2016 Was the Ugly Christmas Sweater: My Love-Hate Relationship with Them

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Ahhh…the ubiquitous ugly Christmas sweater, or “jumper”, as it’s called across the pond. It is the perfect metaphor for 2016, the year of the ugly Christmas sweater. Look to the left and you find an image of the famous Christmas party exchange between Bridget (Renée Zellweger) and her adorable crush, Mark Darcy, in the rom-com classic, Bridget Jones’s Diary […]

Flip-Flop Season Has Officially Begun

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This weekend marks the opening of the summer season, with Memorial Day in the US and the Spring Bank Holiday in the UK. Summer is here, at least in the fashion world, meaning that flip-flop season has also begun. Flip-flops are an open-toed sandal with a flat sole —usually rubber—loosely held together on the foot […]

Just Kickin’ It, Part 2

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Read Part 1 here “America at this moment stands at the summit of the world.” –Winston Churchill, 1945. The second part of the history of the athletic shoe can actually be branded, “The Rise of American Culture”, as global military, economic and consumption patterns shifted their concentration to the United States. Post-war 1950s US can […]

Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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This weekend I am going to the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show to find my unicorn of accessories: a 1980s vintage Gucci wallet. I have been looking for this ever since I saw its beauty at the Spitalfields market in London about 10 years ago. The Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show will take place on Sunday, April […]

Durag History Week

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The last week in September is the unofficial #DuragHistoryWeek (yes, it’s a Twitter thing). And this is how it was instituted: Declaring this week #DuragHistoryWeek — Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) September 30, 2014 And that’s usually how Black Twitter works. (What is Black Twitter, you ask? The answer to that will take another post, […]