FabFitFun Expands to the U.K.

SELLING THE LA LIFE: FabFitFun, the subscription box service, is crossing the pond and making its lifestyle services available to the U.K.
The move follows an $ 80 million Series A funding completed in January, with the company aiming to use part of the funds toward international expansion.
“We’ve had a lot of interest in FabFitFun from consumers all over the world with a high concentration of interest in the U.K. That, combined with the fact that there are no language barriers, a lot of overlap in cultural interests, and similar seasons, put the U.K. market at the top of our list,” said the company’s cofounder Katie Rosen Kitchens.
The company believes the biggest opportunity lies in the breadth of its services, which extend beyond the subscription box to a streaming service that offers on-demand videos on a wide variety of topics such as cooking, fitness or relationships; members-only flash sales, and access to an active social network.
“We are a lifestyle membership and the subscription box is one component. That’s what’s allowed us to thrive where others have not been as successful,” added Rosen Kitchens, pointing to customers’ ability to customize the boxes they receive and get a taste of the L.A. lifestyle, as

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Reformation Expands Wholesale Distribution to Net-a-porter

After a successful holiday capsule collection in 2016, Reformation plans to start selling Net-a-porter, effective today.
Reformation, whose only other wholesale partnership is with Nordstrom, is known for its sustainable fashion. Reformation has 13 stores in New York, California, Florida, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C., with a pop-up planned for East Hampton this summer.
Net-a-porter will offer Reformation’s 11 signature styles, retailing from $ 98 to $ 268, in various exclusive colorways and sustainable fabrics. The offering includes linen dresses, snakeskin skirts and wide-leg pants. New items will be introduced on the site on a monthly basis. This is a long-term, permanent partnership.
Based in Los Angeles, Reformation is known for its recycled and eco fabrics,  recycled hangers in stores and eco-friendly packing for home shipments.

A Reformation look at Net-a-porter 

Yael Aflalo, founder and chief executive officer of Reformation, explained why she wanted to expand her distribution via Net-a-porter. “Our mission at Reformation is to prove that fashion and sustainability can coexist and our partnership with Net-a-porter furthers that mission. We admire Net-a-porter for their innovative approach to fashion retail and because of their ability to build an amazing roster of brands. We’re really excited to permanently join the Net-a-porter family and bring Reformation to their customers

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Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Expands Programs in South LA Schools

Thanks to a partnership between the Los Angeles Unified School District and Kaiser Permanente, 16 elementary schools in South LA are receiving enhanced education, family support, and community resources from an innovative source — live theatre.

The schools, which make up the district’s Jordan-Locke Network of schools, will receive Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre’s elementary programs by 2020, potentially reaching more than 9,500 students and their families.

These interactive programs strive to help children and adults make informed decisions about their health and boost their social skills, both of which help build stronger communities. Each production includes a school assembly performance, followed by student and parent workshops.

“This is such an exciting opportunity to continue to strengthen our partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District to inspire students and families living in South Los Angeles to make healthy choices,” said Gerry Farrell, director, Educational Theatre.

Kaiser Permanente is in the second year of a three-year commitment to provide Educational Theatre’s engaging elementary school performances for the Jordan-Locke Network, which include:

Literacy Promotion: “Jay and E and the ZigZag Sea” (grades K to 2)

Conflict Management: “It’s Stop Time” (grades 3 to 5)

Healthy Eating: “The Amazing Food Detective: Game On” (grades 4 to 5)

Educational Theatre partners and consults with Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center therapists on its family programs. Students and parents also receive follow-up educational and community resources from the center. Kaiser Permanente offers individual and family counseling, educational therapy, and college preparation courses at the center, which has provided a unique community service and commitment to South Los Angeles for more than 50 years.

“All our Jordan-Locke Network schools are heavily impacted and don’t have many resources,” said Luis Heckmuller, instructional director, Local South District. “This partnership brings resources and overall awareness about health and social issues to our community, reaching both parents and students.” 

Educational Theatre "It's Stop Time" program

The “It’s Stop Time” program for students grades 3-5 helps teach conflict-management skills.

Enhancing children’s lives  

Kaiser Permanente collaborates with Los Angeles’s school district to enhance children’s lives in the Jordan-Locke Network in other ways. As a follow-up to the conflict management program, Educational Theatre returned to Weigand Avenue Elementary with its “Beat the Odds” program for students and teachers. This program uses drumming to build social and emotional skills.

Educational Theatre also provided the 10-week program, “Eat. Play. Live.,” for parents and guardians at Barrett Elementary to provide them with tools and information to create healthier households and families.

A day of service

Additionally, Educational Theatre and Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center staff volunteers helped to complete Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service beautification projects in recent years at Jordan-Locke Network campuses. These projects included creating murals at Weigand Elementary and a library at Barrett Elementary.

