The firm of choice for Dior, Dolce & Gabana, Prada, Caroline Herrera, Givenchy, Apple, MAC Tom Ford and Jo Malone, is BIRKA. Claudio Kaczka CEO of BIRKA didn’t know he had a vision and that luxury brands would look to his firm to create lavish experiences. His buildings draw in shoppers and potential customers alike. Founded in 2009, BIRKA has completed over 700 projects for top name, influential luxury brands. BIRKA specializes in creating spaces that are eye-catching, They reflect the newest trends in products as well.
With the advent of social media, the question remains how does Kaczka lead BIRKA’s charge to stay current and ahead of the trends? With so many expensive vendors out there, knowing what’s “hot” in the world of fashion and luxury is important. High-end retailers are successful at establishing a base of loyal customers. These brands work hard to maintain their individual identity, as well as to keep their customers coming back.
What sets BIRKA apart from other architecture and design firms is the close attention their team pays to the individual needs of each luxury boutique. Understanding that no two luxury brands are alike, regardless of whether their price points or their products seem similar is important.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Kaczka identifies as a multidisciplinary artist and architect. In 2004, Kaczka got his start in the world of architecture and design when he moved to Miami, FL to serve as the head of store design for Christian Dior in the U.S. and Latin America.
One of BIRKA’s major accomplishments was creating the vision for Channel, Buenos Aires, the first F&B boutique in the area. Set up in a historical and nationally emblematic building known as Galerias Pacifico, this particular project was divided into two principle areas: the first floor which showcased make-up, skin treatments and exclusive fragrances for both men and women and the second floor, designed as a private boudoir, featuring only the most exclusive lines and facilitated one-on-one shopping experiences.
“All the carefully selected details are a part of what is required to create the perfect setting for a new luxury boutique and nothing is left to chance. Each piece is studied, drawn, developed and tested to ensure the irrefutable success of each project in its entirety. It is with great pride that we incorporate all this experience and knowledge into every project we take on,” says Kaczka.
The fabric that covers the walls, doors and lamps were handmade by artists in Denmark, and was brought in specially to include traditional tweet and genre used by Cocó in all its collection.
With the steady flow of luxury retail projects already in their portfolio, it is no surprise that BIRKA has expanded their skill set and are now focused on renovating residential lobbies and buildings. Using their luxury world experience, BIRKA and Claudio Kaczka seek to enrich the value and uniqueness of each building, while also increasing the value of the properties.
Leah Wise Brings Out Carrie Bradshaw Sensibility and Style
Ever since Sarah Jessica Parker did her infamous “jog-walk” down the streets of New York in a pink tutu in the debut episode of “Sex and the City,” the character of Carrie Bradshaw has been a fashion icon. With “And Just Like That,” the reboot of the seminal HBO series, there has been a renewed interest in the Carrie Bradshaw look. Originally conceived by Patricia Field and now carried on in the new series by Molly Rogers and Danny Santiago, the Carrie Bradshaw aesthetic is modern, yet timeless in its own way. From Manolos to giant flower pins, Carrie has single-handedly kicked off massive fashion trends, and remains relevant even 25 years after “Sex and the City” debuted.
Today’s professional women still want to infuse some of that Carrie Bradshaw look into their wardrobes. However, as much as Carrie’s look shifts with trends, working women may wonder how to get a little bit of “Carrie” into their closets without looking crazy (I mean, who is really going to wear a dress that looks like a bed comforter?)
What draws people to Carrie Bradshaw’s sense of style is the freedom and creativity it represents. While people may not be willing to go as far as Carrie does with some of her looks – I mean, we can forgive her for wearing a summer dress over a denim button-down, Big had just died — there is still a desire for work wear that has some personality.
Leah Wise, founder of CrashGal Couture, has seen a need in the market for clothing lines that allow women to express themselves. “It’s about encouraging people to embrace their personal style,” says Wise.
Here are some tips on how to bring a little bit of Carrie Bradshaw into the boardroom.
