Vintage Glamour is beautiful. The glamour shot photography of that era has no competition. The glamour shot changed Hollywood and the public’s view of the “celebrity”. The history of the glamour shot originated with printed 2 1/2 x 4″ cartes-de-visites during the American Civil War. By the 1930s, the glamour shot was perfected by celebrity publicity campaigns.
Vintage Hollywood has been a big staple in American culture, images of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn are common but classic black stars like Dorothy Dandridge and Ethel Waters are rarely seen.
Vintage Black glamour needs to be celebrated. The women of the classic era paved a way for modern Black Hollywood. They displayed their beauty and talent when black representation was non-existent.
Know the Ledge is a modern silent film presented by Union Los Angeles. In sunny South Central Los Angeles, a couple spends their first day together. Ibra Ake, photographer and creative director of Childish Gambino’s Royalty collective, highlights carefree love with simplicity, a pastel color palette and sharp cinematography.
Director Ibra Ake Starring Quin and bLAck pARty Creative Direction by Bephie Cinematography by Sophie Allison Produced by Fam Rothstein
D’escargot is a Miami-based skate and streetwear brand founded by Andre Smith in 2012. With products like skateboard decks, skate wax, hats, shirts, and hoodies, Descargot has been spotted with Tyreek MorrisonandDrugrixh Peso.
Andre talks about the beginnings of the brand and the importance of skate culture in the interview below.
How did the brand start? What was the first idea?
I’m a visual person. When I started the brand, I wasn’t doing much but I wanted more. In high school, I collected wallpapers with different designs like Pokémon. A friend said that I should take the designs and put it on a t-shirt. I tried to come up with my own idea, I thought what can I put on a t-shirt for a brand, a bee, a bear? None of the ideas came to me at first and I didn’t want my creation to be something that people just look at and bat their eyes to.
In the midst of frustration, God helped me and I thought “ice cream snail”. I rejected it at first because it seemed weird and odd. I tried to draw an ice cream snail but it didn’t come to life the way I wanted to. I went to Ross with my girlfriend and her mom and I explained my frustration. My girlfriend’s sister said she would draw the design for me. She drew my very first snail design and that was the beginning. I had to get some extra money, I worked at Abercrombie for exactly 2 months. I bought 50 t-shirts, sold them and flipped $300 to $1000. I felt great because it opened me up to a different sense of reality. I had a good feeling when I figured out that I can control my life.
What inspired you to start the brand?
I started the brand in the direction of what I love. Skateboarding has always been something I liked. My overprotective Jamaican mother would never let me buy something that can hurt me. When I worked at Publix, I started hanging around someone who pushed me towards what I love/like and what I feel natural in. Being on my board feels liberating. It wasn’t something I cared for until someone opened my eyes.
What’s the meaning behind the name D’escargot?
To be honest, it was really simple. Escargot is the French word for snail and I threw a D in front of it. I thought, “I got an ice cream snail what do I call it, ice cream snail”? It couldn’t have been with an E or Z.
How did the brand expand?
I started making skate wax and giving out my own product. My cousin helped me connect with people who skate with Lil Wayne. I thought of a strategy…product placement. I gave the product to people who have a platform and use it. The wax is easy and a cost-effective product. I thought that the skate community would appreciate it. Wax is necessary to grind on ledges, hit rails, and slide on sidewalks. I gave the wax to Vice Skate, Pretty SB in Georgia, and TFMIA in Miami. Customers appreciated the product. My wax is a twist top container where you can maintain its use and it doesn’t dry out. You can twist it out and retrieve it back in, easy and simple to use.
What would you like to do for the skate community?
To be honest I want to impact and be there for the skate community. The community is already solid and genuine. They know what they are, what they stand for and what they believe in which is skateboarding. Skateboarding is not just what juvenile delinquents do. It’s progressive for the mind, body, and soul. It teaches faith, consistency, and determination. When you learn that within, you can apply it to something else. You can apply that concept to academics. People don’t understand that a lot of prominent brands started with skateboarding like Stüssy, Supreme, and Billionaire Boys Club. Skateboarding has been the original trendsetter.
