I am not a fan of big words and a lot of bla bla, but let me introduce us to you. We have had a long journey to be where we are today. The idea lives in our heads for years, but the action started in 2011 in NYC, our second home. We like to share things that we love and we can never shut up – so why not start blogging about it? Our motto is ‘always lust for more’ – we are never satisfied, and so we also did our first shirt collection last May. What’s next? Blogging is not the right format for us to push ourselves beyond the limits that’s why we decided to go back to our basic idea: creating a magazine for all the urban lovers all around the world. Here we are. ‘Urban Rebl’ is the name of our first issue. Being a rebel is the best thing you can do in today’s society. We don’t like being a copy. We don’t follow, we lead. It’s time to show everyone who YOU are. This issue features people who inspired us from fashion freaks to musical geniuses. Get inspired, too, and spread the love. Once again, thank you all for supporting, inspiring and pushing us through. This wouldn’t exist without you guys. K
PHOTO RAYAN ODYLL INTERVIEW KATRIN SCHMIDT
Who should wear your clothes and why? Everyone who has great style. People who like the label in every way. My clothes are like little treasures you should wear them with a certain statement. Are there other projects in the future? Oh yeah. Right now it's all about the shop launching, but I also work as a stylist, I come up with shooting ideas and image concepts. I am planning a fashion video project with some students from FH Düsseldorf: short movies about the fashion industry. Stay tuned! Where can we buy your clothes? www.odyllstudios.com You are studying in Düsseldorf is it a fashionable city? I wouldn't call Düsseldorf a city of fashion, just because a lot of showrooms have chosen this city. That's really not a reason to think that Düsseldorf has a different approach to fashion. But the opinions differ, of course. The fashion scene here is changing and getting freshen up though. What kind of music do you listen to when you're designing?
What do we have to know about you? Black and white and a lot of shades of greyinbetween. How did you get in touch with fashion and designing?
I wanted to keep up with the beautiful things in life. My mother
brought me to fashion: she designed her dresses and sewed them. My taste was very important to her and that is why she involved me in everything and so I became her attachment figure related to fashion. I think that formed me strongly. When a kid at the age of five starts draping tablecloth to a dress, then I am in the right position now. You also went abroad and made a lot of experiences in the world of fashion. Tell us how it influenced you. A stay abroad is refreshing and inspiring. It's always important to know what's going on. I love travelling and getting to know new people. Every country has its charm and culture, but there is one thing that fascinates me: details that you can only see after a second look: colors, forms, structures or just emotions there is no limit. I get inspired by so many things: books, music, movies, art, characters you have to be open for any kind of inspiration. Your red sweater reminds me a little bit of Givenchy. Where do you get your crazy ideas from? I think you mean the one with the fish this collection consists of four prints. I tried to create prints which look like vintage silk scarves. So you can see fish, starfish, cirrus, corals and even more in a complex interaction.
It depends on my mood. Right now I like to listen to the music of
the 90's. These classic tunes were easygoing. If you could work with one designer who would it be and why?
Alexander McQueen would have been my first choice, also My Alley.
But there are also other designers that I'd love to work with. It's interest ing to see how different ideas and concepts fertilize each other.
Is there a message that you like to say with your fashion? Spiel, Spaß und Spannung.
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Not everyone is a big fan of culture and so do a lot of people think that museums are boring as hell. It's up to you, but this museum right here is perfect for everybody: The Sneaker Museum in Cologne. The first Sneaker museum opened in May 2011, created by the owner of the Cologne Sneaker store The Good Will Out: Olli and Alex. For us sneaker freaks and the other international sneaker heads this must be heaven on earth. Olli and Alex both share their passion for sneakers and after
collection for years it was definitely the best decision to open a museum and show special or rare models. So you get to see, e.g. the original Air Jordan from 1985 or an Air Max model that only exists three times worldwide. You can visit different exhibitions on a regular basis, for example the first exhibition about the basketball shoe from Nike "The Dunk 足 Celebrating Colors and Creativity" or the "A Retrospective of Stussy Shoe Collaborations 1980足2011" exhibition. A visit is a MUST 足 whether you want to enjoy an exhibition or get to see sneaker history. Right now there is an event called "Kicks On Film" 足 the perfect combination I guess. We can't wait for the coming exhibitions at the Sneaker Museum!
