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Himiway Zebra

All-Terrain Electric Bike

In the jungle of mighty e-bikes, Himiway has released its latest fat tire, the Zebra. With its broad shoulders and brawny physique, it effortlessly straddles various terrains. At the $1800-$2300 price point. It is the predecessor for the Cruiser, gracefully tackling errands on a daily concrete safari.

Coming in as the lowest price point from Himiway, the Zebra is an affordable option for e-bike lovers in search of a compelling creature. Suitable for the average commuter or the adventuresome, the Zebra has an array of features that set it apart from the rest.

The Bronx is our favorite testing ground due to its steep hills, deep potholes, and ominous sinkholes. Putting the Zebra to the ultimate test, we’ve discovered the true selling points of the e-bike.

Curb Appeal

The Himiway sports a strong design, renowned for its sleek, black look. The use of the stripes along the body resembles the look of the real-life animal, turning heads left and right. Not quite yet the king of the jungle, the Zebra allows users to take on the jungle in a classic and robust form furnished with lustrous styling. Available in a separate colorway of graphite or slate gray, the e-bike has the look of a true beast. Himiway shows that functionality and reliability can be as captivating as a wild animal in their natural habitat.

Design 

Sporting a comfortable dismount, you’ll never having to tilt the unit sideways, making the Zebra is excellent for all sizes. The integrated rear light and 48V LED headlamp is bright, creating flawless visibility. Its hoofs are 26 × 4 so you can courageously clear many road obstacles such as sinking in mud or snow and slipping on the ground. The alloy pedals showcase reflectors for added awareness to surrounding beings. Beware of abnormally high curbs with metal lips, its spokes are vulnerable to them. Unlike its Cobra counterpart’s textured skin, it is mane has been swapped out for a foot-long raised sticker. Though both the Himiway’s could be seen sneaking around the savanna, the Zebra stands out among the pack with a chic look. 

Showcasing a 960Wh battery and 52 5000mAh cells, range, stability, and safety are maximized to the fullest potential. Navigating rich terrains or just riding around the concrete jungle is easy when one charge of the Zebra will last you up to 60 miles with over 80+ miles in pedal assist. The 7-gear shift system along with pedal assist climbs ascending asphalt in dry or inclement weather. The faux-leather handle grips rival sweaty palms, though they’re easily replaceable. Understeering is unavoidable but doesn’t greatly impact overall performance. 

The battery itself is large and heavy. Luckily, it’s very easy to remove and charge when need be; you only need to insert and twist the provided key. The Zebra has an impressive range of 60 to 80 miles without pedaling, with maximized power at 750W with 86Nm max motor torque. Comparable to the extreme force of the true animal running at speeds up to 40mph, we see the motorized form reach speeds of up to 23mph. The charging time is about 7 hours until fully charge.

Performance

We see an elevation of strength to graze through grounds with the extreme 750W gear hub motor equipped with an inner ring. Created to endure the roughest landscape out there, navigating just got a whole lot easier with the advancement on the profound motor. Energy can be seamlessly dispersed throughout the layout of the e-bike, allowing for us to 86Nm max torque. 

The braking system performs beautifully. Tektro 180MM hydraulic disc brakes help force the model to a stop and for something as heavy as the Himiway is, it’s able to stop and start again effectively and easily. 

Durability 

While reliable, it’s also one of the heaviest of its class, weighing a whopping 79 pounds. Compare that to the Cruiser, which only weighs 72 pounds. The latter can hold 400 pounds, fifty greater than the former. In addition, Himiway employs high quality 6061 aluminum to give the bike unparalleled durability.

Its reserved fork accommodates wider tires which allows you to upgrade to 4.8-inch tires. The integrated design gives you protection from inclement weather, eliminating up to 98% of common mechanical failures.

The 26-inch Kenda fat tires allow for great traction, which ensures minimum sliding on the ground and plummeting through messy landscape. We’ve found that the smooth grip is perfect for light terrains.

Ergonomics/Safety

Himiway’s Zebra utilizes a soft tail adjustable seat, allowing for easy access to tweak seat height. Crafted to fit those between 5’3 to 6’3, the e-bike showcases both a step over and step thru model, catering to differing demographics. The step through, formerly an attribute of an effeminate frame, allows for great weight redistribution, which the male buyer has taken notice in.  

Riding with the Zebra reminisces wildlife quests that are full of smooth yet thrilling. No matter where your journey may take you, Himiway confirms that you won’t get too dirty along the way. With front and back fenders, the e-bike comes fully equipped to protect from water, rain, and rough terrain. Keeping your clothing and the e-bike’s exterior fresh and clean, the fenders provide added ease. The rear rack conveniently allows for easy storage while on a mail or grocery run. The heavy-duty aluminum kickstand firmly poses itself while running other errands as well.  

While a little heavy, the Zebra is amazing for those who yearn for long distance, light terrain adventures.

Article by: McKinley Franklin and Vaughn Lowery

Polestar Precept preview in New York City via 360 MAGAZINE

Polestar Precept

Today, Polestar Manhattan invited us to preview their Precept, exhibiting design, technology and sustainability.

