Modern Notoriety Through The Lens

Little is left to be understood within the sneaker culture, but outside laid a dark cloud over the sneaker community for point of view. Seeing eighty kids lined up outside of a sneaker store on a Saturday morning may come as a shock or seeing kids spends upwards of two thousand dollars for a pair of shoes it can lead to a little confusion.  In the sneaker community, this is fueled by a passion for not only shoes but the street culture in general. Take a deeper look at sneaker culture and there’s more to it than sneakers; it includes music, art, fashion, photography, all rolled into one. That is street fashion culture or as many refer to them as sneakerheads. 


On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Modern Notoriety teamed up with Adidas Originals to present “Through the Lens” it brought together photographers, fashion, and sneakerheads together to capture the city of Chicago through the lens of how they see fashion and photography. Modern Notoriety provided disposable cameras with Adidas branding and models posed throughout different locations of the city sporting a brand-new Adidas line set to launch this fall. There is no judgment on photography skills or fashion skills. Everyone came together to inspire one another, to connect and to make friends with other people who share the same passions, many trying to get the best shot from the same angel and gain experience. During the event Owner and Founder of Modern Notoriety, Oscar Castillo, could be heard saying on the microphone, “Shoot your shot”. As a reminder to the people in attendance if they had a camera in their hand to take as many pictures as they possibly can.

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This experience was unique in its own right because the only promotion that was done for this event was via Instagram showing the real power that Modern Notoriety has with its followers. At times there were upwards of seventy photographers walking the streets of the West Loop neighborhood of Fulton Market. When the event was all said and done the people that attended got together and had a dance off; you could feel the happiness and the joy that everyone had just been around people with the same energy and passion as them. Shortly after the event and networking were over there was the opportunity to go on Instagram and see all the photos that people posted, even though a lot of people were shooting the same picture everyone came out with different photos and made each photo their own. It really shows the power of a single picture and all the different takeaways from one photo.

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This event was followed by another “Through the Lens” event on Sunday, May 20th and it brought the street culture community together and displayed select pictures from the previous Adidas Originals event. With free tacos to old arcade games, it was truly a celebration of everyone’s hard work. It gave the chance to have thousands of people getting to view different individual’s work based off the idea of allowing a group of people the opportunity to take pictures at one event from a myriad of perspectives. In the end, it seemed everyone left feeling inspired and a hunger to shoot their shot.
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The Journey of Life

Wow, life is crazy. Just two weeks ago I was at the South Seattle gym playing basketball on a Friday night with my banana boat crew (they know who they are), enjoying living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world (if you ask me), to leaving the life that I had built in Seattle a week later to start a new journey in Chicago. Now anyone who knows me knows that I have been talking about living in Chicago for about six years. Even before Seattle was a thought, but that’s where the story begins it’s not about Seattle or Chicago but the journey of life.

So many people want to move to other places, experience life in another city or country even, but they are scared. Fear can hold you back from doing a lot of things in life; fear will end your life much sooner than death ever will. I used to live in fear, that’s until I decided to take life into my own hands and decided to live the life that I want to live. It’s not about what other people are doing or what other people have because at the end of the day we all want different things; we all have want own experiences. I know money plays a large role in the things that we want to do but I never let money or the thought of anyone else’s opinion affect the way that I live my life and the places that I go in life. I’m also thankful to have such loving and supportive parents that will do anything for me to be happy and live the life that I want to live. I know that God places us in situations that we belong in even if we can’t see it in that moment we all just have to trust in the process. The journey of life is painful yet beautiful. It has the ability to make you feel defeated and then the next second feel like you can’t lose. My journey has taken me to some amazing places and I have met such amazing people while living in Seattle, friends that I know I will be friends with forever, as well as getting some life lessons that I could never get while living back in the Midwest. Yes, it was difficult being away from my family and friends. Some nights I lay awake in my bed sad and wondering if I made the right decision but I think it taught me to appreciate life and appreciate my family a lot more.

Now being back home presents a different set of challenges but I know that I just have to trust in my process. Part of the journey is learning through mistakes we have made but we have to own that as part of journey. We have to live the life that we want to live because at the end of the day we only have one and it goes by quickly. We spend all our childhood wanting to be adults and all of our adulthood wanting to be young again. You have to remember that while you are trying to create your own path you need to really take the time to reflect and appreciate your loved ones and close friends because they are far and few between in life. Fall in love with your grind rather than success. Remember we aren’t bigger than any job or anyone and that we all have the ability change the world and impact people’s lives big or small. Love you and own your journey.

