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Lemon Brands After Hours: 95 Live Show

95 Live Show @ Avant Garde LES

On Thursday, March 30th, Lemon Brands attended the Opening Reception of Avant Garde LES's latest showing, "95 Live Show". The showing is a exploration of an era, a diverse set of featured artists referenced the cultural climate of the mid-1990's through visual works of art.  

The Lemon Brands team enjoyed some drinks and the visual displays while the DJ had Golden Era Hip Hop on heavy rotation. The event was New York to the core. The wallpaper had images of life-sized Subway cars that had been tagged with graffiti and a framed collage of flyers for Jams featuring legends like KRS -1, The Notorious B.I.G., Funkmaster Flex, etc...  was displayed.

It was clear that this event was a reunion of some sorts as people embraced and talked like they hadn't seen each other in awhile. All in all, the music was right, drinks were flowing, and there were good vibes all around.  

 

Come check out "95 Live Show" @ Avant Garde LES [ 319 Grand Street, NYC ] 

Top Brands of CAPSULE New York Men's FW17

Lemon Brands x Capsule New York Men's FW17 |  TOP BRANDS of 2017

This year Lemon Brands walked the CAPSULE New York Men's FW17 show to stay up to date with all the new brands showcasing their FW17 lines. We came up with a list highlighting the Top Brands of Capsule. 

 

QILO

This contemporary streetwear brand marries quality garments and expressive creativity. The brand started out in 2013 with a 5-panel cap designed by two college friends. Since then their brand recognition has risen as Qilo continues to center its design aesthetic around the pineapple: the international symbol of hospitality. With a strong presence in quality headwear, Qilo is expanding into bomber jackets, parkas and suede longline coats.

 

Check out the latest from Qilo: 

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FOODI

This two-year-old brand was the manifestation of a dream. As London-based designer Stephen Akpotaime professes, “I love food, I dreamt of a chicken.” Using the concept of food, Stephen’s aim is to make you think with some, “food for thought”. Citing importance of fair trade and a renewed sense of environmental stewardship, he makes sure his product are eco-friendly. Each piece is also numbered as only a limited number of each style is printed and sold. Talking about the future, he told Lemon Brands he is looking to customer feedback to tell him where to take Foodi saying, "I will let you tell me because you are the customer.”

Check out the latest from Foodi:

Instagram  |  Website

 

BRISTOL LOS ANGELES

Bristol is a Los Angeles-based garment studio and lifestyle brand that was a result of collaboration between two designers and lifelong friends. Tommy Novels, one of the Co-founders/Designers, explained that their garments represents a, “refined but naive fashion” that represents the neighborhood all the designers grew up in. Rapidly finding fans across the country, Bristol Los Angeles is ready to bring their unique style to the east coast.

Check out the latest from Bristol Los Angeles:

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COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

Mixing traditional methods with contemporary style, Country of Origin has 35 years of the most experience hand-frame knitters in Scotland creating timeless apparel. Taking inspiration from painter Kazimir Malevich and the effect of bold primary colors, the pieces combine quality with strong design elements. Country of Origin is primarily sold in Japan, but be on the lookout as they move into the US market.

Check out the latest from Country of Origin: 

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FRIED RICE

This apparel brand takes inspiration from the eccentric lower eastside of New York where global minds and the multi-cultural mix constantly on every block. The fusion of these influences has brought to life a style that is visibly unique with its unisex style and modern interpretations of the different worlds we inhabit. The strength of this brand is in the versatility of the pieces allowing Fried Rice to reach a wide range of customers.

 

Check out the latest from Fried Rice:

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Top Brands of Liberty Fair NYC '17

Lemon Brands x Liberty Fair NYC '17  |  Top Brands of 2017

This year Lemon Brands walked the Liberty Fair NYC '17 show to stay up to date with all the new brands showcasing new collections. We came up with a list highlighting the Top Brands of Liberty Fair NYC. 

 

Descendants of Thieves

When Matteo Maniatty approached Dres Ladro with the idea of starting Descendant of Thieves, he was initially hesitant. Ladro, an ardent believer of individuality and exclusivity, accepted Maniatty’s offer by creating limited edition pieces with selective distribution. The brand stays true to that vision to this day by boldly telling viewers to not wear the brand for it isn’t for everyone. Descendant of Thieves is known for creating pieces with razor sharp slim fits and reverse engineering. Ladro designs from the inside out, adding hidden messages and concealed pockets to their signature shirts and blazers. 

