Zapponian Spotlight: Clinton Serves Up Summer Fun!

Summer is here, and as the days get longer, the outdoors takes center stage. Explosions of festive fun shower the warm summer air. Barbeques, clam digs, pool parties, and beachfront bonfires litter your social calendar, but keeping your look fresh in the heat is no easy task. Luckily, our resident Menswear blogger, Clinton Kuska is here to teach us how to keep summer style sizzling.

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Independence Day just happens to be Clinton’s favorite summer holiday. Everything from the fireworks, to hanging out with good friends, to the iconic red solo cups just screams summer fun. We sat down to chat about what to wear for the Fourth of July.

July 4th is coming up, what are you going to wear?

 “Something festive, for sure, but not too cheesy,” Clinton says as he lowers his gaze, raising one eyebrow. “Hold the cheese please!” We laugh as he clarifies, “One fun piece is enough. You should start with a festive piece and build subtly around that.”

How do you choose a fun look without going overboard with themed attire?

“I recommend starting with a standout item that will double as a conversation starter. It can be any part of your ensemble. Hats work well, or accessories if you’d rather shy away from too many prints. A loud pair of pants or shorts can be fun, and sends a relaxed vibe. A more demure option is pulling different hues from the holiday, and creating a DIY color-blocked ensemble. For the Fourth of July, you could work a chic palette of red, white, and blue – ready to wear straight from your own closet.”

How would you balance a lively, holiday piece for a party outfit?

“You should have fun with fashion! Don’t worry too much, especially if you’re attending a casual event. Holidays are supposed to be fun - don’t take yourself that seriously. Obviously you can’t go too crazy either, but parties are filled with opportunities for risk taking.”

Clinton shows me his personal Independence Day ensemble; a Roper™ Stars and Stripes Patriotic shirt, khaki shorts, boat-shoe style loafers, and a pair of sleek, Ray-Ban® Wayfarer shades.

“The fourth of July is my favorite summer holiday, and this year I’m going all-out in a patterned stars and stripes shirt. I added neutral bottoms, versatile shoes, and timeless eyewear. These pieces are minimalistic on their own, but create a nice harmony when paired with a striking shirt.”

If you could attend anyone’s Fourth of July shindig, whose party would you crash?

“Taylor Swift!” Clinton confidently replies. “She has a reputation for going all-out for her fans. I’d bet that she’s an amazing hostess. Any party of hers would most definitely be on point.”

After excitedly discussing about what a pool party with Taylor Swift would even be like, I found it much easier to visualize my own July Fourth look. If you’re still wondering what to wear this weekend, check out Clinton’s personal picks for a flawless Fourth of July.

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HATS

1. Billabong Native Hat

2. Quiksilver Boardies Hat

3. John Varvatos Star U.S.A. Straw Fedora

SWIM TRUNKS

1. Billabong Slice X Boardshort

2. O'Neill Quarters Boardshort

SHIRTS

1. French Connection Grunge Flag Tee

2. Lucky Brand Peace Flag Graphic Tee

3. Roper Pieced Stars and Stripes Patriotic Shirt

TANKS

1. Rip Curl Americano Custom Tank Top

2. Converse Sub American Print Tank Tee

ACCESSORIES

1. Original Penguin Ocho Stripe Tie

2. M&F Western Eagle Flag Oval Buckle

Zappos Sustainability Rockstar: Derek Sabori of Volcom

Hi everyone! My name is Holly Moynahan and I am Zappos’ Sustainability Apprentice (intern) for summer 2015! As part of my sustainability apprenticeship, I got the opportunity to interview a few sustainability rockstars from some of Zappos’ favorite brands. This will be blogged as a series and below is my first interview with Derek Sabori at Volcom. Please read, share, & enjoy!

 

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DS: Besides working for a brand that is committed to the sports and lifestyle I love!? Working with all the different aspects of the business has got to be a close second. I get to have the unique role of working smack-dab in the middle of the action. I report to the CEO, interact with most all the teams here at Volcom, and act as our brand sustainability liaison to Kering’s sustainability team in Paris, France. It’s not too bad…I mean, where else does the sustainability guy get to sit in the commentator’s booth next to a surf legend (a-hem Gerry Lopez) and talk shop during the worldwide webcast of a major surf contest?

