Friday, December 6, 2013

Farewell Tribute to Our Wise and Fearless Leader, Nelson Mandela

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." ~ Nelson Mandela 7/18/18 - 12/5/13

The Ease Collection Team wishes to express our sincere sorrow at the passing of a great leader for peace and equality, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. When we consider the dash between his date of birth and his date of death, we are filled with an overwhelming sense of pride to have lived during this time to witness his grace and commitment to freedom for all.

May we be inspired to commit ourselves to truth, honesty and justice for all! God Bless and Rest In Peace, Nelson Mandela.

Kathy L. Aldinger
Global Ambassador

Below are just a few of the wonderful images and enlightened quotes from Nelson Mandela.
A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

 
Let freedom reign.
The sun never set on so glorious a human achievement.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy.
Then he becomes your partner.
There is no keener revelation of a society's soul 
than the way it treats its children.
It always seems impossible until it's done.
Courageous people do not fear forgiving, for the sake of peace.
Farewell, Wise and Fearless Leader~ KLA

 
 
Photo Credits:
worldnews.nbcnews.com
pickeringpost.com
news.com.au
guardianlv.com
huffingtonpost.com
telegraph.com
bet.com
 
Kathy L. Aldinger

 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Ease Collection

Giving Thanks
“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.”~ Oprah Winfrey
 
As America, the beautiful nation in which we live and pledge allegiance, takes a moment to pause in unity to feel gratitude for our many blessings, we all have experienced challenges this year. From the government shut down to personal challenges that caused us to stretch, learn and grow.
 
Ease Collection wishes each and everyone of us a time of reflection and introspection to appreciate how every experience in life is a moment to feel gratitude.
 
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
 
Your Ease Collection East Coast Connection,
Kathy
 
Photo Credit:
 
Kathy L. Aldinger
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

@EASE Embracing A Solution Everyday

@Ease with Dr. Denyse Ray
An amazing opportunity has been presented to Ease Collection to participate in a pilot for a reality
show about the apparel manufacturing industry through the eyes of Dr. Denyse Ray and her Team Ease and what goes into achieving success in a mainly male dominated industry. The locale couldn't be lovelier, which is in Hawai'i, paradise! Believe me when I say that this will not be another run-of-the-mill reality show.

Many Fashionstas enjoy an hour of superfluous television viewing from time to time resulting in the the success of many of the reality shows of today.  From glimpses into the lives of the rich and famous to basketball or mobsters wives; from deep sea fishermen tales and crocodile trappers to chefs, singers and models all vying to make a name for themselves, there are wide ranges of "reality" shows on any given night. The list of shows seems endless when you include the bizarre realm of reality where hoarders quandary is the disposal of things while the "shopping networks" encourage accumulating more things. Refreshingly new and innovative reality entertainment is what you can expect from @Ease.

As the blogger and global ambassador @ Ease Collection, I use the written word to spread awareness about our company. But through the media of television, we'll have the ability to share a "day in the life" of modern day manufacturing, in an age where outsourcing is diminishing. This effort will be, to say the least interesting. And while it will be family friendly it will be entertaining for all who want to be in the company where we truly do "Embrace A Solution Everyday."

There are a few tidbits that are available to preview as @Ease is being marketed! Let us know your thoughts here or on the Ease Collection Facebook page. See us soon on Reality!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QKm6PplwpM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zViuxMt3lkw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLVeRAxftUg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9DfX_9ftFU


That's a wrap!

Your Global Fashion Ambassador, 
Kathy

Photo Credits:
darienps.org
Ease Collection
Michael Snoopy Wells
Hawai'i Actors Network



Kathy L. Aldinger

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Veterans take a stand for "Made In America"...Do You?

Master Sgt. sans boots
As we celebrated and honored our veterans who have bravely and faithfully served our nation and the freedoms that we enjoy, Ease Collection values and acknowledges the opinions of these men and women. A case in point was our previous blog post dated May 29, 2013, that made honorable mention of Steve Adachi, an Air Force Marine Reservist based in Pearl Harbor in Hawai'i. Master Sgt. Adachi challenged authorities to issue boots "Made In America." He was concerned with the fact that "We have all these Americans out of a job, using taxpayer money to buy boots made in China. That doesn't seem right." Adachi went on to question during an interview for the Air Force Times, "How many American workers are unemployed because military clothing is being produced in foreign countries?"ii

Attempting to right this wrong, Reps. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., and Michael H. Michaud, D-Maine, iii
are asking fellow lawmakers to sign a letter that asks the Defense Department to comply with the "letter and the spirit of the Berry Amendment," which requires the food, clothing, fabrics and other textiles the Pentagon buys to be grown or made in the U.S. "We should not rely on other countries, particularly those who may have competing global interests, to supply our forces with basic items," the letter says. "This is especially true when there are millions of Americans looking for work. More importantly, our soldiers deserve to fight in uniforms, including footwear, that are made in the U.S.A."

