“We’re all connected through culture. Basically, we all must learn to adapt. We learn more through traveling and seeing more. When you’re in a different environment, everybody must love and laugh and dance. I don’t need to know your language. But companies need to focus on connecting everyone through love, not war.” – Vaughn Lowery
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been around for years, with its’ roots being found as early as the 18th Century. In my CSR research assignment before, I wrote that “the key idea of CSR is for companies to pursue pro-social objectives and promote volunteerism among employees (such as through donating to charity and participating in volunteer work), as well as by minimizing environmental externalities.” As an international student trying to find my career path in the United States, I find that company CSR is one of the first few things I look for when finding a suitable company to work with: how genuine they are and how much they care for their employees. The process of researching and writing my essay on CSR in the modern day and CSR within my internship site provided me with the valuable opportunity not only to learn about an important business topic, but also allowed me to develop a better understanding of what it is.
For my CSR Interview, I got the opportunity to speak on the phone with my supervisor Vaughn Lowery. His career started from “humble beginnings in Detroit to a full scholarship in Cornell University under the ILR program. From there, he became active in modeling, acting, and producing screenplays.” Now, Vaughn is the publisher and founder of leading fashion and lifestyle magazine, 360 Magazine, which is also my internship site. His job involves fostering relationships within the community and being an editorial director that curates and oversees content for all columns of the magazine. The position also entails making sure that Apple News, LinkedIn, Twitter, and all other news sites are updated. As a pop culture and design magazine, it is important to constantly be up to date with relevant content and breaking news. Being a quarterly publication, 360 is also working on their summer magazine issue. Vaughn mentions that with COVID making everything digital, the team has been working on expanding the business: creating a self-publishing division, developing e-commerce, getting sponsors, and most importantly, waiting for things to start opening back up.
With a background in studying business and company culture, Vaughn says that his education helped him design a company culture that made sense, “Transparency, cool kids, intelligence. I wanted a space for comfort regardless of race, age, and religion. Education was not the answer to my business but a part of the process to help with preparing for my magazine. The most important thing is life experiences, there are no books on it.” Vaughn emphasizes sending people in his company for events and communicating with clientele because “you can’t speak about things you don’t know.” COVID has made jobs in the media a little more mundane, but he’s excited about things opening back up and is hopeful for the future. Without in-person experiences, it is hard to understand the inner workings of media companies with everything being digitally produced.
Vaughn defines Corporate Social Responsibility at 360 Magazine as “having an environment that is inviting and inclusive, especially showcasing inclusivity.” As a magazine that promotes culture and lifestyle, it is important that everyone he works with is aware of what is going on in the world that we live in and what is happening with minority populations. He speaks about being the only African American in a lot of his school and work experiences, and he created 360 with the ideal of having more minorities and women working in his company: “We all live in the same world… and some people don’t know that. But we need representation and for people to see us. It’s not on us to educate them, but it’s on us to speak up.” 360 avidly speaks up for diversity (#metoo) and openly supports nonprofit organizations.
When asked about how veritable he thinks big companies are with CSR movements, he says that they’re doing it for a myriad of reasons. Companies get away with more stuff as a corporation, “But the responsibility is about being genuine. The board of directors and Zoom calls and the whole spiel. If they’re trying to just make money, revenue principals are not true to themselves. 360 was founded on real culture. The diversity is important. It is what it is.”
“Your company diversity is a reflection of the world, we’ve been doing this since the start of 360, we’ve been ahead of the trend.” The magazine has always featured drag queens, people who are transgender, and minorities, “This is very important when doing events and stuff, it’s a big family. We have less than 50 people. And it’s important for our clients to know that we have each other and rely on each other. That we know how to respect one another and appreciate each other, despite all odds.” Vaughn believes that diversity and inclusion of people of color has always been important, and he emphasizes that 360 will keep pushing these agendas and morals as long as he’s the head of the company. I see this in his effort to get everyone together (even if it is just on Zoom for now) to celebrate big articles, book releases, sponsorships, and so on.
As I type this interview essay, I find two key points to really reflect on: 1) assumptions about company morale and 2) why diversity is so important to me.
1) I think back on everyone else I’ve spoken to during my time as an intern here with 360, and I find that these core values that Vaughn spoke about with me are reflected in all the conversations I’ve had with him and other employees. Coming from a very structured, patriarchal Asian background, I came into this internship thinking that it would be like all my previous experiences (they talk of diversity, but it’s never really executed once you’re a part of it – school projects, internships, part-time jobs, and so on). However, no one in the company has been curt or condescending when speaking with me, and they truly mean it when they point out mistakes and gently correct me. Maybe it is because of the way I was brought up, or the environment I was most familiar in, but these good intentions had me on my toes for the first couple weeks I was here, and I’m honestly still getting used to it.
2) With the rise of Asian hate crimes in the past year, I find myself turning very reclusive and immediately trying to find fault with people when something brushes me the wrong way (though sometimes it really is a racist comment or remark). It’s been difficult having to correct people when they say my name wrong or trying to explain my culture when these simple things can so easily be looked up online. I’ve been very lucky growing up well-traveled and seeing different parts of the world, and I understand that not everyone has that privilege, but how far does “I don’t know” get you in the digital age? I need to work in a company where people are willing to learn and grow new perspectives, and I see this quality in Vaughn too as he speaks about his loneliness as the only African American in his industry when he was first starting out.
After 45 minutes of talking about diversity and the whole CSR conversation winding down, Vaughn tells me to keep doing what I love, “Understanding the industry through work experiences is how you’ll get in. It’s constantly changing.” He talks about learning to forecast and foreshadow and having connections at arms’ reach. By the end of our conversation, I felt that I learnt a lot and could have a clearer vision of what I wanted out of this internship. I’ve had the opportunities to go for company events (for brands including Lillet, Chinese Laundry, Rockstar Original, etc.), though I would really like to be able to go to a CSR event in the near future to promote these same values that I share with 360 Magazine.