KALEEM TAYLOR PHOTO KALEEMTAYLOR.COM INTERVIEW KRISTINA SCHMIDT
You are from West London and lived there for 15 years. How did growing up in London influence you and your music? I'd say London influenced me and my music as there is diversity in cultures and growing up hearing different types of music definitely helped me. What was your childhood like? Did you always dream of becoming a singer or what made you decide to pursue this career? My childhood was good, very family orientated. Singing wasn't always what I wanted to do, to be honest it's only just recently been considered as a potential career. Tell us about your relationship with music. What does it mean to you? Music to me is an expression of emotions within an art, different types can determined how you feel whether it be a song that brings back memories or fills you with promise, makes you happy or sad. Music is universal. How did you get started in the music industry? I would say it all started when my manager sent my song 'Blow Out' into the BBC Homegrown show. Why is that there are so many great and amazingly talented people from the UK like e.g. Jessie J or Adele? I couldn't tell you. You have a very soulful voice 足 tell us about your inspirations. My inspiration comes from the likes of D'Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Omar, Lauryn Hill and so many more.
How would you describe your style of music? I haven't been able to answer that question too well before but I describe my music as a reflection of me so it's dependent on how I'm feeling.
Are you involved in the creative process of writing a song?
Me and my producer and good friend Siv do most of the writing together. Who would you like to work with? I've never really thought about who I might want to work with. Tell us about your debut single 'Blow Out' 足 how would you describe it? 'Blow Out' was just another song we made, to tell the truth I've been surprised by how much love has been shown to that song. I'd describe it as a vibrant tune, something to dance to. There is a free download on your site, your EP 'Smooth'. Tell us something about it. The 'Smooth EP' was just to show people what I'm about, the songs from the EP are all relevant to me and are based on personal experiences. Is there going to be an album this year? I'm not going to put a date on when but I can say I've already got some songs of the album done and dusted. Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully still making music. Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know? I have a new EP called 'Alone'.
do not care about the lifestyles people choose for themselves as long as they are happy. They stand for a new way of life and represent a generation of brotherhood and sisterhood instead of creating antipathy against certain people. This new sentiment is also expressed in their clothing. We all have witnessed that in music, and especially in Hip Hop, the way people dress has become more and more important. But we are not talking about oversized sweaters and baggy pants anymore, we are talking about “all my clothes designer” like Kanye West says in one of his songs. And that is something that we can see that these youngns represent, too. And if they do not wear designer couture, they wear their own designs and own their own fashion labels. Without any further ado, we’d like to introduce you to three Harlemites that we absolutely love and adore.
PHOTOS DEXTER NAVY & TUMBLR
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It is the year 1925 and we are in NYC. A young gentleman by the name of Dr. Alain Locke just published his anthology which kicked off one of the biggest literary and artistic movements of the 20th century the Harlem Renaissance. Artists and creative minds from different parts of the US expressed themselves in different forms about the new consciousness that arose within the African American community making Harlem one of the most creative metropolis on the planet. Ever since we have witnessed dozens of artists and musicians making their way to the music industry and sharing their creative talent with the world. But it is only recently that we have especially young artists creating a big buzz about themselves and putting out great music that is different from what we would expect coming from Harlem, the home of musical geniuses such as Doug E. Fresh, Kurtis Blow, Mase, The Diplomats, and Alicia Keys just to name a few. Not only are these artists that we are about to introduce quite young but they share more than just their age. We all know the saying that “Age ain’t nothing but a number” this sure applies to these artists because not only are they are in their early twenties but they have been in the game for quite a while and are not new to the scene at all. They have their artistic roots in performing schools or crews that they have been a part of for ages. What is so interesting and new about them are the things they stand for and what seems to be dear to them. Whereas back in the days, we might have had crews that were to degrade certain people or their way of life, these young cats definitely see no difference in people, as a matter of fact they see beauty in all different aspects of life and
Even though she is the youngest of the three, this lady has been all over the net for the past three years. Originally, Azealia Banks wanted to pursue a career in musical theater, but that changed after she landed a TOP 3 position in BBC’s Sound
of 2012. Her success has been noticed not only by the greats of the fashion industry like Nicola Formichetti and Karl Lagerfeld, but music’s very best like Kanye West and Beyoncé Knowles have both collaborated with Yung Rapunxel on their projects. Banks is known for her extremely long Rapunzel like weave and unique style which landed her a deal with major cosmetic company MAC Cosmetics releasing her signature purple lipstick. In 2012 she won the Billboard Award for New Style Icon and released both her EP “1991” and her mixtape “Fantasea” featuring her hits “212” and “Luxury”. Her album Broke With Expensive Taste is said to drop February 12, 2013.