When you visit the Ease Collection Facebook page  at https://www.facebook.com/EaseCollectionActivewear ("Like" us while you're there) you will find other articles posted that reflects the concern with the correlation of unemployment and the apparel manufacturing industry. The good news is that there is a growing "reshoring" of the apparel manufacturing industry...meaning bringing the industry back to our shores. This is an industry that can create a number of jobs and rejuvenating the stagnant arts of textiles and sewing.

Most of the Fashionistas that I encounter on a daily basis are saying that the "Made in America" tag will be a major determining factor in making a purchase...not just the price tag!

Ease Collection "Made in the U.S.A."
So, as we remember our veterans and their families sacrifices, not only for a day, may we continually be determined in our minds that buying "Made In America" is another way of honoring and serving. Ease Collection is proud and humbled to tag each garment that goes out our doors with "Made In the U.S.A." We wouldn't have it any other way!

We thank you for your continued support and encouragement!

Kathy, your Global Ambassador

i Star-Advertiser; “Boot gripe prompted retaliation, says isle airman Steve Adachi publicly complained about his reserve unit's use of Chinese-made shoes”; Cole, William; May 19, 2013

ii Mast Sgt. says no to Chinese-made boots; http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20120625/NEWS/206250302/

iii Lawmakers questioning China-made military boots;  http://www.wltx.com/news/national/article/204562/142/Lawmakers-Questioning-China-Made-Military-Boots

PHOTO CREDITS:
www.airforcetimes.com
www.simply-american.net


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ease Collection: Reestablishing a Legacy for the Future




The latest Ease Collection Press Release!
Honolulu HIDr. Denyse Ray, owner and CEO of Ease Collection and all of her dedicated employees have been actively working to establish Ease Collection as the premier clothing manufacturer of Hawai’i and the Pacific Islands. In doing so, we are finding that Ease Collection may soon be the premier clothing manufacturer of the entire mainland west coast.

One of the strategies that Dr. Ray has implemented is to identify, address and proceed to satisfy a need. When President Barack Obama made a public appeal to the nation to become entrepreneurs and create jobs and to bring industries back to the U.S., it became apparent that most of the industries that were being focused on were agriculture, automobile and energy. Dr. Ray states, “I also wanted to be a part of creating jobs. I concluded that all those people, including myself, going to work that no one goes to work naked. I decided to get into the apparel manufacturing and textiles industry.”

Dr. Ray created Lady Ease dba Ease Collection with the keystone product the Ease Mask. The Ease Mask was created when, after being a first responder during the 911 terrorist attacks in New York City, Dr. Ray tore a section of her sleeve and wrapped it around her face to avoid breathing the smoke and small debris particle that filled the air. Because it was no less a sleeve from a pretty and fashionable garment, there was born the idea of developing fashionable yet efficient  masks that could be worn to protect oneself from airborne pollutants and allergens or protect others from your contagious cold or virus. 

Re-establishing the legacy of textiles and apparel manufacturing as a true American economic stable career option is high on Ease Collection's agenda. Dr. Ray has been attending meetings with the deans of two of University of Hawai’i campuses with discussions involving incorporating the skills of sewing, pattern making, packaging, etc. into a curriculum to support the re-emergence of textiles and the “Made in the U.S.A.” efforts.

Again, most of us are familiar with the President’s call during his State of the Union address to “create jobs,” “be innovative,” “hire veterans”, “equal work for equal pay,” “bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA.”

The fact that Dr. Ray is a transplant to Hawai’i from Philadelphia is significant because this is where the fashion manufacturing story begins… in Philadelphia. Many years ago the fashion manufacturing industry was one of the most lucrative and booming industries on the east coast. In fact, many of the fashion houses of Paris, Italy and London depended on the sewing machines that ran in Philadelphia. Numerous women, including Dr. Ray’s god-mother and aunties, worked as fine apparel seamstresses and earned an adequate salary doing so. This was an acceptable alternative to working as a secretary, teacher or nurse, when looking for a career.

There was a shift, unfortunately, that occurred in the 1970s after the free trade agreement enticed many apparel manufacturing companies to outsource their work from Philadelphia and the east coast, to areas that offered “cheap labor” to a laundry list of reasons to close down a flourishing business and move it, and jobs, elsewhere.

While we were, are, and should be concerned with our brothers and sisters’ well-being on a global basis, this is one example that showed how giving away too much of a business can have dire effects on an entire industry. There were women who worked as seamstresses for some of the top apparel manufacturers, creating finished products for a designer fashion house. Dr. Ray recalls the ramifications to the women that loved their craft, suddenly being out of work, with their honed talents becoming obsolete, unless of course they were willing to relocate to China or Viet Nam. The layman; seamstresses, tailors, pattern-makers, pressers and embroiderers, all lost their jobs when the factories closed.

The effects that packaging and shipping, or lack thereof, had in the industry, further taking away business from the railway workers, longshoremen and truckers was devastating. Looking at the individual apparel manufacturing company’s bottom-line, these strategic moves were brilliant and profits rose; however, to the textiles and apparel manufacturing industry in Philadelphia and the USA, there was a certain and sudden demise.
 
The good news is the resurgence of the fashion manufacturing industry. The Port Richmond section of Philadelphia has been the area of resurrection in many areas of creativity. And now the Kakaako area of Honolulu Hawai’i is also part of the resurgence of the manufacturing industry with Dr. Denyse Ray and Ease Collection at the forefront!

