WHERE DID MY WEEK GO?

Sorry folks. Well let me fill ya'll in. I've been working on the Brooklyn Bodega site. Don't forget to get those Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival tickets. I'm planning on renegading the Roots Picnic with Junkprints stuff (yay the beginning of the JP road trips) and thought it was this weekend so I made a trillion of these wallets, but it's next (time to get my helmet adjusted). I've fallen in love with Yams at Grunge Cake Crisis magazine. Take a look at this video she did on me...it's a nice day and I'm super giddy. Chanel Kennebrew, Owner of Junkprints.com X GrungeCake! from The GrungeCake Crisis World Mag on Vimeo. I'm taking a cont. ed Flash class...It's beena while since I've been in school and I must admit I'ma  bit rusty at being a student, but my teacher is a fabulous flash guru and of geniouses existed, I'd def be one after this class.
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MUSIC, FASHION, SAME THING

Okay so you're allowed to buy 1 non Junkprints bag. This amazing MAGNETOPHON-CASE, made by Newafresh is really doing it for me. I know, in January I was raving about nostalgic radios and tapes being played out by urban outfitters but dopeness is dopeness and this case is fly. While I'm on the topic of music and fashion I have to show case another fantastic take on the topic. I've been in love with Miss Elizaveta's work since I first laid my junky eyes on it. I think what I like most about it is that it's the opposite of  'reasonable' and yet it has a real sensibility about it. She's also the one who put me on to Boom box case. Flud watches and me were bound to meet. My bro-in law had a photo shoot recently and showed me a pretty nifty watch, It wasn't all that, but I did like the case. While vending at the Recessionista shindig last sunday I spotted that same case, but watch in this case was amazing.  I'm not really big on watches the concept of being shackled to time bugs me out a bit  but the concept of rocking an oversized men's peice sound lovely. By the price points I have a feeling that they aren't made domestically . Can I have my cake and eat it too?
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EMPTY NEW YORK

Every time I walk the streets NYC I'm astounded by how vacant it's become. Many of my pals who live on the island tell me how their building are becoming so empty. Many are even negotiating lower rent prices, which is awesome. The most visible signs of this mass vacancy is the store fronts. I went to the movies in Union Square (yes, I do actually leave Brooklyn) and was stunned to see that Circuit city and The Virgin Mega Store  that share the block with the theater were closed or closing soon. What's going to become of this vacant city? Interestingly enough recently I've been approached by a couple of people with access to prime retail locations to open a Junkprints brick and mortar store. In theory this all sounds amazing but the reality is that running a store and running a brand are two very cumbersome endeavors and right now I can't handle both. Both have their advantages and disadvantages but the overhead stocking and staffing a store sounds like the formula for a quick bankruptcy. Over the last six months I watched dozens of indie designer stores close due to a major reduction in sales. Some of the still existing indie stores are keeping their stores stocked by only carrying brands/designers on a consignment basis or attempting to run stores using alternative business structures. Consignment may be a way to introduce a line that a buyer is unsure about, to their store, but is not a substitute for not being able to afford new stock. Dealing strictly on consignment is isn't a good long term solution for brands or stores. For brands/designers it can result in going into production on items that may be returned to the brand/designer at the end of season making it so the brand/designer is forced to discount the items before having  a chance to expose them to perhaps a more targeted audience.  For stores it creates a cycle in which they are never able to purchase lines within true wholesale parameters (40-60% off retail). By purchasing on wholesale terms the profit margin is larger and allows for seasonal sales and a healthy rotation of inventory. No disrespect to stores that deal strictly on consignment, but I haven't seen one  transition into larger business models. If anything I suggest stores attempt to negotiate smaller wholesale minimums and diversify the lines they carry instead of committing to the whole season of a newbie line. Now's a great time to negotiate. I also suggest that smaller designers hold there ground and not do go into production on consignment orders. With e-commerce it's hard for me to justify having back stock, so the expense of having  stock overhead isn't something I'm trying to tangle with. If it doesn't make sense, it can't make cents. I'm always trying to improve my hustle, let me know yer thoughts on this.
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Zentai Suit

I'm not exactly sure how the Zentai Suit went undetected by my radar, but better late than never, thx to Lee. The full body coverage spandex suits have been making appearances in clubs in Japan (go figure) and even in London. If these things had pockets, they would replace my love for jumpers in a hot minute!

