Anyone can throw on some clothing; but putting together an outfit is an entirely different story. A few items may look great separately and then look horrible once you wear them at the same time. Similarly, some items may look boring and plain yet come together to create an amazing outfit.
Some people have a natural eye for fashion and can throw together a runway-ready outfit within minutes, but others may need some tips. If you want to branch out and try new styles, or simply want to learn what goes into a great outfit, then this post is for you.
Determine the occasion
An outfit can only live up to its full potential if it’s in the right environment. For example, an elegant suit may look stunning, but it won’t look stunning at a child’s birthday party – it will simply look out of place.
Similarly, a casual outfit of jeans and a t-shirt can be an outfit on its own, but not for a formal event. Determining the event will give you a starting point for your outfit. For example, if you are going to homecoming, you will need to look at homecoming dresses to find the base of your outfit.
Choose your colors
There are a few things to consider when it comes to the colors of your outfit. The first is your skin tone. Some colors may look better than others because of your skin’s undertone. Click here to learn more about your undertones.
Secondly, which colors do you want to use together? Are you going for a monochromatic look? Maybe a pastel look? Or perhaps a neutral color scheme? There are so many options. If you don’t know where to begin, think about the occasion again. Muted and understated colors are better for professional events than bright and bold colors.
Choose your patterns
Patterns can make or break an outfit. Some people prefer to use only solid colors, which is fine, but we would recommend still adding some pattern to your outfit by incorporating a scarf or something similar. Recently, mixing patterns has become quite the trend. Sometimes, it results in beautiful, unique outfits. Other times, it could be a bit of a disaster. So, if you’re new to fashion, you may want to stick with a few solid-colored items of clothing, and then one patterned item. However, if you are brave, you can try mixing patterns and prints.
Many people think that clothing is what makes an outfit. And yes, it’s true – clothing does play a huge role in an outfit. But what truly brings it together will be your accessories.
Accessories usually take the form of belts, bags, and jewelry, but makeup and hairstyles can also serve as accessories. If you have a plain outfit, pair it with bold accessories to spice it up. And, of course, if you are wearing a very intense and busy outfit, use classic and basic accessories so that it’s not overwhelming. A black pearl necklace might just be the final touch that your outfit needs.
Gucci announced the opening of the third Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Tokyo on 28th October 2021. Located on the top of the Gucci Namiki flagship store in Ginza, this will herald the contemporary Italian restaurant’s second global outpost outside of Italy, after Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, USA.
Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura are contemporary restaurants with the same values and principles under one Gucci Osteria umbrella. Adding creativity, elegance, playfulness and sensuality to traditional Italian cuisine, guests in Tokyo will enjoy a unique dining experience that will also incorporate the diversity and identity of its location.
Seating 48 guests in the main dining room and 12 on the terrace, the new restaurant will serve lunch, dinner and Italian aperitivo. The kitchen will be led by head chef Antonio Iacoviello, bringing the youthful energy and philosophy of the original Gucci Osteria in Florence to Tokyo.
The menus have been developed by internationally acclaimed chef Massimo Bottura (owner of 3 Michelin Starred Osteria Francescana, voted The World’s Best Restaurant in 2016 and 2018), Karime Lopez, head chef of Gucci Osteria in Florence, Italy (awarded its first star in the Michelin Guide Italy 2020) and head chef Antonio Iacoviello.
The à la carte menu will include Gucci Osteria signature dishes such as the legendary Emilia burger and Tortellini with Parmigiano Reggiano cream.There will also be creative takes on Italian-centred dishes and new seasonal Japanese-inspired creations. These will include Parmigiana RamenandMilanese Wagyu.
Massimo explains, “Like Italy, Japanese food and produce are so intertwined in its culture that it has rightly become one of the greatest global cuisines. Japan holds a special place in my heart, and I’m excited to be able to welcome everyone to our little piece of Tokyo.”
A wide variety of drinks will also be available, including a wine list of over 350 bins and a cocktail offering. Guests will also be able to enjoy champagne and light snacks as a traditional Italian aperitivo from 4-6 pm daily, served on the restaurant’s rooftop terrace.
The carefully curated interiors at Gucci Osteria Tokyo take inspiration from the original Florence outpost, with references to the Italian Renaissance and the eclectic mix of aesthetics embraced by Gucci. At the private lift entrance on the ground floor, a mysterious enfilade sets the tone for the upstairs. Gucci Décor’s Tian wallpaper enriches the trellis woodworks, resembling the dream-like atmosphere of winter gardens. Once inside, a vibrant green palette defines the spaces through each room, where rich peacock velvet banquettes complement the pea-green panelling, marble dining tables, wicker chairs and the Gucci Décor tableware.
Unique elements that distinguish the Gucci Osteria Tokyo include its wood flooring, hand-painted with a pattern inspired by antiques collected by Creative Director Alessandro Michele. The recurring symbolism of the star appears both in the ceiling lights of the hall leading to the main room as well as in the mosaic floor in the terrace, adorned with traditional Japanese plants. In addition, hidden behind patio doors, is an ornate private dining room named Room of Mirrors, which hosts up to 8 guests, where antique European mirrors, ebonized boiserie, and the Radura wallpaper from the Gucci Décor collection provide a truly intimate and exclusive dining experience. The exterior glass façade of the entrance facing Namiki-dori street is designed to allow a fluid perspective–offering a view of the linden trees on the roadside, the symbol of Namiki-dori Street.
adidas and Beyoncé Launch Fourth IVY PARK Collection: “IVY PARK RODEO”
Ditch the ten-gallon hat and say “howdy” to stylish, western wear. adidas and Beyoncé are returning to present the latest adidas x IVY PARK collection. Inspired by the inimitable style and undeniable influence of Black cowboys and cowgirls, the “IVY Park Rodeo” collection celebrates the formidable impact of Black men and women on American Western culture. Beyoncé recently featured the fierce collection on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. 360 Magazine is impressed at this fashionable collection that brings to light an important history that often goes unspoken. The collection celebrates the oft-hidden history of Black pioneers within cowboy and cowgirl culture and their continued influence and impact on the American Rodeo.
A bold celebration of classic Americana reimagined for today, this is a refreshingly contemporary take on classic Western wear. IVY PARK Rodeo is where audacious design meets thoughtfully remixed classic streetwear and athletic wear fused with inspiration from the Black cowboy experience. The collection features 58 adult apparel styles, 5 adult footwear styles, and 13 different accessories. Cowboys and cowgirls of all ages can join in on the fashion show. Boasting dark denim fabrics and washed heavy French terry materials throughout, the apparel and accessories are elevated with unique denim monograms and bold purple glow cow prints. Utilitarian-inspired zips and snap fastenings complete the details.
Highlights from the apparel collection include a denim body suit and wide leg snap pant, a denim tracksuit, a washed French terry hoodie and matching sweatpants, denim chaps, a denim bucket hat, and a small cotton canvas waist bag. The footwear offering is exciting as well, with two colorways of the IVP Ultraboost – one which mimics the look of denim and a new colorway for the IVP Forum Mid. This collection introduces the new IVP Super Sleek “Chunky”, with an exaggerated outsole combined with a classic upper in two dynamic colorways.
The fourth IVY PARK collection launches exclusively on adidas’ website for 24 hours on August 19th and is followed by a wider global launch on August 20th.
adidas x IVY PARK Drop 4 consists of the IVP Super Sleek “Chunky” (priced at $140), the IVP Forum Mid (priced at $150), and the IVP Ultraboost (priced at $200.)
It is clear that adidas x IVY PARK prioritizes inclusivity and diversity within all of their drops. Within this new capsule, clothing sizes range from XXXS-4XL / 1X-4X. Unisex sizes range from 4 US – 14 US, and specific women’s sizes range from 5 US – 14 US. Clothing prices range from $45 to $200 for adults.
With over 58 adult apparel styles, 5 adult footwear styles, and 13 accessories styles, there are plenty of choices for any wardrobe. Accessories including unisex hats, unisex bags, a denim bucket hat, a durag, socks, and bandanas. Accessory prices range from $25 – $75.
The collection concentrates on centering aesthetically pleasing colors and prints, including Dark Denim, Glory Blue, Dust Purple, Purple Glow, Ambient Blush, Prints are Dark Denim Monogram, Purple Glow Dark, Brown Cow Print. The soft, high-quality fabrics used in this collection include 100% Cotton 16.5oz blue twill denim, 99% Cotton 1% Elastane 10.8oz stretch blue denim, and 100% Cotton 13oz cow print cotton twill denim.
adidas and Beyoncé Introduce Kids’ Apparel for the First time with Fourth adidas x IVY PARK Collection: “IVY PARK Rodeo”
With this fourth launch, for the first time, adidas x IVY PARK introduces their kids’ collection, a capsule line of 16 apparel styles, offering an assortment of looks in sizes 2T-XL. Taking its creative inspiration from the adult collection, the line appeals to fashion conscious grown-ups who have a fresh eye on style and want their ‘mini-me’s’ to enjoy their wardrobe choices with the same enthusiasm and playful attitude towards fashion.
