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Surreal Dream Like photos @ Burning Man

Burning Man is an annual gathering that takes place at Black Rock City—a temporary community erected in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. The event is described as an experiment in community and art, influenced by 10 main principles, including "radical" inclusion, self-reliance and self-expression, as well as community cooperation, civic responsibility, gifting, decommodification, participation, immediacy and leaving no trace.

Just thought these images were incredibly interesting especially since they are not photoshopped!

29 Rooms: Photo After Photo

Last weekend I was able to attend the acclaimed 29 Rooms, Refinery 29’s art and fashion interactive funhouse. My friends and I woke up early on a Sunday morning, grabbed our coffees and headed over, knowing that the wait time for the past two days of the exhibition had been on average 3-4 hours. This event is only open for 3 days, once a year, and is known for having the capability to take enough pictures to last your Instagram account for a year. Last year was the first year Refinery 29 created 29 Rooms, celebrating their 10-year anniversary, and there was less press about it but it was such a big turnout that they decided to make it 9 times bigger this year.
Arriving at 10 AM, for an opening at 12 PM, we sweated in the heat and distracted each other for 2 hours. Before the installation even opened they had to close the line because of the crowds. We were told that because of our promptness we would be included in the first wave of people allowed to enter the installation. As we wer…

Social Campaign, "Before I Die..."

After losing someone she loved, artist Candy Chang painted the side of an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans with chalkboard paint and stenciled the sentence, “Before I die I want to _____.” Within a day of the wall’s completion, it was covered in colorful chalk dreams as neighbors stopped and reflected on their lives. Since then, more than 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 70 countries and stenciled in over 35 languages by passionate people all over the world. Filled with hope, fear, humor, and heartbreak, Before I Die presents an intimate portrait of the dreams within our communities and a chance to ponder life’s ultimate question with the people around us.
My gravitation to this work (and works like this in particular) is solely due to its attempt in connecting a disconnected society through a common element (life/death/pain/success). Outside of the lens of our computer monitors, the more personalized guerilla-styled approach has always been the mo…

Taking Tips From a Younger Generation

Phyllis Korkki, an assignment editor at The New York Times, visited the garment district in Manhattan to interview designers as part of a story for the newspaper’s Snapchat account. Credit George Etheredge/The New York Times
What Could I Possibly Learn From A Mentor Half My Age? Plenty.

How on earth did I become an “older worker?”

It was only a few years ago, it seems, that I set out to climb the ladder in my chosen field. That field happens to be journalism, but it shares many attributes with countless other workplaces. For instance, back when I was one of the youngest people in the room, I was helped by experienced elders who taught me the ropes.

Now, shockingly, I’m one of the elders. And I’ve watched my industry undergo significant change. That’s why I recently went searching for a young mentor — yes, a younger colleague to mentor me.

Welcome to Saint Pablo

On Labor Day, I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite rapper, Kanye West, at Madison Square Garden. As my friends and I entered the arena, we saw the infamous floating stage (talked about on social media from previous shows) surrounded by theatrical smoke. As the stage descended for Kanye to climb onto it, the crowd's energy began building up more and more. During the show, the stage began moving across the crowd in the floor seating section. I have seen Kanye on his two previous tours, and in comparison, this show had the most simplistic production design. Usually, he is known for doing huge stage productions with an array of graphics: an outer space theme for his Glow in the Dark Tour and an elaborate mountain/Jesus theme for his Yeezus Tour. This time around, the only graphic elements were his illuminating stage, oscillating light fixtures (see video here), and TV screens that showed a somewhat distorted picture of him.

In a nutshell, the concert was an amazing experience.


Tom Ford Is First Out of the Gate With the New Show-Now-Shop-Now Model

Remember when fashion was fun? Nowadays all the talk of show-now-shop-now-this and direct-to-consumer-that has threatened to sap whatever glamour New York Fashion Week had left. Then along came Tom Ford.

The Blonde Salad Ups The Ante

Style blogger-turned-lifestyle guru Chiara Ferragni is relaunching her website to reflect the multi-pronged, multi-million dollar business she has developed over the past seven years.

Randa Gives Back with Operation Backpack

For the second year in a row, Randa has partnered with Volunteers of America-Greater New York and Operation Backpack. This past month, Randa associates in the New York and New Jersey offices had the opportunity to get involved with the organization.

