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Allbirds launches its first line of sustainable apparel

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If you’ve ever wanted to wear a T-shirt made of discarded crab shells, now’s your chance.



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Footwear company Allbirds has launched its first line of sustainable apparel.

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Allbirds — the footwear company known for making shoes from sustainable materials such as merino wool and sugarcane waste — is launching its first apparel line.

The collection, for men and women, includes a T-shirt made of a new material Allbirds calls “XO,” a fiber derived from the discarded shells of marine life, which the company says is the “second most abundant biopolymer on Earth.” It also includes sweaters made from “responsibly sourced” merino wool and a puffer jacket made from a blend of merino wool, recycled polyester and Tencel (a fiber harvested from natural materials rather than oil-based synthetics).

The move into this new category marks a big jump for Allbirds, which shot to success — becoming a billion-dollar unicorn in 2018 — thanks to a growing wave of awareness among consumers of the environmental impact of fast fashion. It has also garnered huge popularity within the Silicon Valley tech community.

The company, which is privately owned, is a certified B Corp, meaning it meets stringent standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency in all aspects of the production process. AllBirds has 22 stores in the United States, Europe, China and New Zealand but does much of its sales on line.

“From the start, we knew our vision of evolved environmentalism was broader than just shoes,” Allbirds said in a release Tuesday.

“As the chasm between disposable fast fashion and utilitarian basics has grown the fashion industry has clung to the same outdated methods that continue to drive excessive carbon emissions, soil depletion and synthetic waste … Allbirds apparel not only feels better, performs better and looks better, it’s also better for the planet.”

The environmental cost of the fashion industry is huge, generating around 20% of wastewater and 10% of carbon emissions globally, according to the United Nations.

While the most sustainable option might be to buy no new clothes at all, Allbirds offers consumers a more reasonable middle ground.

Its products are made with renewable, natural materials, and its website and marketing materials provide consumers with information they need to make more sustainable choices. The “XO” material in the new Allbirds T-shirts, for example, helps the clothing stay fresher longer, requiring less frequent washes, according to the company.

And while Allbirds offsets emissions to be carbon-neutral, each piece of clothing comes with a carbon emissions score so consumers can better understand the environmental footprint of their shopping habits.

Buying sustainably made products may mean paying a premium, though. Allbirds T-shirts cost $48, sweaters start at $135 and the puffer jacket is $250 — the prices are the same for both the men’s and women’s offerings.



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The collection includes a T-shirt made from a new material that includes the discarded shells of marine life.



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For women in lockdown with kids, it’s impossible to be seen as anything other than a mother

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Becoming a mother made me feel invisible. Loving hands reached past me to touch my daughter and as the haze of feeding, rocking and exhaustion descended, I became a stranger in my own body.



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I know I am not alone. In conversations with girlfriends, in books and articles and light-hearted but heart-sore comments at the park, perplexed women ask over and over again, “But where did I go?”

I asked my girlfriends if they’ve had trouble feeling like themselves during lockdown. “My ‘mumness’ is always on show,” said one friend who manages an entire community service. Another, a partner in a consulting firm, bemoans that her colleagues now identify her as a mother: “I hate that they see me like that.”

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Another, a psychologist, out of the workforce with a new baby, acknowledges that she was prepared for leaning into motherhood this year, but not for the total absence of opportunities to feel like herself. “Being a mother doesn’t make me feel desirable; it’s getting dressed up and being around other people – usually away from my kids – that does.”



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Perplexed women ask over and over again, ‘But where did I go?’.

Yes, we love our kids and, yes, we even love being mothers (it seems we still have to preface any mum-whingeing with this proviso), but lockdown, as necessary and important as it has been, took away our opportunities of being seen as anything other than a parent.

Often the way we begin to feel ourselves again is when we are with friends, out of the crying zone of the baby and into the world where we suddenly, joyfully, realise we are not wearing a label that says “mother”. When we dance. When a colleague listens to us – really listens. When the barista flirts with us as they hand over our coffee. We feel human again. We feel seen.

