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Wes Moore Hosts Inaugural Champions of #THEWORK Celebration

On Saturday, February 28, over 350 people – including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Congressman John Delaney – turned out to support New York Times Best Selling Author Wes Moore at his inaugural Champions of #THEWORK Celebration. Moore and PHILANTHROPIK co-hosted the event at the Four Seasons Baltimore to honor seven individuals for their significant contributions and dedication to their local communities. Just last month, Moore released his second read, The Work, which quickly climbed the ranks of the New York Times’ Best-Seller list.

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Fashion Photographer Nigel Barker Hosts Book Signing Event at DCanter Capitol Hill

Former America’s Next Top Model Judge and Acclaimed Photographer

Celebrates His New Harper Collins Publication, Models of Influence, at Premier DC Wine Boutique

On Saturday, February 28DCanter – Capitol Hill’s modern wine and beer boutique – brought together fashionistas and wine aficionados for an afternoon book signing event with famed fashion photographer Nigel Barker. Held in DCanter’s intimate Tasting Room, guests sampled wines from fashion capitals of the world while mingling with Barker as he signed copies of his new book, Models of Influence. Barker’s DCanter event served as his third signing outside of his New York hometown.

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Luigi Parasmo Salon Celebrates Grand Opening of New Spa

Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2014) – Last night, Luigi Parasmo Salon co-owners Luigi Parasmo and Javier Calvo welcomed fashionistas and beauty savants alike at the grand opening celebration of their new, second-story spa. Guests toured the 2,000 square-foot relaxation haven while enjoying light bites and wine from Georgetown locale, Cafe BonaparteRead more →

Pierre Garçon, Kai Forbath, CJ Mosley, Chykie Brown and More Help Raise Over $200,000 at the Becky’s Fund 6th Annual Walk This Way Fashion Show Featuring GANT

Washington, D.C. (October 31, 2014) – Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, DC United players and over 500 Washingtonians came together last night for the Becky’s Fund 6th Annual Walk This Way charity fashion show at the Italian Embassy. The event raised over $200,000 for the DC-based nonprofit Becky’s Fund, an organization committed to the prevention of domestic and dating violence. Washington Redskins Pierre Garçon, Kai Forbath, Chris Baker and Andre Roberts, Ravens CJ Mosley and Chykie Brown and DC United stars Bill Hamid and Chris Pontius donned the newest looks from luxury clothing brand GANT, the event’s official menswear fashion partner. Professional boxer Jimmy Lange, Philadelphia Wings’ Paul Rabil, former NFL stars John Booty and Gary Clark, former Redskin Josh Morgan and US Olympian Giuseppe Lanzone completed the star-studded lineup of men who stepped up as role models to walk the runway and take a stand against domestic violence.

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THE STILL POINT SPA TO OPEN ITS DOORS AT HAVEN ON THE LAKE​, A MIND-BODY WELLNESS ​RETREAT, ON DECEMBER 6, 2014

On Saturday, December 6, 2014, ​the ​visionary healers behind The Still Point wellness spas, Tori Paide and Marla Peoples, will unveil the third location of their growing DC-area presence, with the launch of The Still Point at Haven on the Lake in downtown Columbia, MD. Columbia Association will open the doors to the brand-new, multi-dimensional sanctuary, located in the Whole Foods Market building. The facility will feature lakefront views overlooking scenic Lake Kittamaqundi. Health and beauty savants can get a jump start on relaxation and revitalization by booking appointments online starting today here.

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Boffi Celebrates its 80th Anniversary in Georgetown Showroom

 The Boffi Team: Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter, Boffi Spa CEO Roberto Gavazzi, Boffi USA-President Lilian Leong, Boffi Georgetown Senior Designer Alberto DeMarco, and Boffi USA EVP Davide Cremese

The Boffi Team: Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter, Boffi Spa CEO Roberto Gavazzi, Boffi USA-President Lilian Leong, Boffi Georgetown Senior Designer Alberto DeMarco, and Boffi USA EVP Davide Cremese

Boffi Spa CEO Roberto Gavazzi and Boffi USA-President Lilian Leong joined Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter and Senior Designer Alberto DeMarco, along with more than 100 guests including Washington, DC’s top architectsto celebrate Boffi’s 80th Anniversary in the Boffi Georgetown showroom on Thursday, November 13, sponsored by Miele. The installation of new kitchen, bathroom, wardrobe and accessory lines in the Cady’s Alley showroom were among the highlights of the evening event where Gavazzi shared insight into Boffi’s 80 years of success as well as his 25 years with the high-end Italian kitchen and bathroom company, which is now in 55 countries.

