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Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project
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Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project

Fashion Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com

Acqua di Parma has created a new gift set for Father's day
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Acqua di Parma has created a new gift set for Father's day

Beauty Acqua di Parma has created a new gift set to celebrate fathers on their special day: a compact & stylish kit in sunny Parma yellow. Enhanced with meticulous details that add a touch of elegance, like the stitched Acqua di Parma logo.     This classy and hands-on kit contains a set of products in convenient sizes, so your dad can experience an Italian style anywhere, anytime: Colonia in the iconic 100ml Art Deco bottle, and Colonia Shower Gel in a 75ml tube.     An original, thoughtful gift wrapped in a presentable Parma yellow box emblazoned with the word "dad" in different languages.     The timeless and enduring Colonia, with its vivacious, sunny notes that send out the unmistakable, quintessential Italian scent. The fragrance opens with the bright, golden fruits of orange and bergamot leading to an elegant heart of lavender and Bulgarian rose, and ends on warm, precious base notes of vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. The quintessence of Italian style continues in Colonia Shower Gel, formulated to delicately cleanse while leaving behind the delicate scent of Colonia and a long-lasting feeling of freshness.   Colonia Father's Day Coffret, € 122     www.acquadiparma.com Acqua di Parma has created a new gift set to celebrate fathers on their special day: a compact & stylish kit in sunny Parma yellow. Enhanced with meticulous details that add a touch of elegance, like the stitched Acqua di Parma logo.     This classy and hands-on kit contains a set of products in convenient sizes, so your dad can experience an Italian style anywhere, anytime: Colonia in the iconic 100ml Art Deco bottle, and Colonia Shower Gel in a 75ml tube.     An original, thoughtful gift wrapped in a presentable Parma yellow box emblazoned with the word "dad" in different languages.     The timeless and enduring Colonia, with its vivacious, sunny notes that send out the unmistakable, quintessential Italian scent. The fragrance opens with the bright, golden fruits of orange and bergamot leading to an elegant heart of lavender and Bulgarian rose, and ends on warm, precious base notes of vetiver, sandalwood and patchouli. The quintessence of Italian style continues in Colonia Shower Gel, formulated to delicately cleanse while leaving behind the delicate scent of Colonia and a long-lasting feeling of freshness.   Colonia Father's Day Coffret, € 122     www.acquadiparma.com

How to make Montblanc's NATO strap?
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How to make Montblanc's NATO strap?

Watches The Montblanc 1858 collection is inspired by the heritage of Minerva. The design is anchored in the world of mountaineering, with distinctive features referring to the original 1930s chronographs. The vintage look can be finished with a NATO strap. Montblanc has been working together with Julien Faure, a French company specializing in woven straps since 1864, to create the NATO strap.     The collaboration with Julien Faure is a logical choice for Davide Cerrato, Managing Watch Director at Montblanc. Both Houses share the same values: preserving, celebrating and passing on craftsmanship, tradition and know-how. Moreover, they have a rich history and stand for quality, comfort and unique designs.     Julien Faure still works with machines from the 18th century and even has custom made machines so that the traditional methods were not lost, a choice they made in the 1970s as a result of technological innovations in the industry. With the old machines, the company can preserve the richness of the craft and is able to weave with techniques that are no longer possible on new, automatic machines.     The old machines make it possible to design a unique NATO strap for Montblanc. Extra light and flexible, including a blue and white striped design. The woven ribbon becomes a real watch strap by using a specific technique to create two “tunnels” in the strap to which the watch case can be attached.     More on MontBlanc.com The Montblanc 1858 collection is inspired by the heritage of Minerva. The design is anchored in the world of mountaineering, with distinctive features referring to the original 1930s chronographs. The vintage look can be finished with a NATO strap. Montblanc has been working together with Julien Faure, a French company specializing in woven straps since 1864, to create the NATO strap.     The collaboration with Julien Faure is a logical choice for Davide Cerrato, Managing Watch Director at Montblanc. Both Houses share the same values: preserving, celebrating and passing on craftsmanship, tradition and know-how. Moreover, they have a rich history and stand for quality, comfort and unique designs.     Julien Faure still works with machines from the 18th century and even has custom made machines so that the traditional methods were not lost, a choice they made in the 1970s as a result of technological innovations in the industry. With the old machines, the company can preserve the richness of the craft and is able to weave with techniques that are no longer possible on new, automatic machines.     The old machines make it possible to design a unique NATO strap for Montblanc. Extra light and flexible, including a blue and white striped design. The woven ribbon becomes a real watch strap by using a specific technique to create two “tunnels” in the strap to which the watch case can be attached.     More on MontBlanc.com

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At home with Alexander DiPersia
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At home with Alexander DiPersia

