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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

 

Q&A with “My Demons” Author Ari’ell Sprows

“My Demons” Author Ari’ell Sprows discuss her influences and next project.

 

By Juan C. Diaz @tearsofdiaz

 

1. What city are you from?

I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. I was raised with one older sister and later in my teenage years, my mother had my little brother.

2. How has your city influenced your writing?

My city influenced my writing tremendously because the trials that I faced happened in my city. Louisville, Kentucky introduced me to the real world, the real world is what helped layer my thick skin for life. Writing has always been a passion of mine, so the combination of the two made a great book.

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3. What inspired you to write My Demons?

MY DEMONS started as a journal entry, I wanted to give myself the opportunity to have closure for my past mistakes. When I realized that my story was important I decided to take a different route, “turn my story into a book, so that it can inspire the world”. I wrote “MY DEMONS” to motivate and encourage others, the book itself speaks volume. It gives the reader a chance to evaluate their own faults, to make themselves a priority so that they can be better in life.

4. Who are some of your literary influences?

James Patterson is the one and the only person who has influenced me to join the literary world. The way that he writes his books has encouraged me to express myself in more ways than just one. He writes more than one genre, and that shows that he has an amazing creative mind.

 

5. Your book is extremely personal, was it painful for you to relive certain moment during the writing process?
Reliving my past moments was very challenging to write, I cried while writing some parts of my book. But when I have seen the finished product, I was and still am ecstatic because I was finally honest with myself.

6. What message do you hope readers will take away from your book?

When my reader puts my book down, I want their minds to wonder. I want them to reevaluate their lives and realize that making certain choices can last a lifetime. But how we deal with these choices means a lot, we have to co-exist with ourselves and strive to be better. I want my readers to know that they are amazing and deserve to be happy and honest with themselves. Are you surrounded by the wrong crowd of people? If you’re in an abusive relationship, seek help to get out. How can we make dreams come true? Our past doesn’t determine the future we deserve. You are your own demon.

7.  What is your next project?

I have a book series coming out this summer called, “LOVE LOST BEAUTIFUL BETRAYAL”. I am also working on making an appearance in the film industry. This year has brought so much joy, I’m motivated to push myself to the next level.

 

 

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Top Ten Paid Best Selling Urban Books on Amazon.

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Top Ten Paid Best Selling Urban Books on Amazon.

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17

As a tradition, we look at the top selling books from Amazon to Barnes & Noble. As we keep this tradition going as we continuously highlight upcoming writers as well as self-publishers; we want you to continue showing your support for both. We focus on the top paid African American books sold from Amazon. Amazon is offering free two-day shipment if you sign up for Amazon Prime. With Amazon Prime, you will have exclusive access to products that are only available for prime members. You can try Amazon Prime for 30 days free. Cancel at any time and if you love what it offers; it’s only $15 a month. You can also download Kindle to have access to these books as well. Free for 30 days and you can cancel anytime you want. It’s only $5.99 a month after the trial. Without further a due, let’s look the top ten paid urban books on Amazon.

  1. Somethin’ ‘Bout His Thuggish Ways by Author K.C. Mills (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Mero Perez is all things to all people. He’s handsome, confident, and unmistakably thuggish in every sense of the word. Mero Perez is in demand, but he’s very selective about who he lets in his world. For the ones he loves, he honors, protects, and will do any and everything necessary to make sure they live a life of royalty.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Somethin-Bout-His-Thuggish-Ways-ebook/dp/B07BHV5KHB/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_10?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. Captivated by That Thug Luvin’ by Author Kelly Marie (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Meet the sexy, crazy Perry men.

Kadeem, the eldest, had his eyes set on the British beauty, London from the moment she landed in Atlanta. Too bad she’s with another man. But when that man messes up, Kadeem sees his chance and takes it. In relationship bliss, it’s not long before the couple hit a snag and Kadeem walks away, crushing London’s heart.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C49Z5XL/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. Hood Boyz Fall in Love Too by Author Shvonne Latrice (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Owen Santiago hasn’t been dealt the greatest hand in life, with one tragic event, in particular, changing her for seemingly forever. Not willing to let the hardships drag her down, she presses forward, making herself happy the best way she knows how and by any means necessary. Owen is perfectly happy, or so she thinks, and believes the last thing she needs is a man; especially one as masculine, handsome, bold, yet undeniably sweet as Conquer. But what she soon realizes is there is a vast difference between men and little boys.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Hood-Boyz-Fall-Love-Too-ebook/dp/B07BNVVYN3/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. Is She The Reason by Author Naka (NAKOEXPO PRESENTS Publishing)

Yara Moreland was a complex woman, full of mystery, compassion and way too much love. She would do anything for her husband, including going to jail for ten years. When she’s released things aren’t the same and she’s left confused and wondering whose to blame.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/She-Reason-Nako-ebook/dp/B07CBJSRSX/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. ROAR : An Urban Shapeshifter Novel by Author Natavia (SOUL Publications)

Sy’noba, a young female lioness with roots from the savanna in Africa finds herself battling with her true identity living in civilization amongst humans. The pride’s king, Koja, who already has two wives has his eyes set on Sy’noba, his first wife little sister. With jealousy brewing in the pride, will Asha turn on her sister, Sy’noba? Will Sy’noba find herself when her back is against the wall or will she become Koja’s third wife?