 

Check out the latest from Descendant of Thieves:

Website  |  Instagram  |  Twitter  |  Facebook 

 

Android Homme

Los Angeles based brand that was founded by Javier Laval in 2008 after seeing a void in the affordable luxury space between $200-$400. Obsessed with design, detail, construction and quality the shoes are all designed in LA and hand made in Italy. Taking inspiration from architecture and sacred geometry this season's collection incorporates details that make you take a closer look. The clashing of aggressive and minimal design with quality craftsmanship get to the heart of the brand, “it is never too late to reprogram”.  

 

Check out the latest from Android Homme:

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Ezra Arthur

The brainchild of four brothers, Ezra Arthur creates heirloom pieces that merge contemporary engineering and timeless practices to produce one of a kind leather goods. It’s the quintessential American brand; Ezra Arthur designs and manufacture all of their pieces in Arizona’s warehouse district. Their selection is varied manufacturers everything from leather belts, bracelets, wallets, snap pouches, and razor cases.

 

Check of the latest from Ezra Arthur:

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Golden Bear SportsWear

When it comes to menswear jackets, Golden Bear Sportswear is the go to brand. The sportswear started in San Francisco in 1922 selling dockworker coats to the locals. Fast forward a century, this legacy brand is still in the Bay Area, producing great quality outerwear. Updated pieces like the bright varsity jackets and naked finishes for FW17 play to the younger markets while the lambskin bombers and leather jackets are classics. The jackets are true investment pieces, with the leather gaining patina over time proving that Golden Bear Sportswear gets better with age.

 

Check out the latest from Golden Bear: 

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TOP BRANDS OF Agenda NYC

LEMON BRANDS X AGENDa NYC  |  TOP BRANDS OF 2017

This year Lemon Brands walked the Agenda NYC show to stay up to date with all the new brands showcasing their FW17 lines. Looking around we came up with a list of brands that caught our eye at this year's show. 

 

Chpo

Combining Japanese mechanics, Scandinavian clean cut design, and a strong social value statement Chpo delivers a classic look at an affordable price hence their saying, “anyone, anywhere.” While providing a premium product Chpo is quick to point out what they stand for telling us on their website, “If you hate homosexuals, people of different color or women, please do this one favor for us. Don’t buy our gear.” Based in Stockholm, Sweden, they are currently selling in 21 countries. As CEO Viktor Telegin looks toward the future, he wishes to increase awareness of the brand internationally partnering with brand ambassadors and building content that can spread across the social media world. 

 

Check out the latest from CHPO:

Website  |  Facebook  |  Pintest  | Instagram  |  Twitter  

 

Weiv

Featuring their Tactical Jackets, Weiv showcases a classic look with a twist that is perfect for anyone that is looking to make a statement. Focusing on the basics, the design team aimed to used different color palettes and silhouettes to give the customer pieces that can be layered and styled in numerous ways.  In addition to style, comfort is the word that comes to mind with Weiv. The cotton spandex fabric they use with their lazy silhouettes allows the clothes to be lighter without compromising comfort.

 

Check out the latest from Weiv: 

Website  |  Instagram 

 

Ekumenik

Into their tenth year, the Canadian brand’s attention to detail is what truly makes them unique. Derived from the Greek word, oikoumene, Ekumenik stands for “The Inhabited World.”  Providing an escape from the mundane, this menswear brand chases adventure. After all, the apparel is manufactured in Bali, the surf destination for anyone looking for a scenic escape. Known for their modern knits and soft flannels, Ekumenik strategically selects its fabrics to enhance its fit focused pieces.

 

Check out the latest from Ekumenik:

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Justina Valentine Calendar Launch at 710 WEST in NYC

A Night at Justina Valentine's 2017 Calendar Release Party

Early last week, MTV’s Wild ’N Out Star Justina Valentine released her 2017 Limited Edition Calendar. The Launch Party was held at Upper West Side’s 710 West, showcasing the fiery red head in a variety of spreads for the year. Guests included Grammy Award winning producer Jerry Wonda and artist Fred the Godson. Stay tuned for new music releases from the growing artist and watch her on MTV’s Wild ’N Out.

Purchase your CALENDAR, HERE

Download her album SCARLET LETTER on iTunes

Follow her on INSTAGRAM @justinavalentine