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Public School Pizzeria 🍕

For PSNY it's all about the New York state of mind. They are currently the heartbeat of true New York Street Fashion. PSNY Teamed up with the NewEra and collaborated with the New York Yankees and the New York Mets for a small hat collection for a 2day pop up shop. I made a visit to the Pop up where the music in the air was Harlem's own Cam'ron Featuring Jay- Z 'Welcome to New York City' Hearing that song made me respect their movement even more lol.

It was was creatively placed at an old pizza joint (on 231 Bowery) to invigorate everyone's inner New Yorker. Pictures on the wall hung with icons as Stevie Wonder & Michael Jackson w/ fake autographs made out to the PSNY designer's Pizza place. Sophisticated and funny way to give it that home town feel, I loved it!

I got to speak with Dao Yi Chow, Designer at Public School also Creative Director of legendary brand DKNY. When asked to describe how he feels about his collaboration he replied "Happy, fortunate and it feels good to represent."  He seemed to be in a great place because his family was there to support him. During the pop up he sang Happy Birthday to his kid with a candle lit pizza. Dao- Yi Chow is a true dad and real man. Real dads make the most of the moments that matter most. Up most respect to him.

In New York, fashion is in the streets. People like to look good on the go but there's that don't f*** with me element when they dress. In a city congested with people, its hard to trust. The grimy attitude element is always placed into NY style. I thank Public School for keeping it all the way street on this one and getting Nas to model the hats, thats a huge endorsement! Make sure you all go visit the pop shop it's the last day! More info visit publicschoolnyc

Snapback $75 Dad HAT $65

Snapback $75 Dad HAT $65

Gucci Gucci Gucci!

What's Gucci my ninjas? What's happening today is that the streets are bigger than ever! You see Vogue aiming to broaden audience by seeking hip hop/ Rap moguls to give unique prospective on the Runway. In this case Gucci Mane on Gucci's SS17 collection. What ultimately is gained here (by Vogue) not only an extra audience but also terminology. Hip Hop is all about the lingo. Gucci Mane used the word "Hard" multiple times to describe his liking for Gucci's SS17 Runway Collection. To be in the in crowd you have to speak the lingo or at least know what Gucci Mane is talking about lol. The more languages you speak the more people you reach and if you can speak to the streets then you're something special. Get to know the lingo, it's all about the context.

What's also extremely cool at the moment is that the brand Gucci itself has taken a turn toward the streets. Allowing graffiti artist GucciGhost AKA @TroubleAndrew to use his works on Gucci bags, clothing, and even the New York City flagship store on 5th Avenue. This has to be a huge accomplishment for the Gucci Ghost especially being a street artist. He got to tag windows of a luxury fashion house's building on 5th ave in New York city and everyone gets to see. Wow! Salute to Trouble Andrew. Graffiti looks pretty funny next to the Trump Tower in this case "Luxury Graffiti."

Even more props to Alessandro Michele who is revamping the world of Gucci just as Tom Ford did. What's also capitalized on is the term Gucci itself that has evolved into ultimately meaning Good. And its been like that for some time but if you're just now getting hip then no worries. Now you are seeing it being referenced in fashion so you cant miss it. The term "LIFE IS GUCCI!" was created into a Snapchat Geo-filter at the Gucci store on 5th ave. Snapchat Geo filters are helping retail fight back against e-commerce bridging the techonology and retail experience.

What Gucci needed was something unique but in raw form. In today's fashion world of copying, Gucci did themselves a favor and put REAL on everything. This is an in your face there's only one Gucci and we're the like REAL GOOD type of thing.  I love it! This is trademarked Street Art and Street art is hard to be ignored.

Street art is a unique industry because its very close to home for everyone. Its grimy, rugged and the concrete walls bare unfiltered truths. This is a collaboration I am proud to see because it reminds me of the streets. The streets is where the culture is and Gucci is the culture. Salute to Strategic Art!

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