Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Courage x Strength x Manhood x Maturity

It Takes More Courage To Reveal InSecurities Than To Hide Them, More Strength To Relate To People Than To Dominate Them, More 'ManHood' To Abide By Thought-Out Principles Rather Than Blind Reflex. Toughness Is In The Soul and Spirit, Not In Muscles and An ImMature Mind.

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Lupe Fiasco FreesSyles/Speaks At UCLA



Lupe Speaks The Truth and FreeStyles ThroughOut The Whole Video... One of The Dopest Freestylers out, If not THEE DOPEST !!! 

"My Gang is The Human Race & I Rep That All Day"

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Premium ‘Woodgrain’

Nike SB Stefan Janoski Premium 'Woodgrain' Sneakers
As part of their June 2011 releases, Nike SB presents the Stefan Janoski Premium QS ‘Woodgrain’. The upper look was inspired by wood, resulting in a special, yet overall very subtle look of the sneaker. These are in-store exclusives and are now available from Silo, among other premium skate boutiques.
Nike SB Stefan Janoski Premium 'Woodgrain' Sneakers
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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized.

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized.

Idiot boxes of the world unite! To fight off the effects of intelligence, replace smart quotes with fart jokes, substitute sense with scenes from Martin, let the baby's bathe in that glow and learn all manner of things they don't really need to know!

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Channel the content of some rambling nonsense deep into the annals of yo' subconscious, deprogram and depress chasing some televised success, be them, that, they and those be everything but in control,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

Small claims Court drama, teenage baby mamas, Osama watching Osama, Celebrity Endorsed indoor saunas, the perfectly cooked piraña and other cannonfodder for you to ponder, all at the speed of imitations of life while the smoke of war gets inhaled thru the peace pipes, be still my beating heart and scare my brain from thinking thoughts as i sit intoxicated by the delights, sarcasm and 3 strikes thrown by my favorite pitcher in a sound surrounded, 3 dimensional, high death, full color mixture, wholly unsocializing and completely uncensored,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

By this one-eyed monster most of the world was raised, and by this hero most of the world was saved, and to this master most of the world is slaves, it factors your fears with actors and cheers from a live studio audience pushing you to engage in a heroic act of thoughtlessness for the grand prize of a little bread, fleeting fame in the circus and every thought in yo head,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

"Ain't no changing me" said my flat screen TV, No More Che's to the rescue, or Black Panthers to correct you, just coaxial cables and satellite signals to connect you to a world that doesn't really look like it does on TV, where everything is much shorter, fatter, uglier and in disorder, where u have to do it now because there are no digital recorders where if the present gets boring you can just fast forward,

The Television Will Not Be Revolutionized!

So there will be no revolution, or paradoxically ironic televised public execution of the entire worldwide televising institution, there wont even be a celebritized, televised trial of old baby blue, cuz you see my dear friends the television will not be revolutionized but what about the revolution that should taking place inside......................of you?

By Wasalu "Lupe Fiasco" Jaco in Dedication to that guiding light of a human being Gil-Scott Heron

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron

Gil Scott-Heron died last night [May 27, 2011]. Official news outlets report the “cause is unclear” but those of us who grew up listening to his music and poetry, know our prophetic legend was finally run down by the demons that were his addiction. Gil Scott began his recording career with the independent label Flying Dutchman Records (a nod to the Leroi Jones play) in 1970, at the height of the Black Power movement. He was to America’s ghetto what Bob Dylan was to the rest of the country, a militant voice of protest. His influential 1974 album Winter in America produced soul aching ballads and timeless classics and caught the attention of music impresario Clive Davis who made Scot-Heron, in 1975, the first artist he signed to Arista Records.



Hip-hop did much to strip shame from poverty, but with songs like “Whitey on the Moon”, where he juxtaposed high health care bills, rat infested apartments and late rent payments with space race budgets, Gil-Scott’s songs restored humanity to America’s inner city poor. His “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” survived generation. He is widely regarded a forefather of hip hop, with artists (most recently, Kanye West) paying tribute to him for decades. His later live shows were often emotionally skinless; in later years he barely sobered up for concerts, yet the clarity of his sharp commentary cut through his own fog. Known to extend his haunting blues song “Angel Dust” past thirty minutes, gripping the neck of a large bottle of cognac onstage and breaking from his lyrics to make concise, biting political criticism. He was the unshaven everyman who looked like he could barely get past his own venue’s security, but when he sang his voice remained a strong bellwether. Gil Scott-Heron’s thirteenth and final album I’m New Here was released in February of this year. He didn’t take care of himself, he never conquered his need to self medicate, but he never stopped caring for us.

