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Champion × Muhammad Ali

Champion® Athleticwear Unveils Second Capsule in Muhammad Ali Collection Brand drops new pieces inspired by the gold medalist and designed to help everyone look and feel like a Champion

Champion, makers of authentic athletic apparel since 1919, and Muhammad Ali Enterprises, today dropped the second, limited-edition capsule in Champion’s Muhammad Ali Collection. The capsule’s new designs and fresh colors are fabricated to evoke the ethos of the sports legend during his inspirational gold medal win during the 1960 Games in Rome as an 18- year-old.

With details based on the 1960 Games historic location and team uniforms, the apparel features unique athletic accents, iconic silhouettes, luxe fabrics, and voluminous draping. The men’s and women’s collections, which retail from $35-$125 in the United States, spans sizes XS-2XL and includes Reverse Weave® hoodies, quarter-zip pullovers, joggers, shorts, graphic T-shirts, crop tops, bike shorts, hats and special satin boxing robe. The pieces have legendary quotes from Ali, including “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was,” along with Games-inspired brand decals.

Muhammad Ali was an artist in the ring and a champion of the people outside of it, inspiring his fans across the globe to be their very best,” said Jon Ram, group president of global activewear for HanesBrands. “The second drop in this collection allows everyone from professional athletes to backyard sports enthusiasts and culture curators to truly be their own Champion by finding the joy in dressing for self-expression and feeling confident while being comfortable.”

The second drop in brand’s multi-year partnership with Muhammad Ali Enterprises, owned by Authentic Brands Group (ABG) in conjunction with Lonnie Ali, a trustee of the Muhammad Ali Family Trust (MAFT), includes global integration across Champion’s brand platforms. The collection is being distributed via Champion.com and Champion retail stores with distribution in the United States, Europe, Asia, Mexico and South America. A third drop is scheduled for later this year to be followed by additional capsules in 2022.

“Ali would say: ‘Champions aren’t made in gyms, champions are made from something they have deep inside them – a desire, a dream, a vision,’” said Katie Jones, senior vice president, entertainment, ABG. “This partnership continues to honor what was most important to Ali during his lifetime.”

To celebrate the second drop of the Muhammad Ali Collection, Champion will be donating to the Louisville, Kentucky-based Muhammad Ali Center, a non-profit museum and cultural center dedicated to honoring the man that meant so much to so many.

To learn more about the collection and the Champion brand, visit the official website and follow the brand on Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and Facebook.

Minimalists Can Invest in These Essential Jewelry Items 

Minimalism has inspired many great personalities over time. According to Nicholas Burroughs, “Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.” In the world of fashion, there are numerous designers and brands which religiously believe in the same ideology. 

If nothing else, last year’s pandemic taught us the value of what is essential. People became aware of what truly mattered – whether it was the endless Zoom meetings and video calls, or a few essential jewelry pieces that helped women look presentable. We all are now aware that everything that we own is enough. We often fail to understand that less is more. A simple, yet beautifully designed, earring can enhance your entire aura in a way that a flashy earring cannot. A simple necklace can have a big impact, and make you feel effortlessly chic and unique. 

Grand doesn’t necessarily always mean great. We all should have a few essential pieces of jewelry, and trust that they will suffice.

1. Shungite Earrings

Shungite earrings are a great, sustainable accessory. Wearers can also benefit from their various health and healing properties. The stone grants several advantages, but it primarily it helps to protect wearers from harmful electromagnetic fields (EMFs), due to using too many gadgets throughout the day. It also acts as a shield around the body to protect it from other negative vibrations. This stone balances the body’s flow of energies, and heasl the upper-body and root chakras. If you wear the Shungite earrings daily, your brain will be able to memorize more efficiently and increase your focus and productivity rate. Overall, you will surely notice the endless benefits and gain a positive outlook in life. 

2. Tanzanite Pendants

The deep blue stone, Tanzanite, is one of the rarest and most intriguing stones. Originally, it is sourced from the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, rooted to the heritage of Tanzania. Women can wear Tanzanite pendants if they wish to invite luck and prosperity into their lives. The durable stone is also known to be a thousand times rarer than a sparkling diamond and attracts positive energies into the wearer’s life. You can style the pendant effortlessly with any outfit to add enough shine and sparkle to your day. It can be worn for a dinner date as well, with a pair of dazzling danglers and a matching bracelet to complete the look.