A bold celebration of classic Americana reimagined for today, this is a refreshingly contemporary take on classic Western wear. IVY PARK Rodeo is where audacious design meets thoughtfully remixed classic streetwear and athletic wear fused with inspiration from the Black cowboy experience reimagined for the next generation. Highlights from the collection include purple glow cow print tights and a graphic t-shirt which reads ‘brought up rodeo’ in a printed cursive script font, as well as hoodies, shorts, sweatpants, and plain t-shirts.
The fourth IVY PARK collection launches exclusively on adidas’ website for 24 hours on August 19th and is followed by a wider global launch on August 20th.
The adidas x IVY PARK Drop 4 Kids offering consists of 16 kids apparel styles that include foundation and activewear (t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, sweatpants, and tights). Colors used within the collection include Purple Glow, Glory Blue and Ambient Blush and Off-White along with the Purple Cow Print. Clothing sizes range: 2T-XL for kids’ apparel and will be priced from $20 to $65.
Foundation: Washed French Terry Hoodie, Sweatpants, Crop and Graphic Tee
Active: Base Layer Boys Top and Tight, Woven Windbreaker and Short, Cow Print tight for Girls
The fashion industry is hugely influential to the point that it can make or break trends in all sorts of arenas, even in those only tangentially related.
One of the biggest examples of this occurred when the rise of stylish sportswear suddenly made it cool to run. This fashion trend elevating running above the straightforward form of exercise that it had been seen as in the past.
Here’s a look at what enabled the running revolution and the role that fashion brands had in catalyzing it.
The Power of Celebrity
It is impossible to talk about the rise of fashion-focused sportswear without touching on the rich and famous turning functional clothing into must-have garments.
Starting in the 1980s, professional athletes, as well as the stars of stage and screen, began to be seen in branded, designer sportswear. Manufacturers realized that if they could get their logos noticed by the public, they would inevitably sell more.
This time also coincided with an increased interest in health and fitness, especially amongst the middle classes. Of course, if you see celebrities out and about in the latest training tops, shorts and sneakers, then you will not only want to emulate their exercise routines, but also their workout wardrobes. In the modern age, celebrity endorsements and tie-ins take this even further.
The Affordability & Timelessness
Another aspect of why the fashion industry was so eager to push sportswear once it got its first taste was because of the inexpensive production costs. From the best sunglasses for running on the road to the top training shoes for the track, the relative simplicity of the designs – combined with the minimal materials needed to make them – meant that manufacturers could make a mint on the markup of designer sportswear.
Meanwhile, another perk from a design perspective is that while fashion in the sportswear sector does cycle quite quickly, the underlying designs for the key pieces required for running or any other activity do not need significant change. This timelessness continues to pay dividends from a cost-saving perspective for manufacturers, while also meaning that people who pick up gear can then keep using it for years without feeling like they are falling behind the times.
Sportswear did not just became fashionable because activities like jogging and running were made into mainstream hobbies for millions. The sheer versatility of this type of clothing allowed it to become accepted in a lot of other contexts too.
It is perfectly normal to see people wearing garments that are ostensibly designed for exercise in bars, restaurants and even business meetings. This is not just because of changing trends, but also as a result of how comfortable sportswear tends to be in comparison with traditional garb.
People who picked up running gear to fulfill their fitness goals can also happily slip into it for everyday errands and other occasions, while still feeling cool and en vogue.
There is one final talking point relating to sportswear, fitness and the fashion industry – the kind of tribalism which is innate to humanity.
By designer brands entering the market and promoting their products against rivals, this could rub off on consumers, creating a kind of product fueled war of loyalty. Nike, Adidas and Reebok have all capitalized on this, but high end fashion houses are equally invested in this approach.
Running remains a pastime which is unavoidably associated with being seen by others, and if you can wear the colors and designs of a brand you love while doing it, then it’s all the better. And so, fashion and sportswear look set to maintain their close relationship indefinitely, even if specific brands may rise and fall.
Justice Faith Betty, and Nia Faith Betty are co-founders of Révolutionnaire, a new social platform aimed at social awareness and activism. Originally a dance-oriented clothing brand started by sisters Justice and Nia, it has grown into a larger movement to empower the youth via a platform for education and conversation. We got to speak with the founders and one of their Action Leaders Naheim Banks below.
We were informed that you grew up with family members in the prison system which drove you towards a life dedicated to criminal justice reform. Can you talk more about how your activism and advocacy have expanded since you began this journey?
Naheim Banks: As you said, I have had family members involved in the system, and one of the things I realized while experiencing that was that our system is not a criminal justice system, but rather a criminal legal system because justice is what so many people don’t experience or get while going through our legal process. When I first began this journey on criminal legal reform, I started something in my school district called Teen Court, which is a youth diversionary program for minors that commit misdemeanors and other infractions. Part of what drew me to this work was because I could see myself in many of these kids, many of them in high school and middle school, who have parents working long hours, parents who are incarcerated and having to grow up way too fast. These kids happened to lose the moral luck lottery and have made mistakes, but that doesn’t mean we should let those mistakes define who they are for the rest of their lives. People are more than the worst thing they’ve ever done. I was encouraged to take my activism further when I saw voters reject Affirmative Action in my home state of California, reject cash bail, and reject a piece of legislation allowing for California to decertify police officers for misconduct despite being only one of four states to not have the authority to decertify law enforcement officers. Upon witnessing this, I decided to run to be an Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party with the slate ‘Organizing for Progress’. Since being elected, I have made it a point to continue pushing the party to endorse legislation that supports Black lives and allows us to reimagine our criminal legal system. One of the ways I’m also doing that is by educating the public on legal reform through Révolutionnaire and our Action Guides and Petitions.
How has attending Howard University, an HBCU, impacted your views on activism and criminal justice reform?
Naheim: Attending Howard has really encouraged me to put myself out there and take risks. Before attending Howard, I always tried to fit into what Nikole Hannah-Jones calls, white spaces that are not made for people that look like me, and impact change within the confines of what is deemed ‘acceptable’. Not anymore. I no longer sugarcoat or tone down the issues that I am passionate about. Part of this huge passion that I have for criminal legal reform and my increased activism on the issue stems from the confidence Howard has instilled in me. Being a criminology major, I have had professors like Dr. Bahiyyah M. Muhammad that have so much passion for prison reform that their passion often rolls over onto you. At Howard, we have people that have non-profits like Just Us that mentors youth involved in the juvenile legal system; we have people that have started environmental justice organizations, gun reform organizations, and so many others that it inspires you to truly get out there in your community and make lasting change.
How did you find Révolutionnaire, and what drew you to become a part of the organization?
Naheim: I had followed Révolutionnaire since its original creation as a way to revolutionize dance apparel and empower all to celebrate the skin they’re in because I had never truly seen dance apparel that actually matched Black skin. I had been an outspoken advocate for criminal legal reform and when Nia Faith, one of the founders of the organization, reached out to me, I just couldn’t say no. Seeing the impact Nia and Justice already had on their homes, their schools, and their communities is what really inspired and drew me to become a part of the organization. I distinctly remember hearing Justice’s Valedictorian speech and one of the things she said that really fueled my love for Révolutionnaire, was that ‘Dreams Fuel Revolutions’. Everyone on this team has a dream for a better world and I just love having the opportunity to be a part of it.
What exactly are your responsibilities as an Action Leader with Révolutionnaire?
Naheim: As an Action Leader, I write about specific issues related to criminal legal reform such as the death penalty, three-strikes laws, and the War on Drugs. I give information to those that want to get more involved in legal reform initiatives and facilitate knowledge sharing and member engagement through writing petitions and 101 Action Guides on the issues that plague our society’s broken legal system.
Your website mentions that Révolutionnaire began with the idea to ‘revolutionize nude apparel’. Can you talk more about how this mission came about and what work has been done thus far?
Nia Faith Betty: I started Révolutionnaire as a dancewear line catering to dancers of color after growing up as a ballerina and never having access to apparel that matched my skin tone. I was tired of constantly feeling othered and dreamed of a more inclusive dance world. Today, the Révolutionnaire Shop has a collection of apparel and accessories for dancers, athletes, and everyone to celebrate the skin they’re in.
Justice Faith Betty: I was inspired by Nia’s journey and dream of revolutionizing the dance world and asked what it would look like if more young people with a dream of improving their communities had access to the network, tools, and information necessary to scale their impact across causes. And that question laid the foundation for Révolutionnaire – the social network for changemakers.
We’ve heard about the five key causes on which Révolutionnaire is centered. Can you tell us more about what work is being done by Révolutionnaire to specifically target these issues?
Nia: We’ve started off with five pillar causes (i.e., racial equity, environmentalism, criminal justice reform, housing + food security, gun reform) with more to come. Change starts with staying informed, so we’ve made information about each of these issues accessible to our audience by breaking down topics into 101 guides. Action items are embedded at the end of each 101 guide so members can move from learning about a problem in society to taking action – whether it’s through contacting their representative, signing a petition, finding volunteer opportunities, making a donation, or participating in another mode of engagement – all from within our platform. We also have action guides across our cause hubs for members to launch their own projects in their communities.
As Révolutionnaire continues to grow, it has been really exciting to see and hear about members getting their ideas off the ground and finding a network of supporters to ideate with.