Via - Life + Times

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Friday, May 27, 2011

True Friend

A True Friend is An Individual Who UnderStands Your Past, Believes In Your Passions, and Accepts You Just The Way You Are or Helps You To Be Better Than You Are... I Have Very Few Of Them! 
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Malice of The Clipse: The Big Picture

Malice
Malice of The Clipse has undergone some powerful changes, ones that were inspired by a deep religious experience. That experience is at the forefront of his new book: Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked.

In this video, Malice talks about changing his name, becoming known for something else, and shares his feelings on the music that made him famous.



Trey x Halle

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Trey Songz and Halle Berry were in attendance at the 2011 FiFi Awards at Lincoln Center, Ny.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Finally Famous [Album Cover]

Yesterday the G.O.O.D. Music, Detroit-reppin' rapper "Big Sean" revealed the cover art to his upcoming album Finally Famous: The Album. The long-awaited album comes after a series of Finally Famous mixtapes. Look out for the album in stores June 28th.

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Why Do Muslim Women Cover... By: Sh. Khalid Yasin



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Top 10: Brain Foods

Brain Foods
Justin Robinson, MA, RD, CSSD, FAFS, CSCS, is the director of strength and conditioning at RU Sports Performance Center and the nutrition consultant at Optimal Nutrition, Inc.

The quest for more brain power seemingly continues through our lifespan, primarily because it eludes us as we age. We constantly strive for higher test scores, improved focus at work and increased retention of names, important dates and conversations (especially those of us in relationships). If you have already exhausted every avenue to increase your brain power, including more sleep, meditation, Sudoku, and sufficient exercise, try incorporating a few of the following brain foods into your diet.


High-powered brain foods provide sustained energy, thus they typically include complex carbohydrates, fiber,
lean protein, and some fat. Brain foods also power your entire body, including the heart and vascular system, meaning they are low in cholesterol and saturated fat, high in omega-3 fatty acids and minimally processed. High omega-3 intake increases circulation, which may result in long-term health benefits including lower risk of stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Evidence from recent animal studies suggests that high omega-3 intake may improve recovery from concussions. In short, brain foods not only improve behavior and mood, but can also reduce inflammation and decrease your risk of cancer and heart disease.
Brain Foods

No.10 Omega-3 fortified eggs

Free-range chickens fed diets high in omega-3 fatty acids produce eggs with higher omega-3, consequently improving the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. This fortification does not change the flavor or consistency of the eggs.

Brain Foods

No.9 Grass-fed beef

Grass-fed beef is lower in saturated fat and omega-6 fats than corn- or grain-fed beef; a recent Clinical Nutrition study reports that improving (lowering) the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids provides significant health benefits. Based on these results, you may not need to supplement with omega-3 (fish and flax oil), but rather reduce the intake of foods high in omega-6 (such as most beef, eggs and dairy). Grass-fed cows may also have a lower presence of bacteria such as E. coli.
Brain Foods

No.8 Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is strained to remove the liquid whey, which creates a thick, creamy and tangy yogurt. Nutrition-wise, it may be higher in fat than American-style yogurt, but it has more protein and less added sugar (usually none). Enjoy plain Greek yogurt with a teaspoon of honey or use it to replace high-fat, creamy foods such as mayonnaise and sour cream. You can also “thin out” these foods by replacing half the amount with Greek yogurt.
Brain Foods

No.7 Chia seeds

Chia seeds are actually a more concentrated source of omega-3 than flax seed. Chia seeds can be ground and used in similar ways as flax seeds (added to smoothies, cereal, yogurt, etc.) or soaked in water or fruit juice to make chia fresca. These soaked seeds are gelatinous in texture and can be used as a substitute for butter or cream cheese in recipes and as a nutrient-dense additive to salad dressings, sauces, jams, cereals, dips, puddings, or soups. It will not affect flavor and will absolutely increase the nutritional value.
Brain Foods

No.6 Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced “keen-wah”) is one of only two vegetarian sources of complete protein (soy is the other), meaning that it contains all the essential amino acids. Use Quinoa (a grain similar to couscous) as a substitute for rice or pasta in many dishes.
Brain Foods

