Send to KindleTweet Acting, directing and modeling doesn’t last forever, hence the explosion of celebrity retail brands in the last decade or so. The latest to step on the scene is Drew Barrymore, who recently teamed up with Walmart and Maesa, a beauty manufacturing company, to launch FLOWER, a cosmetics line sold at Walmart. The portfolio [...]
P.F. Chang’s Takes On AmericaWhat: Unilever and the Chinese restaurant chain link up to offer frozen entrees across America.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Unilever have entered an exclusive licensing agreement to develop a line of frozen Asian entrées for the U.S., under the P.F. Chang’s brand. The terms of the agreement were not revealed. The move is not a new one for Unilever, who launched the Bertolli Frozen [...]
Vodka 2.0 What: An old name in the vodka business, Smirnoff continues to create new options for purveyors of that age old liquor.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: Any seasoned drinker knows all vodkas are not created equal. While we are usually accustomed to the standard Russian and Polish varieties, multiple-times distilled and without additional flavors, we decided to give Smirnoff Pomegranate a chance. After years of sticking with plain varieties geared at the luxury crowd, we gave [...]
Audio Obsession = Passion PitWhat: This American alt pop band is the reason we’re smiling this week.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: A hipster, an activist and a Dalton alumnus enter a Hell’s Kitchen bar, each the king of his own world, but when Passion Pit starts blaring, all of a sudden they are just New Yorkers. This is the kind of subtle but significant impact a new inspiring band like Passion [...]
Viva Cuba What: Lively music with soul is what you’ll get on this double-disc set paying tribute to the music of Cuba.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt:Castro, refugees, Communism and sugar are the common modern characteristics of modern Cuba, but others may argue the lack of modernization has kept much of the art community intact. While the freedom of the people has been stifled for too long, the mixture of Spanish and African cultures in this isolated [...]
Berlin on a BudgetWhat: A new hotel brand emerges, offering reasonably priced accommodations in one of Europe’s most cultural cities.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt:Once a divided city, Berlin is now home to a great film festival, a huge art scene and a great selection of hip hotels. Enter Michelberger Hotel, an 119-room hostel-cum-hotel located near Oberbaum Bridge, set to open in September 2009. Named after its proprietor, Tom Michelberger, the hotel caters to artsy [...]
Fashion RocksA retailer and an entertainment firm team up to organize an innovative shopping experience.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt:Lucky Brand, the makers of the go-to designer jean, has launched a new event series, Lucky Brand Neighborhood Social, a series of grassroots events at Lucky Brand stores. The inaugural event will give Los Angeles residents access to an amazing event with a talented new European alternative pop musician. Enter Bat [...]
Wearable Art What: Tarina Tarantino taps an art toy made for KidRobot to produce a funky jewelry collection.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: Jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino has tapped a KidRobot Dunny art toy made by Queens, New York-native Toofly as a pendent for her necklace. While the exposure is great, apparently Toofly, an established graffiti artist, was not contacted to get permission. Still, we love the mix of both artists’ work used [...]
Hotel By The City & The Sea What: W Hotels aims to make its upcoming Spanish W opening its flagship property for Western Europe.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: Starwood Hotels is forging ahead with growth, recession or not, with big plans for one of Europe’s most cultural cities on the Mediterranean. Anyone that doubts Barcelona likely hasn’t been. Barcelona has an amazing soccer team, FC Barcelona, art from legends Gaudi, Picasso and Joan Miro, great dining, fabulous clubs, [...]
The Hipster Haven What: San Francisco’s hipster haven is The Mission, originally only a Latino neighborhood, but now also home to artists and entrepreneurs enjoying great street art, wonderful cafes and progressive bookstores.
Send to KindleTweet The Dirt: Women clad in skinny jeans, artsy tops and gladiator sandals, puffing on fags, and delighting in their spot in the hipster circle—this could be many neighborhoods. This week, we spotted them in The Mission neighborhood of San Francisco. When exiting the MUNI bus on Mission Street, one gets a feel [...]