To read more about Vaughn Lowery, please visit his Wikipedia and IMBD.
Inspired by the owners of the brand Frank Mechaly and David Mathey, the philosophy of Rockstar is to always stay-true and remember your roots. Rockstar believes that being genuine means finding the path to both a soulful and aesthetic balance. The unique sense of handcrafted details, the passion for quality and sustainability, and a nose for long-living trends makes Rockstar the ultimate must have for fashionistas worldwide.
Rockstar Original recently moved into their newly refurbished headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles and I was lucky enough to be invited for a tour of the office. Starting with a complimentary Uber Lux ride, we were picked up in a Black Chevrolet Suburban (the whole Beyonce experience!) directly to the Rockstar Original offices; a 20,000 square foot workspace that all of Rockstar’s creative processes happens.
Much like how the brand is very focused on individualistic touches, the workspace features many artworks that are hip and unique, such as contemporary sculptures by the French street artist David DAVID and installations by Los Angeles-based artist Punk Me Tender. In Frank and David’s office, both sides are decked out with BE@RBRICK figures, created by Japan’s Medicom Toy, also a canvas for modern expression and intersection of style, art, and fashion.
Over a glass of champagne and a prepared charcuterie board, I sat down with Frank Mechaly to talk about the new office space and view some of their latest drops. The new Rockstar location used to be a fabric warehouse, and they were the first brand to move in March 2020, “When all this happened over the pandemic… you know, I really thought we were crazy. But it all worked out.” David also popped by to say hello and gave me a tour around the office, showing us the warehouse where shipments came in and out every day (they’re even running out of space!), the printing studio where each piece is made, the customer service center, and photo studios. Due to space constraints, Rockstar also has another atelier further down the street where they go in to add final touches, hand paint, and wash products.
Anyone who steps into this space can tell that Rockstar is well thought out and has a sense of uniqueness in their designs, “We build our denim thinking how it can empower and flourish the potential of every single individual.” At Rockstar Original, they are known for their streetwear style and are dropping hundreds of looks every month. They have an in-house photographer shooting in the first-floor studio every day, and new looks ready to be photographed every couple of hours. This allows Rockstar to constantly be up to date with the latest trends happening in the hip-hop and rap music world. Frank mentions that both him and David are behind every single style that they drop on the website, making sure that their pieces are always aligned with the brand DNA, “We want to make sure you can always instantly recognize one of our iconic jackets and track sets.”
Looking for rockin’ back to school duds? Rockstar Originalis expanding womenswear pieces to include sizing from X-Small to 3X-Large! The plus size collection includes track sets, casual wear and activewear which is accented with the brand’s logo, and iconic embellishments thus remaining true to the brands ethos. The plus size pieces range from $39.00 to $89.00, won’t break the bank and are perfect for the end of Summer and beginning of the school year. Arrive for the first day of class feeling confident in trendy styles like the Gigi Short Set (which can be viewed below.)
ZAGG Gear4 Protective Gaming Console Cases
ZAGG Gear4 today announced a 360-degree protection bundle for the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite gaming consoles. The Kita Grip 360 and Kita Grip 360 Lite cases, which are made with 52% renewable plant-based material, will be bundled with a ZAGG InvisibleShield screen protector for the ultimate gaming protection package. Gamers also get a smooth screen protector that preserves touchscreen sensitivity and guards the display against scratch damage, like from docking the console.
The slim, flexible Kita Grip case has been tested to protect the Switch from drops up to 10 feet/3 meters. The case is compatible with the Switch Classic docking system and allows access to the rear kickstand on the Switch Classic. It even includes an antimicrobial agent that inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
Skechers and digital creator and entrepreneurAvani Gregg (50M+ followers) just dropped Avani x Skechers, a new creative campaign for the sought-after Skechers Uno where Avani styles her number one fashion sneaker like no other. Avani curated the social content for the campaign, which reflects her personal style and love for bright colors. Available in brights including hot pink, blue, and red, making the perfect statement shoe to make any look pop, and classic colorways like white, black, sand, and olive, that go with any outfit.
The versatile trend-right Uno can be paired with a summer dress while also completing any athleisure look. The Skechers Uno has you covered for all-day wear thanks to its Air-Cooled Memory Foam® insole, while the hidden Wedge Fit design adds the perfect slight lift. Look and feel good this summer and fall as you get ready to head back to school! The Avani x Skechers styles featured in the campaign are available on Skecher’s website and retail for $80.
Fabletics’ July Collection
School is out for the Summer, but its never too soon to think about your back to school outfits. As we kick off the new month, Fabletics is sharing their July Collection. Fabletics is launching their first ever Hiking Capsule, which includes cargo shorts, onesies, skirts, jackets (and more!) These lifestyle pieces are versatile enough for every school day and extracurricular activity.
New styles are introduced in this collection and grounded in the brand’s beloved Motion365® fabric. It’s silky-smooth support, superior stretch and breathability make it a top pick when dressing for these hotter temps. Meet the Brianna Onesie– our first jumpsuit in this fabric- built with breathable mesh vents and secure pockets. And speaking of pockets- our Trinity ‘triple pocket’ design is back, better than ever and available in both leggings and shorts! For more complete Back to School outfits, our ‘Must Have’ July sets can be found here!
Mophie 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger
Mophie today announced a new 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger. Available exclusively in Apple stores, and on Apple and Zagg’s websites, the 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger offers dedicated wireless charging spots for iPhone, Apple Watch, and AirPods/AirPods Pro. Just drop each device in its designated space and charging begins on contact. Install the Apple MagSafe Charger (not included), and you can easily charge all of your everyday accessories in one central location. The 3-in-1 stand for MagSafe Charger is priced at $89.95.
