Biggie Brings Coogi To Brooklyn
While Cosby was the first to introduce the Australian brand to Black culture, Biggie was the first to influence the streets with it. According to an MTV interview with veteran stylist Groovey Lew, after seeing Mount Vernon native Walt G rocking the sweaters, B.I.G. was instantly hooked. via MTV News: "We used to go to [Manhattan club] the Grand on Sundays," Lew told MTV News in a 2009 interview. He continued by adding, "And my man had all the Coogis and the Kangols. And I got the pictures where [Walt] G got his Kangol on and his Coogi, but Big had on Army jackets and Timberlands. So [Big] fell in love with this kid's style right there — just took it to the next level for the world to see. If you weren't Bill Cosby or just a rich motherfucker from Australia playing golf, nobody knew about [Coogi]. Big homie started running around with it, and that's what opened the 'hood up to it." Name–dropping the brand in hits like “Hypnotized” and “Big Poppa,” Big helped make COOGI one of the most lucrative clothing brands in urban culture for a near decade. He may have reigned supreme on the lyrical front, but he made sure nobody slept on his style either. Shit, we might still be "COOGI down to the socks" if B.I.G. was still around to show us the way.
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Brooklyn Nets To Honor Notorious B.I.G. With Coogi-Inspired Jersey

Where Brooklyn at?!

In the rollout for Nike's City Edition uniforms for the 2018-19 NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets have unveiled their City Edition jersey to act as a tribute to the late Brooklyn-bred rapper, Notorious B.I.G.

Created to honor loyal fans, "the Nike NBA City Edition uniforms represent insights and emotion from the court to the upper deck to the cities’ streets, in pursuit of a unique way to capture each team and its city in a way that respects the past and present of the clubs while also positioning them for the future," Nike revealed in a December press release.

This season, Brooklyn's jersey includes a fashion statement that trademarked the "Juicy" rapper– the OG Coogi sweater design.

Incorporated in the jersey's detailing, the colors yellow, blue, red, orange and black are found along the trim of the otherwise black jersey.

Tweeted by reporter Anthony Puccio, fans were given a first look at the jersey on Wednesday (Oct. 24) morning, sparking some debate.

While some fans are loving the new look, others feel that Nike didn't go hard enough with their design. Mostly, critics hoped for a bolder look to pay homage to the rap legend.

In other news, this is the second time this month fashion has nodded to Biggie. On Oct. 5, Versace restocked a throwback frame style iconic to the rapper's image.

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Lola Plaku And Puma Unite For 'NOVA GRL PWR' Shoe

CEO of Lola Media Group and bonified music industry heavyweight, Lola Plaku has been honored with her very own sneaker collection with Puma.

Released Friday (Jan. 18), the two-piece sneaker collection is a new twist on a classic '90s pair of kicks designed by Plaku herself. Blending mesh and leather, the shoes come in Black-Surf, a black-based shoe with pearl pink, dark blue and yellow accents and Peach Bud–Pearl Blush a light pink and white sneak.

“Lola is known for spearheading a mission to empower young women, and this partnership pays tribute to her efforts with a Nova sneaker pack aptly titled GRL PWR,” said PUMA’s Senior Head of Select, Yassine Saidi.“Lola inspires others to create change and push culture forward, making her the perfect co-creator of the new Nova.”

A bright shining star indeed, Plaku was named one of Billboard's rising stars to watch in their 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players issue. Formerly known for her talents in music journalism, the entrepreneur has gone on to create her own blog iLuvLola. She is now working on her mentorship program GIRL CONNECTED, built to help aspiring female professionals.

“This campaign is truly about building self-esteem and creating a platform for self-discovery, growth, and empowerment," Plaku said about the collaboration. "Girls and women should believe they can be anything they want to be."

You can cop the Puma NOVA GRL PWR sneakers now, with the second design making its way in March.

See photos from the very colorful campaign and styles below.

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Prep Your Pockets: Rihanna Reportedly Launching Luxury Fashion House With LVMH

Tackling more than music these days, Rihanna's brand has expanded past her "Pon de Replay" days. Nearly 14 years strong in this industry, the all-Fenty-everything empress is now gearing up to launch a luxury fashion house under her name.

According to multiple sources and Women's Wear Daily, LVMH (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and the 30-year-old singer/songwriter have been attending hush-hush meetings with the worlds largest luxury group. LVMH has reportedly also cherrypicked employees from within the company, including workers from Celine and Louis Vuitton to work with Rihanna and neighboring associates.

Though details about the launch are extremely limited at this time, many have already developed high hopes and expectations for the " Work" singer's newest business venture.

While this exciting new business venture marks an amazing high note for the Barbadian songstress, many fans await her highly anticipated return to music since her 2016 Anti LP. According to Ms. Fenty herself, her next project should be dropping sometime in 2019. The album was originally rumored to be a dancehall record meant to pay homage to her roots, but there has been no confirmation from RiRi since production began.

 

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Michael B. Jordan Is The Face Of Coach's Men Label

If you have eyes that work (hell, even if you have one eye) then you can tell Michael B. Jordan won the genetic contest. The Creed II star is equally known for his roles in feature films as he is his face, which is why he's been tapped to represent the men's label for Coach.

The 31-year-old actor released a statement about the partnership and expressed great gratitude and excitement about his new venture.

“I’ve been a fan of Coach for a long time and truly respect their inclusive and optimistic values,” Jordan added. “I’m honored to be a part of Stuart’s vision and creative process.”

The admiration goes both ways. Coach Creative Director Stuart Vevers was equally thrilled with Jordan leading the campaign for the men's line.

"I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Michael over the last few years," Vevers said. "He has been a true supporter of Coach so it felt like a really natural step to collaborate more closely and create a partnership we can take to the next level."

While Jordan holds it down for the men, Selena Gomez remains the face for the women's side of the house.

Congrats to Mr. Jordan. We see you. [Insert eye emoji here]

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