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The CA Clothing Group Interview

Give us an introduction about yourself 

CA Clothing Group (Carpenter-Asem), established in April 2017, is a partnership between close friends Jordan Carpenter and Simon Asem. Striving for success has helped to strengthen the bond of not only our partnership, but friendship as well. Recognizing our keen sense of creativity and design, we have embarked on a journey of reshaping how you see clothing.

What’s your bio? How did you get started? 

Jordan proposed the idea of starting something new and innovative after a while of studying fashion movements and trends. After several months of research and planning, we finally made the decision to launch our brand. Not only were we inspired by establish individuals in the clothing business, but we also aim to inspire our own generation. We believe that our generation is full of talented individuals that are hesitant to take the leap of faith into making their dreams a reality. We simply want to encourage other individuals to do what they want, and not hold back.

Why did you decide to choose fashion designing as a career?

We chose the fashion industry because we wanted to redefine how people viewed clothing. The goal of our brand is to change the mindset of conforming to social norms. Every day, we see brands limiting their products to certain standards. People are informally told they either have to look a certain way or have a specific social status in order to properly represent a brand. Our intention is to break that barrier and introduce a brand that accepts everyone for who they truly are.  We want people to know that it may be our brand, but it’s their style that represents us.

What according to you is a favorite part of being a fashion designer?

It’s definitely difficult to identify a favorite part of what we do. What we cherish the most is the opportunity of sparking new ideas and being creative. Getting the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of people makes it all worthwhile. Being fashion designers gives us an artistic platform of expressing ourselves to the world. To us, having the ability to create a new piece is like taking a dream and turning it into a reality.

Where do you see your brand going in the next 2-5 years?

We are always trying to create new and innovative styles for our brand. Currently, there are new designs being drafted everyday by our team. In the near future, customers will start to see our brand beginning to redefine how society views the typical t-shirt. We won’t give out all of our secrets on what’s happening behind closed doors but anticipate a clothing revolution from CA Clothing Group. The future 2-5 years hold a ton of opportunity for our brand. We plan on forming collaborations with a multitude of different individuals in order to gain a larger audience for our brand. With the help of social media, we hope to globally expand CA Clothing Group. Our brand should not just be limited to one culture.

Who/what inspires you to design?

Our inspiration came from a multitude of successful influencers in the fashion industry. The main one being Jerry Lorenzo. Mr. Lorenzo’s passion and dedication for his love of fashion is our driving force. Inspiration from our brand also comes from the dedication of wanting to inspire others. We want people around us to know that it isn’t impossible to pursue their dream. Our drive to succeed should motivate others to start thinking differently to what society says is and isn’t achievable.

Give some advice to all the up and coming fashion designers

Your first idea won’t always be the best. Believe it or not, not everyone will want you to succeed. It is important to have confidence and faith in yourself. Entering the fashion business doesn’t have to break the bank. Do your research and start small, but dream big. Definitely don’t be afraid to take opportunities when they’re presented.

What’s your message to the youth? 

The biggest advice we can offer others is not to hesitate. Stop telling yourself that someday you will get around to doing it. The day needs to be today! Everyone needs to understand the truth about failure. Failing at something is your only true chance to grow as an individual. We want people to understand that if they don’t try, then they’ll never know the outcome. You can’t sit back and listen to society tell you it won’t work, if you haven’t given it a shot yourself. Humble yourself and believe in what you have to offer.

How do you want to impact the world?

Our impact on the world is to someday leave a legacy of self-expression. Hopefully, we create a long-lasting impression for generations to come.

Any shoutouts?

We would like to give a specific shout out to our CA Clothing Group family. It is our fans and customers that make everything possible. If it wasn’t for them, none of this would be possible. Thank you for the support you provide and believing in the dream.

You can follow the CA Clothing Group at:

Instagram– caclothinggroup

http://www.caclothinggroup.com

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February 2018 Sneaker Releases

Wow, after what felt like a yearlong January it seems like February is finally here! With February come kicks, kicks, kicks! A lot of heat coming from Jordan Brand. Just like the rest of the world, I am excited for the Jordan 3 black cement to finally get the Nike Air on the back-heel tab. I remember taking an L back in 2011, but my brother and friend, Alex, were lucky and able to cop a pair. Let’s hope I have better luck some now 7 years later, but we shall see; with that being said I wanted to share some of the shoes I am most excited about this February. Hopefully you guys are as excited as I am about this month and this year in the sneaker world.

