, and likewise the recurrent octagonal geometries watch dial refers to the coffered ceiling of the Basilica of Maxentius. As editor and artistic director Jan Králiĉek states in the Preface, “You will understand how and why the curves of a building are mirrored in a necklace, and how the detail of a mythical painting unfolds into the story of an iconic bracelet or how the dyadic character of a building can be reflected in something as intimate and subtle as a ring. ”This portable volume takes the reader on an unprecedented historical, artistic, and emotional tour of the city. In addition to an actual guide to landmarks and monuments, the narration is enriched by short stories by some of the best-known Roman authors from the world of contemporary Italian literature, inspired by the most iconic locations in the city. The book is further enhanced by contributions from figures linked to the city by birth, by adoption, or by mere passionate attachment including renowned names from fashion, cinema, sport, and music like Anna Della Russo, Lily Aldridge, Ennio Morricone, Roberto Rossellini, Boy George, and Francesco Vezzoli. This unique book is for lovers of and visitors to Rome whose level of sophistication far exceeds the typical city guide. Bvlgari Roma: Travel Tales for Beauty Lovers will be coveted by the reader who loves Rome and is an aficionado of the Bvlgari style—two things inextricably linked.     About: Jan Králícek studied cultural anthropology and media at Charles University in Prague. He is now creative director of Vogue Czechoslovakia and fashion editor-at-large for Vogue Portugal and GQ Portugal. Costantino D’Orazio is an Art historian and curator at the Rome Municipality Cultural Heritage Department and the author of essays and novels on ancient and contemporary art. André Aciman is the New York Times bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name and Find Me as well as many other books, and essays. Aciman is the director of The Writers’ Institute, teaches Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, CUNY and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The New Republic, Condé Nast Traveler and in many volumes of The Best American Essays. Teresa Ciabatti earned a degree in Modern Humanities from La Sapienza University in Rome. Her first novel, Adelmo, torna da me, was adapted into a film directed by Carlo Virzì in 2005. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies, and she is a regular contributor to Corriere della Sera. Melania G. Mazzucco is the author numerous books which have been published in in twenty-seven countries and her work on the Venetian painter Tintoretto includes the novel La lunga attesa dell’angelo, the monumental biography Jacomo Tintoretto & i suoi figli. Storia di una famiglia veneziana, and the docufilm Tintoretto. She has written for cinema, theater, and the radio, and is a contributor to la Repubblica. Francesco Piccolo is the author of numerous books and he is a regular contributor to Corriere della Sera. He has also written many screenplays including the television serialization of the best-selling Elena Ferrante novel My Brilliant Friend.     BVLGARI ROMA: TRAVEL TALES FOR BEAUTY LOVERS Edited by Jan Králiĉek Texts by Costantino D'Orazio, André Aciman, Teresa Ciabatti, Melania Mazzucco, and Francesco Piccolo Hardcover / 5” x 7” / 304 pages / 300 color illustrations $40.00 U.S. / $55.00 Canadian / £27.00 U.K. ISBN: 978-8-89-182943-6 / Rizzoli New York / Release date: November 2020

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