|Post Date: 04/29/2011
Amar’e Stoudemire Proves NBA Players Can Be Stylish
Submitted by Kiki on April 29, 2011 – 8:20 am
I often hear people dissing NBA players’ fashion style, blaming it on the fact they’re so tall they can’t find clothes that fit and look right on them.
Well, even at his towering height of 6’10″, Amar’e Stoudemire is quickly shutting down that stereotype. Of course, now that he’s in New York, he has the help of Rachel Johnson, a star stylist. With a prestigious client list including LeBron James and Chris Bosh, Rachel knows a thing or two about dressing the taller-than-average men. Why shouldn’t they have fun with trends like chunky bowties, impeccably tailored suits, as well as streetwear? It also doesn’t hurt that Amar’e's tailor, Waraire Boswell, is 6’5″ himself, while Rachel hits up high end labels like Gucci to custom make pieces for the famous basketballer.
“I told him he had a great style of his own,” Rachel told NYTimes.com, “but I wanted him to slim it down more.” The collaboration between the two is quite easily making Amar’e the best dressed NBA player in our opinion. He’s taking risks, moving easily from fun Kanye-esque looks to more casual athletic gear. Amar’e recently told Esquire.com that a few of his current style icons include Mr. West himself, along with Lil Wayne and George Clooney—isn’t that an interesting mix!
Amar’e's not wasting any time getting his feet soaked in the New York fashion scene. As we recently reported, Amar’e is working with Rachel Roy on a womenswear line for fall 2011. What do you think—should more athletes follow his lead?
|Post Date: 04/20/2011
See you in New York!
Ebby and Raffy will be in New York for the upcoming Off-Price show in New York. Deals Deals Deals!
Upcoming OFFPRICE Show:
A TASTE OF OFFPRICE
May 1-3, 2011
Gotham Hall, 36th & Broadway
New York (Market Week)
The OFFPRICE Shows are the premiere trade shows for off price apparel, accessories and footwear. The wholesalers and jobbers at our Las Vegas trade shows carry men's, women's, and children's apparel at 20-70% below the original manufacturer's wholesale price. Buyers can also get the latest news on below wholesale clothing, accessories and footwear at OFFPRICENEWS.com.
The OFFPRICE Show is not just about the below wholesale values on a wide range of merchandise, but the treasure hunt (as we have become known to buyers) is very much about fashion apparel, accessories and other fashionable items that also happen to have the best price points.
"For us, the show was very successful. Theres been a lot of talk about the lack of goods in the off price market, and we found a new shoe vendor, a new kids vendor, a new mens vendor and a new womens vendor. All of our buying needs were satisfied. OFFPRICE Show is much bigger now, but its well organized and the service from the show staff and exhibitors is still very personal. This show is ideal for mid-tier retailers, as well as for all retailers."
Corporate Merchandise Liquidation Director
The OFFPRICE Show is the largest and only off price show in the apparel industry. Over 10,000 buyers, wholesalers and related professionals come to Las Vegas each February and August to find the best deals in the trade at our show.
"The new venue was great. There were wider aisles, more room for our buyers to meet, and we felt very comfortable. Our buyers were quite satisfied. They werent looking for anything in particular, but found great values."
Portland Merchandise Corporation
Our buyer profile includes independent shop keepers, online entrepreneurs, discriminating boutique owners, regional multi-store buyers, and buying teams from the largest off price chains.
"You can't compete with the Wal-Marts on price, but (through OFFPRICE) you can put in better-recognized merchandise at a lower price. And that's why smaller retail groups and independents need us to fight the big boxes."
Executive Vice President (& retired jobber with over 34 years in the trade)
Savvy retailers can find the full range of quality merchandise at the OFFPRICE Show, from popular lower price point items to top designer goods, branded and non-branded. There is immediate delivery on over 90% of the goods on our show floor.
"I gained some new vendors that I am very pleased with at this show, and Im already registered for (A TASTE OF) OFFPRICE in LA (in October) to seek out more deals on trendy goods for my urban boutique."
"It was a fun experience, as well as a great resource for my business. I met some great connections and purchased some great apparel. I will be attending next year for sure."
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|Post Date: 04/19/2011
Sagging Pants Banned by Law in Florida
You might still remember “General” Larry Platt from the 9th season of American Idol, who sang his original number: “Pants on the Ground”. Looks like the lawmakers in Florida agree with him, as they are approving a bill banning clothing that shows underwear in public schools. The proposed rule under the school code of conduct applies to both boys and girls.
Gibbs High School Principal, Kevin Gordon, says that the school administrators are ready and willing to enforce the new dress code rule.
“If you are not dressed appropriately, then you’re not ready for school. If you are not ready for school, you’re not ready to be successful. Those are patterns students get into. We try to create patterns that are going to be patterns of success.”
The anti sagging pants bill comes with specific consequences for students. Penalties range from a verbal warning to a three day in-school suspension and a 30 day suspension from extracurricular activities.
First Coast News reported:
Duval County’s dress code regarding pants reads as follows:
The waistband of shorts, slacks, skirts, and similar garments shall not be worn below the hips. Underwear, midriff and backs should not be exposed. Belts, suspenders, and straps should be worn in place and fastened.
