From MTV’s “Style VJ” to perennial style icon, Coltrane Curtis knows how to put an outfit together. Freshness Magazine stopped by the office to have a chat with our Managing Partner about the subject he is so well-versed in. Take a look to get the inside scoop on his most valued possessions, and the stories behind them. He rarely shares tips like these beyond these walls, so take note.
It’s time for a staycation. Let’s escape NYC together this week with an island getaway.
We’ve teamed up with Complex Media to present New Yorkers with an unforgettable summer. The Complex x Team Epiphany #SUMMERFRIDAYS 2014 event series kicks off this week with a Caribbean Carnival.
DJ Max Glazer and DJ Wonder will be on the 1s and 2s, as Hennessy, Belvedere, and the Heineken flow freely.
This is one you don’t want to miss.
It was once thought that high-end design was reserved for wealthy elites. However, Homepolish is changing the interior design game and bringing it to the masses at an affordable price. How is this possible? Well the Homepolish designers, which consist of 90+ of the countries best designers, work by the hour. That means no mark-ups or commissions. Regardless of the budget, the company’s goal is to make premium design services available to everyone. Founded in 2013, the company is expanding rapidly and is already servicing NYC, DC, LA, Chicago, SF, and Boston.
Managing partner Coltrane Curtis is an influencer. It cannot be denied that his influence is widespread, from business, to marketing, to fashion, and much more. However, it could be argued that in the featured video “I’m a Father”, a 5 video series celebrating the bond between fathers and their children, his words have never been truer. With the utmost conviction and in the truest of ways, Coltrane discusses what fatherhood means to him, and the powerful bond between a father and his child. If that’s not enough at about 1:30 there is a must see interaction between father and son.
Just in time for Father’s Day, Managing Partner Coltrane Curtis was featured in an article about his lifestyle, his son (Ellington), and his son’s closet. Well Rounded NY, a pregnancy resource for city dwellers, took the time to acknowledge both Coltrane’s sense of style, and more importantly his passion for fatherhood. These characteristics contribute to Ellington and Coltrane’s morning routine and probably the world’s freshest kid’s closet. The article made two things clear: that style in the kid’s section does exist, and raising a kid in New York City is a doable challenge.
Take a look at the article as well as the photos posted to get a sneak-peak into the family’s routine, and Ellington’s legendary closet.
Adaptive traits, coupled with time-standing traditions, are what make a family…well—wholesome.
Not everyone admired Honey Maid’s “This Is Wholesome” campaign, which featured happy families enjoying the brand’s traditional graham products. Comments like “horrible” and “disgusting” surfaced via social media as audiences responded to scenes, which included a gay couple affectionately raising their baby. Standing firm in its message, Honey Maid quickly adapted to criticism by launching a warm-hearted response. Instead of shrinking in PR defeat, Honey Maid succeeded in showing that all a family needs to truly be wholesome is “Love.”
In a time where journalism isn’t as popular as it once was, Watchup is a potential savior looking to reinvent video journalism. Watchup is a personalized daily newscast that considers user’s preferences, and then displays videos based of these preferences on its brilliantly designed newsfeed. Videos stream instantly, enabling users to surf the news seamlessly with the touch of a finger.
The app developers realized that users often find themselves lacking the context needed to have an understanding of the news beyond the moving images. Watchup offer’s a solution to this issue by presenting users with related articles that can be read during or after a video is watched.
Watchup is available for IOS devices and Android tablets.
Art and music are constantly colliding. Tomorrow, join Reed Space and Staple as they present their first #AudioVision event. A gallery exhibit of artist Naturel’s work will be available for viewing while Illmind provides the soundtrack. Stop by for limited edition tees, prints, and Heineken. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lomography is in the process of reinventing the Polaroid picture, with the Lomo’Instant. This camera is considered to be the world’s most creative instant camera. It not only captures moments, but also our desire for immediacy and the reemerging love for analogue (non-digital) photography. The uniqueness of the camera lies in its advanced lens system, variety of filters, ability to shoot both automatic or manual, and much more. The camera includes three lens options - a built in wide angle, an attachable fisheye and portrait lens.
What truly makes this product special is that unlike the hundreds of photos taken on your smartphone, this camera instantly prints a tangible memory. Twenty-eight days remain on their Kickstarter fundraiser, however the company has already crushed its goal and is set to start producing the Lomo’instant November of this year.
Pharrell Williams and friends are upping the philanthropic ante, with a very special eBay for Charity listing. The proceeds from the online auction will benefit his charity , From One Hand To AnOTHER, an organization that he founded to help children in need. Not only did Pharrell choose his own personal items, he tapped his friends to donate items for the greater good of mankind.
Listings include the Mark McNairy x Heineken100 Limited edition saddle shoe, the unreleased Bee Line x Timberland Red Boot Collaboration, and more. There are 3 days left to bid on items available here.
Just when we thought couples couldn’t get any closer, Japanese condom brand, Condomania, shows us they can. The advertisements aptly titled, “Flesh Love,” feature images captured by Japanese photographer, Hal, who photographed over 100 couples inside plastic bags, with the air vacuumed out. He constructed the set with vacuum-sealed backs in his very own kitchen. Hal moves quickly, as he only has 10 seconds to catch the photo before the couple begins to lose their breath.
See how the advertisements come to life here.
Nail art is a trend that has become increasingly popular over the last few years thanks to many fashion designers, artists, and celebrities. Nowadays, nails are just as important to a woman’s ensemble as a shirt or skirt is.
New Yorkers now have a reason to rejoice, as Paintbox is the newest addition to the spa scene. The modern manicure studio offers a curated selection of both nail art and classic manicures.Taking cues from fashion designers’ seasonal releases, the studio’s current collection is aptly titled, SS14. There are twenty five styles to choose from, all of them being customizable to every woman’s taste. Newly-opened on Crosby Street, Paintbox is sure to become a destination for the most stylish city-dwellers.
During the New York Auto Show 2014, Cadillac launched an influencer program, The ELR Exposure Project, with four highly influential New York City photographers. The program allowed these photographers—Liz Eswein, DJ D-Nice, Jonathan Mannion, and 13th Witness—to experience the Cadillac ELR firsthand. The photographers documented their experiences with the hybrid offering over the course of a week. To celebrate the culmination of the program, Cadillac hosted a gallery event in the heart of New York City. Vashtie and DJ Wonder provided the soundtrack, as guests enjoyed small bites, cold Heineken, Moet Nectar Rose, and signature Belevedere and Hennessy cocktails.
We were very happy to open the doors of our newly opened office to the good folks at HYPEBEAST for the latest installment of HYPEBEAST Spaces. The crew stopped by to learn more about the inspiration and creative madness behind the agency, directly from the managing partners, Coltrane Curtis, Lisa Chu, and Sky Gellatly.
To celebrate the posthumous album release of Michael Jackson’s Xscape, Epic Records took to the Top of the Rock, for a one-of-a-kind listening experience. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, Music industry pioneers Sylvia Rhone and L.A. Reid invited a select group of influencers and music aficionados to experience Xscape for the first time.
For the ultimate intimate experience, guests weren’t allowed to take photographs inside. They enjoyed custom cocktails from an open Diageo bar and small bites catered by Union Square Events. Guests were enthused to be a part of the elevated listening experience while surrounded by the breathtaking view of the New York City skyline.
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