Dating App Grindr Launched a Menswear Line

The efforts to get into fashion made by male dating app Grindr have come to a head. The app has been building its cred in this world by partnering with designers like J.W. Anderson and teaming up with Paper magazine to cast an editorial shot by Steven Klein.  Now, the app is putting its stamp on the world of clothing with its own collection of menswear. The Varsity Collection, as it's titled, follows an athleisure theme in both its clothing and purpose. All proceeds from the windbreakers, tank tops, and track pants will go to benefit Athlete Ally's Principle 6 campaign, an organization that looks to end homophobia and transphobia in the sports world. The 29-piece collection is printed with Ancient Greek motifs and is priced anywhere from $25 to $130. To see the collection, click here. (c) Cameron Wolf for Complex, August 2016

The Future Of Retailing: The Revolution Is Now

The Future Of Retailing: The Technology Revolution Is NowI believe that retailing is undergoing a revolutionary change. Merchants are no longer the driving force for retailers. This is a major change that will be hard to swallow. In the past merchants interacted with customers. They talked to them as a market. Now these same customers are demanding products and services that match their specific needs. In other words, the customer is now in charge.

Rihanna and Dior Collaboration

Rihanna does it again. She has partnered with Dior for the second time with a sunglasses line simply titled "Rihanna." The eyewear collection has a futuristic look that come in a variety of shades (no pun intended). Click here to view the "Rihanna" eyewear collection.

(c) 2016, Britany Pratt

Beware of Wombats & Other Vampires

You are surrounded by dangerous WOMBATS. They’re everywhere. Sometimes they hide in plain sight, easy to spot. Other times they are well camouflaged, requiring heightened awareness to identify them. You need to stay alert, it’s important to avoid them. WOMBATs resemble ordinary, productive tasks. However, they are vampires for time and resources, weapons of mass distraction.WOMBATs are seductive. Working on a WOMBAT feels productive.WOMBATs are bad for your career.WOMBATs are bad for your business.WOMBATs infiltrate your work day (and your personal time). Strike them down.WOMBATs may be be ingrained in your company culture: “We’ve always done it that way…” WOMBAT Metamorphosis Alert: A task or project that wasproductive in the pastcanevolve into a WOMBAT in today's environment.Your comfort zone is populated with WOMBATs.More on comfort zones, here.Some people are WOMBATs in disguise. Stay away from them, they are vampire WOMBATs.If you don’t control your WOMBATs, your WOMBATs will…

Bio-Engineering, FrankenFashion & the Future of Leather

Care to buy a piece of Alexander McQueen? No, not a product he designed... an actual piece of Alexander McQueen, himself. The controversial click-bait is Tina Gorjanc’s effort to create fashion accessories from leather grown from deceased designer Alexander McQueen’s DNA. The buzzword for the project is, “FrankenFashion,” and it catalyzes discussions regarding moral and legal loopholes which struggle to keep up with technological advances.

Fendi Models Walk on Water

Sunset at the Trevi fountain in Rome, where Anita Ekberg once frolicked in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita;" the location was reimagined as an ethereal, transparent runway for Fendi's 90th anniversary fashion show.
According to legend, in 19 BC, Roman soldiers, driven by thirst and desire, were led to fresh water by a beautiful girl: At that location an aqueduct and great fountain were built. Two millennia later, not much has changed. 

Apropos of fan expectations, models including Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid appeared to walk on water, wearing gossamer garments evocative of the Fendi"Legends and Fairytales"  water nymph theme.

How Randa and the Fashion Industry are Adapting to DIY

The term 'Do It Yourself' has turned into a phenomenon over the past decade and is continuing to gain momentum, especially in the fashion industry. From interactive design stations at Topshop, to custom shoes at Jimmy Choo, every level of the fashion industry is dipping their toes into the pools of DIY.

"Many industry insiders think it is just the beginning. Ask about the future of fashion, and the answer that is likely to come back (along with the importance of Instagram and the transformation of shows into entertainment) is personalization," says Vanessa Friedman from the New York Times. 

Direct-to-Consumer Labels Sharpen Their Brands

As the once-disruptive business model of bypassing wholesale and going direct-to-consumer via e-commerce becomes commonplace, brands must do more to differentiate themselves. When married designers Lisa Mayock and Jeff Halmos began planning the June 2016 launch of their graphics t-shirt range Monogram, there was no question that they would adopt a direct-to-consumer business model made possible by e-commerce, which is relatively cheaper than opening a physical store and allows a brand to market directly to customers across the globe.

MCG: Market Connect Group Names Brenner New President

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (June 27, 2016) – MCG: Market Connect Group, the largest provider of in-store merchandising services to retailers nationwide, named Bill Brenner as its new president. Brenner comes to MCG after a 27-year career in the in-store service industry.

