Our second print volume of 2019 is here. Welcome to 'The RESET (Reframe, Elevate, Support, Empower, Transform) Issue'. It's time to take a good look around at the world we live in. Society needs to change its opinion on women and female voices need to be heard. Be empowered. Empower others. Transform your future.
However, fashion brands thrive off exclusivity and (perceived) scarcity, especially in the every-so-trending streetwear community. Kindness and a brand’s “cool” factor, never seem to truly align. Until now. Both first-generation Americans, Daniel Buezo and Weleh Dennis founded their LA-based clothing line Kids of Immigrants to bring inclusivity into the fashion industry.
The founders’ mission is to show us that we are all connected and that, to believe in ourselves, we have to believe in others (and vice versa). Kids of Immigrants’ clothes strive to spark joy and positivity in those who wear them. With their designs, Buezo and Dennis do not aim to influence their followers to conform to a uniform aesthetic. Rather, they want us to appreciate our idiosyncrasies – that individual flair – and encourage us to find our unique personal styles. The founders say:
“With clothes, we try to connect people with themselves and take pride in who they are, where they’re from and the struggles that have, and how they can make [these struggles into] a more of a positive learning [experience], noticing the negative, and then really appreciate the positive, knowing that [you’re] doing the best you can with what you have.”
Focusing on creativity allows us to explore who we really are and to find our authentic selves. Instead of lusting over what others have and what we believe that we lack, Buezo and Dennis use their platform to enable us to find peace within ourselves and be proud of our unique journies.
Raised in Sacramento, California, Dennis explains how growing up as a basketball player has shaped his world view. He says: “being able to go in and out of different cultures – staying in the area where I grew up and then traveling to a more suburban area and then going to a higher-end area – all of those different things allowed me to connect with people. I saw what connects and relates us all, but I didn’t understand what separates us all.” Dennis continues:
”I was trying to find a string that us all, and for me, I think that that’s clothing.”
It takes a certain way of thinking not to conform. The individuals who are able to break the mould are the ones who can choose to tune in and act on their inner beliefs. This life we choose.
A warehouse in Walthamstow is full to the brim of bright, burning neon signs - from sex shops, film sets, nightclubs & bars. A visual experience so unique I have yet to come across anything remotely like it. There is a magic to this place, nestled inconspicuously between garages and warehouses, that even the best photograph could never capture.
Bright, positive and optimistic in a world that doesn’t always seem to help an emerging artist out. We talked to the energetic Londoner, Lillie Bernie about the abstract nature of her work, modelling alongside painting and the importance of Instagram for artists.
‘Empowerment’ is a word that you would associate with Zara Larsson. The 20-year old Swedish pop powerhouse has laced her career with the term. There was her viral tweet where she fitted a condom over her leg, criticising men who claim “I’m too big for condoms.” There’s her Twitter account, which is a veritable horde of empowering, feminist comments that you would come to expect from a Beyoncé stan. And there was the moment last year where she joined forces with pop star du jour Dua Lipa as a backing singer for the Live Lounge, alongside fellow starlets Charli XCX, MØ and ALMA. They looked like a girl band from the future – or the future of pop music full stop.
Stephanie Yeboah has something about her. She’s strong, eloquent, and unashamedly confident. And why shouldn’t she be? Her blog Nerd About Town is hugely successful, she has an insane insta following and, most importantly, she spends her time empowering the plus size community by talking about what it’s like to navigate society as a fat, black female.
Born and raised in California, singer-songwriter Olivia O’Brien has always embraced an authentic spirit of transparency: her songs are raw, evoking emotional memories of teenage years’ struggles while subtly raising awareness on uncomfortable truths in regards to mental health issues faced by her generation.
Boldly named “Icarus”, Bristol-based brothers Tom and Ian Griffiths are bending genre barriers with their melodic mix of electronic beats and polished deep house rhythm.