Men In New York City with Alexander DiPersia, captured by Kat Irlin.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   It likely says this above somewhere but for the record, I am Alexander DiPersia, called Alexander by some, Alex by others, and AJ since I was a kid and my brother couldn’t pronounce Alexander. I am, according to google, an actor but I am also a writer and in fact most of my time is taken up but what was once my side-gig, art dealing and curation. I collect art passionately (addictively) and fund that by placing art in both private and public collections across the world. It allows me to have an element of control and input that simply sitting back and waiting for meetings and auditions to work out doesn’t. Plus I constantly get to see beautiful things, which is an absolute must to keep me happy and engaged.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?    I think short term we’ve already seen less spending by consumers across all brand price points and obviously a lot less parties and hulabaloo around fashion week’s and shows and who gets to go where and why. I think parts of this will last long term and maybe that’s for the better. Less buying of things we don’t need but think we do because other’s have them, and less FOMO from an exclusive and exclusionary world that everyone gets a peek into via social media. In regards to the general perception of fashion I don’t think too much will change, what’s cool will be cool, as long as we can wear it comfortably while at home binge-ing our favorite tv show ;)     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Like most everyone I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, that’s not new, but I certainly have been doing it more now than ever before. I love thai food and have never tried cooking it, so that has been a fun and very spicey experiment. I also have picked up a love for the bow and arrow. I now spend my afternoons in the backyard pretending I’m a much less talented Robin Hood. From a work perspective, I am working more than ever as we are expected to have our phones on us at all times. I really don’t mind it. It’s nice to keep things moving.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that?   Right now I don’t have any plans. I’m not one for plans ever but I am usually on a plane 2/3 times a month nomad style. I most likely would be somewhere else right now if not for Covid, but it’s been quite a relief just staying in one place and being content with that. The first thing I will do when I am allowed to and am comfortable doing so is to go and visit my 7 moth old niece in London. I miss her every second of every day.   What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I truly never thought I’d be asked this question. I’m honored. It has certainly changed a bit during covid as I’m likely not showering as much as I should be. But that will change (I think.) When I shower in the morning (again that has changed) I wash my face with la roche posay facewash and then moisturize with embryollise moisturizer. I found out about both of these during my time on film sets not by trial and error, they were entirely someone else’s idea and the face wash smells nice. At night I wipe my face down with witch hazel which my dad used to use. Simple and clean.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   The coolest thing I’ve learned, as I said above, is the bow and arrow. I learned it by watching countless youtube videos, practice, and reading Herrigel’s ‘Zen in the art of Archery,’ which is the book credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences. It’s both fun and peaceful and makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. Though it’s not new I’ve really learned to appreciate sunsets and flowers and animals and all that comes with long walks and being upstate. I’m slowly turning into my mother.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I paint my toe nails. They are currently purple.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   As I said above I can’t wait to see my niece in London and give her a big squeeze. Second to that it’s seeing my parents and family members and friends I’ve been so distant from. I really just want some hugs. I’d go anywhere and do anything for a nice big hug right now. I really hope those come back soon. I’ll pay. A lot.     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   At the moment my songs and playlists are very classical. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould and the Phantom Thread soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead keep me calm and collected though feeling slightly melancholic. I’m listening to nothing too new or exciting, just things that make me feel comforted and ok with being alone.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up, I go straight to the coffee machine, make a pot, then go sit outside and listen to the birds while I read the news and have way too many cups of coffee. It has been tough lately with what’s been going on in my country and across the world. For months the day’s were met by grim covid numbers and now the morning’s are greeted by sad but important images of the anger spreading throughout my country due to the racial inequalities that have existed for far far too long. Those stick with me throughout the day so before bed, I read the news one more time and then I plug my phone in across the room and set my alarm. I put water and a little snack next to my bed as I inevitably wake up at some point in the night needing something sweet. That’s probably an unhelathy habit.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   This is a tough one. I worked out every single day my entire teenage and adult life; boxing, running, swimming, yoga, everything under the sun. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed some very bad back problems so my ‘workouts,’ if you can call them that, resemble a form of pilates now. Lots of rubber bands and stretches and very light isometric movements. It’s brutal not really being able to really break a sweat, but life is all about adapting. Working out has always been a means of escape for me, so now I just have to face a lot of things head on. TERRIBLE.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting, since I was a kid, is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (untitled) 1981. It is in the collection of Eli and Edith Broad and is in their museum on display in Los Angeles. It’s the painting that first got me interested in art in general, and I had a poster of it on my wall as a child. It shows his focus on anatomy (he was in a car accident as a young guy and became obsessed with the book ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and mortality), his love for showing both the inside and outside of somene (possibly himself), and it shows both life and death which I think had to do with his fear of dying young which indeed happened at 27 from a heroin overdose. He made so many paintings I love like ‘Defacement’ and that are so important right now, showing that 40 years later the police in America are still brutalizing the Black population. I can’t say either work has directly inspired my work but it has driven me to work hard and keep my head up despite how grim some things may look at times. Basquiat made this painting at 21 and died at 28. A masterpiece as a child and an ending that came way too early. My hope that stems from this is to live a long life and one day create something, anything, that inspires someone else as much as these painthing have inspired me.           INSTAGRAM: @alexanderdipersia In New York City with Alexander DiPersia, captured by Kat Irlin.   Who are you  and what is your profession?   It likely says this above somewhere but for the record, I am Alexander DiPersia, called Alexander by some, Alex by others, and AJ since I was a kid and my brother couldn’t pronounce Alexander. I am, according to google, an actor but I am also a writer and in fact most of my time is taken up but what was once my side-gig, art dealing and curation. I collect art passionately (addictively) and fund that by placing art in both private and public collections across the world. It allows me to have an element of control and input that simply sitting back and waiting for meetings and auditions to work out doesn’t. Plus I constantly get to see beautiful things, which is an absolute must to keep me happy and engaged.       How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion?    I think short term we’ve already seen less spending by consumers across all brand price points and obviously a lot less parties and hulabaloo around fashion week’s and shows and who gets to go where and why. I think parts of this will last long term and maybe that’s for the better. Less buying of things we don’t need but think we do because other’s have them, and less FOMO from an exclusive and exclusionary world that everyone gets a peek into via social media. In regards to the general perception of fashion I don’t think too much will change, what’s cool will be cool, as long as we can wear it comfortably while at home binge-ing our favorite tv show ;)     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Like most everyone I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, that’s not new, but I certainly have been doing it more now than ever before. I love thai food and have never tried cooking it, so that has been a fun and very spicey experiment. I also have picked up a love for the bow and arrow. I now spend my afternoons in the backyard pretending I’m a much less talented Robin Hood. From a work perspective, I am working more than ever as we are expected to have our phones on us at all times. I really don’t mind it. It’s nice to keep things moving.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid -19 effect that?   Right now I don’t have any plans. I’m not one for plans ever but I am usually on a plane 2/3 times a month nomad style. I most likely would be somewhere else right now if not for Covid, but it’s been quite a relief just staying in one place and being content with that. The first thing I will do when I am allowed to and am comfortable doing so is to go and visit my 7 moth old niece in London. I miss her every second of every day.   What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   I truly never thought I’d be asked this question. I’m honored. It has certainly changed a bit during covid as I’m likely not showering as much as I should be. But that will change (I think.) When I shower in the morning (again that has changed) I wash my face with la roche posay facewash and then moisturize with embryollise moisturizer. I found out about both of these during my time on film sets not by trial and error, they were entirely someone else’s idea and the face wash smells nice. At night I wipe my face down with witch hazel which my dad used to use. Simple and clean.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   The coolest thing I’ve learned, as I said above, is the bow and arrow. I learned it by watching countless youtube videos, practice, and reading Herrigel’s ‘Zen in the art of Archery,’ which is the book credited with introducing Zen to Western audiences. It’s both fun and peaceful and makes me feel a lot cooler than I am. Though it’s not new I’ve really learned to appreciate sunsets and flowers and animals and all that comes with long walks and being upstate. I’m slowly turning into my mother.     Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   I paint my toe nails. They are currently purple.       What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   As I said above I can’t wait to see my niece in London and give her a big squeeze. Second to that it’s seeing my parents and family members and friends I’ve been so distant from. I really just want some hugs. I’d go anywhere and do anything for a nice big hug right now. I really hope those come back soon. I’ll pay. A lot.     What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   At the moment my songs and playlists are very classical. Bach’s Goldberg Variations as played by Glenn Gould and the Phantom Thread soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood from Radiohead keep me calm and collected though feeling slightly melancholic. I’m listening to nothing too new or exciting, just things that make me feel comforted and ok with being alone.       What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   When I wake up, I go straight to the coffee machine, make a pot, then go sit outside and listen to the birds while I read the news and have way too many cups of coffee. It has been tough lately with what’s been going on in my country and across the world. For months the day’s were met by grim covid numbers and now the morning’s are greeted by sad but important images of the anger spreading throughout my country due to the racial inequalities that have existed for far far too long. Those stick with me throughout the day so before bed, I read the news one more time and then I plug my phone in across the room and set my alarm. I put water and a little snack next to my bed as I inevitably wake up at some point in the night needing something sweet. That’s probably an unhelathy habit.     What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   This is a tough one. I worked out every single day my entire teenage and adult life; boxing, running, swimming, yoga, everything under the sun. As I’ve gotten older I’ve developed some very bad back problems so my ‘workouts,’ if you can call them that, resemble a form of pilates now. Lots of rubber bands and stretches and very light isometric movements. It’s brutal not really being able to really break a sweat, but life is all about adapting. Working out has always been a means of escape for me, so now I just have to face a lot of things head on. TERRIBLE.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   My favorite painting, since I was a kid, is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s (untitled) 1981. It is in the collection of Eli and Edith Broad and is in their museum on display in Los Angeles. It’s the painting that first got me interested in art in general, and I had a poster of it on my wall as a child. It shows his focus on anatomy (he was in a car accident as a young guy and became obsessed with the book ‘Gray’s Anatomy’ and mortality), his love for showing both the inside and outside of somene (possibly himself), and it shows both life and death which I think had to do with his fear of dying young which indeed happened at 27 from a heroin overdose. He made so many paintings I love like ‘Defacement’ and that are so important right now, showing that 40 years later the police in America are still brutalizing the Black population. I can’t say either work has directly inspired my work but it has driven me to work hard and keep my head up despite how grim some things may look at times. Basquiat made this painting at 21 and died at 28. A masterpiece as a child and an ending that came way too early. My hope that stems from this is to live a long life and one day create something, anything, that inspires someone else as much as these painthing have inspired me.           INSTAGRAM: @alexanderdipersia