The importance of in-store service along with enhanced customer engagement, elevated brand awareness, sophisticated point-of-sale visual statements, optimized ease of shopping and omnichannel alignment are underscored in the new retail landscape. Brenner’s appointment is integral to MCG’s strengthened growth strategy in tackling retail’s current challenges.

Meet Adam Derry, the Man Putting Tech into Gucci Suits

Wearable technology is the future, I think we can all agree on that. Adam Derry was the mastermind behind’s fully functional cellular Gucci suit at this year’s Met Gala. The suit had the capabilities to text, call, play music, and many more features that you wouldn’t believe. The hanger worked as a charger, giving a whole new meaning to “charged up.” Adam started his creative brand development agency, ADBD, back in 2007. His numerous successful projects caught the eye of, and by the end of 2012, he began to act as creative director to the Black Eyed Peas star. He is now a pioneer in the fashion world, pushing culture forward every day.

(c) Jason Fitter for Complex, June 22, 2016

What the "Brexit" Means for the Fashion Industry

In the early morning of June 23, British voters decided, in a 52 percent to 48 percent split, to leave the European Union.

The largest economy in the now 27-country bloc, the referendum on EU membership has been closely monitored by international financial markets.

"Good, Better, Best" Meets "Analysis Paralysis"

Applied Behavioral Economics For Wholesalers & Retailers
You have a wide assortment of products and services to offer. Should you present a large number of choices to consumers, or only a few? Should the options be concentrated in one prize zone, or several? What features and benefits should be presented?  

These questions also apply in reverse. As a consumer you have many choices available to you. You need to be aware of factors that influence your decision making, often without your conscience awareness. 

soon-to-be-published research paper adds a spin to two tent-pole consumer behavior models; extremenessaversion and the paradox of choice.

The study suggests that increasing the number of mid-range choices may stimulate a decision to purchase a more expensive item. And, that providing a large number of fairly standard job postings may stimulate a candidate to apply for a more unusual job function or compensation plan. This is interesting, potentially useful, and contradicts prior…

Randa Participates in "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (June 23, 2016) - Randa participated in this year’s national “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day”, held on April 28th. The company’s New York and New Jersey offices hosted 20 children at their parent’s offices. The children benefited from a full day of fun and educational activities,and gainedan understanding of their parent’s jobs and work environments.
Family activities included designing and building a tie, touring Randa’s offices, learning about departmental functions, and a field trip.
Randa supports a culture that enriches their associates personally and professionally. “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”is a unique opportunity for the company to do so while investing in future generations.

Randa Walks with Kenneth Cole in 2016 AIDS Walk

Randa associates walked with Kenneth Cole in the flight against AIDS in the 2016 AIDS Walk New York. The fundraiser started and ended in Central Park and has raised more than 3 million so far this year. Kenneth Cole Productions raised an outstanding $83,759 for the cause.

Thank you to all who participated. We look forward to the AIDS Walk New York next year and other community involvement opportunities in the future.

Randa Celebrates Spring with Garden Party Lunch

Randa's New York office celebrated the start of spring with a garden party lunch. Associates had a lunch hour full of delicious food, fun and treats. Thank you to everyone who participated in our hat decorating contest and congratulations to our top 3 winners.

At Randa, we believe in the mantra work hard, play hard. Life is short, work somewhere awesome.

Randa International Belt University - Graduating Class - Guatemala 2016

Randa presents it's first graduating class at International Belt University, held at our Tata Factory in Guatemala.

Congratulations to our instructors and their students!

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Randa Runs the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge in Chicago

Our Randa associates had an absolute blast running in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge last Thursday! 
Chicago broke the record of most participants throughout all the race locations in the US—over 27,000 people ran or walked the 3.5 miles across the finish line! 
Thank you to all of those who participated! We can’t wait for next year!

A Call For Leadership

These are turbulent times. The retail and apparel landscape is shifting, old maps are useless, the consumer has changed their preferences and their path-to-purchase. The is future is unclear and we can barely see the other side. We are surrounded by troubled waters. Our retail and brand partners are treading water. To paraphrase “J.C.” Curleigh, there are only two reasons to tread water, survival… or fitness.  I think they're treading for survival, and they're in distress.    As a lifeguard at Atlantic Beach, New York, I learned to beware of people treading water in distress. They reach out for you. They want to push themselves up and out of the water, by pushing you under. And, we can list many companies in these waters that have been pushed under, or are going under for the count of two... We will not allow this to happen to our company, nor to our partners and associates. We have deep resources, great leaders, and a solid foundation. We are Buffet-wise, Buddha-wise and Bubbe…

Finally, a Line of Office-Ready Outfits You’ll Actually Feel (And Look) Good In

Few phrases can inspire such a deep, existential sigh from within as “office attire.” The familiar, humdrum parade of chinos and ladylike blouses is enough to inspire dread in the staunchest of psyches. Where are the sharp-looking styles for women whose workplaces may not be permissive enough to make 501s and Vetements hoodies a fit? That gaping, millennial-shaped hole in the $34.9 billion annual workwear market is what one new apparel brand, Argent, aims to address.

