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Fashion industry handbag brand Sharif Handbags Q&A

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Fashion industry handbag brand Sharif Handbags Q&A

Written by Patrick B. Hill @neonrenaissancemag

 

 

 

Here is your chance to enter and win a handbag from Sharif Handbag. Go to Sharif Handbag Facebook page to enter the giveaway.  The link is below

https://www.facebook.com/SharifStudioNYC

 

 

Our readers would like to know a little bit about you. What’s your name, where you from, and what is your profession?

 

I grew up in Cairo, Egypt where my family operated a leather manufacturing company founded in 1827. I moved to New York City in 1974 where I took a job with the exotic handbag company Finesse, before moving on to join the legendary Morris Moskowitz. After absorbing everything he could while working for these handbag giants, I founded my own company, Sharif Designs, Ltd in 1979, which I built into the largest American handbag manufacturer by the late 1980s.

 

How long have you been designing handbags?

Decades. In the Handbag Museum, our decade was the 80’s

 

What made you decide to be in the fashion industry?

My family was in the leather cigar box trade & I made my 1st pieces out of remnants & cut-offs which gave birth to my mélange technique.

 

Who inspires you in the fashion industry or personal?

Kate & Mallory, Iman, A.N.T.M. Tyra Banks, Gucci, Y.S.l.

 

Looking at your products, your products have more of a culture feel when it comes uniqueness and style. What is the difference between your products and other products?

“Rules are made to be broken—and nowhere is that more apparent than in Sharif’s bold, colorful, unique bag designs.”¶ 

Deriving inspiration from cultural elements and materials found all over the world.  I cultivated a worldwide following for my award-winning, signature style that playfully combines leathers, textiles and unique hardware in distinctive silhouettes. By fusing stunning style and flawless function, my handbags go beyond the aesthetic to deliver designs that are simply unlike any other.

 

 

 

Tell me about the designs and colors of each product and what they represent.

We went back to my Egyptian heritage & into the decades worth of archives, to update & rework my most. We have premiered them on Evine to rave reviews & sell-outs. Something you may want to focus on is that the designs are limited & works of art & get bought up quickly & then there are no more.

 

Take me through the process of creating, designing, and manufacturing each product. What is that process like and how long does it take?

We have a design team like no other & work out of our Showroom in New York. We have the means to manufacture out of factories all over the world & use only Top Grain Leather & the finest hardware.

 

What was the biggest challenge that your company had to face?

Pivoting from department stores aka brick & mortar to online & TV shopping.

 

 

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When consumers see your product, what is their first impression about your products?

Enchanting innovative & conversation starters.

After they purchase your product, what type of feedback do you receive from buyers?

we have a fan base going back for decades. that only happens when the product is quality

 

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What other products that you are currently working at this moment?

A shoe. Wedge Sandal.

 

Any special sales that your company is doing for this Spring?

We will be showing our Spring 2018 Collection on Evine next week on April 26th through 28th & the showtimes can be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sharifstudionyc/

You can find Sharif Handbags to buy on Evine at

https://www.evine.com/b/fashion/sharif-handbags/

 

For more information about Sharif Handbags, check out GlobeNewswire article on the company.

https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2017/11/08/1177803/0/en/World-Renowned-Handbag-Designer-and-Artist-Sharif-to-Bring-Unique-Collection-to-Evine-November-29-30.html

 

Get to know “A Fashion” creator Anna Davidsson

 

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Get to know “A Fashion” creator Anna Davidsson

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMag

 

Anna Davidsson a fashionista and a stylist. Her love and devotion to fashion go beyond measures. Anna Davidsson sense of fashion can be seen on her YouTube channel. Her videos are insightful and educational. They can be tutorials as of helping those who are inspired by the latest trends to do their own. Her YouTube channel A Fashion (which is also her brand) has over 17,431 subscribers and has been viewed 4,549,751 times.

Which begs the question to our readers, who is Anna Davidsson, and why she will be an artist to look out for down the road.

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love with art at a very young age, I’ve always loved to create, whether it’s about writing, editing or painting. I think I’ve always had it inside me. As a child, I made my own fashion magazines and gave them to my friends and my family.

What made you fall in love with art?

In some way, art gives me a rush. It’s fantastic to see a creative idea come to life. It’s a way of expressing yourself, your feelings and thoughts.

Why is art important to you?