ə’kadəmē
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ə’kadəmē

Fashion  ə’kadəmē opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The store, located in the picturesque streets of Utrecht carries brands such as Thom Browne, Loewe, Sacai, Jil Sander and many more. ə’kadəmē is an outcome of retail space that represents both traditional values and a new unique way of consumer experience.     The store was born when four friends decided to put their passion for design, fashion and retail into realisation. The concept came to life on the base purpose of pushing ideas and design as a spectrum. With its key elements  fashion, lifestyle, art, design, architecture & technology, ə’kadəmē merges its core and visual identity:     With its 160m2 the space is a commixture of exactly that. The carefully selected collaborations with Bang & Olufsen, Vitra, Kvadrat and Flos ensures an exclusive and modular experience throughout the store. The space therefore acts as an exposition of ideas.   www.ekademe.com  ə’kadəmē opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The store, located in the picturesque streets of Utrecht carries brands such as Thom Browne, Loewe, Sacai, Jil Sander and many more. ə’kadəmē is an outcome of retail space that represents both traditional values and a new unique way of consumer experience.     The store was born when four friends decided to put their passion for design, fashion and retail into realisation. The concept came to life on the base purpose of pushing ideas and design as a spectrum. With its key elements  fashion, lifestyle, art, design, architecture & technology, ə’kadəmē merges its core and visual identity:     With its 160m2 the space is a commixture of exactly that. The carefully selected collaborations with Bang & Olufsen, Vitra, Kvadrat and Flos ensures an exclusive and modular experience throughout the store. The space therefore acts as an exposition of ideas.   www.ekademe.com

Christian Louboutin expands the Nude Collection for 2020
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Christian Louboutin expands the Nude Collection for 2020

Accessories Widely regarded as a pioneering act in the world of fashion, the Nudes collection has always embodied the ever-present idea of diversity in Christian Louboutin’s designs. For the designer, Nude isn’t just a colour – it’s a concept. Originally launched in 2013 with five shades, the collection has steadily evolved into something much bigger, becoming an ode to inclusivity, regardless of gender, and a core part of the Maison’s values.        “The Nudes shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives it its radiance.” -Christian Louboutin     From five shades to eight, the Nudes family is now bigger than ever, with Spring-Summer 2020 introducing new styles for women and for the first time ever, a selection of men’s pieces, including two unisex models. Designed to make the perfect companion for this year’s summer adventures, the first is the Pool Stud, its thick rubber soles and signature studs ideal for pool-side lounging. Back in the city, the Louis Jr low top sneaker keeps things chic with its pared back lines and sleek contours. Over on women’s, the Cheeky Point booty is sure to win hearts over with a mesh upper, patent toe cap and dainty bow, its ladylike appeal an elegant twist on the Nudes theme.      No collection would be complete without a range of bags for stashing those all-important essentials, and this year there’s something for everyone. Designed for both the masculine and the feminine wardrobe, you can always count on the Nude LoubiLab bag to provide style on-the-go with its signature studs and contrasting Louboutin red body strap. Broadening the offer further, three of the Maison’s most iconic women’s styles including the Elisa, have also been given the Nudes treatment.     Launching exclusively online worldwide from May 27th , the Nudes collection will be available on Christian Louboutin’s European and US online boutiques, as well as in the new boutique opening in mid-July in rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris. And believe us when we say, everyone will be welcome! Widely regarded as a pioneering act in the world of fashion, the Nudes collection has always embodied the ever-present idea of diversity in Christian Louboutin’s designs. For the designer, Nude isn’t just a colour – it’s a concept. Originally launched in 2013 with five shades, the collection has steadily evolved into something much bigger, becoming an ode to inclusivity, regardless of gender, and a core part of the Maison’s values.        “The Nudes shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives it its radiance.” -Christian Louboutin     From five shades to eight, the Nudes family is now bigger than ever, with Spring-Summer 2020 introducing new styles for women and for the first time ever, a selection of men’s pieces, including two unisex models. Designed to make the perfect companion for this year’s summer adventures, the first is the Pool Stud, its thick rubber soles and signature studs ideal for pool-side lounging. Back in the city, the Louis Jr low top sneaker keeps things chic with its pared back lines and sleek contours. Over on women’s, the Cheeky Point booty is sure to win hearts over with a mesh upper, patent toe cap and dainty bow, its ladylike appeal an elegant twist on the Nudes theme.      No collection would be complete without a range of bags for stashing those all-important essentials, and this year there’s something for everyone. Designed for both the masculine and the feminine wardrobe, you can always count on the Nude LoubiLab bag to provide style on-the-go with its signature studs and contrasting Louboutin red body strap. Broadening the offer further, three of the Maison’s most iconic women’s styles including the Elisa, have also been given the Nudes treatment.     Launching exclusively online worldwide from May 27th , the Nudes collection will be available on Christian Louboutin’s European and US online boutiques, as well as in the new boutique opening in mid-July in rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris. And believe us when we say, everyone will be welcome!

