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Jay-Z's Armand de Brignac aka Ace of Spaces has sold 50% of its stake in an acquisition by Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH). On Monday morning (Feb. 22), The two leading luxury spirits brands announced their new alliance which includes a global distribution agreement.
“I’m proud to welcome the Arnault family into ours through this partnership that began with Alexandre Arnault and continued with his father Bernard Arnault and Philippe Schaus, at my home in Los Angeles," said Carter in a press release. "It is a partnership that has felt familiar the entire time. We are confident that the sheer power of the Moët Hennessy global distribution framework, its unparalleled portfolio strength and its long-established track record of excellence in developing luxury brands will give Armand de Brignac the commercial power it needs to grow and flourish even further.”
Moët Hennessy's president and CEO, Philippe Schaus shared how his company has been a long-admirer of Armand de Brignac's success in the champagne and wine categories.
“Often referred to as 'Ace of Spades,' Armand de Brignac breaks barriers and reflects contemporary luxury, while preserving the traditions of the Champagne terroirs. Today, we are incredibly proud to be partnering with them and believe that the combination of our Champagne experience and international network coupled with Shawn 'JAY-Z' Carter’s vision, the strength of the Armand de Brignac brand and quality of its range of prestige cuvées will allow us to take the business to new heights across the world.”
Watch Jay-Z's sitdown interview with CNBC's Squawk Box (which aired shortly after the published announcement) where he talks about how the deal came to fruition and his growth since entering the wine and spirits space after boycotting the champagne line, Cristal back in 2006.
Misa Hylton has always been a prevalent, yet private presence in Hip-Hop. Now, with nearly three decades of influence under her belt, the legendary fashion stylist is ready to reveal the wild ride that is her life story and legendary career.
In the second segment of Women in Hip-Hop hosted by Jazzie Belle, Hylton details the organic beginnings of her career, being ushered into the industry through her relationship with her then-boyfriend and rising star A&R, Sean “Puffy” Combs while getting her feet wet in fashion styling. Being in “the right place at the right time” garnered the Mount Vernon, New York native opportunities to dress artists like Jodeci, Mary J. Blige, and Lil Kim, and connected her with late music mogul Andre Harrell, who pushed her to prove her passion and build belief in her innovative style decisions.
Despite her early rise to success, Hylton reveals that there were definitely challenges she had to overcome as a woman in the industry: starting young in the industry (only 17 years old at the time of her first gig), learning the ins and outs of entrepreneurship and financial management as she went along, and facing marginalization as a “hip-hop stylist” among her high-fashion peers.
Watch our sit-down interview above where Misa Hylton drops many gems and tells her story.
Virgil Abloh, (celebrated creative director/DJ/fashion mogul) has taken the time to show the receipts of his labor of love with the extremely detailed book ICONS on his contribution to sneaker culture through a longtime relationship with Nike.
Starting with the groundbreaking "The Ten'' series back in 2017, where Abloh transformed favorite Nike models: the Blazer Mid, Air Jordan I, Air Presto, Air VaporMax, Air Max 90...flipped them on some inside-out, rip the guts, show the stitching, add a zip-tie and bam! An all-star line-up was born for sneakerheads all around the world. The part two of that series to complete the ten were: Nike Zoom Fly SP, Converse Chuck Taylor, Nike Air Max 97, Nike Air Force 1 Low, and Nike React Hyperdunk 2017.
He explained his vision for these top price point, iconic kicks styles to Nike back in 2017 as, “in one gesture, I wanted to underscore how the design system and manufacturing of Nike are so perfect.” Abloh continued, “by combining these shoes with design that amplifies their ‘handmade’ quality, we’re intensifying the human element and expanding the emotional connection of these 10 icons.”
Having such enormous success in shifting sneaker culture with those monumental designs, Abloh's star shined even more from behind the shadows of his close friend, style mentor and former business partner Kanye West. Soon Abloh's OFF-WHITE clothing/accessories brand was doing even more high-end collabs that lead to a history making creative director position at the famed house of Louis Vuitton (view his LV Fall-Winter 2021 show here)
All of that leads us to the times of today, where Abloh is so entrenched in pop culture, his every move on social media or new world offering is met with fanfare and long lines (both physical and digital) for his lettered productions and acquired taste creations. The one constant though is Abloh's dedication to detail and the full package of explaining his process with heart and passion. Thus, ICONS being the perfect book to learn the tactics and thoughts of a true creative.
"The foundation of my practice isn’t nearly the end result — it’s rigor and process of the logic. The archive is the paper trail of those artifacts," says Abloh. "The ICONS book is, in a way, the only revealing lens to understand that the catalog of the 50-plus Nike shoes I have designed are in my mind 'one shoe.' One story."
Abloh isn't the only mastermind behind ICONS. You'll find words and descriptions by designers, historians and writers like Hiroshi Fujiwara, Glenn Adamson and Troy Patterson, respectively. There is also art direction by Zak Group which rounds out the visual connection to the words and wizardry of what Abloh has launched in our inspiration sphere. The ICONS tome will be available on January 22nd on the Nike SNKRS app and on Feb. 5th you'll be able to cop it from Off-White, Canary Yellow and the TASCHEN.com websites.