Monthly Archives: March 2014

The First H&M in Hawaii

SB gives you the 411 on H&M Hawaii

the new H&M sign in Hawaii 2014

Wednesday-Private VIP Party-Thursday-Grand Opening-Saturday-Streetzblog stops by H&M at Lunch and again at Dinner

Wednesday Night: Special invitees attended a pre opening VIP party complete with Live Band, DJ’s, Gifts, Photos, Shopping and More. People were already lined up at Midnight to get in on Thursday at Noon. (Info for the pre opening party acquired by Streetzblog through various Social Media Sites)

Thursday: Thousands lined up at the brand new grand Opening of the first H&M to hit Hawaii ever. I’ve been to many H&M’s in NYC and one in Chicago. This is the first to come to Waikiki on the island of Oahu.

New H&M in Waikiki

I had to work on Thursday, thus I had a really good and thoughtful friend of mine down at the Grand Opening taking pictures for Streetzblog.com @scottmackenzie3 on twitter and streetzpix on Instagram. He said that Kalakaua had lines on both sides of it and that they were only letting 500 people in at a time. We said we would meet Saturday at Noon to check out the new store.
Saturday at Noon at the new H&M in Waikiki:
I parked at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki at the Zoo and walked to H&M, when I got there I found out that H&M has free validated parking right next door. All you do is buy at least one thing and they will validate for you.

H&M validates parking in Waikii

The Store is pretty big, has Dj’s playing upbeat fun music, the first floor is for women and the Second floor is for men. The Great part about this H&M is it’s the month of March and almost all of the clothes are perfect for a warm weather climate. Typically when I go to H&M its in December in NYC, the selection is quite different. I think they did a really nice job of picking climate appropriate clothes. Although, they did have this very funny Alaska T, but I suspect someone put it there to be funny in a tongue in cheek type of way.

Alaska Shirt in Hawaii-H&M Waikiki

I had quite a fun time in my Hour and 15 minute Mid-Day Shopping Spree. I picked up 9 items. Then budgeted it out a bit and ended up with 5 items for $139 with a $10 off card. My 5 items including a $69 suit jacket that fits perfectly came to $129, quite a nice deal if I would say so. (Total Haul: Spectacular Suit Jacket, Purple/slate grey T, Long Sleeve Dark Grey/Black T, checked dress shirt with nice interesting inside stripes and a pair of crisp clean black slim tapered slacks to wear to dinner later in the evening.

StylingSuitJacket-H&M-Streetzblog

My Cat named Squirly even likes all of the fun clothes from H&M. If they ever get cat clothes, I’ll need to hook him up with something.

Squirly the cat likes H&M-Streetzblog
I even received a special free gift hidden inside my shopping bag, that I retrieved in great delight when I arrived back home.

Free gift from H&M
Here I am with my big bag of 5 items and my free gift-Thanks H&M in Waikiki, that was very nice of you! (Notice my lack of tan, but just wait until my dinner time shopping spree, you shall see a different look).

Scott Mackenzie at H&M Waikiki 2014
Afterwords I went to have some lunch with my friends D and J, they don’t much like social media/blogs etc. They are two of the 8 people I know that don’t even have a Facebook account. Thus we won’t mention them by their real names, just their initials. But I do thank them  for the $10 discount card and accompanying me to the Big Saturday of Shopping at H&M in Waikiki.

Waikiki March 2014

After, I went and played some basketball in the nice Hawaiian Sun, took a little rest and got ready for dinner. For Dinner I wore my new black fitted trousers, the Purple/slate grey T-shirt, and an older medium blue long sleeve shirt I bought at the Chicago H&M about 8 years ago. I noticed it just started to fit me again. Must have lost some weight when I was at the hospital in January. Well, actually I did, about 14 pounds. Just surprised I’ve kept it off, good thing is somethings fit really well, bad thing is most of my work clothes are pretty baggy.

At Dinner Sharen and Gail said they wanted to go to H&M. Me, being the Shop-o-Holic that I am, I said;  Oh for sure. I’ll just go on a $25 budget .. HA! So at 8:10 p.m I returned to H&M in Waikiki.

H&M Sign-Streetzblog.com

We said we would stay from 8:20 until 9:00, we stayed until 9:25 just a tad bit over time. I ended up getting the pants to my suit jacket and I tried but couldn’t resist a pair of sweats with zippered pockets. My Bill was around $70, not nearly as fun as 5 things for $129. But too hard for me to resist. For me, the best way not to shop is to stay at home. I went January thru Today without shopping for clothes or shoes, a couple weekends, I either stayed home, went to the gym, yoga or the beach to stay out of the stores. And I also didn’t go to any of my favorite on-line shops during that time. So I guess all is well in ShoppingLand. They did have some great Grand Opening prices. some kicks were $10, some shirts $15, they had some basic T’s for $5,95 and a bunch of Cali T’s for $6.99. I think day one would have been the best day for the $10 and $20 shoes, most of them were gone, only 8.5’s and 11.5’s left when I was there at Lunch and even less after dinner. I also noticed they had camo pants at lunch, but none left by Dinner.