The Magsafe Charger features 15W Fast Wireless Charging, allowing users to wirelessly charge the iPhone 12 at the fastest speed possible. With the Integrated Apple Watch Magnetic Charger, your Apple Watch will be positioned at the ideal angle to take advantage of Nightstand Mode. The charger additionally has an AirPods Charging Spot that ensures charging begins on contact, every time. This charging spot allows for the perfect viewing angle in both Portrait or Landscape mode. For more information, visit HERE.
Rolls-Royce Escapism Luggage Collection
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has added Black Badge editions to its Escapism Luggage Collection. The new luggage is designed to complement the darker, edgier personas of the marque’s Black Badge motor cars, which cater to patrons with a bold, confident, and uncompromising attitude to life. The five new pieces – 48hr Weekender, 24hr Weekender (see below image), Holdall, Tote Bag and Organizer Pouch – are handcrafted from the finest leather and soft canvas, together with a new material inspired by the unique technical-weave fabric first used in the interior of Cullinan Black Badge. Patrons can choose from colorways which include bold, eye-catching hues from the Black Badge color palette or more understated tones. Each item is finished with intricate contrast piping detail – a first for Rolls-Royce luggage, which clients can personalize if they wish – and a metal plaque bearing the Black Badge ‘Infinity’ lemniscate icon.
The Black Badge Escapism luggage collection can be ordered as a five-piece set or as individual items from Rolls-Royce dealers. These luggage pieces can also make for luxurious school bags, and are sure to impress on picture day. Prices for the five-piece set start from 22,075 GBP, excluding local taxes.
Raptic’s Portable Power Station – TITAN 225
Raptic’s Titan 225is the perfect power source for every student’s back to school needs. This portable, rechargeable power station is designed to provide long-lasting charge for all your devices. Students can study outside on campus grounds or do homework in their backyards, thanks to the mighty Titan 225. Additionally, this battery is compact enough to be effortless carried around in one’s backpack from class to class. 360 Magazine used our Titan 225 to charge our GoTrax Emerge Electric Bike.
Users can recharge their phone up to 20 times, laptop up to 5 times, and tablet up to 6 times. The battery also includes 3 USB hubs, 1 USBC, a lighter plug, and an AC plug. No matter how long homework takes you, Raptic’s technology solutions ensure that you can get the job done without losing power. For more info, please visit HERE.
GRIPBELL Free-Weight Pairs
Revolutionary free-weight company GRIPBELL is proud to announce it is now selling its weights as sets of pairs. These weight sets are perfect for PE classes at home during hybrid learning schedules, pre-season and sports training, and working out. Students looking to enhance their home gym and fitness regimen will find this targeted and affordable option the best way of providing an excellent, full body, at-home workout. Especially for college students in small dorm rooms, this compact exercise equipment is able to easily be stored and used for a variety of physical activities.
With its innovative design, GRIPBELL is the superior handheld free weight system. Hundreds of exercises are possible with nearly unlimited range of grip positions, making it the most versatile free-weight system on the market. As the weight is equally distributed throughout the device and there are no sharp edges, GRIPBELL is both ergonomic and family friendly, and allows users to perform all the movements of both dumbbells and kettlebells combined. For more information, please visit their website.
Skechers ×Kansaïyamamoto Collection
A celebration of high fashion and avant-garde imagery arrives at Skechers, The Comfort Technology Company™, in an exciting new footwear collaboration inspired by the late iconic Japanese designer Kansai Yamamoto. Each Max Cushioning Premier pair in the limited-edition collection provides exceptional comfort and support through lightweight, responsive ULTRA GO® cushioning platforms and Air-Cooled Goga Mat breathable insoles with high-rebound cushioning. The well-cushioned pairs are a tribute to Kansai’s affection for joyful fashion.
The limited edition Skechers x Kansaïyamamoto collection of four fashion sneakers for men and women embrace Kansai’s unique aesthetic and energetic style. Launching on the one-year anniversary of his passing, the collaboration provides an opportunity for fans across the world to honor Kansai’s legacy through the colorful designs. The collection of Max Cushioning Premier styles for men and women is now available on skechers.com, as well as at select Skechers flagship stores, and online at Skechers website.
Evesome Fall Winter 2021 2022 Collection
Evesome, the French boutique brand, features designs from Paris, produced by artisans with an eye for detail. This lavish company invites fashion and comfort into your life with their newest look book. Evesome features back to school essentials for students that are picture-perfect for photo day.
Show off your style with classy garments like berets, scarfs, kimonos, ponchos, shirts, and sweaters. For transporting supplies across campus, invest in one of Evesome‘s patterned totes. Evesome even has adorable dorm room decor, like cushy throw pillows. For more info, please visit their website.
Vontélle Eyewear × ViacomCBS Children’s Eyewear Line
Vontélle Eyewear, the black-woman-owned, luxury eyewear brand, is proud to announce a partnership with ViacomCBS Consumer Products for a children’s eyewear line centered around Nickelodeon’s beloved characters. Vontélle will create three to four new unique eyewear frames annually using characters from Nickelodeon shows like Baby Shark’s Big Show!,PAW Patrol, SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, Teenage Mutant Turtles, and more
For this collaboration, Vontélle has created an exclusive set of frames specifically for kids that combines the classic Nickelodeon characters with their bold and vibrant styles. These frames are the perfect back-to-school swag for students. Vontélle X Nickelodeon eyewear line will be available December 2021 at retailers and online HERE.
The PANGAIA X HAROSHI BE@RBRICK Capsule
Looking for the perfect back-to-school drip? PANGAIA is pleased to announce a new partnership with renowned artist and skateboard enthusiast – Haroshi. As a skateboarder and self-taught woodworker, Haroshi creatively combines his two passions: fine art and subculture, utilizing upcycled skateboards as a medium for his hand carved sculptures. Each collaborative piece of Haroshi’s BE@RBRICK, created in partnership with the expert Karimoku woodworkers, is built from local Japanese maple wood that imitates the colorful layers of a skateboard deck. First released by MEDICOM TOY in 2019, it will now come to life across the range of PANGAIA X HAROSHI BE@RBRICK products through an assortment of adult and kids t-shirts, hoodies, and track pants.