Mix classic with couture
The reason Carrie Bradshaw’s looks are so appealing is because they include some timeless, classic pieces that will never go out of style — pencil skirts, suit jackets, and the little black dress among them. Having classic staples is especially important for people just starting off in their careers. It can help them create a wardrobe that they can build off of as they progress through their career, adding more couture pieces to enhance the staples as they go. Wise hopes that by providing wardrobe staples at affordable prices, she will give a leg up to women who want to remain stylish, yet professional. “CrashGal aims to ensure affordability doesn’t stop people from showcasing their professionalism and personal style in the workplace,” says Wise.
Have a signature accessory
Would Carrie be Carrie without her “Carrie” necklace? Sometimes having something signature is all you need to make a look your own, no matter what the rest of the outfit entails. This can be scarves, great shoes, fun bags, or statement necklaces. Signature accessories become part of who we are and are interwoven into our personalities. Office looks can often be staid and lacking in joy. Becoming known for a signature accessory can bring a bit of happiness to what can often be a very “buttoned up” world.
Don’t fear color or print Carrie Bradshaw has done it all, from wild neon get-ups to animal print couture. While you may not want to pile all this on at once — as Carrie often gets away with — you can bring a pop of color or a bit of print into an outfit to make it more fun and fashion-forward. There are several pieces on the CrashGal site that don’t shy away from bold colors or prints — yet remain office-friendly. “Our Golden Touch Midi Skirt, for example, comes in a vibrant orange color,” offers Wise, “It adds a cheerful vibe to any outfit.”
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Perhaps you feel most comfortable in neutral colors and basic pieces, but feel drawn to the Carrie Bradshaw look anyway? In that case, don’t fear a little fashion experimentation. Carrie was all about experimenting. Remember when she told Aidan that wearing her engagement ring around her neck was “something she was just trying?” Carrie Bradshaw is the queen of “just trying it out.” Start small with accessories, a bold heel, or bright colors instead of neutrals. We never know unless we try!
Wear it with confidence
Whatever Carrie Bradshaw was wearing when she bounded down the steps of her brownstone, she wore it with confidence. Confidence-building is the foundation of the CrashGal Couture brand. “By transcending conventional norms through their wardrobe, women can gain the confidence to take on their careers and empower others,” says Wise.
Confidence is what allowed Carrie Bradshaw to get away with some of the more eyebrow-raising looks she has donned over the years. When someone is clearly confident, it can be the best accessory to a well-appointed outfit.
Carrie Bradshaw is one of the most recognizable fashion mavens of the past few decades. Even though “Sex and the City” ended long ago, and the reboot has been met with some mixed reviews, the fashion remains timelessly swoon-worthy. By putting just a little bit of that Carrie flavor into your work wardrobe, you can make going into the office just a bit more fun.
NYFW: Runway Of Dreams A Fashion Revolution That Inspires
I.8 Billion people have a disability on this planet. 1 in 4 (27 percent) adults in the United States have some type of disability.
- 12.1 percent of U.S. adults have a mobility disability with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
- 12.8 percent of U.S. adults have a cognition disability with serious difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
- 7.2 percent of U.S. adults have an independent living disability with difficulty doing errands alone.
- 6.1 percent of U.S. adults are deaf or have serious difficulty hearing.
- 4.8 percent of U.S. adults have a vision disability with blindness or serious difficulty seeing even when wearing glasses.
- 3.6 percent of U.S. adults have a self-care disability with difficulty dressing or bathing.
Until 4 years ago, there was no clothing or shoes made specifically to help people with disabilities dress. If you add in the senior population, who most need the same adjustments that number is staggering. 1 in 6 people are over 65 and that equals 55.8 million.
Last night I was so honored to be attending the runway show, A Fashion Revolution featuring adaptive and universally designed apparel, footwear, and products from: Zappos, Kohl’s, Target, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, Stride Rite, Steve Madden, French Toast Adaptive, adidas, and the runway debut of Victoria’s Secret and PINK’s first-ever Adaptive Intimates – showcased on 70 models with varying disabilities and backgrounds, in addition to loved ones, caregivers and support animals.
