For J Balvin, Designing Clothes Is a Lot Like Writing a Killer Guest Verse

Has this affected your music at all?
For the better. Creatively I feel better. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve been in one place more than three months. It’s been more than ten years since I’ve been able to stay in my hometown Medellín and just vibe.

Your Instagram is a place of such positivity and bright colors but a couple weeks ago you made an exception to post in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Why was that important for you to speak up on?
Well, I have to. That’s it. I have to, man. I’m totally anti-racist. In this case, it’s a human thing. It’s something that really goes beyond politics.

What is your perspective of the movement being in Colombia the past couple months and seeing what’s happening in the U.S. from that vantage point?
We suffer the same here in Colombia. Right

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Not So Vain: C.A.R.L.Y.s Love Crocs, Memes and Social Justice

Ah, marketing studies: no matter how much the world changes, they blossom year-round, hearty perennials on the withering vine that is the news cycle. They are a small source of much joy, particularly their ability to reveal to us subcultures, alternative lifestyles, and demographics, from the merely absurd (Toto-toilet loving millennial HENRYs, or “High Earner, Not Rich Yet”) to the gently fictional (normcore).

Today, a study called “Nine By Nine,” produced by a retail media research firm called Future Commerce and an email marketing platform called Klaviyo, introduces a new group of consumers—and an all-time acronym. Joining the prestigious ranks of HENRYs, DINKs (Double Income, No Kids), and the still-prominent Yuppies (Young Urban Professionals), are C.A.R.L.Y.s. Meet fashion’s biggest new thing: the “Can’t Afford Real Life Yet” generation.

“Wow,” you might be thinking, “sounds like me and everyone I know, probably for the rest of time, haha,” but

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Sies Marjan Shuts Down | GQ

Sies Marjan, the five-year-old New York–based brand designed by 35-year-old Sander Lak, announced on Monday that it is shuttering due to the financial impact of COVID-19.

It raises a question: WTF?

That might sound a little strident, but consider the evidence. Sies Marjan was one of New York’s few luxury-fashion success stories. The clothes were often pulled by magazine editors, including GQ’s, for the kinds of shoots you might call “directional”—but they were also deeply wearable. Even when global warming eliminated the need for outerwear, Sies Marjan’s pastel coats, thrown over T-shirts, were a common sight in downtown New York and Brooklyn. Just four months ago, the brand underwrote the Guggenheim’s big Rem Koolhaas show, precisely the kind of financial flex usually undertaken by big-time LVMH or Kering brands.

Speaking of financial muscle: Not only were Sies Marjan’s credentials in order, but the finances were too. Everything was

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Why Organizers of Sunday’s Massive Black Trans Live Matter March Urged Protesters to Wear White

Dakota and Tirado didn’t simply choose white to mirror the protest of 1917, either. White was chosen because of all the poetic splendor associated with the color. In literature, white often represents newness—a fresh sheet of snow, a blank slate—and it was the same for Sunday’s Brooklyn Liberation match. “Another part of our incentive for folks to wear white was to help the public understand a new, visual way to imagine our community—the dawn of a new era that would not just include Black Trans and gendernonconforming people, but put them at the front where they belong,” Tirado said via email.

Both Tirado and Dakota felt that the rainbow typically associated with Pride lost its resonance when corporations started using it to cover up otherwise problematic behavior. When rainbows appear on NYPD cop cars and hang outside precincts, they don’t make as much sense in a protest against those

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How Noah Stays Afloat—and Stays Ethical—Through a Pandemic and Protests

It had to be possible, he thought. “I’m hoping we’re able to build on this idea that we work efficiently, we work effectively, we have more free time to live our lives and do the things that actually inspire the brand,” he said. Because, Babenzien explained, nothing less than the soul of Noah relied on finding a way to make it so. “The brand is nothing without those things—without surfing and skating and running and music and interest in design and art and literature. Without all that, we don’t exist.”

Rethinking the culture of work was a task for another day. Now, there were T-shirts to sell. By the middle of April, Babenzien had settled on a charitable vehicle: a limited-run tee, with a first aid symbol substituted for Noah’s signature cross and “THANK YOU” printed across the back for first responders. Sales would raise money for coronavirus relief.


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