Feeling seen as a sexual being makes us feel visible again

When I ask my friends what they are missing most, we say each other, of course, and the chance to dress up and be out in the world. To be seen. To make eyes at the bartender over our masks, to have someone – anyone! – raise an eyebrow and say, “Oh – I didn’t realise you had kids.” Feeling seen as a sexual being makes us feel visible again, but this year has meant many women have been stuck with a permanent mother mask – especially at home, where the grinding sameness of lockdown life and the repeated soundtrack of “Muuum!” has all but snuffed out eros for many of us.

There are moments, of course. Date nights with fancy food delivery and the kids in front of multiple movies. A fire bucket crackling. A bottle of wine. I even put on a dress.

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Jennifer Lawrence Reveals The One Regret She Has About Wedding Planning

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First comes love, then comes marriage an unforgettable Bachelorette party—but for Jennifer Lawrence, not so much.

The newlywed, who tied the knot with Cooke Maroney in October 2019, has not shared much about the day she said “I do” amongst a sea of celebrity friends in Rhode Island. Nor, has she been particularly forthcoming about her relationship with the art gallerist since they first took their romance public back in 2018. However, thanks to a new interview between the Oscar winner and host Heather McMahan on Dear Media’s Absolutely Not podcast, fans got the chance to hear a bit more about Lawrence’s married life these days, as well as a regret she has about a portion of the wedding process: the one and only Bachelorette party.

“I had a major sleepover at my apartment, but I will say I regret not planning a big one,” the actress shared. As for why such a celebration wasn’t in the cards for Lawrence, she explained, “My friend was getting married close to me and I went to her Bachelorette and then we ended up—typical Leo—we called it my Bachelorette.”

Still, it was far from a bad experience. “It was the most fun weekend of my entire life,” the star confirmed. “I don’t know how she felt, but I had a blast.”

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Five months into marriage, Lawrence and the rest of the world were confronted with the coronavirus pandemic, which—as we all can understand—was not exactly easy. “I think our lowest moment,” she recalled, “he tried to pick out a three-hour black-and-white Japanese film with subtitles and I was just like, ‘How dare you?'”

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If isolation has put you and your significant other on edge as of late, this hilarious story from Lawrence should be comforting. “Cooke and I tried to play tennis the other day but—I have a temper problem,” she admitted. While they had the court for an hour, that much time ultimately wasn’t necessary. “We made it 15 minutes,” she said. “I missed the ball and I turned around and chucked the racket as hard as I could after screaming so many profanities in front of so many children.”

Just blame that one on 2020.

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Prominent New York Fashion House Pink Maison Sets Sight on Atlanta Fashion Market

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New York City originated fashion house, Pink Maison, looks to further solidify itself as a household name as it opens a showroom in Downtown Atlanta. The luxury couture shop is hosting an exclusive cocktail mixer on Saturday, October 24, 2020 aiming to introduce its take on New York luxe fashion to the Atlanta market. This event will consist of light bites and wine during a cocktail hour followed by a fashion presentation, style discussion and debuting of the Pink Maison Self-Care Box.

Prominent New York Fashion House Pink Maison Sets Sight on Atlanta Fashion Market

Atlanta, GA, October 22, 2020 –(PR.com)– Pink Maison invites Atlanta’s illustrious fashion stylists, influencers, media professionals and entertainers to help inaugurate the powerhouse fashion brand in the South. Pink Maison’s showroom consists of Pink Maison Apparel and exclusive designers from around the world including Germany’s House of Byfield, Ireland’s Rene Dieu, and New York’s Videmus Omnia.

The Pink Maison venue is also home to New York Style Fashion Entertainment Magazine (NYSFE) creative studio, photography studio, glam room, cocktail area, media corner and a plethora of other elements geared toward the creative arts.

The event will honor a Breast Cancer Survivor with a honorary makeover.
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 7pm – 10pm

Address: 57 Forsythe Street NW
Atlanta GA 30303

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Vic Open women’s, men’s golf event canceled for 2021

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The Vic Open, an Australian event that is part of both the LPGA Tour and the men’s European Tour, was canceled for 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.



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The announcement regarding the scheduled February tournament was made Thursday (Australia time). The tournament is held at the 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Victoria, near Melbourne.

