John Legend and Daniel Kulle

John Legend and Daniel Kulle

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AJ Calloway warms up crowd.

AJ Calloway warms up crowd.

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The opening of H&M’s new global flagship in New York’s Herald Square. The store will be located at 1 Herald Center, on the southwest corner of 34th street where Broadway and Avenue of Americas converge. To celebrate the occasion, H&M hosted an exciting moment before doors open to the public right outside the store with special guest John Legend.

PRNewswire — “H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, one of the top retailers offering fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way celebrated the opening of its new flagship store in New York City. 1,500 shoppers and music fans alike gathered at the new store at One Herald Square to be the first to shop the new collection and hear Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy winner John Legend perform. Twenty lucky customers in line were also chosen for meet-and-greets with the iconic singer.

“Only in New York City do we have the largest H&M store in the world,” said John Legend. “I’m so honored to be a part of this special celebration for the brand and my city.”

“Herald Square is one of the most dynamic shopping destinations in the world,” said Daniel Kulle, U.S. President for H&M. “It’s a significant retail hub that draws millions of New Yorkers and international visitors each year, and this new store advances our commitment to job growth and expansion in New York City. With the achievement of such a tremendous milestone, we are overjoyed to have an exemplary talent like John Legend cut the ribbon and perform.”

Guests who attended the event had the opportunity to be the first to view the location’s exciting custom illuminated store front that wraps around 33rd Street, 34th Street and 6th Avenue and 63,000 square feet interior. Additional features include a special shoe department for ladies and men, H&M Home Collection department, a custom-designed 35 ft. modern glass facade with LCD screen, mirror and terrazzo tile details, as well as an approximately 30 ft. high atrium on the second level.”


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PHILOSOPHY’S HOPE & GRACE INITIATIVE, NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS, AND FIRST LADY MCCRAY COME TOGETHER TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR MENTAL HEALTH IN NEW YORK CITY

{New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, Hope & Grace initiative advisory board member and CMO of Coty Skincare, Jill Scalamandre, Executive Director of NAMI, Mary Giliberti, and President of NAMI New York City Metro, Barbara Ricci}

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), philosophy’s hope & grace initiative for women’s mental health, and First Lady of New York City’s, Chirlane McCray, hosted a special ceremony on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 to light the Empire State Building green – the color of mental health awareness – as a beacon of hope to the nation and the world in honor of National Mental Health Month.

The Hope & Grace fund for mental health will provide NAMI with a $75,000 grant in order for NAMI to implement the StigmaFree initiative which will include resources and tools that will enable organizations and leaders to enact change within the workplace and communities, and will help lead conversations aimed to raise awareness. The StigmaFree campaign is focused on embracing support and awareness for mental health by securing pledges from corporations, organizations, community leaders and individuals to live stigma free including their support on social media with the hashtag #iamstigmafree.

New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, who has made shattering the stigma surrounding mental health and advocating for more access to mental health resources and services central to her platform attended and delivered remarks in the Empire State Building streetside, Lobby and Observation Deck.

The Empire State Building lit up the New York City skyline in green from sunset on May 5th until 2 a.m. on May 6th to help shed light on the more than 450 million people worldwide who suffer from mild to serious mental health issues and to help breakdown the stigma barrier surrounding the issue.