$20Tag at H&M-streetzblog

Earlier in the Day I asked one of the employees what the best seller was. He said the Beckham Collection. I will need to come back one day for that. And later in the night I found a really nice sales executive who gave me some great tips for you and me on the new store:

  • Sign up for H&M on Facebook. They will mention special sales. Also sign up for the newsletter to get special prices and special event details delivered directly to your email address.
  • Parking is free with a purchase and lasts THREE hours, that is some of the best parking in Waikiki, I sure hope it lasts!
  • Here’s a fun one:  Bring in Two bags of your old clothes and get a 15% off coupon for each bag you bring in, and get this each bag just needs a minimum of 2 pieces of clothing in them. He said that they re-purpose the materials for new clothes, how cool is that! I will for sure be doing this in the near to late future.
  • Hash Tag for the Hawaii store is:  #HMlovesHawaii
  • Look for the Red Tags!
  • He also said the grand opening party was Lots of fun and re-assured me that Beckham did not attend. I would have been even more upset if I missed him. I still need to give him some of my own Starbecks shirts.

Starbecks Shirts designed by DJ Sniper Wells

Here’s some other fun things about my day:

When I shopped with D and J, I noticed they didn’t buy anything. I said hey whats up? Guess what they sneakily went to H&M on Thursday evening and filled up their bag of goodies. Hmm.

When I shopped with Sharen and Gail, I get outside to see what their big hauls were. Sharen had ONE $6.99 T for her husband and a ONE black top for herself. Gail had ONE beanie for $3, a warm weather cap for $3 and some other little trinket for $1, she spent a whopping $7. I guess I do like clothes and kicks more than the average person, didn’t know it was that different. But I do know, I typically have way more clothes and shoes in my condo than Food.

Gail and Sharen with their Big Bags of H&M Gear: (Yes, you can guess it easily, the Biggest Bag is mine).

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Me and Sharen. Note the Tan..LOL

Scott Mackenzie and Sharen at H&M Hawaii-Streetzblog.com

I think that about covers the first few days of the brand new H&M in Waikiki on the island of Oahu. Let’s see how long I can go without going back. I kinda’ liked having H&M further away from me, it’s just so tempting especially when I come out with big bags of goodies for less than $150. That is the best and most fun  way to shop!

H&M Mag cover Shot-Streetzblog

Do you have an H&M where you live? Did you go to the H&M in Waikiki? What did you buy? Also, If you ever need anything from H&M in Hawaii, just hit me up, I love to shop, so no biggie for me, just let me know what you need at scottmackenziemedia@gmail.comHope you have a nice sunny? Sunday or at least a relaxing Sunday. See you on the Streetz or maybe at the Beach.

Luxe Life Kicks Now

High Fashion Sneaker World getting Bigger and Bigger

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Lanvin Patent Leather Sneakers-Burgandy-2014. Available at MR PORTER

Today we look at the Mens Luxe-Life Kicks Craze that is not just a trend as we’ve said before on Streetzblog, but a huge movement and source of income for many Hi-End Stores across the country.  First we’ll look at some facts regarding this craze, then we will see some streetzblog.com picks of many of our favorites at the moment (Thursday March 27, 2014)

The Soaring luxe-life Kicks Craze facts:

  • Saks Fifth Avenue opens SAKSNEAKS: In February 2014. Saks Fifth Avenue in NYC opened a special in store shop on the 7th floor of their flagship store exclusively devoted to Men’s sneakers.  The Big name designers included in the area are: Givenchy, Dior, Prada, Lanvin, Versace, Valentineo, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Bally, Fendi, Pierre Hardy, the Adidas by Raf Simons and Y-3 collaborations. Mens Fashion Director of Saks Eric Jennings is quoted as saying in February 6, 2014’s edition of WWD: For the last three seasons the whole dress/designer sneaker business has skyrocketed, Men’s shoes are the fastest-growing portion of our men’s business. The Saksneaks boutique is located right next to the regular shoe department and has a special new logo, graphics and lighting to make a big splash within the store.  Jennings also mentioned:  It’s brought a whole new customer to the store, You go in and see guys buying shoes to wear that night or for the weekend. And it starts with the sneakers and then goes into denim and leather jackets. They’re both benefiting from the increased traffic. We at Streetzblog commend Saks and their vision that this is going to be a long-lasting trend as we see Men’s shoes morphing and becoming more if not just as important to Men as they have always been to women.
  • Most retailers polled by WWD said they had double-digit growth in Men’s footwear in 2013.  They are expecting similar numbers or better in 2014.
  • Harrods in London is opening TWO new mens rooms just for shoes in July/August or September of 2014. Harrods already doubled their mens footwear area two years ago.
  • Barney’s New York. When I was there in December 2012, I saw shoes and sneakers I’ve never seen before. In December 2013, There were two different areas on two distinct floors. One I would call Hi End Luxe, the other Medium Luxe, yet both very Luxe in my opinion. I think, Barney’s has lead the way in the Luxe-Life Kicks Craze. Actually, they do it with sneakers, boots and shoes in-store and on-line. Tom Kalenderian Exectutive Vice President and general merchandise manager of men’s wear said in WWD: We have and are continuing to invest capital to renovate our men’s footwear departments to maximize this great opportunity.
  • Beymen’s in Istanbul has added two special sections for mens footwear.  One for Designer/Classic and the other featuring Contemporary. WWD mentions that the sales of men’s shoes at Beymen’s rose 28 percent in 2013.
  • In 2012, Selfridges on Oxford Street in London more than doubled their size of the mens shoe department. Right now, it’s at 15,000 square feet. They say it’s the largest in the world.  I bet it gets even bigger in 2014 or 15.
  • Mintel predicts that mens footwear will generate $20.3 Billion in the US in 2014, looking at it being 22.5 billion in 2016. Numbers way up from 2006 when sales were 15.3 billion.
  • The NPD notes that purchases of footwear costing more than $150 went up 28 percent between 2012 and 2013.
  • Emmanuelde Bayser owner of the Corner in Berlin says 90% of his accessories budget goes into shoes, 80% of that is for Sneakers! Looking for another trend on the way, de Bayser says that the thick, clunky, creeper sole will be hitting it big very shortly.
  • Esquire, GQ, WWD, and Chic Men magazine have ALL showed men wearing designer suits with Luxe-Life Kicks. A trend I don’t see stopping or slowing anytime soon.

Here are some of my favorite Black and White Luxe-Life Kicks hitting in March 2014.  I personally think that the Pricey Rick Owens leather Ramones Shoe from a couple of years back helped kick the black and white hi end craze into gear.  Since then, Rick has put out a bit less pricey versions in mesh and coated canvas, along with releasing some newer even bigger versions of his Ramones Sneaker.

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I’ve been really digging this oil slick colorway.  There’s at least 4 different pairs of kicks with this colorway out there now. They have a nice patent sheen to them that changes colors in various hues of lighting.  Here’s one of my favorites: The Acne Studios Hans Oile Iridescent Sneaker.

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And Here are some other selections for this month’s HOT HI-End Luxe-Life Kicks Craze.

Here are your best bet for the Luxe-Life Kicks Craze Celebrity Style. The Simple yet very exquisite Black on top with white soled bottoms. Made famous by Justin Timberlake and a lot of other big time Celebs in 2013 and 2014. (Gianvito Rossi leather high top sneakers available at Mr Porter)

Gianvito Rossi Leather High tip sneakers

Much Thanks to WWD for many of the facts and all of the quotes for today’s Blog. All shoes on this page are available at either SSENSE or MR PORTER.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the newest trailer from Spiderman 2. Which I would call Spiderman 2.2. Since there already was a Spiderman 1, 2 and 3. I know, kinda’ confusing eh?


THE JUMP SPRING BREAK REVISED

Chanel Shopping in the Super Marche

Hot Models, Chic Clothes, & Styling Shoes..Such a Wonderful way to Shop

This is such a fun runway show, I couldn’t resist posting it. For the Chanel Fall 2014 Paris Collection, Karl Lagerfeld held the show  at the Grand Palais  at the Chanel Shopping Center..a Giant Costco-Esque supermarket or as the French would say Super Marche. It’s time to stop Channel Surfing and start Chanel Shopping!

This is  a Spectacular, Tres-Chic, fun show to watch. The Highlights that really stood out for me, other than the awesome setting are:

  • The Multi-Colored oil slick sneakers (Easier to walk in while shopping than heels).
  • The just under the knee Silver chrome accented boots and later on in the show a pair of similar bronze version.
  • The small stylish metal grocery baskets. The little black CC Purse and the Luxe-Life CC necklaces and adornments.
  • The Silver-Metallic Dress. It looks a bit like Chain metal. I like that look.
  • The Over-Sized Silver and Gold Pop-Top Necklaces.
  • The Big Black Headphones.
  • The necklaces with the Giant Bicycle/Locker Padlocks dangling from them. I think I could rock one of those…
  • My favorite outfit is the grey jacket and pants with the many holes in them.  Very unexpected, yet such an excellent look.
  • And I love it in the end when the models actually shop and the one man model in the show is carrying one of the models many, many Chanel Shopping bags. So funny!

Colors included Black (of course), Some light pink ensembles, a bit of orange, a few outfits with many, many colors in them and of course the  Biggest trend for Fall 2014, the obsequious Grey Color.  Women and Men will be seeing a lot of Grey this Fall 2014 and Winter 2015. It seems to be in every show in some way shape or form. When is that 50 Shades of Grey movie coming out anyways?  The First time I checked it was November 2014, Second time I checked it was around Valentines Day 2015. Either one fits the time-table of the color grey for Fall 2014 or Winter 2015.

