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Mellany Sanchez Of Kith NYC: Q & A

26 March 2013, 21.40 | Posted in Retail, interviews | 3 comments »

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First glance at Mellany Sanchez and you may think, okay, bright young woman, tons of potential. After all, she was just tapped by shoe industry hot shot Ronnie Fieg to head up women’s for his recently opened New York store, Kith NYC, starting with a collection of tops and bottoms called White Label for Spring 2013. Spend some time listening to the tale of her come up and you quickly realize she’s already light years past the potential phase. Simply put while most of her classmates were enjoying carefree teen times as high schoolers, she was already chasing down real life opportunities in the fashion industry and juggling not just homework but internships and jobs.

At age 15 she cut her teeth as an intern at Luis Colon’s magazine, Kicks, and all female sneaker store, Laces, and then moved on to jobs and internships at David Z, Rag & Bone, and at J.Crew worked her way up to head merchandiser at the chain’s No.2 Crew Cut store. In addition to Kith, she now handles social media for Oak, and Nike has spotted her, too, recently featuring her in a campaign featuring women’s running gear. We intended to quiz her strictly on the White Label drop, but found her story very easy to listen to. See if you don’t agree:

Q: A few days ago Kith’s White Label dropped its first full launch for men, women and kids. As of now it’s sold to the wall. How long did that take?
Sanchez: It took 90 minutes to sell out. Kith has been making menswear for a while, starting with the Mercer pants. Now it has expanded into women’s and kids. Women were asking for it and Ronnie was listening.

Q: What did the collection include?
Sanchez: The Mercer pants in six colors –black, grey, olive, navy, burgunday and khaki, plus two tops—one all black and the other denim with grey sleeves. The denim is raw Japanese denim with selvidge details.

Q: Ronnie Fieg is a friend to HighSnobette so we know he has a very big personality. How is it working with him?
Sanchez: We both respect each other’s work ethic, and even though we have completely different mind sets we have common goals. We have so many conversations about art and they’re completely different. We’re constantly battling over creative decisions. It’s his company but he appreciates and respects what I like. And I’m confident in what I know, I’m immersed in a lot of worlds, whether it’s discussions about the local bodega to what’s taking place in architecture and the art world.

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Read more on the next page about Sanchez’s opinions on Azealia Banks and female rap artists, when she realized the limits of streetwear and her take on the current battle between old media and fashion bloggers.

All images of Sanchez (wearing the Mercer pants) by Rashid Samuel.

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Snobettes Q&A With Ben Shaffer About The Flyknit Lunar 1

01 March 2013, 16.58 | Posted in Sneakers, interviews | 1 comment »

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Last week we reported about Nike’s ‘Flyknit Experince’ taking place in the halls of a former train station in Berlin-Kreuzberg. Locals and industry people met to lace up a fresh pair of Flyknit Lunar 1’s and run along an indoor track lined with giant disco balls and a huge installation by Jenny Sabin consisting of data from Nike’s Fuelband.

Before taking the track we had the time to meet and talk to Ben Shaffer, Head of innovation at Nike, and discusses everything involved in bringing the revolutionary idea from inception to completion. Take a look on the next page to read the full interview.

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Snobettes Q&A With Holy Ghost

14 January 2013, 12.08 | Posted in Fashion, Fashion Week, interviews | No comments »

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Munich based label Holy Ghost offers high quality apparel for the self-confident, urban city heroine. In other words…US! The brand was founded in 2010 by Ivana, Sedina and Jelena who decided to compile their passion and love for fashion, take the maximum advantage of their different backrounds in fashion and design to create the brand. This week, along Berlin Fashion Week, they will present the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection featuring berry tones, velvet pieces and lace details. We had the opportunity to ask the girls, just a few days before the show, about the collection, their inspiration and their plans for the future.

Read the full interview and take a first look at the Spring/summer collection on the next page.

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HBO Girls Today Show Interview

08 January 2013, 16.23 | Posted in Television, celebrity, interviews | 1 comment »

The cast of HBO’s Girls, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke and Zosia Mamet, was interviewed on the Today Show this morning. The best part of the Q&A might have been the hilarious disconnect between the cast and the interviewer, who describes being frequently “mortified” when watching the show, a reaction the girls don’t exactly connect with. Bonus points to Kirke for her pajama-y outfit. On her own bravery Dunham comments,

“I always think it’s brave to step into the mouth of a lion or — to save a baby but it’s not that brave to get naked if you’re not scared to get naked.”

The interview is part of the promotion leading up to the return of season 2 on January 13th.

Men Repeller & Her Man For Rag & Bone Photo Shoot

18 December 2012, 21.19 | Posted in Denim, celebrity, interviews | No comments »

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The stylish and super funny Man Repeller, Leandra Medine, and her new husband, Abie Cohen (see Medine’s Marchesa wedding dress here), visit Rag & Bone’s New York showroom for a photo shoot promoting the brand, along with a cute q&a. Here’s an excerpt:

R&B: Do you ask each other’s advice on clothes?
Medine
: I don’t like asking him, but he always asks, “Does this match?”. I think his mom made him seem like he was never matching when he was a child. He’ll wear a black sweater with black pants and ask, “Does this match?”. It’s odd. Sometimes he’s like, “Lea, you don’t match” and I’m like, “Yeah, I know, that’s the point.” He definitely never has the problem of; “Leandra, that’s a little too promiscuous, please don’t wear that”. It’s more like, “Leandra, I want to feel attracted to my wife.