3. Personalized Bracelets

Life’s most significant celebrations are marked by unique accessories. Women can use customized jewelry as a natural way to remember a moment or person. Accessories such as personalized bracelets, necklaces, or rings are undeniably a talisman for everlasting moments. Women can tailor the bracelet according to their personal interests, be it a small charm, crystal, or a birthstone. You can also accessorize the bracelet with a pair of chain links and metal strings of different textures.Or, you can also add a classic wristwatch to finish off for a formal look. However, the jewelry piece will look enticing on its own, too. This look is simple, unique, and meaningful. 

4. Sterling Silver Chains

Sterling silver chains are a wise investment for those that want to create multiple looks using one piece of jewelry. Thrilling, isn’t it? The silver chain can be rounded into various layers for a heavier look or left as is. You can produce exciting new looks by adding drop pendants, gemstones, motifs, and charms for different attires and occasions. Or, if you’re not keen to experiment, style a simple chain all 365 days of the year to elevate your outfits effortlessly. Furthermore, this long strand of chain will elongate your neck.

5. Lapis Lazuli Necklace

Gemstones are believed to have powerful healing properties. Besides being allured to their natural beauty, these holistic properties make these stones especially attractive. This deep blue marine pigmented stone, lapis lazuli, was even used to create some of the world’s most renowned paintings; such as ‘The Girl With a Pearl Earring’ by Johannes Vermeer. Women who want to have a renewed sense of purpose in life, achieve spiritual enlightenment, and attract positive energies can wear the lapis lazuli necklace. It has an innate ability to stimulate a deep acknowledgment for personal growth and enlightenment. These assets can help a person reach a state of complete awareness in Nirvana. You can style the necklace with a casual outfit, perhaps with a blouse and denim, to give it a bolt of vivid color. Or, pair the lapis lazuli with your formal clothes to achieve a more refined look. 

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THE PROBLEM WITH PRIME DAY

By: Andrew Shibuya

It’s Prime Day–an almost dystopian new holiday of sorts, rivaling Black Friday itself and joining the ranks of those days that celebrate the contemporary culture of excessive consumerism. And perhaps almost as equally as dystopian as the day itself is the subsequent full throttle media push from news publications and influencers alike, listing the best deals and items to keep an eye out for.

And it’s not just Amazon that’s having a sale today. Retail giants Target and Walmart began their sales yesterday and today, too, attempting to both rival and outdo Amazon’s own sales. With this comes a massive ripple effect, with almost every large retailer and store offering their own imitative sales. Though indicative of Amazon’s obvious influence over the market, this ripple effect is similarly indicative of some greater ills of the post-modern capitalist world.

The event itself has been objectively well-crafted and carefully engineered. Beginning in 2015 to celebrate Amazon’s twentieth anniversary, Prime Day was introduced as a member’s only sale. And though the event was never truly a celebration for all as the company makes it out to be, now, the sales are hardly even sales. The bargains that are so celebrated are often merely engineered illusions, with prices being hiked initially, only for the appearance of a greater discount, and many items are often lackluster and unwanted models.

So, what is it about Prime Day and the subsequent market spike that keeps customers coming back? There are almost innumerable reasons behind why days like Prime Day and Black Friday are so successful, and there can be little doubt that there is a host of behavioral psychologists called upon to make Prime Day so successful. In general, Amazon employs numerous tried and true marketing and sales tricks that appeal to customers at a psychological level. From the rush of trying to snatch up a “Lightning Deal” to the fear of missing out on “a once in a lifetime” deal, Amazon certainly pulls out all the stops to generate perceived value around Prime Day’s deals.

This Prime Day, the first as the world begins its exit into a post-pandemic society, is worth considering sitting out. Out of everyone in the world, Amazon is one of the only entities for which the pandemic came with remarkable benefits.  The net worth of Amazon and subsequently Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos skyrocketed over the pandemic. In 2020 alone, Amazon saw a reported 70% increase in earnings in the first nine months of the year. And from March to June, Bezos’ net worth grew $48 billion.

It would be one thing – not a good thing by any means – but it would be something else entirely if Amazon did not have numerous documented issues with their working conditions. And these issues are said to only have grown worse with the pandemic. So as more people turned to Amazon as the pandemic forced everyone to remain at home, and as Bezos’ net worth grew, so too did claims of timed bathroom breaks, unreachable productivity requirements, and general unsafe working conditions.

In addition to these concerns regarding Amazon employees is the fact that Amazon in general has a vast environmental footprint. In 2019 alone, the company was reported to have generated 465 million pounds of plastic packaging waste. In air pillows alone, Amazon’s packaging waste would circle the planet more than 500 times. The fact that events like Prime Day are so successful is remarkable to see as the greater world comes to terms with or, in fact, does not come to terms with global warming and the vast detrimental effects of consumerism culture.

