By Bean Talk “Pioneers of Celebrity Licensing,” which demonstrates that licensing is capable of helping celebrities transcend from “red carpet star” status to powerful celebrity brands.
By Bean Talk “Pioneers of Celebrity Licensing,” which demonstrates that licensing is capable of helping celebrities transcend from “red carpet star” status to powerful celebrity brands.
The “after” image is a simulated image of what Michael O’leary would look like if he had actually participated in the Forbes makeover, which he did not. Nor does he endorse any products pictured here.
CEO Makeover: Photographer: Jeff Fried; Style Director: Joseph Deacetis; Fashion Assistant: Tim Armitage And Taniera Reid; Slim Fi plaid notch lapel Blazer ($350) Slim Fit hidden Placket Sport Shirt ($85) By Vince camuto; www.vincecamuto.com Shoes ($700), Belt ($310) By Fratelli Rossetti; www.fratellirossetti.com, Tie ($65) By Josephabboud; www.Josephabboud.com
Seven-time Grammy-winning Music Legends Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will join Kathy on June 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Other celebrity attractions at the kiWW booth will include famed TV Chef Andre Carthen who heads Ireland’s A Cafe and who contributed to Janet Jackson’s New York Times bestseller, “True You,” and award-winning designer Nicholas Walker, head of kiWW’s Jardin, whose iconic gardens have appeared in Architectural Digest.
The partnership of kathy ireland WorldWide with Rogaska and Waterford for crystal ware, is one in which all kiWW proceeds are going to the Nomi Network which helps victims of human trafficking. The crystal products have enjoyed a 92% sell-through atWaterford stores.
A key element of the kiWW success is the company focus of identifying the true needs of customers. This commitment is articulated in the company mission statements of “…finding solutions for families, especially busy moms,” “…finding solutions for people in love” and “…finding solutions for people in business.”
Kathy’s success as a lifestyle designer is noted in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, U.S. and Italian Vanity Fair, British Vogue, Cosmopolitan and other arbiters of unique brand accomplishment. License Global Magazine lists kiWW as the 31st most powerful brand in the world. According to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion. kiWW is represented by William Morris/Endeavor and attorney Tom Hoberman. The company was launched in 1993 by Ireland and a license from Moretz Marketing, and its CEOJohn Moretz. Their expanded alliance is entering its 21st year.
kiWW® supports many non-profits including; YWCA Greater Los Angeles, which recently named Kathy as an Ambassador, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEFK, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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You may recognize Kathy Ireland from her successful career as a supermodel and Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover model (she appeared in 13 consecutive issues beginning in 1984). You may also recognize Ireland from her array of movie credits or her 2009 appearance as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. Or, perhaps from her reputation as an unstoppable business woman. Her company, Kathy Ireland Worldwide, sells everything from home products to destination weddings.
So what’s next for the woman who already does it all? Ireland recently joined forces with pet products company Worldwise, Inc. to create the Kathy Ireland Loved Ones Collection. We connected with Ireland to learn about her passion for pets and the special animals who touch her life everyday.
TAILS: What motivated you to get involved in the pet industry?
Kathy Ireland: It is something our company wanted to do for years. We just had to find the right partners, and Worldwise is a great fit. The motivation is to make pets and their guardians feel comfortable and pampered.
What kind of products can we expect to see?
Solution-based home décor is a key point of differentiation. We focus on easy to care for fabrics, items that clean well, and products that offer storage, entertainment, and beauty.
What is your favorite part about designing products for pets?
Bringing solutions to families and their pets makes our hearts soar.
When will the collection be in stores?
Tell us about your dog Sparky.
Sparky will be 13 on July 13. Santa Claus brought him when [my son] Erik was 7 years old. He came from a shelter and is a true mystery breed. He seems to be a little bit of everything. As a cancer survivor, he runs through life happily on three legs—nothing slows Sparky down.
You inherited your other two dogs, Gracie and Delilah, from your late friend and actress Elizabeth Taylor. have they had an easy adjustment to their new life with you?
