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Adore Me × Bebe Rexha Capsule Collection

Adore Me has never been a celebrity-driven brand but when the opportunity to work with Bebe Rexha was presented, they knew they couldn’t pass it up. Bebe has always been a powerful voice on body positivity and inclusivity – the themes most near and dear to Adore Me’s heart.

But the timing really matters to us, too, says Assiya Assanbayeva who is a content strategist for Adore Me. As we head into a summer where America’s re-opening, we’re excited that we have someone like Bebe Rexha to spread the message that it’s okay to celebrate and have fun. As a lingerie brand, making our customers feel happy, confident, and sexy is at the core of what we do – and after everything we’ve collectively been through, we truly hope we can spread some joy to our customers with this collection.

The collaboration was built around products that are unafraid to be sexy and playful, like both Bebe Rexha and Adore Me. Just like Bebe Rexha crosses genres from pop to country to rap to rock, Adore Me has always been driven to serve all styles of lingerie to all types of customers of all sizes. We hope the collection reflects this. Who better than a lingerie brand and an inspiring musician to help us through a hot vax summer. 

You can read more about the partnership and see the launch video here.

Onika Unlined

Pretty in pink! Made of recycled nylon lace, Onika has the best of both worlds: sexy and cute. This sheer plunging bodysuit features statement cut-outs with gold-ring hardware, a G-string back, and also has adjustable straps and removable cups. 

Fun fact: for her first lingerie photoshoot, Bebe Rexha wore this bodysuit before the photoshoot to get her feeling more comfortable, and as Bebe told WWD, Bebe Rexha is discussing her lingerie. Her current favorite is the Onika bodysuit.

Margaritte Unlined

Feel like a rockstar! This push-up balconette bra is all about lace and attention to detail. Margaritte features sexy cleavage with intricate details, gold-ring hardware, and removable pads. Plus, it is made from recycled nylon lace and comes with a matching bikini and cheeky panty. 

Fun bra-fit fact: With Margaritte bra on, you won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. The wings of this longline bra are wide enough to help secure the bra around the body and avoid it flipping up. The trick here is the support coming from the top back elastic, while the bottom elastic is made a little softer to not dig into the skin.

Ambrey

Ambrey is perfect for layering or wearing on its own. Made of custom lace in a botanical motif, this dark green bodysuit features a high-cut leg line and a thong back for a smooth and seamless feel.  

Spotted: a little triple dart detail on the sides of the lace cups makes sure the bodysuit fits comfortably around the bust. Plus, it’s sewn with soft threads, so it doesn’t rub against the most sensitive area.

Avara Unlined

Bustiers are a big trend of 2021, and Avara is the first cropped bustier we’ve ever made. While this underwire black lace bustier’s floral details evoke a sense of boudoir chic, the pleated-side mesh panels add it some extra edge. Avara comes with a matching high-leg cheeky panty for a full jaw-dropping look.

Fun bustier-fit fact: front and side boning add extra support to the bustier, while mesh panels allow a bit of stretch for more comfortable wear.

The 6th Clothing Co image via Badi Tolo for use by 360 Magazine

The 6th Clothing Co. QxA

The 6th Clothing Co. creates athleisure wear that inspires greatness and brings people together. On the 6th Clothing Co.’s website, the brand defines their mindset as such: “6th man” mentality: patience and sacrifice in the face of adversity, but always a belief in himself and what could be accomplished when it’s your time to shine.” The recent drop of the Summer of 6th Collection highlights this optimistic attitude. Pieces from the collection, such as the One Tribe Unisex Demin Jacket and the Summer ’21 Give More Tee are printed with positive messages to uplift and motivate customers to “Do More, Be More, and Give More Together.” To learn more about the 6th Clothing Co., visit their website. A portion of proceeds from all purchases will be donated to various non-profit organizations.

We spoke with founder/CEO Badi Tolo about the inspiration behind the 6th man mentality, nonprofits that the 6th Clothing Co. collaborates with, and exciting upcoming pop-up shop opportunities. 

How do you define the clothing style of streetwear?

Unisex athleisure wear for all ages.