“Boffi is represented in the best cities around the world,” says Boffi Spa CEO Roberto Gavazzi, “and is clearly recognizable.” While kitchens have been the mainstay of the company for 80 years, with 70 percent of sales from kitchens, bathrooms are now one third of Boffi’s business and growing. “We create well-coordinated baths, Boffi-style bathrooms… giving quality of life to daily tasks,” the CEO adds.
Miele USA's Senior Territory Manager Kelly Pappano, Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter, and Boffi USA-President Lilian Leong

Miele USA’s Senior Territory Manager Kelly Pappano, Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter, and Boffi USA-President Lilian Leong

“We invest in finding finishes, such as woods, that you cannot find anywhere else… especially in the US where there is more passion for wood and stone,” Gavazzi says. While the various cities present different markets in terms of taste, Boffi has a clear style and technical expertise that is unmistakeable and much appreciated worldwide. “People who travel a lot share the same pleasures, they go to the best designed hotels and restaurants and the newest museums… they have the same level of taste and hire architects who understand the best design,” Gavazzi says. Boffi offers highly customized kitchens and bathrooms for refined tastes, and has introduced wardrobe systems and accessories to complement the high level of designs.
N2 Publishing's Sarah Taylor, Range and Reef's Jim Holderbaum, and DC Living Real Estate's Debbie and Skip Singleton

N2 Publishing’s Sarah Taylor, Range and Reef’s Jim Holderbaum, and DC Living Real Estate’s Debbie and Skip Singleton

Our first showroom in the US opened in New York City, in the Soho area, in 2000,” says Lilian Leong, Boffi USA-President. “Since then, we’ve opened in Los Angeles, and then DC. Now, we’re also in Chicago. Boffi Georgetown is one of the most beautiful showrooms for us. Not only is its location beautiful, in the hub of design and fashion, its interior affords us the space to showcase our products without reserve.”
Charlie Mountain, Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter, Maxalto Manager Brian Fell, and Donghia Showroom Manager Yoshiko Monterio

Charlie Mountain, Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager Julia Walter, Maxalto Manager Brian Fell, and Donghia Showroom Manager Yoshiko Monterio

“I am very excited to introduce the newest finishes and Boffi novelties in the remodeled showroom,” says Julia Walter, Boffi Georgetown Showroom Manager. “The Xila kitchen in the front window stands out through unique fronts in Core Walnut in 3D effect with a beautiful Black cosmic granite countertop. Boffi’s stone selection is focused on showing the characteristics of the natural stone with lots of movement in the granite. The extended peninsula table in ‘metals’ finish is showing different ways of interpreting a seating area on a kitchen island. Accentuated by the new ‘Gio’ lights, the extended seating area is connected to the island.”
 
Leong adds that the team of trained architects in DC, including Walter, assist Boffi clients in figuring out the best solutions for their residences “because we believe in not only aesthetics, but also in utilitarian purposes. We invite everyone to come to our Georgetown showroom to see, feel, touch and handle our products. It’s a remarkable experience.”
The remodeled Boffi Georgetown showroom featuring the new Xila kitchen among the Boffi kitchens, baths and wardrobe systems, as well as Maxalto furnishings.

The remodeled Boffi Georgetown showroom featuring the new Xila kitchen among the Boffi kitchens, baths and wardrobe systems, as well as Maxalto furnishings.

For a company to be in business for 80 years, the brand must have value and continue to evolve. “Boffi will continue to change… especially in the way we structure shops in the future,” Gavazzi says. There will be more videos and products to touch and see with emphasis on the people, both the customers and the Boffi staff. “When visitors enter a Boffi showroom, they might be surprised by the products, but also by the charm and character of the space.” Gavazzi adds. “But we have to sell more than products; we have to create emotions in a space.” With a long term investment like a kitchen, there’s little room for mistakes. “You have to like the showroom and the person in front of you,” says Gavazzi, who is personally involved in the hiring of Boffi staff and oversees their training.
“Always striving to be the best” is how Gavazzi sees the company staying in business for the next 80 years.
For more information, go to www.boffigeorgetown.com or contact Sherry Moeller, MoKi Media, at sherry.moeller@mokimedia.com or 301.807.0910.
Photos by Kaz Sasahara

Karla Colletto X Design Army Pool Party August 22

On Friday, August 22, Karla Colletto X Design Army held an evening pool party at Capitol Skyline Hotel to celebrate the collaboration of their swimwear collection, Swim At Your Own Risk, a capsule collection designed by Karla Colletto and Design Army’s Chief Creative Officer Pum Lefebure.

