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Wishful Thinking: Juneteenth

As we celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday to commemorate the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy, we’d also like to acknowledge the many great contributions that Black designers & brand owners have made to help push fashion & streetwear forward. We’ve highlighted some of the Black designers & Black-owned brands currently in-stock at Wish ATL.

Billionaire Boys Club & Icecream

Circa 2003, Pharrell Williams traveled to Japan to partner with NIGO, fashion designer and creator of A Bathing Ape, as well as graphic designer Sk8thing to create what is now the world famous Billionaire Boys Club.
The brand was also premiered in 2003 by Skateboard P in the “Frontin” music video . ICECREAM, initially a subsidiary of Billionaire Boys Club, released its footwear line in 2004. The following year, Billionaire Boys Club opened its first brick & mortar store in Tokyo, Japan, followed by stores in New York and London as well.

In August 2011 rapper Jay-Z, a frequent collaborator of Pharrell, partnered with the Billionaire Boys Club line. Later the rapper, through a joint venture with Iconix, invested in the brand. The following year BBC recorded high $25 million to $30 million in volume, up from $12 million. Pharrell reacquired Iconix’s stake in the business in 2017.

PLANES

Jay Z and lifelong friend Emory Jones embarked on Planes/Roc Nation apparel after recapping the success of Roc-A-Wear. Growing up Emory was always into fashion. To him it was a way to express his individuality in a world where everyone wants to be a clone. Going back to their teenage years, Emory’s his favorite pastime was shopping. Hov and their other friends would joke about him having a shopping addiction.

Emory had taken over and expanded the lifestyle division of Roc Nation. For him, merchandising the lifestyle was the next step in the natural progression of the business. The idea was create something that was elite in style and quality while still being more affordable than contemporary counterparts. Jones, joined forces with Mike “Upscale Vandal” Camargo, a former employee of Roc Nation, Billionaire Boys Club, and consultant for many major brands. Upscale Vandal assisted Emory in bringing his vision to life. Emory has taken the more organic approach with marketing the brand, not really leaning on seeding influencers, but relying on those that influence the influencers.

IH NOM UH NIT

Ih Nom Uh Nit (innominate), which means “without name” is a ready-to-wear brand that has become a new cult favorite. The L.A. based brand has appeared on a myriad of celebs from Luka Sabbat to Janet Jackson. Chaz Jordan has created a brand that can do it all, from sweatsuits to sequin-embroidered gowns.

Chaz Jordan, founder of Ih Nom Uh Nit began his career in the fashion industry in 2011 during college. While in his junior year at the University of Illinois – Chicago, he met and ultimately ending up working for Virgil Abloh and Don C at their Chicago concept store, RSVP Gallery. This is where he launched his first successful apparel label, Au Courant, before moving to Paris, France. While in Paris he was able to find an atelier that educated him on the history of Parisian fashion and their savior faire.
As his knowledge of the industry & skillset grew, so did his network and exposure.

PLAYHOUSE WORLD

Founder and Creative Director Jahleel Morris is socially known as Playhouse Jah. Born and raised in Stone Mountain his upbringing was very much Atlanta. From dirty south music (OutKast being his favorite group), buying Dickies and Girbauds at Metropolitan flea market, Black Santa Claus at South DeKalb to skating at Cascade, to working in Lenox mall he is truly of this city.

Known for “The Best Caps Out the South” Playhouse World is a lifestyle brand founded in Atlanta. Built on community using art, fashion, and cultural references to communicate to a wide demographic unifying them through worldly views.

HONOR THE GIFT

Russell Westbrook has over the years showed a strong passion for fashion & he embodies letting his clothes speak for his mood, so you know how he’s feeling before he says a word. His collections are defined by the environment that shaped him, the Inner City of Los Angeles. A harsh and unfair environment, but one that develops strength, leadership, focus, and self worth.

His brands focus for the first few drops have been capturing the raw point of view of Inner City Public School.
Demonstrating the collection through a surveilled lens of the unfamiliar worlds of Public and Private School confronting one another. Embodying the affluent lifestyle of Private School. Demonstrating the collection through a refined take on the unfamiliar worlds of Public and Private School confronting one another.

MARTINE ROSE

London based designer Martine Rose’s self-titled label has become a stalwart in menswear since 2007. Particularly known for her peculiar approach to presenting collections, she’s done shows outside of the schedule in unconventional venues like marketplaces & rock climbing centers. She’s previously collaborated with Been Trill, Timberland, Nike & CAT, while expanding into womenswear.

