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Vaughn Lowery illustration by Allison Christensen for his book Move Like Water x Be Fluid produced by 360 MAGAZINE

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Move Like Water × Be Fluid

By Katrina Tiktinsky

Vaughn Lowery, founder and publisher of 360 MAGAZINE, is set to release his first book this month. Move Like Water × Be Fluid is a stunning memoir documenting the author’s journey from a childhood in the Detroit projects to a successful career in fashion and media. The arc of this remarkable passage twists and turns in surprising ways, ensuring readers will believe in the concept that this life truly is what you make it. The text will debut as an exclusive multi-volume installation within 360 MAGAZINE and marks the inception of the brand’s foray into publishing.

This provocative coming-of-age story explores the power of branding strategy, a technique the writer developed at an early age and carried with him throughout his lifetime. Lowery, from the time he was a young child, is able to comprehend that one’s innate, individual self is their greatest commodity in life. Through the highs and lows that inform his experience, he stays true to that ideal. Lowery puts forward a raw and compelling narrative of a child, and later a man, who repeatedly picks himself up, reimagines his life, and finds innovative ways to move forward. The self-empowerment so emblematic in Lowery’s character and story promotes readers to adopt the author’s tactics in their own lives.

The influence of prominent civil rights leader Joseph Lowery, the writer’s grandfather, is prevalent in this work. A beacon for both hope and progress during the Civil Rights Movement, the legacy of Joseph Lowery weighs heavily on the narrator. This, along with his upbringing and existence as a black man in America, make Lowery both introspective and contextually aware when it comes to race. Moreover, draws parallels between the movement his grandfather championed and led, and the Black Lives Matter movement of today, exposing the failures of our system and calling for meaningful, systemic change. Both Joseph and Vaughn Lowery are members of the first intercollegiate historically African American organization Alpha Phi Alpha. Lowery simultaneously considers the work he can do, as a singular human being, to forward social justice causes in his day-to-day life and interactions with others. 

In 1920, his grandmother, Agnes Christine Moore Lowery (the little girl in the blue dress, also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha), came with her grandmother to become the first black to vote in Tennessee. The kids’ book, The Big Day, depicts their journey the day she voted, now available on Amazon here.

Photo of LaJUNE by Armon Hayes for 360 Magazine

Photo: Armon Hayes, Talent: LaJUNE

360 Magazine is also now selling one of a kind home goods via Chairish, a curated marketplace for the best in vintage and contemporary furniture, decor and art. Check out this piece designed by 360’s founder Vaughn Lowery.

In the year 2020, which has been afflicted with an overwhelming amount of change, there has never been a timelier moment for insight from a man like Lowery. As mentioned, Lowery’s deep ties and connections to racial justice in America feels incredibly relevant, as do his thoughts on digital media, something Lowery pioneered years before COVID-19 forced the world hurriedly online. Constantly at the forefront of social change, Move Like Water × Be Fluid offers an understanding of the current moment, yet looks forward to the possibility of an evolved, cosmopolitan world. One that Lowery aspires to through all his works, including this installation and 360 MAGAZINE.

As we follow the author through grade school, high school and on through Cornell University, we collect advice from a myriad of powerful secondary characters. From all walks of life, these secondary support systems offer Lowery the push he needs to continue on striving towards something better. We watch Lowery model the work ethic of his admired older sister, gain confidence from an encouraging teacher, change the trajectory of his life due to a neighborhood mentor, and learn from the critique of a Residential Advisor. This self-help-book stands apart for never failing to appreciate the importance of an individual’s support system. Fittingly, while the book catalogues Lowery’s journey to success, it inspires and encourages readers in the same way Lowery’s community uplifted him – to take action towards a meaningful life.

Comparable titles to Move Like Water × Be Fluid include other stories of individuals who later turned to publishing their experiences in self-help books. Numerous celebrity examples include Becoming by Michelle Obama, Shoe Dog by Phil Knight, or The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey. These titles, as well as Lowery’s first book, all feature introspection and explanations regarding the course of the authors’ lives. 

The following descriptions outlines the chapter-by-chapter journey within Move Like Water × Be Fluid.

Chapter 1: The beginning of Lowery’s journey is marked by his complicated childhood in Detroit, distinctly connected to his sense of place and community. Financial struggles and surroundings reminiscent of the song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” as well as the author’s early experience with assault contextualize the course of Lowery’s life.

