Her Universe is launching a capsule collection for Celebration Chicago called “Sisters of the Force,” featuring items inspired by several Star Wars women. (And they’re bringing back one of their originals, the “Padmé nouveau” tee.) Ashley Eckstein talks to StarWars.com about the inspiration behind each piece, or check out the gallery under the cut.Continue reading “Her Universe is bringing a whole new Star Wars collection to Chicago”
Ashley Eckstein and Her Universe are launching a special The Clone Wars collection at San Diego Comic-Con. To celebrate the show’s 10th birthday, Eckstein (who voices breakout character Ahsoka Tano) gathered some of her TCW castmates as models.
Some of the clothes are already available online, but they’ll also be for sale at the company’s SDCC booth in the Lucasfilm Pavilion.
Her Universe’s main lines for Solo has launched at Hot Topic and Torrid, and they are extremely retro and colorful and even – in a way – sort of subtle? In that some of them are not immediately recognizable as Star Wars to the non-obsessive eye, that is. Because there is exactly nothing subtle about those stripes and the other extremely ’70s touches.
ThinkGeek has their first wave of Solo product out, and there’s no question about what the highlight is: The Lando cape. The pattern in the lining is inspired by Lando’s scarf.
Her Universe and Disney are expanding their merchandise partnership, the companies announced today. The new deal includes an athleisure line for kids and tweens called “Our Universe.” It debuts with Black Panther and Disney Princess products, with Star Wars additions coming soon. The products will be avaliable exclusively through shopDisney.com and at Disney Store locations.
There’s also a book by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein, It’s Your Universe: You Have the Power to Make It Happen. It’s available for preorder now, and you can read an excerpt at Entertainment Weekly.
Columbia Sportswear is launching a limited edition Star Wars Echo Base collection. The three standard Han, Luke and Leia coats retail for $400 each and will available in limited quantities (only 1,980 of each) at certain brand retail locations in the U.S. and online on December 8.
A brown ‘archive’ edition of the Han coat will be an “extremely limited run,” signed by Harrison Ford himself. 100% of the proceeds from the sales will go to Conservation International. One of these will cost you even more – $1980.
Head under the cut for more pics!
Also making the rounds today was Daisy Ridley, who showed up Good Morning America and Live with Kelly and Ryan. She’ll be on The Tonight Show tonight, while John Boyega will be on all three shows tomorrow. Meanwhile, Mark Hamill was on The Ellen Degeneres Show today, where he talked about Carrie Fisher.
Her Universe’s new collections have launched at Torrid and Hot Topic, with many items inspired by The Last Jedi. They’re both beginning with some very different selections, but we have reason to believe (hope!) that all items will eventually span both stores. (I am really loving the Kylo Ren dress and the Leia cape sweatshirt.)
New footage spotted! A brief look at Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico in action is a highlight of a spot for EDF Energy (okay…), while General Organa and Poe have a great exchange in a new commercial. (Another recent spot features new Finn footage!)
There’s also a great profile of Tran at Buzzfeed which is definitely worth a read. She talks about her background, Harry Potter, and Carrie Fisher in the gym. She teases that Rose has “has an interesting relationship with war.” She’s also one of The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen Talent picks.
Just in time for the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, it’s the new batch of #WearStarWarsEveryDay auctions. I’m turning apparel items that were donated for me to wear in my charity fundraising campaign for Collateral Repair Project into an additional way to raise funds for them to continue providing assistance to refugees.
Here’s what we got this time:
- Star Wars Celebration VI exclusive Blue Harvest logo mesh ball cap, size L/XL
- Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 Poe Dameron Badge Art t-shirt, size L
- Star Wars Trivial Pursuit DVD Edition – 2004 SDCC promo t-shirt, size L
- Funko Pop! Tees: Limited Edition BB-8 Poster t-shirt, size XL
- BustedTees “That’s No Moon” Goodnight Moon parody t-shirt, size M
- BustedTees “Retro Galactic” X-wings and Death Star t-shirt, size M
- Mad Engine: Rogue One Death Trooper t-shirt, size L
- Hand-crochet R2-D2 beanie with tasseled earflaps, adult sized (back from the first batch, with a lower starting bid)
In the first batch of auction items, the two Star Wars Celebration exclusive shirts sold, raising $81 for Collateral Repair Project. Don’t forget to check out the fundraising results & breakdown of what I wore in the main wear-a-thon of my Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraiser – we raised over $7,900 for Collateral Repair Project.
It’s almost the 40th anniversary of Star Wars, so while everyone has Star Wars on the brain, time to check in to see how the Wear Star Wars Every Day fundraising campaign did! In the last nine days of 2016, #WearStarWarsEveryDay raised over $2,800 for Collateral Repair Project from thirty-eight donors, which put the total amount raised at $7,935.50. Talk about a big finish! The month of December alone saw donations totaling over $3,800 or nearly half of the total of the project – it looks like everyone was waiting to see if I would make it to the end of the year with my goal of wearing a different Star Wars apparel item every day! We even had a donor chip in the equivalent of a dollar a day! I greatly appreciate everyone’s contributions and I know that Collateral Repair Project also greatly appreciates everyone’s generosity.
Thank you so much to everyone who donated to CRP, or donated or lent apparel to me, or otherwise supported the project. Here’s the week 52+ video to recap what I wore in that final week (plus last two days of the year):
I’m amazed that we were able to not only cross the $5,000 threshold in week 51, but we just kept getting donations to push us over $7,500 total, and over $6,000 on the GoFundMe. Just to put it into perspective, $7,935.50 is enough to have Collateral Repair Project provide food for 100 families of four for a month plus purchase 100 sets of school supplies for kids plus purchase 75 mattresses for adults. Still want to make a contribution? You can still help us out by donating at the Wear Star Wars Every Day GoFundMe page, or purchasing Wear Star Wars Every Day apparel up for auction on ebay.