Justice: We’re committed to making this work more sustainable through leveraging the power of technology to build community among like-minded young people. We recently launched group offerings and have spoken to so many youth-focused organizations who are excited to connect with other orgs doing fantastic work, feel a little less lonely on their respective journeys and scale their collective impact. As a further commitment to sustainability, we will be launching our Recharge library to offer our members content focused on mindfulness and self-care.
How can young people, like Naheim, get involved with Révolutionnaire?
Justice: Whether you are someone who has wanted to make a difference, but perhaps doesn’t know where to start or have been doing this work for a long time, but are looking for a community and resources all in one place to take your impact to the next level – join Révolutionnaire. If, like Naheim, you are excited about contributing your voice on issues that matter to you and have ideas for how young people can take action, we welcome contributions from community members directly on Révolutionnaire through blog posts, lounge conversations, action item submissions and petitions!
Have you experienced any pushback as young women trying to influence such radical change? If so, how do you combat that?
Nia: There are oftentimes unspoken rules and gatekeeping measures that make getting involved in activism daunting and intimidating for young people. We have revolutionized and streamlined how people get involved in changemaking, service, and activism. With anything that is new or different, there are always situations where people don’t agree with it or don’t want to evolve the current ways of taking action to adapt to the changing times. At the end of the day, we always focus on the net good. If the end result is positive change and more young people getting involved with making the world a better place, then we are on the right path.
Milteri Tucker Concepción is a busy and multi-talented Afro Boricua who holds degrees in Biology, Chemistry and a master’s in Dance Education. She is an author, a mother and was casted in Lin Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights the movie. As we approach #NYFW2021, Milteri puts on another hat, as designer.
Milteri is the founder of BOMBAZO and the artistic director of Bombazo Dance Co. The Puerto Rican-Bronx based non-profit dance organization’s focus is to educate, advocate, preserve and perform Bomba Puertorriqueña. As an author, educator and master Bomba dancer, she lectures across the United States and the world. I sat with Milteri and we spoke about Bomba, fashion and Puerto Rico.
Milteri, tell our readers, who is Milteri Tucker Concepción?
Well, I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and grew up with a passion for dance since I was 5 years old. I recall dancing in “la Sala”(the living room) with three of the most influential women in my life: my grandmother, mother and aunt. As part of my upbringing I remember dancing, planting and assisting my elders in the kitchen. I also vividly recall shopping for fabrics with my aunt and watching my grandmother Abuela Teresa, warmly referred to as “Mama” sewing. My aunt “Titi” Maria Concepción was a designer who attended FIT and designed clothes for top actors in Puerto Rico. I was blessed to have been raised in a household full of love, and love for my culture!
As a teenager, I studied dance in La Escuela de Bellas Artes in Ponce, PR. At 17, [I] moved to NYC to pursue careers in dance and science. In 2006, I graduated with a dual major of Dance and Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Hunter College. I currently hold a masters degree in Dance Education from NYU Steinhardt. Today I am a renowned Bomba master dancer, choreographer, scholar, dance educator and author. [I wrote] the first bilingual Bomba children’s book, titled “Bomba Puertorriqueña” and illustrated by Boricua artist, Mia Roman.
I’ve had the privilege to perform in multiple venues across NYC and the world – from the prestigious Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, City Center, Summerstage, Pregones Theater, BAAD, The Latin Billboards Awards, dancing for Don Omar with choreography by Maria Torres O’Connor, to amazing community centers.
I am a cultural warrior (guerrera cultural) who safeguards our traditions of Bomba Puertorriquenas, via [my] 501c3 non-profit dance organization: Bombazo Dance Co, Inc and international brand of Caribbean dance skirts: Bombazo Wear-Bomba & Caribbean Dance Skirts®. I was recently featured in Lin Manuel Miranda’s movie, In The Heights, as the Bomba representation.
How was your experience filming ‘In the Heights’?
Being invited to dance Bomba for In the Heights was a surreal experience and a dream come true! It was an honor to represent our African heritage through our traditional dances. However, one of my favorite memories came after the movie premiered…. I had the opportunity to open the 2021 Virtual National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC, where Lin and I danced Bomba together.
What is the history of Bomba?
Bomba is Puerto Rico’s oldest musical genre, dating back to the 17th century and created by the African enslaved and free people of color from the Caribbean. This was one of the ways they communicated in our coastal sugarcane and coffee plantations. It is a secular practice, where the community gathers to sing, dance and drum.
Why did you create Bombazo Dance Company?
I founded Bombazo Dance Company to show the world that Puerto Rico has rich African ancestry, and that our traditions are very much alive. As a Bomba dance company, we communicate through dance and drumming. [This is] reflected in our traditional folk art dancers. It is also important to create a safe space to fuse Bomba with other forms of dance – such as ballet, contemporary, social dances and dances of the African and Caribbean diaspora.
What inspired you to create Bombazo dance wear?
At the same time I started Bombazo Dance Company, I was teaching Bomba classes to the community and needed skirts. Believe it or not, it was hard to find a seamstress who could make Caribbean skirts or a location to purchase them. I wanted to create skirts that fit all Caribbean dance styles, because I am that dancer. And voilà – Bombazo Wear Bomba Caribbean Skirts was born! My mother, Dr. Margarita Concepción, and I are the CEOs and we sew the [skirts] too. Our skirts are handmade, custom[ized] and tailored to each client. A part of the funds go to aid families affected by the earthquakes in Southern Puerto Rico.
How does it feel to be invited to NYFW 2021 / Harlem Fashion Week?
It is an honor to have been invited to showcase for a second time in HFM! The organizers are truly showcasing diversity within their shows and providing opportunities for designers of color to present their designs to the world. It’s important to me – as a woman of color, a Latina and AfroBoricua – [that] they understand my vision of dance as fashion. And my skirts have fashion written all over them!
Tell us about your upcoming collection “Resistencia y Libertá!” (Resistance and Freedom).
I am the creator of the Puerto Rican Bomba Flag Skirt®. A flag; its colors, represents a collective orgullo – pride for its people. Our flag was conceived and designed here in NYC. It was prohibited to fly The Puerto Rican flag in both Puerto Rico and New York at one time. Its pride is back after Hurricane Maria, [now] you see our colors in every town’s building and rinconcito (corner) in both Puerto Rico and the diaspora! Therefore, my new collection for 2021 is titled: “Resistencia y Libertá!” Where each skirt in the collection represents a social cause affecting Puerto Rico – such as the cultural resistencia by the people, No al Feminicidio, Boricua hasta en la Luna, Afroboricuaness, LGBTQ+ representation and support in the Bomba Community, ect. It is important to note that this is a brand and line designed and sewn by a Bomba dancer, a person from the community. These are skirts [are designed] with a mission. Part of the funds go to help families affected by the earthquakes in the South of Puerto Rico and organizations/community ensembles continuing the labor of safeguarding Bomba traditions in the island.
Any advice for the youth who want to connect and immerse themselves with their African roots and Culture?
Learn about all parts of you! That makes you unique and special. Speak to your elders: abuelas, abuelos, tias, tios and elders from your community. They have a lot of wisdom and years of experience you can learn from. Always connect to your culture, to your African roots! There is an African proverb I love : “Sankofa– in order to move forward you must know your past!” Know who you are, where you come from, so that you can pass the knowledge to your next generation! Ubuntu! (an African Proverb [that] means “I am because we ALL are!”)
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Intelligent Threads is a new brand based from Kerrville, Texas that makes athletic oriented clothing with groundbreaking technology. Their athletic gear is designed to maximize recovery and help with body alignment while still being very modern and fashionable. We got the chance to talk with Intelligent Threads about their mission and what sets them apart in the athleisure fashion world.
Intelligent Threads is an innovative company that provides clothing that stabilizes bone structure and improves body alignment while also being comfortable. Where did the idea for this product come from?
Synergy release method is a method that I developed to help stabilize the anatomical structure. But peoples muscles when under stress or repetitive motion or pressure will pull the bone structure out of place. I thought to myself if we can get the muscles to stay relaxed that’s going to help keep The anatomical structure in the right position. Which would prevent a multitude of structural problems in the body. So I guess the idea came out of necessity to help people stabilize their body to be able to feel better and perform to their full potential.
Intelligent threads allow people like professional athletes to train and perform more comfortably. How does the apparel achieve this?
By a technology called Myo Equilibration. We infuse at a quantum mechanics level Myo E into the fiber of our clothing. When Myo E is in close proximity to the body it will interact with the muscles that hold the structure out of place or pulls the structure out of place, causing the muscle to release. The reason we want this to happen is so now the body can self adjust and correct back into its anatomical neutral position. Helping all kinds of structural problems with the body.
In addition to athletes, Intelligent Threads offers support and comfort to those experiencing the difficulties of pregnancies. What specific issues can Intelligent Threads help prevent?
The structure starts to shift and change farther into the pregnancies which can cause lots of structural issues. By Keeping the muscles relaxed IT helps the structural changes before and after pregnancy To help prevent pain and everything else that goes along with it.
What kind of research went into the design and manufacturing of the clothes made for both athletes and pregnant women?
I spent 15 years studying the body and how it works to come up with Intelligent Threads. The nice part is an athlete’s body and a pregnant lady’s body works the same so the technology crosses over to both.
