Fashion

My Suit it should thank me!

Last night the 2019 Espy’s aired on ESPN. If you aren’t aware the Espy’s are ESPN’s yearly Oscar/Grammy-esque awards show where the best atheletes in the world are recognized for the years Best of the Best. I didn’t catch the actual awards because one I barely turn my tv on if it’s not for Netflix docs or 2K, and two, I didn’t know the host this year. But nonetheless I am a student of styling and love seeing red carpet outfits, here’s a few of my favorite fits!

Robby Anderson of the NY Jets

Robby Anderson of the NY Jets

The Louis shoulder bag completes the fit to me.

The Louis shoulder bag completes the fit to me.

Real Tree Camo fits will always be fire to me when pulled off correctly, and with the Louis Sneakers Von Miller killed it.

Real Tree Camo fits will always be fire to me when pulled off correctly, and with the Louis Sneakers Von Miller killed it.

QB Hunting SZN

QB Hunting SZN

I know the title says suit, but I think those who chose to drip different took the cake this year. Although the OG Stephen Jackson pulled off the sneakers and suit look perfectly, definitely worth an honorable mention.

808s and heartbreaks vibes

808s and heartbreaks vibes

Black History Lesson in Fashion

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Patrick Kelly

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Patrick Kelly was a celebrated African-American fashion designer who came to fame in France. Among his accomplishments, he was the first American to be admitted to the Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode, the prestigious governing body of the French ready-to-wear industry.

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As you all may know, the fashion industry, Gucci, Prada, and Moncler, in particular has been under fire for the disrespectful use of Blackface on some recent garments causing a ton of backlash from the african american community. Their ignorance in exploiting something that mocks a whole race of people is totally uncalled for and degrading to their most profitable customers within the black community.

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But what you guys don’t know is they were just copying Patrick Kelly and some of his designs from decades ago. What these brands lack in social empathy they also lack in originality. Yes fashion is cyclical and styles return to runways and storefronts many times before actually dying out, but the blatant stealing of cultural iconography and using it as your own is a definite no-no. Especially one that can be seen as degrading and a mockery used by anyone let alone white folk who created the “blackface” character Sambo as the comic relief fool that was used to continue the rhetoric of black people being an inferior race. Furthermore lets stop spending with these companies and giving them free promotion talking about them after they do disrespectful things to our culture. there are so many young african american designers that could use the support to become these major labels that our community spends over a trillion dollars with yearly. We are the culture, we are style personified. Everyone in the world wants to be like us but nobody wants to be us, its sickening but I digress.

In conclusion, what I believe Patrick Kelly was doing, was more so a celebration of blackness and using the blackface logo as a symbol of “Yes We are here” in this fashion industry, being the first african american accepted in the top tier of fashion houses. I don’t necessarily like it cause it still strikes an uneasy cord with me seeing the ant jemima dolls and things of that nature but i get it and if he can make it than so can I. But what it is not, is some white uncultured designer making fun of our race, while making trillions off us as well, that i don’t condone.

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Heres a few of Patrick’s famous ready to wear ads that i’m sure you will notice has inspired countless other brands to date.

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September 1st came faster than I thought. August was a busy month and a blur. From moving into the new house, to my 30th Birthday, to the Back To School Drive, I’ve had zero time to sit down and connect with you, my Blog readers. Lets catch up...

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Business is... Business, still an underground king riding dirty. No consigns, no investors, no celebrity clout. Just direct-to-consumer sales from the site and a pop up every now and again. Slow grinding til I can finesse more overhead capital to fund more projects and ideas. I’m styling more shoots and connecting with more and more people that love my style. Only thing i hate is how everyone is dictating what’s what by the likes and followers people have. Shit isn’t even high quality but if you have the following you can regurgitate that bullshit and get rich off it while real artists starve. Clout worse than crack in 2018. 

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Mentally, I’ve never felt more in tune creatively and with the things I want for myself. I’m literally manifesting my dreams with positive affirmations and abiding by the law of attraction and the spiritual laws of circulation. You give positive vibrations and those vibrations return to you. Do good the more good comes to you. Also I’ve adversly gotten rid of all negative vibrations; things, or people that give me a feeling of uncertainty. I find that choosing and affirming the good in your life is much healthier for your mental than enduring things that you do not know are good or bad for you... consciously choose good feelings all the time. life’s to short for “on the fence” feelings. Well for me atleast. 

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Socially, I’ve accepted my role in certain relationships/friendships as a Support role. We all want to be that lead role but I’ve learned to not force anything with anyone. And one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in life is that some people do not value you or your time the same as you do theirs. Sometimes the goalposts move as people grow. Sometimes you’re in a persons life to prepare them for their next lesson or to repeat the last. That’s with friends, lovers, and even family. So instead of me feeling at a lost in learning this lesson the hard way. I changed my perspective and see things as knowledge gained instead. Learning what I want and don’t want for myself and my future. Seeing what signs should have been red flags before, that I no longer overlook. Being more accountable for my shortcomings, communicating better, being mindful of my actions and the reactions they cause. I’m growing and failing forward. 

I’m proud of my gotdamn self and other than selling my Old School for drastically lower than what it was worth, Life is Good. 

Ain’t no complaints.

nAW wE aINT hIDING

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When designing I like to repurpose garments and bring life to something people would usually disregard. You’d be surprised how many pairs of vintage US Army Issue fatigues i come across thrifting. Seeing those and being the rebel I am, I figured why not customize a few pair. The Juxtaposition of using Camoflauge and Applying large logos to stand out is a trick I picked up failing out of art classes in college. Crazy right, because I love art but being in Baltimore by 8am coming from Upper Marlboro daily was a task so I took attendance L’s every semester 🤷🏽‍♂️. Anyway; taking something like camofluage, normally used to hide, and printing undeniably huge logos over it to pop out at first glance. The urge to stare is almost undeniable.  The Camo blends but the logos jump at you!

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I guess I did learn a thing or two at Morgan...

I digress, go cop these right now in the GoonMilk SHOP!  

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sORRY nOT fOR sALE

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Exclusivity has become a scarcity. So I’m creating a line that you can’t buy. Flipping the script on some Jedi Mind Trick type shit. Nothings sacred anymore; streetwear’s no longer underground. Everyone’s hip and now the “Custom” boom is upon us. I’ve never seen so many custom shoe painters in my life until now. What used to be the “in crowd” is just the crowd now, everyone’s creating but following the same formula. I’m not one to chase trends or follow suit. so from now on G.O.O.N.S. get the money, Boooog run the Streets, and Avante's focused on the Art. Whether it be Clothing, Styling, Food, or a mere Thought... it can’t be bought. 

Lowkey I just miss having the feeling of knowing you had the only pair around. That being the sole reason most people i know get fly; to stand out from everyone else around. So until I get that feeling back I’ll be in the lab creating but Sorry, it’s Not For Sale.

P.S. That’s the name of the line “Not For Sale” and thats the logo but This will not be a GoonMilk line. A new GoonMilk line is dropping Soon! Stay tuned G.O.O.N.S.