“America’s newest MVP of the EV game, breaking records and necks!” – 360

Polestar revealed the Precept in February 2020 as a declaration of intent. Showcasing the future direction of Polestar’s design, sustainability and technology, the concept makes a strong statement about the brand’s intent. In October 2020, Polestar confirmed that the Precept will be put into production in the future. Polestar is documenting this journey in a YouTube series, “Precept: from concept to car.” In November 2021, Polestar confirmed that the production version of Precept will be known as Polestar 5.

Polestar continues to believe in collaborating with experts to accelerate development and provide customers with the best available technologies. Precept’s interior is defined by sustainability and offered an opportunity to work with new materials and processes. Similarly, the evolution of the HMI builds on current partnerships which maximise the integration of expertise.

Sustainable new interior materials balance modern high-tech luxury with reduced environmental impact. These sustainable materials include recycled PET bottles, reclaimed fishing nets and recycled cork vinyl. A flax-based composite developed by external partner Bcomp Ltd is featured in many interior and some exterior parts. Polestar’s ambition is to bring much of this sustainability into production.

The next generation HMI, powered by Android, builds on Polestar’s close collaboration with Google. An enlarged, portrait-oriented 15-inch centre touch screen complements a 12.5-inch driver display, and the two are linked by an illuminated blade that encompasses the entire interior. In this execution, the unique Polestar emblem floats holographically inside a solid piece of Swedish crystal between the rear seat headrests.

Supporting the advancement of a personalised and dynamic digital interface, the instrument panel also hosts an array of smart sensors. Eye tracking will allow the car to monitor the driver’s gaze and adjust the content of the various screens accordingly. Proximity sensors also enhance the usability of the centre display when driving.

The sculpted form of the Polestar Precept sets the tone for future Polestar vehicles. The vehicle’s proportions define its presence with restrained surfacing and a focus on aerodynamic efficiency.

The front grille is replaced by the Polestar SmartZone, representing a shift from breathing to seeing. An area which once channelled air to radiators and the internal combustion engine now houses technology for safety sensors and driver assistance functions. Purposefully gathered behind a transparent panel dedicated to intelligent hardware are two radar sensors and a high definition camera. The LiDAR pod, mounted atop the glass roof, is given optimal visibility as a next step towards increased driving assistance. The Thor’s Hammer LED headlight signature evolves with separated elements, taking on a dynamic, more robotic and brand-defining interpretation.

Precept features an integrated front wing above the SmartZone which accelerates air flow over the long bonnet. This allows air to attach itself to the surface earlier, which improves aerodynamic efficiency and thus improves the vehicle’s range. At the rear, the wide light-blade spans the entire width of the car, extending into vertical aero-wings – another aerodynamic feature and a nod to light-weight design.

With product development now underway, Polestar has confirmed it will produce Precept in China, where a new production facility will be established. The aim is to ensure the facility will be climate neutral and one of the most intelligent and connected automotive production facilities in the world.

Watch Precept Documentary HERE.

About Polestar Manhattan

Now officially open to the public, it represents one of 20 Polestar Spaces in a rapidly growing nationwide network. Polestar Manhattan is located in vibrant Lincoln Square and offers customers a captivating retail experience where they can learn about the brand and vehicle lineup.

“New York City is an iconic city with deep roots in design, sustainability and engineering, and opening a Polestar Space in this location will allow us to showcase the superior driving experience and high-tech minimalism that defines and differentiates Polestar,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Chief Executive Officer of Polestar. “As we continue to redefine luxury for the sustainable age, Polestar Manhattan will serve as the brand’s retail home in New York City. Polestar plans to launch and showcase three new models by 2024, and I cannot wait to see them in this location.”

Gregor Hembrough, Head of Polestar in North America, adds: “It was critical that we establish a foothold in one of the most significant and important markets in the U.S., New York. In partnership with Manhattan Motor Cars, this new showroom will allow us to reach customers throughout the New York metro area.”

The Polestar Space is staffed by Polestar Specialists who are well trained to answer questions, assist with the digital ordering process, and coordinate test drives of the brand’s all-electric Polestar 2 model range, which includes two different configurations.

Book Test Drive HERE.

Follow Polestar HERE.

Topical Tattoos accessories featured in 360 MAGAZINE

Metallic Topical Tattoos

By Armon Hayes

It’s really all about the little things, especially when it comes to your outfit. Everyone has that sense when a look is complete, there’s just a feeling about it where being excited and proud merge. That point where you are thrilled to be seen in your perfectly completed ensemble that you can just sit back and let the compliments flock in. There’s a newly recognized beauty and fashion accessory making this all happen, temporary tattoos. 

Metallic temporary tattoos are the best way to enhance your look with ease and are a huge fan favorite for those who attend music festivals, the beach, or other outdoors events. You can adorn Topical Tattoos with your beach day look as shiny tattoo bracelets and body jewelry, or use them as delicate design accents to complete your look regardless if it’s a sexy date night or Sunday brunch with friends. Topical Tattoos are completely safe and non-toxic, making them fun for kids and families too!

Topical Tattoo launched during COVID when owner, Melissa Bell, started experimenting with accessories to boost her mood while being stuck at home. She thought that the simplicity of the items provided a lot. She could enjoy them just for herself, regardless if anyone else would see her decked out in the temporary tattoos or not. Starting a shop isn’t an easy or quick accomplishment though, especially when you have a current career you’re committed to for the majority of the week days and nights. Etsy seemed like a good platform to launch while working on her website, testing appropriate markets, analyzing customer preferences, and deciding new designs and styles to add to her storefront.

With everyone getting back out and the world opening up again, everyone is hunting for a way to amp-up their outfit with minimum effort items that add a dramatic effect. Temporary tattoos are the quintessential beauty and fashion accessory that won’t break the bank but embellishes any look depending on the color and design of the temporary tattoos from the various metallic, black, and white tattoo color options to choose from. We all remember playing with sticker-like tattoos when we were younger. It’s no lie that we all know how long temporary tattoos have really been in our lives. Now we have a fresh new take – more unique and stylized choices for fun or glamorous looks. 

Just take a look at the celebrities embellishing their moisturized skin with these gypsy-styled, minimalist pho bracelets, necklaces and designs. The women we idolize for their fashion sense have all dawned these boho tattoos, including celebrities like Beyonce, Jessica Alba, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, and Taylor Swift to name a few. They’re shockingly stunning and delicate when placed on the collar bone, kiss the upper cheeks, or get delicately pressed on the stomach and thighs– anywhere on your body works! 

You can pair a metallic choker tattoo with a soft gold chain link necklace. You could also place a vertical design running down the center of your chest starting at your center collarbone. Then place a simple necklace that also graces the collarbone and just barely overlaps the metallic temporary tattoo.  

Everything about Topical Tattoo’s fashion and beauty accessories has been carefully planned right down to the packaging. Topical Tattoos knows that great brands provide an ample number of sheets per order, which is precisely why they offer 5 sheets in every order as customers need options for each different look they put together. There are so many possibilities to upgrade your outfit for any situation. Luckily, now is the time to get started playing with your look in new ways, while supporting a small business shop. Shop now! 

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Beyonce graphic via Samantha Miduri for use by 360 MAGAZINE

Picking the Perfect Frames

Picking the picture-perfect pair of eyewear frames can be a difficult job. There are so many aspects to consider including one’s face shape, overall aesthetic, everyday activities; the list just goes on and on. Luckily, 360 Magazine has compiled a list of the top factors to consider when in search of your next pair of frames.

Purpose of Eyewear

The first question to ask yourself about your desired frames is why are you getting them in the first place?

  • Vision correction

First and foremost, if you’re looking for a pair of eyeglasses frames, there’s a pretty high chance that you may need glasses to enhance some component of your sight. Whether that be correcting blurred or double vision, or trying to find relief for eyestrain, headaches and squinting, glasses can help you out.

Vision changes over time, and its important to take care of the health of your eyes. The four most frequent refractive errors attributed to vision consist of nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism and presbyopia.

Nearsightedness causes objects that are far away to look blurry.

Farsightedness causes objects that are close to look blurry.

Astigmatism causes both far away and close-up options to look blurry – it is based upon the “football” shaping of ones eye in combination with genetic factors and how light passes through.

Presbyopia causes middle-aged/older adults to suffer difficulty while seeing objects close-up.

  • Protection

Glasses can safeguard your eyes from outside influences. From blue light rays that stem from screens, to blocking out ultraviolet rays shining down from the Sun or simply preventing random dirt from getting into your eyes, glasses are a suitable option if you experience a surplus of one of these circumstances.

If you find yourself working virtually, like most of us modernly, then its very important to invest in a pair of glasses that can protect your eyes from blue light rays. Blue light is awful close to the UV light on the visible spectrum and can cause trouble both indoors and outside. Possible affects of blue light exposure can cause blurry vision, eyestrain, dry eye, cataracts and sleep issues.

UV light exposure can simply be limited by using protective glasses. However, if not sheltered properly, UV light can actually “sunburn” the eyes and stimulate benign yellowish growth on the eye. Prolonged radiation can lead to eye conditions and diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration, which have been the most prominent cause linked to blindness in adults over 60 years old.

  • Fashion

On a less serious note, frames can be added to an outfit to add an extra layer of spice and chicness. With an array of varying colors, styles and shapes, glasses can be styled in numerous ways, elevating one’s sense of fashion and offering for an enrichment of ones face.

Shape of Face

Face shape is a constant concern when considering which pair of frames to purchase. Choosing the best pair of frames can assure that your prescription works more efficiently. Let’s dive into the varying face shapes, and which fits each.

  • Round face

Because your face has pretty much the same width and length, a square or rectangular shaped frame, or something with a little bit of edge and sharpness, can add more definition to your face. Adding in these elements enhancing and defines the definition of your face shape.

