NotebookMay 1, 2007 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Talk about a breath of fresh air: The new limited-edition York Mint Designer Series not only features one-of-a-kind packaging, but the sales profits benefit a great cause. Designed by fashion icons like Nicole Miller and famous faces like Nicky Hilton, the artful tins retail for $25, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Young Survival Coalition, the only international nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women affected by breast cancer. youngsurvival.org —K.D.
Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann is known for creating perfectly polished nails and for her incredibly popular line of nail polishes. But Lippmann actually got her start buffing nails in order to support her dreams of becoming a singer. Looks like it paid off. The artist recently released her second album, Vinyl (NJ Records, 2007), a soulful and breathtaking collection of original recordings and new takes on modern rock classics. lippmanncollection.com —C.W.
Spice It Up
SHINBI INTERNATIONAL debuts a new line of styling products in the U.S. called Spice. The Japanese line includes creams (pictured here), foams, sprays, waxes and glosses, as well as products for men. The packaging is fun and youthful—collections are divided by color and desired hairstyle for an easy shopping experience. 800/821-4260 —N.P.
NEW YORK MINUTE
Tom Julian is senior vice president and director of trends for ad agency McCann Erickson. This month, he highlights burgeoning Lower Manhattan and the historic Financial District.
Lower Manhattan, south of Houston Street, is changing. Home to the World Financial District and Wall Street, the area is having a resurgence of sorts, with many old office buildings being converted to luxury condominiums and high-end retailers moving in. In fact, during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week in February, designers like Miss Sixty and John Varvatos took the influential fashion set all the way Downtown, where they experienced the building boom, the reconfigured skyline, the redesigned World Trade Center site and the future home of the Freedom Tower.
As the Downtown landscape continues to be transformed, here's what we've got our eye on: