Our first volume of 2019 is a celebration of doing things differently. We salute those who think outside the box, we encourage individuality and we enjoy the work of creatives who rip up the rule book. It takes a certain way of thinking to not conform. To not go along with the predictable, the mediocre, the acceptable. It is a fantastic quality and deserves recognition.
However, fashion brands thrive off exclusivity and (perceived) scarcity, especially in the every-so-trending streetwear community. Kindness and a brand’s “cool” factor, never seem to truly align. Until now. Both first-generation Americans, Daniel Buezo and Weleh Dennis founded their LA-based clothing line Kids of Immigrants to bring inclusivity into the fashion industry.
The founders’ mission is to show us that we are all connected and that, to believe in ourselves, we have to believe in others (and vice versa). Kids of Immigrants’ clothes strive to spark joy and positivity in those who wear them. With their designs, Buezo and Dennis do not aim to influence their followers to conform to a uniform aesthetic. Rather, they want us to appreciate our idiosyncrasies – that individual flair – and encourage us to find our unique personal styles. The founders say:
“With clothes, we try to connect people with themselves and take pride in who they are, where they’re from and the struggles that have, and how they can make [these struggles into] a more of a positive learning [experience], noticing the negative, and then really appreciate the positive, knowing that [you’re] doing the best you can with what you have.”
Focusing on creativity allows us to explore who we really are and to find our authentic selves. Instead of lusting over what others have and what we believe that we lack, Buezo and Dennis use their platform to enable us to find peace within ourselves and be proud of our unique journies.
Raised in Sacramento, California, Dennis explains how growing up as a basketball player has shaped his world view. He says: “being able to go in and out of different cultures – staying in the area where I grew up and then traveling to a more suburban area and then going to a higher-end area – all of those different things allowed me to connect with people. I saw what connects and relates us all, but I didn’t understand what separates us all.” Dennis continues:
”I was trying to find a string that us all, and for me, I think that that’s clothing.”
Art comes in all shapes and forms, but this project has its own life. Authored by Yana Binaev, My Eyes See Diversity (MESD) was born as a result of a lifelong will to express the love and passion for boldness, colors, self-expression and the lack of fear to stand out.
MOBS designs are rooted in Alexandro Benaim's enchantment and appreciation for discovery, exploration and different cultures of the world.
You’ll probably know Mumblez and Charmer by their moniker 808INK, but don’t think they’re playing any boy band games. 808INK are some of the most self-sufficient, self-believing and self-confident artists you’ll meet in London, Deptford to be exact.
Burberry’s youth-centric AW’19 collection fuses polar opposites to celebrate the contrasts in British culture (and, yes, it’s anomalous weather too).
For this years chapter, True Music will continue to champion the artists at the helm of revolutionary musical movements, but it will also work in close collaboration with those behind the scenes to develop a long-term strategy to encourage local communities in taking action against creative adversity.
Italian sports fashion brand Ellesse recruits diverse all-star line-up of rising YouTube, streetwear, and AI models for their SS19 ‘My Style, My Rules’ campaign. Thrill-seeking stunt expert Harry Gallagher, as well as streetwear and style figurehead Magnus Ronning, are among those executing the label’s vision.