Wednesday, January 17, 2018


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Spearheads Philanthropic Initiatives with United Way
and Rewards Customers with Upgrades for Golden Anniversary
Logo for PEI's 50th anniversaryPerry Ellis International (PEI) announces a Makeover in Miami giveaway to celebrate its 50th anniversary and give thanks to its loyal customers. The global fashion house culminates its golden anniversary milestone year by rewarding customers this Holiday season and giving back to our communities. The prizewinner receives a Valentine's trip to Miami including airfare and hotel accommodations for two, a new wardrobe from Perry Ellis International's signature fashion brands, and a glamorous photo-shoot at its Miami studio featuring a fashion makeover by an expert stylist. The promotion kicks off on Dec. 20, 2017 and runs through Jan. 20, 2018. Enter online at this link or visit our stores located throughout the United States for rules and eligibility. Enter for a chance to win a fashion-filled trip, valued at $4,950 that includes:
A Makeover in Miami Giveaway! A Valentine's trip to Miami including airfare and hotel accommodations for two.

A fashion makeover with an expert stylist featuring a new wardrobe from Perry Ellis International and a glamorous photo-shoot at its Miami studio.

Enter online at this link or visit our stores located throughout the United States for rules and eligibility.
Fashioning a Fifty-Year Legacy . . .
"Our 50th anniversary is all about giving back to our customers and to the communities who contribute to the success of our fifty-year legacy," said Oscar Feldenkreis, the CEO and President of Perry Ellis International. "We chose to honor this important milestone by rewarding our loyal customers and demonstrating, in the spirit of the Holidays, our commitment to helping those who are among the most in need during this special time." Perry Ellis International will match donations up to $50,000 for disaster relief in partnership with United Way’s Operation Helping Hands. Clothing will also be donated to 50 families in need via the United Way.

In honor of this golden Anniversary year, everyone who registers by December 31, 2017 will automatically be upgraded to Gold Level status on the new Customer Rewards Loyalty Program recently announced for the Holidays. 

The revamped program offers point sharing accumulated across five brands. The participating brands include: Perry Ellis (Perry Perks), Original Penguin (Original Rewards), Cubavera (Good Life Rewards), Laundry by Shelli Segal (Laundry VIP) and Peony & Me (The Luxe List). The program is designed to reward consumers for each purchase and is free to join. There are two levels of the program: Silver status for consumers who earn less than 250 points annually and Gold status for consumers who earn more than 250 points annually through qualifying purchases. 
. . . Win a Makeover in Miami!
As part of its 50th anniversary awareness campaign to promote giving back to our communities, PEI has partnered with United Way's Operation Helping Hands to provide donations, food and resources to help families in need during this Holiday season. This philanthropic campaign is continually helping to rebuild lives in communities impacted by recent natural disasters, children and families who still need assistance now more than ever.

Perry Ellis will match every customer donation, up to $50,000, and will donate clothing to 50 needy families through United Way's Operation Helping Hands.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. The Giveaway begins at 12:00:01 a.m. EST on December 20, 2017 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EST on January 20, 2018. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited. For complete Official Rules, visit Sponsor: Perry Ellis International, Miami, FL 33172.
About Perry Ellis International:
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men's and women's apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company's collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men's and women's swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and most recently Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear. Additional information on the Company is available at

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Shapes in art & science show that notions of “male” v “female” are blending

Author and Emmy Award-winner Lois Farfel Stark explains how trends like 3D imaging and architectural styles illustrate the depolarization of classic gender assumptions

You may have heard it before: Men think in lines; women think in circles.
This classic assumption comes out of historic gender expectations, when women’s work required the circular thinking of family systems and men’s work required the linear thinking of measured results in an industrialized age.
Was it ever true, and importantly, is it true in current times?
Emmy Award-winning documentarian and author Lois Farfel Stark says “No”, explaining, “gender roles are blending, resulting in an overall integrated thinking.”
Her proof: the shape of thinking itself.
“The division between thinking in lines or circles is blending. Both are required for today’s challenges. The complex tasks of our time -- climate change, global repercussions in both biological or computer viruses – require all human capabilities.”
Take the torus shape emerging in architecture, for example. A hotel in Huzhou Zhejiang Province, China, built as an upright ring, upending expectations. It holds opposites, together as one.
Today, 3-D imaging allows us to view phenomena such as weather systems from all sides, simultaneously. Surgeons can view the top and the underside of an organ at once.  Such 360 degree thinking shifts our thinking, dissolves the borders between circles and lines.
This is showing up in the workplace, too. Leaders at major companies are spearheading the shift from a corporate perspective. From Marissa Meyer’s cessation of Yahoo’s work from home policy to Satya Nadella assigning top executives at Microsoft to read up on how to lean into their soft-power, it is increasingly important for all leaders to be dynamic and capable of all shapes of thought and comportment.
As a culture, we still are catching up. We are working to undo gendered expectations and allow both men and women to be hero and heroine, sidekick and supporter, competitive and cooperative.
Check out Lois Farfel Stark's new book for more info!  The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times.

This book will be released in February 6, 2018.

About Lois Farfel Stark:
Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker and author of the book The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times (Greenleaf, 2017). The book was the focus of her September 2016 TEDx talk in Dallas. During her distinguished career with NBC News, she covered Abu Dhabi's catapult to the 20th century, the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf, Cuba ten years after their revolution, the Israeli Air Force in the Six Day War, Northern Ireland during its time of religious conflict, and Liberia's social split. Independently, she produced and wrote documentaries on architecture, medical research, globalization, artists, and social issues.
Along with an Emmy, Lois is also the recipient of two CINE Gold awards, two Gold Awards from The International Film Festival of the Americas, the Matrix Award from Women In Communications, the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award, and the Silver Award from the Texas Broadcasting Association. She has served as a trustee for institutions in education, health, the arts, and public service, including Sarah Lawrence College, her alma mater.  She lives in Houston.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

New Webinars: Powering the Gig Economy & Global Data Challenges

New- Photography gear solution!

  Photographers who want to minimize lugging gear around now have a great solution.  Cotton Carrier's new G3 line of camera harnesses and holsters.  The line is designed as a practical piece of equipment for photographers who want to carry everything in one convenient tote. A patented locking system holds up even the most strenuous activity to keep DSLR and mirrorless cameras close to the body and ready to shoot in just two seconds. Built strong with moving parts that can during any rugged activity, or even just everyday photography shoots.

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