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Greg Grillz x JuJu Smith Schuster collab for Grillz.com image via Kyra Breslin at One Fourteen Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

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A glitzy collaboration between celebrity jeweler, Greg Grillz, and wide receiver for the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers, JuJu Smith Schuster, has resulted in a dazzling new line of custom grillz and high-end jewelry. The collection’s pieces are lovingly handmade in Los Angeles and available on Greg’s website. The duo also specializes in making one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, such as customized chains, rings, watches, bracelets, and more. Brought together their friendship and a mutual appreciation for jewelry and fashion, JuJu and Greg’s partnership is a marriage of sport and luxury style. Here at 360 Magazine, we sat down with Greg Grillz and babbled about baubles, business, and big-name celebrity collaborations to come.

How did this collaboration between Greg Zaks, aka Greg Grillz, and JuJu Smith-Schuster begin? Who originally brought up the idea for a partnership?

Greg: I’m born and raised in Los Angeles and met JuJu through mutual friends while he was attending and playing football at USC. We immediately clicked. I was just starting in jewelry at the time and actually made him his first set of grillz. It was a simple gold bottom fang but that piece solidified our friendship. He loved them so much he asked me to make a custom pendant shortly after. Over the next few years we stayed in touch and JuJu kept an eye on my growth. One day he reached out and was curious to know more about my brand and the jewelry business. From there we had a conversation about working together which made it clear we had to solidify the partnership.

How did Zaks begin his venture into the jewelry business?

Greg: I have always loved and appreciated jewelry, but I never imagined being in the jewelry space until I reconnected with an acquaintance of mine who was a well-known jeweler back in 2013. As a college student, I began working him while his business was really taking off. He was like the don of Instagram back then, doing a bunch of jewelry pieces for celebrities like the Kardashians. I had a lot of ideas to improve the business that were rejected and shut down, so I came up with the idea to start my own company. This ended up turning into my prized possession, Grillz.

How did Zaks go about building such an impressive celebrity clientele and expanding his business?

Greg: When I started my business, I didn’t have any money–period. Which meant I couldn’t do any traditional ad campaigns. I made my way going out to various clubs in LA and connected myself with all the young up and comers. Everyone was growing together and looking to help each other, it was all very organic. Influencer marketing was key in the beginning stages. It’s given me notoriety and recognition in an industry that’s very dog-eat-dog. Using celebrities and influencers for shoutouts on social media in exchange for free jewelry and free grillz was everything.

For clients looking to order a custom grill, you are offering custom mold kits. What does the process of making a mold at home look like?

Greg: The process is very simple; we have created our own custom mold kits prepackaged with all the supplies necessary to do the teeth molds at home. We provide our customers with detailed instructions as well as an envelope with prepaid postage to send back to us. We have a high success rate and many people view the process as fun and easy. During Covid, this helped tremendously as many people were scared to meet in person. Being able to have mold kits delivered to customers helped eliminate a lot of the worry for people while still being able to create exactly what they wanted. We’d send the kits to the customer with instructions, they’d send it back with their design preferences and specifications, and a few weeks later, they’d have their own piece.

How do DIY molds for grills compare to having face to face consultations for custom grill pieces?

Greg: At Grillz, we have all the tools necessary for our customers to communicate exactly what they are looking for without the need for a face-to-face consultation. We have one of the largest online inventories of all private jewelry companies worldwide. We have everything from low end to high end merchandise in order to cater to our massive audience. Our merchandise includes solid gold and diamond earrings, bracelets, and necklaces. We have also recently expanded our collection to a wide variety of ready-made engagements rings. Overall, we have several ways of communications to ensure that all of our customers wants and needs are met.

When did Smith-Schuster’s interest in jewelry/style first begin? Is jewelry something he’s learned more about and recently become interested in, or has it been a passion project in the back of his mind for a while?

Greg: JuJu has always shown interest in fashion and jewelry. He stays up to date with the latest and greatest fashion trends. Thinking back on the first pieces I made for JuJu vs. what he’d be interested in now is a clear indicator of that. As long as I’ve known him, his sense of style continues to elevate as well as his taste in jewelry. By curating a more refined sense of style for himself, he is perpetuating our brand, as well as future partnerships.

What collaborations can we expect to see in the future from this partnership?

Greg: Currently we are creating a capsule collection with JuJu that will be exclusive to Grillz. We have many other future celebrity collaborations in the works with big names. We are constantly striving for greatness and looking to take our business next level.

Greg Grillz x JuJu Smith Schuster grillz collab image via Kyra Breslin at One Fourteen Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

Greg Grillz x JuJu Smith Schuster grillz collab "boujee" chain image via Kyra Breslin at One Fourteen Entertainment for use by 360 Magazine

TAG Heuer Aquarace Lookbook image shot by Kathryn Stelmack for use by 360 Magazine

TAG Heuer Father’s Day Gift Guide

With Father’s Day quickly approaching, luxury brand TAG Heuer has the perfect gifts for pop!