But what is most astonishing about the success of Prime Day is that these great drawbacks to the event, and to Amazon in general, are no secret. People are generally not shy about their criticisms of Amazon and Bezos himself. Tens of thousands of people have recently signed a petition to stop Bezos’ return to Earth following his trip to space next month. Innumerable thought pieces are written weekly indicting Amazon’s practices. And still, it’s one of the biggest companies in the world. Is Amazon now inevitable?

Between multibillion dollar business acquisitions and new real estate expansions, Amazon continues to expand its reach physically and to a wider audience. For a company that began as a bookstore alternative, Amazon now owns wholly unrelated companies to its online offerings such as Ring, Twitch, and Whole Foods.

And while perhaps not unexpected, the sheer variety and scale of Amazon’s holdings raise concerns of a further and more dominant monopoly across the entire marketplace. This is especially concerning in a year when more than 200,000 small businesses across the United States closed due to the coronavirus and ensuing lockdowns.

These concerns, of course, lead to the primary issues with Prime Day. Even if the discounts were truly exceptional, are the glaring issues with Amazon – from irreversible environmental damages to its troubling work conditions – worth its vast selection and free two-day shipping? It is this dilemma that will be a primary issue of the coming years as the cost and convenience of these trademark Amazon offerings are overshadowed by the inevitable environmental impact and implications of Amazon’s burgeoning monopoly.

Moreover, with respect to Prime Day itself, how often do people buy things that they actually need? Oftentimes, as with many sales, people buy items that they would not otherwise, save for the fact that they are on sale. Putting aside Amazon’s own issues with packaging and other waste, this sort of rampant consumerism in itself has led to an increase in pollutant emissions, increased deforestation, as well as an acceleration of global warming.

And while these issues are rather glaring and easy to point out, the solution is not so easily within reach. Ultimately, it will come down to if the convenience of Amazon is outweighed by their ever becoming ethically or morally untenable, whether because of their environmental or social impact. Until then, it seems that Prime Day will continue to succeed, Amazon will simply continue to grow, and so too will the number of complaints and worries. And thus, Amazon has become the company that everybody loves to criticize but few can resist.

 

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ROOTS OF FIGHT


Roots Of Fight and global superstar Conor McGregor announced the launch of a new clothing collection honoring the fighter’s roots. The capsule collection makes it’s debut ahead of McGregor’s highly anticipated match up against Dustin Poirier on January 23rd.

Considered one of the most fashionable men in sports and entertainment, McGregor joins the lifestyle and apparel brand that pays tribute to heroes and legends of the fight world such as Bruce Lee, Muhammed Ali, Duran, Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, Joe Frazier, and more. Much like the moments in McGregor’s career that have launched him to where he is today, Roots of Fight highlights the moments of these icons and all they stand for. They celebrate the unending fight at the root of every human triumph.

With this collection, Roots of Fight pays respect to the undeniable force of nature that is Conor McGregor. The collection features a variety of styles including tees, a thermal, hoody and sweatpants. Retailing for $48 – $85, the full collection will be available exclusively on rootsoffight.com starting today through January 23rd. All proceeds from the sales of the collection will go towards the Children’s Health Foundation Crumlin in Ireland.

ABOUT CONOR MCGREGOR

Conor Anthony McGregor is a professional boxer and mixed martial artist who has gained fame from his success in fighting. He is a former champion for the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight and lightweight competitions. As of December 24, 2020, McGregor was ranked fourth in the UFC lightweight rankings. He is also the biggest pay-per-view draw in MMA history and is known for his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. McGregor also founded Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey.

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TI and Young Thug Cover Art for Ring from Grand Hustle

Tip “T.I.” Harris – “Ring”

Today, the music and entertainment icon Tip “T.I.” Harris enlists fellow Atlantan trap music star Young Thug for the club-ready single “Ring.” “Ring” is released via Grand Hustle and the track is produced by DY Krazy and Chopsquad DJ.

Marking nearly 20 years since his debut album, T.I. is continuing to deliver hits that resonate with fans across the world while serving as president of Grand Hustle Records, which has produced multiple breakout artists. The mogul has showcased his unparalleled influence on the culture by creating the first-ever Trap Music Museum as well as starting his own highly successful podcast.

The trap music pioneer has garnered several RIAA-certified platinum and multi-platinum certifications for his previous albums, such as Trap Muzik, Urban Legend, KingT.I. vs. T.I.P and Paper Trail. Throughout his massively successful career, T.I. has proven he’s one of the most dominant forces in hip-hop with seven of his albums consecutively peaking on the Billboard Rap/R&B Charts and winning numerous Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards, BET Awards, and others.