Levi's Launches Harvey Milk Pride Collection

American denim brand Levi’s has launched its third Pride collection and its first global Pride collection for 2016 in partnership with the Harvey Milk Foundation.

A long-standing ally to the LGBTQ community, the Levi’s brand is commemorating the election and legacy of Harvey Milk through a range of gender-neutral product. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Harvey Milk Foundation.

Robo-Pants: Stylish & Providing Super Powers

A wearable robot, disguised as pants, provides super-powers
Slip into these pants and you can carry a heavier load, move faster, expend less energy, andwill reduce the strain on your tendons and muscles. The pants are technically an “exoskeleton” with built-in artificial intelligence, a fully “wearable robot.” Robo-Pants: Wearable technology - on steroids, and lighter, smaller and more comfortable than other exoskeletal systems.

Google Creates An Awesome Virtual Reality Painting Tool

Tilt Brush is Google’s self-proclaimed app for "Painting in 3D space with virtual reality," comes bundled with the headset, and is the first great art app for virtual reality. Using the app and the controllers on systems like the Vive, users can create amazingly detailed artwork. It’s intuitive, intensely immersive, and does something funny… While a user plays around with the different brushes and pencils and zooms, they learn how to use the virtual reality controllers.

Victoria's Secret Says Goodbye to Swimwear

All good things must come to an end, and Victoria's Secret clearly feels the same way. The global company has announced an end to their swimwear line.

Pink, as a brand of its own, has held up well by growing double-digits in the last quarter, while Victoria's Secret, as a whole, had a sales decline of 7 percent in the past year- specifically with a drop in swimwear.

The L Brands Inc. company has undergone serious changes in the past few months, including the decision to consolidate the company by merging the direct-sales business into the store business. This left as many as 200 employees without a job.

Aside from the end of swimwear, Victoria's Secret will also cease shoes and accessories that were sold through digital channel, along with a decrease of printed catalogs and coupons.

From here on out, Victoria's Secret will focus on three main businesses: Lingerie, Pink and Victoria's Secret Beauty.

For many, Victoria's Secret has been a one stop shop for swim…

Ryan Seacrest Distinction Brand Expanding Into Sportswear

It’s a tough job but somebody’s got to do it.
Ryan Seacrest will broadcast live from Copacabana beach when he hosts NBC’s late-night coverage of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. “Yeah, it’s a tough gig,” he said with a chuckle. “But it’s not as easy as you think. I’ve really got to study my sports.”
The beachside location will also give Seacrest a chance to showcase his new capsule collection of sportswear, Ryan Seacrest Distinction Rio. The 13-piece offering, which is being produced by Weatherproof Garment Co. and Randa Accessories, will be carried exclusively in 150 Macy’s doors and at beginning next month and “until we sell it all,” Seacrest said.

Arch Enemies - The Search For a Better High Heel

The point is to bounce, just a little. That’s the shoes’ way of telling you—a little wobble, a little give—that all is well: that the shock of your footfall, heelfloortoeheelfloortoe, is being absorbed. Dolly Singh, the CEO of the shoe design firm Thesis Couture, is explaining this as I walk in a prototype version of footwear that has thus far been, due to limitations that are only partially technological in nature, pretty much impossible to imagine: shoes that are at once extremely high and relatively comfortable to wear. “What you should be feeling is, hopefully, a lot less pinch in the front than you normally do in 4-inch heels,” Singh tells me. “Because of this arch-support area”—she points toward the sole of the model I’m wearing—“it’s supposed to push your weight back towards your heel.”
You know what? It does. Or, at least, walking in a pair of Thesis stilettos—whose shanks, and heels, are constructed mostly of dense, slightly flexible polymer (“ballistics-grade,” Thesis’s m…

Beyonce Takes Us to Ivy Park

Since April, Beyonce has had us sipping Lemonade (her latest album). Not only has she changed the music game, but she's also taking us into her exercise routine in Ivy Park, her new activewear clothing line. The name was inspired by her daughter, Blue Ivy. However, the real story goes back to her childhood when she would go on morning runs with her father. Beyonce speaks about how tired she would be, but she kept pushing herself to keep up with her father. Her perseverance continues to shine through everything that she touches.

