Earlier this month, men's fashion week for Spring/Summer 2020 dominated the runways and the streets of Paris, France. Brands like Valentino, Dior Hommes, and Givenchy debuted their newest collections, vying to capture the critical and commercial spotlight. Streetwear enthusiasts tried to catch the eyes of photographers by splashing through puddles in handcrafted leather boots. One brand certainly made a lasting impression, perhaps more than any other fashion house, and for all the WRONG reasons.
What is the color of country music? Is it a brown acoustic and a red solo cup? Is it a patriotic red, white, and blue? When you think of country music, do you only think of Caucasian artists? All of the Country Music Association Awards' “Entertainer of the Year” winners for the past 10 years have been white. There was Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton. In fact, the CMAAs has given "Entertainer of the Year," to a white performer consistently dating all the way back to 1971 when Charley Pride received the award. Modern award shows are often marred by racist controversies and outcomes. However, at the 2020 Grammys, blues singer Gary Clark Jr. asserted his stature within the Country music genre.
Keep an eye out for 95th Street Tacos at the next Atlanta food festival you attend - they may or may not be in attendance. As the gig economy enjoys an American renaissance, this taco stand has adopted a business model that allows flexibility. They’re a traveling small business that you might see in Buckhead one weekend and Sweet Auburn the next. Meet Tracee and Demayne Ginyard, a married couple and the co-owners of 95th Street Tacos.
Human beings are communal creatures. We crave to be understood and connected with others, to have the chance of sharing our story with someone who wants to listen. This can be a daunting task, however, and it is sometimes difficult to connect when words fail to express our voice. Art can exist as a mediator for our stories; it can be a conduit for showing instead of telling one's vulnerabilities and feelings.
It isn’t every day that four guys give a 140-billion-dollar industry a run for their money, but, in 2010, that’s exactly what the creators of the New York City-based online eyeglasses retailer Warby Parkerdid. The brand is ubiquitous with cosmopolitan hipsters, and it's boutique frames with names like “Wilkie,” and “Darby,” evoke the feeling of walking down halls of an Ivy League University.