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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.
You hear the name Bob Marley and you automatically become one with all good harmonies that speak of positivity and togetherness. The Reggae superstar's legacy continues to live on in the hearts of his fans around the world and now through this new collaboration with denim brand Cult of Individuality, Marley's true comrades can show their love in style.
Meshed with the color palate of his Jamaican roots, the designs on the collection (t-shirts, hoodies, denim pants and jackets) are true to the rugged but realness that one would expect from the Marley brand. Images of a youthful Marley to a mature melody maker is mixed with bright paint splashes on the tees and well placed distresses on the jeans enhance the quality of the garments.
It wouldn't be a true collaboration if Marley's wise words weren't placed on them to be inspired by the masses. So right on the leather biker jacket we find the life lines from his classic tune "Redemption Song": "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery/None but ourselves can free our minds."
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Cult of Individuality has been a hot brand for the people since 2009, their mantra is simple: "We craft new takes on the classics, using old methods mixed with new, producing fresh ideas, styles, washes – all uniquely worn, weathered and personalized with Cult’s particular take."
To purchase the gear and support the movement, visit cultofindividuality.com