With the ubiquity of fleece in all its forms – oversize hoodies, mixed-print jackets, half-zip pullovers (the unofficial uniform of tech bros) – it’s almost hard to believe how unbelievably uncool it was when the fabric was first conceived 40 years ago. What was originally considered merely a practical solution to scratchy textiles has been reincarnated over and over again to become the latest street style staple.

The story of the humble fleece officially begins in 1981, though it actually dates back a decade earlier when a man named Yvon Chouinard, known as the “father of fleece” and founder of a then-little-known mountaineering apparel store called Patagonia, went searching for a synthetic “miracle fabric” that offered the same level of warmth and durability as wool, but was also lightweight, easy to clean, and quick to dry. His wife, Malinda Chouinard, discovered something that held promise: a polyester that was, surprisingly, … Read the rest

The conversation about lack of diversity in the fashion world is long overdue. But in the last nine months, kickstarted by the killing of George Floyd, the dialogue has finally reached a place where companies seem to be listening, and more than that, vowing to change. In terms of retail and consumer behavior, that means a call to dismantle the inequities that exist in everything from hiring practices to casting ad campaigns and creating shelf space. As brands share their plans of action, the bulk of the work seems to fall on the (relatively) newly formed role of Chief Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Officer. Considering that racism is prevalent across the industry, the loaded title begs the question: what exactly does a D&I officer do?

With corporate entities in the hot seat amid calls for more diversity, roles centric to diversity and inclusion efforts may feel fresh to some, but … Read the rest

Imagine finding the perfect pair of jeans and falling in love for the rest of your life? That was me when I discovered these Agolde Pinch Waist High Rise Kick Jeans ($178) two years ago. Yes, I’m being dramatic because I spent months looking for the one, and when I slipped into these Agolde jeans, it was quite literally love at first fit.

I could immediately tell they were high quality.

I could immediately tell they were high quality. The nonstretch denim and waist buttons provide some structure without restricting my movements, and the fabric doesn’t itch or fade over time. Everything from the high-waist fit to the ankle length is designed with style in mind. I have since acquired many other pairs from Agolde, and I haven’t felt the need to experiment with more brands. My favorite way to wear them is with a fitted square-neck top and open-toe … Read the rest

Headbands can be a divisive accessory. On one hand, they’re practical in the sense that they keep your hair out of your face – a godsend in pandemic times – and on the other, they call to mind a certain preppy nostalgia that feels cutesy and, well, borderline basic. Regardless of the latter, I’ve become a newly minted fan of statement headbands. Though I was skeptical at first, I simply cannot deny how seamlessly headbands add polish to any ensemble and, let’s be honest, act as literal saviors on dirty hair days (I see you, updo). If you’ve tried this timeless trend, then you know all too well that there’s just something about a headband that can tie your whole outfit together. Plus, who couldn’t use another easy (and affordable) way to accessorize for Zoom?

In my recent foray into the world of headbands, I’ve tried my fair share of … Read the rest

For those who don’t know Chella Man, he is a 22-year-old artist, activist, author, and actor who identifies as Deaf, trans, Jewish, and Chinese. He recently collaborated and executive produced Trans in Trumpland, a four-part docuseries that sheds light on the Trump administration’s harmful effect on the trans community and he has announced his first book, Continuum, to be released in June. The list of what he is working on to push for representation in our country goes on, and you should absolutely be following his endeavors. His latest project comes during National Deaf History Month – a jewelry collection he worked on with genderless, Asian-led brand Private Policy, with designers Siying Qu and Haoran Li at the helm. (This is not Chella Man’s first foray into fashion as he also collaborated with Opening Ceremony on an inclusive clothing line in 2019.)

“Redefining the machinery with my art

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Walmart has announced fashion designer Brandon Maxwell will be joining its fashion team as the creative director for the retailer’s exclusive fashion brands Free Assembly and Scoop. Brandon is known for his high-fashion designs that have been worn by everyone from Lady Gaga (he created her famous meat dress!) to Gigi Hadid. He is set to collaborate with Walmart’s teams, from design to production, to develop seasonal men’s, women’s, children’s, and accessories collections for Free Assembly and Scoop.

“Working with Walmart has long been a dream of mine. Like many people across the country who live in a small town, Walmart was the destination for everything where I grew up in Texas, including clothing,” Maxwell said in a press release. “This partnership allows me to bring the experience and joy of fashion to countless people who live in small towns across the country. Everyone deserves to have access to well-designed … Read the rest

If you have tried various products for skin care and can not find the ones that work for you, then you might need to buy some sensitive skin care items that will nourish and protect your skin. Concerning the matter on Wole Soyinka, in a recent letter to the Editor of The Times Literary Supplement , Chinweizu has effectively put that charge to waste, even winning the accent of a later English contributor. Concerning the matter in relation to Diop, Fage has been unable to dislodge the historical finds of Cheikh Anta Diop, precisely because they are irrefutable scientific findings. One thing is absolutely certain, and that is, contemporary European liberal historiography on Africa, at least large portions of it, is merely a continuation, though subtle and hidden, of imperial colonial historiography on Africa. This point needs to be paid attention to. We see a culture that is diverse and … Read the rest

Born is a leading manufacturer of comfortable and stylish footwear for men, women and kids. 1963 The FIFA executive lifts the Football Association of South Africa’s (FASA) suspension. FASA announces it will send an all-White team to the 1966 World Cup, and an all-Black team to the 1970 World Cup. FIFA president Stanley Rous gets FASA temporarily reinstated in 1963, but FASA is again suspended in 1964. It is expelled from FIFA in 1976. The four ideologies include Dutchification (1652-1795) Anglicization (1795-1948), Democratization (1994-present).” The Dutch imposed their language when Van Riebeeck landed in the Cape. The Dutch of the day were the rulers of their “newly discovered” colonies. This was the beginnings of Apartheid(separate development. With the policy of Anglicization of South Africa, the British “sought to replace the Dutch by English in all spheres of public sphere. Anglicization required knowledge of English for access to whatever resources were … Read the rest

Jewelry and women are truly two words that cannot be separated. One thing about the cultural festivities and dress of Africans of South Africa, this includes Lesotho, Botswana and Swaziland. These cultural societies have their brand of culture represented fully in South Africa. So that, like the Swazi festivities of the Reeds, the traditional dress of the women is part of the showcasing of the culture-you also find this amongst the Zulus, Vendas and so on. This about the cultural dress of women which ma be seen differently by different people, globally, once posted on the Web. We have become adept at scoffing and dismissing our cultural, linguistic, musical and other heritages that make us Africans of South Africa, and have become lackeys of other peoples around the world. We are a confused, scared and dumbed-down peoples. We of Mzantsi, have no sense nor direction of what is happening. We … Read the rest

The popular trend that people are following these days is to wear designer outfits. That will mean real independence and freedom, bodily, spiritually, intellectually, and within the cultural, customary, traditional practices, without anyone peeking over the shoulder and telling one what to do, how to do it, and why. Diop counsels: “Historical circumstances now demand of our generation that it solve a felicitous manner the problems that face Africa, most especially the Cultural problem. “Thus, culture, though a product of the actual lived experience of a people — the primal source of much of their daily personal and social activities, their forms of labor and its products, their celebratory and ceremonial traditions, modes of dress, art and music, language and articulatory style, appetites and desires — it is essentially ideological in nature based as it is on shared beliefs, customs, expectations, and values. Salman Rushdie explores the ideological hegemonies that … Read the rest