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In conversation with James Yates
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In conversation with James Yates

Lifestyle We had a pleasure speaking with James Yates, who just launched his new app Y-17.      Tell us about your newly launched app Y-17?   Y-17 is an on demand, follow along workout for all fitness abilities. It is HIIT style training, using primarily bodyweight that encourages people to keep moving, following the class which I take and participate in whilst encouraging the participants. Each class caters to people of all fitness abilities and I give instruction at the start as to how to make it easier or harder depending on your fitness levels.  On top of this, each person gets an individualised plan, which is created based on their goals along with recipes to follow if they need some inspo. There will be a weekly mental health message sent out along with a mental health page and down the line a nutrition page with advice from experts.  The higher levels subscription will also have access to a direct chat to me here I can respond to them, and even with personal video responses.  Live classes and yoga classes will be available to sign up also.      What have been some of your highlights of this year, looking back and what are you most looking forward to in 2021?   Highlights of the year for 2020… hmmm. I actually feel fairly fortunate that this year has presented a lot of opportunity to me. Work wise I have worked with some huge brands, and feel I have progressed so that is a nice takeaway from 2020. Shooting for Armani in Milan was great and the team was amazing. I also created an app from nothing, which was a cool experience for me. It has been incredible to see how many people are already joining in the classes and the feedback have got has been wonderful that has been brilliant for me personally. I love the fact I am able to help people keeping healthy even in all these lockdowns. Personally, I also have progressed mentally and find myself in a much better position this year. I feel I have grown up and matured and understand myself better and what I need for myself toby in the best position possible. It is nice to have come through a year like we have all had and have that understanding.        What made you decide and inspired you to launch an app?    I had a couple books come out a few years ago now that were really successful and I wanted to build on that and help people with a more visual tool. I did live workouts on instagram initially to help people during lockdown.  And then with the lockdowns and gyms closing I thought that it was as good a time as any. So I started filming my workouts and offering encouragement through them to give people the motivation and guidance for them to workout. I wanted the app to feel personal so I added a chat feature where they can message me and can reply directly to them with video messages to answer any questions and make them feel like we are working out together and a part of a community.     What is the biggest lesson you have learnt this year?    I have learned a couple things this year. 1st is patience. I am terrible at being patient, and in year like 2020 its been vitally important to be that, and appreciate where you are and what you have already. Also, I have learned how people are amazing when they feel sense of community and can buy into something together. I have seen this in local communities response to the pandemic, people helping the aged, nurses, those in need, but also within my training app, where people are encouraging, love that feel of togetherness training and personally think that community interaction is something that is wonderful to be a part of.      How important is in your own words mental and physical strength?    Strength to me is vital, both mentally and physically, but I often think it is misinterpreted. A lot of times what people, and I include myself in this, perceive things to maybe be weakness but actually they are quite often the strongest of actions. Being able to admit you’re struggling or something is actually as strong as it gets, or asking for help. I think this year we have seen how strong people can be mentally when tested, but again, when we’ve struggled we have come through. The pandemic has also shown how vital physical fitness is, with those most healthy being almost completely unaffected other than in some rare circumstances. People are incredible, and in a year when we have had so much thrown at us, I think we have on the most part, faced it up and dealt with it. We had a pleasure speaking with James Yates, who just launched his new app Y-17.      Tell us about your newly launched app Y-17?   Y-17 is an on demand, follow along workout for all fitness abilities. It is HIIT style training, using primarily bodyweight that encourages people to keep moving, following the class which I take and participate in whilst encouraging the participants. Each class caters to people of all fitness abilities and I give instruction at the start as to how to make it easier or harder depending on your fitness levels.  On top of this, each person gets an individualised plan, which is created based on their goals along with recipes to follow if they need some inspo. There will be a weekly mental health message sent out along with a mental health page and down the line a nutrition page with advice from experts.  The higher levels subscription will also have access to a direct chat to me here I can respond to them, and even with personal video responses.  Live classes and yoga classes will be available to sign up also.      What have been some of your highlights of this year, looking back and what are you most looking forward to in 2021?   Highlights of the year for 2020… hmmm. I actually feel fairly fortunate that this year has presented a lot of opportunity to me. Work wise I have worked with some huge brands, and feel I have progressed so that is a nice takeaway from 2020. Shooting for Armani in Milan was great and the team was amazing. I also created an app from nothing, which was a cool experience for me. It has been incredible to see how many people are already joining in the classes and the feedback have got has been wonderful that has been brilliant for me personally. I love the fact I am able to help people keeping healthy even in all these lockdowns. Personally, I also have progressed mentally and find myself in a much better position this year. I feel I have grown up and matured and understand myself better and what I need for myself toby in the best position possible. It is nice to have come through a year like we have all had and have that understanding.        What made you decide and inspired you to launch an app?    I had a couple books come out a few years ago now that were really successful and I wanted to build on that and help people with a more visual tool. I did live workouts on instagram initially to help people during lockdown.  And then with the lockdowns and gyms closing I thought that it was as good a time as any. So I started filming my workouts and offering encouragement through them to give people the motivation and guidance for them to workout. I wanted the app to feel personal so I added a chat feature where they can message me and can reply directly to them with video messages to answer any questions and make them feel like we are working out together and a part of a community.     What is the biggest lesson you have learnt this year?    I have learned a couple things this year. 1st is patience. I am terrible at being patient, and in year like 2020 its been vitally important to be that, and appreciate where you are and what you have already. Also, I have learned how people are amazing when they feel sense of community and can buy into something together. I have seen this in local communities response to the pandemic, people helping the aged, nurses, those in need, but also within my training app, where people are encouraging, love that feel of togetherness training and personally think that community interaction is something that is wonderful to be a part of.      How important is in your own words mental and physical strength?    Strength to me is vital, both mentally and physically, but I often think it is misinterpreted. A lot of times what people, and I include myself in this, perceive things to maybe be weakness but actually they are quite often the strongest of actions. Being able to admit you’re struggling or something is actually as strong as it gets, or asking for help. I think this year we have seen how strong people can be mentally when tested, but again, when we’ve struggled we have come through. The pandemic has also shown how vital physical fitness is, with those most healthy being almost completely unaffected other than in some rare circumstances. People are incredible, and in a year when we have had so much thrown at us, I think we have on the most part, faced it up and dealt with it.

Gucci collaborates with The North Face
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Gucci collaborates with The North Face

