A decade or more, Vaughn Lowery became notable when he appeared in Kmart’s smash commercial – Joe Boxer. It helped the retailer roughly sell US$20 million per week. By becoming an exclusive spokesperson, he appeared with Leeza Gibbons on Extra, Katie Couric on Today Show, and Jay Leno on The Tonight Show.
At the culmination of college, he relocated to New York City; and thus, Vaughn began a career as an actor and model. It was there where celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine set him up with a fashion photographer, Fadil Berisha. Above Joe Boxer, he worked as a successful print model for many companies such as GAP, Old Navy, as well as a runway model for Tommy Hilfiger, Phat Farm, and Karl Kani. He has graced the pages of Elle, Cosmopolitan and Glamour. Additionally, he flipped the Houston Chronicle.
Years back, ABC News Primetime aired a segment chronicling his life, along with the tragic John Ritter story. Vaughn has also filmed a Super Bowl commercial, completed a high-profile Dasani Water billboard ad campaign, appeared on America’sNext Top Model, guest-starred on the comedy, Scrubs, and screened his controversial 35mm festival film, The Young & Evil, at Sundance 2009. He was also named Seventeen Magazine’s 17 Hot Guys. His hindmost project TheCompany We Keep boasts director Roy Campanella II along with comedic co-star Leslie Jones. At present, Vaughn wrote a short, Chasen Life, which won a writing competition. He adapted audiobook Say Uncle into a feature-length film, pitched a reality series and is in the process of architecting an immersive design experience.
Futher, 360 MAGAZINE was named Business of the Month by the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce [NGLCC]. The NGLCC is the business voice of the LGBT community, the largest advocacy organization dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people, and the exclusive certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses. It possesses deep affiliations with FORTUNE 100 Fastest Growing Companies.
Adore Me has never been a celebrity-driven brand but when the opportunity to work with Bebe Rexha was presented, they knew they couldn’t pass it up. Bebe has always been a powerful voice on body positivity and inclusivity – the themes most near and dear to Adore Me’s heart.
But the timing really matters to us, too, says Assiya Assanbayeva who is a content strategist for Adore Me. As we head into a summer where America’s re-opening, we’re excited that we have someone like Bebe Rexha to spread the message that it’s okay to celebrate and have fun. As a lingerie brand, making our customers feel happy, confident, and sexy is at the core of what we do – and after everything we’ve collectively been through, we truly hope we can spread some joy to our customers with this collection.
The collaboration was built around products that are unafraid to be sexy and playful, like both Bebe Rexha and Adore Me. Just like Bebe Rexha crosses genres from pop to country to rap to rock, Adore Me has always been driven to serve all styles of lingerie to all types of customers of all sizes. We hope the collection reflects this. Who better than a lingerie brand and an inspiring musician to help us through a hot vax summer.
You can read more about the partnership and see the launch video here.
Pretty in pink! Made of recycled nylon lace, Onika has the best of both worlds: sexy and cute. This sheer plunging bodysuit features statement cut-outs with gold-ring hardware, a G-string back, and also has adjustable straps and removable cups.
Fun fact: for her first lingerie photoshoot, Bebe Rexha wore this bodysuit before the photoshoot to get her feeling more comfortable, and as Bebe told WWD, Bebe Rexha is discussing her lingerie. Her current favorite is the Onika bodysuit.
Feel like a rockstar! This push-up balconette bra is all about lace and attention to detail. Margaritte features sexy cleavage with intricate details, gold-ring hardware, and removable pads. Plus, it is made from recycled nylon lace and comes with a matching bikini and cheeky panty.
Fun bra-fit fact: With Margaritte bra on, you won’t have to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. The wings of this longline bra are wide enough to help secure the bra around the body and avoid it flipping up. The trick here is the support coming from the top back elastic, while the bottom elastic is made a little softer to not dig into the skin.
