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LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE

Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off

Fresh off the runway in the Gobi Desert, Louis Vuitton enamored the world with their theatrical and inventive athleisure, resulting in 278 million streams.

For the Spring-Summer Men’s 2023 Spin-Off show in Aranya, China, the Maison expanded on the idea of the magnified playground first introduced in Paris in June. In a collaborative effort between Chinese directors Jia Zhangke and Wei Shujun, the cinematic show portrayed themes of childhood, discovery and community.

The story took its audiences to Aranya beach, a relic of the Ancient Silk Road, where the live show unfolded in a vast sandscape, representing the infinite possibilities of craftsmanship. Live-scored by the Beijing-based instrumental band Sleeping Dogs, the show featured a performance choreographed by dancer Hou Ying.

‘Collection ∞’ Aranya, September 2022: 

Aranya

There are as many grains of sand on our planet as there are stars in the galaxy. Yet in the eyes of a child, the vastness of sand never poses an impossibility. It invites opportunity. In the sandbox and on the beach, children instinctively build sandcastles: constructs of the imagination that turn dreams into reality. For the Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off show in Aranya – designed by the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme – the Maison expands on the idea of the magnified playground first introduced in Paris in June. A cinematic prelude titled Mirage created in a collaborative effort between Chinese directors Jia Zhangke (producer of the prelude) and Wei Shujun (director of the prelude) – who also serve as directors of the show itself – portrays themes of childhood, discovery and community. Shot in the city of Dunhuang, on the edge of the Gobi Desert – once a frontier garrison on the Silk Road – the film stages a contemporary meeting between East and West reflected in the poetry of history. The story takes its audiences to Aranya beach where the live show unfolds in a sandscape moulded with the tools at the root of a collection founded in the infinite possibilities of craftsmanship. Live-scored by the Beijing-based instrumental band Sleeping Dogs, the show features a performance choreographed by the Chinese dancer Hou Ying.

Collection ∞

Imagination is at the heart of Louis Vuitton. A visual manifestation of our hopes and ideas, it has the power to heal, regenerate and uplift us. The Spring-Summer 2023 Men’s Collection was conceived and created by the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme: an ever-evolving ecosystem of creative minds, who welcomed Virgil Abloh to the Maison in 2018 and expanded during his eight seasons of artistic direction. A living testament to his talent for bringing people together, they populate a creative playground more than a century in the making. At the timeless core of the Louis Vuitton studio is the belief that imagination – creatorship, craftsmanship, showmanship – can move and unite its spectators around the world. It’s the heritage on which Virgil Abloh based his practice at the Maison and the philosophy that continues to drive the Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme. As a creative community who shared a monumental experience, they embrace the Spring-Summer 2023 Men’s Collection as a cathartic process: a proposal created in the spirit of all the human minds that shape Louis Vuitton.

Magnified playground

Toys are tools for the imagination. The playthings we are given early in life become building blocks for dreams and aspirations. In the Carré du Louvre in June 2022, the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme imagined a magnified playground. Here, a giant children’s toy racetrack became a Yellow-Brick Road for the imagination: an evolutionary path for the mind where childlike fantasies come to life. It’s a transition from naïve to refined reflected in a collection that elevates the symbols of childhood through the savoir-faire of the Maison. The premise cuts a silhouette drawn from swoopy lines, which plays with shrunken and oversized dimensions founded in the idea of a wardrobe grown-into or outgrown, with rootsy nods to the 1990s dress code of the skater community. Iconography native to the playground adorns garments and accessories: origami paper planes, building block beading, playdough textures and tones, cartoon prints, and sandbox tool embellishments. Evoked within the pieces is an under-construction sensibility inherent to the toys found in a playground and to the process of growing.

Parade for the mind

Pageantry courses through the veins of Louis Vuitton. Over time, the custodians of the Maison have employed displays of wonderment to inspire unifying feelings of joy in its diverse audiences around the globe. On the magnified toy racetrack of the Spring-Summer 2023 Men’s Show in Paris in June, a parade of childhood dreams unfolded led by The Marching 100, the Tallahassee-based marching band of the Florida A&M University formed in 1946. Flags filled the space – their motifs reflective of the Louis Vuitton codes and values – as a representation of global communities created beyond borders and diversities. Elated by music, the soundtrack of the parade fused with the clothes themselves: two SpeakerMan looks integrated a number of wireless loudspeakers into backpacks, which connected to the show’s sound system. The constructions portrayed the togetherness of sound and the harmonious properties of speaker culture, while echoing the shared appreciation for loud music that exists within the Louis Vuitton Studio Prêt-à-Porter Homme – where every corner is occupied by a speaker.