No.5 Beans and legumes

Like whole wheat products, beans and legumes naturally provide complex carbohydrates and fiber, but additionally contain high amounts of potassium and phosphorus, which are beneficial for heart and bone health, respectively.
Brain Foods

No.4 Whole wheat breads, grains and pasta

These are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates, fiber (both soluble and insoluble) and B vitamins. These whole wheat brain foods are higher in protein than white grains.
Brain Foods

No.3 Raw nuts and seeds

Walnuts and almonds are great sources of omega-3. If you want to gain healthy weight, snack on nuts and seeds daily; they are very nutrient-dense and also pack a lot of energy. Raw is preferable since roasted nuts and seeds are often cooked in unhealthy oils (such as hydrogenated oils).
Brain Foods

No.2 Fresh fruit

Fresh fruit often gets a bad rap because it is “high in sugar,” which it is true, but it is also high in water, making it relatively low in calories for its volume. Bright-colored fruits, such as strawberries, acai, watermelon, and blueberries, are some of the most nutrient-dense foods available -- containing loads of vitamins, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Choose organic when you can, especially for fruits with thin, permeable skins, such as peaches and nectarines.
Brain Foods

No.1 Green tea

Moderate amounts of caffeine can improve focus, concentration and increase circulation (especially jasmine green tea). For you daily coffee drinkers, replace one or two cups per week with a cup of fresh brewed tea or choose tea as your late-afternoon pick-me-up rather than a soda or energy drink. Already a tea fan? If you have not already done so, try loose-leaf tea -- you’ll never go back.

Via - AskMen.com

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Honesty [Hadith]

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "When honesty is lost, then wait for the Hour (of Judgment Day)." He was then asked: "How will honesty be lost?" The Prophet replied: "When authority is given to those who do not deserve it."

[Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 8, Hadith 503]

Supra Skytop II Flag Pack

Supra Skytop II Flag Pack Sneakers
SUPRA presents the Flag Pack - two Skytop II's each strictly limited to 413 pairs and sequentially numbered inside of the tongue. The Firecracker is grey, red, white & blue and features nylon paneling. The Black Flag features Black & White full-grain leather and stained foxing. Both come with 413 hang tags.

The Flag Pack is available Saturday, May 28th exclusively in-store and online in France at Colette, in Germany at Solebox, in Sweden at sneakersnstuff, in the U.K. at ONE at Slam City Skates and at Factory 413 in the U.S.


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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Plane

Via - MashKULTURE

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Newly Weds [Daniel Gibson & Keyshia Cole]

Congratulations To Mr & Mrs Gibson!


MERIT BREAK DOWN spr.2011 WIND BREAKER By: Paper Brown Bag



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Monday, May 23, 2011

Out Of My Head ft. Trey Songz [Single Cover]

Video shoot in 2 weeks! Get ready Lasers!

Via - Lupe Fiasco

Untitled The Project, By: BAM Entertainment

Earlier This Year I Was Asked To Do A Logo For BAM Ent, For A PLay This Month. Well Here It Is... I Did The "Untitled The Project" Heading, ALL By Hand.

Support The Play On May 25th, I Plan To... So Should You. CheckOut Their FaceBook Page Here.

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Chris Brown and Justin Bieber Shoot "Next 2 You" [Photos]

Justin Bieber and Chris Brown



Justin Bieber and Chris Brown
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Friday, May 20, 2011

"The Artisan Series" Part 2 By: Paper Brown Bag




Created by MINDFRAME Productions for Paper Brown Bag NYC


"The Artisan Series" with Stained Glass Artist Joseph Cavalieri from DuBois Ashong on Vimeo.


Nike MS78 LE White/Mid Navy Chlorine Blue'

Making its debut last year, Nike’s vintage running-inspired MS78 model has seen a number of releases in a variety of styles. Here we see the one of the latest, coming in a white/navy-chlorine blue colourway. Available now at select retailers including Premier
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Jordan Brand's First Female Representative: Maya Moore

Maya Moore
The Jordan Brand has signed a female to an endorsement deal, the first since the athletic apparel and brand of shoes open its doors in 1985. After more than twenty-five years of no major female representation in the brand’s marketing, this marks a major step by the brand to sign an endorsement deal with Top WNBA draft pick Maya Moore. Moore, a forward, was selected by the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx and she is considered one of the best players to turn pro in years. While playing at the Univ. of Conn, she won two national titles and was selected as Associated Press’ Player of the Year twice.

