Okay so… most of us heard the news that ADIDAS has offered Kanye West a deal worth $10 million. This amount of money could be considered small change to Kanye. But, unlike his former deal with NIKE, ADIDAS is offering royalties that will allow West to secure his child’s future and generations after.
His strong desire to create clothing, shoes, etc has caused many people to label him as being “crazy”. Kanye’s main goal is to use his relevancy to gain the respect and opportunities from the fashion industry. After two failed attempts with NIKE and Louis Vutton, ADIDAS has heard his cry and will partner up with the rapper/producer/designer on several new projects.
ADIDAS released the following statement:
“For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West. Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
For the last several weeks, West has been on a radio promo tour that has fueled a lot of emotion. His most talked about radio interview is the one with Sway (“Sway In The Morning” Show) where he allowed his frustration to cause a little rift between them. From watching the video it is clear that West had a lot on his mind and was reaching his breaking point. All he want to crack open the hardened eggshell of which is the fashion industry. Sadly, the old money that runs the major fashion houses is making it difficult for him to break-in.
Sway didn’t have the answers nor does anybody else let Kanye tell it. But, one question that has been on my mind is… why doesn’t he invest his own money into building his own factory??
Not having access to these factories, is one of Kanye’s biggest gripes. I’m sure if he doesn’t have enough money to build one on his own, there’s a great possibility that investors would come in to take up the slack. Take Richard Branson for example. He’s always stepping out there and building his own (like the Virgin Galactic Spaceflight). Branson is a billionaire, however, he’s a creative just like Kanye. His ideas go beyond the average thought process. He’s innovative and he doesn’t allow anyone to stop him from accomplishing a goal.
Kanye West has the ability to do that as well. He can open up his own factory. He can manufacture his own products. Why he doesn’t understand that…I’m not sure. Yes, he’s trying to jump into the high-fashion industry quickly. This is why others believe that he hasn’t crawled enough to be expecting opportunities to be handed to him. One day he has to realize that (although he may be at the top of the music business), he’s at the bottom of the totem pole in fashion. It will some time for him to crack open those doors. However, the best way to combat the opposition is to take matters into your own hands.
Kanye…just build your own factory!
via press release…
ATLANTA, GEORGIA: On Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 3pm, Future Vision (1212 Fowler St, NW, Atlanta) will host a 2014 Spring Collection Fashion Show for four (4) talented and diverse designers. Peachie Pi is a vibrant and colorful patterned children’s clothing line created by 11 year old designer, Imani Alsobrook. With a combination of animal print and tie-dye, Peachie Pi is ideal for little fashionistas ranging in ages from 4-17.
Manufactured Products is a custom-made and ready-to-wear men’s clothing line out of Ohio, created and designed by Damien Sheppard. Manufactured Products is a fusion of casual and semi –formal wear with an urban flair that embodies the entire manufacturing process. Manufactured Products 2014 Spring Collection consists of floral, denim and colored zebra printed jackets complimented with matching slacks. In addition, Mr. Sheppard will introduce his sweatshirt brand CREAM (Clothes Rule Everything Around Me) to the Atlanta market.
Sir Algernon is a high-end couture women and men’s clothing line created and designed by Algernon Johnson. The Sir Algernon 2014 Spring Collection, which debuted in the 2013 New York Fashion Week, consists of the signature black and white designs with bold pops of color. Sir Algernon continues to celebrate the woman’s silhouette with form fitting floral dresses to long gowns and satin tops with strategic revealing splits. Sir Algernon designs are all topped with a custom-made neck and shoulder design. Sir Algernon’s celebrity clients include Mary Mary (Gospel Artists), Vonnie Lopez (Gospel Artist), Momma Dee (Love and Hip Hop Atlanta) and more.
Sacred Heart Collections is a sassy, flirty line of women’s clothing created and designed by Brandi Russell. Ms. Russell has affectionately named each of her designs and during the 2013 New York Fashion Week she introduced three (3) new designs: Anabelle, Claire and Madysen. As an alum of Spelman College and a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Ms. Russell has created a line of collegiate wear that represents the spirit and tradition of historical black colleges and universities. Sacred Heart Collections celebrity clients include Meagan Good (Actress), Tiny Harris (Singer/TV Personality), Olivia Culpo (2012 Miss Universe) and many more. Sacred Heart Collections can be seen worn by actresses Lauren London and Lashontae Heckard on BET’s “The Game”. Sacred Heart Collections designs can be seen in magazines including the cover of Today’s Black Woman Style Report worn by Claudette Ortiz (Singer/TV Personality) and most recently the December 2013 issue of British Vogue.
Designs from the 2014 Spring Collections will be available for purchase and order immediately following the fashion show.
The “Fall Into Spring” fashion show is hosted by Jonna Johnson (Model/Actress/Acting Coach). Special model appearances by Haina Rios (Miss Teen Georgia Latina), Nicole Salas (Miss Pre-Teen Georgia Latina), Naritzi Rodriguez (Miss Teen Congeniality Georgia Latina), Shaquita Smith (Miss Buckhead Georgia), Aja Thomas and Samantha Cedillo (Child Model Magazine) and Jai Lee (Little Miss Renaissance/Bailey Agency).
Performances by Franc West (R&B/NeoSoul), Stylez Music (Reggae/Hip Hop) and Blue Amerika (Rapper). Special music video presentation of “Cougar Girl” by artists TMI and Chris Notez featuring designs by Sacred Heart Collections. Sponsors: Future Vision, Hannon Entertainment, SJS Management, JT Creations, The Actor’s Scene, The Lyngale Agency and Lavish Casting.
Tickets available on Eventbrite at https://falln2spring.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the designers visit:
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FB: Manufactured Products
FB: Sir Algernon
Sacred Heart Collections
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For media inquiries and invitation to the private fashion show, please contact Shoni Hymes at email@example.com.
Designers and product merchandisers beware!!! Kanye West is on a rampage and it doesn’t look as if he’s going to stop any time soon.
As we’ve seen and heard, West has been on this anti-fashion industry rant lately. He’s had quite a few choice words for the international fashion community (i.e. Louis Vutton) not allowing him and his design team become apart of their world. Well, he has know took a jab at a popular merchandise e-commerce CEO and his website, Zappos.com.
During a podcast with novelist Bret Easton Ellis, West was captured saying, “I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on. Meanwhile, he sells all this sh-t product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling sh-t product.”
