FASHION: Freedom City Apparel (NYC)

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We’re featuring on today’s FASHION Category a street wear apparel company from New York City. Brothers Alvin and Alfonso Garcia, collaborate amongst themselves for their brand. Expressing themselves through their logo and main focus with “The Park Bench”. Lately the Garcia’s have been non-stop with new looks, upcoming events, and much more.

Even through the Freedom City brand they have been able to participate in such worthy-cause marketing endeavors such as The Annual Freedom City Halloween Candy Giveaway for Children, the Cavala Christmas Toy Drive and the United Palace Save the Youth Event (Stop the Youth Violence Showcase). In the future the brand is looking to initiate funding for after school programs that cultivate youth performance arts, giving communities and neighborhoods face-lifts by featuring graffiti artists to do art pieces on walls throughout New York City, host spoken word events and provide a back to school supplies giveaway for the youth annually. Through this interview we discuss their current event “Live Free Revolution”, the message they’re trying to spread “LIVE FREE”, upcoming styles and expanding their merch selection.

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NIKKISIIXX: Congrats on your fashion event at Gallery 69 dubbed the “Live Free Revolution” on July 12th. What inspired the title of the event and what did the attendees get from the show?
FREEDOM CITY: The inspiration of the title for our event comes from the company’s mission statement, which is simply to “LIVE FREE.” Revolutions’ start with the truth and that’s what we are spreading. Our attendees got a slice of the creative side of street culture in New York City through our clothing, the photography on the walls and a couple other elements, which left our guests surprise.

slideshow_5NIKKISIIXX: Freedom City street wear apparel is your clothing line and brand. You’ve dedicated your lives to not only to creating quality clothing for free spirited individuals and bringing an impactful message to “LIVE FREE”. You have a park bench as your logo, how does the logo represent the message behind the brand?
FREEDOM CITY: Our meeting place for all of our activities has been the park bench. This dates back to when we were growing up whether it was to hang out, have rap ciphers, watch dance crews, listen to music and even kick it with girls and in New York City the NYPD doesn’t allow people to hang out in the park after a certain time. So we came up with the idea to make the park bench our own by using it as our logo and anchor to our street wear clothing line. To us the park bench represents freedom, life and expression. Everyone has their personal life stories when they think about the park bench, so it is very easy for them to identify how we feel at Freedom City NYC.

NIKKISIIXX: Freedom City has been a help towards making their community a stronger and safer place for teens growing up in NYC. What advice would you give to these troubled teens in order to get their lives back on track?
FREEDOM CITY: Being authentic is a formula that always worked for us growing up. Don’t hold back when it comes to being yourself and you will always come out leading and never following. Individuality is your unique fingerprint. LIVE FREE

Freedom City Money GirlNIKKISIIXX: Currently on your online store I see you have snapbacks, t – shirts and hoodies. Are there any new items coming soon?
FREEDOM CITY: It’s great that you mention that because at our event “Live Free Revolution” we featured a lot of the new pieces coming up for this summer and fall. Everything from belts to tank tops, cargos, back packs, skullies and shorts are all coming in these upcoming seasons for both men and women. It’s important to check our website every month because every thing we manufacture is limited and you might not want to miss our exclusive releases.

NIKKISIIXX: Considering you’re brothers you were raised by parents that taught you to be well rounded individuals that provided a positive impact on others no matter what. Do you feel the positive up bringing was what helped you accomplish in making your Freedom City brand come to life?
FREEDOM CITY: Our past is definitely a big part of what we do to this day. Whether it was our parents or our peers, we come from a culture of being truthful and never posing to be anything that we are not. The truth is undeniable and that’s what we are spreading. We want to create a new culture that’s original without following trends and that’s the void we are filling for our market. That’s the whole image we are about, being an individual and never following trends thus our mission statement “Be Yourself, LIVE FREE”.

NIKKISIIXX: Last Words?
FREEDOM CITY: Thanks to NikkiSiixx for helping spread this LIVE FREE attitude.
Look out for anything Freedom City NYC at : WEBSITE
@freedomcitynyc on Instagram FACEBOOK

Fashion: Random Star Couture

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This week, I thought Id change it up a bit & write a piece about fashion. I thought, who better to start this segment off than Melissa & Andrea George, founders of Random Star Couture. These two talented sisters are slowly but surely taking the fashion industry by storm.
  
