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The Epic Trunk Show Returns with Lifestyle, Fashion & Music

The Epic Trunk Show Returns with Lifestyle, Fashion & Music

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This past weekend Manhattan’s Shop Studios was the place to be for another edition of the formerly named Ultimate Trunk Show. Now known as the Epic & Co. Trunk Show the evenings event is a collection of indie fashion brands, lifestyle accessories and services that allow you a fresh look at some quality clothing for the summer season and pamper yourself a little as the Epic & Co provided complimentary massages, nail treatment and shoe cleaning throughout the day.  The Trunk Show definitely succeeds in presently an showroom experience to remember.

The free-flowing Hennessy never fails in setting a calm laid back atmosphere. Whether you were on the main floor sampling the fashions or the rooftop awaiting a massage you could enjoy one of the V.S drinks being offered that evening.

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Now  what would such an event be like without music though? We wouldn’t have to wonder as DJ 9AM held down the tunes with right mixture of classics with a healthy dose of newer material.

Over the course of the evening I saw some familiar favorites like the always fly Heirport Apparel line.

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Dirty Razkal  returned with some new items including some back packs that I really was feeling.

Personally I really like the items that Kingdom Native had on display. Bringing a positive faith-based theme to fashion I appreciated what they were doing simply from the standpoint of counteracting the react wave of satanic themed items that have been made popular by many of today’s Hip Hop mega stars like Lil Wayne.

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Most notably is the popularized upside down cross images that have ended up on so many fashion pieces. For this reason alone Kingdom Naive gets my support.

Along with them, Imperfect Apparel had some items that I can picture a few of my friends rocking this summer from the US to Japan. I would also point people in the direction of Born Republic Co. for a solid selection of accessories from necklaces to bracelets and more.

Now I do want to give you guys my personal pick of the day. It’s great to look good but often times keeping things fresh and clean is a head ache. Sneaker loves will appreciate this because I brought my Nike Pythons to the event hoping to restore their shine.

Fresh feet work via @ecosolelution. @epicandco Trunk Show.

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EcoSOLElution used nothing more than a brush, water and their natural solution to deliver a major cleaning on my sneakers. This is a true must have for your favorite sneaker head. Get some asap. You’ll be glad you did.

Covering this event I was working with the good folks at Mr Refined  so make sure you swing by their side of the Internet to get more insights and a lot more images from the show!!

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Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech

Under Armour Gives A Sneak Peak At Q3/Q4 Line Plus New Fitness Tech

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As the people prepare for the pleasant days and cool nights of the Spring season, the wheels are turning at Under Armour to produce those Fall and Winter pieces that we’ll all be looking for once the warmer weather fades.  I was invited to view some items that will be released later this year by UA as well as the new UA HealthBox. Take a look at what is on deck for the 2nd half of 2016.

The ladies line is delivering new colors and supportive designs for the better fitting tops and new sweat absorbent bottoms for those early morning jobs and work out classes.

Hit the Jump so you can view some of the new men’s items and the new UA HealthBox!!!

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MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

MR REFINED LAUNCHES NEW PUBLICATION FOR THE TODAY’S URBAN PROFESSIONALS

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One of the most powerful forces in our society today is media. It is how people get most of their information and for better or worse it’s a huge factor in how people form their views and opinions. With this power comes a responsibility to be truly comprehensive, honest and engaging with the content you deliver. In addition to that, the people now hold more ability to control the stories and narratives that are presented. Enter Mr. Refined Magazine.

I take personal pride and consider it an honor to have my words among the premiere articles within the newly launched Mr. Refined magazine.

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The Mr. Refined brand has set itself as an expanding force in delivering mature lifestyle content for the new age young adult. From style to travel to business and more Mr. Refined magazine looks to deliver a quarterly dose of high-caliber reading material that you can truly relate and connect to.

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So, without further ado here is the info to get your own copy of Mr. Refined Magazine. You have your choice of digital or hard copies. You won’t be disappointed so order your copy and please share this among your peers.

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Back To Miami For Art Basel 2015

Back To Miami For Art Basel 2015

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The annual Miami art festival Art Basel has kicked off and your over sized Social Media Samurai is en route to the 305, ready to bring the creative energy directly to you all. Keep you eyes to my Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (s/n: SMediaSamurai) & Periscope feeds for all the action taking place this weekend!

From the endless art display and live creation sessions in Wynwood to the exhibitions and launch events on Miami beach it’ll be no shortage of activity! Last night Swizz Beats opened the Dean Collection, a collabaration with Barcadi, which will be open for the duration of Art Basel.

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Take a look at my coverage from last year if you’re new to the Art Basel experience and watch the #SocialMediaSamurai as well as that #SamuraiRides hashtag all weekend to keep connected.

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SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

SAMURAI HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE FOR TODAY’S MAN

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It’s that time of year folks. Holiday season is upon us. Have you already finished all your gift buying? Of course not so while you prepare to knock that task out I’m here to help out in my own way. Do you have a guy but you’re not sure exactly what he’d like? Is he a busy multifaceted guy that’s’ always on the move?

Today’s man isn’t just the beer drinking handy man of old. He’s doing many times at any given time. With that in mind welcome to the Samurai Holiday Gift Guide.  Here you’ll find an array of gift ideas based around various lifestyle interests. I called in a couple friends too for additional input. I’m sure you’ll see a few things the man in your life will appreciate.

Hit the jump and dive into the 2015 Samurai Holiday Gift Guide! Oh and since today is cyber Monday you might see some great deals on this today too.

