KJOO GIVEAWAY!!!

And the winner is SHATIRA, thanks girlie get at me so I can send your earrings out to ya!!!! more contests are comin, comin, comin :)!!!!

These earrings are HOTT!!! Handmade from felt by an artisan from Portugal by the name of Kjoo(check out the feature we didHERE) CLICK HERE TO FILL OUT THE SURVEY TO BE ENTERED TO WIN THESE FABULOUS EARRINGS FROM KJOO!!! WHEN YOUR DONE FILLING OUT THE SURVEY PLEASE SEND ME YOUR E-MAIL AND NAME TO NUVANYNICE@GMAIL.COM, DON’T FORGET THIS LAST STEP OR YOUR ENTRY WILL NOT BE RECEIVED! THANKS AND GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE, I WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER NEXT THURSDAY!!!

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Feature: FRESH N FIERCE

www.myspace.com/atouchofsoadwa

1.Where are you located and how long have you been designing?
I am located in Brooklyn, New York (by way of Cleveland, Ohio by way of Ghana, West Africa…but I was born in the States…). I have been designing for all of 9 months!!…yeah I know…a sista is verrrry new to the game!

2.How did you come up with the name for your line/label?
My mother and sister actually started making pillows about 2 years ago and I finally decided to try it myself -but with a more modern twist. I used my last name for the label just in case my mom and sisters decided they wanted to design pillows! Then we can make it a family business….I’m trying to build a family enterprise!!

3.What inspires your designs?
My inspiration is to just mix patterns and colors that says something more than “I am a pillow that sits on a bed or on a couch”. African fabric is so unique and I think each pattern tells a different story. I want my pillows to tell a story and to be a conversational piece.
My inspiration is the conversation….

4.What are one of your favorite Indie Designers/Brands?
Raggamuffin Designs!!! Check them out…. http://www.raggamuffindesigns.etsy.com I really just love anything with African fabric!

5.What’s next for your designs?
I will continue to make custom orders and want to start making comforters, curtains and other home decor…beware I’m on a mission!!! I am also looking for specialty stores/boutiques to sell my work.

THINGS WE NEED TO KNOW!!!!

5733 GIVEAWAY!!!

And the winner is Lina I just loved her enthusiasm reppin were she’s from…Here’s what she had to say!

Representing the Bay Area here in Nor.Cal.!
I’m from San Jose, one of the biggest cities here, even bigger than San Francisco where I am currently living!
But I love representing the Bay because there is so much liveliness and history that emerges out here.
Landscape and architecture is amazing-from old and new. Hiking and Camping are common things here.
We got all the cool shopping districts for emerging designers such as our HAIGHT/ASHBURY street in SF!! and of course for the most pricy at the downtown district @ union square or Santana Row in San Jose!
Cultures embrace one another and people just want to jump from one melting pot to another!-this is mostly how artists get their inspiration.
There are so many beautiful hapas as well! Me being one..(half asain/half something else)
That shirt represents everything here in the Bay..diversity, creativity, and our infamous artists.
We got the HELLA-our infamous lingo.
This is the Bay Area-take it or leave it but most people take it without question.
And if I’m picked I can represent it here for sure!!!

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Thanks to all of the dope designers that have sponsored a giveaway thus far! If you haven’t peeped the feature on 5733 you’ve gotta check it out! I loved the response J from 5733 gave to the question I asked how did you come up with the name for your line/label…He’s like how about its my address 5733 is where I am from, you know like the song philly is where i am from…uuummmm awkward silence, okay movin on…so we are so delighted that 5733 is givin this hot t-shirt(sz.small) of 1920’s and 30’s film legend Anna May Wong up for grabs…So all I want to know is where you are from rep your area,street,country whatever it may be let me know where you are from…So you can e-mail your responses to nuvanynice@gmail.com…and next thursday I will pick the hottest location that I feel in my own opinion 🙂 as the winner!!!! As always Peace

Feature: FRESH N FIERCE

www. 57thirtythree.etsy.com

1.Where are you located and how long have you been designing?
I am in East Oakland California, in the shadow of the Oakland Coliseum. I’ve been designing apparel about 5 months

2.How did you come up with the name for your line/label?
It’s my street address, I very much like where I live

3.What inspires your designs?
I get inspired by the strangest things, some artists, but more often stories. I like people who’ve done things that others said were not possible. That’s why I use images of people like Anna May Wong and Josephine Baker. They were way ahead of their time, and they lived their lives as they wanted, not as they were suppose to. I live in an old industrial neighborhood in East Oakland; I find that inspiring. The decay and abandonment are beautiful in a way. These things that remain from a time that is long gone. They tell the stories of that time, they stand as monuments to what was, when this country was very different. There is something inspiring about the fact that these things (buildings, railroad tracks, machinery) still remain despite there neglect. They endure.

4.What are one of your favorite Indie Designers/Brands?
“Kilo goods” , ” Acrylick” and “Poets and Thieves”

5.What’s next for your designs?
I am working with ideas around sustainability. I’d like to switch to bamboo t-shirts as soon as It’s competitive enough. I am also trying to work out a system for using more reclaimed fabrics and recycling them. My volume is growing quickly so some of what I do myself may need to be outsourced. I am searching for businesses in Oakland for outsourcing. I WILL NOT ever manufacture overseas. I want to create business in my community. I also want to run a business that I can be proud of.