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COMPLEXCON – THE CREATIVES ARE HERE

ComplexCon – The Festival for Creatives and Influencers

The fourth annual ComplexCon was popping in Long Beach on the first weekend of November, hosted by Complex magazine. ComplexCon is a creative collaboration between the most influential people and the hottest brands that represent an entire culture. Attendees from all over the world flock together to enjoy pop culture, music, art, food and, of course, streetwear.

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Also known as the “Mall of the Future,” ComplexCon allows consumers to buy items that haven’t been released to the public yet while providing an up-close preview on trending brands flooding the marketplace. These include athletic apparel brands like Puma, Reebok and Champion. Streetwear giants Thrasher, The Hundreds, and Chinatown Market are also well-represented.

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Beyond the hot brands, there are also amazing art installations and panel discussions led by popular names in the hip-hop and fashion scenes.

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Fulver Pineda, Operations Manager for LULA 101, says “ComplexCon provides great insight into the streetwear and pop culture world for anyone who is a new fan, early adopter or is trying to get into the business. The diversity of people and exclusive collaborations available to everyone are what makes this show unique.”

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Pop culture and fashion are two peas in a pod, and for us there were two art installations that stood out the most.

 

The olive and metallic flower pillows from the Tonari No Zingaro booth pays homage to Takashi Murakami’s store in Tokyo, and it was a crowd attraction for many attendees.

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Matthew Senna, a Los Angeles based conceptual artist showcased his Bronze and Gold sculptures featuring his “Study,” series focused on Air Jordan 1-18.

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Providing opportunities to connect on a mutual platform that appeals to all. The festival is a pop-cultural “melting pot” of everything that makes hip-hop so engaging to the masses. We look forward to seeing what ComplexCon will offer in the years to come.

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew.

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RIPNREPAIR – FA-19 COLLECTION

RIP N REPAIR Fall 2019 Collection Available Now

What pops into your mind when you think of streetwear? What style represents you? What makes you different among the crowd?

RIP N REPAIR, a brand based in Los Angeles, is inspired by the surrounding of inner-city LA and the style of its subcultures. Each piece is heavily influenced by American Pop Culture while paying homage to its roots that stem from the brand’s Korean heritage.

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RIP N REPAIR is a perfect combination modern design and delicate craftmanship. Using audacious and unique character sketches to craft each piece, while also providing a high-end product consumer adore.

A popular piece in RIP N REPAIR’s FA-19 is the Chain Smoker Woven Shirt – a short-sleeve button-up that draws inspiration from traditional Korean Cloud Art Patterns while calling out a popular “bad habit.”

 

 

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Another popular piece in RIP N REPAIR’s FA-19 release is the Auntie Crewneck Sweatshirt – A bold forest-green crewneck that features a uniquely designed character sketching that pays homage to the aunties who raised us

 

 

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RIP N REPAIR’s vintage styles bring an edge to your style. “No Pills, No Thrills” is a clever tagline highlighted all over their Highs & Lows Long Sleeve that gives fans the opportunity to showcase a little attitude with their attire.

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So stand out among the crowd and upgrade your wardrobe.

Join the movement and check out more popular styles you’ll love on RIP N REPAIR’s official website.

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From us to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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Share Your Story with #Champion100 Limited Edition

Champion was established in 1919 by the Feimbloom Brothers, and this year Champion celebrates its happy 100th anniversary.

They have launched “Champion Century Collection” to commemorate the 100th anniversary.

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“We’ve always been about one thing

THE TEAM.”     

Champion has been developing their products for teams for 100 years, and that has been their passion.  To celebrate a century of Champion, they’re searching the globe to connect with the most interesting and passionate TEAMS in the world. Discover their stories, and share your own.

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The Centennial Collection is a collection that has been updated for the 100th anniversary specification, with modern arrangements of design elements that include reverse-weave and jock tag, a classic sweat wear that symbolizes the Champion. These new pieces will be released several times throughout the year.