To see the collection, click here for more information.

(c) 2016, Britany Pratt

Father's Day Gift Guide: Accessories He'll Love from Ryan Seacrest & Trafalgar

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching, and if you still have yet to select a gift for your loved one, you might want to pay attention to one of the most important details for Dad: Accessories. If there is one thing for certain, it’s that you can learn a lot about someone by paying attention to details, particularly when it comes to accessorizing. From body language to the way someone ties their shoes, details might seem insignificant when looking at the bigger picture, but that extra bit of attention can give you some major insight into someone’s personality and work style.
For women, we tend to be a little more curious than men when it comes to details. This is probably due to the fact that the act of accessorizing is already engrained into our daily lives, which is why it doesn’t take much thought — we just do it! For men, this isn’t the case, which is why birthdays, holidays, and Father’s day are perfect opportunities to gift him and fill his closet with the best accessories out the…

Building Relationships | The Future of Customer Service

How Bots & Messenger Chats Are Transforming the Customer Service Experience For the Better

As a consumer, getting help from customer service departments at our favorite retailers is not and has not always been a breeze. As this interesting article from puts it, since the 1970's it has been arguably painful on purpose. Essentially, many corporations set up a not-so-easy system with multiple barriers and road blocks, banking on the customer to get frustrated and give up on a getting any kind of compensation. 

But thanks to more recent advancements in technology and increased communication through bots and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, all of that is changing. The consumer now has a better chance of getting the attention they need through whatever platform or medium they chose. In the future, these platforms and AI bots will continue to advance and customer service can only improve. With more communication methods to chose from, customers are able…

Is Fashion Ready for the AI Revolution?

Is Fashion Ready for the AI Revolution?LONDON, United Kingdom — If artificial intelligence has its way, discounting could disappear, thanks to software that tells retailers exactly what and how many products to buy, and when to put them on sale to sell them at full price. Online shopping could become a conversation, where the shopper describes the dress of their dreams, and, in seconds, an AI-powered search engine tracks down the closest match. Designers, merchandisers and buyers could all work alongside AI, to predict what customers want to wear, before they even know themselves.

In the last few years, a trifecta of cheap, ubiquitous, powerful computing; big data; and the development of deep learning have triggered a revolution in artificial intelligence. The computing devices that now fill our everyday lives generate large data sets, which “deep learning” algorithms analyse to find trends, make predictions and perform specific tasks, such as identifying specific objects in an image.…

Indiana Jones & The Great Awards Gala - Ra Ra

Volume 2 Blast RMM Alert | May 9, 2016

Randa Associate Recognition Award
"At this year’s RMM, our gala was – epic – held on the set of Disney’s Hollywood Studios “Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular.” While we celebrated 2015, we also honored 10 outstanding associates with the Randa Associate Recognition Award – the RA RA." - John (Indiana Jones) Hastings, Randa EVP & CFO

Does Your Suit Have The Right Mix?

It was only a matter of time before we started to see tailored clothing incorporate more high performance elements to fit into the ever-rising trend of athleisure apparel.

Having It All: Fashion & Sustainability

As a global community, we’re becoming increasingly concerned about the impact that our consumption has on the environment. But is it possible to be committed to social and environmental ideals and still love fashion? That’s the question Nadine Farang asks herself in this introspective read, and the answer is yes. You shouldn't have to choose between your ideals and your love of fashion. 
Nadine suggests that those that are fashion-obsessed but are equally concerned with social & environmental issues just like her can take efforts to making more thoughtful purchases. She also provides tips on how to get started. For example, one can slow down their relationship with "fast fashion". They can also purchase more elevated, timeless pieces and find a good tailor to maintain them instead of constantly buying new pieces.
Much of what Nadine discusses resonates with what Randa believes in; the importance of taking steps to positively impact our global community. We’ve been seein…

Road To North Korea

Road to North Korea By Michael Huniewicz

Shooting photos in North Korea is highly illegal. Most people that attempt at taking pictures there are usually caught and forced to delete there files.  This photographer was able to smuggle his images back home.
I think these photos give an amazing insight to the life of North Korea that not many people even know exists. You really learn a lot about there lifestyle just by scrolling through the images. Also makes me really appreciate the luxurious life we have all grown so used to here in the US.
A lot of people just try not to think about whats going on over at North Korea, but it is definately  a step in the right direction that people are documenting it for what it is (or trying too atleast).

You can take a look at the photos here (c) 2016, Ricky Montalbano