Slate Denim & Co. is a new Texas-based men’s jeans brand that blends the look of premium fashion denim with good old-fashioned Southern heritage. Or, as it describes itself in its press materials: “Our garments embody the independent, no-frills spirit of the open road, and draw inspiration from the toughness, individuality, and forward-thinking nature that make up the fabric of Texas.”Sold in physical and online stores, as well as its own web shop, Slate is an excellent alternative to other, more expensive products of its ilk. Brandon Van Dyck, Slate’s head of marketing, recently shared the story behind this growing — both in size and popularity — denim name.How new is Slate?Slate is a new brand but we are not a new company. Our parent company is Westmoor Manufacturing, so we’ve been making clothing and apparel for over 70 years, predominantly in the Western apparel space. We own several core Western brands, like Panhandle and Rock & Roll Denim, that are focused on our core Western business. We are based in Texas and are Texas born and bred.Slate was a brainchild of our parent company and an opportunity for us to target and bridge that gap between Western and fashion. All of our products sort of have a Texas flair to them, and that’s our point of differentiation to a certain degree.How big is the collection?The collection is growing every season. We are just launching spring ’18 and we added significantly more styles and more tops. The brand started out with predominantly jeans and we’ve really pushed into more fashionable tops in both short and long sleeve.As we push into spring ’18, we’re really taking advantage of very unique indigo washes. Spring ’18 will be the first time we have worked even closer with Cone Denim. Our challenge was really to get the best indigo washes that they have, and it really played into this “blue icon” semantic. We’ve been able to treat them so they come off as if they have been loved and worn — kind of your “favorite pair of jeans” type of aesthetic from the first time that you put them on. And they are just going to get better after that.We’ll continually roll out new fits, styles, colors, and washes, not only in the denim space for jeans, but also in the tops as well.Who is the Slate Denim customer?He’s the discerning fashion connoisseur. It’s people who really appreciate spending a premium price on their clothes and who appreciate things that are well made, well manufactured, and show an attention to detail, so we think we are comparable in terms of price with a lot of our competitors like Joe’s, AG, and Diesel. We model our brand positioning after a premium denim consumer, but someone who’s looking for something a little bit different. Everything is designed in Texas, so we kind of have this Texas or Southern cool aesthetic to our product and brand. That’s really the differentiation that we are trying to bring to our customer.Where are the products made?Everything is designed in the United States and we do have a capsule collection that is made in Los Angeles that we’re really proud of that is going to be rolling out in spring. We’re based in Forth Worth … and we’ve brought in some of the best designers from New York and LA that are working on our designs. We are really excited about our Made in the USA collection.What is the general price range?Our retail prices for the jeans ranges from about $150 to $210 depending on the style, the wash, and whether or not they are made in LA .Do you have a favorite Slate jeans style?I’m partial to our slim tapered fit. It’s like it was almost exactly tailored to your frame. I’m 6’ 2” and I think the slim tapered really does a good job of showing off the longer silhouette and staying slim, trim, and tailored without being too skinny or too loose. That’s a personal favorite, but obviously we have a slim straight and a skinny fit, so we really cater to different ranges of people and different body types. We try to put together a variety of fits, washes, and finishes that can really cater to anyone’s aesthetic or fit.What would you say is the No. 1 reason a reader of The Manual should check out Slate Denim?If your readers are looking for something that is kind of off the beaten path from the well-established denim brands like Joe’s and AG, I think Slate Denim is a really good fit because it embodies individuality a little bit more, and it has a little bit of our Texas spirit, our Southern flair, and this kind of unique brand identity which is portrayed down to the product in both in our tops and our unique pieces of denim.I think the fashion-conscious consumer is looking for what’s next, and we think we’ve put together some really great products and a really great brand story that is trending to be what’s next. 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The Luxury Collection Debuts First Resort in Baja California Sur September 6th, 2018 – The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the opening of Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos. Perched on a coveted 34 acres overlooking the Sea of Cortez, Solaz Resort offers travelers a restorative, wholly transformative experience in the heart of Baja California Sur. Located midway between the bustling vacation city of Cabo San Lucas and the quaint historic town of San José del Cabo, the 128-room beachfront oasis is The Luxury Collection‘s first hotel on the beautiful Baja California peninsula. From design to cuisine, immersive adventures to spacious accommodations, Solaz Resort pays tribute to its Baja home, celebrating the magnificent natural landscapes and exquisite cultural marvels that are the region’s signatures. Solaz Resort has collaborated with the very best in locally grown talent, including Mexican architects, artists and chefs, to ensure a truly captivating experience rooted in authenticity. “A top resort destination, Los Cabos is rich in culture and acts a gateway for our Global Explorers to connect with the indigenous offerings of Mexico.” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “The Luxury Collection’s guests seek destinations with enriching qualities and there is a magnetic attraction to this Baja oasis. As the seventh Luxury Collection hotel in Mexico, Solaz Resort showcases the brand’s commitment to expanding its footprint and enhancing its offerings for discerning travelers to the destination.” Sophisticated AccommodationsEach masterfully designed guest room and suite at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos features a private entrance and patio, contemporary furnishings and original art. Further setting the mood, Bluetooth technology offers touchscreen remote control access to the curtains, lighting and music. Unobstructed views of the sea blur the lines between indoors and outdoors, with a natural flow from each room to its private terrace. Architectural MarvelsGuests of Solaz Resort will at once notice the striking architecture, which seamlessly blends the destination’s unique landscape, where the desert meets the sea. Springing from the fertile imagination of renowned