Travis Gumbs and Joshua Kissi, founders of Street Etiquette, are more than just style aficionados. They are style innovators, recorders, trackers, and researchers. Pulling references from the street, the runway, history, and cultures near and far, their explosive menswear blog is creating a ground swell in men’s fashion and style blogs around the world. Click here to see more of what they do.
Amidst the repaired jewelry, carelessly hung clothes and screen print t-shirts, it’s quite rare to find a vendor at the Brooklyn Flea market with impressive craftsmanship. For this reason, Flux Productions stands out. Their expertly hand crafted bags made out of cork, leather, and felt look out of place (in a good way) and they lend much needed credibility to the Brooklyn flea. Check out the rest of the collection here.
Maya Lake is the brilliant woman behind the Boxing Kitten brand. The self-taught designer started contributing to the fashion scene with her playful prints and vintage inspired silhouettes a few years ago and has already managed to attract highly visible clients such as Beyonce, Erykah Badu and Alicia Keys. She describes Boxing Kitten designs as ‘ethinic rockability’. If you want to add both vim and sophistication to your wardrobe head over to the Boxing Kitten site and start shopping. They’re offering 20% off this weekend to celebrate the life of their 2011 Spring/Summer muse, Tura Satana. Use promo code ‘happybirthday’ at checkout for the discount
Sudanese ex-child solider Emmanuel Jal is an outspoken activist, author, and artist who is on a mission to deliver the message of peace. Motivated by the struggles in a war-torn Sudan, Emmanuel spreads his message through music, writing, and through his work with other activists and organizations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam. Join him in New York City this Sunday, May 15 for Good Karma: The Power of Generosity, part of the Africa Yoga Project.
If you’re black, feeling misunderstood, have a way with words, and creativity is as innate to you as breathing, then you should consider acquiring a new residence in Paris. In 2009, Saul Williams followed the footpath to Paris left behind by James Baldwin, Melvin Van Peebles, Josephine Baker and others. It looks like it’s been good to Saul. He released his 4th studio album Volcanic Sunlight(2011) earlier this month. Below he talks about the meaning behind the album.