Friday, November 22, 2013

A New York Holiday - The Shawn Carter Collection

After months of rumors, speculation, accusations, and a scandal fit for the representation of Olivia Pope, rapper Jay Z's eclectic line of high priced luxury items has finally hit the sales floors at Barneys.

If you've been living under a ...ROC... for the past month, there has been a great deal of bad press surrounding the release of Jay Z's line.  Recently, two African American youngsters were racially profiled while shopping in Barneys New York and were accused of using stolen credit cards to purchase thousands of dollars worth of merchandise.  The allegations against the teens later proved to be false. The rapper's silent reaction to the situation has infuriated fans and other media outlets who demanded that Jay Z cut ties with the high end retailer, and cancel the launch of the line.  Representatives on behalf of Barneys insist that the officers that detained the shoppers were from the NYPD, and are completely unaffiliated with the department store's security staff.  Since the incident, Jay Z has decided that 100% of the Shawn Carter Collection proceeds collected  from November 20 - January 3 will now go to the Shawn Carter foundation, which provides scholarships for college prospects in low income households.

Now that we got that out of the way, lets talk about what could only be referred to as a collection.  I say that because The Shawn Carter Collection is nothing more than an assemblage of opulent... stuff - for lack of a better word -- that you will probably never need, and you definitely never knew you wanted.  Jay Z got together with a couple of his niche designer friends, excluding Tom Ford, to have them create things for the G.O.A.T. to slap his name on.

Lets take a look!
Mixed Exotics Brooklyn Cap by Just Don
Face PETA head on with this python and leather cap by Just Don, creator of exclusive caps that feature exotic animal skins.  Just Don caps start at around $450, but this Barneys exclusive costs $895.  Why?  Because Shawn said so.

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Epaulette Tee Shirt and Emblem Print Tee - Shirt by Balmain
Balmain Changed the Game from exquisite draping and superb tailoring to this epaulette embelished tee-shirt for $995, and this Affliction-inspired screen printed tee by the same designer for $750.  I'm sure it will be a hit on the Jersey Shore.

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Oversized Zip Duffel by T. Anthony

Known for hand-crafted luggage made from high quality materials, luxury, and style, T. Anthony collaborates with Shawn to create this masculine, chic carry-on.  I am in love with the simple details of this bag, from the gold oversize zipper to the offset lock for stylish security.

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Humidor by Cohiba
Welcome to Havana/ Smoking Cubanas with Castro in cabanas/...  This cedar-lined humidor set is fit for king... or perhaps a dictator. This set is made by Cohiba, a premium Cuban cigar manufacturer, and will set you back cool grand.

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Leather Boxing Shorts by En Noir
Scrotum not sweaty enough?  At least they'll look cool in these leather boxing shorts embroidered with the collection's emblem by En Noir for $2,590.  I'm a huge fan of En Noir, and am loving how they are keeping the leather trend alive season after hot sticky season for media icons such as 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Drake, Miley Cyrus, Lebron James, and many more.

Cashmere Ski Mask by The Elder Statesman

If you're going to rob a liquor store, you might as well do it in style by wearing this cashmere ski mask by the Elder Statesman.  Who better to collaborate with that [expletive] Jigga on this $695 winter weather accessory than the Elder Statesman; known for their plush cashmere and cotton sweaters, scarves, gloves, and blankets.

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Slim Fit Dress Shirt and Vinyl Coated Camo Jaquard Tie by Lanvin

Be on your suit and tie ish in this slim fit dress shirt and vinyl coated necktie brought to you by Lanvin.  Lanvin is a Parisian designer (one of my favorites!) that makes cutting edge clothing, shoes, and accessories for both men and women.  The shirt retails for $450, and the tie for $560.

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All in all, I think Jay Z's idea to collaborate with famous designers rather than hire a team of designers is genius.  Each piece featured in the Shawn Carter Collection is befitting of an American, luxurious Gangster.  The collection works for his brand, and for Barneys' image.  There are a lot more pieces belonging to his collection from designers such as Hublot, Rick Owens, Acne, Proenza Schouler, Cutler & Gross, and many more.

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