Fashion Gucci reveals its collaboration with The North Face that celebrates the spirit of exploration. Whether literal exploration of places and cultures or the more metaphorical adventures encouraged today by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci has always catered to the curious, presentingitsclothes as tools that push the wearer into different territories.     The North Face famously outfits those who seek adventure. But there are also deeper parallels between the stories of Gucci and its new partner. Since their founding in San Francisco in 1966, the brand has committed to pioneering product innovation and enabling all forms of exploration.  It is a well acknowledged notion that travel leads to self-discovery, and in this conviction The North Face is aligned with Gucci, which similarly empowers people in their quest to celebrate and express their own characters and personalities, embedding Alessandro Michele’s approach towards fashion as a powerful instrument of freedom.     To promote this new partnership, Alessandro Michele has conceived a campaign shot by Daniel Shea, set in the Alps. In stills and video, as well as through content created for TikTok, we are led through a trip to the great outdoors with a group of Gucci-clad hikers, who camp by the lakes. The forests and peaks of the region form a vast and breath-taking scenic backdrop to the imagery, which in capturing colorful candid moments of group activity are reminiscent of holiday snaps, effortlessly showcasing the distinctive products.The campaign’s atmosphere evokes the aesthetic of the 70’s, when The North Face was a thriving outdoor retailer based in Berkeley, CA and shared a factory and storefront adjacent to Credence Clearwater Revival’s practice studio, whose iconic song “Bad Moon Rising” is featured throughout the video campaign.     This special cross-category collection for men and women comprises ready-to-wear, soft accessories, luggage and shoes, as well as some more unexpected pieces linked to the outdoor world of The North Face, such as tents and sleeping bags.     The North Face x Gucci Collection is in line with the commitments of both the two brands to eco-sustainable activities.  Luggage contain ECONYL®— a nylon fabric sourced from regenerated materials (from fish nets, carpets and other scraps) that can be recycled and recreated, aiding in decreasing its ecological footprint.Additionally, the color palette was inspired by the 70’s and curated from The North Face materials library. Archival fabrics have been partially incorporated into the collection to give them a new life.     Packaging for the pieces come in vibrant pink featuring The North Face X Gucci logo. The garment and carrier bags, boxes and pouches have been strategically designed to reduce the environmental impact at every step of creation. All paper and cardboard come from sustainably managed forest sources and an uncoated paper has been used to ensure it is fully recyclable. To reduce the amount of paper, boxes are equipped with handles to avoid using shopping bags. Larger items come in shopping bags and cotton covers without boxes.     Debuting in China, the collectionwill be distributed through distinctly designed stores and ephemeral Gucci Pins, where the special bright floral patterns of the range will be used to dress the spaces and effect façade takeovers.A limited selection of The North Face x Gucci pieces will also be available on gucci.com, with some exciting online exclusives.      Shining a light on the collection’s motifs, Gucci Artwalls will be unveiled in five cities – Hong-Kong, Shanghai, London, New York and Milan – and will feature dedicated imagery with a variety of creative executions. Though all different, these pieces of street art will all incorporate The North Face x Gucci logo.              Credits for the campaign: Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer & Director: Daniel Shea Make Up: Thomas De Kluyver Hair stylist: Alex Brownsell Gucci reveals its collaboration with The North Face that celebrates the spirit of exploration. Whether literal exploration of places and cultures or the more metaphorical adventures encouraged today by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, Gucci has always catered to the curious, presentingitsclothes as tools that push the wearer into different territories.     The North Face famously outfits those who seek adventure. But there are also deeper parallels between the stories of Gucci and its new partner. Since their founding in San Francisco in 1966, the brand has committed to pioneering product innovation and enabling all forms of exploration.  It is a well acknowledged notion that travel leads to self-discovery, and in this conviction The North Face is aligned with Gucci, which similarly empowers people in their quest to celebrate and express their own characters and personalities, embedding Alessandro Michele’s approach towards fashion as a powerful instrument of freedom.     To promote this new partnership, Alessandro Michele has conceived a campaign shot by Daniel Shea, set in the Alps. In stills and video, as well as through content created for TikTok, we are led through a trip to the great outdoors with a group of Gucci-clad hikers, who camp by the lakes. The forests and peaks of the region form a vast and breath-taking scenic backdrop to the imagery, which in capturing colorful candid moments of group activity are reminiscent of holiday snaps, effortlessly showcasing the distinctive products.The campaign’s atmosphere evokes the aesthetic of the 70’s, when The North Face was a thriving outdoor retailer based in Berkeley, CA and shared a factory and storefront adjacent to Credence Clearwater Revival’s practice studio, whose iconic song “Bad Moon Rising” is featured throughout the video campaign.     This special cross-category collection for men and women comprises ready-to-wear, soft accessories, luggage and shoes, as well as some more unexpected pieces linked to the outdoor world of The North Face, such as tents and sleeping bags.     The North Face x Gucci Collection is in line with the commitments of both the two brands to eco-sustainable activities.  Luggage contain ECONYL®— a nylon fabric sourced from regenerated materials (from fish nets, carpets and other scraps) that can be recycled and recreated, aiding in decreasing its ecological footprint.Additionally, the color palette was inspired by the 70’s and curated from The North Face materials library. Archival fabrics have been partially incorporated into the collection to give them a new life.     Packaging for the pieces come in vibrant pink featuring The North Face X Gucci logo. The garment and carrier bags, boxes and pouches have been strategically designed to reduce the environmental impact at every step of creation. All paper and cardboard come from sustainably managed forest sources and an uncoated paper has been used to ensure it is fully recyclable. To reduce the amount of paper, boxes are equipped with handles to avoid using shopping bags. Larger items come in shopping bags and cotton covers without boxes.     Debuting in China, the collectionwill be distributed through distinctly designed stores and ephemeral Gucci Pins, where the special bright floral patterns of the range will be used to dress the spaces and effect façade takeovers.A limited selection of The North Face x Gucci pieces will also be available on gucci.com, with some exciting online exclusives.      Shining a light on the collection’s motifs, Gucci Artwalls will be unveiled in five cities – Hong-Kong, Shanghai, London, New York and Milan – and will feature dedicated imagery with a variety of creative executions. Though all different, these pieces of street art will all incorporate The North Face x Gucci logo.              Credits for the campaign: Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer & Director: Daniel Shea Make Up: Thomas De Kluyver Hair stylist: Alex Brownsell

Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Berluti
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Exclusive editorial in collaboration with Berluti

Fashion Exclusive new editorial in collaboration with Berluti.   Credits: Photographer Linus Morales at Lomo mgmt Fashion editor Gabriella Norberg Hair & Make-up Amelie Holmberg at Agency Bigoudi Model Luca Farup at Two Management Photo assistant digital Kat Stump  Photo assistant light Karl Sandock Fashion assistant Sarah Schmidt Editor Timotej Letonja Exclusive new editorial in collaboration with Berluti.   Credits: Photographer Linus Morales at Lomo mgmt Fashion editor Gabriella Norberg Hair & Make-up Amelie Holmberg at Agency Bigoudi Model Luca Farup at Two Management Photo assistant digital Kat Stump  Photo assistant light Karl Sandock Fashion assistant Sarah Schmidt Editor Timotej Letonja

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Scotch & Soda presents their new collection for  Spring 2021
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Scotch & Soda presents their new collection for Spring 2021

