February 12, 2021

How Melissa Bernstein Built a $500 Million Brand While Battling Existential Despair

Melissa Bernstein, 55, is the type of founder who seems to have it all figured out. She built the iconic Wilton, Connecticut-based toymaker Melissa & Doug into a $500 million business, is the designer behind more than 1,000 of its toys, has a happy marriage, and six–yes six–children.

So it’s jarring when she describes herself as an “existential nihilist,” and describes that phrase as “the darkest form of despair.” She spoke in a recent interview on Inc.‘sWhat I Know podcast.

While growing her business and raising her children, she repressed her darkest emotions. “Really no one was

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Woman spots man’s alleged creepy behavior in gym mirror: ‘What do you think?’

A woman on TikTok is sharing a jarring video of a man’s alleged creepy gym behavior after she claims she saw him take photos of her while she was working out. 

TikTok user @juliaapic, who goes by Julia, is a fitness and lifestyle influencer on the platform. But her most viral video isn’t an exercise tutorial or recipe video — it’s a clip of the time she allegedly caught a stranger at the gym taking a photo of her.

“Was filming a workout back in January when this happened,” Julia wrote in the TikTok. 

Related: Husband accused of cheating

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Women empowerment quotes – best female empowerment quotes

empowering female quotes


Searching for a bit of feminist inspiration to help you feel strong and ready to take on the world? Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best words of female empowerment from some seriously iconic women, spanning Virginia Woolf, the Duchess of Sussex and Dolly Parton.

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Hillary Clinton

“Women’s rights are human rights.”

Hillary Clinton, from her 1995 speech at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing


Malala Yousafzai

“If one man can destroy everything, why can’t one girl change it?”

Malala Yousafzai, from ‘I Am Malala: The Story

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The Black in Fashion Council’s NYFW Showroom Will Spotlight 16 Designers

“I am really excited that we are expanding this partnership because it still feels like such a weird time to be creative, especially for a young designer,” said Lindsay Peoples Wagner, BIFC cofounder and editor of The Cut. “Something that I’m personally passionate about is making sure that the next generation of designers has the support and resources that they need, specifically people of color creators in the industry really getting that access to resources.”

Jewelry by Third CrownPhoto: Courtesy of Third Crown

After last season’s showroom at NYFW, Peoples Wagner and her BIFC cofounder Sandrine Charles were flooded

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14 Asian-Owned Jewelry Brands to Shop in 2021

The wave of anti-Asian violence currently happening around the country is truly horrifying, and there are certain steps we all need to take to fight racism and show our support for the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. In terms of the latter, one of the simplest ways to lend a hand is by directing your spending toward Asian-owned small businesses.

As an Asian American, discovering Asian-owned brands is more than a hobby of mine — it’s a passion. And if there’s anything that the past year has taught me, it’s that being intentional about the brands we support

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Famed Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti dead at age 80

Elsa Peretti, who went from Halston model and Studio 54 regular in the 1960s and ’70s to one of the world’s most famous jewelry designers with timeless, fluid Tiffany & Co. collections often inspired by nature, has died. She was 80.

She died Thursday night in her sleep at home in a small village outside Barcelona, Spain, according to a statement from her family office in Zurich and the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation.

Peretti’s sculptural cuff bracelets, bean designs and open-heart pendants are among her most recognizable work. She lent her classical aesthetic to functional goods, too, including bowls,

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BHDM Design Founder Dan Mazzarini Talks Brand Narrative on ‘DesignBiz’

What is designer Dan Mazzarini’s secret to success? “Brand narrative,” he told Editor in Chief Cindy Allen (@thecindygram) on Thursday night’s episode of DesignBiz, Interior Design’s twice-weekly Instagram Live series.

That lesson is one of many that Mazzarini (@danmazzarini) learned 20 years ago, when he was a new designer cutting his teeth at a retail-centric firm in Chicago. “Twenty years ago was the heyday of retail,” he said. “Everybody had money to spend at the store. Macy’s was huge.” But when retail suffered a dip in the early 2000s, the firm took a hit. As

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Simone Rocha on Being Part of Fashion Week in a Pandemic

The Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha has been busy celebrating 10 years in business. This week she presented her fall 2021 collection as part of London Fashion Week. And on March 12, a long-awaited collaboration with H&M will hit stores. As part of a special fashion week series, she spoke to The New York Times from her studio in East London.

This interview has been edited.

Elizabeth Paton You presented your latest collection this week, but London Fashion Week was a fully digital experience. What are the big differences compared to a putting on a physical fashion show?

Simone Rocha

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Yomi Adegoke: “Society Must Leave Women Who Dare To Pick Pickiness Alone”

I like to consider myself a pretty laid-back, low-maintenance person. In fact, there are only two things in life I would admit to being fussy about: food and men. But as it so happens, these are the two areas in which most people deplore pickiness. 

A big fuss was made over fussiness recently, after a video went viral on Valentine’s Day, courtesy of comedian and entrepreneur B Simone. In it, she gave some unsolicited dating advice to women of today, claiming that the issue with the millennial dating scene was not ghosting or situationships or Hinge hiding all the semi-decent

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