What differentiates Intelligent Threads from other athletic apparel brands?
Myo E is the difference. Athletic clothing doesn’t help the structure like Intelligent Threads does. Really the question is why would you want to wear clothes that didn’t have Myo E in it.
Where can we purchase Intelligent Threads and find out about upcoming releases?
Armon Hayes is an editor for 360 Magazine and the creative director for Ace of Haze Style of Ace (AOHSOA). Armon’s innovative eye for detail allows him to create long lasting partnerships with clientele as he helps them develop their personal brands. His design brand offers styling, design services, brand management, and lifestyle products. AOHSOA’s brand motto, “It’s not who you wear, how” encompasses the thoughtfulness with which Armon addresses each individual client to best emphasize their strengths and build their brands. This personalized approach to brand management and styling allows for AOHSOA to stand out in the field of design.
Armon describes his career aspirations regarding AOHSOA: “I’ve always dreamed of being an entrepreneur in the retail/fashion industry. In addition to feeding my own design sweet tooth, I enjoy developing design ideas and working with others to help them fulfill their own creative dreams. I have married these passions with the creation of Ace of Haze Style of Ace (AOHSOA) in 2017. My brand offers not only a street-luxe clothing line, but also styling and design services, home and children’s decor options, and brand management–all with the goal of motivating and empowering other creatives to look, feel, and produce their best. Our goal is to express creativity through fashion, art, and lifestyle, encompassing all creative endeavors. The focus at AOHSOA is elevating our lifestyle and transitioning our mindset. We live on the cutting-edge and believe that the key to brand success is being a part of–and influencers within–movements of change. Our motto is “It’s not who you wear, how.” This approach means that personal style should transcend past fashion trends to reflect your personality and your brand: you. Whether you’re getting back into the workforce or celebrating a milestone, when you look good, you feel good, and the world around you recognizes such. With this in mind, anyone and everyone can benefit from my brand. My clients include individuals, retail clothing brands, non-profit organizations, an independent recording artist, beauty brands and a pop culture and design magazine. Through our products, events and services, each client’s brand has been elevated. In turn, clients have been empowered to dream, create and develop their potential as they share their gifts with the world.”
Armon originally worked his way up in the retail industry, and now has created his own brand. He explains his journey to reaching his current achievements: “To me, success is measured as any opportunity from which I’ve had to learn and grow. In 2015/2016, before creating AOHSOA, I had the opportunity to participate in a spring product review when employed by True Religion as a store director. This experience sparked ideas in me for my future and gave me a raw understanding of the inner workings of a successful brand. My creativity and marketing sense was ignited in a way that I still look back on with gratitude. This experience led me to working as the assistant stylist for Toure Designs’ fashion show in 2018. At the fashion show, I had an idea that I felt would elevate a look just moments before the model was to walk the runway: having the model walk while shirtless. Fortunately, it was a very well received style suggestion. In that moment, I learned to trust my instincts, which has helped, and will continue to help, my endeavors with AOHSOA.
“More recently, I worked on several projects with independent recording artist, LaJune. As her personal stylist and creative director for three years, this is truly a passion project. During the pandemic, we collaborated on two live performances and two music videos. Additionally, we worked on an editorial shoot featuring Land Rover’s Defender to be featured in 360 Magazine. More recently, I hosted my second pop-up shop activation, The Bodega. The relaxed shopping event featured AOHSOA trunk options, and introduced a new assortment of blouses & dresses called “Onesie”. The one-size-fit-most offerings were a success, selling out of samples and having many orders placed. 2020 highlighted my need to develop a multifunctional living space, which has been an integral piece to my growth and development as a business owner. With the help of talented friends, family and supporters, we developed a space for myself and other creatives to come to develop their art and conduct business, with a twist. This living space has proved successful for both LaJune, AOHSOA, and my partners, as they may continue working, producing and creating safely during the uncertainty. The space, #360TRAP, has led to invaluable collaborations and partnerships.”
“While the pandemic has weighed heavy on small business owners, Armon found a way to take advantage of his downtime. He continues explaining how 2020 affected his career path and personal vision: “The pandemic has helped me realize the need for businesses and artists to pivot and evolve in order to overcome challenges. It became important to use the down time of lockdown wisely so that I wouldn’t lose the momentum I’ve generated, nor plateau creatively. I found myself unemployed and unable to operate AOHSOA in the traditional way. However, I felt even more committed to making AOHSOA successful and on the front lines of a movement of change. With the time the pandemic afforded me to commit myself to this passion full-time, I developed my administrative and brand management skill set in preparation for a resurgence. Additionally, the social justice movement gave people like myself an opportunity to reflect on the times and ways in which we can impact the world and its ecosystem. AOHSOA is committed to progress in diversity and inclusivity – it’s who we are. Expressing myself creatively supported me with a clearer perspective, and more importantly, an outlet for my process. I began sewing more, creating merchandise, and focusing on building my inventory and my social presence through blogging. I strategized around ensuring AOHSOA could survive and thrive in a pandemic, and set goals for the next six months. After creating a space, #360TRAP, in partnership with 360 Magazine, I developed concepts and ideas that mutually benefitted my business and my clients. I grew my client list and increased sales by $515 over this time last year. I honed in on social media engagement, adding a layer to my brand by sharing lifestyle aspects via my blog. On the blog, I discuss all things fashion, music and lifestyle, with elements of design. I am also working toward evolving this business into a bespoke brand with customized curations, as well as capsule fashion.
“As a precursor to World Blood Day and my birthday in June 2021, AOHSOA hosted a pop-up shop called the Bodega that featured several clients and sponsors. These collaborators included Respire by Design, The 6th Clothing Co., a local NYC tattoo artist, Chinelos Tacos NYC food truck, CocoOil, and Zavor. The event was a direct response to realign and reconnect with my community post-isolation. I continued to develop concepts for LaJune, including a streetwear collection of merchandise for her third EP, Mind. The merchandise collection is titled #mindmerch, and has been made available to her fans and supporters of AOHSOA. Our partnership, live performances, and music videos led to a collaboration with Viacom and a video shot at Smash Studios. These challenging times have taught me to pivot (sometimes at a moment’s notice), adjust, and be consistent in executing my plans. Having a network of talented supporters and friends has allowed for delegation and shared responsibilities, and most importantly, resources. All of these efforts resulted in a 47% increase in site sessions over 2020, with 51% representing unique visitors retaining 38% of existing traffic. As we enter the fourth quarter of this year, at my digital shop we anticipate an increased in traffic shy of 26% of last year’s visitors. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, I committed myself to elevating my brand with proven success. I embrace future challenges with an open heart because I know they will only make me smarter and stronger.”
Armon continues to work to grow his innovative, fashionable design brand, Ace of Haze Style of Ace. Through conducting SWOT analyses and evaluating his business practices, Armon looks to the future with determination and his signature creative flair. He is committed to inclusivity and actively works to pay forward his successes. Armon looks to use the platform AOHSOA has granted him to continue to pursue his own dreams, and help others do the same. He looks to not only building his brand empire, but also giving back to his community through charitable endeavors and his design abilities. Through creating opportunities for and mentoring the next generation of future fashion entrepreneurs, Armon aims to aid other young creatives in finding their own personal brands.
In describing his brand’s business model, Armon remarks that ” I believe that newly formed corporations should add activations for their diverse team members to feel comfortable and accepted no matter their color, creed, belief, sexuality or religion, and I aim to have AOHSOA be a leader in this effort. I want to position my organization to reflect the “Ballroom” culture within the LGBTQ community, by fostering a movement in life & style and allowing creatives a safe space to hone their skills and talents while they build their network. I am also looking forward to becoming more active in charitable endeavors, specifically working with kids/teens to help them find their brand within.”
Looking for rockin’ back to school duds? Rockstar Originalis expanding womenswear pieces to include sizing from X-Small to 3X-Large! The plus size collection includes track sets, casual wear and activewear which is accented with the brand’s logo, and iconic embellishments thus remaining true to the brands ethos. The plus size pieces range from $39.00 to $89.00, won’t break the bank and are perfect for the end of Summer and beginning of the school year. Arrive for the first day of class feeling confident in trendy styles like the Gigi Short Set (which can be viewed below.)
ZAGG Gear4 Protective Gaming Console Cases
ZAGG Gear4 today announced a 360-degree protection bundle for the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite gaming consoles. The Kita Grip 360 and Kita Grip 360 Lite cases, which are made with 52% renewable plant-based material, will be bundled with a ZAGG InvisibleShield screen protector for the ultimate gaming protection package. Gamers also get a smooth screen protector that preserves touchscreen sensitivity and guards the display against scratch damage, like from docking the console.
The slim, flexible Kita Grip case has been tested to protect the Switch from drops up to 10 feet/3 meters. The case is compatible with the Switch Classic docking system and allows access to the rear kickstand on the Switch Classic. It even includes an antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
Skechers and digital creator and entrepreneurAvani Gregg (50M+ followers) just dropped Avani x Skechers, a new creative campaign for the sought-after Skechers Uno where Avani styles her number one fashion sneaker like no other. Avani curated the social content for the campaign, which reflects her personal style and love for bright colors. Available in brights including hot pink, blue, and red, making the perfect statement shoe to make any look pop, and classic colorways like white, black, sand, and olive, that go with any outfit.
