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Kehlani x Mr. Carmack Go ‘All In’ On New Collab For Yours Truly & adidas Originals

Kehlani is fast becoming one of my favorite sneaker-loving women AND in constant rotation on my Spotify cue so, when she linked with producer Mr. Carmack for this here new piece of fruit I pretty much pressed play and didn't look back. We have YoursTrulySF and adidas Originals to thank for "All In" which acts as the latest addition to their "Songs From Scratch" series. The track finds Kehlani at a crossroads with her partner, wanting a stronger commitment and keeping it 100 in the process. Sound familiar, ladies? Carmack combines beautiful beats with haunting strings and piano chords that make "All In" something I'll be streaming for awhile. Bet that.

For more background on the full process behind "All In," you can read the full rundown here. Peep the BTS video below.

Chicks N Kicks: Sam Lao | Nike Air Max 90 GS “Hyper Pink”

Sam Lao. If the name isn't familiar, it will be. Before Sam Lao burst onto the scene with "Pilgrims" and a solid Brain Gang co-sign, the girl with the hair was already generating local buzz due to her swoon-worthy snapshots and her history as one of the minds behind Unkommon Kolor. This Dallas-based artist offers a "Jill of All Trades" ability that most of us couldn't pull off even with Kanye levels of confidence. Painter, sculpter, poet, style goddess, and now, musician, are all titles Lao can display on a resume that would result in high-fives from anyone who has respect for those who can and do.

But, don't put Sam on a pedestal. The girl with curls that spawned an actual name of sorts (Sam...With The Hair) is just like us, right down to her Marvel obsession. Lao is a certified fangirl for the comic giant - just take a gander at the S.H.I.E.L.D. card that bears her name. "Storm," she confessed, is the character she would be if we all turned into superhuman OGs overnight. No hesitation.

Her effortless chic and knack for putting together pieces (see that bralette/Centre-buttoned bomber jacket/leather pant combo) is basically 2% trend and 98% Sam being Sam which made her a joy to work with, specifically because we didn't have to do a thing other than point, shoot, and ask questions. The thing we dig most, though? Her idea of creature comforts are remarkably similar - we share an affinity for Air Maxs and lighter-than-air Roshe Runs, simplicity and getting off the grid at least for a day.

Now, as Lao finds herself redefining her role as an artist and giving audiences another year of her behind-the-mic prowess, she's taking on a new project (the follow-up to 2013's West Pantego) and a distinct vision of what it means to be Sam Lao.

Check out the shots below as we meet up with Sam in order to spread some love and show off our balloon bouquet in honor of Valentines Day. Plus, we got shots of her in our signature tee and in some pretty amaze Nike Air Max 90s in "Hyper Pink." Win and win.


My Best Valentine: "I'd had a bad week and I tweeted about needing cupcakes and my BF showed up to my job with them. We just spent a quiet night in, but it was sweet and simple."

Shop The Look: Ear-To-Nose chain: SLs own - Shop Similar Necklace: SLs own - Shop Similar Shirt: CNK OG Logo Tee Pants: SLs own - Shop Similar Shoes: Nike Air Max 90 GS "Hyper Pink"


Go-To Kicks: "Nike Air Max 90, Nike Huarache, Nike Roshe Run and Jordan XI. I'm a Nike girl, for sure."

Shop The Look: Rings: SLs own; Lace Cuff Rings in Gold by Lace By Tanaya


My bucket list: "Learn multiple languages, live in another country, live off the grid."

Shop The Look: Necklace: SLs own - Queen of the Jungle Necklace in Gold by Melody Ehsani Bralette: SLs own - Shop Similar Jacket: 10 Deep Maverick Aviator Jacket Pins: Sunny D, Centre Bar Logo, Dallas Sailing Club, Centre Neue Klasse Pants: SLs own - Shop Similar Shoes: Nike Air Max 90 GS "Hyper Pink"


If I wasn't an artist I'd be: "DEAD!! Well, that's dramatic, but I'd definitely be boring."