The FAIK ART Interview

I have been interested in fashion and street fashion culture for as long as I can remember. I personally define street fashion culture as a mix of fashion and daily wear of self-expression but everyone has their own take. I recently I got the opportunity to sit down with street wear brand, FAIK ART, for an interview on their vision, what drives them to create, and one day being a huge staple in the street wear industry. Be sure to check them out on all social media linked at the bottom of the interview.

  

 BIO:

FAIK ART is a visual arts brand. Our visual identity represents a mixture of complementary forces that interact to create a sense of balance in the viewers world.

Art is necessary in everyday life. That’s why we created a collection of “chill-wear” clothing. Our casual, comfy clothes provide you with style and a bold visual experience.

 

Interview:

 Why did you choose fashion design as a career?

We’re passionate about fashion.

 

What is your favorite part of being a fashion designer?

It’s a field that allows you to express your creativity in whatever way you want.

 

Define fashion.

Fashion is how somebody expresses themselves through what they wear.

 

Where do you see your brand going in the next 2-5 years?

We don’t know. We’re very open to what lies ahead.

 

Who / what inspires you to design?

We’re inspired by creative ideas and people.

 

Can you give some advice to all of the up and coming fashion designers?

Just be true to yourself.

Don’t think about anyone else that could be in your way.

Don’t take yourself so seriously.

Work smart.

Work hard.

 

FAIK ART

faikart.com

IG: @faikart

FB: facebook.com/FA1KART

 

A Look Inside 2018

This year is already off to a fast start and I can’t wait for what this year has in store for not only me but the people that view my blog on a regular basis. I would like to take a minute to kind of go over the things that I plan on doing with my blog this year.

The number one thing I can promise is more content!! I know I can go missing in action sometimes but this year I am committed to bringing you guys more content, more sneaker reviews, and more life stories. This leads me to my second promise regarding more life stories, which will allow me to give you more of an insight into my daily life and the journey to becoming a successful blogger. I am not here to talk about success but to share issues that I feel everyone is facing in some way and sharing my perspective on those issues. I believe that people are more interested in the grind and the battle to become successful rather than flaunting success after the fact.

The third promise I plan to do this year is to give up and coming artists a platform to display their talents; from local musicians, photographers, fashion influences, and anyone that is doing cool stuff that should have a platform. I am here to shine a spotlight on anything creative and on people that are doing amazing things around the world. So if you know of anyone who could use this platform please feel free to email me and we can network. I want everyone to be successful in whatever they are doing and however they define success. I want to thank anyone and everyone that has ever read an article or clicked on my link. I appreciate it very much and it means the world to me, so thank you!

MY TOP 10 KICKS OF 2017

Wow, 2017 came and went so fast! This year has been so amazing and has brought about so many new opportunities and challenges but overall I have been blessed and can’t wait to drop new and better content in 2018. With that being said, 2017 was a huge year for sneakers and street culture in general. So many people are into sneakers and street fashion now that it only brings new and fun designs for us as consumers. Adidas has stayed on fire with the Yezzy line and the Human Race, along with some dope collaborations from the EQT line as well as the Boost lineup.  Nike/Jordan reminded us that they refuse to be second tier to any brand and will remain king for years to come with drops like, the Kaws 4, the Jordan 1 Royal and of course, what may be the best collaboration of the year, the Nike X Off White 10 collection. With so much heat I decided to wrap up the year by giving you guys a look at my top 10 sneakers of 2017.

 

  1.  Jordan 4 KawsKAWS-x-Air-Jordan-4-17-565x372

2.  Jordan 1 RoyalAir-Jordan-1-High-1-5

3. Jordan 1 Off-White offwhite-jordan-1

4. Nike Pesto Off-White Screen-Shot-2017-08-12-at-7.47.44-AM

5. Adidas NMD x Invincible x Neighborhood INVI3

6. Adidas Yeezy Wave Runner 700 a83e163d23b26c216df800b02c775cd2

7. Air Max 97 OG “Silver Bullet” nike-air-max-97-silver-bullet-us-release-info-03

8. Adidas Pharrell Human Race Trail adidas-human-race-nmd-tr-release-singapore-628x628

9. Adidas Futurecraft 4DUltra Boost adidas-futurecraft-4d-details-00

10. Concepts X New Balance 999 “ Hyannis” new-balance-999-hyannis-concepts-red