For me art is a way of life, it’s also a big part of life. Everywhere you look, there is art. The buildings around you, the car you drive, the clothes you wear. I think people tend to forget that they are surrounded by art all the time.

Who inspires you as a child and now?

I remember that I started to read fashion magazines at a very young age, I wasn’t even a teenager at that point. I got so inspired by all the editorials, the models, and fashion shows. Today I find inspiration everywhere, it’s hard to point out something specific, but of course, I find much of it from fashion shows and magazines.

How important is art in today’s society? 

I feel like it is more important than ever. Through art, we can send out messages to the world. The way we are treating the earth these days are horrifying and I hope that through art and solidarity we can make a good change in the right direction.

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

If art was absent, I don’t think our society would exist. We are living art in my opinion.

Give us a little background history about you and your brand?

I was born and raised in a little town called Varberg located on the Swedish west coast. I’ve had a normal and safe childhood. But I have always felt different and a little bit of an outsider. But I don’t feel like that is something bad today, actually I think it has given me strength and the ability to be understanding with others. A FASHION started out as a hobby when I was in college. I discovered how fun it was to edit videos, and since fashion is my biggest passion, the combination of these two things was perfect. And since then my channel has grown so much, I never thought A FASHION would become so popular and appreciated by so many people from all over the world.

Have you had any experience in the fashion industry?

No, not really. My biggest dream is to attend the big fashion shows in New York, London, Milan, and Paris.

When I saw your videos on the latest trends, I decided to post them up to our blog because they were insightful, and well put together. I posted up your latest video which is “Hair & Makeup Trends” and it got almost 12 likes on the blog the moment it was posted.  I am sure you got a boost of viewers as well. Explain to me how you can come up with the videos you make and how much time do you have to devote to make sure that the information you gather into the clips is accurate?

Thank you, it means so much to me when people appreciate my work. I come up with my videos ideas when I feel inspired, like sometimes when I hear a song I can picture a video in front of me. When I make the trends videos I look at all the fashion shows I like and it doesn’t take long before I see the what’s going to be popular for the upcoming season. And sometimes I go through magazines and blogs as well to see what kind of trends they have noticed.

In your opinion, where do you see fashion heading to in five years?

I really hope for more diversity within the fashion industry, both when it comes to size and color. I definitely see more environmentally conscious fashion.

Do you have any concerns about the fashion industry?

Yes, there are things I’m concerned about. How the industry affects the environment. Also when it comes to models, I’m hoping for harder restrictions when it comes to the model’s health and age.

Do you think designers are losing creativity when it comes to style and looks?

No, I don’t think so. Fashion follows time in my opinion. What seemed out of style before can be in style today.

Are you a designer, if yes, how long have you been designing?

No, I’m not. I’m more into styling.

If no, are you planning on being a designer or a fashion critic?

My dream is to work in the fashion business, I’m not really sure about what I want to do exactly, but I love styling and I love to make videos, so to combine these two would be perfect.

Break down your own style as of professional, special occasion, or going out?

I dress very minimalistic, I think I have the typical “Scandinavian style”, very clean, tailored and a lot of black and white.

What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to men fashion or women fashion?

That’s a tough question. I guess it depends on the occasion and situation.

What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to makeup and accessories?

I love natural makeup, I don’t use that many products. Sometimes I see girls with too dark or light foundation, the colors are not matching etc. I could never go out like that. When it comes to accessories I feel more experimental, because I usually dress very clean and then it’s fun to be more creative with jewelry. I don’t like too much bling though. But this is just my opinion.

If I show up to a cocktail party with a SpongeBob shirt and sweatpants; have I violated the fashion code?

It depends, maybe the party did have a cartoon theme. I’ve seen Jeremy Scott use a lot of cartoons in his designs that can be used on a lot of occasions.

What would you recommend for a woman to wear who are going out for an interview or date?

Not too much, not too little. But most importantly, something you feel comfortable in!

What is your ultimate goal personal and professional?

My ultimate goal is to pursue my dreams, at least try my best to reach them. Personally, I want to live a life where I can feel peace within myself. I’ve been struggling a lot with myself for many years, today I’m starting to feel good about myself and I have more confidence in what I do.

Is there a chance you made launch your brand of clothing or is that something to think about?

I have been thinking about it. It would be an interesting project for the future. But at the moment my focus is on my youtube channel.

Are you currently working on a project that you wish to tell the readers about?