What nonprofits does the 6th Clothing CO. work with?

Currently, I’m spotlighting two great nonprofits, A Little Help (support elderly citizens by connecting neighbors) and Colorado Skateboarding Society (trying to get funding and support to build a top-of-the-line skate facility in Colorado where everyone is welcome). I’ve worked with close to 15 various non-profits though over a span of just over 2 years (one of which included a pandemic, haha) and all my products that aren’t specific to those nonprofits automatically contribute 6% of proceeds to various select nonprofits with every order. Long story short–the spotlight periods are focused on one or two [charities] at a time, but I want to continue to support as many causes and organizations as I can over time, with the resources I have available. I believe [that] helping out those who help those beyond my reach is having an impact [that] I (and my customers) can’t measure, but it’s one the world needs.

On your website’s About section, you mention sacrifice in the face of adversity. Did you come up with the “6th Man” mentality? If not, where does this idea come from?

As far as I know, I came up with it haha. I think generally a 6th man on a bench has a mentality that drives him/her, but I guess I just decided to define it as the core of my brand because I played ball when I was younger and [it] just kind of fit the career and passions I’ve had professionally. When I played, I started but I never viewed myself as someone who was just given anything. So, I always tried to leave it out there and play with that chip on my shoulder, like a 6th man would.

It was something I defined a little later in life as my “6th Man Mentality”. I think I honed-in on that message most coming out of high school when I reflected on regretting not giving basketball another shot after I was cut from my sophomore team and diagnosed with lymphoma cancer shorty after. That was pretty traumatic for me as a 15–16-year-old kid. I just kind of moved on through the rest of my high school life without revisiting the game I loved so much before the cancer thing. Going into college, I knew that I had sort of quit on something that I loved doing because of the cancer, because of the fear, because of pride. I knew I had more to give than that, so I decided going into college I would do everything I loved and could and go hard with it. I got more into music, I played new sports. I played gym ball for hours a day multiple times a week for basically 5 years. I became pretty decent and just had fun playing again while going through college. I was just grateful for the opportunity again, and I would give it everything I could–whether it was gym ball, city league hoops, music, school, family, work. That’s what the 6th man/woman does. They sacrifice for the team, but they know what they [need to do to] bring and relish those opportunities. That approach has driven me throughout life and lead to many more opportunities, personally and professionally, that I’m grateful for.

What is your favorite piece of apparel you have ever produced?

The first tee I ever did. [The] logo was huge right across the front of the chest and it says, “One Tribe” (which is my slogan/tagline) in a script font. I got a small run of tees printed and was just excited. [It] felt like that vision to have a brand where I could spread that [6th Man] mentality was finally here and real. I gave one to my mom, [and] kept one for myself. Funny story–I actually had a friend who [went] to a Meet and Greet with Mike Shinoda, at a concert of his we went to back in 2018. My buddy did me a solid and gave him one of my shirts, which I was super hype on because I was a big fan back in the day. [The] Linkin Park/Jay-Z collab was on repeat back then! Anyways, [I] always hoped I’d see a photo of him randomly wearing it someday haha, but it was just cool that he accepted it and signed a card my buddy gave to me. I don’t even think I have it up on my store anymore, but I might have to bring it back!

How would you describe the look of the “Summer of 6th ’21 Collection”?

[The] Summer of 6th look is just rolling with the current trend of tie dye prints. I wanted a little pop of color, which I’m trying to do a little more of with my brand. So, [I] got pink, sky blue, and black mixed with white tie die all over [the] print products. [Staying] true to the brand, I have to keep that message going, so a couple [pieces] say “DO MORE, BE MORE, GIVE MORE.” I’ll be adding a couple pieces to match (bathing suit, women’s dress and some youth options) probably in late June. There’s a little something for everyone, so get it while it’s hot! Everybody’s rockin’ the tie dye right now. Might as well give back and make a difference automatically while you’re shopping for it.

Do you have a favorite piece from the “Summer of 6th ’21 Collection?