Fashion For Spring 2021, Scotch & Soda brings a bold attitude to everyday dressing inspired by an original Nordic folktale.   Celebrating the power of self-expression, the collection connects classic with eclectic to establish a unique contemporary dress code that reflects the free-thinking spirit of the Scotch woman.   This new aesthetic sees workwear classics and denim – the core of every collection – reworked into a chic newtility uniform, elevated in rich fabrics and with subtly extravagant details.   Influenced by military outfits in the tale, key looks are executed in understated shades of khaki, army green and sand, and energised with pops of pink. A high-neck cotton twill shirt is feminised with ruffles and broderie anglaise, while a coordinating trucker jacket and high-waisted trousers come in soft- shine corduroy. Cargo trousers woven from recycled cotton and linen are cut in oversized proportions, and a clean wool-blend longline overshirt has military pocketing and stud detailing on the back and sleeves – clean designs instilled with an easy elegance that offer versatile wardrobe solutions.   Denim takes on a tailored look that expands on uniform dressing. A sleek belted denim jacket is paired with liquid-blue straight-leg jeans woven from a lyocell blend, and a boxy cotton trucker jacket in a vibrant seasonal pink is matched with boyfriend jeans finished with contrast stitching. Denim remains a focus for responsible design for spring: over half the seasonal range contains responsible fabrics or washes. This includes our new fit, the Charm, a sleek high-rise flare offered in two washes that contain organic cotton blends. All labels, zip tapes and stitching on our five-pocket jeans are made with recycled polyester, while the majority of back patches use recycled leather.   Refined essentials unite the collection, with an emphasis on ease and twists to timeless prints, from a fluid checked jumpsuit, to a graphic vertical striped jumper. Volume is explored in shirting and knitwear amplified with balloon sleeves, and full paper-bag trousers that nod to the fantastical, feminine silhouettes in the tale, but infused with a tough edge.   Vivid prints round up the season, contrasted against simple shapes. Ornate tapestry prints which depict the story of the folktale lead, appearing on a signature double-breasted suit. Fun numerical patterns drawn from military dog tags and bleeding florals are also prominent, all bespoke and hand- sketched in-house.   By effortlessly connecting the unexpected, Spring 21 offers a unique perspective on modern daywear that’s grounded in authentic, playfully detailed designs. For Spring 2021, Scotch & Soda brings a bold attitude to everyday dressing inspired by an original Nordic folktale.   Celebrating the power of self-expression, the collection connects classic with eclectic to establish a unique contemporary dress code that reflects the free-thinking spirit of the Scotch woman.   This new aesthetic sees workwear classics and denim – the core of every collection – reworked into a chic newtility uniform, elevated in rich fabrics and with subtly extravagant details.   Influenced by military outfits in the tale, key looks are executed in understated shades of khaki, army green and sand, and energised with pops of pink. A high-neck cotton twill shirt is feminised with ruffles and broderie anglaise, while a coordinating trucker jacket and high-waisted trousers come in soft- shine corduroy. Cargo trousers woven from recycled cotton and linen are cut in oversized proportions, and a clean wool-blend longline overshirt has military pocketing and stud detailing on the back and sleeves – clean designs instilled with an easy elegance that offer versatile wardrobe solutions.   Denim takes on a tailored look that expands on uniform dressing. A sleek belted denim jacket is paired with liquid-blue straight-leg jeans woven from a lyocell blend, and a boxy cotton trucker jacket in a vibrant seasonal pink is matched with boyfriend jeans finished with contrast stitching. Denim remains a focus for responsible design for spring: over half the seasonal range contains responsible fabrics or washes. This includes our new fit, the Charm, a sleek high-rise flare offered in two washes that contain organic cotton blends. All labels, zip tapes and stitching on our five-pocket jeans are made with recycled polyester, while the majority of back patches use recycled leather.   Refined essentials unite the collection, with an emphasis on ease and twists to timeless prints, from a fluid checked jumpsuit, to a graphic vertical striped jumper. Volume is explored in shirting and knitwear amplified with balloon sleeves, and full paper-bag trousers that nod to the fantastical, feminine silhouettes in the tale, but infused with a tough edge.   Vivid prints round up the season, contrasted against simple shapes. Ornate tapestry prints which depict the story of the folktale lead, appearing on a signature double-breasted suit. Fun numerical patterns drawn from military dog tags and bleeding florals are also prominent, all bespoke and hand- sketched in-house.   By effortlessly connecting the unexpected, Spring 21 offers a unique perspective on modern daywear that’s grounded in authentic, playfully detailed designs.

In conversation with Christian Louboutin
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In conversation with Christian Louboutin

Design The lockdown was a relief for Christian Louboutin. A welcome break to reflect on thirty years of his shoe design. The designer, known for the red sole, shows his colors. "Before, I had too little time to think about sustainability and I mainly went along with the moment." A conversation about vision, roots and future. Two weeks after his retrospective exhibition L'Exhibitioniste opened in Paris at the end of February, the doors closed again. "It was like a fairy tale, à la Sleeping Beauty. The exhibition froze in the middle of winter and opened again in June without losing any of its topicality. ”The exhibition, which can be viewed until 3 January, is like 'a universe' where the shoe as a 'sacred object' is the common thread. is the creation of the French shoe designer for thirty years. The lockdown actually came as 'just called', says the designer from his studio in Paris with a strong French accent. Glasses adorn his forehead above a Mickey Mouse print t-shirt. Behind him on a cork notice board, Dolly Parton smiles into the camera.     Tell me how did you experience that period of stagnation?   "For me, the period of the lockdown was mostly positive. Of course, from a business point of view, this year presents many challenges. But I prefer to look at it rosy: it is a time of introspection. That obligatory pause for thought was pretty much the first in my career for me. Finally a breather. Time to reset and challenge myself again. "     What did that look bring in?   "I am a slow motion thinker. I need time for a change, want to be able to sleep on something overnight, rethink it. The retrospective on thirty years of work is reflected in various chapters. It is now time for a new chapter. My work will not change, but my process and approach do require change. Perhaps it is time to travel less and become more sustainable. Looking back, I didn't have enough time to think about these things. "     Sustainability has long been en vogue, hasn't it?   "Everyone talks about sustainability, that's true. But I don't want to fall into the marketing trap. Words like "sustainable" or "organic" sound great, but there is often a void behind them. I take it seriously and that means it takes time. I would like to do it well, instead of claiming to be sustainable because, for example, we use a different kind of leather. "     No vegan leather for Louboutin?   "It's about looking further. It is nice that some plants can replace leather. But if you have to cut down forests to plant those plants and then need a lot of water to make them grow, I don't think that's sustainable. Sustainability requires a thorough evaluation. Concepts such as vegan and fake leather fall short in this. Research on how to make less impact on the planet is at the heart of the new chapter. "     "A petit café, please."   Louboutin puts the receiver down on his desk as quickly as he picks it up. Behind him is an iconic patent leather stiletto, black with red sole, the heel about six centimeters high. He drinks his coffee black - and "not too hot".     Has your view of the planet changed this year?   "I feel that nature has sent us a lot of signals this year. Think of the water in Venice that was suddenly transparent. And also the sea that I look out on from my apartment in Rio de Janeiro. I've never seen the water so clear. Animals came back into the city… The power of nature to restore is immense. That gives me a lot of hope. We have the ability to change and transform what we have previously damaged. But that hope also requires responsibility and other choices. "     Thirty years of shoe design have passed. What will the future bring?   "This year stands for reflection. I am processing everything and trying to release new projects & new designs. The lockdown was a relief for Christian Louboutin. A welcome break to reflect on thirty years of his shoe design. The designer, known for the red sole, shows his colors. "Before, I had too little time to think about sustainability and I mainly went along with the moment." A conversation about vision, roots and future. Two weeks after his retrospective exhibition L'Exhibitioniste opened in Paris at the end of February, the doors closed again. "It was like a fairy tale, à la Sleeping Beauty. The exhibition froze in the middle of winter and opened again in June without losing any of its topicality. ”The exhibition, which can be viewed until 3 January, is like 'a universe' where the shoe as a 'sacred object' is the common thread. is the creation of the French shoe designer for thirty years. The lockdown actually came as 'just called', says the designer from his studio in Paris with a strong French accent. Glasses adorn his forehead above a Mickey Mouse print t-shirt. Behind him on a cork notice board, Dolly Parton smiles into the camera.     Tell me how did you experience that period of stagnation?   "For me, the period of the lockdown was mostly positive. Of course, from a business point of view, this year presents many challenges. But I prefer to look at it rosy: it is a time of introspection. That obligatory pause for thought was pretty much the first in my career for me. Finally a breather. Time to reset and challenge myself again. "     What did that look bring in?   "I am a slow motion thinker. I need time for a change, want to be able to sleep on something overnight, rethink it. The retrospective on thirty years of work is reflected in various chapters. It is now time for a new chapter. My work will not change, but my process and approach do require change. Perhaps it is time to travel less and become more sustainable. Looking back, I didn't have enough time to think about these things. "     Sustainability has long been en vogue, hasn't it?   "Everyone talks about sustainability, that's true. But I don't want to fall into the marketing trap. Words like "sustainable" or "organic" sound great, but there is often a void behind them. I take it seriously and that means it takes time. I would like to do it well, instead of claiming to be sustainable because, for example, we use a different kind of leather. "     No vegan leather for Louboutin?   "It's about looking further. It is nice that some plants can replace leather. But if you have to cut down forests to plant those plants and then need a lot of water to make them grow, I don't think that's sustainable. Sustainability requires a thorough evaluation. Concepts such as vegan and fake leather fall short in this. Research on how to make less impact on the planet is at the heart of the new chapter. "     "A petit café, please."   Louboutin puts the receiver down on his desk as quickly as he picks it up. Behind him is an iconic patent leather stiletto, black with red sole, the heel about six centimeters high. He drinks his coffee black - and "not too hot".     Has your view of the planet changed this year?   "I feel that nature has sent us a lot of signals this year. Think of the water in Venice that was suddenly transparent. And also the sea that I look out on from my apartment in Rio de Janeiro. I've never seen the water so clear. Animals came back into the city… The power of nature to restore is immense. That gives me a lot of hope. We have the ability to change and transform what we have previously damaged. But that hope also requires responsibility and other choices. "     Thirty years of shoe design have passed. What will the future bring?   "This year stands for reflection. I am processing everything and trying to release new projects & new designs.

