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Kenneth Cole Speaks Up About Politics and Social Change

Kenneth Cole Billboard Congratulation Barack Obama

Kenneth Cole Billboard Congratulating Barack Obama

NEW YORK, Nov 6, 2008 / FW/ — Kenneth Cole either has you rubber necking or your nose in a book this month. The New York-based designer congratulated President-elect Barack Obama via a billboard then launches a new book, Awearness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference later this month.

The billboard, which says, “A PRECEDENT WE CAN BE PROUD OF. — KENNETH COLE, CONGRATULATIONS BARACK OBAMA” can be seen on the LIE and the West Side Highway in New York City.

If you’re wondering what would the billboard say if it was Senator John McCain who won the election, a similar one was printed saying, “ OUT WITH THE OLD… IN WITH THE OLDER. — KENNETH COLE, CONGRATULATIONS JOHN MCCAIN”

Previously craning commuter’s necks on the designer’s billboard: ”AS THE GOVT COVERS YOUR ASSETS, WE’RE FOCUSING ON THE OTHER END. www.kennethcole.com

Awearness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference

Awearness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference

Not forgetting the subway commuters, Kenneth Cole launches “Awearness: Inspiring Stories about How to Make a Difference,” on November 16, 2008.

A book filled with over 80 inspiring essays which introduces to readers a range of important social concerns by sharing insightful first-hand stories and conversations with well-known personalities such as Jon Bon Jovi, Lucy Liu, Don Cheadle, Robert Redford, Bill Clinton, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, , and some lesser known names but people who are making a huge impact in their own way.

100% of net proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Awearness fund- a not-for-profit entity that supports, encourages, and empowers acts of service, volunteerism and social change.

The book hits stores November 16th and retails for $25 and will be available for purchase at KCNY retail stores, amazon.com, select Borders and Barnes and Nobles stores.

[MARI DAVIS]