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»For this issue, all we really want is Girls. In the male-driven cosmos which the Skateboard and Streetwear World undoubtedly is, there have always been those certain Miss Independents. Sporting new wave hair-dos, funky fresh dressed to impress. Maybe just havin’ a ball. Definitely turning the man’s world upside down. The Meanest Girls in Town. They bring the noise. And you know they got soul. This edition features an amazing array of those Beautiful Ones. These crafty, active, open-minded and superfit Young Ladies left their footprints in photography, in design, in sports (and in our wildest dreams). In a world gone mad, they never stop to impress us with their energy, their creativity, their grace. They hypnotize us with their flashy ways, doin’ their own dang. They suit up the Youth of Today. They turn army jackets into uniforms of happiness. Slicker than most, they Step in the

Arena and love it when the Stakes is High. Fearlessly, they throw themselves down waves, slopes, pipes. They get down. They get up. They have Attitude. And neoprene bikinis, too. Surfer Girls, Island Girls, Roller Girls, Rebel Girls, Naughty Girls, Nasty Girls, Sulky Girls, Glamour Girls, Bikini Girls (hopefully without Machine Guns), Gothic Girls, Uptown Girls, Brown Eyed Girls, Shine Eye Girls, Cinnamon Girls, Cornflake Girls, Brazilian Girls, Jersey Girls, Chelsea Girls, California Girls, China Girls, Third World Girls, Valley Girls, from New York City, Ipanema, Brownsville or Nextdoor – we dedicate this one to you. And you, dear readers, can now proudly say: The Girl (issue) is mine. It ain’t hard to tell that we want to make you sweat. And you may ask yourself: Now that we found love, what we are gonna do with it? Well: Hold it now, Hit it. Time to get ill. And: Adore.«

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084 50 years off the wall – Vans girls 094 Girl Skateboards 098 Boyish touch by Edgar Berg & Julia Quante 110 Valeria Kechichian, Roxy & André Courrèges, Peak Performance & Alexandra HelyHutchinson

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BeSTOWed with Elegancia For centuries, the adventurous explorer was faced with a crucial task: how to keep all that assembled hodgepodge together, in order and within reach? In the past that may have been true for your compass or that secret treasure map, today’s essential equivalent is obviously the phone that is so often smarter than its owner. To carry this device of vital importance around the world, in style and with quick access in emergency situations (a photo, a hook-up, a lost way…), topflight travel accessory makers Stow by Carol Lovell have just the thing for you. In a true European Axis of Noblesse, muy suave leather from Spain is amalgamated with alto bordo suede from Italy, the blend is conceived in the London, England principality to be then sent back Andalusia for finalización con amor (like only the Spanish can). The First Class Tech Case featured here (coming in 3 discreet colorings) serves its purpose for diplomatic trips to Upper Classes and Downing Streets, but will sure help the usual chaotic cable nerd with all his wires, chargers and whatever-add-ons, too. With its enduring yet very tender fabrication, multiple pockets & storage possibilities and the sense of nobility that will surround its carrier, we believe everybody will be fully pleased and equipped. No more groping in the dark! And there is no excuse to not be able to produce that number, snapshot, card or map when the golden opportunity arises out of the open… ¡Buen viaje!

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Double pack: DGK × LOVE PARK and DGK × Quartersnacks DGK honors their east coast roots with two collabos this year, an upcoming one featuring LOVE PARK ready to hit retail beginning of may and additionally with New York based Quartersnacks already earlier this year. LOVE PARK, being known as a plaza located in Philly, its curved granite steps became one big influence in the worldwide Skateboarding Culture. The LOVE sculpture was ideal for many letterings within the Skateboarding and Streetwear industry. It’s a contribution to an era that helped create what DGK represents as a brand today, the spirit of the Dirty Ghetto Kids. The photos of the collection containing shirts as well as decks were shot by Mike Blabac in ’99. Quartersnacks on the other hand is a website dedicated to NYC Skateboarding and has become a worldwide recognized platform for the representation of the Skateboarding culture. Here we have a great example, how a local scene influences the whole and can be seen as an epic center of new trends coming directly from the streets of NYC. With its enormous quantity of top-class collaborations, it was a logical consequence to team up with DGK having so much influence within the Skateboarding and the Streetwear scene itself.

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70 / LOVE racket case Okay: Let’s start this piece with »In Love with the 70ies«. I remember my Mom – even if it was only from time to time – teaming up with her friends to go and play tennis. I was a young boy back then, but I vividly remember that she had this beautiful case to carry and stash all of her tennis gear. I could feel that this case was something special to her - and very soon it would turn into that for me, too. Proudly showcased, this mythical item did not necessarily make her play better, but she looked quite cool with it and suggested some pro status. The case had its own decorating space in her dressing chamber while her gear would soon be in order again after the wash. The 70 / LOVE case surely reminds me of the case of my mom. This traditionalistic bag comes its way in 3 different color combinations: the cream white upper combined with either red, blue or green applications (zips, stripes, handle, compartments). Fabricated from robust PVC and easy-care polyester on the inside, these versatile cases come in very handy in a variety of sports and leisure activities. Clear and convenient divisions on the inside and plenty of storing possibilities in 3 zipped-up pockets on the outside, the set-up guarantees stress-free arrangement of all your various stuff, from towels to bottles to personal belongings in any shape and form. Sure enough, all of your tennis gear will find its very own designated place – and naturally the racket is the prime object to be placed into such a device. But it also goes without saying: a skateboard fits in very nicely, too. — 14 —

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Since 1960, Doc Martens offers non-comformist paraphernalia for all sexes and ages. The author (in another of his multiple personalities) recalls very vividly the hard-fought struggle to acquire these precious items of rebellion, going so well together with the Bad Religion-sweater and bright-red hair. The parents were not impressed. But after several rounds of vigorous negotiations, a deal involving the upcoming birthday was made, and one more pint-sized punk would start his very own pocket-sized revolution on the streets, proudly displaying the newly-acquired shiny underground apparel on his feet. This infamous pair of Docs was plain black back then, and the range mainly consisted of understated coloring in traditional form. Still this subculture fashion item would always be somehow loathsome to at least the parents, if not society as a whole. How times have changed. The many-beloved Doc Martens have conquered the establishment, while undoubtedly remaining the maverick choice they have always been. They have hit the streets of your favorite metropolises coming in a huge

variety of designs, colors and shapes. And now the riot girls of today will be able to express their individuality like never before, and may even be dressed to rebel at the earliest age by their own parents. Starting at sizes as little as 2, already the tiniest of anarchists can be equipped with a lovely miniature version of the classic 1460 8-eye boot which comes with a side-zip as well as the traditional laces for easy application and removal. The ever-popular leopard print (with LSD -esque coloring accents) will guarantee an animated appearance, while brightly funky Green & Orange make an eye-catching strong-standing statement of intent. But all girls with beautiful feet up to size 10 will find find a perfect compliment to their teenage rebellion uniforms, enabling them to continue family traditions or start ones. Authentic, free-thinking, durable. And always up to any feverish act of everyday uprising. Going way beyond of what Doctor Klaus Martens ordered when he invented this timeless boot to support his broken foot, these modern day daisy roots will provide colorful cure for the world. Psychedelic Spring Summer times ahead.

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Nike Track & Field May the force be with all runners, and everybody be winners

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When following the newest technology developments at Nike, one cannot help but get the impression that they have some serious rocket science in their laboratories going on. For the latest development stage of their Nike Vapor Track and Fields kits, the always-inventive technicians have compounded lightweight ›AeroSwift‹ materials with a jetstream-reducing gadget called ›AeroBlades‹. To translate all of this into more traditional (if admittedly sometimes eccentric) language: recycled polyester fabrics, which reduce weight to a minimum while giving a maximum of breathability are coupled with little devices implemented into strategic areas of the garment in order to disrupt and re-direct the air surrounding the athlete who moves at various speeds through time and space. Imagine hundreds of hours in the wind tunnel and innumerous well-proportioned mesomorphs giving feedback where they might want to feel a little less wind, and you get the idea how detail-driven this new wear is designed. In the past, all of this was devoted exclusively to sprinters, but not so anymore. On a mission »to create an innovation that went across all running disciplines«, as colorfully expressed by creative director Ken Black, Nike now wants everybody to benefit from its new (space)suits. Any distant runner aiming for ranges from 60 meters to marathon distance and beyond will find a kit to cater for his, or, even

more vital in our context (and surely more teasing), for her specific needs. Each respective discipline is equipped with kit in individual shape and form which is clearly visible from the outside (and certainly felt from the inside). In celebration of the Olympics in summer, the Vapor kit collection will feature bright colors and joyous design in honoring the Rio way of fashion and lifestyle. Each of Nike’s staple house athletic National Track and Field Federations representations, including but not limited to the United States, Brasil, Germany and China, will furthermore be provided with a ‘Rio-fied’ version of their national jerseys and equipment, certainly adding optical highlights to their traditional color set-up (we are looking forward to some green in our Schwarz-Rot-Gold …!). But, as indicated above (and all the while suggested by Hot Chocolate), every smalltime athletic hero should be winner, or at least be facilitated through new develop­ ments straight from the leading sports technology research centers. Always administering advanced apparel from head toe, it comes as no surprise that the latest invention takes the form of a two-sided sock solution that stabilizes the heel, providing maximized grip thereby avoiding the slip - to ensure nobody accidentally loses contact to earth and everybody, if necessary, will be able to go where no man (or woman!) has gone before.

»They’re black and white, white with black stripe // the ones I like to wear when I rock the mic«

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Rita Ora & The Three Stripes! Rita & The Three Stripes is not the name of your new favourite one-hit wonder indie band, but a (Kriss) Kross cultural duet between multi-talented model pop star Rita Ora and those who put that famous three-piece ribbon on so many pieces of our favourite vintage sportswear. On a mission to heal the world, well, at least make it feel a little better (and a lot hotter, at times maybe Too Hot, yet hopefully not Raising Hell), The ADIDAS feat. Rita Ora collaboration is very likely to create quite some stir, be it On The Corner or In Da Club. Go Out, Roc’ The Life, Shine Ya Light, Make A Scene (if you know what we mean). The line features unisexually beloved classic training jackets suited for every occasion as well as sweaters / jogging pants/nylon overlays/tank tops/Tee dresses (name it and it’s yours) which Scream for Best Production Design as well as an ANDAM (let alone Album of the Year). Appealing to High Ball Stepper and Pretty Princess alike, this Groove Armada of Hot Pants, belly tops and tightly fit Drags, ahem… may cause Expansions here and there. Combination possibilities are limitless. Short skirt/Long jacket, maybe. Enjoying a Bavarian Sunset, we imagine these trapeze-artist-influenced costumes with Pretty Reflecting Lights being flown through the air, graceful from any acute or obtuse angle, with the beautiful protagonist elegantly reaching the base again safely and in style. Clearly not limited to the nerdy type, now all People on the ground (no matter the Complexion) can sport this Prêt-à-porter Material which is certainly more than just Chic. More like Girl on Fire, we would say. The color palette should serve every mood, ranging from blue and black when the mood is more: »like to chill«, to yellow and green for more buoyant tempers (»when it‘s time to get ill«). This special Signature series contains various hit entries that are about to Blow your mind, as can be Vivid-ly witnessed on the following Pages. Wearing this gear at The Right Time will surely mean to Do The Right Thing. And even the fact that The (insert any other color here) Stripes we cherish so much are missing on most pieces can be overlooked. Since you know ›How We Do (Party)‹, we will soon want her to ›Gimme some more‹ than just ›Hello, Hi, Goodbye‹. And then all of a sudden It’s tricky. One More Time. On and on.

