Maison Chaumet for Le Printemps des Étudiants

After supporting ‘Les Visières de l’Espoir’ in 2020, French Maison Chaumet is committed to the Co’P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes Association in 2021 in order to support the students in precarious situations due to the health crisis. Co’P1 was created in 2020 by students and distributes more than 600 food baskets every week to students in precarious situations in France.

As a proud contributor to the Tajan Auction House auction ‘Le Printemps des Étudiants’ for the benefit of the Co’P1 Association, French Maison Chaumet will be participating in a charity sale from May 4th to May 11th, 2021, organized by Co-P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes.

The lots on auction include an exceptional experience at Chaumet’s mythical hôtel particulier located at 12 Place Vendôme, comprising of a lunch for two orchestrated by chef Bastien de Changy, followed by the discovery of the Maison’s creations during a tour of its private salons.

Come into the beautiful world of Chaumet.

Maison Fred for Le Printemps des Étudiants

After supporting ‘Les Visières de l’Espoir’ in 2020, French Maison Fred and its ‘Freddies’ are committed to the Co’P1 – Solidarités Étudiantes Association in 2021 in order to support the students in precarious situations due to the health crisis. Co’P1 was created in 2020 by students and distributes more than 600 food baskets every week to students in precarious situations in France.

The French jeweller and watchmaker’s support for the CO’P1 Association revolves around 3 actions. The first one is the contribution to the Tajan Auction House auction ‘Le Printemps des Étudiants’ for the benefit of the Co’P1 Association. A Force 10 bracelet, awarded during an exclusive discovery of the Heritage of la Maison Fred in the company of Valérie Samuel, Vice-President and Artistic Director, will be auctioned online from May 4th to May 11th.

The second one is a financial donation from la Maison Fred. And finally, the Maison’s employees in France will donate food and hygiene products to grow the baskets given to students.

Let’s stay strong and united!

Male Cosmetic Procedure Increase During Pandemic Emphasizes Benefits of Plastic Surgery for All Genders, says Dr. Michael A. Jazayeri

A January 13 article on Ask Men reports on the sudden increase in male cosmetic procedures, at least partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The article cites the shift to more time spent at home as one of the primary reasons, noting men of all demographics have been able to research treatments they’ve always heard about but didn’t have the privacy or time to find out more. With an increase in video conference calls, the article notes that more men have become aware of their appearances, especially facial signs of aging like wrinkles and sagging skin. Orange County board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Jazayeri says that no one should feel embarrassed about wanting to boost their self-confidence by improving their looks and there’s no better time than the present to undergo plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments, regardless of the patient’s gender or background.

Whether people like to admit it or not, attractiveness and the appearance of youthfulness can have a significant influence on an individual’s life, both professionally and personally. How a person looks could impact whether or not they are given a second job interview, a promotion, as well as a first date. He notes that non-invasive treatments such as dermal fillers or injections can provide individuals with the confidence boost they need in their careers and social lives.

Dr. Michael Jazayeri

The Southern California-based plastic surgeon says that many cosmetic procedures are typically quick and can be done as quickly as during a lunch break, with little to no downtime required for recovery. Dr. Jazayeri says that for more substantial procedures, such as a rhinoplasty or liposuction, patients often spend around two weeks at home recovering. He adds that the good news is that since many professionals are still working from home due to lockdown orders, individuals no longer need to take a great deal of extra time off work following their procedures.

Dr. Jazayeri notes that it’s crucial for all interested candidates to thoroughly research their clinic and plastic surgeon options before making a final decision. He says that the key factor to look for is that they seek out board-certified plastic surgeons. In addition to vetting the plastic surgeon’s credentials and patient reviews, Dr. Jazayeri says it’s also a good idea for individuals to examine any available before-and-after procedure photos.

Fight Covid in style with these Tom Ford face masks

Since Covid 19 and the associated social distancing and safety norms are here to stay for a ‘little’ longer, it makes sense for us to upgrade our styles in line with the situation.

Fashion designer Tom Ford is giving us the opportunity to do so with exclusive face masks! Spinning luxury into essentials, the marquee has recently introduced elegant and high-quality face protection that is unparalleled at best. Made in Italy from a smooth and super soft jersey knit fabric, the masks are available in eleven colors.