The men and women compete for identical prize money, teeing off in alternating groups — a rarity among top golf events.

Golf Australia chief executive James Sutherland said, “We’re very proud of how far the Vic Open came since the mixed concept was put together, and we’re more than aware of how popular this event has become. We’ve tried to make it happen, but the call had to be made. …

“We’ve taken advice from the relevant domestic government authorities and looked at the contingencies including the creation of a ‘bubble,’ but they are not viable. It left us in a position where our field strength would have been severely compromised.”

A longtime PGA Tour of Australasia event, the Vic Open added a women’s division in 2019, the same year it also became co-sanctioned by the European Tour.

The past two men’s winners were Scotland’s David Law in 2019 and Australia’s Min Woo Lee in 2020. France’s Celine Boutier (2019) and South Korea’s Hee Young Park (2020) were the past two women’s winners.

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Bambuser and AMF Fastigheter to Launch The Lobby Live – a Unique Retail Experience with Live Video Shopping

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STOCKHOLM, Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Interactive live video streaming provider Bambuser and AMF Fastigheter, one of Sweden’s largest real estate companies, today announce that The Lobby Live, a unique space in which brands and retailers can build compelling shopping experiences combining online and offline interactions, will open in MOOD Stockholm in November. 

The initiative brings retailers the ability to secure short-term space in one of Sweden’s most fashionable retail districts. In addition to space for in-person shopping, The Lobby Live offers a studio in which they can host Live Video Shopping experiences using Bambuser’s platform. 

The launch of The Lobby Live powered by Bambuser is the result of the companies’ relationship, announced in early October 2020, for which the two committed to co-developing solutions that expand physical retailers’ ability to provide omnichannel experiences. The first phase of the partnership is expected to generate SEK 785.000 in revenue.

By adding Live Video Shopping to their customer engagement strategies, retailers can give consumers opportunities to shop during hosted live streams with an integrated purchase function. During the broadcasts, which are often presented by experts, influencers and store staff, consumers can ask questions and interact with the hosts, which enhances the experience and provides a sense of urgency that boosts sales.

We believe this collaboration with AMF Fastigheter exemplifies the types of retail innovation that will enable physical spaces to thrive, even as shopping online continues to grow,” says Maryam Ghahremani, CEO at Bambuser. “We’re confident that The Lobby Live will provide a fantastic way for retailers to engage with existing customers and attract new ones while Bambuser gains additional recognition and reach in the market.”  

“In The Lobby Live, we have created something unique. We bring a digital technology to the forefront and let it take place in one of our trading venues. E-commerce is today a natural and integrated part of commerce and with The Lobby Live we connect online and offline so that they strengthen each other,” says Annelie Gullström, Head for New Business and Innovation at AMF Fastigheter.

“Interest in live video shopping has grown rapidly, but so far it has been relatively limited. High-entry costs of live videoing technology have been prohibitive to brands. With The Lobby Live, we and Bambuser have developed an attractive offer that makes it easier for more people to use the format. Live video shopping leads to both increased digital sales and reach while driving traffic to the physical store,” says Anna Thelander, Head of Marketing & Communications at AMF Fastigheter.

This is information that Bambuser AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was sent for publication, through the agency of the contact persons set out above, on October 22, 2020.

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The women who brought down Greece’s Golden Dawn

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Behind the bench, before her mostly male audience, as the marathon trial of Golden Dawn entered its last act, supreme court justice Maria Lepenioti did what she has done every week: she kept the peace.



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It has not been easy. Emotions have often run high. Even as the curtain is about to come down on proceedings with a ruling on if those convicted will be jailed before an appeal can be heard, the Greek judge, both laconic and low-key, has had to pull off an extraordinary balancing act presiding over a case that has put more Nazi leaders and sympathisers in the dock than at any time since Nuremberg.

In her court every word has counted. There has been no tolerance for the extreme rhetoric that fuelled the neo-fascist group’s spectacular rise. Nor for jibes from the other side.

“Day after day, session after session, she has managed to keep the harmony,” says Giota Tessi, a reporter with the leftist Syntaktwn paper who has observed the proceedings almost since they began in April 2015. “Her knowledge of the case file is incredible. She has been a model of restraint but she has also been very aware of the weight of the moment.”