In the interview, Medine also details her hunch that the big question was coming:

“I had a bunch of invites in my room and my mom went, “You’re not going to this?” about an invite from Reed Krakoff on the 8th. I was like “Since when are you so interested in my schedule – Abie is proposing, isn’t he?” She got freaked out and started getting teary.”

See more of the shoot and q&a here.

Video: Karl Lagerfeld About The Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

05 October 2012, 12.05 | Posted in Fashion Week, bags, interviews, video | 1 comment »
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Karl Hola Hoop Video: Karl Lagerfeld About The Chanel Spring/Summer 2013 Collection

Photo by Derek Blasberg on Instagram

A few days ago we were showing you the extravagant ‘Hola-Hoop’ bag from Chanels Spring/Summer 2013 collection presented last week in Paris. The overall feedback was quite positive allthough nobody really knew how to use of the bulky handbag. Maestro Karl Lagerfeld himself now has the answer for you:

“You need space for the beach towel. Then you can put it into the sand and hang things on it.”

Watch the interview with Karl just above and get more insider information on the collection as well as an insight to his approach on creativity. Enjoy!

Garance Dore Interviews J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons

27 September 2012, 12.20 | Posted in Retail, celebrity, interviews | No comments »


As part of her an ongoing marketing relationship with J.Crew, French photographer Garance Dore has a sit down chit-chat with the chain’s uber-popular creative director, Jenna Lyons. Among other topics Jenna Lyons discusses how blog culture has changed the culture of style and how it’s examined……”before it was just magazines.”

Yuna For WeTheUrban Magazine

19 September 2012, 12.15 | Posted in Magazines, interviews | No comments »

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Much-loved Yuna,who was part of  our collaboration with Adidas on the White Space Project,  is featured in the fifth issue of WeTheUrban. Shot by Aram Bedrossian, we’re pleased to share with you the first  images of the lovely songstress as well as the exclusive WeTheUrban interview on the next page.

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Rihanna Interview With Oprah

20 August 2012, 16.58 | Posted in celebrity, interviews | No comments »

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I am quite sure a lot of you wanted to see Rihanna interviewed by Oprah last night, but just weren’t able for whatever reason. Well here it is along with some of the juiciest quotes transcribed below (via Nicolebitchie):

On her current relationship with Chris Brown
We’ve been working on our friendship again and now we are very close friends. We’ve built our trust again. We love each other and we will probably always will. That’s not anything you can change or shut off if you’ve ever been in love.

If she’s seeing Chris Brown again
No, he’s in a relationship of his own. I’m single but we have maintained a close friendship ever since the restraining order has been dropped. We just worked on it little by little but it’s not easy

On the rumors that she recently saw him in St. Tropez
Yes I did. We went to a mutual friend’s party on a yacht. It’s awkward [when I see him] because I still love him. My stomach drops and I have to maintain this poker face and not let it get to the outer part of me. I have to maintain that and suppress it and interpret it and understand it. And understand that that’s not going to go away. That is peaceful. When you don’t understand those feelings you can make a lot of mistakes
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And there is so much more! It’s a really great interview–go make yourself a big tub of greasy popcorn and watch the drama before it gets taken down! Via Nb.

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Video: Oprah ‘How Rihanna Surprised Me’ Sneak Peek

10 August 2012, 14.14 | Posted in celebrity, interviews | No comments »

Only Oprah (who I think is awesome so don’t get mad) could just now be discovering that Rihanna is not the one-dimensional person she present in her songs and video. View above a sneak peek of her upcoming “Next Chapter” interview with Rihanna, recently conducted in Barbados. Oprah narrates the preview and here is what she had to say:

“So I just came back from Barbados with Rihanna. I went there with my own ideas about who she was, watching the videos and listening to the music. I thought she was going to be kind of a bad-ass, kind of a hard-edged rocker, pop woman. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. This is who she was for me and our cameras and wanted to present herself. She was thoughtful. She was very emotional. She was vulnerable. She pushes the edge. She pushes the edge a lot and there’s a reason for that.

“And I came away really getting a great sense of who she was after we got in her car and drove back to her old neighborhood. First of all I was surprised she was such a good driver. And this is how you know who somebody is: how people react to them. And when we went back to the neighborhood, this reaction surprised me. Because it wasn’t like a big superstar, mega-star, popstar had arrived in the neighborhood. It was just ‘Robyn’ as though she’d gone to the grocery store and came back. It was great. It was great to see. I hope you’ll join me for a really, really get down conversation with Rihanna, August 19th. It’s good.” 

Somehow I don’t think there will be anything incredibly new revealed, but Rihanna gives great interiews and paired with the queen of all q&a, the event is a must see for fans.