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KAWS & UNIQLO – FTW! You have come across the creations of KAWS here and there, somewhere in a famous museum (or park), in the shape of a Krusty-the-Klown-meets-Mickey-Mowse inflatable übersized statue, for instance. The objects of art and joy of the New Yorkbased virtuoso always have a mysterious quality to them, materialized in plastic; Bronze or whatever may be at disposal. Be it in paintings on any surface or art installations of any kind, the touch of the artist known as KAWS is ubiquitous in NY and beyond, and certainly a wall here and there has his TAG on display. In a capital collaboration with BERlin-based UNIQLO, now a new collection of 20 various pieces, featuring TEEs, BAGs & BOOTs, will be added to KAWS’ ever-expanding range. The man himself is very happy to be »part of the platform of my good friend and artist pal NIGO« in what results in a true celebration of fashion and ACT (Authentic Contemporary Art), as we might say. POP icon KAWS was involved in every little detail of

this diligently-designed collection, sporting favorite character Companion as well as his most-beloved heart and cloud motifs (in a rare case of CC (Complete Covering), BTW). Every fabric, color and XX-application is carefully chosen with the crazy-fordetail attention that has become KAWS’ ™ over the years. IMHO, and surely you will agree, these goods overflowing with ideas are surely FTW, maybe even resulting in the occasional WTF. Or, as UT (UNIQLO T-Shirt) CD (creative director) NIGO enthusiastically puts it, everybody can expect a »global hit« with this product line, which is designated to »reflect the ›GR8‹ world picture of KAWS «. This CO-OP of mutual respect and inspiration L I will surely brighten up the green areas of this planet, as well as N every other worthy environment. Hitting the stores 05/02/2016 E (i.e. the 1st Monday in May), we whole-heartedly recommend to S go out and sport the XX and spread LOL (Lots Of Love while — 23 Laughing Out Loud) ASAP. —

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pUMA Disc The world is a disc Quite a few of you may recall the time when PUMA’s visionary DISC series hit the stores in 1991, feeling like a glimpse into a future where the archaic dilemma of those unreliable shoelaces and that they would always unfold at the wrong time would be solved once and for all. The famous ad suggested that »German engineers were a little bored making just cars«, but PUMA clearly acted with a groundbreaking spirit back then and was convinced it had rid the world of a major distress: »Win. Lose. Never tie«. A circular disc acted as the means to apply the device with individual care and accurateness, at the same time overthrowing the classical concept of laces as a vital element of footwear. A technical and fashion revolution. As time shows, progress has not taken over completely in this regard, but the new technology sure found its way of friendly co-existence in a segment of clothing where individuality is everything nowadays.

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Originally conceptualized as a (marathon) running shoe, the sports world reaching from tennis over to Formula One was provided with new gear over the years, and as far as the Athletics are concerned, the equipment of Usain Bolt with his very own future boot is pretty much »the end of the flagpole«, as they may say in Herzogenaurach. But not only in professional contexts did the DISCs gain a faithful following – soon the futuristic jaw-droppers attracted the attention of style cats around the globe, guaranteeing an eye-catching, distinctive outing on any occasion of everyday life. Resulting in what can only be described as a »cult following«, devoted fans in every corner of the planet spent their time sharing, caring and even designing their own versions of the unusual item. A great opportunity to express themselves in an individualistic way, which we welcome as always. To celebrate 25 years of the (second) invention of the DISC, PUMA issue a special edition of the object of desire of so many. In contrast to the original versions, whose looks admittedly needed a little getting used to back then, the new edition features sleeky shaped sneakers with a huge variety of patterns and fabrics, serving needs from classic running to elegant appearances on any social stages. The DISC technology was upgraded with what is called »IGNITE FOAM «, making sure nobody’s trippin’ when they shouldn’t.

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I remember the first Stussy shirt involving a woman who was telling us to skate tough. We did, and loved all the girls who liked it. Soon the girls in this setting needed their own styles to match the streetvibe of the nineties. In 1992, the first Stussy sista pieces became available and in 1998 a full-on stussy girls/woman collection was born. Okay, now the latest stussy woman collection dropped into stores only a while ago and Viktor Vauthier was the one shooting the proper Stussy-like imagery that will guide you through the following pages. The scenery of the summer-themed set is your typical Cali Motel West Coast aesthetic that refers perfectly to these warm weather offerings by the Stussy girls brand. Styled by Keiko Hitotsuyama, the look takes inspiration from and refers to the beginnings of the brand, its look and feel. A bit of voyeurism, but mainly the realness is again the crucial point to deliver the authentic Stussy vibe. The improvised shoot highlights some swimwear, cropped tops, trucker jackets, and more Stussy girls gear to jump around or chill to thrill.

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Bandit It’s all Jeans, Tees and Boots Jen McMillan is the current Sheriff, Mayor and Janitor of Bandit Town in the heart of California. She acquired the deserted little western town (including saloon, restaurants, lodges and a chapel) and turned it into a vibrant artistic community. She is also a designer and the owner/maker of Bandit Brand – a T-Shirt label for stylish Hillbilly women with a lot of salt and pepper (maybe even a little chili? – Ed.) in their veins …

Jen, please introduce to us: what is Bandit Brand all about? We like to make vintage style tee shirts that will stay comfy and relevant for generations to come. Most have a real American theme because we are fans of »Old America« and our Western, Motorcycle and Rock & Roll heritage and cultures. How did you become a designer and how did the story begin with Bandit Brand? I started because I had a shop and I couldn’t find many teeshirt brands I liked, that were my style and made well and in the USA. So I started making my own to sell in my shop and eventually started selling to other shops. Now we sell to a bunch of shops, online and at events and festivals.

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»There is no such thing as fashion here. However I think everyone here dresses cool. Its all jeans and tees and boots«

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Who are the real Bandit Women? Independent women for sure. So many ›types‹ of women like Bandit Brand but I think it calls to the wilder ones! On your website and Instagram we see a lot of hot women – who are all those Ladies? They have all started out as friends or become friends through Bandit Brand. We are more like a family now. A few have even moved to Bandit Town and all of them visit when they can. Instagram is nice because you can tell that the women we choose aren’t just beautiful but smart and talented. They have a similar essence to who we are, but they are all so different. We are one of the few brands I believe that actually live the lifestyle day to day that we portray. We live in a small town and my son and his girl and another friend print the shirts. Me and two other girlfriends work upstairs and ship the clothes. And whatever we post on Instagram,

whether it be girls or horses, it’s in our actual backyard. We are inspired so much here. Tell us a bit about your Bandit Brand clothing. You work with vintage clothes and have your own collection. Who is responsible for the design and what’s the overall concept? The vintage is just for fun because I love vintage clothes. It‘s pretty much all I wear unless I can find a good pair of jeans somewhere. I design all of the Bandit Brand shirts and luckily have two artists I work with that turn my shitty sketches and references into skilled drawings. I try to never use fonts and have everything hand-drawn and -lettered. The shirts are all over the place, as far as style goes, but all encompass my youth in the 70’s and 80’s growing up in Colorado, listening to what is now Classic Rock and hanging out in the woods, drinking cheap wine and getting high with my friends.

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Who are your idols and why? Willie Nelson for his ability to bring people together and the things he has done to support small farms and bring light to the horrors of factory farming. Only he could tell ‘Middle America’ in a way they would listen because he actually lives on a ranch and has animals and is as Country as Country can be. Waylon Jennings for his voice and his ability to melt me with it. My son for helping me always. Cher for being a TOTAL babe always. Best style ever. What would you like to achieve with Bandit Brand regarding the image of women? I just like when women wear the shirts because they love them and feel good wearing them. They bring a certain attitude whether funny or cute or tough, whatever. But they all make you feel good I think. I like when women feel confident. You have close ties to Texas. How is the ›fashion attitude‹ over there, as compared to Bandit Town? I am just a lot in Texas and host a music festival once a year there during SXSW ( events). But obviously our home base is in North Fork, CA, by the Yosemite (where Bandit Town is). There is no such thing as fashion here. However I think everyone here dresses cool. It’s all jeans and tees and boots. Pretty much everyone. People are very real here. If you choose to live in a little spot like this you are here for the nature and solitude and family. There are real men and women here just doing their thing. It‘s awesome. Which role does music play for you and your brand? Huge. I am a big fan of music. A lot of the shirts are inspired by songs, and also every photo shoot. Bandit

Town Party etc. revolves around music. Mostly Country and Rock.

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You have basically taken a ghost town and turned it into your own cosmos called Bandit Town. What’s going on there? We are still working on fixing up the town so people can have cabins to stay in and camp year around but right now we just have small music festivals during Summer Holiday weekends. Memorial Day, July 4th Weekend and Labor Day Weekend. We sell limited tickets (300) and have vendors and bands come up and stay and play and sell their stuff and everyone camps out all weekend. They are super fun. We also have weddings and a lot of community events like the Women’s Club Chili Cook-off and Oktoberfest and things that support the schools and community. We also take care of a bunch of unwanted animals. We have horses, a pig, goats, chickens, turkeys, dogs and cats. It’s a pretty wild place. Any future plans you’d like to share with us? I am actually 8 1/2 months pregnant with a little boy with my husband (Country singer Whitey Morgan) so my plans are changin’ a bit but I had my last son 24 years ago when I was 19 and managed to still do whatever I wanted (I just took him along), so hopefully he won’t slow me down too much. Just enough! We would like to tour together for a couple of months a year and set up events around the US (his music, my clothes). Also really working on Bandit Town and always Bandit Brand of course.

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Because Jack O’Neill, according to himself, was only »good for about an hour« – at surfing, that is – without a wetsuit, he just made one in the early 50 s. But even such a visionary spirit could not possibly have foreseen back then the magic that is about to unfold on your new favorite pages.

