Chelsea Handler donates $100K at amfAR gala

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Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Chelsea Handler presided over a successful night raising money and awareness for AIDS research at the annual amfAR gala, as Sharon Stone kissed bidders to raise more money at the event's auction.
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Tucci and Blunt wed again

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Chicago thieves hot on designer glasses

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Tiffani Thiessen weds fellow actor

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All-star lineup for AIDS benefit at Cannes

NEW YORK, April 27 (UPI) -- Liza Minnelli and Sharon Stone will headline a May 19 AIDS benefit at the Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Wednesday.

Shania Twain to develop fragrance

NEW YORK, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Canadian singer Shania Twain has announced she will develop and market a fragrance line for the fragrance company Stetson Fragrances.

Beyonce launches fashion line

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Reality 'Bachelorette' marries

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Kenneth Cole
Rosie O'Donnell and Kenneth Cole arrive for the amfAR 25th Annual New York Gala at Cipriani in New York on February 9, 2011. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh

Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. He originally named the company Kenneth Cole Incorporated in September 1982 and planned to showcase his new line of shoes during market week at the Hilton Hotel in New York. Finding that he could not afford to purchase a hotel room or showroom to exhibit his line, he borrowed a truck and asked the mayor’s office for permission to park two blocks away from the Hilton Hotel in front of a fancy shoe building. Upon learning that permits were only granted to utility companies and production companies shooting full-length motion pictures, Cole changed the name of the company to Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. and applied for a permit to shoot a full-length motion picture entitled “The Birth of a Shoe Company”.

With Kenneth Cole Productions painted on the side of the truck, they opened for business on December 2, 1982, in front of 1370 Avenue of the Americas. They had a fully furnished forty-foot trailer, klieg lights, a director, a rolling camera, models as actresses, and two NYPD policemen as doormen. A velvet rope allowed a limited number of people in the trailers and in two and a half days they sold forty thousand pairs of shoes. The company remains Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. to this day to honor this unusual beginning.

In 1985, Kenneth Cole opened his first store on Columbus Avenue in Manhattan, followed shortly thereafter by another store on Union Street in San Francisco. Kenneth Cole retail and Company Stores can now be found worldwide in countries such as Mexico, Canada, Colombia, Israel, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Australia and South Africa.

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