DESIGNERS TO KNOW: EMBER NICHE EYEWEAR

While in college, Ember Niches founders would resell rare streetwear and ready-made eye-wear to make ends meet. In doing so, they developed passions for fashion and eye-wear. Those passions ultimately intersected at Ember Niche. The objective was to create a luxury eye-wear experience, but from a unique street perspective. Inspired by the extreme sartorial novelty of black dandyism, Ember Niche is devoted to establishing a brand that fosters individuality, creativity and fearlessness.

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seanella abraham
Raps by digital design: Introducing Knucks

Good things come to those who wait. 24-year-old rapper and producer Knucks has certainly learned this.His patience has moved him past moments where he felt like artists only wanted him for his beats. He would sometimes run into rappers who passed on rhymes in sessions, even after dropping buzzing singles like “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and “21 Candles.” Now, Knucks is fresh off a new project, a performance at Glastonbury and a shoutout from Stormzy in front of thousands of onlookers.

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DESIGNERS TO KNOW: JUNE NINETEEN

The Anything Collection features diamond penises. Inspired by Gallo-Roman fascinus charms, Freudian thought of power symbolism in phallic objects and owning our own self. She named ANYTHING Collection as the wearer creates its meaning. It's about dating who you want, being who you are, living and loving your life. The pieces are a reminder to challenge the norm, that we all get to choose our environment and values. And that we deserve to thrive.

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Alicia Graham
JORDACHE PF19: IT'S A REVIVAL.

Jordache is all about retro cuts, acid wash, tie-dye, and fun graphic tees. Their Fall 19 line consists of High Rise Denim in a slim cut, Vintage Crop slim, mixed vintage crop, skinny cut, mini skirts, rolled shorts, long shorts, oversized jackets, shrunken jackets, mixed and patch jackets, denim halter tops, cropped t-shirts, tanks, oversized t-shirts, and oversized sweatshirts.

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHT: Mlouye's Baguette Satchel

As always, functionality is at the forefront of Mlouye’s design ethos. The Studio is easily thrown over the shoulder with a short, removable strap and nestled under the arm, or carried as a clutch with a sturdy handle. As any new style edition should, The Studio fits seamlessly into any wardrobe, with just the right dash of playful femininity.

High quality, full-grain leather sourced from tanneries in Europe promise longevity with a luxury feel, while supporting the brand’s commitment to supporting the environment.

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AUUDI : "TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR STORY"

My name is AUUDI, born and raised in New Orleans, LA. I would describe myself as a conceptual artist who plays on consumer marketing and black imagery. As far as I can remember art have always been a part of my childhood, as a kid simply sketching on my parent's doors, school desks and notebooks, eventually, I recognized my capabilities and then developed my personal viewpoint of the world.

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Stiletto Network

One thing I've continued to hear and read throughout my study of successful people is that "Your network, is your net worth". The people you surround yourself with are a direct correlation to the current direction of your life!

A while back I read a book titled ‘Stiletto Network’, that I lost before I could finish the last few pages smh, but I learned a lot. This book taught me the importance of having a group of inspirational women around me.

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seanella abraham
A.R.T.S.Y SPOTLIGHT: CASEY ABRAMS

This is Casey's second record with Chesky, following Put A Spell On You, which debuted at #5 on the Billboard Jazz Albums Chart. On Jazz, Casey showcases his immense talent both vocally and on upright bass across 12 beloved Jazz & Pop standards. Casey masterfully reinvents "Why Don't You Do Right", "Hound Dog", and "One Note Samba", to name a few. 

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WHEN IS IT DROPPING?

I've never felt the need to pin a letter to our readers before we release the magazine, as I do now. In life, it is common that we face obstacles. Whether you're embarking on a journey of love or trying to build a company, it never fails, shit happens. I came up with this idea that we should have a series called Conversations. All of this stemmed from my love-hate relationship with social media and why I believe that it messed with the way we communicate. The end goal of this series is to produce 4 issues, different colors and dope artwork to serve as a collectible item.

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