Yes, after the fashion weeks I always get a lot of inspiration so there will be a lot of new trends videos for spring and summer 2018.

Where can readers find your business?

You can find my youtube channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/StylebyAnna

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Bianca Phipps a rising star

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Bianca Phipps a rising star

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

 

 

 

Bianca Phipps, a young Colorado spoken word poet, and actor. Bianca Phipps has performed countless plays from her child hood to her adulthood including “Hamlet.”  She’s been part of the  SOAPBox Production Slam CUPSI team from 2014 to 2015. For those who are not familiar with SOAPBox. It consists of undergraduate students of UNCO’s College of Performance and Visual arts with the shared goal of producing artistic projects and developments. Students would explore contemporary social and cultural issues through a theatrical medium. As Bianca Phipps enters her final year at University of North Colorado, she is prepared to tackle art outside of college.  An art student with compassion and vision. Let’s not forget a poet. A very great poet might I say.  She has written several poems including two most notable poems “The Heartbreaker” and her recent poem “Stay with me.”  Both poems have push her to new heights. There is no bound what she can do. Her poet performance of “Stay with me” at the Button Poetry Slam night has garnish a lot of attention.

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Her performance can be seen on video which you can find it on Button Poetry YouTube Channel. The video has over 65,075 views and has 5,564 likes. In the comment section of the video, you can see audiences rave about her performance. People quoting her words from her poem to compliments. One fan said her poem was “Amazing.” Another fan said, “let’s just appreciate how much talent this took to write.” While the other fan said, “Ever since I watched “Almosts”, I loved Bianca. Her choice of words is methodical, her voice tone alterations are opportune, her body language is demonstrative, and everything she does during her three-minute bits from pouring her feelings, to transitioning between intensities, to simply leaving the podium is perfect. Though I do appreciate impulsiveness in spoken word shows, I find myself fond of aptitude more… Bianca has both.”

Bianca Phipps “Stay with me” performance was powerful and touching. I manage to get in touch with her. I ask her questions about acting, art, performance, poetry, and future.

 

When did you fell in love with art?

I fell in love with art at a young age. I was always reading books: picture books, Nancy Drew, even my mom’s Reader’s Digests, anything I could get my hands on. It really opened up my eyes to the magic of storytelling and how many lives a person gets to live through stories.

What made you fall in love with art?

The moment I knew I was irrevocably in love with art was when I was nine. My mom took me to go see a live performance of Beauty and the Beast, and I spent the whole show on the edge of my seat. I had no idea that it was even an option to be a performer, and I knew from that moment on that I wanted to be able to bring stories to life.

Why is art important to you?

Art is important to me because it provides me with a platform to express parts of myself that I struggle to vocalize. Art is a universal language. I can show my vulnerabilities and my strengths. I can watch or read someone else’s work and find mirrors in the lines that reveal parts about me that I didn’t even know existed.

Who inspire you as a child and now?

I absolutely adored fictional characters. Hermione Granger and Nancy Drew were my idols as a child. I wanted to solve mysteries and learn magic. Growing up, I didn’t lose that adoration – but I do think I started to find people who reflected the qualities that I loved. Women who stood up for what they thought was right, not just for them but for everyone around them. Women like Maxine Waters, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ava DuVernay. Poets I look up to are Melissa Lozada-Oliva, Rachel McKibbens, and Raych Jackson – they all have such stunning, honest, and raw work and I hope one day I can be half as good as they are.

How important is art in today’s society? 

Art is one of the most valuable resources we have today. Art elevates voices that are otherwise ignored. Art looks us in the eye and says, “what you’re feeling is not unique, and isn’t that relief?”  It gives us the ability to find solace halfway around the world, and fight for justice in multiple ways.

 

Explain to me the absence of art would do to you and society?

I wouldn’t be alive without art. I don’t think that’s a statement that’s unique only to me. Art is my purpose and my drive. Without it, I wouldn’t be. On a grander scale, if art was removed from society, we would be stripped of our humanity. Art allows us to exist as someone else, and that someone else is always a real person. It humbles us. It connects us. It is what lifts us from the dust and gives language to what always feels unspeakable. Without it, we would be barren, lonely creatures.

When I saw your poet performance of “Stay with me,” I flipped the cup. Like literally flipped the cup. It was beautiful and brilliant. Describe that moment as you are performing that epic poem?

