Consultants Colton and Bernard commit double suicide

Roy Colton, 67, and Harry Bernard, 78 -- whose fashion and retail consultancy clients included Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Fruit of the Loom, VF, Levi Strauss, Gap, Ocean Pacific and Perry Ellis -- committed double suicide on Feb. 7. Their bodies were found in the San Francisco apartment they shared. They had been life partners for 43 years, as well as business partners.

Protect your files with Carbonite Online BackupFriends and colleagues say the two may have been planning the suicide for some time because of health issues, Lisa Lockwood and David Moin report. Operations of the company have ceased, according to its Web site, which notes that there will be no memorial service. Contributions may be made in their memory to the charity of the donor's choice, it says.

Colton and Bernard recruited top executives and other managers, but their services also involved consumer research, brand building, management assessments and market analysis. Colton was the firm's president and CEO; Bernard was EVP and CMO. "They formed a relationship with you," Dawn Robertson, president of Sean John and former president of Old Navy, tells WWD. "They were warm, wonderful guys, and great communicators."

Read the whole story at Women’s Wear Daily.

Affordable kitchen implements designed by Karim Rashid

California-based Slice has a new line of four kitchen implements designed by Karim Rashid: A precision cutter, vegetable peeler, Y-peeler, and grater.

All four use ceramic blades (which can't rust and will never go dull), are finished in a non-slip grip, and all bear the sci-fi Karim Rashid aesthetic. Best of all, they range from only seven to fifteen bucks a pop.

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Nice packaging

Minotauro: mitad monstruo, mitad auto

Categorías: AutoNews / Curiosidades / Tuning
Alejandro Abondano

La mítica definición de Minotauro se refiere a un  monstruo con cuerpo de toro y tronco de humano. Algo así es este auto creado en Inglaterra, que más bien es mitad monstruo y mitad auto. Vision Sportscar es una empresa dedicada a crear autos raros, o modificarlos de manera diferente, y el Minotaur cumple con las expectativas al 100%.

El chasis es genérico, no ha sido tomado directamente de ningún auto, pero tampoco es creado enteramente por Vision Sportscar. Es de tamaño similar a un Mazda MX-5, e incluso su vocación -de roadster- intenta cumplir el objetivo de divertir a su dueño ofreciéndole un manejo confortable bajo el sol.

Pero el Minotauro va más allá. La carrocería, hecha con retazos de autos (por ejemplo, el conjunto óptico pertenece al aftermarket de un Peugeot 206) pesa 2.500 libras, y es animado por un propulsor Chevrolet V8 de 350 HP. Ciertamente, su inofensiva y llamativa estética, no demuestra la cantidad de equinos. Sobre el resultado, júzgalo tu mismo en la fotogalería adjunta.

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IMSA Gallardo GTV: Gran Toro Volador

Tags: lamborghini, imsa, gallardo, gtv

Bautizado como Gallardo GTV, al salvaje V10 que lleva en las entrañas le aplicaron un poco de magia para dejarlo con resoplantes 600 HP, una ganancia de 80 cuacos sobre el normal.

El kit es bastante discreto, de hecho, el alerón y un splitter de fibra de carbono son los únicos elementos que le dicen al ojo entrenado que no está viendo un Gallardo más.

De hecho, con la nueva suspensión, más baja y dura, las llantas apenas y se ven. Lo cua no es de extrañar con los rines de brazos dobles que esconden frenos más potentes con cálipers de 8 pistones adelante y 6 atrás.

Por dentro, es todo aluminio, cuero y fibra de carbono, combinados totalmente al gusto del cliente.

SEO for Lead Generation - How-To Kit, Cartoon, Survey Data

Welcome to a special issue of the HubSpot newsletter, focused on how to use search engine optimization (SEO) to get found by more visitors and generate more leads online for your business.

In this issue:

* Free Search Engine Optimization for Lead Generation Kit - Kit includes 3 how-to videos and an instructional e-book with all the basics for using SEO to generate leads.

* Cartoon: Overcoming Tradeshow Depression - Is this how you're spending your marketing dollars?

* The State of Inbound Marketing Report - Survey data shows SEO as a best marketing practice.