The versatile trend-right Uno can be paired with a summer dress while also completing any athleisure look. The Skechers Uno has you covered for all-day wear thanks to its Air-Cooled Memory Foam® insole, while the hidden Wedge Fit design adds the perfect slight lift. Look and feel good this summer and fall as you get ready to head back to school! The Avani x Skechers styles featured in the campaign are available on Skecher’s website and retail for $80.
Fabletics’ July Collection
School is out for the Summer, but its never too soon to think about your back to school outfits. As we kick off the new month, Fabletics is sharing their July Collection. Fabletics is launching their first ever Hiking Capsule, which includes cargo shorts, onesies, skirts, jackets (and more!) These lifestyle pieces are versatile enough for every school day and extracurricular activity.
New styles are introduced in this collection and grounded in the brand’s beloved Motion365® fabric. It’s silky-smooth support, superior stretch and breathability make it a top pick when dressing for these hotter temps. Meet the Brianna Onesie– our first jumpsuit in this fabric- built with breathable mesh vents and secure pockets. And speaking of pockets- our Trinity ‘triple pocket’ design is back, better than ever and available in both leggings and shorts! For more complete Back to School outfits, our ‘Must Have’ July sets can be found here!
Mophie 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger
Mophie today announced a new 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger. Available exclusively in Apple stores, and on Apple and Zagg’s websites, the 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger offers dedicated wireless charging spots for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods/AirPods Pro. Just drop each device in its designated space and charging begins on contact. Install the Apple MagSafe Charger (not included), and you can easily charge all of your everyday accessories in one central location. The 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger is priced at $89.95.
The Magsafe Charger features 15W Fast Wireless Charging, allowing users to wirelessly charge the iPhone 12 at the fastest speed possible. With the Integrated Apple Watch Magnetic Charger, your Apple Watch will be positioned at the ideal angle to take advantage of Nightstand Mode. The charger additionally has an AirPods Charging Spot that ensures charging begins on contact, every time. This charging spot allows for the perfect viewing angle in both Portrait or Landscape mode. For more information, visit HERE.
Rolls-Royce Escapism Luggage Collection
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has added Black Badge editions to its Escapism Luggage Collection. The new luggage is designed to complement the darker, edgier personas of the marque’s Black Badge motor cars, which cater to patrons with a bold, confident, and uncompromising attitude to life. The five new pieces – 48hr Weekender, 24hr Weekender (see below image), Holdall, Tote Bag and Organizer Pouch – are handcrafted from the finest leather and soft canvas, together with a new material inspired by the unique technical-weave fabric first used in the interior of Cullinan Black Badge. Patrons can choose from colorways which include bold, eye-catching hues from the Black Badge color palette or more understated tones. Each item is finished with intricate contrast piping detail – a first for Rolls-Royce luggage, which clients can personalize if they wish – and a metal plaque bearing the Black Badge ‘Infinity’ lemniscate icon.
The Black Badge Escapism luggage collection can be ordered as a five-piece set or as individual items from Rolls-Royce dealers. These luggage pieces can also make for luxurious school bags, and are sure to impress on picture day. Prices for the five-piece set start from 22,075 GBP, excluding local taxes.
Raptic’s Portable Power Station – TITAN 225
Raptic’s Titan 225is the perfect power source for every student’s back to school needs. This portable, rechargeable power station is designed to provide long-lasting charge for all your devices. Students can study outside on campus grounds or do homework in their backyards, thanks to the mighty Titan 225. Additionally, this battery is compact enough to be effortless carried around in one’s backpack from class to class. 360 Magazine used our Titan 225 to charge our GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike.
Users can recharge their phone up to 20 times, laptop up to 5 times, and tablet up to 6 times. The battery also includes 3 USB hubs, 1 USBC, a lighter plug, and an AC plug. No matter how long homework takes you, Raptic’s technology solutions ensure that you can get the job done without losing power. For more info, please visit HERE.
GRIPBELL Free-Weight Pairs
Revolutionary free-weight company GRIPBELL is proud to announce it is now selling its weights as sets of pairs. These weight sets are perfect for PE classes at home during hybrid learning schedules, pre-season and sports training, and working out. Students looking to enhance their home gym and fitness regimen will find this targeted and affordable option the best way of providing an excellent, full body, at-home workout. Especially for college students in small dorm rooms, this compact exercise equipment is able to easily be stored and used for a variety of physical activities.
With its innovative design, GRIPBELL is the superior handheld free weight system. Hundreds of exercises are possible with nearly unlimited range of grip positions, making it the most versatile free-weight system on the market. As the weight is equally distributed throughout the device and there are no sharp edges, GRIPBELL is both ergonomic and family friendly, and allows users to perform all the movements of both dumbbells and kettlebells combined. For more information, please visit their website.
Skechers ×Kansaïyamamoto Collection
A celebration of high fashion and avant-garde imagery arrives at Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, in an exciting new footwear collaboration inspired by the late iconic Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Each Max Cushioning Premier pair in the limited-edition collection provides exceptional comfort and support through lightweight, responsive ULTRA GO® cushioning platforms and Air-Cooled Goga Mat breathable insoles with high-rebound cushioning. The well-cushioned pairs are a tribute to Kansai’s affection for joyful fashion.
The limited edition Skechers x Kansaïyamamoto collection of four fashion sneakers for men and women embrace Kansai’s unique aesthetic and energetic style. Launching on the one-year anniversary of his passing, the collaboration provides an opportunity for fans across the world to honor Kansai’s legacy through the colorful designs. The collection of Max Cushioning Premier styles for men and women is now available on skechers.com, as well as at select Skechers flagship stores, and online at Skechers website.
Evesome Fall Winter 2021 2022 Collection
Evesome, the French boutique brand, features designs from Paris, produced by artisans with an eye for detail. This lavish company invites fashion and comfort into your life with their newest look book. Evesome features back to school essentials for students that are picture-perfect for photo day.
Show off your style with classy garments like berets, scarfs, kimonos, ponchos, shirts, and sweaters. For transporting supplies across campus, invest in one of Evesome‘s patterned totes. Evesome even has adorable dorm room decor, like cushy throw pillows. For more info, please visit their website.
Vontélle Eyewear × ViacomCBS Children’s Eyewear Line
Vontélle Eyewear, the black-woman-owned, luxury eyewear brand, is proud to announce a partnership with ViacomCBS Consumer Products for a children’s eyewear line centered around Nickelodeon’s beloved characters. Vontélle will create three to four new unique eyewear frames annually using characters from Nickelodeon shows like Baby Shark’s Big Show!,PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, Teenage Mutant Turtles, and more
For this collaboration, Vontélle has created an exclusive set of frames specifically for kids that combines the classic Nickelodeon characters with their bold and vibrant styles. These frames are the perfect back-to-school swag for students. Vontélle X Nickelodeon eyewear line will be available December 2021 at retailers and online HERE.
The PANGAIA X HAROSHI BE@RBRICK Capsule
Looking for the perfect back-to-school drip? PANGAIA is pleased to announce a new partnership with renowned artist and skateboard enthusiast – Haroshi. As a skateboarder and self-taught woodworker, Haroshi creatively combines his two passions: fine art and subculture, utilizing upcycled skateboards as a medium for his hand carved sculptures. Each collaborative piece of Haroshi’s BE@RBRICK, created in partnership with the expert Karimoku woodworkers, is built from local Japanese maple wood that imitates the colorful layers of a skateboard deck. First released by MEDICOM TOY in 2019, it will now come to life across the range of PANGAIA X HAROSHI BE@RBRICK products through an assortment of adult and kids t-shirts, hoodies, and track pants.
The PANGAIA X HAROSHI BE@RBRICK capsule will be available to purchase today July 27, 2021 via the PANGAIA website and in Tokyo through 2G’s concept store that is jointly operated by MEDICOM TOY, Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi and NANZUKA. The new release furthers the brand’s dedication to working with communities, artists, and change makers that share the same values and mission as PANGAIA. Haroshi’s creativity, combined with his love for art and sustainability is perfectly aligned with the brand’s approach.
Team USA Surf Collection
To commemorate USA Surfing‘s first ever event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, renowned marine life artist Wyland created a limited time commemorative USA Surf collection with a signature Octopus in his beautiful Japanese-influenced Gyotaku style. This lucky Octopus shows up throughout the collection. The Surf Tokyo hat is the perfect accessory to keep you cool during sunny afternoons by the sea. The Surf Tokyo shirt, which features illustrated dolphins, is the ideal beach-ready tee.
Look like an Olympian in this stylish surf apparel. Proceeds support the ocean conservation partnership between USA Surfing and the Wyland Foundation. Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore supports these conservation efforts, and has created joint commemorative gear with Surfers for Conservation and the Wyland Foundation. Shop the joint surf collection HERE.
Old Trapper Original Beef & Cheese Snack Stick
Old Trapper’s Original Beef & Cheese Snack Sticks are the perfect back-to-school snack! Enjoy the best of both worlds because you get two tasty foods in one package– creamy American cheese and smoky beef. These hearty snack sticks are easy to throw into lunch boxes or quickly unwrap after a long day at school.