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Each item has a logo that combines a brand icon and a number of “100”.
In addition, the lining is decorated with the “Hidden Label”, which allows you to write your own “team name” or “the meaning of being a team”.
Why don’t you celebrate #Champion100 together?

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From us, to you…the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew 

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Best Shorts For Men to Wear In Summer 2019

Shorts are must-haves for guys to show their style in the heat of summer. With so many different materials and cuts, here are some ideas for you to choose your best shorts for the beach, barbecues, concerts … whatever the occasion.

Cargo Shorts

Cargo shorts have hit the fashion scene again because of their multifunctionality. Cargo pants were originally designed to be tough and durable times of war, which cargo shorts perfect for outdoor activities and times of play.

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Chino Shorts

Men’s chino shorts are a summer staple! Chino shorts are ideal because they can be dressed up or down. Wear them with casual T-shirts or a nice button-down … it’s all good.

 

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Sweat Shorts

Wearing sweat shorts anywhere other than the gym in the past was a style no-no. But now, with brands making them into great-looking, trim-fitted  sweat shorts that can totally rock it in public, you can now say “yes-yes” and enjoy your stylish sweat shorts in a comfortable way!

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Swim Shorts

Swim shorts complement various of body types – whether you’re tall or not, thick or thin, or somewhere in between. They should not only be stylish and fitted, but also comfortable to wear during any water happenings.

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There are plenty of stylish and real-world choices to be made when you select your shorts. Summer comes but once a year, so it’s time to put away the old-school pants and add some new colorful summer vibe shorts for your closet and far beyond.

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew!

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The Streetwear 2019 Impact Report

Through a close collaboration between HYPEBEAST and Strategy&, PwC’s consulting firm, intriguing, and positive news about the streetwear industry has been shared, which you don’t want to miss. This eye-opening information is divided in four main parts:

The report is split into four main articles:

  • 1.  Defining Streetwear details on streetwear’s origin, key cultural components and consideration of the evolution of streetwear.
  • 2. Measuring Streetwear reports consumer spending habits, including how much they spend, best selling products and regional insights.
  • 3. How Streetwear Communicates traces streetwear’s relationship with social media and the communication loop between consumer and brand.
  • 4. How Streetwear Sells dissects streetwear’s tight-knit direct-to-consumer relationship, painting a picture of its innovative “drops” model and the burgeoning secondhand market.

The consumer survey collected a total of 40,960 respondents across the globe while the industry survey collected a total of 763 respondents from a range of industry players.

Below we can observe the ages, gender and nationalities from the participants. A strong male influence, particularly from Asia, even more specifically from South Korea.

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Strategy& is a global team of practical strategists committed to help companies seize essential advantage. 

HYPEBEAST is the leading online platform for men’s contemporary fashion and streetwear. Covering: fashion, footwear, arts, design, music, entertainment and lifestyle.

1. DEFINING STREETWEAR

Simply put, streetwear is fashionable casual clothes: T-shirts, hoodies and sneakers. But this surface definition of streetwear underplays a model that has single-handedly subverted the traditional fashion system by redefining its main component: exclusivity.

Streetwear emerged as an antidote to wider fashion trends, stemming from countercultures like skate, surf and hip-hop. It also opened the floodgates to a demographic that was previously “not showing” an interest in fashion: men.

The ultimate driving force behind streetwear is its spirit. Core streetwear consumers do not have limitless income to spend. What they do have is the ability to create exclusivity tied to something much more potent than money — authenticity.

Our consumer survey findings revealed that most (70%) consumer respondents like streetwear because it’s cool, while more than half (57%) consider comfortable clothes to be a key factor. Additionally, close to half (46%) place importance on exclusivity, while around a quarter value status symbol (27%) and community (24%).