Design Army Team poses with T.H.E. models in Swim At Your Own Risk collection

Design Army Team poses with T.H.E. models in Swim At Your Own Risk collection
Photos by Kate Warren

Design Army's Pum Lefebure & Karla Colletto's Kim Thornton pose with the T.H.E. models

Design Army’s Pum Lefebure & Karla Colletto’s Kim Thornton pose with the T.H.E. models

Models from T.H.E. Artist Agency, who posed on platforms by Amaryllis, Swim At Your Own Risk custom cookies by Occasions Catering, clever image taking by Onomonomedia, and inflatable alligators created a festive atmosphere for the 280 guests, who also enjoyed specialty cocktails, music from U.S. Royalty’s Paul Thornley, and a screening of Jaws.

T.H.E. models pose on Swim At Your Own Risk platforms

T.H.E. models pose on Swim At Your Own Risk platforms

The Swim At Your Own Risk five-piece collection debuted in Miami this summer to rave reviews. “It has an athletic, sporty feel, but it’s also very sexy,” Lefebure says. “It has an ageless quality but also makes a statement.” The idea of Swim At Your Own Risk has an attitude and humor to it, which Karla Colletto X Design Army captured so well at the pool party.

Pum Lefebure with Guest of a Guest's Morgan Evans

Pum Lefebure with Guest of a Guest’s Morgan Evans
Photo Courtesy Guest of a Guest

Guests for the swimwear’s DC launch event included City Center’s Timothy Lowery, T.H.E. Artist Agency’s Lynda Erkiletian, ArtJamz’s Michael Clements and Anchyi Wei, and the entire Design Army team including Co-Founder and CEO Jake Lefebure and Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer Pum Lefebure.

Featured photo courtesy of Guest of a Guest.

T.H.E. models enjoying Occasion Catering custom cookies

T.H.E. models enjoying Occasions Catering custom cookies

T.H.E. models pose on custom platforms

T.H.E. models pose on custom platforms

T.H.E. models making a splash

T.H.E. models making a splash

View from the DJ booth at the Capitol Skyline Hotel

View from the DJ booth at the Capitol Skyline Hotel

Pum Lefebure poses in the photo booth with T.H.E. models

Pum Lefebure poses in the photo booth with T.H.E. models

 

Redskin Pierre Garçon’s Hosts 2nd Annual All-White Clothing Charity Event, Benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Washington Redskins philanthropist Pierre Garçon hosted his second annual All-White clothing charity event on Thursday, June 5, 2014, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. The organization seeks to create a stronger generation of future leaders across the nation. As part of Garçon’s continued involvement in supporting at risk youth, his partnership with BGCGW is a special one. The event raised $100,000 for the charity, over three times the amount of last year’s donation.

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Pierre Garçon takes a moment to chat with the media.

DC Mayor Vincent Gray and new Redskins head coach Jay Gruden were just a few of the recognizable faces on hand for Garçon’s cause. Gruden took the stage alongside the wide receiver to kick off the live auction. Linebacker Brian Orakpo followed his lead, addressing a crowd of Washingtonians in the name of charity. Washington Wizard John Wall supported his fellow DC star by posing for photos and mingling with top event partners, Tower Companies, The Brett Johnson Collection, Moet Hennessy USA and Estrin International. Over 20 Redskins were in attendance, among them Ryan Kerrigan, Kirk Cousins, Trent Williams, Brandon Meriweather, Kory Lichtensteiger, Kai Forbath, Colt McCoy and Niles Paul. Guests enjoyed delectable Belvedere and Hennessy Black cocktails, along with glasses of Moet Ice.

