January 17, 2018 The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium Rings in the Lunar New Year of the Dog With Events and Gift Ideas
The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium Rings in the Lunar New Year of the Dog With Events and Gift Ideas
The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium is an elite collection of shopping and dining destinations located in popular travel markets throughout the USA including Honolulu, Santa Monica, Newport Beach, Scottsdale, Las Vegas, Houston, Atlanta, Washington DC, New York City and Orlando. The centers have planned an array of special events and experiences for visitors from around the world to help celebrate the Year of the Dog for Lunar New Year. In addition to the unique entertainment and cultural activities, visitors can access special savings and luxury services by printing a Luxe Pass and presenting it upon arrival at designated locations for each center. Visit www.usaluxuryshopping.com.
ALA MOANA CENTER, HONOLULU
February 15-17, Ala Moana Center will celebrate the New Year with unique entertainment, including cultural performances and lion dancing. Thursday and Friday, February 15 and 16, witness spectacular Pole Jumping at Centerstage performed by the Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association. On Saturday, February 17 at 11 AM, celebrate the New Year with Kung Fu demonstrations, performances and Lion Dancing presented by the Chinese Lion Dance Association, Chinese Physical Culture Association, Hawaii Lion Dance Association, Koko Head Martial Arts Academy, Lung Kong Physical Culture Association and Wah Ngai Lion Dance Association. Then meet the Lion Dancers at Centerstage at 2pm to learn about the history of lion dancing and photo ops.
FASHION ISLAND, NEWPORT BEACH
Festivities kick off at Fashion Island on Saturday, Feb. 17 from 1-3 PM, at the Neiman Marcus/Bloomingdale’s Courtyard. Visitors will enjoy live entertainment including music, Dragon and Korean Fan Dancers, Asian calligraphy artists and greeters handing out fortune cookies. Coveted lucky red envelopes, symbolizing luck and good fortune, contain $2 each and will be given to the first 500 guests at the Concierge Desk. Additionally, several stores and restaurants will be offering their own Lunar New Year promotions such as Minamoto Kitchoan-The fanciful Japanese confection house is doling out its sweet-filled New Year Bags (from $35) at half the original price. Elegantly wrapped mochi in flavors from chocolate to white peach are also on special.
FASHION SHOW, LAS VEGAS
Fashion Show will host the 7th Annual CNY in the Desert opening ceremony to ring in the Year of the Dog with a special ribbon cutting and dinner on Friday, February 16. Guests are invited to partake on a journey to China and experience cultural performances by the Tainjin Dance and Acrobatic Theater Company as they appear the Fashion Show’s infamous runway. Visitors will enjoy a live dragon dance and eye painting ceremony by Las Vegas Lohan School of Shaolin, followed by a ceremonial blessing of the department stores where team members will feed the dragon red envelopes to bring good luck for the year. Following the ceremony, guests have the option to enjoy a special LNY family style dinner catered by Kona Grill and cocktails sponsored by Remy martin. For further information and tickets go to www.CNYintheDesert.com.
GRAND CANAL SHOPPES, LAS VEGAS
The Shoppes kick off Lunar New Year festivities on February 16 at 4 PM with a signature fan dance above the Palazzo waterfall. During the fan dance, more than 250 red envelopes will be distributed to guests. The envelopes will be filled with an array of prizes from gift cards to chocolate gold coins. Each envelope will also be bundled with signature store incentives available at participating Grand Canal Shoppes retailers and restaurants.
MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK CITY
Visitors to NYC are invited to join the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation, East Midtown Partnership, Grand Central Partnership, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District and Confucius Institute for Business at SUNY as they celebrate Lunar New Year on Madison Avenue with the following events (www.madisonst2madisonave.nyc).
Saturday, February 10, greet the Lion Dancers at an 11 AM opening ceremony on Madison Avenue at East 76th Street, then shop with your dog and walk with our Lion Dancers between 86th and 42nd Streets as they visit 50 Madison Avenue merchants, each with special pet-friendly programming to celebrate Lunar New Year and support The Animal Medical Center. From 11 AM to 3 PM experience complimentary family and dog friendly activities on Madison Avenue at East 54th Street, including face painting, calligraphy, a Lunar New Year themed photo booth and Animal Medial Center doggy health tent. Wrap up the day from 2-3 PM by enjoying cultural performances by the Eastern Chamber Orchestra, Chinese Theatre Works, Martial Arts by the American Tai Chi and Health Qigong Center, along with traditional Chinese face changing in the Harman Store at 527 Madison Avenue. In addition, Madison Avenue luxury brands have prepared dog-friendly special offers, events, limited edition merchandise and refreshments — including gourmet dog treats & dog photo-shoots, to celebrate the New Year and support the Animal Medical Center, including:
Giorgio Armani: Giorgio Armani is presenting their special “Chinese New Year” capsule with small leather goods and women’s ready to wear. Moynat Paris-Take part in Moynat’s special Chinese paper cutting art activities in store, and experience Moynat’s special Lunar New Year collection.
Stuart Weitzman: Celebrate Lunar New Year in style, and receive Stuart Weitzman’s exclusive red packet gift with any in-store purchase.
Tory Burch: Join Tory Burch for champagne to celebrate Lunar New Year! Receive an exclusive Lunar New Year scarf with your $500 purchase, while supplies last. Vacheron Constantin- View Vacheron Constantin’s exclusive timepieces, including the Limited Edition Metiers d’Art Legend of the Chinese Zodiac — Year of the Dog. Warm tea and sweets will be served, along with gourmet dog treats to celebrate the year.
