50 YRS. of HIP-HOP FASHION & STYLE: Pt. 3: PNB NATION & SOHK.

50 YRS. of HIP-HOP FASHION & STYLE: Pt.3: PNB NATION & SOHK.

Hello everyone out there , as always it’s good to see you , I’m back with another one. Welcome to the third installment of this series , but today I’m not just speaking on one legendary streetwear brand but two. PNB NATION and SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCKS , both of these brands gained major notoriety in the early 90’s and are both in my fashionable opinion the true essence of what a streetwear brand would look like. I personally feel like I saw both of these brands take off thanks to the fact that I was at the MAGIC FASHION CONVENTIONS in Vegas where they would show off their wears to various buyers. both brands were a major inspiration and influence to me because each time I saw them it just caused me to aspire to make my personal streetwear brand at the time better and better to feel like I could some day one day compete with them in the same venue. Both of these brands seemed to progress at a rapid pace each year when they were showing at the fashion convention and I was there to see it happen. As I was saying in the previous installments of this series not only has Hip-Hop reached a major milestone of a 50th anniversary , but all the style and fashion that came along with it. As I was saying before the late 80’s into the 90’s saw an explosion of brands and designers that would make clothing and fashion that seemed like something that was relatable and obtainable. Each time you saw one of these brands explode on the scene it literally made you feel like , it was possible for you to create a brand also and many did just that , not all were successful but those that were left a true impression on the industry and would be remembered for many years to come. Even if they didn’t all survive but at least had a really good successful run. Which is what both PNB NATION & SOHK were both able to accomplish in a sea of streetwear brands on the come up.

All looks in this video have been styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

For the most part both of these brands can now be shopped on sites that specialize in vintage streetwear , because even though both of these brands seem to be no longer being distributed to the masses , there is an old and a new audience that are still in search of owning a piece of these now rarely seen brands. to shop these brands log onto http://www.shoplhp.com , http://www.etsy.com , and http://www.grailed.com .

Just as reminder this is a style/fashion channel or vlog/blog , intended to help you to both enhance your personal style and wardrobe. If you are still not sure how, feel free to contact me and we can talk about it, (johncm43@verizon.com ) & ( johncm43@gmail.com ). Well there it is , it looks like we have just reached the end of yet another vlog/blog , I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing it , as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. I AM JMADDD STYLES and this has been 50 YRS. of HIP-HOP STYLE & FASHION: Pt.3: PNB NATION & SOHK. That’s it for now , so until the next time…I’M GONE…!!!..

50 YRS of HIP-HOP FASHION & STYLE: Pt.2: KARL KANI.

50 YRS of HIP-HOP FASHION & STYLE: Pt.:2:KARL KANI.

Hello everyone out there , as always it’s good to see you, I’m back with another one. As I was saying in part one of this series, Hip-Hop has reached a major milestone this year , reaching its 50th anniversary. But it’s not only the art form of Hip-Hop that has reached its 50th anniversary but all the fashion and lifestyle that came along with it. The style and attitude that is Hip-Hop has also reached the same milestone. With that said, at the beginning of what is called the Golden Era of Hip-Hop from the late 80’s going into the early 90’s we saw the emergence of a different kind of designer , a designer that came with the power of relatability that made the brand they were designing relatable as well. In this case I’m talking KARL KANI , From the very moment that you first saw KARL KANI , You instantly thought or at least I know that I thought , that could very well be me or it could very well be you. He made fashion become something that you actually do or be apart of it no longer seemed untouchable or unattainable, in turn breeding a whole new crop of designers that gave you a whole new form of fashion that came to be known as streetwear.

I remember the first time I ever saw this vest that kind of started it all, for the KARL KANI brand in my fashionable opinion being worn on YO’ MTV RAPS , I didn’t know what it was or who made it , but I knew it was something that I wanted to have , not even being sure of what the KANI signature on the side even meant. Or even these adds that ran in magazines like VIBE , RIGHT ON , or THE SOURCE ,

not to tell you my age or anything. But if you fast forward from then up to now , the brand is still here , making it’s mark and maintaining it’s spot in streetwear , keeping its true esthetic only difference it’s graduated to a more high end look with richer looking materials elevating the brand and the look of the brand to a more street luxury look as opposed to being stuck in the look of what would be streetwear.

All looks in this video have been styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

So in a nutshell the KARL KANI brand after all these years is still out there making noise having its presence felt, solidifying its position in fashion and streetwear. To shop the looks in today’s vlog/blog be sure to log onto http://www.karkani.com , http://www.shinola.com ,http://www.farfetch.com and http://www.mrporter.com . Just as reminder this is a Fashion/Style channel or vlog/blog intended to help you both enhance your personal style and wardrobe. If you are are still not sure how , feel free to contact me and we can talk about it ,(johncm43@verizon.net) or (johncm43@gmail.com ). Well there it is , it looks like we have just reached the end of yet another vlog/blog post , as always I hope you have enjoyed reading and viewing it as much as I enjoyed presenting it. I AM JMADDD STYLES and this has been 50 YRS of HIP-HOP STYLE & FASHION: Pt.2:KARL KANI. That’s it for now , so until the next time…I’M GONE…!!!…

The Revival of a Street Luxury Brand: Sean John.