Not only do they design original garments & accessories for males & females but they also provide hair, make-up, & tailoring services as well. I like to call them the “One Stop Shop“.They’ve worked on set with big names such as Lebron James, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Zoe Saldana, & Fashion Guru June Ambrose for the 2006 Rocawear campaign.

They also designed custom pieces for Somaya Reece & Nisha Rockstarr. With many fashion shows, photoshoots, videos, and campaigns under their belt it seems that these two sisters have tunnel vision to the top. They plan on opening their own salon by next year specializing in every aspect of beauty & plan on selling their clothing line “Random Star Couture” as well. So ladies, if you need to get glammed up for your next event make sure you hit up The George Sisters. You can thank me later.

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HELP THE CAUSE: Wreckshop Charity “Hoodies for The Homeless”

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Winter is coming, the government is shut down and there are more homeless and unemployed than ever. That includes but is not limited to veterans, women, children and the mentally ill. November is also National Homeless Awareness month but we don’t have to wait til then to do something. To do our part to help out, here’s what we’re offering… When anyone buys a Wreck Shop hoodie another hoodie will be given to a homeless person. A majority of our outreach will be direct, in the streets and personal, and we’ll also drop some off at local shelters starting in Lynn then we will move to neighboring cities.
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“Hoodies for the Homeless” will run straight through winter. We also encourage everyone supporting this initiative to educate themselves on homelessness. Check out info in your own town or city, watch some documentaries on youtube, take out some books at the library, volunteer at a local shelter or more importantly have a conversation with a homeless person. You’d be surprised at what you will learn and if you’ve ever experienced it then you know every little bit of help makes a difference.
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How can you support this initiative? Order your own hoodie online via email or facebook to guarantee your size or see us at an event and check out what we have in stock. Any colored hoodie with a classic black or white logo is $45 plus shipping. Any colored hoodie with a logo color other than black or white will be $50 plus shipping.

We are accepting paypal, debit and credit. Email: wreckshop101@gmail.com or Facebook

If you would like to help us out on twitter that would be greatly appreciated. Follow us @wreckshop101 So far we’ve gotten re-tweets from Reef The Lost Cause, Hasan Salaam, Wise Intelligent, Wordsworth, B-girl Asia 1 and various online Hip Hop publications.

Here’s how you can help “Hoodies for The Homeless” on twitter:
1. Copy & paste the info below.
When someone buys a Wreck Shop hoodie another hoodie is given to a #homelessperson. #givingback thru #hiphop #charity

2. Tag someone well known to put this on their radar.

If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email.

Thank you for your time! Peace and respect!

-Justice

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Fashion: 8and9 Summer ’12

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Check out the next series from 8and9 SUMMER ’12. Featuring some really hot colors with exclusive designs! FRESH – Imma share with you my favorite ones! & don’t forget to get the gear too.

8&9’s Summer ’12 is inspired by the times, driven by tank tops, classic pieces and vibrant colors. Shoppers with a savvy eye immediately notice 8&9’s sharp attention to fabric and fit separating them from pack. Summer ’12 can be found at 8and9.com plus all 8&9 retailers including all Soles Inc locations, Ginza Atlanta, POGO Michigan and Platform NYC.

Get 25% Off! 8and9 Clothing — In order to qualify you must enter Promo Code: NikkiSiixx with a purchase of $20 or more.

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Fashion: 8&9 Clothing Winter in Miami Short BMX

Check out these visuals of BMX riders Megaman Cusm, Robert Halbrook, Anthony Plumridge, John Duncan, Sebastian Leon, Michael Otero rocking and doing tricks with 8and9 Clothing. Presenting the winter collection, Winter In Miami. 8and9 partners up with Lightworks Productions, creating a series to showcase Local Miami Talent. The video backdrops are from locations such as Lincoln Road (Miami Beach), Wynwood Art District, and different spots in Downtown Miami. Each video will demonstrate different Miami lifestyles. Can’t wait!

Interested in purchasing some of the gear that the riders are wearing? Check out their website http://www.8and9.com I got you guys on a late christmas gift 25% OFF by using Promo Code: NikkiSiixx (with a purchase of $20 or more). Happy Savings!

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