French romanticism

A quintessential component in the genetics of Louis Vuitton, French romanticism fills the collection. Flower fields – the eternal image of harmony in diversity – grace garments through impressionist paintings transformed into tapestries and prints, while depictions of thistles appear in multiple fabric weaves, prints and embroideries. A symbol of resilience and healing folklorically used to overcome difficult situations, the prickly flower motifs also nod to the decor of Louis Vuitton’s ancestral home in Asnières where thistles often appear in bouquets. The delicate floral paintings found in the ceilings of the same residence echo the cornices that define the palatial interiors of Parisian architecture. A manifestation of our childhood dreams – fairy tales, majesty, whimsy – these moulures ornament moulded leather tailoring and bags, and feature in delicate lace garments. As a tribute to Paris, a photo montage collaging elements from the city and the Maison – the Pont Neuf, the Damier pattern, the cornices of interiors – runs through the collection.

Arts and crafts

The impulse to turn imagination into creation begins with the instruments of our childhood: toys, building blocks and the tools of the sandbox. As we grow and refine, so do the devices that bring our ideas to life. Through the savoir-faire integral to Louis Vuitton, the collection reflects on this transition in figurative and literal ways. Children’s building blocks and playdough elements adorn garments and accessories, while toolbox components – such as scissors, tweezers and clamps – embellish garments as three-dimensional embroidered pendants. The motifs celebrate the expert ateliers of the Maison, and serve as symbols of the painstaking savoir-faire that makes up the collection, from the development of fabrics to hand-embroideries, hand-beading, hand-crocheting, Shiburi tie-dye, and intricate leather moulding, as well as technological ingenuity like static electricity fabrics and SpeakerMan backpacks composed of genuine and 3D-printed loudspeakers.

LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE
LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE

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LIU YAO WEN at LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE
LIU YAO WEN at LOUIS VUITTON Spring-Summer 2023 Spin-Off inside 360 MAGAZINE
Cynthia Rowley speaks to IMG and guests at GLAM SLAM during NYFW via 360 MAGAZINE

IMG GLAM SLAM

‘Offers an opportunity to be engaged with progressives and new age entities that are like-minded, while striving to make an impact on global culture with innovation… And, don’t forget that inaugural activations of this scale create inevitable connections for life simply based on memorable introductions.’Vaughn Lowery, 360®

Vaughn Lowery attends IMG’S GLAM SLAM during NYFW wearing 53045 sneakers reported by 360 MAGAZINE

IMG Fashion Events, a subsidiary of Endeavor, and Spring Studios, the creative agency for fashion, beauty and culture, and the home of New York Fashion Week: The Shows, announces the creation of a new consumer event: ‘Glam Slam’ – a fashion and tennis experience. The ‘Glam Slam’ will take place Thursday, September 8 – Monday, September 12, 2022, on the Rooftop Terrace of Spring Studios in Tribeca. For the inaugural event, IMG and Spring Studios have partnered with Chase Sapphire to develop a unique program that spans both fashion and sports, combining the best of both worlds.

The ’Glam Slam,’ which takes place during two of New York’s biggest tentpole franchises, the final Tennis major of the year and New York Fashion Week, will celebrate the intersection of tennis and style through a series of daily programming, screenings and hospitality. IMG’s in-house production agency, FOCUS, will produce a full- size tennis court on the roof top of Spring Studios that will serve as the event location for ‘Glam Slam.’

The ‘Glam Slam’ will feature five days of screenings, fashion presentations, limited merch collaborations and appearances from A-list tennis and fashion stars, allowing consumers to experience an exclusive slice of both tennis and fashion during these two quintessential NYC moments. The Glam Slam’ line-up includes IMG Tennis, a division of WME Sports, client, Maria Sharapova, among other tennis stars to be announced, and the fashion industry’s most stylish tennis enthusiasts including Laura BrownCynthia Rowley and Maison Kitsuné, with additional talent to be announced.

“Glam Slam is the natural evolution of our mission to create cultural experiences through the lens of fashion. There is no other company that can tap into an ecosystem of fashion, tennis, culinary and consumer ticketing experiences, all under one roof. This is the first in our expanding portfolio of new IP and consumer franchises that we are developing across the Endeavor network out of IMG Fashion Events,” said Leslie Russo, President, IMG Fashion Events & Properties.

“Glam Slam is at the core of Spring’s future – partnering with our clients and communities to create culturally defining IPs and experiences, capturing the zeitgeist of now,” said Gregoire Assemat Tessandier, President, Spring Studios, North America.

As presenting sponsor, Chase Sapphire is giving Sapphire Reserve cardmembers unique access to this event with VIP seating, bespoke event programming and exclusive event merchandise, all available through the Ultimate Rewards portal. ’Glam Slam’ is just one of many Chase activities that will be available for fans during New York’s major tennis tournament.