 
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

"Even as the government shut down, Ease Collection remains open!" Dr. Denyse Ray

Many of us have experienced a sense of disappointment in the shut down of the American government and some even being directly effected because of working in some way for the government and temporarily losing wages and the ability to meet household payments. Our hearts at Ease Collection go out to you. Dr. Denyse Ray, Owner, Founder and CEO of Ease Collection, has managed to keep the doors to Ease Collection open and the employees working. It is the small business and entrepreneurial that are the backbone of the economy and visionaries of "The American Dream" that our President Barack Obama has called to action.
Dr. Denyse Ray...Visionary

Needless to say, this is no easy feat. In fact, it takes a commitment and belief in the dream of maintaining and running a business on a day to day basis, to make it a reality. Dr. Denyse has done a remarkable job of surrounding herself and filling the apparel manufacturing company with like minded dreamers that are willing to work smart, hard and cohesively for the success of the company. There are always growing pains that happen along the way, but keeping the end goal in sight is a gift that she is wonderful at emphasizing regularly.

As I have included in previous blogs, another area that allows Ease Collection to thrive is partly due to our commitment to giving. It is such a privilege to bless others as we grow and find our way in this economy of ups and downs. It is a priority at Ease Collection to include benevolence and caring in our company's vision.

We appreciate all of the support and well wishes that we receive frequently. Thank you for believing in our global mission statement "Seeking Worldwide Peace Through Giving".

Our thoughts and prayers are with the American families riding out the storm of the government shutdown. May God Bless America.

Your Ease Collection East Coast Connection,
Kathy, Global Ambassador

Reminder: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please visit the last blog entry for important information and remember to do your self examinations and schedule a mammogram!




Photo Credits:
Michael Wells courtesy of The Wells Brothers Production
Ease Collection


Kathy L. Aldinger

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Think Pink!

Dear Friends and Fashionistas!

Ease Collection Breast Cancer Awareness Mask
Because October is Nation Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this post is dedicated to providing information and resources provided by the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) website. We, at Ease Collection, are committed to showing our support in promoting breast cancer awareness. We want to remind and encourage all of you to schedule your mammograms and be faithful with your self-exams.

Please share this information with your friends and loved ones and remember to "Think Pink!"*

To order your exclusive Ease Collection Breast Cancer Awareness Mask email me at global@ease-collection.com.

Be well,
Kathy, your Ease Collection East Coast Connection
Global Fashion Ambassador


American Cancer Society (ACS) is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem ... more »www.cancer.org
                   
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), founded in 1951, is the nation's leading group of professionals providing health care for women. ... more »www.acog.org
                   
American College of Radiology (ACR) is a major national medical specialty association comprised of radiologists, radiation oncologists, and medical physicists. The College has grown from a group of 20 physicians meeting for the first time in 1923 to a 32,000 member service organization. ...
more »
www.acr.org
                   
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With more than 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs and peer-reviewed journals. ... more » www.asco.org
                   
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is an organization of women physicians, medical students, and other persons dedicated to serving as the unique voice for women's health and the advancement of women in medicine. ...
more »
www.amwa-doc.org
                   
AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation, established in 1993, is a Delaware not-for-profit corporation and a 501(c)(3) entity organized for charitable purposes, including to promote public awareness of health care issues, to promote public education of medical knowledge, and to support or contribute to charitable and qualified exempt organizations consistent with its charitable purpose. ...
more »
www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation
                   
CancerCare helps individuals and families better cope with and manage the emotional and practical challenges arising from cancer. Our services — for patients, survivors, loved ones, caregivers, and the bereaved — include counseling and support groups, educational publications and workshops, and financial assistance. ... more » www.cancercare.org
                   
Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC), founded in 1999, is the first national non-profit to provide national support services to educate and empower men to be effective care givers, help men cope with the impact of a loved one's breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, and target and mobilize men to be active participants in the fight to eradicate breast cancer as a life threatening disease. ...
more »
www.menagainstbreastcancer.org
National Medical Association (NMA), established in 1895, is the largest and oldest professional, educational and scientific organization representing the interests of African American physicians and their patients. ...
more »
www.nmanet.org
                   
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and other health care professionals committed to excellence in oncology nursing and to leading the transformation of cancer care by initiating and actively supporting educational, ... more » www.ons.org
                   
Prevent Cancer Foundation is a national nonprofit health organization whose mission is the prevention of cancer through scientific research and education. ... more » www.preventcancer.org
                   
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is a global leader of the breast cancer movement, having invested more than $1.9 billion since inception in 1982. ...
more »
www.komen.org

Additional Resources

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. CMS runs the Medicare program, Medicaid program, and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) ... more »www.cms.gov
                   
National Cancer Institute (NCI), based in Bethesda, MD, is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Federal government's lead agency for cancer research and education. ... more » www.cancer.gov

The information on this website does not substitute for a consultation or visit with your health care provider.
* Reproduction & distribution of all NBCAM documents is permitted & encouraged.

Photo Credits:
Ease Collection website


Kathy L. Aldinger