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Negris Lebrum "Black is" Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

Negris Lebrum “Black is” Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

.Although it may not seem that way to some, Black skin is indeed beautiful. It must be celebrated, honored, and revered every day. What better than a Black fashion label to help do just that! We’re happy to highlight Negris Lebrum, a Houston based fashion brand born from an inspirational love story that began during the 1940s, between a young beautiful French Creole woman and a handsome Black man whose love was forbidden by societal standards. The inspired collection is named for this muse, Ms. Negris Lebrum.

What started out as a small collection of 12 screen-printed t-shirts 11 yrs ago, has grown into a high-end fashion house; no surprise since Fashion Designer Travis Hamilton was inspired by this chic French woman. But today we’re highlighting Mr. Hamilton’s revisit of one of his very first t-shirts paying homage to Ms. Negris Lebrum, the “LE NOIR EST JOLI” tee. The French phrase translates to “Black is beautiful”, very apt in light of the current Black plight and struggle.

Negris Lebrum "Black is" Tees Declares Black is Beautiful in 12 Languages

While she was light enough to pass, Negris Lebrum chose to live her life as a proud Black woman. She fell in love with and married a darker-skinned man; in doing so, she was ostracized and forced out of her community for marrying him instead of passing for white. Hence the creation of the “LE NOIR EST JOLI” tee. In light of the recent movements, Mr. Hamilton went back in his archive and updated this “vintage” t-shirt with 12 languages instead of the original 5.  His “LE NOIR EST JOLI” message is now beautifully translated into English, French, Arabic, Portuguese, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, Ibo, German, and Japanese; making it a global tee.

“I originally made these t-shirts as a tribute to this intriguing woman’s incredible story. Today, in the environment in which we are currently living, the messages of pride in one’s self from years ago communicate a loud message of the importance of inclusion,” says Travis Hamilton. “This message of inclusion & pride in one’s self & seeing others through nonexclusionary eyes is every bit as powerful today as it was back in ‘the day’.”

We see the world come together in support of Black lives. We see multiple countries condemn police brutality towards Black people. This shows the unified message on the Negris Lebrum “Black is Beautiful” tee is one that the world would proudly wear.

The newly released 12 language version of the t-shirt is available for $55.00 on the www.negrislebrum.com in Women’s and Men’s sizes. The super-soft, 100% combed cotton tees are available in black or charcoal gray.

I Am Kreyol Fashion Collection: Empowering Women Through Fashion

There have been times when we’ve heard the saying, “It’s only Fashion”. For many fashion brands it is, but there are the few that this statement is categorically untrue. These are the fashion labels that care more about the opportunities they create and less about the bottom line. One such fashion brand is I Am Kreyol. This women’s high fashion brand empowers ALL women through design and impacts Haitian artisans through sustainability.

We had the pleasure of getting to know I Am Kreyol at Wolf & Badger, a fashion boutique known for featuring some of the most fabulous and distinct fashion labels, most of them unique and indie. I Am Kreyol is inspired by the Haitian cultural ideals of freedom, resilience, and strength. The label’s core purpose is creating a movement and giving back. I Am Kreyol is currently on Indiegogo, looking to raise $30,000 to produce their stunning Lotus capsule collection and to begin creating economic stability and sustainability in Haiti.

Inspired by the beautiful flower with the penchant for growing in some of the harshest of environments, the Lotus collection illustrates a woman’s tenacity to be strong, resilient and powerful even in the midst of adversity. The spring/summer 2018 collection features vibrant colors and distinct prints made of luxurious fabrics.

We love the bold colors and prints, extravagant details, and powerful message that I AM Kreyol is conveying with their fashion collection. The capsule collection includes the Buttercup Sleeveless Crop Top ($100.00), the Laceleaf Pants (featured on the model above, $150.00), The Begonia Dress (featured on the other model, $225.00), the Amaryllis Yop ($160.00), the Tulip Skirt ($125.00), and the Lily Dress ($750.00). Several of the featured pieces are available for pre-order.

Founded by Joelle Fontaine (pictured below), I Am Kreyol is seeking to produce their garments in her homeland of Haiti. By working with skilled Haitian artisans, they hope to provide the opportunity for sustainable income for those Haitian artisans in producing their garments.

For more information on Joelle Fontaine and their Indegogo campaign, visit www.iamkreyol.com.