This year’s MLK Day on January 21, 2019, featured something just as ambitious at 109th Street Elementary School: transforming a classroom into a new S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) lab, and creating an outdoor garden with murals.

“The MLK Day projects are so uplifting,” Heckmuller said. “Kaiser Permanente is making it a priority to go to our underserved schools to provide services we otherwise would not have. Their ongoing commitment helps us create a more equitable community — and for that we are very thankful.”

Check out this video for highlights of the 2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Barrett Elementary School.

Educational Theatre is a free Kaiser Permanente Community Health program that helps grades K through 12 students and their families in at-risk communities develop healthy, lifelong habits.

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2019 Movie Preview: How ‘Shazam!’ Expands DC’s Growing Cinematic Universe

2019 Movie Preview: How 'Shazam!' Expands DC's Growing Cinematic Universe

DC Films is about to show both how light and how dark their movie adaptations can get with their two very different 2019 releases.

For the latter, the Martin Scorsese-inspired Joker will star Joaquin Phoenix as a failed comedian who becomes the titular iconic Batman villain. Co-written and directed by Todd Phillips, the aim there is a gritty, potentially R-rated crime drama. The former is Shazam!, a bright ‘80s-style comedy in which Zachary Levi plays a teenage boy whose mind is…

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La Prestic Ouiston Expands With Plans for Store in Paris

A NEW FLAME: Rounding out a globetrotting tour of pop-up stores, La Prestic Ouiston is opening its first boutique in the Saint Germain district of Paris and launching an e-commerce site at the start of next year.
Nearly a decade old, the upscale Parisian label best known for original prints and fluid silhouettes, has recently experienced a surge of interest abroad, where it is sold in places including Fivestory in New York, Ron Herman in Los Angeles and Japan, Hanwha Galleria in Seoul, and soon on Matchesfashion.com.
For the label’s designer Laurence Mahéo, opening a Paris store will offer the chance to return to her design roots with one-off items. Self-taught, the designer was exposed to textiles growing up—her grandparents ran a high-end fabric store in France—and, as an adult, started selling clothing at Le Bon Marché in small batches of one-off pieces. Mahéo branched out into collections at the suggestion of the Left Bank institution’s Régine Bérault.
“I didn’t realize I was building a brand—I was making clothing,” recalled Mahéo.
“I still have a hard time realizing that it has become a French label with a certain notoriety…I feel like I have spent 10 years working like crazy and, suddenly, lifting my head

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Nike Vision Expands Kevin Durant Eyewear Collection

Nike is placing more focus on its eyewear business Nike Vision.
The athletics brand, which produces and distributes its eyewear through Marchon, has released its second collection with NBA star Kevin Durant. Due to the success of the previous capsule, they’ve continued the partnership and expanded it to include sunglasses.
The two new styles of sunglasses include design details pulled from Durant’s on-court skills. The Nike KD Flicker boasts laser-etched components that are created from body-mapping Durant on court. Each of the sunglasses are laser-etched with a “KD” logo and Nike Swoosh logo on both temples. They retail from $ 99 to $ 144.
“Kevin was already wearing Nike sunglasses, so it was a natural progression from his optical collection to expand to sunglasses as well,” said Steve Tripi, marketing director at Marchon. “KD provides inspiration and direction for product design and he is involved throughout the process for approvals.”
The four new optical styles include the Nike KD 88, which is named after Durant’s birth year, and the Nike KD 929, which is named after his birthday. They were designed for young athletes and have flexible spring hinges meant to offer durability and comfort. The Nike KD 28 represents Durant’s age when he won his

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Michael Strahan Expands Into Jeans

NEW YORK — Michael Strahan is expanding his fashion brand.
The former Giants defensive end and media personality is launching jeans to add to his successful men’s wear collection at J.C. Penney.
He teamed with denim guru Eric Goldstein of Jean Shop, RRL, Gap and Denimrepair.com fame to create a collection under the Collection by Michael Strahan moniker. It is being offered in one straight fit in four washes, ranging from light to dark, and also includes a denim jacket. The washes are named after neighborhoods in New York: Gramercy, SoHo, Astoria and Williamsburg.
The line is priced at $ 70 for the jeans and $ 80 for the jacket but the out-the-door prices are $ 34.99 and $ 39.99, respectively, and will be merchandised within the Michael Strahan clothing department at 300 J.C. Penney stores as well as online.
In an exclusive interview at the “Good Morning America” studios, Strahan said he has high hopes for the jeans, which will join his tailored clothing, furnishings, ath-leisure, luggage, shoes and underwear collections at Penney’s.
“It’s launching in 300 stores and a lot of our products are in more than 600 stores, so we’re halfway to where we want to get,” he said. “For Penney’s, they’ll roll it out in

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FDA expands use of HPV vaccine to adults 27 to 45

The FDA approved the HPV vaccine Gardasil 9 for use in adults ages 27 to 45 after studies showed it provided protection against genital warts and certain cancers.

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