JUST LAUNCHED NEW BRAND  DEMI-FINE AND WELLNESS JEWELLERY LABEL CAPSULE ELEVEN
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JUST LAUNCHED NEW BRAND DEMI-FINE AND WELLNESS JEWELLERY LABEL CAPSULE ELEVEN

Jewelry Capsule Eleven is an empowering, contemporary unisex jewellery label that uses symbols and design functionality to create pieces that become part of the wearer unique story.     The core of the capsule items that are at the heart of the brand’s DNA and are intended to be treasured as timeless personal staples.  They are also representative of and inspired by ‘time capsules’ that contain objects typical of the present moment that could be rediscovered in the future.  Many of the pieces physically open to potentially store wellness items such as crystals, CBD oil and aromatherapy oil.  In antiquity, eleven is a high vibrational number that symbolizes energy, inspiration and vision, themes at the core of the brands values.     Born during Lockdown:   Capsule Eleven was created in 2020 amidst the global pandemic.  Its founder and designer Natalie Benmayor wanted to create something beautiful and meaningful for her future wearer that gives them a feeling of personal power and strength.     Sustainability:    Traditional craftsmanship and ancient references inspire contemporary pieces with people, experiences and stories at the core.  Sustainability is firmly at the heart of the brand with all the brass and sterling silver made from recycled metals, the packaging made from recycled card.  High quality 18ct gold and 24ct gold vermeil plating ensures the pieces have durability , they are intended to be worn daily and treasured according to slow fashion principles.       Capsule Collection:   Inspired by ancient knowledge, the Power Symbols collection interprets numerology and Egyptian mythology into a meaningful, contemporary range.  Using design details such as subtle engravings and  sculptural statement links, the wearer can display symbols boldly or keep them as privately  as they desire.  The pieces are intended to create a feeling of strength, energy and protection.     Power Symbols Collection:   Inspired by ancient knowledge, the Power Symbols collection interprets numerology and Egyptian mythology into a meaningful, contemporary range.  Using design details such as subtle engravings and  sculptural statement links, the wearer can display symbols boldly or keep them as privately  as they desire.  The pieces are intended to create a feeling of strength, energy and protection.     Eye Opener Collection:   Iconic and empowering, the Eye Opener Collection is inspired by ancient symbology and given a contemporary twist.  This signature chain design is inspired by vintage links and reinterpreted as the Capsule Eleven brand symbol with an eye motif in the centre. The eye is a powerful universal symbol of protection, wisdom, knowledge and mystery.  In addition, the third eye is known as the sixth chakra, where you inhabit your authentic voice and intuition. It helps you make clear decisions to reach your true purpose in life. The eye as a functioning clip is a metaphor for the third eye opening.     The Jewel Beneath Collection:   The Jewel Beneath collection is inspired by strength, resilience, and archaeological finds.  The digging and chipping away at rocks to reveal hidden treasures is symbolic of the ‘breaking through’ of a person’s true nature; and triangle geometry represents strength from within.  The inside of the ring is engraved with the Egyptian symbol for “was”, in the shape of the staff carried by the Pharaohs, which represents personal power and domination.         About Natalie Benmayor Designer and Founder:   Benmayor used her family history and experience of different cultures and aesthetics to create designs that offer the potential for personalisation.  Her family history carries with it an evocative story fleeing to London from exile in Egypt, smuggling across the seas nothing but their jewels, and so her love for jewellery that’s precious and meaningful has been embedded since her youth,  the family pieces were placed in a London vault before their rediscovery and their story has inspired the first capsule, with the symbols used taken from ancient Egypt.  This box of treasure represented a family time capsule which also inspired the brands name. The British born half-Egyptian entrepreneurial designer has always followed her own path in design as well as working for many global brands, founded her own labels and created bespoke jewels.       Ancient Amulet philosophy Meets Modern Wellness:   The jewellery explores the philosophies of amulet wearing, alongside modern wellness techniques she has picked up on her travels and discovered through her own healing journey.  Capsule Eleven's designs explore the balance between meaning and personal style in equal measure.  The historical amulet is given modern functionality using the healing properties of semi-precious stones and ancient symbols to create luxury pieces that go beyond aesthetic value.    Stockists: In addition to the online platform and shop at www.capsueleelven.co.uk the brand has already secured distribution by global luxury platform farfetch.com      www.capsuleeleven.co.uk http://www.instagram.com/capsuleeleven/ Capsule Eleven is an empowering, contemporary unisex jewellery label that uses symbols and design functionality to create pieces that become part of the wearer unique story.     The core of the capsule items that are at the heart of the brand’s DNA and are intended to be treasured as timeless personal staples.  They are also representative of and inspired by ‘time capsules’ that contain objects typical of the present moment that could be rediscovered in the future.  Many of the pieces physically open to potentially store wellness items such as crystals, CBD oil and aromatherapy oil.  In antiquity, eleven is a high vibrational number that symbolizes energy, inspiration and vision, themes at the core of the brands values.     Born during Lockdown:   Capsule Eleven was created in 2020 amidst the global pandemic.  Its founder and designer Natalie Benmayor wanted to create something beautiful and meaningful for her future wearer that gives them a feeling of personal power and strength.     Sustainability:    Traditional craftsmanship and ancient references inspire contemporary pieces with people, experiences and stories at the core.  Sustainability is firmly at the heart of the brand with all the brass and sterling silver made from recycled metals, the packaging made from recycled card.  High quality 18ct gold and 24ct gold vermeil plating ensures the pieces have durability , they are intended to be worn daily and treasured according to slow fashion principles.       Capsule Collection:   Inspired by ancient knowledge, the Power Symbols collection interprets numerology and Egyptian mythology into a meaningful, contemporary range.  Using design details such as subtle engravings and  sculptural statement links, the wearer can display symbols boldly or keep them as privately  as they desire.  The pieces are intended to create a feeling of strength, energy and protection.     Power Symbols Collection:   Inspired by ancient knowledge, the Power Symbols collection interprets numerology and Egyptian mythology into a meaningful, contemporary range.  Using design details such as subtle engravings and  sculptural statement links, the wearer can display symbols boldly or keep them as privately  as they desire.  The pieces are intended to create a feeling of strength, energy and protection.     Eye Opener Collection:   Iconic and empowering, the Eye Opener Collection is inspired by ancient symbology and given a contemporary twist.  This signature chain design is inspired by vintage links and reinterpreted as the Capsule Eleven brand symbol with an eye motif in the centre. The eye is a powerful universal symbol of protection, wisdom, knowledge and mystery.  In addition, the third eye is known as the sixth chakra, where you inhabit your authentic voice and intuition. It helps you make clear decisions to reach your true purpose in life. The eye as a functioning clip is a metaphor for the third eye opening.     The Jewel Beneath Collection:   The Jewel Beneath collection is inspired by strength, resilience, and archaeological finds.  The digging and chipping away at rocks to reveal hidden treasures is symbolic of the ‘breaking through’ of a person’s true nature; and triangle geometry represents strength from within.  The inside of the ring is engraved with the Egyptian symbol for “was”, in the shape of the staff carried by the Pharaohs, which represents personal power and domination.         About Natalie Benmayor Designer and Founder:   Benmayor used her family history and experience of different cultures and aesthetics to create designs that offer the potential for personalisation.  Her family history carries with it an evocative story fleeing to London from exile in Egypt, smuggling across the seas nothing but their jewels, and so her love for jewellery that’s precious and meaningful has been embedded since her youth,  the family pieces were placed in a London vault before their rediscovery and their story has inspired the first capsule, with the symbols used taken from ancient Egypt.  This box of treasure represented a family time capsule which also inspired the brands name. The British born half-Egyptian entrepreneurial designer has always followed her own path in design as well as working for many global brands, founded her own labels and created bespoke jewels.       Ancient Amulet philosophy Meets Modern Wellness:   The jewellery explores the philosophies of amulet wearing, alongside modern wellness techniques she has picked up on her travels and discovered through her own healing journey.  Capsule Eleven's designs explore the balance between meaning and personal style in equal measure.  The historical amulet is given modern functionality using the healing properties of semi-precious stones and ancient symbols to create luxury pieces that go beyond aesthetic value.    Stockists: In addition to the online platform and shop at www.capsueleelven.co.uk the brand has already secured distribution by global luxury platform farfetch.com      www.capsuleeleven.co.uk http://www.instagram.com/capsuleeleven/

