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Another new iteration of the adidas Speedfactory AM4 is set to drop next week. This pair was created in collaboration with the legendary American tennis player Billie Jean King. Rocking a Royal Blue upper inspired by the Blue shoes Billie Jean King wore during a big match 45 years ago, the shoe also comes with custom detailing such as a portrait of Billie Jean Kong on the tongue and AM4BJK branding on the heel. The construction of the shoe includes an NFC-enabled tongue patch, ultra-light Speedfactory upper a Boost midsole and rubber outsole.
The adidas Speedfactory AM4 Billie Jean King will be launching alongside King’s new “Here To Create Change” social justice initiative. Limited to only 300 pairs, the adidas Speedfactory AM4 Billie Jean King will be available at adidas.com and at the adidas US Open pop-up starting August 27th for $200.
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MLB Players’ Weekend returns this Friday as all 30 teams will be wearing special uniforms featuring the players’ nicknames as well as a variety of other custom equipment designed by the players themselves. Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor recently gave us a good look at what the special custom New Balance cleats.
“For the cleats, I personally always want to impact people by messages. This year I went with hashtags on it. It’s an impactful cleat and I’m looking forward to letting the world know that I’m with them,” said Lindor when he first opened the box to see his custom New Balance COMPv1 cleats.”
Take a look at the video above and catch the cleats in action Sunday when the Indians play the Royals this weekend.
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Release Date: September 1st, 2018
Covered in Sail on the upper, this collaborative Air Jordan 1 comes constructed out of a premium leather. Some of the finer details include a White Swoosh on the side panels that appears to be missing the yarn stitching and is only left with the holes for a unique look, worn in/distressed marks on the heel and toe (something that Nigel does to all of his Air Jordan 1s since he rides in them), a tonal mini Swoosh by the toe, a black tongue and laces, and red Nike Air branding on the tongue with a matching rubber outsole.
Nike also mentioned that the shoe will come with a pre-distressed finish across the upper, along with the “JORDAN BIKING CO., EST. 2017” branding stamped in White on the inner ankle collar, and 3M Reflective medial Nike Swoosh.
Update (8/24/2018) The Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG will be releasing on September 1st. Retail price will be $180.
Update (8/13/2018): Nigel gives us a first look at the Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG
Update (8/7/2018): It is now being reported that the Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG will be releasing on August 22nd at select retailers and Nike.com for $160
Update (6/1/18): It is being reported that a Nigel Sylvester x Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG will be releasing sometime during the month of July, 2018. No images of the shoe have been leaked.
Official Images (8/24/2018)
Nigel Sylvester (8/13/2018)
Rendering by @py_rates (6/1/2018)
Another colorway of the women’s exclusive adidas Arkyn is on the horizon and it’s one that many ladies will surely appreciate.
This colorway of the adidas Arkyn is constructed out of a lightweight and breathable mesh upper done in a heavenly white hue with tonal detailing on the unique lacing system, the TPU heel counter, and the leather detailing on the tongue and heel. Finishing details include a pop of light blue right above the midsole, a white Boost midsole, and grey/silver detailing on the heel of the midsole.
Ladies will be able to pick up this adidas Arkyn in Cloud White on September 1st for $130.
Release Date: Summer, 2018
The Air Jordan 5 Paris is a homage to PSG, Paris Saint-Germain Football (soccer) Club, and also acknowledging the 2018 World Cup tournament. Sporting black for most of its makeup, the sneaker is highlighted with “Paris” text on the netting across its sides and number “75” stitching located on the heel, symbolizing Paris’ zip code. Speckling on the jagged area of the midsole, followed by a translucent outsole completes the design altogether. According to sources, this style is limited to 40,000 pairs only.
Update (8/24/2018): Official images have been unveiled. Still no release date has been confirmed.
Update (7/19/2018): While there is still no rumored release date yet, the Air Jordan 5 Paris (also rumored to be named the BCFC colorway) is expected to retail for $225.
Update (4/30/2018): The Air Jordan 5 Paris is said to be part of a possible upcoming Jordan Brand International City Pack.