“We’re excited to launch this new and innovative ‘Glam Slam’ platform, a one of a kind event for fans and our Chase Sapphire Reserve cardmembers,” said Marleta Ross, General Manager, Chase Sapphire. “As fans continue to return to live events, we look forward to creating more unique opportunities for our cardmembers to enjoy premium experiences at the intersection of culture and entertainment.”

Tickets start at $125 and are available to purchase via On Location, the leading global sports, travel and event management company. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit HERE.

About IMG

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

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading financial services firm based in the United States with assets of $3.8 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves more than 66 million American households and 5 million small businesses with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: More than 4,700 branches in 48 states and the District of Columbia, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, go to chase.com.

About Spring Studios

Spring is a platform for culture and creativity, where ideas and experiences come together to elevate brands.

A creative agency with high-end studio spaces in the heart of Tribeca, Spring Studios is home to some of New York’s most iconic events in the fashion, film, art, and design worlds, including New York Fashion Week, TriBeCa Film Festival, and the Independent Art Fair.

Cynthia Rowley sunglasses at GLAM slam during NYFW via 360 MAGAZINE
Vaughn Lowery attends IMG GLAM SLAM DAY 2 f/ Cynthia Rowley in nyc during NYFW for 360 MAGAZINE shot by Getty Images

IMG UNVEILS NYFW PROGRAM

Louis Vuitton introduced LV diamonds campaign via 360 MAGAZINE

LV DIAMONDS

Louis Vuitton continues its journey into the world of jewelry with the LV Diamonds collection.

This new chapter celebrates the LV Monogram Star diamonds and offers a unique vision of diamonds through unprecedented creations that spark universal emotions and transcend individual personalities. As symbols of commitment, these pieces of jewelry pay homage to our bonds with other people, both to loved ones and to ourselves. They are there to celebrate each facet of our lives. The LV Diamonds collection reaffirms our attachment to ourselves and others, and to those precious moments spent together. 

LV Monogram Star, A Revolutionary Cut 

The monogram flower, Louis Vuitton’s iconic pattern, resonates throughout the House with its timeless and bold design. With the LV Monogram Star diamonds, the motif confirms its status as a symbol of eternity. Innovation, tradition and technology, combined with creativity and jewelers’ savoir-faire, have inspired the Maison with this specific cut, named LV Monogram Star. Instantly recognizable with its fifty-three facets with pointed ends, it repreises the star-shaped monogram flower created by Georges-Louis Vuitton in 1896. A bold, graphic cut, with a brand new outline to make the sleek authentic jewels sparkle like never before. 

The Creations

The exclusive pieces in the LV Diamonds collection designed by Artistic Director for Watches and Jewelry, Francesca Amfitheatrof, showcase LV Monogram Star and brilliant diamond cuts. Rings, unisex bands with understated yet bold designs, earrings and pendants are all tributes to the Mainson’s signature aesthetic. The platinum, rose gold or half-aveed rings rekindle the Art Deco-style V with the Gaston-Louis Vuitton would have adorn his suitcases in the 1920s and 1930s. An even more precious version is enhanced with a central LV Monogram Star diamond, while another one dominates over other rings made of platinum, encrusted or entirely paved with diamonds. THanks to the Louis Vuitton jewelers’ expertise, this monogram flower is turned into a bezel, with tiny V-shaped claws embracing the curves and edges of this rare gem. Playful and graphic, irresistible bands complete the collection with a sparkling checkerboard that calls to mind the Damier canvas created by Georges Vuitton in 1888. Finally, a pendant and earrings, new daily essentials combining the must-have brilliant cut with a flower paved with diamonds let a double motif in diamond and gold resolute on the hollow of the neck or the ears. The new jewelry sets are highlighted by the harmonious use of the same colors and materials – the white and pink of gold, the purity of platinum and the intense shine of diamonds. These exclusive unisex cfreations were designed to be worn by themselves or in conjunction with other pieces, combined, stacked, or mixed or matched in an eternal dialogue. 

The LV Diamonds Certificate 

Louis Vuitton presents the first LV Diamonds certificate. This document reflects their commitment to transparently sourcing their gemstones. Provided with each LV Diamonds creation set with a central stone, this unique file lists each diamond’s weight, color, purity and cut quality. It also tracks its journey, from the country where the diamond was extracted until its arrival in its case, through the workshops where it was cut, polished and mounted. Each chapter in the story of an LV Diamonds creation is written down, thus carefully documented. In order to reinforce such a certificate’s security, Louis Vuitton uses blockchain. This modern technology, operated by Aura Blockchain Consortium – a platform dedicated to the luxury industry – allows for the recording and issuing of forgery-proof data thanks to decentralized storage. This solves many issues related to responsible sourcing, as well as the diamond’s durability since the platform provides direct access to the stone’s history, and its life cycle from its creation to its distribution. 

