Vogue Ukraine edition recognizes eco fashion house Ministry of Tomorrow for social and sustainability excellence.
“each stage of production is exemplary” Tetiana Solovey
“This is a big win for our tailors in Nairobi. Against all odds, they have shown that given a chance with training and access to basic tools, luxury craftsmanship and sustainability is possible” said Julian Prolman, founder and president of Ministry of Tomorrow.
The MOT eco-factory was established directly next to Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya, so that tailors living in Kibera have an opportunity for fair wage jobs, where they can walk a short distance to work and have a chance for a better future.
MOT’s Nairobi facility produces high quality, limited edition, handmade eco-luxury vegan bags with an aim to deliver abundant social and environmental good with each bag sold.
About the Ministry of Tomorrow
The Ministry of Tomorrow, headquartered in Los Angeles, is a for-profit social enterprise that designs and produces high-quality, eco-luxury, vegan accessories and garments and sells directly to consumers at ministryoftomorrow.com
The purchase of MOT products enables sustainable development by providing income generating opportunities for people in marginalized places of the world. MOT represents a new frontier in business based on love for all and responsible commerce.
On April 18, 2020 one of the greatest solo debuts in rock history, Paul McCartney’s McCartney, will receive a special 50th anniversary release in a limited-edition half-speed mastered vinyl pressing for Record Store Day.
Originally released in April 1970, one month before The Beatles’ swansong Let It Be, McCartney saw Paul getting back to basics. Writing every song and playing every instrument (with backing vocals from Linda McCartney), the eponymous album represented a creative rebirth, bursting with new ideas, experiments, playfulness and freedom. Sonically, McCartney’s bare-bones home recording aesthetic imbued the album with an authentic lo-fi spirit, a much sought after sound that continues to retain a contemporary edge 50 years on.
In contrast to the professional difficulties that came with the demise of the world’s most iconic band, Paul was personally enjoying the contentment of family life as a newly married father. In a Q&A released at the time, Paul described the theme and feel of the album as, “Home, family, love.” This is obvious from the opening notes of Lovely Linda throughout the album, with tracks like Every Night and Man We Was Lonely musing on how much Paul’s life had improved—and nowhere more poignantly than on the tour de force Maybe I’m Amazed. Paul’s timeless tribute to Linda would be recognized as one of contemporary music’s great love songs, and remains a staple of Paul’s live set to this day, never failing to inspire tears of joy with its refrain of “Maybe I’m a man in the middle of something that he doesn’t really understand. Maybe I’m a man. Maybe you’re the only woman who can ever help me. Baby won’t you help me understand”.
Linda’s presence is also felt in the album’s iconic artwork: the front cover’s bowl of cherries photographed by her on holiday in Antigua, and the back cover’s portrait of Paul with daughter Mary as a baby, photographed on the family’s farm in Scotland where some of the album was also written.
50 years and counting, McCartney offers an incredible insight into the mind of one of the world’s greatest ever songwriters. The homespun spirit of the album and Paul’s taste for experimentation capture a unique moment in time: The very first steps of an unparalleled solo career that has seen Paul McCartney release decades worth of critically acclaimed commercial blockbuster albums including RAM, Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Tug of War, Pipes of Peace, Flowers in the Dirt, Flaming Pie, Memory Almost Full, NEW and most recently 2018’s #1-charting Egypt Station.
The 50th anniversary Record Store Day limited edition of McCartney was pressed from a master cut by Miles Showell at half speed using the original 1970 master tapes at Abbey Road Studios. It was made as a vinyl specific transfer in high resolution and without digital peak limiting for the best possible reproduction.
UNVEILS NEW LIMITED-EDITION COLLECTION – “BEL-AIR MIAMI” New Collection Inspired by Founder Will Smith’s Personal & Professional Connections to Miami
Bel-Air Athletics announced the launch of its newest, limited-edition collection – “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away).” The 24-piece collection is inspired by Bel-Air Athletics founder Will Smith’s longtime affinity for Miami, and is available exclusively at www.belairathletics.com.
