The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-02-11T05:09:36Z Australian Skincare paving the way for conscious beauty with palm oil and cruelty-free certifications 2021-02-11T05:09:36Z australian-skincare-paving-the-way-for-conscious-beauty-with-palm-oil-and-cruelty-free-certifications-1 Each product is designed to enrich your skin with the highest quality ingredients and essential nutrients, ensuring nourishment, hydration and all ‘round good vibes for you and your skin without harming the planet in any way.  With the belief in being kinder from paw print to footprint, Butt Naked is proud to boast products free from animal-derived ingredients and palm oil. Due to the harmful effects caused by the deforestation and production of palm oil, and in turn to Orangutan habitats, Butt Naked has alway been a palm oil free zone but has now officially become certified palm oil free by The Orangutan Alliance.  Instead of using palm oil or a sustainable palm oil (there’s still no guarantee it’s being sourced in an ethical way), Butt Naked opts to use coconut oil and brassica oil to mimic the effect of traditional palm oil, both of which are 100% pure and natural.  The main push to become officially certified comes from Butt Naked’s desire to be completely transparent with consumers on how a product is made to what it’s packaged in, providing a more conscious and ethical way of shopping for skincare.  By labelling themselves as palm oil free, this company can help to raise awareness of the alarming issues facing the environment and its inhabitants due to unsustainable palm oil production whilst at the same time promoting ethical alternatives.  The love for furry friends and the need to do right by them in all aspects drives Butt Naked so much so that they also donate 5% of all profits to the Melbourne no-kill animal shelter, Save-A-Dog Scheme.  Butt Naked products are available on The Iconic, at select David Jones stores or online at buttnakedbody.com.au.   How to be happily single & avoid depression this Valentine’s Day 2021-02-10T01:17:02Z how-to-be-happily-single-avoid-depression-this-valentines-day WHILE Valentine’s Day is celebrated as a day of joy and romance, many single people spend the day feeling lonely, depressed and suicidal. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows that relationship problems are the top cause of suicides today and psychologists worldwide suggest that Valentine’s Day on February 14 is the start of an annual rise in suicide rates that peak in April. It doesn’t have to be this way however as there are many positives to being single, as Gold Coast author Louisa Pateman shares in her new book Single, Again, and Again, and Again… “It takes courage to be single and it’s a big myth that when you meet ‘the one’, you will live happily ever after,” Ms Pateman said. “Your ultimate goal should be happiness - single or not. We all have our own unique life journey. If I had waited for ‘the one’, I wouldn’t have had such an amazing life.” Louisa, 47, has travelled to 73 countries, had multiple properties and chose to have her son solo using a sperm bank at age 37 after stressing out about her biological clock ticking and having more than 13 failed relationships since the age of 21. A civil engineer for 25 years, she created exciting and rewarding life experiences through travel, investing and spending time with girlfriends. “I spent 20 years looking for my soulmate and my son, Nicholas, is now the love of my life. I wouldn’t give him up for any man,” she said. Her tips for being happily single include: Embrace/ accept your situation for what it is and what you have Learn to be present- enjoy the moment Find other single people you can relate to but don’t exclude yourself from couple situations. Find opportunities where you can be around people you can connect with, who have lived part of your journey Love yourself and appreciate your self worth. You determine your own worth by what you will and won’t put up with Find inner contentment and the good in all your challenges. Don’t be a man/ woman hater or shun couples. If you are bitter, resentful or hold grudges from past relationship failures, that bitterness permeates your present experience. Find exciting and rewarding life experiences that you can do on your own. When you come out of a relationship, write down a list of all the things you want to do without a partner and do it, like going on a girl’s retreat or writing a book (eg. I was up 10pm to 2am most nights when writing my book). Stay optimistic about life. Have an attitude of gratitude. Be grateful for what you have - big and little things. List things you’re grateful for and realise things aren’t that bad. Look at life from a macro perspective and realise how small your issues are in the overall scheme of things Remind yourself that not everyone in a relationship is happy. You may be better off than some people who don’t have the courage to be single Ms Pateman’s tips are also in line with Singles Awareness Day (or Singles Appreciation Day), which is celebrated on February 15 each year. “It is a celebration of love in all forms recognising the love between friends, family and loving yourself. You have to accept you are where you are,” Ms Pateman said. “I’m not saying you can get rid of your desires. I’m saying if you don’t