Official Images (8/24/2018)
If you’re looking to add a new Air Max 1 to your rotation Nike is beginning to roll out this new Blue Recall pair that is seen in official images above. Starting off with a White mesh on the upper, this Air Max 1 is then slightly contrasted by grey nubuck on the side panel and heel overlays. The only pop of color on the shoe is on the suede mudguard and inner liner which have been done in a dark shade of blue. A white midsole and black rubber outsole take care of things down below. Hitting retailers this Summer, will you be picking up this Nike Air Max 1?
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Kobe Bryant’s latest signature shoe with Nike hit retailers today as the Nike Kobe AD released in a multicolor pair in celebration of Mamba Day (8/24). Now we bring you official images of a pair that is possibly inspired by the team Kobe called home for his entire NBA career.
Covered in black throughout the majority of the mesh-constructed upper, this Nike Kobe AD is then given some Lakers flair as purple has been placed on the toe, laces, tongue tab, heel branding, and the heel counter. Providing further contrast is the addition of white and silver on the toe, midsole, and the Swoosh branding on the side panels. Down below we see a black rubber outsole for optimum traction.
This colorway of the Nike Kobe AD does not have a confirmed release date but we’ll be sure to provide it for you once it becomes available. Do you anticipate grabbing a pair when they drop?
Today we saw the retail debut of the all-new Nike Kobe AD as the shoe released in a grey/multicolor colorway in honor of Mamba Day. Now we have found out when the Black/Multicolor pair will be dropping.
Starting off with a black mesh base on the upper, this Nike Kobe AD is contrasted by silver detailing on the toe, the dotted Swoosh branding on the lateral side panel, and the dotted Kobe logo on the media ankle. Red accents are then present throughout the shoe most notably on the tongue pull tabs and the branding on the heel. To cap things off there is a grey/white midsole and a black translucent outsole.
Look for the Nike Kobe AD Black Multicolor to release on September 29th for $140. Will you cop or pass?
A new premium colorway of the Air Jordan 5 is releasing later this year as we bring you official images of the upcoming PSG pair that is inspired by soccer.
This Air Jordan 5 pays homage to PSG, the Paris Saint-Germain Football (soccer) club, and comes with an all-black nubuck upper and Black Jumpman logo on the tongue. Unique branding has also been added throughout the shoe including “PARIS” written on the mesh side panels, a “75” (Paris zip code) on the ankle. red and white stripes on the heel, and a Paris Saint-Germain logo on the heel, A black midsole and an icy blue translucent with the Paris Saint-Germain logo inside of it complete the look.
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Before we say goodbye to the Air Jordan 32 and welcome in the Air Jordan 33, Jordan Brand still plans on releasing a couple of more colorways. The next pair dropping at the top of September is this Wheat colorway.
This Air Jordan 32 Low takes on somewhat of a lifestyle appeal as the shoe comes constructed out of the usual Flyknit material on the upper, but also comes with suede detailing on the entire ankle/heel area. The Flyknit upper has been done in light Golden Harvest while the suede ankle/heel also takes on a darker wheat look. Additional details include wheat laces, the Jordan Wings logo on the tongue and heel, a white midsole with a gold Jumpman logo, and a milky white translucent outsole.
You’ll be able to purchase the Air Jordan 32 Low Wheat on September 1st for a retail price of $160.
After deciding to enter my first Strongman show, I realized I had a lot of strength to gain. Here’s the 8-week program I followed leading up to the contest, designed by Ian Engel, a New York City-based personal trainer and Pure Yoga-certified instructor, and a former competitive Strongman. Follow him on Instagram @engel_strength.
Directions: You’ll perform three workouts per week, alternating between the “A” and “B” days. For example, during week one you’ll perform two “A” days and one “B” day, then flip it the next week. The “C” day is an optional bonus workout you can take on if you’re feeling good that week.[RELATED1]
|A1 Push Jerk||5* **||6|
|A2 Split Squat||4||10 (Per Leg)|
|B1 Zercher Squat||5* **||10|
|B2 Kettlebell Swing||5||20|
|C1 Erg ***||4||250m|
|C2 Farmer Carry||4||100ft|
* Lower the weight to a six-count for first four sets, leaving two reps in the tank. Do the last two sets with normal speed.
