a few excerpts from an article i felt hit on some solid points regarding what we spend for our gear . . . and i must admit it is very hard to really put this into practice - i've been trying to do it myself for a minute
IS: Sure: Yankee frugality.
BB: Yes, that’s what I think it’s about. And the best always is the cheapest, if you have the money to buy it in the first place. The way we do it today is ask how much it costs. Nobody asks how much it costs over its lifetime — it’s just the initial price. And if you only look at the initial price, you’re going to get screwed every time.
if you can live by this standard chances are you will build a solid, timeless wardrobe
your boy a.m. sunshine here . . . been in the trenches and putting my work in and doing research on some good blogs for sales and sartorial wisdom
have two GREAT sites that bear regular visits:
this site pretty much gives you all the sample sales for menswear in nyc - but for those not in the nyc area many of the sales can also be taken advantage of online - make sure you hit this site
pretty much an online menswear mag wtih regular articles with sartorial advice, wisdom, reviews and such
I actually just read a great article on their with suggestions on how to dress without seeming or feeling 'pretentious'
I dont think most of us brothas have a problem in that department as we live by the whole peacock swagger style and have always dressed for maximum effect when we step up in the spot - but the article was good nonetheless so check it out, and then read your boys comments on the article, mine are first
check it out:
If I had to choose only one label to wear for the rest of my life, it would probably be Ralph Lauren's Purple Label. This sweater will set you back $1500. . . I know that sounds sic, but yo, she's gorgeous. Set it off with these shoes from Clae, and that's what we call "dope boy fresh".
Old Chinese sneaker brands have been getting a lot of attention these days. Not long ago, the old chinese brand Feiyue (Flying Foward) was one of the cheapest brands of sneakers in China, selling for 25 to 35 yuan.In 2006 a French company bought the label and began selling them in London and Paris for 40 to 50 Euro.
for all my cats out there that make beats and spend hours in some dungeon looking for gems . . . hook your home collection up w/some of these very fly choices
the galvanized cubes are stackable - thas a crazy clean look!
from the still unreleased follow up solo effort by q tip
a local college radio station was throwing out some of their vinyl collection, i dont think they realized what a rare gem this was - but im certainly glad they didnt!
"I'm playing now, yeah," said Cheadle. "I've been touring so much and traveling so much, I haven't been able to jump back into the lessons so much but I play every day."He won't have to be perfect for the film. It's just an acting exercise really. "It's a work in progress, I'll tell you that much. It doesn't sound good to me but I'm not going to play in the movie. I just have to play so I'm comfortable with it. We have all of Miles' archival music. I'd never try to play it personally."
" . . . moving with an easy Negro stride out of the shadow into the light"
ally, rival, and opposite self of our unnamed protagonist, as well as my favorite character in the book - Tod Clifton seems to represent the anger and passion - and the internal polarity we currently face as young black men on the urban landscape
if you haven't had a chance to read the classic 'invisible man' by ralph ellison be sure to put it on your reading list!
If you desire to don a fine, tailor made garment from these guys, you better make sure your passport is up to date, and your money correct.
Only a handful of men's tailors, can boast a prestigious Savile Row address, on London's world renown strip, and Mecca of mens tailored clothing. Gieves & Hawkes address is No. 1 Savile Row, which probably speaks volumes as to the notability of their craftsmanship, not to mention being in the business for two centuries.
Dionis Ortiz’s “Self Portrait” is part of a new art exhibition called "Evolution: The Changing Faces of Harlem" at Columbia University.Gentrification has been a very hot topic in Harlem, one of Manhattan largest neighborhoods, in recent years. To read the article in the Times, click on the link above. To see more of Dionis's work visit his website dionisortiz.com. (Photo by Orit Darwish/Columbia University)
Below other work by Ortiz (from top to bottom Biz Markie, & Angela Davis)
Ms. Badu is definitely one of the most creative female artist of this generation. Artistic compromise is not a option- at any price. And while her unpredictable musical direction keeps the masses guessing, and sometimes even puzzled, her unwavering loyalty to honest self expression, has won the hearts and minds of a very loyal following.