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Cartoon: Overcoming Tradeshow Depression

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State of Inbound Marketing Report Reveals SEO as a Best Marketing Practice

State of Inbound Marketing - Best Marketing PracticesWhat are the most effective marketing programs businesses have performed in the past year to drive sales leads? For our "State of Inbound Marketing" report, we asked respondents for the best marketing programs they've done to drive leads and sales over the past year. Respondents named 'Blog', 'Website', 'SEO' as best marketing practices. Download the full PDF report for more interesting data.

When is Valentines Day?

Valentine's Day or Saint Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which lovers express their love for each other by sending Valentine's cards, presenting flowers, or offering confectionery. The holiday is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

The day is most closely associated with the mutual exchange of love notes in the form of "valentines." Modern Valentine symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten notes have largely given way to mass-produced greeting cards.[1] The sending of Valentines was a fashion in nineteenth-century Great Britain, and, in 1847, Esther Howland developed a successful business in her Worcester, Massachusetts home with hand-made Valentine cards based on British models. The popularity of Valentine cards in 19th-century America was a harbinger of the future commercialization of holidays in the United States.[2]

The U.S. Greeting Card Association estimates that approximately one billion valentines are sent each year worldwide, making the day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year, behind Christmas. The association estimates that, in the US, men spend in average twice as much money as women.[3] the way, it's the 14th of February every year!

Re-Post: I'm grateful for ...

I am grateful for [forgotten] debit cards.

Feeling unproductive and with the preconception that everything was going to go wrong today, I decided to treat myself to breakfast... then as I parked I remembered my wife had my [wallet]; then I remembered I had cash in my car and my debit card for an account I hardly ever use. I got to have my cortadito and tequeños! I'm grateful for this morning turning around because come to think of it, I'm a pretty lucky person...

Are you kidding me? I'm considering moving up to the mountains!

2moto’s $4,250 RadiX Kit Plus Dirt Bike Equals Snowbike

Posted: 08 Feb 2009 01:03 AM CST

radix snowbike

Winter brings with it all the beauty of a great snowstorm that leaves the streets and countryside covered with snow. That gives you just the right excuse to pack up a good snowball and chuck it at your neighbour, but if you’re a big kid then you would play dirty in style and take out your snowmobile.

Then again you may not have a snowmobile to impress the neighbours with and all you have is an old bike that wouldn’t be of much use during the months of snow. Or so you thought. With the RadiX Kit by 2moto, you can turn any old bike into, well, a snowbike. All it takes is replacing the front wheel of the bike with a solo ski and the back wheel with a ‘curved-paddle’ track design. Installing the RadiX Kit is easy enough and any amateur can do it in about 2 and half hours, so get yourself one at $4,250.

Once your bike is pimped up with the RadiX Kit, it can hit a top speed of 92mph and perform jumps and some mean wheelies also. 2moto is set to sponsor the world’s first snowbike race event at the 44th annual McCall Winter Carnival.

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Via: OhGizmo/GizMag

Aside from the cool LED headlight, I find nothing beautiful about this $70k motorcycle

$68,995 Mission One EV Limited Edition Will Hit The Streets In 2010

Posted: 06 Feb 2009 07:20 PM CST

Mission One EV

Bike enthusiasts keep their ears constantly glued to the grapevine in hopes of being the first to hear about a new bike making the rounds. For long, ardent fans of bikes have been hearing about the Mission One EV and waiting impatiently to ctch sight of it. Finally, their prayers have been answered.

The electric sports bike by Mission Motors has made its first appearance at the Technology, Entertainment, Design conference. Mission One EV has been designed by Yves Béhar and anyone who has even the slightest interest in bikes would agree that the design is a winning entry. Not on the flashy side, Mission One EV impresses with minimalistic designing and the stats. The bike can hit a top speed of 150mph and estimated range of 150 miles. Mission One EV is already in production, marketed by Forrest North and co-founders Edward West and Mason Cabot. The first 50 of the bikes will hit the market in 2010 as part of a Limited Edition model priced at $68,995 each. A more affordable version of the Mission One would be announced this summer.

Mission One EV will make its racing debut at the TTXGP on June 12th. Until then, you can drool over the pictures of the Mission One EV.