have courage to live a rewarding life on your own, life could pass you by and you could miss out on a lot of opportunities.” For more details or for a copy of the book Single, Again, and Again, and Again…, visit www.louisapateman.com ENDS ___________________________________________________ MEDIA CONTACT ONLY: AA Xpose Media Director/ Photojournalist Aldwyn Altuney ph: 0409 895 055 Hommey Cushions: We’ve Got Some Pretty Cushy News 2021-02-02T01:49:48Z hommey-cushions-we-ve-got-some-pretty-cushy-news A house isn’t a home without a Hommey that’s probably why we’ve managed to sell 1,000 cushions in just seven weeks. Although we have plenty of comfy places to rest on our laurels (that’s a weird saying isn’t it? I mean laurels are sticks basically - we’ll stick to our fluffy cushion, see what we did there? OK moving on), we are constantly working on ways to delight our customers.  First, for our new comfort-seekers, allow us to introduce ourselves, we’re Hommey; purveyors of cushy and comfy cushions. But we aren’t a one-trick pony though we offer an extensive selection of options; choose the size - from quaint and cute to full-body, hide-in-during-a-rainy-day and everything in between. Choose the type of fabric...don’t worry there’s no wrong answer here, they are all addictively soft cloths like felt, velvet and boucle. Choose your shape; round, rectangular or square. And that’s not even the extent of the options we offer, don’t take a word for it, take a look at our great features. We are very proud to have had our products featured in Real Living, Urban List, Broadsheet and MamaMia. But the thing that we are most proud of is our 99% positive customer rating! OK, I think that covers the introductions, so let’s move on to the fun stuff we have in the works! New Collection...LOADING We love our current selection of cushions, and our customers do too! But we are creative folks here at Hommey cushions, so we are always working on the next exciting idea! So stay tuned we’ve got an amazing new collection launching in the coming months.  Get Ready for Collabs! We love collaborations, and we are working with both artists and other homeware brands, to bring you completely new products. At the moment it’s a bit hush-hush, so if anyone asks you didn’t hear from us...but make sure to keep an eye out for some exciting new things to come! Gold Coast Made, Handcrafted Softness We believe in offering the highest quality possible, the perfect balance between suppleness and support and we stand by our products with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. We even offer free shipping within Australia!  Wondering how comfy you can get? Get in touch with us, we’ll help you choose the perfect cushions for your home, she-shed, man-cave or tree-house! ANGELUVE Brings Sustainable Fashion And Spirituality Together 2021-01-21T06:39:25Z angeluve-brings-sustainable-fashion-and-spirituality-together ANGELUVE, a conscious fashion brand based in Sydney Australia, was founded on the principle of spirituality and sustainability. It’s on a mission to empower people to live an authentic life of passion and purpose and to create a positive impact in the world through conscious and sustainable fashion.   The impact of fashion on the environment is increasingly understood to be a problem, and the company wants to be part of the solution. The company is committed to making ethical and sustainable products that respect people, animals, and the planet. Each collection is carefully curated using sustainable materials that are friendly to the environment such as organic cotton, recycled fabrics, and plant-based fibres. This ensures its clothes do not cause any harm to the environment.   More than a clothing brand, ANGELUVE is a state of mind and a way of life. The brand sets out to make a positive difference by empowering people’s lives and valuing conscious living. The brand’s inspiration behind its design comes from spirituality. Its goal is to create unique products and experiences that nurture individual spiritual growth, as well as raise people’s awareness around how they can live a life of passion, purpose, possibility, and potential.   The versatile collection features a range of soulful pieces of clothing that celebrate love, faith, positivity, self-belief, freedom, empowerment, and all things spirituality. Throughout the collection, inspirational slogans are used to serve as a reminder and to empower the wearer. The products are also energised with high vibrations of love and light. By choosing conscious fashion, wearers are spreading love and radiating positive vibes through the clothes. The company is also committed to social and environmental sustainability and gives back to the community. A portion of sales goes towards charities with good cause including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Thread Together, and Green Fleet. It takes pride in building a better world that is inspired by sustainability, ethics, and spirituality.   