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The Forging of Silver Jewelry

Human beings have been adorning themselves with jewels for thousands of years. Jewelry is one of the eldest archeological artifacts. Ancient Egypt is where it all began thousands of years ago. Since then, so much has changed, but some practices remain the same.

Jewelry makes a statement, highlights status, and indicates personal style. Silver, for instance, is used in making these pieces. It is highly malleable and reflective as well, which makes it an ideal raw material for making designer silver jewelry. This includes rings, anklets, bracelets, earrings, and plenty more besides.

Jewelry can be mass-produced in a plant, but it can also be forged from the comfort of your home. Below, we will look at the various kinds of silver that are used in the manufacture of jewelry pieces.

Types of Silver Used in Jewelry Making

Fine .999 Silver

Fine .999 Silver is the nearest metal to the unadulterated silver element. It is described as .999, representing 99.9% purity. Fine silver appears duller in comparison to the bright polish of sterling silver.

Fine silver is lax and will scratch, dent and bend shape reasonably easy. This is why fine silver jewelry is not as common as sterling silver jewelry since the pieces are not durable. The advantage of fine silver is that it is easy to forge, and it is highly impervious to tarnish.

Sterling .925 Silver

Sterling silver is the quality standard of jewelry in most world markets, making it the most known of the kinds of Silver used in jewelry. Sterling silver is an alloy consisting of 92.5% pure silver. The residual 7.5% usually is copper, though other elements such as nickel are at times used as well.

The other elements add strength, durability, and shine to the silver. Sterling silver is shiny but very prone to tarnish. Although sterling silver is tougher than fine silver, it is still reasonably lax compared to many other metals.

Nickel Silver

With regard to this type, silver defines the color of the metal and not the content. Nickel silver is a base metal alloy entailing of mostly copper coupled with nickel and/or zinc.

It is a cheap base metal that is comparable in appearance to sterling silver. Nickel silver is used in clothing jewelry but should be evidently marked and labeled as a nickel alloy since many individuals are allergic to nickel.

Tibetan Silver

Tibetan silver is also known as Tribal Silver, is a base metal alloy that has a silver appearance. The insides of this alloy tremendously vary and may lack silver entirely.

Some of these come from mysterious lands and can contain hazardous metals such as lead, so be careful when purchasing. However, the pieces can be attractive, so buy for the design and not for the quality of the metal.

Argentium Silver

Argentium silver comprises much cleaner than sterling and is available in two grades: 93.2% or 96% purity.  This is coupled with copper and germanium, which makes the metal more robust, more resistant to discolor, easier to clean and maintain.

Because this is a brand, only sanctioned jewelers can use the Argentium stamp, which features a flying unicorn. Argentium silver is nickel-free and hypoallergenic, but it also costs more than most other silver alloys.

Silver-Filled

Silver-filled is parallel in features to gold-filled metals. In terms of worth, it sits somewhere between sterling and Silver coated.

Silver-filled is not an alloy but rather a kind of coating that contains a denser layer of silver. Silver-filled jewelry is difficult to preserve as it discolors quickly. However, on the bright side, it’s cheaper than sterling silver.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, silver jewelry can be forged from various types of silver. The wearer is the one who decides the kind of silver they want on their jewelry, depending on their price point and the type of shine they wish for their pieces.

Auvere – Gold Jewelry

Carribean-American jewelry designer Gina Feldman Love, who is the Co-Founder of Auvere, a handcrafted gold jewelry line (22k and 24k pure gold). It aims to bring the ancient beauty of pure gold to the mainstream, empowering women to buy pure, high-karat gold pieces that they love–and can also make for a good financial investment.

Below, Gina breaks down the pros and cons of 10k gold which is just 41.7% gold all the way up to pure 99.99% gold.