“Miami just agrees with me spiritually, vibrationally and emotionally,” said Smith, who has starred in several Miami-themed films and recorded music about the city. “I just believe places have that for certain people and it’s an X-factor.”
The unisex collection features an array of colorful looks, punctuated by tropical hues, animal prints and a color palette that draws from 1980’s and 90’s Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes uniforms. Standout pieces include the ‘Bengal Varsity Jacket,’ which is limited to just 50 pieces; the ‘Alma Mater’ sweatshirt and sweatpants set; the ‘Split-Time Hoodie’ which comes in three color-blocked versions created by cutting apart three sweatshirts and reassembling them; the ‘VK Miami’ tees, which pay homage to Virginia Key Beach as an important Miami landmark to the civil rights movement; the ‘Bel-Air Bengal’ tee, which introduces Bel-Air Athletics’ new mascot for the first time; and the colorful, tiger-striped ‘Bengal Socks.’
The “Home/Away” concept represents the intersection of one’s comfort zone (home) and the excitement/risk associated with new adventures (away). The theme embodies Smith’s personal and professional journey, which started in Philadelphia, moved to Los Angeles, and gained international acclaim in part because of Miami.
“From music to movies, Miami has always been Will’s second home and we wanted to showcase that special connection with this collection,” said Samyr Laine, the Brand General Manager for Bel-Air Athletics. “It was important for us to capture Miami’s distinct look and feel while merging it with our brand’s signature style.”
Smith’s link to Miami began in 1995, when he starred in the renowned film “Bad Boys” as a Miami-based narcotics detective. The success of the film resulted in two more Miami-based sequels – Bad Boys II (2003) and Bad Boys for Life (2020). Additionally, Smith released his smash single “Miami” off his multiplatinum album, Big Willie Style (1997).
Please find collection photos, campaign video, and high-res product images here. Additionally, Miami Heat star and NBA All-Star Bam Adebayo was named one of the ambassadors for the “Bel-Air Miami (Home/Away) and pictures of him in the collection are available here.
Visit www.belairathletics.com and follow @belairathletics and #belairmiami to stay up to date with the Bel-Air Miami collection and future collections from Bel-Air Athletics.
About Bel-Air Athletics Bel-Air Athletics is a sports-inspired lifestyle brand that celebrates the love of competition, the inclusiveness of fanhood, and the stories, styles, and culture born out of sport. Channeling Will’s indelible influence on fashion and culture in the 1980s and ’90s and referencing the iconic series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Bel-Air Athletics is grounded in the individuality and creativity that Will’s character embodied on the TV show.
The brand is part of Westbrook Inc., which is Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s holding company that was formed to execute the Smith Family’s global content and commerce businesses.
Harry Styles has announced a special collaboration with Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele in celebration of the release of his new album Fine Line.
Styles released the limited edition t-shirt today on his official store and will be available until Thursday December 19. The eco-conscious t-shirt is $75 and will include a digital copy of the new album.
Fine Line, which features the new single “Adore You,” is available everywhere now.
Dolls Kill is an online boutique featuring a rebellious spirit and attitude, mixed with a bit of punk rock, goth, glam and festival fashion.
The Buschhhhh Cooler Stocking is a five-foot-long, fully-insulated stocking that can keep its dozen beers as cold as the North Pole for up to four hours. Launched just in time for the holiday season, the stocking is the perfect gift for all the beer lovers on your list this year, and is available now for $20 while supplies last.
The MTGB1000XBD-1 will retail for $1,100 and will be available for purchase beginning in November at standard G-SHOCK retailers including Macy’s, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and gshock.com.
Revo introduces new 1985 all-glass lense collection that features six styles ranging from 80’s retro-inspired frames with unique metal detailing to a classic sport wrap. Each frame will come in special Revo 1985 packaging. The retail price for the collection ranges from $249 to $279. Durable, lightweight and sporty.