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2. MEASURING STREETWEAR

The current state of streetwear can be defined in four key ways:

  • Original streetwear brands are characterized by an accessible price point, comfortable clothing and authenticity. At their core, these brands are driven by a very direct motivation to put a word on a T-shirt. These brands include names such as Supreme, BAPE and Stüssy, as well as newer players such as Palace. Products from these brands often resell at a high price point due to scarcity and high demand.
  • Sportswear brands include leading athletic labels whose offering of athletic wear and sneakers are integral to the streetwear style. Sneakers created by brands such as adidas and Nike are cornerstones of the streetwear uniform.
  • Adopted streetwear brands have incorporated streetwear trends and styles into their product offering, but their brand origin is not authentically tied to the streetwear movement. This can include luxury and mass-market brands alike.
  • Luxury streetwear brands reflect the most recent emergence of brands that blur the lines between original streetwear and luxury fashion. These brands are also driven by authenticity but operate at a higher price point and diverge from the standard streetwear uniform. This includes brands such as Off-White™, AMBUSH and Vetements.

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A high percentage – 56%, according to our survey – reported spending an average of $100-$300 on a single item of streetwear. Another 16% reported an average spend of $300-$500. Only 8% of consumers said they would buy items priced at $500 or more, meaning high-priced luxury items are out of reach for many of the streetwear consumers who participated in the survey.

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Almost half (49%) of industry respondents said their customer’s average monthly spend was $100 to $500, which was in line with what consumers reported. These results point to the the ideal margin for targeting the streetwear audience. Many Supreme goods sit inside this sweet spot.

3. HOW STREETWEAR COMMUNICATES

And so when it comes to where streetwear followers get their style inspiration from, they want it straight from the source: musicians. A majority (65%) of consumer respondents said they regard musicians as the most credible figures in streetwear, ahead of just over half (52%) who elected industry insiders and only 32% who selected social media influencers.

When asked which factors are most important for brands, the majority (63%) of consumers indicated brand legacy, which was second only to product quality and design (81%). Another half (48%) of respondents indicated a brand’s creative director was a top factor while only 31% of respondents said social media.

4. HOW STREETWEAR SELLS MORE

When asked through which channels they’re most likely to buy streetwear products, more than half (53%) of consumer respondents indicated a physical brand store, followed by close to half (42%) who indicated a brand’s e-commerce site. About a third of respondents indicated resell sites (28%) and physical multi-brand retailers (32%) while a quarter (26%) reported multi-brand e-commerce and only 13% said social media.

 

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The drops model has resulted in a booming secondhand market. Buyers who miss out on drops will turn to other methods of shopping, while those who successfully purchased items will often look to make a quick buck. The resale market is thus a barometer for a brand’s success.

Hope you enjoyed the read, and keep coming back here to see the latest posts about cool streetwear news.

From us to you … the Service, Styles and Smiles Crew at Lula 101

 

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Russell, the inventor of the sweatshirt

RUSSELL’S ATHLETIC: THE PIONEER, INVENTOR AND CREATOR OF THE SWEATSHIRT

117 years, that’s the amount of time Russell has been crafting garments.

Sports is who they are.  Their sportswear brings the soul of the field to today’s fields of play. Where competition, recreation and culture collide, you will find Russell.

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The company was founded in 1902, Alexander city, Alabama by Benjamin Russell. At first it only produced underwear for women and children. They could make up to 150 garments a day back then. Later on Russell started producing more items also for men.

It was the son of the founder, Benny, who came to his dad in 1926 with the idea to produce an all-cotton practice football jersey that we now call sweatshirt. Replacing the itchy wool uniforms worn at that time. 

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During World War II, Russell’s Athletic primarily supplied the U.S. military, providing troops with shirts, underwear, T-shirts and special outer garments made for the Army and Navy.

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By the 1960s, Russell Manufacturing Company’s athletic division had become the largest manufacturer of sports apparel and uniforms in the United States. In 1962, it began to use the American Eagle to represent its iconic brand image.