Shop The Look: Grill: KD's Custom Jewelry

Sam Lao: In Her Own Words

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Photo Credit: WMS Photography Graphics: WMS Photography Creative Direction: Chan-Lo

The Rundown: Anthem Hack, Dire News For Bobbi Kristina, It's a Kanye News Day, "Saved By The Bell" Reunion, Kim Naked...Again x More

#ChicksNKicks Chica Of The Day: @_lrnn in Nike Roshe Run Around The Web:

Anthem insurance data breach could be one of largest hacks in history (CBS)

Family Gathering to Say Goodbye to Bobbi Kristina Brown (People)

The "Saved by the Bell" Cast Then and Now Is an Absolute Marvel (Cosmo)

Haitian Jack Reappears, Talks Tupac Being Controlled & Calls Jimmy Henchman A B*tch (HHW)

Lil Wayne Announces 'The Free Weezy Album' (Billboard)

Lily Tomlin on Grandma, Weed, and Jane Fonda (Vulture)

Top 50 2015 NFL free agents (Yardbarker)

Dame Dash & Kanye West Cut Out The Middle Man, Start New Business Together (GG)

Ghostface Killah Reminds A Harassing Fan That Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin’ To F*ck With (TSS)

Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner Get Naked For LOVE Magazine (DailyBeast)

Is Kanye West Showing His adidas Line at New York Fashion Week? (Complex)

2.5 The Rundown

Snaps: Dej Loaf Brings Winter White For ELLE

Detroit-based rapper Dej Loaf (real name: Deja Trimble), ups her high end kick game in Raoul leather sport sneaks for this month's ELLE Magazine. The emcee, and former Chrysler janitor, talks success and her all-male entourage as she shows off a winter white glam glow. Steez.

Check the snaps below and for more of the spread, head to ELLE Online.


Jenni Kanye Jacket and Pants, Jenni Kanye Brentwood 424-286-4765 Raoul Leather Sport Sneaker, $435; Pologeorgis Coyote Fur Hat with Pompoms, $575;


American Apparel Unisex Short Sleeved Summer Tee, $22; Breelayne Vera Skirt, $8,400; Raoul Leather Sport Sneaker, $435; Pologeorgis Fox Fur Hat, price upon request; Photos: Katie Friedman

Props: Elle

Behind The Scenes: Tinashe - Pretend feat. A$AP Rocky [Video]

Photo: #ChicksNKicks | Tinashe - Air Jordan 11 "Gamma" - shot by WMS Photography After releasing her smash hit "2 On" earlier this year, Tinashe came right back with another track that I can't seem to get out of my head. "Pretend," which hit our ears back in August, finds the West Coast beauty teaming with A$AP Rocky for a mid-tempo break-up to make-up balled.

Now, Tinashe takes us behind the scenes of the official video for the Rocky assisted single which features the two stand-out artists playing love interests who just can't seem to connect. The self-professed "tomboy glam" girl also provides a look at the kicks she rocks throughout the video and WE. AREN'T. MAD.

Take a look at the 2-minute preview below and be sure to stay tuned for more as we near the release of Aquarius on October 7th via RCA Records.

Props: VIBE

Snaps: Mila J Brings Her J(ay) Game In Status Magazine

In their September 2014 Style Issue the folks over at STATUS Magazine forego gowns and four-inch heels for sweats, jays, and cutie Mila J. The pint-sized singer (and sister to Jhene Aiko) struck a few poses for photographer Isaac Sterling laced to perfection courtesy of stylist Lo Von Rumpf in the AJ III "New York Knicks," the AJ IV, and the AJ V. Read the excerpt below and catch the full story in STATUS Magazine's September 2014 issue.

On the release of her debut EP, Made In Los Angeles (aka M.I.L.A.)

I know, I’m so excited! This is my first official release with Motown, so I want fans/listeners to have an opportunity to get to know me and my sound. The EP will have five songs on it and will be a really good sample of what’s to come.