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Experts for all things wet since day one, Northern California maritime tailoring pioneers O’Neill have now introduced their new series of, we cannot put it any other way, ultra hot neoprene bikinis and mix & match suits to swim and venture in, and seeing these girls wearing them with utmost elegance must hopefully be a delight for everybody, regardless of generation, orientation or origination.

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We leave it now to the reader’s imagination what this tight-fit, wave-breaking, eye-watering, fast-drying apparel will do on a beach near you – mix and mingle! Use »the healing powers of the ocean« (Jack O’Neill, 93). And It's Always Summer on the Inside (Chronicle Books, 2010) … Think Neo!

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ÂťWhen I wear my favorite lingerie, I always feel like I could take on the world!ÂŤ

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cream intimates intelligent, kind and Badass Jo Wilson started out as the owner of the vintage shop »Wonderland« in london. today she has turned her business focus on handmade intimates. two years ago she founded »cream intimates«, her own lingerie brand for strong-minded women. here is her story …

Jo, please tell us who you are, and what’s your story with cream intimates? I’m 27 now and originally from Preston in the North of England. I’ve been making underwear coming up to two years now. I first started out with vintage clothes with my own shop called »Wonderland» in the northwest of London. One day, somebody asked for a bralette. Having never done anything like it before, it took a lot of research to teach myself and I found it was something that I instantly loved. So eventually, after lots of practice and selling underwear via Wonderland, I closed the shop down and continued to work from home and rebranded myself as Cream. What are the look, core and concept of cream? I wanted Cream to be a strong brand for strongminded women. A brand that girls would wear for themselves, to feel good about themselves. What does lingerie mean to you? I love lingerie; to me it’s a little empowering secret. You can be as daring as you like because with lingerie there are no social constrains because nobody else can see it. It’s just for you and I love that indulgent element of it. What makes cream unique in comparison to other lingerie apparel? Cream is all about simple, comfortable bras with an eye for detail and a slightly edgy feel. how should a perfect bra fit? A good bra should most of all be comfortable. It should sit flat in the center of your chest, the underhand should feel snug when the bra is on the loosest hooks (that way as the elastic stretches

over time you can go to the tighter hook to get more life out of it) and it should rest comfortably in the middle of your back. The cups should be smooth with no wrinkles and you shouldn’t spill out over the top of the cups. this issue is dedicated to the girlS. describe who are »cream girls«? »Cream Girls« I hope are girls that support each other. I hope they are strong-willed, smart girls who know their worth! Great things happen when women support each other! Why should women wear good lingerie? Women should indulge in great lingerie every once in a while just to make themselves feel special. When I wear my favorite sets, I always feel like I could take on the world! 3 things a real »girl« should be? A girl should be: 1. intelligent 2. kindhearted 3. and bad ass! What are good lingerie shops in your hometown? I don’t have any good lingerie shops in my hometown unfortunately! That was a factor that motivated me to set up Cream. any plans for the future you would like to share with us? I do have some plans for the future and all will be revealed soon! You’ll see ;-) Words by: Nicolette Scharpenberg

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How did it all start and what’s the core and concept of RED VELVET? My inspiration for the collection is drawn from my roots and upbringing in the Bronx, New York. I have created a signature »concrete beach« aesthetic to capture urban life in NYC’s boroughs: popsicles on the stoop, deli sandwiches for rides to the beach, tanning on the roof, water parks born from open fire hydrants, late night strolls on City Island, the vibrant attractions of Coney Island and all that makes NYC summers enchanting. It is the seamless and captivating combination of wild beauty and roughness. Who are real RED VELVET Girls? My main customers are females ranging from 17 to 35, who are at the forefront of fashion and dress to make a statement. What does mean fashion to you? Fashion is an outlet and a form of self-expression. It can indicate the era you live in, your identity, beliefs, customs and much more than what appears at first glance. If you had the chance to change something in the fashion industry – what would it be? In an ideal world, I would change the large scale ›theft‹ of intellectual property within the fashion industry. I’ve seen firsthand through my internships how many large household-name brands copy their ideas from other designers.

Karl Lagerfeld calls you to produce a capsule collection for Chanel – how would it look like? My collection for Chanel would be consistent with my aesthetic for RED VELVET, which means the pieces would have clean lines, utilize textured fabrics and reflect a mixture of soft and rough. How should a real lady look like? I don’t think there should be a defined »style« sense for ladies. Women should express them­ selves according to their own beliefs and not feel confined to the rules or judgments imposed by others; from this truth in self-expression, true beauty and style blossoms. How should a real gentleman behave? A real gentleman is true to himself, honest with others and acts respectfully both in public and behind closed doors. Who do you adore and why? I adore fashion icons Iris Apfel and Anna Dello Russo for their fun-loving attitude and courage to take extreme fashion risks even in later stages of life. What was the most important thing you’ve learned from your mom concerning style? My mother has always instructed me to dress my best and put effort into my personal appearance each and everyday. Life may unexpectedly present you with opportunities and challenges; being

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»My mother has always instructed me to dress my best and put effort into my personal appearance each and everyday«

comfortable with your appearance instills a sense of confidence that can help you undertake impossible feats.

Allan & Suzi – High-end vintage clothing shop featuring a smorgasbord of color and unique designer clothing. (

What are your favorite shopping spots in Brooklyn? My favorite shopping spots in my hometown are: Brooklyn Flea – Like many other Brooklynites, I enjoy sifting through vintage clothes, antiques and Brooklyn eats at this weekend market. ( Mr Throwback – Small East Village concept shop housing 80s and 90s throwback sports gear. (

Other staple stores such as InterMix (www., Scoop (www.scoopnyc. com), Otte ( and Bandier ( Future plans? I plan to expand the brand to include more ready-to-wear pieces, so keep an eye out in the upcoming year for some very exciting reveals! Words by: Nicolette Scharpenberg

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photography/concept: ToBIaS WIrTh, styling: FaBIana VarDaro @ BaSICS BErLIn hair/make up: KIM KEuSEn, model: yana @ MoDELWErK photography assistant: PhILLIP hELMKE, styling assistant: LanI BEErELSMann

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»We will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets. You must come out« Harvey Milk

A tank top showcases a very cute milk bottle on the front and demonstrates the troubled history of the gay rights movement in the United States with a detailed timeline spanning from 1924 to 2015, when same-sex marriage was legalized at last, on the back. (Harvey Milk’s groundbreaking election in 1977 is very righteously highlighted.)

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»Harvey Milk lives!« When Harvey Milk stepped into a major political office as the first openly gay politician in the US when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977, the gay rights movement would take such a major step forward that the quest for equality, tolerance and respect regardless of sexual orientation, gender or color would be unstoppable ever since. Originating from New York but finding himself in the gay community of the Bay area by start of the 70 ies, Milk began to take every opportunity to publicly fight for LGBT rights, and soon started to gain iconic status with his eloquent and powerful speeches and courageous clashes with authorities, conservative interest groups and fellow politicians. Not even 11 months in office, he was murdered in an act of atrocity and cowardice.

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»Harvey was a true leader, whose passion was palpable and has expanded the decades since his untimely assassination. He brought not only the LGBTQ community forward, but he fought for the visibility of all minorities.« G r ant B a r th , c h i ef me r c hand i s i ng off i c e r at Lev i St r au s s & Co .

Other entries into the series include t-shirts, caps, scarves, and a trucker jacket emblazoned with a classic Milk quote (»Hope will never be silent«), while the stonewashed shorts with rainbow embroidered watch pocket and Harvey Milk patches are perfect streetwear and political message all in one.

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Gus Van Sant turned Milk into a brilliant piece of pop culture, featuring a most charismatic Academy winning lead performance by Sean Penn, now it’s Levi’s turn. They will be hono­ ring the man in their very own discipline: inclusive and universal clothing. A close link to Milk and his family comes in the form of a cooperation with The Harvey Milk Foundation, a non-profit global organization preserving and constantly bringing forward the legacy of its leading figure. Its ultimate goal is a world where all individuals, without exception, are afforded the same, equal human rights. Following its tradition as a maker of »uniforms of progress«, San Francisco staple Levi’s is about to launch its 3 rd installment of the Pride collection. This Levi’s® × Harvey Milk Foundation Pride 2016 Collection is designated to be »a physical representation of our belief in equality for all people«. The gender-neutral collection features classic fashion that is affectionately crafted and rich in details but at the same time openly states its political dimension. Words by: fabi

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Carharrt 31LOVE3 by Marie Staggat

Carharrt has always been a vital part of the Great Lakes area and its rich industrial and popular culture. Founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1889 and now residing in Dearborn in the same state, the operation is still family-owned and hasn’t stopped since to expand its range and horizon. Over the years, Carharrt has equipped workers in every thinkable branch across the planet. When a license was issued to Europe, the clothing line began to lean more and more towards the fashionable, for instance by publishing a collection specifically aimed at the modern women of the world in 2007. By now, they have firmly established themselves as trend-setting fashion makers, with a European perspective, but also always on the pulse of Motor City’s Metal on Metal landscape. Being in the midst of the heartbeat of The Automotive Capital of the World for generations, it’s no surprise Carharrt has now committed itself to a special project highlighting the ever prosperous electronic music scene of The Renaissance City — and the birthplace of Techno as we know it.

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Enter: Marie Staggat, a Berlin-based photographer, who presents her very own »extensive picture love letter« of the scene: »313ONELOVE«. This elaborately designed picture book features not only 170 close-up photographs of pretty much everyone who would help develop The D’s sound through the decades, but also features selected stories and quotations from the protagonists. A complete list would certainly go way beyond the scope of time and space here, but be sure that from The Belleville Three to the KDJ cosmos to scholars like Mike Huckaby or Amp Fiddler to worldwide headliners like Carl Craig, Marcellus Pittman and Andrés (he should be!), Marie has certainly knocked at the right doors in the City of the Straits – and they all opened with a smile! To make things even more amiable, if that was somehow possible, the whole enterprise is also a charity project that will support children of all ages in the area: what a great way of holding up strong the musical legacy of the very own Motown music scene. Be sure to catch Marie at book signings and events in Berlin and all around the globe, which we are certain will happen plenty in the near future, and do not schedule anything else on 25 May 2016 – it’s going down at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, in the heart of The 313. ONE LOVE! Words by: Fabi

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anDI Pink bodysuit—Mamadoux by Elliott Beach, heels—ami Clubwear, Bracelets—Danielle Stevens, Bracelets—nissa MaLIa Teal bodysuit—Mamadoux by Elliot Beach, yellow heels —JF London, Earrings—nissa, Bracelets—nissa, Purple sunglasses—retro super future

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Andi Orange bikini top—Ami Clubwear, Pink shorts—Sabo skirt, Necklaces—Nissa Malia Pink crop top—Sabo skirt, Orange bikini bottoms —Ami Clubwear, Pink sunglasses —Retro super future, Necklaces—Nissa, Bangle —Danielle Stevens

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# Since 66 – The Story of Vans celebrates 50 years of action sports footwear and apparel

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50 years of enrichment of Skateboarding, Snowboarding and Surfing culture, influencing the Streetwear movement in general Alongside the worldwide campaign started in March, Vans is paying tribute to the heritage and progression spanning five decades by issuing the Vans Pro Classic Anniversary Collection, featuring the most iconic footwear styles to come back into the game in 2016. Lots of events and activities will take place during the year at places like House of Vans to celebrate the various influences of action sports, art and music towards one Streetwear movement reflected in the tradition of Vans. To honor the multiple commitments in various cultures, we took the chance to ask a few Vans ladies what it feels like to be part of the “Off the wall” legacy.