Mission One EV

Via: AutoBlogGreen

Karim Rashid revolutionizes the bed

Posted: 05 Feb 2009 03:32 AM CST

Karim Rashid Revolutionizes The Regular Bed With A Sleep System

Karim Rashid is a designer who has earned international appreciation on occasions more than one with his Clicquot Loveseat, Globalight and Sphera Bed. And once again, he has got our attention with his new NV adjustable sleep system. The baby of a collaboration between Rashid and Hollandia International, this bed is pretty modern to start with.

A great blend of form and functionality, the bed has been done up with high gloss finish and has ample number of drawers for storage under the bed. There’s more. The headboard functions well as a docking station got your iPod and the cabinet doors in the headboard open up to make side tables.

We are impressed with the clean lines of the design. The choice of materials is very artistic keeping one’s comfort in mind. Though the sleep system does remind one of Starck’s Sleepy Working bed that we saw a few years ago, but since this one’s from Rashid, you can be sure of sleeping in a futuristic neon space pod. A definite pick for those with a few extra bucs or those who can’t resist high-tech luxury.

Via hollandiainternational

39 degrees? In Miami?!

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Change is inevitable

Read the blogs, read the trades and there’s no doubt that Hispanic media, as we know it, will never be the same after this recession... however long it may go on.

Sign Up For Blockbuster, Get 2 Weeks FREE TrialIn the long run, this may actually turn out to be a good thing.

A few weeks ago I sadly wrote about Hoy’s ceasing to exist in print form and “going online.” Just today I heard the news that El Nuevo Hudson in Hudson, New Jersey will cease to publish after February, 2009. Somewhere in between, there’s been a steady stream of closings, layoffs, down-sizing and more of that “going online” stuff. We are all feeling the pain.

It seems that much of the growth that our Hispanic media industry (particularly print) has experienced over the past ten years is unraveling. I am not certain what happened at El Nuevo Hudson and cannot even guess. But for other small publishers, sometimes the signs are right there in front of us: cutting frequency, cutting page count, cutting circulation, cutting staff, no research, missing issues, no distribution information…for some it is a downward slide that just marks the beginning of the end. Unfortunately, these declines have been going on for some time in case you had not noticed.

One advertiser I know has even started going around from newsstand to newsstand inspecting racks and asking around to monitor if the title actually arrives regularly at that location or if people even pick it up. Others have resorted to asking for printing statements, audits and insisting on proprietary studies that better define their audience. For publishers, it is getting tougher by the day.

And that’s just the tip of this frigid recession iceberg; other clues about the sad state of Hispanic media can be found all over the trades: right here on in a blog by Jose Cancela raising questions about Univision’s financial strength or in Manny Gonzalez’s eye raising and emotion-evoking piece asking whether Telemundo and Univision should merge. Look elsewhere and you’ll find plenty of similar commentary; even the general media is talking about us. Clearly, something is amiss…or perhaps the writing is finally on the wall? That we are talking and writing and thinking doomsday scenarios is very telling indeed.

Rossana Rosado, publisher at el diario/La Prensa, the country’s oldest Spanish language daily, always attaches a quote to her emails that includes the phrase “Change is inevitable…” There’s great irony, wisdom and truth in that one little quote and it is certainly interesting not only that she chose it in the first place, but that it comes from someone running a Hispanic title that’s been a success for nearly a hundred years. If I never mentioned to her how important and prophetic that one little quote has been to me personally, well I am doing so now.

Much of the changes- the filtering out of some of these media properties - can be described as a sort of “natural selection”. When you can’t verify that you actually even print what you claim to circulate or you fail to convince your backers that the Hispanic market is indeed a viable market, bad things start to happen: people loose their jobs and the overall faith in multicultural media diminishes. Then it just becomes an avalanche.

Now I am not looking to lay blame on the media itself, but sooner or later shortcuts, little white lies, lack of proper funding, getting in for a quick buck, distribution issues and lack of adequate research does come back to bite you in the ass. Take a look at what media is still around after all this is over and you will quickly realize that if you can survive this bleak economic slowdown, you just might be around for many, many years to come.

Again, natural selection!