Ah, thank you so much! That poem is one of the most fun – and most difficult – to perform for me. I wrote it at a time where I was struggling to tell someone that I was in love with them – and tell myself that I was in love – and it took me weeks to figure out the line of thought that I wanted to follow through the poem. When I perform that poem, I always take a second to remember the way I felt when I performed it for the first time. And then I clear my head, and I start, and I don’t let up until it’s over.

Take me through the process of performing at a Button Poetry night. What was that experience like when you step on stage and when you step off after performing your poem in front of hundreds of people?

I’ve performed where Button is present a few times – at CUPSI, the collegiate level national poetry slam, and Rustbelt, a regional slam where “Stay With Me” was filmed – but I’ll talk about Rustbelt, specifically. There is no better energy than the energy at a poetry slam. Everyone in the room is cheering for everyone in the room, and they are such a responsive and emotive audience. There’s no shame. There’s no fear. It’s as large as a church service and as intimate as a house reading. Stepping onstage is always more frightening, I think – it’s a long walk from your seat to the stage, and the moment right before performing is so silent. And then you begin, and when it’s over, it’s a raucous celebration. There’s nothing like it.

Is it more difficult to memorize or show emotion?

For me, I think being able to honestly convey the emotion without letting it overwhelm me is the hardest part. I’m an actor, so memorization comes easy to me, but I am an incredibly emotional person, so giving the audience an honest performance without hurting myself is a fine line I am always trying to walk.

I notice you are involve with acting from films to theater.  How long have you been acting?

I’ve been acting since the seventh grade! I’ve always been a very performative person, and when I started taking classes in middle school, I was swept away. Theatre is how I discovered slam poetry – so, it was all meant to be, in the end.

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It almost seems like you can do anything. I mean you are just involving with a lot. What is your goal at the end of the day? Where do you see yourself in five years?

Oh, thanks! I like to keep myself busy. At the end of the day, if I can pay the bills with my acting, I’ll be happy. In five years, I like to see myself as a professional performer, living comfortably with my boyfriend and a cat we rescued. (The cat might not happen, but a girl can dream!)

So, what are you doing now, and what can we expect from you that we should be on the lookout?

I am currently in a production of Romeo & Juliet with Nebraska Shakespeare (so, if you live in Nebraska and want to see a kickass, sixty-five minute production of R&J, let me know). I’m in the works of writing a second chapbook, but writing is a slow process, so that won’t be out for another year or so. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram to know what I’m up to in my daily life!

 

You can order her book “White River Happiness” in the link below and you can follow her as well.

 

 

Follow Bianca Phipps on instagram 

@Biancaphipps

Follow her on twitter 

@biancabeee

Follow her on Tumblr 

http://biancaphipps.tumblr.com

Follow her on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/BiancaPhippsARTS/

 

If you wish to book her at your poetry slam event, email her at

biancaphipps95@gmail.com

 

Order “White River Happiness” book on Amazon.com :

Start spreading the news. Just to be a part of it New York Fashion Week. #NYFW

Start spreading the news. Just to be a part of it New York Fashion Week.

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

 

New York Fashion Week kicked off Thursday as “A” list celebrities and models from across the world showed up to this huge event. New York Fashion Week happens every year in September and February.  These events draw a lot of fashion bloggers and fashion influencers to come in see the latest clothing line from well known designers.  All of today’s top designers showcase their new design clothes, shoes, and accessories that will be available exclusively online. You can catch all the upcoming fashion videos here on this blog. We will be posting up videos from sources to this blog. So, you won’t miss a thing. If you happen to miss out on this event, we got you cover. Follow us our blog for the latest.

 

NYFW Exclusive. 

 

 

 

“My Secret” Poem dedicated to Chester Bennington by Juan C. Diaz

 

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By Juan C. Diaz @Tearsofwardiaz

 

 

Shhh!

No one can know that my

Smile is a prison.

No one can know

That I still try to sew up

The huge hole from the

Thin layer of innocence

That I had discarded

At age fourteen.

No one can know

That I am the tired warrior

Going in to battle hoping

That it will be my

Last.

And if it is my last,

I hope that I am

The last cripple to

Be born on Earth.

 

 

 

This poem is dedicated to Chester Bennington.