Rose has been nominated for the heralded ANDAM prize for emerging designers as well as the LVMH Prize. In 2018, she was also nominated for the BFC’s British Designer of the Year for menswear. 

CARROTS BY ANWAR

Originally from Trenton, New Jersey, Anwar Carrots founded “Peas & Carrots International” in 2007. It began as an emerging streetwear brand & creative collective. Known for his dynamic approach to aesthetic, both in personal style and his creative output, Anwar has become an entrepreneurial leader of this new generation of Los Angeles creatives and fashion icons of street culture & music.

Always evolving, Anwar launched “Carrots by Anwar Carrots” in 2015.

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Wish Travels: Los Angeles, California

The West Coast, specifically the Los Angeles area has been a primary contributor to streetwear culture through various mediums like art, skate, surf & music. Check out a few of our favorite brands from Southern California & shop these looks online!

Based in Los Angeles, Noon Goons was created by Kurt Narmore in 2016. The brand is immensely inspired the Narmore’s roots in skate and surf. A “noon goon” is in fact a term for tourists that show up to the beach at noon, after all the real surfers have left for the day to work their day jobs.

Driven by funky prints, cozy outerwear, and graphic T-shirts, this brand is sure to catch eyes. Los Angeles street and surf culture is a well known fashion catalyst, and Narmore does a great job staying authentic to the culture, as he still operates in that community to keep the grassroots feel alive. The addition of industry veteran Sam Jarou (formerly of Comme des Garcons) as creative director has helped take the brand from the streets of LA to Dover Street Market.

Stussy

The brand “Stussy” started some time in the early 1980s by founder, Shawn Stussy. He initially crafted custom surf boards in the Southern California area and began scrawling his surname on his handcrafted surfboards with a broad tipped marker. The logo which has defined the brand started in the early 1980s was actually derived from that of his uncle, Jan Stussy. He began using the logo on T-shirts, shorts and caps that he sold out of his car around Laguna Beach, California. The company ultimately gained its footing during rise surfer culture, ushered in by Orange County, California. Since its inception, it has largely been adopted by streetwear, hip-hop & a multitude of subcultures & scene.

In a 1992 interview Stussy said: “Everybody calls it surf wear, or urban streetwear, or surf street… I don’t name it, and I don’t name it on purpose.”

Norwood Chapters

Norwood’s designer and creative director Ali Saint Qureshi was born in Paris, France, and arrived to the US at a very young age. Drawing upon his affinity for youth suburban culture and love for the city of Angels, Norwood’s designer wishes to remain unknown so that, he may have the brand and its representation of urban culture remain pure- without diluting it. The love for Rock N Roll, Punk Rock, HipHop, Skateboarding, Sports and diverse ethnic cultures, has encompassed what Norwood is all about.

Norwood was created and founded in 2017 on the principles that NO labels are the ONLY labels. NOR is not for the cool people, it’s for ALL people, it’s an exclusive house party that everyone is invited to. This Los-Angeles born and made brand combines luxury street aesthetic with timeless quality textiles to deliver a unique streetwear wardrobe. The influences of punk rock and hiphop are evident in Norwood’s designs. Featuring premium materials, clean-lined cuts, bold graphics, and unexpected character details, Norwood’s range of essential t-shirts French terry hoodies, lounge wear and denim convey a perfect amount of casual refinement with streetwear. All Norwood production is Los Angeles based.

RHUDE

Founded by Rhuigi Villaseñor in 2013, Rhude is a design venture to showcase ready-to-wear collections. Rhude focuses on minimalistic effortless style mixed with streetwear sensibilities, using fine fabrics and focus on fit. Rhude celebrates the youth and elegance through simple and functional clothes.

Rhuigi’s brand gained notoriety in 2012 when he created a black bandana print shirt that would be worn by Kendrick Lamar at the BET Awards. With no plans to actually sell the shirt, he was talked into creating the brand by Chris Stamp and Guillermo Andrade, designers of Stampd and 424, respectively. He went on to intern for Taz Arnold and TISA while taking pattern making classes and styling artists like Big Sean. He was able to fine tune his craft while building influential relationships throughout the industry that would ultimately help catapult his company to the forefront of streetwear.

WISHFLIX: SWAGGY MOMS IN TV & FILM

Let us be honest, moms do it all. They work hard, nurture, teach, comfort and sometimes save the world. With Mother’s Day around the corner, we are visiting some of our favorite moms in tv and film. Whether you are social distanced far from your mom or just cannot escape her, sit down with some of these recommended movies and shows and give her a gift from our hand-selected items from these looks inspired by iconic moms.