Interview by Kitkat Ramos Photographed by Isaac Sterling Styled by Lo Von Rumpf Hair Kia Morris Makeup Patrick Ta


8.29 The Rundown: STL County Hit With Civil Rights Suit, Goodall Sets New Abuse Penalties, Jeezy Pleads 'Not Guilty' & More

#ChicksNKicks - @StaceyHashh in @MelodyEhsani Reebok Classics Around The Web:

Ferguson, St. Louis County Hit With Civil Rights Suit Over Protests (NBC News)

Joan Rivers In Medically-Induced Coma After Going Into Cardiac Arrest (CBS)

NFL Sets New Penalties on Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Violations (LA Times)

#ChicksOnFire: The Pros and Cons of Wearing GS Sizes (Kicks On Fire)

David Chase Responds To Sopranos Death Piece: I Never Said Tony Died (Vox)

Beyonce’s Dad Says We Were Hoodwinked By Beyonce And Jay Z (TSS)

A3C x Pop Chart Lab Presents: The Periodic Table of Hip-Hop (A3C)

Young Jeezy Pleads Not Guilty to Gun Charge (Billboard)

Jordan Brand Stops Production on the Air Jordan 3 (Sole Collector)

8.29 The Rundown

8.27 The Rundown: Slow Clap For Jon Stewart, Nike vs. Under Armour, Childish Gambino To Play Spider-Man & More

#ChicksNKicks - @SaundraTV. Photo: @JediMaxx Around The Web:

Michael Brown's killer, Officer Darren Wilson, May Avoid Charges In Shooting Death (NY Daily News)

Jon Stewart Ethers FOX News’ Soul With His Fiery Ferguson Monologue (TSS)

Under Armour Vs. Nike: 11 Of Your Favorite Writers Weigh In On Kevin Durant’s Decision (TSFJ)

My Anaconda Don’t Want None (Medium)

A Better Way To Play Fantasy Football: Dumpster Fire (Launch DFW)

Dame Dash Wishes Jim Jones, Curren$y and Beanie Sigel Would Talk To Him (XXL)

Janelle Monáe Performs With A Street Band In Brooklyn For Pepsi's Real.Big (YouTube)

Donald Glover Is Playing Spider-Man (E! Online)

Kanye West, Jay Z & Frank Ocean Sued For $3 Million (The Jasmine Brand)

Pharrell Sued By Producer of YouTube Show (Financial Juneteenth)

Hyperlapse, Instagram’s New App, Is Like A $15K Video Setup In Your Hand (Wired)

8.27 The Rundown

8.25 The Rundown: Michael Brown Laid To Rest In STL, MTV Video Music Awards Recap, Sony Targeted In Attack & More

#ChicksNKicks - @KingAvriel Around The Web:

Live Coverage: Michael Brown’s Funeral Held In St. Louis (Buzzfeed)

MTV Video Music Awards 2014: Beyonce shows the stars how it's done (LA Times)

New Theory Suggests Suge Knight Was Shot Because Of Future Plans Involving Tupac (TSS)

Sony’s PlayStation Network Targeted In Attack (USA Today)

Burger King In Talks To Acquire Tim Hortons, Move To Canada (NYT)

Iggy Azalea to launch footwear collection with Steve Madden (PageSix)

The Prabal Gurung for MAC collaboration is just the beginning (StyleBlazer)

34 Things You Didn’t See On TV At The VMAs (Buzzfeed)

8.22 The Rundown: Injustice In Ferguson Long Before Mike Brown, 50 Cent Is a Mean Girl, Kanye West Collabs With Paul McCartney & More

#ChicksNKicks - @jinjootheguitargirl Around The Web:

Injustice in Ferguson, Long Before Michael Brown (Business Week)

Don Lemon’s Interview With Talib Kweli Was Cringe-worthy (NY Daily News)

50 Cent Used His Ice Bucket Challenge To Call Floyd Mayweather Illiterate (TSS)

Mo’Ne Davis Is Just The Beginning (Medium)

Possible Proof of Kanye West–Paul McCartney Collaboration Leaks (Vulture)

Would You Pay $975 For These Kanye Margiela Kicks? (IamJasonLee)

Yup, Guys Really Are Just As Messy As We Claim Women Are (VSB)

You Should Know: Violette Haze By Vashtie And Cam’ron (FashionBombDaily)