Zappo’s CEO Tony Hseih didn’t appreciate West’s claim. So without saying alot, Hseih created a product aiming at the Chicago rapper.
The “Sh-t Product” is being sold online on Zappos.com for $100,000. According to the item information outlined on the website, this may be the perfect jab back at West.
Interested in buying sh-t product? You’ve come to the right place! Here at Zappos.com, we happily sell sh-t products to everybody! This is the throne, everyone has been watching. Whether you’re #1 or #2, your clique will show no mercy, even in Paris.
- The perfect gift for the man that has everything
- Requires lots of “focus” for most productive use.
- Considered a “safety zone” when in arguments.
- Makes giant arguments seem much smaller.
- Caution: Do not place our Sh-t product near any fans.
- Avoid storms.
LOL! This is hilarious.
But, I do wonder if all of this ranting Kanye is doing is just a publicity stunt. I mean…his Yeezus tour is going on now and what better way to help sell out shows. As long as you keep your name in the news, you keep the attention on you..right???
Photo Recap: ATL #WalmartOnCascade Treat Customers to Beauty & Fashion Showcase, hosted by Cynthia Bailey & Middleman Fresh
This past Saturday, Walmart continued its celebration of their recent opening in southwest Atlanta. Located off Cascade Road, the superstore hosted the Atlanta Beauty & Fashion Show which showcased trendy-yet-affordable fashion and beauty products sold in Walmart. The event allowed customers the chance to see selected merchandise be modeled during an exclusive runway show. The celebrity host for the occasion was none other than “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, Cynthia Bailey. In addition, celebrity wardrobe stylist , Robert “Middleman Fresh” Flood co-hosted the event and used his expertise to style the models in Walmart’s fly fall fashions.
Cynthia Bailey and Middleman Fresh are no strangers to the beauty and fashion industries. Middleman is a 20-year styling expert whose work has been seen on numerous runways. Also, his work has been showcased on Style Network’s “Big Rich Atlanta”, BET, and on the Soul Train Awards. After spending many years gracing national and international runways as a supermodel, Cynthia Bailey traded the runway for television and has been a fixture on Bravo TV’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for several seasons now. She’s also the founder and owner of The Bailey Agency School of Fashion and co-author of a new book “Carry-On Baggage: Our Non-Stop Flight”.
The Atlanta Beauty & Fashion Show was a great event for the community. While customers were treated to Walmart’s new fall trends, surrounding beauty stations were available for people to get make-up consultations and free giveaways. Local Atlanta radio station V-103FM was also on the scene to capture live on-air moments from the event.
Check out a few photos from the event:
Photos from the fashion show:
Beauty and cosmetic companies represented at the Atlanta Beauty & Fashion Show were Ambi, Iman, Zuri, Milani, EDEN Bodyworks, Strength of Nature, and Chatham.
For more updates on this Walmart location, check them out on Facebook at http://facebook.com/Walmart3741 .
To view our full photo gallery for the Atlanta Beauty & Fashion Show, click HERE.
Special thanks to AW Media Group for the invite!
Well, after long consideration by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, the entertainment mogul has decided to continue on with the launch of his Barney’s SCC Collection.
The anticipated collection (and partnership between Barney’s and Jay Z) was met with huge criticism after two racial profiling incidents occurred at the high-end luxury department store. The cases of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips sparked outrage in the urban community and weighed heavily on the minds of hip hop enthusiasts.
Many hip hop fanatics believed as an African-American and individual who was raised with humble beginnings, Jay Z should empathize with both victims and stand up for change. However, to change racial profiling issues at Barney’s, the first step would be for Jay to remove his collection and end his relationship with Barney’s.
But, of course, Jay Z is not the type to make any rush decisions. According to an official statement posted on his Life + Times website, Mr. Carter explains why he’s moving forward with the collection at Barney’s and his plans to evoke some changes with the treatment of its minority customers.
Read Jay-Z’s official statement below:
In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.
While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.
As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter
Jay Z’s SCC Collection will go on-sale at Barney’s on November, 20th.
(via press release)
ATLANTA – (November 12, 2013) – Publik Trust, a new, evolved street wear clothing line launching in Spring 2014, that incorporates the changing look and demands of its consumers to provide a fresh modern edge to its fashion designs, today announced its partnership with Konsole Kingz, effective January 2014. Through this unique partnership, Xbox gamers around the world can purchase items from Publik Trust’s fashion lines through Ultrafresh, a virtual, urban fashion boutique available on the Xbox Live Marketplace, and deck out custom avatars in trendy looks that match gamers’ personal fashion styles. Since launching on Xbox in 2007, Konsole Kingz has sold more than 1.3 million virtual goods globally.
“Publik Trust’s partnership was coordinated to launch at the same time as our debut fashion line drops in stores,” said Demetrius Tatum, founder of Publik Trust. “This virtual licensing agreement is great for a new brand like Publik Trust because it helps us cross into the gaming industry where we increase exposure and build brand recognition with a massive global audience.”
To date, Xbox has sold more than 67 million consoles worldwide, and has several top fashion and accessory brands available in the Xbox Live Avatar Store, including: Adidas; Beats By Dre; Burton; Skull Candy; and more. In addition, Publik Trust has plans to create Xbox lounges within the stores of its key retailers for consumers to virtually dress and mix-and-match items from its collections while physically purchasing product. These lounges create a unique atmosphere for consumers and retailers to shop in a cutting edge environment where products can be selected and ordered or purchased on demand, and it’s as simple as a click.
Publik Trust is positioned to become a global brand and is launching in 75 retail stores including: DTLR; City Gear; Wish Atlanta; Walters; Shoe Gallery; Fly Kix; Dope; and many others. The brand is a forward thinking company that creates unique designs ahead of emerging trends while preserving the fundamental street wear looks and movements that are a favorite amongst young adult males. Much of its inspiration is derived from Mumbai, India, which is known for vibrant colors, movement and chic shapes.
“Through our early previews at industry related events and trade shows, items from the brand’s first collection have been well received,” added Tatum. “We’re ready to get our product in stores and available through Xbox’s Ultrafesh virtual boutique. This is a really exciting time and partnership for the Publik Trust brand.”
Please feel free to reach out to Nicole Kazak, President – Kazak Media, directly via email, or at (813) 966-4314, to learn more about Publik Trust, its partnership with Xbox and Konsole Kingz or to receive images from the Spring 2014 collection.
