GenderQueer Fashion's Night At the Museum

 

Fashion show or performance art piece? No, we’re not talking about Kanye’s Yeezy Season 2 spectacle, but a massive, multi-designer runway show that went down at Brooklyn Museum Thursday night. Throngs of people headed out to the museum’s ornate Beaux Arts Court for Verge: Queer NYFW. 

Organized by DapperQ, Bklyn Boihood, DYDH Productions, and queer arts publicationPosture magazine, the event was at least 45 solid minutes of fashion. dapperQ, a popular style site focused on masculine attire for gender non-conforming people, women, and trans-identified individuals, executive-produced Verge. The extensive showing brought out collections from eight designers:LACTIC, Not Equal by Fabio CostaKQK by Karen QuirionFonyMARKANTOINESAGA by Sandra GagaloSunSun, and Jag & Co. all showed their wares at the event. Here are a few highlights.
 

AfterEllen.Com: JagandCo Returns To Brooklyn Museum

AfterEllen.Com: JagandCo Returns To Brooklyn Museum

Backstage at VERGE: Queer New York Fashion Week’s event with out models and designers...

Last night at the Brooklyn Museum, queer fashion had its part in New York Fashion Week. dapperQbklyn boihoodPosture Magazine and D.Y.D.H. Productions put together VERGE, eight different collections from queer designers: Fabio Costa of NotEqualKaren Quirion ofKQKSunSunJag & Co.Sandra GagaloLACTICFony and MARKANTOINE. More than 70 models took the stage, including Marcia Alvarado, Rain Dove and Merika Palmiste, all of whom walked as male models in other NYFW shows.

Check out this gallery of the models and designers backstage, attendees posing on the carpet, and other special guests who sat front row.

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September 18, 2015

Last night at the Brooklyn Museum, queer fashion had its part in New York Fashion Week. dapperQbklyn boihoodPosture Magazine and D.Y.D.H. Productions put together VERGE, eight different collections from queer designers: Fabio Costa of NotEqualKaren Quirion ofKQKSunSunJag & Co.Sandra GagaloLACTICFony and MARKANTOINE. More than 70 models took the stage, including Marcia Alvarado, Rain Dove and Merika Palmiste, all of whom walked as male models in other NYFW shows.

Check out this gallery of the models and designers backstage, attendees posing on the carpet, and other special guests who sat front row.

VERGE Queer New York Front Row Spring 2016 New York Fashion week

VERGE Queer New York Front Row Spring 2016 New York Fashion week

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Fashion designer E. Jaguar Beckford attends the Verge: Queer New York fashion show during Spring 2016 New York Fashion Week at Brooklyn Museum on September 17, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)

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This Is What It’s Like To Attend NYFW’s Biggest Queer Fashion Show

This Is What It’s Like To Attend NYFW’s Biggest Queer Fashion Show

On the last night of New York Fashion Week, the Brooklyn Museum set the scene for VERGE — the largest queer fashion event of NYFW.

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This is the second time dapperQ, the “premier style and empowerment website for masculine presenting women, gender queers, and trans-identified individuals,” has put on the fashion week event. This year’s show was made possible by a collaboration between bklyn boihoodDYDH Productions, and Posture Magazine.

The show featured eight collections from various out queer designers includingMARKANTOINESunSunJag & Co, and LACTIC.

As expected, the models that walked the runway were handsome…

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… beautiful, dapper…

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… and everything in between:

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It was a show where not all the models were six-foot-something:

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Where sometimes you had major shoe envy…

… and sometimes not:

It was an event where you could get your makeup done in the presence of actual artwork…

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… or get a little haiku to take home.

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A night to ask… wait, what the heck does this all mean?

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Because nobody has the right answer.

A night to snag a quick selfie behind stage…

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… or more than one.

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A night to attend and be ~ feeling yourself ~ for dressing exactly how you want:

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A night to don your best bowtie:

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(Seriously, so many bowties)

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It was a night to ~swoon~:

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A night to snag a photo with model Elliott Sailors looking perfect in a tux:

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Or witness her looking perfect alongside model Harmony Boucher:

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A night to make a statement:

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But mostly, a night to oggle a bunch of gorgeous humans — on and off the runway.

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*Takes notes, heads out to go shopping*

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Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.