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Aston Martin Residences wins awards listed inside 360 MAGAZINE

Aston Martin Residences Wins

The Aston Martin Residences Miami has won six Regional and two International Property Awards, including ‘Best International Apartment/Condominium’ and ‘Best International Residential High-Rise Development.

G&G Business Developments is honored to accept the prestigious awards for its first luxury residential development, receiving recognition against formidable competition from around the world. Eight awards in total were won by the Aston Martin Residences, including:

Best International Apartment/Condominium

●Best International Residential High-Rise Development

Best Residential High Rise Development Florida

●Best Residential High Rise Development USA

Best Apartment / Condominium Florida

Best Apartment / Condominium USA

Best Residential High Rise Architecture Florida

Best Residential High Rise Architecture USA

The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement in the property and real estate industry. Widely regarded as a mark of excellence, a panel of over 80 independent expert judges selects the best developments worldwide to receive the coveted awards.

Germán Coto, CEO of G&G Business Developments, said: ‘When we started this project, our dream was to create an elegant architectural landmark and the most beautiful homes. We always knew that the building would be exceptional, as, from the start, quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail have been our guide. To receive international recognition against such strong competition is wonderful, and we are so proud to have created a world-class award-winning development for our residents. These awards are a credit to the whole G&G Business Developments team. I’d like to give special thanks to our incredible partner, Aston Martin, the talented architects from Revuelta Architecture and Bodas Miani Anger, and all of the highly skilled craftspeople who have worked tirelessly to bring our vision for the Aston Martin Residences to life in the most spectacular way.’

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer of Aston Martin, said: ‘I’d like to congratulate our partners at G&G Business Developments and everyone involved in the Aston Martin Residences Miami project on these highly-respected international awards. These accolades further establish Aston Martin Residences Miami as one of the most exciting ultra-luxury residential developments anywhere in the world and demonstrate our vision to create something truly unique on the Miami waterfront.’

Located at 300 Biscayne Boulevard Way in downtown Miami, the Aston Martin Residences is on schedule to complete by the end of this year, and over 90% of the luxurious development is sold. For further information, visit HERE.

*photo credit: Aston Martin Residences/IPA

cookware illustration by Alex Bogdan for use by 360 Magazine

Top Chefs of France’s Loire Valley

The Loire Valley region of France is not only famous for being home to France’s most iconic chateaux and world-renowned wine, but is also home to astounding French gastronomy, earning its nickname of “the Garden of France.” Below is a snapshot of some of the region’s top chefs of the moment.

Christophe Hay

The most famous chef in the Loire Valley, Chef Christophe Hay was named 2021 Chef of the Year by the Gault & Millau guide. He currently holds two Michelin stars for his restaurant La Maison d’à Côté and one green star for his commitment to sustainable gastronomy, striving to promote the local terroir and producers. Chef Hay created his own permaculture vegetable garden, collaborating with a local conservatory to revive old plant varieties such as purple celery from Tours. In his kitchen, plants are at the heart of the plate. In addition, the chef owns a farm of 60 Wagyu oxen near Angers, and sources caviar from Sologne, fish from the Loire, organic and natural wines from Cheverny and organic local goat cheese.

In June 2022, Chef Christophe Hay will move to a new home: Fleur de Loire in Blois, a new 5-star hotel and gourmet restaurant. The former property of the brother of King Louis XIII will house 44 rooms, including 11 suites, a bistro, pastry kiosk, swimming pool and state-of-the-art Sisley branded spa. 

Catherine Delacoute from Le Lancelot

Located in the heart of the small village of Chilleurs-aux-Bois outside of Orléans, the bistro gastronome Le Lancelot takes inspiration from the Knights of the Round Table, with each room named after a character, including Lancelot, King Arthur and Guinevere. Le Lancelot is located just steps away from the historic Chateâu de Chamerolles, built in the 1500s on the site of an ancient medieval fortress under the authority of Lancelot du Lac. Even more, Chef Catherine Delacoute, owner and chef of the restaurant, is herself a knight. Chef Delacoute previously worked at Michelin-starred restaurants in Orléans, La Crémaillère and La Poutrière, before transforming an abandoned farmhouse that would later become the emblem of Le Lancelot. Her innovative approach to classic gastronomy and creation of such a unique and friendly atmosphere attract guests to experience her “gastronomic bistro.”

Julien Medard from l’Ardoise du Marché

Chef Julien Medard is at the helm of the Michelin-Starred l’Ardoise du Marché located just outside the town of Sancerre, which was voted France’s favorite village in 2021. In just a few years, Chef Medard has become known for creating innovative, consistent and sustainable cuisine, showcasing local natural ingredients in his dishes. His cuisine boasts powerful flavors, high-quality products and a strong contrast of textures and flavors. Largely inspired by his travels in Japan as well as local cuisine, L’Ardoise du Marché’s menu reflects the chef’s journeys, balancing the flavors of the East and West.