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/ROAR-Urban-Shapeshifter-Novel-Natavia-ebook/dp/B07CF7Y3Z2/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_6?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. She Wanted That Hood Love: Down for A Boss by Author S.Yvonne (Shan Presents, LLC Publishing)

Kisha was used to the terrifying truths of the hood as she experienced firsthand what it’s like to be a product of her environment and taking degrading measures to survive.

With a prostitute and a dope fiend as a mother; Meek seemed to be the only person who made sense in her life. Meek wasn’t one to fail and like Kisha he’d do anything to survive but dealing with a mother who cared more about men than she did her own son, caused Meek to hop off the porch early and get it how he lived.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/She-Wanted-That-Hood-Love-ebook/dp/B07C453FXR/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. I Got Love For A Carolina Hustla by Author Nikki Brown (Supreme Works Publications)

To love, honor and cherish are the vows that Ocean clung on to when she married her first love Bryce Charles. What Ocean didn’t know was that Bryce had his own meaning of the word marriage and faithful was nowhere in his vocabulary.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/I-Got-Love-Carolina-Hustla-ebook/dp/B07C3VTM3G/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_4?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. HAVOC by Author Debra Anastasia (Self)

 I named myself. I took the word Animal out of their mouths, wore it like a badge of honor then shoved it down their throats. I’ve fought for what I have. I see you coming, before you even know you want a piece of me. In a city riddled with warring families, I’ll rise up between them. My people, the broken souls I gather will have power by the time I’m done with them.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/HAVOC-Debra-Anastasia-ebook/dp/B07BYK256N/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. Somethin’ ‘Bout His Thuggish Ways 2 by author KC Mills (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

Six finds herself in a scary place and about to lose it all yet again. The universe wouldn’t be that cruel, would it?

Mero knows that his life should come with a warning label, but never did he think that it would potentially cause such severe consequences. It seems as if he can’t catch a break, and there’s no way that he can allow the world around him to crumble while the ones he loves become collateral damage.

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Somethin-Bout-His-Thuggish-Ways-ebook/dp/B07BZMPGSW/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

  1. Loving You Without Limits 2 by Author Diamond Johnson (Leo Sullivan Publishing)

One would think that with all Rodney Wiggins has endured, the constant heartbreak would finally come to an end. Even with him now on a straight path and finding love, hurtful things continue to happen to him. What is a man supposed to do when he finds out that the little boy he’s been raising for the past ten years doesn’t even belong to him? With Deqavious now knowing that he’s actually the biological father of Rodney Jr, how can this situation end?

Click on the link below to order this book.

https://www.amazon.com/Loving-You-Without-Limits-2-ebook/dp/B07C2JSPZC/ref=zg_bs_6190466011_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=SYW4N82WA2JXRTYMMQ23

 

The chart changes every month. Make sure you go support them and as always thank you for reading.

Get to know “Beautiful Nightmare” author Johnna B. (Ten questions)

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Get to know “Beautiful Nightmare” author Johnna B. (Ten questions)

By Juan C. Diaz @tearsofwardiaz

 

 

 

 

What city and state are you from? ST. Louis MO

 

In what ways does your city influence the genre that you write in? Being born and raised in St.louis(one of the most dangerous cities in America) you attaint a certain attitude. A type of thick skin and rough edge. And that is displayed in my characters.

 

What influenced you to become a writer? My love for reading truly influenced my aspirations to be a Author. I wanted to write what I wanted to read. I didn’t see anyone combining love, thriller, suspense, horror and psycho so I decided I would try my hand and forge my own lane.

 

Which writers inspire you the most? Stephen King and Kwan Foye are my two top favorite authors when I first started out I wanted to intertwine them but boost my crazy level up 100.

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Who or what inspired you to create Valencia Ball, the main character of your novel Beautiful Nightmare? I honestly don’t remember where I came up with her. I wanted to write about love, a woman who was in love with being in love.  She was an afterthought. The book was originally supposed to be about Raven. But one night I sat down and didn’t get up til the next morning and I worked her in and it seemed like the novel was made just for her.

 

Without giving too much of the story away, can you tell us a bit about the character Raven? She is a lesbian who loves women and she also loves to beat and torture them. She is hell bent on keeping Valencia in her life.

