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.
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.
London's minimalistic clothing brand is back. This month's drop is comprised of seven neutrally-colored, seasonless wardrobe staples that combine classic silhouettes primed with stunning detailing.
I meet with Dean in a small bar in King’s Cross, early in the evening. He’s not long off the plane from the US but arrives full of enthusiasm and cheer. Physically, he’s taller than I expected (6’4”) and arrives with a playful Australian demeanor. “You look like someone - someone famous,” he tells me. “Michael Buble! That’s who.”
Alpha Industries have marked their 60th year of success with a capsule jubilee collection and now their latest seasonal drop has taken the world by storm too.
Founded in 2006 by a bunch of world-class skateboarders, the Californian label authentically prides itself in standing at the intersection of footwear and skateboarding: the products are functional, classic and unique. This essence is still present in their newly released collection, but the people at Supra have recklessly explored limitations to provide their loyal audience with an eccentric pair of trainers.
If hip hop was a person, it just turned 46 years old this year. It's been around to sneak into the clubs underaged, receive ridicule by its supervisors like popular governments and mass media, and then become the prodigal son to the same political officials and marketing execs for campaign trails and Christmas jingles advertising ugly sweaters on television.