Gaëtan Evrard from L’Evidence

Gaëtan Evrard is an instinctive chef who draws his inspiration from the local, seasonal ingredients and terroir that surrounds him. L’Evidence is a one-Michelin-starred restaurant located near Tours in the town of Montbazon, offering up a creative culinary experience. Chef Evrard’s constantly evolving menus aim to offer the perfect balance between hyper-seasonal and hyper-local products. Authentic and natural, his recipes are designed to surprise and delight guests with the richness of their flavors and the exceptional harvests they celebrate. Tasting menus include a five-course “Inspiration Menu” with courses named: Land & Sea, Forest, Interlude, Sea Spray and Undergrowth.

Conison, Blake Holmes and Connor Morton article inside 360 MAGAZINE

CONISON: OUR CHAT WITH HIGH-END STREETWEAR LABEL FOUNDER, CONNOR MORTON 

By Blake Holmes

A celebration of the LA dream, Conison is an up-and-coming, high-end streetwear brand from Melbourne, Australia. 
Recently, we caught up with Founder and Creative Director, Connor Morton, to chat vision, inspiration and what’s in store for the year ahead. 

TELL US ABOUT CONISON..

Conison is a high-end streetwear and design brand. 

At the heart of Conison is a message of inspiration. I want to encourage people to express themselves, providing an avenue for them to explore their own sense of style and creative potential through fashion and design. 

WHAT’S YOUR WHY? 

I’ve always endeavoured to express my creativity through outlets available to me, from DJing and music, to clothing customisation and art. I think everyone deserves this opportunity and my dream is that Conison will provide that for others; an inspiration source that spreads positivity and reinforces the idea that everyone has the power to shape their reality. 

WHAT’S IN STORE FOR YOUR UPCOMING COLLECTION? 

Collection 2 Rise & Fall is a two-part capsule. This collection celebrates an ascension to your highest self and the fall of negative energy. These ideas are expressed in my messaging and I’ve catered to both the NZ/Aus and US/Euro markets, with different materials and designs. 

WHO/WHAT INSPIRES YOU? 

There are countless brands and creators that fuel my fire. Designers like Reese Cooper and Heron Preston, brands like Riot Hill and photographers like Kyle Caulfield to name just a few. 

HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? 

I believe motivation is something you have to seek constantly. This can be challenging at times and the interruptions of this year have been a prime example. 

Regularly contacting my mentors, listening to podcasts, and painting have kept me in the zone this year. There’s always motivation to be found if you look hard enough. 

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? 

Every day is different but I start and end them in the same way. I usually wake up with a warm/cold soak to get focused, then have breakfast while watching motivational content on YouTube. From then I work ‘til i’ve felt i’ve done enough, which means late nights a lot of the time. I also work other jobs and fit in time at the gym or some form of exercise each day. I end the day with business content on YouTube to get inspired for the day ahead.

WHAT’S THE BIGGEST FINANCIAL STRAIN WHEN RUNNING YOUR OWN BRAND? 

Being a one-man band with no backing at 22 has been a struggle. There are definitely financial challenges and they’ve taken a lot of practice, help from mentors and learning to overcome. In saying that, I’m feeling confident in the belief that now is the time to be bold, take risks and bet on myself. When you believe in your brand and the message you’re trying to share, anything is possible. 

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED? 

My mentor sent me a message a few weeks back. I think it’s spot on and something I struggle with at times. “Your art is not about how many people like your work, your art is about if your heart likes your work, if your soul likes your work, it’s how honest you are with yourself”. I try to follow this ethos daily and remind myself of this at times I’m questioning my vision and creative direction. I’ve implemented this into my work daily and it’s become more authentic as a result. 

WHAT’S NEXT FOR CONISON? 

The sky’s the limit. I want to push creative boundaries, not just with Conison but in the global fashion and lifestyle brand space. This means everything from painting collections and exclusive pieces to furniture. 
Most importantly, I want to continue telling the Conison story in an authentic way. Giving people a story to truly connect with is what drives me and the best way to keep people engaged and on-board for the journey. 

I’m learning and growing every day and Conison will continue to evolve with me. I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

LEAVE US WITH A FAVOURITE QUOTE..

I’ve got a few. ‘Ignore the boos, they usually come from the cheap seats’. This one has been really important to me. As a young person, you often face a lot of negativity and doubt from others about your ability to step outside the norm and succeed. I’ve learnt not to take this to heart and stay true to myself, which is something I think we should all strive to do. 

