Today, the contemporary woman finds herself juggling obligations and interests that can seem far more complicated than those of her predecessors. Women’s lives can be as complicated as they are enjoyable and women may find themselves looking to build a wardrobe that can accommodate this.
Enter the athleisure industry. While classic clothing brands like Gap and Banana Republic are struggling to meet the changing tastes of young women and millennials as a whole, athleisure retailers are filling in the gaps by offering versatile clothing choices that sell holistic lifestyles as opposed to fashion forward-ness. If anyone doubts the power of athleisure they can look no further than the business endeavors of one of the most famous women on the planet: Beyonce Knowles-Carter.
Just one week before premiering her incredibly popular visual album Lemonade on HBO, pop megastar Beyonce released Ivy Park, a women’s athleisure brand that was a joint venture between the pop star and British retailer Topshop.
Arguably, the pop star’s highly publicized entry into the women’s fitness wear market is an indication of how popular athleisure has become among consumers and how much that popularity stands to grow.
Long before Beyonce set her sights on the athleisure market there was another female celebrity who decided to collaborate with a clothing retailer in order to bring more affordable and versatile workout clothes to the masses. In 2013 award-winning actress Kate Hudson collaborated with fashion e-commerce company JustFab Inc to launch an athleisure company known as their spring campaign.
True to its name Fabletics spoke to a vacuum in the women’s fitness wear market by providing tank tops (read the full story at WWD), leggings and sports bras that could hold up during an intense workout and be integrated into a fashionable wardrobe. Fabletics is known for creating collections that have design elements that hark back to 70s fashion and that speak to the tastes of consumers that prefer uber-feminine clothing.
The company has set its sights on creating more feminine pieces like dresses and two-piece swimsuits that are able to be worn for leisure activities and survive any intense physical activity that its wearer might put it through.
Emily McClure, a self-proclaimed haircare fanatic, was on a mission. Was the hype around Wen (http://www.wen.com/chaz-dean.html) by Chaz, a cleansing conditioner created by celebrity hair-stylist Chaz Dean, really all it claimed to be? The product certainly sounds revolutionary. It claims not only to clean and detangle hair, but also to give it amazing body, ample protection from daily stress, and stay-in styling stability, all in one application. Emily’s experiment with Wen by Chaz is reported at Bustle.com (http://www.bustle.com/articles/136320-i-used-cleansing-cleansing-conditioner-on-my-fine-hair-heres-what-happened). Being a busy young woman with a full-time career and packed schedule, Emily set aside a week to try the product and record its results. Wen by Chaz comes in several different formulas; Emily chose the Sephora advertised Fig, which claims to be especially formulated for dry and dehydrated hair that’s been color-treated or straightened. The trial opened with a shower at bedtime and application of the product. After blow-drying her fine hair, she was delighted with her lustrous, bouncy locks. But next morning Emily was sincerely disappointed that her hair felt heavy and greasy. She soldiered on, however, and repeated the treatment that evening. Again, the result pleased her greatly. Next morning, the heavy and greasy feel had returned. So she showered immediately and the pretty, lustrous hair returned. The message? For Emily, morning showers and application of Wen by Chaz were the secret to success. She ended her experiment with a qualified yes to her original question: Wen by Chaz can indeed make a difference in the way one’s hair looks, feels, and responds to styling.
Chaz Dean developed Wen by Chaz to provide an alternative means of caring for hair. Committed to a philosophy of holistic simplicity that is apparent also in the ambience of his Hollywood salon, Chaz Dean’s products follow suit. In their formulation he has insisted upon using nothing but natural ingredients that avoid the harsh sulfates and chemical detergents used in other shampoos and conditioners. In fact, he has given up the use of shampoo completely, replacing it with kinder and gentler means of cleansing and nurturing hair. His products are available online on http://www.ebay.com/bhp/wen-hair-care
George Soros has been right about his predictions in the past, as he has consistently predicted things that are likely going to transpire in the economy on http://www.biography.com/people/george-soros-20926527, not only in the United States, but all over the World. He is famous for once making an accurate prediction that the pound was going to be devalued and bet on it, ultimately making over a billion dollars. He also predicted that 2008 was going to be a financial disaster for the Western World, and he was absolutely correct. The prediction that George Soros made in 2008 was based on analyzing the situation we were in economically and concluded that we were going to face a major money crisis. He has a great ability to look at the state of the World and money situations in various countries and accurately figure out what is going to happen next.
