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Fossil Group and Big Thought Team Up For Works of Heart 2019

What initially started as an opportunity for Fossil Group employees to showcase their creative talent and support a community partner, has now evolved into a highly anticipated art auction and collaborative community project.

Fossil Group recently hosted its seventh annual Works of HeART auction, raising $22,000 benefitting the Creative Solutions program at Big Thought—a Dallas-based nonprofit committed to closing the opportunity gap by sparking creativity and strengthening social-emotional skills. Creative Solutions is an arts-as-workforce intervention program for adjudicated and marginalized youth.


The 2019 exhibition featured more than 70 original employee-created artworks and specially curated works from teen artists from Big Thought’s Creative Solutions and Artivism (Art as Activism) programs. In addition to paintings, woven textiles and a 3D-printed sculpture, Fossil auctioned off totes from repurposed leather created by Fossil’s product design team.


A partner in Fossil Foundation’s mission to champion the power of underserved youth, Big Thought equips students with the skills and tools they need to imagine and create their best lives and a better world. For more information on the organization and their community partnership programs, visit their www.bigthought.org.


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Fossil Group Enters Agreement To Sell Select Smartwatch Technology To Google

Transaction Unlocks Growth Opportunities for Fossil Group’s Wearables Business

Today, Fossil Group announced its plan to sell to Google for $40 million intellectual property (IP) related to a smartwatch technology currently under development by Fossil Group. As part of the transaction, a portion of Fossil Group’s research and development (R&D) team currently supporting the transferring IP will join Google. Fossil Group retains more than 200 R&D team members to focus on innovation and product development.

The transaction showcases Fossil Group and Google’s shared investment in the wearables industry. In recent years, smartwatches have become Fossil Group’s fastest growing category. The company successfully developed and launched smartwatches across 14 of its owned and licensed brands. 

“Fossil Group has experienced significant success in its wearables business by focusing on product design and development informed by our strong understanding of consumers’ needs and style preferences,” said Greg McKelvey, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Digital Officer, Fossil Group.

“We’ve built and advanced a technology that has the potential to improve upon our existing platform of smartwatches. Together with Google, our innovation partner, we’ll continue to unlock growth in wearables.”

“Wearables, built for wellness, simplicity, personalization and helpfulness, have the opportunity to improve lives by bringing users the information and insights they need quickly, at a glance. The addition of Fossil Group’s technology and team to Google demonstrates our commitment to the wearables industry by enabling a diverse portfolio of smartwatches and supporting the ever-evolving needs of the vitality-seeking, on-the-go consumer,” said Stacey Burr, Vice President of Product Management, Wear OS by Google.

The transaction is expected to close this month.


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kate spade new york Brings Their Best To CES 2019

Smartwatches are all the buzz at this year’s 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, with kate spade new york debuting the latest version of their signature scallop smartwatch 2—developed under the brand’s new creative director Nicola Glass. Blending iconic design details with the latest in wearable technology, the Spring 2019 smartwatch collection envisions a spirit of optimistic femininity fused with everyday functionality like heart rate tracking, GPS capabilities and more.

“We thoughtfully designed our scallop smartwatch 2 for the women of today, who want to stay connected to what matters most in a way that’s stylish and authentic to them,” said Nicola Glass, Creative Director of kate spade new york.

With its iconic scalloped accents, these new smartwatches incorporate a refined approach to color, a sense of discovery, and the spade—the signature mark of the fashion house. Glass decided to use the spade both overtly and subtly throughout the collection, bringing a modern sensibility and an authentic point of view to the brand.

Take a look at the scallop smartwatch 2 by visiting katespade.com.


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Kim Clark of Fossil Group works as volunteer firefighter

Making An Impact: Kim Clark

On a normal work day, Kim Clark is the global service continuity manager at Fossil Group—dealing with server outages and climate emergencies.

“If we have a hurricane or a tornado, I’m the guy they call,” Kim said. When he’s not at work, he’s responding to disasters in a vastly different way, as a volunteer firefighter for the Van Zandt County Fire Department in Canton, Texas. Volunteering approximately 48 hours each month to the department, he says he’s proud to work for a company like Fossil Group that allows him the time to do what he loves for his community.

Listen to Kim discuss his passion for volunteering and what it means to him to have Fossil Group’s support:



We know you’re passionate about working in your community and volunteering. Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?


I’ve been doing volunteer work for about 20 years and it’s always been a childhood dream of mine to be a firefighter. When I lived in Rowlett, I ran the fire corps, which is a group of people that would take care of the firefighters after a fire. Firemen can only be in a fire for about 30-40 minutes on average. When they come out, they’re usually wearing 70 pounds of bunker gear and breathing stale air, so they go into a thing we call “rehab.” That’s giving them water and oxygen if they need it, and watching their vitals. After doing that for awhile, I decided to go into the fire academy and train to be a firefighter. To help the fire department and know that we’re supporting them shows the impact of what volunteers can do.


What do you like most about being a firefighter?

My favorite part is helping the people that you come in contact with. You’re meeting people on their worst day and helping guide them through it. About a month ago, there was a grass fire and the wind was blowing the fire towards a house. We got there in time to stop the fire about 100 feet in front of a couple’s home. It’s a good feeling to know that their entire lives possessions were saved by some water and me being in the right place at the right time.


Have you found yourself taking the skills that you’ve learned in your volunteer work and applying them to your job at Fossil Group (and vice versa)?


There’s a lot of crossover with what I do as a disaster recovery manager. You work to prevent as much of an outage as possible, but you’re prepared when or if something does happen.


What do you like most about being a firefighter?

My favorite part is helping the people that you come in contact with. You’re meeting people on their worst day and helping guide them through it. About a month ago, there was a grass fire and the wind was blowing the fire towards a house. We got there in time to stop the fire about 100 feet in front of a couple’s home. It’s a good feeling to know that their entire lives were saved by some water and me being in the right place at the right time.


Have you found yourself taking the skills that you’ve learned in your volunteer work and applying them to your job at Fossil Group (and vice versa)?

There’s a lot of crossover with what I do as a disaster recovery manager. You work to prevent as much of an outage as possible, but you’re prepared when or if something does happen.


Why do you like working for Fossil Group?

One thing is for sure, they support my volunteer work. I tell people that I take paid volunteer time off and they say, “you’re getting paid right now?” They can’t believe it. This is the only place that I’ve worked where everyone is pretty happy to come into work everyday.


People want to volunteer and put their time and energy into making an impact in their communities. What would be your advice to them on where to start and how to get involved?

I would say the best way to start is to get on the web and search your city’s site to see what they offer. For fire and police departments, you can volunteer at any level.


Why do you like working for Fossil Group?

One thing is for sure, they support my volunteer work. I tell people that I take paid volunteer time off and they say, “you’re getting paid right now?” They can’t believe it. This is the only place that I’ve worked where everyone is pretty happy to come into work everyday.


People want to volunteer and put their time and energy into making an impact in their communities. What would be your advice to them on where to start and how to get involved?


I would say the best way to start is to get on the web and search your city’s site to see what they offer. For fire and police departments, you can volunteer at any level.


Kim recently underwent a “Jaws of Life” training—a simulation in which firefighters use extraction equipment to rescue people trapped inside a car after a wreck. Listen to his experience and the ways in which his lieutenants say he’s making an impact in the field:



To learn more about how Fossil Group and others Make Time For Good, visit fossilgroup.com/sustainability.