Ambrey is perfect for layering or wearing on its own. Made of custom lace in a botanical motif, this dark green bodysuit features a high-cut leg line and a thong back for a smooth and seamless feel.
Spotted: a little triple dart detail on the sides of the lace cups makes sure the bodysuit fits comfortably around the bust. Plus, it’s sewn with soft threads, so it doesn’t rub against the most sensitive area.
Bustiers are a big trend of 2021, and Avara is the first cropped bustier we’ve ever made. While this underwire black lace bustier’s floral details evoke a sense of boudoir chic, the pleated-side mesh panels add it some extra edge. Avara comes with a matching high-leg cheeky panty for a full jaw-dropping look.
Fun bustier-fit fact: front and side boning add extra support to the bustier, while mesh panels allow a bit of stretch for more comfortable wear.
Nic Tailor is a new custom men’s underwear brand, (customizable online), that is changing the game of the undergarment industry by setting a philanthropic standard. The brand was founded by North Carolina natives Cal Mosack and Nolan Mills, along with Audie Cooper, a former designer for Ralph Lauren, taking the lead on the creative.
The trio sought out to create underwear for men made from high quality fabric, that was uniquely fit to your measurements, alleviating any discomfort or the need to adjust due to movement. In September of last year, Nic Tailor partnered with the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Actor Peter Facinelli, for a campaign to raise awareness for prostate cancer. Images of the actor went viral, making headlines as he stripped down to nothing but a pair of Nic Tailors for the campaign; one that hits particularly close to home for the actor, and a cause he is passionate in spreading awareness for.
Nic Tailor’s efforts to raise awareness continues, with a portion of their sales being directly donated to the prostate cancer foundation. They also just introduced the Dry Fly brief for men who have battled prostate cancer.
The company explains its premise perfectly on its site: “At one time or another, most guys complain about their underwear,” it states. “It never seems to fit quite right because it’s only available in S-M-L-XL sizes. What about your weight, shape, and well, other measurements? Wouldn’t it be great if there were customized underwear? Well now, we figured, with the customizing capabilities of the internet, we could create underwear that is made to your exact size and shape.” Nic Tailor, short for “tailored knickers,” takes into consideration butt size, groin size…everything that makes people different.
“We felt there was a need for a true custom underwear product that was 100 percent made in the USA,” says Audie Cooper. “If you’re going to pay for a premium pair of underwear you should not be limited to S, M, L, or XL. Our brand is especially great for the guy who sits for long periods of time, athletes, or those guys who have large buns.”
And with prices ranging between $38 and $51, Cooper notes that customers keep coming back for more. For spring, the brand is working on a traditional boxer product versus the boxer briefs it sells now. Cooper also says he is working on developing a new fabric that will allow the brand to offer more color selection and prints.
Even if you don’t swim, everyone needs to pack some swimwear on their summer holiday. Lounging by the pool or tanning on the beach demands comfortable, cool and quick-drying clothing that won’t fill up with sand and keeps you looking stylish while relaxing abroad. Bondi Joe men’s swimwear is by far the best alternative to get a lightweight, soft, smooth, and eco swimwear. Made with materials that ensure you a quick-dry, and thick but comfortable fabric that protects you and makes you feel good wearing them. All the company’s merch is made from recycled bottles fabrics, that means you can be fashionable and eco friendly at the same time.
So, here’s our quick guide to picking out the best men’s swimwear this season:
Styles of swimwear
Different holiday destinations have different style codes: for example, in Ibiza swim shorts of all types are seen everywhere while, in some countries, most notably France, if you go to a public pool you may be required to wear tight-fitting swimwear.
Briefs, trunks and jammers
These tight-fitting lycra models are ideal for sport swimming as they don’t fill with water. Briefs (aka “Speedo style”) offer the least coverage, trunks are more square cut and may extend down the thigh, while jammers are the longest cut and some designs reach down to the knee. Most people usually leave this sort of swimwear at home and prefer something looser and less fitted for holiday swimming.