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lizzie Armanto What do you like most about your profession, and which are the worst aspects that naturally come with it? I get to skateboard all the time, and a huge perk is getting to do so all over the world. I’ve learned that you can drown yourself in something you love. Which sounds great, but balance is the key to longevity and appreciating what you do. With whom do you skate the most? I skate with my best friend Allysha most of the time but recently she’s been injured. Lately I’ve been skating with Brighton Zeuner, Jono Schwan, Neal Hendrix, and Brandon Lasko. Which epic places and events have you been to during the past months? I just got back from Oz last week, I always enjoy Australian summers. I went to Vegas with Birdhouse for filming, those team trips are really fun. And I also had a little trip to Hawaii in December. What did the Skateboarding culture teach you and what are you giving back to it? Where do I start... Skateboarding has taught me how to be a peoples’ person; it has given me countless opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures first hand, and has taught me to get up again when you fall, inside and outside the skatepark. I’m not sure what I’m giving to skateboarding but I love it. What makes the Skateboarding culture unique and why has it such a great influence on today’s society? The Skateboarding culture is special because it’s a collection of eclectic individuals. Skateboarding isn’t about everybody trying to be the same. in which countries have you found the most girls on skateboards? South America seems to have the highest percentage of female skateboarders. favorite places and spots to visit that give an authentic impression of the vibe of the Skateboarding culture? Southern California is the heart of skateboarding. There are tons of little pockets all over the world though.

how many days do you spend traveling the world for vans throughout the year? I spend half my year on the road and a good chunk of that is with Vans. When traveling, which aspects concerning Streetwear, including shoes, are important for you? What are your preferred picks for which kind of trips? Lately the Sk8-Hi’s for causal wear and Lo Pro Slip-Ons for the beach. how much influence do you see from the Skateboarding culture towards Streetwear trends and culture in general? It’s everywhere; I see tons of non-skateboarders all over the world repping skate brands. Thrasher hoodies are super trendy right now. how important is style for you and how do you define it? I like expressing myself and wearing clothes that feel empowering. Most of the time I wear jeans and a tee, super simple and easy to run around in. Coloring my hair is a fun add-on too. do individuality and uniqueness go hand in hand with style? Definitely. Which aspects do you like the most concerning vans? I like that Vans has a close-knit, tight team. They’ve supported generations of riders, and that says a lot about them! What is important for you when it comes to vans products? Main thing is comfort and how I feel in them. Next is if I like how they look. Which pick out of the Spring collection is your favorite? I like the V-Tangle cropped t-shirt a lot. 50 years of vans. What are your first memories when thinking of vans? first shoes? When did you come into contact with vans for the first time in your life? I remember my mom showing me her blue holographic vans and being really excited about them. I was really young and thought they were the coolest thing ever.

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Leila Hurst Which epic places and events have you been to during the last months? I just flew in from Cuba! It was so amazing. My taxi for the entire trip was a hot pink old-fashioned Chevy. Favorite places and spots to visit that give an authentic impression of the vibe of the Surfing culture? I love surfing in Mexico. I love surfing all day in the warm water in my bikini and hot sun. There is no other feeling like it. What do you like from your profession the most, and which are the worst aspects that come with it naturally? I love that my job is literally to surf and enjoy my life. The parts I don’t love about it are little things like social media. Sometimes, it can be too consuming. But overall, I have so little to complain about. I love my job. What has the Surfing culture taught you and what are you giving back to it? Surfing has taught me everything. I don’t know life without surfing. It’s taught me so much and brought so many amazing people into my life. In which countries did you find the most girls on surfboards? What do you think are the reasons for it? I think places like Australia and Hawaii have so many female surfers because it’s warm and beautiful! The girls can be in bikinis and that makes the sport way more feminine, which I love! How many days of the year do you spend traveling the world for Vans? That’s a tough question … maybe a few months a year, and when I have time off I am out doing random personal trips to have fun and create content! When traveling, which aspects concerning Streetwear, including shoes, and functional wear are important for you? What are your preferred picks for which kinds of trips? Well, I have to have the best broken-in Vans shoes to travel with. So, I will usually travel in my Sk8-Hi Zips, because they are easy to take on and off. I love my bikinis too. I always bring way too many. Shoes and bikinis: MY OBSESSION. How much influence do you see from the Surfing culture towards Streetwear trends and urban culture in general? I think that Surfing, Skating and Streetwear all inspire each other. I’ve been inspired to create my own perso-

nal style around Vans shoes. And I have so much fun doing it. How important is style for you and how do you define it? Style is everything. Fortunately, I get to wear Vans everyday. I love it, no matter what I wear, I am wearing Vans on my feet, and it stands out and makes me feel different. That’s what I love most about my style. You know that whatever I will be wearing, I won’t be in high heels. Haha! Do individuality and uniqueness go hand in hand with style? ABSOLUTELY. What I love the most is hanging out with Lizzie Armanto, who is on the Vans skate team. I love that we are given the same clothes and same shoes and still we never put on the same thing on the same day. It’s amazing. I love how different we are. Which aspects do you like the most concerning Vans? I love that Vans represents uniqueness and family. I can truly say that they are the biggest inspiration in my career. I aspire to be as unique and confident and true to myself as they are as a brand. It’s so bad ass. What is important for you when it comes to Vans products? It’s important to me to look really cute, but also have a nice tomboy touch to my style, because I am in no way girly. I can mix the two and make magic! Which pick out of the Spring collection is your favorite? Ughhhhh! Everything. All of their Old Skool Zips. So obsessed. Upcoming trends in your eyes with regard to Surfing culture? I love Sea swimwear. I love their style. Look them up on Instagram: @theseea What are your first memories when thinking of Vans? First shoes? When did you come into contact with Vans for the first time in your life? I have always looked up to Vans girls. I wanted to be a Vans girl so bad! I got sponsored by Vans when I was 14 years old. It was the best decision I have ever made in my entire life. They treat me like a princess and I have so much respect for every person I work with at Vans. I will always aspire to work with Vans girls and make awesome stuff. We already are! And it is all pure FUN!

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Hana Beaman Which epic places and events have you been to in the past few months? I had a chance to go to BALDFACE in December with our Fullmoon Film crew and that was amazing! We got in just perfect with great snow and an all time crew of women shredders! Also, I hosted a Harley-Davidson party at X-Games Aspen, which was super fun. It was my first time going to the X-Games as a noncompetitor and it was really fun to watch the girls compete in Slopestyle! Do you snowboard the whole year? Where and how do you usually spend your summer time? I try to ride and film from November till May every year and then usually do a week up at Mt. Hood coaching for High Cascade Snowboard Camp. If I’m lucky, a trip down to the Southern Hemisphere happens in August! Either New Zealand or SGT camp in Bariloche, Argentine - that is always fun! Most of the summer is spent just catching up with life, friends and family, doing home projects, some traveling, hiking around in the Cascades in WA, biking around town with friends and spending days at the beach. Some surfing if it’s good and time allows! Favorite places and spots to visit which give an authentic impression of the vibe of the Snowboarding culture? I have a soft spot for California since I grew up in Big Bear Lake. So I love and have so many good memories of Snow Summit, Bear Mt. and Mammoth Mountain. Some other places I love visiting are Whistler BC, Canada, Boreal Mt., CA, Jackson Hole, WY, and my new local mountain in Washington, Mt. Baker. What do you like the most about your profession, and what would be the worst aspects that come with it naturally? I love the challenges every time I strap into my snowboard, the people I get the pleasure of working with, the travel opportuni­ties are amazing and just the energy of the Snowboard community! Sometimes it can be hard with so much traveling; it makes normal life things kinda hard at times and living out of a bag can get old, but it’s a small price to pay! :) What did the Snowboarding culture teach you and what are you giving back to it? This community has taught me to be driven and creative and how to solve problems. I’ve learned so much about myself and what makes me happy. To not take myself so seriously as well, and to have modesty and be grateful for every day. I trip out on stuff every day! It’s crazy, I’ve been fortunate to do what I love for a living and live the life I dreamt about! I would hope that I’m passing these same things on, that it really inspires people to follow their passions and to live life with a smile. In which countries did you find the most girls on snowboards? What do you think are the reasons for it? I find that a lot of girls snowboard in Canada! Also, New Zealand seems to have a lot of active ladies in general! I think it’s very common for girls to be outdoors-y in these countries and so they surf, skate, rock climb, mountain bike and snowboard. I think it’s a lifestyle thing. How many days during the year do you spend traveling the world for Vans?

I probably spend 2 weeks a year with Vans specifically, but I travel more like 8 / 9 months of the year for snowboarding. When traveling, which aspects concerning Streetwear, including shoes, and functional wear are important for you? What are your preferred picks for which kind of trips? It depends on the time of year for sure, but I like to pack as little as I can if possible, and it all needs to be able to go together (mix and match), fit comfortably, and definitely be functional! I stick to a lot of earth tones and black. Nothing too fancy. Black jeans, leggings, flannels and hoodies. Maybe one nice outfit for a night out in town. I usually have 1–2 pairs of shoes and my go-to is the Vans Wedge heel that they made a few seasons ago. They are so comfy and give me a slight heel lift! How much influence do you see from the Snowboarding culture towards Streetwear trends and urban culture in general? I see a lot! But I think it’s mostly in winter/fall wear, hoodies, flannels and hats. Typical cold weather stuff. How important is style for you and how do you define it? Style is the most important!! I think it’s the way you approach an idea, the way you think about something that comes through in your movements. The energy within you coming out. Do individuality and uniqueness go hand in hand with style? I believe so. Style can also be emulated and it can (usually does) evolve into your own thing. We are all unique and I think that’s what makes it so cool. Even if you try to copy, you will be different. It’s probably impossible not to have your own style, it just depends on peoples’ tastes what they are inspired by. Which aspects do you like the most concerning Vans? I love that they have just owned who they are. No apologies, always staying fresh, pushing the evolution along with staying true to themselves. What is important for you when it comes to Vans products? Comfort and style. Which pick out of the Spring collection is your favorite? I am loving my gold leather slip-ons as well as Vans classic checkerboard anything! Upcoming trends in your eyes with background from Snowboarding culture? I see things trending towards minimal classic colors. Experiments with new shapes and a nod towards our youth but with new technology. 50 years of Vans. What are your first memories when thinking of Vans? First shoes? When did you come into contact with Vans for the first time in your life? I will always remember seeing the Vans “Circe” snowboard boots at my local shop, and I just thought they were so cool! I wasn’t able to get them but the first pair of boots I bought was a pair of the Vans 66 boots (I think that was the name) – that was a very long time ago … Words by: Jo Offenbacher — 93 —

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The Girl Skateboard Company More than just a nice lady Founded in 1993 by Megan Baltimore, Spike Jonze, Rick Howard and Mike Carroll, the company with the Girl logo, simply named as the OG, is known like no other Skateboarding brand in the industry for its creativity and always putting art aspects in the center of attention. With the art dump department headed by industry veteran Andy Jenkins, Girl is in the comfortable situation of having one of the most creative pools of artists within the Skateboarding and Street Art circus under its roof.

