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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)
As we continue to long for human interaction during the “age of social distancing” we have turned to vicariously partying through these films of epic ragers. Check out some of our favorite party night movies and peep the fits that we’d wear to the functions! Shop the looks here online!
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.
We have enjoyed our Earth Week here at Wish ATL with a rare restock, guest DJ mix and an appearance from EarthGang. Now we have a selection of films that highlight everything our planet has to offer while bringing to mind why it is important for us to take care of it. Check out these classic Earth themed offerings and shop our collection of pieces made with sustainably sourced materials.
This edition of WISHFLIX is dedicated to Michael Jordan, the G.O.A.T. We broke down some classic game film to see if we can catch Mike wearing some of his legendary silhouettes from his championship seasons. Check out these classics, shop our Jordan selection & stay tuned for more info as we celebrate the “His Airness” this weekend with a special sale.
In light of this week’s release of the Jordan 6 Retro “Defining Moments” & “The Last Dance” Documentary, this is a Jordan themed mix for you to jam to while you do what you do to be the GOAT in your field.
Art House is a genre of film encompassing films that have distinct artistically experimental style and content. These types of films are typically serious, feature lesser known actors & independently-produced due to the niche market appeal of the content. These films typically go on to be premiered at special theaters & film festivals like Sundance, Cannes & SxSW. As we continue head into World Art Day on April 15, this week’s WISHFLIX takes a look into some popular Arthouse films and features some accompanying looks from our shop-able Art-Inspired Collection!
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
A tale of a failed relationship in which the two lovers decide to have their memories of the other erased, only to run into each other again. The look inspired by this story has to be the perfect first, and last, date outfit. A shirt featuring the instantly recognizable CDG heart logo seemed the best choice to pop in this fit. The DDM shorts and denim overshirt are a nod to the coastal, Montauk, New York setting of the film. Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers, a bright chartreuse Carhartt WIP bucket hat, and Grace by Grace Bennington fragrance bring together the playful, romantic, and reflective tone of both the outfit and the movie.
Mulholland Drive (2001)
The story of a woman who loses her memory in a car accident, then receives aid from a Hollywood hopeful. David Lynch’s 2001 neo-noir film is less about it’s characters and their motivations and more about the allure of Hollywood stardom. Dreams can be made and broken. This mood is reflected in the look featuring a Chinatown Market Cry button up shirt with an image that could have been taken the movie itself. Styled with a baggy, loose cut Noon Goon No Doubt pant, an attention grabbing fuchsia Stussy beanie and Adidas Terrex sneaker. This look just screams Hollywood’s next it kid.
Enter the Void (2009)
It would be wrong for an outfit inspired by a film featuring hallucinations and out-of-body experiences to not feature tie dye and this look does not disappoint. A MISBHV patched and tie dye tee are paired with a Stussy tie dye short for a disorienting patterned blocked look. The patch-dyed style of the shirt is in a similar spirit to the cinematography style of the Gaspar Noe’ directed film, which is virtually all overhead and POV shots. Chinatown Market yellow-lensed smiley glasses and a Stussy cuff beanie keep with the feel of the fit and the main character’s *ahem* lifestyle. The Vans Ultrarange Exo LX sneaker was made in collaboration with BILLY’s, a retailer based out of Tokyo, the main setting of the film.
Donnie Darko (2001)
A cult classic psychological thriller starring Jake Gyllenhaal as a troubled teen who follows the voices in his head to great lengths. Is he a savior to humanity or is he out of his mind? The outfit inspired by this film needs to also have equal parts, teen angst and savior complex. Pleasures relax fit denim jeans featuring the word “DESTROY” down the hip and “I DIED FOR YOUR SINS” on the opposite knee fit the bill perfectly. A black long sleeve Maharishi “2020 Vision” tee also tells people, “I see the full picture, even if you cannot.” A simple green Stussy dad cap and Adidas x Pharrell Williams Campus sneaker tone down the look for a very wearable look that is effortlessly cool, like the film’s titular character.