Another favourite is, ‘an arrow can only be shot forward by pulling it backward’. This one’s all about resilience to me, and the idea that on the other side of struggle and hardship is success, fortune and prosperity. I try to remember this with every minor setback and keep a positive mindset no matter the circumstances. When you do, nothing can discourage you from achieving your dreams. This is what Conison is all about. 

Rise & Fall Part 1 drops 7th December, 7:00pm EST
at www.conisondesigns.com 

Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Chop, Chop, Chop – By Using The Right Kind Of Shears

If you belong to the school of thought that a haircut is just a haircut, and often, make use of household scissors and a bowl to give an unfortunate individual a haircut, then you ought to quit trying to be a hairstylist.

At the very least, get rid of the bowl that you make use of to give a straight-lined boy-cut. 

Moreover, using a pair of household scissors with its blunt edges and bulkiness ends up damaging the hair, and creating more split-ends.

Thus, if you do get the thought to look around for a decent pair of scissors, preferably meant for hair cutting, then you might just have a future in the field of hairstyling.

So, if you’re thinking of buying yourself a new pair of shears, here are the questions you ought to ask yourself first.

What is the right length?

Now, if you happen to be a professional barber then you ought to have both the longer shears as well as the shorter ones. The longer pair is for techniques where you don’t hold the hair in your hand. Whereas, the shorter length in shears is generally used for when you do cut the hair, holding it in your hands.

And, if anyone has told you about measuring the blade against the palm of your hand, just ignore that little piece of advice. 

Most cosmetologists tend to go with the flow, holding the shears to see if it feels right in their hands.

On the other hand, if you do happen to be a first-timer, then go ahead and buy yourself a shorter blade because you will be holding on to the hair no matter the length.

What scissors best suits my needs?

Yes, it’s all about your needs. You have to understand that shears are now aero-dynamically designed to suit the needs of the hairstylists. 

So, if you’re right-handed, then the features are designed such that it will fit perfectly into the hands of a right-handed person. 

And, you need not worry if you are left-handed. As there are now shears available in the market to deftly fit into the hands of a lefty.

The uppermost thought you ought to keep in your mind is comfort. Now, three different types of handles are available. 

Swivel-handle shear: Most commonly used by professionals. Known to fit the hand and relax pressure on the wrists. It caused quite a rage when it was first introduced.

Drop handle: Similar to the traditional offset shear, the drop handle shear, however, offers an additional ergonomic grip that allows a firm hold and causes less strain on the hand. It is gaining much popularity.

Precision cutting shears: Much smaller and also daintier, these shears are manufactured with low hardness steel and are used for very close cuts. 

What kind of blades should I use?

Technically, all hair-dressing shears are of stainless steel. Now, when you talk of the finest shears in the market, there are two that ought to be mentioned. 

These are the Japanese shears that are also known as the clamshell or convex edge, that are reputed for giving the smoothest cut. 

And, then there is the German shear. German-style shears have non-honed, beveled edges that are serrated to grip the hair. These give a little stiffer cut but are great when working in thick sections, like for dry-cutting.

One thing to remember here is that all scissors, whether “Cobalted steel” or “Titanium scissors” are made of stainless steel. All need to be sharpened because it will get dull or nicked.

Do I need to buy the whole set?

If you are only into standards cuts, then save yourself the cost of buying an entire set of shears. 

However, if you do deal in precise haircutting styles such as slide cutting, thinning and style cutting, then it would be outrageous to attempt these styles with a single pair of scissors.

Where to buy these high-quality shears?

There are many shears available in the market, that are simply high-priced but do not have the premium high quality.

If you do not know much about the newbies boasting of manufacturing high-end quality scissors and selling them at exorbitant prices, then steer clear of them. 

But you still want a high-quality product, then you ought to stick to the established names in the field.

Keep an eye out for ball bearing tension systems and polymer inlays in the pivots that are both common features in high-end quality shears.

What look should I go for?

There’s a very good reason for discussing this aspect of high-quality shears at the very end. Quality and comfort are features that supersede looks. 

However, you can’t really take the style out of the stylists, now can you? So, there are several options available to you even if you regard the looks of a thing as relatively important.

There are colored titanium-coated shears. As mentioned earlier, these shears are merely coated with titanium, not made of it. This helps significantly in preventing rust.

Colored titanium shears come in a variety of amazing colors. The drawback, nonetheless, is that these shears tend to fade, scratch, or chip more easily than the classic stainless steel shears.

Next, comes in the colored finger inserts. Primarily, finger inserts are meant to provide more comfort and better fit. And, the finger inserts come in three sizes-small, medium and large.

 But, they are now used as a beautifying element of the good old pair of shears. So, you can find finger inserts coming in every imaginable color to pep up the look of the high-quality shears.

