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Featured in our first ‘Renaissance Life’ interview is Danny Simmons; Painter, Poet, Author, Screenwriter, Philanthropist, and serial Traveler.
Danny Simmons’ Private African Art Collection
Man Made: Jean-Michel Basquiat, A Selling Exhibition at Sotheby’s S2 Galleries
Sotheby’s is proud to present a major exhibition of works by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Featuring over 30 works, the exhibition will showcase seminal pieces in a variety of mediums and from a range of important dates in the artist’s oeuvre. The carefully curated grouping explores the key themes Basquiat grappled with during his career and the variety of media he used to express them. The exhibition opens at a pivotal moment of appreciation for both the artist’s career and market with major museum exhibitions and gallery shows presented and record prices achieved in recent years. This exclusive selling exhibition will coincide with Sotheby’s Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary exhibitions, which open on 3 May 2013.
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For the spring & summer months, enjoy our new feature post, Shade Game Vicious, where we’ll display shades from brands we’ve been keeping an eye on! #ShadeGame
Footwear company, Inspire The Brand, has expanded to accessories, starting with these tranluscent shades.
Monster, the world leader in high-performance personal audio, is proud to announce it is collaborating with renowned luxury watchmaker Hublot to combine the very best in high fidelity audio with the finest watchmaking craftsmanship and materials to create Hublot Inspiration™– a luxury noise cancelling headphone that offers an unprecedented music listening and lifestyle experience. The partnership between Monster and Hublot is born from a shared passion for music, ahead-of-the-curve design, advanced materials, and ultimate performance. The lightweight, rock-solid black and carbon fiber Hublot Inspiration™ over-ear headphones will be available this summer at fine Hublot retailers worldwide.
Noted Head Monster Noel Lee: “Fine watches like those from Hublot are a lifestyle enhancing purchase for many people today, especially those who appreciate the very best things in life. Hublot is a world leader in the manufacture of exquisite watches with a lifestyle flair, so it’s only fitting that Monster create the world’s highest performance luxury headphone, using many of the same brand aesthetics and impeccable qualities reflected in Hublot’s renowned history of fine watchmaking. Hublot customers also love music, and love to express their passion for music. The debut of Hublot Inspiration™ is a major step forward in the luxury headphone experience.”
“It’s an honor for Monster to team up with a great partner like Hublot. Monster is about setting the bar high and this partnership proves that. Sky is not the limit, it’s only the view!” stated Swizz Beatz, co-owner and member of Monster Advisory Board.
Hublot CEO, Mr. Ricardo Guadalupe said, “Hublot symbolizes much more than watches. It says much about how we value time and the things we do with it. The partnership between Hublot and Monster came naturally, not only because bests attract. Just as the Hublot ski, luge and racing bike editions, the Limited Edition Hublot Inspiration™Monster headphones redefine the art of fusion between the senses and sensations.”
Hublot Inspiration™ headphones deliver the ultimate in comfort, audio performance and style.
- advanced noise canceling technology
- two discreet microphones
- solid metal frames
- genuine leather pillow-soft ear pads
- genuine real carbon fiber
- elegant brushed aluminum finish
- premium rubber headband
- authentic leather headband
- specially created carbon fiber earcups
Ball Out Media Group, Bridget Kelly, Cancun The Rapper, DJ Quiana, Dog Clothes, Fashion, Girly Expo, Jenniffer Williams, Kaci Taylor, Kane and Couture, Lucid Cosmetics, Puppy Clothes, Roc Nation, Sadeqa Johnson, Stacey Sherie, Wine Jelly
The first ever Kaci Taylor Girly Expo took place this past weekend in Saddle Brook, NJ. Run by Laina Avant, Kaci Taylor is a girls wear brand named after her daughter. Kaci Taylor’s motto is “Wear Who You Are”, and encourages you to be a kind, awesome, caring individual! The expo featured seminars for girls of varying age groups, as well as fashion & lifestyle vendors. Entertainment was provided by Roc Nation’s Bridget Kelly performing her single, Special Delivery, which she dedicated to Kaci Taylor herself. DJ Quiana taught little girls basic dj skills, while others enjoyed face painting, caricatures, and balloon art. A few notable brands that caught our attention included; Lucid Cosmetics, Miche, Jams by Kim (Wine Jelly), Little Miss Tutuz, and Kane & Couture. We also spoke with Sadeqa Johnson about her award-winning book Love in a Carry-On Bag. It was a beautiful event for moms and daughters, or any girl who just wanted to do a little shopping!
