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Gucci bans fur: Company CEO says it’s outdated, not modern

Luxury retailer Gucci will no longer create clothes, shoes and accessories with real 

animal fur, starting next year.

The ban includes the use of fur of minks, coyotes, raccoon dogs, foxes, rabbits and other animals, according to PETA.

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Gucci president and chief executive Marco Bizzarri told Business of Fashion the use of fur is not “modern.”

“Do you think using furs today is still modern? I don’t think it’s still modern, and that’s the reason why we decided not to do that. It’s a little bit out-dated,” Bizzarri said Wednesday. “Creativity can jump in many different directions,

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instead of using furs.”

According to The Telegraph, critics and organizations have been urging Gucci to ditch fur for years. 

“Gucci kept up the dialogue with us for eight years and, today, patience paid off,” said a  spokesman for the Humane Society of the United States. “With this announcement, Gucci has signaled to the entire luxury fashion industry that it’s time to move away from using fur.”

>> Related: Luxury retailer Coach introduces new name: Tapestry

Other popular brands have banned the use of real animal fur, including Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, according to PETA.

“Being socially responsible is one of Gucci's core values, and we will continue to strive to do better for the environment and animals,” Bizzarri said Wednesday at an event in London. 

>> Related: No more 'Easy, Breezy, Beautiful': CoverGirl debuts new slogan

The move comes at a time when millennials care more about ethical standards regarding product creation.

“Today, the world is changing so fast, it’s not even an option not to change. We are not perfect, but we are doing our best to improve what we are doing,” Bizzarri said. “(And) I need to do it because (otherwise) the best talent will not come to work for Gucci.”

Bizzarri said Gucci products known for featuring fur, like its popular fur-lined loafers, will feature faux-fur, wool and “new fabric innovations,” Business of Fashion reported.

Gucci’s fur products bring in about $11.8 million a year, according to Business of Fashion.

The use of fur-free clothes will begin with Gucci’s Spring 2018 collection.

The fur industry is worth an estimated $40 billion a year, The Telegraph reported.

HGS Exhibitor Information

The Green Country Home & Garden Show is a three-day event for all homeowners that takes place Friday, January 26th through Sunday, January 28th, 2018 at the Exchange Center at Expo Square. Make plans now to take the whole family to the 15th annual Green Country Home & Garden Show.

 

Parking and Admission are FREE.  Plus, we're giving away $500 to one lucky show guest each day of the show! 

  

This three-day extravaganza will feature over 170 unique exhibitors from throughout Green Country and the U.S. displaying and demonstrating the newest and hottest services for home improvement/repairs, remodeling, gardening, landscaping, lawn care, home insulation & energy conservation, home security, home furnishings and so much more. Come and watch local horticultural expert Allan Storjohann, host of "The KRMG Gardening Show with Allan Storjohann", broadcast his live weekly radio show from 10:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, January 27th. Bring out your problem plants or questions and ask him while he's at the Green Country Home & Garden Show. You can also hear Allan Storjohann on NEWS102.3 & AM740 KRMG every Saturday.

 

Pick up money-saving coupons, free samples and make purchases. From the storage shed and pool in the back yard to the mailbox in the front, from the basement floor to the chimney top, the 15th Annual Green Country Home and Garden Show truly has something for everyone!

 

 

 

JANUARY 26-28, 2018

 

The Exchange Center at Expo Square

 

4145 East 21st Street

 

Tulsa, OK 74112

 

 

 

SHOW HOURS:

 

Friday: 12pm-8pm

 

Saturday: 10am-8pm

 

Sunday: 11am-5pm

 

 

 

Do you own your own company and want to be in front of THOUSANDS of prospective customers in only 3 days? Call Steve McDonald at (918) 493-8531 or email him at Steve.McDonald@CoxInc.com.

 

SHOW OFFICE:

 

Green Country Home & Garden ShowC/o Cox Media Group, Inc. 2625 S. Memorial Dr.Tulsa, OK 74129(918) 523-2067 - show office(918) 493-5357 - show fax line

Rescue dog becomes K9 cop for a day

The Nebraska Humane Society and a local police department are teaming up to help give rescue dogs a new leash, er lease, on life.

It’s called K9 Cop For A Day and allows a dog from the rescue group to spend the day as an honorary member of the force.

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They do ride-alongs and meet the community. 

This time it was Mickey’s turn to put on the badge.

He’s a 6-year-old Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier mix. Mickey has been up for adoption since July and recently went out with the La Vista Police Department.