On Brandy Norwood’s Career and Why She’s R&B’s Isiah Thomas (TheBoombox)


8.20 The Rundown: Roc Nation Sports Nabs Boxing License, Ferguson Officer In Hot Water, Meek Mill Is Still In The Can & More

#ChicksNKicks L-R: @tayloriina @dopeshany & @sapphira_ Around The Web:

Roc Nation Sports Nabs Boxing License (ESPN)

Ferguson Officer In Hot Water (Mashable)

These high school kids built an app to help stop police brutality (The Root)

10 Nate Dogg Songs Everyone Should Know (TSS)

VIDEO: Michael Jordan joins in on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (CBSSports)

Curvy Fashionistas Boycott Target (IamJasonLee)

Why the loud #Ferguson protests are seriously quiet on the world’s largest social media site (TouchVision)

Rick Perry Hires High-Profile Legal Team (NYT)

8.19 The Rundown: More From Ferguson, The Ice Bucket Challenge Continues, A #ChicksNKicks Alum Joins ANTM & More!

Protests escalated again late Monday night as police fired tear gas at protesters gathering in groups near the QuikTrip and other Ferguson spots. Police fired at least three tear gas volleys near the QuikTrip and used tear gas to break up protesters near West Florissant and Northwoods Estates.

Attorney General Eric Holder will be going to Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday to meet with federal agents and community leaders, President Obama said in a news conference Monday.

The Justice Department is conducting its own investigation into the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen who was shot by a police officer and whose death has sparked a week of protests. (NPR)

For more about Ferguson from a hip-hop angle, you should read this awesome post by J. Tinsley on J. Cole and why his trip to Ferguson is such a big deal.

The "Ice Bucket Challenge" for ALS that is sweeping the nation seems to have finally touched Young Money and OVO because last night at the Philadelphia stop of the Drake vs Lil Wayne tour, Drake participated in the ice bucket challenge.

Live on stage Drake had a bucket of ice water dumped on his head and followed the splash with a bit of frenzy as the OVO front man took off his soaking shirt, showing of sculpted abs. Heyyyy Drizzy.

So, who did Drake challenge? Beyonce, who has 24 hours to accept and donate to the ALS Foundation. (IamJasonLee)

Watch the video of Drake doing the Ice Bucket Challenge up top. Want more from, I don't know, supermodels? Yup? Click here.


Back in February of 2013 we introduced you to a young Kick-loving lass who caught our eye as a top model to watch. Well, looks like we're pretty good at picking em because #ChicksNKicks alum Kari Calhoun just landed a spot as one of the model hopefuls in the latest season of America's Next Top Model. Cycle 21, which aired last night on The CW, finds Kari as the target of a few of Cupid's pesky arrows as male and female contestants battle it out for pose supremacy.

Congrats Kari!

Around The Web:

Obama Will Personally Chair UN Security Council Meeting (ThinkProgress)

Lakers Legend James Worthy Talks New Balance ‘Worthy Express’ Release & More (TSS)

Broadcasters Will Let Announcers Decide How To Refer To Washington NFL Team (Pro32)

Clothing retailer Zara called racist over new T-shirt (NYP)

Photos: Jhené Aiko Kicks Around For ELLE Magazine

Back in May, Jhené Aiko brought us all types of awesome water moments in her GQ Magazine spread. Now, as she prepares for the release (FINALLY!) of her official major debut album, the pint-sized Los Angeles singer brings simple elegance to pages of ELLE Magazine's September issue. jelleaug20141

Nick Walker captured the 26-year-old beauty who slipped into a fashion collective from the likes of Barneys, Prada, Stan Smith, Juan Carlos Oband and Kenzo among others. Take a look at Ms. Aiko's snaps below and keep up with your countdown to Soul(ed) Out, which arrives in stores and online September 9th.








New From London Town: Ella Eyre – Comeback

We see you Ella in your Kicks!

Anywho! The London music scene sure does seem to be hitting our shores pretty tough this year, no? Next up is 20-year old London singer Ella Eyre who boasts not only a jam-worthy track but quite the unique voice. "Comeback" was premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show and marks the follow up to Ella's previous release, "If I Go" which managed to land on the UK charts at number 16.