The Diamond Mentality Tee. [It] has my logo masked out in tie die with a diamond shape around it, and the word “mentality” across the front. Simple and to the point. That’s what it’s all about for me. That’s how I built this brand, how I’m building my life and career. It’s always about your mentality through the ups and downs. Sometimes you need a reminder, so why not say it with your chest? It’s there for you and for anyone who can draw a little fire and inspiration from it.

Can you tell us about any exciting, upcoming artists who are to be featured within The Drop Collection?

I do have a collab in the works that will speak to the Stop Asian Hate movement, so I will hopefully be dropping a tee for that in July. I have a sponsor [who is working] on that tee who is based in the Bay area. Th[ey] do a lot for youth in the Asian community there. A percentage of sales proceeds will go directly back to them to support their efforts in the community and spread the word.

Aside from that, I’ll continue to feature a friend, Curt Fulsty of C Fulsty Books as one of my current featured artists. He illustrates children’s books about difficult issues that sometimes adults tend to gloss over or avoid. I think that’s important in today’s world, so I was happy to collab with him.

I’d love to work with a music artist for sure as I’ve always just been a big music fan. My first Drop Collection collab was with an artist/radio personality out of LA, named Jackie Hollywood. We did some lyric merch from a music video when it dropped, so I want to do more of that. The 6th is a new brand on the scene, so really I’m just hustling to try and get the name out, make a few sales, and support these nonprofits. So, I’m open to opportunities or people of interest that like the vibe and want to make something happen.

What is to come from the 6th Clothing Co. in the rest of 2021?

Some new merch for sure. With my current nonprofit spotlight, I’ll be doing a little popup at an event later this month where there will be a bunch of skate brands and other partners there to support their mission of building a skate facility here in Colorado. So, that’s exciting to be a part of that. I’ve got a couple more nonprofit spotlights lined up, so [I] will be working behind the scenes on that. Aside from that, sky is the limit. I always say, “Wherever I’m at in life with my brand, with my mission–I’m just getting started.” It’s all about mentality so who knows what the future holds, but I’m excited about it.

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Classics Spongebob Sandy Liang Vans Collection Lineup via Lede Company for use by 360 Magazine

Vans x Spongebob Squarepants x Sandy Liang Collection

Vans, SpongeBob SquarePants and Sandy Liang have teamed up for an iconic limited-edition release set to launch June 4th on the Greenhouse App

For Fall 2021, Vans tapped New York fashion designer Sandy Liang to get her to take on the world’s most famous sea sponge: his infectious happiness, and the values of friendship, humor, positivity, and “Off the Wall” attitude the show shares with Vans.

Born and based in New York City’s Lower East Side, Sandy initially attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study architecture but transferred to the Parsons School of Design after discovering her passion for clothing design. Prior to starting her eponymous label, which is deeply rooted in New York influence and style, Sandy interned or worked for several high-profile brands, including Opening Ceremony, Phillip Lim, and Jason Wu.

Taking influence from grandma fashion, sport fem, nostalgia, and humor—as well as her background in architectural design, Sandy is a favorite among Downtown New York girls like model Soo Joo Park, stylist Kate Foley, and blogger Hanneli Mustaparta.

Sandy brings her unique aesthetic to two SpongeBob-inspired Sk8-Hi 38 DX colorways. Patchwork features a blue, purple, and teal beach-inspired patchwork design on the quarters, with black toe, tongue and heel cap, and a black side stripe. A second iteration of the Sk8-Hi 38 DX boasts an all-over pastel green and blue gradient, overlaid with pale pink tropical flowers inspired by another Sandy, Sandy Cheeks, the adventure-seeking squirrel.

In apparel, Sandy gives beloved SpongeBob characters a makeover, dressing them in her own clothing designs for their runway debut on her boyfriend fit tee, fleece hoodie, and twill bucket hat.

The Puzzling Beauty of Black Pearl Necklaces

Pearls have always been seen as a symbol of class, elegance, and refinement. Although there are many different types of beautiful pearls, one specific type has been the most popular among pearl lovers, due to its rarity and mysterious look. Black pearls deliver a chic and modern look, whether displayed on a necklace or some earrings.