**Perform a few warm-up sets with the bar and then light weight.
***Set Erg to level 5-7 and don’t kill yourself. Row at a smooth and consistent pace.
|A1 Static Deadlift*||3||3|
|B1 Eccentric Deadlift**||5||10|
|B2 Bear Position Row||4||8|
|C1 Kettlebell Swing||3||30 sec.|
|C2 Eccentric Pullup***||3||5|
|C4 Farmer Carry||3||30 sec.|
*Pull the bar as hard as you can without it leaving the ground for about 10-15 seconds. Rest between reps, exhale all of your air out, and then pull again. Increasing the weight on the bar each session will allow you to pull harder.
**Take 4 seconds to lower the weight.
***Take 5 seconds to lower yourself.
|A1 Trap Bar Deadlift*||5||5|
|A3 Seated Cable Row||3||15|
|B1 Trap Bar Deadlift***||3||1|
|B2 Farmer’s Carry||3||100ft|
|B3 Dumbbell Floor Press||3||15|
|C1 Hammer Curl||3||15 (per arm)|
|C2 Leg Curl on Sliders||3||15|
|C3 Dumbbell Skull Crusher||3||15|
|C4 Man Maker||3||3|
*Leave 3 reps in the tank
**Take 3 seconds to lower yourself back down.
***Leave just 1 rep in the tank.
How It Works
Why Do It
Hitting those in-between angles creates new stimuli for more muscle growth.
How to Program
Save it for last and go light or you’ll be too fried to do your other lifts correctly. Or, if you’re in a hurry, this series of presses can be done one to three times through as a stand-alone workout.
Start with the bench upright in the seated dumbbell overhead press position. Perform 10 reps and then move the bench down one notch and perform another 10 reps. Continue to perform 10 reps at every notch until you reach the bottom. Most benches have three to five different in-between angle settings on them, so expect to perform a total of five to seven sets. Make it harder by working your way back up.
Select a light weight and mentally prepare yourself to rip through all 70-plus reps of this pec punisher.[RELATED2]
Vault by Vans and Disney have partnered again, this time to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th Anniversary. The duo tapped four different artists — John Van Hamersveld, Mister Cartoon, Geoff McFetridge and Taka Hayashi — to create a capsule collection featuring Vans’ sneakers along with coordinated tees that pay homage to the renowned mouse.
The Vans Sk8-Hi LX serves as the key silhouette for the various shoe renditions, which include a blue, grey, white and even denim-based style.
Machado, a Mexican-American artist also known as Mister Cartoon, brings the classic black, white and grey colorway to the assortment. The tattoo artist — who is known for his detailed hand-rendered style of fine line tattooing using diluted black ink to create shadows and depth — developed a vintage illustration featuring Mickey in a retro car.
Hayashi’s iteration employed a denim fabrication throughout the shoe, which features patches and embroidery along the upper. Mickey is depicted as a hot air balloon in his inventive take on the mouse.
Harmersveld brings a vibrant palette to the mix. His colorful design features oversize Mickey graphics in a sky blue, red and yellow combination with a solid, royal blue tongue.
Finally, Canadian animator McFetridge adds an all-over print to the lineup. Using a white canvas base, the artist overlaid a repeat Mickey pattern that highlights the cartoon’s iconic colors — black, red and yellow.
The Disney x Vans collaboration launches on August 25 globally at select Vault by Vans accounts and retails for $78 to $100.
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Melania Trump is getting in one last all-white look before Labor Day.
The first lady boarded Marine One today while dressed in a white skirt suit and polka-dot printed blouse, which she paired with oversize sunglasses and sky-high white stilettos.
Melania and President Donald Trump were en route to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, where they will stay for a short time before traveling to Columbus, Ohio.
Known for her love of high heels — with a particular penchant for Christian Louboutin’s Pigalle style and Manolo Blahnik’s BB pumps — Melania frequently chooses heels for her flights.
Today’s heels featured a pointy toe with a sizable stiletto heel, perfectly pairing with Melania’s white ensemble.
Meanwhile, the president sported a dark suit with a red tie.
The former model’s looks have garnered their fair share of attention since her husband took to the White House. This week, Melania caused a stir in a baby blue pussy-bow blouse — paired with a dark pantsuit and soaring stilettos — as she spoke at the 6th Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit.