Rainbow Johnson (Tracee Ellis Ross) – Black-Ish (2014 – Present)

Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo (Uma Thurman) – Kill Bill Vol.1 &2 (2003, 2004)

Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) – The Terminator 2 (1991)

Rachel Marron (Whitney Houston) – The Bodyguard (1992)

Marge Simpson (voiced by Julie Kavner) – The Simpsons (1989 – Present)

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Atlanta Supports Atlanta: Masks For Charity

In an effort to help combat Covid-19 and help support the city that supports us, we have partnered with two Atlanta based brands to provide limited edition masks over two weeks. Proceeds from the sales of these masks will be donated to Meals On Wheels as they work to help flatten the curve by providing meals by delivery to the elderly & those most at risk for the virus. 

Last week we released the first of the series featuring Stevie Pettus’ Atlanta based, SurrenderAmerica. Aside from the top of the line cut & sew pieces, the brand also serves as a support and empowerment system for those battling mental health disorders. We previously collaborated on DIY T-Shirt Workshop for Black History Month.

This Friday, we are releasing the second of the collection. This capsule is designed by Latif of Wisdom Fashion House. WFH combines fashion and animation to narrate its story & speak out on issues that seemingly get swept under the rugs of society. Wisdom was also the winner of our inaugural Battle of the Brands.

BE SAFE ATLANTA

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Maharishi

London based streetwear brand Maharishi, named for the literal Sanskrit translation great seer or Guru. The brand exudes a great vision in clothing. It was founded in 1994 by Hardy Blechman with the great vision to create environmentally sound, fair-trade produced, long-lasting, high-quality, utilitarian clothing.

The collections have always included the strong natural fibre hemp as well as organic cottons and up-cycled military clothing. Maharishi maintains a strong ethos of respect for nature while utilizing the latest technology. Shop the collection here!

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MISBHV

Women’s Spring ’20 Collection

Hailing from Poland, MISBHV started in 2013 with Natalia Maczek making pseudo-designer t-shirts for her friends to wear to clubs, as a summer side project. After she decided on fashion over law school, she enlisted co-designer & creative director Thomas Wirski and began making full men’s & women’s collections. After a successful SS17 New York Fashion Week show, Rihanna wore their brand during her “Anti” Tour and brand began to gain notoriety. Wirski jokes that the brand was “never supposed to be taken seriously.” However, they have created a serious movement over past few years.

MISBHV aims to merge streetwear and 90’s rave culture to create pieces that are equal parts nostalgic & unique. These influences shine in motocross inspired cropped tops & shorts, as well as sports bras paired with baggy bottoms. She’s also produced men’s pieces with frayed seams, typefaces reminiscent of 90’s streetwear brands and very on-trend tie dyes. Shop the collection here!

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Puma x RHUDE: Season 2

Arriving March 7th, season 2 of the Rhude & Puma collaboration is sure to catch eyes. Rising streetwear brand RHUDE is the epitome of youthful sophistication and attitude. Their simple yet provocative designs have made them one of the most coveted men’s labels in LA ­­­– worn by some of the biggest names in music, sport, and fashion. The second season of PUMA x RHUDE is inspired by motorsport gear, putting a modern twist on motorsport badges, branding, and stripes. This top speed collection appears in a muted color palette with loud pops of neon.

“For my second installment with PUMA, I thought about merging two worlds and re-ushering Formula 1 and racing culture into a community that isn’t as acquainted with the sport. The Motorsport theme lies within the cuts and seamlines emulating those you see in the uniform, but modernizing it with color palettes and shape. Formula 1 is a sport that I feel a close connection to, and I wanted to share that through the partnership with PUMA to bring visibility to a sport to the youth and younger generation that may not know much about its existence.” – Rhuigi V 

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Reese Cooper

Reese Cooper, a multidisciplinary artist, is a storyteller. He documents his exploration and experiences in his label. From fashion to photography, film to furniture, each project or collection tells a story – some fact, some fiction – woven together through powerful imagery and messaging all underpinned by precision detail.

He’s a 21 year old designer born in Atlanta and based out of LA by way of London. He launched the label in 2016 at the age of 18 and now at the age of 21, he is the youngest ever finalist for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund. This award is given in support of a promising American designer and former winners include Thom Browne, Kirby Jean-Raymond (Pyer Moss) and the Elder Statesmen.