The Revival of a Street Luxury Brand: Sean John.

Hello everyone out there, as always it’s good to see you. I’m back with another one , and this time im speaking on a brand that made a major impact on the fashion world from the time it was introduced. Welcome to The Revival of a Street Luxury Brand: Sean John. From day one when I first saw Sean John introduced in Vegas at The Magic Show Fashion Convention, I was a major fan. But what made this brand such a success was the image of the lifestyle being sold with it, and no one was better at selling you a luxury lifestyle ,a complete image than it’s owner Sean Puffy Combs. From music to music videos all the way up to fashion , he knew how to sell you a complete lifestyle and image. The same way he sold you the image of his artist on Bad Boy Record’s , is basically the same formula he would later use to sell you the idea of a street luxury brand , and it worked. It worked so well that the brand amassed millions in a short period of time and gained the attention of the CFDA, naming Sean Puffy Combs menswear designer of the year in 2004. From there the brand began to branch out into womenswear , hit the runways of New York Fashion Week and the brand was licensed to make a fragrance , eyewear , shoes and jumped into the men’s suiting and dress clothing lane successfully. But like any brand that comes out swinging, there comes a level off period , where the brand looses popularity. In this case when Sean Combs sold off a majority stake in the company to Global Brands Group. The problem with making a move like that , the company that takes over dose not have the same vision or passion for the brand, so the brand begins to loose it’s way. But that’s about to turn itself around, or so it possibly seems.

With Combs buying the company back out of bankruptcy for 7.5 million$ , the question is does Sean Puffy Combs still have what it takes to revive and breath new life into this once power house street luxury brand ? Well that’s what we will have to watch out for and see. Hopefully you watched the video all the way through for the extra added bonus content.

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All looks have been styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.
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Keep in mind that this is a fashion/style channel or vlog blog , intended to help you to both enhance your wardrobe and personal style. If you are still not sure how , then feel free to contact me (johncm43@verizon.net) or (johncm43@gmail.com) and we can talk about it. To shop the looks in the video and in the pics above log onto us.puma.com and www.adidas.com .

Well there it is , we have just reached the end of yet another vlog/blog post , hopefully you have enjoyed reading and viewing it as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. This has been The Revival of a Street Luxury Brand: Sean John , and I AM JMADDD STYLES. That’s it for now, so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!

Be sure to meet me back here , for my next upcoming blog post.

Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET

Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET.

Hello everyone out there , as always it’s good to see you. I AM JMADDD STYLES , & you are currently reading my latest blog post. Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET , for this installment of Fashion between the panels, I am once again taking you on a journey between the panels of yet another film classic ( BEAT STREET ) , and pulling out the fashion to show you just how the looks from this film of yesterday, can still be fashionable and relevant today. This film was ground breaking when it hit theaters on ( June 8 , 1984 ) , because it was among the first films to bring the culture of Hip Hop , to the big screen for the masses to see and appreciate. But along with bringing you the culture of Hip Hop , it gave you a broader view of what is encompassed in the culture of Hip Hop. Meaning the importance of the DJ , the then fascination with the art of street dancing aka ( Breakin ) or Break Dancing. But the hidden gem in the film was the unique fashion and style that was associated with being an MC , DJ , or a kid that had killer Street dance moves. It was the beginning of true Street Style or what is now called Streetwear. A form of fashion that would later take the fashion industry by storm and eventually become a major financial stake in the fashion game. Once Streetwear and Street Style , caught the eye of the masses their was no slowing down , it would only get bigger , just as big if not bigger than the other components of this thing this phenomenon that we call Hip Hop . That is the backdrop of this new blog/vlog , going between the panels of this movie and bringing back the Street Style of then , and showing you how that same look translates to now. But I can show you better than I can tell you , so below, take a look at my latest fashionable production , Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET.

All looks in this video have been styled and arranged by JMADDD STYLES.

So there you have it a blog / vlog 36 yrs. in the making , and we have just reached the end of it. I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post , just as much as I enjoyed presenting it to you. I also hope that this has been instrumental In inspiring you to enhance your own personal Street Style. You can shop the looks in the video above at , www.mrporter.com , www.farfetch.com , www.shopstyle.com and www.puma.com . I AM JMADDD STYLES , and this has been Fashion between the panels: BEAT STREET. That’s it for now , so until the next time…IM GONE…!!!

Be sure to meet me back here for my next upcoming blog post.