Scarflings is known for having a reputation for providing luxurious high quality scarves, wraps and shawls. The company offers free shipping on orders over $200. Their collection is made to mix and max with your existing wardrobe, offering people a great designer look. The company aims to be environmentally responsible, using natural, compostable and recyclable materials whenever possible. To learn more about Scarflings, or to see their full catalog of products, go HERE.
Double-Insulated Touchscreen Gloves by Mujjo. Developed for those in colder climates. This year they’ve been completely re-engineered so they are able to withstand much colder temperatures thanks to a unique triple-layered construction.
The 6th Clothing Co 2019-2020 FW is now exclusively available on their site HERE. Their creed is about reinforcing positivity through action. They donate a small percentage of proceeds to select non-profits on a monthly basis. Free shipping for orders over $50.
Actor, producer and musician; two-time Academy Award® nominee; four-time Grammy nominee and winner; Will Smith is releasing the second collection under his new apparel brand, Bel-Air Athletics.
Solely on sale at belairathletics.com from Tuesday, November 26, and running through mid-December, the limited collection features more than 40 new items of unisex apparel and accessories. Every item in the collection is limited edition and only available as part of this limited sale.
Just in time for the snowy season, Dr. Martens has released a collection of boots designed to combat the icy sidewalks. Introducing the new Wintergrip collection – a new line of boots and shoes specifically designed with a grooved cleat sole, offering superior traction, grip and durability for solid footing on slippery surfaces. They’re even lined with fleece and faux fur to keep your feet warm and made from a water-resistant Snowplow leather, helping them to outlast even the most brutal winters.
The latest UNIQLO UT collaboration celebrates the art of Fortnite, which has become a global sensation since its release in 2017. Featuring popular in-game outfits and items, most notably the iconic Loot Llama, Cuddle Team Leader, and Slurp Juice, the 13-piece line comprises T-shirts in eight unique designs that are sure to be a hit with the fans.
The collection will come in a full range of sizes, priced from $14.90 to $29.90, and will launch in stores and Uniqlo.com on Friday, December 20th
Just in time for Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker, check out this Adidas drop HERE.
The official “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” original motion picture soundtrack, with music by John Williams, is out now. Stream it HERE.
The Mandalorian “Chapter 7” is out now. Stream music from the official soundtrack HERE.
The ‘F’ marquee represents the high performance division of vehicles engineered by Lexus. The 2019 Lexus GS F has earned its right through rigorous testing to bear the weight of the ‘F’ stamp of approval. It’s graceful design and superior performance are on par with the BMW M Models and Mercedes-AMG line.
The GS F is only in its third season, yet it’s overall traits are retro while still embodying Lexus’s luxurious appeal. The side profiles are simple – no excess vents or useless lines. At the front, there’s a gradual growth in aggressiveness which begins with fender cut-outs. The spindle grille is accompanied by two massive air ducts which lie beneath each Triple Beam LED headlamps. It has been masterfully carved to enhance aerodynamics with a 0.33 drag coefficient. The buttocks is the defining attribute on this sports sedan – clearly this car can deep squat. Reminiscent of its predecessors, however, this model has chrome quad exhaust pipes (diagonally stacked upon one another).
Our test model came well-equipped with the 10th Anniversary Package for an additional $5000 USD. It has several unique style upgrades inside and out. Only 100 units were produced in the United States. Exterior refinements include a matte Nebula Gray paint and 19” contrasting BBS 16-spoke wheels. Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires come standard along side of painted blue Brembo calipers and ‘F’ logo puddle lights.
Up front are a 16-way power adjustable driver and a 5-way adjustable passenger ‘F’ performance race-inspired seats. They encase passengers comfortably and firmly. An ‘F’ Sport steering wheel with racing ergonomics elegantly compliment the cabin. There’s electric blue carbon fiber along the door panels and dash coupled with alcantara door trim and armrest. Futhermore, there’s a F 10th Anniversary Limited medallion affixed just right above the blue shift knob.
