Archive for the ‘Joy Mangano’ Category

HSN Has Something Cooking With ‘Eat, Pray, Love,’ It Just Won’t Say What

June 1, 2010

HSN host Callie Northagen let the proverbial cat out of the bag last weekend about some plans that the home shopping network has regarding “Eat, Pray, Love,” the bestselling memoir by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Northagen was with Joy Mangano, who gets blonder and blonder each time we see her, discussing some bedding that the in-house inventor had created. Mangano mentioned that she loved to curl up in her bed and read, and Northagen agreed.

The host said that she was currently reading “Eat, Pray, Love,”  blurting out, “We ( HSN) have a big event coming up” regarding “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Then Northagen, looking a bit sheepish, added, “I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that.”

Probably not, Callie, but we’re glad you did.

Northagen mentioned a date, we believe it was August. The “Eat, Pray, Love” movie, obviously based on the book, will be released Aug. 13. It stars Julia Roberts playing Gilbert, with Penelope Cruz’s babe, Javier Bardem, as Roberts’ love interest.  

It seems likely that HSN’s “event” will be tied to the film’s release.

We contacted HSN’s PR department Tuesday to find out what specifically is going on with “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Here is the illuminating response we got back.

“We have new announcements and events all the time so stay tuned,” HSN said in an e-mail.

Thanks guys.

We have a special place in our heart for “Eat, Pray, Love” (we can’t figure out if it takes commas or not), because we read it the last time we were on vacation (pre-layoff) in Arizona, which was in October 2008.

Joy Mangano Sells 30,000 Of Her New Performance Sneakers In Their Debut

May 4, 2010

HSN’s in-house inventor/entrepreneur Joy Mangano in only three hours Monday sold out 30,000 pairs of her new performance sneakers, which give you a workout when you walk, according to the home shopping channel.

“I’m always striving to find innovative technologies and products that offer more to the consumer, and who doesn’t want to tone and get a secret workout with every step you take?” Mangano said in a canned statement Tuesday.

“My goal was to design a foot flattering silhouette incorporating this ground-breaking Get Fit technology, and I just knew our HSN customers would fall in love with them. They are the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever slipped into!”

But Joy, you’ve got to getter a snazzier name for those sneakers, not the current Performance Platforms with Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers.

“Our goal was to create a product that would provide toning benefits and at the same time offer a stylish look,” Keds president Kristin Kohler Burrows said. “We are excited by the consumer response and look forward to continuing to collaborate with our great partners Joy Mangano and HSN.”

Beyond Huggable Hangers: HSN’s Joy Mangano To Add Exercise Sneakers To Her Repertoire

May 1, 2010

Joy Mangano

HSN calls her its Mother of Invention. Known for selling millions of Huggable Hangers (I’ve got a closet full of them), Joy Mangano is now doing sneakers that tone your butt and legs when you walk in them.

The New Yawk-accented Mangano will unveil her new footwear collecton, Performance Platforms, May 3, when the shoes will be the Today’s Special. The line, which uses Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers, will be exclusively available at HSN and

“I’ve reorganized closets with Huggable Hangers, revolutionized kitchens with GreenPan, and freshened homes with Forever Fragrant,” Mangano said in a canned statement Friday. “Now I hope to enhance every step in Performance Platforms with Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers. It’s finally time to be stylish, comfortable, and active.”

Like a number of similar shoes on the market, Performance Platforms are designed to promote muscle activity, while you walk, and tone muscle groups like your calves, quads, hamstrings and butt.

“Joy’s innate ability to highlight an everyday item like sneakers with an advanced patent pending fit technology is what has kept her at the top of her industry and an HSN customer favorite for the past ten years,” Lynne Ronon, HSN’s executive vice president of merchandising, said. “The introduction of this new footwear reinforces our commitment to provide our customers with innovative product assortments and technologies.”

The shoe’s patented Celliant Lining is supposedly formulated to help increase the complete comfort of the shoe. Additional features include a removable comfort insole; a soft compression heel uniquely designed to help return energy with every step; and the muscle activating outsole that helps to tone key muscle groups and benefit your body while walking.

The Performance Platforms with Get Fit Technology by Grasshoppers will come in a lace-up style and a slip-on style both in your choice of colors: Champagne Beige, Silver Grey and Classic White with a Today’s Special (one-day only) price of $59.95 (regular price of $74.95)

“We are thrilled to be presenting this exciting new collection to the HSN audience,” Keds president Kristin Burrows said. “The Performance Platforms collection is designed with our breakthrough Get Fit technology by Grasshoppers to help activate and tone key muscles groups. It is a unique offering in the toning footwear market combining style and comfort with distinct health and wellness benefits — a combination consumers have come to expect from the Grasshoppers brand.”

HSN’s Joy Mangano Breaks Record With Orders For 180,000 Of Her Home Fragrance Product — Two Weeks Ago

February 17, 2010

Mangano's Forever Fragrant

Joy Mangano, HSN’s so-called “Mother of Invention,” is doing well with products beyond her Huggable Hangers.

Maybe they’re taking a cue from QVC PR, but HSN waited two weeks to finally put out a press release on inventor-entrepreneur Mangano making HSN history Jan. 31 by selling 180,000 units of her home fragrance product, Forever Fragrant, in one day.

She surpassed her previously held record, for Huggable Hangers, by more than 50 percent.

Here is Mangano’s canned quote.

