Mitchell & Ness is a big deal for a number of reasons. Not only is it the longest-running sports apparel company in our fair city, it’s been operating for over 100 years with licensing agreements with the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and collegiate sports. And as you may know, people love their sports and the accompanying gear. So much so that some people just love the gear. You may not be a fan of a team but, oooh, that jersey is fly. Upstairs at their flagship shop on 12th and Chestnut, I got a chance to sit down with Big K.R.I.T. for a few minutes to chat about a line of hats and clothes that he’s launching via Mitchell & Ness called The Drinker’s Club.
Justin Scott’s a 26-year-old emcee from Mississippi. He’s done some pretty major tour and co-headlining support for some big names like Wiz Khalifa (the Waken Baken Tour) and Curren$y (The Smoker’s Club Tour 2010). He was also named to XXL’s Top Eleven Freshmen of 2011, sitting in pretty heavy company: Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Yelawolf, Cyhi da Prynce and Kendrick Lamar. Like most emcees, he’s issued a few mixtapes but only one proper LP, Live from the Underground, which he produced himself and issued on Def Jam this past June. It’s tight (and on Spotify). What’s weird is that the single, “I Got This,” which has garnered nearly 2 million views, is hard as hell. It reminds me of Big Boi’s badass “In The A” (featuring T.I. and Luda) because it’s downhome and has an of-the-people video which includes lots of locals in the filming and stylistic portrayals of southern life. And while Live from the Underground’s got a few moments of straight-up ferociousness, it’s got a lot of chiller, artistic and thoughtful moments of reflection and peace.
ANYway, did you notice a theme in those tour names? Sounds like Curren$y’s as down with the herb as much as we all know Wiz is – every song’s about weed. But K.R.I.T. doesn’t actually smoke; he likes to drink. In fact, he was sippin’ on a SOLO cup as I spoke to him and I peeked at the spread behind him and noticed an open vodka bottle and some lemonade (plus a deep, disposable oven tin full of man-I-wish-I-knew). I asked what the three Xs were. “Prohibition,” he said, “and like moonshine.” He was tired of reppin’ for the weedheads, when he wasn’t even one himself, and needed to pay respect to the liquor lovers. A raise ya glass, with hats and sweatshirts.
We talked about jerseys and gear for a few. He’s played baseball all his life but doesn’t actually love the Braves – his mom and grandmom are from Chicago, so he’s a Cubs fan. I mentioned that I see jackets and hats all the time in Philly from not-Philly teams. “Nah, man, it’s cuz they like that color and it matches their shoes,” he said. “Look at [the DJ] – he’s not from Charlotte but he’s rockin’ that turquoise.” Truth. He’d been coveting Mitchell & Ness throwbacks since childhood, so he was pumped to jump on the opportunity to make his own branded line of swag. 2013’s about expanding his brand and doing more than just rapping, he said. Even though a mixtape’ll be dropping in the next few months (called K.R.I.T., which stands for King Remembered in Time) and a single (”I won’t say which song”) in the next few weeks. We’ll be looking for it on DatPiff and Pitchfork this spring.
Hats are the accessory of the Fall season. Avant garde and show stopping, Foolish Pride collection is full of hats designed for women who love to stand out. Designed by Philadelphia native Meagan Cook, Foolish Pride is described for the “lady is modern, edgy and effortlessly chic. She is sophisticated, powerful yet stylish.”
Check out Foolish Pride’s Fall 2011 Collection
The British have set the trend and everyone is hopping on the Big Hat Brigade. Aretha Franklin has nothing on the toppers that came out at the Royal Wedding. Local shop Carmelita Couture is one store that already knows the power of a great headpiece.
This past First Friday Carmelita hosted a Tea and Hatitude event, featuring her custom headpieces! Here are a few snaps of the great hats that Carmelita offers!
What’s your Hatitude?
Praise Mama Nature! The weather has ch-ch-changed … and for the better. It’s time for tights and sweaters and jackets and hats — like this adorable handmade cap from local Etsy seller MelsBellClocheHats.
A 20-year crochet veteran, this gal uses high-quality luxury yarns and each piece is made without a pattern, ensuring that your hat is 100 percent custom.