About Publik Trust
PUBLIK TRUST, scheduled to launch in Spring 2014, is an evolved street wear clothing line that incorporates the changing look and demands of its consumers to provide a fresh modern edge. PUBLIK TRUST is a forward thinking company that creates unique designs ahead of emerging trends while preserving the fundamental street wear looks and movements that are a favorite amongst young adult males. Founded by fashion industry veteran, Demetrius Tatum, and headquartered in Atlanta, GA, the brand will have six collection drops per year. The brand’s inspiration is derived from Mumbai, India, which is known for vibrant colors, movement and chic shapes. PUBLIK TRUST’s brand icon, the elephant, symbolizes strength and power – two fundamental characteristics the clothing line strives to convey to its consumers. For more information visit: www.publiktrust.com (website coming soon).
About Konsole Kingz
Konsole Kingz is the leader in connecting the followers of the hip-hop lifestyle to the videogame world. Konsole Kingz has been a part of the Xbox LIVE® Marketplace since 2007 and has delivered content that revolves around celebrity gamers, the urban gamer lifestyle and Konsole Queenz. For more, please visit: http://konsolekingz.com
Konsole Kingz, Konsole Queenz, and UGR are trademarks of Konsole Kingz, LLC, in the United States and/or other countries. Xbox® and Xbox 360® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
On Friday, the city of Las Vegas hosted the 2013 Soul Train Awards. As expected, our best in R&B, soul, and hip-hop were in the building. Leading the nominations this year, is Cali’s own Kendrick Lamar. But, we can expect Robin Thicke, Janelle Monae, Miguel, Chris Brown and Robin Thicke to all win awards. The show will be hosted by the funny Anthony Anderson and will feature a special tribute to Dionne Warwick.
Soul Train Music Awards will air on Centric and BET on December 1.
Since many of us weren’t there to participate in the festivities, here are few of the red carpet looks for the night:
If you are a Disney fan, you may get a kick out of Forever 21′s new fashion collection. The new limited-edition “Mickey Mouse” collection is inspired by the vintage version of the iconic mouse and the 1980′s send of bold fashion statements. Jasmine Sanders, model and fashion maven, brought the collection to life for Disney and Forever 21. The Mickey & Co. collection features exuberant artwork and bold pops of color within in each accessory and clothing garment. Of the 46 pieces contained in the collection, several standout pieces includes a reversible pop-over sweatshirt, over-sized tee with rolled and tacked sleeves, screened denim jacket, and a denim on denim with a two-pocket chambry shirt.
“We are excited to re-introduce this retro streetwise-style into our Forever 21 stores with Mickey Mouse, a character that has influenced pop culture worldwide,” said Betsy Zanjani, Forever 21 senior vice president of product design. “Forever 21 selected artwork from the Disney archives that allowed us to remain true to the spirit of the original Mickey & Co. label, and create a collection that exudes fun.”
In conjunction with the collection, fashionista’s can enter two contests for a chance to win great prizes.
Two social media contests will be held in conjunction with the launch of the collection. Beginning November 7, fans can participate in the ultimate Hidden Mickey Challenge to locate Hidden Mickey Mouse designs across Forever 21’s social platforms. Following the launch, the #ThrowBackMickey Instagram Challenge will ask fans to upload a nostalgic photo of their favorite Mickey & Co. brand memory with at least one of the characters featured in the collection. Forever 21’s Facebook fans will be able to vote for the three grand prize winners who will receive awesome Mickey-themed swag!
The Mickey & Co. by Forever 21 collection can be purchased in-stores or online at www.Forever21.com.
Victoria Secret revealed a bra that many would gasp after finding out how much it cost. VS stepped it up a notch with their new Royal Fantasy Bra. According to their website…
“…designed exclusively for Victoria’s Secret by world-renowned jeweler Mouawad. The one-of-a-kind Dream Angels Demi Bra and matching belt will be worn on the runway by Candice Swanepoel in homage to Victoria’s Secret heritage. The set is adorned with over 4,200 rubies, blue and yellow sapphires and diamonds handset in 18-karat gold, and its crowning glory is the bra’s 52-carat pear-shaped ruby drop centerpiece.”
If you or your man got a cool $10 million laying around and want to spend it on an under-garment, then go check out Victoria Secret. If not, you can settle with seeing it strut down the runway at the 2013 VS Fashion Show on CBS, December 10 at 10/9C or via their Dreams & Fantasies catalogue.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all…
L’Oreal Paris, a leader in beauty products, has positioned it’s first make-up vending machine in New York City. The machine is located at the Bryant Park subway hub and readily accessible to any person who may need a few beauty products. The pop-up is called the “L’Oreal Paris Intelligent Color Experience” and is the first ever vending machine to use cameras and sensors to help suggest the right colors for you. When you step up to one of the vending machines, look into the mirror and camera. Instantly, the machines intelligence will detect the colors you are currently wearing and ask if you would prefer to stick with that color scheme. If so, products sold in the machine will be offered to you for purchasing.
Products can be purchased on the spot with a credit card. Also, you have the option to send L’Oreal’s product suggestions to you via email.
If you are in the New York area, you have until December 30, 2013 to go and try the experience out for yourself.
Ladies, what do you think? Would you buy make-up out of a vending machine?
Personally, the concerns I would have are:
1) will it be cheaper to buy in-store than at the vending machine?
2) is there a mark-up on price because of the “intelligence” aspect of this high-tech equipment?
3) are the products sold being monitored due to weather conditions? i wouldn’t want to purchase some lipstick that is frozen solid because of New York’s cold climate.
4) will persons of color be able to find products/colors suitable for their skin complexion in these vending machines?
I’m sure L’Oreal Paris thought of most of these things during pre-launch stages. But if not, these are some great questions to consider. However, there’s one great thing about this experience is that it makes it very convenient for today’s woman-on-the-go. Sometimes you can’t find the time to go to Walgreen’s and replace your mascara or foundation. So, L’Oreal definitely solved an issue of “time” with this idea.
Photo Credit: L’Oreal Paris
Well, the controversial racial profiling incidents doesn’t seem to fade Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. He’s decided to move forward with his launch of exclusive collectors items at Barneys.