Chapter 2: A childhood mood, coupled with the realization of his intelligence, swiftly changed the direction of Lowery’s life. Following a move to New Jersey to live with his older sister, Lowery’s early experiences of racism shine a light on his passion for racial justice today. The opportunity to participate in an honored education program again changes the trajectory Lowery follows.

Chapter 3: This chapter offers insight into the ups and downs of high school, a narrative many are familiar with. Yet, Lowery’s poised observations throughout the chapter reflect his early understanding of the world.

Chapter 4: After a remarkable yet complex journey through high school, Lowery achieves the first of many dreams by gaining the chance to attend Cornell University in New York. At Cornell, he is able to expand his understanding of self and what he hopes to accomplish.

Chapter 5: Saks Fifth Avenue recruits Lowery to work in their corporate office, marking Lowery’s first foray into the world of economics and fashion. The advice he gains from mentors in the field prompts him to shift towards a career in acting and modeling, supplemented by working in the Medicare Department of U.S. Healthcare.

Chapter 6: New York, in all its hectic nature, pointed Lowery west towards California where he could further capitalize on his talents in the entertainment industry.

Chapter 7: This chapter details one of the events in Lowery’s life for which he is best known: his commercials as “Joe Boxer Guy” that overwhelmed the nation. Following ups and downs in Los Angeles, this success cemented Lowery’s understanding of his own talents as well as his ties to L.A.

Chapter 8: Following an offensive home invasion, Lowery pivots to continue embracing what life throws at him with appearances on NBC’s “Scrubs” and “America’s Next Top Model.”

Chapter 9: With plenty of capital and the space to complement his next steps, Lowery founded 360 MAGAZINE in 2008, powering through the tidal wave that was the recession all due to his own brains and the belief in his product and brand.

Chapter 10: After another painful reminder of the inadequacies of the justice system in America due to an unjust prison stay, Lowery’s comprehension of what is truly important is once again realigned. Despite his negative experiences, his magazine is able to be on the cutting edge of the Los Angeles scene.

Chapter 11: The number 360 is ubiquitous to Lowery – one embodies the other. His appreciation for both his own capabilities and expertise, as well as the ones of others, assures his magazine and brand are constantly evolving. 

Chapter 12: Thinking on the future following the tragic death of a friend, Lowery is nowhere near finished and is more than ready to continue is many metamorphoses. He now exists in a space where he strives to empower others, all around the world. 360.

Move Like Water x Be Fluid, by Vaughn Lowery, is available this month exclusively on the 360 MAGAZINE’s website. 360 MAGAZINE has received numerous accolades, and has recently been featured on Dancing with the Stars. Stay in touch by following both Lowery (@vaughnlowery) and 360 (@360magazine)

Additionally Vaughn has an audio book titled, “Say Uncle: The Story of Vaughn Lowery” which loosely based on his childhood. It is available for here on Amazon Music. For additional info on Vaughn Lowery visit Wikipedia and IMDb.

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DSQUARED2 × SB LIV 2020 Collection

Available during Super Bowl Week 2020 (Exclusive to Saks Fifth Avenue)

Paying homage to Miami’s lush landscape and vibrant colors, DSQUARED2 is excited to launch their new capsule collection in honor of the 54th annual Super Bowl taking place in Miami in February 2020. The collection will be exclusively offered in Miami during Super Bowl week in both Saks Fifth Avenue Miami locations at Bal Harbour and Brickell. Exclusively designed for Saks Fifth Avenue, the line-up of limited men’s pieces is comprised of ready-to-wear garments and accessories designed in casual, contemporary silhouettes. A range of tracksuits, t-shirts, sneakers and more are defined by striking logos and tropical motifs in addition to the DSQUARED2 logo accompanied by graphic lines and palm trees with ‘Miami’ placed underneath in vibrant tones. Following its unveiling, the collection will be available in select Saks Fifth Avenue locations including Atlanta, Houston, New York and South Coast as well as www.saksfifthavenue.com.
 
D2XPepsi
Available Spring 2020

Additionally, DSQUARED2 has partnered with Pepsi® for a Spring/Summer 2020 limited-edition capsule collection, D2XPepsi. The collection showcases Dsquared2’s sport-street style combined with the vivid color palette and high-spirited fun of Pepsi’s iconic advertising strategies from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection is comprised of 43 special designed items all showcasing the Pepsi blue logo combined with Dsquared2’s signature maple leaf motif. D2XPepsi will be available in Spring 2020 at all DSQUARED2 retail stores, department stores and fashion specialty retailers worldwide.
 