Historians will look back at the women who played a seminal role in Golden Dawn’s downfall. Under Lepenioti’s gaze, the three-member tribunal has gone where many in Greece had formerly feared to tread. After its landmark ruling that the far-right, ultra-nationalist party was a criminal organisation bent on extinguishing enemies real or perceived, sentences have been delivered that will almost certainly ensure its leadership remain behind bars for years to come. The party’s founder, Nikolaos Michaloliakos, and the tattooed macho militants who comprised his inner circle, all received 13-year prison terms.



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With the last chapter in the story of Europe’s most violent political force finally written, it will not be lost on the protagonists that punishment, in the end, was meted out by a woman. “It’s undeniable that in this case justice was female,” said Maria Stratigaki, professor of gender studies at Panteion University, noting the number of female prosecutors and investigators who also participated in drawing up the dossier against Golden Dawn. “For a party whose ideology is based on male supremacy, whose worldview is so militaristic, it’s humiliating and will hurt.”

Stratigaki is among the many who believe there are lessons to be learned.

The dark episode of Golden Dawn – its meteoric rise from being a fringe movement 40 years ago to Greece’s third-biggest party on the back of protest votes over EU-dictated austerity – has raised disquieting questions.

When historians look back they will see a nation whose political class was slow in dealing with the rightwing menace and a society whose silence was deafening. A police force whose

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2 Milwaukee women charged with drugging men in River North bars and robbing them, netting $85,000 in cash and valuables

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Two Milwaukee women, an expectant mother and a 32-year-old phlebotomist, are accused of drugging 10 men who were partying in River North and then robbing them after they fell unconscious — netting $85,000 in cash, phones and jewelry.

Tiana Trammel, 25, and Tjwana Rainey, 32, ran the scheme from late January until last Sunday, authorities told a Cook County judge on Tuesday.

The two would lead drunken men from the bars and nightclubs of River North, often with an invitation to go back to their place, and then give them a drink from a small glass vial, prosecutors said during a bail hearing.

After downing the drink, the men would black out and later awake either in their own homes or by the side of the road, unharmed but missing their wallets and valuables, prosecutors said.

“We had one victim that awoke at the Lake Forest oasis,” Assistant State’s Attorney Paul Kiefer told Judge Charles Beach II during the hearing broadcast on YouTube.

The women used the stolen credit and debit cards at ATMs at Walmart and Target stores in the Milwaukee area where they live, Kiefer said.

The women were arrested early Sunday in River North after carrying a man from a downtown club to Trammell’s car, authorities said. Both were already on law enforcement’s radar by this time and a tracker had been placed on Trammell’s vehicle.

“The last couple of victims we have in the case, obviously the tracker aligns with what happened to those victims,” he said. Kiefer added that authorities also have surveillance video and license plate readers that captured Trammell’s movements.

Police recovered vials of suspected alcohol that are being analyzed to see what chemicals were used on the men, authorities said.

Trammel and Rainey, who appeared separately before the judge, each face charges of continuing a financial criminal enterprise and possession of a controlled substance.

Neither woman had a significant criminal history and both are mothers of young children, according to their attorneys. But Beach said drugging a person without their knowledge or consent was “an act of violence,” and set bail at $55,000 for Trammell and $45,000 for Rainey. Both are barred from having contact with the victims, and Trammell was barred from returning to Wisconsin during the case.

The criminal tradition of robbing bar hoppers by knocking them out with tainted drinks has its supposed origins in late 19th-century Chicago, where the legendary saloon owner Mickey Finn gave customers laced drinks, stealing money and sometimes clothing.

In recent years, the focus has been on protecting against “date rape” drugs put into cocktails in order to leave people vulnerable to sexual assault.

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Two Very Different Women Tell One Big Story About India

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Protesters during a march on Oct. 5 to condemn the alleged gang rape and death of a 19-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh.