Unlike its competition, commonly turbocharging and supercharging their vehicles to boast extra power, Lexus decided to implant a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 in the GS. It outputs 467 hp and 389 lb-ft of torque. Although it’s not outpowering it’s German counterparts, it offers a nostalgic feel with balanced performance and predictability. Its force is distributed through an 8-speed automatic transmission that is best experienced in SportS+ mode. One should take advantage of the paddle shifters and row the gears through their more spirited ranges, 4800 RPM and above.
This car exemplifies it’s athletic prowess on roads which test it’s balance. And, for those of us who don’t have access to a track, windy roads will serve. We drove through LA’s Mulholland Drive to PCH for a Sunday morning jaunt to Carr Winery in Santa Barbara for a tasting. Much to our surprise, the husky 4-door held its ground. The tires stuck around corners with great tenacity and body roll was almost absent. Moreover, the ventilated disc brakes with high friction pads were of great help in approaching turns. In gain, F Sport suspension with Ilachs-sourced shock absorbers kept the ride firm with little rebound in both Track and SLALOM modes.
Plenty of features are included to keep drivers as well as passengers safe and sound. Essential characteristics that came in handy are the following: smart stop technology, blind spot monitor with cross traffic alert, all-speed dynamic radar cruise control (for long drives), lane departure alert with steering wheel assist and lane keep assist (are great for driver fatigue). Lastly, Lexus Enform offers assistance if the vehicle is involved in accident or stolen. You can also communicate with an actual representative to send directions straight to the car while in motion. Finally, a car concierge for a sports sedan that confortably seats four.
As much as we enjoyed listening to the sweet serenade of the exhaust, the audio system is just as satisfying. Our version came with a 17-speaker Mark Levinson premium sound system, with 835 watts of power ($1380 USD). It’s unquestionably one of the most powerful units its segment. In addition, there’s a 12.3-inch infotainment display that can be surfed with an armrest remote. To date, Apple CarPlay or Android Auto are unavailable. However, music can be played from your phone while connected to Bluetooth and/or plugged into the USB port. And, for $900 you can opt for an in color heads-up display (HUD) that offers metrics such as the speed limit, current MPH/KMH and tachometer.
In short, the standard 2019 Lexus GS F is priced at $84,350 and the 10th Anniversary Edition retails around $93,250. For far less than its challengers, the GS F is an exotic with tons of intuitive amenities. A true head-turner and automotive beast.
For additional information on the LEXUS GS F go HERE.
Mary van de Wiel (aka Van), founder of Black Line Crazy (BLC), has announced the launch of her line of the same name, which includes limited edition bags and one-of-a-kind, hand-woven rugs and wall hangings featuring her paintings. Additionally, van de Wiel’s work was selected for an installation on Avenue of the Americas in New York City by And Partners which acts as ‘co-curators’ on behalf of its clients.
A former chief creative officer of her own award-winning branding agency with offices in New York and Sydney, Australia, van de Wiel has worked with countless Fortune 500 clients. At the same time, she realized she relished walking outside the line with her bold black and white graphic designs born from her love of doodling. One day in the middle of Mexico, van de Wiel picked up a brush and can of black house paint and started painting murals, collages and gallery windows—floor to ceiling. In 2015, she had her first successful exhibition at the Saint Cloche Gallery in Sydney. A year later, she was invited to be part of a group show at Galeria Manuk in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Later moving to Mexico, van de Wiel started to create messenger bags that feature her paintings and signature and expanded her line to currently include totes and zippered sleeves as well as a hand-woven collection of rugs and wall hangings. Anyone purchasing items from her line instantly becomes a collector of a one-of-a-kind or limited edition piece which makes the work truly unique.