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Lay back with some pieces out of two from their latest spring collections, namely »Photos by Spike« and »Candy Flip« combined with some other random visual inspiration from the Girl familia. Muchas gracias Andy Jenkins for the support.

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Boyish Touch Photographer—Edgar Berg—, Fashion St yling—Julia Quante @ Perfect PRops, Hair & Makeup—Dennis Brandt @ Bigoudi using Redken & Chanel , Model—Veda @ Boss Models, Assistant—Paulina Gogac z

Blazer—BLK DNM Shirt—Adidas Originals Pants—Samsoe Samsoe

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Pants—Issey Miyake Blouse—Malaika Raiss Shoes—Vagabond

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»Today’s biggest revolution is love: be revolutionary!”

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The crew skates Israel vimeo: “OPEN LGC”

Girls, get united

Val’s speech youtube: We Ride the Shift / Valeria Kechichian / TED Madrid

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Valeria Kechichian Let Love Rule

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Intro & interview: Lorenzo Taurino Pictures: Noelia Otegui / Portrait Picture by Fede Bosco I met Valeria Kechichian at the 10 th Anniversary Party of Concrete Wave Skateshop in Cologne. She’s from Argentina, but moved to Madrid at the age of 20. She surfs, skates, snowboards, and plays drums. Fun fact: she started skateboarding when she was 28, because she replaced her negative leisure activities with positive ones - like skateboarding. Besides, she speaks Armenian, Spanish, English and, as she lives in France now, she’ll soon have some serious French skills, too. So, why did I want that multi-active and powerful lady to be in the magazine’s »girl« issue? Because she’s an advocate for the LGC, the Longboard Girl Crew, which has a positive life and work motto: »We support, cheer & inspire each other to grow together.« Sounds fair and fantastic enough to have a decent chit-chat with the lady, who’s the backbone of the crew. Also, she’s very witty when it comes to answering questions. In her team profile on, her gnarly answer to the question »Gnarliest road you’ve ridden?« is »Life!«. Val’s very talkative and while doing my research, I was massively impressed that Val got invited by TED Madrid to talk about her life, her motivation and her posse, the LGC. One of the most important and beautiful sentences in the speech and in the age of egoism and capitalism was »Today’s biggest revolution is love: be revolutionary!«. No further questions, but a reminder – one love! No further questions? Just kiddin’, here we go:

Lorenzo Taurino: Valeria, if you had to put into one sentence what life is all about, what would you say? And what experience led you to this sentence? Valeria Kechichian: I’ll give only one word: evolution. For me life is about constantly evolving, working for change inside and outside ourselves. Lo: You paid some heavy dues while going downhill on your longboard. I don’t want to remember that video sequence where you headbutt heavily into a car. What made you get up on board again? Val: That was not me, that was Gina Mendez. I still paid heavy dues though. Falling or failing is always part of the game. As women we’re taught we should not fall or hurt ourselves too much, but as we break free from those society impositions and live our lives freely, we realize it’s not a big deal. Of course, falling sucks (and hurts) but I always say that’s sometimes the prize we pay to live our lives the way we live them. Regardless of what you have chosen to do in your life, falls will always be part of it, sometimes they are physical and sometimes they come in the shape of failure. It’s how we deal with these falls what helps us grow and evolve. I’ve learned so much from each fall I’ve had (physical or otherwise) and I’ve come to peace with them, always open to learn from everything. Lo: You’re an optimistic and powerful woman. What gives you the strength to surpass mental mountains? Val: This is a good one. I was recently shooting the promotional video for this year’s TEDx event in Madrid and the main subject I spoke about was fear as a control agent and creating our own mental slavery. On the one hand, we have society’s rules designed to have us under control and on the other hand we have

our own personal stuff to surpass. Besides that, we still have society’s judgment on what we do, think or say, so - it’s a hard job. I try to think and act in perspective. What sometimes seems like something huge, probably isn’t. I also work on accepting things as they come. I know what I want (most of the times) and work hard for it, but if the outcome isn’t as I hoped I understand that it’s for a reason. As said, if you believe that everything that happens to us is an opportunity to learn and evolve, all our life’s perspectives change and there’s actually no reason to feel frustrated. It’s still a hard job and many times the brain tricks us hard. I meditate and try to exercise every day because that helps me to stay balanced. We can all find those things that help us to stay balanced. Lo: In your intro for the TED video you say »My name is Valeria and I’m a 35-year-old skateboarder, who developed the biggest community in the action sports industry, based on love and camaraderie values.« Tell me a bit about what got you motivated to start the LGC and who’s welcome to join. Val: We started LGC with Jacky in Madrid in 2010. At that time the main goal was to bring more girls into the sport as we realized how much fun it was to ride between us and not only with the guys. The main idea behind LGC has developed through the years but the spirit is the same. We work towards more exposure for women, supporting and promoting female athletes everywhere and inspiring women (and men) to start skating. We stand strong with our values: empower­ ment for women, camaraderie between each other, inspiration through exposure and authenticity: We’re real women in all shapes and colors, doing something we love.

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LGC is union, camaraderie, love, but also radness, boldness and breaking ridiculous stereotypes.

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Of course, everyone is welcome to join! We work on making LGC as inclusive as possible: if you skate, you’re already part of the crew. Besides the main LGC web and social media accounts, we have crews and ambassadors in almost 80 countries with their own events, footage and accounts. So, any girl from any country who wants to start skating can get in touch with their local community and feel more encouraged and supported to start. Lo: My interpretation of the LGC would be: Don’t consume, create. Don’t be scared, skate. Don’t be led, live. Am I right or do you have any further sentences? Val: For me LGC represents what changing the rules means and what we can reach when we get together and support each other instead of competing against each other or bringing other women down. LGC is union, camaraderie, love, but also radness, boldness and breaking ridiculous stereotypes.

Through exposure LGC inspires women around the world to step out of their comfort zones and do something they never thought they would do. That feeling affects your whole life and gives you an empowering sense of freedom. We skate, we fall, we get up and we carry on. We live with passion, inspire each other and keep pushing the limits. We fully give ourselves. Lo: What are your personal and professional plans for the future? Val: I keep working hard on expanding LGC and spreading our message of camaraderie among women – and all humans! I’m seeing more and more organizations, communities and projects created to support women and work on equality for everyone and that’s very exciting. On a personal level, I’m learning how to speak fluent French which is not an easy task (mind the accent and pronunciation!) and continue my quest to find the best cake in every city I step foot in. I have to try many, but hey, that’s part of the job.

Way to go and good -bye, everybody. Val , thank you for your patience. Cheerio & gude Zeit, Lorenzo

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Roxy/Courr`eges Torah & Steph

2 avant-garde companies. 2 highly-decorated & in any way fit women. 1 exceptional manufacturing joint venture. And 1 spectacular campaign on waves, in pipes & elsewhere. Roxy, Quiksilver‘s sister brand devoted to the truly beautiful people on this planet since 1990, have teamed up their European outpost in Saint-Jean-de-Luz with the always visionary creative design specialists at Courrèges for a French South West heavyweight tag team that arrives just at the right time, when fashion is supposed to be both technically advanced and individual, but should also suit the modern woman (up) for all Lady-like occasions. Pau born »Designer of tomorrow« André Courrèges, who gifted the world the mini skirt and spent his lifetime defining the looks of self-confident open-minded women, has always been a revolutionary spirit, defying conventions and the traditionalistic tunnel-view approach. Ahead of time at all times (for instance pioneering the use of ›exotic‹ materials like vinyl & Lycra) it makes perfect sense that the now Paris-headquartered design bureau has joined forces with Roxy for a new collection which features advanced technologies such as Roxy DryFlight, UV50 protection and the anti-cold Enjoy & Care materials which guarantee shelter and cosiness on a permanent basis.

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But obviously, the optical aspect is just as fundamental. And 2 of Australia’s most notorious athletes perfectly unify these 2 dimensions. Surviving Mastering any starting field from Olympic Games to X-Games & from ›TTR Roxy Chicken Jam USA‹ to ›Dancing with the Stars‹ and ending up with all the right medals & trophies, snowboarding ace Torah Bright was the first rider to create her own Roxy signature line and has been an ambassador of the elegant Roxy style ever since. Just recently, Torah spent a year off the snowboarding circus, expanding her horizons in spheres of film and photo, now she is back on track with the best possible fitment. Co-starring is 6-time Surfing World Champion Stephanie Gilmore, who had to take an extended time-out herself for reasons way less upbeat. A serious knee injury forced her off the board for a good portion of last season, but this year Steph is not intending to miss out on any of the highlights. Having suffered through the pleasure of witnessing her fellow girls take home all the glories while being sidelined to some very beautiful beach strips, she is now ready, willing & able to rise to all occasions again, fully equipped & expertly tailored, with a surfboard that was specifically designed for her to celebrate the occasion. We have the suspicion that these 2 graceful sportswomen will make headlines & raise eyebrows around the globe in their »total-freedom suits« * – on a number of parquets. Fan wear will be available from June (running & water sports) and October 2016 (skiing & snowboarding).