For more information, visit https://angeluve.com  RETREAT Magazine's Issue #20 has landed 2020-12-11T03:14:56Z retreat-magazine-s-issue-20-has-landed Retreat Magazine's Issue #20 has landed! For this issue, we have set out on a number of different journeys to inspire your next vacation. If you’re on the lookout for fresh destinations, whether you're a beach bum, surf enthusiast, or looking for the ultimate weekend getaway, we have you covered! Turn to page 126 for the ultimate insider’s guide to the world’s most luxurious desert escapes from the Arabian Peninsula to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert. We also have the top European holiday destinations, exclusive villas that offer the utmost of privacy and luxury. If you’re dreaming of Greece, we have the best hotels, restaurants, and things to do on the beautiful island of Santorini. For those of us who can not yet travel, we have fun ideas to make a staycation at home, tips to turn your bathroom into a hotel-inspired relaxation station and ideas for hosting a resort-worthy 5-star brunch.   As we know that the perfect outfit can make your holiday paired with a great outlook, we have the smartest shopping and packing tips, the best style advice for home or abroad, and all the tips you’ll need to incorporate your favourite travel trends into your wardrobe today. What shoes are easiest to slip off in an airport line? We’ve got you covered! Our editors have also put together the ultimate capsule wardrobe and round-up of your must-pack shoes. In this issue, we also have a look at the best beauty tips, skincare advice and how-to guides for every type of trip, no matter the season. If the holidays and 2020 have left you in need of some R&R, we also have advice on starting a meditation practice to bring you into the New Year. Finally, as always, this issue is a celebration of everything that inspires our travels from the best cocktail to the best views to enjoy it, so we hope that it will entice you to dream of where your next travel plans will take you. Download the app on iTunes or Google Play and visit retreatmag.com and retreatshops.com for more! BLAC Sneaker Co – The perfect gift for stylish and eco-conscious consumers this festive season 2020-12-03T02:59:56Z blac-sneaker-co-the-perfect-gift-for-stylish-and-eco-conscious-consumers-this-festive-season Sustainable sneaker company, BLAC Sneaker Co, is offering the perfect gift for those ‘street smart’ and eco-conscious loved ones this festive season.BLAC Sneakers are the perfect balance of style, quality and sustainability.Made from hemp, traditionally the underdog of the fashion industry, this natural material is quickly becoming the new wave of natural fashion with its super healing powers for the environment as well as being extremely durable.BLAC Sneakers have been designed to focus on quality and comfort with sustainability and ethical production as a bonus. Using high quality memory foam, high quality soles, breathable materials, as well as recycled cardboard shoe boxes, BLAC is the new generation of sneakers.Available in Original White and Original Black for a modest RRP of $139, they make the perfect gift for a loved one and are available online with all orders shipped within 48 hours.If you’re looking for a super cool gift that is not only one of the most comfortable and durable around but is also kind to planet earth – BLAC is your answer. The founder of BLAC Sneaker Co comments: “Our vision behind the brand is to provide simple, stylish sneakers for everyday wear with little negative impact on our planet. We wanted to make a range of quality and comfortable sneakers that provide the perfect balance between sustainable, durable, useable and practical. “We work with manufacturers to ensure that all products are ethically made together with less environmental impact. We are continually researching and improving our designs to use more alternative eco-friendly materials and also aim to design shoes that are high quality, eco-friendly and accessible.” No Compromise on QualityEvery BLAC Sneaker shoe upper is made from Hemp and BCI Cotton – both natural materials – and the sole made from market leading technology and high-quality foam, meaning they will be comfortable and will last. Key FeaturesHemp and Cotton upperVegan FriendlySquishy memory foam innersolesEthically made breathable flyknit upperRemovable inner soleRecycled cardboard shoe box Why Hemp?Excess carbon in the atmosphere has been linked to increased global temperatures. Hemp is a carbon fighting machine in this space and is known to be a heavy lifter in absorbing carbon. Hemp absorbs more carbon than many other plants.Hemp yarn has been used in rope for hundreds of years due to its strength. It’s a great textile for the slow fashion and sneaker industries, as it won’t stretch out of shape and is incredibly strong. Stronger yarn in fashion products means longer lasting pieces of clothing or shoes.Hemp is more than its stigma: it is a carbon fighting machine that is the perfect solution to a more sustainable shoe industry. The shoe industry typically uses heavily synthetic materials that are damaging to our planet and wallets. With shoes a necessity for work and play, BLAC Sneaker’s aim is to get more people moving in shoes that are better for the environment. More people in hemp sneakers or in fashionwear increases awareness of these issues.Gift someone the newest wave of natural fashion this Christmas - BLAC Sneakers are cool, comfortable and make an impact on your feet, the street and the planet. Shop the collection today at www.blacsneakerco.com.au The Pandemic Project Championing Sustainability within the Fashion