The 48-year-old also announced that she will be making her first trip to Africa in October, visiting several countries solo while educating herself about the continent’s culture and history.
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Millennials: They’re tech-savvy, price-conscious and value authenticity in the digital age. And when it comes to shopping, they’ve been known to influence how retailers design their online platforms and the experiences offered in their brick-and-mortar stores.
As such, fashion firms are often told to throw a significant chunk of their resources behind the cohort. However, in the process, some companies may overlook other generations that make up — or could be enticed to — a significant portion consumer base. According to a recent Deloitte study, it’s this type of generational marketing that’s costing businesses potential profit and growth. Instead, the consulting firm suggests that retailers focus less on demographic and more on consumer attitude.
Here, three reasons why brands and retailer should ditch age-obsessed marketing.
Younger Generations Are Actually Interested in Traditional Brands
Although store brands are getting more competitive by improving their quality and offering more affordable price points, that doesn’t mean younger generations are eschewing name brands that have existed for years. In fact, 87 percent of a segment Deloitte dubbed Aspirationalists — a younger group characterized by its low annual income and propensity for unplanned purchases — still report buying name brands. Gen Xers and baby boomers also continue to hold interest in apparel and footwear brand names despite their continued patronage of generic brands in other spending categories.
Older Generations Are “Very Involved” With Social Media
According to the study, most consumers — regardless of age — are exposed to at least one social media platform every day, with the majority engaging on Facebook. While millennials and Gen Zers use social media to research products and interact with brands, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers use the platform to read reviews and product ratings before making their purchases. Retailers and brands might be able to capitalize on this market by rewarding older consumers with coupons and loyalty points in exchange for posting their product experiences.
Don’t Forget Who Has the Real Spending Power
A separate study by Deloitte contends that Baby Boomers will continue to be the wealthiest generation in the United States until 2030 while Gen Xers will attain the highest increase in the share of national wealth in the same forecast period (from under 14 percent in 2015 to more than double at 31 percent by 2030). This means that older consumers with considerable spending power in apparel and footwear have the potential to drive brand growth, particularly with their high level of interest in innovative touches like customization and smart packaging.
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It made for a powerful statement on the court at Roland-Garros: A full-length black catsuit likened to the very outfits worn by superheroes — or a “queen from Wakanda,” as Serena Williams herself put it.
But it appears that statement might have been a little too powerful for French Open officials, with French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announcing new limitations on what players will be able to wear because “sometimes we’ve gone too far.”
In an interview for Tennis magazine’s 500th edition, he singled out the three-time French Open winner’s figure-hugging catsuit, which she wore during the tournament in May. “It will no longer be accepted,” Giudicelli said. “One must respect the game and the place.”
Williams’ catsuit gained international attention following the 23-time Grand Slam champion’s arrival on the clay court in the head-to-toe Nike ensemble. (The pro athlete is a Nike brand ambassador and will wear its collaborative design with Virgil Abloh at the U.S. Open.)
It was a triumphant moment for the new mom, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. in September but suffered from post-birth complications due to a blood clot. The skin-tight suit served a functional purpose, helping keep Williams’ blood circulation steady during her matches.
“For all the moms out there who had a tough recovery from pregnancy — here you go. If I can do it, so can you,” she wrote in a post shared on social media.
The French Open is not the first tournament that implements its own dress code. The All England Club requires Wimbledon players to wear all-white outfits, but Giudicelli added that the new rules won’t be as strict. However, the French Tennis Federation announced that it will request a look at player uniforms for 2019, many of which have already been designed.
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New York Fashion Week is almost upon us. To prep you for all the sure to be spectacles and A-List events, here are some of the biggest happenings you won’t want to miss.
Rihanna is back. This time she will be showcasing her lingerie line with her Savage x Fenty show closing out fashion week. The event has been described as an “immersive experience” and will be held in Brooklyn.
Other highly anticipated shows include Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford and Prabal Gurung. Celebrities are sure to be spotted on the front rows there as well as at the runway presentation for Christian Siriano and Jeremy Scott.
To get an up-close look at the hottest shoes for spring ’19, Paul Andrew and Chloe Gosselin will be presenting their collections in intimate spaces during fashion week in New York.