Mexican architectural firm Sordo Madaleno, the resort’s cascading terraces mix desert vegetation with quarry stone, granite, marble and wood. Celebrating the distinctive endemic landscape of Baja, Solaz Resort features a sustainable lush “dry jungle” featuring only endemic flora. Mexican Art ImmersionCelebrating art at every turn, The Luxury Collection’s Solaz Resort features original works throughout the property — all masterfully created by famed Mexican artist César López-Negrete, who travelled throughout Baja for years studying the region’s land, water, history and folklore. El Gabinete “Del Barco” is the resort’s indigenous gallery, showcasing rare regional artifacts such as a 43-foot-long whale skeleton and a historical map collection. Authentic Experiences and AdventuresSolaz Resort offers an array of bespoke, exclusive experiences designed to bring guests closer to the soul of Baja. Take a private helicopter trip to explore the rare cave paintings of Baja. Swim alongside whale sharks, gentle giants who can grow up to 33 feet long. Learn about the region’s deep culinary heritage during a cooking class. Enjoy a breathtaking night under the desert stars, soaking in crystal clear visions of the cosmos. Can’t decide what to do? No problem – each room will have a dedicated Artisan butler who will help curate these one-of-a-kind, luxury adventures. The Flavors of BajaCulinary offerings at Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos are as authentically inspired as the property itself, with five unique restaurants and lounges designed for visitors with discerning palates.Mako offers an al fresco dining experience during the day, with salads from local biodynamic farms, and artisanal wood-fired flatbreads. By night, the Mako Dinner Grill offers such delicacies as dry-aged steak, local live lobsters and the sea’s freshest fish, all prepared in-house by Executive Chef Pedro Arceyut and his team.The resort’s all-day restaurant, Cascabel, is a vibrant venue for modern Mexican dining. Highlighting the diversity of Mexican cuisine from region to region at its bustling cooking stations, Cascabel prepares seasonal dishes using locally-sourced, garden-fresh ingredients. Communal seating creates a highly social environment for gathering with friends and family and local craft and botanical-infused libations give cause for celebration.Those looking for lively libations can enjoy the property’s impressive wine cellar at La Cava, offering a selection of more than 2,500 vintages, many of which are local to the region.Arabica, created in partnership with the award-winning Limantour Group, is about energy and creativity. At night, Arabica transforms into a hip and decadent spot offering and array of delicious tapas that reflect the seasonal colors and local flavors of Baja California, as well as creative cocktails including cocoa-inspired libations.The resort is also home to Xocolatl, a modern chocolate shop and ice cream boutique that sells organic and indigenous chocolate from Mexico’s diverse region. All of the resort’s restaurant menus have been developed to incorporate the captivating stories of local farmers that grow organic produce, fishermen that supply fresh and sustainable seafood, and the local artisanal craftsmen who specialize in traditional cheeses. Restorative AmbianceA restorative travel destination, Solaz Resort boasts five swimming pools including two 50-meter infinity pools lining more than 4,000 sq. feet of white sand beaches overlooking the Sea of Cortez. Each pool incorporates butterfly green granite, which emulates and seamlessly merges with the Sea of Cortez’s tranquil turquoise waters. State-of-the-art exercise facilities feature Technogym® equipment and group of personal fitness instruction, and the 10,000-sq.-ft. Ojo de Liebre Spa offers eight private treatment rooms and two VIP double rooms, along with a full range of services like halotherapy (Himalayan salt igloo) and thalassotherapy — the latter only available in Baja California at the Ojo de Liebre Spa. Baja’s Ultimate Meetings DestinationThe Luxury Collection’s Solaz Resort offers the largest meeting space at any luxury hotel in Los Cabos, with 20,000 sq. feet of meeting, wedding and event space that can accommodate more than 1,000 guests. Whether hosting an intimate gathering for a select group of associates, or a grand-scale event in honor of an important milestone occasion, group events are met with flawless service and precise execution. A team of expert event planners ensures attention to every detail.The expansive 11,000 sq.-foot outdoor Calypso Ocean Front Deck invites guests to take in sparkling Sea of Cortez views during intimate or grand-scale events.The 3,400 sq.-foot Cousteau Ballroom is an ideal indoor events space for receptions, celebrations and award ceremonies. Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos is located at Corredor Turístico s/n, Km 18.5, Cabo Real, 23405 San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico. For more information, please visit us at www.luxurycollection.com/solaz, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & ResortsThe Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in the company’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com. About Quinta del Golfo de CortezQuinta del Golfo de Cortez (QGC) is a hospitality group founded in 1994 devoted to developing unique destination experiences in the Los Cabos area. Other QGC projects have included Hacienda del Mar, featuring The Sheraton Grand Los Cabos, two of Mexico’s most renowned golf courses, and abundant residential offerings. Invested in and committed to luxury tourism and residential development, QGC is slated to open a St. Regis Hotel & Residences in 2021 as well as a new Town Center, Tennis Stadium and Athletic Sporting Center in Los Cabos by 2020. About Marriott International, Inc.Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitterand Instagram.
ARC Data Shows Air Ticket Sales Increased 8 Percent in September ARLINGTON, Va. – October 16, 2018 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 8.1 percent in September as compared to September 2017, totaling $7.5 billion vs. $7 billion.* The average U.S. roundtrip ticket price for September 2018 was $498, up $30 from the same time in 2017. The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 2 percent to 23,599,833 compared to 23,106,672 in September 2017. U.S. domestic trips decreased approximately 2 percent while international passenger trips increased more than 10 percent. Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in September 2018 comprised $5.4 million, a nearly 3 percent increase compared to September 2017. EMD transactions increased approximately 6 percent to 95,281 in September 2018 vs. 90,356 in September 2017.More detailed information is available on ARC’s website. About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $88.5 billion in ticket transactions in 2017 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 287 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.