But, what’s so puzzling about black pearl necklaces? 

Black pearl necklaces are considered the most exotic and enigmatic of all other types of pearl necklaces. Wearing a black pearl necklace gives off a rare elegance that other jewelry pieces could never deliver.

Get To Know More About Black Pearls

Most often connected with Tahitian pearls, they can also be Akoya or Freshwater. Although there are varieties of styles, the most popular–Tahitian black pearls, are formed black-lip oysters that are capable of producing black pearls, due to the array of colors in the nacre of these oysters. Many people might also not know, but the cultivation process of these mysterious pearls is the same as any other pearl.

Whether you choose a necklace or some earrings, you will definitely look stunning with your ensemble. A black pearl necklace has stunningly beautiful colors ranging from dark black to deep midnight blue hues and peacock multi-hues. These exude a mysterious and alluring vibe, whether you wear them during the day or at night. From different pearl sizes to a variety of different shades, you can choose what style suits you best.

Black Pearl Necklace Styles

Why choose these types of pearl necklaces instead of classic white pearls? Well, they ooze elegance and mystery, and they are rare and highly valued because of their uniqueness. Someone wearing these types of pearl necklaces will definitely catch people’s attention. The best part is that they can blend in with any outfit.

There are different ways of wearing black pearl necklaces–such as long, short, or even multiple layers of necklace jewelry–that each make an impact, whether you wear them in the office or at night. The classic combination of any outfit with a single-strand black pearl necklace is excitingly modern and chic. If you are opting for the “wow” effect, never doubt choosing these types of pearl necklaces.

Final thoughts

Remember that you can never go wrong with wearing these fabulous black pearl necklaces. With unique shades and different pearl sizes, styling them with your favorite outfit will be such a luxurious fashion choice. Fashion and pearls go hand in hand, no matter who wears them. They deliver unconventional design and are a standout piece.

With black pearl necklaces, you will be able to restore your style, without going too far from your comfort zone. The desirable black pearl necklaces are pieces of jewelry that stand the test of time. Have fun choosing the right black pearl necklace for you!  

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Quavo × Lids Atlanta Braves Hat Release

Rapper Quavo has partnered with Lids to design his first, limited-edition Atlanta Braves hat. 

This exclusive, special edition cap infuses the Braves’ 1995 World Series win over the Cleveland Indians. Featuring unique, Atlanta-inspired patches, it also has a vintage-inspired 1995 World Series patch on the front of the cap, iced out with a frost-like finish. One of Quavo’s favorite features of a fitted cap growing up were the patches, which served as inspiration during the designing process. The hat, an homage to the historic city and his hometown, includes special details such as the Braves’ red and gold logo, a white embroidered A for Atlanta, a gold World Series embroidered trophy, as well as a Quavo Huncho inspired patch. The patches and design of the hat are very obviously inspired by Lord Fubu’s hats, which Quavo has notably been wearing all year and even shouted on Complex today.  

This is the first product release from Quavo and Lids after he first partnered with the retailer in late 2019, joining their roster of partners alongside Meek Mill, Melvin Gordon III, Trevor Bauer, Chris Brickley, and Paper Planes. 

This one-of-a-kind cap is only arriving in select Lids stores in Georgia (listed below) and limited quantities online at Lids.com starting this Friday, June 4. Quavo also wore the hat over the weekend at Game 3 of the Hawks/Knicks series, posting an image to his Instagram.

Lids x Quavo Georgia Store Stocklist – 6/4  

5597 – Southlake Mall 

5078 – Lenox Square Mall 

5814 – Greenbriar Mall 

6523 – Cumberland Mall 

6317 – The Mall at West End 

6519 – Stonecrest MarketPlace 

5582 – South Dekalb Mall 

6415 – Sugarloaf Mills 

6396 – Perimeter Mall 

6536 – Mall of Georgia 

5882 – Peachtree Mall 

6511 – Arbor Place 

5064 – Augusta Mall 

5957 – Oglethorpe Mall 

5650 – Town Center at Cobb 

6069 – Albany Mall 

6026 – Tanger Commerce 

art by Kaelen for use by 360 Magazine

How to Enjoy Some Retro Fun on Your Most Modern Devices

Whilst many people think more modern tech is always better, there will always be a part of us that miss the gadgets of our childhood and our younger years. If this sounds like you, here is a look at some of the ways any football fan can relive those memories.