Swim shorts come in varying lengths and cuts from a skimpy high-leg cut (often referred to as classic, retro or volley short) to a long length Bermuda or boardshort style that reaches to the knee. Most fall to mid-thigh and have an internal mesh brief to offer additional support, while some come with handy zip pockets which can be useful for a few coins or keys.
Board shorts are a type of swim short that is usually a longer length and has a drawstring waist. They often don’t have the internal mesh, and some prefer to wear brief-style swimwear underneath.Trunks can refer to tight cut swimwear or a type of swim short that is mid-thigh in length, often with an elasticated rather than drawstring waist.
Most swimwear is made from polyester or nylon as it is quick to dry and doesn’t hold water, but lycra or elastane is used for tighter fitting swimwear to stop it from going baggy. Polyester swim shorts are typically preferred for use in swimming pools, as nylon is not chlorine-resistant, which leads to colour fade and the fabric degradation.
Swimwear is usually sized using relative sizing – small, medium, large, etc. – so if you aren’t sure which size you need, you should check the manufacturer’s size guide. Some styles are sold, like shorts and trousers, by waist size. As waists are usually elasticated or adjustable, you may find sizing up or down offers the most comfortable fit depending on your hip and thigh measurements.
Almost anything goes when it comes to swim shorts. Board shorts are traditionally brightly patterned – often with floral motifs. Stripes are fashionable this year, and if you want to choose a pair of shorts that won’t look dated, you can’t go too wrong with black or navy and white colourways.
In Italy, it is common for swim caps to be worn, so you may wish to pack one. Lycra caps are more comfortable to wear than silicone or latex. You may also want to pack a pair of goggles, since these are essential if you are training and useful if you want to see underwater at any time. Make sure they fit and are comfortable, or they will let water in.
If you’ve got a bit of extra space in your suitcase, then an easy-to-use snorkel mask allows you to snorkel with a reduced risk of breathing in water.
The 2nd collection with Alexander Wang builds on the LifeWear commitment to making life better by joining the exceptional functionality of UNIQLO’s innovative AIRism fabric with Alexander Wang’s sleek styling. It includes 11 AIRism styles for women and 4 AIRism styles for men of various colorways, made out of the iconic light fabric that is comfortable and smooth for every day wear.
TRAVEL JOURNALIST THOMAS WILMER INTERVIEWS 360 MAGAZINE PUBLISHER VAUGHN LOWERY
Small to medium sized business often fall short due to high turnover. Vaughn Lowery, Publisher of 360 Magazine, provides listeners with first-hand knowledge on the ever-shifting world of digital publishing and content creation through a youthful lens. Likewise with his innate ability to be accessible, he speaks to working in tandem with emerging generations and how their input could be detrimental to the survival of a brand.
An Additional Conversation with 360 Magazine’s Publisher Vaughn Lowery
If Vaughn Lowery was asked what his idea of success was 10 years ago, his answer would be very different from what it is today. He may have said that success means doing what he loves to do, being accomplished, or having a certain amount of material things.
“Success to me now is having a purpose in life and feeling passionate and fulfilled by it,” says Lowery.
Lowery got his first taste of the industry while interning for Vibe Magazine while on Summer vacation from Cornell University. His sister drove him into New York City every morning to drop him off and always advised him to be the first one at the office. One morning Lowery found himself alone with the publisher of the magazine at the time, Keith Clinkscales, which gave him the opportunity to speak with him one-on-one. It was due to his sister’s advice that he got the chance to do what no other intern would normally get to do.
After finishing up at Cornell in just three years, Lowery became an executive trainee with Saks Fifth Avenue. He was able to get along with everyone in the office and was doing great when he was called into his boss’s office one afternoon.
“She told me I was in the wrong business; that I was very charismatic and should try acting,” Lowery says, “but, I liked the path I was on at that time.”