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown, who is now the CEO of LVL XIII (pronounced “Level 13”) — a luxury footwear and apparel line. He went this direction after being laid off in his former accountant role at a luxury doll manufacturer, the Alexander Doll Company. He started the company by simply googling, “how to create a sneaker brand.

To date – his luxury brand signed a $1.5 million deal with Zhu Jiang, owner of Décor Apparel, which is the leading manufacturer of apparel and accessories in the world and also has current partnerships & clients such as SAKS Fifth Avenue,Nike, Target, Zara, Cole Haan, Converse, GAP, and many more. That deal also includes financial backing by international pop star and fashion icon, Jason Derulo (who has also made headlines as the brand’s ambassador).

On top of this, he is an ACTIVE philanthropist! We would love for you to highlight him and/or his brands in any stories that you are working on!

Currently, the apparel is sold nationally in both Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom. The brand is geared towards the affluent fashion male consumer between the age of 17-35 with an income in excess of $100K.

On top of having LVL XIII, Brown is also founding executive director of the nonprofit organization, Dream Of Humanity, Inc. In this role, Brown designs entrepreneurship programs that disrupt traditional business school models by providing hands-on entrepreneurial training and wraparound supports to young people from economically disadvantaged communities.

His Small Business Entrepreneurship Program, licensed by The Art Institutes, is now a required course in all of the nonprofit institution’s degree programs. Program resources will reach 30,000historically underrepresented students in 30 colleges nationwide in 2018-2019, cultivating thousands of small business owners with access to incubator program capital to fund their dreams.

New Bags Made From Plastic Waste

WANT Les Essentiels is pleased to announce their new Recycled Nylon Collection, travel accessories made entirely from recycled plastic waste.Lightweight and trans-seasonal, the Recycled Nylon Collection effortlessly blends performance sport and the elevated uniform to create a new standard for eco-friendly design.

Since introducing 100% Organic Cotton to all of the brand’s core items in 2009, WANT Les Essentiels has been committed to using sustainable materials in their collections. The addition of the ECONYL® crafted bags marks a new effort to reduce the environmental footprint in the manufacturing of their products.

ECONYL® is a lightweight recycled nylon developed in Italy and fabricated using post-consumer and pre-consumer materials such as carpets, fabrics, fishnets and other plastic waste. For every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL® created, 70,000 barrels of crude oil are saved and 57,000 tons of Carbon Dioxide emissions are avoided.

WANT Les Essentiels Recycled Nylon Collection is designed for stylish utility and functionality. The series introduces three new essential silhouettes, complete with a water-resistant YKK Excella® zipper, breathable mesh backing, elegant interior pockets for storing personal items or electronic devices, and a hidden passport pocket for easy access while traveling. All styles are made entirely of eco-nylon.

The three styles introduced in the initial drop are as follows:

Rogue Utility Backpack
Multi-purpose travel backpack with interior padded cotton pocket designed to fit a 15 inch laptop. ($395 USD)

Fillmore Waist Pack
Versatile pack has an adjustable strap that allows it to be worn crossbody or around the waist. Two interior pockets easily fit a phone and charger. ($165 USD)

Bryce Crossbody Bag
An adjustable crossbody strap, three hidden pockets and mesh padding make this bag the perfect everyday travel companion. ($165 USD)

WANT les Essentiels’ Co-founders and CEOs Mark Wiltzer and Jacqueline Gelber say that the collection is being offered at an intentionally accessible price point: “We really wanted to make the collection very accessible and allow the consumer to participate in reducing the environmental footprint.”

Styles are available in Black eco-nylon and range in price from $165 USD for the Bryce crossbody and Fillmore waist pack, to $395 USD for the Rogue backpack. Pieces are available for purchase at leading retailers as well as online at www.wantlesessentiels.com..

WANT Les Essentiels is sold through both WANT Les Essentiels boutiques and WANT Apothecary locations alongside leading retailers worldwide including Mr Porter, Barney’s New York, Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Ssense.com, WallpaperSTORE*, Moda Operandi, East Dane, Shopbop, Farfetch, Nordstrom, Need Supply Co., and more…

The Salon Project

The Salon Project by Joel Warren
Opens Innovative
New Beauty Salon at Saks Fifth Avenue Long Island

  • Debut location of innovative new retail and beauty salon concept at Saks Fifth Avenue Long Island.
  • Premium beauty creation and destination where artistry integrates technology, with leading technicians and unique products.

  • Bespoke beauty experiences in a unique setting, customized around the client, where specialized services are seamlessly connected to the vastly trusted experience of industry veteran Warren.