The PANGAIA X HAROSHI BE@RBRICK capsule will be available to purchase today July 27, 2021 via the PANGAIA website and in Tokyo through 2G’s concept store that is jointly operated by MEDICOM TOY, Motofumi “Poggy” Kogi and NANZUKA. The new release furthers the brand’s dedication to working with communities, artists, and change makers that share the same values and mission as PANGAIA. Haroshi’s creativity, combined with his love for art and sustainability is perfectly aligned with the brand’s approach.
Team USA Surf Collection
To commemorate USA Surfing‘s first ever event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, renowned marine life artist Wyland created a limited time commemorative USA Surf collection with a signature Octopus in his beautiful Japanese-influenced Gyotaku style. This lucky Octopus shows up throughout the collection. The Surf Tokyo hat is the perfect accessory to keep you cool during sunny afternoons by the sea. The Surf Tokyo shirt, which features illustrated dolphins, is the ideal beach-ready tee.
Look like an Olympian in this stylish surf apparel. Proceeds support the ocean conservation partnership between USA Surfing and the Wyland Foundation. Olympic gold medalist Carissa Moore supports these conservation efforts, and has created joint commemorative gear with Surfers for Conservation and the Wyland Foundation. Shop the joint surf collection HERE.
Old Trapper Original Beef & Cheese Snack Stick
Old Trapper’s Original Beef & Cheese Snack Sticks are the perfect back-to-school snack! Enjoy the best of both worlds because you get two tasty foods in one package– creamy American cheese and smoky beef. These hearty snack sticks are easy to throw into lunch boxes or quickly unwrap after a long day at school.
Old Trapper sets the standard for snacking utility with their delicious Beef & Cheese sticks. These snacks retail in convenient packs for just $21. Customers can choose between a one-time order, or a recurring snack subscription. For more info, visit Old Trapper’s website.
PUMA × TMC Collection – THE HUSSLE WAY | THE MIAMI STORY
To continue honoring the vision and legacy of Nipsey Hussle, PUMA and The Marathon Clothing are releasing their second collection of 2021 which represents THE HUSSLE WAY | THE MIAMI STORY. This series pays homage to select cities – the “MIAMI STORY” is the first in this series – and particular moments when famed fashion icon Groovey Lew collaborated with Nipsey Hussle to create unique, one-of-a-kind looks. The five-piece “MIAMI STORY” capsule collection draws inspiration from the multiple shades of blue in the majestic Miami water and includes co-branded shirts, blue pants, blue Bermuda shorts and an all-white PUMA x TMC Future Rider.
Retailing for $45-$90, the collection will be available on Puma’s website, at the PUMA NYC Flagship store, and at select retailers including The Marathon Clothing starting August 13. For more information, please visit HERE. On that website, users can view a video of Groovey Lew, who talks about his friendship with Nipsey Hussle, the meaning of the Hussle Way, inspiration behind the collection and more.
Rado x Great Gardens of the World Watches
Never be late for class again! When Rado announced their partnership with Grandi Giardini Italiani in 2017, it brought together the companies’ shared interest in design, beauty and nature at its best. Rado now extends its partnership with the Great Gardens of the Worldand brings to life three modern design timepieces with an essence of nature.
In full bloom, three new models celebrating exceptional design, eternal nature and futuristic materials, form part of the new line named Rado True x Great Gardens of the World. Each timepiece, or “chapter,” represents a stunning achievement of great subtlety and harmony, the glorious power of nature, and modern design. For more information, visit HERE.
MyMedic First Aid Essentials
Head into your next school year confident you’ve covered all your emergency bases with MyMedic’s conveniently compact safety kits for your car or backpack. Their MyFAK ultra-compact kit can store over 100 expert selected first aid items in only 7.5″ of space! It has everything you need to treat trail blisters, cuts and burns, blocked airways, broken bones, and more.
MyMedic’s MyFak first aid kit contains over 100 first aid and trauma supplies. The bag is easy to tote to school, thanks to it’s grab and go design and snag resistant zipper. The MyFak kit is MOLLE system compatible. MyMedic also offers the Solo First Aid Kit, which is more compact and lightweight. This portable kit is small enough fits in bookbags, but contains over 45 essential first aid supplies. For more info, please visit MyMedic’s website.
Doctor Plotka’s Mouth Watchers
Bacteria, viruses, and fungi. While we all know these bad guys lurk in our mouths causing bad breath and tooth decay, we often stop thinking about them as soon as the toothbrush has left our mouth. Unfortunately, these pesky microorganisms stick around on our brushes, doubling every 20 minutes when left in the warm moist environment of the bathroom
These pioneering toothbrushes are paving the way to a cleaner dental routine by using silver infused bristles to naturally eliminate 99% of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. When paired with their deep cleaning flossing bristles, you’ll enjoy that fresh from the dentist feeling every time you brush! For more info, visit HERE.
G-SHOCK’s All-New GA2200 Series
Casio announces the all-new GA2200 series, featuring three colorways designed for rugged toughness. The GA2200BB-1A, GA2200M-1A, and GA2200M-4A are equipped with heavy duty cases built with Carbon Core Guard Structures, a front button design and a three-tier construction that seamlessly integrates bezel, case back and buttons to slim the case down to a mere 12.8mm.
The GA2200 models also boast G-SHOCK’s features, including a Double LED super illuminator, 3-year battery life, 5 daily alarms (1 SNZ), world time, interchangeable bands and more. The GA2200BB-1A retails for $120, while the GA2200M-1A and GA2200M-4A retail for $130 each. Each model will be available in August at select G-SHOCK retailers, G-SHOCK Soho Store, and on G-SHOCK’s website.
Star Wars™ Fine Jewelry Friendship Collection
On August 6th, Star Wars™ Fine Jewelry will premiere the newest additions to the Friendship collection with pieces inspired by R2-D2™, the devoted lighthearted droid. The Friendship collection is designed with droid-distinct detail and iconic color cues. More information about the collection can be found on this website.