Hey-does anyone know why Grey is spelled Grey and other times Gray?  I don’t get it. I tend to like Grey.  Which outfit or shoes did you like the best? Did you spot any of the “Where’s Waldo” types of intricacies in the show..maybe the +50% Sale Sign? The Hefty-Bag Coat or the Little Black Tea?  The more you watch the more fun you can have with this show.  LMK what you find and let us all know in the comments section? I’m sure there is much more to find in your favorite Chanel Shopping Aisle. Jambon anyone? Have a Great Monday!

Rock this Look

The March 2014 Style Vibe to Perfection

Style in style -Sweet clothes for March 2014-streetzblog.com

The Shirt: Fitted plaid in medium nice shades of grey and blue. Notice the top button is buttoned, the bottom loose and flowing, see the detail on the button down collar, And the fit is not too skinny and for sure not to oversized at all. Quite a perfect fit, colors on spot and worn with style and flair. Also, shirt is untucked below the jacket, one of my favs to rock at a Sunday Brunch.   Looks like it could be Rag & Bone or McNairy. I would guess $200 or more. Don’t know for sure, but quality, fit and style make me think it’s from a pretty posh brand.

The Pants: A perfect shade of black with just enough drop to be modern, yet not overly done to become parachute pants. Nicely tapered down the leg. Once again, not to tight or too loose, perfect fit. I would suspect, not Dockers, maybe Armani, Prada or Givenchy.

The Jacket: The darker color matches nicely with the pants and the Golden Color goes quite well with the man’s Skin-Tone. Sleeves a tad too long to be practical, yet the length gives it a nice Street Vibe, so no biggy. He could always roll them up a bit.  And maybe, its more me than others, but sleeves tha are too long on shirts and jackets just drive me crazy as the day goes on.  Brand, possibly Vintage theatre garb or Versace. I bet it or something similar can be found on Ssense.

The Haircut:  One of the most popular cuts for the first quarter of 2014. I think it would look a bit better with less on top. But this is the look at the moment. Fits the Vibe of the outfit nicely. And No I wouldn’t add a mustache or a beard, even though many hipster sites are pushing that look pretty hard right now.  And also no, he doesn’t need a Monocle to look cool. Could use a bit more of a 5:00 O’ Clock shadow stubble, but once again..no biggy.

The Stare:  Looks like he’s about to smack a rat or jump over a slush puddle. Not too happy, not too sad, gives the whole look some extra personality.

The Shoes: I know you can’t see them, but I can style the kicks extremely easily with my imagination.  This outfit would look good with Black High-Top Grenson’s with the white soles, a pair of all gold low-top Adidas, Black or Navy 8 eyelet Doc Martins, maybe some Marc Jacobs tinted black/Gold High-Tops or even some nice standard black combat boots (Pants tucked into the left with tab out and full length with a slight unnoticeable quarter cuff pant leg on the right ..of course).

For March 2014, Streetzblog goes with an A+ on this look.

Picture courtesy of MensStylePower.com

What do you think? Rock it or Schlock it?

Have you ever Wondered?

Google’s Most Searched Fashion Names from 2013

Source:  Google Zeitgeist 2013: Entries are Most Searched on Google in the U.S in 2013

High Fashion Brands

  1. Versace
  2. Michael Kors
  3. Diesel Black Gold
  4. Gucci
  5. Kate Spade
  6. Rachel Zoe
  7. Prabal Gurung
  8. Givenchy
  9. Mulberry
  10. Luca Luca

Apparel Brands and Retailers

  1. Kohl’s
  2. J.C Penney
  3. Nordstrom
  4. Forever 21
  5. Victoria’s Secret
  6. Old Navy
  7. Macy’s
  8. American Eagle Outfitters
  9. Nike
  10. Dillard’s

I tend to write my blogs by what I’m into, seeing, or happening on that certain day. I try to keep it as interesting and real as I can. But what would happen if I took these top ten lists and wrote just about these brands for a few weeks. Wonder if the readership would go up or down?  Don’t worry, I’m not going to let this list influence my choices on what to write on.  How bout’ you?  Blog Writers-What do you think of this list?  How can it help? Or Hinder a blog posting?  Hmmm.  Interesting eh?

Readers and bloggers-Who is missing that should be on this list? I don’t see Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton. Or H&M and Uniqlo.  That seems a bit  strange to me. Hmm, maybe because it’s a listing from the U.S.A and not World-Wide.  What do you think?

Have a Great week and a Happy Day After St. Patrick’s Day!

Public School Style

Brand Spotlight-Public School-March 2014

Chow on Left and Osborne on the right. Picture courtesy of Fashionista.com

Chow on the Left and Osborne on the right.Both Dressed in lots of Black. Picture courtesy of Fashionista.com

This month’s Brand Spotlight takes us to NYC to visit Public School.  New York bred designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Cho are the driving force of the Public School brand. As you can see by their website and clothes, their preferred color palette is black and white. They also incorporate some nice navy blues and greys into the looks, all perfect colors for men of all ages, which coincidently are four of my preferred colors to wear, especially during the evening and night.