  • Oval face

If you possess an oval face shape, you can pick from about any style of frames you want. Go for a trendy cat eye look, or something more vintage and squared; the choice is yours.

  • Square face

If your face is square-shaped, virtually all the measurements of your face are similar, ranging from the forehead, cheekbones and jaw. Because of this, it’s important to choose a frame that holds a round or oval shape. The roundness will contrast the squareness that your face already holds.

Aesthetic Style

Everyone has their own personalized sense of style, and this can be expressed through eyeglasses frames as well. There is a surplus of styles for frames, some being unisex, and others geared towards a specific demographic.

Some important things to think over when choosing a frame style:

  • Skin complexion
  • Personal features
  • Eye color
  • Hair color
  • Size of frame

Lifestyle

To choose the best suited pair of frames for oneself, we must review over our lifestyles. What does your average day to day look like? Are you typically working behind a desk, or adventuring out and about? What are some of the leading features that your frames will need to adapt to?

It’s important to review the activities of your lifestyle to ensure that you purchase a suitable, well-fitted pair of frames to keep up with your day to day. Ensuring the fit of your frames is one of the most significant aspects of eyeglass frames.

Some elements that will affect this include the material/weight of the frames, size of lenses, exercise/daily activity and blue light/UV exposure.

By: McKinley Franklin, Armon Hayes

360 Mag: A No-Nonsense Conversation

Despite the fact that America has many voices of color, they can seldom be heard. 360 MAGAZINE has always been a place where these people can be represented, so they’ve decided to expand on this mission by launching their own podcast: 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation. It will also cover the latest news, design and culture, as well as interviews with key industry trend makers. Hosts include Vaughn Lowery, Javier Pedroza, Armon Hayes and LaJune Grant

Lowery called the podcast, “An evocative gallery where everyone can continue to celebrate their singularity.” Pedroza stated, “I’d like for people to feel inspired, joyful, creative and stronger after listening to 360 Mag – a No Nonsense Conversation.” 

In the inaugural episode, Javier Pedroza talked with Latin pop group Piso 21, known for hits such as Me Llamas, Besándote and Déjala Que Vuelva.  360 has also chatted with other major figures: singer Carmen DeLeon, disabled TikTok influencer NotLewy, and actor/rapper Young Dylan. Stay tuned. We will also chat with people from the tech, design, and automotive industries.

360 also recently released an NFT collection called the Animal Series. Four NFTs will be for sale until May 1st. Secure yours now HERE. Find more information HERE

Find the podcast on Apple, Amazon, Google and Spotify. Podcasts will release in both Spanish and English. In addition, Also, 360 MAG possesses a dedicated RSS feed and has launched an account on Twitch to increase reach.

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About 360 Magazine

360 MAGAZINE is an edgy fashion, lifestyle and culture magazine, introducing cutting-edge brands, entities and trends to taste makers within their respective communities. Founding members have over 30 years of collective experience both as notable talent and  professionals within the realms of fashion, music, art, design and entertainment. 360 is more than just a magazine comprised of journalists, representing a movement of social awareness and change.

360 is a LGBTQIA-friendly publication, officially recognized by the NGLCC. The magazine is contemporary in look and appeal. Quality art content is the constant goal. It will be entertaining, newsworthy and thought-provoking, appealing to a broad entertainment readership. No publication like it is available today, constantly celebrating racial as well as sexual ambiguous talent and artists.

The Joanna Dana Harel SS23 'Acqua' image via Marissa Chiechi (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine

NYBFW Roundup

New York Bridal Fashion Week (NYBFW) has continuously highlighted the crème of the crop in the world of designer bridal twice for wedding fanatics. With two dedicated weeks of bridal fashion occurring in April and October each year, this April we’ve been dazzled by a few of the new collections showcased at NYBFW.

Let’s recap some our most beloved collections that debuted this season.

Sheila Frank SS23 – Victorian Modernism

Through her new collection, Sheila Frank blends modern femininity with a historical point of view. Conservative styles were adorned with contemporary fads that made for a beautiful fusion of two periods of time through design.  

Entitled ‘Victorian Modernism,’ the collection shares elements from both the Victorian and modern era. Shown impeccably through the styling, an era known for the industrial power advancements of the British Empire, we see these elements of the Victorian age vividly in the collection. Elements of structuring from previously conventional work wear are shown through the sharp lines and masculine aspects of Frank’s work.

Through the combination of the two time periods, we also see apparent components of fresh fashions in the collection. From the feminine features of gleaming fabrics to innovative beading techniques, ‘Victorian Modernism’ provides a seamless fusion of the two times. Modern styling approaches, too, transform the bridal pieces to a 21st century point of view.

In terms of her inspiration point, Frank stated that, “This season I explored Victorian Menswear from pre-Victorian 1830s to late 1890s. Each look is designed with a garment in mind from the frock coat, waist coat, shirt variations to the cravat. Fabrics include matte and shiny satin, crepe, tulle, and beaded mesh. Gowns are adorned with bronze and gold buttons and styled with pressed flower pendant necklaces and belts. I explored the idea of vintage meets modern with clean lines and pleated fabrics that flatter the female form.”