MoKi Media Dannia Hakki and Maha Hakki surround Washington Wizard John Wall by Joy Asico

MoKi Media’s Dannia Hakki and Maha Hakki flank Washington Wizard John Wall.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s inaugural event. This organization hits home for me, and I’m honored to consider the BGCGW family. Every penny counts, and I’m devoted to raising money for a cause that’s important to me – raising educated, smart and passionate kids,” Garçon said. “With your help, I hope to double the amount raised every year”

BGCGW National Youth of the Year Kiana Knolland made a heartfelt speech about her involvement with the organization, which helped steer her in the right path through the years. BGCGW Chief Development Officer Paul Alagero thanked Pierre for his efforts.
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“Pierre makes another huge catch for the BGCGW. Every school day, we have over 1,200 members walking through the doors at our 12 sites in Virginia, Maryland and the District,” said Alagero. “Because of Pierre’s event and many others, we are able to deliver our 5 core areas to these members.”

Hip hop legend Biz Markie closed out the event with a surprise performance of his old school hit “Just A Friend,” singing alongside Garçon while the crowd chimed in.

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Washington Wizard John Wall walks the Belvedere & Hennessy step-and-repeat.

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Washington Redskins Ryan Kerrigan shows up in support of his teammate, Pierre.

A Biz Markie spins the last song

Biz Markie prepares for a surprise performance of his old school hit, “Just A Friend.”

Michelle Branch Performs at the 7th Annual Rock The Vote “OFF THE RECORD” Event, Hosted by LMT Inc. CEO Lani Hay

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On May 3, 2014, LMT Inc. President and CEO Lani Hay hosted the 7th Annual Rock The Vote “OFF THE RECORD” event at her private residence in D.C. during White House Correspondent’s Dinner weekend. Over 100 guests enjoyed a performance by Michelle Branch and sipped Moët & Chandon champagne and DC-themed Belvedere cocktails throughout the soiree. The purpose of the event was two-fold; 1) promote the mission of Rock the Vote to build the political power of young people, and 2) celebrate a handful of top distinguished women engaged in news media.

Female media honorees included: CNN’s Rene Marsh, Fortune Magazine’s Leigh Gallagher and WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper. Hay made short remarks regarding the powerful leaders and their accomplishments in the media industry.
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“Women in media have been instrumental in fueling societal progress and in giving an accurate portrayal of women in their stories. I am thrilled to have so many influential women in media here tonight, including our special guests.”

A slew of recognizable names turned out to support Hay and the celebrated women in media, including FOX 5’s Steve Chenevey, Lauren DeMarco and Tucker Barnes, ABC 7’s Jummy Olabanji, Scott Thuman and Kendis Gibson, WUSA 9’s Andrea Roane, BET’s Angel Elliot, WPGC 95.5’s Sunni And The City, DC Senator Paul Strauss and Rock The Vote President Ashely Spillane. Partygoers enjoyed front row seats at the intimate show and jammed to top charted hits such as “Goodbye to you,” “All You Wanted” and the Grammy-winning track, “Everywhere.”

About ROCK THE VOTE (http://www.rockthevote.com)
Rock the Vote is a national nonprofit organization.  Founded twenty-four years ago at the intersection of popular culture and politics, Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information about registering to vote and casting a ballot. We use music, popular culture, new technologies, and grassroots organizing to motivate and mobilize young people in our country to participate in every election, with the goal of seizing the power of the youth vote to create political, economic, and social change. Learn more about Rock the Vote at http://www.rockthevote.com.

About Lanmark Technology Inc. (www.LMT-INC.com)
LMT is a mathematic optimization and analytics company that distinguishes itself by using the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods, such as mathematical modeling, to empower the U.S. Federal Government, State, Municipalities, and Commercial businesses to make more effective decisions. www.LMT-INC.com

Whitney Port Hosts Blo Blow Dry Bar Launch Event with owner Maha Sharma and Veuve Clicquot

Whitney Port Hosts Blo Blow Dry Bar Launch Event with owner Maha Sharma

TV personality and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted the Blo Blow Dry Bar launch event with Blo Dupont owner Maha Sharma on March 21, 2014. Port and Sharma welcomed over 100 fashionistas to the celebration, a mix of stylish beauty writers and blow-out aficionados. Guests made a toast to the opening with Veuve Clicquot Rosé champagne and noshed on sweet treats from Frosting A Cupcakery. Washingtonians were treated to services off the Blo hair menu while Port posed for photos with partygoers and chatted about her fashion line, Whitney Eve. The event also kicked off a week-long partnership with the Washington Humane Society. From March 22 to March 29, the bar will donate 25% of proceeds from every service to the charity.

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