IN RESPONE TO THE CLOSING OF MISSBEHAVE

Dear Samantha Wow, when I heard that  Missbehave would be no more I was very disappointed. From an outsider and fan perspective It's very sad to see such a unique magazine just fall by the way side. From a business owner and editorial contributor perspective, I understand that running a company is no small feat and I commend you on your achievements with Missbehave. Perspectives and life directives change, but I can't help but wonder why Missbehave wasn't sold, or put under new editorial guidance. I think that the mag and online presence could have flourished under the right direction and allowed you to concentrate on your family. One of the most disappointing aspects of Missbehave's closure is that so many people non 'visible minorities' (for lack of better wording) capitalize and gain notoriety on urban culture as a trend. If they are smart enough to do it and have the gusto to pursue than I guess they deserve it, but at the end of the day as a non-white female I don't really have the option of dropping the 'urban' side of me because I started a family. Guess it's just a placed persona and not a chosen one. In no way am I trying to get all up in your personal business nor turn this into a white/ black thing. I don't think it's as binary as that. I'm just bringing it up based on the hegemony of urban magazine editors in relation to their respective media content. Personally I would have been thrilled to assist in any ethical transition that the magazine would have needed to continue. You don't owe me nor anyone an explanation and ultimately, I respect your decision on the matter. For what it's worth I'm thrilled that the mag existed and I'm sure it's made way for more innovative media outlets in the same vein.
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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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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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PICK YOUR NAME…FROM THE LIST

Can you imagine not being able to pick your child's name or being told to change your own name if it's not on the 'List'? the other day I came across this article in the New York Times about how Chinese "Government officials suggest that names have gotten out of hand, with too many parents picking the most obscure characters they can find or even making up characters, like linguistic fashion accessories" and that just complicates things when making computer generated identity cards. I know it's a different culture and maybe a varied way of seeing ones self in relation to one's society and government, but that seems a bit harsh.
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POOR BABIES

I really do feel bad for them. I get a lot of request to make Junkprints baby clothing, and do make lil custom baby clothing from time to time. But I hate the idea of putting our social, political, baggage on an unassuming drooling sack of human cuteness (a.k.a. baby). My disdain goes so far that I'm not really into putting any type of logo/icon/character on children's clothing, unless requested by the child. All that stuff is our baggage and it doesn't take long for a child to want to participate, i.e mommy I want a barbie, and would like to dress like Brittany spears etc. At that point, unless it's harmful to the child, I'm down w/ having them pick they social alliances and express them through the way they choose to dress. Until that time, I like the utilitarian approach to dressing children. Beyond the social baggage, most baby stuff that adults think is cute would is either suitable for dressing an Easter egg or would be utterly embarrassing for an adult. Here's a few examples. Snuggies for new borns? WTF? (but I do want one...I'll put a pineapple where the baby should go)

And this one?

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