Fashion’s Queer Night Out: Androgynous Style Steps Into the Spotlight

Fashion’s Queer Night Out: Androgynous Style Steps Into the Spotlight

By Kristen McCallum
Photos By Lola Waters (adventuresoflolawaters.blogspot.com)

This past Saturday, December 6 at the Brooklyn Museum, dapperQ, the popular fashion resource for masculine women and trans-identified individuals, put on an impressive display of genderqueer genius. Juxtaposed to the museum’s current Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe exhibition, which highlights the history of the high heel, (un)Heeled: A Fashion Show for the Unconventionally Masculine served as ”an alternative narrative.”

 

Jaguar Beckford

It’s a sentiment shared by Jaguar Beckford, CEO and designer of Brooklyn-based clothier, Jag & Co. “I felt as if we were the yin to the Killer Heels yang.” When asked what she saw as her company’s role in the fashion show, Jaguar was very candid about the opportunity to help “redefine gender identity and expression.” She went on to say, “dapperQ has been helping inspire, as well as tutor in the realm of androgynous style for nearly six years. We are doing the same and were featured as a bespoke tailoring company designing for the masculine-identified gender and some in between.” This was not an event to miss. ELIXHER was in the building so our readers wouldn’t have to.

 

Lauren Hailey

By 7 p.m., Beaux-Arts Court, a beautifully lit space within the museum (think: high ceilings, historic archways, and glass-tile floors), was buzzing with live music by DJ M.O., designer pop-up shops, and how-to lessons from tying bow-ties to styling socks. As the crowd of well-dressed attendees grew, I bumped into Brooklyn-based fashion designer Lauren Hailey who spoke briefly about her line of “classic menswear and war-time pieces for the genderless and for those interested in style over trends.” She had definitely come to the right place and she clearly knew it as she comfortably continued to network.

The fashion show began a little after 8:30 p.m. with selected music from Brooklyn’s own DJ Mursi Layne, who also played a live set after the runway portion concluded. As the audience engaged in rightful ogling of the models and their showcase pieces, I was excited by the visibility of the queer people of color community.

Modeling for the L.A.-based “queer-centric” suiting company, Sharpe Suiting, was professional rugby player and 11-year Team USA veteran, Phaidra Knight (who is also currently training as a 2016 USA Rugby Team Olympic hopeful).

 

Phaidra Knight

“I identify as Phaidra and although I have androgynous characteristics, I am a female,” she told ELIXHER. “I love and embrace that. And I think it’s important that girls and boys of color, alike, who are similarly situated witness examples of others who have gone beyond the scope of traditional social barriers and live the life they choose to live. Everyone in the show had their own identity, whether they choose to be referred to as ‘he,’ ‘she,’ or ‘they’ and it’s a beautiful thing for them to have received the spotlight for positive self-expression.”

 

DJ M.O. and DJ Mursi Layne

As the show progressed and the designers continued to showcase their crafts to an engaged audience, the celebration of style soon moved to honoring a cause that now sits front and center in our society — #BlackLivesMatter — beginning with the models of Saint Harridan walking the runway with posters carrying the powerful mantra, a gesture met with applause by many.

“Black Lives Matter,” responded Mary Going, founder of Saint Harridan, when asked why she chose to make such a political statement during her presentation. ”We must keep saying these three words whenever the camera is on us. More than bustling shopping districts, more than sleigh bell soundtracks, more than selling suits: Black Lives Matter. None of us have anything to lose by checking our assumptions, our actions, our laws against this simple and revolutionary idea: Black Lives Matter.”

 

Mary Going (left) and Dom Brassey

This acknowledgement was continued into the show’s closing where the production team took the stage and stopped with their hands up in the place of a standard bow. This sign of solidarity was met with an intense applause followed by a standing audience — hands raised in unity.

“I asked my co-producers, dapperQ founder Susan Herr and member of the dapperQ collective Deeba Zivari, if they would stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and #HandsUp by putting our hands up at the end of the runway, rather than simply bowing,” explained Anita Dolce Vita (un)Heeled executive producer and dapperQ editor-in-chief. “Recognizing that dapperQ is more than just about fashion and that style is inherently radical and political for the queer community, they fully embraced this act of solidarity.”

 

(L-R): Susan Herr, Anita Dolce Vita and Deeba Zivari

Needless to say, dapperQ provided a night full of necessary statements, community, and a showcasing of talent I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of.