This urban rebel first caught everyone’s attention when she appeared on MTV’s Sweet Sixteen but a lot has changed since then. By now, Teyana Taylor is signed to Kanye West's
label G.O.O.D music where she has contributed her vocals to songs like “Hell of a Life” and “Dark Fantasy” both off the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West. The twentytwo year old triplethreat has ventured into different areas of the industry. Being known for being a great choreographer, Teyana Taylor has also landed a couple of movie roles in the past three years such as Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming and most recently Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family where she caught everyone’s attention with her significant cry for “Byyyyyyyron!”. In 2012 she released her mixtape The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor resembling the legendary Lauryn Hill cover of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. This similarity is no surprise since Teyana refers to Hill as one of her biggest influences. She is featured on the G.O.O.D music compilation Cruel Summer and is currently working on her first debut album.
A$AP Rocky Representing Harlem at its finest
is the Pretty Mother F***** aka A$AP Rocky. But this man is more than just a pretty face. Ever since his single “Peso” leaked onto the internet in 2011, A$AP Rocky has been creating a huge buzz about himself and the entire A$AP Mob, a collective of rappers such as A$AP Ferg, music video directors, and producers. This might not be a new thing hovering a collective of talented people and peers around oneself, but what is interesting
about this A$AP Mob is the philosophy that stands behind this acronym: in an interview with Fader, A$AP Rocky explained that to him it means Acronoym Symbolizing Any Purpose and that A$AP means and is life. Not only is his style in music unique but his style in fashion is, too. In an intimate interview with HardKnockTV he reveals that growing up in Harlem and chilling in SoHo, these two neighborhoods have influenced and created what A$AP stands for. Oftentimes, they had to fight for what they believed in because coming from where he is from, A$AP Rocky claims that it was difficult to raise awareness and convince people to raise above the negativity and prejudices to see that we have more in common. He made it cool and kicked down a door for kids to wear designer clothes and not feel gay when the urban community would refer to that as being gay when it is just different. He goes on stating to not discriminate against anybody because we are one generation and that we should all have interracial relationships, so by the time our next generation is up there will be no racism left. He concludes the interview saying that really, he is fighting to be understood and wants to get an understanding for his generation. We definitely love his attitude and what he stands for. After dropping his mixtape LiveLoveA$AP, he has now dropped his long anticipated album LongLiveA$AP. He is going on tour in the US in March and we hope to get to see him in Europe as well. In a recent interview, he expressed his interest to work with London singer Jessie Ware. So we cannot wait to see what else he has in store.
"I am a strong believer: work hard, play hard." 足 Alexander Wang
PHOTO CLARISSA LABIN INTERVIEW KATRIN SCHMIDT
Your career startet in London at the Fashion College. Why did you study in London? London is very well known for its Design and Art schools. I always wanted to study abroad. So did London with its fashionable people inspire you and your fashion?
I think that London is very inspiring. The women dress
more individual and they dare themselves. They combine the newest trends and combine vintage stuff. If I compare that to Germany I think that Germany is very dull and boring. Did you always dream of being a designer? When I was a young girl I always wanted to design costumes for the theater. The fashion direction developped in first place during my studies. You were Head of Design at H&M and its "Divided Black Label". How did this work shape you and how much Clarissa could you actualize in your designs?