Hats range from $30 to $40 and — bonus! — there’s free shipping for customers in the U.S.
The pillbox is an unconventional enough silhouette that it’s only available on New Era’s Japanese site, which of course leads to your standard crazy-ass incomprehensible Babelfish translation:
To 1985, it is the design which [pitsutsubagupairetsu] has worn with the tournament. Size is the same standard as the usual FITTED cap, but it turns out even at the same size by comparison with 59FIFTY from the form and/or with it becomes the fitting impression of doing.
It took like twenty minutes of thinking about something else entirely for my subconscious to equate “pitsutsubagupairetsu” with “Pittsburgh Pirates” and “kupazutaun” with “Cooperstown.” So with some googling (because despite my recent enthusiasm for the Phillies, I’m fundamentally sports-illiterate) I have determined that this pillbox-type shape is based on the style of the 1977-1986 Pittsburgh Pirates hats, which… I guess I had expected it to be more in the WW1 date range. When I imagine someone wearing a hat of that shape, they also have a waxed mustache and are sepia-toned. (If you’re interested in that sort of thing, btw, Bianca did a post on the evolution of the Phillies uniform a while back.)
The pillbox-esque hats (which are available for a few other teams, too) are ￥5,250, which is about… $57.50? Damn you, tanking exchange rates!
And one more Phillies-related thing today, from the dudes at chwuny, because god knows we have a thing for homemade-ass bootleg t-shirts and last night’s game was pretty awesome. This one’s for you, Chase Utley:
Yeah, that’s Giant Utley; in his spare time he enjoys throwing cars, telling people that he’s 15 feet… AROUND and complaining about this chick who’s kind of crazy but who’s the only one who really gets him, you know?
While it might not tell you how to recreate the over-the-top hats from the derby, the “Insider Tricks” section of the Beauty Blitz website does tell you how to recreate looks seen on red carpets as well as in magazines.
This section features Kristin Davis in an ad for Ahava Products. She looks gorgeous, and her look can be recreated using the products listed. You’ll notice not all the products used to recreate the look are from Ahava. However, as an aside…I LOVE Ahava Products.
Direct from the Dead Sea, this stuff is amazing. The hand cream isn’t greasy and makes your hands soft, even in on the coldest days. I’m an old lady….and being at the old age of 23, I was craving a bath with their bath salts. They’re a bit pricey, but I went in and took the purchase plunge because I trusted it would be magical. It was. So Glad I splurged.
I Still haven’t brought myself to splurge on jewelry. I do, however, accept donations. For those that are willing to splurge on Jewelry, Cartier just celebrated 100 years in America. Lots of sparkles on this red carpet.
A real gem came to town this past weekend. As previously blogged about, Lady Gaga played at the Electric Factory. Apparently she showed some lady parts? Or, at least she claims to have flashed her bits in this video. Can you see anything? Did you go to the show and see?
Head of State: Inspired by Aretha, I Scoured the Web to find Fabulous Hats and Hair Pieces so that You (yes, you!) Can Rock One, Too!
No doubt about it, Michelle Obama effortlessy shone as the Belle of the Inaugural Ball in that gorgeous snow white gown by designer Jason Wu.
And while the hype was definitely justified, I can’t help but give the fashion pick of the day to Aretha Franklin stepping up to sing at the Inauguration ceremony donning that beautiful wool pillbox hat detailed with an enormous rhinestone trimmed bow.
It may have been the way its shape gave a nod to the late 1950s while still maintaining a modern and fashionable relevance. It may have been the right amount of glitz paired with the subtle gray. However, I’m willing to bet that the oversized bow is what made Aretha’s hat truly SASSY.
I can only assume that anyone who saw that hat was immediately inspired by its class and undeniable fabulousness. I was simply left wanting MORE of it! And so, inspired by Aretha, I scoured the internet and found some bold hats and hair pieces that you can buy and show off yourself!
The structured wool hat was very popular among women in the 1950s and 1960s. Its feminine simplicity makes it an easy accessory to add to any look that could use a little extra.
Etsy.com features the work of many crafty folks who create beautiful head pieces with various materials by hand.