Brick is a neo-noir film, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and set in a California suburb. What does a high school hardboiled detective wear while taking on criminals and searching for a person in danger? Probably the same thing you would wear in California anyway, but darker. Carhartt WIP carpenter pants, white Stussy striped socks and black Vans Slip Ons. The Denim Jacket, White tee and sneakers are all pieces from the Vans x Jim Goldberg collection. A collection with a similarly dark and gritty tone to that of the film. And the Stussy beanie tops the look off because a detective needs a good hat.
This weeks edition of WISHFUL THINKING takes a dive into the Art world, as World Art Day is coming up on April 15. Detroit born & Morehouse grad, artist Horace Imhotep sat down with The Gallery at Wish ATL to talk about his background and his current body of work LIONS, TIGERS, BEARS AND A DRACO, slated to open in The Gallery in 2020! Bump this weeks mix featuring some soundbites from the interview, check out the transcript below & shop some of our art inspired pieces online here!
Gallery : How did you get started in the arts? Horace : My mother introduced me to the world of art. When she was a college student, she used to let me run and roam around the art buildings. That is where I saw my first naked women; later, I came to discover that it was a life drawing class and the model was referred to as a “ nude” or “life drawing” model. My mother would drag my brother and I to museums and galleries often and regularly.
Gallery: Can you tell us about your current body of work Lion, Tigers, Bears and A Draco)? Horace:Lion, Tigers, Bears and A Draco is about a boy and his imagination. The artist statement for this collection is below, which is perfectly captured in words by Eden Araya:”In an alien nation where Ivorian rapacity breeds tricknology, what is left for a boy and his imagination? In a post-crack dystopia where childhood is robbed, the young black imagination redefines the hero’s journey as a framework to birth the conquering outlaw: where castles are traded for forty acres and swords for semi automatics. A dark, yet liberating hologram embedded in the psyche, this imagination lends itself as medicine for the disenfranchised youth. Much like the hero’s journey, however, the outlaw must return home to the simulated terror of reality. LTBAD illustrates a parable that explores the matrix of ancestral memory at the crossroads of Black subjugation.”
Gallery: Tell us a little bit about the painting Draco and Savage? Horace: It’s based on a Dubois Ideology. But the piece is of a kid and he is having an out of body experience. What you see is a spectrum of anger. You see him going from red hot to yellow hot to white hot to black. So basically saying that whatever you’ve done to this kid, it’s about to go really bad for whoever this energy is directed to. There are a lot of ancestral ties to my work and it’s aggressive. All of my work is coming from a real place and this is a piece that I felt like I was starting to evolve because it speaks to where I am right now.
Gallery: What does your work aim to say? Does your work comment on current or political issues? Horace: I don’t want to say much; I’m no wordsmith, but imagery is the future. Big words mean very little in certain rooms. I always try to be in “the now”, but make references to the past to give context to the present.
Gallery: How has practice changed over time? Have you always painted in such a graphic way? Horace: My practice has become push for minimal. As I evolve, or hope to evolve, I look to need to use less to convey more.
Gallery: Who/what are your biggest influences? Horace: My influences are myself, my mother and father, the ancestors, Charles White, Caravaggio, Lichtenstein, Young Dolph, Dali, Bearden, Nipsey (R.I.P. to the Prophet) and Parks. The list goes on and on, but currently, these are the names at the forefront of my mind.
Gallery: Describe a real-life situation that inspired you? Horace: My work sometimes speaks to the beautiful uglies of the world.
Gallery: What do you like most about being an artist and why? Horace: Being an artist is oftentimes a love-hate relationship. To be the best artist, one must tell the truth. It can be her or his personal truth, but at the core there must be genuine and sincere truth. The why of being an artist is something I have never had a luxury of contemplating; I was designed to be who and what I am. I’m some sort of creative operating system. I just perform functions and tasks.