Not quite sure what it is about the 1 garment, total body coverage but I'm into it.  Beside the whole bathroom thing, these make the most sense. In the winter one could wear a neoprene or down filled Zentai Suit. My goals is to have Zentai Suit day in which all the suits on wall street were these to work instead.

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WEEKEND RECAP

Thanks to all of you who came out to my opening on friday and Habana Outpost on saturday. It was quite a weekend. After the opening We trecked it out to Coney Island for a crazy burlesque show that included a knife thrower and bull whip dude...pretty random huh? The Knife dude kinda freaked me out, he seemed like he was just barely good enough to do a show. Here'e a clip
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JUNKPRINTS OPENING THIS FRIDAY!

Don't forget to RSVP 😉
WNYC Radio invites you to a wine reception on Friday, May 8, 2009, 7:00-9:00 p.m. for the the opening of The VOICES FROM THE BOROUGHS Exhibition, the first visual arts show in The Greene Space, where we will celebrate New York City’s artistic diversity with works by 10 artists from all five boroughs.  The exhibition is produced and curated by Danny Simmons & Brian Tate.  A list of artists is presented below. Please RSVP to jlangsam@wnyc.org no later than May 6.  Space is limited, and reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space 44 Charlton Street (Charlton & Varick) New York, New York 10014 www.thegreenespace.org/thegreenespace/visit/ We hope to see you there! ---------------------------- WNYC Radio’s The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space presents VOICES FROM THE BOROUGHS A Digital Exhibition by 10 New York City Visual Artists Produced and Curated by Danny Simmons & Brian Tate Exhibition Opening May 8, 2009, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Hosted by Kurt Andersen With spoken word performances by Derick Cross and Liza Jessie Peterson Featuring work by: Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels (Manhattan) Amir Bey (Bronx) Domenick Di Pietrantonio (Queens) Paul Jansen (Manhattan) Chanel Kennebrew (Brooklyn) Jason Lewis (Brooklyn) Carol Pereira (Queens) Ann Marie McDonnell (Staten Island) Miguelangel Ruiz (Bronx) Martha Trivizas (Staten Island) Curatorial Advisors: Naomi Beckwith (Manhattan) Carrie Cooperider (Staten Island) Heng-Gil Hahn (Queens) Diana McClure (Brooklyn) Helene Ruiz (Bronx) The Voices from the Boroughs exhibit continues through May 24 Hours: Tues - Fri, 11 AM - 6 PM; Sat/Sun, 1 - 5 PM For more information on The Greene Space Opening Festival, please visit www.thegreenespace.org/openingfestival/
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aFAKIN COLLECTION

Some Black folks in North America wanna be African REAL bad, they take African dancing (as if Africa is city w/ 1 style of dance) wear Kente cloth that was made in China and listen to Fela. I love Fela as much as the next person but it's like we have such a warped sense of self that we've filled in the blanks with this idea of 'Africa' and run around calling each other King and Queen (as if everyone on the whole continent was a Queen or King, hey some folks were/are farmers, prostitutes, traveler and or thieves. And if we're making up some magical idea of Africa is, than what about the perspective of the various people in Africa. I just feel like some extreme pan Africanism is Fakin' the funk. So I've decided to explore his with my aFAKIN Collection. All pieces are limited edition and are made from fabric rescued from a closed down textile store...and yes the 'African' batik fabric wasn't even made in any part of Africa, but it was labeld 'African Fabric'...my point exactly. This will debut on Junkprints.com in Early May
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