Kristen McCallum is a writer living in Washington Heights, NYC. Growing up in a Jamaican family has made coming out quite the journey. Determined to finally find her place in the QWOC community, Kristen feels new to all of this but it still feels like home. To see more of her work, including her original poetry, visit her website at www.kristen-mccallum.com.

 

JagandCo at the Brooklyn Museum's : Unconventionally Masculine Fashion Show

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Museum Presents: “Unconventionally Masculine” and Presenting Designer E. JAGUAR BECKFORD Founder and CEO, Jaguar & Company Clothier(JagandCo.) at the DapperQ’s (Un)Heeled Fashion Show, December 6, 2014. E. Jaguar Beckford is a fashion designer and stylist from New York. Beckford also has a strong background in the music industry being an Executive Producer and Juris Doctorate of Law in Entertainment.

Androgynous Models Riico Da Don and Deuce

Beckford is simply no stranger to the entertainment industry. At the event, Brooklyn Museum is expected to present Beckford at the fashion show. With close to 3000 people in attendance, Beckford sees this as “another opportunity to show the world that you must be passionate about what you do each day of your life. If you don’t love what you do, you are doing the wrong thing.” The music veteran and entrepreneur seeks to design and put out fashion for both men and women.

Since the start of Beckford’s company in February of 2013, Beckford has managed to specialize in masculine and feminine, while at the same time — boasting a collection that combines the artistic beauty of vibrant patterns with luxurious fabrics such as cotton voile, silk, and wool, to produce a dual style of vintage chic meets contemporary. Being an experienced contract negotiator for artists, its also a strong advocate to guide them in developing their brands.

Beckford launched Rainbow Fashion Week last June to spotlight menswear-inspired clothing line, Jaguar and Company, and help underrepresented designers, models, stylists, filmmakers and other creative types gain exposure. Beckford’s passion and accomplishments with fashion has led New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to give her innovation some major recognition.

Photo Credits: aTruLee Photography

JagandCo Redefines Masculinity at the Brooklyn Museum

JagandCo Redefines Masculinity at the Brooklyn Museum

NEW YORK — Last night, Jaguar and Company Clothier (JagandCo) along with several other designers had an amazing opportunity to springboard fashion in redefining masculinity. DapperQ turned the Brooklyn Museum into their stage with “(un)Heeled,” the online magazine’s largest fashion show to date which celebrated androgynous and masculine fashion for women and trans masculine folks. Like ying and yang, the show paired well the museum’s current exhibit, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe. 

DapperQ – the fashion, lifestyle, and empowerment website for masculine presenting women and trans-identified individuals – have been helping inspire, as well as tutoring women in the realm of androgynous style for nearly six years.

Among those featured was Jag & Co, “the bespoke tailoring company for the masculine identified gender and some in between.” Earlier this year, two of their bespoke jackets made it into the Red Carpet with Steven Spielberg’s Lucky Seven star Luis Antonio Ramos as well as appeared on the Cathy Lee and Hoda Show where the custom Admiral’s Jacket w/hanging suspender’s was well received. Ironically, it’s not just the queer folks talking about JagandCo, the straight community seem to love Jagandco’s innovation.

JagandCo founder is also a huge innovator and because of the lack of support in bringing the queer folk to the forefront of fashion, JagandCo created Rainbow Fashion Week: June 19-26, 2015 — 14 great fashion themed shows for the upcoming fashion, film, technology and entertainment community. Their launch this year received a proclamation from Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Rap duo Smiff n Wesson, Richard Pryor Jr., NFL Linebacker Alvin Bowens as well as the Coke Boyz’ Lil Trigg have all worn and praised their clothing.

  

Our objective at the (un)heeled show was to highlight our one of a kind bespoke signature bow ties with the fish tail end and button, our silk suspenders with leather and red paperboy trousers. Hanging suspenders allow our customer to see the variety of ways to exploit their wardrobe pieces in a Dress Up Dress Down style;” says Jaguar Beckford CEO and Designer of JagandCo.

“The combination of these 3 pieces was mixed and matched along with a cornucopia of textures and patterns to create our runway show. People loved it and we will continue on the path we’ve chosen.” DapperQ continues to raise the bar and so will we get the message out loud and clear; we are all redefining gender identity and expression a very powerful tool.

