Innovation, Made in Italy and the Japanese culture meet in the new Dolce&Gabbana x Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection, creating new synergies between art and style.
The Jujutsu Kaisen universe, which became highly popular in Japanese culture, has inspired Dolce&Gabbana in the creation of a new – yet coherent with the brand’s DNA – Special Collection. Dolce&Gabbana’s vision meets the Japanese creative universe, from the Mix&Match to the street style aesthetics of many vibrant and contemporary districts of Tokyo, among which Shibuya and Harajuku. The seemingly distant creative universes of sartorial excellence and pop culture, intertwine uniquely in this Collection, introducing a new form of beauty. Symbols and stylistic elements, that can be traced back to the identities of the various characters, are translated into garments and accessories with a strong personality.
The Collection introduces a special no gender aesthetic: cotton and jersey T-shirts and sweatshirts are combined with nylon jackets. All personalized with screen printing, digital 3D prints and ideograms, symbols of the Japanese universe. All these elements create tactile games and a three-dimensional thickness. The art of anime and the innovative spirit of the younger generations talk with the Italian manufacturing tradition.
The Collection creates new links between fashion and art, culture and lifestyle. The Dolce&Gabbana x Jujutsu Kaisen Special Collection will be available in selected boutiques in Japan starting end of April.
Last year, I birthed two pandemic babies – one in June and another in November. Astute readers are surely furrowing their brows – it defies the laws of nature! Well, let me assure you that both are indeed my progeny, have caused sleepless nights, and have done quite a bit of growing up in the last year.
One is a little girl with endearing dimples named Maisel, and the other is a fast-growing company with engaging phone-case designs (also named Maisel).
Moms are notoriously gluttons for punishment, wearing their lack of sleep and milk-stained clothing like badges of honor. Not so different from entrepreneurs, who proudly boasting their lack of sleep and coffee-stained clothing. So it’s fitting that during my maternity leave with baby Maisel, I decided to double down.
My husband and I received countless high-contrast books and flash cards as gifts for baby Maisel, with the expectation that we would be sharing them with our newborn to increase her cognitive development. Sounds easy, right? Sure is. It’s so easy that it’s downright boring. (ICYMI, pediatric neurologists found that newborns, who can’t see color, are not only attracted to black-and-white images but that the images also stimulate growth in their brain cells.)
While showing baby Maisel patterned flashcards was not high on my list of pastimes, I did notice that as a modern mom, I was constantly using my phone around her to take photos, videos, and FaceTimes from family and friends. She was spending significant time staring at the back of my phone. The eureka moment was realizing that baby Maisel was constantly staring at a meaningless iPhone logo when she could be staring at something more meaningful, like high-contrast artwork to strengthen her brain power.
With what felt like superhuman strength that only a mother could muster, I went from eureka moment to launching a company in under eight weeks. In our first month, just based on word-of-mouth, I sold over $3,000 worth of the high-contrast artwork phone cases and have been growing steadily ever since. Modern moms (and dads) could relate to always being on their phones, and also wanted to multi-task their phone cases as a tool for their child’s development.
I studied in college, and worked as a lawyer for half a decade. And yet, raising baby Maisel turned out to provide some of the most helpful lessons for raising my company, Maisel. Here are my top three lessons:
1) Let go of the small things
As a first-time mother, I tried to read all the books on child-rearing that I could get my hands on. I wanted to know everything. But that isn’t reasonable, or possible. I quickly learned that you’re setting yourself up for failure as a mother if you try to do everything perfectly. Likewise–as the founder of a start-up–the goal should not be perfection. At least not initially. Conventional wisdom is to build a minimum viable product and get it out to customers, and then iterate on it based on their feedback.
2) Try everything
Opinions about the best way to raise a child are like belly buttons. Everyone has one. There are a million theories and experts. But, the best approach as a new mother is to try different approaches and see which one works for you. The same applies to start-ups. Always be ready to pivot. You never know what’s going to work, or the best way to connect with customers. Pay attention to patterns and be thoughtful about how to respond to the ever-evolving experience – whether that’s sleep training or customer acquisition. And don’t be afraid to change directions quickly and often.
3) Celebrate the wins
Last but not least, celebrate milestones and wins. Even small ones. When a baby stretches the amount it sleeps, celebrate. When a company has its tenth sale, celebrate. There are lots of frustrating and challenging moments when raising an infant baby or a baby business that it’s important to cherish the successes. It will help you stay motivated and drive you to your next milestone or win.
Babies and companies are exhausting, but they’re also exhilarating. It’s been a thrilling year of babies in our household, and I can’t wait to continue watching our Maisels blossom – even if it means permanently sporting milk-stained, coffee-stained clothing.
Like many people, Anna Phillips is a dreamer and starts off each year with a new list of personal and professional goals and dreams. However, people soon get distracted with school, work, family, or other life responsibilities, and lose sight of what they hoped to achieve in the year ahead.
