It's not often I utilize amandaluxe as a blog for my personal outlet. I'm trying to steer away from that because I'm genuinely tired of some of my friends (bless their souls) still calling my brand a "blog." Unfortunately, this post may come off extremely "bloggy." Sorry in advance.
I won't take up too much of your time, I just wanted to talk about how dope life has been. From Afropunk sharing my purpose to xoNecole reaching out about a feature (haven't heard from her since--oh well.), my most recent project received a lot of press attention! People are contacting me and letting me know how proud they are of me, I have a job allowing me to financially invest in my work, and I'm still pitching sick shit to Fashionista. Life is so lit and yet I feel I'm falling into a dark place.
People asked what was next for the brand but I didn't have answers. I work a job from 9:15-18:00 Monday through Friday and it sucks out my creative energy. This entire week, I've felt uninspired. I don't feel like myself and I'm afraid if I continue to have these emotional incongruences, amandaluxe will suddenly fade.
On the night I received the raw images for the project, Jumping Colors, I met this cute ass guy and digged his energy (very rare). I started to vibe with him--he told me he owned a streetwear clothing line entitled C.A.N.V.A.S. (Creating a New View Around Society) and then showed me the superb images he shot of The Underground. I wasn't sure how our business relationship (or friendship in general) would develop but I was definitely excited for the ride.
His design portfolio for his merchandise is dynamic in aesthetic; some designs extremely minimal, others graphically abstract. His fashion product can be found being worn around the whole borough of Brooklyn and attracts a variety of audiences. My roommate (who works in Pharmaceuticals - mind you) was even interested in the crew sweatshirt (shown above) I was rocking while making a Turkey sandwich in the crib.
I'm not sure if this was the plan but with the brand's ability to cater to different markets, it showcases versatility. It had me thinking--should I collaborate with C.A.N.V.A.S. in an art project? Should I throw an amandaluxe idea together? Should I address the black individual's ability to adapt in different environments? Should I talk about code switching?
Fuck. My creative block is gone. So stay tuned.
Thanks for reading.