Industry 2020-12-02T02:31:39Z the-pandemic-project-championing-sustainability-within-the-fashion-industry Melbourne, Australia 2nd of December, 2020 h-ours is fashion multi-hyphenate Rong Jake Chen’s community orientated creative hub focused within the fashion industry and his latest iteration named ’02 resilience’ is a pandemic inspired inquiry exploring the future of sustainability within the fashion industry. Joining Rong to undertake this study of the impact of COVID-19 on the fashion industry is storyteller Vy Nguyen, alongside designers Cashmere Malekitsch, Cynthia & Xiao, FFIXXED Studios, Graedance, Jonathan Liang, Karla Laidlaw, Speed Ltd., and Shhorn. The culmination of this exploration is an exhibition opening on the 10th of December presenting, above all, the resilience of the designers, the supply chain and the community. The COVID19 pandemic has left the fashion industry with cut orders and supply chain mayhem resulting in dead stock, over supply of materials, and an overall drop in demand for products. For some people in the supply chain, this means a loss of work and livelihood. h-ours has sought to address some of these concerns by offering guidance and support for designers to adapt to uncertainty by exploring and developing new categories to take advantage of the would-be-waste within their supply chain. In this collaboration, the participating designers have all produced both an exhibition object and commercial product that extend beyond designing for the body to consider designing for homes as well. The designers have utilised leftover resources and materials from different entities to create a limited quantity of special edition items that are individually brand-centric, laden with cultural meaning and each exploring individual designer’s shared experiences through the pandemic via a theme. For example, designer couple, ffixxed studios, rekindled their relationship with intimacy and created new levels of ‘togetherness’ – interpreted through their exhibition blanket fitted with their signature knitted caps and four arm holes, to be experienced as a form of elevated closeness. Alongside this, they’ve created a limited number of pillow cases to share within this theme, made completely out of 100% wool deadstock. Each item reflects each designer’s meditations on how Covid-19 shaped their brands and personal life in 2020, as well as their statement for how this pandemic will inform their future practice. Themes explored were also developed as a way to connect with the viewing community, allowing for conversations on wider shared experiences with the pandemic, whilst also providing a learning platform about these designers and the complexities of the fashion supply chain. shhorn on sleep ffixxed studios on togetherness Jonathan Liang on lazing Cynthia & Xiao on renewed comfort  Cashmere Malekitsch on body dysmorphia  Speed on memories  Graedance (by Rong Jake) on unseen time  emerging feature: Karla Laidlaw on hope Photographers Myles Pedlar, Phebe Schmidt and Tre Koch have also collaborated to document the designer’s offerings for the home, interpreting a selection of objects through their signature lens. The exhibition for h-ours will open on the 10th of December with a limited opening event and will run for three days from the 11th to the 13th December at Le Space in Collingwood, a newly emerged spaced at the intersection of design, art, and education, run by internationally acclaimed photographer, Ying Ang. As part of the digital voyage this year has taken, an online platform has been made in conjunction with the physical exhibition, and features more details on the designers, their works, and allows for the purchasing of the limited edition lifestyle product made for the exhibition. This can all be accessed at www.h-ours.com.au. Event Start Date: 11.12.20Event End Date 13.12.20Location: Le Space Collingwood, 1 Mater Street. Contact: Rong Jake Chen (0401 946 360), rong@h-ours.com.au Due to current Victorian restrictions, participants need to register for attendance, with event caps.Free event registration: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/130516493345  Hi-resolution images of product photography: Dropbox https://bit.ly/33uK28B / Googledrive https://bit.ly/3obBwDq Sponsored by: Creative Victoria Le Space About Rong Jake Chen: Rong Jake Chen (Yuan Rong Chen) is a Chinese designer based in Australia. Hailing from a migrant family, Rong draws inspiration from his cultural identity to design from a liminal place merging themes from his birth place in the east to Australia where he currently resides. Rong has a background of design through practice. From designing t-shirts for his friends, Rong’s design eventually caught the eye of UNIQLO with who he collaborated on a capsule. His work focuses on researching humanistic narratives, such as communities and primal natures, whilst looking into the cyclical nature of our social blueprint. An admirer of contemporary art as a practice, and digital media as a medium, much of Rong’s work integrates and welcomes collaboration in the process. Formerly the co-creative at AMXANDER, a contemporary menswear line that reinvented and explored cultural and social uniforms, he has been nominated twice for the International Woolmark Prize, the National Designer Award and also the Lane Crawford Creative Callout. Since leaving AMXANDER, Rong has increasingly pursued new ways to explore fashion and art projects. He currently has an online residency at Burea of Works, exhibiting alongside contemporary Chinese artists including Xiao Ke and Zi Han on their global series exploring the ‘What is Chinese?’ About h-ours: As the community project arm of Rong Jake, h-ours takes various forms and platforms for its execution but maintains a strong ethos in developing and growing emerging and contemporary talent in Australia. Project 01 took form as a pop up store in St Collins Lane, featuring an array of diverse global and local talent. Contact: Iris Chen hello@h-ours.com.au SYDNEY’S FIRST MAJOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES 2020-11-26T03:26:29Z sydney-s-first-major-women-s-film-festival-launches FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  23rd November 2020  SYDNEY’S FIRST MAJOR WOMEN’S FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES The Sydney Women’s International Film Festival (SWIFF), supported by the City of Sydney, is to hold its VIP Grand Opening event of its inaugural festival which will run from 27–28 November 2020 at United Cinemas Opera Quays. Walking the red carpet will be Imogen Anthony, Award winning Actress Naomi Sequeira (ROMANCE ON THE MENU, RIPTIDE, DISNEY’S EVERMOOR CHRONICLES), MAFS favourites Natasha Spencer and Ivan Sarkula, Champion SURFER Layne Beachly, Actor Andrew Steel (WISHMAN) and Actor and Writer George Basha (THE COMBINATION, CONVICT, COMBINATION REDEMPTION).  Hosting the event will be award winning Actress, Writer, Singer, Dancer and Director Clare McCann (BENEFITED, CHANNEL [V]), who is also known for launching the famed Marquee Sydney at Sydney’s casino The Star.  Clare McCann, Festival Director and Director of Cherry Productions says “A professionally and fairly run festival that aims to target the inequality in storytelling and filmmaking is long overdue. SWIFF is a festival where committed female and female identifying filmmakers are supported and celebrated. We have an outstanding festival lineup of inspiring films from across the world from incredibly talented storytellers including Malgorzata Szumowska’s The Other Lamb starring Raffey Cassidy and Michiel Huisman that was written by Australian screenwriter Catherine S. McMullen and Victoria Wharfe McIntryre’s The Flood staring Alexis Lane and Shaka Cook who has just been announced to play the lead of Hamilton in the new Tony award-winning musical of the same name.  MEDIA & PHOTOGRAPHERS ARE WELCOME TO COVER THE SOCIALLY DISTANCED RED CARPET ARRIVALS.  Please RSVP hello@swiff.org.au or call 0404 678 462 TO INTERVIEW  CLARE MCCANN or the red carpet stars email info@victoriajacksonmanagement.com.au or call  Victoria Jackson 0402 473 079 About SWIFF  The Sydney Women's International Film Festival (SWIFF) is a film festival created to support and promote the work of female (self-identified) film-makers. SWIFF is a female-run, not-for-profit organisation forged from a desire to create a platform to address gender inequity in the film industry. The goals of SWIFF are to enhance professional opportunities, and recognition and exposure for women in film, while simultaneously improving audience access to cinematic stories about women, as told by women. SWIFF launched in 2020 and has welcomed film and screenplay entries across a diversity of categories from both Australian and international female film-makers.  #SWIFF2020 media and images available HERE For more information contact:  SWIFF +61 404 678 462  |  hello@swiff.org.au  www.swiff.org.au        www.instagram.com/swiff.org.au www.facebook.com/swiff.org.au                          www.twitter.com/swifforgau www.linkedin.com/swifforgau Never-before-seen deals this Black Friday & Cyber Monday at Vision Direct 2020-11-18T16:44:33Z never-before-seen-deals-this-black-friday-amp-cyber-monday-at-vision-direct Save up to 90% on selected eyewear and get 12% off site-wide on all eyeglasses & sunglasses. The offer continues all weekend into Cyber Monday and then through to the end of the week with an ongoing 8% OFF sitewide offer. Save the date(s) from November 29th until December 6th to find fantastic deals on more than 200 designer brands, including Ray-Ban, Oakley, Versace, LMNT, Tom Ford, Gucci and many more.   Vision Direct’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale include these amazing discounts: 12% off sitewide (excluding contact lenses): Use the code CYBER12 15% off lens coatings (including zFORT™ blue light block): Use the code LENS15 Buy 1, Get 1 FREE from Arise Collective glasses: Use the code ARISEFREE 40% OFF Prescription lenses from SmartBuy Collection: Use the code SBC40 30% OFF progressive lenses: Use the code PROGRESSIVE30 Buy 1, Get One 50% OFF from SmartBuy Kids: Use the code SBCKIDS Find out more about the best eyewear deals at Vision Direct this Black Friday and Cyber Monday! All orders come with additional: Free shipping over $99 Free returns within 100 days No minimum order value Exclusive 24-month warranty Don’t waste time standing in line. Vision Direct takes your online shopping experience to another level with the latest eyewear technology:  With the 3D Virtual Try-On, you can try on your eyewear before buying it.   