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Inspired by the classics, Russell launched its Heritage Collection to bring back the good old days of tees and sweatshirts with classic prints.

Each garment’s foundation reflects a piece from original collections upon which Russell Athletic was founded. The Heritage collection is made of the same rich colors, heavy stitching and premium cotton that you can find in a classic thrift-store find. Carefully choosing this line to include urban-functional styles allow you to make a statement walking the streets, pursue your creative hustle or break a sweat in the gym. Layer up or dress down in Russell’s retro graphic tees, hoodies, shorts and joggers. Each piece of vintage sportswear included in this line has a story to tell.

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Long Live Russell Athletic!  

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew

 

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Find your team on Rastaclat for NBA for 2019 NBA Playoffs

What’s trending right now? Must be the 2019 NBA Playoffs, since the playoffs started up on April  8th and it’s getting more and more popular as day by day. We’re huge fans of basketball, and we’re more than excited about the playoffs. You too?!

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So, let’s celebrate the playoffs with Rastaclat. In order to show its passion for basketball, Rastaclat has already published the NBA collection. And by wearing these bracelets, you can feel closer to the teams you are supporting. Imagine, you are sitting court side, cheering for your team, waving hands while wearing your Rastaclat NBA team bracelet. How cool is that?

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Also, if your passion for b-ball focuses on certain players, Rastaclat has star-player bracelets, too. So, if you want to support your team as well as support your favorite athlete, you can kill two birds with one stone.


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But what if you’re not as  jazzed about  basketball as we are. No worries, because Rastalcat has its fans covered in many ways and styles. For example, how about the recently introduced BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS RESTORATION bracelet (BVI). This bracelet is inspired and designed based on  the beauty of British Virgin Islands. It’s simple, bright and awesome, just like the islands.

Just two years ago the BVI hit hard by hurricane Irma and Maria, and they were badly hurt. By hurricanes don’t stop BVI residents, instead, they want to build a better BVI with their own hands. Rastaclat decided to help out these people, so they made this limited collection with recyclable materials, and all proceeds will be donated to support them.

Show your support in style, with Rastaclat.

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“We will build our country back, with pride, honor, and smile.”

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From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew

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Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Summer is coming, and festival season is upon us!  

In hot weather, sometimes less is more,  especially with styles to help you cope with rising temps.

The key runway fashion brands have delivered their verdict about what to wear to stay cool, and here are the  top-5 trends you can’t miss to get your summer looks ready:

1. Cross-body bags

CHAMPFANNYAlso known as the fanny pack, belly bag or belt pack, this is the functional fad from the ’80s that is usually secured via a strap around the waist. Though the thought of this accessory may conjure an image of a tourist in a tropical shirt, pleated khaki pants holding a selfie stick, in fact, this trendy sack has gotten a facelift and last year made up 25% of the accessory industry sales growth. Holographic plastic, animal prints or just plain colors, the cross-body bags have become a key dress item to match our whole outfit as also a more practical bag for every day.

2. Short shorts and bike shorts

SHORTSHORTSThe bike short can just as easily be made to look elegant and polished as casual and cool. Look to the countless influencers and celebrities who are owning the look for proof. And as the weather heats up, men’s shorts are getting shorter this year. Laid back or formal it, works both ways. For a more formal look, pair it with a short-sleeved shirt tucked in and add a belt.  Choose smart shoes with this look. For a laid-back comfortable look, add a sweatshirt to your look. Choose a neutral colored pair of shorts and add sneakers.

3. Bucket Hats

BUCKETHATDior is at the forefront of this street fashion trend; in the last runway they sent every single model down the runway wearing a bucket hat while redefining the casual ’90s accessory into chic high-end headwear. A bucket hat is the kind of polarizing accessory that falls under the same category of belt bags and tiny cat-eye sunglasses. They look cool, it’s hard to deny that. But opinions are often split when it comes to whether or not one can actually pull the look off. An accessory like the bucket hat has the ability to instantly transform a look. Add in a bucket hat to give your look a street-approved update.

