Groovey Lew calls himself the “King of Fashion” and rightfully so – his creativity and ingenuous eye for style has been spotted on some of your favorite artists: Biggie, Lil Wayne, Lil’ Kim, Jadakiss, Lauryn Hill, 112, Total, Puffy and many more. Lately, Groove’s been dabbling in film, styling big Hollywood flicks like Notorious featuring Derek Luke and Brooklyn’s Finest with Don Cheadle. Oxygen channel’s, “House of Glam,” scouted the legendary stylist to appear on they’re hit reality TV show as well.
The King of Fashion Groovey Lew shouts out luxury sneaker brand Kustome Collabo on a visit to Barney’s New York.
By making the clothes his own, Groovey is able to keep his style timeless. Contrary to what everyone thinks, styling isn’t just about finding an outfit for an artist. “It’s focusing, it’s homework it’s studying…you’re dealing with attitudes, and behind the scene stuff that people do not see. While yall sleep, I’m running around tying shoes, sweating and busting my ass,” said Groovey.
Kustome is a luxury brand developed by sneaker connoisseurs for collectors and those who live a rockstar lifestyle and search for product that’s exclusive and well refined.
Blake Costanzo ’06 is in his second season with the Chicago Bears and his seventh in the National Football League. He also is the only Lafayette College graduate in the NFL. The New York Jets gave him his first opportunity. While he was visiting NYC and trying on clothes at the Schuyler 4 showroom, our conversation covers Blake’s football journey, building hotrod cars the most stylish ‘Bear’ and his thoughts on New York.
Omar Hakim is one of the best drummers alive. What’s the story behind his drumsticks? He has drummed for Patty Labelle, Dire Straits, Sting and Daft Punk to name a few. He has been using the same drumstick brand for over 30 years. Omar shares the story of meeting Vic Firth 30 years ago, the designer of his drumsticks. While he is trying on clothes at http://www.Schuyler4.com showroom to wear at his Grammy performance with Daft Punk, Omar also gives us a great breakdown on the history of drumsticks, talks about the drummers who have influenced him, his new website and the drummer’s community.
Notable artists he has played with are Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Bryan Ferry, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour, Chieli Minucci, The Rippingtons, Bobby McFerrin, and Daft Punk, among others.
Many say he is the best drummer alive. Omar Hakim’s first break as a drummer came at age 16 with Patti Labelle. In 1984, Hakim did most of the drum work on Dire Straits’ album Brothers in Arms. Notable artists he has played with are Anita Baker, Sting, Weather Report, Mariah Carey, Madonna, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Chic, Bryan Ferry, Aziza Mustafa Zadeh, Everything but the Girl, Marcus Miller, Kazumi Watanabe, Lee Ritenour, Chieli Minucci, The Rippingtons, Bobby McFerrin, and Daft Punk, among others.
While he is trying on clothes at http://www.Schuyler4.com showroom to wear at his Grammy performance with Daft Punk, Omar talks about his solo project and shares the story of how he and Daft Punk came together. Omar will be wearing Alberto, Haupt and Codice designs.
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“Fela Kuti is the James Brown of Africa. We have been pushing the idea that Afrobeat is apart of Black history for 13 years”. Rich Medina introduced a whole generation of dancers to Fela Kuti and Afrobeat with his Jump N’ Funk parties. The party has been branded “the first and most consistent DJ-based party dedicated to Fela Kuti and his message of peace and equality through music.” A a staple on dancefloors from New York to Berlin for over a decade.
“Rich Medina re-creates the vibe of a Fela Kuti concert, utilizing culturally relevant African photography and Nigerian dance videos for visuals and live percussion by Juan Carlos Izaguire and the legendary Leonard “Doc” Gibbs to accompany his turntable mixes, not to mention live performances by some of the world’s most respected Afrobeat leaders, including both of Fela’s sons, Femi and Seun Kuti. Other artists that have collaborated with Rich Medina for past JUMP N’ FUNK parties have been Zap Mama, Sandra Isadore, Akoya, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Wunmi, Ron Trent and many others.”
Started DJing at 10, graduated from Cornell University and today is teaching at Cornell, talking at Ted talks and and spreading the music of Fela. “The club is my Church”
Mark Alequin aka Ted1″ was born and raised in the Lower East side ..been doing graffiti since 1980 and selling street art for 13 years. Its rough. I’ve been to jail for selling my art. I am a starving artist”. With Banksy getting so much love in NYC with his “Better In Than Out,” tour I wanted to get feedback from a NYC graffiti artist. I have seen Ted1 for years selling his art on Prince street between Mercer and Broadway in Soho. We talk about the history of NYC graffiti, his story, Banksy and the future. If you have walked along Prince street btwn mercer & Broadway over the last 13 years, you know his face and work. His work is prominently displayed on the brick walls along Prince street.
Young Hitch loves the D. “Detroit is the best place in the world right now!” When I am home in Detroit, I always have to capture a conversation with my talented, savvy cousin Young Hitch.
Taxi conversation with Sean John as we leave his restaurant Spur Tree at Orchard street enroute to pier 57 NYC for a week long food and fashion event. And Spur Tree is on the menu. Our conversation covers Spur Tree’s plans in London, Naomi Cambell, how he he was chosen to be apart of Opening Ceremony’s 1st fashion week show and the last 5 years in business “the first year was the hardest, I use to sleep at the restaurant. It was hard, but I knew it would work”- Sean John.