What’s next for D’escargot?
I’ve got to say this shit is a process and I thought about what my end goal is. I want to keep my brand going. If everything works out with clothing, I can expand to technology or something automotive. There is always room to learn something else and to grow. I’m just trying to be a wholesome person. The real goal is to inspire other people to aspire, especially young black men. I strongly believe in the “I am my brother’s keeper” concept.
The one message I do want to spread to everybody is that everyone forgets that you are your brother’s keeper. In order for one man to get to the next level, he’s going to need help from another man. The same thing goes for women and I see a really big support movement where all women uplift each other and empower each other and I see them turn out better for themselves. I just want the same for my brothers, my black brothers.
Ladylike is an amazing film that reimagines modern women in a noir world.
Two retro vixens go through their day in style with a love for an interesting hobby. (Short film begins at 0:30)
Ladylike is a present day film noir directed by Tiffany Johnson and co-written by Nicholas Williams. The pair produced the short with Jenapher Forline and Lena Waithe, producer of Lionsgate film Dear White People. Ladylike was the first bit of Issa Rae’s #ShortFilmSunday.
Dreamstack came to fruition back in January. As a product of testing ideas since 2013, it represents originality and creativity. With the motto: “Say less, Create more” it encourages creating a product instead of solely talking about it.
Graphic t-shirts, bucket hats, and dad hats have been released. The latest release contains “Dream Denim” dad hats and the “Hidden God’s eye” tee (pictured below).
Watch the latest BTS vlog below on DreamstackTV. Contact: @Dreamstackco
ILLIMITE is a Miami-based brand created by Handel Henri. The debut collection, “Exit-720” features five colorways: Teal, Pink, Burgundy, Black, and White. The French name translates to unlimited, limitless, boundless; infinite; unbounded, unconfined, and unrestricted. The brand serves as an ode to being limitless. There are no boundaries to your success or dreams. No limits should be applied to yourself or your drive. The ultimate inspiration for the motto “the limit no longer applies” and the brand is the Autobahn highway system located in Germany. It has no speed limit, once a driver sees the “limits no longer apply”(Ende aller Streckenverbote) sign they can go as fast as they want. With the right foundation and mindstate, the limits no longer apply.
Hiatus Kaiyote is a neo-soul band based in Melbourne, Australia. Nai Palm is the lead singer with a sultry voice and “punk” appearance. StyleLikeU‘s What’s Underneath project lets artists talk about their story and their self-acceptance. At the end of the interview, the guests are in their underwear and vulnerable but happy with their core selves. Within the project, Nai talks about her upbringing and her style influences. Her style is heavily influenced by nomadic cultures. Many of her accessories are complemented by nature. At a young age, she realized that animals have the most primitive form of empathy/nurture where nothing is wanted back and they ultimately helped her cope with grief.
Tribe MIA’s Rossolini will debut Louverture on the 23rd.The Louverture line is an ode to “The Black Napoleon”, the greatest leader of the Haitian Revolution, Toussaint L’Ouverture. It features anime-themed hats and shirts dedicated to the Haitian leader. If you’re a Naruto fan who supports the Uchiha clan, there are 2 colorways of hats to choose from. Dragon Ball Z fans can also enjoy the pink colorway Majin Buu hat. The shredded shirts display a caricature of Louverture basking in victory. The line has different appeals for different people. Save the link to the online store here and get ready for the 23rd.
Rinny Riot is a blogger at missriot.com and Managing Editor at Black Girl with Long Hair, a beauty and culture website dedicated to black women. Rinny is based in Los Angeles, California, but Houston-the third ward to be exact-Texas is her hometown. Her style is extremely admirable + eccentric AND she’s a fellow Tame Impala lover. View my favorite looks by her below. Shoutout to the alternative black girls.