It wasn’t until Lowery was asked by someone connected to the talent industry if he was a model that he truly considered breaking into the talent industry. Shortly after taking professional photos and getting them out to agencies, Lowery ended up with Ford Models. From there he did photoshoots, tv commercials, and ad campaigns, all while still working in outside sales at Aetna US Healthcare. Once he began modelling full time his face was in the pages of GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Gap. By being around people of all different positions, primarily in the magazine publishing industry, Lowery came to understand how content was produced. It was right before the recession hit while he was living in LA that Lowery made the transition from modelling to the publishing industry.
It was his experience in modelling that inspired Lowery’s creation of the 360 Magazine. While working on any given shoot, Lowery was often one of just three or less black men. Often times he was the only black man on a set which drew his attention to the lack of representation in the media industry. Lowery’s goal for the 360 Magazine was that it would fill this niche and promote diversity across the publishing world, specifically the covers of its magazines.
For those wanting to work in the media industry, specifically in the publishing world, Lowery suggests starting from the ground up.
“Being self taught and learning as you go is something you need to be open to,” says Lowery, “Ask tons of questions, and learn everything you can from every position.”
Lowery warns that it’s important to be open and cordial to everyone, because you don’t know when your paths will cross again. Making connections and using them is how most people gain opportunities. He also adds that just by hanging out with people you’ll always learn something that you can apply to aspects of your work.
Things in the industry have been changing and becoming more digitally focused since the beginning of 360 Magazine’s launch. The magazine was started during a time of e-zines, so it’s not a surprise that the website came first. Lowery had experience with creating websites from a young age so the move from print to digital was natural for him. It was clear to him where the industry was going.
“Print was getting costly, bookstores were looking dilapidated and even Barnes and Noble was focusing on their version of the tablet, the Nook,” says Lowery, “All the magazines were looking alike anyway.”
Print was still important though. Besides the fact that advertising agencies want to see a physical copy of a magazine before working with them, print is taken more seriously due to its cost. Other companies will be aware that a certain magazine has the funds to support itself if they have a print copy to show for it.
360 Magazine printed their first issue in 2009, but it was costly. Lowery began thinking that there had to be some other way to work with print. It was then that he decided to do print on demand publications. 360 Magazine linked with Blurb, which allowed anyone to order a print copy of the magazine right from our website. They’ve been distributing to them for 9 years now.
The magazine’s estimated circulation, which is based on print, is 110,000 from print on demand. This number doesn’t tend to move much, but most people end up reading 360 Magazine’s online articles through WordPress.
When asked what makes a media contributor most marketable, Lowery says that in this industry you need a social following and the ability to network. Being accessible and having a portfolio of published work is a great place to start as well.
“Do it all,” Lowery says, “monetize, write, take photos, be on time, and take initiatives.”
The hardest thing about the industry in Lowery’s opinion is breaking into it and surviving on freelance jobs along the way. Writers should be prepared to sacrifice mentally, physically and financially. While working for a publication, Lowery says that writers need to do what they can to become a valuable asset to them. That way, a publication will be more likely to keep you on board and help you in the future.
As for internship positions at 360 Magazine, Lowery aims to teach interns everything that he didn’t learn. He’s assigns articles for interns to write, pushes them to network, has them do coverage and teaches them how to get published or to self-publish.
“We teach interns how to be resourceful and find themselves in the organization,” says Lowery.
When interns can bring business to the magazine, the magazine will bring business to them. Special assignment opportunities are available for interns who finish their program and are still looking to remain involved. Lowery says that while the magazine is specifically looking to groom editors, that if a publication wants to really pop, then they have to have a revolving door.
When asked what goals he has for the future of 360 Magazine, Lowery responded that he aims to keep it three dimensional with podcasts and web series.
“I want to be able to put the brand out to different countries and places in America,” says Lowery, Local presences would strengthen us.”