Mindy Scheier, Founder of Runway of Dreams hosted the show along with Shaquem Griffin, former NFL linebacker (dressed in looks provided by Neiman Marcus and Tommy Hilfiger)
Attending was Victoria’s Secret model – Mayowa Nicholas, Lydia Smith – Chief Diversity Officer, Victoria’s Secret & Co., Scott Schaefer – Zappos CEO, Dana Zumbo – Zappos Adaptive Business Development Manager, Billy Price – BILLY Footwear, Logan Aldridge and Aaron Rose Philip
Participanting in the show were Jay Manuel, Victoria Arlen, McKenzie Coan, Lachi, Misty Diaz, Lexie Bader, Steffi Gonzalez, Toby Tremain, Caitlin Connor, Chris Ruden, Dustin Giannelli, Wildine Aumoithe, Syanne Centeno-Bloom, Monika Myers, April Lockhardt and so many more.
Runway of Dream or RoD, raises awareness through large scale runway shows; campaigns for inclusion educational programs that inspire and develop the next generation of design innovators and marketing leaders; and advocates on the need and necessity of inclusion through resources and thought-provoking panels.
The event took place at Powerhouse Arts, 322 Third Avenue, in Brooklyn and it was so worth the trek.
To see more of this amazing adaptive movement go to Hudson Yards Mall until September 16th. A open-to-the-public and free, first-of- its-kind Adaptive exhibit that will feature Adaptive and Universally Designed collections from mainstream brands committed to inclusion in the fashion and beauty industries, and the history of Runway of Dreams as a trailblazer in the Adaptive space. The event emphasizes the need for true inclusion in our mainstream world.
If today’s facts didn’t shock you and make you ponder, tomorrow’s facts will. Plus fashion shows.
Sprayground Times Square Pop Up Brings Epic Style to Heart of Big Apple
This is what you call a style movement that you have to take advantage of this month.
Sprayground has a Times Square pop up experience that simply thrills the senses. Located at 200 W 42nd Street, New York, NY until September 8 from 10:00 AM- 11:00 PM. Sprayground is known for always pushing boundaries and turning the mundane into insane, so get lit with the shopping bonanza. Every design is simply marvelous and spectacular. The energy you get when you see when is truly intoxicating. Your style will be elevated and your senses full of excitement when you are lucky enough to own one like the incredible Champ.
The Sprayground Times Square pop-up store is not just any ordinary retail destination; it’s a divine fusion of art, culture, and innovative design. The expansive space showcases over 300 cutting-edge bag designs that have revolutionized the way people carry their essentials. From urban-inspired streetwear to artistically crafted limited editions, there’s a Sprayground bag to suit every individual and unique style.
Featuring exclusive collaborations with beloved pop culture classics like Jurassic Park, Reese’s, Monopoly, The Smurfs, Richie Rich, and many more, Sprayground’s has been incredibly proud of the one-of-a-kind store experience.
“We are thrilled to take Sprayground to new heights with this monumental pop-up store in Times Square. It’s not just about selling backpacks; it’s about creating an experience that celebrates urban culture, art, and self-expression. We want every visitor to be inspired and leave feeling like they’ve been part of something truly extraordinary.”
Be sure to check it out today before the weekend. It is is one shopping experience that will create a lifetime of fun and fashionable moments. For more information, please visit HERE.
The Runway of Dreams is Back Empowering People With Disabilities
The Runway of Dreams Foundation, a nonprofit organization leading the charge on inclusion, acceptance, and opportunity in the fashion and beauty industries for people with disabilities, announced today their return to the runway during New York Fashion Week. This one-of-a-kind Adaptive fashion show, aptly titled A Fashion Revolution, is presented by online retailer Zappos, and will take place on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Powerhouse Arts in Brooklyn, New York. Shaquem Griffin, former NFL linebacker, will be hosting. Griffin was featured this summer in the Runway of Dreams’ Campaign for Inclusion, the first multi-brand fashion and beauty campaign featuring people with disabilities wearing Adaptive & Universally Designed products. “I’m honored to continue my journey with Runway of Dreams. This organization is a trailblazer for change, and advocates for millions of people across the globe who need accessible clothing like me, which so many people take for granted every day of their lives,” – he said. Mr. Griffin will be dressed in looks provided by Neiman Marcus and Tommy Hilfiger.