By becoming the first female endorsed by Jordan brand, she will be in the position to become the female icon for all sneaker collects and basketball enthusiasts. Moore will play her first game as a professional basketball player on May 24, 2011. 


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Winners > Losers

Losers always have an excuse winners always have an idea.
Losers fix the blame winners fix the situation.
Losers make promises winners keep commitments.
Losers let it happen winners make it happen.
Losers say, ‘Why don't they do something?’ Winners say, ‘Here's something I can do.



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Swizz Beatz Art Auction Helps Raise Funds For Bronx Charter School

Swizz Beatz
Record producer Swizz Beatz and singer Estelle offered their assistance to Bronx charter school students through the Bronx Charter School For The Arts’ Third Annual Art Auction. Swizz Beatz was a perfect selection as host for the fundraising event because outside of music, he's a Bronx native and avid art collector, who paints his original pieces on his free time.

Swizz, with the help of his celebrity friends, was able to receive contributions for the auction from celebrities including Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Tony Parker, Carmelo Anthony, and Amar'e Stoudemire.

The auction featured original art by Bronx Charter School For The Arts elementary student artist. In addition, British R&B singer Estelle provided entertainment for guests with a special featured performance.


All proceeds of the auction benefits Bronx Arts' 2011-2012 After-school Program. The funds will help crucial initiatives, which provides academic intervention for struggling learners as well as artistic and enrichment programming.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How To Start A Career In Mens Fashion

Careers In Fashion
  • What You Need To Know
  • Many begin their path in fashion as interns. Do not overlook the value they represent.
  • Looking to start your own business? Be prepared to juggle your full-time job with your start-up.
  • It's easier to penetrate the men's market than the women's.
"Honestly, there are so many daily activities in the job of building a brand that are far from glamorous. "
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The fashion industry is misunderstood. People are quick to associate it with images of lifeless-looking models, excess and an outlandish reality that is only understood by elite enclaves in New York or Paris. Perhaps it's this very unattainable status that drives some to be part of it. They usually fall by the wayside.

Others, however, understand that fashion is a multibillion-dollar industry and that it is through internships, networking, risk-taking, and straight-up hard work that they've found great success. In this guide, you'll meet five men: Simon Spurr, a fashion designer; Benjamin Clymer, the editor-in-chief of HODINKEE; Corey Kelly, a stylist; Joshua Linam, a writer; and Eddy Chai, a store owner.

But it's not only their success that is the common denominator; it's that they're all men. You see, the fashion industry has the stereotype of being run entirely by women. And, hey, as Glenn O'Brien puts it, "If you like girls, there's no better industry to be involved in than the fashion industry." But that doesn't mean that it shouldn't present itself as an attractive career path for men. 

As a male fashion editor, I've always come across resources for starting a career in fashion that targeted women. Perhaps they didn't explicitly exclude a male audience, but the focus on menswear was scarce and often treated as an afterthought. That's why we here at AskMen decided to build a guide for men who want to start a career in fashion -- one that offers men the advice, knowledge and encouragement to be the next guy to revolutionize menswear.
 
Another misconception people have is that we fashion folk are inaccessible. Not true. If you have questions about starting a career in fashion, shoot them over to fashion@askmen.com.



- Sachin Bhola
Fashion Editor

 

Simon Spurr, The Fashion Designer, SIMON SPURR

AskMen (AM): How did you start your career in fashion?
Simon Spurr (SS): After having made a mental commitment to start my own company in search of a more balanced work environment, I started it with three pairs of denim. It was a strategic decision, as I thought that denim was a commonly purchased product that was an entry vehicle into building other product categories and ultimately into building a strongly rooted brand.

Having worked on the initial designs in my spare time from my apartment (which would become my office for the next four years), I set out developing and sampling the product using the best quality denim and manufacturing available in the USA. My first and biggest foot in the door experience was having Bergdorf Goodman be the first store to carry the denim. Tommy Fazio, the then-fashion director of the men's store, bought the jeans on belief in the product and belief in me to grow the brand. Tommy is now the president of SIMON SPURR.

AM: What is the appeal of working in the fashion industry as a man?
SS: I think it really depends on what you do. I'm not sure that being a man in the industry has any advantage over being a woman. Why would it? Having the English accent is probably my biggest advantage. I mean this only in the sense that people don't expect to hear it when they meet me. And it's almost become a distinctive point of difference for people to remember me by.