SHOPPING NYC: Versace Versace Versace Sample Sale

Calling all fashion and deal lovers. April is going to be a very fashionable and money-saving month. We are excited to share with you the upcoming designer sale, the Versace Versace Versace sample sale. Check your bank accounts and tax refunds ladies and gentlemen, because it is officially on!

260 Sample Sale, known for having premier sample sales for top brands, is excited to welcome the Versace Sample Sale to their 150 Greene Street location in Soho. Mark your calendars from Wednesday, April 11th through Sunday, April 15th to shop Versace’s men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, accessories, bags, sunglasses, jewelry, and shoes at prices far below retail.

Check out the full details of this amazing sale below:

The sample sale location again is at 150 Greene Street (btwn Houston and Prince Street). To get to the sale, take the following trains: W/R train to Prince St, the C/E train to Spring St, or the B/D/F/M train to Broadway/Lafayette.

The sale hours of the Versace sample sale is as follows:

April 11th – April 15th
Wednesday – Friday: 9am-8pm
Saturday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm

The Versace sample sale is just one of the many prestigious sample sales 260 Sample Sale is known for. Some of the brands 260 Sample Sale has hosted in the past include Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, The Kooples, Sandro, Maje, Soulcycle, James Perse, Diesel, Stila Cosmetics, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Rebecca Taylor, and Rebecca Minkoff….. Just to name a few!

Now for the rules of the sale: 260 Sample Sale has a mandatory coat and bag check. They accept cash and credit cards. All sample sale items with a value of $110 or higher will be charged an 8.875% sales tax. Certain accessories will be charged an 8.875% sales tax no matter the value. All items purchased are final sale.

So, fellow shopaholics and New York City deal lovers, will you be attending this wonderful sample sale?

California Dreaming: Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection

On the East Coast, we’re all dreaming of the upcoming warm, sunshine filled days we’ve been praying to experience. The West Coast is enjoying double our temperatures and we want to be in a warm weather state of mind. For their Spring 2018 womenswear collection, Nautica channels some of that West Coast magic.  The Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection is California dreaming! The modern American classic lifestyle brand explores the scenic coastlines of California for their Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection.

From the rugged coastline and mountain views that is Big Sur, (the longest and most scenic stretch of untouched coastline), to the sandy beaches and vast mountains of Santa Cruz, all to the tranquil desert oasis of Palm Springs, Nautica highlights its heritage in a mix of performance-wear, classic prep and traditional nautical style that will get you ready for the warmer months ahead.

Whether you are cruising down the coast for an adventurous expedition, or just enjoying the beautiful scenery, Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 collection has you covered with its heritage-inspired sportswear. The collection features the classic and beloved Nautica silhouettes, and a color palette filled with primary colors, bold patterns, and stripes. Some of our favorite pieces included all the striped chambray pieces, mini anchor embroidered jeans, the green sailboat-inspired printed shorts and coordinating blouse, and an eye-catching vintage-inspired floral print dress.

Get ready for effortless and smart casual dressing that will seamlessly take you from spring to summer, not just from the fashion collection, but with accessories as well. The bold floral print, knotted rope design, and Nautica’s colorful, signature stripes are just a few of the prints and patterns you can expect this spring.

The East coast boating season begins next month, whether you sail or not, Nautica has just the women’s fashion you need to enjoy the best the California coastline has to offer.

Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Nautica Women’s Spring 2018 Collection? Any favorite pieces?

True Religion Releases Two Fall’17 Collections: WHOA & The Great Revolt

For the cooler seasons, fashion denim power brand, True Religion, known for their quality and innovative fits, washes, unique design details and distinctive stitch, released not one, but two Fall/Winter 2017 collections. Well, one is a full collection, and the other, a very large capsule collection; but at 30-pieces, it seems full to us. We had a the opportunity to preview the True Religion WHOA Fall 2017 earlier this year, while The Great Revolt Fall/Winter 2017 capsule collection was recently announced. Check them both out below:

True Religion WHOA

To emphasize on-trend and cool, the stylish collection, which was on display by seated and standing models, the looks fit seamlessly into the eclectic and fashionable style of the attendees. The collection featured a variety of denim fits, silhouettes, washes, and embellishments, including patches, distressed and ripped details. Bomber jackets are seen through the collection for both men and women ranging from classic colors and details, lightweight fabrications, to some a bit more ostentatious. One of our favorites was a bomber jacket with a padded quilt exterior, decorated with gunmetal stud detailing. The fall/winter seasons wouldn’t be fun with out a few leather options. Stylish fall-worthy leather pieces from True Religion also included bomber jackets, as well as hoodies, and joggers.