“I believe that art has a pulse and belongs in everyday life—not just on walls,” said Mary van de Wiel, founder of BLC. “It’s designed to be worn, carried and integrated with the personality of the owner as a means of self-expression.”
BLC Collections, both form and function, are an invitation to walk outside the line. It’s art at the intersection of fashion, home and everyday life. Because sustainability is a must, BLC works very closely with makers and artisans, researching organizations that repurpose vinyl for a circular economy, rather than sending it to landfill. Additionally, BLC purposely chose master weavers who source their 100% wool from the state of Guanajuato—from a small group of farmers that have been tending to their animals’ welfare and the environment for decades. By
About And Partners
Based in New York City, And Partners helps clients build and differentiate their brands, drive sales and command a premium in the market place. The agency blends curiosity and creativity to uncover unique and authentic stories that elevates brands, helps solve business problems, and provides a meaningful launching pad for deeper conversations with diverse audiences. If you would like more information, visit their website.
Acclaimed recording artist Vince Staples announced today the launch of his new episodic show, “The Vince Staples Show.” The original project debuted on online and showcases Staples’ music and unfiltered personality in short videos set in some of the wild situations Staples finds himself in.
Staples joined forces with collaborator Calmatic to direct the series, whom he recently worked with on his video for “Fun” and who recently directed the video for the global phenomenon, “Old Town Road.”Each episode revolves around a pivotal moment in which a new Vince Staples original song will be released as a stand-alone single. The first installment of the series launched with the new single “So What?” along with limited-edition merchandise for purchase. Smart, awkward, and witty, the hilarious dialogue of each vignette will highlight the new music, while also offering a greater depth and a new perspective on the life and times of one of today’s most creative voices, Vince Staples.
JEEZY UNEARTHS LEGENDARY RAP MAGAZINE ‘OZONE’ FOR SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE EDITION IN CELEBRATION OF TM 104: THE LEGEND OF THE SNOWMAN FORTY EIGHT-PAGE COLLECTORS EDITION AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ONLINE; INCLUDES A DIGITAL COPY OF JEEZY’S BRAND NEW ALBUM TM 104 IS OUT NOW! LISTEN HERE
By popular demand, your favorite rapper’s favorite magazine is back in town for one night only! OZONE MAGAZINE – the legendary chronicle of southern rap – has been dormant since it’s last printed issue in 2010.
Now, in celebration of TM 104: The Legend Of The Snowman – the final installment of his classic Thug Motivation series – Jeezy has resurrected the beloved magazine he first graced the cover of in 2005. This 48-page, full color, limited-edition OZONE Magazine features a brand new exclusive Jeezy interview plus all the classic Jeezy moments from the OZONE archives .
“I can’t think of anyone better than Jeezy to resurrect OZONE,” said Julia Beverly, OZONE’s founder and editor-in-chief.“Both of our brands represent authenticity, that 100% real hustle. He’s always been an artist who’s willing to put in the work, and clearly it’s paid off with his career longevity.”
The Jeezy x OZONE collector’s edition magazine will be available for $11 and will include a digital copy of Jeezy’s new album TM 104: The Legend Of The Snowman.
Swatch and BAPE unveiled their collaboration collection at our global press event on May 31in Tokyo, Japan, home to the legendary streetwear brand. Swatch and BAPE show their love for a globalized world with the launch of six new limited-edition watches dedicated to their favorite (mega)-cities and the globe – Bern, London, New York City, Paris, and Tokyo.
The BAPE Collection, part of the Swatch BIG BOLD Collection, will be available in the US on June 15th. These limited and numbered #SWATCHXBAPE Editions will be for sale in-store and online. The in-store locations #SWATCHXBAPE will be available are –Swatch Store Broadway and Bleeckerin NYC andSwatch Store South Coast Plazain Costa Mesa, CA. VisitSwatch onlineto find out more information on how to register for a chance to purchase #SWATCHXBAPE.