AM: What are some non-glamorous skills required in your field?
SS: Honestly, there are so many daily activities in the job of building a brand that are far from glamorous.
Math for sure: import/export duties, freight charges, fuel charges, pick tickets, costings, basic accounting, cash flow, etc. Retail headaches: RTVs (return to vendor, when someone sends a product back from the store. Thankfully, this doesn't happen that much), packing product, shipping product. I'm sure most designers started by doing everything themselves in the beginning, and I'm no exception.

Travel: It sounds exciting, and it is in some ways, but to fly 10 hours to Italy (in economy), get off of the plane and go straight to a factory to work another 10 hours is tough. Then to drive to the next factory, work again, sleep, work, sleep, work. Stamina definitely comes into play here. When you're the only one there, you just have to get it done!

AM: How do you see your specific field within the industry evolving in the next five years?
SS: I actually see menswear as one of the most exciting categories in fashion. In conjunction with the economical bounce back that we are experiencing, we are also witnessing a period where men are really starting to take a different approach to their own personal style. Men are dressing in a far more sophisticated way (physically and metaphorically). As the spotlight shifts from womenswear onto menswear a little more, the possibilities of growth are enormous. Seasons are becoming less important. Men are traveling more, and between varying climates, demanding more trans-seasonal product.

How things are made, the quality of the components being used in the garment or having the product "Made in Italy" are all becoming important factors again when considering clothes. Aesthetically, I would love to see more individuality at a mass-market level. More creativity and a better understanding of the garment from the average consumer. I really think the internet, fashion forums and blogs will educate the consumer and help make these changes for the benefit of us all.


"I'm not saying quit your job today if you think you have an idea for something. I worked on HODINKEE every single day - before work, on lunch breaks and at night - for a year while working full time." 

 

AM: What are some resources you recommend looking to for someone looking to start a career in fashion? SS: There are very few designers in the world like Alexander McQueen that have enough raw talent to start their own company straight out of school. Upon starting a company, I think it's vital to know about Factors. These are money lenders that will advance you money based on actual sales orders to help you finance the production of your collection. Angels The Costumiers in London, Melet Mercantile in NYC are both great vintage clothing resources for inspiration. PR firms: You will need one to support the product, get editorial, celebrity dressing, etc. It costs a lot of money, but it's paramount to the success of a brand. Benjamin Clymer, The Editor-In-Chief, HODINKEE AM: How did you start your career in fashion? Benjamin Clymer (BC): When I started HODINKEE, I was just another asshole slaving away in Microsoft Excel for nine hours a day. But I was working for a bank during one of the slowest periods in banking history, so I had some free time on my hands. I had always been interested in watches so I started a Tumblr account where I'd write about a new watch every day. Slowly, more people started to visit the site, and eventually an editor at GQ.com asked to speak with me about it. That was the site's first major placement and really got it going and, by association, my career as a writer and editor. 





AM: What’s a risk that you took when starting your career in fashion that paid off?
BC: That's easy: leaving UBS to work on HODINKEE full time. If you want something to really explode, you need to dedicate yourself to it fully, and once I put all my time into the site, things really started to happen. I'm not saying quit your job today if you think you have an idea for something. I worked on HODINKEE every single day -- before work, on lunch breaks and at night -- for a year while working full time at UBS. Make sure you're realistic about what you can do, but if you have a good lead with something, making the plunge into full-time writing is the only way to go. Think about what you do from 9 to 5 each weekday. Now imagine you put that much effort into something you really believe in. It's incredible what you can accomplish when you have both the interest to do something original (which everyone has) and the time to make it happen (which few have).

AM: What is the appeal of working in the fashion industry as a man?
BC: For me, it's about getting to meet the minds behind the brands. Sure, there are nice dinners, events and shows -- even the occasional freebie -- but the best part is getting to sit down with and talk to people that have done great things. You quickly realize that no matter who you're talking to, how famous, brilliant or wealthy they are, they are just "people." The opportunity to learn from and bounce ideas off of some of the greatest minds of today is one of best perks of working in the fashion industry. Oh, and the girls. Just kidding (not really).

AM: What are some non-glamorous skills required in your field?
BC: The ability to sell a reader on a story that he or she wouldn't or shouldn't care about unless you make them care. There are unique angles in everything, and good writing is about finding and exploiting those anecdotes that resonate with the reader. In storytelling, it's OK if you only make one point, as long as it's a good one. On a more practical level, some basic multimedia skills are incredibly helpful: basic html, how to really use a DSLR, Photoshop and Final Cut Pro.