RIVER OAKS DISTRICT HOUSTON
Saturday, February 17, River Oaks District Houston will celebrate Lunar New Year with Lucky Money, Dragon Dancing and limited editions merchandise from retailers. At 9 AM, the first 250 guests will receive red envelopes containing a $2 bill-a traditional way to wish good luck and share good blessing — along with complimentary hot tea provided by Katz Coffee. Both will be available at the Concierge Desk, located between Hermes and Cartier. Several River Oaks District retailers will be offering their own Lunar New Year merchandise and promotions, including:
- Baccarat: Baccarat has chosen to celebrate the Year of the Dog with its beautiful Zodiaque Dog figurine. A faithful companion, the dog only has eyes for its master. This creation in gold is an elegant gift for those born under the Zodiac sign or for collectors of animal figurines.
- Chopard: Chopard will be celebrating Lunar New Year with in-store Champagne and chocolate service for clients, as well as a complimentary gift with purchase.
- Davidoff of Geneva: Davidoff will feature the limited edition Year of the Dog cigar box, an impressive Gran Churchill format enclosed in a chocolate brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, followed by spicy flavors attributed to the Nicaraguan Esteli Seco tobacco.
- de Boulle: de Boulle is featuring its new men’s and women’s “Calendar Moon Phase” watches for Lunar New Year. The men’s is set in 18-karat Rose Gold and the women’s in18-karat White Gold, each containing a hand-stitched alligator, square scale strap.
- Diptyque: Channeling the zest and vibrancy that comes with the Lunar New Year, Diptyque presents Don Son Eau de Parfum. Tuberose asserts itself, expressing all its sunny, hazy creamy, indolent seductiveness and brings attention to the heart of the blossom. The classic Tubereuse candle will also be available for purchase in a red glass container.
- Dolce&Gabbana: D&G celebrates the Chinese New Year with a capsule of special pieces inspired by the lunar calendar. This collection heralds 2018 as the Year of the Dog and highlights Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana’s personal affinity for their beloved pets.
- John Hardy: John Hardy has chosen its iconic collection of Classic Chain Reversible bracelets to celebrate Lunar New Year. They are a symbol of eternal human connection and community bond and represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship and quality, featuring sterling silver and 18-karat bonded yellow gold.
- Stella McCartney: Stella McCartney kicks off Lunar New Year with the new signature Stella Star, a modern quilted bag crafted from soft Alter Nappa, a spring must-have that adds urban sophistication to any outfit
- Le Colonial: Patrons will be able to enjoy the “feeding of the lion” dance as well as traditional dragon and lion dancing beginning at 6 PM Guests can also donate to The Soaring Phoenix, an organization that raises money for impoverished in Vietnam.
SANTA MONICA PLACE
Join the celebration on Saturday, February 17 from 2 – 6 PM to enjoy a variety of entertainment for the whole family including Asian-themed stilt walkers, traditional Korean fan dancers, Chinese music duo, Chinese dough artist, Balloon twister and Chinese dragon dances. Katherine Ho will emcee. Gong and wishing trees with photos ops will be available February 16-19.
SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE
Scottsdale visitors will be treated to special cultural presentations on Saturday, February 17 from Noon-2 PM including Asian calligraphy, Lion Dancers, Taiko Drummers and special holiday offers from participating retailers and restaurants.
TYSONS CORNER CENTER, WASHINGTON D.C.
On Saturday, February 17, Tysons Corner Center will entertain guests with cultural demonstrations and performances showcased by The Jow Ga Shaolin Institute. The Institute promotes the study of authentic Chinese martial arts for health, fitness emotional well-being and self-defense. Chinese language teachers from the Confucius Institute at George Mason University will lead a papercutting workshop demonstrating how to create beautiful paper cut designs while learning simple Chinese phrases. Mei Mei Fine Teas will also offer tea sampling throughout the day.
ABOUT THE USA LUXURY SHOPPING CONSORTIUM
Founded in 2017, The USA Luxury Shopping Consortium consists of 11 shopping and dining destinations located in 10 popular travel markets throughout the USA. The partners offer a distinctive collection of traditional and contemporary designer labels, in addition to a menu of signature chef-inspired restaurants. The properties are distinguished by their offering of luxury shopping, dining and hotel packages which focus on providing domestic and international travelers with an array of luxury services and experiences such as complimentary personal shopping assistance, package delivery to hotels, in-room fittings and alterations, culinary exhibitions, classes and tastings, beauty services, cosmetic touch ups and more, meeting the requests of today’s fashionable world travelers.
2018 USA LUXURY SHOPPING CONSORTIUM PORTFOLIO
Ala Moana Center, Honolulu Hawaii · www.alamoanacenter.com
Fashion Island, Newport Beach, California · www.shopfashionisland.com
Fashion Show, Las Vegas, Nevada · www.thefashionshow.com
Grand Canal Shoppes, Las Vegas, Nevada · www.grandcanalshoppes.com
Madison Avenue, New York, New York · www.madisonavenuebid.org
Mall at Millenia, Orlando, Florida · www.mallatmillenia.com
River Oaks District Houston, Texas · www.riveroaksdistrict.com
Santa Monica Place, California · www.santamonicaplace.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square, Arizona · www.scottsdalefashionsquare.com
Tysons Corner Center, Washington D.C. · www.tysonscornercenter.com