This work really shaped me. First of all the travelling all
around the world. But also working with a collection that should be very well negotiable and speak to a lot of people. This was a really important and to me also a new aspect. I enjoyed working for H&M, but I am happy to release products now that don't have to speak to a huge amount of people, things that are more personal. How would you describe your fashion? The label Clarissa Labin stands
CLARISSA LABIN for individual and portable fashion with the focus on knit fashion. You've got German/ Venezuelan roots. How did that shape your designs? Maybe my passion for different combinations of colors. So you work with knit material, special patterns and gaudy colors, but also pastell tones 足 where do you get your ideas from? Knit, different combinations of colors and three足dimensional surface structures are the characteristics of my work. I personally like those and I think they confer your fashion individuality, expressiveness and a certain depth. Are there any fashion icons that you admire? There are classic style icons like Diana Wreeland whom I really love. I also like Chloe Sevigny's style! She dresses very individual and cool. What do you think about the current fashion scene? The current fashion scene is pretty much shaped by commercial fashion giants and the general globalisation. This is the reason why little labels are struggeling to keep up with other labels, especially with regard to price and time. So you have to stand out and create something which appears to be appealing and essential. Do you have any tipps for newcomer designers? Keep up! You have to have a long breath in this industry.
"If you don't do it to be best, I don't know why the fuck you do it." 足 Big Sean
PHOTOS VIA THE STORE'S WEBSITES THE BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO & THE GUIDE KATRIN SCHMIDT
I stayed at the Rouge Hotel at Dupont Circle which was an awesome hote
I got the chance to visit Washington D.C. before Christmas and I really had a blast. Everyone knows that we are New York City lovers, but D.C. is pretty cool to visit, too. I was very impressed about the noise (yes, it is not as noisy as in lovely NYC) and the streets are super clean. That is a reason why a lot of blocks look pretty much the same and therefore it is hard to find the perfect urban spots. I learned that too much walking won't help me find the best places 足 you really need to know where the good stores are, before you come to D.C. That's what I also did and I have to say that these stores make your D.C. trip pefect! "Georgetown" is a neighborhood that you can't leave out 足 Georgetown seems to be THE place in D.C. Very young, cool architecture a lot of bars and restaurants and stores like Urban Outfitters, American Apparel and Nike. So let me present you my personal top 4 (we start from the first row on
top, left to right): PALACE 5IVE 2220 14th Street Northwest. The interior design is awesome and you'll find brands like Stussy, Herschel Supply Co., Nike SB, etc. MAJOR DC 1426 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest. This is a sneaker heaven! They also offer stuff from labels like The Hundreds. KICKKSPOTT 1436 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest. If you haven't found any sneakers at the Major store then come Kickkspott! COMMONWEALTH 1781 Florida Avenue Northwest. This could be one of my favorite stores 足 it's rather like an urban boutique. You'll find brands like Comme des Garcons, Billionaire Boys Club, Golf Wang, Undefeated, etc. If you ever come to D.C. make sure to go to those stores! For me it was a new challenge of shopping, but you'll definitely find something that you like.
'I WISH I COULD SMOKE WITH YOU ALL AND HAVE JAM SESSIONS, BUT IF YOU EVER GET THE CHANCE TO MEET ME, BRING A BLUNT!' PHOTO LUCILLE GHATTI INTERVIEW KATRIN SCHMIDT
Tell us something about you. I'm a product of American society. I'm from a few places, but most of my time is spent on the west coast. Loud Pack Lucy is that a name you gave yourself? What does it mean? Loud Pack Lucy is a nickname I created for twitter, but the 'Loud Pack' in the name is slang for strong weed, which is my favoire.How did you get in touch with music? I've been in the choir since I was 5. I always knew I wanted to sing, but my
voice didn't mature enough for people to take me seriously until about 4 years ago. I've always had this feeling that my life would be based of the music I create when the time was right, and it feels amazing to finally experience where music can take me. 'Amori Infiniti' is a masterpiece. Very smooth and kind of 90's style where did you get your inspirations from? My inspiration came from falling in love. 'A.I.' is a collection is a collection of love songs that I wrote because I was trying to tell someone the depth of my feelings. Aside from that, was it my first project and it was a great stepping stone. Something I'm proud to build off. Is there someone you'd like to work with in the future? I'd love to work with James Blake and Dwele if I could. I'm working hard though, so one day I can just call them up like 'Let's session' and they would be down. I also would love to work with more underground producers, I'm all about sharing the light.