 

Who or what is your biggest source of inspiration?

DS: More and more I’m inspired by what’s left to do. I think sustainability is sort of a never-ending pursuit, and if you’ve got a competitive drive, you’re constantly trying to tackle as much as possible and are always aware that the finish line is this elusive target that feels within reach, but is always just slightly, out of it. So I’m inspired by that challenge. I’m also inspired by the fact that there are people in the company that are passionate about sustainability, changing their own personal lifestyles, and are committed to seeing us through with the sustainability vision we’ve created for ourselves.

 

What do you do to stay motivated and energized?

DS: I make time for my personal well-being; It’s a priority for me. I surf as often as my schedule will allow it, and do yoga (thanks to some inspiration from our Volcom Wellness Committee) and other strengthening programs all throughout the week. My family life keeps me energized as well – love that crew!

 

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

DS: A whale shark.

 

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A little bit more about sustainability at Volcom

Volcom has an Environmental Sustainability program and a Product and Social Safety Program (P.A.S.S.). Volcom is also a part of the Kering Group and follows in suit with their robust sustainability program.

A couple of things to note about sustainability at Volcom:

  • Volcom measures its impacts by way of the EP&L (Environmental Profit & Loss)
  • Volcom continues to increase the amount of recycled fiber it uses in its products, mostly through the use of Repreve branded fibers.
  • Volcom is a Fair Labor Association member (and possibly the first in its industry)
  • Thanks to Kering, Volcom’s Scope 1-2 emissions are offset with REDD+ credits, through Wildlife works. The same goes for Volcom’s Sustainable by Design/Deep Blue Surf Events.
  • You can almost always find a current community event, or Give Back initiative happening at Volcom.
  • Volcom has a strong wellness program at its offices and offers an incentive each month for sustainable living (fun raffle).

You can see much of what Volcom does/has done here at http://newfuture.volcom.com/ and at https://www.facebook.com/volcomnewfuture

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Zappos 4th Annual Earth Day Party

On April 20th Zappos hosted its 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration in the plaza of our LEED Gold-certified campus. We had twenty new and returning vendors join the Zappos LEAF Team to create an awesome event highlighting how easy it is to be earth friendly.

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Tons of Zapponians hung out with us, enjoyed the sunshine, and learned about sustainable initiatives. Similar to years past, our metric for success is to teach each Zapponian at least one new eco-friendly habit that makes a real difference. Whether it’s to buy brands that use recycled content in their apparel, or use a reusable shopping bag at the grocery store; every little habit or lifestyle change helps keep the planet a wonderful place to live.

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We had all sorts of educational activities and giveaways for our employees. Back by popular demand was the raffle for two beach cruisers. Employees earned raffle tickets by visiting each of the Earth Day participants. Congratulations to Holly O. and Erik L. for winning the 2015 #ZapposEarthDay beach cruisers!

Special thanks to all of our friends who participated this year and a giant high five to the Zappos Bistro team for grilling corn on the cob. We’ll see you next year!

Thanks to these very special friends who helped make our 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration a success!

KEEN

prAna

Merrell

Klean Kanteen

Whole Foods

BluMarble

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

Renu Oil of America

Republic Services

Clean the World

NV Energy

Sierra Club

Vegas Roots

Las Vegas Cyclery

Springs Preserve

Friends of Nevada Wilderness

Zerorez

Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)

Fat Daddy’s Ice Cream

Taylored Photo Memories

 

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Zapponian Spotlight: Francesca S. Shares Her Style Tips

Squinting our way through the bright Las Vegas sunshine, coffees in hand, Francesca Simmons sits down with me to discuss her recent style evolution. Francesca came to Zappos as a summer intern from Scripps College in Claremont, California. Almost two year later, Francesca is now a full-time employee, managing her own portfolio for the Clothing Content team. We take a seat near as much shade as we could find on the Zappos rooftop café.

Has your personal style changed much from when you first interned?

 “Oh yes. Lately I’ve been focusing on classic, timeless pieces.”

She emphasizes pieces.