Old Trapper sets the standard for snacking utility with their delicious Beef & Cheese sticks. These snacks retail in convenient packs for just $21. Customers can choose between a one-time order, or a recurring snack subscription. For more info, visit Old Trapper’s website.
PUMA × TMC Collection – THE HUSSLE WAY | THE MIAMI STORY
To continue honoring the vision and legacy of Nipsey Hussle, PUMA and The Marathon Clothing are releasing their second collection of 2021 which represents THE HUSSLE WAY | THE MIAMI STORY. This series pays homage to select cities – the “MIAMI STORY” is the first in this series – and particular moments when famed fashion icon Groovey Lew collaborated with Nipsey Hussle to create unique, one-of-a-kind looks. The five-piece “MIAMI STORY” capsule collection draws inspiration from the multiple shades of blue in the majestic Miami water and includes co-branded shirts, blue pants, blue Bermuda shorts and an all-white PUMA x TMC Future Rider.
Retailing for $45-$90, the collection will be available on Puma’s website, at the PUMA NYC Flagship store, and at select retailers including The Marathon Clothing starting August 13. For more information, please visit HERE. On that website, users can view a video of Groovey Lew, who talks about his friendship with Nipsey Hussle, the meaning of the Hussle Way, inspiration behind the collection and more.
Rado x Great Gardens of the World Watches
Never be late for class again! When Rado announced their partnership with Grandi Giardini Italiani in 2017, it brought together the companies’ shared interest in design, beauty and nature at its best. Rado now extends its partnership with the Great Gardens of the Worldand brings to life three modern design timepieces with an essence of nature.
In full bloom, three new models celebrating exceptional design, eternal nature and futuristic materials, form part of the new line named Rado True x Great Gardens of the World. Each timepiece, or “chapter,” represents a stunning achievement of great subtlety and harmony, the glorious power of nature, and modern design. For more information, visit HERE.
MyMedic First Aid Essentials
Head into your next school year confident you’ve covered all your emergency bases with MyMedic’s conveniently compact safety kits for your car or backpack. Their MyFAK ultra-compact kit can store over 100 expert selected first aid items in only 7.5″ of space! It has everything you need to treat trail blisters, cuts and burns, blocked airways, broken bones, and more.
MyMedic’s MyFak first aid kit contains over 100 first aid and trauma supplies. The bag is easy to tote to school, thanks to it’s grab and go design and snag resistant zipper. The MyFak kit is MOLLE system compatible. MyMedic also offers the Solo First Aid Kit, which is more compact and lightweight. This portable kit is small enough fits in bookbags, but contains over 45 essential first aid supplies. For more info, please visit MyMedic’s website.
Doctor Plotka’s Mouth Watchers
Bacteria, viruses, and fungi. While we all know these bad guys lurk in our mouths causing bad breath and tooth decay, we often stop thinking about them as soon as the toothbrush has left our mouth. Unfortunately, these pesky microorganisms stick around on our brushes, doubling every 20 minutes when left in the warm moist environment of the bathroom
These pioneering toothbrushes are paving the way to a cleaner dental routine by using silver infused bristles to naturally eliminate 99% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. When paired with their deep cleaning flossing bristles, you’ll enjoy that fresh from the dentist feeling every time you brush! For more info, visit HERE.
G-SHOCK’s All-New GA2200 Series
Casio announces the all-new GA2200 series, featuring three colorways designed for rugged toughness. The GA2200BB-1A, GA2200M-1A, and GA2200M-4A are equipped with heavy duty cases built with Carbon Core Guard Structures, a front button design and a three-tier construction that seamlessly integrates bezel, case back and buttons to slim the case down to a mere 12.8mm.
The GA2200 models also boast G-SHOCK’s features, including a Double LED super illuminator, 3-year battery life, 5 daily alarms (1 SNZ), world time, interchangeable bands and more. The GA2200BB-1A retails for $120, while the GA2200M-1A and GA2200M-4A retail for $130 each. Each model will be available in August at select G-SHOCK retailers, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and on G-SHOCK’s website.
Star Wars™ Fine Jewelry Friendship Collection
On August 6th, Star Wars™ Fine Jewelry will premiere the newest additions to the Friendship collection with pieces inspired by R2-D2™, the devoted lighthearted droid. The Friendship collection is designed with droid-distinct detail and iconic color cues. More information about the collection can be found on this website.
There are seven distinctive fine jewelry collections inspired by Star Wars, so every fan can connect with their favorite character’s journey, from R2-D2 to the Mandalorian™. Shop assortments that honor the light side or the dark side of the force. All pieces in all seven collections are beautifully crafted in gold or silver with diamonds and gemstones. Star Wars Fine Jewelry is an officially authorized fine jewelry collection crafted by Renaissance Global.
Quarto Kids Nonfiction Books
Still have some summer reading to do before the school year? Check out Quatro Kids’ selection of nonficntion titles for children. All of these texts will be coming out late this summer or early next fall. For more information on Quatro Kids, visit their website.
Inside Animals by Barbara Taylor and Margaux Carpentier
[64 pages; ages 4-8; $22.99/$27.99 CAN]
In this book, there are 21 cross-sections that show how skeletons, organs, nerves and muscles fit together inside creatures from across the globe. Animals can have some body parts in common with us humans, such as the brain, heart and lungs – but each creature has its own unique body to help it survive and thrive in the wild. This means that there are all kinds of weird and wonderful organs and senses in the animal kingdom, such as the honey stomach in a honeybee or the ink sac of an octopus. Prepare to be dazzled as you discover incredible information to wow your family and friends
Rescuing Titanic by Flora Delargy
[80 pages; ages 7-11; $22.99/$27.99 CAN]
This exquisitely illustrated story of quiet bravery tells in rich detail how the little ship Carpathia saved 705 passengers of the Titanic from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Written and illustrated by debut Northern Irish artist Flora Delargy, whose grandfather and great grandfather both worked in the Belfast Shipyards where the Titanic was built.
When Plants Took Over the Planet
[64 pages; ages 7-11; $17.95/$25.95 CAN]
This large-format, highly illustrated book will guide readers through the key aspects of the life of plants, from early ferns which were most certainly munched on by dinosaurs, to carnivorous plants that snap and ‘attack’ their prey, or powerful medicinal plants that can heal ailments and boost health. This book also explores how humans use – and abuse – our precious plants, and how reliant we all are on the survival of our planet’s network of botanical life.
Work It, Girl: Rule the music scene like Queen Beyoncé Knowles by Caroline Moss and Sinem Erkas
[64 pages; ages 7-12; $15.99/$20.99 CAN]
Discover how Beyoncé became a superstar singer and entrepreneur in this true story of her life. Find out what makes Queen Bey tick, what inspires her, and what motivates her. Learn about her passion for activism–right up to date with her support for Black Lives Matter. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work.
Roots of Fight’s Game Changers Gold Collection
Apparel brand Roots of Fight is honoring five extraordinary Olympians, including Jim Thorpe, Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owens, Cassius Clay and Joe Frazier, as part of their Game Changers Gold Collection. These Gold medalists are Olympians who overcame setbacks, odds and prejudices with courage, heart and incredible self-belief.
All five of these American athletes shined on the world’s biggest stage. They were game changers and remain the gold standard. The Game Changers Gold Collection celebrates these icons with a range of apparel from t-shirts, to shorts, sweats and sweatshirts priced from $40 – $85 dollars, available HERE.
Casio’s A100WE-1AVT Timepiece
Casio America, Inc. is excited to announce the expansion of its popular Vintage collection with the A100WE-1AVT. Inspired by the F-100 digital timepiece, Casio’s first resin case model and originally released in 1978, the new A100WE-1AVT timepiece boasts a unisex design and stylish, retro gadget feel.
Although the new A100WE-1AVT is modeled after the original F-100 digital timepiece, its design was updated for this more modern version while retaining the distinctive four metallic front button design of the F-100. The new model comes in a stainless-steel band and a nickel-free plated case for a more refined look. Along with Casio’s signature metal elements, its band features a slide-type clasp that lets users easily adjust the band length without special tools. For more information, please visit HERE.
Isabelle Grace Jewelry
Just as layering is super trendy in the necklace department, having a strong wrist stack is also in style. Today’s fashionistas have discovered that you don’t need to stop there when exploring the possibilities of your bracelet collection. Be creative and intermingle different metals, materials and colors in developing your own personal style with Isabelle Grace Jewelry.
Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s new beaded bracelet collection features exquisite, handcrafted jewelry that’s sustainably made in the USA and of heirloom quality, and never goes out of style. Known for their beautiful distinct designs, each piece is created just for the wearer, perfect for an easy and effortless look that’s impactful, yet versatileenough to wear on a day-to-day basis. Isabelle Grace’s trendy and elegant jewelry are the most darling accessories for any student’s perfect back-to-school outfit.
Tenacious Toys Boo Berry GID Skull Dangler
Tenacious Toys is thrilled to continue their support of independent creators and manufacturers with a pair of exclusive releases at the end of this week which they are dubbing “INDY INSANITY”! This second drop this week is the Boo Berry GID Skull Dangler by Jonathan DuBose – a monstrous 8-inch-tall vinyl art toy designed and produced by DuBose Art. While the Skull Dangler is available in a rainbow of colors in the DuBoseArt shop, the GID Boo Berry colorway is a Tenacious Toys shop exclusive.