The new Aquaracer 300 Professional, unveiled in mid-April, includes four new pieces will be available for purchase in early June. Aquaracers are TAG Heuer’s timeless and professional sports watches. The new thinner and chicer Aquaracers are perfect for business professional dad during the week and a surfer dad on the weekends. TAG Heuer says: “Forged for the deeps and fit for every ground, the ultimate tool watch pushes the boundaries of luxury timekeeping. Sporting heavy-duty materials, this ultimate tool watch emerges with a new lease of life.

For fathers on-the-go, TAG Heuer’s app provides the perfect solution. The TAG Heuer Connected Wellness app will help keep dad healthy and in shape to fight those pandemic pounds! The app measures your performance–from running and cycling, to golf and fitness, and more! You can track his steps, calories, and heart rate with automatic ease. The app also features advance statistics to track distance and routes. Help dad reach his wellness goals in a tech-savvy way that will measure his everyday performance.

And for the dads who want to improve their golf game, TAG Heuer’s Connected Golf Watch will keep track of dad’s every shot, putt, and step on over 40,000 golf courses across the globe. This watch truly takes the sport to the next level, allowing dad to up his game like never before. Monitor your distance to the green and nearby hazards, as well as view interactive maps, shot distance, and a smart scorecard. Dad can even keep track of his notifications, weather and Google Pay while on the green.

TAG Heuer Aquarace Lookbook image shot by Kathryn Stelmack for use by 360 MagazineTAG Heuer Aquarace Lookbook image shot by Kathryn Stelmack for use by 360 MagazineTAG Heuer Aquarace Lookbook image shot by Kathryn Stelmack for use by 360 Magazine

 

Rolls Royce Illustration by Heather Skovlund for use by 360 Magazine

2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith

By: Krishan Narsinghani × Vivek Lalchandani × Emily Bunn × Vaughn Lowery

360 Magazine had the opportunity to drive the highly anticipated 2021 Rolls Royce Wraith Black Badge across Los Angeles. Bespoke from the Rolls Royce family, the Wraith distinguishably has a sportier handling as compared to other models. The souped-up luxury coupe delivers a smooth yet powerful drive. Turn up the radio and listen to members of the world of hip-hop praise driving the vehicle themselves. Who would want a chauffeur when you can climb behind the wheel of the Wraith yourself?

Design

With special detailing to the trim, plus black badge symbols, the Wraith is no joke when it comes to design. The phantom grill and the dark chrome spirit of ecstasy figure at the front of the car is a signature distinction of Rolls Royce vehicles. The rippling 21” carbon alloy composite wheels are detailed with the requisite black exterior detailing. The iced Selby Grey exterior of the Wraith, mixed with the interior’s red accents and metal appointments throughout, elevate the majesty of the car. As we drove along the coast of California, the Wraith glistened with a golden coat from the sun. In addition to the interior, the cabin is ultra-luxurious, and includes leather floor mats for those who embark on a slightly grittier driving experience.

Technology

The technology inside the Wraith crafted to create an out-of-this-world driving experience. While seated in the vehicle, drivers need not a sunroof to watch the stars because with the Wraith’s galaxy lights, the night sky is shining within finger’s tips reach. These lights create a stunning, serene atmosphere that makes inhabiting the Wraith feel astronomical glitzy. However, if you’re looking for more luxury, utilize the Wraith’s heat and cool controlled, massage chair seats. Recline and relax as you tune into the 1,300-watt Bespoke Audio System, which uses an 18-channel amplifier with 18 speakers throughout the vehicle for the optimal listening experience. Easily surf between radio channels using the touch dial to navigate through the touchscreen dashboard, which provides navigation systems and access to all of the car’s multimedia features. When you decide to start your journey in the Wraith, comfortably situate yourself into the car and allow the electronic-closing doors to do the heavy lifting for you. The backup and side cameras provide 360 views of the car, so you can feel safe and in control as you start your next adventure.

Performance

Rolls Royce stuck to their roots when it came to driving the Wraith. The black badge is powered by a silky smooth 6.6 liter turbocharged V12 engine that outputs 623 horsepower and 642 lb/ft torque, up from the 605 lb/ft the regular Wraith puts out. While those numbers sound incredible, the car also weighs in just over 5375 lbs, or in other words, almost as much as a Cadillac Escalade. Needless to say, drivers won’t be winning many races against most other cars, which have 600+ horsepower. The advantage of driving a Rolls Royce is the smoothness though, which is exactly where the Wraith delivers with transmission performance and power. Shifts are almost imperceptible, causing the Wraith to sometimes feel like an electric vehicle. Power from the V12 builds with absolutely no vibrations in the cabin.