In only its second year of operation, NY Tech Day 2013 boasted hundreds of start-ups and young technology companies. We got up close and hands on with the Fashion & Music start-ups displaying their products, along with the technology behind them. Here are some of our favorites.
Wits + Beaux: A virtual men’s accessories boutique currently offers bold, stylish, and creative men’s sock, with plans to add belts and bow ties this year. Following a model set by Threadless, Wits + Beaux will allow its community to design accessories using its online design tools, vote on the best designs, make them available for purchase, and reward the designer monetarily for chosen designs.
The Shoplift: An online shopping mall stocked by you, the shoppers!
Bombfell: If you’re not confident in choosing your wardrobe, Bombfell’s stylists with their tech savvy recommendations and your social media data, will do it for you. The unique feature is that using Bombfell is like walking into an online fitting room. After you set your budget and receive your clothing, you can hang it back on the rack and only pay for what you keep.
Bib + Tuck: Shopping without spending site, Bib + Tuck offers you a revolving closet door. Give only what you would take. Users hang items in the closet and remove them on the barter system. Now you can get a return on your pieces you don’t want to keep.
Birchbox for Men: Get trial-size grooming and lifestyle products for men delivered to your door. You’ll earn points on the items from Birchbox for Men to save on full size items you purchase. Visit The Guide on Birchbox’s site to read articles and watch how to videos for the products you’ll receive each month.
Spins.fm: This mobile app is a great new way for music artists to be a part of mainstream radio’s request line. Using social media, artists mobilize fans to help your song get to the top of the charts. Stations have another way to increase listener engagement with social radio requests.
Gear Lode: This is wear your gear makes money for you! If you’re in a band, or are a sound and lights engineer, this is where you want to be. Make your gear available to travelling musicians that don’t want to, or can’t travel with their own. If you are an artist, Gear Lode gives you options for equipment from state to state.
Grain Audio: The team at Grain Audio just completed their first round of funding via Kickstarter! The mission at Grain is to “rock hard, have fun, and give back.” The founders at Grain believe great sound is an art form and it’s what they are looking to deliver to listeners once their home speaker, over ear headphones, and buds go on sale. We especially like the classic wood grain design.
Breakrs: Described to us as a fantasy sports-like platform for music, Breakrs enables music fans to show off their skill in spotting the best new bands. Act as a talent scout to “break” up-and-coming bands, earning rewards and recognition.
hostr: Using this online resource, you can host live performances in your home. Book from a variety of talent, and invite friends to share in the cost if you choose. Bring a talented singer, musician, or poet into your home for your next shindig!
Art Battles U featured top painters from New York’s premiere art schools. Held in Manhattan’s Webser Hall, Art Battles filled the venue with students, atrists, and DJs. DJ Kalkutta provided backdrop music as the artists battled it out painting their pieces in the center of the floor, while not being able to view each others work. Art Battles U is certainly the most amped up art battle I’ve ever attended. Guest DJs from participating schools had an opportunity to touch down and spin for the crowd. At that point the stage was as packed as the floor! Inspired by relationships, music and film, each artist displayed a different style or technique in their work.
Over 50 pieces of art by Jean-Michel Basquiat are being featured at the Gagosian Gallery in New York. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 6th. Wall sized pieces, sets like a three panel Dizzy Gillespie, and portraits including Cassius Clay cover the entire gallery.
Basquiat’s famous crown image is seen throughout on several pieces of art. A wall sized Batman themed painting includes the quote, “Cowards will give to get rid of you.” It’s easy to get a sense of Basquiat’s love for humanity as you view the collection. His connection to the every man is evident. In several of Basquiat’s work you can find warnings of man’s vices within the art. A style all his own, Basquiat’s work includes several layers, distorted figures, and messages throughout.