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Dollars in My Mouth :: Part III

I've been bombarded with A LOT of questions lately. Everyone wants to know what I've been doing and how my fashion courses are going. First, I'll address the latter since it's like ripping off a Band-Aid. So, about 2 months ago I was laid off my nine-2-five, thanks to the economy. Luckily, by the strength of my illustrious Phraternity, I found another job the very next week. A blessing, right? The other side of that equation is that my hours changed and so did the area of Los Angeles I was working in. In turn, I was unable to continue taking my night classes and had to drop them. At first I was really bummer out about it. After all the setbacks I went through with trying to pursue an education at FIDM and thinking I'd had it all figured out with taking the same courses at El Camino and LA Trade Tech threw me for a loop.

But then...God reminded me of who I am. I was reminded of how relentless I am when it comes to something I'm passionate about and how many of my favorite designers and powerhouses in the industry had never had any formal training. I've since picked myself back up and figured out another alternative game plan. I've made numerous contacts and have done some amazing networking with some of the fashion industries leading peeps in Los Angeles. So, I'm still making moves...

Additionally, without giving away too much, the pictures you see in this post are just a small preview of what I have in the works with my partner Stoney Love. She just moved back from Boston after graduating from Tufts. We have some awesome shit in the works and I can't wait for the final reveal. In the meantime, I give you little bits and pieces to chew on over the next few months...

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Happy Friday!

I love the fact that God gives me so many things to smile about each and every day! My buddy Jonah Hill is on the cover of next month's Complex Magazine!
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Download :: Chester French & Clinton Sparks "Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance"

So I got another one for you guys courtesy of Ms. Stoney Love. New Star Trak recording artists Chester French consists of Maxwell Drummey and D.A. Wallach who met as college students at Harvard. They named their band after sculptor Daniel Chester French, who designed the statue at the Lincoln Memorial. Drawing heavy influence from classic British Northern Soul, their new mixtape Jacques James, Vol. 1: Endurance is nothing short of SICK!

The concept is sheer genius! They take you through a hilarious, melodic journey starting from their time as college students all the way to renowned rock stars who hit rock bottom. The mixtape also probably boasts the most guest appearances I've ever seen on one - Solange Knowles, Kardinal Offishall, N.O.R.E, Cassie, Pusha-T of the Clipse, Bun B. of UGK, Talib Kweli, Mickey Factz, Janelle Monae, Wale, Pharrell Williams and Jermaine Dupri. Just to further prove how awesome this band is, the song "Ciroc Stars" features both Diddy and Jadakiss...on the same song! If you know anything about 90s hip-hop, you'd understand why that's so significant. They also got a guest appearance from The Madd Rapper who goes on the most hilarious rant I've heard to date!

Click here and download Chester French & Clinton Sparks' mixtape "Jacques Jams, Vol. 1: Endurance."

I'll expect my thank you note in the mail.


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What happened to all the throwback jerseys?

During a conversation I had with a few friends some months back, I jokingly asked, "what happened to all the throwback jerseys?" If you remember about 6 years ago, the hottest thing on the streets were the Mitchell & Ness throwback jerseys that were going for around $300 a pop. Needless to say, the trend was short-lived and officially put on the out of style list when Jay-Z uttered those famous lyrics, "And I don't wear jerseys I'm 30 plus/ give me a crisp pair of jeans, button-ups."

Well...I guess my question has been answered. Parisian designer Nelson presents a collection of NBA jerseys and he reworked into cardigans. From Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics to my L.A. Lakers some of the most prominent teams are represented in the small collection. The cardigans are now available from Colette.

I definitely applaud Nelson for their innovation, but I cannot endorse this product. The very site of makes me want to vomit. I don't think grown men should ever sport jerseys or any nalia outside of a game. Ever. I can only don vintage sports paraphernalia. My two favorites are my Lakers championship t-shirt from 2000 and my Rangers henley.


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In memory of...

Besides a day to acknowledge our nation's fallen soldiers, I don't know what the original purpose was for Memorial Day was, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't for BBQing and pool parties. That's not to say, however, that I don't enjoy an extra day off work and some good food!

This past Monday I teamed up with two of my newest partners in crime, D-Nice of Blow Collection and Jakarri of Amnimal Clothing, for Memorial Day Monday cookout off the coast of downtown Long Beach for our fellow fashion heads and friends. Of course we had a good time. Everybody got wasted, pigged out on some grade A BBQ, enjoyed the ocean view and finally rooted the Lakers on as they suffered an embarrassing 20 point loss to the chicken Nuggets...

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Kanye West "Paranoid" (video)

How genius was it to put Rihanna in this video after the whole Chris Brown fiasco???
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Download :: Colin Munroe "...is the Unsung Hero"

I have to say that I LOVE what's going on with music right now. And you know I'm not talking about the mainstream. The new school artists that are starting to emerge have been doing nothing short of bringing their A game.

I was recently put on to new artist, Colin Munroe, by my boy Sean. The Canadian-born musician has a new sound that I don't think I can articulate. There's a little bit of everything from alternative to folk music. My favorite song on the mixtape, "Who Killed Davie Moore?" is melodic Bob Dylan cover. Genius.

Click here and download "Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero."

You'll thank me!
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Favorite Pieces of the Day :: 05.08.09

This McGarry leather canoe backpack is killing me! I love the construction and shape. It's big enough to store all the essentials, but not too big to make you look like a high school student.

There's not much to say about this tan Hackett holdall. It speaks for itself.

It's hard to find a nice high-end short that not above the knee. I can appreciate the style, but just not for me. Loden Dager must have gotten the memo. Their pleated blue chambray short pants are thee perfect summer short. I'm on it.

I love to see simple concepts that people seem to outlook. A couple of months ago I posted Dee & Ricky's Lego bow tie. Simple construction, genius concept. Today, I came across the beautiful linear black bow tie by Mjolk you see above.
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Newest Addiction ::Lie to Me

Who'd ever thought I'd be saying that I was addicted to a show on FOX besides Family Guy? A few weeks back baby got me addicted to one of the network's newest shows Lie to Me. The show centers around the main character, Dr. Cal Lightman (played by Tim Roth), aided by his colleague Dr. Gillian Foster (Kelli Williams), who detects deception by observing body language and microexpressions through the Facial Action Coding System, using this talent to assist clients (such as law enforcement).

It sounds like just another crime drama, but it's so interesting how subtle facial expressions tell so much about what a person is feeling, thinking, etc. The actors are awesome and the plot is even better. Check out the latest episode below...

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RIP :: "Swag"

Let it go!