Chopard  launches new timepieces for the Mille Miglia collection
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Chopard launches new timepieces for the Mille Miglia collection

Watches Since 1988, Chopard has been the main partner and official timekeeper of the famous endurance 1000 Miglia race, a close collaboration born of the Scheufele family's longstanding passion for classic cars, which Karl-Friedrich Scheufele – Co-President of the Maison – both collects and drives, including at various motorsports events.     Founded in 1927, the 1000 Miglia is one of the most famous automobile events in the world. Originally, the 1,618 km route – the equivalent of 1,005 Roman miles – was a speed race that started and ended in Brescia, with a passage through Rome. After its original formula was interrupted in 1957, the 1000 Miglia was relaunched in 1977 as an endurance race for cars built between 1927 and 1957, still covering 1,000 miles. Over the years, the original route has undergone a few changes, but has remained faithful to the route designed 93 years ago by the original organisers, criss-crossing Italian scenery that has remained virtually unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century.      Chopard is proud to present a new series of watches. The Mille Miglia Race Edition chronograph is available in a 250-piece limited edition with a 42 mm-diameter case in bead-blasted DLC stainless steel and ethical rose gold with black leather strap and dial; and in 1,000 pieces entirely in bead-blasted DLC stainless steel, each powered by a chronometer-certified mechanical movement with automatic winding. Since 1988, Chopard has been the main partner and official timekeeper of the famous endurance 1000 Miglia race, a close collaboration born of the Scheufele family's longstanding passion for classic cars, which Karl-Friedrich Scheufele – Co-President of the Maison – both collects and drives, including at various motorsports events.     Founded in 1927, the 1000 Miglia is one of the most famous automobile events in the world. Originally, the 1,618 km route – the equivalent of 1,005 Roman miles – was a speed race that started and ended in Brescia, with a passage through Rome. After its original formula was interrupted in 1957, the 1000 Miglia was relaunched in 1977 as an endurance race for cars built between 1927 and 1957, still covering 1,000 miles. Over the years, the original route has undergone a few changes, but has remained faithful to the route designed 93 years ago by the original organisers, criss-crossing Italian scenery that has remained virtually unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century.      Chopard is proud to present a new series of watches. The Mille Miglia Race Edition chronograph is available in a 250-piece limited edition with a 42 mm-diameter case in bead-blasted DLC stainless steel and ethical rose gold with black leather strap and dial; and in 1,000 pieces entirely in bead-blasted DLC stainless steel, each powered by a chronometer-certified mechanical movement with automatic winding.

LEVI’S RED X Feng Chen Wang: An ode to the worker
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LEVI’S RED X Feng Chen Wang: An ode to the worker

Fashion We live in an increasingly globalised world, where it is commonplace for people to live and work in cities or even countries that they were not brought up in. Feng Chen Wang has been thinking about this and the Chinese people within her own network who are living and working abroad. She noticed a certain tenacity that was shared between them.     While many of us move away from our hometowns, these places often remain sanctuaries – full of family, friends and acquaintances, memory and emotion – which we always return to. This collection tells the story of an industrial worker who does just this, returns home to be with his family for Spring Festival.       It’s a journey that’s shared by many – Feng has witnessed it first-hand, when she returns to her home herself and sees industrial workers coming back for the Spring Festival. In thiscollaboration with Levis’, she takes this story and retells it through the language of clothes.   The collection echoes Levi’s own history of designing clothes for industrial workers, specificallyminers, and brings this legacy into a contemporary context, combining Levi’s aesthetic with Feng’s deconstructive approach to fashion.     Garments subvert the idea of the pocket, for example, exposing them and coupling them with releasable panels, while at the same time maintaining their functionality. Raw edges are employed to pay homage to this story meanwhile, juxtaposing machine- and hand-sewn fabrics.     As for the colour palette, Feng chose shades that would reinforce this story, selecting a classic Chinese New Year red and a similarly classic workwear blue and blue-and-black gradient, the latter of which reflects Chinese-style denim. Hand-dyed, this fabric emulates the texture of clothes that have been worn and worked in, weathered and wettened – whether by perspiration or precipitation.     This collection is a tribute to the industrial workers who travel – sometimes great distances – to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Theirs is a story of struggle and strength, trial and tenacity. For Feng, it’s both powerful and poetic – a shining example of confronting a challenge, sometimes multiple challenges, and continuing on in hope. We live in an increasingly globalised world, where it is commonplace for people to live and work in cities or even countries that they were not brought up in. Feng Chen Wang has been thinking about this and the Chinese people within her own network who are living and working abroad. She noticed a certain tenacity that was shared between them.     While many of us move away from our hometowns, these places often remain sanctuaries – full of family, friends and acquaintances, memory and emotion – which we always return to. This collection tells the story of an industrial worker who does just this, returns home to be with his family for Spring Festival.       It’s a journey that’s shared by many – Feng has witnessed it first-hand, when she returns to her home herself and sees industrial workers coming back for the Spring Festival. In thiscollaboration with Levis’, she takes this story and retells it through the language of clothes.   The collection echoes Levi’s own history of designing clothes for industrial workers, specificallyminers, and brings this legacy into a contemporary context, combining Levi’s aesthetic with Feng’s deconstructive approach to fashion.     Garments subvert the idea of the pocket, for example, exposing them and coupling them with releasable panels, while at the same time maintaining their functionality. Raw edges are employed to pay homage to this story meanwhile, juxtaposing machine- and hand-sewn fabrics.     As for the colour palette, Feng chose shades that would reinforce this story, selecting a classic Chinese New Year red and a similarly classic workwear blue and blue-and-black gradient, the latter of which reflects Chinese-style denim. Hand-dyed, this fabric emulates the texture of clothes that have been worn and worked in, weathered and wettened – whether by perspiration or precipitation.     This collection is a tribute to the industrial workers who travel – sometimes great distances – to provide for themselves and their loved ones. Theirs is a story of struggle and strength, trial and tenacity. For Feng, it’s both powerful and poetic – a shining example of confronting a challenge, sometimes multiple challenges, and continuing on in hope.

