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Love Birds Alert: New Tiffany Store to Open at CityCenterDC in Time for Valentine's Day

January 17, 2019

On February 12th --just in time for Valentine’s Day-- a Tiffany & Co. store opens at CityCenterDC.

In celebration of its grand opening, Tiffany & Co. at  CityCenterDC will exclusively offer for purchase ($200) a Tiffany sterling silver Washington, D.C. postcard charm.  

This location  marks the company’s third store in the Washington, D.C. area, but its first in the capital.  It’s at 960 New York Avenue NW.

Tiffany's new DC charm (Photo by: Tiffany & Co.) Tiffany's new DC charm

“Washington, D.C. has played a significant role in Tiffany & Co.’s history. Historical figures, presidential leaders and first ladies have donned our designs,” said a news release.

Tiffany designed some of the most important U.S. seals in American history, including the Great Seal of the United States, which can be seen on the dollar bill,” said Alexandra Winokur, group vice president, Northern America Retail.

The 5,000 square-foot CityCenterDC store showcases a broad range of Tiffany’s product assortment in a sleek and architectural space. The store features dedicated salons including: Love & Engagement, Concepts & Collections, Home & Accessories, a new Discovery Salon and an intimate Private Sales Salon.

To celebrate the store’s opening, CityCenter will host a month-long Tiffany Archival Exhibition through March 31, 2019, displaying several of the brand’s most notable pieces from American history.  Highlights include a platinum and diamond American flag brooch, a necklace and brooch from Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal collection, President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Tiffany gold watch, a diamond and ruby clip worn by Jacqueline Kennedy and a collection of U.S. seals all designed by Tiffany & Co.

The exhibition is open to the public.

The CityCenter location will have an all-glass façade with signature Tiffany Blue®-lit panels that will make the store completely visible from the street.  

Exterior of new Tiffany store (Photo by: Tiffany & Co.) Exterior of new Tiffany store

Once inside, guests are immediately immersed into the world of Tiffany which includes a one of-a-kind gilded Tiffany Blue® magnolia chandelier at the center of the store.

Another standout is an eye-catching, oversized neon sign created by graffiti artist Faust, featuring a quote from Tiffany founder, Charles Lewis Tiffany, “Beautiful design makes a beautiful life.”  

“Each element of the store is designed to be captivating and unexpected, yet inviting and evocative of the brand’s rich heritage,” the press release stated.  “Tiffany’s signature etched wheat-leaf motif is seen throughout, while radial marble floors meet large marble fluted columns that rise up to the grand 14-foot ceilings. To round out the store’s design, custom artwork was created exclusive for this location.” 

Tiffany flag brooch, set with sapphires, rubies, gold, platinum & diamonds. First official American flag established June 14, 1777. (Photo by: Tiffany & Co.) Tiffany flag brooch, set with sapphires, rubies, gold, platinum & diamonds. First official American flag established June 14, 1777.

Visitors will find a mix of Tiffany’s new designs as well as its classic collections.  This includes the new Tiffany Paper Flowers™ and Tiffany True collections. Visitors also will see new in-store personalization offerings, ranging from tags and pendants to home and accessories items.

Customers will discover new interpretations of Tiffany T, Tiffany HardWear, Everyday Objects, Tiffany Victoria®, Tiffany Bow and Tiffany Infinity—iconic collections reimagined to be worn alone or in multiples. Beauty also will shine in the bejeweled masterpieces of Jean Schlumberger, sculptural jewelry of Elsa Peretti and the colorful collections of Paloma Picasso

Besides jewelry, the store will feature the Home & Accessories collection — Tiffany’s take on modern life where creativity and wit collide with the finest materials


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So Many Slices of Global Culture Under One Roof

December 9, 2018

Mayor Muriel Bowser officially proclaimed Winternational Day as more than 50 embassies showed off their cultures with food, handcrafts and beverages at the Ronald Reagan Building and World Trade Center on Thursday.

Banner (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Banner

The ground floor was jam-packed with exhibits and people speaking a host of languages.

Over 3,500 guests – the event was free to the public – crowded into the huge space to buy, chat and explore the individual tables laden with goods, mostly handmade from countries across the globe.

Proclamation presentation by Lauren Vaughan to John P. Drew (left), Andrew Gelfuso, VP of Global Business Development for TCMA, & director of the World Trade Center; and (far right) Ambassador Sean Lawler (Photo by: Winternational) Proclamation presentation by Lauren Vaughan to John P. Drew (left), Andrew Gelfuso, VP of Global Business Development for TCMA, & director of the World Trade Center; and (far right) Ambassador Sean Lawler

Scarves over there.  Necklaces that way. Candles to the right. Jewelry right, left & center. Sculptures in the mix.  Cuisine everywhere.

In quoting the proclamation, Lauren C. Vaughan, secretary of the District of Colombia, said: “…the World Trade Center serves as a platform to build connections, foster diplomacy, grow businesses and create a more prosperous US and Global Economy.”

Assembled ambassadors & Speakers (Photo by: Natalia Janetti) Assembled ambassadors & Speakers

Also hobnobbing to build international bridges at a special ambassadors’ reception upstairs were Sean P. Lawler, Chief of Protocol at the US State Department and Patricia Elwood, DC Protocol and International Affairs Officer.  

“Only at the Winternational can you experience the heritage and traditions of all these countries under one roof,” observed John P. Drew president and CEO of presenting sponsor Trade Center Management Associates.  TCMA is a Drew Company.

