• For the Record: Tayyib Smith

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    Influencer, Impresario of the misfits, change agent, artist conduit, Ambassador of the City of Brotherly Love, publisher at two.one.five magazine & 215mag.com…the last two are just his words. Tayyib Smith, owner of the pop culture driven 215mag and 215mag.com, is every groupie’s wet dream, and one of the few publishers still in print. Interviewing rappers before they become rockstars, booking events for the likes of Addidas, Hennesey, and Redbull, he’s your mentors favorite mentor…and then some.
     

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    For the Record: Reggie Berry and Jackiem Wright

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    When I first heard about this weekly party littered with throngs of 5 star chicks, dime pieces and “bad jawns,” I knew I had to get in. Of course, there lies the problem. With the great A.I. and other pro athletic types attending this loft-size club appropriately called “StrongBox,” crashing was harder then breaking into the White House dinner party …actually… harder than that. Cue Jackiem Wright and Reggie Berry: two of the newest “it” boys in the Philadelphia party scene and the ones to blame for your girl’s girlfriends dragging her out every Tuesday night. These two gentlemen have parlayed their penchant for hanging out with A-list celebrities in Hollywood into one of the best parties, Center City, Philadelphia has seen. Being the serious news journalist that I am (cough, cough,) finding out exactly where this seemingly out of nowhere nightlife success story sprouted from was my main objective. Well…that and finally getting in.
     

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    For the Record: Leslie Yang of Feisty Elle

    Visiting a talented creative in their habitat is always a treat, so I naturally jumped at the opportunity to learn more about the world of one of my new favorite peddlers of cute accessories, Leslie Yang; she’s the exuberant owner and designer at San Francisco based Feisty Elle.

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    I first met Leslie through my friend Isabel after stopping by the DIY/indie Renegade Craft Fair in July, where Leslie was working a table. A few months later, I ran into her goods once more at doe-sf, which also happens to be my former workplace (owned by the very cool Kati Kim). Serendipity, or 7×7? Hmm.

    After some lovely twitter chit-chat, Leslie kindly allowed me to tour her charming Bernal Heights abode one Sunday afternoon, where she lives with her equally crafty, rocket-engineering boyfriend. There, we talked about where she grew up, felting, her commitment to balancing creativity with activism (she has a full-time job as graphic designer at a non-profit) and had a little photography session. I walked away some new envy-inducing ear adornments for myself, and the both of us made a well-earned trip to Mitchell’s ice cream. Leslie totally recommended the Mexican Chocolate. Yes, it is tasty.

     

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    For the Record: Daniel Mitchell

    For the Record is The Steel Crew’s series of dialogue with leaders and up-and-comers in the fashion, arts, and entertainment industries. We are the inquiring minds, and we want to know more…don’t you?


    This week’s For The Record, we speak to Daniel Mitchell, creative assistant of Oki-ni. Some of you guys may not be familiar with what he does behind the scenes, but I’m sure most of you know him as the literal face of the online retailer as Oki-ni’s model. This interview has been a long time coming since it’s quite difficult coordinating a correspondence from the U.S. to London, especially taking the time difference into account. But what you see here is the result of persistence and follow-through and we’re glad that we all worked together to make it work. Daniel Mitchell lets us in on what sets Oki-ni apart and what they have planned for their music project.

    The Steel Closet: Okay we know how awesome Oki-Ni is to us…but tell us a little bit about what you do at Oki-Ni and why you think Oki-Ni is the shit.

    Daniel Mitchell: I’m glad that you think we are the shit! Ha!

    …Well I guess people are really feeling what we are doing because we are the only ones doing what we are doing in terms of what we offer.

    We are just going out finding solid product that we buzz off… have never seen before and wanna wear ourselves. We then share this with people through our website.

    We have always been into the kind of brands that we buy and the style of products that we sell. Oki-ni is just a great platform for us to go out and put this all in one place and build this style into a concept. There’s nothing better than finding a brand that you have never seen before that blows you away and you need to buy, this is something that we are always looking for and there’s other people out there too that have a real need for that.

    Even with our mainline brands we always buy the key bits from the runway or the “out there” bits that usually stores wouldn’t be able to retail. There are kids out there looking for those bits and I’m sure the designer loves to see those bits showcased rather than the safer options that so many stores only buy into.

    We have really built up some loyal hard core fans that are totally into what we are doing.  

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    For the Record | Kyle Pulli

    For the Record is The Steel Crew’s series of dialogue with leaders and up-and-comers in the fashion, arts, and entertainment industries. We are the inquiring minds, and we want to know more…don’t you?

    This edition for For the Record is with VP of Design for Pony, Kyle Pulli. Pony is engineering its own resurrection, drawing from its roots in 1970s New York to reach out to a brand new audience while simultaneously reminding those who remember Pony that they’re back in a big way.

    At the forefront of this resurgence is Kyle Pulli, former designer at adidas and a seriously cool guy. I was just expecting another good interview, but Kyle opened up about his own personal design philosophies, the history and innovation that’s driving Pony today, the struggles and advantages of working for a smaller company, and what inspires him to continue designing. It ended up being more of an actual conversation than an interview (and the length reflects that), but I got some insight on the process and the industry that I never thought I would get. For anyone as obsessed with sneakers and design as much as I am, it’s a must-read.

    Check out our full interview with Kyle after the jump.

     

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    For the Record: E-603

    For the Record is The Steel Crew’s series of dialogue with leaders and up-and-comers in the fashion, arts, and entertainment industries. We are the inquiring minds, and we want to know more…don’t you?

    This edition of For the Record is with E-603, New Hampshire’s finest mashup artist and DJ. We recently got on the horn with E, and picked his brain about his mashup style, his future as an artist, and the music industry as a whole.

    Full interview after the jump.

     

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    For the Record: Eric Jennings

    For the Record is The Steel Crew’s new series of dialogue with leaders and up-and-comers in the fashion, arts, and entertainment industries. We are the inquiring minds, and we want to know more…don’t you?

    This edition of For the Record is with Men’s Fashion Director for Saks Fifth Avenue, Eric Jennings. Mr. Jennings was kind enough to give us an interview at the Saks Men’s Store in downtown San Francisco, where he was hosting a spring collection preview.

    The full interview after the jump.

     

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