This time around the attention is on China, as well as the global market in general. China has been going through an interesting period in their economic history, as they have been known as a rapidly expanding economy, and have produced a massive amount of products. It appears that this expansion period of economic growth is dwindling, as they have been devaluing their Yuan, which is their current monetary unit. They also have started the gradual transition from manufacturing and pumping out products to be exported, to consumption and services.
This is a huge change and the shake up is going to have major implications all over the World, as stated by George Soros. Soros thinks that they have a major problem when it comes to adjustment and that the current situation that the country is in, which currently has over a billion people, is fairly serious. Based on his in depth analysis, he thinks that the crisis that the Chinese are facing, which is going to directly have a huge impact on the United States, all of Europe, as well as other areas of the world, is very serious. One of the biggest points on http://www.investopedia.com/university/greatest/georgesoros.asp that he has been trying to make and get across to people regarding this issue is that people and businesses should be very cautious when investing at this time, as well as in the near future.
The reason that George Soros is so accurately able to foresee what is going to happen is the fact that these trends that happen in economic systems are not coincidence. There are patterns that occur and being aware and able to track this kind of thing is something that George Soros has pretty much mastered. When it comes to his take on the China situation, he thinks that they are coming up against the wall of a situation that could have major problems for the country, which will cause a ripple effect to a laundry list of countries that they do regular business with. Soros has a very good record when it comes to being correct on these types of things, making his words something to really consider.
Coriant is a global supplier of SDN-enabled end-to-end transport networking solutions. Coriant serves leading network operators around the world, including cloud and data center operators, including mobile and fixed line service providers, cable MSOs, content providers, large enterprises, financial institutions, government agencies and utility companies. Coriant has been in existence since 2013 and operates under the umbrella of Marlin Equity Partners which runs several other companies. The company was created by combining Nokia’s optical unit, a section of Sycamore Networks and Tellabs.
Coriant appointed Shaygan Kheradpir as the Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of the Board of Coriant in September 2015. Shaygan Kheradpir took Pat DiPetro’s place at Coriant, and DiPetro returned to his role as Vice Chairman and Marlin Equity Partners operating partner. Kheradpir had been preparing for his big role as the head of Coriant since he joined Marlin Equity Partners as the operating executive.
Kheradpir began his career at GTE Corporation as a network management controller and later was promoted to the Chief Information Officer of the company. In 2000, GTE merged with Bell Atlantic forming Verizon. Kheradpir moved to New York City from Dallas where he served as the president heading the eBusiness Unit, later promoted to Chief Information Officer. With his team, he developed and implemented the products and systems for Verizon’s all-fiber network, FiOS. In 2010, Kheradpir had once again risen to the top to become one of the chief executives of the enterprise and was getting recognized for his achievements.
His next move was in 2011 to Barclays where he served as the Chief Operating Officer of the global department. Along with his team, he was instrumental with the technological invention, Pingit, a mobile payment software. Given the recognition of his expertise, he was appointed as the Chief Technology Officer of the bank and had the privilege to attend Barclays executive team meetings.
Kheradpir then served as the Chief Executive Officer of Jupiter networks in 2014. At Jupiter, he introduced the launch of the company’s Integrated Operation Plan to reduce costs and increase dividends. After leaving Juniper, Kheradpir had joined private equity firm Marlin Equity Partners.
Kheradpir is now running Coriant and with 30 years of experience in networking, not only does he bring industry experience but also management experience to Coriant.