Photo credits: Photography by Suri & aTruLee Photography 

Find us on Jagandco.com or Jaguarandcompany.com or @jagandco.

 

JagandCo’s Spring Line

MAR 18, 2014

JagandCo’s Spring Line

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Every year, as the weather warms up, dapperQ gets tons of e-mails asking how to look dapper in the heat. Well, JagandCo’s spring collection of Red Paperboy trousers, shorts, vests, bow ties and suspenders are your answers for dressing dandy while beating the heat. Summer wedding? No problem. Spring graduation. Easy breezy. Here’s a sneak peak at JagandCo’s Charlotte, NC photo shoot for their spring line, featuring models from the Androgynous Model Reality Show and JagandCo.

Executive Producer of Androgynous Girls Reality Show, and Jag of JagandCo

JagandCo stats: Follow "Jag" of JagandCo on Instagram and Twitter, at @JagandCo. You can also visit their website, www.JaguarandCompany.com. For all JagandCo media request, contact their publicist, azizapr@gmail.com.

Anita Dolce Vita

Fashion and culture blogger featured in Newsweek's Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Curve, Autostraddle, MTV/LOGO's AfterEllen, SF Weekly, Globe & Mail, DIVA, GO Mag, Beijing Review, and Bosnia's Manjine.BA. Education/Credentials: University of New Mexico (B.A., magna cum laude); New York University (MPA, top marks); SUNY Downstate Medical Center (BSN, cum laude); NYS RN.

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Interview With JagandCo Custom Clothing

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FEB 12, 2014

Interview with JagandCo. Custom Clothing

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*All photos by aTruLee Photography

We are so honored to announce that the queer owned clothier JagandCo. will be sending interactive lifestyle models to dapperQ’s five year anniversary runway show and after party. DJ Whitney Day first introduced dapperQ to the world of JagandCo. via Facebook, and we instantly fell in love with their dapper ascetic which blends vintage chic with contemporary styles. We sat down with E. Jaguar Beckford, JD, CEO, designer and stylist at JagandCo. Clothier to share bring you more information about the brand.

JagandCo Model Silva Fox wearing the "WaistCoat"

 

Tell our readers about JagandCo.

JagandCo: First, I’d like to thank dapperQ for recognizing my work in the LGBT community. We’ve been working overtime branding ourselves in social media and beyond. JagandCo’s mission is to create chic, custom and edgy masculine identified clothing that is desired and consumed by the fashion community. I have worked in the entertainment industry for about 20 years now and have stumbled across some tremendous talents in the arts, often lost or wayward queer youth looking for some place to belong; and singers, dancers, artist, designers etc., all with a penchant for fashion. Yet there was always something missing from their equation. Identity. I heard too many of their stories of abuse, violence and self deprecation because they just did not fit in -  in their families, in their school social setting, etc. – because they were different. Well I felt that way for the longest. That’s the mission of JagandCo: Reach One, Teach One. Our aim is to reach just one person and change their lives, teach just one person how to wear clothing where they can stand out. Our further mission is to create a green campaign that can help reduce waste. So we are working on two products presently to “Go Green” and save our environment.

 

JagandCo Model Hokulani wearing custom vest/bow tie

What motivated you to start JagandCo?

JagandCo: My official company name is “Jaguar and Company Clothier.” I went to law school in the 90’s, practiced and recently retired. While in school, I designed clothing for the LGBT community. Mostly Tees, hand pained jeans and afro-centric jewelry. But it was just a hobby and enough to pay my bills. So I did the law thing representing major clients such as Eric B & Rakim, Lyfe Jennings, Chrysette Michelle etc., but this was not where my heart was. So, last year I followed my heart and started this company because I was tired of how the fashion industry perceived women who wea,r how do you say, “masculine identified clothing?” I was disgusted by the looks of patrons at shops that shook their heads, demonstrative of their disapproval of my being in the men’s department. I was tired of the sales people with no sense of ability of how to “manage” a patron such as myself. So I wanted to create clothing where queers could attend family events, party, go on a date feeling not good, but great.