While not par with medical-grade protection, the Tom Ford masks provide fashion-forward connoisseurs with the liberty to stay shielded with elegance. The luxe covers come with a jacquard Tom Ford logo, a fabric-covered adjustable nose piece, and tonal elastic ear loops.

Tom Ford’s facemasks are available in two sizes: small (length 14.8cm, side length 5cm, width 21cm) and large (length 16cm, side length 5.5cm, width 27cm), the face masks retail at $95 each. Though a bit pricey, there’s no denying the sheer luxury of donning a Tom Ford face mask. After all, who says we can’t fight Covid 19 in style?

They are currently available for sale online as well as in select Tom Ford stores worldwide. Come into the beautiful world of Tom Ford.

Uniqlo’s AIRism Mask Is Finally Releasing in the U.K. and Europe

Following on from releases in Japan and the U.S. last month, Uniqlo has now announced plans for the U.K. and European release of its AIRism fmask. The mask was developed to help combat the spread of Coronavirus, and has proved a popular and affordable option as more and more countries make mask-wearing mandatory.

The mask itself is produced from Uniqlo’s AIRism fabric, focusing on a combination of comfort and protection. The three-layer structure features anti-microbial, moisture-wicking self-deodorizing properties, as well as releasing heat an absorbing sweat.

Additionally, the AIRism mask is machine washable with regular household detergent. According to studies, the filter contained within the mask retains 95% of its efficacy even after it has been washed 20 times.

The AIRism mask will release in packs of three from all Uniqlo stores in the U.K. and Europe, including the brand’s web store. A three-pack will cost £9.90 GBP (approximately $12.70 USD), and the mask is available in either small, medium or large and color options of gray, black or white. Uniqlo has also donated 4,000 AIRism masks to the Tate Modern.

Neiman Marcus Exits Bankruptcy, Looks to Reimagine Business

Serving as an unexpected light in the retail crisis brought on by the Covid-19 virus pandemic, Neiman Marcus has officially come out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. According to reports, the luxury department store has cleared a sizeable amount of debts and has brought on new owners to reimagine its business.

Neiman Marcus has officially come out of bankruptcy, a process that left the upscale department store with a lighter debt load and new owners to confront the same industry trends that led to its financial woes.

The Ares Management Corp. and Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board have now sold their stakes in Neiman Marcus Holding Company Inc. to Pacific Investment Management Co., Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Sixth Street Partners. Accompanying the change of owners is new board comprised of six members including, Pauline Brown, the former chairman of North America for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, and Kris Miller, the former chief strategy officer at eBay.

Under new management and board, the retailer eliminated more than $4 billion USD of existing debt and now looks to combat the continuing challenges that put it into bankruptcy. The new owners have also prepared a $750 million USD exit package that will go towards refinancing a loan and bring much needed liquidity to the business.

With the financial cleanup completed, Neiman Marcus and its Bergdorf Goodman store still must deal with the pandemic’s fallout, shopper defections to online merchants and a preference among younger customers for experiences instead of objects.

The current environment for a fashion luxury retailer isn’t ideal. The company was hit particularly hard by the pandemic. The Neiman Marcus Group temporarily closed its 43 Neiman Marcus and two Bergdorf Goodman stores nationwide in compliance with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, although 31 locations have gradually started to reopen. The company filed for court protection in May.

The new owners “understand the value of our brands and the opportunity for growth”, said a Geoffroy van Raemdonck, the chief executive officer who kept his position during the bankruptcy process and will now lead the turnaround effort.

Some of Neiman’s creditors and retail peers couldn’t say the same. Lord & Taylor has been running going-out-of-business sales, and Stein Mart Inc. is being dismantled. Marble Ridge Capital, a creditor that peppered Neiman Marcus with objections to its debt maneuvers before and after the bankruptcy filing, is being wound down after co-founder Dan Kamensky’s tactics drew criminal charges.

“While the unprecedented business disruption caused by Covid-19 has presented many challenges, it has also given us the opportunity to reimagine our platform and improve our business”, said van Raemdonck. “We emerge from Chapter 11 as a stronger, more innovative retailer, brand partner, and employer”.

The Neiman Marcus Group runs 43 Neiman’s stores and two Bergdorf Goodman stores, as well as an online business that includes neimanmarcus.com, bergdorfgoodman.com, and the Mytheresa luxury web site.