Is there a chance seeing you live? Currently I'm not touring, which is lame. I wish I was, but I'm working on some live shows. What do you think where do we see you in the future? Hopefully I'm somewhere in Europe singing. One of the only goals I have in music is to reach people in other places of the world, so I can spread as much love as possible. As far as a deal concerned, I'm not anxious for one. I just want money to travel and share this soul music. Everything else that comes along with the deal, like the fact that you have to pay the label back most of the money that they signed you for is lame to me. I'd rather not get into something I can't handle. If I'd ask you about your five favorite songs right now: what would you tell me? J88 The Look Of Love, Gucci Mane First Day Out, Sarah Vaughn Moonlight In Vermont, Feist Get It Right, Get It Wrong, Future Magic
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PHOTOGRAPHER: JULIA KLEINEBLEY HELPING HAND: LUCA MILLERS
"Don’t give a fuck what nobody says. Do what feels right for you. Know who you are. Do you." A$AP ROCKY
PHOTO KENDRICK DAYE INTERVIEW KATRIN SCHMIDT
Who is Kendrick Daye? I'm an artist and I'm originally from Miami, Florida where I'm based now. What is your exact occupation? I just like to consider myself an artist. I don't limit my creativity, whether it comes out in the visual art or music or a magazine it's me expressing myself. Did Miami influence you and your art/ or style/ or music? Yes, specifically the Coconut Grove area. And it has and continues to influence my work. Miami has a good energy. The weather is amazing and the art scene is starting to rival scenes in LA and New York. It's vibrant, it's bright, it's loud, it's arduous. These are key themes in my work. What are the ideas behind your art? You use different techniques and everything seems so colorful do you have a message behind it? Some days I absolutely do have a message and I want people to feel or understand some issue from a different perspective. And some days I just got jokes and want to have a little fun. Sometimes the message is what the aesthetic evokes more than a
staunch stance on social issues or popular culture. Sometimes it's just mere idolization and admiration. Tell us something about your last exhibition. My second solo exhibition RUN, RIOT! recently closed at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA. It was a continuation of my current style but I was still pushed to take not only the technique but the size of the work to levels I only previously dreamed of. The gallery is still showing and selling the remainder of the work so head over to BettiOno.flyingcart.com to check them out. Would you call yourself an urban rebel? I wouldn't, but i get how some one else could. What do you like about painting or creating art the most? I've never been much of a talker, so naturally I was attracted to expressing myself in more creative ways. I like with creating I can instantly put a visual or sonic marker on a feeling or idea. Plus, creating your own world is fun. Who is your favorite artist and what inspires you? I can't pick just one. But I can rattle off names. Ron English, Andy Warhol, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Banksy, Shepard Fairey, David LaChapelle, the list goes can go on and on. Because I get inspired by any and everything. Even If I don't necessarily like the work itself I can find something to take from it and learn to better myself.
If you could choose one of your pictures and title it as one of your favorites which one would it be and why? I think it'd be The Nicki piece. That was the one that kind of started it all in terms of this current style I'm pushing. It was a long time getting comfortable creating viable art and that one came together so quick and easy. Any upcoming projects? Man, I'm always on the go. LOL. Right now I'm finishing up my next musical project LARGE FEARS. I've been working exclusively with artists like Corinne Stevie, RAFF, Roz Bell, Jay Scott, Janay Moon and Jay Boogie to craft this sound that I'm so amped to share. We're in the final stages of mixing, so if all is well, It should be out early this year. I'm also gearing up to start traveling and doing some shows again. Look out for GREATeclectic POPUP shops coming to NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta early next year as well. I'm planning Art Nouveau's five year anniversary party which will happen Feb, 1 at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland, CA. All while slowly but surely working towards my third solo exhibition KENDRICK IS DEAD. Is there someone you'd love to work with? That's tough. But, if I had to pick one person I'd to work with Lady GaGa. I think she has such a unique take on pop culture and above all I want to pick her brain.