Ergonomics

When it comes to suspension, the Wraith rides like a dream. Literally, sometimes you may need to pinch yourself to make sure you’re still awake. Noise, vibration and harshness are almost completely eliminated. The near 123 in. wheelbase ensures the ride is incredibly smooth and planted. All power is pushed to the rear wheels with air suspension standard on all four corners. This gives the Wraith the most ideal suspension setup for a long distance cruise. Drivers will wield an immense amount of power, a beautiful hand-crafted interior, and a suspension that allows you to have fun maneuvering corners, while maintaining stability on any type of pavement.

The 2021 Wraith is not for the car enthusiast, but is perfect for the everyday, casual driver who prefers comfort over aggressive driving dynamics. This ultimate grand touring machine starts in at $338,000 base price, however buyers can pay to customize more of the car’s features. Our Black Badge tester retails at $485,325. If you’re looking for a suave ride and prestigious interior, the Wraith is worth the wait.

To learn more about the 2021 Rolls Royce Wraith, visit Rolls-Royce’s website.

Photography by: Jeff Langlois

2021 Rolls-Royce Wraith by Vaughn Lowery for 360 Magazine2021 Rolls Royce Wraith shot by Jeff Langlois for 360 Magazine

 

Casio G-SHOCK MR-G Series by G-SHOCK for use by 360 Magazine

CASIO’S Kachi-Iro Watch Collection

By: Armon Hayes

Now more than ever, consumer priorities have shifted to become increasingly more selective when it comes to luxury goods. After all, the majority of wise spending decisions are made on the basis of durability, functionality and of course, value. If a dose of retail therapy is required, or you’re deciding on the ideal gift for Mother’s or Father’s Day–whatever the occasion may be­–G-Shock’s 2021 Spring/Summer latest release encompasses the philosophy of combining distinctive CMF design with leading-edge technology; redefining timepieces and the watch industry.

Casio announces the latest additions to its luxury G-SHOCK MR-G Series, with the introduction of the Kachi-Iro Collection. The brand-new MRGB2000B-1A and MRGB2000R-1A take inspiration from kachi-iro, the color of winning and victory in Japanese culture. Kachi-iro is a dark navy-blue color that was preferred by the native samurai warriors, often used for armor and helmets. Both high-end models incorporate ancient Japanese strength and aesthetics that pair well with G-SHOCK’s absolute toughness and top technical features, such as tough movement and standard technology.

The MRGB2000B-1A boasts a full metal band, derived from a traditional Japanese scale pattern used on the surface of the dial. The outer face is cut to a shape that resembles a Japanese fan, creating a stunning impression. The gentle concave surfaces of the hour markers resemble the curve of a samurai sword, while the inner surface of the bezel, inset dials, and logo all incorporate the bold kachi-iro color.

Each model is equipped with a deep layered hardening titanium case, the unique bezel of the MRGB2000R-1A is made of recrystallized titanium. Heat treating titanium creates a distinctive crystal pattern on its surface, which resembles the nie on Japanese sword blades. This model offers a durable fluorine rubber band with a Bishamon tortoise shell finish—a symbol of strength in Japan since ancient times. The only choice here is preference of wristband, dependent on one’s personal style.

My personal favorite is the G-STEEL collection. An owner of their previous edition, moderately priced at $425 and a notable collector’s item, the new GSTB100GC-1A, features an updated two-toned black colorway with refined gold accents. My favorite two finishes combine both style and functionality. The sleek, polyurethane black band and layered guard structure provide durability to enhance the model’s toughness–ensuring that it can withstand any activity.

The G-STEEL collection is fashionable, stylish, and equipped with premium design features–such as a highly scratch resistant black IP (ion plated) bezel with gold IP buttons, and buckle to match the timepiece’s elevated gold accents. As for functions, the watch is equipped with G-SHOCK’s most up-to-date features, including solar-powered charging capabilities, a super LED light and Neo-Brite luminous hands for maximum visibility. The timepiece also boasts Bluetooth technology to pair with smart phones via the G-SHOCK Connected App, offering connectivity, automatic time adjustment, and more!

As of late, this line up of the refined timepieces embodies the process of color material & finish, known as CMF. Unique colors and application techniques with the release of three new additions to its popular G-MS series of women’s watches, the MSGS600G-1, MSGS600-2, and MSGS600G-7, each offer a sporty-yet-elegant look that’s ideal for the multi-dimensional woman on the go.

The luxury watch­­­­­­ comes with understated blue, black, and white resin bands–a staple accessory to elevate any look while providing functionality and a comfortable fit on a smaller wrist. The watch is equipped with standard G-SHOCK technology, including shock resistance, 100M water resistance, daily alarms (5), stopwatch, countdown timer, and full auto calendar to year 2099. It comes available in a rose gold IP bezel, retailing for $200, and stainless-steel bezel at $170.

Mr. Ibe’s dream of creating a watch that never breaks challenges the theory of time and waits for no one. Available now at select G-SHOCK retailers, the G-SHOCK Soho Store, and on G-SHOCK’s website.

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