Take a listen up top and familiarize yourself with Ms. Ella Eyre.

7.17 The Rundown: Drake Brings Comedy to ESPYs, Kanye x Iggy Added To Made In American Lineup, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron First Look & More

The 2014 ESPYs held its annual award show in Los Angeles last night hosted by none other than Drake. The hip-hop star channeled his Wheelchair Jimmy acting chops with a memorized monologue, a slew of HILARIOUS skits, and a few songs dedicated to second place finishers. Peep his comical "Blake v. Drake" skit below. (Illroots)


Philly and Los Angeles are gearing up for the Budweiser Made In America Music Festival as new word comes out that the Los Angeles Grand Park show on August 30 and 31 will feature two additional guests. Kanye West will be headlining both events with Iggy Azalea added to the line up. Check out the full line up and sure to check in at often for the latest updates on both festivals. Single-day tickets for both festivals will go on sale Friday, July 18 at and through the Live Nation mobile app. (StupidDope)


Hello, Ultron. The latest cover of Entertainment Weekly gives a sneak peek into the Avengers 2 film and offers a gander at the new Captain America suit worn by bae Chris Evans.

Avengers 2: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1, 2015. (Day and a Dream)


This is pretty damn awesome. Sixteen-year-old Chase Reed is a sneakerhead who decided to turn his collection into a profit. He took his 45 basketball sneakers and opened the world’s very first pawn shop in NYC - just for sneakers. Read more: (The Urban Daily)

Around The Web:

Malaysia Airlines Plane Crashes in Ukraine With 295 on Board (Mashable)

Airbnb’s New Logo Is a Vagina (Valley Wag)

Kim Kardashian’s Video Game Set To Earn $200 Million (Huffington Post)

Huge Brawl Ensues at LAHHATL Reunion (IamJasonLee)

How The Largest Radio Company In The U.S. Turned Iggy Azalea Into A History-Making Star (TSS)

Curren$y Talks Current State of the Sneaker Game With NiceKicks

New Orleans was a sneaker playground during NBA All Star weekend, so the folks over at NiceKicks decided to visit hometown emcee Curren$y Spitta’s crib to take a look at his massive kicks collection. Watch below as Spitta talks OG sneaker culture and his likes and dislikes about the current sneaker game.

Chicks N' Kicks: Jade Alston | Adidas Superstar 2.0

su·per·star (spr-stär)n. 1. A widely acclaimed star, as in movies or sports, who has great popular appeal. 2. One that is extremely popular or prominent or that is a major attraction.

The definition of a superstar is pretty self-explanitory. We're constantly bombarded with images, videos and stories about those folks who just tend to have a certain sense of "popular appeal." So, it's quite fitting that Jade Alston opted to wear a pair of shoes that are called, you guessed it...Superstars. You may or may not be familiar with singer/songwriter Jade Alston, but you will be. The Philly-bred beauty is far more than a pretty face and a pair of to-die-for legs, she's also ridiculously talented on both the mic and with a pen.

After honing her writing skills with the likes of Grammy recognized hit-makers Claude Kelly, Chuck Harmony & Jon Jon Traxx and releasing two mixtapes (Single On A Saturday Night and it's follow-up Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night, Pt. 2), Jade has captured the attention of the music world in more ways than one.

But, music isn't her only passion. This year she's using her own experiences as an artist to help others just like her as she launches her non-profit initiative The {Art}ist Label. The {Art}ist Label is an art-focused parent brand to several ventures that support The {Art}ist Label Inititiative. The {Art}ist Label Inititative is an effort to support art education among young people and to show the possibilities for careers in the arts. Jade's message to the youth is to “own your art.” The fashion forward singer is also tapping into her enthusiasm for other forms of art by working as a brand ambassador and designer for several up-and-coming fashion labels.

Whew! She's a busy gal. While Jade's star is yet to reach it's highest point, it's only a matter of time before this starlet is seeing her name in more lights than we can imagine, because, even in our brief conversation with her - it's clear this gal has a clear case of star appeal.