 

 

A few of my homies that have read Beautiful Nightmare have stated that the two male protagonists are too soft and don’t seem realistic at times.  Can males living the street life be hopeless romantics as well as gangsters? Yes they can, you’ve never seen the story of the Btk serial killer who was out killing women but went home to his wife and daughter as if he hadn’t been out killing women all night. Just cause you’re in the streets doesnt mean you don’t want to be loved. Most women are a man’s weakness he’s a big grizzly bear in the streets but turns that off when he is around his woman.

 

Will there be a sequel to a Beautiful Nightmare? Yes it will be released October 31st.

 

Many fans (myself included) would like to explore more about the friendship of Valencia and Sena. Will there be more books depicting those two characters, a prequel perhaps? Yes there will be a part 2 but it will focused more on Sena and Moochie’s relationship. And Shady will become a more relevant character and she now plays the part of Sena’s comrade.

 

Tell us about other novels that you’ve published. I also have a novel called Wicked deceptions, Sins of destruction, Wydow maker, Smitten Kitten(co-written by Chris Renee and Shadress Denise) Sex on the Rox(short story) and Vengeance will be released October 31st.

 

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https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJohnnaB/

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@JohannaB1

 

What you need to know about Firefly Music Festival. Starts June 15 – 18

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What you need to know about Firefly Music Festival. Starts June 15 – 18

By Patrick Hill @Pathill17 @NeonRenMagazine

 

 

Like Coachella, Firefly Music Festival provides the same thrill as it’s competition. However, Coachella has been around for a while and you can find mostly every Kardashian attending the event. Coachella is California Spring attraction while Firefly is Delaware Summer attraction. Firefly Music Festival which is produced by Red Frog Events and Goldenvoice was first held on July 20 – 22, in Dover, Delaware of 2012. Which is where this event will be held at yet again. A lot of great artist have grace the festival in the past five years. This festival has increasingly grown with people coming from all states including California. It is one Delaware’s largest summer attractions. Before you make up jokes about my home state of Delaware, you have to check out Firefly Music Festival three-day lineup.

 

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THURSDAY

GLASS ANIMALS    KALEO         O.A.R.           GRYFFIN     EDEN K.FLAY        MAGGIE ROGERS        ANNA LUNOE        CRYWOLF   ELOHIM       PARDISON FONTAINE      WIN AND WOO  YOUNG BOMBS     DEAD MAN FALL  WILDERADO          SALT CATHEDRAL

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 FRIDAY

TWENTY-ONE PILOTS       FLUME         WEEZER       MIIKE SNOW          FRANZ FERDINAND            AFI    OK GO          BANKS         BENNY BENASSI   LIL DICKY    BOB MOSES MATOMA            STICK FIGURE        NF      BIG WILD    ALAN WALKER     JUDAH & THE LION          SOFI TUKKER          MISSIO          MEG MAC    SIR THE BAPTIST   QUINN XCII JAMES TW   KAIYDO        SHAED         DREAMERS ALEX WILEY          AYOKAY      FOREIGN AIR         KLANGSTOF THE SOUVENIRS   CLUBHOUSE

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 SATURDAY

THE WEEKND          CHANCE THE RAPPER     BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND            KESHA         GALANTIS    CAPITAL CITIES    THE NAKED AND FAMOUS         T-PAIN          DJ JAZZY JEFF            WALE           CASHMERE CAT    DAYA           FRANCIS & THE LIGHTS  SLUSHII       THE WHITE PANDA        BISHOP BRIGGS    LEWIS DEL MAR    MUNA           MAGIC GIANT        BARNS COURTNEY           RAINBOW KITTEN SURPRISE     SUNFLOWER BEAN          HANDSOME GHOST           KEVIN GARRETT   STEVE JAMES         TAYLOR BENNETT            ANDY FRASCO & THE U.N.          GOODY GRACE     MONDO COZMO    CHAOS CHAOS            CVBZ

 

 

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SUNDAY

MUSE THE SHINS  THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS      DILLON FRANCIS  PHANTOGRAM      BUSTA RHYMES     BLEACHERS           MISTERWIVES        SNAKEHIPS THE STRUMBELLAS            NAHKO & MEDICINE FOR THE PEOPLE          ILLENIUM   WAKA FLOCKA FLAME            HAMILTON LEITHAUSER SIR SLY        JACOB BANKS       JONAS BLUE           ARIZONA            888     SECRET WEAPONS           NAWAS        ROZES          SAINT WKND           LAWRENCE

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Firefly Music Festival begins June 15 through 18. You can purchase tickets including camping and hotel packages at their website.  Go to www.fireflyfestival.com and you can find them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @Fireflyfestival.

 

Pictures are from Firefly Music Festival website.