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A limited edition chapter of the cult quarterly publication FRANK151 inspired by the iconic label DKNY was released by publisher Stephen Malbon. To mark the 25th anniversary of DKNY, the brand enlisted the publisher to deliver a chapter of the coveted quarterly dedicated to documenting the past, present, and future of the iconic design house.

The limited edition book features exclusive content from influencers including but not limited to: 13th Witness, A$AP Illz, Big Steve, Brandee Brown, Debi Mazar, Donna Karan, Dorith Mous, Emily Oberg, Futura, Harif Guzman, Jarlos, Kembra, Kevin Lyons, Kimmy Matulova, Maripol, Mike Bailey Gates, Nemo, Peter Arnell, Ricky Powell, Serge Becker, Soo Joo Park, Ulli Rimkus, Vashtie Kola, and more. Each contributor delivers content that speaks to the passion points of music, design, fashion, and cutting edge culture that both DKNY and FRANK151 share.

The book is an exploration of New York City through the eyes of DKNY and FRANK151 as the creative collective of individuals from both cultural brands collaborate to create exclusive content for the limited edition book.

The book was released worldwide on September 7th 2014, in conjunction with the showing of DKNY SS15 on the runway during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Following the show, there was a private celebration; featuring music by CHYNNA a surprise guest alongside a carefully curated guest list that reflects the dynamic cultural reach of both DKNY and FRANK151. The event took place at the new MAX FISH space in downtown Manhattan on Sunday, September 7th 2014.



Donna Karan International is one of the world’s leading fashion design houses.  It designs, markets and distributes collections of apparel, sportswear, accessories and shoes under the Donna Karan New York and DKNY brand names.  The Company has selectively granted licenses for the manufacture and distribution of beauty and beauty related products, jeanswear, men’s sportswear and furnishings, men’s tailored clothing, hosiery, intimate apparel, coats, children’s apparel, watches, eyewear and home products.


FRANK151 is an independent internationally recognized media company based in New York City, with satellite offices in Los Angeles and Tokyo. Published since 1999, FRANK151 is a collectible quarterly, featuring special guest curators and unique editorial themes. Each “chapter” of FRANK151 presents exclusive and unvarnished content with a mindset that speaks to a global audience of culturally acute creators, agitators and connoisseurs.

In the Philippines, DKNY is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) – a member of the SSI Group – and is located at Rustan’s Makati, Rockwell, Bonifacio High Street Central, Shangri-la East Wing, Newport Mall, and 158 Designer’s Boulevard Alabang Town Center.




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Calvin Klein, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of PVH Corp., announced that global superstar and 30-time platinum-selling phenom Justin Bieber will be featured alongside Dutch supermodel Lara Stone in the Spring 2015 Calvin Klein Jeans and Calvin Klein Underwear global multi-media advertising campaign.

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Shot by fashion photographers Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott in New York City, the brand’s latest campaign features Bieber with Stone in key jeans and underwear styles of the season, furthering the iconic brands’ longstanding legacy of bringing fashion and music together. Campaign imagery and videos are now available at

“Justin joins a long list of musicians, models, celebrities and fashion icons that have been featured in our global advertising campaigns,” said Melisa Goldie, Chief Marketing Officer of Calvin Klein, Inc. “Justin’s global recognition, expressed affinity for the brand, and powerful persona bring a compelling energy to our jeans and underwear brands.”

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“Calvin Klein is such an iconic brand and I am excited and honored to become a part of the Calvin Klein brand legacy with this campaign. I have been a longtime fan of the brand and have worn their jeans and underwear for a while, so this is kind of a dream come true,” said Bieber. “This is the beginning of an exciting new year for me, personally and professionally, and being a part of this campaign has been a fantastic opportunity and experience.”

Calvin Klein’s ongoing connection to music began with one of the brand’s earliest and most iconic campaigns which memorably featured Mark “Marky-Mark” Wahlberg alongside model Kate Moss. Over the years, the house has continued its association with music and pop culture, dressing and supporting a range of musicians around the world. This past year alone, those artists included talent such as Taylor Swift, Drake, Sam Smith, Kanye West, Harry Styles, Ciara, Usher, Future, Rita Ora, Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Iggy Azalea, Fergie, Joe Jonas, Nick Jonas, Common, Solange Knowles, Big Sean, and Tinie Tempah.

Musician, dancer, actor and singer-songwriter, Bieber – who was recently ranked by Twitter as the #1 most tweeted about musical artist of 2014 – has released four number-one albums to-date and has starred in two films, Never Say Never (2011) and Believe (2013). In 2011, he was nominated for the Best New Artist Grammy. In 2013, Bieber received a Diamond award from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) to recognize his single “Baby” as the best-selling digital song of all-time with over 9.3 million copies sold. That same year, he was also awarded a Teen Choice Award for “Choice Male Artist” and “Choice Single: Male Artist” for his song “Beauty and a Beat.” His latest album, Journals, was released last year, one song per week, with nearly all of the songs appearing on the Top 40 charts. For more information, visit

Stone, considered one of today’s top supermodels, has a long-standing relationship with the house; she was first introduced on the Calvin Klein Collection runway at the Spring 2007 show and has been the face of multiple global advertising campaigns for the house’s lifestyle brands since Fall 2010.