There are responses in place for repeat offenses as well:
1st Offense – Phone call to parents
2nd Offense – In-school suspension/detention and phone call to parents
3rd Offense – Parent/child dress code contract
4th Offense – Dress code contract violations may be defined as a Class 2.23 offense and may warrant disciplinary action as outlined under Class II offenses
Since enforcing this rule for 1,600 students can be rather difficult, the school came up with a simple solution – zip tie. The school administrators use a plastic tie, slip it through the belt loops on the pants and cinch it at the waist.
Paging our friends at Hatch Ventures, there’s your market right there.
Do you think the law is just right or too much?
|Post Date: 04/18/2011
High cotton prices threaten cheap fashionEra of cheap clothes could be over, retailers say
We compared prices from outlets to online and high-street shops
Several retailers have warned that the era of cheap fashion could be under threat, thanks to a sharp rise in the price of cotton.
After this summer’s severe floods in cotton-producing nations including China and Pakistan, textile mills have rushed to buy the fibre. In turn, this has pushed prices above the $1 a pound level for only the second time since the US civil war, according to analysts at the Financial Times.
Retailers including Next and Primark have warned that the surge in cotton prices is likely to hit high street shoppers, as rising wholesale costs are passed on to the consumers who purchase clothes. Items such as cheap T-shirts and jeans are especially likely to increase in price.
The rise in VAT planned for January 2011 is also set to have an impact on shoppers, experts say. As VAT increases to 20%, the cost of clothes for adults will increase – although the price of children’s clothing will be unaffected.
|Post Date: 04/13/2011
Five Hilarious Hip-Hop Skits
Back in the day, having a skit on your album was a common practice. The skits provided listeners with a glimpse into the mind of the rapper beyond their music. While some skits were serious and emotional, others were hilarious and shocking. You don’t find too many artists doing skits and interludes these days, but take a listen to some of the funniest and most memorable skits that artists gave hip-hop.
Cam’ron: You Right Part 1-3 (Skit)
Although this wasn’t on any of Camron’s albums, the “You Right” skits off of Boss Of All Bosses 2 are definitely some of the funniest from the Dipset leader. Cam keeps his cool during a phone call with a very angry lady friend. She’s trying to figure out why Killa does what he does and is ready to stop messing with him, but all he says to her is “you right.”
Notorious B.I.G.: F*ck Me Interlude
For Biggie’s Ready To Die album, his interlude features himself and a woman (allegedly Lil’ Kim) having intercourse on the track list. There’s not much to this skit but it’s definitely hilarious to hear Biggie and allegedly Kim doing the nasty and being called a “chicken gristle eating, V8 juice drinking, Slim Fast blending mo’ fo.”
Ludacris: Greatest Hits Skit
An advertisement for Ludacris’s greatest hits CD made it to his third album but the funny part are his greatest hits done by white people. From the “Southern Hospitality” track being rapped way off-key, to a random woman reciting Ludacris’ “Ho” track, these are the funniest moment from Luda to me.
Snoop Dogg: WBallz Skit
A radio drop for 187.4 WBallz introducing Snoop Dogg’s new song made it’s way on to his debut Doggystyle and if that isn’t the best radio DJ intro for the best radio station, someone please put me on to one better.
Kanye West: Lil’ Jimmy Skit
In Kanye’s funny yet educational skit, he introduces Lil’ Jimmy, who’s father died educated, yet broke. “All the regular homeless people have newspaper, and look what I have…”
|Post Date: 04/01/2011
Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, And Eminem All Join Voices for ‘Songs For Japan’ Album
SoJones is happy to announce that an assortment of artists in the finest caliber will be contributing their musical efforts for Japan. Japan still needs all of or help, and friends such as Snoop Dogg have given their time for the cause, here’s how you can contribute with your wallet:
Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Eminem, and a ton of artists are crafting what is sure to be a knockout album for the masses, and we are excited to announce it’s already hit the top of the charts in 18 nations, according to Reuters.
Tracklisting is as follows:
- John Lennon/”Imagine”
- U2/”Walk On”
- Bob Dylan/”Shelter From The Storm”
- Red Hot Chili Peppers/”Around The World”
- Lady Gaga/”Born This Way”
- Bruno Mars/”Talking To The Moon”
- Katy Perry/”Firework”
- Rihanna/”Only Girl (In The World)”
- Justin Timberlake/”Like I Love You”
- Madonna/”Miles Away”
- David Guetta/”When Love Takes Over”
- Eminem/”Love The Way You Lie”
- Bruce Springsteen/”Human Touch”
- Josh Groban/”Awake”
- Keith Urban/”Better Life”
- Black Eyed Peas/”One Tribe”
- Cee Lo Green/”It’s Ok”
- Lady Antebellum/”I Run To You”
- Bon Jovi/”What Do You Got?”
- Foo Fighters/”My Hero”
- R.E.M./”Man On The Moon”
- Nicki Minaj/”Save Me”
- Sade/”By Your Side”
- Michael Buble/”Hold On”
- Justin Bieber/”Pray”
- Adele/”Make You Feel My Love”
- Enya/”If I Could Be Where You Are”
- Elton John/”Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”
- John Mayer/”Waiting On The World To Change”
- Queen/”Teo Torriatte (Let Us Cling Together)”
- Kings Of Leon/”Use Somebody”
- Leona Lewis/”Better In Time”
- Ne-Yo/”One In A Million”
- Shakira “Whenever, Wherever”
- Norah Jones/”Sunrise
Will you be buying the album, reader?