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»Eat to feel good, move to feel good.«

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Peak Performance & Alexandra Hely-Hutchinson Work. Workout. Explore Alexandra Hely-Hutchinson is the founder of Grains 26, a gourmet porridge brand from London. Her mission is inspired by the clean lifestyle she experienced while living in Copenhagen – with this in mind she wants to remind city dwellers that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Besides her healthy business, she runs and uses her bike for transport in the urban jungle of the UK’s capital in her spare time. Together with her good friend Will Meyer, co-founder of Brothers Cycles and dedicated cyclist, she is the face of the freshly launched »Performance Redefined« collection by leading active brand Peak Performance. It is a collection designed for the active, urban citizen, with functional features for outdoor life and running apparel and the perfect amount of style to transit from the mountains to urban perfection. We asked Alex about the importance of porridge and why women need Performance Redefined …

Dear Alex, may I kindly ask you to give our readers a short introduction of yourself and your universe. I’m Alex, 26, live in London and am the founder of 26 Grains, a grains-based cafe located in London. With 26 Grains, you are one of the few female entrepreneurs under 30 – what is it all about and how did you make your way through the wide field of healthy food? It‘s about having an idea and going with it, staying true to what you believe in and not geting too influenced by everything else that’s going on. I’m not saying that it isn’t good to take advice, I wouldn’t be where I am without some of the advice I’ve been given, but be careful not to try and please everyone and be clear with your vision and how you hope to achieve it. Why is porridge the most important meal of the day? Porridge is amazing, it’s eaten all over the world in many different forms. It really does set you up in terms of the slow-releasing energy, high source of protein and fibre as well as being a fun way to be creative, with both sweet and savoury ingredients, spices, whatever it might be.

How did your passion for healthy food develop? Really my passion came more for quality of food. I spent a year living in Copenhagen and what I came to notice there is that the food we ate was always the food that was in season, or locally sourced. By keeping it simple and true to the food surrounding you, the produce was more delicious and made you feel the best. What else have you learned from the Danish lifestyle? I learnt that everyday can be a really good day. Your quality of life can be amazing day in day out by choosing to live like that, rather than real highs and lows. This came in the form of good food, quality clothes and everything else really. I learnt that things didn‘t need to be trendy or a fad, but rather just simple and sustainable. You are a passionate runner and cyclist and you use your bike for transport, you run in your spare time, you eat healthy, and try to help others do the same – how? I made a list of the things I need in order to survive and they are cycling to work and keeping active through running, yoga or whatever else it might be. Keeping to it makes such a difference to me

»It’s all about having an idea, going with it and not to try and please everyone – be clear with your vision and how you hope to achieve it.«

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»Things didn’t need to be trendy or a fad, but rather just simple and sustainable.«

and I’ve started encouraging friends to join me, by doing so we keep active together, planning routes to run, followed by places we’ve been trying to go out to eat at, the best kind of combo.

Opportunities will come and go no matter how hard you push yourself, so remember to listen to your body and take care of yourself, that way you’ll be just as, if not more successful.

How can we live healthy if we’d like to start small, step by step? Just try one new thing a week. Whether it be a new class, running route, recipe, by mixing it up you’ll realize what works from you, what you can fit into your diary and what you do and don‘t enjoy.

How did one thing come to another regarding being part of the development of the new Peak Performance collection »Performance Redefined? My good friend Will owns a cycling company called Brothers Cycles. I own one of his bikes and he had worked with some amazing guys from the magazine Huck who then came to know the crew from Peak Performance and: yeah, we were linked and got along really well.

This issue is dedicated to The Girls. What does being a lady mean to you from a personal perspective and also from a business view? I‘ve only really started to respect how much I can do. It‘s about being honest with yourself, about how far you can push yourself. Remember to enjoy your youth, your friends and your body as it changes and be honest with how you feel. On occasion, I’ve pushed myself too hard, thinking that I always have to be available, able to answer calls at all times, not take a break, but my body told me to stop.

What moved you to cooperate with Peak Performance specifically? Their brand ethos of comfort, quality and encouraging to keep active in everyday lifestyle. If you only have time for a short run, you shouldn’t feel that you can’t do it at all. Any form of activity is good and their clothes allow for this. Light, easy to take anywhere, stylish pieces.

»Remember to listen to your body and take care of yourself, that way you’ll be just as, if not more successful.«

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What is your cooperation with Peak Performance about? Supporting each other. Having an opportunity to experience each other’s industries because they compliment each other hugely. Eat to feel good, move to feel good.

Fashion and functionality are melted together in the Performance Redefined collection – how do these two things fit together for you? They‘re crucial. I‘m on my bike constantly, going from meeting to meeting and their collection allows me to be functional on my bike as well as walking into an important meeting. What’s more important for you personally – fashion or function? For me, function, I hate being wet if my waterproof doesn’t work, or cold! But if the two can work together, which I find they do in this range, it is such a bonus. What makes the collection lady-like? The clothes fit the right way. There is much thought in the way the pieces are light when they need to be and fit well when they need to. Which is your favorite piece in the Performance Redefined collection and why? Maybe the running shorts. I’ve never really owned a pair before but I felt so comfortable and ready for anything when I was in them. You and your sparring partner Will Meyer, who is also an ambassador of the Peak Performance

Redefined collection, are the models of the campaign simultaneously – what is the intention behind it? We’re two friends and business owners, keeping active and on demand in a city like London. If you took us for a bike ride through London, where would you go with us? Easy, all through the area of Hackney. Parks, canals, coffee shop pit stops. Let me know if you‘re in town and I would gladly show you around! And for running? Same. But if I’m at the shop, running through Regent’s Park and Primrose Hill is magical. The gardens of the park and then the small climb up the hill to turn around and overlook the whole of London is hugely rewarding. Insider tips for shopping in London: where to go for fashion and food? I live close to Chatsworth Road, pretty far east for some, but honestly some of the best shops, cafes and restaurants in London. Are there any future plans you’d like to share with us? We’ve got our cookbook coming out in September, and our second shop is about to open soon! Is the future female? It’s about supporting each other. It’s amazing to think which opportunities women have these days, cease them and enjoy them, but support each other, too. Words by: Nicolette Scharpenberg

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hothouse plant by Lisa Pardey

photography & production: Lisa Pardey model: Luca

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t-shirt: sessun

all clothing: sessun

jacket: carhartt, tshirt: sessun, pants: levi’s vintage

all clothing: sessun

all clothing: sessun

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Skate the world A visual journey through six continents by Jonathan Mehring

When giving an authentic inside of a culture, you surely need to get those people involved who are deeply rooted in it and enjoy great respect. Jonathan Mehring is one of this kind and gained it over many years of commitment, joy and passion. He was honored by ESPN to be one of the ten most influential people in Skateboarding. With the support of Levi’s Skateboarding, along with his close friendships coming from the great skate community worldwide, Jonathan was able to fulfill his dream of doing a documentation which reflects the great variety of Skateboarding culture beyond boundaries or ethical aspects throughout 200 pages. His mission: to travel the world to capture the heart and soul of Skateboarding in six continents, which led to a beautiful set of 200 extraordinary photos by himself and other well-known Skate Photographers. Tony Hawk‘s preface underlines the Jonathan’s standing in the scene. In order to emphasize the network aspects within Skateboarding Photography, we are proud that some other contributors of the book also shared their images with us, namely Sam Clark and Chad Foreman. Thank you.

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Dear Jonathan, thanks for taking the time. Please give us a short introduction of yourself. I’m a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. I’ve been shooting action / adventure / travel stories mostly centered on skateboarding for nearly 15 years and I recently had my first book – Skate the World – published by National Geographic. So you just got back home from a trip. Where have you been? Haha. Well, I was most recently in Mexico with my wife, escaping the cold for a bit. Best part and worst part of your job? Traveling with friends. Being away from my wife and dog. How was the idea born to create a photo book covering Skateboarding within a great variety of countries and cultural aspects? And how did you put it into action? The idea came from a conversation at a Christmas party in 2008. I was speaking with a family friend, Susan Hitchcock, who happens to be an editor for National Geographic Books. She was on the lookout for new, youth oriented content, and I had been working at that point for eight years already, so when she asked if I thought I had enough content for a book I said, “Yes!” From there it took a lot of back and forth creating new content plus figuring out how skateboarding could fit into the National Geographic mission of being pro planet. With the angle of a global culture and skateparks used for philanthropy it worked out. In which way Levi’s was involved? Which Levi’s projects are also documented by you in the book? One hold-up with the book for about 3 years was that NG wanted it to be sponsored. They had never done a skate book and didn’t want to assume any risk. It took a while to find an impartial sponsor but when I got connected with Levi’s their only agenda was to promote skateboarding globally. It was a perfect fit. They came in with sponsorship and from there the book came together in a little over a year. For this they have two of their philanthropic projects featured in the book. The building of Pura Pura Skatepark in La Paz, Bolivia, and the building of Holy Stoked Skatepark in Bangalore, India. Both projects involved building skateparks for disadvantaged communities and at the same time teaching them how to build their own ramps in the future. Which projects are you working on right now? At the moment I’m about to do an artsy project in Hong Kong based on the neon lights of the city at night also featuring skateboarders. Plus a few other things in the works I can’t discuss just yet.

Do you mainly work as a photographer on skate trips or do you also have some other fields of activities, maybe also other industry projects? Mostly just photography. I do some video occasionally. What are your thoughts when it comes to traveling? Where did you get the most impressions about culture with reference to street and Skate culture? India definitely had the biggest impression on me mainly because many people had never seen skating before at all. There was generally no societal reaction to skating in a negative way like we see in the States a lot. Mostly everyone was just very curious. Crowds would gather and just stare at us, not really understanding why we were doing it or how it worked. Girls on Skateboards. Do you meet a lot of them? In which countries? Not too many, but there is a growing presence of female skaters worldwide. I think it will change soon and quickly to be much more balanced between men and women. There are always a few girls in every skate scene, especially in NYC there are a lot. I think the highest percentage of female skaters is in Afghanistan, surprisingly, because there is no cultural dictum that says it’s for boys only, plus skating is so new there that the elders haven’t had a chance to say girls can’t do it yet. How are your experiences regarding the Skateboarding culture in various countries when it comes to girls who are skateboarding? Are there any differences concerning the openness and acceptance from both sides? From what I’ve seen they seem generally accepted. Now this is at the average skater level. Once you get into sponsorship and pros it’s way more male dominated. I’m not sure why this is. It could be a cultural holding back of »You can do this« mentality, or just that there are not yet enough really good girl skaters to make an impres­ sion with sponsors. We are now starting to see women’s divisions in contests, which is a good thing in my opinion. It gives girls a sense of belonging and something that is theirs, it seems to me. Having an infrastructure – a cultural one – is essential. You also picked some photos of girls on skateboards for your book, that’s why we have chosen it for our »Girls« issue. Which were your selection criteria? Well to be fair, the book was photo edited by Adrian Coakley at NG. I did have a lot to do with the photos chosen as well, though. I wanted there to be a female presence because I think that’s totally valid. There are some amazing girl skaters today and they don’t get very much coverage. I think the selection criteria was pretty

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Jonathan Mehring @mehringsbearings Sam Clark @ Slam_Clark Chad Foreman @photoforeman

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much the same as with the other photos. It had to be a legit trick, shot really well, and work well with the sequence of shots that surround it on the other pages. Also a sense of character helped to push it into the selected group. How important is photography in times of social media and how much does it influence Streetwear culture trends? Probably more important than ever. Everyone is constantly consuming media, especially photos, because they can be so quickly accessed. I’m sure it influences trends and culture and is also influenced by trends and culture. It’s synonymous really. Do you think people still appreciate print media? What made you decide to use the format of a coffee table book? People do for sure, but it’s not something people want on an everyday basis like they used to. For photographers, the book is still the ultimate form of presentation. It validates a large body of work and makes it collectible to their audience. Can digital and print exist next to each other? Where do you see advantages of each form and are there any aspects which lead to the assumption that one medium needs the other one? For sure they can and will. Print will be more cult following/collectible and digital will be most everything else. Day to day consumption, like we used to do with magazines. I still love magazines but look around. No one is buying them anymore. You have to accept change. How much value has a photo in times of digital social media? What should be considered in your eyes? That’s a huge and tough question. I recently read that the photo should be valued at a percentage of its value to the client. That seems good. It’s highly

variable. Depends on if it’s paid for content, or part of a story-telling series, or self-promotional, fine art, or just a random study of light or something.