BANKRUPT NEIMAN MARCUS OFFICIALLY SHUTS DOWN

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When Neiman Marcus opened a store in Bellevue in 2009, many locals were skeptical that a shop specializing in four-figure cocktail dresses and handbags could survive the Great Recession. But while the upscale scale retailer proved its skeptics wrong in that recession, it isn’t so lucky this time.

Neiman Marcus (Neiman Marcus Group) is the premier destination for luxury fashion and unparalleled service. For more than a century Neiman Marcus has transformed and elevated the shopping experience, becoming a leading purveyor of the world’s most unique luxury goods.

Just 16 months ago, Neiman Marcus rolled out the red carpet to debut its 188,000 sq.-ft. store at Hudson Yards mall, the ambitious retail project on the West Side of Manhattan. Now after much speculation, the bankrupt retailer has confirmed it will exit the location as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring.

The Neiman Marcus Group is just one of many major retailers being severely impacted by the Covid-19 virus pandamic, joining the growing list of brands filing for bankruptcy. Prior to the outbreak, there was speculation that the company, which is behind Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Mytheresa, Last Call, and Horchow, was the next retailer to file for bankruptcy because of its $4 billion in long-term debt. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an additional struggle for the retailer, as its stores have been closed since March.

The 113-year-old retailer follows several other fashion brands that have succumbed to the pressures of the pandemic and filed for bankruptcy over the last few months, including J. Crew, J.C. Penny, Centric Brands and True Religion, among others.

The Neiman Marcus Group temporarily closed its 43 Neiman Marcus and two Bergdorf Goodman stores nationwide in compliance with guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has since reopened 31 stores for customer traffic.

Court documents indicate the retailer is closing four Neiman Marcus locations, including its recently opened 188,000 square-foot location at Hudson Yards, as well as its Bellevue, Wash., Palm Beach, Fla. And Fort Lauderdale, Fla. locations. It has also closed 17 out of 22 Last Call outlets. Sources indicate that Neiman Marcus may also close its doors in Dallas, St. Louis, Natick, Mass. and Westchester, N.Y. The company is also closing two of its distribution centers in Longview and Las Colinas, Tex.

Several factors contributed to Neiman Marcus’ bankruptcy. The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the company’s operations because of its temporary store closures nationwide. The company also furloughed roughly one-third of its 13.700 employees as a result of those closures. Neiman Marcus plans on having a reorganization plan confirmed by early September.

The Corona virus pandemic has also a big inpact on the bankruptcy proceedings. One impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the bankruptcy proceedings is that the Neiman Marcus Group cannot liquidate the business while stores remain temporarily closed. It also may be more difficult to negotiate debtor-in-possession financing to keep the business running during the pandemic.

Partly for political reasons, and the decisions that have been made, the Covid 19 pandamic is not over yet. Its far from over, especially in some of Neiman Marcus’ ‘cities’. So lets think about the loyal 13.700+ employees in this véry difficult times.

 

 

 

 

Plastic Surgery Pause Offers both Patients and Physicians Time for Reflection, says Dr. J Plastic Surgery

Beverly Hill-based plastic surgeon comments on a recent article that the COVID-19 social distancing period gives plastic surgeons a chance to gain some perspective and patients time to think about what they truly want.

An April 9 article in the Providence Journal looks at the impact of the indefinite nationwide pause on elective surgery, including plastic surgery, on both patients and doctors. Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., known to colleagues and patients simply as Dr. J, says that this is an excellent time for reflection for everyone. Individuals who are not directly impacted should be very grateful that they and their loved ones are well and that the news about California is mostly sounding a cautiously hopeful note, he says.

Individuals who are not directly impacted should be very grateful that they and their loved ones are well and that the news about California is mostly sounding a cautiously hopeful note.

Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad

Dr. J says that the medical community is working to assure that essential healthcare is available to everyone, noting that he is performing emergency procedures during the coronavirus crisis. Even though he remains busy, the doctor – who has worked pro-bono throughout his career for groups like Operation Smile – notes that working on emergency procedures here in the Los Angeles area has given him a fresh perspective on the more cosmetically oriented work he does during normal times. He says that, as a plastic surgeon, his job is about making sure people have the best possible quality of life. That’s true, he adds, whether he is performing essential or elective procedures and that the work itself is about achieving the highest level of excellence at all times.