Gracie and Delilah are the princesses of our pet family. They are truly loved. We aren’t able to pamper them to the degree that Elizabeth did––their collars are faux diamonds! Elizabeth bedecked them with authentic jewels and couture cushions. In our home, they still have their Vuitton carry cases and lots of love. Still, in our hearts, we know they will always love and miss Elizabeth. There was no one on earth like her.
Do all the dogs get along well together?
Yes, and the cat too—Pussy Galore (named after a Bond Girl). We call her PG.
Did you grow up with pets?
Yes, lots of pets. Shrimp, fish, cats, dogs, lizards, frogs, and more. I was a vegetarian for years because of my respect for animal life.
What is the one greatest thing you’ve learned from being a pet parent?
We are guardians with great responsibility. Animals give us such unconditional love and help families in countless ways. People with pets live longer and are happier.
What are the issues you find most important in the pet community these days?
There are so many: supporting no- kill shelters, encouraging adoption, bringing animal health and well-being to the forefront of guardianship, and asking everyone who has a pet to please make plans for that little life in case you pass away before they do.
You’re an accomplished model, businesswoman, actress, author, and philanthropist. is there anything you still dream of doing?
You are very kind. I am not an actress, and I have the movies to prove it. I am very grateful to be recognized today as a successful designer. My greatest accomplishment? Being a mom and honoring faith as the foundation to life.
THIS OR THAT?
Training: With a professional OR on your own
Bath Time: At the groomers OR at home
Grooming for Gracie and Delilah, home for Sparky.
Feeding: Off the table OR only out of the bowl
Gracie and Delilah only out of the bowl. Sparky sometimes cheats.
Barking: All the time OR only when needed
Frequently. We have noisy loud lives
Spoiling: Tons of toys OR just a few
All our loved ones are spoiled
Playing: In the backyard OR at the dog park
Both, and at the beach.
Sleeping: In your bed OR in their beds
Sparky in his bed. Gracie and Delilah make sleeping decisions depending upon their mood. They love their luxury beds and like the fabric ironed before bed time.
Styling: Collar only OR coordinated outfits
Sparky in collar only. Gracie and Delilah are runway ready with fashion coordinated outfits.
OMAHA, Neb., May 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — If you think your weekend was busy, here’s a 60 second tour of this past weekend’s hectic schedule of Kathy Ireland, the former cover girl who heads a $2 billion a year empire (as attested to in a Forbes cover story on her) which Licensing Global Magazine lists as the 28th most powerful brand in the world. Her “fairly-normal” weekend included a heated paper-tossing contest with two other former paper carriers who also did pretty well, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. That was part of Kathy’s annual participation at the national shareholders meeting of Berkshire Hathaway, whose Nebraska Furniture Mart led by CEO Irv Blumkin, was Ireland’s first retail partner. Nebraska Furniture Mart continues to offer kiWW products from furniture, lighting, office, tabletop, flooring and more to their award-winning stores.
Last night, Ireland flew from Omaha to Rhode Island to provide the commencement speech for graduates of the New England Institute of Technology and to accept an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. It is not the first such academic honor for the CEO and Chief Designer of kathy ireland WorldWide, whose own formal education ended with her high school diploma. Moretz Marketing, led by John Moretz, was Ireland’s first brand partner. Ireland and Moretz will be celebrating the 21st year anniversary of their association this month.
by John Howell| Warwickonline.com
It wasn’t part of the script.
Kathy Ireland stepped out from behind the lectern. She took the microphone with her. Was this going to be one of those defining moments when years from now people would still say that was “the Ireland at NEIT episode?” What might the woman who appeared in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues – and who is also an actress, author and chair, CEO and chief designer of Kathy Ireland Worldwide – do?
Was she going to model the cape that moments before had been draped around her neck as she received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree Sunday at New England Institute of Technology’s commencement ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center? Might she do something even more daring?
Whatever was going to happen, the news photographers weren’t going to miss it. They trained their telephoto lenses on Ireland. The 1,175 grads and their families and friends craned their necks to see the stage and the screens showing Ireland bigger than life. Ireland had everyone’s attention. She’s good at grabbing attention. She twisted to demonstrate how she would model a swimsuit.