Ozborne and Cho met at Sean John where Chow was the  Vice president of Marketing  and Osborne was the intern who wore ties in his back pocket. According to the New York Times Fashion and Style section, Osborne said that in Brooklyn, “a lot of kids were gang members and wearing bandannas, so I thought it was funny to have a tie. It was ironic.” Next up, Osborne was hired as a designer and he and Yi Cho became friends and the rest is history.

Being named Public School I suspect many of you are wondering where the name came from. And yes, it did come from the fact that both designers attended Public School in NYC. Dao-Yi Cho went to PS 69 in Jackson Heights then Stuyvesant for high School and Maxwell Osborne attended Ps 41 in the West Village.  According to an article in New York’s on-line magazine The Cut, Cho has mentioned a bit of his upbringing and style influences,  I was sort of a floater,” says Chow of his school years. “I was never just a goth kid or a hip-hop kid, or a jock. And that’s what our label is about — this idea of convergence, bringing different worlds together and still making it feel genuine.

Public School was launched in 2008 in an apartment in Soho, like maybe some of you, I know one was me, they ate a bunch of Ramen Noodles. The two ate many Ramen Noodles and McGriddles. I remember eating Ramen Noodles and Coconuts. Nowadays, Osborne and Cho enjoy eating at some of these great New York establishments:  Sasabune 401 East 73rd, The NoMad 1170 Broadway, Joe’s Pizza 7 Carmine St. and Nick’s Place 550 Seventh Avenue/Fashion Avenue. *There’s a Sasabune about 7 blocks from where I live on Oahu. I’ve been there 2x. Once someone else paid and once I paid.  It is super fantastic,  you don’t order, you are served delicious delicacies from the sea.  But be aware, there are no prices listed at the Sushi Bar, but the tab tends to be quite LARGE.  It’s a real special occasion type of place, at least for me.

Back to the Brand Spotlight: They took a bit of time off in 2012, then relaunched with new manufacturers and new distributors. And that takes us to where they are now in March 2014.

2013 was a HUGE year for Public School.  In November they won the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund of $300,000 and in June the two talented designers received the Swarovski Award for emerging talent in menswear. Clearly a Great year for both Osborne and Yi Chow.

Piecing everything I’ve read and seen about Public School, I’d sum them up as Having perfect colors for menswear with two eyes to the street to get the vibe, with the other two eyes on high-end fashion with impeccable tailoring.  

Along with the clothes, Check out the ever coveted Rick Owens Ramone Kicks at the beginning of the vid and some nice black with a sleek double white sole kicks at the end of  this Black and White Video.

Public School Jackets, Trousers, T’s, Suits, Kicks and more are available at:  publicschoolnyc.com, Harvey Nichols in London, Iseten in Japan, and one of my favorite sites for Hi-End Kicks, Ssense in Canada. Also Available in New York at Odin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Atrium, and Barneys.  *Barneys and Atrium are two of my favorite places to visit when I vacation in New York. I typically hit up Barneys on Day One and Atrium and the rest of Downtown Broadway on Day two during my visits to the Big Apple.

While doing research on Public School, I found another label that they design for called Black Apple, today’s Brand spotlight isn’t on them, but you may want to check it out.  The Clothes are more affordable and they had some Kick A$$ Knicks shirts.  All Black on Black, If they were still for sale I’d be getting myself a shirt or two for the Knicks drive to the 2014 NBA Play-Offs.  I know, the Knicks haven’t been doing so well this year, but they do have a chance to get to the play-offs. Go Knicks! Go Melo! Note: Black Apple has been around since Fall/Winter 2010. I know I’ve seen many of the designs on the streetz, just didn’t know the designers from Public School were the masterminds behind it. As of the writing of this article-Sunday March 16, 2014, all three Jean designs are quite nice and priced perfectly,  but all sold out, Although they do have many jackets to choose from and a few T’s I’d Rock. If you get a chance check it out. Who knows, when you read this they may have the jeans back in stock?

Sources/Bibliography for the Public School Spotlight:  Esquire Magazine-the Style issue March 2014 (Print Edition), Details Magazine-The Fashion Issue March 2014 (Print Edition) ,The Fashion and Style section of The New York Times January 2014, and The New York Magazines The Cut on-line.

Do you have any Public School or Black Apple clothes or kicks? Let us know in the comment section.  Let us know who you’d like to see a Brand Spotlight on? Or just tell us what you’re doing on St. Patrick’s Day?  See you on the streetz! Or this Monday March 17the at the Dowwntown-Chinatown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party 2014.