At home with Alessandro Calzoni
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At home with Alessandro Calzoni

Men   At home with Alessandro Calzoni, exclusively photographed by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you and what is your profession?   Who am I ahah, the most difficult question you can ask to a person. It reminds me a bit of the first days at university when in order to impress your classmates or the professor you had to come up with something cool, but at the end you always start with your name and conclude with a clumsy “that’s it ahah”.  Generally speaking I don’t like to define myself but I’ll give you few adjectives my closest friends used to describe me, should I consider that cheating ahahah? They see me as an honest person, a loyal one. Extremely stubborn and determined. Too altruist, I usually tend to not put myself first and yes, it can be good but it has its side effects.  What I can tell you from my side is that I’m a kind of a mixture between a strategic mind and an aesthete. This caused lot’s of trouble in my life but I’m so grateful to be who I am and to had to deal with this kind of a contrast. It shaped me, it pushed me to explore. I have started university 3 years later compared to my peers, I never believed in it’s entity, in it’s structure. I’m not saying that studying is not fundamental of course. It’s more a critique to the system. I come from a small village in Umbria, Italy, composed of 1000 souls maybe even less. I couldn’t find my way.  So at a certain point of my life, 6 years ago, also due to lot’s of health problems that were hitting my family, I decided to leave Italy, I needed to breath fresh air. I didn’t know a word of English. It was my first time taking a flight (I was 19) and I could have lost my hearing due to problems I had when I was a child, so I called my doctor few moths before and I said, “I have to take a flight to go to London”. Of course he was quite concerned but I decided to rick it and.. yeah it was quite painful for 4 days I could barely hear people talking. But that’s another long story. After years of attempts now I’m working at Startupbootcamp FashionTech in Milan while I’m attending my last year at university. I’m focusing on Marketing and Business Development and now you may ask yourself where’s creativity in all this and to reply to that question I will ask the help of a superior entity: Albert Einstein “Creativity is intelligence having fun”. I love what I do and considering that I’m just at the beginning I’m sure it will get better and better every day.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I guess there are already lot’s of people heavily expressing themselves on this topic, everyone from Fashion “experts” to politician trying to predict, trying to say something, but the funny thing is that nobody knows what the future will look like I’m not talking about weeks, moths I’m talking about seconds.  I don’t want to add another prediction or opinion on that pile.  I can maybe tell you what are my wishes, what I will try to sustain in the future through my work and my projects, what I believe could be a great ecosystem to live in. I was walking to meet a manager from Prada 2 year ago and I was listening to the words of Kate Raworth, professor at Oxford University, on a TED talk titled “A healthy economy should thrive not grow”.  That morning I understood what leader should do, what visionary leaders do. I understood how badly involved we are in this system built upon consumerism and false values. I understood how dependant we are from growth, financially, politically and socially speaking. I believe now we have the chance to restart from zero. Now that we are experiencing the cracks in our society. Now that we are rediscovering the human value. We should stop treating economy and finance as a science. We should stop depending on growth. We should choose a higher ambition, as Kate R. says: “humanity's 21st century challenge is clear: to meet the needs of all people within the means of this extraordinary, unique, living planet so that we and the rest of nature can thrive”. I strongly believe we need a financial, political and social innovation in order to overcome this structural dependency on growth and instead focus on finding the right balance between us and this planet.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Before the lockdown started I moved back to my hometown, I was going through a though time personally and professionally speaking and I could have never stand the life in Milan. This months have been crazy. Work and my last exams are taking it all, but I promised myself that as soon as I finish my thesis I will restart to dedicate more time to my creative side and my body.  I kind of need it.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Luckily, my plans didn’t change that much. Apart from the fact that I will have a digital graduation ceremony, nothing really changed. I’m trying to focus on what I have and thankfully I’m surrounded by nature and so when I have 10 free minutes I just get out and enjoy it.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Ahaha I guess you will be disappointed by this but, I do not have a specific beauty routine and I don’t use any product apart from lukewarm water 2/3 times a day to deterge my face. I have a close friend that works as beautician and well, she tried multiple times to give me advices and tips but.. still, I toil on.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I don’t know if we can define it cool, but.. I’ll leave it to you to judge. As I was saying before, few months ago I started to face quite a though period, but though from my point of view doesn’t mean negative, it’s just part of the game of life.  In the past 4 years I have been sacrificing a lot. I never went on vacation and I didn’t get out on Friday nights just to have fun. It sounds surreal and you may not believe me but that’s what happened. I have dedicated every second I had to accomplish good results in my professional career, zeroing my personal life.  This past December I was quite exhausted, so I decided to spend 4 days with few friends and my former partner in Corvara in the Dolomites. I promised I wouldn’t have touched anything regarding work or university. So I did. It was good being there, but at the same time I felt more like a “spectator” of the scene instead of “character”. I wasn’t active, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t able to be silly, to be light. I was trapped in the cage of duty.  This and other events made me think a lot. …and to go back to your question I guess during this quarantine I’m learning how to balance my professional and personal life. I’m reshaping my way of intending success.  I’m defining what I would love my future to look like, but this time including also my personal life. I’m rethinking my way of approaching life.        Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Mmmm I guess I have to think about this one. I’m really good at gardening ahaha. Since I was a child I’ve always been close to nature, I lived most of my childhood with my grandparents and they plunged me in their world that was composed for the 98% of agriculture.  My uncleenvy me so much because he says everything I plant, even a dry branch come to life ahah.  He doesn’t know the trick: I just exchange the almost dead wood with a new one after few weeks that nothing happens ahaha.     What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I guess I will not value the physical place that much.  I want to meet again with people I haven’t met in a while.  I also hope to meet a special person that lives a bit more far from my hometown.  Instead if we want to talk about places I want to visit in the future, I love to go and explore those places where nature is extreme, in colors, shapes and weather. I would love to visit Shiprock,  New Mexico – Wadi Rum, Jordan – the Namib desert.  But I guess I will have to wait a bit more for all this.     9. What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Few weeks ago I was writing the first part of my thesis and I bumped into an album from Milky Chance, called Mind the Moon. Since then I never stopped listening to it. Go check it out.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   First thing I do when I wake up, even before breakfast, I try to understand how I will split my time in relation to my to do list. So I take a peace of paper and I start to separate it in 3 columns, one is about university, another one about work and the third one is about my IG profile and everything that’s related to that.  But if I have to stick to the question “what I would LIKE to do..” everything changes: I would love to wake up, maybe close to someone special, eat something and then workout before the day starts. At night, before bed time, I usually dedicate what’s left of the day, so between 8.30 and 10.30, to my close friends. I’m not the most social person on earth even if I know lot’s of people I have the tendency to get quite close just with the chosen few ahah. These are the people who pushe me to do always better, the ones I’m working hard for, the once I would love to share the best and the wort of my entire life.       Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Unfortunately not! But I would love to. Soooo.. I’ll wait for your invitation now.        What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   It can have so many meanings. I believe it really depends on the mood and on the phase of the life you are in.  Usually for me it’s a mixture of personal aesthetic and a way to get distracted. Let’s say 80/20%.  I don’t enjoy it that much but I know it’s important in order to balance myself and given my nature I can’t stand my body falling apart. It’s been 4 years since the last time I worked out properly, consistently.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I have discovered just 2 years ago this New York based artist: Leonardo Drew. I love his way of juxtaposing materials. It’s exactly what I usually try to express through my aesthetic.  I love everything that’s raw.        INSTAGRAM: @alessandrocalzoni    At home with Alessandro Calzoni, exclusively photographed by Zeb Daemen.   