Not sure what your prescription is? No problem! Vision Direct’s cutting edge Lens Scanner App - the first of its kind available in Australia - allows users who already have prescription eyeglasses to extract their prescription directly from their phone, anywhere and anytime.  Whether you are buying the perfect Christmas gift, or simply treating yourself to some stylish new frames for the new year, you are sure to find the perfect pair thanks to Vision Direct’s amazing deals!  MESHKI LAUNCHES FIRST EVER ATHLEISURE LINE 2020-11-05T01:21:40Z meshki-launches-first-ever-athleisure-line FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SYDNEY, 5th November 2020 - ​Meshki have launched a new Athleisure collection that’s all about versatility. Flattering from the body sculpting fit to the neutral colour palette - black, charcoal, chocolate, nude and white - this collection is all about elevating your everyday style. With its super breathable fabric and easy to wear block colours, the collection embodies the term “from day to night” - wear to a gym class, brunch with your girls, and even on a night out. With a mix of go-to statement styles and everyday essentials, it’s a collection worthy of the investment. The entry level clothing price is $49.00 and exit is $149.00. Accessories between $19.00 and $39.00. “Inspired by our customers, we have created a range where it is all about snatching you in at the right places, sexy contour lines, cut outs, clever paneling, ruching to lift your booty and self binding details. It is a forward fashion range that will be unique on the high street,” said Head Of Design Rheanna Donaldson. There are a total of 30 styles (which include 4 accessories - socks, belt, cap and water bottle) and 99 options including all colourways. Those that will turn heads and have all admirers asking “where did you get that” are the Dion Mesh Panelled Crop Top ($69.00) and Iris Mesh Panel Sleeveless Bodysuit ($89.00) - both featuring self binding to achieve a luxe corsetry inspired look without compromising on comfort. Whilst the Venus V-Back Leggings ($79.00) and Thea Racerback Crop Top ($59.00) are going to be your go-to wardrobe staples. Campaign images: https://bit.ly/34UjdvM Shop the new Athleisure collection exclusively at ​www.meshki.com.auFollow the journey via our socials ​www.instagram.com/meshki​ | ​https://www.facebook.com/meshki How WWF-New Zealand x Arise Collective are helping keep our oceans clean: 2020-11-04T22:08:31Z how-wwf-new-zealand-x-arise-collective-are-helping-keep-our-oceans-clean WWF-New Zealand  is joining  forces with Arise Collective to help clean up our oceans through fashion! Together, they’re introducing Aotearoa to these stylish, sustainable sunglasses upcycled from a dangerous commercial set net (gill net) from the Northern Great Barrier Reef.   Their collaboration aims to help keep marine life safe and our oceans clean. Each year an estimated 98,228 marine animals, including dolphins, dugongs and turtles, are caught in these deadly commercial set (gill) nets on Queensland’s east coast. So in 2018, WWF-Australia supporters bought and removed the last full-time commercial gill net from the northern Great Barrier Reef. The net was cut, melted, and moulded into these one-of-a-kind sunglasses called ReefCycle. Originally launched in Australia, the sunnies are now available for purchase in New Zealand with 50 percent of all proceeds going back to WWF for its essential conservation work. Every pair purchased helps to remove even more plastic from our oceans thanks to the expansion into New Zealand. “Arise Collective, as a brand, stands for helping to build a better world and we really believe that this initiative is helping to do so by making our oceans cleaner one pair of sunglasses at a time”, says Julia Ritchie, Arise Collective brand manager. The grim statistics show 8 million tonnes of plastic, including harmful fishing nets, end up in our oceans every year. The collaboration between WWF and Arise has directly helped make a dent in this terrible reality by not only removing the net, but upcycling it into something useful. With 50% of the proceeds going back into further conservation work through WWF-New Zealand, your purchase also helps support their work from sea to sky to ensure Kiwis are living in harmony with nature.  “WWF-New Zealand is thrilled to partner with Arise to bring ReefCycle sunnies to Aotearoa. We are passionate about using innovative solutions to solve  our environment’s greatest problems. Not only are we protecting our ocean wildlife and minimising waste, but we are able to upcycle them into a fashionable, fun project that helps fund our vital work now, and into the future,” says Livia Esterhazy, WWF-New Zealand CEO.  