There are seven distinctive fine jewelry collections inspired by Star Wars, so every fan can connect with their favorite character’s journey, from R2-D2 to the Mandalorian™. Shop assortments that honor the light side or the dark side of the force. All pieces in all seven collections are beautifully crafted in gold or silver with diamonds and gemstones. Star Wars Fine Jewelry is an officially authorized fine jewelry collection crafted by Renaissance Global.
Quarto Kids Nonfiction Books
Still have some summer reading to do before the school year? Check out Quatro Kids’ selection of nonficntion titles for children. All of these texts will be coming out late this summer or early next fall. For more information on Quatro Kids, visit their website.
Inside Animals by Barbara Taylor and Margaux Carpentier
[64 pages; ages 4-8; $22.99/$27.99 CAN]
In this book, there are 21 cross-sections that show how skeletons, organs, nerves and muscles fit together inside creatures from across the globe. Animals can have some body parts in common with us humans, such as the brain, heart and lungs – but each creature has its own unique body to help it survive and thrive in the wild. This means that there are all kinds of weird and wonderful organs and senses in the animal kingdom, such as the honey stomach in a honeybee or the ink sac of an octopus. Prepare to be dazzled as you discover incredible information to wow your family and friends
Rescuing Titanic by Flora Delargy
[80 pages; ages 7-11; $22.99/$27.99 CAN]
This exquisitely illustrated story of quiet bravery tells in rich detail how the little ship Carpathia saved 705 passengers of the Titanic from the icy waters of the North Atlantic. Written and illustrated by debut Northern Irish artist Flora Delargy, whose grandfather and great grandfather both worked in the Belfast Shipyards where the Titanic was built.
When Plants Took Over the Planet
[64 pages; ages 7-11; $17.95/$25.95 CAN]
This large-format, highly illustrated book will guide readers through the key aspects of the life of plants, from early ferns which were most certainly munched on by dinosaurs, to carnivorous plants that snap and ‘attack’ their prey, or powerful medicinal plants that can heal ailments and boost health. This book also explores how humans use – and abuse – our precious plants, and how reliant we all are on the survival of our planet’s network of botanical life.
Work It, Girl: Rule the music scene like Queen Beyoncé Knowles by Caroline Moss and Sinem Erkas
[64 pages; ages 7-12; $15.99/$20.99 CAN]
Discover how Beyoncé became a superstar singer and entrepreneur in this true story of her life. Find out what makes Queen Bey tick, what inspires her, and what motivates her. Learn about her passion for activism–right up to date with her support for Black Lives Matter. Then, learn 10 key lessons from her work.
Roots of Fight’s Game Changers Gold Collection
Apparel brand Roots of Fight is honoring five extraordinary Olympians, including Jim Thorpe, Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owens, Cassius Clay and Joe Frazier, as part of their Game Changers Gold Collection. These Gold medalists are Olympians who overcame setbacks, odds and prejudices with courage, heart and incredible self-belief.
All five of these American athletes shined on the world’s biggest stage. They were game changers and remain the gold standard. The Game Changers Gold Collection celebrates these icons with a range of apparel from t-shirts, to shorts, sweats and sweatshirts priced from $40 – $85 dollars, available HERE.
Casio’s A100WE-1AVT Timepiece
Casio America, Inc. is excited to announce the expansion of its popular Vintage collection with the A100WE-1AVT. Inspired by the F-100 digital timepiece, Casio’s first resin case model and originally released in 1978, the new A100WE-1AVT timepiece boasts a unisex design and stylish, retro gadget feel.
Although the new A100WE-1AVT is modeled after the original F-100 digital timepiece, its design was updated for this more modern version while retaining the distinctive four metallic front button design of the F-100. The new model comes in a stainless-steel band and a nickel-free plated case for a more refined look. Along with Casio’s signature metal elements, its band features a slide-type clasp that lets users easily adjust the band length without special tools. For more information, please visit HERE.
Isabelle Grace Jewelry
Just as layering is super trendy in the necklace department, having a strong wrist stack is also in style. Today’s fashionistas have discovered that you don’t need to stop there when exploring the possibilities of your bracelet collection. Be creative and intermingle different metals, materials and colors in developing your own personal style with Isabelle Grace Jewelry.
Isabelle Grace Jewelry’s new beaded bracelet collection features exquisite, handcrafted jewelry that’s sustainably made in the USA and of heirloom quality, and never goes out of style. Known for their beautiful distinct designs, each piece is created just for the wearer, perfect for an easy and effortless look that’s impactful, yet versatileenough to wear on a day-to-day basis. Isabelle Grace’s trendy and elegant jewelry are the most darling accessories for any student’s perfect back-to-school outfit.
Tenacious Toys Boo Berry GID Skull Dangler
Tenacious Toys is thrilled to continue their support of independent creators and manufacturers with a pair of exclusive releases at the end of this week which they are dubbing “INDY INSANITY”! This second drop this week is the Boo Berry GID Skull Dangler by Jonathan DuBose – a monstrous 8-inch-tall vinyl art toy designed and produced by DuBose Art. While the Skull Dangler is available in a rainbow of colors in the DuBoseArt shop, the GID Boo Berry colorway is a Tenacious Toys shop exclusive.
There are only 30 Boo Berry Skull Danglers made and they are priced at $140 each. Boo Berry Skull Danglers will be released on the Tenacious Toys homepage at noon EST on Friday August 13th. Each Boo Berry Skull Dangler will come with an exclusive sticker as well as a free enamel pin. Customers looking to create a super deluxe version can opt to head over to the DuBoseArt website shop to pick up a Clear Blue Ooze head to place on top of the Skull Dangler (must purchase Ooze Head separately). DuBose offers a selection of optional alternative heads which fit all Skull Danglers.