“Given my ongoing relationship with the house, this shoot reunited me with my Calvin Klein family – and it was really fun working with Justin,” said Stone. “We had a great time on set and we had a lot of fun shooting the campaign. I think the shoot really captured the energy of the Calvin Klein brand.”

The Spring 2015 global media campaign was produced under the creative direction of Calvin Klein, Inc.’s in-house ad agency and creative studio, working with creative agency Wednesday London.

Calvin Klein Jeans, Calvin Klein Underwear u00A9 Mert Alas    and Marcus Piggott (4)

In the Philippines, Calvin Klein Jeans is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) – a member of the SSI Group – and is located at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Plaza East Wing, Bonifacio High Street Central, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Robinson’s Place Midtown, Magnolia Town Center, Megamall, Mall of Asia, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Fairview Terraces, and Abreeza Mall Davao City.

Calvin Klein Underwear is also exclusively distributed by SSI and is located at Greenbelt 5, The Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Bonifacio High Street, The Podium, Rustan’s Makati, 158 Designer’s Boulevard Alabang Town Center, Robinson’s Place Midtown, Rustan’s Cebu, Inside CK Jeans Store in Century City Mall, Trinoma, Eastwood Mall, Mall of Asia, and Abreeza Mall Davao City.


SSI Group, Inc. Launches Online Retail Site

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Stores Specialists, Inc, a member of the SSI Group – the no. 1 lifestyle specialty retailer in the Philippines – launches its online retailing site under the name “SSI Life” (, making its portfolio of products available online. ( click below to go to the website)

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 SSI’s multi brand retail website offers shoppers the opportunity to purchase from SSI’s portfolio of international brands while experiencing the same premium service that the company is valued and trusted for, in an online platform. “SSI Life” carries a curated array of products from an initial number of 17 international brands, with more to be added in the following months. The site currently includes a selection from Marks & Spencer, TWG Tea, Oliviers & Co., Payless Shoe Source, Nine West, Aerosoles, Bass, Superga, Steve Madden, MBT, OkaB, A/X Armani Exchange, Replay, High Sierra, Samsonite, Make Room & More, and Beauty Bar.

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SSI is committed to customer satisfaction not just with the selection of brands but also with a guarantee to deliver a unique digital shopping experience. Through the “SSI Life” multi-brand retail site, customers are able to tailor their shopping experience with options to browse and purchase online or browse online and purchase offline in stores. As the third piece in SSI’s three-point Omni-channel strategy, “SSI Life” bridges the gap between offline and online retailing.

“We are the only e-commerce participant that is able to implement an Omni-channel approach, where our bricks and mortar will complement the online shopping experience of our customers and vice-versa,” said Anton Huang, President of SSI Group, Inc. By bringing their expanding portfolio of 106 international brands in over 600 store locations to an anywhere, anytime digital retail platform, SSI will now deliver their commitment of “Bringing the Best of the World to the Philippines” to a poised and ready growing online lifestyle shopping market.

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Kenneth Cole and Jill Martin Design World’s Largest High-Heeled Shoe

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In celebration of the 10th annual Guinness World Records Day and the 60th anniversary of the Guinness World Records book, fashion designer Kenneth Cole partnered with Today Show Contributor Jill Martin to create the world’s largest high-heeled shoe. The shoe was unveiled on the Today Show during the ten o’clock hour with Kathie Lee and Hoda.

 Kenneth Cole and World's Largest High-Heeled Shoe

The replica which was modeled after The Kenneth Cole New York Otto, a polished-leather lug sole bootie from the fall 2014 collection, stands an astonishing 6 feet, 1 inch tall and 6 feet, 5 inches long. The shoe, built by Izquierdo Studio – a costume and prop design atelier, took nearly 400 hours to create and required five and a half hides, as well as 3-D printing to craft the buckle and clasp which measured over a foot long.

“The steps involved with creating a shoe are often underestimated, so when Jill called with this idea of creating the world’s largest shoe, I immediately jumped at the chance,” said Kenneth Cole. “My career as a designer has literally reached a new height as breaking a Guinness World Record is no small feet.”

“I had written on my bucket list that I wanted to break a world record and thought something shoe-related would be a perfect fit! This has been a labor of love and could not have asked for a better teammate. Kenneth Cole is everything he prides himself to be: creative, quirky and extremely philanthropic. I am happy we will step right into the Guinness World Record book together!” said Jill Martin.

The team partnered with the Garden of Dreams Foundation – a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of The Madison Square Garden Company, including the Knicks, Rangers, Liberty, MSG Entertainment and MSG Media, to make dreams come true for children facing obstacles. Four children from the foundation collaborated with Izquierdo Studios to bring Kenneth’s vision of the shoe to life.

After being unveiled on the Today Show, the shoe will be showcased at Lord & Taylor’s flagship NYC location on their newly renovated shoe floor.

In the Philippines, Kenneth Cole New York is exclusively distributed by Stores Specialists, Inc. (SSI) – a member of The SSI Group – and is located at The Power Plant Mall, BHS Central, Rustan’s Makati, and Shangri-La Plaza Mall.