• THRIVE: Side-hustles, passion, and using a blowtorch in an NYC apartment with jewelry designer Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving

    Welcome to Thrive! A weekly advice column for creatives and the generally confused.    This week I’m chatting with Kaitlyn Usher of The Roving, a handmade jewelry shop on Etsy. I wanted to pick her brain about her side-hustle, the jewelry she creates and where she finds her customers. 1. When did you decide to start your own business and why did you choose to use Etsy? I’ve always had dreams of being my own boss. As a kid I thought I’d start a fashion magazine or run a boutique, but my first real attempt at entrepreneurship began in 2016. I’d already been using Etsy to buy and sell handmade…

  • Interview/Takeover with Fashion Photographer Nina Hawkins!

    Photography by Nina Hawkins Hey! I’m Nina Hawkins, an Austin-based Russian-Vietnamese image-maker. My first date with fashion was in Moscow over 10 years ago, where I started as a model. I’ve been in love with imagery ever since, learning from Russia’s top professionals while progressing into my own path, creating still and moving images for publications across the globe such as Elle Vietnam, HUF USA, Kaltblut Germany, Creem Magazine and others. In my art & commercial work I always seek to reveal an edge and a quirk, trying to think outside of the box and be attentive to every detail. I like to cast sharp, unconventional, and androgynous faces. For personal style think Rick Owens marrying Y-3 and adopting…

  • Artists On Our Radar: D.H. Carter

    D.H. Carter is a bohemian at heart — roaming in search of a home that suited him, Carter experienced a plethora of cultures, people, and art after living in Europe, the Middle East and the United States, becoming fluent in a variety of languages. After spending more than 15 years in the marketing and advertising industry (including positions with Levi’s and MTV), Carter decided to focus on art and design. He has collaborated in group exhibits in New York and Los Angeles, selling his artwork in galleries, online and by commission. in August 2016, he was commissioned by National Geographic to create original digital artwork for their WILD Channel.  …

  • Artist Spotlight: Maria Tran

    All artwork by Maria Tran   Maria Tran is a Danish/Vietnamese graphic artist based in Copenhagen. With a Master’s Degree in Design, her talents include graphic design, illustration and motion graphics. Maria finds most of her inspiration through music, and is often working on music related projects such as album covers or artist identity for an upcoming musician. Her work is vibrant and colorful and typically with a splash of humor. Facebook / Instagram / Twitter              

  • Chaser Brand Talks Season Fashion and Industry Success

    Chaser Brand, originating in the stylistic corners of Southern California, is taking the world by storm with their clothing brand that has swept the seas into some of the most well known magazines and on the celebrities that shape the pages. Chaser Brand is releasing their Fall and Holiday lookbooks and Megan Baca, Vice President of Design and Merchandising, took a moment from her busy days searching the racks for new trends and preparing for next seasons do’s and don’ts to chat about what’s foreseen in next season’s fashions, advice for those aspiring fashion students, and success in this evolving industry.     How would you describe the brand aesthetic…

  • Legs For Days: Get To Know What Leggings Are “In”

    So you know the debate whether leggings count as pants or not? Well it seems that with time, the more and more people believe that leggings can count as pants. Whether you personally believe that or not, feast your eyes on some fun prints and designs to spice up your outfits this season!     1. Forever 21 Comic Zoom Leggings $11 forever21.com 2. LA Hearts Wide Stripe Leggings $20 pacsun.com 3. Holey-Moley-Cut-Out-Leggings BLACK – GoJane.com $21 gojane.com 4. Lip Service The Exclusive Cutout Garter Ponte Legging in Black & Red P… $28 karmaloop.com 5. GUESS Camouflage Leggings $24 guess.com 6. Bad Company Leggings $42 nastygal.com 7. TOPSHOP Petite Cat…

  • Series: Machine Aesthetic (I,II,III)

    James Thompson, an upperclassmen at Texas A&M University, is an artists of many sorts. His intricate styles of both digital and film photography, painting, and graphic design make you want to contemplate the deeper meanings behind each piece of work that he produces. After hearing about ANON | Magazine, he sent in a portion of his portfolio to us entitled “Machine Aesthetic,” which, is a series of pieces. He sent us piece I, piece II, and piece III. If there is more to come in this series, we definitely can’t wait. “In a society where art has become just about as industrialized as culinary products, authenticity has lost its place.…