Take a look below as we talk Philly sound, peer comparisons and one killer fashion sense.

Name: Jade Alston Location: Philadelphia, PA Occupation: Indie Pop/Soul Recording Artist & Songwriter Kicks Shown: Adidas Superstar 2.0 (White and Blue)/Adidas Original High - Vanity (Black and White) Website/Contact:

CL: Tell us a bit about how your background and how growing up in Philadelphia influenced your musical inclination. JA: Philly is so honest, so real. I think that’s why my music is that way. There’s something about the air here that forces you to be that way.

CL: There have been a number of prominent musicians that have come out of your hometown of Philly, PA. How would you say you differentiate from the likes of Jill Scott, The Roots and even new acts like Meek Mill?

JA: I’d say I’m a good blend of the “earthy” soul movement that started here, mixed with the new stuff that’s going on with hip-hop here. Like Kanye said, I got the Benz and the backpack. lol

CL: Would you say your perspective makes you a bit more relatable to your listeners than some of your female peers? JA: I wouldn’t compare myself to my peers. One of my main goals is independence. But I would say “relatability” is something I strive for when I write. You can make your own comparisons though. [Laughs]

CL: Speaking of other artists, - you’ve been dubbed “a combination of Toni Braxton and Aaliyah.” Do you agree with the comparisons?

JA: Ok, Ok, If I HAD to compare myself, then yeah I’d say those two are huge influences, among others. I can’t deny my warm, sultry voice. I didn’t choose it, it chose me, lol. And people do often say that my personality/vibe remind them of that homegirl thing Aaliyah had.

CL: Anyone who has heard your debut project, Single On A Saturday Night, can pretty much get the gist of the EP. Talk to us about it’s sister record, Sunday Morning: Single On A Saturday Night, Pt. 2. Do you think it gives listeners a better understanding of the sound we can expect from you?

JA: The second project definitely goes a little deeper into my sound but still not fully what I have in mind for my album. But it’s all about progression & I think this one is definitely a step up from the first one.

CL: I’ve got to say that I absolutely LOVE the Brownstone sample you used in “If I Was Your Girl” and I dig the high-energy we hear in “”Guessing Games.” How did those particular records come about?

JA: Both started with the beats from the production team, The Rose Bros. I honestly wasn’t sold on the “if I was your girl” beat right away. It took a couple hours to catch a vibe for melodies. Then the concept just came to me. Guessing Games was a little easier. They play the rough version of the beat & I immediately started singing melodies. It just felt really great, almost instantly.

CL: After the video for “Searching” you were definitely on our fashion radar. How would you describe your personal style?

JA: It’s always changing. But no matter what, my personal style always has some sort of homegirl element because that’s who I am.

CL: What should fans of your music look forward to in the coming months?

AR: Videos, new projects, more fashion evolution, collaborations, etc…We kinda shut down for a while to really revamp things. I’m excited to get things rolling again.

CL: Obviously, we love kicks. What are some of your favorite ways to rock your sneaks?

JA: If I’m wearing sneakers then I love to be sexy & show my legs in short shorts or skirts or something like that. I like to add a feminine edge.

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

JA: Stay tuned for what’s next. I’m pretty excited about what we have up our sleeves!


We figured you might want to see this songstress in action so, take a look below as Jade performs her OWN rendition (complete with guitar) of Drake's new joint, "Girls Love Beyonce."

Photo Props: Jasmine Alston Graphic Props: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography/Media Additional Nods: Melissa Patterson, Jade Alston, Power 105.1FM

Chicks N' Kicks: Jonnell Chavez | AJ 13 Retro CDP.

Name: Jonnell ChavezAge: 25 Location: Formerly Triple D, Now West Coast Steezin’ Occupation: Designer x Creator x Graphic Artist Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 13 Retro CDP Website/Contact: |

Despite her tiny frame (she's 5'2") Jonnell Chavez is nothing to take lightly. Self-described as "sexy with a dash of ratchet," the half latina beauty has not only become a design heavyweight in the male dominated graphic arts field (you might recognize her work from Draya Michele's 'FINE ASS GIRLS' campaign) but she's also beginning to take her design talents to that clothing game with the release of a small collection of items that have created quite a buzz...inside and outside of the Mary Jane crowd.