Finally, there are colored silencers. Silencers are also known as bumpers or stoppers. They serve as a stop for the scissors and keep them quiet as the shear comes together.

These too are now available in different colors and elevate the look of the shears aesthetically.

Finally, there’s the tension screw. This feature is of notable importance. Scissor tension is the tension of the screw that holds the two scissor blades together.

In most cases, it is a matter of personal preference. The blade should fall slightly and close halfway up the other blade. If the blade doesn’t move at all, your tension is too tight. On the other hand, if the blade falls completely closed, then the tension is too loose.

Now, for the cosmetologists, it isn’t possible to completely overlook the aesthetics of the tools they so commonly use, hence, this feature too comes in different colors to brighten up the look of the shears.

The upkeep of your high-quality shears

If you have managed to make up your mind and find for yourself the perfect pair of shears, please remember that you need to make an effort to keep it in mint condition.

You shouldn’t really have to clean your scissors very often, but if you have managed to get it dirty, make sure to clean it up immediately. Make sure to clean it up thoroughly to avoid rust.

If you’re not looking to replace your high-priced shears due to rust, the best way to get rid of rust is to soak the scissors in warm water with a tiny bit of bleach.

This ought to solve your problem once or twice, but if you’re not taking care to keep your shears clean and rust-free, then you will end up with a useless pair of shears.

No matter the quality of the shears, if you keep them dirty and wet then you will end up having to replace them fairly soon.

Also, it is a rule of thumb to have your shears sharpened every six months or at least after every 500-700 haircuts, to get a smooth cut every time.

The market for high-quality shears has advanced greatly in the last decade. So, you see an emphasis on every aspect of the very tool used for haircutting. 

Shears were only about sharp edges before, but today, it’s about the look, the grip, the shape, the metal, even the finish of the shears itself. Everything is of importance and the buyer is spoiled for choice.

But, these high-end quality shears are exactly as the name suggests, and do in fact deliver enduring comfort for the hairstylists. And, without a doubt elevate the haircutting technique.

Hopefully, you have gained some insight as to the aspects one ought to consider before buying a high-quality, high priced pair of shears. 

However, doing a little bit of research never really hurts anyone, so do ask around about the best names in the market dealing with high-quality shears. 

And, if you really don’t feel the urge to plod around looking for different brands of shears, let us give you another useful tip. Try out scissortec.com, where you are going to find a whole range of high-end quality products, with varying price tags, features, and colors.

Gucci, 360 MAGAZINE, lion's share fund

GUCCI × LION’S SHARE FUND

Gucci, one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands, has joined The Lion’s Share Fund, a unique initiative raising much-needed funds to tackle the crisis in nature, biodiversity and climate across the globe. 

Led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a coalition of businesses and UN partners, the Fund aims to raise over $100 million per year within the next five years for animal conservation, biodiversity and climate by asking brands to contribute 0.5% of their media spend every time an animal is featured in their advertisements.

Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator, said: “This partnership with Gucci marks the continuing evolution of this innovative fund, which provides a unique opportunity for brands across all industries to join forces and help preserve and protect biodiversity across the globe. Wildlife populations are half the size they were just 50 years ago, and their habitats and ecosystems are destroyed at an unprecedented rate due to human activity. The Lion’s Share is an idea that is as innovative as it is simple – and it makes a real impact on wildlife conservation.”

Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci, said: “The Lion’s Share Fund is an important addition to our conservation strategy. Nature and wildlife provide Gucci with inspired creation that is an integral part of our narrative through our collections and campaigns. With the increasing threats to the planet’s biodiversity, groundbreaking initiatives like The Lion’s Share Fund have the potential to be transformative by organically connecting the business community with direct action to protect our natural habitats and most threatened species.” Bizzarri continued “In a similar way, since 2018, Gucci has been totally carbon neutral across our supply chain and we offset our remaining emissions every year through REDD+, which protects critical forests and biodiversity around the world.”

Launched in September 2018, the Fund is already having an impact, providing a grant to improve critical radio systems for law enforcement officers protecting wildlife in Mozambique’s Niassa Nature Reserve and helping reduce the elephant poaching rate to zero, and providing a grant to help secure land for endangered orangutans, elephants and tigers in North Sumatra in Indonesia.

Animals appear in approximately 20 per cent of all advertisements in the world, yet despite this, animals do not always receive the support they deserve. The Lion’s Share gives brands the opportunity to take urgent and significant action and play their part in protecting our planet.

For more information, visit TheLionsShareFund.com.