Relive some classic moments

There will always be certain matches that fans will never forget. It might be a game where a team were dominant from the very first kick of the ball and beat the opposition by a ridiculously high margin of goals. Alternatively, it could also be a game where the team came back from behind when it looked like it was impossible to turn the game around. No matter what type of game it was, there are many reasons why fans would want to watch these moments again and again and again. Luckily, the internet is making it a lot easier to find these moments. If a moment is particularly iconic, it is highly likely that one of the big broadcast channels, or even the teams themselves, have uploaded a montage of the game. Some accounts even focus on uploading those iconic games off the pitch, like those particularly memorable manager interviews post-game.

Play some other retro games

Of course, football is not the only game that we have all loved and played over the years. There are so many different games we all enjoyed playing in our youth, but as technology has developed, they have become less and less available to play. Luckily, there are some apps on your smartphone that specialize in bringing those retro games back to life. For example, many people miss the good old classic slot machines that used to be around so many different venues decades ago. Some countries, like New Zealand, even nicknamed them “pokies” and many other countries know them as “one arm bandits.” They are so well loved that spincasino.com has spent a lot of time and effort painstakingly recreating these classic games for you to play on your smartphone device. Whilst the way you control them is obviously different due to the limitations of your smartphone device, the graphics, sounds and gameplay are as close to the original as physically possible.

Kit yourself out with some retro fashion

Although the biggest football teams bring out a new kit every year, often they are not the most sought-after fashion from football clubs. In fact, in recent years, fans have been splashing out a lot more money on second-hand shirts instead of the latest editions. That is because retro shirts have become more and more stylish and therefore more and more sought after. As there are so few of these older shirts up for sale in good condition, it is important to download the eBay app and regularly search for shirts as soon as they go on sale. It is highly likely that some of the rarest shirts from one of a team’s most successful seasons will go within hours of it being listed for sale.

Jewelry story illustration by Nicole Salazar for 360 MAGAZINE

Cynthia Erivo x Roberto Coin

Tony Winner Cynthia Erivo, styled by Jason Bolden, was wearing Italian jewelry designer Roberto Coin at the Billboard Music Awards in Los Angeles, CA. Erivo is seen wearing several Roberto Coin pieces (all 18K white gold) including Princess Flower Diamond Earrings $18,500, Princess Dimond Rings ( $5,150 and $3,900), Pois Moi Luna Ring ($6,300)  and the Love in Verona Diamond Ring ($6,180).

Roberto Coin has been an icon in the jewelry industry for more than 30 years. His designs include his signature Appassionata Collection, the new Pois Moi Collection and the Roberto Coin Cento Diamond Collection. His collection is available in Roberto Coin Boutiques and over 400 stores nationwide including guild jewelry and specialty stores.

Since 1977 Venetian jewelry designer, Roberto Coin, has devoted his life to a passion for innovative design, based on a deep knowledge of Italian art and craftsmanship tradition. Finding inspiration in the most unlikely of places, experimenting with light, texture, color and pattern, Coin’s style is ever evolving. His diverse collection, designed to fit every woman’s uniqueness, is defined by a common thread—a thoughtful balance of elegance and creativity. Included in every piece of Roberto Coin jewelry is his signature ruby. The ruby symbolizes peace, prosperity and happiness and is a special wish from the designer.

To see images of Cynthia Erivo wearing Roberto Coin’s jewelry visit her Instagram page.