Despite the accusations made by two New Yorkers and authorities investigation against Barneys New York, Jay-Z is sticking to his end of the agreement to sale his ‘A New York Holiday’ collection at the high-end luxury store. The holiday collection will include several items and will range from approximately $30 up to $40,000. But, Hov’s prize possession will probably be the release of his first ever mens fragrance.
The ‘GOLD’ perfume will come in a white bottle with a gold cap. The scent is a mixture of white cardamom, ginger, grapefruit, blueberry, and subtle hints of bourbon vanilla, patchouli, and vetiver. GOLD will cost $30 (30 ml), $55 (50 ml), and $70 (90 ml). As do with other celebrity and well-known fragrances, hopefully, Jay-Z’s GOLD will offer holiday gift packs as well.
GOLD will make its debut in Barneys on November 20th. The fragrance will make its appearance at several other department stores on November 29th. International consumers will have to wait until 2014.
When Justin Timberlake sings, people tend to listen. His critically acclaimed hit single, “Suit & Tie” which released in the early part of this year, was an ode to the almost super human nature of wearing the ensemble many see as the ultimate symbol of power (and sexy). The song centered on his desire to seduce his lady, while being sure to give credence to the power of his, “Suit & Tie.” Again, few things represent, “ready for business” more than a Suit and Tie, whatever “business” that may consist of. It’s the quintessential attire for the serious and invested. Personal style can largely differ from man to man (and woman), with age, education, and profession all playing a significant role in the presentation of men worldwide. Yet it is the suit and tie that most would agree serves the great unifier. Even today’s rapper is wise to the power of a well-tailored suit and tie. It’s almost as common to see your TI’s and Jeezy’s in 3 piece slim cut business suits, as readily as you’d see them in a white tee, camo shorts and J’s.
Suit and ties serve a number of purposes. They can help to bolster our confidence, enhance our style and look, and most importantly, it says to people, “I mean business.” Whether you’re conducting million dollar deals on a regular basis, you’re trying to make a stellar first impression on a date, or you’re finally ready for the next stage in your career and want to show your employer you’re ready for the big leagues, the suit and tie is a pivotal part of the equation. As with anything else, there will always be a faction of people who refuse to get with the times or the policies of perceived social (business) etiquette. There are plenty of men who think wearing a suit, God forbid a tie, is somehow a relinquishing of his individuality or worse, his freedom. The anti-conformist is generally how they look at themselves. Those of us who are avid suit wearers know it’s quite the opposite. The relaxed urban look may be acceptable on a Saturday afternoon at a backyard BBQ, but it is becoming less acceptable when the sunsets and the evening emerges as a platform of opportunity. A suit and tie reflect that a person is serious about whatever it is they’re involved with, big or small and should be taken just a little bit more seriously. Sure, the character and substance of a man is ultimately most important, but it is the outward presentation that often entices people to take the time to delve deeper.
All men should own a suit and tie. Starting with a solid color (preferably blue or black) for starters is most advisable. From Blue-collar worker to the Wall Street executive, having a (well tailored) suit and tie means you’re prepared for opportunity if and when it arises. For those whose jobs and lifestyles do not require them (at present) it is still necessary to make the investment. Perhaps there’s an opportunity that arises last minute and it requires professional attire (i.e. interview, etc.), if you only have a pair of slacks and a dress shirt from high school, chances are you’ll miss out. Famed French chemist Louis Pasteur said it best, “chance favors the prepared mind.” Preparedness is essential in business and in life. So heed the advice and invest. You don’t have to spend several thousand dollars on a Tom Ford custom, but you can go to your local department or specialty stores (Jos A. Bank, Bloomingdales) and come out looking like a mogul in the making for only a few hundred dollars. When opportunity knocks, you’ll be able to say confidently, “I’ve got my suit & tie, so come on in.”
Article submitted by Andre’ George (@TheAndreGeorge on Twitter).
Photo Credit: Glamour
The Gourmet Footwear’s Fall 2013 Croc Pack is now released to the masses. The Croc Pack was derived from a sit-down meeting between Founder, Greg Lucci, and platinum hip hop recording artist and CEO of CTE World, Jeezy. The fall lookbook includes the Cinque 2 LXL and 35 Lite MP, both made from imported, Italian crocodile.
The concept for the lookbook took on an organic transparency. Both Lucci and Jeezy wanted to capture the true feeling of an environment not forced, which is why the photos throughout the lookbook were taken during a dinner meeting at one of Atlanta’s top Italian restaurants (owned by chef GIO).
“When we come to Atlanta to collaborate with Jeezy the first thing we do is call GIO and have the private table in the back of his restaurant set up. It’s during these dinners that we tend come up with our best creative ideas. We’re not focused 100 on business. We’re rapping about family and the neighborhoods where we grew up. It’s those discussions that inspire us and allow us to visualize where we want to take our collaborative efforts.” – Greg Lucci, Founder of Gourmet.
The idea for the Croc Pack culminated after the initial partnership between Jeezy and Gourmet. The shoes in this special collection were originally chosen by Jeezy in June 2013. At the time, the shoes were only samples and not the final product. Once the final production of the shoes were available, Jeezy and Gourmet decided on these two favorites as the centerpieces for the Fall 2013 Croc Pack.
To see the Croc Pack lookbook, click HERE.
Gourmet’s slogan for the Fall 2013 line is “Masters of Material,” an ideology derived from the wide range of fabrications sourced from all over the world that provide depth and a unique look to its shoes. In addition to the Italian crocodile, other materials used include: imported, Italian snake skin; butter-soft, water resistant wolverine suede; imported, Japanese ultra-suede by Toray; and cork printed leather.
For additional information, please call (813) 966-4314.
Pharrell Williams, producer extradonairre and Billionaire Boys Club visionary, has partnered up with a French sportswear company to create his own line of sunglasses. The new Moncler Lunette Collection showcases Pharrell’s wide imagination and knack for creativity. The sunglasses are made of titanium and looks very futuristic. It will take an eccentric, fashion-driven person to rock them. But giving that the line is based out of Paris, France (the fashion mecca of the world), it shouldn’t be difficult to find individuals who don’t mind stepping outside the box. However, American’s may be a hard sell.
As explained on the Moncler website, the sunglasses are a “classic taste and avant-garde awareness. The past and future of sunglasses with a silhouette that leaves its mark. Discover the Moncler Lunettes featuring Pharrell Williams Collection.”