 ETNIA BARCELONA & IGNASI MONREAL
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ETNIA BARCELONA & IGNASI MONREAL

Accessories The Spanish eyewear brand Etnia Barcelona likes to describe itself as independent, rebellious and unruly. It does what it wants, does not follow trends and sets its own course. In the contemporary Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal, the brand also found that the perfect partner in crime for a collaboration. Ignasi Monreal is the "enfant terrible" of contemporary Spanish artists. He paints, makes ceramics, videos and animations, designs and sometimes works as a creative director. In short, a multi-talent that is difficult to pigeonhole. That is precisely why he and Etnia Barcelona are such a good match. Because this Spanish eyewear brand is also difficult to categorize under one heading. Both know their classics and draw effortlessly from history, but just as easily work with new forms and techniques. Everything they make is personal and unique with surrealism as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Both also like to create visual surprises, resulting in these unique sunglasses. The cubist shape and the two extra eyes are both intriguing and confusing and refer to modern pop art as much as to classical religious work. The Spanish eyewear brand Etnia Barcelona likes to describe itself as independent, rebellious and unruly. It does what it wants, does not follow trends and sets its own course. In the contemporary Spanish artist Ignasi Monreal, the brand also found that the perfect partner in crime for a collaboration. Ignasi Monreal is the "enfant terrible" of contemporary Spanish artists. He paints, makes ceramics, videos and animations, designs and sometimes works as a creative director. In short, a multi-talent that is difficult to pigeonhole. That is precisely why he and Etnia Barcelona are such a good match. Because this Spanish eyewear brand is also difficult to categorize under one heading. Both know their classics and draw effortlessly from history, but just as easily work with new forms and techniques. Everything they make is personal and unique with surrealism as an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Both also like to create visual surprises, resulting in these unique sunglasses. The cubist shape and the two extra eyes are both intriguing and confusing and refer to modern pop art as much as to classical religious work.

In conversation with Mako
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In conversation with Mako

Music We had a delight chatting with artist Mako.     Hi! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. How have you been keeping during this crazy year?   Hi guys!  Thanks so much for having me :). I’ve been doing alright, thank God.  Feeling super grateful, working along in a dark room from the studio luckily happens to be covid-proof.  I was able to finish the record and keep up on everything else       Has no touring allowed you more time in the studio to create and maybe experiment with different sounds?   Yeah absolutely.  I’m a total studio rat by trade, so staying off the road (as much of a bummer as that is) has been a good chance to keep shedding and keeping things moving for the year ahead.     How have you been staying motivated during the various lockdowns we’ve faced this year? Have you had to look elsewhere for influences and musical inspiration?   Musically, it’s been really great.  There’s been a lot of inspiring records coming out, super creative + dope live-streaming going on.  Life - wise, like everybody else, its super tricky keeping energized and positive and motivated without mixing in a proper social life into the fold.  I didn’t actually realize how important that was to the writing process :). Time off and time to live is so huge.     You’ve just released your new album ‘Fable’, congratulations! Is the album something that you’ll be looking to tour if and when we return to some sort of normality in 2021?   I think it’d be such a shame not to put this music together for people on the road.  Thankfully, we’ve still got a tour with Lindsey Stirling on the books for Summer 2021.  Fingers crossed everything works out and all the dates hold!     Any plans to stream any performances of the album for your fans in the meantime?   I don’t have anything solid-solid yet.  But I think this would be a really great alternative in case a tour doesn’t happen.     What are your plans for the festival period? During these strange times I know a lot of people are planning on spending time with their families and enjoying a well-deserved break.   You know, it’s been a few years for me since ‘festival season’ was an active thing for me.  Since I switched to this live-setup, I don’t think I’ve really jumped onto the festival circuit.  It’d be so fucking cool to check that box in the future :)       Do you have any more plans for the album or new music as we move into 2021?    I’m scoring my first TV show as we speak!! I can’t say a lot about it yet, as we’re still in development.  But its sooooo exciting, and I can’t wait to announce more about this.     Thanks a lot for your time!    We had a delight chatting with artist Mako.     Hi! Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. How have you been keeping during this crazy year?   Hi guys!  Thanks so much for having me :). I’ve been doing alright, thank God.  Feeling super grateful, working along in a dark room from the studio luckily happens to be covid-proof.  I was able to finish the record and keep up on everything else       Has no touring allowed you more time in the studio to create and maybe experiment with different sounds?   Yeah absolutely.  I’m a total studio rat by trade, so staying off the road (as much of a bummer as that is) has been a good chance to keep shedding and keeping things moving for the year ahead.     How have you been staying motivated during the various lockdowns we’ve faced this year? Have you had to look elsewhere for influences and musical inspiration?   Musically, it’s been really great.  There’s been a lot of inspiring records coming out, super creative + dope live-streaming going on.  Life - wise, like everybody else, its super tricky keeping energized and positive and motivated without mixing in a proper social life into the fold.  I didn’t actually realize how important that was to the writing process :). Time off and time to live is so huge.     You’ve just released your new album ‘Fable’, congratulations! Is the album something that you’ll be looking to tour if and when we return to some sort of normality in 2021?   I think it’d be such a shame not to put this music together for people on the road.  Thankfully, we’ve still got a tour with Lindsey Stirling on the books for Summer 2021.  Fingers crossed everything works out and all the dates hold!     Any plans to stream any performances of the album for your fans in the meantime?   I don’t have anything solid-solid yet.  But I think this would be a really great alternative in case a tour doesn’t happen.     What are your plans for the festival period? During these strange times I know a lot of people are planning on spending time with their families and enjoying a well-deserved break.   You know, it’s been a few years for me since ‘festival season’ was an active thing for me.  Since I switched to this live-setup, I don’t think I’ve really jumped onto the festival circuit.  It’d be so fucking cool to check that box in the future :)       Do you have any more plans for the album or new music as we move into 2021?    I’m scoring my first TV show as we speak!! I can’t say a lot about it yet, as we’re still in development.  But its sooooo exciting, and I can’t wait to announce more about this.     Thanks a lot for your time!   