EleVen by Venus and K-Swiss Glow-Up Collection image shot by Kim Gallo (Lede Company Team) for use by 360 Magazine

K-Swiss × Venus Williams – Glow Up Capsule Collection

K-Swiss and Tennis Champion Venus Williams Unveil Its Latest Capsule Collection ‘Glow Up’

K-Swiss brand ambassador Venus Williams launches the second co-branded Limited Edition Collection

K-Swiss, the heritage tennis brand, today announced its latest co-branded capsule collection with American tennis champion and entrepreneur Venus Williams. The K-Swiss x EleVen by Venus Williams’ second collaboration boasts a refreshed perspective with colorful design elements along with innovative and sustainable fabrics throughout the collection.

Designed to bring out the trendsetter in all women, the K-Swiss x EleVen by Venus Williams “Glow Up” collection features flattering cuts, sleek designs, innovative fabrics, and built-in comfort and performance at the core of every piece. With pops of tie-dye and sun-kissed, iridescent hues of bright pink and pearl, the collection was created to make women feel like they’re glowing from inside and out and empowered to take on anything.

“EleVen by Venus is excited to be collaborating with K-Swiss again on a new, unique capsule collection,” said Williams. “K-Swiss has been an iconic brand for decades, so I loved creating looks that combine their timeless style with EleVen’s vibrant and sleek designs. With the ‘Glow Up’ collection, we created dynamic outfits that represent confidence, individuality, and versatility so our customers can feel their absolute best, both on and off the court.”

The K-Swiss x EleVen by Venus Williams ‘Glow Up’ capsule collection is set to launch on May 21, 2021, at 9 am PST/ 12 pm EST. This limited-edition apparel and footwear collection is an embodiment of both renowned brands and will retail on K-Swiss’ website and on Venus William’s EleVen website.

The collection incorporates:

  • K-Swiss Ultrashot 3—$150
  • K-Swiss Court Traymore— $90
  • All That Shimmers Sports Tank in Sunburst Pink—$69
  • Sparklette Legging in Sunburst Pink—$99
  • Fly Away Jacket in Foil Iridescent—$119
  • Light It Up Short in Foil Iridescent—$75
  • Sideline Snap Short in Bright White—$75
  • Palms Hoodie in Bright White—$109

ABOUT VENUS WILLIAMS

With 7 Grand Slam titles, 5 Wimbledon championships and 4 Olympic gold medals, tennis champion Venus Williams is arguably one of the most accomplished and inspiring women in the history of sports. At the age of 14, Williams quickly took the world of tennis by storm rising to the top-ranked position, breaking countless records, and winning numerous championships. Not only a force on the court, but true to her bold spirit Williams parlayed her fine-tuned business acumen with her healthy competitive spirit into three successful business ventures: lifestyle and fashion-forward activewear brand EleVen by Venus Williams, full-service commercial and residential interior design firm V Starr and plant-based protein company Happy Viking. Throughout her career, Williams has been a steadfast advocate for equality. In 2007 it was her unwavering fight which led Wimbledon to award women players the same pay as their male counterparts and most recently, she launched an awareness initiative called the #PrivilegeTax in conjunction with EleVen to bring attention to the wage inequality and unveiled a platform of resources for young women to get inspired and address the issue on a grassroots level. Williams holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Indiana University East and an Associate of Science in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. More information can be found on her website.

ABOUT ELEVEN BY VENUS WILLIAMS

Founded by tennis champion Venus Williams, EleVen is a fashion-forward activewear and lifestyle brand creating premium women’s tennis and everyday apparel. The brand was started with the dream of creating a community to help empower women to feel and do their best in clothing that they can feel confident in on and off the court. Designed with attitude and confidence for peak performance, EleVen never compromises on quality, fit, or comfort. Each collection is engineered with innovative and proprietary materials that enhance workouts, keeping you dry, cool and UV protected. More information can be found at this website.