The sunglasses will come in several colors: black, green, blue, red, and gold. But, it’s the square-shaped lenses that makes the collection look out of this world.
Recently, Pharrell attended the official launch party during Paris Fashion Week. Here are a few photos from the event:
“This is a collaboration and if anything, I feel like Moncler is endorsing me,” P says of his collection. “The world is about to see itself through the lenses of Moncler and Pharrell Williams.”
For more information about the Moncler Lunettes, go to www.monclerlunettes.com.
If “Wild’N Out” and “America’s Got Talent” isn’t enough, multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon has now ventured into new territory.
As a young man who’s always had a style of his own, Cannon is now ready to help the next man get fresh and fly. In a partnership with Macy’s department store, Cannon has launched his own line of silk ties. The new collection will include 25 different styles, which will offer the fashionisto’s various textures, prints, and lively colors.
“My style has always been about individuality, confidence and expression,” said Nick Cannon. “With my new line of ties available exclusively at Macy’s, I am thrilled I can now offer shoppers across the country access to spectacular prints and bold colors to create a look that’s all their own. I am also extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work with such a respected name in fashion such as Macy’s and hope to expand my line offerings with them in the future.”
According to Businesswire, the Nick Cannon Collection of ties will retail for $65 and will be sold initially in 25 specially selected Macy’s stores across the U.S.
Prints include stripes, dots and plaids in bold and unexpected colors including mint, purple, orange and cornflower. From modern classics to dapper, sleek and charming varieties, Nick Cannon ties offer options for every man who wants to stand out while looking sophisticated.
To check out more of Nick’s ties, visit www.macys.com.
Last night, all of Hollywood came out in style to the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards. This year marked the 65th season of the prestigious awards ceremony. With each year, more and more attention is paid to the infamous red carpet. And well this year…things weren’t any different.
Our favorite “Scandal” sister, Kerry Washington, hit the red carpet in a elegant Marchesa free flowing chiffon gown. The delicate flower details really made Kerry look very angelic and light (which is a stark contrast to most fabrics we normally see walking on the red carpet). Another woman who made a nice red carpet debut is former 106th & Park host Rocsi Diaz.
Not sure who the designer is at this time, but Rocsi rocked the hell out of that electric blue dress. Werk girl!
More of our female celebrity favorites also brought the fabulousness to the carpet: Heidi Klum, Tina Fey, Carrie Underwood , and Shawn Robinson. Check out what these ladies strutted their stuff in last night:
Of course, there are plenty more actresses/entertainers we left out. To see the full gallery, go to www.emmys.com.
So, who do you think rocked it best?
As for the winners for the evening, several of your highly popular shows and actors/actresses came out on top. Check out the full list of Emmy Award winners below:
- Drama Series: “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
- Actor, Drama Series: Jeff Daniels, “The Newsroom,” HBO.
- Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, “Homeland,” Showtime.
- Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Bobby Cannavale, “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO.
- Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Anna Gunn, “Breaking Bad,” AMC.
- Directing, Drama Series: David Fincher, “House of Cards,” Netflix.
- Writing, Drama Series: Henry Bromell, “Homeland,” Showtime.
- Comedy Series: “Modern Family,” ABC.
- Actor, Comedy Series: Jim Parsons, “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS.
- Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep,” HBO.
- Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Tony Hale, “Veep,” HBO.
- Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Merritt Wever, “Nurse Jackie,” Showtime.
- Directing, Comedy Series: Gail Mancuso, “Modern Family,” ABC.
- Writing, Comedy Series: Tina Fey, Tracey Wigfield, “30 Rock,” NBC.
- Miniseries or Movie: “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
- Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Michael Douglas, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
- Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Laura Linney, “The Big C: Hereafter,” Showtime.
- Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: James Cromwell, “American Horror Story: Asylum,” FX Networks.
- Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Ellen Burstyn, “Political Animals,” USA.
- Directing, Miniseries or Movie: Steven Soderbergh, “Behind the Candelabra,” HBO.
- Writing, Miniseries or Movie: Abi Morgan, “The Hour,” BBC America.
- Reality-Competition Program: “The Voice,” NBC.
- Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.
- Writing, Variety Series: “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central.
- Directing, Variety Series: Don Roy King, “Saturday Night Live,” NBC.
- Choreography: Derek Hough, “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC.
Back in August, Gourmet Footwear and Jeezy announced their partnership during a day long celebration. The two held a private event showcasing the Gourmet Fall 2013 collection at Wish Boutique in Little 5 Points. As you know, STACKS Magazine was on deck to capture the moment and give our readers a first-hand look at the shoe line. [READ: Event Recap: Young Jeezy Celebrates Partnership w/Gourmet Footwear # Wish ATL]
Later that evening, the celebration continued at Vanquish Lounge. Peep this quick recap of their collaboration below:
Fast-forward, the partnership between Gourmet Footwear and Jeezy has soared. Most recently, Greg Lucci enlisted Jeezy appear in a video shoot that will showcase the brands Fall 2013 shoe pack. The shoe pack will feature imported Italian crocodile printed leather on the 35 and Cinque shoe styles.
Stay tuned and check out their products by visiting www.gourmetfootwear.com .
S/O to Nicole Kasak, of Kasak Media, for the info!
via press release…
Fashion Designer Mel Simon is driven by a love of fashion and well constructed clothes. This season Mel presented a showcase of gowns that are inspired by menswear. The Genesis Collection is a whimsical fashion gender-bender that transforms the masculine elegance of The Great Gatsby era into the feminine flair of today’s street-smart fashionista.
Mel Simon’s beginnings started with an apprenticeship with a local tailor in his homeland of Trinidad. After graduating high school, Simon set an ambitious goal to learn the fundamentals of garment creation before traveling to the United States. It didn’t take long for Simon to enroll at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), majoring in pattern making. This formal education gave structure to his spirited and fashion-forward designs. Simon’s diligence earned him experience at reputable New York apparel firms such as Bianca Leather, Christian Kent and Carmen Marc Valvo. Simon has fabricated the patterns of fashions worn by red carpet celebrities; including Lucy Liu, Kim Cattrall, Vanessa Williams, Courtney Thorne- Smith, Joan Rivers and Queen Latifah.