"It seemed like a win-win for both of us, where we could definitely continue our programs with involving our community, but also help the Humane Society find a great home for a great dog,” Capt. Bryan Waugh told KETV.

“Oftentimes animals that are out of this environment have a better chance of getting adopted -- if people see them in a normal environment rather than here,” Pam Wiese of the Nebraska Humane Society told KETV.

Mickey was the first dog to take part in the program, but the police department plans on doing it at least once a month, KETV reported.

Court grants woman paid sick leave to care for ailing dog

Italy is standing up for its pets.

A judge has decided that a woman who works for La Sapienza University in Rome should be paid her sick time that she took to care for sick dog.

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She had two paid days off and the judge said that despite it being for a dog, the university’s rules say she can take them for “serious or family personal reasons.”

Animal activists told The Telegraph that the ruling showed that Italy believes that pets are “members of the family” and that the case will set an important precedent.

“It is a significant step forward that recognized that animals that are not kept for financial gain or their working ability are effectively members of the family,” Gianluca Felicetti, the president of the Italian Anti-Vivisection League, told The Telegraph.

The lawyers used Italy’s laws to support their case citing that anyone who abandons an animal to “grave suffering” be sentenced to jail for a year and fined up to 10,000 Euros or nearly $12,000, The Guardian reported.

Family finds Virgin Mary statue still standing after California wildfire destroys home

Families in one California neighborhood barely made it out alive before a raging wildfire destroyed everything.

>> PHOTOS: Northern California wildfires

Margaret Curzon took this video of what's left of her parents' house in Santa Rosa.

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They lived there for 26 years.

The only thing left standing when they returned was a statue of the Virgin Mary.

Her parents said they woke up Monday morning because their dog, Brady, was whimpering.

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They only had minutes to leave, but their neighbors were also trying to escape, so they couldn't get out quick and could feel their car getting hotter as the flames drew closer.

But her parents finally made it out.

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She said her father is a mailman, and he went to work Tuesday to try and get his life back to normal.

More than a dozen fires are still burning across northern California. 

Luxury retailer Coach introduces new name: Tapestry

Luxury purse, accessories and clothing retailer Coach (Coach Inc.) no longer wishes to go by its long-familiar name. 

Coach, which purchased luxury shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman in 2015 and Kate Spade earlier this year, will re-image itself under the name Tapestry (Tapestry Inc.) in an effort to unify the three brands under one umbrella. 

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According to The Associated Press, Coach purchased the Weitzman brand in a deal that cost as much as $574 million. It purchased Kate Spade in May for approximately $2.4 billion. 

“We are now at a defining moment in our corporate reinvention, having evolved from a mono-brand specialty retailer to a true house of emotional, desirable brands,” Coach CEO Victor Luis said Wednesday in a company release.

Many, including former Nordstrom executive Andrea Wasserman, reacted negatively to the name change on social media. 

Luis responded to the criticism, telling Reuters, “At the end of the day, some of the social media reaction is misplaced because people think we are changing the name of the Coach brand, which we are not doing. It’s really about creating a new corporate identity for Coach as a house of brands.”

The name change will go in effect Oct. 31, Reuters reported. The stock market ticker symbol for the company will change from “COH” to “TPR.”

No more 'Easy, Breezy, Beautiful': CoverGirl debuts new slogan

It’s a slogan that’s been heard on television commercials and seen in ads for decades: “Easy, breezy, beautiful, CoverGirl.”

But the 60-year-old slogan is no more. 

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Covergirl debuted its new slogan Tuesday in a video featuring six diverse and prominent female figures.

The video opens up with a quote from author Toni Morrison’s novel “Jazz.”

“What’s the world for you if you can’t make it up the way you want it?”

The one minute 39 second video features “Insecure” writer and actress Issa Rae, cookbook author and NBA wife Ayesha Curry, motorcycle racer Shelina Moreda, fitness trainer Massy AriasKaty Perry and Maye Musk, registered dietician and the mother of SpaceX CEO Elon Musk.

“What we wanted to do, through the talent we chose to work with, is honor who they are, their stories and the context that beauty plays within their lives,” Katy Alonzo, director of Covergirl's ad agency Droga5, told Fast Company.

At the end of the ad, the new slogan flashes across the screen: I am what I make up.

The idea is that makeup -- and identity -- are what individuals shape it to be, as opposed to people being shaped and boxed in by their looks.