IVY PARK RODEO Collection
adidas and Beyoncé are returning to present the latest adidas x IVY PARK collection. Inspired by the inimitable style and undeniable influence of Black cowboys and cowgirls, the “IVY Park Rodeo” collection celebrates the formidable impact of Black men and women on American Western culture. The collection celebrates the oft-hidden history of Black pioneers within cowboy and cowgirl culture and their continued influence and impact on the American Rodeo.
IVY PARK Rodeo is where audacious design meets thoughtfully remixed classic streetwear and athletic wear fused with inspiration from the Black cowboy experience. The collection features 58 adult apparel styles, 5 adult footwear styles, and 13 different accessories. Boasting dark denim fabrics and washed heavy French terry materials throughout, the apparel and accessories are elevated with unique denim monograms and bold purple glow cow prints. Utilitarian-inspired zips and snap fastenings complete the details. The fourth IVY PARK collection launches exclusively on adidas’ website for 24 hours on August 19 and is followed by a wider global launch on August 20.
Champion × Naruto Capsule Collection
Champion Athleticwear has partnered with Naruto, a Japanese manga, to bring a unique capsule to market celebrating the story’s most well-known characters. Fans can shop the limited edition collection on August 13 at Champion (in-store and online).
The collection includes Reverse Weave hoodies and Heritage short sleeve tees for men, cropped Reverse Weave and Boyfriend Reverse Weave hoodies and heritage short sleeve tees for women, and hoodies and tees for kids. Plus, fans can go in any Champion store for an exclusive opportunity to customize their merchandise with hand-picked patches including characters Naruto Sage mode, Gaara, Shikamaru, Tsunade, Hashirama, Tobirama, Hiruzen and symbols Uzumaki Clan, Uchiha Clan, Akatsuki cloud, and Sharingan!
Rockstar Original’s Alaisa Jacket
Rockstar Original’s Alaisa jacket is the must-have wardrobe staple for Fall. The iconic puffer jacket for men comes in black ($199) and statement-making metallic royal blue ($209) and metallic red ($209). Staying true to the brand’s values of accessibility, the Alaisa starts at $199 in sizes Small to 3X-Large.
Designed to keep you warm and snug during the winter months, Rockstar Original’s bestseller in a matte fabric is made with a down alternative and includes a removable hoodie. This jacket is the perfect back-to-school coat to keep you warm throughout the upcoming, cooler months. For more info, visit HERE.
Hedon Helmets, the manufacturer of the world’s most luxurious and stylish motorcycle, bicycle and e-bike helmets, issue a bold and refreshing retake on two wheeled culture. Whether you’re taking your e-bike to school, work, or just on an afternoon joy ride, Hedon Helmets keeps you safe on all of life’s adventures. Kids will be kids, so keep them safe while they play!
Created in 2011, founders Lindsay and Reginald set out ot completely rethink the protective headgear of the contemporary urban rider. Without compromising on safety they developed a style that is bold, refined and nostalgic, with comfort driving design above all else Their core belief is that when form and function work seamlessly together, style is effortless. Their dedication has led Hedon Helmets to become essential accessories for all discerning riders.
Casio’s A100WEPC Watch
Casio America, Inc. announced today the release of the A100WEPC, a collaboration model featuring the iconic PAC-MAN game that is popular around the world. The A100WEPC is based on the recent reissue of the F-100 digital watch, which was originally released in 1978.
The new A100WEPC watch is based on the recently released A100 watch, which reprises the design of the original F-100, including the unique four-button front layout. The styling is designed to evoke the fun, retro look of the PAC-MAN game. The watch face features colorful pixelated PAC-MAN and ghost characters, and the center ILLUMINATOR logo is rendered using the PAC font. The face design faithfully replicates the PAC-MAN game screen, down to details like the pink line marking the exit of the ghost nest from which the ghosts emerge. The gold-plated watch case is inspired by the color of the PAC-MAN arcade game cabinet. The top watch band is laser etched with a rendering of PAC-MAN being chased by ghosts, and the reverse scene with PAC-MAN chasing ghosts is rendered on the bottom band. The case back also features the PAC-MAN logo and icons. The watch comes with special packaging imprinted with PAC-MAN character icons and the game score screen, to deliver the full look of the PAC-MAN game.
Marc Jacobs’ Color Collection Pop Up
Westfield Century City’s newest pop-up, THE COLOR COLLECTION, an everyday capsule designed by Marc to celebrate comfort, creativity and self-expression, will debut just in time for the back to school and back to work shopping season. For a limited time, the Marc Jacobs Color Collection will be on display for guests to shop and browse. The pop-up will feature accessories and athleisure in vibrant matching hues and shades – featuring everything from everyday wardrobe essentials such as t-shirts, biker shorts, tote bags, to slides, all donning the iconic Marc Jacobs logo.
This apparel in this vibrant, striking collection makes for the ultimate back-to-school outfit or picture day photo-op. Free for all, Westfield Century City invites the public to visit the pop-up from August 15– October 31. The pop-up is located between the Jo Malone and Tesla retailers, on Level 1. For more information, please visit HERE.
Kask’s urban, Italian style helmets are ideal for bike enthusiasts and microtransit commuters. With the recent launch of their URBAN R and MOEBIUS helmets, bikers can stay safe and fashionable on the road. URBAN R features more than just beautiful aesthetics. With an integrated active ventilation system, URBAN R’s airflow is fully adjustable to suit the rider’s needs. A simple slide of the rear lever will open the helmet’s vent to allow comfortable cooling while the sun is shining. MOEBIUS features the all-new and KASK-exclusive ERGO FIT adjuster to ensure precise fit and comfort, even when riding on uneven terrain such as cobblestone streets. Complete with removable and washable padding, MOEBIUS provides optimum comfort for day-to-day wear.
The URBAN R helmet will go on sale in North America from the end of June, retailing at $249 USD (CPSC 1203 certified). The MOEBIUS helmet will go on sale in North America from the end of June (CPSC 1203 certified). It will retail at $149 USD. For more information, please visit HERE.