Simon’s entrepreneurial drive led him to launch “Attitude: the Look Shop”, a specialty boutique in Brooklyn, NY which offered ready-to-wear sportswear and custom made pieces. Later, Simon partnered to form the Simon Duncan brand, which debuted Fashion Week, Fall 2002 in Bryant Park. Simon’s latest endeavor re-conceives the interplay of textiles, prints, and shapes …leading to the creation of the Brooklyn Clothing Lab. Simon remains focused on his goal to become a prominent Fashion Designer in his own right. Simon manifests his own creations from concept and design to production and delivery. He is a salient designer delivering refreshing fashions that make it easy to be glamorous.
Brooklyn Clothing Lab is Mel Simon’s creative laboratory where he produces cutting edge fashions that melds his masterful pattern making skill, and the vibrancy of Brooklyn, NY. Brooklyn Clothing Lab is that unique and rare manifestation of a designer who has an inherent sense of what is timely, and possesses the vision of what is to be.
Brooklyn Clothing Lab street-wear is a fashion line with an eclectic mix of bold colors and dramatic cuts that’s inspired by the spirit of B’klyn, NY.
Simon Mel evening-wear is a sophisticated collection of edgy silhouettes, vivid hues, and decadent architecture. Simon Evening-wear is the quintessence of sophistication for women.
Check out several pieces that hit the runway this year at NYFW 2013:
Shaunie O’Neal is taking that reality show money and diversifying her portfolio. After the success of the Basketball Wives franchise, she’s looking to create another hit in the fashion accessory industry. To do that, she’s partnered up with successful jewelry designer, Simone I. Smith. Simone is the wife of legendary hip hop rapper LL Cool J. The two has embarked on this new partnership to help bring more authenticity and originality back into the jewelry game.
‘Forever Shaunie’ encompasses its namesakes style by crafting statement pieces in 18 karat gold over sterling silver and encrusted Austrian crystals. Simone stated that she wanted to create the line because she’s always admired Shaunie’s fashion sense.
Shaunie has been such a supportive friend and has beautifully worn pieces from my signature line, Simone I. Smith, as well as SIS by Simone I. Smith, which launched in Macy’s stores in fall of 2011,” says Simone. “Through our love and admiration for one another, we decided to create a special collection called ‘Forever Shaunie’ for SIS by Simone I. Smith. Each piece is inscribed with three powerful words that describes my friend – Loyal, Fabulous and Loving,” she added.
Shaunie, herself, also often admired Simone’s style and strength during her fight against cancer.
“Knowing that Simone is a cancer survivor and that I have lost someone very special to the fight of cancer, it was important to us that this line benefitted and empowered those going through that challenging time,” said Shaunie.
‘Forever Shaunie’ will also help others who are battling with this illness. In fact, proceeds from each sale will be donated to the American Cancer Society. The new jewelry line went on sale on September 1 on Macys. com.
Here’s a first look at a few pieces…
Gocha Hawkins, celebrity stylist and owner of Gocha Salon, hosted very special “night out on the town” recently at bar One Tapas Lounge in Atlanta.
On July 19th, Gocha and her staff presented their 2nd annual “Pretty In Pink – 2013 Makeover” event. The event is held each year to honor those in the Atlanta community who has survived their battle against cancer. This year, three women were selected to receive a full day of beauty and VIP treatment.
Starting off, Fleesa, Quinetta, and Tiffany received full hair and makeup makeovers courtesy of Gocha Salon staff. Afterwards, the ladies got jazzy and paparazzi ready for their very own photo shoots with one of Atlanta’s top photographers. For the finale, the women were chauffeured to bar One for a private social mixer where the ladies two-stepped to the sounds of a live DJ. VIP guests were also treated to alcoholic beverages and tapas.
Gocha Salon presented each of the ladies a special gift and flowers in honor of their strength and positive spirits.
Other attendees at the event were Chanita Foster (Beyond The Game Foundation), Jamie Foster-Brown (Sister 2 Sister Magazine), Carlton Morton (assistant to RHOA’s Cynthia Bailey), Gloria Hankerson, DJ M, Lisa Cunningham (producer), Crystal Renee’, Kayla Freeman (celebrity photographer), Ms. Bels (STACKS Magazine), and many more.
Photo Credit: D. Divine Photography & Kaylathrualenz Photography
Known as a fashion guru and artistic director for Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs will add one more business to his multi-million dollar empire. This time, he has launched a makeup line called ”Marc Jacobs Beauty”.
Marc Jacobs Beauty will consist of over 122 products ranging from $18 to $78. The beauty products will reflect the sleekness and ultra-shine qualities that were evident on a table he has in his home. He said that this coffee table was the inspiration for the product line.
Mr. Jacobs says he was drawn to the combination of the table’s shape and finish, making it at once strong and soft. He also appreciated the simplicity of design. “When you have something that has that kind of finish that’s so particular and beautiful, it doesn’t need to be ornate,” he said. (Source)
The products, which will go on sale this Friday, August 9, will be sold at Sephora and selected Marc Jacobs stores. Here are a few of the products (with prices) that will be sold:
For the second year in a row, Rihanna traveled to her native homeland to participate in their annual Crop Over festival. Last year she wore red and caused a global stir with the outfit choice. Well, she has done it again. Ri Ri wore an all white crystalized bikini top and bottom set that brought old glam Hollywood to the Caribbean. Because she exudes a strong amount of sexiness and femininity, many people take it as her being raunchy. But, haters need to understand that this is a natural wardrobe choice for their culture. At Caribbean festivals, this is the attire you wear if you are a participant in the parades and/or other activities.
For those who don’t know, in Barbados, the Crop Over dates back to the early 1870′s. The country was once the largest producer of sugar. When the sugar season was over, the natives would celebrate the success of another sugar harvest. This celebration became known as the Crop Over.
The Crop Over celebration was ended in 1940. However, the locals revived it in 1974 and continues to draw thousands from across the world.
Check out some of the photos Rihanna posted to her Instagram page (@Badgalriri):
Today, a UK judge handed Rihanna the win in the battle between she and British-retailer Top Shop. Back in May, the pop star filed a $5 million lawsuit against the retailer for the unauthorized use of her image. Top Shop began selling t-shirts with a picture of Rihanna’s face on it. The singer claimed she did not give Top Shop the go-ahead to use the t-shirt, which was of poor quality of the material and photo used.
Because her face was on the t-shirt, Judge Birss believed that buyers were deceived thinking Rihanna authorized the sale.