ReefCycle sunglasses come in three different lens colours (brown, grey and green) and can be polarised or non-polarised. They cost $99 for regular, $149 for polarised, and a prescription option is also available. Remember- the more sunglasses sold, the more plastic we can remove from our oceans. Purchase your pair here now. Available exclusively at SmartBuyGlasses.co.nz  Popular Diversity Model Search Goes National 2020-10-26T02:27:03Z popular-diversity-model-search-goes-national-2 MEDIA RELEASEOCTOBER 2020Bella Management, a pioneer of diversity in the modelling industry, has announced model and body positive activist Stefania Ferarrio and First Nation’s recording artist Mitch Tambo as ambassadors for this year’s Unsigned Model Search proudly supported by Melbourne Fashion Week (M/FW). The Bella Unsigned Model Search made its debut at last year’s M/FW and was a resounding success unearthing some wonderfully diverse talent and reinforcing M/FW’s commitment to diversity. This year’s Search will focus on inclusivity. “Inclusivity is about including those who might otherwise be excluded or marginalised due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio- economic status, age, physical abilities and religion,” says BELLA Management founder Chelsea Bonner. “Despite the difficult circumstances we wanted to go ahead with this year’s Search as we believe that now more than ever a message of inclusivity is so important. “It’s been a very tough few months for our industry so we also wanted to create a fun and exciting event that was something to look forward to and enjoy” Stefania said she’s thrilled to be an ambassador for this year’s BELLA Unsigned Model Search. “When I started out in the industry there was very little diversity. This is changing slowly but surely but there is still some way to go. It’s so encouraging to have organisations like BELLA and the City of Melbourne championing inclusivity,” she said. “I’m excited to be part of this unique model search and to find the new wave of diverse talent. Plus it’s a chance to have some fun in what’s been a difficult year for many including those in the modelling and entertainment industries,” added Mitch. This year’s Search will be national and primarily online with aspiring models in every state encouraged to apply. Winners will be chosen by an industry panel including guest international judges Robyn Lawley and Jennifer Atilemile. State winners will be announced on November 16 and will win a contract with BELLA Management. Three national finalists selected from the state winners will also win a portfolio and the opportunity to star in a pop-up runway event as part of M/FW in late November, COVID restrictions dependent. “We’re very much looking forward to the Search culminating in a pop-up runway at M/FW to bring some fun and excitement back to the fashion and modelling industry and to play our part in reviving the Australian city that has been the hardest hit by this pandemic,” says Chelsea. Bella Unsigned Model Search DetailsRegistrations via https://bellamanagement.com.au/unsigned-model-searchNovember 13: Registrations closedNovember 16: State winners announced November 24: National winners and people’s choice announced November 26: M/FW Pop-up Runway featuring ambassadors and winners. Mitch Tambo to perform. For images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p0d64j623edaxub/AAC5ro2UrUgc7V5aDumJBdNca?dl=0 -ends-For media enquiries: Stephanie Carden E: stephanie@effieandco.com.au M: 0411 186 893OR Amanda Jacobson E: amanda@effieandco.com.au M: 0411 265 646 Sophisticated Australian men’s premium skincare and haircare brand MADE FOR MAN™ has officially launched worldwide. 2020-10-14T06:26:51Z sophisticated-australian-men-s-premium-skincare-and-haircare-brand-made-for-man-has-officially-launched-worldwide "After extensive research and development, we are proud to see the vision of MADE FOR MAN™ come to life with a professional quality line up of advanced natural men’s grooming products that are gaining a reputation for their amazing effects to skin and hair health" says Nicholas Stojanovski, Founder & CEO. The MADE FOR MAN™ range of products are all 100% Australian researched and made. Australian native botanical ingredients are sourced from organically grown Australian natives and naturalised plant extracts to enhance their therapeutic effects on men’s skin and hair health. “We identified a real gap in the market for premium, botanical based men’s skincare and haircare products, our focus was to develop the most advanced, Australian made natural products that deliver excellent results. Our product range is tailored to your individual skin type and includes our newly developed, sophisticated vitamin infused serums and enzyme masks with easy step by step guides for men that are new to establishing a daily skincare regime to advanced and experienced men that are seeking higher performance natural and organic based products that take men’s skincare to the next level” added Daniel Capitanio, Executive Director. “We are passionate about empowering men of the world to feel great about taking care of themselves with the best quality natural grooming products available for men. We are all about promoting our key message to all men of the world that are all unique, love each other and most importantly to love yourself.”  All products are highly concentrated professional use grade, environmentally sustainable and ethically formulated. The company does not use fillers. No silicones, sulfates, parabens, ethoxylates, paragons, propylene glycol, petrochemical cleansers, phthalates, DEA and artificial colours. The skincare range is also free from all other harmful ingredients such as lanolin, mineral oils, artificial colours, artificial fragrances and SLS.   