Who are you and what is your profession?   Who am I ahah, the most difficult question you can ask to a person. It reminds me a bit of the first days at university when in order to impress your classmates or the professor you had to come up with something cool, but at the end you always start with your name and conclude with a clumsy “that’s it ahah”.  Generally speaking I don’t like to define myself but I’ll give you few adjectives my closest friends used to describe me, should I consider that cheating ahahah? They see me as an honest person, a loyal one. Extremely stubborn and determined. Too altruist, I usually tend to not put myself first and yes, it can be good but it has its side effects.  What I can tell you from my side is that I’m a kind of a mixture between a strategic mind and an aesthete. This caused lot’s of trouble in my life but I’m so grateful to be who I am and to had to deal with this kind of a contrast. It shaped me, it pushed me to explore. I have started university 3 years later compared to my peers, I never believed in it’s entity, in it’s structure. I’m not saying that studying is not fundamental of course. It’s more a critique to the system. I come from a small village in Umbria, Italy, composed of 1000 souls maybe even less. I couldn’t find my way.  So at a certain point of my life, 6 years ago, also due to lot’s of health problems that were hitting my family, I decided to leave Italy, I needed to breath fresh air. I didn’t know a word of English. It was my first time taking a flight (I was 19) and I could have lost my hearing due to problems I had when I was a child, so I called my doctor few moths before and I said, “I have to take a flight to go to London”. Of course he was quite concerned but I decided to rick it and.. yeah it was quite painful for 4 days I could barely hear people talking. But that’s another long story. After years of attempts now I’m working at Startupbootcamp FashionTech in Milan while I’m attending my last year at university. I’m focusing on Marketing and Business Development and now you may ask yourself where’s creativity in all this and to reply to that question I will ask the help of a superior entity: Albert Einstein “Creativity is intelligence having fun”. I love what I do and considering that I’m just at the beginning I’m sure it will get better and better every day.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I guess there are already lot’s of people heavily expressing themselves on this topic, everyone from Fashion “experts” to politician trying to predict, trying to say something, but the funny thing is that nobody knows what the future will look like I’m not talking about weeks, moths I’m talking about seconds.  I don’t want to add another prediction or opinion on that pile.  I can maybe tell you what are my wishes, what I will try to sustain in the future through my work and my projects, what I believe could be a great ecosystem to live in. I was walking to meet a manager from Prada 2 year ago and I was listening to the words of Kate Raworth, professor at Oxford University, on a TED talk titled “A healthy economy should thrive not grow”.  That morning I understood what leader should do, what visionary leaders do. I understood how badly involved we are in this system built upon consumerism and false values. I understood how dependant we are from growth, financially, politically and socially speaking. I believe now we have the chance to restart from zero. Now that we are experiencing the cracks in our society. Now that we are rediscovering the human value. We should stop treating economy and finance as a science. We should stop depending on growth. We should choose a higher ambition, as Kate R. says: “humanity's 21st century challenge is clear: to meet the needs of all people within the means of this extraordinary, unique, living planet so that we and the rest of nature can thrive”. I strongly believe we need a financial, political and social innovation in order to overcome this structural dependency on growth and instead focus on finding the right balance between us and this planet.     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?   Before the lockdown started I moved back to my hometown, I was going through a though time personally and professionally speaking and I could have never stand the life in Milan. This months have been crazy. Work and my last exams are taking it all, but I promised myself that as soon as I finish my thesis I will restart to dedicate more time to my creative side and my body.  I kind of need it.      What is in your planning or was in your planning for this year and how will Covid-19 effect that?   Luckily, my plans didn’t change that much. Apart from the fact that I will have a digital graduation ceremony, nothing really changed. I’m trying to focus on what I have and thankfully I’m surrounded by nature and so when I have 10 free minutes I just get out and enjoy it.      What is your daily beauty routine like? And what beauty products you cannot go without?   Ahaha I guess you will be disappointed by this but, I do not have a specific beauty routine and I don’t use any product apart from lukewarm water 2/3 times a day to deterge my face. I have a close friend that works as beautician and well, she tried multiple times to give me advices and tips but.. still, I toil on.     What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   I don’t know if we can define it cool, but.. I’ll leave it to you to judge. As I was saying before, few months ago I started to face quite a though period, but though from my point of view doesn’t mean negative, it’s just part of the game of life.  In the past 4 years I have been sacrificing a lot. I never went on vacation and I didn’t get out on Friday nights just to have fun. It sounds surreal and you may not believe me but that’s what happened. I have dedicated every second I had to accomplish good results in my professional career, zeroing my personal life.  This past December I was quite exhausted, so I decided to spend 4 days with few friends and my former partner in Corvara in the Dolomites. I promised I wouldn’t have touched anything regarding work or university. So I did. It was good being there, but at the same time I felt more like a “spectator” of the scene instead of “character”. I wasn’t active, it wasn’t me. I wasn’t able to be silly, to be light. I was trapped in the cage of duty.  This and other events made me think a lot. …and to go back to your question I guess during this quarantine I’m learning how to balance my professional and personal life. I’m reshaping my way of intending success.  I’m defining what I would love my future to look like, but this time including also my personal life. I’m rethinking my way of approaching life.        Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   Mmmm I guess I have to think about this one. I’m really good at gardening ahaha. Since I was a child I’ve always been close to nature, I lived most of my childhood with my grandparents and they plunged me in their world that was composed for the 98% of agriculture.  My uncleenvy me so much because he says everything I plant, even a dry branch come to life ahah.  He doesn’t know the trick: I just exchange the almost dead wood with a new one after few weeks that nothing happens ahaha.     What's the first place you'd want to go when it's safe again to travel and go out of our homes and why there?   I guess I will not value the physical place that much.  I want to meet again with people I haven’t met in a while.  I also hope to meet a special person that lives a bit more far from my hometown.  Instead if we want to talk about places I want to visit in the future, I love to go and explore those places where nature is extreme, in colors, shapes and weather. I would love to visit Shiprock,  New Mexico – Wadi Rum, Jordan – the Namib desert.  But I guess I will have to wait a bit more for all this.     9. What is your favorite song at the moment and why? Do you have a playlist that you would like to share with us?   Few weeks ago I was writing the first part of my thesis and I bumped into an album from Milky Chance, called Mind the Moon. Since then I never stopped listening to it. Go check it out.      What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed?   First thing I do when I wake up, even before breakfast, I try to understand how I will split my time in relation to my to do list. So I take a peace of paper and I start to separate it in 3 columns, one is about university, another one about work and the third one is about my IG profile and everything that’s related to that.  But if I have to stick to the question “what I would LIKE to do..” everything changes: I would love to wake up, maybe close to someone special, eat something and then workout before the day starts. At night, before bed time, I usually dedicate what’s left of the day, so between 8.30 and 10.30, to my close friends. I’m not the most social person on earth even if I know lot’s of people I have the tendency to get quite close just with the chosen few ahah. These are the people who pushe me to do always better, the ones I’m working hard for, the once I would love to share the best and the wort of my entire life.       Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Unfortunately not! But I would love to. Soooo.. I’ll wait for your invitation now.        What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?   It can have so many meanings. I believe it really depends on the mood and on the phase of the life you are in.  Usually for me it’s a mixture of personal aesthetic and a way to get distracted. Let’s say 80/20%.  I don’t enjoy it that much but I know it’s important in order to balance myself and given my nature I can’t stand my body falling apart. It’s been 4 years since the last time I worked out properly, consistently.     What is your favorite painting and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I have discovered just 2 years ago this New York based artist: Leonardo Drew. I love his way of juxtaposing materials. It’s exactly what I usually try to express through my aesthetic.  I love everything that’s raw.        INSTAGRAM: @alessandrocalzoni 