ABOUT K-SWISS

From the beginning, K-Swiss has been driven by an entrepreneurial spirit when two Swiss brothers moved to California to create a footwear brand focused on tennis. As avid skiers, the brothers took inspiration from leather ski boots to create a tennis shoe that supported the aggressive side-to-side movement. Introduced in 1966, the K-Swiss Classic was the world’s first all-leather tennis shoe and powered some of the best tennis players of the time to win major championships. It quickly gained worldwide acclaim and became a style statement both on and off the court, corn casually in country clubs and just as fashionably on city streets. More than 50 years later, K-Swiss is building from its heritage as an American tennis brand and writing new chapters in its storied history. Paying homage to the hard work of our founders and the competitive nature of the game that inspired it all, K-Swiss is dedicated to outfitting and inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs. For more information about K-Swiss please visit this website

EleVen Glow Pack Sneaker imageby Venus and K-Swiss Glow-Up Collection image shot by Kim Gallo (Lede Company Team) for use by 360 Magazine

EleVen by Venus and K-Swiss Glow-Up Collection image shot by Kim Gallo (Lede Company Team) for use by 360 Magazine

Active wear image from EleVen by Venus and K-Swiss Glow-Up Collection image shot by Kim Gallo (Lede Company Team) for use by 360 Magazine

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Livintage Apparel’s Pandemic-Inspired Collection

BIPOC fashion designer, Brandon Hunt, release pandemic-inspired collection that will be sure to keep you cozy and stylish for any situation! Visit his brand Livintage Apparel via their website, Instagram and Facebook for more information and to make a purchase! 

Our lives will never be the same again.  We can tell generations to come that we lived through  a worldwide pandemic. And if you’re reading this now, you are one of those survivors. Now that’s a reason to start to Liv a little more! Never in my life would I have imagined living through a global pandemic. It has not only shook up the whole world but it has also affected the world of fashion in a major way. 

Fashion has started to go digital due to COVID. Now that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For me, I was able to really connect with my clients on a personal level through zoom calls or FaceTime. I grew better bonds with clients during the pandemic. I even created new components to my business that included more virtual interactions. Wardrobe stylists are very hands on.

The 6 foot social distancing rule just doesn’t apply to us. If we aren’t adjusting a model’s clothes during a shoot, we are more than likely doing the creative direction. There’s even times where we have to physically shop for a client in the store. Another hands on job stylists usually have are fittings prior to the fashion show and making adjustments to clothing if needed. The pandemic changed all of my normal day to day interactions. I did not take this as anything negative. I brainstormed for hours coming up with ideas on how I could pivot and still be successful during COVID. I decided I would take full advantage of one of many styling services of mine which is personal shopping. This is where I personal shop for clients. It’s as simple as getting their sizes in clothing and shoes along with a budget for clothing. I do FaceTimes and send photos of outfit ideas until we build several complete looks within their budget. This service could be for a specific event, photo shoot, vacation, or even as a gift to someone who deserves to add some new pieces to their wardrobe. Stylists take note because this was a major contribution to my success during the pandemic.

The pandemic trapped people in their homes for months. We may not have been able to get out like normal and be social, but we were on our phones.  Everyone was plugged in. This was the perfect time to interact with followers. During this time I did live interviews, tv segments, YouTube’s, podcasts and more. I even had sales online to drive more traffic to my website. I also sent out email alerts updating people on when the collection would drop.  I wanted to give my viewers an opportunity to get to know me better. I used the quarantine to connect with my followers. I did polls to see exactly what they liked. I took time responding to as many people as I could. I reached out to hundreds of people daily to build my clientele. I was eager to work with new people. Though I got turned down by many, it only made me want to work harder.  I used social media to conduct research on clients and learn more about them. Social media was a major tool to use during the pandemic in order to stay afloat in the industry.

The pandemic may not have been such a bad thing after all for the fashion industry. The pandemic actually opened up so many opportunities for people. This was a great time to get in your zone and focus on whatever it is that you love doing and do it. For me, that was creating.  Others ventured out and started businesses, learned new trades,  and even invested in things they never thought they’d invest in. I took my time to build a men’s and women’s collection I knew would be comfortable, edgy, and classic considering no one was getting dressed up to leave the house. I also included glasses as an accessory because as a stylist, one of the most important things to me is accessorizing.  You can build looks based off of the most basic outfits by adding the perfect accessories.

Anytime you’re going to be front and center, you’d better make sure you’re looking your best. So I understand how difficult it is to get dressed for that zoom meeting or virtual date.  You don’t want to overdo it and you don’t want to under dress either. These decisions could make or break you but here are some tips that should help ease the stress of choosing that next outfit for your zoom meeting or virtual date.

