You’ll be seeing a lot of Jennifer Hudson around in the coming year, as she just signed on for multiple seasons as the face of New York & Co. Soho Jeans line. Chief Marketing Officer for the brand, Cheryl Callan, called Hudson the “perfect fit.”
Jennifer Hudson told WWD, “What I love most about New York is the diversity. It’s a haven for individuality, and I have always found that to be inspiring. That sort of energy affects me all ways, but especially when it comes to style.”
The new jeans collection will be available in stores starting tomorrow. And you can check out the new marketing campaign when you go to enjoy the jeans.
If you haven’t checked out Keith Haring‘s largest piece of artwork ever created, you’ll certainly want to see this one. The banner that measures 90′ by 30′ feet (six stories) was painted in 1986 in conjunction with The CityKids Foundation. It’s called “CityKids Speak on Liberty” and it commemorates The Statue of Liberty on her 100th birthday. It was first debuted at the Liberty Tower in Battery Park City over the 4th of July in 1986 and has been exhibited in Milan, Paris and even as the backdrop of Paul McCartney’s pre-game show at Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans.
Now, it is being rolled out on the side of the new NOMO SOHO Hotel at 9 Crosby Street in New York.
It’s worth a stroll over there to admire the much-larger-than-life display!
The cult perfume line based in Stockholm called Byredo is now coming to New York. Ben Gorham is here to supervise the opening of his store at 62 Wooster Street. He has made a name for himself with his attention to detail and willingness to pursue whimsical ideas. He founded Byredo in 2006 and wanted to “translate memories into smells.” Mr. Gorham is actually an outsider in the perfume world that is dominated by the French, or at least those trained in France. But he’s used to being different.
Born in Sweden to an Indian mom and Canadian father, he was in love with basketball enough to play professionally in Europe. He quit, however, at 26 to get a degree in fine arts in Stockholm.
Today, he is based in Stockholm where he has a wife and two daughters. The SoHo store will be his second, as his first is a small store in Stockholm. While selling perfume, candles and lotions, it will also have leather-goods and hardware.
If you’re in the business community, it’s always helpful to get advice from others in the same boat. Bruce Shalett of BS Freeman Capital LLC offers business advice on the blog on his website.
Introducing himself and his mission on the blog, Bruce Shalett writes, “My path has been very atypical – – not what one would generally expect from someone with my background; Wharton undergrad and Harvard Business School. I’ve met so many interesting characters along the way, and found myself in so many unusual situations, that I feel uniquely qualified to offer my spin on the “things they never taught you in business school” treatise.”
He then offers advice about business interactions. As he writes, “The most important lesson I’ve learned about business and investing is that its ALL about the people. Whether as a partner, an employee, or a co-investor, the most critical factor for success is the quality of the people involved. What does “quality” really mean? This most certainly doesn’t refer to a person’s educational pedigree; candidly I’ve dealt with many people with impressive credentials that I wouldn’t trust to take care of my neighbor’s dog (and most certainly not my dog, Toby). For me its really about integrity and honesty, a shared sense of commitment, a focused and unwavering work ethic, and an adaptability to change on the fly. Give me a team of people with these characteristics, and I’ll go to war knowing that I’m coming home a winner.”
If you’re hungry and near SoHo, you simply must try out Mamo Le Michelangelo. The five-star restaurant on the French Riviera has now come to SoHo. The SoHo location will be run by Mike Mammoliti, the son of owner Herve Mammoliti. The name will be Mamo.
As Mike Mammoliti, only 33, said “Opening a restaurant in New York City has always been my dream. In some ways, this is more difficult than opening my own restaurant, because I know people will judge every dish and compare it to my father’s.”
Customers should expect to find only the best from Chef Massimo Sola. They can enjoy carciofi e misticanza ($16), rigatoni with meatballs and sausage ($18), and a truffle ravioli in a light cream sauce ($24). Bigger entrees include osso buco on smashed potatoes ($26) and a roasted chicken for two ($46).
There are so many hidden gems in SoHo that it’s certainly hard to get to know all of them. One of them is at the Museum of Chinese in America where the work of Tyrus Wong is displayed. At 104 years of age, he is an artist born in Guangdong province, China who was raised in Sacramento and Los Angeles. Mr. Wong was actually noticed by Walt Disney in the 30s and 40s for his landscape paintings that served as the “visual development” for the animated film “Bambi.”
Visitors to the museum will see many of Wong’s kites which he has been making and flying on the beaches in California for decades.