"FAILURE IS IMPOSSIBLE" - Susan B. Anthony

Central Park: Where Are The Women?

The ARC Team Statue Selfie with Susan B. Anthony, Susan B. Anthony Square Park, Rochester NY

The ARC Team Statue Selfie with Susan B. Anthony, Susan B. Anthony Square Park, Rochester NY

As the Abigail Riggs Collection continues to spread our mission of empowering women and celebrating iconic women pioneers, we are lucky to be involved in many different and exciting projects. Recently, Coline Jenkins, who is the great-great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, reached out to inform us of a major injustice happening right in our own backyard: Of the 50-something statues that are in New York City’s Central Park, not one is of a real woman. (more…)

A Pop-Up Shop With a Purpose

The entrance to 235 Park Ave, the Parkleigh Pop-Up Shop

The entrance to 235 Park Ave, the Abigail Riggs Collection at the Parkleigh Pop-Up Shop

In the past few years, you may have heard the term “Pop-up shop” being thrown around among your more fashion-y friends or seen it mentioned in magazines. The concept seems to be all the rage among traditional brick-and-mortar retailers trying to compete with the fast-paced and exciting environment of e-commerce. Sounds oh-so chic and modern, doesn’t it? But that begs the question:

What exactly IS a pop-up shop? (more…)

Seven Women Who “Aim High” Together

Climbing Everest (photo c/o SevenSummitsWomen Facebook)

Climbing Everest (photo c/o SevenSummitsWomen Facebook)

When someone tells you to “Aim High”, what comes to mind? Probably some variation of try your best, dream big, shoot for the stars, etc. (We think of Annie Oakley, but that’s just us). Well seven women have taken the inspirational mantra a little more literally, shooting not quite for the stars, but as close to them as you can get without leaving Earth. (more…)

Who Are The Women Of The Nobel Prize?

The Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize

Last Friday, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person in history to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the 46th woman to win a Nobel Prize in any of the five categories since the award was created in 1901. These remarkable women excelled in science, literature and social activism, paving the way for future women to do the same. Aside from Marie Curie, Mother Teresa and now Malala Yousafzai, most of these women are relatively unknown outside of their areas of study, but their accomplishments and discoveries have changed the world and in turn given women and girls around the world the confidence to pursue their goals and dreams despite societal restrictions or stereotypes. We could go on and on about all 46 of these female pioneers, but for now we’ll stick with the most recent female winners of each Nobel Prize. To see the complete list of Nobel Prize awarded women, click here. (more…)

Fashion Week of Rochester 2014

Fashion Week (photo c/o Fashion Week of Rochester Facebook)

Fashion Week (photo c/o Fashion Week of Rochester Facebook)

Attention Fashionistas: The wait is over…Fashion Week of Rochester is finally back! Running from Tuesday, October 14th until Sunday, October 19th, the week is comprised of runway shows and events that highlight local designers, artists and businesses as well as the history and beauty of Rochester, all while benefiting The Center For Youth. Venues around the city will be transformed to display the fashion, art, entertainment and the creativity of our community. Founders Elaine Spaull and Meghan Mundy have worked hard to create an event that appeals to all types of people. A full description of events complete with vendors can be found here on the official Fashion Week of Rochester website, and with a vast array of events over the six days and nights there is surely something for everyone. (more…)