“I am thrilled by the overwhelmingly positive response to Forever Fragrant. I believe in the product, but didn’t know just how many people would be as excited about it as I am. HSN, once again, has been the perfect platform to allow me to enter the homes of 93 million Americans and share with them such a remarkable new household item.”

Forever Fragrant are fragrance-releasing sticks and discs that last up to two years.

Mangano introduced six new scents to the collection during her January appearance: Blackberry Grape (deep purple); Coconut Colada (golden yellow); Country Home (red); Couture Powder (pink); Eucalyptus Desert (dark green); and Lavender Fields (lavender). Fresh Linen (white) and Vanilla Amber (amber), two of the original best-selling scents, were also reintroduced.


Mangano’s claim to fame is her Huggable Hangers. Laugh if you will, but our closet is full of them. They really do free up a lot of space in your wardrobe. There’s a reason more than 260 million of them have been sold.

HSN owns Mangano’s company, Ingenious Designs LLC, making of the Huggable Hangers, My Little Steamer. IDL is now also
managing and designing product for the guitarist Esteban, Iman, Serena Williams, Paula Abdul and chef/restaurateur Todd English.

“Joy epitomizes the creative, entrepreneurial spirit that thrives here at HSN and we couldn’t be happier about her latest accomplishment, especially as it coincides with her 10th anniversary,” said Lynne Ronon, HSN’s EVP of merchandising. “Her ability to take practical home solutions to the next level is unmatched. She has an innate talent for creating products that people need and want to have in their homes.”

We Guess Imitation Equals Flattery, With ShopNBC Doing Its Take On HSN’s Huggable Hangers

January 27, 2010

Call us crazy, but isn’t ShopNBC’s Top Value Tuesday, the “Hold Tru Velvet-Flocked Universal Hangers,” a dead ringer for HSN’s Huggable Hangers from Joy Mangano?

Don’t laugh at those Huggable Hangers. We swear by them, and 257 million of them have been sold.

Here’s what ShopNBC said about its version with 100 pieces:

“Our first hanger set Our Top Value, Hold Tru hangers will help you streamline your closet and make the most of your space! Each hanger features a slimline design, velvety flocked finish, and integrated nesting hook for vertical cascading. This 100-piece set has everything you need to keep your clothes hanging neatly while freeing up additional space. At only $0.57 a hanger, don’t miss out on this great value!”

Celebrity Chef Todd English Returns To HSN This Week After Bride-Jilting Brouhaha

October 25, 2009

Boston restaurateur and celebrity chef Todd English will be back on HSN Tuesday, his first appearance since he jilted his bride-to-be. That has been a nasty, much-publicized break-up.

English has a line of “green” pots and pans for HSN, and it looks like one of his items will be the network’s Today’s Special Tuesday.

English made headlines in New York and Boston during the past month for leaving his fiancee, Erica Wang, at the alter. She went ahead and had a get-together, to replace the cancelled-wedding reception, at the ritzy St. Regis in Manhattan. Why not, since no way you could get your deposit back at such short notice.

But Wang did not take being ditched lying down. She dished to the New York Post about what a rat English was, claiming he called her the afternoon of the wedding to say it was off.

A few days after that Post story, English stuck back. He filed assault charges against Wang, claiming she had hit him in the head with his own watch way back in September. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.

We wonder if any callers will try to ask English about his aborted nuptials.

English, once voted one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautfiful People, always appears on HSN with Joy Mangano, of “Huggable Hanger” fame. We’ve got a closet filled with her hangers, which are actually great.

But why she is always paired with English when he demonstrates his GreenPans is beyond us. They are the oddest pair since Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow, Cher and Tom Cruise…Well, you get the idea.

Live And Onstage Right Now: Singer Natalie Cole On HSN

October 18, 2009

It’s Saturday night, and we’re watching and listening to a live concert by singer Natalie Cole — on HSN.

Welcome to the ramping up of one of the newest trends on home shopping networks, namely having artists perform live and then selling their latest CDs. In Cole’s case, she has done an exclusive two CD-Holiday Gift Set for HSN, “Still Unforgettable” and “Merry Christmas Darling.”

HSN has a live audience down in its Florida studios for Cole, who is wearing a sparkly silver top and white pants. HSN has the room set up like a nightclub, with lots of  tables and Cole on a stage. The set did look a little cheesey, we admit, but we give HSN “A” for effort. And Cole was a class act all the way.

“All I want to do is get my music out,” said Cole, who was also interviewed by host Callie Northagen. 

The singer, who underwent a kidney transplant six months ago, also answered questions from the studio audience.

“What you bought from HSN lately?” one woman asked.

Cole ‘fessed up and said she had ordered some items before she went on the air, including some of Jennifer Stallone’s skincare products and Joy Mangano’s steamer. You go girl!

“It’s addictive,” Cole said.

The price on Cole’s CD set is $19.90, and HSN brought in 15,000 of them.

Most recently, QVC had Jose Feliciano on the air performing and hawking his line of guitars. Hall and Oates were also just on QVC, also doing their musical thing live and selling CDs.

What’s up with all this? Home shopping networks are programming themselves like traditional TV channels, offering entetainment and talent that will bring viewers who normally wouldn’t be caught dead watching HSN and QVC.

Northagen was gushing with praise for Cole, so much so that the singer was a little embarrassed and joked about it, saying she would pay Northagen after the show.

Cole, who is now on tour, also offered some memories of her dad, legend Nat King Cole, like her peeking from the side of the stage when he performed.

She said the favorite song she enjoyed hearing her dad sing was “Haji Baba,” which was in the movie “Alibaba and the 40 Thieves.”