Nino Corleone Nino Corleone

Living Pelicana: Nino Corleone Explains New Women's Collection, Salutes Married To The Mob & Hellz Bellz

There are two definite rules to winning: Your product must be awesome and product placement is everything. After XXL revealed their July/August cover to the hip-hop heads, all eyes were on Wayne... Well, Wayne's FLI PELICAN t-shirt. The gray, long-sleeved tee with the phrase "NO SUCKA S##T" etched across it was a win for the Atlanta-based streety luxury clothing brand that preaches living a Pelicano lifestyle. The four-year-old collection started from a creative restlessness in 26-year-old Detroit, Michigan native Nino Corleone who designed the line, with the help of blog manager Gregorio il, artist Arezzo Gatti and brand manager Dreq Capone, to the respected and recognized biz it is today. Their goal is to take street wear and blend it with luxury garments and materials, and if you're a fly individual, you definitely know about these four Pelicans. As them promoting their latest line Pelicano: Made In America (for men and women), Nino tells VIBE Vixen about his plans for the exclusive women's line, Pelicana.

Do you actually have a line for women or is it men’s tees that women can actually wear?
Yeah we actually do. FLI PELICAN is split into two smaller divisions. I won’t say smaller in terms of size its, just two different divisions.With FLI PELICAN being the whole street wear type of look, Pelicano is cleaner and has a purple label look. We are working on a tuxedo right now for evening wear. For the younger crowd, that’s going to the prom and need something to wear, they can still wear FLI PELICAN and look good. Pelicana is the women’s department; its still going to have our flavor on it but it is still going to be edgy enough so that women will wear it. I hate seeing men do women’s lines, and then it be like y’all just did that to have women’s shirts. I’m trying to do something full-blown so that I can run with the Married To The Mob  and Hellz Bellz. All the lines that I actually like that are women lines.

Right. Women like the stuff that comes out of Supreme and all those places, and we need more clothing like that for us. I think that’s gonna be hot. Do you have pieces already for the women?
Yeah, we do. We just finished a collection of swimsuits that’s how far along we been already. We got t-shirts, hats, leggings. Our denim program is going to be for men and women.

So tell me more about Pelicano: Made In America?
That Pelicano/Pelicana. What people probably don’t know is for years now, we have been making FLI PELICAN ourselves inside of America. We manufacture everything ourselves, and even when we outsource, we outsource to American manufacturers. So we keep everything inside. With that photoshoot, I wanted to show evolution so that’s why they are standing at the top of the mountain looking over like they are about to start building from the ground up.

Read the full interview here and check out the Pelicano: Made In America collection after the jump...

"My, my, my, they're like pelican fly..."

From the Web

More on Vibe

Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images)

Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

Continue Reading
Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

A post shared by Jimmy Neutch- Shumpert (@teyanataylor) on Jan 8, 2019 at 6:32pm PST

Continue Reading
Getty Images

Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Trina Braxton (@trinabraxton1) on Dec 21, 2018 at 9:49am PST

READ MORE: Phaedra Parks To Join 'Braxton Family Values' Cast

Continue Reading

Top Stories