For more information on MADE FOR MAN™ visit us @ madeforman.com.au AUSSIE MUM’S NEW SUSTAINABLE SWIMWEAR LABEL 2020-10-14T01:31:26Z aussie-mum-s-new-sustainable-swimwear-label-1 Stay-at-home mum of two, Megan Davis, was ready to launch Ellenny Swim when the bushfires hit in January. Now that its Spring she’s coming out of Covid-19 hibernation with her label already growing a strong fan base online.    Megan says the swimwear is made from material from recycled nylon, such as discarded fishing nets and tulle, which gives women a sustainable and durable alternative to fast fashion.     “Most women dread shopping for swimwear, and I was one of them. I wanted to create swimmers that lasted more than a season and that were designed to provide support and sun protection while looking good,” Megan said.    As a former graphic designer, Megan said attention to detail was everything.    “The swimsuits have everything I was desperately looking for. One example is the rashie has a built-in bra and the padding is sewn in so it doesn’t move. The fabric is from Italy and it doesn’t shrink or sag, and the style supports women from size 8 to 18.”    “A lot of fashion labels don’t cater for women who are a little bit busty and curvy. It was really difficult for me to find swimwear that was comfortable and supportive and not made for impossible beauty standards.”     Ms Davis spent years developing the design. “I created the swimsuits using myself, an average-sized woman, as the sample size. I’d scale the sizing from there and next season we introduce sizes up to 22.”     Sustainable – made from recycled fishing nets    Ellenny Swim’s swimsuits are made from recycled nylon products, such as discarded fishing nets and tulle. They are also sun safe with a UPF50+.    “It was really important to me not to create more problems for the earth. I wanted to introduce a swimsuit label that was in line with my personal ethos, which is to be environmentally friendly.”    Ms Davis uses material from Italian textile manufacturer, Carvico, and all of her prints are exclusively designed for Ellenny Swim.    “I’m proud to be re-using this waste to create ethical fashion.  Since 2013, Carvico has collected 510 tonnes of discarded fishing nets from the ocean floor, equivalent to the weight of four Blue Whales. When women choose Ellenny Swim I know they’re getting swimwear that can survive the ocean and they’re doing something that is helping the planet.”    Hi-res images of swimwear and founder Megan Davis available here in the Media Kit.  All media enquiries to Adoni Media. LCI MELBOURNE GRADUATE WINS PRESTIGIOUS DESIGN AWARD 2020-10-01T22:09:09Z lci-melbourne-graduate-wins-prestigious-design-award Media ReleaseFriday 2 OctoberMelbourne fashion design student Reginia Anzela has been announced as the national winner of the Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year Awards in the fashion category at a You Tube Premier last night.The Graduate Awards is the peak industry body’s flagship program for emerging designers and is the largest graduate awards program in Australia.“I’m excited to be announced as the national winner of the Design Institute’s Graduate of the Year Awards. It’s a wonderful opportunity to have my designs recognised and hopefully a stepping stone into the industry,” says Reginia.The talented young designer is a graduate of Melbourne’s internationally acclaimed progressive art and design institute LCI Melbourne that nominated her based on her innovative designs, work ethic and understanding of sustainable practice.“We are thrilled that Reginia has been recognised, she has a strong industry focus combined with sustainable practice in refined and elegant collections. She started her studies with a Diploma on our Indonesia campus and transferred to complete her degree in Melbourne; a truly global designer,” says Dean and Principal Karen Webster.GOTYA is a unique program created to support and celebrate exceptional designers from around Australia in the early stages of their career. The program is instrumental in providing tertiary institutions and design graduates with vital, real-life feedback from experienced designers and industry figures.Nominee portfolios were anonymously evaluated on their design excellence based on a transparent judging process and criteria. Finalists were interviewed by a panel of judges to determine their transferable workplace skills and predicted impact on the Australian design industry.GOTYA winners have the opportunity to gain mentorships, win prizes, meet potential employers and most importantly receive acknowledgement and engagement from the design community.LCI Melbourne’s creative programs advocate for purposeful art and design education, delivered both on campus in a Collingwood and online. It provides students the opportunity to develop fundamental professional and practical skills, essential for a prosperous career in global creative industries.The Melbourne campus is a member of the LCI Education network which boasts over 60 years of experience in educating over 17 000 future creative master-minds every year, all over the world.With 23 campuses spread across 5 continents, LCI Melbourne students have the opportunity to connect with creative peers in Montreal, Vancouver, Barcelona, Istanbul, Colombia, Costa Rica, Casablanca and even Jakarta. Images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/etie2npv3y1l8rt/AABg_ErARRBbMzayUN4Ldb-ea?dl=0-ends-Media enquiries: E: stephanie@effieandco.com.au M: 0411 186 893