Advertisers too have been accused of not adequately supporting Hispanic media with advertising dollars. AHAA on several occasions has pointed out that the percentage of revenue spent in Hispanic media is not in sync with the percentage of the U.S. Hispanic population . On that point I have to agree that when it comes to cutting media spending, often multicultural budgets are the first to go. Considering that one-third of the U.S. population is ethnic and growing, I find this a bit shocking. But it is what it is until we find a way to change it and sell it better. In this respect it is hard to blame the media backers for getting cold feet.

As we move forward and past this economic nightmare, we need to start thinking about tomorrow and how to right some of the obvious wrongs (and by wrongs I mean everything from perceptions to realities). Multicultural consumers, and especially Hispanics, are not going anywhere. So when things rebound – and they always do- we need to have a cohesive plan of action and already be on the move. Whatever this message will be, it needs to be born now, today!

It should be something along the lines of: We are ethnic media, we are still here, we are not all gone, and we are certainly not all leaving.

In print or online, those that are still around should be ready to lead the way and offer viable (and verifiable) means to reach their particular segments. By the time the ad dollars start flowing again, we need to be up to par with the general media rules of engagement and stop doing the things that got us into trouble in the first place. Smaller startups, publishers and media properties should be especially diligent because the days of handshake selling are pretty much gone. The big boys like Time Inc., Meredith, NBC/Telemundo, Univision, Impremedia and foreign media investors and companies like Editorial Televisa will – and must - lead the way!

What I am saying is: Hispanic media may need fixing, but there’s no need to throw it all away. For those that got into it thinking it would be a quick, easy buck obviously its not. This really has to be about commitment to the community and a long-term investment. If you need breathing room or need to move slowly, that is understandable. But stick around.

Reactionary panic is not the answer and certainly not the way of pioneers and trendsetters, which is what we still are. Remember that with the 2010 Census there will be astonishing revelations that will take our investments to a new plateau! Don’t you want to be there?

I find it interesting that the ones that did it right from the start, were patient and stuck it out during all the ups and downs, may actually be the ones still around after this moment in history passes. There’s something to be said about understanding how a fast growing market evolves.

Change is inevitable.

Don't like "tequila"? It's because you've never tried Gran Centenario

Gran Centenario Will Make V-Day Smell Like Sweet Hibiscus

Posted: 04 Feb 2009 02:44 AM CST

We have a real treat of a suggestion for you on this Valentine’s Day. Gran Centenario is all set to release a new ultra-premium tingly spirit that is pink in color. Called the Gran Centenario Rosangel, this liquor is claimed to be the first hibiscus-infused tequila in the world.

And you can be assures that just like the Reposado from Gran Centenario, the Rosangel too is made from the finest, sweetest and best quality 100% Highland blue agave, which is believed to have been harvested some 12 years ago. We hear that the hearts of the agave are baked for up to 72 hours in traditional clay ovens to extract even the subtlest flavors. After the fermentation and distillation, the spirit is made to sit in French Limousine white oak barrels for at least 10 months.

Small amounts of older tequila reserves are added to lend character and balance. And after two more months in the port barrels, the deep sunset pink colored Rosangel is infused with the delicate taste of sweet hibiscus flowers. So, you can well expect the end product to be a complex ride of pleasure for all the senses.

Via luxist

Grave new world

Creativity loves a problem, but it hates a lousy audience.

If everyone around you is sure the economy is tanking, that the end is near, that time is up and the company is headed for the tubes, it's almost impossible to find a creative solution.

Creativity changes the game, whatever game is being played. "We're going to run out of cash by the end of the year," is accurate unless you count creativity into the equation. Then the accurate statement is, "Under the current rules and assumptions, we're going to run out of cash..." Big difference.

Creativity demands exposure to market needs, and insulation from market fears. Give it some time to work, some support, some breathing room. That's when creativity has a chance to change the game.

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Micro cars ruling the road?

Small is beautiful, or at least affordable. Here are our picks for the top "micro" cars on the road today.

As this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit made oh-so clear, small gas-sipping cars -- or those that don’t run on gasoline at all -- are what automakers and government overseers think American drivers want. Even with gas prices relenting, few people have extra cash to swipe away at the pump, so MSN Autos rounds up 10 cars that prove small can be beautiful — or at least beautifully economical.

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