True Religion THE GREAT REVOLT

To call The Great Revolt a capsule collection is a bit misleading, the 30-piece unisex collection balances a refined street aesthetic with militaristic uniformity. Armed with a lineup of limited edition looks, including an over-sized parka, reversible Sherpa jacket, and a wide leg cargo pant, the collection uses tactical design elements, such as muted color palettes, exaggerated pocket details, and raw edge hems to deliver a modern spin on conventional utilitarian style.  Unlike the regular collections, there will be no replenishment. Once the pieces sell out from the True Religion website, they are gone for good. Prices for the Great revolt collection range from $89.00 – $499.00 and is available now on www.truereligion.com.

Kahri by KahriAnne Kerr Fall 2014 Collection

Some fashion brands just capture the attitude and edginess of this cool, fashionable city perfectly, marrying modern, sophisticated silhouettes with gritty details and innovative styles. One such brand is Kahri by KahriAnne Kerr, whose Fall 2014 Collection we had the pleasure of previewing. Seeing as fall is in full swing, it’s a perfect time to highlight the looks we loved from the contemporary women’s collection.

Kahri Fall 2014 boasts a rebellious, rocker attitude, and it celebrates independent style without losing it’s sophistication. We are especially in love with the above double breasted coats. The 3/4 sleeve, double breasted cropped wool coat features a shaggy, shearling collar, raglan sleeves with leather panels and quilted chevron details. The moto coat (on the left) features an a-line skirt, chunky exposed nickel zipper,  leather sleeve panels with quilted chevron details, oversized black shaggy shearling collar with storm flap in back. The double breasted dress coat features nickel buttons, a-line skirt, leather collar and trim, and storm flap with feather trim.

Dresses boasts flattering, ladylike fits and a juxtaposition and layering of luxurious fabrics, such as wool herringbone, leather, lace, silk organza, and cotton velvet. We love the grey wool herringbone dress with cap sleeves. the sleeveless rayon ponte dress with black lace chevrons, and the rayon ponte jumpsuit with black lace chevron details and peplum detail. We love KahriAnne Kerr’s fashion voice. with her edgy sense of style, it’s easy to see why. Check out the designer herself below:

Check out more cool looks from the Kahri by KahriAnne Kerr Fall 2014 Collection, available now.

GUESS and GUESS by Marciano Fall 2013 Collection

Influenced by the edgy coolness of a chic, modern women, GUESS and GUESS by Marciano showcased Fall 2013 collections that take today’s fashion lover from day to night, uptown to downtown.

GUESS by Marciano

The GUESS by Marciano Fall 2013 was very chic and feminine, a perfect mix of uptown styling but with very cool edge. The modern collection was vibrant and sophisticated with pops of color such as teal, cobalt blue, pink and bright orange. Key Fall 2013 trends include brocade, lace, retro-inspired silhouettes, mixed fabrications such as twill and wool, smooth leather seen in leggings dresses and blazers, military-style coats, fitted blazers, and fitted dresses. Some of my favorite looks from the GUESS by Marciano Fall 2013 Collection include the following:

GUESS

For the GUESS Fall 2013 Collection, we see effortless, cool style. Details such as embroidery, fringe and distressing add extra cool details to GUESS’s Fall looks. Fitted denim jumpers, coated body conscious pencil skirts, animal, tribal and camo prints, moto styles and western influences are present for this cool season. Plaid button-downs and coated denim join fringe jackets, while leather adds some downtown cool to classic silhouettes

What do you think of these eye-catching looks for GUESS and GUESS by Marciano?

Spice Up Your Look! Far East-Inspired Prints from Wallis Fashion

Who says your fall wardrobe has to be simple and boring. Why not spice up your look with a colorful Eastern-inspired print jacket from Wallis! Perfect for the transitioning seasons, these gorgeous, lightweight Kimono-style jackets and blazers (seen below in bold patterns), adds an exotic flare to jeans and tees. They also work as a perfect decorative layer over a little black dress. So ditch the subdued hues of typical cardigans and solid-colored blazers and go for one of these fab prints.

Seen above are the Black Oriental Jacket $54.00, Oriental Print Blazer $54.00, Red Kimono Style Jacket $44.00, Petite Butterfly Print Jacket $44.00. All of Wallis’ prints are exclusive to the brand and designed in-house.