There are only 30 Boo Berry Skull Danglers made and they are priced at $140 each. Boo Berry Skull Danglers will be released on the Tenacious Toys homepage at noon EST on Friday August 13th. Each Boo Berry Skull Dangler will come with an exclusive sticker as well as a free enamel pin. Customers looking to create a super deluxe version can opt to head over to the DuBoseArt website shop to pick up a Clear Blue Ooze head to place on top of the Skull Dangler (must purchase Ooze Head separately). DuBose offers a selection of optional alternative heads which fit all Skull Danglers.
IVY PARK RODEO Collection
adidas and Beyoncé are returning to present the latest adidas x IVY PARK collection. Inspired by the inimitable style and undeniable influence of Black cowboys and cowgirls, the “IVY Park Rodeo” collection celebrates the formidable impact of Black men and women on American Western culture. The collection celebrates the oft-hidden history of Black pioneers within cowboy and cowgirl culture and their continued influence and impact on the American Rodeo.
IVY PARK Rodeo is where audacious design meets thoughtfully remixed classic streetwear and athletic wear fused with inspiration from the Black cowboy experience. The collection features 58 adult apparel styles, 5 adult footwear styles, and 13 different accessories. Boasting dark denim fabrics and washed heavy French terry materials throughout, the apparel and accessories are elevated with unique denim monograms and bold purple glow cow prints. Utilitarian-inspired zips and snap fastenings complete the details. The fourth IVY PARK collection launches exclusively on adidas’ website for 24 hours on August 19 and is followed by a wider global launch on August 20.
Champion × Naruto Capsule Collection
Champion Athleticwear has partnered with Naruto, a Japanese manga, to bring a unique capsule to market celebrating the story’s most well-known characters. Fans can shop the limited edition collection on August 13 at Champion (in-store and online).
The collection includes Reverse Weave hoodies and Heritage short sleeve tees for men, cropped Reverse Weave and Boyfriend Reverse Weave hoodies and heritage short sleeve tees for women, and hoodies and tees for kids. Plus, fans can go in any Champion store for an exclusive opportunity to customize their merchandise with hand-picked patches including characters Naruto Sage mode, Gaara, Shikamaru, Tsunade, Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen and symbols Uzumaki Clan, Uchiha Clan, Akatsuki cloud, and Sharingan!
Rockstar Original’s Alaisa Jacket
Rockstar Original’s Alaisa jacket is the must-have wardrobe staple for Fall. The iconic puffer jacket for men comes in black ($199) and statement-making metallic royal blue ($209) and metallic red ($209). Staying true to the brand’s values of accessibility, the Alaisa starts at $199 in sizes Small to 3X-Large.
Designed to keep you warm and snug during the winter months, Rockstar Original’s bestseller in a matte fabric is made with a down alternative and includes a removable hoodie. This jacket is the perfect back-to-school coat to keep you warm throughout the upcoming, cooler months. For more info, visit HERE.
Hedon Helmets, the manufacturer of the world’s most luxurious and stylish motorcycle, bicycle and e-bike helmets, issue a bold and refreshing retake on two wheeled culture. Whether you’re taking your e-bike to school, work, or just on an afternoon joy ride, Hedon Helmets keeps you safe on all of life’s adventures. Kids will be kids, so keep them safe while they play!
Created in 2011, founders Lindsay and Reginald set out ot completely rethink the protective headgear of the contemporary urban rider. Without compromising on safety they developed a style that is bold, refined and nostalgic, with comfort driving design above all else Their core belief is that when form and function work seamlessly together, style is effortless. Their dedication has led Hedon Helmets to become essential accessories for all discerning riders.
Casio’s A100WEPC Watch
Casio America, Inc. announced today the release of the A100WEPC, a collaboration model featuring the iconic PAC-MAN game that is popular around the world. The A100WEPC is based on the recent reissue of the F-100 digital watch, which was originally released in 1978.
The new A100WEPC watch is based on the recently released A100 watch, which reprises the design of the original F-100, including the unique four-button front layout. The styling is designed to evoke the fun, retro look of the PAC-MAN game. The watch face features colorful pixelated PAC-MAN and ghost characters, and the center ILLUMINATOR logo is rendered using the PAC font. The face design faithfully replicates the PAC-MAN game screen, down to details like the pink line marking the exit of the ghost nest from which the ghosts emerge. The gold-plated watch case is inspired by the color of the PAC-MAN arcade game cabinet. The top watch band is laser etched with a rendering of PAC-MAN being chased by ghosts, and the reverse scene with PAC-MAN chasing ghosts is rendered on the bottom band. The case back also features the PAC-MAN logo and icons. The watch comes with special packaging imprinted with PAC-MAN character icons and the game score screen, to deliver the full look of the PAC-MAN game.
Marc Jacobs’ Color Collection Pop Up
Westfield Century City’s newest pop-up, THE COLOR COLLECTION, an everyday capsule designed by Marc to celebrate comfort, creativity and self-expression, will debut just in time for the back to school and back to work shopping season. For a limited time, the Marc Jacobs Color Collection will be on display for guests to shop and browse. The pop-up will feature accessories and athleisure in vibrant matching hues and shades – featuring everything from everyday wardrobe essentials such as t-shirts, biker shorts, tote bags, to slides, all donning the iconic Marc Jacobs logo.
This apparel in this vibrant, striking collection makes for the ultimate back-to-school outfit or picture day photo-op. Free for all, Westfield Century City invites the public to visit the pop-up from August 15– October 31. The pop-up is located between the Jo Malone and Tesla retailers, on Level 1. For more information, please visit HERE.
Kask’s urban, Italian style helmets are ideal for bike enthusiasts and microtransit commuters. With the recent launch of their URBAN R and MOEBIUS helmets, bikers can stay safe and fashionable on the road. URBAN R features more than just beautiful aesthetics. With an integrated active ventilation system, URBAN R’s airflow is fully adjustable to suit the rider’s needs. A simple slide of the rear lever will open the helmet’s vent to allow comfortable cooling while the sun is shining. MOEBIUS features the all-new and KASK-exclusive ERGO FIT adjuster to ensure precise fit and comfort, even when riding on uneven terrain such as cobblestone streets. Complete with removable and washable padding, MOEBIUS provides optimum comfort for day-to-day wear.
The URBAN R helmet will go on sale in North America from the end of June, retailing at $249 USD (CPSC 1203 certified). The MOEBIUS helmet will go on sale in North America from the end of June (CPSC 1203 certified). It will retail at $149 USD. For more information, please visit HERE.
Humphreys Witch Hazel
Humphreys Witch Hazel is sustainably wild harvested to preserve its natural potency and distilled to capture its more pure, vital plant essence – not diluted and never polluted. Humphreys is proud to responsibly manufacture products and offer a vegan, cruelty-free skincare experience free of dyes, sulfates, parabens, gluten and phthalates.
Humphreys Witch Hazel offers three Organic Toners including Humphreys Clarify Pure Witch Hazel Organic Toner, Humphreys Calm & Clarify Witch Hazel with Lavender Organic Toner and Humphreys Soothe & Clarify Witch Hazel with Rose Organic Toner. Additionally, the brand offers four Alcohol-Free Toners including Humphreys Soothe Witch Hazel with Rose Alcohol-Free Toner, Humphreys Nourish Witch Hazel with Aloe Alcohol-Free Toner, Humphreys Refresh Witch Hazel with Cucumber Alcohol-Free Toner and Humphreys Recharge Witch Hazel with Grapefruit Alcohol-Free Toner. The full collection features botanical ingredients specially selected for the beautiful benefits they bring to senses and skin, always wild & free. Humphreys Witch Hazel is available at Walmart, Amazon and select Target stores.
Tonino Lamborghini Timepieces × BeauGeste Luxury Brands at Couture in Las Vegas
Tonino Lamborghini Timepieces and BeauGeste Luxury Brands, the Brand’s exclusive agent in the USA, will participate in the next edition of Couture in Las Vegas from August 24-26, 2021. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the newly redesigned Cuscinetto timepiece.
Held annually at the luxurious Wynn Resort, the Couture Show is one of the leading trade shows specializing in designer fine jewelry and luxury timepieces. In addition, BeauGeste Luxury Brands will exhibit Tonino Lamborghini watches in the “Krug” ballroom and showcase the entire collection to America’s elite top-tier buyers and the most recognized luxury consumer and trade media.
APERCU EYEWEAR – THE LAURENCE FRAME IN BLEU MARINE
Introducing the newest addition to Apercu’s bestselling silhouette: BLEU MARINE. The luxury sunglass brand has recently welcomed their newest, navy shades. This innovative colorway is an instant classic and proves to be the perfect mix of novelty and refinery. Bleu Marine shades are sure stun at any occasion this Fall.
Aercu’s mission is to create sophisticated, timeless sunglasses. As such, the company designed a 1970’s inspired silhouette that complements any outfit. A chic, navy hue was combined with the perfectly oversized, square shape to create the Laurence in Bleu Marine. The future is bright for students returning to school this fall. As such, these sunglasses are the ideal back-to-school style statement.