AM: How do you see your specific field within the industry evolving in the next five years?
BC: I think over the next two to three years we'll see more upstarts -- more independent blogs coming from people that maybe couldn't have made it in the mainstream media, and I think that's a great thing. I had always thought I was a good enough writer and editor to work for people like Esquire and the Financial Times, but before HODINKEE existed, I never could've gotten in those doors. Independent publishing gives everyone a voice, and those with a voice to which people inherently want to listen will find a way to the top.

But I think at a certain point the industries covered by these niche sites -- the fashion world, the watch world, the car world, etc. -- may reach a breaking point with independently published media outlets. I think sooner or later, the fashion world will shake out those outlets that don't really matter, in spite of all the noise they make...and many of those will be niche blogs.


"I honestly believe amazing experience trumps a college education in this line of work - something people definitely notice in this industry."
 

Corey Kelly, The Stylist

 

AM: How did you start your career in fashion?
Corey Kelly (CK): I originally moved to New York City to pursue a fashion modeling career. But I’ve always known that I wanted to work behind the scenes as a fashion editor/stylist. While my modeling agency sent me out on castings, I worked as a sales associate at Polo Ralph Lauren. The experience I had there was special because, on a daily basis, I was exposed to an important circle of influential people who worked in fashion and other industries. One of my clients at the store happened to be a wonderful married couple who introduced me to their close friend who was an editor at Men’s Vogue at the time. I remember I was extremely interested in working as an intern within the magazine’s fashion department. I knew if I landed an internship with such an important title it would eventually lead to another opportunity. Fortunately, after interviewing with Men’s Vogue’s fashion department, I landed an internship. I sacrificed a lot of my time then, since I literally worked seven days a week. I worked three days a week at Men’s Vogue without pay and four days at Ralph Lauren, which was my primary source of income. I did this for months and months until I landed a position at Style.com to assist Candy Pratts Price, the site’s former executive fashion director.

AM: What’s a risk that you took when you started your career in fashion?
CK: Being laid off was the biggest risk I took during my career that I never had any control over. Near the end of my stint as a fashion research assistant at Style.com, my division was downsized due to the economic recession. It was such a scary moment in time because I had never experienced the loss of a job before. On the bright side, being laid off really pushed me to be creative and utilize the experience and connections I had gained.

After what seemed to be endless emails and phone calls, I was able to find work as a freelance fashion assistant at WSJ [the magazine from The Wall Street Journal], contribute as a fashion writer for this very site [AskMen], work as a collection coordinator with Dizon, Inc., a well-known fashion production company, on many major shows during New York Fashion Week, found steady work assisting a few major fashion stylists, and, surprisingly, found myself working with Candy again at none other than Vogue.com. 




While working with many of these companies, I was able to break out on my own and develop my portfolio. If you want to be a fashion stylist, you need to have something that showcases your work. When you’re fresh and new in the industry, you always need to be updating your portfolio. This is something I take seriously because your portfolio is a reflection of your creative vision. There have been times earlier in my career when I’ve submitted tests from my portfolio to publications and they’ve surprisingly ran them as full-on editorials. You have to take chances and, I think, for me, being laid off shook things up and made me push a lot harder.

AM: What are some non-glamorous skills required in your field?
CK: Ambition, experience and a vision. You don’t have to go to college to become a fashion stylist. I certainly never did. The education comes from the experience you receive through interning and assisting fashion editors at publications and/or freelance fashion stylists. This experience pays off because you learn the way the business works, who the key players are, etc. I honestly believe amazing experience trumps a college education in this line of work -- something people definitely notice in this industry.

Secondly, you need to be ambitious because a lot of people don’t understand the amount of legwork and running around that is involved with styling. They think it's like playing with Barbie dolls and dressing models and celebrities. About 85% of the job is exhaustive: sample-trafficking and communicating with showrooms and fashion publicists, hoping you get your requested samples for your shoot, which can actually be quite a headache. It’s funny because by the time you're ready to put together looks, you’re exhausted.

AM: How do you see your specific field within the industry evolving in the next five years?
CK: I see the web playing a major role -- something that’s already happening. Magazines and retailers need an online presence, and this is creating something new and exciting for fashion stylists. Before the internet, fashion stylists worked primarily on fashion editorials and advertising campaigns seen in print publications. But now a lot of that work is moving online thanks to e-commerce and online media.