And at night, exclusive parties bring out the who’s who in fashion.
This time around Bergdorf Goodman is getting in on all the fashion week action and is hosting multiple events, including the U.S. launch of luxury shoe brand Bougette.
Leandre Medine and Laure Hériard Dubreuil will be teaming up to cohost a cocktail party for the launch of the Leandre Medine collection at The Webster Soho.
Another buzzworthy event comes from 10 Corso Como, with the opening of its New York flagship store in the historic Seaport District in Lower Manhattan.
Plus, the entertainment continues off land. Alice + Olivia’s creative director Stacey Bendet has partnered with Booking.com for guests to get a glimpse of her spring collection on the high seas through an interactive trip on a 74-foot fashion yacht docked at Chelsea Piers.
To keep up with the most important events during NYFW, check back here for more updates.
Nike reportedly closed several of its South African stores after a video depicting an employee’s husband using a racial slur went viral.
The video was taken at a beach resort by Adam Catzavelos, who is reportedly married to Nike Africa brand merchandising director Kelly Catzavelos. In the clip, Catzavelos, who is a white man says, “Blue skies, beautiful bay, amazing sea, and not a k***** in sight,” using an offensive apartheid-era slang term.
According to Bloomberg News, two Nike stores in Johannesburg, as well as others within South Africa, were shuttered following circulation of the video.
Although the brand did not confirm the closings or elaborate on why its doors may have shuttered temporarily, a spokesperson for Nike told FN in an email exchange today that all of its stores in South Africa are back up and running.
As more and more people take to social media — and elsewhere — to call out issues of alleged racism and injustice, an increasing number of brands and retailers are being swept into the fold. In January, H&M found itself in hot water after posting an image of a black child wearing a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” — spurring boycotts of the brands and protests at store locations. In July, Fanatics was sued by a black employee for racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, with the employee alleging that he had been called the n-word by a team supervisor
And in 2017, Nike again came under fire for operating a Trump Tower location. At the time, protesters urged the brand to close its digs, citing allegedly “racist, bigoted and misogynist” behavior on the part of President Donald Trump. A petition urging the brand not to renew its contract for the space received more than 30,000 signatures, and Nike ultimately let its lease expire.
Although Nike did not elaborate on its decision to close South African locations, it may have been a tactic to prevent store protests — which happened at H&M South African locations after the offending photo went viral.
Monogrammed, neoprene, leather, canvas—the market is saturated with toiletry bags these days. However, when it comes to finding options that are TSA approved, things get a bit trickier. Anyone else feel like the rules change each time you fly? To keep things running as smoothly as possible, we’ve rounded up the TSA-approved toiletry bags you need for your next trip. (Keep in mind, of course, that if you’re taking your beauty products on your carry-on, your products must fit inside a resealable bag, and if you didn’t find the travel-size version of your favorite products, you can store those in your checked bag.) Keep reading for the best TSA-approved toiletry bags on the market.
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Yesterday we launched our 30-day fall wardrobe challenge in an effort to effortlessly revamp and refresh your style for the new season. While the month-long style takeover provides new ideas for your office and weekend looks, it wouldn’t be a full fashion update without athleisure options. So today we’re shifting gears, focusing on your workout style, and offering the best workout clothes for fall 2017. To ensure your gym style is on point and on trend, we’re sharing the three key pieces you need to totally transform your athletic-wear selection this season.
Update your gym style with the coolest workout clothes below.
White sneakers have been a fashion favorite for quite some time now. However, the days of going minimalistic from head to toe are long over. Sure, we still can’t resist a pair of clean white kicks, but there are a few other sneaker options we’re coveting as of late. One color we’re currently loving? Red. Whether they’re crimson, cherry, or scarlet, red sneakers are just as versatile as any of the pairs you have in your collection—you simply have to think outside the box and have fun with them. But if you still need help, the red sneaker outfits ahead will inspire you to give this bold trend a try sooner rather than later.
Ready to give your white sneakers a break, then?
Remember Vans’s collaboration with the Van Gogh Museum earlier this month? Of course, the artsy sneakers promptly sold out, and we have a feeling the cult SoCal brand’s next partnership will see similar success. In honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, Vans teamed up with Disney on a collection of sneakers and T-shirts that officially launches on August 28.