#ProudInMyCalvins
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#ProudInMyCalvins

Fashion Pride isn’t just a month, it’s a year-round celebration.   For Pride 2020, Calvin Klein will have an ‘always on’ approach. As brands continue to saturate Pride, we aim to break throughthe rainbow clutterwith an authenticcampaign that engages, inspires and supports conversion through a multi-channelprogram. They are excited to launch #PROUDINMYCALVINS together with an authentic, personal and motivating year-round storytelling. #PROUDINMYCALVINS   CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.     CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.     The campaign features many cool  talents: Pablo Vittar, Chella Man, Mary V, Reece King, Jari Jones, Gia Woods, Tommy Dorfman, Mina Gerges, Ama Elsesser.   Shop the collection now on calvinklein.nl - https://www.calvinklein.nl/pride   “Calvin Klein, Inc. partners with a consortium of LGBTQ+ organizations around the world both in celebration of its Pride collection, and in an ongoing capacity.” Pride isn’t just a month, it’s a year-round celebration.   For Pride 2020, Calvin Klein will have an ‘always on’ approach. As brands continue to saturate Pride, we aim to break throughthe rainbow clutterwith an authenticcampaign that engages, inspires and supports conversion through a multi-channelprogram. They are excited to launch #PROUDINMYCALVINS together with an authentic, personal and motivating year-round storytelling. #PROUDINMYCALVINS   CALVIN KLEIN is excited to closely collaborate with the LGBTQIA+ community highlighting individuals who are writing their own story and reshaping the industry in their own right.     CALVIN KLEIN’s latest campaign #PROUDINMYCALVINS, is a celebration of self-love and identities across the gender spectrum. It encourages unfiltered self-expression and embracing each person’s interests, quirks, passions, personalities, flaws, beauty, sexuality, gender, and pride.     The campaign features many cool  talents: Pablo Vittar, Chella Man, Mary V, Reece King, Jari Jones, Gia Woods, Tommy Dorfman, Mina Gerges, Ama Elsesser.   Shop the collection now on calvinklein.nl - https://www.calvinklein.nl/pride   “Calvin Klein, Inc. partners with a consortium of LGBTQ+ organizations around the world both in celebration of its Pride collection, and in an ongoing capacity.”

In conversation with Rodney Lam
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In conversation with Rodney Lam