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Sneak Peek Into Under Armour’s Fall 2015 Collection

Sneak Peek Into Under Armour’s Fall 2015 Collection

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As many of us are itching for the officially break in the weather to kick off the spring season  the creative minds at Under Armour are lining up their collection of cool weather concepts from when the Summer fades out and welcomes in Fall 2015. This past week I was able to take a private look at what UE has on deck for us.

I’m consistently impressed by UE’s ability to produce gear that is appealing to the eye, work out functional in its design and multi-faceted in the setting it can worn in. It’s incredibly convenient to have something you hit the office, gym and bar in while being completely comfortable in each place.

Take a look a few of the items that will available to the pubic in the coming months!!!!

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Now Everyone Wants To Super Size But We Been Eating – When “Big is In”

Now Everyone Wants To Super Size But We Been Eating – When “Big is In”

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The American mainstream media is having a field day with the news that a “Plus Sized” model will be gracing the pages of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue. When I heard this my reaction was pretty blazay. Oh? So, another thing we in the real world and especially in communities of color have loved for ages is now acceptable??? Oh how nice. You couple that with the well placed yet far from authentic line from Drake about BBW’s and now Big is in!!

Look if this turns out to be more than just a moment and truly ushers in an era of fully figured body acceptance I’m 100% for it. I just fear that this might just be another passing fad to temporarily pacify the masses before we go back to seeing size 0 frames paraded in front of us all day.

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Before Jennifer Lopez played Selena we loved curves, before Kim K popped up on the public radar we loved curves, before Ashley Graham linked up with S.I WE LOVED CURVES!! The thing that I think about most is that our ladies need to feel great in all their various shapes. Now I do believe that health is paramount but healthy living and glorious thickness can coexist.

One of the things I do love about our social media age is that while the larger mainstream platforms push the typical body types, either the super skinny or the disproportionate T & A vixen, the average person is able to see, embrace and fully express their confidence and love of self.  Twitter hashtags like #Pluskini recently provided another ode to the natural female form. All of this is something I love to see and it’s long over due. Recently someone very close to me was telling me “I don’t  like how I look during that shoot…..I look fat.” Meanwhile this is one of the most beautiful ladies I know. I want to see us get the body image stigmas out of our subconscious.

I’m grown. I’ve lived enough and experienced enough to see past the nonsense society feeds us. I love women and they don’t need to fit some ridiculous European based definition of beauty. I think it’s actually in our imperfections that the greatest beauty lies. The ability to see and love yourself and others just as they are represents our highest form of interaction  with each other.

I have no clue if there will still be a focus on “Plus Models” this time next year. Hopefully the people carry the message through the seasons and they turn this moment into a movement. Could there ever be a Miss USA or Miss Universe that looks like the woman below? I’m hoping for that progress.

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SABIT NYC PHOTOSHOOT FT. Maria “My My” Myraine

SABIT NYC PHOTOSHOOT FT. Maria “My My” Myraine

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From the mind of Shoichi Amemiya, Sabit NYC has grown over past 10 years into a staple within the Urban street wear scene both locally and internationally.

What makes SABIT NYC stand out, are the prevalent Japanese design influences that Shoichi infuses throughout the collection. Amemiya expresses “It almost makes feel like you can fit in at any party in downtown Tokyo!” Quite like SABIT’s name (meaning “the best part of the song” or “the hook”) SABIT NYC continues to “hook” the Fashionista on a global scale.

Recently the Sabit NYC crew linked up with Indie PR manager and online personality Maria Myraine aka “My My”  to create some dope images highlighting some new Sabit NYC pieces. Readers may remember the first part of my interview with My My so you know she’s money in front of the camera.

Check out the images below and stay tuned as the 2nd half of that interview will be dropping soon.

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The Ultimate Trunk Show Delivers Again For Indie Business

The Ultimate Trunk Show Delivers Again For Indie Business

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Last Saturday one of my favorite NY traditions took place at the Altman Building in Manhattan. The Ultimate Trunk Show Spring 2014 returned to showcase independent vendors in the realm of fashion, food, accessories and much more. The Ultimate Trunk Show was set up with 2 floors of activities with the fashion gear on the top floor and a number of spa services on the lower level including hair cuts and massages. Each floor had tunes flowing via DJ Tiff McFierce and DJ Unos & Dubs. Along with that, Open Hennessy bars on both floors kept the party atmosphere well maintained.

UTS staples like Heirport and Tekkies were in the building bringing their usual high quality products. There were also a number of new brands making their debut at UTS that I was really feeling like Warren Peace, Bmoye Collection and Kid Monarch. Take a look at the images below from the show and support these brands.

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See More Images From the Ultimate Trunk Show after the Jump!!! If you couldn’t make it this time then stay tuned for the next event edition coming later thus year.

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Under Armour Q3/Q4 Clothing Line Preview

Under Armour Q3/Q4 Clothing Line Preview

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Recently I had the pleasure of being invited to the main offices of Under Armour clothing to get an early look at a number of pieces from their 3rd and 4th quarter scheduled line. The collection was full of new brighter colors, stand out patterns and a lot of new innovative wearable tech to make them more comfortable to perform in.

There were a great deal of updated items for the ladies to utilize. One of the point emphasized within this line were workout clothes that you can go right from the gym in without the sweaty nasty “just left the gym” look. You could call it all-purpose wear. This includes under garments without the unflattering seems that would show through your tights.

For me personally I was very impressed with the Under Armour footwear that was previewed. The various sneakers fell under the categories of ClutchFit & Speedform. These reference the respective constructions of the shoe lines that provide tight compression, grip and cutting speed all while being incredibly light weight. I have to say that while the inside of the shoes felt super supportive, they were the lightest sneaker I’ve ever felt.

Hit the jump for images directly from the Under Armour offices and see what you’re in for this year.

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