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But the desire to accomplish this goal has turned into a movement. A fluid movement of the gathering of people from all walks of life who are attracted to how we move when we come into a room. Our elegance, our grace, our confidence is immediately recognized.  I just received this quote from one of your very own dapperQ models:

“Hey Jag, good morning friend, I just wanted you to know that I am obsessed with your movement now, all the bow-ties all the fashion all the androgyny I can’t stop now. I just want to know how can I help with the movement? I need to be a part of this. #Salute #Respect #Peace.”

We get letter like this after every event we do. So, we decided to focus on that, building a fashion movement. I’m different. I spoke differently. I thought differently. I dressed differently. I wanted different things from life and the Universe surrounded me with people to allow that to manifest into the world of JagandCo. It’s a movement.

How would you describe the JagandCo aesthetic?

JagandCo: We wanted the name to be sophisticated and reflective of an upscale market with a twist. Mixing things like military styles with traditional patterns; hunting patterns with classic styles. Formal looks with grunge or hip hop styles.


What inspires your designs?

JagandCo: I love textures, colors and patterns. I love layers. I see lines and motion in clothing and constantly see enhancements. But I had no formal training, just what I saw and felt. So I found tailors that knew more about fashion products than myself. I spoke to designers about fabrics; I took introductory courses on textiles to become even more “inspired” as you say. That is what inspires me. Textiles. A pattern moves in my mind and dances in fluid motion. It translates into a garment.

You recently won “Designer of the Year” at the EHMP Hip Hop awards. What sets you apart from other designers who are now making bespoke clothing for dapperQs?
JagandCo: First, nyone can make a custom garment with the right measurement. JagandCo takes an edgier approach to the traditional and breaks the mold when it comes to that. We don’t want a garment that just fits, it must stand out.

Second, we re-design clothing often starting from a clients own wardrobe.

Third, we are presently applying for a patent for a special tie design that is a 100 percent re-cycled “green product.” We are very conscious about the environment and said if it can be fixed lets fix it, rather than throwing it away and putting more “things” into the environment.

Fourth, we developed three fragrances that are “to die for” that do not harm the environment with chemical sprays and last much longer.

Fifth, we show you how to put it all together by our styling experts. To sum it up we are full fledge “House of JagandCo” and not just the living room.


Last week, you held an event called “Just Androgynous Gurls Under a Rainbow: The Diary of Androgyny,” where fashion met MC’s/poets and 3D visual art. How did you come up with the idea for this event and why was it important to integrate all of these art forms under one roof?
JagandCo: This was a big step for JagandCo. After two previous successful marketing campaigns: Ladies Love Bow Ties I and II; and two great photo shoots with Andros, queer, boi whatever you want to call them, and beautiful femmes wearing my signature Hers’ n Her’s Bow Tie Ensembles, each shoot became its own event.  So we had to do something different. I attended Mary Mount Manhattan College and majored in English Literature with a minor in theatre. I sing, dance, draw, act and do photography. The Arts’ is in my blood. When a model walks down a runway, she is before you an average time of 45 seconds to a minute. It then becomes necessary to do a final walk to give people another opportunity to see them again.  Our Live fashion show allows me to dress and layer my models for two looks that are viewed by my audience for an average of 3 min. During an actual performance my models can change their look along with the second song or piece. So, I coach my models (just as a photographer does) in what I call “Narrative Interpretation” of the performer’s piece. So think about this the photographer tells a model “give me a tiger, ok a fierce tiger, lil stronger, now you’re in heat,” and so on. The model translates their whole body into that Narrative.  My show accomplishes the same. I take my experience in theatre, utilize my experience as a photographer and produce a live Fashion show…that meets the arts.

Style is obviously important part of your identity. How would you describe your style?
JagandCo: My style is unique, edgy, non-conforming. I don’t have a favorite color. So I am not partial to any one color of anything. As I said before, patterns and texture do a fluid dance in my head, so getting dressed for an event is just fun, never work. If I’m thinking too hard, then something is wrong.


Has it been a journey defining your own personal style? Tell me about it.

JagandCo: Not at all, because personal style evolves just as we do.  There are always fashion trends that we all want to be a part of or abstain from.  If I ever elected to join in, it was always on my terms with my flair. Showing up at a club, I would always hear; “only you could pull that off.”

Have you experienced any challenges when it comes to dressing dapper queer?  What are they?

