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Brands: Milano Di Rouge

What is your definition of success? Better yet, when do you know you have “made it”? These days all an up and coming designer can hope for is a celebrity co-sign to boost sales. So imagine the feelings that ran through Designer and Owner, Milan, of Milano Di Rouge when her clothing line was unexpectedly the center of attention at Powerhouse 2015. Not only did the line adorn the backs of the show’s celebrity performers, but you could also see the brand on its targeted customer in the audience.You could take that image and it still would not add up to the blood, sweat, and tears that Milan has put into Milano Di Rouge so far. However, on her quest to Making her Dreams a Reality, it is not a bad start.

Check out the interview below to learn more about the luxury street wear brand Milano Di Rouge and what it can add to your closet to give you Unregistered Style:

So what is the style of Milano Di Rouge?
“Milano Di Rouge is a luxury lifestyle street wear brand providing affordable luxury. Our customers are stylish and don’t mind trying raw innovative brands.”

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Seeing how IG lit up during Powerhouse you seem to have a huge male following, tell me how you feel your work is being perceived by the public?
“Well, we have been getting a lot of great feedback. People like the quality and they love the style. A lot of celebrities get the packages we send them for promotion and come back to purchase, with us. [Getting those notifications I felt] so blessed, tears were in my eyes. I worked so hard; I made so many different connections, and honestly I wish I was there to see it. It is unbelievable that Young Chris performed at Powerhouse wearing our jersey.”

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That is an amazing feeling I am sure. With Young Chris being a nice name to add to your resume I have to ask; do you cater to more of a male or a female customer?
“I design unisex clothing, but I like to keep a guy in mind first, then I add some of the female essentials.

So the Venus and Mars Jumpsuit…

No! (laughs) With the tight stretchy fabric no way a guy would want to wear it. I am thinking that I want to go back [to the drawing board] on a men’s jumpsuit. It would be like a Men’s Carthart/Dickies suit just more stylish.”

How did you get the Venus and Mars Jumpsuit?
“Actually, I was shopping around, looking for a jumpsuit and not one store had what I was looking for. [I made] something that I would personally want to wear. I created a jumpsuit, went to California to get fabric, and took it to my seamstress. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to create exactly what you are looking for.”

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Now that we have mentioned the jumpsuit a little, what are three MUST HAVES from your collection that our readers need to make their style Unregistered?
“1) The Military sweat suit if definitely a must have. You can throw it on with heels [and go out] or sneakers and go to the mall. It is a universal outfit that constantly sells out.”

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“2) The Dlano Button Down is also a must have. Think of it as the all purpose shirt. You need it because it is a unisex item that is clean cut and versatile for any occasion.”

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Dlano Button Down Retrieved: 1/18/2016 From: http://www.milanodirouge.com/shop/

“3) Finally, the Venus and Mars Jumpsuit. Out of all three this piece will is a must have for the female reader of Unregistered Style for more than one reason. Ladies can dress it up and dress it down. It is a customer preference that we keep restocking.”

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These pieces are great! The jumpsuit is definitely something that I need to check out not only do I love the simplicity of only having to iron one thing, but I cannot find a jumpsuit that does not give me an awkward fit around the hips! Can you tell me what sets your brand apart from the average street wear brand?
“I know that our stance on quality sets us apart. Everything we sell goes under quality control.

Additionally, a few designs are designed by me like the Venus and Mars jumpsuit, the Khloe dress, and the Dlano top. Those are all Milano cut and sew.

The other items are manufactured.”

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All of your products, the cut and sew items and the manufactured items are amazing, but where do you find your inspiration for these pieces?
“I find inspiration through blogs, fashion tips, motivation tips, all lead me into designing. I was always into fashion and design but never thought fashion design. I started off as a blogger [and transitioned into designing]. Milano Di Rouge is my first clothing line ever.”

With this being your baby, I know you have planned for its future. Where do you see Milano Di Rouge going next season?
“As far as the lifestyle portion of the brand, I would like to take on a social initiative; I want to educate people on safe sex and HIV prevention. It will be geared it towards high school students because I want to use my brand and my platform to promote awareness to a topic that is not highlighted enough.