A Fashion Revolution will highlight the groundbreaking work that leading and emerging companies, from lingerie to luxury, are doing in the Adaptive and Universally Designed space, showcased on 70 models with varying disabilities and backgrounds. The show brings together 500+ leaders and champions of DEI under one roof during New York Fashion Week with the same mission: celebrate inclusion in the fashion and beauty industries.
The fashion show will feature Adaptive and Universally Designed apparel, footwear, and products from: Zappos, Kohl’s, Target, JCPenney, Tommy Hilfiger, Stride Rite, Steve Madden, French Toast Adaptive, adidas, and a runway debut of Victoria’s Secret and PINKSteve Madden, French Toast Adaptive, adidas, and a runway debut of Victoria’s Secret and PINK’s first-ever Adaptive Intimates
New York City’s Diamond Origin Ushers in a New Era of Accessible Luxury
New York City’s Diamond Origin is taking off as a noteworthy presence in the jewelry world, combining groundbreaking luxury craftsmanship with decades of industry expertise to sustainably source and engineer lab-grown diamonds which are 60% larger than traditional gemstones — for a competitive fraction of the price.
Amidst a seemingly ever-changing landscape of diamond and jewelry trends, one fact remains certain: Diamond Origin is ushering in a new era of timeless elegance. The New York City-based outlet has swiftly taken off as a trusted partner in the emerging jewelry scene, thoughtfully curated with an ethos of delivering high-quality, ethically sourced diamonds and jewelry to customers across America.
Through Diamond Origin’s mission to revolutionize the diamond selection experience, the retailer has quickly become a go-to destination for bespoke client care and unrivaled jewelry excellence, providing buyers across the country with the opportunity to experience luxury shopping at the click of a button through the brand’s innovative online platform.
Now, through a collaboration with international award-winning jewelry brand Christopher Designs, customers can shop for diamonds that are 60% larger than conventional diamond-set jewelry, engineered utilizing advanced Crisscut® technology to transcend the limits of traditional diamond cuts, with an offering of unmatched brilliance in every piece.
In addition to its recent partnership with Christopher Designs, Diamond Origin has also established itself as one of the only online outlets to cater to its clientele with a tiered pricing model, allowing buyers to browse between categories of ‘2-Carats or More’ for diamond rings and ‘Under $200’ or ‘Over $200’ for gold jewelry, effectively cutting the historically time-consuming jewel selection process in half.
As Diamond Origin strives to democratize the diamond-buying journey, customers can maintain peace of mind in the rigorous quality and sustainability measures which the brand has implemented into every step of the sourcing process, establishing the company as a forerunner in contemporary ethical diamond commerce. Online shoppers can also expect full transparency from the retailer when it comes to finding the cut, clarity, and origin of each diamond, contributing to an experience in which the client remains in the driver’s seat from beginning to end.
Exceptional beauty, durability, and value remain central tenets for the Diamond Origin Customer Care Team, as seen in pieces such as the brand’s signature Emerald Engagement line, Paper Clip Chain, and 14-Karat Gold Cuff Earrings, which capture the dually modern yet classic fair trade jewelry selections that Diamond Origin’s loyal clientele consistently seek out.
One of the key factors that sets Diamond Origin apart from other outlets is the brand’s commitment to mindfully up-to-date gold and jewelry collections. With unparalleled access to a diverse group of skilled designers and industry experts, Diamond Origin continuously goes above and beyond to ensure that every milestone is celebrated with utmost care, free from the high-dollar sizing models frequently utilized by other jewelers.
With customer satisfaction at the heart of the brand’s operations, Diamond Origin’s diverse array of hand-picked designs allows for a seamless blend of definitive styles with contemporary settings, resulting in pieces which are not only visually eye-catching, but fashionably polished as well. Since its inception, the outlet has continued to infuse groundbreaking technology and artistry into the presentation of its diverse catalog, pushing the boundaries of what is possible for online diamond and jewelry selection.
Diamond Origin shines as a timeless beacon of distinction in the world of jewelry retailing, and the brand’s adherence to high-grade quality and innovation has inspired a masterful legacy for years to come. When clients choose Diamond Origin, they are not just choosing a piece of jewelry; they are investing in a legacy of craftsmanship, refinement, and memories to last a lifetime.
Experience the exceptional quality of Diamond Origin today, and discover what it truly means to indulge in uncompromising luxury.
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