JagandCo: Actually, no. When I dress ANYONE, I have one rule. No mirror. Hold your head up. Turn around, left hand back, right hand back, jacket up to shoulder. What I mean is. I do not let anyone see what he or she is being dressed in. They cannot see until I have finished. That is my rule. That way I am not fighting them about colors, styles, likes, dislikes etc. Once I am finished. I let them see my vision… I got about a 98% success rate.

Where are your favorite places to shop?

JagandCo: Probably the Internet. Small boutiques. Thrift shops.

What has most influenced your style?

JagandCo: What influenced my style wants to be different, so I always tried to do something or try something a little unconventional.


Who are your fashion icons?

JagandCo: I would probably say The House of Givenchy, because his fashion was “art.”

What is the one article of clothing you cannot live without?

JagandCo: A dope Azz Hat.

Who have you worked with and/or styled?

My first celebrity client was Denver Bronco’s Player Alvin “Ace” Bowen, for the cover of Hard CandyMagazine. Then, I dressed award winning Director Michael “Boogie” Pinckney; Luis Antonio Ramos, star of Steven Spielberg’s ABC show Lucky 7, for his Red Carpet and ABC editorial daytime show; and celebrity Stylist Eric “E Stylz” Santiago. We had an editorial feature in Beautiful Savage Magazine; Hip Hop Artists, Smiff n’ Wesson; video shoot for Hip Hop artist Mr. Cheeks; The Coke Boyz artist “Lil Trigg” (writer, producer of Jenna Rose’s 23 million views “In my Jeans”); Underground Hip Hop promoter and radio show host AD the General for the Bravo reality Show NY’s Women to Women.

Tap Dancer/Singer/Songwriter, Cartier Conway wearing JagandCo.

You’re coming up on your 1 Year Anniversary. What was the highlight of 2013?

We have an awesome show planned for our anniversary, a never before type of show. We will be working throughout the year planning a really big event that cannot be discussed at this time.

What else can we expect next from Jag & Co.?

JagandCo: We have some interesting partnerships we are looking to solidify. We have some awesome productions we are planning. We have some wonderful queer models we are looking to brand. We have a social responsibility plan that we have taken across the globe into Afrika that will insure our products are helping to build the lives of others in our global communities. We presently sponsor a village in Hohoe Ghana and have helped supplement their community with electronics. We have hired 2 graphic designers that will be contributing designs that in turn will help to assist us in that objective.

How can our readers contact you?

JagandCo: Follow me via Instagram and Twitter, at @JagandCo. You can also visit the website,www.JaguarandCompany.com, and for all media request, contact my publicist, Mocca, atjagandco@moccabrandmedia.com.

Anita Dolce Vita

Fashion and culture blogger featured in Newsweek's Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Curve, Autostraddle, MTV/LOGO's AfterEllen, SF Weekly, Globe & Mail, DIVA, GO Mag, Beijing Review, and Bosnia's Manjine.BA. Education/Credentials: University of New Mexico (B.A., magna cum laude); New York University (MPA, top marks); SUNY Downstate Medical Center (BSN, cum laude); NYS RN.

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Madison Jaye covers part 2 of JagandCo's LadiesLoveBowTies.

Part II of the LadiesLoveBowTies Photo Shoot Series took place, Saturday, November 9, 2013 at the West Studio in Brooklyn, NY. In attendance were a variety of models, new faces, Jag & Co LifeStyle Models, Pretty Boi Couture Models and Celebrity Faces, including, celebrity media princess, Madison Jaye who covered the event live, Vivian Billings (Gossip Viv) of ThisIs50.com and her son, Kayden who is new to the LifeStyle model Team. Take a look.

photographer: Lisa Lee of aTrueLee Photography

Whether you know it or not, your closet tells the entire story of your life. From head to toe, your clothes describe your gender, height, size, personality type, education and financial history. Well for the most part it does. By looking at a person's shoes, the types of fabrics, buttons, stitching etc., on someone's clothes you basically can tell their story.

JagandCo Featured Designer at FachionBloc Purple Carpet Fashion Show 2013


Fachion Bloc’s Pre Fashion Week Kickoff A Purple Carpet Edition will feature designers Christopher Lamont, Chi Chi Vogue by Marsha Williams, Jaguar and Company Clothier by E. Jaguar Beckford and Almond Eyz D’zingz by 5 years old designer Deysha Nelson. 