For the clothing line, I can see experimenting with more colors next season. I am such a black and white type girl which is why I added green and maroon, but I am thinking sparkles. I love streetwear but one of my longterm goals would be to branch out and do a collection that you wouldn’t even know is Milano, but that is further down the line so keep your eyes open. #UnregisteredStyle”

Brands: ONLY WITH KINGS

I know this sounds very cliche, but networking is such a valuable resource.Last month, I was kicking it with my homegirl, Rashida from TheMovePhilly.com, and she had a great idea for UnregisteredStyle. Recently, Rashida had the opportunity to reconnect with an old basketball friend, James.

Basketball friend? Yes, you know how everyone has those recreational friends they hoop with on a regular basis? Well, that’s James and Rashida.

After spending a few hours on the court, they had a chance to sit down and catch up on their latest entrepreneur endeavors. While Rashida discussed her latest blog ventures with TheMovePhilly, James mentioned his clothing line, “ONLY WITH KINGS.”

As an avid reader of our blog, Rashida thought it would be a great opportunity to link James and I together. Recently, I met up with James and his business partner, Koba Khit, to discuss ONLY WITH KINGS. Check out the full interview below!

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 Let’s discuss the history of your brand. When and why were you created?
“We’re actually really new in terms of clothing, about three months in, but the ideals behind Only With Kings has been existent for over three years.  I started off as an indie hip-hop musician(still my first love) putting together events throughout the city of Philadelphia. I went by James Owk my real name and I still do. The clothing line just grew over time organically. I needed a logo to represent myself out at shows so I connected with this cat Emanuel “Manny” Sofolawe, an excellent graphic artist who helped me bring my vision to life. Shoutout to the G.

Shortly after, I found myself messing around in Adobe AI and Photoshop. I became extremely curious so I linked up with someone who has become like a mentor to me. Justin Porro, Another incredibly skilled graphic artist. Big Up to Justin that’s my dude. I kept playing around with ideas all the while recording music in my closet until a close friend of mine, Koba said “Yo,I wanna see that shit up on a shirt G! Stop sleeping on your shit.”  So I made some phone calls and took a risk.

“Always in GOOD Company” is our motto. Keeping people around us who push us to be accountable, responsible, and challenge us to be better people, better creatives, better leaders so that we can better develop strategies to monetize those skill sets is paramount. I think so especially as a person of color.”

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 What is the objective of your brand?
“I’m a visionary. The objective is to re-define leadership in the modern world using technology as a means to build people instead of break people. I want people to feel like anything is possible, because I for one believe that it is. That challenge begins with the youth. It’s a constant. My parents and siblings came to the United States as refugees from Cambodia in spring 1982. That summer I was born. I’m forever grateful for being able to be raised in the United States. The exposure has done wonders for me. I’ve lost but gained also. The birth of this brand is part of my gratitude that I will continue to show in my personal and professional life.”

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 What does your brand offer to your consumers and customers?
“The brand offers a space to grow one’s lifestyle with confidence. It’s simple but clean. I don’t think the designs are too overzealous. The panda functions as a gateway into my world as a creative person. I like the ability to move hand to hand. There’s nothing more gratifying then meeting someone who wants to support and break bread with him/her about his/her life and how it intersects with mine.

It’s real. This is just the beginning. I want people to get ready to step out into the world, put on our brand and say to themselves, “Yeah, I look clean as fuck. I’m ready now.”

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What are your long term goals for your brand?
“To become more than just symbol. Something iconic that inspires generations to come that want to change the world for the better. Leave a legacy. That takes work. It’s not easy. I don’t want it to be either. That wouldn’t make sense to me. But working towards the ideal is what fuels me. The process is just as important as the product if not more in certain moments.

Like I said earlier, re-define leadership. Then learn to monetize that leadership and pass it on to the next. I don’t know what’s in store, but I’m having a fucking good time. My team and friends believe in me, which is something that is new to me. So what do I do? Believe in my self. Shoutout to Mike and Dan. Those guys are some amazing ninjas.”

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I have to admit, James and Koba made sure that this was one of the best interviews! We definitely kicked back, listened to music, laughed, had a few drinks, and go a lot of business done. That’s what this all about, meeting great people and having a good time!

If you haven’t done so already, check out their website: Owk.co to purchase products from their online store.

To follow their journey, you can also find ONLY WITH KINGS on the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @onlywithkings
Youtube: theowkqualife
SoundCloud: owkjames

Thanks for reading!

