Let’s get into this jacket ladies and gentleman. Let’s talk about this crazy deal I stumbled upon while riding around Atlanta and my friend randomly wanting to stop at Urban Outifitters. Now I have a rule about shopping at Urban Outiftters, if it isn’t on sale, PUT IT BACK! Literally, the majority of that stuff you can find at a thrift store, or on some hipster’s Etsy account. Where’s the lie? However, I don’t have time to search thrift stores and online shopping is a hassle so I just wait until Urban is having a sale. I could always wait on clothes. But that’s the problem, I always tell myself I could wait on clothes and end up with shoes for days with nothing to wear. So, I’ve been shopping. Reinventing my look (again). Trying to incorporate a little more color to my wardrobe. The sad part is someway, somehow I always result to buying something black or olive green or grey, those are like my go to colors. However, I saw this jacket and I had to have it. The site says $29.99 but I definitely paid $20. (Urban is weird like that)
I’ve been neglecting my denim. These are my favorite Joe’s jeans that I bought three years ago. I have ripped these jeans more times than I can count but I love them so I just get them patched up. I have a jeans about designer jeans and that’s just buy one pair a year. They’re supposed to last like forever so you don’t need to spend all your money on a pair everytime you go shopping. I have bought some cheap little H&M jeans and some BDG as well but their exactly that, cheap little jeans that if I wash and dry probably won’t fit the same.
I enjoyed this look. Felt great to wear. Got a lot of compliments and that jacket will be a staple in my wardrobe that will transition well into any season.
There’s always certain designers who capture my attention. Whether it’s for a new trend or some crazy comment made like ” I didn’t make my clothes for black people” , my attention is always captured. As of recent there has been one designer that has all my attention and a lot of my money. (Don’t judge my spending habits). Gucci. Gucci. Gucci. From Beyoncé to every fashionista(o) , Gucci is being worn FLAWLESSLY.
For a while I was sleep on Gucci, I just wasn’t into it. I understood that it’s a classic and yattayattayatta but I just wasn’t with it. Then the Princeton happened. The mule with the fur. I cried when I saw that shoe. There was so many emotions running through my head when I saw that damn shoe. It was like why would they do that? Why don’t I own these ? How could I afford these? Ever since, Gucci has been on my mind. I appreciate the brand for many reasons, they never lost themselves. They keep it classic with a tablespoon on gaudy which is just the right amount of gaudy anyone needs. The pattern play is mind blowing, the fabric quality is superb, everything is just like perfect. They make things where it’s like why the hell would anyone wear that? But that shoe or that bag or whatever is stuck on your mind for days and eventually you fall in love with it. Well that’s what happened to me at least. I could not understand why I was so fascinated with the collection as a whole. Then it came to me. Nostalgia. I come from a very fashionable family. I remember growing up looking at my parents clothes and even my grandmother and just being amazed with how they pieced things together and how awesome they looked. This admiration helped me develop my own style but I would always say, when I get older I’m going to dress like them. Stylish, fun, cool whatever the adjective was, I was going to do it. Now, here comes Gucci bringing back the old trends I grew up admiring and just couldn’t do because duh, I was a child. Now I’m a big boy and could wear these things so it’s just like, YES! Give it to me! Take ALL my money ( stop judging me).
Gucci understands the time we are in. One fuck up an the brand could be tarnished. As of recent Gucci has added some black magic into it’s advertisements. Big afros and POPPING melanin has taken over Gucci ads and runways. This is very important because as we all know that in black communities, these trends have been trending since the beginning of times and finally, we can identify with a designer who gets it. Fashion is one of the best rebellions there is. It’s safe but it causes a lot of noise. To display people of color looking flawless in their natural state dripping in thousands of dollars will piss some racist off somewhere. The last thing a racist wants to see is people of color doing better than them and being happy about it. The Gucci ads are full of black girl magic and black boy joy and it’s a great thing to see. Black people have always flocked to Gucci since forever but to identify with the brand makes us feel a little bit better about out $600 loafers (I feel the judgment again).
Let me just say this, I’m still a college student so I’m not in Gucci everyday spending all my money. I’m on a ramen noodle budget but every now and then I find money somewhere to enjoy the luxuries that happen to come in designer form( Hello, my blog name is Designer Beanz). Please don’t read this and think “fuck rent lemme go ball out in the Gucci store” NO! Save your damn money and work for those loafers you want, they’ll be there a month or two from now, its ok! Treat yourself when your pockets allow it, and Gucci thank you for showcasing black people and people of color in a way that makes us proud to be who we are.
It’s my favorite month of the year(besides my birthday). A month that focuses on black excellence. Yes black excellence is shown everyday and black people make history throughout the year but this month is for us.
I am unapologetically black everyday, 365 days of year and that will not change. What’s frustrating,however, are those who try to downplay black history month with questions like “why isn’t there a white history month?” Or with comments like “you’re pro black which means you’re anti white!” And I don’t understand how people confuse these things. First and foremost, the fact that white Hollywood had to tell me about black women being so profound in mathematics and science to the point where they helped with the first man going to the moon is why we have black history month and not white history month. White history is all I’ve been taught. The fact that black people have to go the extra mile just to find out that we’re more than athletes and enetertianers but we’re iventors, doctors, lawyers, scientist, philosophers is why we have black history month. If you feel like there needs to be a white history month, you are apart of the problem. White history is all that is taught and the story that white people stole black people from their homes to become slaves and how they tried to keep us as a oppressed race but we as a people said hell no, and decided to become the exact things white people were afraid of, phenomenal.
I never understood how one can interpret being pro black with anti white. But then again when you think about pro white groups such as the KKK, they are anti black so I guess that’s where the misinterpretation comes from. However, I love everyone no matter what the color of their skin is but I love myself first. I know what I posses as a black man and I am proud of that. I’m not here to downplay any other race I am here to uplift a race that has been put down for so long and to unify people as a whole. So yes, black history month is important because no matter where you turn, for a month(a short month) you will be forced to see the accomplishments of black people to remind you that we are humans too.
Everybody deserves to be celebrated throughout the year. And when it’s your time I will give you the respect you deserve, when it’s your time. But when February arrives, don’t take away the feeling from any black person. This is for us and let us embrace it.