Hmmmm…..great entry eh? I think so. Well I had the pleasure of attending an event at Howard University called The Diary of the Refined Men. This panel included an array of fashionable guys or those with websites or clothing lines in the fashion industry.
Here is the list and brief background of them below:
Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, Street Etiquette (http://www.streetetiquette.com/): These guys are from NY and are not your average NY guys. They started to get noticed from their blog about a year ago which is a blog that is only 2 years old. I think that is pretty amazing and their style is pretty eye catching if you ask me, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE!
Lawrence E Nurse Founder of Triple L Society: This guy was pretty calm and collective. I didn’t know much about this clothing line even though it does sound familiar….this will require more research on my part. This line is apparently a rebirth of classic looks with an impressive modern twist. *let’s google it!* http://www.triplelsociety.com/Triple_L_Society_Shop.html
Ugo Mozie Stylist and Fashion Editor of GHUBAR Magazine: Ugo Mozie 20, was an amazing addition to the panel because I too want to be a stylist at some point in life. He was only in New York for a few months and things began to kick off. This guy has done a lot such as style Dawn Richard, Kalenna Flux, assisting with Elle Magazine, and many more.
Luke Pierce DURKL: This brand has been around since 2005. He basically started online and other online websites that sell clothing started to pick up the buzz. This guy had to be one of the most “normal” guys on the panel. He wasn’t a fashion head, just a business guy that knew his sh*t is what I can say. I will say that I felt like I could relate with him the most and he actually held deep convos with every single person that he spoke with which was pretty awesome. Make sure you check out this site and support our local designers. http://durkl.com/
Laron Howard Public Relations/ Event Coordinator at PR CONSULTING: I remember this guy from Howard’s fashion show in 2008. He was the coordinator and from then on kept with his public relations degree. After he graduated from Howard in 2009, he immediately moved to NY and started to get with various companies such as Tommy Hilfigher, Ralph Lauren (I believe), and he is now with a firm that works with Versace and some others. I really had to commend him on his success because wow! I still need to get some of these loans paid off before I just skiddadle off….but KUDOS!
Ouigi Theodore Founder and Creative Director at the Brooklyn Circus: The BKc started in 2006 in a neighborhood in Brooklyn. I had never heard of this company but this guy had a lot of deep and informative information to say. There was a statement that stayed in my head after and is still there today and that is that “whatever we as african americans wear is urban” so this is saying that whatever WE wear is urban, no just Rocawear and Baby Phat. Our styles have progressed and changed so urban is no longer what it used to be. Please look into this company because this guy was very informative and knowing more about his company might be a help to you too. =) http://thebkcircus.com/bkc/
Shaun Ross Prominent Albino Model: Now this guy, if you don’t know who this is, I suggest you do your research. I have been following his blog for about a year and to actually get to see him and hear him speak, he is a character. He is passionate about what he has to say and is funny at the same time. He brought lots of life to the panel. You should definitely google him, he has been seen in many well known magazines so LOOK HIM UP!
Pharoh Martin Co-Founder/ Co-Editor-In-Chied of The Smugger: This is a lifestyle website that again I knew nothing about but this site provides an insightgul and charismatic editorial voice, expert advice, along with witty commentary. The Smugger aims to be a premier online destination for the lifestyle of the urbane gentleman. http://thesmugger.com/
Here are some pictures from the event::::::
|From the left: Lawrence Nurse of Triple L Society, Ouigi Founder and Creative Director at the Brooklyn Circus, and Street Etiquette make up the last two guys
From the left: Luke Pierce of Durkl, Laron Howard of PR Consulting, Shaun Ross Model, Ugo Mozie Stylist and Editor of GHUBAR Magazine, and Pharoh Martin of The Smugger
Kia from Glamourina interviewing Mika
Here is some video footage that I put together, ENJOY!
Diary of a Refined Man from Dana James on Vimeo.