Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 4, 2014 10:42 AM
Google is betting that fashion doyenne Diane von Furstenberg can do for the now-glanceable Google Glass what she did for her iconic wrap dress.
This week at her New York City headquarters, DVF revealed her latest fashion collaboration alongside her 2015 Resort Collection: "DVF | Made for Glass," a collection of DVF-branded sunglasses and prescription frames made specifically for Google Glass, which marks the tech company's first fashion partnership.
The collection, which will go on sale on June 23 with prices starting at $1, 620, "attempts to diminish the visual impact of the lipstick-sized bar that sits on top of the wearer's right eyebrow, either coloring it in the same shades as the frames themselves, or giving it a complementary hue," The Verge reports. The DVF collection follows Google's own Titanium collection launched in January.
After Glass was initially received as “nerdy at best," von Furstenberg, a longtime partner of Google, was given the creative keys to design the first Glass accessories not made by Google. von Furstenberg has championed the technology since 2012 when she outfitted her runway models with Glass, calling it a "historic creation."Continue reading...
see you in court
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 28, 2014 12:14 PM
The remaining two members of the Beastie Boys, the hip-hop icons of "Fight for your right" fame, are indeed doing just that this week in a Manhattan court for a trademark suit against Monster Energy Drinks.
Before the group's third member, Adam "MCA" Yauch passed way just over two years ago, Yauch made it his will that the band's music or its likeness not be used in any form of advertising. But just a few days after Yauch's passing, Monster uploaded a video of excerpts of its recent snowboarding event set to the beat of five Beastie Boys tracks. The video ended with the words "RIP MCA" in Monster's brand typeface, according to Billboard.
While Monster admits it made a mistake, the beverage brand is balking at paying out the reported $2 million settlement that the band and Yauch's estate are asking for in return for "damages for the song licenses and another $1 million for the 'implied endorsement.'"Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 26, 2014 01:05 PM
With the World Cup in Brazil kicking off on June 12, brands are going into overdrive to capitalize on the growing anticipation.
Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of the massive event, has embarked on a multi-faceted World Cup marketing campaign that includes a co-branded content web series—a first for the brand—in partnership with the Millennial magnet that is the VICE media brand these days.
The "Rise as One: Modern Stories" series started as a documentary on Fox and has been playing out in episodes on its YouTube channel as well as via its (age-gated) World Cup microsite, called (in line with its World Cup tagline), Rise as One.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 23, 2014 03:47 PM
The season may be over on the field for Manchester United, but it apparently has only just begun for the team's board members.
Coming off its worst season in decades after losing famed coach Sir Alex Ferguson last year, the team recently booted Ferguson's replacement in hopes that Louis Van Gaal can put the team back on track next season. More concerning though than its losing record is its losses on the bottom line. And now one of the team's biggest money-makers—kit supply—is up for grabs.
The world's most popular soccer team has been wearing Nike gear for more than 10 years thanks to the $510 million that the Portland, Ore.-based company paid out for a 13-year contract to outfit the team. While Nike would like to continue to lucrative partnership, ManU is reportedly looking for even more money once the deal wraps up after next season.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 22, 2014 04:02 PM
In yet another timely play for soccer fever, Pepsi has launched a limited-edition clothing collection meant to capture the "art" and creativity behind soccer.
The Live for Now Capsule Collection features clothing, accessories and electronics created by international designers including Original Penguin by Munsingwear, B&O PLAY, Gents, Goodlife, Del Toro and SHUT.
The line, which overlaps Pepsi's "The Art of Football" initiative—celebrating soccer without being a FIFA World Cup sponsor—with its global Live for Now branding campaign, will be available at Bloomingdale's in the U.S., Colette in Paris, and Liberty in London.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 16, 2014 12:19 PM
As the fastest-growing demographic in the US, Latinos are the apple of every brand's eye as they look to hone in on the youthful, tech-savvy group. Now, the leading Hispanic media brand in the US—Univision—has partnered with T-Mobile to launch a customized wireless brand, Univision Mobile.
The new network will offer "monthly plans that include 100 minutes of international calling to eight countries in Latin America, including Mexico, and unlimited text messaging to phone numbers in more than 200 countries around the world," according to the Los Angeles Times.
The branded MVNO, which goes live on Monday, will be sold through Walmart stores and select wireless dealers that cater to Latino communities.
"We built the wireless service they told us they wanted from the ground up, instead of slapping a Spanish translation on top and calling it a service for Hispanic Americans, like the old-guard carriers do," Mike Sievert, T-Mobile's chief marketing officer, told the Times. Sievert, of course, is taking a swipe at Verizon's "Viva Movil" endeavor, which launched last year in partnership with Jennifer Lopez. Unlike Viva Movil, Univision Mobile will not open any stand-alone stores, and will only be marketed through authorized resellers.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on May 14, 2014 12:13 PM
Growth in the US grocery business is mostly coming from fresh foods, some of them organic and “natural,” many of them “locally” produced and “clean-label” or as unprocessed as possible. However, that's is not the perceived profile of the typical frozen food.
America’s big frozen-food brands have faced sales stagnation. So, many of the brands and companies—ConAgra, General Mills, Heinz, Hillshire, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Pinnacle and Schwan’s—are getting together in a new, $30 million advertising campaign meant to persuade American consumers that frozen fare is the next best thing to fresh.
In fact, the three-year effort is called “Frozen. How Fresh Stays Fresh.” It seeks to portray freezing “as nature’s pause button,” inspired in part by Wendy’s tagline, “Fresh, Never Frozen.” The similarly beleaguered US canning industry is also attempting a comeback.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 9, 2014 01:07 PM
Apple may soon be marching to a new beat as it closes in on its largest acquisition ever: the $3.2 billion purchase of Beats Electronics LLC.
Founded by music producer Jimmy Iovine and hip-hop celeb Dr. Dre, Beats is known for its premium Beats by Dre headphones and streaming music service, Beats Music, which launched in January. The headphones alone, which can cost consumers upwards of $300, have become a status (and fashion) symbol in the hip-hop community and beyond, and have posed a great challenge to headphone-makers like Skullcandy.
Apple, of course, produces its own earbuds for use with its iPhones and iPods, but recently partnered with Beats for the iPhone 5S release in November. The company has been under pressure from investors and consumers to bring innovative new products to market.
As the Wall Street Journal observes, Apple shook up the music business in 2003 with the launch of the iTunes music store, but now it's the disrupter that's being disrupted.Continue reading...