If any description is to be given to his clothing, Cooper prefers “modern heritage.” Mixing Americana and workwear effortlessly, it stands part from other brands with how authentically it tells a story. The men’s SS2020 collection is titled “How A Letter Travels” and draws direct inspiration from the US Postal Service as a metaphor for how far people are willing to go to tell their story & deliver their message. The collection is made for travelers, featuring lightweight nylon cargo pants & shorts, and uppers decorated in images of postal workers, stamps and mailboxes. Shop the collection here!

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New Brand: Aries

Sofia Pantera founded Aries in London in 2010 with the help of graphic design legend Fergus Purcell. This was after almost a decade of designing for cult streetwear label Silas. This brand exudes non-conformity and confidently downplays being easily classified. Many of their pieces are created gender neutral to emphasize inclusivity.

“We wanted Aries to be a return to that 80s sensibility where street wear was fashion and vice versa. I make most of our patterns myself and
we hand dye and hand print in the studio. I like going against conventional pattern-cutting rules. I love that we can create pieces with firsthand experimentation which would be almost impossible to make within the constraints of a high street brand. We can also be a lot less
wasteful – using off cuts of leather to make jeans labels, reusing leftover fabric and denim to patch jeans”

https://www.ariesarise.com/about-aries-brand-book/

Pantera mentions that Aries’ creation is a product of her “struggling with reconciling her love for fashion, beautifully made and cut clothes, and sartorial experimentation with the love for streetwear, anti-fashion youth movements and trash culture in general,” so she decided that Aries should encompass all of those aspects. Check out the collection here!

Introducing New Brand: LYpH

“UK brand LYpH is an Avant Garde clothing company creating mens and womens clothing for the culture and context of now.”

The LYpH label prides itself on continuing the conversation of sustainable fashion amongst its team and close collaborators. The brand is being continuously inspired by various cultures, countries and the citizens across the globe.

“An idea within the LYPH walls is to create a product and design function that is constructed out of prefabricated pockets with standardized dimensions, allowing for easy assembly and flexible arrangement. A product that can be recycled through seasons and genders. The LYPH pockets will switch between garments and accessories. Upcycling LYPH  pockets and attaching them to the latest LYPH product creates a new look each time and is less harmful to the environment.”

Ultimately, they aim to lead by example, ultimately expanding the conversation on sustainable clothing practices.

Noon Goons has arrived at Wish

LA Based Noon Goons was created by Kurt Narmore in 2016. The brand is immensely inspired the Narmore’s roots in skate and surf. A “noon goon” is in fact a term for tourists that show up to the beach at noon, after all the real surfers have left for the day to work their day jobs.

Driven by funky prints, cozy outerwear, and graphic T-shirts, this brand is sure to catch eyes. Los Angeles street and surf culture is a well known fashion catalyst, and Narmore does a great job staying authentic to the culture, as he still operates in that community to keep the grassroots feel alive. The addition of industry veteran Sam Jarou (formerly of Comme des Garcons) as creative director has helped take the brand from the streets of LA to Dover Street Market.

Shop this collection in-store & online now!

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Wish x Chinatown Market

Stemming from longstanding relationships with Chinatown Market and its creator, Wish is excited to announce a collaborative capsule with the brand.

The “Thank You” capsule is a nod to the city, its community and culture.

Chinatown Market x Wish collection features vibrant tie-dyes and puff printed graphic tees, hoodie and tote. Wish is excited to partner with Chinatown on this project and aims to reciprocate this gratitude with future plans and exciting things to come. Thank you, Atlanta.

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Used Future

Used Future is a menswear brand founded in 2009 in Seoul, South Korea. They pride themselves on the ability to create an innovative and unconventional look. Combining vintage models with modern aesthetic, Used Future is proving to be successful in carving out a name for itself in the youth culture. The brand is highlighted by oversized outerwear in bold colors and trendy cuts, puffy jackets with soft touch fleece layers, hoodies, sweatshirts and pants.

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Vans x Vivienne Westwood

Vans and British fashion house Vivienne Westwood have collaborated for the “Anglomania” collection, highlighting individualism. The Anglomania Collection features a Sk8-Hi Platform, Slip-On, Style 53, & an Old Skool.