In conversation with Jorge Lopez
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In conversation with Jorge Lopez

Men Recently we had a delight speaking with actor and our cover star Jorge Lopez.       As our theme for this season is "DREAM", what are your dreams Jorge? Was acting a dream of yours or did it just happen and evolve naturally?   At this moment my dreams are not very graphic, they are reduced to the simple. The great wishes that I had before are disappearing. Having been outside of my country for almost 7 years has made me connect stronger than ever with my roots and I want that my family is well and that they do not lack anything.   Acting was always present in my life, before I began to speak my body moved to the rhythm of the music, I dressed up, sang. Later at college the same, I participated in all the activities and was the production and staging leader.   When I finished high school it was a totally visceral decision to dedicate myself to this professionally. I never questioned it because I felt that it was what I had to do, period. That, hand in hand with destiny, made everything a great path, full of great experiences and learnings.     What are some of the highlights of "ELITE" on Netflix for you? Will you be back next season?   Elite is a project that will mark my career forever. That's a fact, as an actor to be able to play such a socially controversial character. And the reception of the public fills me with satisfaction.   Exploring places that I didn’t know either as an actor or as a person, Valerio took me to the darkest and at the same time luminous limits of a human being. I learned a lot from him.   In professional terms, it was the project that brought me to Europe, a place where I always wanted to experience working and growing. For which I am very grateful to the project. I met people I admire a lot, a great team of professionals.   The personal thing that is the most important for me, it meant growing. I have been living in Spain for almost 2 years and I want it to become my base, I am completely in love with this country.   Regarding my continuity in the series, my departure is already public. However, I am already working on the pre-production of another series, also with Netflix, which has me very excited.     How doeas your normal day look like? Do you have a daily routine?   The truth is I have my rituals (which I don't always follow), that I inherited from my mother. The key is breakfast, that marks the whole day. A shot of multiple vitamins and minerals extracted from fruits and vegetables, put in the blender and that's it.   Then sports. Personally, I like to swim in the morning, then go to the gym and I'm going to do whatever I have to do for work, photos, wardrobe tests, day of shooting, etc.   With regards to eating 5 daily meals, balanced and rich mainly in proteins and carbohydrates, because when I spend a lot, I must also consume a lot.     What is it like for you personally to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you been able to stay creative during these times? Perhaps you developed new dreams, projects, or discovered new passions?   It has been a very hard blow for everyone all around the world, we were all touched differently. I personally went through it with my best friends in Madrid, it was very enriching to experience a creative and personal retreat at the same time.   I came from a very strong rhythm of 10 years of work without stopping at any time, totally devoted and absorbed by my work. And this was a very hard blow to look inside myself. It was tremendously positive. I think I had forgotten who I was, I think I had lost myself. Now that I am resuming my work, it is much more powerful to be aware of all the personal spiritual work done in the confinement.   We were confined in Madrid for 2 months and I did discover many creative places in me beyond interpretation. Now I can say that I have more than 7 hobbies.     What do you think is the most important thing about the current times? What positive aspects can we draw from this difficult period?   These are highly contradictory times. I believe that the world is constantly changing from climate change to social change, which is dehumanizing us. Situations like this are terrible, they measure us, millions of deaths in the world, it is something with a very strong impact. It is important that we stop for a second to look around us and forget about our ego and only our interests.   I believe that growing in empathy and resilience is the positive aspect, that everything we are experiencing leaves me with.     CREDITS: Talent: Jorge Lopez @jorgelopez_as Photography: Nico Bustos @nicobustos@artlistparisnewyork Casting / EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Styling: Gabriella Norberg @gabriella.norberg Editor: Jordan Boothe @lmcworldwide  Photo assistants: Alex Orjecovschi, Federica Falcone Digital operator: Lorenzo Styling assistant: Tea Lindstrom Grooming: Alessandro Rebecchi @artlistparisnewyork Producer: Allan Vetier Production assistant: Ines Saccani  Special thanks to Hoxton Hotel Paris  Recently we had a delight speaking with actor and our cover star Jorge Lopez.       As our theme for this season is "DREAM", what are your dreams Jorge? Was acting a dream of yours or did it just happen and evolve naturally?   At this moment my dreams are not very graphic, they are reduced to the simple. The great wishes that I had before are disappearing. Having been outside of my country for almost 7 years has made me connect stronger than ever with my roots and I want that my family is well and that they do not lack anything.   Acting was always present in my life, before I began to speak my body moved to the rhythm of the music, I dressed up, sang. Later at college the same, I participated in all the activities and was the production and staging leader.   When I finished high school it was a totally visceral decision to dedicate myself to this professionally. I never questioned it because I felt that it was what I had to do, period. That, hand in hand with destiny, made everything a great path, full of great experiences and learnings.     What are some of the highlights of "ELITE" on Netflix for you? Will you be back next season?   Elite is a project that will mark my career forever. That's a fact, as an actor to be able to play such a socially controversial character. And the reception of the public fills me with satisfaction.   Exploring places that I didn’t know either as an actor or as a person, Valerio took me to the darkest and at the same time luminous limits of a human being. I learned a lot from him.   In professional terms, it was the project that brought me to Europe, a place where I always wanted to experience working and growing. For which I am very grateful to the project. I met people I admire a lot, a great team of professionals.   The personal thing that is the most important for me, it meant growing. I have been living in Spain for almost 2 years and I want it to become my base, I am completely in love with this country.   Regarding my continuity in the series, my departure is already public. However, I am already working on the pre-production of another series, also with Netflix, which has me very excited.     How doeas your normal day look like? Do you have a daily routine?   The truth is I have my rituals (which I don't always follow), that I inherited from my mother. The key is breakfast, that marks the whole day. A shot of multiple vitamins and minerals extracted from fruits and vegetables, put in the blender and that's it.   Then sports. Personally, I like to swim in the morning, then go to the gym and I'm going to do whatever I have to do for work, photos, wardrobe tests, day of shooting, etc.   With regards to eating 5 daily meals, balanced and rich mainly in proteins and carbohydrates, because when I spend a lot, I must also consume a lot.     What is it like for you personally to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic? Have you been able to stay creative during these times? Perhaps you developed new dreams, projects, or discovered new passions?   It has been a very hard blow for everyone all around the world, we were all touched differently. I personally went through it with my best friends in Madrid, it was very enriching to experience a creative and personal retreat at the same time.   I came from a very strong rhythm of 10 years of work without stopping at any time, totally devoted and absorbed by my work. And this was a very hard blow to look inside myself. It was tremendously positive. I think I had forgotten who I was, I think I had lost myself. Now that I am resuming my work, it is much more powerful to be aware of all the personal spiritual work done in the confinement.   We were confined in Madrid for 2 months and I did discover many creative places in me beyond interpretation. Now I can say that I have more than 7 hobbies.     What do you think is the most important thing about the current times? What positive aspects can we draw from this difficult period?   These are highly contradictory times. I believe that the world is constantly changing from climate change to social change, which is dehumanizing us. Situations like this are terrible, they measure us, millions of deaths in the world, it is something with a very strong impact. It is important that we stop for a second to look around us and forget about our ego and only our interests.   I believe that growing in empathy and resilience is the positive aspect, that everything we are experiencing leaves me with.     CREDITS: Talent: Jorge Lopez @jorgelopez_as Photography: Nico Bustos @nicobustos@artlistparisnewyork Casting / EIC: Timotej Letonja @timiletonja  Styling: Gabriella Norberg @gabriella.norberg Editor: Jordan Boothe @lmcworldwide  Photo assistants: Alex Orjecovschi, Federica Falcone Digital operator: Lorenzo Styling assistant: Tea Lindstrom Grooming: Alessandro Rebecchi @artlistparisnewyork Producer: Allan Vetier Production assistant: Ines Saccani  Special thanks to Hoxton Hotel Paris 

TOMMY HILFIGER KICKS OFF TOMMY’S DROP SHOP WITH FIRST LIMITED-EDITION RELEASE FEATURING THREE EXCLUSIVE CO-CREATORS
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TOMMY HILFIGER KICKS OFF TOMMY’S DROP SHOP WITH FIRST LIMITED-EDITION RELEASE FEATURING THREE EXCLUSIVE CO-CREATORS