Viktoria Modesta, Rolls-Royce, Black Badge, luxury, bespoke, entrepreneur, millennial, art, design, bionic, 360 MAGAZINE, the360mag, 360 MAG

ROLLS-ROYCE × VIKTORIA MODESTA

BIONIC PERFORMING ARTIST VIKTORIA MODESTA EMBODIES ROLLS-ROYCE BLACK BADGE

  • Extraordinary creative team interpret Rolls-Royce’s boldest expression of luxury
  • Black Badge attitude shaped by futurist and bionic artist, Viktoria Modesta
  • ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ prosthetic created in collaboration with Rolls-Royce for short film

In March 2016 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars presented Black Badge; a permanent Bespoke family of motor cars that respond to the taste patterns of the marque’s most daring and disruptive clients. Since its introduction, Black Badge has become the most commanding presence on the super-luxury landscape and has done much to attract a new generation of Rolls-Royce customers to the marque. The time is now right to delve further into its extraordinary allure.

“Black Badge began as an alter-ego of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars but has grown to define an attitude that exists among a new breed of entrepreneurs. These remarkable people are confident, assertive and willfully disruptive. They respond to the notion of reimagined rules. This film is a tribute to their philosophy and the ongoing success of this truly transformative expression of luxury.” – Torstein Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

In this spirit, the marque called upon a collective of globally recognized creatives to express the soul of Black Badge. At the center of the work is bionic performance artist and art director Viktoria Modesta, celebrated for her innovative and futuristic approach and famed for her fearless performances at the Paralympic Games Closing Ceremony, Art Basel, and Fashion Weeks worldwide.

Among the items created for this performance art piece was a prosthetic limb wrought from Black Badge carbon fiber that the designer created in collaboration with Joe Dip Rima at ArcAttack, the Alternative Limb Project and the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective of craftspeople, designers and engineers. A Tesla coil is incorporated into the heel and activates under pressure to create a ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ effect, illuminating the glass area of the limb with a continuous train of large sparks on demand. It is the first wearable ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ of its kind. The colored area of the prosthetic is finished in the marque’s hallmark Black paint and detailed with a 3D printed and electroplated Rolls-Royce grill motif.

Modesta says, “There are many parallels between the Black Badge philosophy and my work, chiefly maximizing your potential and becoming a hyper version of yourself.  I really wanted to capture the Black Badge attitude and fierce spirit, by embodying that through body art, it felt totally wild. Pushing the boundaries to the extreme we explored the allure of a darker, bolder expression, a place where your senses are heightened, where you are the bravest and most free.”

Key to expressing Modesto’s character through the prism of Black Badge was an international team of tech and fashion designers. Anouk Wipprecht, the ‘FashionTech’ pioneer collaborated with Rolls-Royce to build items that apply Wipprecht’s hallmark aesthetic of fashion design, engineering, science and user experience to the pieces.

Wipprecht, alongside Modesta and the Bespoke Collective also tailored a Black Badge carbon fiber bodice to the bionic artist. The artist’s silhouette was digitized using a high-resolution body scan while the bodice itself was created using a SLS powder-based 3D printing technique to form the extra-lightweight wearable before it was veneered with carbon fiber.

Wipprecht says, “Like the Black Badge motor cars we are expressing, Viktoria is badass. She’s not scared of anything. Creating my aesthetic overlay in collaboration with the Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective merged technology and fashion in a way that truly captured the spirit of Black Badge.”

The visionary tasked with creating a cohesive narrative was director, Jora Frantzis. Her work articulating the visual backdrop of subversive contemporary recording artists, including Cardi B and IV Jay, prepared her to interpret the dark world of Black Badge with Modesta at its center.

“Viktoria as an embodiment of power symbolized through the electricity of the prosthetic. She can shift time and space, shape worlds and push them in any direction she deems fit. Modesta’s subversive style worked so well with Rolls-Royce Black Badge. I’m pleased to say that we’ve created something really unique.”

The short film can be viewed online at rolls-roycemotorcars.com 

Fall Foliage Package

PACKAGE NAME

Live Free and Leaf Peep

PRICING


$299 (not including tax)

Make The Hotel Concord your fall foliage base so you can go where the peak foliage is (and not where the crowds are), while enjoying our vibrant Main Street, tasty restaurants, and abundant cultural offerings all outside our door. From Concord, NH, to see the finest fall colors. Concord is in the heart of New Hampshire (White Mountains, Upper Valley, Monadnock Region and Seacoast less than an hour away).

Package Includes:


One night in our luxurious upscale Four Diamond Boutique Hotel, a gift certificate to Gould Hill Orchard in Contoocook, a specialty Miss Prindable’s Candied Apple, and pumpkin spiced coffee to warm you up on a crisp fall evening and a late check out of 12 noon. The hotel also provides turn down service which includes robes, slippers, Astor chocolate, music and lighting. Gould Hill has sweeping view over the New Hampshire mountains, and an amazing assortment of tradional and new apple varieties. Based on availability.

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