Fashion Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/ Special  exclusive interview with Rodney Lam.   Who are you  and what do you do?   Wow, You guys aren’t saving the difficult question for last. I always struggle to tell people who I am, or what I do, because I don’t know where to start. In the first conversation I might tell them I’m a serial entrepreneur. Later I might tell them about Daily Paper. Then that person asks me: did you make a movie? To which I confess that I produced, wrote and played the lead in my own movie. I guess, I take my inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci. He was an artist, engineer, inventor and a scholar. I think he just did what he loved with the people he liked. And to me that’s a great philosophy to live by.      How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?    In the short-term it will be very hard for some Brands to survive. If they were already struggling this could be the nail in the coffin. But a lot of companies reinvented themselves during this crisis. Like people, business also had time to think about who they are. Some redesigned their collection; others changed their marketing strategy; and we all got a lot greener. Let’s hope that we don’t go back to normal. We owe it to ourselves, our customers, and last but not least, to the environment to be better.       What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and how did you learn it?   People need less management than we assume. As managers we like to think the work stops without our direct involvement. However, workers can we very effective on their own. Working from a distance forced us to look at performance and it made other things like attendance and effort less important.      What is your favorite painting/work of art and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far?   I don’t have a specific artist or work that directly inspires me. I like the playfulness of Kaws. And especially the effect it has on fashion. I get my inspiration from music. At the Daily Paper Office, we listen to a lot of hip-hop. But in my home office I listen to Ludovico Einaudi. It really doesn’t matter if I’m crunching numbers or writing a script. It gives me the focus I need.   What has been longtime dream of yours? After already achieving so much.    I have two dreams that I still want to achieve. I hope that I will see space tourism become a real thing. I would love to go into space and see the earth from a distance. And the second thing I really want to do is build a successful movie franchise.      As a fan and a regular customer of Daily Paper, I would love to know what is in store for DP next, besides opening stores in Amsterdam, New York and London?  We’ve recently started the Unite Hub: https://www.dailypaperclothing.com/pages/unite-overview   A place where we share our inspiration online with our community. This was a great success from the beginning. It would be great to see that grow in the near future.       How do you see your entrepreneurship as a way to make difference in society?   It’s important to me to think about the legacy of what we are building. How do we change our society to give our next generations the fundamental chances that we had to work very hard for? To me it isn’t enough to inspire. I want to facilitate people achieving their dreams.     What is your advice to young entrepreneurs who are starting their own business ventures? Be patient my young padawan. Don’t be in a hurry to grow your company too fast. Work a solid foundation first. Don’t overestimate what you can do in a year. But also, don’t underestimate what you can do in five years. So instead of making a plan for a year, make a plan for five years. Think tall, start small.   What makes a successful business in your own words?   A successful company is based on a good and healthy cashflow. If you have a big company without profit or even operating on a loss, you’ll be stressed all the time. And if you only have profit on paper but not in your account, that’s even more frustrating. A friend just gave me the book: Scaling up from Vern Harnish. It will tell you everything you need to know about cashflow. My mentor always said: You keep the profit; I’ll take the cash.      Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your resume.   A lot of people are shocked when they hear I used to be a Pastor. I preached for fifteen years. And did a lot of personal coaching. I still use this in my management style. My objective is always to help other achieve their goals in business or their personal lives. The fastest way for your company to grow is to nurture employees and help them grow first.     Photo credits: Mark Bolk   You can follow Rodney on INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/rodneylam/

Exclusive Editorial "Home Office"
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Exclusive Editorial "Home Office"

Men Working from home is currently the new norm for almost all of us. Between video calls and conference calls we suddenly have time for yoga and other relaxation exercises or other small freedoms.   Exclusive editorial photographed by Kapturing.   Team Credits:  MODEL: BRUNO SHARIF at MODELWERK   STYLING: JUAN CAMILO RODRIGUEZ    H&M: FRANCESCA VIGLIAROLO at BIGOUDI    PHOTO & VIDEO: KAPTURING at STOEVERARTIST  Working from home is currently the new norm for almost all of us. Between video calls and conference calls we suddenly have time for yoga and other relaxation exercises or other small freedoms.   Exclusive editorial photographed by Kapturing.   Team Credits:  MODEL: BRUNO SHARIF at MODELWERK   STYLING: JUAN CAMILO RODRIGUEZ    H&M: FRANCESCA VIGLIAROLO at BIGOUDI    PHOTO & VIDEO: KAPTURING at STOEVERARTIST 

At home with Sean O'Pry
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At home with Sean O'Pry