Fashion Tommy Hilfiger, announces the first Tommy’s Drop Shop release, featuring three micro-capsules co-designed by three uniquely avant-garde collaborators: Jonny Banger (@sportsbanger), Mago Dovjenko (@iammago) and Toby Evans (@zome.work). With the excitement and instant gratification of this limited-edition format – only 500 units will be available in each style – Tommy’s Drop Shop aims to encourage the continual discovery of creatives, their communities and artistic talents.       Tommy’s Drop Shop is Tommy Hilfiger’s newest platform for creators from all areas of the pop culture community to collaborate on lightning-quick, limited-edition releases. Each DROP will offer gender-neutral hoodies and T-shirts available in a maximum quantity of 500 units per style and made from 100% organic cotton or recycled cotton, building on the brand’s mission to create fashion that Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All. Creative collaboration has always been at the heart of Tommy Hilfiger, and over the last five years, the brand has fused this with a “See Now, Buy Now” mentality. Tommy’s Drop Shop combines the best of these approaches with a new level of speed and energy. The release will be available in all European markets exclusively on tommy.com from December 17, 2020.     “Pop culture has infused everything we’ve done for over 35 years,” said Tommy Hilfiger.  “Tommy’s Drop Shop takes this influence to new heights. The platform allows us to collaborate with even more creatives, tell even more inspiring stories and celebrate even more perspectives and walks of life. It is the embodiment of what we love to do, and I’m so excited to add it to our legacy.”     DROP 1.1 highlights Sports Banger, the independent, British lifestyle brand redefining bootlegging in the modern age. Founded in 2013 by Jonny Banger, the unisex sportswear line explores British culture and translates it into provocative products and experiences. Sports Banger fosters creative collaboration with an always-expanding collective of designers, performers, musicians and DJs. In his Tommy’s Drop Shop designs, Banger flips the TOMMY JEANS flag on its head; channels an old rave flyer; and reinterprets an iconic TOMMY HILFIGERpair of blue and red gloves worn by R&B musician, Aaliyah.      DROP 1.2 is designed by Berlin-based Mago Dovjenko, a creative director, graphic designer, illustrator, digital influencer and event host. Dovjenko began his career producing surrealist drawings, which were first recognized and esteemed by global brands when he was only 14 years old. Dovjenko still holds the record as the youngest artist to ever collaborate with top global, household-name brands. Today, he continues to partner with major brands in his role as Creative Director and Illustrator. In his Tommy’s Drop Shop pieces, Dovjenko celebrated spontaneous self-expression by ‘freestyling’ in his design process and deconstructing the iconic TOMMY HILFGIER flag. His T-shirt and hoodie feature psychedelic and graffiti-style art, including a lava lamp-inspired, oversized smiling heart.     DROP 1.3 styles, designed by London-based Toby Evans, founder of Studio Zome, are inspired by the creative director’s concept-driven work, which spans design, brand identity and creative direction, championing honest communication, confidence and conviction. By encapsulating energy, experimentation and attitude, Evans continues to progress visual culture by exploring the zeitgeist of today while envisioning what is to come tomorrow. Known for his distinctive approach to design, Evans has worked with a range of industry-defying brands, platforms and artists. In his Tommy’s Drop Shop designs, Evans boldly reinterprets TOMMY HILFIGER’s iconic aesthetic and brand codes. His T-shirt and hoodie tell a story of what paths Mr. Tommy Hilfiger may have pursued in a parallel universe, had he not become a fashion designer.     Through Tommy’s Drop Shop, young, upcoming talent will share their passion for specific pockets of creativity. The second Tommy’s Drop Shop micro-capsule will launch in February 2021.      Friends and followers of the brand can join the conversation on social media using #TommyHilfiger, @TommyHilfiger and #TommyHilfiger. Tommy Hilfiger, announces the first Tommy’s Drop Shop release, featuring three micro-capsules co-designed by three uniquely avant-garde collaborators: Jonny Banger (@sportsbanger), Mago Dovjenko (@iammago) and Toby Evans (@zome.work). With the excitement and instant gratification of this limited-edition format – only 500 units will be available in each style – Tommy’s Drop Shop aims to encourage the continual discovery of creatives, their communities and artistic talents.       Tommy’s Drop Shop is Tommy Hilfiger’s newest platform for creators from all areas of the pop culture community to collaborate on lightning-quick, limited-edition releases. Each DROP will offer gender-neutral hoodies and T-shirts available in a maximum quantity of 500 units per style and made from 100% organic cotton or recycled cotton, building on the brand’s mission to create fashion that Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All. Creative collaboration has always been at the heart of Tommy Hilfiger, and over the last five years, the brand has fused this with a “See Now, Buy Now” mentality. Tommy’s Drop Shop combines the best of these approaches with a new level of speed and energy. The release will be available in all European markets exclusively on tommy.com from December 17, 2020.     “Pop culture has infused everything we’ve done for over 35 years,” said Tommy Hilfiger.  “Tommy’s Drop Shop takes this influence to new heights. The platform allows us to collaborate with even more creatives, tell even more inspiring stories and celebrate even more perspectives and walks of life. It is the embodiment of what we love to do, and I’m so excited to add it to our legacy.”     DROP 1.1 highlights Sports Banger, the independent, British lifestyle brand redefining bootlegging in the modern age. Founded in 2013 by Jonny Banger, the unisex sportswear line explores British culture and translates it into provocative products and experiences. Sports Banger fosters creative collaboration with an always-expanding collective of designers, performers, musicians and DJs. In his Tommy’s Drop Shop designs, Banger flips the TOMMY JEANS flag on its head; channels an old rave flyer; and reinterprets an iconic TOMMY HILFIGERpair of blue and red gloves worn by R&B musician, Aaliyah.      DROP 1.2 is designed by Berlin-based Mago Dovjenko, a creative director, graphic designer, illustrator, digital influencer and event host. Dovjenko began his career producing surrealist drawings, which were first recognized and esteemed by global brands when he was only 14 years old. Dovjenko still holds the record as the youngest artist to ever collaborate with top global, household-name brands. Today, he continues to partner with major brands in his role as Creative Director and Illustrator. In his Tommy’s Drop Shop pieces, Dovjenko celebrated spontaneous self-expression by ‘freestyling’ in his design process and deconstructing the iconic TOMMY HILFGIER flag. His T-shirt and hoodie feature psychedelic and graffiti-style art, including a lava lamp-inspired, oversized smiling heart.     DROP 1.3 styles, designed by London-based Toby Evans, founder of Studio Zome, are inspired by the creative director’s concept-driven work, which spans design, brand identity and creative direction, championing honest communication, confidence and conviction. By encapsulating energy, experimentation and attitude, Evans continues to progress visual culture by exploring the zeitgeist of today while envisioning what is to come tomorrow. Known for his distinctive approach to design, Evans has worked with a range of industry-defying brands, platforms and artists. In his Tommy’s Drop Shop designs, Evans boldly reinterprets TOMMY HILFIGER’s iconic aesthetic and brand codes. His T-shirt and hoodie tell a story of what paths Mr. Tommy Hilfiger may have pursued in a parallel universe, had he not become a fashion designer.     Through Tommy’s Drop Shop, young, upcoming talent will share their passion for specific pockets of creativity. The second Tommy’s Drop Shop micro-capsule will launch in February 2021.      Friends and followers of the brand can join the conversation on social media using #TommyHilfiger, @TommyHilfiger and #TommyHilfiger.

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