One year, Anna received a Dreame phone cover as a gift. “I was matched with an artist from Ireland, who took all of my goals and placed them in picture form on the back of a phone cover. Every time I looked at my phone, I was looking at my goals for the year, which kept me on track. Among the things I was able to accomplish that year were taking a vacation with my dad, enrolling in a salsa dancing class, and even planning a kick-ass birthday party for myself.”
Dreame (pronounced Dreamy) is a collective of artists, dreamers, and co-creators from around the world. Sharonna Karni Cohen co-founded Dreame after envisioning a world in which anyone can express themselves through their imagination, achieve their goals, and feel like creators–without necessarily having any artistic talent.
“I started Dreame after I would endlessly scroll through newsfeeds, slowly losing myself to the lives of others,” said Sharonna Karni Cohen, co-founder of Dreame. “I felt I had lost an understanding of why I am special–each of us are unique, especially when it comes to our own imaginations and ability to create. I never succeeded in art class, but I always fascinated others with my stories and imagination. There is a strong connection between the dreamers without artistic skills and the artists around the world seeking new opportunities.”
By creating an artistic vision board–including choosing a style and colors, uploading photos, and most importantly, sharing their dreams–anyone can turn their dreams into a unique piece of artwork, just like Anna did through the Dreamlist. One of 500 well-respected artists from around the world will then take this information to create a personalized art piece that will be framed and shipped to their home within two weeks of placing the order. This art can also be framed or placed on a variety of items that people use every day. It can also be included on items such as journals, yoga mats, phone cases, or prints.
Dreame also offers the opportunity for dreamers to pick their own artist from its Artist Collective. Dreamers can write their story, upload a photo, and then see their own story turned into a unique piece of art.
Seeing success in helping people visualize their personal dreams, stories, and ideas, Sharonna brought Dreame into the office and started The Dreame Workshop. This is a team bonding exercise that uses art and creative discussion to help employees visualize their company’s values and future direction while also manifesting their personal and professional goals.
The empowering and imaginative workshop opens up employees’ creative side, answers questions they haven’t considered before, and brings everyone together to discuss their personal dreams as well as dreams related to the future of the company they work for. Following the workshop, employees will have a clearer vision for the future of their company, the culture, and their own role in building this future. There is also an option to turn everyone’s collective goals into a unique piece of artwork, which can be hung in the office or placed on a variety of everyday items. The unique artwork created at previous Dreame Workshops has served as a visual asset for corporate materials. Additionally, these artworks have served as office art installations and swag for companies like Google, PayPal, IBM, UBS, Amdocs, WSC Sports, and more.
The Big Dream envisions the future of countries around the world and is inspired by hundreds of personal dreams. All of these inspirations that have been turned into different pieces of art are then puzzled together to form a collective dream. It began in 2017 when Dreame began creating works of art based on dreams from individuals in schools, cities and associations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. This artwork was digitally scanned and sliced, and then printed onto 1,500 yoga mats, which were then puzzled together in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. A video of the 2017 Big Dream is available here.
This year, Dreame has partnered with other organizations and companies, including The Ramon Foundation, and The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation for The Big Dream. This will allow people to share their personal dreams and then see them projected around the world through the creation of a unique piece of artwork. On Tuesday, September 21, which is International Peace Day, this piece of artwork will be projected at locations such as the Peres Center; the Old Royal Naval College in London; the Tower of David in Jerusalem; the Leopold Museum in Vienna; and the ZAZ10TS gallery in Times Square in New York City. The final destination will be aboard a flight to the International Space Station as part of the ‘Sky’ mission with the second Israeli astronaut in space, Eytan Stibbe. The Big Dream has the capacity to encapsulate more than 100,000 dreams. Everyone is encouraged to share their dreams on this website, and can then standby and watch their dreams projected around the world.
A few years after she had her dreams included on her phone cover, Anna Phillips continued to dream big. Originally from San Diego, she worked and traveled around the world. She was now living in Israel, while Nir, her Israeli boyfriend, lived in New York City. Nir shared a dream he had of one day camping together with their children and looking at the stars together.
Anna worked with a Dreame artist from China to turn this dream into a painting, which hung in Nir’s home for a couple of years. “This became an important part of our relationship and was a foreshadowing of what was to come.” Soon after that, Anna worked with the same Chinese artist to create another unique piece of artwork. This time, it was a signal to Nir that Anna was ready to take the next step in their relationship and tie the knot. Today, Anna, Nir, and their daughter Liviyah are all dreaming together.
*The featured image is from the Monday compilation. Working with employees at Monday, these images came from a Dreame Workshop and were included in employee’s journals and more.
Anna Phillips Proposal– A painting of Anna and Nir under a chuppah.
Anna Phillips Under the Stars– Anna worked with an artist in China to capture her boyfriend’s dream of camping under the stars with their family.
Anna Phillips and her phone– Anna’s annual goals were placed in picture form on her phone.
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