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It’s been a punishing year for women in India—and not just because Covid-19 has made life and work a daily crisis. The barriers remain stark in 2020: economic, cultural, legal, political, even journalistic. The summer saw some of the country’s television channels and newspapers demonizing a Bollywood actress who was accused of everything from black magic to murder after her actor boyfriend reportedly killed himself in June. When autumn arrived, media became fixated on another woman—a teenager belonging to India’s lowest caste, the Dalit community, who was allegedly gang-raped by members of a higher caste and died on Sept. 29.

The caste violence and the Bollywood scandal are from different ends of India’s social spectrum: One involved a woman oppressed by religious tradition in the depths of society; the other a free-spirited female member of the country’s popular entertainment community. Yet the fate of the unnamed 19-year-old rape victim and the plight of the 28-year-old film star, Rhea Chakraborty, paint a bleak picture of the status of women in India today. Together the two incidents reveal the way many politicians, including members of the ruling Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, and much of the country’s hyperactive social media envision a woman’s place in India: subservient to the bounds of traditional mores. If women remain second-class citizens in the world’s biggest democracy, the effects on the country’s struggling economy will be dire.

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Actress Rhea Chakraborty on Aug. 7 after being questioned by authorities in Mumbai about the suicide of Sushant Singh Rajput.

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I come to this enormous issue from my admittedly personal interest in a legal battle that got under way in the fallout from one of India’s most high-profile #MeToo cases . My BloombergQuint colleague Priya Ramani is fighting a defamation suit by M.J. Akbar, a prominent newspaper and magazine editor who became a cabinet minister in July 2016 in the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He resigned in 2018 after Ramani, I, and several other women who had worked with him accused him of sexual harassment. Defamation is a criminal charge in India, with a penalty as long as two years in prison. It’s often used by powerful people to silence accusers. The verdict had been expected at any moment, but on Oct. 13 the “fast-track” court that had been hearing the case for two years cited a 2-year-old Supreme Court of India order and said it had to be transferred to a local tribunal. If that happens, the case could be delayed for months or years and result in the final arguments having to be made all over again. The judicial system has effectively become a deterrent to women contending against powerful men. Ramani’s lawyer has been working pro bono.

Crimes against women in India increased about 7% in 2019 from the previous year,

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Filmore and Paige Korte Are Married! All the Details from Their ‘Intimate’ Barefoot Beach Wedding

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There’s officially no “Other Girl” for Tyler Filmore.



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On Tuesday, the rising country singer, 31, married his fiancée, Paige Korte, after three years together — and PEOPLE has all the exclusive details.

Keeping cautious amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Filmore and Korte, 27, a cardiac sonographer at a Nashville hospital, tied the knot in a “very intimate” ceremony in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, on the same beach where Korte’s parents got engaged 32 years ago.

“The entire day incorporated small touches,” the couple tells PEOPLE. “The coordinates of where we [got] married are the same coordinates that are stamped on Tyler’s ring. We also hand-rolled cigars with our last name, Filmore, on them.”



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The couple said their “I Dos” in front of close friends and family, including maids of honor Brooke Korte and Dana Sheehan, bridesmaids Taylor Gablehouse, Julia Rogers, Jenna Root and Taylor Morin, best men Chris Perkins and Drew Filmore and groomsmen Zach Abend, John Luke Carter, Blake Wellington, Cam Lutz and Dusty Barker.

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As can be seen in their wedding video above, their two dogs, Wrangler and Nala, were also a part of the big day.

Filmore’s bus driver, Rick Griffith, married the couple, who both wrote their own vows. David Kodner Personal Jeweler did the rings.



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The groom wore a tux by ASOS — and ultimately decided to keep his signature man bun. The bride wore a lace-embroidered Enzoani dress and both went barefoot on the beach.

Korte kept with the age-old tradition of wearing something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Her “something old” was her mother’s wedding earrings, her “something new” was her dress, her “something borrowed” was Filmore’s grandmother’s pearl and diamond ring and her “something blue” was her mother’s blue sapphire wedding band.



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At the reception, which was held in the backyard of Korte’s parents’ home nearby the beach where they got married, Filmore and Korte picked “Marry Me” by Train for their first dance as a married couple.

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They then danced the night away with a “silent disco” on the “custom-made dance floor over the pool” of