Hawaii’s Blessed for DJ Amen

Celebrate Spring Break with Citystars Apparel and DJ Amen

THE JUMP SPRING BREAK REVISED
I’ve already done the Hawaii Designs interview with Romeo Valentine from Citystars Apparel. It’s in Draft status awaiting some pictures and the arrival of their new release of the Galaxy Snapbacks. Until then, I’ll be keeping the blog going with Trends, Fashion, Kicks and Music.

Keeping on the  Citystars tip and getting excited to release the newest version of Hawaii Designs, I figured I’d post up a Vid that tells all about DJ Amen and let people in Hawaii know that he’ll be coming to Hawaii to play during Spring Break, Thursday March 27th at PLAYBAR Night Club. And BTW, DJ Amen also has a clothing line. You can check out Best Blessed right here.  Some nice T’s and I especially like the hoodies.

Here’s the DJ Amen Flyer’s:

DJ Amen Flyer

Check back in a week or two, maybe sooner for the Citystars Apparel Hawaii Designs S/S 2014 Edition. See you at the clubs and on the Streetz. LMK in the comment section, who you’d like to see come out to Hawaii to DJ or do a show.  Or If you design something in Hawaii or even somewhere else, hit me up at alohabros@gmail.com or in the comment section and I’m sure we could do an interview feature on whatever you design. Even if you don’t live in Hawaii, all I need to do is re-photoshop up the logo to your town and we’d be good to go!

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Hot Stars in the City

 

The Streetzblog Hawaii Designs Series chats with CityStars Apparel…Where Everyone Deserves to be a Star!

HAWAII DESIGNS CITYSTARS

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For this edition of Hawaii Designs, We sat down with CityStars Apparel’s, Romeo Valentine after this year’s Honolulu Festival Gala. Where we feasted on Delicious Delicacies from Ruth Chris Steak House, Morimoto Waikiki, Roy’s Hawaii Kai and Honolulu Coffee Company. Prior to the Jump event with DJ HED at Vice Nightclub. The picture below is from the Honolulu Festival’s Friendship Gala in front of one of the World’s largest Aloha Shirts.

Streetzblog.com Romeo, DJ HED and Scott March 7, 2014

1. So, you recently celebrated your one year Anniversary, Has everything gone as you expected?

In our first year we’ve experienced a lot of turbulence but through it all it helps us grow. Without the turbulence we wouldn’t be able to overcome our fear of flying and reaching for the stars.

2. And you brought in big time DJ Carisma? How did you hook that up? Have you brought anyone else to Hawaii?

DJ Carisma is a friend of mine that I’ve met a few times she came out here but really linked up the time she came out here with Honey Cocaine for the Chris Brown concert. DJ Carisma fits perfect in our genre and what we are about, so it was great to have such a humble but successful person to bring in for our one-year anniversary along with Abby De La Rosa.

We have brought in other acts before such as YG, New Boyz, Tyga, DMX, DJ Drama, Glasses Malone, DJ Hed, and more. We also plan to bring a lot more fun shows and events in the future featuring some national acts. And for Spring Break 2014 we brought in San Fran’s DJ Amen.
DJ Amen Flyer

3. Are you a clothing company or like an all around lifestyle brand?

Both. We live this lifestyle in the night life to the music to the dancing we like to keep it fresh. We want everyone to feel like a star when they rock the gear.

4. What are your goals in 2-3 years with CSA?

Our plan is to take this dream we have and make it reality. When we do that we want to take everyone who supported and was their to contribute and help us when we struggled with us to the top. CSA wouldn’t be without the hard work and dedication everyone puts in.

5. The name of your brand is so perfect, it seems to fit so many different things that you do, from the designs to the shows. How did you come up with CityStars Apparel? And what does it mean to you?

The name didn’t come over night but when things come to you they just  happen. It fit perfectly with my lifestyle. I was in the clubs every night, promoting, partying, rockin’ the mic and in the day I was at the radio station (Power 104.3). It all sounds like fun which it is, but hard work so the city represents the hard work and the stars represents you being better than just normal. You are a CITY STAR.

6. Who creates and designs your shirts and hats?

Our main designers are Ryan “Dj First Class” Garo and I (Romeo Valentine). Along with Gary Dymally and Monica putting ideas together to help contribute and Ka’aina Nahale working hard on hand drawings that he comes up with or ideas we have that he can bring to life.

7. What type of software do you use to design everything?

Everything we do is in Photoshop. As well as drawings on a piece of paper which we transfer and redraw in Photoshop.

8. What has been your biggest seller?  And why do you think it did so well?

Our biggest seller to date has been the Louie Stars design we released in early 2013. I believe it was the best seller because the design pattern was catchy and our customers at the time liked the how long the design was on the shirt and of course our floral snapbacks are in high demand.

hot babe in citystars floral snapback

9. You recently made football shirts? How did you pick the teams you chose? Which was the biggest seller/hottest colorway?

We chose the 5 teams which had the best following in the state we are in which is Hawaii. Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Oakland, Dallas and New England. The best had to have been San Francisco and Oakland.