Sheila Frank "Victorian Modernism" via Leah Gross Coded Agency for use by 360 Magazine
Sheila Frank "Victorian Modernism" via Leah Gross Coded Agency for use by 360 Magazine

Justin Alexander and Savannah Miller SS23 – Love in A Mist

Just in time for wedding season, post a hard reset on large celebrations, Justin Alexander Warshaw in collaboration with Savannah Miller resurge with their new SS23 collections of timeless Bridal fashion. Derived from legacy, the family-owned bridal business was established in 1946 by Justin’s grandparents. Rooted in humble beginnings with T&G (Thanks & Goodluck) Veils, an accessory company now empire at the hands of meticulous business of the budding mogul. A sequel to the family-owned business, the Justin Alexander brand is a pioneer in design, manufacturing including distribution. Expanding their portfolio with Adore x JA, Lillian West, Sincerity Bridal, Viktor&Rolf Mariage and now Savannah Miller Bridal founded in 2016.

“I knew I would be in Bridal; I absolutely love the fashion side & the business side, it’s in my blood.” -Justin Alexander

Reintroduced and the precursor to New York Bridal Fashion Week, 360 Magazine was cordially invited for a sneak peek at an industrial Midtown showroom. The luxury reception themed event showcased wedding dresses of both Justin & Savannah. The befitting return to NYC by Miller who decodes romance and elegance through her understated designs. Each garb overflows with personality, not to mention love which Savannah trusts prevailed within the last two years. A collection befitting of its title ‘Love in A Mist’, inclusively curating her brand with detailing inspired by her tenure at Alexander McQueen.

Armon, Creative Director for 360 Magazine met with the designers for a ‘No No-sense Conversation where they shared advice and candidly shared each will be preparing for their own nuptials in the coming future. When asked, what inspires them and why Bridal? Justin shares “It’s nothing better when a bride lights up when she found the dress or enters walking down the aisle with everyone in awe.” Miller goes on to say, “As a woman, you know when it’s right and how it feels on your body,” encouraging liberation. One thing they both agreed on is the significance of what a moment such as a wedding means. Therefore, having positive influences involved in your overall process.

Justin Alexander Warshaw and Savannah Miller SS23 images via Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Justin Alexander Warshaw and Savannah Miller SS23 images via Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

Dana Harel SS23 – Acqua

Designed with rich inspiration points of past-time Europeans with an added Mediterranean taste, Dana Harel’s new ‘Acqua collection utters elegant chic. The SS23 collection was created to commemorate all things life, creativity and freedom while incorporating elements of the energy from our beloved oceans. Each piece of ‘Acqua’ resembles pieces that modern princesses would adorn during their wedding days.

The collection effortlessly showcases distinctions between western and eastern cultures through the varying designs. An array of 11 designs stem from the collection, offering for a wide selection of aesthetic preferences. Whether the bride to be is in search of a sexy, simple look or a more conservative, luxurious piece, ‘Acqua’ has all the components to make you feel like a new-day princess.

Pictured below are the Vittoria and Nicola dresses. The Vittoria elevates a modern design with a classic European cut. Dripping in the finest sequin/crystal fabric, the Vittoria is a sexy take on the contemporary, romantic essence of the 21st century. The Nicola takes on a more moderate fabric with Italian double satin. Also showcasing a slit like the Vittoria, the Nicola sports a gathering affect that reminds us of the rifts and waves in the ocean.

The Vittoria Dana Harel SS23 'Acqua' image via Marissa Chiechi (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
The Vittoria
The Nicola Dana Harel SS23 'Acqua' image via Marissa Chiechi (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
The Nicola

The Atelier Couture SS23 – Shakespeare in Love

The Bridal by The Atelier Couture transports us all the way back to the Elizabethan Era when British theatre was at its peak with their new collection ‘Shakespeare in Love.’ Distinctly crafted with bold Avant-Garde visions reminiscent of gowns that were sported in Shakespeare’s plays, The Atelier Couture captivates us with a new bridal take on classic Europeans drama.

Ball gowns adorned with extravagant beading and lacing; the ‘Shakespeare in Love’ collection encapsulates the essence of Shakespeare’s work. Each gown tells its own story through shifting necklines, silhouettes and train lengths. Mostly consisting of over the top, out of this world fluffy ball gown silhouettes, The Atelier Couture’s latest bridal collection looks as if it would be worn by the Queen of England on her wedding day.

The romantic essence of the collection references old-school fairytale silhouettes. The contents of this collection are elaborate and poetic, similar to Shakespeare’s plays. Renowned as one of the greatest writers in the English language, ‘Shakespeare in Love’ lives up to this accolade.