We sat down with Jonnell to talk motivation, inspiration and 'Ratchet Season' all while she rocked a mean pair of AJ 13's.

CL: For those who may not be familiar, tell us a bit about Jonnell Chavez.

JC: An artist and designer. A bit outside the box and non-traditional. I’m weird… I embrace my weirdness… it works for me.

CL: One has to be quite the creative personality to do what you do. Talk to us about how you got into the design game and how it’s changed, for you, as your business has grown from infancy.

JC: I fell into it actually. Originally I wanted to pursue audio engineering, however, I took an instant love once exposed to design. That was many moons ago…when I was designing flyers for $45.00.

Design is constantly evolving, as am I. I have recently made a shift to move away from designing nightlife flyers to focus more on business branding such as logos, packaging, websites, etc. You can see by visiting my website =)

CL: LOL! There goes that branding! You’ve really had a hand in creating a number of eye-catching designs. Which would you say was a design that has helped put a stamp on who you are as a creative eye?

JC: I think my design style period is what has captured people. It’s feminine yet, not super frilly and girly. Recently, what really solidified things was designing the FINE ASS GIRLS street wear brand for Draya Michele of Basketball Wives.

CL: Websites, logos, full-scale graphics – you pretty much do it all. Why did you decide to go into business for yourself instead of taking your talents elsewhere?

JC: Welp, design is the only thing I have stuck with in life. I got fired or quit every job I had before so one day I said, "I’m just do this from home, it’s got to work," and it worked! It took a lot of prayer and patience, though.

CL: Finish this sentence – “My personal style is ____________.”

JC: Street Chic. Sexy with a dash of ratchet. Hence, the name for my line's second collection, 'Ratchet Season.'

CL: Speaking of your line, even with the number of clients you’ve generated as a graphic artist, you’ve still managed to start your own line of apparel. How did that come about?

JC: I originally designed and started planning at the top of last year, but my designs were too intricate so I pushed it to the side. One day, I woke up and said, "It’s now or never. I have to do this." I just made the switch from doing 48-hour projects [for my graphic design company] to five day turnarounds or more so that both businesses can run smoothly.

CL: I loved your take on The-Dream’s hit with your “Dope Bish” tee as well as your simple take on the Mary Jane/Bandana combination crew. It seems as if music might play a role in your creativity when it comes to your graphics for the line. Would that be a correct assumption?

If so, how much inspiration comes from certain songs?

JC: Thank you! Music does play a role in my designs, however, I didn’t even know The-Dream had a song titled "Dope Bish" until, like, a month ago. LOL!

My next collection, 'Ratchet Season,' has been inspired from everything we deem ratchet from the early 90’s. I love playing with bandanna prints, gold...the whole west coast vibe [is an inspiration]. I have an entire 'Ratchet Season' playlist on Spotify that consists of all music that inspired this collection. There is a lot of Tupac on there. He was a real G. Ha!

CL: You're getting ahead of me again! Seeing as how you’ve just made a big move to Los Angeles, what can we expect from you in the next few months?

JC: AHHHH and it’s been the most hectic move ever, but well worth it! I will be releasing 'Ratchet Season' at the top of April and I expect to drop a few exclusive items as well that will be available on

My creative studio will be expanding with the addition of four new creative minds, so that’s something I'm looking forward to!

CL: Obviously, we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

JC: Chucks, of course! LOL! any color is cool long as they are still G and not cheesy. I also love Nike Dunks. I think those are really cute if worn the right way.

*Writer's Note: Jonnell was originally supposed to rock a custom pair of Chuck's in our shoot, but they we uncompleted as of our call time.

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

JC: Just a reminder that 'Ratchet Season' will be out at the top of April! Visit my website and follow me on my social networks! You can find me on twitter, IG and Tumblr @JonnellChavez.

Thank you so much!

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Photo/Graphics: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography Make-Up: Jamie Dionne Shirt: 'Ratchet Season' by Jonnell Chavez - Coming Spring 2013.