Brands: Lea Anderson

There’s something to be said about a singer with a voice that can leave you hanging on to every word. Sounds like a dream come true, right? Well, if you like classic r&b with a modern twist, you will appreciate our friend Lea Anderson.

A lady of incredible talent in both music and theater arts, Lea Anderson has recently moved to the big apple in hopes of taking her singing career to the next level. Last week, she even dropped her first single on iTUNES, which isn’t a surprise for such a talented artist.

So, before she becomes a big name in the r&b scene, we thought it would be a great opportunity to sit down with Lea Anderson to discuss her music career and future plans in the industry. Check out her full interview below.

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First, what does your artist name mean?
“My name is Lea, pronounced like the deep blue Sea, Anderson. I am Lea Anderson: a singer, songwriter and flutist.”

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Who are the creative geniuses behind your team?
“DETACHED was produced by Grammy nominated mutli-platinum producer, DMoet.”

Let’s discuss the history of your brand. When and why were you created? What is the objective of your brand?
“DETACHED started as a 4 page monologue I wrote about a painful love experience. I found myself up at 4:00am writing so hard that my hand began to hurt. The words came so effortlessly.”

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What does your brand offer to your consumers and customers?
“DETACHED is very universal. It’s sexy, danceable, and relatable. It offers that essence of 90’s R&B that’s been missing on the radio. You can download it on any online store.”

How are you able to distinguish your brand from others?
“My music challenges all preconceptions of the music industry by offering a window into my world of art. My soprano voice has been described as a one big bright moment. I can’t wait to release the rest of the songs.”

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What are your long term goals for your brand?
“I want to grow as an artist. I want to continue making GOOD music and exploring other genres.”

Where do you see your brand in the next five years?
“In the next five years, I want to be touring internationally. I want to be recognized as a respectable artist as well as a fashion icon. I want to make a positive impact on how people in general view romantic relationships—-recognizing that real love can occur and still exists today.”

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Are you inspired yet? Well, we certainly are!

Please go out an support Lea Anderson by purchasing her debut single, “DETACHED,” on iTUNES.

To follow her journey, you can also find Lea Anderson on the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @iamleaanderson
Twitter: @iamleaanderson
Youtube: musicbylyriclea
Facebook: iamleaanderson
SoundCloud: iamleaanderson

Thanks for reading!

Brands: Arok: “Already Rich”

If you’ve ever had any musical talent, chances are that you’ve tried to pursue a music career at some point or another. For the everyday musically inclined artist, your days are spent fantasizing about becoming the next platinum selling recording artist. Just imagine a world where you are the face of every magazine, media website, and album artwork across the world. If you plan on achieving that high level fame and success, you have to put in a lot of hard work.

Furthermore, there’s nothing like capturing the true essence of fame and stardom than actually sitting down and having a conversation with an artist in the business. Recently, we had an opportunity to sit down with an old friend of ours, Arok, to discuss his journey into the world of music. Check out his full interview below.

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Let’s discuss the history of your brand. When and why were you created?
“I got the team together in order utilize our talents for the greater good. We all have talents in different areas so I felt it was best that we linked together in the form of music.”

What is the objective of your brand?
“With the title of the album being “Already Rich,” I intend to inspire the realization to the listeners that money is not everything and all the tools to everlasting happiness come free in life. You are ALREADY RICH.”

What does your brand offer to your consumers and customers?
Alongside great music, the brand offers merchandise in the form of t shirts which come with a purchase of a CD. As far as the music, we offer a breath of fresh air sound and a theme that is very different from the rest and uplifting at the same time.

How are you able to distinguish your brand from others?
I am taking a more intimate approach with the people than my musical counterparts. I am not prioritizing the money in this aspect because I know the money will come. Instead I would rather teach people to love and value each other.

What are your long term goals for your brand?
I want to be able to host events that can benefit the youth in the form of awareness. I want to be able to efficiently teach the youth about ownership and inspire them to aspire for bigger endeavors in life as well as find themselves before they get too lost in the false reality fed by the media.

Where do you see your band in the next five years?
In the next five years I hope to be touring internationally as well have a variety of clothing by my brand. I also want to be respected for my musical capabilities as well as making a positive impact on the world.

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So, there goes it folks. Be on the lookout for Arok’s debut album, “Already Rich.” Be sure to follow his journey on Twitter and Instagram @Arok919. We see expect great things from him in the near future.

Thanks for reading!