The Atelier Couture 'Shakespeare in Love' collection images via Serena Chang (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
The Atelier Couture 'Shakespeare in Love' collection images via Serena Chang (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine

Dress Hunt x HOUGHTON Pop-Up

Dress Hunt and HOUGHTON collaborated to bring forth an exclusive bridal pop-up event this season. Dress Hunt is a bridal hub where brides can find a selection of wedding dresses and bridal accessories essential for their big day. Ensuring access to everything that a bride may be in search of for her big day, Dress Hunt sources the finest bridal fashions into one location for a leisurely shopping experience.

Founded by Katharine Polk, the pop-up showcased HOUGHTON Season 2, seven celebrity-inspired looks crafted for seven individual women. With a luxurious reference to celebrity fashion, designs ranged from cocktail dresses to elaborate gowns. The styles were created to reflect that of what the modern woman is in search for.

Coming together to create a hands-on experience for brides in search of their perfect dress, the event turned out to be a smashing success. Aside from HOUGHTON Season 2, other collections were platformed from ASAR By Nikeen Asar, NOVA, Deesigns and more.

Dress Hunt Bridal pop-up collection image via Jules Barker (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
HOUGHTON Season 2 collection image via Jules Barker (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
HOUGHTON by Katharine Polk

Sophie Et Voilà SS22 – Cristóbal 

Individualism and philosophy blend together to create the meaning behind Sophie Et Voilà’s 2022 Cristóbal collection. A women-founded and ran company, Sophie Et Voilà prides themselves on their commitment to sustainability. Focused on handcrafting pieces for their clientele, each piece is unique and distinct. The theme of their brand follows that of their new collection, Cristóbal.

Standing alone and not conforming to the modern trends was one of the key elements of the Cristóbal collection for Sophie Et Voilà. Inspired by the ways that we think, the ways that we choose to learn and live past our mistakes throughout life, came Cristóbal. Each piece from the collection takes on their own name, one and only one. With classical structures, sleek lines and advanced styles, Cristóbal embodies potency and independence.

Regarding the collection, they stated, “At Sophie Et Voilà we never wanted to be commercial. We never thought about being others. Being different was never our goal. Doing something different has been the consequence of opting for doing things our own way. In a world where adaptation is everything, being true to oneself is a luxury that very few can afford.”

Sophie Et Voilà 2022 Cristóbal collection via Asia Anderson (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
The Giovanna
Sophie Et Voilà 2022 Cristóbal collection via Asia Anderson (Coded Agency) for use by 360 Magazine
The Gabriela
BLK app via 360 MAGAZINE official site and podcast

Spotlight: BLK App

Founded in 2017, the B-L-K app encompasses more than a community for singles seeking a prospective date or companionship. The niche platform has the largest subscription of Black Men & Women and is known as affiliates of the Match.com portfolio. 360 Magazine’s Armon Hayes met with the B-L-K app Head of Marketing Jonathan Kirkland via zoom to discuss what the ‘new wave’ app is all about, its impact and what’s to come.

About six years ago Kirkland began in the digital space with apps like Grindr and Bumble. He shares the experience applying to a Brand-partnership job at Grindr as a joke, which lead to a self-discovery journey that allowed him to discover how he thrives through niche communities while identifying their needs. Subsequently evolving the online dating functionality and perspective, Kirkland goes on to say, “It’s all about making connections, where those connections are is up to you and who you match with.

When embarking on the new B-L-K app, founders knew that they wanted to keep the Black community at the forefront of the platform. “The Black experience is a unique one, especially in America and [this] transcends into the dating app space,” said Kirkland. Exploding during lockdown at the height of the pandemic, he is committed to growing the platform with the aid of the audience he serves. The app allows for an understanding that connections aren’t merely one-to-one, but a one to many. Diligent in shifting the narrative that Black women are less desirable, the B-L-K app provides the forum to communicate byway fostering understanding.

With 3 million downloads and counting, the cultural app is creating a space for a wide scale of individuals to connect and, most importantly, build friendships. B-L-K remains true to their core demographic by creating dialogue, while also educating through user connections on matters surrounding racial injustices.

Brought to the forefront on the app as well as our lives, B-L-K particularly highlights the global misfortunes of 2020 at the hands of law enforcement to Breonna Taylor & George Floyd, just to name a few. Such criteria are typically not discussed or even introduced on dating platforms, let alone the first encounter with someone new. Furthermore, getting to know someone online can be awkward as it is. Kirkland emphasizes the initiative of the app, stating, “It’s a space where blackness can be celebrated; find more qualified matches and start dating faster.”

By: Armon Hayes, Vaughn Lowery, McKinley Franklin

Listen to Kirkland/Hayes podcast interview HERE.

Armon Hayes and Vaughn Lowery of 360 MAGAZINE attend Formula 1 DRIFT in Long Beach, CALIFORNIA

GR COROLLA UNVEILED

Toyota newly announced the release of their showstopping 2023 GR Corolla, a hot hatch model perfect for drivers in search of a stylish yet high-performance vehicle. 360 Magazine had the opportunity to attend the official vehicle reveal in Long Beach, California to soak up the opulence of the new style.

360, too, sat down with Thomas Sondej and Paul Hogard from Toyota to chat about what went into the planning and design process for such an elevated model on 360’s very own podcast, 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation.