A dress of wonders (Photo by: TCMA) A dress of wonders

Participating embassies and nation groups included Afghanistan, African Union Mission, Armenia, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Egypt, El Salvador, European Union Delegation, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Kosovo, Latvia, Lesotho, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Kenya on Display (Photo by: TCMA) Kenya on Display

Helping to coordinate the 7th annual embassy showcase were Jan DuPlain, embassy liaison at the World Trade Center, and Golnaz Feiz, senior sales manager for sales and event planning, TCMA.

Cultural sales (Photo by: TCMA) Cultural sales

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New Congresswoman Stands for Gun Safety and CARE

November 29, 2018

No more dithering on gun safety.

Listening to CARE speakers. In front is Sofia Gegechkori of the Embassy of Georgia (center blonde) (Photo by: CARE) Listening to CARE speakers. In front is Sofia Gegechkori of the Embassy of Georgia (center blonde)
That was the promise of newly elected Georgia Congresswoman Lucy McBath at CARE’s Global Leaders Network reception Tuesday night at the Australian Embassy.

McBath is one of the record high number of women who will be sworn into the 116th Congress in 2019. 

Her mission is straightforward, understandable and honed by tragedy. In her talk, McBath, D-Ga., said that Congress has stalled enough on passing stricter gun safety laws.  She will fight for such stricter legislation, she said.

Her son, Jordan Davis, was shot and killed at a gas station Jacksonville, Fla., by a man objecting to the music he was playing in his car. The shooter used Florida’s stand-your-ground law as his defense. After a jury could not reach a verdict in the first trial, two years later, the shooter was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Brett Greene with Dr. Maria J. Hankerson (Photo by: Patrick G. Ryan) Brett Greene with Dr. Maria J. Hankerson

“I have spent my few days in D.C. in deep reflection,” said McBath. “Almost exactly six years ago to date, I learned my son was murdered due to gun violence.  I immediately started asking questions – why did this happen? Where was the clergy?  Why were our political leaders not doing more to stem the rising tide of gun violence in this country? Elected leaders told her the timing wasn't right for stricter gun laws. So she ran for Congress and won. 

The freshman congresswoman said standing up for what's right on global issues is critical as well. 

"I am proud to be with you, as you fight for the rights of women and girls around the globe in the effort to eliminate poverty, because it's the only way we are going to have true democracy, just societies, prosperity, and peace in this world," she said.

Ambassador Cooper of Australia (Photo by: Patrick G. Ryan) Ambassador Cooper of Australia

The CARE event was among the first she attended in the Nation's Capital.

In presenting McBath with a CARE Global Leaders Network Humanitarian Award, CARE board member Michèle Flournoy said: 

 “Losing her son in such a senseless way has fueled her lifelong commitment to community activism and the importance of political engagement. You are a model leader and a role model for all of us.”

Before her election, McBath, who worked for decades at Delta Airlines, held dual roles as the national spokesperson for Everytown For Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Kurt Campbell, chairman of The Asia Group, given award by Flournoy (Photo by: Patrick G. Ryan) Kurt Campbell, chairman of The Asia Group, given award by Flournoy
Also honored at the reception hosted by Australian Deputy Head of Mission Ambassador Katrina Cooper was Asia strategist Dr. Kurt Campbell, CEO of The Asia Group. He was presented with a humanitarian award for the “inspiring contributions he has made to the economic empowerment of women and girls across Nepal, Vietnam and India in partnership with CARE and across the world through his leadership of The Asia Group Foundation." Appropriately, he shared the award with Grace Riley-Adams, a younger member of his team who manages the Foundation.

The evening included a holiday fair to support the work of women artisans and craftspeople throughout Asia.

Daryl Edwards of the Australian Embassy, with Beth Solomon of CARE's Global Leaders Network, and a friendly croc (Photo by: CARE) Daryl Edwards of the Australian Embassy, with Beth Solomon of CARE's Global Leaders Network, and a friendly croc
Among the 100 or so guests were Nicole Clifton of UPS, Dr. Maria Hankerson, Susannah George of the Associated Press, Eric Schmitt of the New York Times, Felice Berkowitz,  Lynda Webster, Rexon Rhu, Toni Bush, David Bohigian of OPIC, D.C. business leader Brett Greene, David Jahng (Washington Diplomat), Voice of America’s Lina Correa and Beth MendelsonWes HepplerDavid Cooper of Anglicotech, Bill Costello and Daryl Edwards of the Embassy of Australia, Sofia Gegechkori of the Embassy of Georgia, and Florida political consultant Daryl Glenney.

Ambassador Katrina Cooper welcomes guests (Photo by: Patrick G. Ryan) Ambassador Katrina Cooper welcomes guests

Guests enjoyed Australian wines and food from the Indo-Pacific region from Bindaas and Nooshi as they shopped for trade goods from CARE’s own Living Blue social enterprise as well as from Ten Thousand Villages, Global Goods Partners, Fair Trade Winds, and We Help War Victims.

A portion of all sales will be donated directly to CARE to continue their lifesaving work across 94 countries, which directly impacted 80 million people last year with a focus on women and girls.

The CARE Global Leaders Network is a strategic initiative to raise awareness about the critical role of humanitarian and development aid in global stability and national security. CARE was founded in 1945 and has been working in Southeast Asia since 1949, beginning in Bangladesh and the Philippines.


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