For prospective patients considering plastic surgery, he suggests that people take extra time to learn more about the procedures they are considering and also spend some to research specific plastic surgeons. He notes that, when people ask him about a surgeon, he suggests two things in particular. Firstly, patients should only consider board-certified plastic surgeons to ensure safety and a positive outcome. He also suggests that people take a close look at a surgeon’s before-and-after pages online, such as his rhinoplasty gallery, to assess a doctor’s aesthetic skills. Finally, patients should consider their own feelings very strongly but worry less about what they assume others might think. The only opinion about a procedure that really matters is the patient’s, says Dr. J.

About Dr. Payam Jarrah-Nejad, Dr. J

Payam Jarrah-Nejad, MD, FICS, FACS is a double board certified Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon. Nicknamed Dr. J by his patients and staff, he holds certifications from both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery. Dr. J is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons.

Dr. J first started his medical career during an internship he held in NYU. It was during this time that he also began working with hospitals around the New York area. It was in New Jersey that he completed his training and served as Chief Resident at Morristown Memorial Hospital.

Newly certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Jarrah-Nejad received a fellowship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City to specialize in hand surgery. The fellowship was under the guidance of Dr. Charles P. Melone which was a big influence on the young doctor. It was during his training at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center in Michigan that Dr. J found his true calling working with many well-known plastic surgeons.

Years later, practicing as a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. J still uses the same techniques he learned in his training in his frequent operation on the face and body. He is greatly admired by his staff and patients who happily contribute positive testimonials to his website.

Dr. J is known throughout the Los Angeles Area medical community as well as beyond it, for his record of outstanding outcomes and his engaging, patient-friendly personality. He has published a wide range of papers in many prestigious scientific and medical journals and has presented his research to local, regional and national symposia.

Finally, Dr. J has performed pro-bono surgery in several countries as part of humanitarian efforts helping children with congenital anomalies. He works side by side with charitable organizations devoted to providing needy children around the world with free plastic surgeries to repair such issues as cleft lips and palates.

Come into the beautiful world of Dr. J.

Christian Dior Couture produce masks for those on the front lines.

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Teams of Christian Dior Couture ateliers have voluntarily undertaken to produce masks for those on the front lines.

Thank you to our wonderful Petites Mains who, in an exceptional show of solidarity, are working tirelessly to protect them.

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Christian Dior is proud to reopen their BabyDior ateliers in Redon, which since yesterday have begun the continuous production of new masks on a volunteer basis. Dior is actively committed to aiding and protecting all those who are on the front line every day.

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#DiorStandsWithYou Come into the world of Christian Dior.

 

 

 

Aesop Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash

 

Aesop-Hand-Resurrection-Rinse-Free-Hand-Wash-500mL-largeDue to the COVID-19 pandemic that’s gripping the world at the moment, we’ve seen panic buying all over the world, at every supermarket, drugstore and pharmacy. People are out to get their hands on this year’s hottest-selling item: masks and hand sanitisers.

In addition to the appropiate distance that we must keep to each other of at least 1.5 meter, hygiene is very important. With hygiëne we mean washing hands regulary (how simple!) and using hand sanitisers. There is a brand you may not think about these days, but it has unexpectedly gorgeous beauty items that help sterilise surfaces or keep your hands clean on the go.

When you’re out and about and don’t have water close to hand, why not indulge in a wash-free, rinse-free hand wash courtesy of Aesop? With a botanical scent that’s also a sensorial trip, this hand wash can combat bacteria and contagions when you can’t find fresh water nearby.

Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is the aristocracy of hand sanitisers. With a 58-62% alcohol content, it cleanses your skin and kills germs (approximately 99.9% of bacteria) without requiring a sink, so it’s perfect for travelling and looking after adventure-prone little ones. The packaging is so much chicer than most hand sanitisers and regular use won’t dry your hands, instead, moisturising agents make for soft and re-hydrated skin. It comes in a lightweight plastic bottle and the gel smells divinely of mandarin rind, rosemary leaf and cedar wood atlas: making this a real pleasure to use – as well as a bacteria-busting powerhouse.

This is a standby you’ll want to keep in your handbag, in your pocket, and in your travel totes for those adventures to come…….. Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash is available as 50ml travelsize flacons, that are easy refileable from the larger 500ml pump flacon. Aesop’s Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash and Aesop’s regular handwash are available at Aesop and selected stores worldwide. Come int the beautiful world of Aesop.