The reveal of the brand new 2023 GR Corolla launched on March 31, where 360 was invited to attend the Toyota Performance Vehicle Reveal and Dinner. On-site, prototypes of the two grades of the GR Corolla were shown off and tested to reveal a few of the vehicle’s capabilities.

Beautifully designed, the space emulated the rich supersonic red and sleek silver aspects showcased in the new Toyota styles. Lights sparkled over the GR Corolla as it drifted and drove for the audience to awe in the model’s glory.

During 360 MAG: A No-Nonsense Conversation, 360’s President Vaughn Lowery and Creative Director Armon Hayes conversed on-site at Thunder Studios located in Long Beach with Sondej and Hogard to discuss all things Toyota GR Corolla.

Sondej works in the product education/marketing department, while Hogard specializes in product PR for Toyota. Lowery and Hayes learned that this specific, advanced hot hatch model has been in the works for quite some time, dating all the way back to 2018.

The 2023 GR Corolla was designed to appeal to a well-versed demographic. Allowing for a heightened driving experience with customizable design features, the GR Corolla appeals to several ages and aesthetic points of views. The high-performance aspects of the vehicle were constructed with a specific person in mind, though: adrenaline junkies. If you enjoy partaking in heart pumping activities like skateboarding or sky diving in your free time, the GR Corolla was crafted with the thrill seekers in mind.

Equipped with manual transmission, the hot hatch is built with a 1.6 L turbo engine that generates a whopping 300 horsepower. The GR force system of the GR Corolla allows for a selection of three settings of torque. You can switch from 60/40 for everyday driving, to 30/70 while traveling down windy roads, or to the 50/50 track utilized for needed stability when moving through snow/gravel.

A well-versed model, the GR Corolla allows for differing customizability’s to match your desired aesthetic. Between the two grades of core and circuit, there is a selection of colors to choose from ranging from red, white, black and silver. With impeccable styling showcased through the eye-catching exterior, the GR Corolla reminds us of top high-performance vehicles across the globe, guaranteed to match your vibes.

Some of the most noteworthy and unique elements of the hot hatch stem from its interior. Inside, the GR Corolla sports a Toyota multi-media system that is entirely touch screen while allowing for great device connectivity. The system allows utilization of your favorite methods like Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa, but you’ll be stunned with your very own “Ask Toyota” functionality. You can easily ask your Toyota a question by stating, “Hey Toyota,” and the car will be there to assist.

The climate of the inside of the car can, too, be controlled through the touch screen or “Ask Toyota” feature. Showing off a fully digital interior system, the speedometer display is also digitized, and shifts design format depending on the selected drive mode. That’s right, as you switch from sport, normal and eco functions, the color/design of the digital dashboard changes also.

Crafted out of the Toyota GR Factory in Japan, the GR Corolla was created with a hand-built approach to ensure the finest quality for consumers. Guaranteeing a modern build and design methodology for the latest hot hatch from Toyota, you’ll want to get your hands on the GR Corolla when it drops later this year.

Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine
Toyota GR Corolla Reveal Event via Vaughn Lowery and Armon Hayes for use by 360 Magazine

Article: McKinley Franklin, Armon Hayes, Vaughn Lowery

Black Directory in Fashion

Leading Racial Justice and Fashion Leaders Launch First-Of-Its-Kind Directory of Black Professionals in the Fashion Industry

Color Of Change’s #ChangeFashion Initiative and Black In Fashion Council Will Provide Brands An Easy Way To Hire Black Talent 

Color Of Change and IMG’s #ChangeFashion and Black In Fashion Council announced the launch of the BIFC x #ChangeFashion Directory, the first directory focusing on increasing opportunities for Black professionals in the fashion industry. This project is the first resource to be released from #ChangeFashion to help organizations execute the goals laid out in the #ChangeFashion Roadmap. The Roadmap seeks to empower fashion industry allies to embark on the journey of systematically addressing inequity and the exclusion of Black talent.

The directory currently houses the profiles and resumes of over 300 Black professionals, featuring Black-identifying photographers, makeup artists, set designers, and more with a geographic reach that expands across the world. Brands want to make a commitment to racial justice, equity, and inclusion and our Roadmap provides a guide to do so. The directory allows brands to move beyond statements of solidarity to create an industry that fully embraces diversity and inclusion. Currently, the directory will only be available to brands that sign on to the #ChangeFashion Roadmap and have committed to working with Color Of Change to achieve racial equity within the fashion industry. 

“Performative activism for racial equity needs to go out of style,” said Amity Paye, Senior Director of Communications at Color Of Change. “Black people and people of color continue to push the fashion industry forward both in the spotlight and behind-the-scenes —  yet the legacy of the industry is one of racial exclusion. This directory is an invitation for the industry to easily hire Black talent and professionals after taking a pledge to commit to racial justice. Black people are not a trend to flaunt whenever it’s socially impressive. With this directory, we are calling on the industry to #ChangeFashion by moving from rhetoric to action, and by investing in Black talent and careers.”  