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10. And where were the Chicago Shirts?

We actually made a Chicago Design but it didn’t make the cut along with the Packers.

11. How did you come up with the idea for the football shirts?

We grew up watching football. It was cool to represent your team in the club without having to worry about dress codes of jerseys.

12. I really like the purple and orange Galaxy lanyards? They are very intricate? How many hours did it take to design and then produce them?

The lanyards where quick it was the design of the galaxy pattern that took a while. If you look closely there are small City Stars logo’s inside of the galaxy. We also have Hats with the same pattern.

14. How do you get the word out? I know I see you on Instagram a lot? Which social mediums do you use?

It’s all word of mouth and Social Media. We also do photo shoots and update our look books. Right now we are on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Instagram.

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15. Do you think you could have had the same success with your brand 2 years ago before the social Media explosion?

That’s a tough question. I do believe us coming out when we did was perfect timing to really make a statement and get to the next level.

16. Where do you see Social Media going in the future? Are you on any newer mediums? Any cutting edge social media sites you would recommend to an up and coming designer?

Social media is a rollercoaster, by that I mean which social network will be on top and with that being said when the next social network comes out we are going to have to jump all over that social network.  We are willing to take that challenge to go to the top and keep rising. Right now though Instagram is where it’s at.

17. For the just getting going designers our there, what is the perfect size for an instagram photo? How bout the length of a FB or instagram video?

For designers starting out using social media, it is important for the dimensions to be just right. When using Instagram the photo has to be a square. Making your photo 5 inches by 5 inches will show you exactly what viewers will see. Facebook videos can be longer than Instagram videos. When creating a video it depends on what type of message you are trying to get across, thus affecting the length. A 15 sec Instagram video and a 2 minute Facebook video are good lengths to keep viewers attention. We like to use Instagram to reach our fellow CityStars because of how quick and easy it is to use.

Two Cute Girls at the Party

18. I know your clothing line is available on-line, do yo have your clothes in any stores in Hawaii?

CityStarsApparel.com and Hatsby in Pearlridge mall which we will expand soon once we are able to justify ourselves as a brand.

19. Any plans on having a brick and mortar store? Why do you think its important to have a brick and mortar store in the digital age?

Of course we would love to get a flagship store but at the moment that isn’t in our lane and we understand that which will make us work harder to a goal.

20. Do you personally shop more on-line or in person?

On-line is easier plus you can see the deals.

21. Ok, so we made it to question 21, now tell us about your latest release, the galaxy snapbacks, Where are they available? Are they a limited release?

Yes, only limited amount are being made in the 2 colors with 2 style ways each. Once they sell out there will be no more. (The Galaxy Snapbacks  available now/4/3/14 at CityStarsApparel.com)

 

22. And after the Galaxy snapbacks without telling too much, what are your plans for the Spring/Summer line? And maybe you could let us know a little teaser about what to expect in the Fall 2014 or the Winter 2015 line?

Let’s just say his name is COMET.

23. Anything else you’d like to comment on?

We greatly appreciate everyone who supports us and is a part of our vision to take things to the next level so we can get to a point to put on shows for everyone without being over charged. We aren’t about ourselves we are about the people. We all work Hard. Everyone deserves to be a star. We also want to thank our good friends at Hawaii’s Finest for helping us out with so much.

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Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bangatos-JV F/W 2014-15

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What’s not to like? The Majority of the Best guys colors throughout. Black, Grey, some more Black, Grey and a touch of silver.  Then a bit of dark plum which almost looks Black.  And just to let you know there is a bit of off-white towards the end.  I suspect JV would probably call it Ivory. White or Ivory, quite a hard color to pull off for myself. And, just wait, the Coolest part of the show is the surprise ending.  Pretty Stunning, pure Rock n Roll to the highest fulfillment of one’s imagination and best thing is it’s real. And I do like the coat that John Varvatos is personally wearing. Those military buttons on both sides of a jacket always get me…every time.

I went to the NYC John Varvatos store in Soho in December 2013. It was really close to going to this runway show. The vibe of the store fit the fashion so perfectly and the people there were some of the nicest in town. They asked if they could hang my jacket and even asked if I wanted a real Drink! I did let them hang up my coat, but passed on the drink.  It’s never a wise decision to Drink and Shop, in person or on the web.

The clothes in the store were mostly Black, Grey and deep dark plum and that was in December 2013. This show was pure Rock n Roll and so is their store. If you get a chance to visit it Let me know how the experience was?

Last year I watched their website for months trying to nab some Varvatos x Converse kicks at a nice sale price. I didn’t get the kicks, but as soon as their dark grey zippered Men’s suit jacket went on sale, I bought it. Note: It’s cut a bit too slim for me during 9 out of 12 months of the year. But I suspect I can wear it by Memorial Day Weekend. Just hope the gig I go to is Air Conditioned. It’s more of a NY kind of jacket than a HI Jacket. But I’m good to go for the 50 Shades of Grey movie premiere, wherever that will be when it comes out.