The Sk8-Hi Platform draws inspiration from Vivienne Westwood’s Pirate boot, boasting key design details from the boot including a tan vegetable dye buckled strap. The Slip-On showcases Vans’ signature checkerboard pattern, layered with the Westwood’s DESTROY graphic. Larger scale checks are then featured diagonally on the vamp. The reintroduced Style 53 is a loafer-style slip-on with a suede upper, black lugged outsole, and a Vivienne Westwood multicolored metal orb. The Old Skool and makes use of the Vivienne Westwood Orb and Lightning Bolt print in oxblood suede and canvas with contrasting mustard stitching and a gum sole.

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Introducing Les Tien

Les Tien is an LA based brand committed to providing todays consumer with quality essential pieces, or “perfect basics.” These perfect basics consist of fabrics that feel quality and solid, in colors that are rich and mature. Les Tien is powered by a timeless unisex collection of essentials, for people across a multitude of demographics. They aim to create a solution for various perceived lapses in the apparel industry stating that “Some may find it difficult to find a basic tee with a great neckline and fit, a hoodie that drapes on your shoulders with a deep hood for comfort or even a perfect pair of sweat pants.” Les Tien has it all, developed in their own factory in downtown Los Angeles and dyed in their own dye-house.

Ultimately they hang their hat on not reinventing the wheel, but getting it turning in a different rhythm.

Shop the collection in-store and online.

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New from TheSoloist

Quixotic Japanese designer Takahiro Miyashita is the mastermind behind cult underground label The Soloist. Inspired by his personal style, his pieces are defined by remarkable fits and adept attention to detail. His cool wardrobe basics and printed t-shirts often takes influence from youth culture and music. Channeling the season’s apocalyptic mood, TakahiroMiyashitaTheSOLOIST, has engineered silhouettes strapped with harnesses to create a militia-type feel. Amongst these intricate pieces live some lightweight t-shirts adorned with the words “I Live Now,” “Stay Gold” & “Tomorrow Is Another Day” to stress the importance of seizing the moment and knowing ones worth. Shop this collection in-store or online!

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Introducing New York City’s MadeMe

MadeMe is a peerless “by girls, for girls” brand originated in New York City in 2007. Since its inception, the label has evolved to represent the dynamic perspectives of today’s downtown youth.

In the early 90s, a powerful female-first ethos shaped music, clothing, and culture. MadeMe embodies this energy for a new generation. With each collection, the brand celebrates these counter-cultural style tribes and the pioneering women who led them.

MadeMe can now be found at Wish Atlanta in-store and online

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All New Arrivals from Drôle de Monsieur

French ready-to-wear brand, Drôle de Monsieur, releases a new collection for men that captures the brand’s unisex vision and unites a modern attitude with a retro aesthetic. Drôle de Monsieur’s modern designs seamlessly blend comfort, clean lines, and precise detailing.

They crafted their first collection using the motto “Not From Paris Madame” which has now become their signature phrase and can be found placed on many of the designs from this collection. 

Their newest release includes classic windbreakers, slogan sweatshirts with matching sweatpants, high quality t-shirts, graphic hoodies and more.

Shop the collection at WishATL.com

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Converse x NEIGHBORHOOD (NBHD) Collab

Converse and Neighborhood have collaborated again continuing the popular motorcyclist motif from previous collections.

This collection features various pieces of sporty apparel as well as new All Star Chuck Taylor ‘70 and Jack Purcell models. These pieces connect Shinsuke Takizawa‘s creative vision with the classic American brand.Both the Chuck Taylor All-Star 70’s and the Jack Purcell come primarily black-out, with some crafty detailing. The All-Star 70’s come equipped with an oversized velcro strap on the forefoot with “Craft With Pride” & “Shift” referencing both the Converse mantra and “bike-life.”

The Jack Purcells, sticking to the theme, sport blacked-out detailing and white lettering on the midsole that reads “NBHDCNSJP.” The combination of a suede and leather upper adds some lux flair to the shoe, while a Kanji character for “resistance” on the rear of the shoe highlights the theme of the collection. Shop collection in-store or online.

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New in from Ih Nom Uh Nit

Ih Nom Uh Nit (innominate), which means “without name” is a ready-to-wear brand that has become a new cult favorite. The L.A. based brand has appeared on a myriad of celebs from Luka Sabbat to Janet Jackson. Chaz Jordan has created a brand that can do it all, from sweatsuits to sequin-embroidered gowns.

Drawing inspiration from the movie Creed 2 starring Michael B. Jordan, the brand has collaborated with visual artist McFlyy on a capsule highlighted by some crisp illustrations on premiere quality t-shirts and crew necks. Shop the look in-store or online now!

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