Aesthetic as Activism: A Series By Nia Hampton
In the late 60’s, a widely used slogan in the feminist movement was, “the personal is political.” And this past year, we’ve seen an overall increase in political awareness around the world. Everyday our favorite brands are vocalizing their support for a certain cause. Our favorite fashion institutions are taking a stand against injustice. We here at All the Pretty Birds are getting in on what we hope is more than just a trend. For a long time, Aesthetic was seen as something frivolous or only necessary in the world of art. But as the study of identity politics gains more traction, we’re realizing, you actually ARE what you wear. I’ve decided to talk to some very powerful people in their own right. Activists who use their mediums of art to fight for their personal cause, and find out not only what’s in their closet, but why?
This month’s feature is Sonia Guiñansaca a dope ass poet, fierce cultural organizer and radical femme. Sonia is a sight to see in her loud colors, bold glasses and glittery nails. I’m so honored that she took the time to tell us how she uses her aesthetic as activism.
CO|TE, On Being Emerging Italian Designers By Tamu McPherson
Meet Tomaso Anfossi and Francesco Ferrari of CO|TE, the emerging Italian brand that has its sights on conquering the world at large, one stylish girl at a time. Designers first, and digital communicators in the balance, I caught up with them in Milan to discuss the progress of their five-year-old brand and to get some insight into the design process of young designers working in fashion’s current fast paced landscape.
Shoesday Tuesday: Marskinryypyy By Jessie Ajluni
One of the best parts of my job working as a fashion editor in NYC is meeting with amazing brands and designers both big and small. I love hearing all the inspiring stories of people starting something from nothing and creating products that affect people’s day-to-day lives. So when Tamu and I first discussed the idea of a once a month spotlight on emerging shoe brands for our Shoesday Tuesday posts. I couldn’t think of anyone better for our inaugural feature than American designer turned Italian shoemaker Nicole Brundage the talent behind the up and coming line Marskinryyppy.