Let's check the homie's closet: Andi aka Childish Gandino from RUNFFM. (www.runffm.com) How many shoes do you have? The hardest question in the beginning! Roughly rated a little more than 100 pairs. On top of that I have duplicats and shoes that have to be discarded, but my heart won't leave them alone. Oh, there are also some shoes left in the closet. What was the last shoe you bought? The Nike KD V Christmas Pack Video Game. For gambling. But I still have to pick them up at the customs. What is your favorite shoe? I can't emphasize one. But it would be most likely the True Blue III that I got in my hands. They stand next to my door and I wear them almost every day for shopping or practise. Unfortunately that's how they look like. What is your worst shoe that you have ever bought? Thankfully that was a long time ago. There was a rhino on top. What kind of shoe will you buy next? I lost the overview of everything, so I have to be spontaneous. Where can I find the best sneaker store? For Hesse I can recommend you the Sneakerking in Frankfurt, 43einhalb in Fulda and Asphaltgold in Darmstadt. Online stores like Caliroots, Kix足Files and Crooked Tongues. What do Sneakers mean to you? There is definitely more important stuff in life, but somehow I feel comfortable in their present.
PHOTO ANDREW MCALLISTER INTERVIEW KATRIN SCHMIDT
Who is the designer behind 'Pray for Paris'? I am Andrew McAllister, born in Ireland in 1992. Living in Birmingham in the UK for the past year, studying ‘fashion retail management' in my 2nd year. Pray for Paris is a very cool name for a label what does it mean or how did you come up with the name? ‘Pray for Paris’ is about the demise of the fashion houses in Paris over the past decade or so, with commercialisation and highstreet replicas. Where it seems to be much more about money nowadays and less less about the clothing. How do the people react to your clothes? did you ever think about being so successful?
People have reacted very well, I still get people emailing me about tshirts
from the first collection last year such as 'Pray for Karl' the demand has been very high. What do you think if you compare your collections? I feel we have envolved greatly since our first collection, we now offer jewellery and much more diverse range in terms of our t shirts, we are hoping this will continue to grow.
The bugs are everywhere are these your favorite animal?
Haha, no it's definitely not my favourite animal. The insects represent what our brand stands for, which is the demise of the fashion industry over the past 10 years with the introduction of high street replicas. Where do you get your inspirations from? I get a lot of my inspirations from blogs actually. I think blogs are the best and most accurate source of information for see what people are talking about and what they are liking, whether it’s who they consider fashion icons or what are the ‘it’ shoes of the season. What are your favourite shirts from your collections so far? That’s hard, I love them all. However I would probably say any of the shirts from the ‘ICONS’ collections and the ‘high class bugs’ tee. Is there any celebrity or personal icon that should wear Pray for Paris? Not so much. In my opinion most celebrities cannot dress to save their lives. If I had to name a few I would say Sky Ferreira, Olivia Palermo and Kanye West. You have the opportunity to work with a designer who would it be and why? Christopher Bailey. I really admire everything he has done to change the face of Burberry. He is a genius!!
What is your favorite music? I like all types of music, favourite artists at the moment at 'The XX', Kanye West and Lana Del Rey. What are your future plans? Future plans are to expand the collection, we are in the process of getting constructed garments made. The full collection will be completely unisex. However are main focus will still be graphic tshirts. How do the people react to your clothes? Did you ever think about being so successful? People have reacted very well, I still get people emailing me about tshirts from the first collection last year such as 'Pray for Karl' the demand has been very high. What do you think if you compare your collections? It seems that PFP is growing and being more and more settled right now. Thank you, I feel we have envolved greatly since our first collection, we now offer jewellery and much more diverse range in terms of our t shirts, we are hoping this will continue to grow. Where can we get your stuff? Exclusively on our site.