“Updating my wardrobe to express a more ‘adult’ look has been a creative challenge. Now that I’m out of college, I try not to buy impulsively anymore; if I’m missing a key piece in my wardrobe, I take the time to make sure that I’ll use it more than once before making a purchase.”

What are some of your favorite pieces?

She laughs, takes a sip of coffee, then replies, “This is going to sound totally weird, but green bottoms.”

We share a chuckle as she explains, “Green, for me, is a unique neutral that can also add a pop of color to my look. Plus, I can wear green bottoms pretty much all year. Chambray shirts are another favorite. They’re so easy to layer, dress up or dress down.”

Francesca always (genuinely always) shows up to work looking stylish. Even on her “I just do not care today” days, she looks fabulous, so I was dying to know, how she styles her ensembles.

She thought about my question for a second, and then explained, “No matter what I’m wearing, I try and include at least one uniquely textured piece, or a pop of color. Lately I’ve been incorporating sequins in unexpected looks, like daywear.”

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Is there a specific source that you use for inspiration?

We’re now getting into the weird, ambiguous world of inspiration, and Francesca smiles at me once again, before blurting out, “Mindy Kaling! I really like how she plays with prints. It’s mind-boggling how she puts her outfits together, truly.”

After returning from our bunny trail of Mindy Kaling Googling, I remember Francesca’s Rebecca Minkoff bag sitting on our table.

 “So where did you find this stunning bag?” I ask.

“That’s actually my tax bag!” she laughs, “If I happen to have a little money to throw around, like a tax refund, I like to invest in something I’ll use a lot, like a quality handbag. I spend very little on trendy items, but I don’t mind splurging for well made, classic pieces that stand the test of time.”

Francesca goes on to explain cost-per-wear, a personal policy that she tries to follow when shopping. “Preferably, the cost-per-wear I’m looking for is about $3. After all is said and done, I would like to see myself wear an item enough times that I average about $3 spent per day. That really paints a clear picture for me when I can’t decide whether or not to commit to a new purchase.”

The mid-day sun is beating down on us by the end of the interview, and as we walk back, across the rooftop café, I feel inspired to go home and pick apart my wardrobe. Maybe we don’t need to sink dollar after dollar into department stores…unique style and a smidge of creative thinking can take your look a long way without opening up your wallet.

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Today is Thank A Mail Carrier Day!

Every year, we ship packages to millions of customers across the nation, so we’re constantly wowed by the hard work of the delivery people from our shipping partners. As a small token of our appreciation, this “Thank a Mail Carrier Day”, we wanted to thank our HQ’s local delivery people in a special way. Today we encourage everyone to #ThankAMailCarrier!

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Inside the Photo Studio: April T.

Take a peek "Inside the Photo Studio" at Zappos.com and see what we are all about! Each month we  profile a different member of our team to give you a snapshot of his/her day-to-day as we get your favorite products up on the site.

This month's feature is on Junior QA, April!

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Inside the Photo Studio: Lucas

Take a peak "Inside the Photo Studio" at Zappos.com and see what we are all about! Each month we  profile a different member of our team to give you a snapshot of his/her day-to-day as we get your favorite products up on the site.

This month's feature is on Zappos Studio Manager, Lucas.

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2014 Children’s Recycling Art Contest Winner Announced

The following article is by Janet T.

It is crucial to teach our children the importance of recycling and adopting a sustainable lifestyle. Evidence indicates that this generation will have the greatest impact on the environment for the next 50-100 years.  Recycling reduces the amount of resources we consume and helps to remove toxic materials from production. Valuable resources are being wasted in landfills and large amounts of greenhouse gases are being produced as these landfills decompose.

In our efforts to encourage kids to keep the planet near and dear to their hearts, Zappos LEAF holds an annual Children’s Art Contest. This year, we asked kids to express “why they love recycling” through drawing. Up for grabs was a $50 Zappos.com Gift Card just in time for the holidays!

Zappos LEAF Team awarded 10-year-old Ethan V. a $50 Zappos.com Gift Card for providing us with a phenomenal picture describing why he loves recycling! We also wanted to give a shout out to his entire family, for all three lovely children participated in this year’s contest!

The 2014 Children’s Recycling Art Contest Winner

Thank you to all the kids who participated! Comment below and tell us why YOU love recycling!

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