 

Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

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Interview with creator of “Just Friends” Ally Marshall

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

As we get set for season two of “Just Friends” the web series on YouTube, I sat down with Ally Marshall one of the creator, co/producer, and writer of the series. She teamed up with another great producer and visionary Ian Miles for this project. For those who haven’t seen the series, you can still watch it on allyswayproductions YouTube channel before season two premieres this fall. The story is about Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) and Owen (Chris Anderson) who happen to be best friends. Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) happens to be in a relationship with Jacob (Marquis Valdez). However, Amanda has feelings for Owen, but she doesn’t want to pursue a relationship with Owen. Amanda’s best friend Harper (Britani Ashanti) ponders Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) choice to be with Jacob (Marquis Valdez) over her best friend Owen (Chris Anderson). While Mya (Ronni) who happens to be an ex friends of Amanda (Sarah Grace Lee) wants whatever Amanda have. The series takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first episode has over 26,632 views on YouTube. The second episode has 23,966 views. As the third pulled in 10,183, and the season finale episode ended at 7,866. Leaving it all in total of 70,000 views.  It is one the most underrated web series on YouTube and now season two should be interesting.

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I spoke to Ally Marshall the creator about her background and the web series through Facebook messenger.

Gives us the background on how you started your production company and what is the goal?

Well I went to the Art Institute and then I decided to Branch out on my own with the help of Ian miles my partner and our goal is to make great entertainment and to get a distribution deal.

Oh okay. That’s a great school. So, what was your experience at the Art Institute? What did you learn and do you apply what you learn from your experience at school to your work?

Yes I learned camera angles and editing my experience was okay. Oh and I also learned lighting and sound.

Where are y’all at right now with the production and distribution?

We are in the beginning process of shooting just friends the web series season 2.

Okay. I love that series

Thank you so much.

Your welcome. Since you brought that up. We been promoting your web series for awhile on our site. We loved it and I know our readers loved it. Tell me what was the process like doing “Just Friends” web series?

Thank you I really appreciate you promoting it on your website and I’m glad to hear that your readers loved it. The process is work but it’s worth it in the end. I write the script and work it out with Ian miles to his ideas and feedback and then we do casting and call backs and then we get started.

When you wrote the script for “Just Friends” what was Ian thought of the project when you presented it to him?

He loved the idea…we both like doing projects that people can relate to. And we both felt like people would be able to relate to what these characters are going through either through Amanda’s perspective or Owen or Jacob.

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Which brings me to the characters of the story. Episode four, we finally saw Amanda admit her feelings to Owen even though she was resenting it. Though each episode was hinting that she loves Owen. There was a particular moment where Owen broke down after she choose Jacob. Take me back to that moment and how did you feel about that part in your script. What was you’re feeling about this part and why it took Amanda so long to admit her feelings for Owen?

Yes, I remember that scene that was a very emotional scene on a very hot day hahaha anyway I felt like that was the moment when Amanda made her decision she can either choose Jacob or Owen and even though she told Owen they will still be friends in a way she was definitely choosing Jacob because if not she would have just told Jacob to back off and that Owen was her friend first before she even met Jacob. So that was a lesson right there boyfriends/girlfriends can come and go but friendships supposed to last forever. And to answer your second question about why it took Amanda so long to realize her feelings for Owen… Amanda’s feelings were tied up into Jacob for most of the season and the more she was around Jacob the more she realized that Jacob wasn’t right for her and the more that she saw Owen try to move on for instance remember episode 2 Amanda was jealous when Owen had a date… then just little things like that started to add up so once Jacob proved himself to be a player all her attentions turned to Owen especially when she saw Owen and Harper together she got jealous and suddenly Owen looked like gold to her.

As y’all set to do season two, what can fans expect in season two?

Well fans can expect to see more drama new and exciting characters and the comedy that you come to expect from Just Friends the web series.

Are y’all currently working on any other projects that we might end up seen soon?

Not yet

What do you think about the black filming industry?

I feel it’s a lot more opportunities for black filmmakers and black content and entertainment than it used to be and I’m excited to enter that world. I like to show different sides of African Americans and not all of us are gangsters like you see in a lot of films.

What would be a dream scenario in your mind?

Making it to Hollywood my own private jet haha but seriously though I’m doing this to make it I want to be up there with filmmakers like Issa Rae and Spike Lee.

I can’t wait for season two. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seen you on the big screens.

You’re welcome…thank you for the interview and for watching.

 

Season two of “Just Friends” is expected to drop this fall on their YouTube channel. Make sure you subscribe to their channel and watch all the drama unfold.

YouTube Channel: allyswayproductions

Facebook link:

https://www.facebook.com/justfriendsthewebseries