What was your favorite Show in NY, London, Milan, or Paris? Did you get to go? Or is it on your bucket list? Personally, I was thinking the NY shows would be the place to be, but now I’m thinking .. Maybe Paris? I’ve been seeing some really nice pictures of the Eiffel Tower and really yummy things to eat on Instagram lately. Hmmm. For now, See you on the Streetz of Hawaii on the island of Oahu.

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DIVERGENT: The 3 books have many similarities to The Hunger Games Trilogy, yet a completely different vibe.  I read the first two  books in less than 2 weeks (Divergent and Insurgent). The third book-Allegiant is a little harder to get through. But overall, a well written, easy to read and quickly to picture in my imagination series.  The movie comes out March 21, you still have some time to read the books, but not much.  It should be a pretty Big movie, critics are 50/50. For some reason, it’s a bit of a sleeper in regards to pre-hype.  Many people where I work never heard of it, go figure.  I’ll go with 85% Big.  Ellie Goulding has three songs on the Soundtrack. The movie stars Sharlene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz and is set in a slightly scary dystopian society set in Chicago, Illinois. Lots of action, thrilling, suspenseful and a bit of the required love story.

TATTOOS:  This is a no brainer. In the movie, Divergent one of the 5 factions is pretty tatted and pierced up. No matter how the movie does, the tattoo business is sure to spike. Some Tats from the movie I’ve already seen include  the Abstract Russian Constructivist art of the five factions: Dauntless (the faction with the Tats), Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, and Amity.

HOCKEY IN THE SNOW:  Today the Chicago Blackhawks are playing the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field in Chicago and the snow is coming down in buckets.  Right now, it’s the 2nd period and it hasn’t stopped snowing since the game started! (Attendance: 62,921)   Fashion/Style Alert-The Chicago Team has some great looking Black Jerseys.  Typically they are geared up in Red or White.  Today they’re in a nice Dark Black with Red and White trim.

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SPRING FASHION QUICK ACCESS:  I could easily do a whole blog on Spring Fashion. For today, here’s the quick hit list according to New York Magazine. Note: Mostly Female trends but some cross over to Menswear.   Earthenwear (Muted browns and Beige colors), Sporty Sparkly Sandals (Lots of bright Colors), Grab a Glue Gun (Bedazzling for the 21st Century-almost, well actually a bit too much), Most Athletic (1970’s style meets 2014’s fabrics), Fringe Festival (Dresses, Hats, and many Fringy purses), Pop Art (Even more bright colors), Rich Color/Retro Shape (Smooth Turquoise and Yellow heels ala 1950), Accordion Pleats (Just like the name says), Brown Bling (Gold and Brown around the eyes), Disco Dresses (Sparkly Gold and Silver w/ lots of bling), Logos (We saw this in the Marc Jacobs Runway show), Lab Coats (White on White), Banker Blues (Classic Blue shirts styled à la mode), Gingham (Hmm, so hard to wash), Teeny Tiny Bags (Just a bit bigger than a man’s wallet), Great Big Jewels (This looks like lots of fun!).

PEBBLE’S STEEL SMART WATCHES:  These not only work like Dick Tracy’s watch, but look very stylish too.  Metallic Link watches in Silver and Black, there’s also a leather band too. I suspect there will be even more to come soon.  They feature apps, quite close to an iPhone.

A NUMBER AND A NAME:  T-shirts with numbers and names on them, but not your usual sports team shirts. Recently, I’ve seen shirts with fashion designer names on them, various prescription drugs with the number of the drug on them, Even Louis Vuitton has a Fringy black shirt with the number 14 on it. Probably for the year 2014?  I noticed this trend back in August 2013, but it really started to Heat up in November/December 2013, I’d say it’s still on the upward swing, has not hit its peak.  Time to wear your numbers and names now.

KENDAMA KRAZE:  This could be an Asian and Hawaii trend now, but its bound to hit you sooner or later.  When I first saw it, I didn’t think it would last this long. But last week (2/28/14) Long’s Drug Store in Downtown had a batch of Kendama’s at 9 a.m. by the time I went back to get one for a friend at 3 p.m they were all sold out.  Yesterday, there was a big tournament put on by #OURKAKAAKO and there’s another in a couple of weeks from now sponsored by Diamond Bakery and Shriner’s.  Be prepared when these come to your city, You could make a lot of money if you have inventory to sell. Or at least you have fair warning that these sell very quickly, so buy one when you see one for your favorite Kid, Grand Kid or friend’s children.  Most people who play this look about 5-17 years old. And it’s a bit more male than female.  Be ready for your Kendama Kraze!

BTW: I don’t know where this Vid was shot, for sure wasn’t Hawaii, the island of Oahu where I live does not get snow ever. This is my favorite video I’ve seen to show you all the different tricks you may want to master when the Kendama’s come to your town.

See you on the Streetz!

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