“In leading the relaunch, we started with the insight that people no longer strive for a singular standard of beauty, but use makeup as a tool for self-expression and personal transformation,” Ukonwa Ojo, senior vice president of Covergirl, said in a statement. “CoverGirl has always been inclusive and is known for pushing the boundaries of what it means to be beautiful, which means we have a responsibility to elevate how we connect and communicate with people. This is bigger than a new campaign or a tagline. We hope to spark a provocative dialogue that shifts cultural assumptions about when, where, how and why people wear makeup.”

>> Related: CoverGirl's new beauty ambassador wears a hijab

>> Related: Covergirl hires first male brand ambassador

CoverGirl will also rebrand its packaging, product design, logo, tone and feel of communication across platforms, Billboard reported.

National Coming Out Day 2017: What is Coming Out Day?

With recent national headlines regarding transgender men and women and federal changes to laws about LGBT workers, Wednesday’s national celebration of “coming out” signifies a particularly courageous moment for those in the LGBTQ community.

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National Coming Out Day celebrates those who have or may be struggling to come out as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer, according to the National Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

When was it first celebrated?

The day was originally celebrated on the anniversary of the National March on Lesbian and Gay Rights on Oct. 14, 1987. On that day, more than 500,000 people marched in Washington, D.C., holding up the now-historic AIDS Memorial Quilt, covering the length of a football field, according to The AIDS Memorial Quilt website.

What does “coming out” mean?

Coming out - whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied - STILL MATTERS. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other. - HRC

Why does it matter?

For the LGBTQ community and straight allies, the day honors the courage of facing the potential backlash and discrimination being gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual or queer might draw.

According to the HRC, one out of two Americans has a gay or lesbian friend or family member.

Kate Middleton debuts tiny baby bump in first public outing since pregnancy announcement

Duchess Catherine made her first public appearance since announcing her third pregnancy in honor of World Mental Health Day alongside Prince Harry and Prince William on Tuesday.

>> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline

The duchess wore a blue frock and black heels as she attended a reception at St. James Palace, her tiny baby bump on display. The reception marks the first time Catherine has been seen in public since announcing her pregnancy in early September.

>> PHOTOS: Meghan Markle through the years

The mother of two suffers from hyperemesis gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness in her pregnancies, and it forced her to miss several engagements, including Prince George’s first day of school.

“The duchess’ condition is improving but she’s still suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum,” a royal aide told E! News. “She’s delighted to be here tonight.”

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She is reportedly less than 12 weeks into her pregnancy.

The royals celebrated the impact of their Heads Together Charity that encourages people to speak out about their struggles with mental health.

Prince William reportedly spoke about how “proud” he was to be involved and credited his wife for coming up with the idea.

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“It was Catherine who first realized that all three of us were working on mental health in our individual areas of focus,” he said. “She had seen that at the core of adult issues like addiction and family breakdown, unresolved childhood mental health issues were often part of the problem.”

Donna Karan apologizes after defending Harvey Weinstein

Designer Donna Karan issued an apology after prompting outrage with comments calling disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “wonderful” and wondering whether women are “asking for it" because of how they present themselves.

>> Report: Harvey Weinstein’s wife Georgina Chapman leaving him amid sexual harassment allegations

In a statement released to the Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, Karan said: “I made a statement that unfortunately is not representative of how I feel or what I believe,” she said, also saying her comments were “taken out of context.”

>> Hillary Clinton 'appalled' by accusations against Harvey Weinstein

“I am truly sorry to anyone that I offended and everyone that has ever been a victim," she said.

>> Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow add to Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment claims

It’s probably safe to bet there’s a zero percent chance of spotting Karan’s designs strolling down the next red carpet, judging from the swift reaction her comments provoked:

>> 3 women accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape: report

>> Harvey Weinstein exposé almost ran in 2004 until Matt Damon and Russell Crowe got involved

Weinstein was fired from his own film company days after an explosive New York Times report detailing allegations of sexual assault going back three decades.

>> Meryl Streep slams Harvey Weinstein, calling sexual assault allegations ‘disgraceful’

Since the article ran, a former New York waitress posted her recollections of Weinstein’s behavior during the time she dealt him on the job, and a reporter revealed a disturbing encounter she was allegedly forced to endure:

>> Harvey Weinstein fired from film company

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The Weinstein report has sparked condemnations from Hollywood – but silence persists in many quarters:

>> Ashley Judd accuses Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment

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