It wasn’t an “episode” to go viral, but Ireland had a lot to say to the graduates about her life, which not only might they relate to, but could serve them in the years to come.
Speaking quickly and only occasionally referring to notes, Ireland talked about growing up and being told she was not qualified to do the job. She also talked about education and the sacrifices many of the graduates have made in order to gain their degrees.
“If I had formal education, I would have avoided many, many mistakes,” she said.
She urged the graduates to pursue their dreams and not be dissuaded by those who may think they are reaching too far.
“Don’t break down, break though,” she said. “Please never let anyone silence you.”
Yet, she said, critics can also be helpful.
“Criticism is a gift, sometimes a nasty gift,” she said.
Ireland said some criticism is “garbage, but look at it and sometimes you can glean from it.”
Ireland urged the class of 2014 to understand their values, not to compromise them and “surround yourself with those who love you enough to tell you the truth.”
At points in her speech that lasted about 30 minutes, Ireland rambled before returning to her theme that she is proud of the graduates and looks to them for great achievements. She told them to rebel against everything evil and “take the good and reject the bad.”
Ireland also interjected a personal story of her first job as a newspaper carrier at the age of 11. She saw an ad for newsboys and questioned why a girl couldn’t do the job. She was given a chance but was crushed when a customer, a man, told her it was a boy’s job. She hid her tears and went on to say if the customer expected the paper to be left on the drive, you need to go a step further and put it on the porch. It’s an axiom that has evidently helped her build a business that markets more than 15,000 products with designs in fashion, weddings, home and office.
“I’m really grateful to that man,” Ireland said.
At the 73rd commencement ceremony, Richard Gouse, president of the college, also presented an honorary degree to Rhode Island business and community leader Cheryl Merchant, president and chief executive officer of Hope Global. Under Merchant’s leadership, the 131-year-old textile manufacturing company has nearly tripled revenues, product lines and market share in the automotive, industrial and defense industries. The company employs 700 people around the world.
Merchant is active in the business community and serves as a member of the Governor’s Workforce Board. Charities that provide assistance to children and women in need are a focus at Hope Global.
The graduates also received words of encouragement from Mayor Scott Avedisian, who pointed out that Warwick hosts several NEIT programs, and Town Manager Thomas Coyle of East Greenwich, where the main NEIT campus is housed.
We invite you to take a look at ‘What’s Cook’n” with kathy ireland Worldwide Design Ambassador Chef Andre Carthen – Chef and Menu Creator for True You: Janet Jackson’s Number 1 NYTimes best seller.Black Hollywood Live (video)Black Hollywood Live hosts Jessica King and Nick Perdue interview special guest Chef Andre Carthen. Chef Andre Carthen a.k.a. the Fit Chef, where he talks about food, fashion, fitness, healthy eating, products, career and life.Stroke Recovery Center - Celebrity Chef Andre Carthen Prepares Three Course Meal in Support of Stroke Recovery CenterPalm Desert Food & Wine Festival - Our Chef Andre once again joined a team of the Food Network and award winning chefs in a celebration of Fashion & Food.…and stay tune for updates on…President Ronald Reagan Library – Adventure beyond the Stars Gala
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SOUTHPORT, CT, April 10, 2014 /-DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural business website, today announced the Div500, the 14th annual listing of the nation’s top 500 women owned businesses. Ranging in revenue size from $20 million to over $1 billion, the companies listed on the Div500 represent the nation’s top companies and challenge the long-held notion that women-owned businesses are small or insignificant.
At the top of 2014’s Div500 are five distinguished companies with over $1 billion in annual revenues: Kathy Ireland World Wide (KIWW) based in Rancho Mirage, CA; ACT-1 Group based in Torrance, CA; ASI Corp based in Fremont, CA; Sun Coast Resources, Inc. based in Houston, TX; and Omega World Travel, Inc based in Fairfax, VA.