Rihanna’s attorneys argued that t-shirt casted a dark shadow over her own fashion line, River Island. This is her first venture into fashion and believed that this ordeal may hurt her future as a designer.
Topshop said it was “surprised and disappointed” by the judgment and would seek permission to appeal, Reuters reports.
“We robustly dispute the Judge’s conclusion,” it said, adding: “There was no evidence of consumer confusion to support the Judge’s conclusion.”
No word yet on what the final payout will be to Rihanna.
Songstress Keyshia Cole-Gibson is embarking on a new journey into fashion. Having always been a trendsetter when it came to garments and hairstyles, the Oakland songbird is taking her love for shoes to the next level with her very own collection.
Keyshia has partnered up with Steve Madden to bring young women edgier designs. Also, considering her humble beginnings, Keyshia’s collection will also remain affordable enough for the average 9 to 5 working woman or college student. The new line will feature leopard prints, metallic, booties, and various other styles and colors. No word yet on when the collection will actually become available in stores. But, the singer recently posted a few looks on her Instagram page while on location shooting the official ad campaign photos.
Take a look at Keyshia’s new shoe collection:
Ladies, what do you think? Are they hot?
Growing up, most of us went into our mother or father closet and playfully tried on their shoes, dresses, shirts, jewelry, etc. The excitement of trying on our parents clothing was kept us busy and joyful. It also allowed us to role play. Whether we were pretending to go to work or step out to a nightclub, the idea of being an adult made us feel important.
Back in the 80s and earlier, a stranger on the street could easily identify the adult from the child. Clothing brands and styles for adults versus kids were different. With the exception of maybe a pair of jeans, designers made sure that patterns and fabric were equipped with their own identities. For adults, the use of dark colors, silks, rayons, size and lengths were all components that made up the “standard” for people 25 and older. On the other hand, clothing designed for kids reflected a playful nature. Bright colors, cottons, ruffles, terry cloth, etc were components that defined what children’s clothing should look like.
As the 90′s and the new millennium approached us, we began to see these components combine with one another. Parents started dressing like their kids and vice versa. Adult men began to wear tight fitting jeans and became avid buyers of Jordans and other brands that were associated with young people. Little girls dresses and skirts got a little smaller in length. Dresses were now made up of sequins and chiffon. Traditionally, those fabrics were associated with adult prom dresses or evening wear. So, who’s the blame?
Several market research firms confirmed that retailers are manufacturing ”on-trend” clothing for minors. “On-trend” merchandise are representative of items we see in magazine ads, fashion week, various fashion spreads/editorial pieces, etc. These are the clothing that are marketed to adults. But, kids are looking at these things and are spending money on the trends that they like, which is the adult fashion market.
“Fast fashion remains a dominant influence on buying habits in the youth fashion-wear market, with new styles being constantly released; in addition, teenagers are believed to buy into brands, with many up-market youth retailers having made an impact on sales over recent years. Analysis of the accessories, sportswear and jeans subsectors is also featured within the report, with the three sectors believed to be significantly popular among the youth demographic.” (via ResearchandMarket.com)
Parents please beware…kids will continue to want what they see. So, as long you continue to rock the latest brands, your child will more than likely want to stay fresh as you. In order for this not to have a negative impact, monitor what your kids buy. If it is a slim/tight fitting dress with the back cut out, you may need to tell your little girl that she can NOT wear that to her school dance. It is up to the parent to regulate what is purchased and what is not.
Do not allow your kids to grow up too soon.
Wiz Khalifa has always been a huge fan of Converse sneakers since the start of his career. So, it is not a surprise that he will now be releasing his very own collection.
The Wiz Khalifa Collection by Converse will hit Foot Locker stores on August 23. Watch the official commercial teaser for the Wiz’s collection:
When it was announced that Kanye West would team up with the French fashion brand, A.P.C., no one ever thought that he’d sell t-shirts. After having other fail attempts at becoming a world renowned fashion designer, Kanye may have found his niche in casual men’s clothing.
A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou and West came together, over a span of two years, to design a special collection for the A.P.C. brand. West’s collection consists of jeans, hoodies, and t-shirts. When it comes to design aesthetics and creativity, you would think the collection would be a bit unique. However, the clothing is just the opposite. The new collection is very casual and represents West’s latest indulgence in minimalism.
Despite the uproar received on social media sites regarding the pricing of the clothes, Touitou says that West’s collection is flying off the shelves in Paris. The day the items went on sale online, ALL of it sold out and the A.P.S. website crashed.
The collection was restocked this weekend, but immediately sold out again. There are only less popular sizes still available like 24/25 jeans and a XXL in t-shirts. Luckily, the website will be taking pre-orders for a limited time for silkscreened tees with skeletons on it for about $137 in U.S. dollars, or gray hoodies for about $222.
Leather has seen a huge spike in sales in the last few years, especially when it comes to women and men clothing. But, the newest trend comes in the form of high-end leather phone cases.
The days of the chunky Otter box and non-reliable plastic cases from mall kiosks are over. Several companies who manufacture cases for phones and tablets are adding more variety in color, style, and fabric choices. One company, in particular, is MAPi.
MAPi is a leader in leather goods and innovation. The company recently announced that they were releasing a new line-up of fashionable cases that were trendy and can easily be paired with designer handbags in shoes. The cases are handmade and are created using the top European leather money can buy. MAPi’s cases for iPhone 5 and Galaxy S4 come in bright new colors such as yellow, raspberry, orange, and lime green. Prices start at $35 and include the following products:
Pella – Shell Case for iPhone 5
A minimalist snap-on shell case, the Pella has a premium leather inlay on a satin touch shell. The easy snap-on- and-off model will offer color coordination whatever the event. Announcing new orange, raspberry, lime green. Price $35
Tion – ID & Card Case for iPhone 5
The Tion is an open face design with room for ID cards, credit cards or even money on the back of the case. The case’s open face design allows for easy use of your phone, and doubles as a wallet or purse while on the go. Available in lime green, raspberry. Price $50
Myra – Wallet Snap Case for Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5
The Myra is an all-in-one, wallet-style case for your phone. It includes three pockets for keeping money, credit card and ID cards secure. Available for Samsung Galaxy S4 in black, red, raspberry, lime green. Available for iPhone 5 in lime green. Price $60
Taos – Snap Wallet Case for iPhone 5
Taos is a leather wallet style with magnetic snap that will keep your phone secure. The leather cover not only keeps your screen and phone covered, but also keeps you looking good. Announcing new lime green. Price $55
Altos – Flip Wallet Case for iPhone 5
Altos is a premium leather flip style that utilizes magnetic closures to keep your phone secure while not in use. Available in raspberry. Price $55
Poros – Caller ID Pouch for iPhone 5
The Poros is a unique stylish premium leather pouch with a caller ID feature. The caller ID screen allows you to easily keep time, while making you look stylish. Available in lime green, raspberry. Price $55
In “case” you want to upgrade from the cheap non-flattering covers four phone or table, visit www.mapicases.com for more information and product choices.