This guy is the coolest dude in the world and that is the reason why he is our favorite! If you don't know him by his name you will definitely know him by his work he did for Lady Gaga and of course the fashion label Mugler. Now he is conquering the world with his pandas! For a couple of weeks Nicola opened the Nicopanda store where you can order shirts, pants or jackets with different panda motives on it. The special thing about the store is the range that changes every week, so you get a chance of buying new stuff every week! We recommend you Formichetti's pandas 足 don't look like everyone else 足 try out something new! We love you, Nicola! Photo http://instagram.com/nicolaformichetti/
Check out his latest stuff on nicopandastore.com
PHOTO SARA URBAIS INTERVIEW KATRIN SCHMIDT
Who are the designers behind URB足clothing? Sara who studies fashion design and Johanna Urbais who just graduated from school! How would you describe your style? Our style consists mainly of contrasts, e.g. sweet and androgyn or sexy and chilled with a short skirt and an extremely high plateau highheel and a hoodie. Who and what inspires you? Asian subcultures and western catwalk fashion. How did you come up with the idea of designing tights? They seem to be your markenzeichen by now. Sara did a workshop about surface shaping at her university and she got to know the material latex. She told me about that and at the same time there was a big trend in Asia: Tattootights. So we had the idea to make something in that direction but to another level. We wanted to combine a three dimensional surface structure with a normal cloth so that you can wear it.
We also wanted to do something against the big hype of printed tshirts and that's why we chose a simple surface structure, the slime. So who should wear your clothes? URBclothing is for people who like to stand out and don't like products of massenware?! Do you have any new year's resolutions? Keep on doing like we have been so far. You are from Gelsenkirchen. Tell us something about its fashion I believe that you really stand out in your city. Well, we can't walk around how we really feel. We use to do that but people were offending us, they were saying stupid things concering our look and people who didn't say a word just watched at us ignorantly. If you walk around with a man than it's cool, but it's really hard when you're by yourself you don't feel acepted! Especially here, you feel as if people forget about the allday polite forms, e.g.
when a mother stares at you and the kids imitate that, then they don't learn if it's wrong or right. A lot of people say that we have to anticipate stupid comments because of our clothing. That's fine with us, but we talk about politeness and respect here. Things that a human being should have towards other people we do have that, too. So yeah, you see that a lot of people from Gelsenkirchen, also younger people, aren't open to new stuff. What are your goals concerning fashion? It's pretty tough to set goals in this industry, because sometimes things come in a different way. We have never thought about that big interest in our tights. You also offer stuff for men. That means you design for both sex? Or are you going to focus on one sex in the future?
No, never. This wouldn't fit to our characters and style. Especially in mens fashion is so much more to explore. Right now where mens and womens fashion resemble very much, it would be a shame to say goodbye to one sex. So as far as I could see the clothes I can tell that you do everything by yourself is that important to you? Yes. We have the control about our production and marketing and we don't want to give that position to another person. URBclothing goes worldwide...How are the reactions to your fashion? Surprisingly very positiv! There are for sure some people who don't like it and call it menstruations tights, but we don't care about that and take it with humor.
COMMON THE LIGHT
ALICIA KEYS NEW DAY
MARSHA AMBROSIUS SUMMER KANYE WEST & JAYZ WHY I LOVE YOU
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DOMO GENESIS & HODGY BEATS STEAMROLLER
RIGHT HERE WE HAVE TO THANK YOU GUYS AGAIN
ARE SO POWERFUL AND THEY ARE ABLE TO CREATE
YOU GOES OUT TO EVERYONE WHO WORKED ON
FIGHT FOR THOSE CREATIVE MINDS. WITH THIS ISSUE
FOR READING OUR FIRST ISSUE! BUT A SPECIAL THANK THIS ISSUE. WE GOT TO KNOW AWESOME ARTISTS!
EACH AND EVERYONE INSPIRED US TO DO THIS AND WE HOPE WE CAN INSPIRE YOU, TOO. KATHARINA,
OUR URBAN REBL, A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU GOES
AWESOME THINGS! WE CHERISH THAT LOVE AND
WE WANTED TO SHOW YOU NEW THINGS, NOTHING MAINSTREAM HEART/SOUL.
OUT TO YOU AND YOUR CREW! FOR US IT IS
IT'S GOOD TO BE AN URAN REBL! THE ONLY THING
THERE ARE SO MANY TALENTS OUT THERE, BUT NO
WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?
IMPORTANT TO PUSH CREATIVE PEOPLE. NOWADAYS ONE KNOWS ABOUT THEM! THE "INTERNET PEOPLE"
YOU HAVE TO DO IS OVERCOME YOUR FEAR, SO SEE YOU GUYS IN JUNE!
Just be yourself and fuck other people’s opinions. No one’s opinion matters but yours." Tyler The Creator
OFF COLOR'S FIRST ISSUE