Guests will be served with delicious finger food by Roc A Tone Seafood and Restaurant and delectable desserts provided by our “sweets and treats” sponsor The Dessert Stylists While sipping on Papi Wines. Press and media will meet and greet our special invited VIP guests and hosts during our exclusive purple carpet hour before the fashion segment begins.

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JagandCo Featured Designer at P.R.A.D.A. Shop Indie 4 A Cause, during NY Fashion Week 2013: Hosted by VH1's Yandy Smith


Vocab Magazine courtesy of Tylik Hill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2OpgjxCppg

MadisonJaye.com - Yandy Smith hosts the 3rd Annual Shop Indie 4 A Cause Fashion and Trunk Show covered by Madison Jaye

Respect The Next - http://respectthenext.com/2013/09/11/3rd-annual-fashion-and-trunk-show-fundraiser-with-yandy-smith/

(New York - New York) - On Saturday atMIST Harlem; Love & Hip-Hop New York personality Yandy Smith and CEO of G.E.M Bosses and radio personality ofDTFradio.com Madison Jaye hosted the 3rd Annual Shop Indie 4 A Cause Fashion and Trunk Show benefiting non-profit organization People's Resource and Development Association 'Youth Entrepreneur Programs'. Lending their support to the cause were Mob Wive stars Karen Gravano [who introduced her new hair line Tresses by Karen Gravano and autographed copies of her NY Times best seller Mob Daughter] and Ramona Rizzo showcased her skincare line Roxanne Rizzo.

The SOLD OUT of over 200 guests event coordinated by Storm PR Agency and produced by Poyed by Velvette during the height of NYFW was headlined by Jag & Co Jaguar and Company Clothierwith featured indie designers Alreddi Jeans , Beware , Define Me Designs , Eccentric Kisses ,Malanski , RBR Styles LLC , SeSa Designs , and Warrior Gear. General admission ticket holders were invited to enjoy the fashion show with special performances by Universal Dance Destiny Ministry and Lyfestyle Music Group artists Celebrity & Charlie Thrushshop, vending from Accentuating Bows, Danyell Bradley, Diamond Services, Everything Girls Love, Fancy by Lady Ashley, Journe Designs, Miss Sassy Boutique, Queen of Bling, Squirt, Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry, and VIP Divas LLC, while special invited guests and VIP ticket holders indulged in appetizers from Poyed by Velvette , cocktails sponsored by Ice Cream Cellars flavored wines, cupcake by Tre Chic Cupcakes, manicures courtesy of Nail Lounge sponsored by O.P.I., demos presented by Toy Closet NYC, complimentary massages with tunes by Harlem's own DJ Get On Up and gift bags sponsored by Miss Jessie's filled with goodies from Alreddi JeansCandi Colour Cosmetics,Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft CurlsO!cessoriesO.P.I. , Protectiv MegaGrowth and Toy Closet NYC and the chance to win raffles provided by Elle TarplinJag & Co Jaguar and Company Clothier and an autographed copy of Karen Gravano's best seller Mob Daughter.

Other special invited guests not photographed, publicist Alvin Lopez-Woods, Barry Cooper, Cartier Conway, celebrity stylist Eric 'Estylz' Santiago, R&B group Final Draft, hip-hop artist Grafh, Mara The Hip-Hop Socialite, celebrity publicist Marie Driven, celebrity stylist Nar's Gordy, Style Network personality Pilar Scratch, celebrity publicist Sibrena Stowe, This Is 50's Vivian Billing, and VH-1 Gossip Game's, Ms Drama , and more!

P.R.A.D.A founders Janine Smalls - GueyeLanise Herman-Thomas and Simonne Banks - Pedrosothanked supporters at the end of the evening as host Yandy Smith encouraged and reminded guests that in spite of having a great time at the event "We are all here for a very important cause 'the children' and these ladies are doing an awesome job, they need our support".

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Photos provided by Ronn Oneal for En The Limelight

Special Thanks To Media: BAM Magazine, Bosschicks.com, Exit 21 Magazine, FreddyO.com, Fuzion Magazine, Miss Lisa Knows, Mocca Brand Media, That Plum Juice, Respect The Next, The Hip-Hop Socialite, Ryder Magazine, Vocab Magazine, What's Hot In Hip-Hop, and Zach Simmons forYeahImFamous.com.

Thank You To All Of Our Sponsors, Our Hosts and To MIST Harlem!