Skechers launches ‘YOU’ footwear collection

Updated 21 October 2017

Skechers launches ‘YOU’ footwear collection

Skechers has launched a new footwear collection “YOU by Skechers” on and in its stores across the GCC.
“Designed with a foundation in health and wellness, ‘YOU by Skechers’ is for the young woman, who wants to go from the office to the yoga studio to dinner in comfort and style,” a press statement said.
Kathy Kartalis, senior vice president of global product at Skechers, said: “The YOU collection is an exciting crossover between our lifestyle lines and performance, and really speaks to the way the modern, busy woman is living her life. This unique evolution for Skechers utilizes the best technologies and innovations from our performance division and leverages that into a new collection that meets the lifestyle and wellness needs of the self-aware woman searching for more balance in her life.”
Michael Greenberg, president of Skechers, said: “We’ve seen an explosion in the desire for lightweight wellness footwear in the athleisure marketplace. ‘YOU by Skechers’ gives us the perfect opportunity to fuse the best aspects of both our performance and lifestyle experience to meet that need. We expect this versatile collection to resonate strongly with active women across multiple demographics.”
Skechers based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the US and over 160 countries and territories worldwide including Saudi Arabia via department and specialty stores.
The company manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia and the Middle East, and wholly-owned subsidiaries in Canada, Japan, throughout Europe and Latin America.
Apparel Group, a global fashion and lifestyle retail conglomerate, represents Skechers in the Gulf.
Today, the Dubai-based Apparel Group caters to thousands of shoppers through its 1,750-plus stores, and more than 75 brands across all platforms.

Alef Education launches first project in US

From right, Geoffrey Alphonso, CEO of Alef Education; Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone and chairman of NexGen Education; and Hanut Singh, CEO of NexGen Education and CEO of QBS Learning.
Updated 17 October 2018

Alef Education launches first project in US

Alef Education, a UAE-based education technology company, has announced the launch of its Alef education system in the US.

The system will be used at Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) schools in New York city, starting Oct. 15.

The Alef education system brings together a blend of the latest technology and pedagogical approaches geared toward learners of today. A key component of the system is the “Alef Platform,” which has three main pillars: 

•A fun and easy-to-use digital learning environment 

•High-quality digital content developed to engage and stimulate learning with a blend of videos, interactivities and games. 

•Real time data provided within each lesson to truly enable educators to support personalized learning and identify student strengths and weaknesses. 

The partnership between Alef Education and the Harlem Children’s Zone schools started in 2017 when leaders of those organizations met. The meeting included a review of best practices in pedagogy, instructional design, the use of technology, and the best ways to identify difficult concepts and detect struggling students early using data. 

Alef Education identified NexGen, an education technology startup based in New York City, as its US-based partner to carry forward the implementation of the program at the Harlem Children’s Zone schools and other school systems across the US. 

Geoffrey Alphonso, chief executive of Alef Education, said: “As a leading education technology company, we want to play a significant role in the creation of the next generation of innovative individuals around the world, and continue to provide the latest innovations in artificial intelligence-based and technology-driven education solutions within a holistic education system.” 

He added: “The implementation of our innovative education system in the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York city speaks of a quantum leap in our long-term mission to leverage technology to provide students with the personalized education they need to succeed, while also empowering teachers with real-time, actionable data.” 

Geoffrey Canada, president of the Harlem Children’s Zone schools in New York and chairman of NexGen Education, named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine and as one of the 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine, said: “We are pleased to welcome Alef Education’s innovative education system into our schools in New York as of October 2018. Education systems across the world are witnessing unprecedented transformations and a transition to a more dynamic education based on new technologies. In this context, we have decided to adopt this program to further enrich the resources available to our students to ensure they have access to the best the digital education industry has to offer.”