“Too often, we hear from brands that they can’t find Black talent or that their rolodex of talent needs to be more inclusive, but they don’t know where to begin,” said Lindsay Peoples Wagner and Sandrine Charles, Co-founders at Black In Fashion Council. “We are incredibly passionate about eradicating this problem and being a resource for companies to use a more diverse roster of talent and know that resources like this will make a significant impact in the industry.”

“We cannot create meaningful change without analyzing and overhauling the systems that brought us here in the first place,” said Romola Ratnam, SVP of Social Impact at Endeavor. “With this directory, we are further democratizing industry access by providing brands a comprehensive resource to change their hiring practices and ensure there is diversity both in front of and behind the camera.”

Along with being a resource for any brand committed to addressing historical racism and systemic inequality, it also aims to help fashion organizations and companies truly change the status quo, break patterns and set new norms that empower, finance, and reward Black people in the industry. There are no excuses as to why there is not an increased presence of Black artists and talent in the fashion industry. This directory will help the industry include more Black people, putting them at the center of the work. 

Learn more about the directory HERE

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by over 7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and governments to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.

#ChangeFashion is a vertical within the Color Of Change #ChangeIndustries initiative dedicated to eradicating racism in the fashion industry. In partnership with the Black In Fashion Council, IMG, and Joan Smalls, its goal is to rally companies and talent across the fashion industry to restore equity and advance racial justice by moving from rhetoric to action.

Black In Fashion Council is a group of editors, models, stylists, media executives, assistants, freelance creatives, and industry stakeholders aiming to build a new foundation for inclusivity in the fashion industry.

Endeavor is a global sports and entertainment company, home to the world’s most dynamic and engaging storytellers, brands, live events, and experiences. The company is composed of industry leaders including entertainment agency WME; sports, fashion, events, and media company IMG; and premier mixed martial arts organization UFC. The Endeavor network specializes in talent representation, sports operations & advisory, event & experiences management, media production & distribution, experiential marketing, and brand licensing. 

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events, and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons, owns and operates hundreds of live events annually, and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training, and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports, and content company.

Protect Identity During Fashion Photo Editing

You may have taken a photo or two with dog ears, but Snapchat’s puppy filter is what made you look good. New York Magazine even did an article about it.

In 2015 Snapchat released its new puppy filter, and it quickly became one of the most popular additions to social media platforms.

In 2019, Russian-developed FaceApp was at the center of public controversy after the FBI reported it. The FBI investigators raised concerns about the app’s potential counterintelligence threats. In addition, according to the report, the app developer’s access to the user data was concerning. 

The most remarkable feature FaceApp users love is to see how you will look at the age of 50 or 80 from now. Additionally, users can also change their gender with just one click – without intensive surgery. 

The app, Voilà was the go-to choice for fun photos this year as people seek to turn themselves into Disney and Pixar characters. The download has increased 2.3 million times in America alone. But are the app users safe from threats of today’s digital age? Experts don’t think so.

Measure the safety of photo-editing apps

The latest advancements in AR have enabled a whole slew of photo manipulation applications like FaceTune or FlawlessMe. So we need to consider these factors when deciding whether or not to use them on our selfies.

Do I want my every detail visible? For example, apps with access to photos of individuals’ faces usually have biometric information such as facial features, speech data, and sometimes retina patterns. Thus, bad actors can use this information for identification purposes.

In addition, these apps mostly ask for approval to access contacts, location, and social media accounts. All these permissions are unnecessary when all they do is provide a way of sharing cute photos.

New research has found Voilà requires an internet connection to operate as expected. Unfortunately, this means we are giving up some privacy when using this adorable photo-sharing application without realizing it.

Should we continue using photo apps?

FaceApp was in hot water after the FBI found the app stores new photos created on the platform. They were quick to deny any nefarious activity saying that they may store updated pictures for performance and traffic reasons. More to explanation, most images last 48 hours on their servers before deletion. 

With such unclear statements, it is difficult to pinpoint where a client’s photo could really end up or even have evidence that their photos are being disposed of properly.

Lately, the company has been under fire with other controversies, including switching from the original filters, which were meant more for lightening skin tone, changing eye color, or gender than altering age due to likely demand by users who want younger selfies.

Protect guide using photo apps

Do not give up on using photo editing apps due to security risks. Instead, follow these simple protection tips to secure your identity.

1- Research more

Before downloading an app, check the authority and permissibility of the app. Numerous scams apps exist in Google’s play store and Apple’s app store today. Find out about the internet and computer security in-depth on this resource we found

2- Permissions restriction

Before you accept the app’s permission to grant access to all of your data, analyze if it is essential and makes sense to authorize them. For example, if a photo editing app wants to access your camera contacts, give them only camera permission, not contacts. 

3- Accounts deletion after use

Everyone loves adding filters to photos or animating still photographs using photo apps. However, there is no harm in using photo apps with precautions. The best strategy is to delete your account once you have fulfilled your curiosity about using an app.