“A woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting” -Christian Dior
Better late than never is how I choose to describe this article. Yes I realize, most writers have their summer scent list in by April. I understand this is almost the middle of summer, to speak about my Olfactory Nirvana. I apologize in advance and will aim to do better with the fall list.
Perfume choices vary from woman to woman. Different scents offer different results, depending on the individual’s body chemistry. It is better to visit the perfume counter ask for a sample, before you commit to the purchase. This is usually a safer and more cost effective method. The scent may smell good to you in the store or on the pages of a magazine, but the real test is, will it smell good on you?
So if you’re like me and you waited this long to find your summer scent(s), below I have suggested scents and reasonable priced websites, where they can be purchased….if you don’t want to pay department store prices:
J’adore- Infused with Ylang-Ylang Essence, Damascena Rose Essence, Samblac Jasmine Absolute. J’adore is a true blend of femininity, wealth and sensuality.
Philosophy’s Field Of Flowers – One whiff of this scent, reminds you of all that is perfect in the world. Infused with a base of America Peony, Mandarin Honeysuckle and Satin Woods. Field of Flowers is sure to strike, remembrance of joy and purity, allowing the world to be viewed through rose colored glasses, if only just for a moment.
Ralph Lauren Romance Summer- Allow yourself to bask is summer’s unforgettable ambiance. Ingrained with mandarin, guava, jasmine, coconut water and vanilla. This fragrance is both unforgettable and romantic.
Balenciaga L’Eau- Classic and chick… this fragrance is timeless. This is a girlish combination of rose, violet, blackberry and patchouli. It offers a soft lingering scent in the air even after you have gone.
J’Adore Summer- I am a huge Dior fan when it comes to fragrances. This flirty fragrance was first introduced in 2004. J’Adore’s summer fragrance is a perfect blend of champaca flower, mandarin, crystallized orchid, jasmine, muguet, violet Damascus plum, amaranth wood and blackberry musk.
If you are like me and love to change to your scent depending on your mood, but know that it can get a bit costly, I have listed a few websites below that can be of assistance:
Written by Kenya Bonner, content writer for STACKS Magazine
Love & Hip Hop’s Erica Dixon Scraps Engagement Ring for $10K; Was It Better To Pawn vs. Consignment?
Last night’s episode of Love & Hip Hop Atlanta was one for the history books. There was a lot of drama popping off between most of the cast members. K. Michelle questioned Ariane’s ability to sing and wasn’t too supportive of her wanting to become a background singer. It was a complete surprise to a lot of viewers whom had no idea she sung at all. And from the sounds of what Ariane pulled off last night during the auditions, she may need to take a few more vocal lessons. DJ Babey Drew and DJ Traci Steele continued their uneventful bickering back and forth. Traci has a new man now and her baby daddy wants to feel the brother out before she allows him to be around their child.
Poor Rasheeda…smh. The second season has not treated our girl right. Rasheeda is not only pregnant, but is also having MAJOR trouble in her marriage to Kirk. During the episode, Rasheeda was made aware that Kirk had been out frolicking with a chick name Mary Jane. Although Kirk tried to justify his actions by saying that Rasheeda “unofficially” gave him a “hall pass”, she wasn’t too pleased and went HAM on him. She pulled a Waiting to Exhale move and set fire to his clothes in the front yard. LOL
But the most ratchet part of the episode was the beef between Erica, Momma Dee, and Erica’s mom Mignon. The yelling (and almost fighting) session began because of Erica’s decision to pawn the engagement ring that Lil Scrappy gave her. The reason she wanted to do that is because Scrappy was in jail and she wanted to make sure their daughter was financially taken care of. Erica stated that her and Scrappy made the decision years ago to not go the child support route. This agreement only stands firm if he make sure Emani has everything she needs. Well, nowadays, Scrappy has had several run-ins with the law and has been confined several times. This is an unstable lifestyle in Erica’s eyes. Therefore, she’s taking it upon herself to make things happen.
So, her and Momma Dee take a visit to the jeweler who sold the ring to Scrappy. Momma Dee questioned Erica’s true loyalty and love for her son. She didn’t believe that Erica was really down for her son. She felt as though it was shady that Erica was quick to get rid of the ring.
To question her love for the man is one thing, but did Erica make the right choice in placing the ring on consignment? The shop owner expressed to her that if he purchased the ring back from her, she would receive $10,000. However, if she put the ring on consignment, she could make up to $15,000. So, she chose the consignment route because she knew that additional $5,000 could come in handy. But, was it wrong for Erica to sell back the ring? She should have waited until she was able to talk it over with Lil Scrappy?
Watch the full episode below:
If you aren’t familiar with consignments and how they work, here are a few tips to consider before you decide to sell anything.
1. To get the biggest bang for your buck, your merchandise must look brand new. Shine up your jewelry, wash your clothes, wipe down furniture, etc. The better the item looks, the better the shop owner will be able to offer you a good deal.
2. Take your merchandise to specialize shops. If you are selling coins, go to a coin shop. If you are selling clothes, go to a clothing shop. If you aren’t sure if your local consignment shop accepts the item you have, pick up the phone and call them first. This will save you an unnecessary trip.
3. Always have a price in mind before stepping in the store. Check online for an identical item and determine how much it is worth. This will give you more negotiation power and a good chance of getting top dollar.
4. Check shop references or reviews. Go online and see what others have to say about that pawn shop (i.e. is their percentage high?, will he offer a good deal?, etc).
5. Consignments can take time. Depending on what contract agreement you’ve entered into, a deadline can be set to make sure you receive a payment by a certain day (whether or not the shop sold the item).
Consignments can be the bigger pay-off if you have time to wait. If you are late on a bill or strapped for cash, the pawn route is best for you. It allows you to go in and come out with money the same day.