The Vans website offers a sneak peek at the sure-to-be-covetable collab, which was designed by four different artists who reimagined the brand’s cult OG Ski-Hi LX Sneakers in their own unique way. Tattoo artist Mister Cartoon, for instance, had a very specific inspiration: “I wanted to put [Mickey Mouse] in the American dream. In a ’57 convertible, rolling down the street,” he explained, per Vans’s website. Meanwhile, artist Taka Hayashi had a different vision for his iteration: “Mickey is going through the California adventure … flying through the landscapes of California, whether it’s the desert or just in a surreal kind of realm.”
Scroll down to preview the collection while we wait until the August 28 launch date.
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If you’re one of Kim Kardashian West’s 116 million Instagram followers, you might have caught her newest lingerie-revealing photo, but her Gucci-logo thong isn’t your average undergarment. It’s actually a vintage bathing suit from Tom Ford’s controversial S/S 97 collection, where some models walked the runway in nothing but a thong and a pair of shoes. And as W magazine pointed out, it made such a splash in the ’90s that it’s part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s official collection—yes, really.
Not only is it Met-approved, but W magazine also uncovered an image from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s 2016 exhibition on men’s style, which also included the thong. Did you have any doubt that West could get her hands on her own version of a museum-worthy item? Scroll down to see the item in question and shop the Gucci logo for yourself.
While there may be plenty of current pop culture–inspired costumes to choose this year, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that gets more compliments than one of these Clueless Halloween costumes, never mind that the movie was released in 1995.
Whether you go as Cher Horowitz, Dionne, or Tai, the classic ’90s flick provides ample fashion inspiration—and the outfits are relatively easy to re-create at home (bonus points if you grab a friend or two and go as a group). All you need is plenty of coordinating plaid, knee socks, shiny Mary Janes, and an attitude that says “we’re friends because we know what it’s like for people to be jealous of us.” Alternatively, grab a red minidress (no Alaïa required), a slightly over-the-top white feather boa, and an old flip phone, and you’re ready for a party in the Valley.
Below, shop three perfect costumes inspired by the girls of Clueless, and start memorizing your speech about how it does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. In need of more costume inspiration? Here are the most stylish Halloween movies to watch this weekend.
What does it take to be the next big thing? Whether you say innovation, irreverence, or lots of flash, it’s undeniably the elusive It factor—that can’t-look-away but also can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it instinct. And we’re doubling down for It Girl, It Brand, our latest series, speaking to who and what is on the edge of being huge.
This time around, we have a powerful pairing befitting our August editorial theme, #WeAreWomen: activist and Female Collective founder Candace Reels and sustainable accessories label Brother Vellies. Both set on spotlighting the work and stories of women around the globe, these changemakers are a fashion match made in heaven.
Not even five minutes into my interview with Candace Reels, I learn a valuable lesson: Life is too short to do anything other than what you love. The Los Angeles native was 26 when she had her what-am-I-doing-with-my-life existential moment. Unhappy with her job at the time and lacking any kind of inspiration, she knew it was time to hit the refresh button. Enter the Female Collective, a platform born out of Reels’ passion for activism and intersectional feminism. More than just a blog, Female Collective is a digital community empowering women to come together, tell their stories, and bring awareness to the issues that matter to them most. “We are so much better working together than separately,” says Reels of the driving force behind FC. “There are so many things that separate us, but if we can use all of those things and work to equalize all playing fields for all women, it’s just much better for the world and all of us.”
When Reels isn’t advocating for women’s rights, curating her feed with motivational messages, or working on exciting products and collaborations for FC (you can catch her at Create and Cultivate’s Chicago conference August 25!), she is inspiring us in a different way: with her spirited approach to fashion. Never one to shy away from bold color combos, a statement-making chapeau, or intriguing layers, Reels has a personal style as refreshing as her stance on feminism.
Below, see Reels in some of Brother Vellies’s most exciting pieces and get to know the activist as she talks about the biggest lessons she’s learned from her FC community, her fashion idols, and the Target purchase she can’t stop wearing.
Photographer: Paley Fairman | Photography Assistant: Anthony Espino | Market Editor: Michelle Scanga