  • 10 karat gold.  10 karat gold contains the lowest amount of gold that can be sold legally in the United States as “gold” — 41.7%.  Since it is mostly alloy, it has a silvery appearance and is highly susceptible to oxidation.    
    • Pro:  It costs less than some costume jewelry.  
    • Con:  With less than 50% gold content, it’s hard to call it real gold. It is not hypoallergenic, may trigger skin allergies and is very likely to oxidize and blacken over time.
  • 14 karat gold.  14 karat gold is 58.3% gold. The remaining 41.7% consists of alloys such as copper and silver.  It’s probably safe to say that 14 karat gold is the most common rate of gold jewelry sold in the U.S. because it is very hard and relatively inexpensive due to the high alloy content.    
    • Pro: It is hard, holds pronged gemstones extremely well and is relatively inexpensive.
    • Con: It it is likely to suffer from oxidation and blacken over time. 14 karat gold may also trigger skin allergies. 
  • 18 karat gold. 18 karat gold is 75% pure gold and 25% alloy.  What makes 18K gold popular among jewelers is that it possesses a richer gold color than 14 karat gold because of higher gold content but is hard enough to hold gemstones in tiny “high-rise” prongs.  
    • Pro: 18 karat gold contains a sizable gold content, which makes it more lustrous than 14 karat gold. It holds pronged gemstones well and is used by top jewelers.
    • Con:  Because 18K is used by many top jewelers who charge margins in excess of  300% of the cost to make, you pay a lot more money for a lot less gold than you would if you purchased 22 and 24 karat gold from trusted direct-to-consumer brands.
  • 22 karat gold.  22 karat gold is 91.67% pure gold. We love it because of its high gold content and delicious golden hue.  On top of that, 22K gold is strong enough to make everyday jewelry that holds gemstones (just not in prongs). 
    • Pro:  Almost 92 percent pure gold in every piece. Lustrous yellow color when compared to 14 and 18 karat gold.  Hard enough for every day use.
    • Con:  For those used to the subtle gold color in 14 and 18 karat gold, the deep yellow hue of 22 karat gold may be too much gold. But once you get used to the true color of gold, it is hard to go back.
  • 24 karat gold.  24 karat gold is the big daddy of solid gold jewelry.  Containing 99.99% pure gold, it is incredibly precious, rare and soft when compared to 14 or 18 karat gold.  But it’s the rarity and softness that makes for very special jewelry — pieces that mold to your form over time.  If you are someone who never takes off your jewelry or you put your jewelry through its paces, then 24 karat gold may not be for you.  But if you love the idea of wearing something rich, rare, pure and with more inherent value than 14 and 18 karat gold, then consider 24K. 
    • Pro:  24 karat gold is the richest and rarest form of gold jewelry possible.
    • Con:  It is soft.  Not so soft that you can’t wear it. But soft enough that you have to take some care when you wear it.
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5 Tips for Incorporating Jewelry into Your Edgy Style

Want to elevate your edgy style with earrings, bracelets, and necklaces? Here is how to include statement jewelry in your look.

Every fashionable lady knows accessorizing is key. If you have an edgy style, sometimes it can be challenging to find the best ways to incorporate jewelry into your wardrobe. 

Keep reading for our 3 favorite ways to rock jewelry into our edgier fashion outfits. 

Edgy Style Tips: Adding Some Bling 

Adding accessories can make your outfit ten times better. Keep reading for our top 3 fave ways to glam that edgy style we love. 

1) The Choker Necklace 

The choker necklace is back and better than ever. Like everything, this style has come back and is not just a trend of the 90s. A punk classic, chokers are a great way to complete your edgy look. 

We’re loving the different materials were seeing for chokers these days. Lace or cloth chokers are a great and delicate way to rock a choker when you’re dressing up for an evening out. We’re also loving the thick choker trend we’re seeing, which can be perfectly paired with a messy updo on a bad hair day. 

Pearl chokers are a great way to make this style more elegant. This is a cute option to pair with your evening dress or with a chambray button-down top for something a bit more casual. 

Layered chokers are another trend we love and are seeing everywhere! This style is great with a simple cami tank and jeans, as the layered style helps to jazz up any simple outfit. Switch it up by layering the jewelry you already have, we are loving leather chokers paired with simple metallics for some awesome and edgy contrast. 

2) Diamonds 

Didn’t think you could make diamonds edgy? Think again. If you only thought diamonds were only for the fancy and rich, we have a great diamond option for you. Have you looked into lab diamonds? These are awesome for an edgy lady that cares about being eco-friendly and making sure their fashion is ethically sourced.

We love adding some bling for a little something extra that stands out when we are wearing our edgiest fashion. A little contrast can go a long way. 

3) Bolo Necklaces 

Bolo ties are not just for men anymore, and we are loving seeing women wear them in new ways. These necklaces are fairly new, and we’re all about this trend. Stars are even wearing them on the runway with their couture dresses!

We especially love bolo necklaces for when you’re wearing something low cut, as it lays perfectly unlike a shorter necklace or a super long pendant piece. If you want to dress up your everyday plain white tee shirt or tank with jeans, add a bolo necklace, and a leather jacket for the perfect effortless edgy look. 

Jewelry Every Edgy Chick Needs

These edgy style jewelry staples are great to have so that you can elevate all of your outfits, from fancy to every day. Also, these are all so easy to pair with so that you don’t have to spend forever putting an outfit together!

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