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Documentation vs. art aspects of a photo nowadays? Varies by audience completely. Photos can span the whole spectrum from strictly documentation to totally fine art and be loved or hated by their respective audiences for whatever reason applies. What makes a photo dateless? Wow. I’d say classic elements of composition and style plus the absence of any time centric elements. Actually that may be impossible. What characteristics should a photo have to feature a brand or to transport a message of the brand? What can go wrong? It has to follow the brand’s guidelines. Either to show their logo or not show their logo. To embody their spirit or image. And get their message across. What could go wrong is if you fail to do that as a photographer or if the audience doesn’t buy it or thinks it looks corny or off the mark. Is photography as a form of art still honored by the youth? For sure, but they may not realize how important it is. It’s like David Alan Harvey said about photography and writing. The language of imagery is very new and developing, but equally, if not more important than words. He also said that every­body has the ability to write, but it doesn’t make them a good writer. But do we really think about how important words are? We just use them and accept that they are part of our fabric of living. Images are the same way now. Thanks a lot for your time. Words by: Jo Offfenbacher

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»Taking pictures is my Moment«

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heather goodman started taking pictures of her friends when she was about 13 years old. now she runs a photography business with her husband called Bryant & heather while living on the north Shore of oahu, and makes a living from her passion of taking pictures of her beautiful hawaiian universe …

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WWW.Bryantandheather.c om @hBgoodie

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What moves you to take pictures? I’ve always had a poor memory so for me it’s a way to create art and capture memories that I would otherwise forget about. It’s how I live my moment. How did it all start with your photography? My friends and I used to dress up and ride our bikes and explore until we found places that were unique. Living in the desert, it was a rare find to see a big green tree or a patch of flowers, so we just experimented and even skipped school sometimes to take artsy photos! Pretty soon people at my school started noticing and offered to pay me to take pictures of them. It just grew from there! Is it you main profession or what do you do besides? Yes, it’s my main profession! I don’t really see myself doing anything else, other than being a mom and an artist in other areas. What is a good image for you? I think something that can make you feel something when you look at it, or even just an image that captures something in a way that most people haven’t seen it before. Honestly though, I feel like any image can be good to someone. Who are your idols and why? I don’t really have any idols but I draw inspiration from other Instagrammers, nature, my friends, and all kinds of art.

What is your favorite image you’ve ever made and why? My favorites are always changing because different times of my life spark different reasons for loving a photo. Right now I’ve been loving any picture I've taken that’s dramatic in some way! Tell us a bit of your hometown: which are your favorite spots there? I’m from the Mesa / Gilbert area in Arizona. I love the huge saguaro cactus, the incredible Mexican food, the Spanish language, the style of housing there, and the fact that any little spot with water is like a magical oasis. It’s a place that makes you appreciate the small things because the majority of it is just dirt haha. If you had three wishes: what would they be? I would wish for a happy, successful family of my own. I would wish for some way to really make a difference in the world. And I would wish for a life where we could travel all the time but not really worry about money. What are your future plans? I want to transition what I’m shooting into what I want to be shooting. I have some really big ideas for this year and I’m stoked to make them come to life.

Words by: Nicolette Scharpenberg

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St. Hattrick‘s day with D*Face, Dave The Chimp and Flying Fortress United we smile, divided we dance

Hugs and happiness

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Swing along: All that she wants ...

Girls …

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Never mind the Beastie Boys lyrics, mate. Here we go-go with some random and raw footy from some night and day shifts behind the camera or mobile. I’m not a photographer, but I love to take photos that mean something to me. Same motivation that drives any- and everybody who takes photos, I suppose?! Feel free to have a look at the pix and if you don’t mind having a glimpse at the texts, too – great. Enjoy and let me save some words for the outro part, because that girl at the very end of this little story is somebody very special – to me. And mysteriously somehow to you, too. Timo: Pace, Cowboy, Pace – where we come from. Words & Photos by: Lorenzo Taurino

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Hi, heels!

Correcting Miss Benatar – love is a dancefloor

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Translating the sticker: Holmes, relax!

Dinner for one two, one two Peeka-boo

Marvelous Mia, the daughter of mate Heymaker

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Cindy Lauper has a posse

The photoshop is in the beetroot

Pretty »sweetsnini« has a posse:

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Babe got back and a mantra

Lucas »Where we come from« Fiederling and Andrea DeSoto Have a sip, have a smile

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Timo Jacobs‘ tattoo and latest movie title: Pace, Cowboy, Pace!

Peace out

That Girl! Is my mom. Whenever I forgot something, my mom used to throw it out of the window. Saved me some healthy stair-climbing and made my mom laugh. This pic is taken in Nagold, Southern Germany. I was born and raised in Germany, but my Italian dad is dead and my mom moved back to where she comes from – Loski Potok, Slovenia. Of course, I visit her very often and dare to remind you to love, help and hug your mom as often as possible. Yup, boys and girls – love is the answer. Until then, enjoy asking and exploring.

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Who are you?

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COOPH featuring A Visual Q&A with Andrea Peipe

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Andrea Peipe is a fine art and portrait photographer from Munich, Germany. One of the recurring themes of her work is dreaming and her surreal photography often leaves the viewer in a suspended state of disbelief. We asked Andrea some questions, questions which she could only answer with her dreamy photos …

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Where do you go when you close your eyes?

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What truly inspires you?

What is your trademark photographic style?

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Where is home for you?

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How would you describe your lifestyle?

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What makes a great shot?

How do you view the world?

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What is an important lesson you have learned?

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purple pilgrims Humans are endlessly interesting ceremonial dream-pop duo purple pilgrims share a psychic sisterhood. Both have been raised itinerantly in hong kong and on new zealand’s South island. after the christchurch earthquake of 2011, valentine and clementine adams fled to the north island, crashing with friends, sleeping in cars and returning to china, where they began performing live. Subsequently, both toured with gary War and ariel pink and refined their moony spherical pop sound. now they deliver »eternal delight«, their first full-length album. it has been recorded in a shed in new zealand surrounded by native palms and birds. the isolation is soaked into all ten bewitching tracks which entrap with an enchanted pop sensuality created with guitars, electricity, muted percussion and heavenly voices. Streetwear today caught up with the sisters to dive deeper into their dreamy world.

hello valentine and clementine, we heard that you were raised in hong kong and new zealand by traveller parents with a deep background in folk music. can you tell us something about your childhood days? What are your first musical memories for instance? Collectively our first real live-music memory is of Chinese opera. Every so often a traditional opera group would invade our village in Kowloon. They would build a theatre solely made out of bamboo and dress it in the most amazing lanterns, flags etc. The two of us would sneak in and be completely transfixed. We thought we were quite sly getting in, but in retrospect we must have looked quite conspicuous being the only non-Chinese kids in the neighbourhood. Someone was turning a blind eye! We also spent a lot of time choreographing wild, tribal dances to our mother’s extensive INXS tape collection. What effect did your family have on your musical impulses? Traveling through Asia from a really young age and being exposed to so many different lives and cultures really opened our minds. There’s always been a pretty heavy emphasis on music in our family, so writing our own songs was a natural progression. Pretty unrebellious of us. Where did you produce the songs for your album and is the place somehow mirrored in the music? We made the record in a pretty idyllic setting, in the middle of deep New Zealand native forest just off the Coromandel Coast. Being so isolated we were definitely living in our own world. We think the album has an element of self-sufficiency / insulation, an almost dream-world feeling comes through that we think is a result of that environment.

Which things, apart from music, resonate in your sound and why? A lot of our songs involve characters we’ve known or observed and feelings expressed that we relate to. Humans are endlessly interesting. A lot of people appear in »Eternal Delight«, maybe they know who they are? Which instruments did you mainly use for the album? We use whatever instruments we can get our hands on! For this album we were experimenting a lot with synthesizers and other electronics that were all fairly new to us. We also used quite a few ethnic instruments, percussion, wooden flutes, Guzheng, etc. that we’d collected over time, and manipulated the sound with effects pedals and the like. are there any religious aspects in your music? No. »Eternal Delight« is a reference from William Blake’s »The Marriage of Heaven & Hell«, but we don’t necessarily see it as religious … spiritual maybe. What are your top five obsessions at the moment? 1—Asymmetry. 2—Kawakawa and Feijoa & Cider. 3—The 1981 film »Possession« by Andrzej Żuławski. 4—Art gallery gift-shop postcards - an on-going obsession. 5—Alastair Galbraith’s flame organ, which he built himself using »thermoacoustics« to create the most weird and amazing sounds! What’s your life motto? Love. Words by: Michael Leuffen — 155 —

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Fatima Al Qadiri I am an Advanced Cat Experimental electronic producer Fatima Al Qadiri already gained global fame with her first solo album »Asiatisch« as well as a member of the bass heavy super group Future Brown. Now she has improvised on her music machines again. The result is »Brute« – a record that lifts her signature sound of menacing basspower, Asian melodies and fluid synths into a new dimension. Her new eleven tracks function as an instrumental story driven by ominous basslines, dissonant arrangements and choral sequences, all with a political subtext pointing to police violence and citizen protest in US towns like Ferguson. Stw2d met the Kuwait-bred musician on a rainy mid­­day in a coffee bar close to her new home in Berlin’s Mitte district, to talk about pop, politics and creative fights with technology. Your new record »Brute« sounds like a logical progression of your previous releases. What is the driving force behind your work? After my last album »Asiatisch«, I wanted to try – I do not know if I can do this – but my goal, and I have only one goal, is to attempt to do one album or EP a year for the next ten years. This is my dream. And this is part of making »Brute«. Considering the logical progression: I have signature sounds. And I think it is not uncommon for any musical writer that they have signature sounds. So there may be some similarities between »Asiatisch« and »Brut«. I have a palette and I change it very slowly. I introduce new elements into it, but there is a basic foundation. Your album starts with a spoken word sample. Where does it come from? This is a reporter recording the Ferguson protests. The voice is the voice of a police officer, using the LRAD, which is a long-range acoustic device. It is a very advanced sonic weapon. You can hear what you tell up to a mile in every direction. But that is not the element which weaponizes the device. What makes it a weapon is the fact that it is able to create a noise which you can point at a group of persons in order to disperse them. It is to disperse crowds. It is a crowd control mechanism. In the sample I use the bit where the reporter also says: »Ouch, my ears«. Would you say that there is a political subtext to all of your new tracks? Seventy percent of my records have a political or sociopolitical subtext. That is why I put in that sample at the beginning of »Brute«. I also put a news anchor sample

