Fossil Group is buzzing at Baselworld today with the campaign launch for kate spade new york’s Scallop Smartwatch 2. Interpreting everyday luxury for the modern woman, the global life and style brand has stepped into acclaimed actress Busy Philipps’ day-to-day life to showcase the innovative functions of the brand’s latest smartwatch.
When she’s not hunting down frozen yogurt or getting into a tickle session with her two daughters, Busy is also dominating the entertainment scene as a writer, producer, TV host and director whose authenticity and realness make her engaging on and off screen.
According to the brand, the pairing of a multifaceted woman with a modern, multi-functional smartwatch is no coincidence.
“We thoughtfully designed our Scallop Smartwatch 2 for the women of today.”
“They juggle a lot of responsibilities and should be able to stay connected to what matters most in a way that’s stylish and authentic to them,” said Nicola Glass, Creative Director of kate spade new york.
The new smartwatch combines feminine design details, like the signature spade and scallop detailing, with the latest technology and customization features to suit the modern woman’s everyday needs. Customers can track their heart rate and customize the dial to complement their attire using the Choose Your Look micro app.
For over five years, the Fossil Foundation has been on a mission to close the global opportunity gap by unleashing the power of underserved youth. During this time, we’ve built strong partnerships with some of the most innovative social impact organizations in the world—all addressing the challenges young people are facing today and helping them prepare for tomorrow.
So far, the Fossil Foundation has improved the lives of more than 750,000 young people. But this isn’t enough. We’re living through the biggest economic and technological shifts in human history, and underserved youth are at risk of being left further behind. To respond to today’s unique challenges, we must evolve the way we invest in and tackle this pressing global issue.
Dennis Horng, the Creative Director of Fossil Men’s Leathers, is not only known around the office for his creative product designs (and love of the denim shirt), but also as a mentor who makes time for good by supporting the people around him.
Dennis is a believer that inclusivity at work translates to inclusivity in design. When asked about the greatest achievement of his career, Dennis cites Fossil Group for allowing him to effectively lead and inspire a broad range of people and personalities. “For me, it’s about seeing individuals and teams I’ve worked with achieve success,” he said. “That’s what I find truly rewarding as a leader.”
Tell us a little bit about your Fossil Group professional journey.
A lot of people don’t know this, but I started my career at Fossil as a lead for the men’s clothing design team, then developed the creative for the launch of Watch Station. After a few years, my career took me in a different direction. But when I had the chance to return, I didn’t hesitate! I eventually came back as the Creative Director of Fossil Men’s Leathers. Part of why I love working here is because I can be authentic to myself—you don’t have to have one specific leadership style to be successful. Fossil values individuality and how people can contribute in different ways. That makes us, as a company, that much stronger.
What are some of the ways in which you develop your team’s potential?
I work to bring out the best in my team members in a number of ways. I encourage them to get involved in the design community by hosting quarterly team outings. I believe that exposure to leadership opportunities allows for greater growth development, so I invite team members to participate in presentations and special projects as often as possible. I essentially provide a platform whenever I can that will allow them to freely express their thoughts, voice and creativity.
What advice do you have for those wanting to become a mentor to others?
Recognize that a mentee provides you another lens with which to see the world. Being a mentor is an incredible experience, both to help someone grow, and to learn and develop yourself. I didn’t have a mentor earlier in my career, and realize now how important it is. This is why I’m very passionate about helping others who are at different stages of their journey.
What do you think makes Fossil Group unique?
The people and culture. It’s very welcoming and supportive. I’ve worked at some well-known retail companies throughout my career and Fossil has remained the stand out. It became the benchmark as to what I would expect from a company. I believe you are truly appreciated as an individual and for what you bring to the table because of your different experiences and voice. The appreciation of that diversity is amazing.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given at Fossil?
When it comes to understanding current design and style, the best advice I’ve received is listen to every person in the room. For my professional career, I’ve been more influenced by the actions of others than by their words. During moments of disruption, uneasiness or struggle, I’ve always had someone to provide me a calm space and perspective. I want to be that person for my team.
“I’ve always had someone to provide me a calm space and perspective. I want to be that person for my team.”
How does Fossil Group support you in making time for good?
It’s honestly just ingrained in the culture. In addition to Fossil Group’s global sustainability efforts the company offers volunteer events both in and outside of the office, which allows us to create change in our community. The fact that Fossil gives us the time to do that is really special.
What initially started as an opportunity for Fossil Group employees to showcase their creative talent and support a community partner, has now evolved into a highly anticipated art auction and collaborative community project.
Fossil Group recently hosted its seventh annual Works of HeART auction, raising $22,000 benefitting the Creative Solutions program at Big Thought—a Dallas-based nonprofit committed to closing the opportunity gap by sparking creativity and strengthening social-emotional skills. Creative Solutions is an arts-as-workforce intervention program for adjudicated and marginalized youth.
The 2019 exhibition featured more than 70 original employee-created artworks and specially curated works from teen artists from Big Thought’s Creative Solutions and Artivism (Art as Activism) programs. In addition to paintings, woven textiles and a 3D-printed sculpture, Fossil auctioned off totes from repurposed leather created by Fossil’s product design team.
A partner in Fossil Foundation’s mission to champion the power of underserved youth, Big Thought equips students with the skills and tools they need to imagine and create their best lives and a better world. For more information on the organization and their community partnership programs, visit their www.bigthought.org.
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