Humphreys Witch Hazel
Humphreys Witch Hazel is sustainably wild harvested to preserve its natural potency and distilled to capture its more pure, vital plant essence – not diluted and never polluted. Humphreys is proud to responsibly manufacture products and offer a vegan, cruelty-free skincare experience free of dyes, sulfates, parabens, gluten and phthalates.
Humphreys Witch Hazel offers three Organic Toners including Humphreys Clarify Pure Witch Hazel Organic Toner, Humphreys Calm & Clarify Witch Hazel with Lavender Organic Toner and Humphreys Soothe & Clarify Witch Hazel with Rose Organic Toner. Additionally, the brand offers four Alcohol-Free Toners including Humphreys Soothe Witch Hazel with Rose Alcohol-Free Toner, Humphreys Nourish Witch Hazel with Aloe Alcohol-Free Toner, Humphreys Refresh Witch Hazel with Cucumber Alcohol-Free Toner and Humphreys Recharge Witch Hazel with Grapefruit Alcohol-Free Toner. The full collection features botanical ingredients specially selected for the beautiful benefits they bring to senses and skin, always wild & free. Humphreys Witch Hazel is available at Walmart, Amazon and select Target stores.
Tonino Lamborghini Timepieces × BeauGeste Luxury Brands at Couture in Las Vegas
Tonino Lamborghini Timepieces and BeauGeste Luxury Brands, the Brand’s exclusive agent in the USA, will participate in the next edition of Couture in Las Vegas from August 24-26, 2021. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the newly redesigned Cuscinetto timepiece.
Held annually at the luxurious Wynn Resort, the Couture Show is one of the leading trade shows specializing in designer fine jewelry and luxury timepieces. In addition, BeauGeste Luxury Brands will exhibit Tonino Lamborghini watches in the “Krug” ballroom and showcase the entire collection to America’s elite top-tier buyers and the most recognized luxury consumer and trade media.
APERCU EYEWEAR – THE LAURENCE FRAME IN BLEU MARINE
Introducing the newest addition to Apercu’s bestselling silhouette: BLEU MARINE. The luxury sunglass brand has recently welcomed their newest, navy shades. This innovative colorway is an instant classic and proves to be the perfect mix of novelty and refinery. Bleu Marine shades are sure stun at any occasion this Fall.
Aercu’s mission is to create sophisticated, timeless sunglasses. As such, the company designed a 1970’s inspired silhouette that complements any outfit. A chic, navy hue was combined with the perfectly oversized, square shape to create the Laurence in Bleu Marine. The future is bright for students returning to school this fall. As such, these sunglasses are the ideal back-to-school style statement.
Fabletics × Liza Koshy Second Collection
Fabletics releases a new, limited-edition capsule collection with actress, producer and entertainer, Liza Koshy. Following the success of her first collection and based on customer demand, Liza is back to deliver her unique design perspective again. In her second activewear collaboration with Fabletics, Liza took inspiration from nature and urban utility for a collection that is bold yet versatile.
Designed in a variety of the brand’s high-tech fabrics and textures, like second-skin Seamless, contouring SculpKnit®, and PureLuxe in a new ultra-shine fabric for added texture, Liza’s collection goes beyond bras and leggings, sporting a wide variety of pieces including bodysuits, joggers, hoodies, and more. Grounded in a neutral pallete of powder lights, the collection features pops of colors and a psychedelic Haze Wave print throughout to reflect Liza’s energy and creative personality.
The Wale Collection x Kaz
Rapper and entrepreneur, Wale, has teamed up with Foot Lockerand Footaction to drop his second collection: “The Wale Collection x Kaz.” Designed with Kazeem “Kaz” Famuyide and in partnership with the WWE, the second collection is inspired by Wale’s love for the WWE and features T-shirts and hoodies from some of his favorite WWE Superstars from the ’80s.
Launching just in time for SummerSlam, the collection will be available exclusively at Foot Locker and Footaction starting today. This one-of-a-kind launch merges the world of music, sports, entertainment and fashion. Students looking for the most hip back-to-school apparel should check out this collection!
Skechers x kansaïyamamoto D’Lites Capsule
The second Skechers x kansaïyamamoto collection, inspired by the late Japanese designer, is set to drop on Saturday, August 21 at online and at select Skechers retail stores in North America and Japan, followed by the release of the limited-edition pairs in select European markets.
A celebration of avant-garde artistry, the Skechers x kansaïyamamoto D’Lites capsule honors the iconic Japanese designer’s use of color alongside Skechers’ signature silhouette and builds on the success of the initial launch on July 21. The global collaboration—years in the making—was one of the last influenced by acclaimed designer Kansai Yamamoto before he passed away and provides an opportunity for fans across the world to honor his legacy through the colorful designs.
Game Changers/Ground Breakers Collection
“The Brown Bomber,” Joe Louis, is boxing royalty. Furthermore, he is a national hero and unconquerable champion. Between 1937-1949, Louis stood as the world’s heavyweight champion. He wasn’t just loved, he was also s a serviceman during World War II, the embodiment of national pride. For generations of boxers since, he was the motivation to greatness. Now, Roots of Fight is creating a capsule inspired by this timeless icon.
As part of Roots of Fight‘s Game Changers Series, this new collection features an assortment of bright, stylish apparel. Tee-shirts inspired by historic legends will make you feel like you’re paving your own path to history. Wear shirts inspired by great leaders like Rey Mysterio, Rosa Parks, Julio Cesar Chavez, Joe Louis, Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, and more. Celebrating standing up and speaking out with Game Changers new Ground Breakers collection featuring Joe Louis.
Spice of Life’s Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker
The Bonfire is a Bluetooth Speaker and flickering light all-in-one! “Pink noise” is a natural soothing rhythm in nature that comes from flames and/or bonfires. The Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker creates a form of “pink noise” and creates a calming ambiance! Its flickering light mimics a flame, while playing high-quality sounding music. Push once for a flicker or two for a full-like fire glow!
