Monday, October 31, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

NBA Takes Style to the Next Level--

Coming to a Barneys New York near you, Greg Chait of The Elder Statesman will be launching an NBA-themed luxury line, just in time for the weather to chill.  On November 3rd, luxury enthusiasts will be able to rock their favorite NBA team--wrapped in cashmere.  

In addition to Barneys, the collection will also be available online, and at select retail outlets.  Both men and women's options will be introduced for prices ranging from $420-$1560.  After the initial launch, The Elder Statesman will debut new items for Christmas (when players usually wear commemorative jerseys), the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, and at the start of the playoffs.  

The league is pretty excited about this partnership, as they continue to take the league to the next level.  “We are excited to be working with a brand like the Elder Statesman to offer such unique, premium products to our fans,” says Lisa Piken Koper, the NBA’s vice president of global partnerships. “The NBA and fashion naturally cross over, and this line is a great expression of that overlap.”

Recent trends have included players becoming more conscious of their fashion choices.  Players like Jimmy Butler and Russell Westbrook have partnerships with fashion brands (Bonobos and Byredo respectively), and many other players work with designers regularly to help with their game arrival or sideline looks.  All-Star Weekend has actually become quite the fashion show, itself.  

Similar to the heavy hand fashion played in the Summer 2016 Olympics, sports is definitely taking an influential role in fashion.

Can't wait for more.  

Saturday, October 29, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Promotes

Shut Up Silence on Domestic Violence Awareness--

As we continue advocacy on domestic violence awareness, we are excited to promote Shut Up Silence, an awesome film on the fall-out from abusive relationships on college campuses.  

The fabulous female filmmaking trio is making waves with this project, and have launched an Indiegogo campaign to continue driving support.  Over the next three months, the women have set a fundraising goal of $250,000.

“This is my story. I’ve lived this, and now I can’t hold it in any longer,” said Natasha Parker, award-winning writer/director and one of the founding partners of Noisemakers Entertainment

The film, titled “Shut up Silence,” takes place in a university setting where the lead character finds herself in a relationship with her college sweetheart that seems impossible to walk away from. A rollercoaster of events, including ignored abuse, lead to a critical choice she must make between freedom and love. 

“There are so many young women and girls who are in abusive relationships and either don’t realize it or need help confronting their circumstances,” said Parker. “This film will help them see that’s it time to get out or their life may depend on it.” 

“Making a quality film takes money, and we thought Indiegogo was a great route to go,” said Adrienne Swan, fellow Noisemaker and accountant. “It’s my job to make sure the numbers are right and that we approach every project in a manner that is fiscally sound.” 

Noisemaker partner LaTrice Edwards couldn’t agree more. Edwards, a celebrity makeup artist and philanthropist looks forward to the film “Shut Up Silence” becoming a reality and intends to add her creative touch. “Not only do we feel compelled to help Natasha tell her story, but we want to save lives too,” said Edwards. 
Pending the success of the Indiegogo campaign, filming is set to begin in the spring of 2017. 

“We are looking for donations of all sizes,” added Parker. “Every contribution gets us one step closer to shutting up the silence about domestic violence.” 

To learn more about or contribute to the campaign, visit the Shut Up Silence Indiegogo page. For more information and updates about the film, visit and follow the Noisemakers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #ShutUpSilence. To interview the Noisemakers, email 

Check out this promo clip and donate now!  We did ;)

Stay tuned to learn more about the Noisemaker Entertainment ladies and share your support for them on social media.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops -- Pink!

Top 8 Things to Know About Breast Cancer Awareness--

What a great reason to bring back our old feature, Tuesday Tops!  October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Despite the month having 31 days, this is something we must be aware of all year long.  

As we've shared before, there are some essentials about the condition, and what we can all do to fight it.  

1.  Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast. It affects millions of women, and thankfully gets the needed attention to fight its surge.  

2.  Regular doctor visits and mammograms for women over the age of 40 are critical in breast health.  If you are at risk for breast cancer, because of a history of the condition in your family, you should have mammograms sooner for early detection.  Many insurance companies have improved coverage for breast health, and social service centers are helping out as well.  Check our local area for more.  

3. Real Talk With Felicia is a major player in the fight against breast cancer through their fundraising arm, Purposed for Pink.  Purposed For Pink raises money for breast cancer research in conjunction with the Susan G. Komen efforts for combating this crippling condition. 