AM: What are some resources you recommend looking to for someone wanting to start a career in fashion?
CK: The No. 1 resource for anyone interested in becoming a fashion stylist is to seek opportunities to intern and/or assist an important name. I've never met a successful fashion stylist who just happened to become a success out of the blue. You have to really be passionate about what it is you're working toward because working in a fashion closet at a very popular magazine is a lot of work. I remember getting the shock of my life when I started working as an intern at Men's Vogue. Not because it was a bad place to work, but because I didn't know about the amount of work and long hours you have to put in. I've seen my fair share of interns working at fashion magazines with bloated egos who barely lift a pinky because they think that’s what fashion is all about. But it's funny to see how long they last.


"But let's be honest: Fashion throws the best parties."
 

Joshua Linam, The Writer, LookBooks.com

 

AM: How did you start your career in fashion?
Joshua Linam (JL): My start as a fashion writer came via a friend whom I'd worked with prior. He's a serial entrepreneur and recruited me to his online fashion start-up to write editorial content. My first assignment was interviewing two Victoria’s Secret supermodels, which was a nice learning experience.

Even more than most industries, fashion is about building a network of people. When you meet new potentially beneficial contacts, you need to show the best side of yourself: exhibit professionalism, offer genuine friendliness and remember little things like handwritten thank-you notes.

AM: What’s a risk that you took when you started your career in fashion? 
JL: I was writing when I lived in Texas, but I always thought I was meant for bigger things. I bought a one-way flight to New York City, packed four suitcases and a beanbag, and I made the move. Obviously, my friends and family thought I was insane for moving without a job lined up, but my belief in myself never wavered. I shook as many hands and kissed as many babies as I could around the city, and I eventually fell into a great opportunity.

AM: What is the appeal of working in the fashion industry as a man?
JK: Fashion is a massive beast of an industry in New York City. It takes hard work and a lot of hours to arrive at where you want to be, but the industry can be very rewarding. Fashion parties and events should not be your main reason for seeking a career in fashion (vodka martinis are not enough motivation to get you through the crazy-filled days). But let’s be honest: Fashion throws the best parties.

AM: What are some non-glamorous skills required in your field?
JL: As a writer, it's a real advantage to know the basics of social media. It’s not enough to write an amazing piece. You need to get your work in front of people. However, there’s no magic button to press that’ll grow your Twitter or Facebook following. The best way to expand your social media network is by provoking thoughtful conversations, maintaining a strong voice and staying consistent with posting.

AM: How do you see your specific field within the industry evolving in the next five years?
JL: The future of fashion writing is online. In five years, I think stories that fashion writers publish will be received so instantaneously that proofreaders will be working overtime to prevent errors. Blogging will no doubt have its place in the future because it represents the voice of the people. I also see a gap closing between writing, marketing and e-commerce. This means things like branded content, advertorials and a "buy now" button alongside images of new clothing.

AM: What are some resources you recommend looking to for someone wanting to start a career in fashion?
JL: Developing good communication is key in any field. There’s an age-old book called How to Win Friends and Influence People that every young man should read. Cheesy, perhaps, but it offers valuable lessons in the art of conversation.





"The men’s market is still relatively young but developing at a tremendous rate. "
 

Eddy Chai, The Store Owner, Odin New York

 

AM: How did you start your career in fashion?
Eddy Chai (EC): Paul Birardi (co-owner of Odin) and I had a friend who had a women's store in the East Village. In spending a lot of time in the area and walking about, we noticed that there weren't really any men's stores or ones that reflected what we would want to experience. We had this casual sentiment: "Someone should open a men's lifestyle store in NYC." That friend called us one day and said, "You guys should open a men’s store. There's a available space down the block."

AM: What’s a risk that you took when you started your career in fashion?
EC: It wasn't until much later that we realized that our biggest risk was opening our first store. There were definitely naysayers who thought that the men's market was too small or that the East Village was too off-the-beaten-path to have a viable business. But we definitely had a clear point of view and were passionate about what we wanted to create and stood true to that vision.



(In this video, Eddy Chai interviews his brother, fashion designer Richard Chai)

AM: What is the appeal of working in the fashion industry as a man?

EC: There's a tremendous amount of creative, inspirational and motivated people, regardless if they're men or women, in the industry, which keeps us engaged. In terms of being a man in the industry, unlike the women’s market, the men’s market is still relatively young but developing at a tremendous rate. To have a voice in contributing to this market (however large or small) by introducing new brands and products to a discerning male customer is gratifying.