4. Fluorescent colors 

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Or, perhaps for the sake of a catchier name, look-at-me green? Just throwing that title out there, because, IDK, when you enter a room with this highlighter literally NO ONE will miss you walking by. The vivid hue is just as loud as a bold print without seeming too busy, and it really takes the phrase “glow up” seriously. While it might seem hard to pull off, it’s actually not as intimidating as you’d think. Start slow, and introduce the color with accessories or by wearing one lime-y piece per outfit.

5. Tie-Dye

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Tie-dye was once the stuff of elementary school arts and crafts. Then, it became a cure for middle school boredom.  Now in 2019, tie-dye has officially been elevated to high-fashion status, now pervading the biggest street fashion retailers. The result is a trend that feels clean but organic, bohemian but tailored, nostalgic but contemporary. 

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew 

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Rastaclat NBA bracelet collection

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B-ball, Shooting Hoops … or simply basketball. It’s global and is a popular sport for all ages and it has a long history in the United States … all the way back to the NBA being born in the 1800s. Damn, that’s old!

But everyone loves basketball, and so do we!

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One of Lula 101’s most popular brands is Rastaclat, and they show their b-ball love by celebrating the positive impact NBA athletics have had both on and off the court. Now, with their limited-edition 2019 all-star weekend bracelet and other bracelet collections of NBA teams, Rastaclat has made a slam dunk.

So let’s take a closer look at this exciting limited-edition first and feel the positive vibes together!

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In the past, Rastaclat produced many bracelets for fans of NBA teams, including Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets  and Cleveland Cavaliers..etc.

And now they have launched their newest 2019 All Stars NBA bracelet in February. And it rocked our fans again. This black-braided bracelet features North Carolina’s host city, the Charlotte Hornets, in purple-and-teal colorways, and featuring enamel hardware with the official 2019 All Star game emblem. It is packaged in a limited-edition blue box with a NBA logo and host city name emblazoned upon it.

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As with other Rastaclat offerings, other NBA teams feature their team logo and t exclusive team header card. One size fits most wrists. Rastaclat bracelets are supreme quality and completely unique in style. Their adjustable slim designs are easy to wear and easy to rock, while always living up to Rastaclat’s goal to spread love and positive energy. Whether you want to give your NBA bracelet to someone worthy, or show your own style sense,  here is your chance to share your favorite team in style.

Support your favorite team and stay stylish at same time!! Win-win, slam dunk, etc. ✌✌

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From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew

 

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Happy Chinese New Year from Lula 101

Chinese New Year is here, so celebrate together with Lula! This is the most festive and popular holiday in Asia Pacific regions. The festival is usually referred to as the “Spring Festival” in modern China, and is one of several Lunar New Years celebrations in Asia.

In Chinese Lunar calendar, there are different animals for different years. 2019 is going to be the year of the pig, starting from February 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to January of 2020. The pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Pig include 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019.

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Chinese New Year represents the end of the past year and also the beginning of the New Year. We are excited to get rid of our worries and troubles in the past and start to move forward and work hard. As the leading apparel distributor in Asia Pacific, with many cool American streetwear brands such as Odd Future, Rastaclat, Reshoevn8r, The Hundreds and Thrasher, Lula101 provides our excellent SERVICE, STYLES and plus SMILES to all our customers in Asia Pacific markets, including Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, and Malaysia. We are proud that we not only offer the coolest streetwear and accessories from the U.S., but also lifestyle and positive spirits worldwide.

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In this special holiday season, we wish you a Happy Chinese New Year. This year will be a best year of fortune and luck! May the new Golden Pig year bring you wisdom, happiness, health and prosperity.

Please stay connected and contact us for inquiries at sales@lulaapparel.com

We are looking forward to hearing from you!!

 

From us, to you … the Lula 101 Service, Styles & Smiles crew