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into the track »Blows« and a sample by an ex-police sergeant into the last track. If you listen to it without any information, these three samples provide clues as to what the record is about. It is a story arc with beginning, middle and end. So you believe that music has the power to be political? Yes, and I think this is not something new. You can go back to classical music to find such ways of expression. Look at early twenty-century Russian composers. I feel like we have a tendency to forget and think that we are inventing the sun every time. Subtext in music is quite old. But the styles are always changing. What devices do you produce your style with? I have a computer and I have controller synths. I improvise everything on the keyboard. I program things at the end. But I have my specific patterns that I operate on. Very advanced. I am an advanced cat, you know (laughs). The thing that I always wanted to progress the most on is the control of technology. When I was nine years old I started making music with little Casio keyboards. Then every year the keyboard got bigger and by the time I was eleven or twelve I actually started to record it. When I was nineteen I started to learn how to use the computer. And it took me ten years to become comfortable with it. I think that I am still really learning how to make music on computers. I would like to function like a real music writer where you hear what is in your head and you can actually manifest it. That is the ultimate challenge for me. To materialize and manifest what I exactly hear. Learning and struggling with technology also can stop your creative process. I work with improvisation. So if I fuck too much with the program, I start to lose the music I hear in my head. It is a fine art, you know. So all of your music is sound that you hear in your head? I am hearing the music. I do not know how to write music. I only know what I am hearing. And I always have to double check on the keyboard. When it comes to music, I still have a nice and healthy imagination. I know already the next four records I want to make. I still have a nice reservoir of ideas not anywhere near done. That is why I think it is doable to release a record each year for the next ten years. That is the guideline I am giving myself. But I am not gonna push it too hard. Words by: Michael Leuffen

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Jessy lanza i love pop Music With her debut longplayer »Pull My Hair Back« the Canadian singer and electronic musician Jessy Lanza caused a stir back in 2013. The British national daily newspaper The Guardian called her »the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls« and her record was ranked in many music polls for best albums of the year. Now she delivers follower »OH NO«—an album that is inspired by eighties Japanese experimental electronic pop music. The playfully infectious energy of her new songs is carried over from her live shows and kicks the listener with cascading arpeggios, crispy grooves and breezy melodies above whom she sings like a dreamy nervous pop queen. To gain some insight on the soul of Jessy Lanza and the new songs that she produced with Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, we talked to the girl from Hamilton, Ontario.

hello Jessy, what was your musical intake when you were younger and how did you first get into music? I got into music through my parents who are musicians. I went to school for Jazz so my first leanings in music were torch songs and Jazz standards and Steely Dan. We read that that your new album »oh no« is heavy influenced by the Japanese trio yellow magic orchestra and their long-time collaborative singer miharu koshi. can you tell us a bit more about that influence? While making »OH NO« I was inspired by Haruomi Hosono’s projects other than Yellow Magic Orchestra. Mainly how Hosono and Koshi approached pop music and how they integrate samples and dance music elements from disco and techno into pop songs. do you have other musical influences? I love pop music. I love when I’m in my car and a Michael Jackson song comes on …

What do you find most challenging about the work you do? I find the unpredictability and chance elements of creative work difficult at times but I think that’s what draws me to it as well. What music does your favourite mix tape include? Steely Dan, DJ Chose, Gurodon Banks, Dej Loaf, Isley Brothers, Roy Ayers … We read you have an obsession for tropical plants. how come? The plants are a coping mechanism to deal with the anxiety of making music and the unpredictable nature of creative work. The obsession goes beyond music though really I use them to cope with daily life. What kind of music would you make in a world without electricity? Ha—I wouldn’t be making music. Words by: Michael Leuffen

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New Model Army By JN by JN llovet The Army. Flowers. Forever combined in 1967 in Bernie Boston’s world-famous photograph »Flower Power«, when hundreds of thousands of people were rallying towards the Pentagon to express their strong opposition to the Vietnam War, and 18-year-old George Harris was depicted for eternity when he stuck a bunch of flowers into a National Guard’s barrel. The Washington Post did not print the picture in the first place but buried it deep into their archives instead, totally overlooking the symbolic power it carried. However, carnations in gun barrels quickly became the very essence of the »Flower Power« movement, in a seemingly never-ending quest for peace and equality, and they sure are the ultimate symbol of pacifistic popular culture ever since.

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This global, universal dimension is now picked up by JN by JNLLOVET – by hand, utilizing army jackets from stock all over the world and turning them into objects of joy and optimism. Following a tradition rooted in skateboard culture, every piece is individually designed and crafted in the manufacturer’s studio and showroom in Hamburg. Jacqueline Llovet Garcia, owner and designer, combines German accuracy with Spanish ánimo, and surely her education at the Mod’Art International in Paris is thrown into the mix, too. Her army jackets are uncomplicated, a little oversized, cool. They match any color. They’re robust and fit for survival, but fit any occasion with their combination of casualness and visible happiness. The jackets can be combined with huge variety of garment fabrics, with possible motifs ranging from bright flowers, exotic birds and pin-up girls to pop art objects of any kind. Lettering can be in leather, zips and applications scream to be accentuated. features an online configurator which enables customers to design their jackets all on their own. Make playful army jackets not war!

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Frauke Kreuder Faym & Sara Magielka

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The First Lady of Streetwear today

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In our last feature we have the obligation to honor the Mrs. that is not only an integral part of the Streetwear Today Family, but as many would say its head (and shoulders). Sara Magielka Hair & Dressing Room (thankfully no cruel word play in the name) is not only Bochum’s first choice for individual hair dressing and makeup solutions, but much more than that: the cutting edge address for the modern women in town concerning all beautiful parts of the body. Located next to local beatnik El Dorado Goldkante (where the folks behind the glass panel sometimes resemble showroom dummies themselves), this all-around beauty boutique always has the newest arrangements on display in a lovely exhibition space behind a big glass front. A micro-fashion-temple right across the STW2D headquarters, how fitting!

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Susanne Nowak Madame ke

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Hardly a bird flies by without being magically attracted by the shiny silver- & goldware on display. Very affordable yet of noble character, the modern jewelry assortment always makes a charming gift, be it for yourself or your object of desire. The armada of international beauty products includes organic soaps, vitalizing creams, herbal essences and cathartic cleansers – provided, among others, by Kräuter-connoisseurs SA.AL & Co. of Austria (also trendsetting in recycled aluminium containers), Swedish West Coast nature lovers L:A Bruket (offering a fleet of ointments for »fishers, surfers, sailors and all sun worshippers«) , New Zealanders Sans[ceuticals] (who, as the name already indicates, leave out all of the bad toxic stuff) and John Master (with the SCALP series for severe cases …). The organic perspective has been integral to Sara all her life. In times where the Ruhr region only hesitantly discovers its environmental conscience, it was crystal-clear that this approach would be omnipresent in her showroom, too. In her never-ending quest to refine the style of the town, Sara Scissorhands is always on the look-out to express herself, and her favorite way of doing just that is working together with like-minded spirits. Two long-time congenial partners in crime are Susanne Nowak (under her fashion Über-Ich Madame Ke) and Frauke Kreuda of FAYM fame. There is a constant flow of ideas and inspiration between these creative masterminds, which goes way beyond the sewing table. Susanne’s Madame Ke enterprise describes itself as an »atelier for textile communication«. Companies and private persons can consult her in all fashion matters. From unique pieces for any occasion to the whole textile identity of an organization, Susanne develops individual solutions with a twist. For the boutique of her good friend Sara, she provides exclusive mini series of dresses, tops and skirts as well as a collection of bags which are the perfect company for a summer day on the beach or in the urban jungle. 

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The collaboration with Frauke is of a similar kind: Particular pieces of clothing for women who want to suit themselves differently. To celebrate the launch of the new FYAM Summer Collection, a special offer is directed at a very exclusive (and adventurous) target group: All aspiring brides are encouraged to get involved to »build the dress« worn on the most festive of all occasions. How much leg will the bride dare to show? Classic coloring or a brave fashion statement? Vintage or avant-garde fabrics? It sure depends on the nature of the ceremony, and of course the individuality of the future spouse. Together with glamorous hair and make-up by Sara, this guarantees a breath-taking appearance in front of the altar and at any celebrations which are hopefully about to follow the infamous ›Yes, I do‹.

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We admit we are a little bit biased on this one. But it is our clear-cut suggestion to walk through the magic door of this saloon of joy and have some old braids cut off, find a new outfit nobody else has, do your body a favor with some rich substances or get a playful accessory. In Haarmonic atmosphair, there is so much to discover for the elegant feminine free-thinking woman of today.

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Photography: Julie Nagel @ Upperorange Photoassistant: Christina Hasenauer Styling: Petra Tielmann Hair & Make-up: Elena Becker @ Close Up Model: Eydis Evensen @ Modelwerk

Tunic—Steffen Schraut, Shorts—Gant, Necklace—A Cuckoo Moment

denim shirt—DIESEL, top—SEAFOLLY, vest—GANT

Belt—Replay, Cap—Stylists Own

jeans—MANILA GRACE, flats—L’F SHOES, belt—REPLAY

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overall—VILA, denim shirt—DIESEL bikini top—SEAFOLLY, bag—REPLAY earcuff—STYLIST’S OWN, shoes—DIESEL



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denim jacket—DIESEL, denim jacket 2 (under)—VILA Coat—Waven


Blouse—IVI Collection


bib overall—DIESEL, pullover—REPLAY, sun glasses—BY WP ANDERNE

coat—STEFFEN SCHRAUT, top—REPLAY, jeans—GANT, bracelet—A CUCKOO



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bikini top—SEAFOLLY blanket—DIESEL VINTAGE

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Coat—Manila Grace, Tunic—Steffen Schaut, Shorts—Gant, Necklace—A Cuckoo Moment, Socks—Item No.6, Belt—Replay, Flats—L’F Shoes, Cap—Stylists Own



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