Here’s a quick breakdown of what I wore for Wear Star Wars Every Day. Every day I wore a different Star Wars apparel item, from shirts to hats to costumes to baby clothes – one new item each day, with a bonus item on one day for a total of 367 articles of clothing.
- 111 items (30%) were owned by me (or Mrs Jawa or Baby Jawa)
- 217 items (59%) were lent from Wear Star Wars Every Day supporters
- 39 items (11%) were donated to Wear Star Wars Every Day
We had 3 aloha shirts, 1 bandanna, 3 baseball jerseys, 1 belt, 3 bowling/racing shirts, 2 button down shirts, 5 costume or costume pieces, 1 cover, 1 dress, 1 happi coat, 17 hats, 2 henleys, 1 hockey jersey, 2 long-sleeve shirts, 5 baby onesies, 1 pair of pajama pants, 2 polo shirts, 1 scarf, 1 set of shoelaces, 1 skirt, 2 soccer jerseys, 4 and a half pairs of socks, 1 pair of sweatpants, 9 sweatshirts/sweaters, 2 tank tops, 1 necktie, 2 work shirts, 2 wrist sweatbands, and 288 t-shirts.
Overall, I wore 3 items from Adidas, 5 from TeeFury, 6 from We Love Fine, 9 from Teepublic, 12 items from Her Universe, 13 from Disney (or runDisney), 21 items from Fifth Sun, 21 items from Mad Engine, and 36 official Star Wars Celebration items (covering all the Celebrations as far, except CII). Items came from Ireland, Mexico, Jordan, Germany, Malaysia, Japan and the UK. We had a small number of items from the 1970s and 1980s, a few more from the 1990s, but most from the 2000s and present. All kinds of stuff covered, from individual movies to books and video games and even the Ewoks cartoon, Star Wars In Concert, and the canceled Detours animated series. Items from fan groups included 6 items from Rebel Legion and 23 items from the 501st Legion as well as from about ten different podcasts and sites.
Some of our biggest lenders/donors of apparel are Ian Camaclang (5+ donated), Todd Felton (10 items lent), Margaret Mays (12 lent), Ryan Chung (12 lent), Tom Mascari (12 lent), Kristen Hidalgo (10 donated, 2 lent), Mediocre Jedi (13 lent), Brian Sims (13 lent, 1 donated), Danielle Janda (15 lent), James Sebree (18 lent), Paul Farquhar (25 lent).
For the final push in late December (12/21 to 12/31), I had offered some cool prizes in a random drawing of donors, and we had a lot of donors in this time frame – almost fifty!
- A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books donated by Abrams ComicArts, including two signed by the series editor, Gary Gerani. Winner: Lillian N.
- A set of four Star Wars Topps trading card series books donated by Abrams ComicArts, including two signed by the series editor, Gary Gerani Winner: Annalee H.
- Star Wars: Ahsoka novel signed by both the author, E. K. Johnston, and the voice of Ahsoka Tano and audiobook narrator, Ashley Eckstein. Winner: Susan D.
- LEGO Star Wars: Chronicles of the Force, signed by authors Cole Horton and Adam Bray. Winner: Amy F.
- Star Wars: Maul: Lockdown Advance Uncorrected Proof by Joe Schreiber. Winner: John V.
- Star Wars: Aftermath: Life Debt audiobook on CD, written by Chuck Wendig, read by Marc Thompson. Winner: Trina G.
- Star Wars: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume One donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Christine M.
- Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Two donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Terry F.
- Star Wars: Return of the Jedi: The Original Topps Trading Card Series, Volume Three donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Michael W.
- Star Wars Galaxy: The Original Topps Trading Card Series donated by Abrams ComicArts. Winner: Mediocre Jedi
- Star Wars: Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel hardcover by James Luceno. Winner: MC Y.
- Star Wars: Aliens of the Galaxy by Jason Fry. Winner: Nerf
- Star Wars: Heir to the Jedi paperback by Kevin Hearne. Winner: Maia M.
Big thanks to everyone who donated in the Week 52+ timeframe (from Dec 24 on into 2017): John V., Jennifer Q., Kyle L., Jazz K. R., Shehryar S., Nerf, Mediocre Jedi, Amy F., Tara M., Nick D., Oei One, Lillian N., Anonymous, Yav, Gerard T., Anonymous, Lynn N., Anonymous, Gregory H., Tom H., Diane O., Cyndi G., Brian C., Tony B., Chickaphant, Eliz, Anonymous, Lillian N., Amy W. N., Trina G., Christine M.-K., Holly F., Patricia B., Caitlin S., Michael W., Maliha S., and Margaret M. Also thanks to Ian for donating a shirt worn in week 52, and Dani and Stuart for lending me apparel for week 52.
The final nine days of 2016 covered the holidays and some of my favorite Star Wars clothing items. We had a scarf, a Christmas-themed shirt, a shirt that was a Christmas present, and finished the year with my favorite Star Wars hat, a Captain Rex cap from The Clone Wars, and an Ewok aloha shirt. Every day I wore a new and different Star Wars apparel item, my daily pledge makers will chip in $4.65 to Collateral Repair Project! This review for Week 52 covers December 23 to December 31 of my wearathon, and an update on fundraising for Collateral Repair Project, a non-profit organization that provides emergency assistance, education, and community support to urban refugees. With many borrowed and donated items still unworn, I unofficially kept my streak continuing for another two weeks into January, which can be tracked on this album of the Wear Star Wars Every Day Facebook page and ended with a Baze Malbus running costume.