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New Brand Spotlight: K-Swiss by Billy Reid

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First launched in 2011, K•Swiss® by Billy Reid was created to update the shoe that Reid had known, worn and loved for years. This first collaboration set off an undying relationship. Each year since, the collaboration continues to marry the qualities of K•Swiss’ tennis heritage with the Southern aesthetics of Billy Reid designs to create a collection of classic footwear.

The endurance of these shoes represents the principal of Billy Reid’s namesake leather footwear; made from the highest quality materials and built to last a lifetime. This season’s K•Swiss for Billy Reid collection marks the fourth year of the collaboration and is the broadest line up, featuring new colors, fabrics and textures.

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Fresh Picks: Mega Metallics

Precious metals aren’t just great on jewelry! This season, we’re seeing rich metallic details popping up in everything from footwear to swimwear—and of course, accessories.

The best part about these lustrous pieces is they read as neutrals, making them surprisingly versatile for adding a dose of shine and glam to even the most laidback looks.

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1. ALDO "Ralevia" in Silver

2. Body Glove "Red Carpet Coco" Slider Triangle Top

3. Echo Design Shimmering Tie Coverup in Pebble

4. Report Signature "Duda" Sandals in Silver

5. Sam Edelman "Bray" in Rich Gold

6. BCBGeneration Affirmation Metallic "Amor" Bracelet

7. Vince Camuto Paperbag Foiled Silver Shorts

8. GUESS "Glenna" Sandals in Gold

9. DV by Dolce Vita "Agnyss"

 

 

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Recruiter Spotlight: Kiersten, This Week on @InsideZappos

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Okay, the small town part is true! BUT I am not lonely and it was a 2004 Honda Accord to Las Vegas, Nevada. Ten years ago, this small town girl packed up her bags and headed out west to the glitz and glamour of Vegas. So many stories and such limited writing space but let’s flashback four years ago when my life drastically changed with the introduction of a small, start-up company called Zappos. (Okay, maybe not so small!)

 

I started with this great company in the Customer Loyalty Team (call center). I then had the amazing opportunity to do a Z’apprenticeship (internal internship) with the recruiting team. To my surprise, they offered me a full-time position after my internship ended. Since then, I’ve had the craziest progression path EVER!

 

I had the opportunity to work as an assistant and recruiter for numerous departments. Then one day I was asked to join and help build the amazing summer internship program on the college recruiting team. I jumped at the chance and it has forever changed my life. I have always considered myself a hard worker and I enjoyed my job but I never knew I could fall in love with a program and be so passionate about something as much as I have with our College Internship Program. It has been absolutely awesome working with amazing, eager and passionate college students.

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We started with 19 amazing interns for the first official internship program in the Summer of 2011 (#zinterns). The program then grew to 30 last summer (#zpc13) and we are looking to have 42 summer interns this year! (We are in the final stages of filling all of our positions as we speak!) This year, we did things a little differently than in years past… okay, completely different. We actually didn’t travel to a single college to recruit interns… say what?!?! Yep, no career fairs, no information sessions and no onsite interviews.

 

With this new recruiting strategy, every candidate that applies has the chance to complete a virtual interview and technical challenge (in relation to the position they applied for). They are given a couple of weeks to complete both. Once they do, that’s when we kick it into high gear and review their challenges and virtual interviews. Each team narrows their selection down to 3-4 finalists. Those finalists are flown to Las Vegas for a fun and activity-filled two days. They do technical challenges, tour the office, team-building activities and, of course, interview!  And it just wouldn’t be Zappos if there wasn’t a happy hour afterward where we can get to know everyone outside of the office setting!

 

I will be the #InsideZappos Social VIP this week and the voice of our Twitter Careers page - @InsideZappos. Thankfully, Twitter limits me to 140 characters or I would ramble ridiculously. (I tend to do that!) Thankfully, I will have Jessica Chiu (@ahhchiuuu) as my co-pilot. Jess was part of our very first official internship program (#zinterns), starting as a Merchandising Assistant intern with our Casual Lifestyle team. She is a rockstar and has since received numerous promotions, most recently to Assistant Buyer. Get it girl!

 

Super excited to represent @InsideZappos and you can also find me at @kiersten34!!

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New Brand Spotlight: Soft-tex

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For over 25 years, Soft-Tex® has been manufacturing and distributing fine specialty sleep products, including plush pillows and cozy mattress toppers. Innovative sleep product technologies and Memory Foam bedding make your mattress more comfortable for better rest. Soft-Tex furnishes many of the top retailers across the country and throughout the world with the best in basic bedding.

Headquartered just outside of Albany, New York, Soft-Tex takes great pride in every aspect of the manufacturing process. Soft-Tex's ambition has been—and always will be—to engineer the finest quality sleep products designed to provide customers with the highest level of sleep satisfaction.

As the world continues to change, so do the needs of consumers. That is why Soft-Tex remains focused on and dedicated to giving you a truly great night's sleep

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Pikolinos Colors for Spring

Color like never before. That is what the Pikolinos Colors Collection for Spring 2014 is all about!

Dyed with a special immersion process, these handcrafted shoes infuse a rich dose of color into your spring/summer wardrobe and beyond:

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1. Pikolinos Puerto Vallarta

2. Pikolinos Brunei

3.Pikolinos Pisa

4. Pikolinos Jerez

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Inov-8 with Ropetec

Today’s new crop of athletes and fitness enthusiasts demand more from their workout shoes more than ever before. That’s why Inov-8 launched their new Ropetec F-Lite 240 for men & F-Lite 215 for women styles to their line of functional fitness footwear this fall. They saw the need for added durability when rope climbing—a fitness activity gaining a surge of popularity thanks to Crossfit™ and bootcamp-style classes.

Working with athletes to design the F-Lite Ropetec series, Inov-8 sought out to help solve a common problem—wearing and burning of the midsole when descending and ascending the rope.  Along with great protection, these shoes also offer greater traction and durability via the rubberized caps over the exposed EVA midsole.

Check out the Inov-8 F-Lite series to take your fitness to a whole new level!

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