Your clothes do speak you know. Have you ever gotten dressed and someone asked you what you’re getting all dressed up for?  Whether it was for that interview or that hot date, clothes say a lot about who you are and how you carry yourself; so it may be important to put a little more effort into your next outfit choice whether that’s booking a personal stylist or being a fashionista yourself.

Styles differ when it comes to a virtual date or a zoom meeting. You want to be more conservative when it comes to meetings. For males, I’d really stay away from t-shirts but if you must wear one, make sure it’s plain so that people don’t focus on the words or message. For women, I’d suggest not wearing anything that’s too revealing on the top. No lace, no see through, or spaghetti straps. Follow Livintage Apparel via their website, Instagram and Facebook.

Pieces I would suggest for men and women are button down shirts or polos for virtual meetings. When it comes to virtual dates, you can get a little more creative. Do focus on being yourself and not wearing anything that is out of your comfort zone because you want to be confident on camera. For video purposes, I’d suggest not wearing anything too bright or too much bling as it can be distracting. Lastly and possibly most importantly, please please please don’t get caught not wearing any pants. We all know how easy it is to roll out of bed and throw on a work shirt paired with your favorite pj bottoms but that’s a big no no. Don’t be that person that stands up while on video and forgets they aren’t fully dressed. Fashion is forever changing and has been for ages. No matter what’s thrown our way, we must be able to learn from it and become better. Now that the pandemic is over, let the fun begin.  It’s time to pull out your best clothes because it’s time to go outside!Follow Brandon Hunt, the CEO and designer at Livintage Apparel, at his Instagram!

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5 Steps to Become a Fashion Designer

Are you a creative person who loves clothes, bags, shoes and the changing trends that each season brings when it comes to new designs? If so, why not choose a career that allows you to express your individuality and explore your passion at the same time? Sound exciting? A career in fashion design might just be your calling. Let’s run through some of the essential steps you’ll need to take to make it in the ever-evolving world of fashion. 

Move to a Major City

If you live in a small town with zero opportunities to get valuable work experience, it’s time to consider moving to a major city. Yes, rent is expensive and you may need to take out personal loans from a private lender to cover the first few months of rent and living costs but it will be so worth it. Before moving, reach out to fashion outlets and well-known clothing manufacturers to see if there are any work experience opportunities available. You’ll learn so much from observing operations in a professional setting and you’ll get to work with all kinds of different materials and styles. This experience will prove invaluable when it comes to branching out on your own. 

Be Prepared Early On

Listen up high school students! The fact you’re even thinking about becoming a fashion designer at this young age is proof that this career path is for you. Start your prep early by signing up for drawing, art and design classes. A lot of fashion design programs require students to have artistic talent so learn early and your future self with certainly thank you for it. 

Get a Degree

You need to take this point seriously if you want to make noise in this competitive industry. Getting a degree in fashion design will teach you everything you need to know when it comes to creating a sketch and bringing that sketch to life. You’ll learn about the properties of different fabrics and you’ll get familiar with essential skills such as stitching, pattern making and draping. 

Create a Portfolio

All fashion designers create a portfolio early on in their careers. It’s what you’ll give to prospective fashion schools and employers so it’s got to showcase your best work. Treat each project in that portfolio like it was a major job for a real-world fashion designer and don’t cut corners when it comes to sketching and displaying your strong points. Be sure that the finished folder also demonstrates how good your communication skills are. 

Network

Yes, it’s time to mingle! Get involved in fashion shows and enter as many design competitions as you possibly can. Talk to people at these events and don’t be shy in showing off your skills and sharing your ambitions for the future. Sign up to fashion blogs and interact with like-minded people on social media and forums. Check for industry-related networking events in your local area and show up with a smile and a willingness to get involved. If there’s not much happening in your local town/city in terms of fashion shows and competitions, why not make a name for yourself locally and organize your own events? Doing so is a great way to demonstrate drive and tenacity, both of which are traits you’re your future employers will appreciate.