Use this speaker for a romantic outside dinner for two, a group bonfire on the beach, or to relax after school. The Bonfire Bluetooth Speaker will give you ambient lighting and quality sound anywhere you want to create a perfect setting! The small handle makes it easy to carry and hang anywhere! IP65 Certified (International Protection: recognized standard for classifying its water & dust resistance). Includes USB charging cable.
The LUMICHARGE II LED is an all-in-one desk lamp. Its multi-functional features include a convenient place to charge your phone with a universal charging dock for all types of smart phones and the 10W Wireless Fast Charger charges two phones at once! Modernity, sophistication and overall minimalistic presence the LED lamp 2.0 version will steal the spotlight in any office, kitchen, bedroom or workspace!
There are 3 different hues (cool, warm and yellow), different levels of brightness, directional lighting, built-in-motion sensor that turn on when you enter a dark room and an anti-bacterial surface-important in today’s environment. This model includes an upgraded dimmable calendar display with daylight savings, date, temperature and calendar with alarm options. Lumicharge is available on this website, Amazon and Amazon Prime, and ShareSale.
LITA by Ciara
Ciara launched her new ready to wear fashion collection today – LITA by Ciara – the latest brand to join The House of LR&C. The new women’s ready-to-wear collection is built on the belief that Love Is The Answer (LITA) and is designed with Ciara’s signature tomboy chic and effortless style as the inspiration. The consciously created collection brings to life the notion that consumers shouldn’t have to choose between style and sustainability which is an integral part of the brand’s ethos.
LITA features prints that embody the spirit of the rare and beautiful black king cheetah, an ode to Ciara’s fashion identity. The collection includes an Armor Coat in Faux Fur Jersey, Lover Shirt Jacket in Lamb Papery, a 90’s inspired Varsity Tour Jacket and Leader Track Pant in Stretch Leather. The collection is now available online at The House of LR&C, as well as on Nordstrom’s website and at select Nordstrom stores.
Are you tired of having a big black tv staring back at you from the wall? What if you could have an art collection valued at over a billion dollars instead? Enrich your life through the beauty and emotional connection of your favorite works of art with the BillionDollarArtGallery.
The perfect gift idea for the person who has everything, the BillionDollarArtGallery is an ingenious way to put your tv to work showcasing an extensive collection of over 500 paintings that span the ages and the imagination. Featuring the world’s most famous and influential pieces in ultra-high definition, now you can experience the fine details your coffee table book could never capture. Each slimline memory stick comes enclosed in a beautiful laser-etched maple gift box for safe storage and easy gifting for the person who has everything! For more info, please visit Amazon.
School can be stressful and the last thing you need is having to pick out what to wear. The key to back to school outfits are having staple items that are comfortable, stylish, inexpensive, and versatile. Luckily, Fabletics has made is easy for you to look cool and trendy. These back to school essentials will have you covered for the entire year.
The Postgame Jogger: A softer than soft brushed fleece jogger, equipped with sweat-wicking and anti-stink tech. Designed with a tailored fit and the perfect amount of stretch, you’ll never want to take these off.
The Training Day Polo:Built for training but cool enough to wear beyond the tennis courts, this isn’t your basic polo. Sweat-wicking fabric keeps you dry during your sweatiest workouts while its versatile slim fit and ribbed collar take the look to a whole new level.
The Franchise Short: Our bestselling short is made from our most durable fabric that’s coated with sweat-wicking and anti-stink tech. Its multiple pockets (including bounce-free hidden storage for your phone) make this a top performing utility short.
Rockstar Original Faux Grill
Not a new trend, but an exciting one. As an expansion or expression to your personal style, Rockstar Original now offers faux grills in silver and gold. An affordable and unique way to add character to your outfit.
P.S.: Rumor has it that grillz and tooth gems are it right now, “In 2021, grillz and dental ornaments are having a rebirth, and this movement is being spearheaded by a cohort of avant-garde, experimental designers who are set on pushing the boundaries of dental jewelry into a whole new realm. Mandatory-mask-or-not, being stuck at home has revealed an insatiable appetite for getting our mouths blinged-out.”
MomRemedy Household Cleaner and Stain Removal
College dorm rooms aren’t very big and don’t have a ton of storage. A good multi-surface cleaner can help keep your dorm clean with an all-in-one formula. From crayon on the walls to pet stains on the upholstery, discover the only grab-and-go household cleaner you need for jobs big and small with MomRemedy!
Their eco-friendly Everything Household Cleaner & Stain Remover is the key to decluttering your cleaning cupboard while making your routine a breeze. Simply grab one bottle to tackle stains, dissolve grease, eradicate odors, and more without harmful chemicals or obnoxious scents. When you opt in to their Subscribe & Save feature, you’ll get a great deal on their 64oz refill to use with your new chic reusable glass bottle.
Made with just 4 ingredients
Uses the natural cleaning power of citrus and hydrogen peroxide against stains, spots, odors, dirt, grease, and grime
Safe for the entire home
No sulfates, phthalates, or parabens
No added dyes or fragrance
Naturally light lemon scent adds a touch of freshness to your space
Made in the USA
Includes 64oz refill and 16oz reusable glass bottle with silicone sleeve
Sold in Giant Food Stores near you
Since introducing the very first organic lip balm in 2003, Eco Lips has helped make organics part of people’s lives. USDA Certified Organic and 100% edible formula made from food grade ingredients. This back-to-basics Pure & Simple lip balm line is packaged in our new Plant Pod® Innovation – the first 100% plastic-free plant tube. Offered in a variety of flavors including Coconut, Raspberry, and Vanilla. Delicious, pure and simple, and also great for kids.
Pure & Simple line: this back-to-basics Pure & Simple lip balm is made with just FOUR ingredients – sunflower oil, beeswax, Vitamin E and flavor. Certified organic and 100% edible – yes, you actually eat it!
This 9-pack features 3 Pure & Simple flavors: Raspberry, Coconut, Vanilla