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In the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, many local Atlanta entities have been negatively affected by the effects of the virus. In a time where masks have become the norm and almost mandatory, we partnered with 3 up-and-coming Atlanta based clothing brands to provide masks for charity. OriginalFani Designs, Surrender ATL & Wisdom Fashion House created limited edition masks that were available for purchase & proceeds from the sales were donated to Meals On Wheels Atlanta.
Thanks to the support of the city & others around the world, we were able to raise over $1,300 to help Meals On Wheels provide meals for thousands of elderly & health compromised, in the metropolitan area.
Head over to the Meals On Wheels Atlanta website, to see how you can help in any capacity during these times.
Sprite has given us $50k to Give Back. We will provide $2500 to ten designers & ten visual artists to help support them & enrich their work during these uncertain times. We are opening submissions today and will award selected brands & artists with the funding as well as a week-long pop up shop to support the sales of their work. As Atlanta continues to grow as a city for art & fashion we understand our responsibility with our platform to help push the city’s talents to the world.
Sign up here for the chance to win $2,500 for your brand or to help support your art.
Sprite – which has championed hip-hop culture for more than three decades – is collaborating with five of the genre’s most influential voices to support community partners they believe are doing the best work to serve and support creators and communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and racial inequality.
“The Give Back” will use Sprite’s resources and platforms to amplify Black voices and help drive positive change, starting in the brand’s hometown of Atlanta.
The brand tapped five respected and recognized partners based on their commitment to give back to the Atlanta community and empower emerging talent to push the boundaries of creative expression. Sprite allocated $300,000 for “The Give Back”, and these partners will “pay it forward” to organizations, causes and creators in a time of great need:
Mali Hunter, music industry powerhouse, is supporting her EarthGirls Inc. foundation and empowering the next generation of Black female musicians through mentorship, education, entrepreneurship, and health and wellness.
Cam Kirk, hip-hop’s most trusted photographer, is expanding his “Night School” program at Cam Kirk Studios to educate emerging photographers, designers, and other creatives, and partnering with The Recycling Partnership to address equitable access to recycling in public spaces in Black communities.
Wish Atlanta, Atlanta’s premier streetwear and sneaker boutique, will provide grants to emerging fashion designers and artists that will allow them to bring their visions to life.
Grammy-winning, platinum-selling artist and entrepreneur 2 Chainzand his Street Execs management company family will provide “stimulus packages” to some of the most important figures in the hip-hop ecosystem: DJs, many of whom whose careers have been affected by COVID-19.
Two-time BET Hip Hop Awards ‘Producer of the Year’ winner and behind the music for an endless list of hip hop hits, Metro Boomin is making a donation to Campaign Zero, which advocates for policy solutions informed by data, research and human rights principles to change the way police serve communities.
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.
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 (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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
This past week, streetwear industry leaders The Hundreds and Billionaire Boys Club collaborated on a T-shirt benefitting Black Lives Matter and Black Mental Health Alliance. Bobby Hundreds and Pharrell Williams, the creative geniuses behind the two brands, came together for an interview to discuss various topics impacting our current social climate. In the Q&A, Bobby interviews Pharrell about being a Black brand owner, mental health in the Black community, and the importance of sharing knowledge.
Browse through the excerpts below, and check out the entire interview here on The Hundreds’ website.
On launching Billionaire Boys Club as a Black man:
When I launched BBC [ICECREAM], I was a different person. My concerns were different, my thought process was different, my self awareness was premature. I considered myself a black man and making chess moves was enough at the time because that’s what the people I looked up to were doing. I was proud that they were black and I thought it was enough. Since then, I’ve educated myself and realized that would never be enough when the playing field was never leveled. It’s never been a leveled playing field since the beginning of time. It took traveling around the world and seeing what people go through to open my eyes and humble me and recognize how blessed I am. Aside from achieving, my biggest responsibility is to hold open the door and show the way for my own people… and to explain to those who have the power over these doors why they need to open their doors or not have them at all. With BBC, I always say ‘Wealth is of the heart and mind, not the pocket.’, but that wasn’t enough.
On the importance of mental health in the Black community:
There are a lot of variables that affect the minds of the people whose likeness gets traded on and marketed towards and then don’t receive benefits from it at the end of the day. And not everyone can get access to mental health resources like therapy or rehab, not everyone has people around to help. If you never really dealt with the erosion of your mental state, then it only continues to erode. There’s so much to unpack when it comes to this but, the fact that the fashion industry is thinking about the importance of mental health and how it affects the African diaspora is a very important step that we all need to take.
On his influence in the industry and the need for sharing industry knowledge:
You know, I’m honored for things like that. But going back to the earlier question…I feel like I didn’t do enough. At that time, it was about me, I was being selfish and I thought being black was enough. So if I could encourage you all to do anything, it’s to take your people with you…don’t make it just about you. That’s why you see me with my hands together [prayer pose]. Some of us pat ourselves on the back, others of us beat ourselves on the chest. That’s cool, I’m gonna let you do that…but when you’re done, bring people with you. Share the codes…share the cheat codes. A lot of us had to figure it out ourselves…that’s where we go wrong. The more of us that learn the codes, the stronger we are. That’s how we get to market share. If we don’t have market share, we don’t have a voice. If you don’t have a voice then you’re going to need help with healthcare, education and the biases that are ingrained in our legislation that makes the gravity 2x heavier on us. Share the codes, hold the door open.
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!