He also says that he’s interested in the possibility of a reality spin off or docu-series, as well as introducing more formal programs for educational purposes.
Thanks to the advice of California’s trusted budtenders, Lowell Herb Co. has launched our brand new pre-rolls that offer seven different strains in one entirely fresh – literally – pack. Curated for the unfamiliar, each .5g smoke provides a novel experience that allows you to become acquainted with the strains’ individual characteristics and your body’s personal response. Beyond the fun of taste-testing, the Variety Pack helps you better understand your preferences and relationship with cannabis strains.
These hand-rolled and packed smokes are donned with unique symbols on each tip to differentiate the offered body and mind states. The corresponding descriptions on the back provide a reference point for desired effect before enjoying. As always, the Variety Pack flower is 100% organically-grown, cultivated in greenhouses and triple-lab tested. Packaged in a portable yet sophisticated design, our pre-roll packs are ideal for wherever the day or week will take you.
Warriors and Scholars
With their moisture-wicking technology, these briefs absorb and wick away sweat to keep men feeling great all day long. Featuring a durable stretch fabric, these briefs are soft on the inside and strong on the outside — just like a warrior — just like him.
THINX Responds in Solidarity With Transgender, Gender Non Conforming Community After Release of DHHS Memo
The Department of Health and Human Services released a memo aimed at establishing a legal definition of biological sex under Title IX. According to The New York Times, “the agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with … Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.” The new definition would eradicate the government’s recognition of an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify themselves as a gender other than what they were assigned at birth.
Maria Molland, CEO of THINX, the period solutions company, reacted to the report, expressing solidarity with trans and gender non conforming individuals:
“The Trump Administration’s efforts to legally eradicate the trans and gender non conforming population is nothing short of outrageous and should be extremely alarming to everyone, regardless of age, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
“At THINX, we affirm that trans and non-binary people are an important part of our communities. They are our colleagues, neighbors and our friends, and we will not allow them to be marginalized, silenced, or erased.”
As a period solutions company, THINX was one of the first to releaseadvertisementsfeaturing a transgender model.
Live on Rihanna’s YouTube Channel For Fans Around The World Beginning
7:30PM ET On September 12
YouTube will exclusively live stream Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Fashion Show from New York Fashion week on Rihanna’s YouTube channel for fans all over the world. The show will be a unique immersive experience and will showcase her line of lingerie and intimate accessories to close out New York Fashion Week 2018. You can find an announce video here: http://www.instagram.com/p/BnmUU5BFRcm/
The live stream will begin at7:30PM (ET) on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Fans can watch the fashion show live on Rihanna’s YouTube channel
PRESS NOTE: The link to the live stream is embeddable so fans can tune in directly on your site:
California Candle Company Expands With Intimate Apparel Launch.
BOY SMELLS is pleased to announce the expansion of their brand with the introduction of intimate apparel with Boy Smells Unmentionables. Debuting March 19, 2018, the new line of men’s and women’s underwear further enhances the home experience that is central to everything Boy Smells does. The debut Boy Smells Unmentionables collection includes three styles: a minimal mid-rise brief for men, a classic mid-rise boxer brief for men, and a minimal mid-rise brief for women. All styles are made in Peru out of premium Pima cotton. For color, Boy Smells has chosen to further expand the brands signature pink with other neo-naturalistic tones: bone, buff, bare, and blush.
ABOUT THE SMELLS
Boy Smells candles are a proprietary blend of coconut oil and beeswax; beautiful and rich–burning. Each scent has been developed to have its own unique expression; notes plucked from a personal catalog of olfactory memories, then evolved and expressed in a modern context. Both familiar and unexpected.
ABOUT THE BOYS
Boy Smells is the creation of David Kien and Matthew Herman who established the brand in 2014 in the Pico-Union District of Los Angeles, California.
Started as a scent experiment, and later developed as a product, both pooled their experiences in design and production worlds of fashion and applied them to a home fragrance collection.