Fabletics × Liza Koshy Second Collection
Fabletics releases a new, limited-edition capsule collection with actress, producer and entertainer, Liza Koshy. Following the success of her first collection and based on customer demand, Liza is back to deliver her unique design perspective again. In her second activewear collaboration with Fabletics, Liza took inspiration from nature and urban utility for a collection that is bold yet versatile.
Designed in a variety of the brand’s high-tech fabrics and textures, like second-skin Seamless, contouring SculpKnit®, and PureLuxe in a new ultra-shine fabric for added texture, Liza’s collection goes beyond bras and leggings, sporting a wide variety of pieces including bodysuits, joggers, hoodies, and more. Grounded in a neutral pallete of powder lights, the collection features pops of colors and a psychedelic Haze Wave print throughout to reflect Liza’s energy and creative personality.
The Wale Collection x Kaz
Rapper and entrepreneur, Wale, has teamed up with Foot Lockerand Footaction to drop his second collection: “The Wale Collection x Kaz.” Designed with Kazeem “Kaz” Famuyide and in partnership with the WWE, the second collection is inspired by Wale’s love for the WWE and features T-shirts and hoodies from some of his favorite WWE Superstars from the ’80s.
Launching just in time for SummerSlam, the collection will be available exclusively at Foot Locker and Footaction starting today. This one-of-a-kind launch merges the world of music, sports, entertainment and fashion. Students looking for the most hip back-to-school apparel should check out this collection!
Skechers x kansaïyamamoto D’Lites Capsule
The second Skechers x kansaïyamamoto collection, inspired by the late Japanese designer, is set to drop on Saturday, August 21 at online and at select Skechers retail stores in North America and Japan, followed by the release of the limited-edition pairs in select European markets.
A celebration of avant-garde artistry, the Skechers x kansaïyamamoto D’Lites capsule honors the iconic Japanese designer’s use of color alongside Skechers’ signature silhouette and builds on the success of the initial launch on July 21. The global collaboration—years in the making—was one of the last influenced by acclaimed designer Kansai Yamamoto before he passed away and provides an opportunity for fans across the world to honor his legacy through the colorful designs.
Game Changers/Ground Breakers Collection
“The Brown Bomber,” Joe Louis, is boxing royalty. Furthermore, he is a national hero and unconquerable champion. Between 1937-1949, Louis stood as the world’s heavyweight champion. He wasn’t just loved, he was also s a serviceman during World War II, the embodiment of national pride. For generations of boxers since, he was the motivation to greatness. Now, Roots of Fight is creating a capsule inspired by this timeless icon.
As part of Roots of Fight‘s Game Changers Series, this new collection features an assortment of bright, stylish apparel. Tee-shirts inspired by historic legends will make you feel like you’re paving your own path to history. Wear shirts inspired by great leaders like Rey Mysterio, Rosa Parks, Julio Cesar Chavez, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and more. Celebrating standing up and speaking out with Game Changers new Ground Breakers collection featuring Joe Louis.
Spice of Life’s Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker
The Bonfire is a Bluetooth Speaker and flickering light all-in-one! “Pink noise” is a natural soothing rhythm in nature that comes from flames and/or bonfires. The Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker creates a form of “pink noise” and creates a calming ambiance! Its flickering light mimics a flame, while playing high-quality sounding music. Push once for a flicker or two for a full-like fire glow!
Use this speaker for a romantic outside dinner for two, a group bonfire on the beach, or to relax after school. The Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker will give you ambient lighting and quality sound anywhere you want to create a perfect setting! The small handle makes it easy to carry and hang anywhere! IP65 Certified (International Protection: recognized standard for classifying its water & dust resistance). Includes USB charging cable.
The LUMICHARGE II LED is an all-in-one desk lamp. Its multi-functional features include a convenient place to charge your phone with a universal charging dock for all types of smart phones and the 10W Wireless Fast Charger charges two phones at once! Modernity, sophistication and overall minimalistic presence the LED lamp 2.0 version will steal the spotlight in any office, kitchen, bedroom or workspace!
There are 3 different hues (cool, warm and yellow), different levels of brightness, directional lighting, built-in-motion sensor that turn on when you enter a dark room and an anti-bacterial surface-important in today’s environment. This model includes an upgraded dimmable calendar display with daylight savings, date, temperature and calendar with alarm options. Lumicharge is available on this website, Amazon and Amazon Prime, and ShareSale.
LITA by Ciara
Ciara launched her new ready to wear fashion collection today – LITA by Ciara – the latest brand to join The House of LR&C. The new women’s ready-to-wear collection is built on the belief that Love Is The Answer (LITA) and is designed with Ciara’s signature tomboy chic and effortless style as the inspiration. The consciously created collection brings to life the notion that consumers shouldn’t have to choose between style and sustainability which is an integral part of the brand’s ethos.
LITA features prints that embody the spirit of the rare and beautiful black king cheetah, an ode to Ciara’s fashion identity. The collection includes an Armor Coat in Faux Fur Jersey, Lover Shirt Jacket in Lamb Papery, a 90’s inspired Varsity Tour Jacket and Leader Track Pant in Stretch Leather. The collection is now available online at The House of LR&C, as well as on Nordstrom’s website and at select Nordstrom stores.
Are you tired of having a big black tv staring back at you from the wall? What if you could have an art collection valued at over a billion dollars instead? Enrich your life through the beauty and emotional connection of your favorite works of art with the BillionDollarArtGallery.
The perfect gift idea for the person who has everything, the BillionDollarArtGallery is an ingenious way to put your tv to work showcasing an extensive collection of over 500 paintings that span the ages and the imagination. Featuring the world’s most famous and influential pieces in ultra-high definition, now you can experience the fine details your coffee table book could never capture. Each slimline memory stick comes enclosed in a beautiful laser-etched maple gift box for safe storage and easy gifting for the person who has everything! For more info, please visit Amazon.
School can be stressful and the last thing you need is having to pick out what to wear. The key to back to school outfits are having staple items that are comfortable, stylish, inexpensive, and versatile. Luckily, Fabletics has made is easy for you to look cool and trendy. These back to school essentials will have you covered for the entire year.
The Postgame Jogger: A softer than soft brushed fleece jogger, equipped with sweat-wicking and anti-stink tech. Designed with a tailored fit and the perfect amount of stretch, you’ll never want to take these off.
The Training Day Polo: Built for training but cool enough to wear beyond the tennis courts, this isn’t your basic polo. Sweat-wicking fabric keeps you dry during your sweatiest workouts while its versatile slim fit and ribbed collar take the look to a whole new level.
The Franchise Short: Our bestselling short is made from our most durable fabric that’s coated with sweat-wicking and anti-stink tech. Its multiple pockets (including bounce-free hidden storage for your phone) make this a top performing utility short.
Rockstar Original Faux Grill
Not a new trend, but an exciting one. As an expansion or expression to your personal style, Rockstar Original now offers faux grills in silver and gold. An affordable and unique way to add character to your outfit.
P.S.: Rumor has it that grillz and tooth gems are it right now, “In 2021, grillz and dental ornaments are having a rebirth, and this movement is being spearheaded by a cohort of avant-garde, experimental designers who are set on pushing the boundaries of dental jewelry into a whole new realm. Mandatory-mask-or-not, being stuck at home has revealed an insatiable appetite for getting our mouths blinged-out.”
MomRemedy Household Cleaner and Stain Removal
College dorm rooms aren’t very big and don’t have a ton of storage. A good multi-surface cleaner can help keep your dorm clean with an all-in-one formula. From crayon on the walls to pet stains on the upholstery, discover the only grab-and-go household cleaner you need for jobs big and small with MomRemedy!
Their eco-friendly Everything Household Cleaner & Stain Remover is the key to decluttering your cleaning cupboard while making your routine a breeze. Simply grab one bottle to tackle stains, dissolve grease, eradicate odors, and more without harmful chemicals or obnoxious scents. When you opt in to their Subscribe & Save feature, you’ll get a great deal on their 64oz refill to use with your new chic reusable glass bottle.
Made with just 4 ingredients
Uses the natural cleaning power of citrus and hydrogen peroxide against stains, spots, odors, dirt, grease, and grime
Safe for the entire home
No sulfates, phthalates, or parabens
No added dyes or fragrance
Naturally light lemon scent adds a touch of freshness to your space
Made in the USA
Includes 64oz refill and 16oz reusable glass bottle with silicone sleeve
Sold in Giant Food Stores near you
Since introducing the very first organic lip balm in 2003, Eco Lips has helped make organics part of people’s lives. USDA Certified Organic and 100% edible formula made from food grade ingredients. This back-to-basics Pure & Simple lip balm line is packaged in our new Plant Pod® Innovation – the first 100% plastic-free plant tube. Offered in a variety of flavors including Coconut, Raspberry, and Vanilla. Delicious, pure and simple, and also great for kids.
Pure & Simple line: this back-to-basics Pure & Simple lip balm is made with just FOUR ingredients – sunflower oil, beeswax, Vitamin E and flavor. Certified organic and 100% edible – yes, you actually eat it!
This 9-pack features 3 Pure & Simple flavors: Raspberry, Coconut, Vanilla