AM: What are some non-glamorous skills required in your field?
EC: Many people have this misconception about the duties a buyer has. It’s not just about selecting “nice things.” There is an important financial component that requires planning and analysis. There is nothing our employees do that I’m not willing or have not done myself. Most of my business is non-glamorous, and that's fine by me.

AM: What are some resources you recommend looking to for someone wanting to start a career in fashion?
EC: Get an internship. I know that sounds obvious, but it truly is a way to start a career path. And while I know many people are quite dismissive about internships, it really gives you exposure to the inner workings of the business. It could help you decide if it is even a career you want to pursue.

Via - AskMen.Com

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Oh Henry! by Nicholas Kashian

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New York’s Dean Project will present new works by Nicholas Kashian from May 19, 2011. The artist works with a variety of surfaces, creating paintings that are about immediacy both in  feeling and gesture. All Kashian’s current work was produced in Berlin, where he relocated to from Chicago in 2009.

The exhibition will run through June 25, 2011.

DEAN PROJECT
511 West 25th Street – No. 207
New York, NY 10001

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Bad Meets Evil: The Cover Of Hell (Album Cover)

Unveiled: the cover for Hell: The Sequel. For this one, Eminem and Royce hooked back up with The Slim Shady LP photographer Danny Hastings. Danny did the interior packaging and special edition cover shots for Em's Interscope debut and we decided that since the Bad Meets Evil project is bringing things full circle from that time period that it would be appropriate to work with Danny on the visuals. You can peep some of Danny's classic work and current material HERE. Be advised, this is the guy that did the classic Wu-Tang Enter: The 36 Chambers cover, Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... cover, and many others.


the cover features Eminem and Royce Da 5'9. The new project is set to hit stores on June 14th. The nine-track EP will feature appearances from Slaughterhouse and Bruno Mars, with production from Bangladesh, Havoc, DJ Khalil and Mr. Porter.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Air Jordan 1 Phat July 2011

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Jordan Brand present two new Air Jordan 1 Phat colorways for July 2011. Above is a very clean and classic white and obsidian blue make up in suede and leather. The second option is done in all white, mixing in “carbon” panels and slight wolf grey accents. These will be available at Jordan accounts in July.
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Rasta Pack By: Supra

Supra Rasta Sneaker Pack
For Summer 2011 Supra presents the Rasta Pack. The Vaider and Vaider Low come with Hemp uppers, on gum rubber outer soles and of course the iconic three-color rasta branding. Look out for a release soon.
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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Fashion Show Featuring CALLIGRAFY x Others...

My Company Calligrafy Will Be Debuting Our Fashion Line "5 Brothers by: Calligrafy" On May 21st In A Fashion Show At Buzz Night Club 10pm SHARP. This Is The First Introduction, So Expect It To Be EPIC!!! We Will Be The Second Line To Walk, So Come Out Early and Support!

View The Facebook Event HERE!

Contact Me For Tickets: Calligrafist@Gmail.com or Http://Twitter.Com/Calligrafist

Buzz Night Club
103 Empire Blvd
Brooklyn, Ny 11225



Saturday, May 14, 2011

Beautified Series: Beautified On May 14th

Beautified On May 14th Is A Dedication To Creator/Owner Of Calligrafy (Ismail Calligrafist Sayeed), Being Born On That Day and In This Month He Wanted To Do Something Along The Line Of Beauty. It Is Also The First Of Our "Beautified Series"... If You Wanna Be "Beautified" Let Us Know. Prices Vary... Enjoy ! 
T- Shirts Coming End Of May!

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Alife x Uhuru Design: Private Property

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PRIVATE PROPERTY brings together high-end sustainable furniture design and downtown New York graffiti culture: The project counts on the participation of infamous graffiti writers EARSNOT, SEMEN, JIM JOE and KR; legendary Lower East Side hang out Max Fish and its unruly clientele; and lifestyle brand ALIFE—all of whom have produced self-titled pieces.

A collaborative effort between ALIFE and Brooklyn-based contemporary furniture manufacturer UHURU, the project runs during New York Design Week and presents a a unique collection of handcrafted sustainable furniture that plays with the concept of vandalism, private property
and each’s appropriation of the other.


Open from May 14 (My Birthday) to May 17, 2011.

NEW YORK ART DEPARTMENT AT THE HOLE
312 BOWERY
NEW YORK NY 10002

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