This week, as we continue to long for basketball in the wake of social distancing, we’ve been getting our hoops fix through ESPN classic games & classic basketball films. We scoured some of favorite basketball movies for some awesome basketball sneaker cameos. Check them out below and definitely check out our selection of basketball sneakers here!
WishFlix is a new weekly series dedicated to film and highlighting different trends in movies.
For this first installment we’ll cover the timeless classic and ever ubiquitous Chuck Taylor All-Star by Converse. Initially produced as a basketball sneaker in 1917, Chuck requested that they redesign the sneaker with more support and flexibility for players. He at the time was a player-manager for Chicago based Converse All-Star Basketball team. Converse re-released the sneaker in 1922 and added Taylors signature to the ankle patch and birthed one of the most iconic pieces of footwear of all-time.
Check out 5 of our favorite Chuck cameos below! Click here to check out our selection of Chuck’s as well!
The “Wish List” is a new playlist that will be updated weekly with jams that reflect the mood of the store from a myriad of genres. The list includes some current hits, throwbacks, underground heat and some intros into genres you may not be familiar with. Check out episode 1 here!
We partnered with local running club Mover’s & Pacers to help sponsor a 2 mile children’s running tour of the Historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood in Atlanta, GA. There were 3 main goals for this activity.
Sports – encouraging activity through running, helping to improve focus, reduce stress & burn calories.
Education – the places visited on the tour are all symbolic of people & organizations that helped birth the civil right movement.
Community – honoring the past, enduring the present and building for the future.
We also provided Wish “BHM” t-shirts to all of the children and parents that took part in the running event.
Following up a strong 2019, New Balance is ready to make a splash in the lifestyle & basketball realms to start off 2020. After having a strong hold on running since the brands inception, growth in these other avenues is not only expected but desired. This year New Balance is releasing its first ever Black History Month Collection. The “Inspire The Dream” pack is brought to you by the first ever, all African-American Product team. This collection is anchored by Kawhi Leonards “OMN1S” and also features complimenting color-ways of the 997S & 850’s as well. The entire collection exhibits navy uppers with red and gold accents inspired Kawhi’s highschool colors and his championship mindset.
This past week the Atlanta Hawks had a “Day In The A” led by Coach Pierce. The team visited various Atlanta landmarks to help them really connect with the city that they proudly represent on a nightly basis. For their second stop of the day, they came by Wish ATL after leaving the Martin Luther King Center. As they were in the lot marveling over the Outkast Mural, Atlanta Rapper & Activist Killer Mike came by to impart some gems of financial literacy and historic Atlanta knowledge to the young Hawks team. We were able to spend some time with the team and talk about their favorite sneakers to play in, amongst a myriad of other topics. Check out the images below!
This past holiday season, we partnered with local non-profit Chris 180 for the 4th consecutive year to provide premium footwear to a group of amazing teens under foster care. CHRIS is an acronym that stands for their core values: Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety. They aim to improve the community by providing children, adults, and families with high-quality, trauma-informed behavioral health services and support systems. We are elated to be able to provide this service each year, thanks to EVERYONE that donated to our Wish For Kicks campaign!
“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.
In honor of Virgil Abloh’s “Figures Of Speech” exhibit currently in show, the High Museum of Art hosted a conversation about the state of Atlanta’s streetwear scene. Moderated by the “Lifestyle Specialist” Kenny Burns, the esteemed panelists included Wish’s Creative Director Renaldo Nehemiah, Curator & Set-Designer Marina Skye & Boutique Owner Kwassi Byll-Cataria of Moda 404. The topics of the night included Virgils impact on the fashion culture of Atlanta, and how Atlanta’s culture may have influenced Virgil as well. The question of the night came when Kenny chose to dive in to Virgil’s recent comments surrounding the eventual “death of streetwear.” It’s still “up in the air” what he truly meant by that statement, but like most things in art, it is completely up to your interpretation.