This year’s list also includes companies that are led by some of most prominent women entertainment icons which include: Ivanka Trump, Joan Lunden, Tyra Banks, Sara Blakely, Cindy Crawford, Sofia Vergara, and Venus Williams.
Over 1,300,000 businesses in the United Sates had the opportunity to participate in the 14th annual business survey. Companies selected were based upon an extensive set of criteria which includes: reviewing each entrant’s business profile, website and gross annual sales submitted. Div500 award reflects DiversityBusiness.com’s annual “Top Business List” which receives over 20 million viewers annually.
The “Top Business List” offers the most comprehensive look at the strongest segment of the United States economy - America’s privately held companies. These companies are the most recognized and respected which truly differentiate themselves in our indeterminate market place. This esteemed list has been highly coveted by corporations, government agencies and educational institutions who desire to increase opportunities with women-owned businesses.
“Many small businesses as well as ‘Corporate America’ in general, are facing challenging times and must become more creative in our pursuit to remain competitive and successful. DiversityBusiness.com has continued to recognize Hispanic-Owned businesses throughout the years and has been instrumental in assisting my firm, Corporate Development Solutions. Having been included the prestigious ‘Top 500 Hispanic-Owned Businesses’ for 8 consecutive years has been an honor and a testament to our team and DiversityBusiness.com.”
“It has been quite an honor to be ranked among DiversityBusiness.com‘s Top 500 Women-Owned businesses said Gloria Bohan, President & CEO of Omega World Travel. This recognition has opened up the door for a number of opportunities with Fortune 500 corporations. It is also an honor to be included among a remarkable group of women entrepreneurs from across the United States.”
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The Div500 is a classification that represents the top privately-held businesses in the U.S., in sectors such as technology, manufacturing, food service and professional services. Major corporations, government agencies and college/universities throughout the country which do business with diverse and women-owned businesses use the list. The Div500 is produced annually by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation’s leading multicultural B2B Internet portal that links large organizational buyers to multicultural product and service businesses.
“The Div500 companies are the unsung heroes of American economy” said Kenton Clarke, President & CEO of DiversityBusiness.com. These are the entrepreneurs that have conquered the hurdles and made the sacrifices, building and strengthening their communities, providing jobs and helping to keep the fabric of the U.S. economy together.”
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Launched in 1999, DiversityBusiness is the largest organization of privately owned businesses throughout the United States that provide goods and services to Fortune 1000 companies, government agencies, and colleges and universities. DiversityBusiness provides research and data collection services for diversity including the “Top 50 Organizations for Multicultural Business Opportunities”, “Top 500 Diversity Owned Companies in America”, and others. Its research has been recognized and published by Forbes Magazine, Business Week and thousands of other print and internet publications. The site has gained national recognition and has won numerous awards for its content and design. Its e-magazine reaches over 3,000,000 readers, an e-newsletter that reaches 2.4 million, and website visitors of 1.2 million a month. It is a leading provider of diversity management tools. DiversityBusiness.com is produced by Computer Consulting Associates International Inc. (CCAii.com) of Southport, CT. Founded in 1980.
About kathy ireland Worldwide® (kiWW®):
Founded in 1993, the kathy ireland Worldwide® brand, celebrates a lifestyle. The missions of “...finding solutions for families, especially busy moms™,”
“...finding solutions for people in love™,” and
“...finding solutions for people in business™,” translate to all kiWW® collections, including: fashion, fine jewelry, intimate apparel, skincare, accessories, weddings, home, office and more. kiWW’s unique capability to design and translate fashion trends for all markets and price points allows it to develop product for a wide variety of customer tastes.
Listed as the 28th most powerful brand globally, by License Global Magazine, with annual merchandise sales of $2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine, the success of kathy ireland Worldwide® is the result of teamwork and dedication. According to Fairchild Publications, Kathy Ireland is one of the 50 most influential people in fashion.
Kathy and kiWW® support many non-profits including; YWCA, Dream Foundation, Providence Educational Foundation, 911 for Kids/AEFK, Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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