The Salon Project by Joel Warren is an updated original. A new concept in retail, beauty, and service. The combination of a curated assortment of hair care, skin care, nail care and makeup has never before been offered in such a highly customized way. We created our business model to help the consumer enjoy a bespoke experience, turning the client’s journey in a typical salon and beauty retailer into a thoroughly personalized, turnkey beauty service and shopping experience. Joel Warren, a veteran in the salon business, had a revelation that there is a far better way to primp and shop than what is offered by the current salon model. What was once thought of as an enjoyable day at the salon now truly is, along with expert guidance and incredibly curated retail, Warren has the solution.
The Salon Project offers an innovative approach to the client journey by eliminating the typical front desk for check-in. Instead, guests are greeted by iPad-equipped concierges who direct them to their designated station where the client remains and relaxes for the duration of their services.

Joel Warren said, “I noticed the way that many salons operate is not efficient or as client-focused as it could be. Our approach improves operations, and the client experience, by using our knowledge and technology to bring everything to the client. Saks Fifth Avenue has a focus on luxury, making it the perfect environment for the first location of The Salon Project.”

The first Salon Project location will open its doors in February 2018 at Saks Fifth Avenue Long Island. The plan is to have an additional ten locations opening at Saks Fifth Avenue stores throughout the United States over the next 24 months. Houston and Boca Raton are next on deck to open in 2018, with the second wave of locations in 2019. The highlight of 2019 will be the highly anticipated opening of The Salon Project at the Saks Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City.

RPG designed the interiors under the leadership of CEO Bruce E. Teitelbaum in partnership with Joel Warren. Two beauty and retail veterans joined forces to create a compelling, unforgettable space that melds unexpected touches and contemporary twists with 20th-century retro and modern, casual glamour. The salon and spa environment have the technological edge to create excitement and ultimate client convenience. Augmented and virtual reality features drive engagement and allow for seamless check-out in your chair with no trip to the front desk. The Salon Project is truly a stand-out in its category; it is the store of the future.

Bruce E. Teitelbaum commented, “We are thrilled to bring our global, diversified design and build experience to The Salon Project, a pioneer in its category. Joel’s incredible talent and knowledge along with the prestige and allure of Saks and RPG’s creative and manufacturing expertise should prove to be a winning combination.”

To that end, each Beauty Expert from The Salon Project has the opportunity to engage in multi-services training, allowing them to play a key role in facilitating sales through trusted stylist-client relationships. While seated, clients can play with augmented reality technology to try on products available among The Salon Project’s inventory. They test lipsticks and other beauty items from a try-on bar cart, all while receiving recommendations from the Beauty Expert / Hairstylist who seamlessly completes product purchases directly from an iPad.

Sean Paul Campbell, General Manager of The Salon Project, said, “I am thrilled to be supporting Joel Warren, as well as the many talented team members at The Salon Project. This innovative and unique new approach to beauty represents a giant leap forward in service and technology, and means that our clients will be able to expect the most current trends and products every time they walk through our door.”

ABOUT THE SALON PROJECT BY JOEL WARREN

The Salon Project by Joel Warren is a unique beauty retail concept created by Joel Warren. Warren is a globally recognized colorist, product developer, TV personality and salon owner who is moving forward into his new venture with iconic retailer Saks Fifth Avenue. Warren has selected everything from the product labels to the lighting. Warren will be developing the staff to his liking, creating a new category, which will combine high-end services with prestige retail in a unique environment. Services include hair care, skin care, makeup and medical spa.

For more information or to book an appointment, please go to thesalonproject.com, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter.

ABOUT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE

Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the world’s preeminent specialty retailers, is renowned for its superlative American and international designer collections, its expertly edited assortment of handbags, shoes, jewelry, cosmetics, andgifts, and the first-rate fashion expertise and exemplary client service of its Associates. As part of the Hudson’s Bay Company brand portfolio, Saks operates 41 full-line stores in 22 states and Canada, five international licensed stores and saks.com, the company’s online store.

For more information, kindly visit saks.com, Instagram.com/saks, Facebook.com/saks, Snapchat.com/saks_official, and Twitter.com/saks.

Snoop Dogg to perform at InterContinental® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub

Snoop Dogg is confirmed to perform at the InterContinental ® Miami Make-A-Wish Nightclub presented by E11EVEN MIAMI on Saturday, November 4, immediately following the InterContinental ® Miami Make-A-Wish Ball.
The evening will also feature a fashion show by Saks Fifth Avenue Brickell City Centre and an open bar.
Get your tickets at makeawishtickets.org and use the codeAP07 for a discounted rate.