Men During the quarantine times we had a chance to work on an exclusive project and interview with top model Sean O'Pry, who was captured on the streets of New York with his girlfriend Fernanda Liz by Kat Irlin.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   Hey everybody, I’m Sean O’Pry. Pronounced ( O-prī not O-prey) I’m from Kennesaw, GA and I have worked as an advertising associate(model) in fashion since 2006.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion is an expression and not a perception since I have the honor to portray other people's ideas and art through my image and movement. Being from a small town in Georgia, I don't think of perception too much. I think that has helped me through my career.    Looking short-term, I believe things will change drastically. Not just in fashion, but the way we live our lives. Specifically, within the fashion industry, traveling, location shoots, interaction on photoshoots, and events will take a backseat for a while. Thus, we will all have to reinvent ourselves for the time being.    Long-term is a lot harder to look at, as there are a lot of factors to consider. Some of these we might haven't seen or heard of yet. Will we have a vaccine, will the fear of something like this happening again go away? Like the rest of the world, I think the fashion industry will have a new normal. Much like social distancing it's a term I hadn't considered before but I'm excited about being on a journey with the most creative people in the world and seeing how we evolve together.   I genuinely think this is a fantastic time for the fashion industry to reset. It will allow the amazing creative people in the industry to do what they do best. Envision, create, and innovate the way we work. I think COVID-19 will make a massive shift in the industry in a positive way. Quality over quantity every day     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    During quarantine outside of the usual Netflix and wine I’ve been drawing and painting quite a bit. I’ve been very fortunate to be ‘stuck’ with 2 ‘people’ I love very much. Tallulah and Fernanda.     What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first fashion memory would come day 2 into modeling on my first shoot with Nagi Sakai.  We were shooting D magazine with another model from my agency named Marcus Hedabrandh. It was my first time changing in front of anyone other than a family member and they gave me these mui mui sandals with socks ,shorts and a big jacket...I turned to the other model changing at the time( Marcus) and asked “do I really have to wear this..?” He laughed and walked away. We are friends now, it took him a few years though. I talked a lot.           What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and what made you learn it?  It might sound weird but silence. The ability to be centered in such an unsure time.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.   My first job was building retaining walls for pools over 3 summers, and then I worked at Abercrombie kids as a welcomer. I got fired after 3 weeks.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? First thing I do is make a coffee and feed Tallulah. Last thing I do is kiss my girls and pray before I go to sleep.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Yes I love Amsterdam. Describe Amsterdam in one sentence....Too much fun.   What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?  If you know me I pace constantly, so my mind and metabolism run at 1000x a minute, I’ve been fortunate for that. Working out for me will be more weight training than cardio to keep weight on and gives me a since of peace and fulfillment. Growing up in sports it was a part of the natural progression and I’ve continued that into this field as well.      What is your favorite books and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far? At the moment focusing more on educational books within art and architecture than self help or fiction. Studying a lot of Sol Lewis/frank Lloyd Wright and Dan Flavin retrospectives.   Are you working on any cool new projects during these times?   At the moment I’m in the startup phase of a new exciting venture with my friend Oliver. More information coming soon.     Tell us about your beautiful golden retriever. How great is it to have a dog as part of your life?     Tallulah is hands down the best dog. Cuddles on command and also when she decides, which is constant. Only downside is the amount of vacuuming because of all the shedding during the warmer months.      What is your favorite place you have visited so far and that you would love to re-visit in the future again?   Savusavu, Fiji. If you love an untouched beautiful oasis of people, land and water, this place is for you. The land and water are from another world but it’s the locals that really make this island magic. Bula Bula!     You can follow Sean on instagram @seanopry55             During the quarantine times we had a chance to work on an exclusive project and interview with top model Sean O'Pry, who was captured on the streets of New York with his girlfriend Fernanda Liz by Kat Irlin.     Who are you  and what is your profession?   Hey everybody, I’m Sean O’Pry. Pronounced ( O-prī not O-prey) I’m from Kennesaw, GA and I have worked as an advertising associate(model) in fashion since 2006.   How do you think Covid-19 will affect the fashion industry both long-term and short-term?  How do you see the impact of Corona crisis on the general perception of fashion? Do you believe everything will just go back to normal after Covid-19, or how do you see it will be?   I think fashion is an expression and not a perception since I have the honor to portray other people's ideas and art through my image and movement. Being from a small town in Georgia, I don't think of perception too much. I think that has helped me through my career.    Looking short-term, I believe things will change drastically. Not just in fashion, but the way we live our lives. Specifically, within the fashion industry, traveling, location shoots, interaction on photoshoots, and events will take a backseat for a while. Thus, we will all have to reinvent ourselves for the time being.    Long-term is a lot harder to look at, as there are a lot of factors to consider. Some of these we might haven't seen or heard of yet. Will we have a vaccine, will the fear of something like this happening again go away? Like the rest of the world, I think the fashion industry will have a new normal. Much like social distancing it's a term I hadn't considered before but I'm excited about being on a journey with the most creative people in the world and seeing how we evolve together.   I genuinely think this is a fantastic time for the fashion industry to reset. It will allow the amazing creative people in the industry to do what they do best. Envision, create, and innovate the way we work. I think COVID-19 will make a massive shift in the industry in a positive way. Quality over quantity every day     How do you spend your Quarantine time and are you still able to create while being quarantined?    During quarantine outside of the usual Netflix and wine I’ve been drawing and painting quite a bit. I’ve been very fortunate to be ‘stuck’ with 2 ‘people’ I love very much. Tallulah and Fernanda.     What is your first memory with fashion? And how did you start modeling?   My first fashion memory would come day 2 into modeling on my first shoot with Nagi Sakai.  We were shooting D magazine with another model from my agency named Marcus Hedabrandh. It was my first time changing in front of anyone other than a family member and they gave me these mui mui sandals with socks ,shorts and a big jacket...I turned to the other model changing at the time( Marcus) and asked “do I really have to wear this..?” He laughed and walked away. We are friends now, it took him a few years though. I talked a lot.           What is the coolest new thing you have learnt since being quarantined and what made you learn it?  It might sound weird but silence. The ability to be centered in such an unsure time.   Tell us something about yourself that isn't on your CV.   My first job was building retaining walls for pools over 3 summers, and then I worked at Abercrombie kids as a welcomer. I got fired after 3 weeks.     What is the first thing you like to do when you wake up, and last thing you like to do before going to bed? First thing I do is make a coffee and feed Tallulah. Last thing I do is kiss my girls and pray before I go to sleep.     Have you ever been to Amsterdam? If yes, describe your experience of Amsterdam in one sentence.   Yes I love Amsterdam. Describe Amsterdam in one sentence....Too much fun.   What is your go-to work-out for staying in shape? What does working out mean to you?  If you know me I pace constantly, so my mind and metabolism run at 1000x a minute, I’ve been fortunate for that. Working out for me will be more weight training than cardio to keep weight on and gives me a since of peace and fulfillment. Growing up in sports it was a part of the natural progression and I’ve continued that into this field as well.      What is your favorite books and has it inspired you for any of your work thus far? At the moment focusing more on educational books within art and architecture than self help or fiction. Studying a lot of Sol Lewis/frank Lloyd Wright and Dan Flavin retrospectives.   Are you working on any cool new projects during these times?   At the moment I’m in the startup phase of a new exciting venture with my friend Oliver. More information coming soon.     Tell us about your beautiful golden retriever. How great is it to have a dog as part of your life?     Tallulah is hands down the best dog. Cuddles on command and also when she decides, which is constant. Only downside is the amount of vacuuming because of all the shedding during the warmer months.      What is your favorite place you have visited so far and that you would love to re-visit in the future again?   Savusavu, Fiji. If you love an untouched beautiful oasis of people, land and water, this place is for you. The land and water are from another world but it’s the locals that really make this island magic. Bula Bula!     You can follow Sean on instagram @seanopry55            

Daily Paper’s Resort 2020 Collection Brings an Injection of Color to Springtime Ready Staples
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Daily Paper’s Resort 2020 Collection Brings an Injection of Color to Springtime Ready Staples

Fashion Daily Paper introduces its nostalgic take on elevated basics for their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring Summer 2020 collection. Designed for the warmer months that lay ahead, the collection consists of a range of colorful unisex co-ords crafted from classic sportswear and workwear fabrics in a variety of comfy easy wearing shapes.   Finally, we see the return of Daily Paper classics like cotton shorts, bucket hats, graphic tees and hoodies in neutral and vibrant colorways round up the collection of casual pieces making for an extremely wearable and dependable go-to collection for your functional yet fresh summer wardrobe for the lighter and brighter times ahead.    The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2020 collection is priced from €55 - €140 and will be available May 22nd, 12 PM CET, at both Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide. Daily Paper introduces its nostalgic take on elevated basics for their mid-season Resort line as part of their main Spring Summer 2020 collection. Designed for the warmer months that lay ahead, the collection consists of a range of colorful unisex co-ords crafted from classic sportswear and workwear fabrics in a variety of comfy easy wearing shapes.   Finally, we see the return of Daily Paper classics like cotton shorts, bucket hats, graphic tees and hoodies in neutral and vibrant colorways round up the collection of casual pieces making for an extremely wearable and dependable go-to collection for your functional yet fresh summer wardrobe for the lighter and brighter times ahead.    The forthcoming Daily Paper Resort 2020 collection is priced from €55 - €140 and will be available May 22nd, 12 PM CET, at both Daily Paper storefronts in Amsterdam, as well as online via www.dailypaperclothing.com and selected retailers worldwide.

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