4. We are continuing our annual fashion for a cause campaign this month, raising awareness through our style on Wednesdays.  Share your pics on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook with the hashtags!


5. Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.  We must get these numbers lower.  

6. Breast cancer impacts us all. Approximately 1,700 men ill also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year.  This isn't just about the ladies, gents.  

7. You can help fight this disease and get closer to a cure.  Make a donation, or consult your local breast cancer awareness foundation to volunteer some time.
Click here to get your pink tee from Real Talk with Felicia

8. You can learn more about breast and ovarian cancer awareness, risk factors and reduction tactics from Bright Pink.  This organization is always doing amazing things across the country to spread awareness and share info on early detection--all year long.  Check them out and get involved!

Join in the fight.

Monday, October 17, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Purple

Powerful Facts About Domestic Violence Awareness--

After watching Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel'le on Lifetime this past Saturday, we were reminded we still have a long way to go on the road to combat domestic violence.  Seeing the No More commercials, especially with a coed cast was powerful.  We all have to have a hand in not only the awareness, but action, too.   

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month. It's important we share key facts about domestic violence, so we all can work on a cure.  You've seen some of these facts before, but they are no less important!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) grew out of the "Day of Unity" in October 1981, by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The vision was to connect advocates across the country, working to end violence against women and their children. Like many other causes, such a short time to promote awareness was not long enough, so all of October is now dedicated to this cause.

Domestic violence is an unfortunate circumstance in far too many homes across America.  In order to fight this epidemic we must educate and spread the word.  As always, we'd like to share the facts below.  

Here's what you should know:

1. Domestic violence sees no race, color, ethnic background, or economic status.  It affects people in all walks of life.  Men are also impacted, not just women and children.  It's also more than just physical abuse.  Emotional abuse counts, too.  

2. Domestic violence is cyclical.  Although many who are abused feel pain and resent their abusers, they often go on to repeat the behavior.  For children, it is often the only way they know.  Without education and therapy to deal with the circumstance, the problem can perpetuate.

3. Due to lack of resources, the number of survivors to whom local Coalitions Against Domestic Violence (CADV) have provided shelter has decreased by 20%, while the number of victims turned away has increased by 16% over the last four years.  In the last year alone CADVs saw a drastic 12% drop in the number survivors who obtained safe, emergency shelter. Despite this fact, survivors and their children received over 522,000 hours of service last year alone. 

4. Help is available at all times.  Victims, and even offenders who know they need help, may not know where to turn.  To get things rolling, anyone can call the National Domestic Violence Helpline at 1-800-799-SAFE.  

5.  Safety Plans help.  The hotline is an amazing tool, but creating safety plans takes things a step further.  The plan will help victims route their escape from pain and chart their journey to a better life.  Plans can include starting a separate savings account, thinking of exit routes from the home, avoiding arguments where weapons are readily accessible, i.e. the kitchen, and having someone available at all times to pick you up or be home when you need them.  For more ideas, click here.

6. There's always a hope for change.  No matter how tough the situation appears; for you or someone you're witnessing, various outlets are available to stop the cycle and give families strength. 

We all should become as educated as possible on the signs and resolutions for domestic violence.  If you are experiencing or sensing signs---say or do something.  Don't wait. With so many tough circumstances to face these days, violence among loved ones is never one we need.

***Don't forget about our colors campaign this month!


Share your pics on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook with the hashtags!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

Fashion Group International of Chicago - Retail Symposium!

FGI Chicago, Google and Columbia College Chicago have partnered to host The New Realities: A Retail Symposium.  

This is a can't miss event for any and every fashion enthusiast in the Chicago area.  

Get your tickets below and come see us in November!

The world of retail is moving quickly, and evolving to meet the changing needs of today's consumers.

Fashion Group International of Chicago is teaming up with Google to bring you an exciting and informative forum, Thursday November 3rd

Early Bird tickets are now on sale!

FGI Members - Regular Price $50
Non Members - Regular Price $75

Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.

Light breakfast and boxed lunch will be provided, in addition to the wonderful conference we have planned. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please Save the Date for our upcoming Fall/Winter events:

Monday November 21 - Spring 2017 Trend Presentation
Thursday December 15 - FGI Chicago Holiday Party

Details coming soon!

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