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NIKE Air Max “Camo Pack” Collection

By Travis McHenry | July 25, 2013

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Nike Camo Pack

When your kitchen uniform consists of the same pants, chefs jacket and shoes day in and day out, you try to find ways to diversify your look on the street. And what better than the new Nike Air Max “Camo Pack” collection to help you with just that.

Nike Camo Pack

It’s no secret that the world of style in both men’s and women’s wear has been taken over by camo prints over the last several years. It started small and has since become a print that will continue to find its way in both subtle and loud ways. The latest release for Nike uses the print to tell the story that says you need to add as much camo as you possibly can to your feet. Read More


THE EYE: The New Slip on Sneaker

By Christopher Stewart | March 20, 2013

Photo Courtesy of Mr.Porter

Photo Courtesy of Mr.Porter

With the last few days of winter almost behind us, it’s time to start thinking about Spring. Spring menus, spring cleaning and spring fashion are now on our minds as we pack the heavy coats away in our closets and pretend that they don’t exist. Spring fashion is the perfect time to experiment and recreate your style, and the season is now with these slip on sneakers. From high end to low end, designers are reinventing the slip-on sneaker in canvas, leather, suede, and nubuck for a more cool and sophisticated approach with a city edge. Slip on’s are even now coming in faux croc and bright prints to add a new found luxury to the once only skater boy signature classic. Read More

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From Pastry to “Poetik” Designs

By Diamond Bradley | July 24, 2012


Nicklaus Jones, Founder of Poetik Designs

At first glance, one does not see a former pastry chef clothed in a blue blazer, loafers and bowtie.  But, that’s who you’re looking at.

Mr. Nicklaus Jones, Mississippi native and founder of graphic apparel line Poetik Designs remembers the days of being on the line at four-star NYC restaurant Le Cirque, where he’d left after one year for two main reasons.  One, the chef’s uniform didn’t allow him to show his individuality in his dress, and two, it just wasn’t what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Mr. Jones, a vegetarian, left Le Cirque after a year to focus on his passion.  He wants to make Read More

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Fashion Matrimony at the Harlem Haberdashery

By Diamond Bradley | July 9, 2012

Haberdashery and Sofistafunk Cake

Haberdashery and Sofistafunk Wedding Cake by ShaRee Amour Catering

“Sometimes. Always. Never.” Harlem Haberdashery’s Trend Specialist, Louis Johnson muttered his disappointment as he eyed my friend’s blazer with its two top buttons closed (luckily his bottom was not), a closed breast-pocket on his chest, and one of his two back vents sewn together. As the man who maintains wardrobe in the newly opened boutique in Harlem, Mr. Johnson refused to leave my friend in pieces and he was put back together quite nicely, with a pocket square neatly folded in his pocket and only the middle button fastened. Read More

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From Museums to the Streets: The Urban Chic of Ingram Talley

By Diana Tsuchida | June 28, 2012

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The Mahogany Dress

When abstract expressionist paintings and a beautifully hand-stitched dress collide to find their way into the closets of fashion junkies, it must be the work of Jakia Handy. The young and zealous Harlem-based designer is the talent behind Ingram Talley, and at only 26, she is making a sure and steady rise on the local fashion scene.  As the line is a combination of her grandmothers’ last names, Handy pays homage to geneaology through timeless style. “When I think about what I want to do with my clothes, I really want to have future vintage pieces. Pieces that my nieces and my nephews and my grandkids will still want to wear.” This kind of foresight enables Handy to channel her artistic interests of fine art, sculptures and music into all her designs. Her creations diverge from a pattern in contemporary fashion in which the disposable nature of clothes is too commonplace. “I think people take it for granted because we wear them everyday, but they’re really art pieces when done well. If you have a fabulous jacket that you really had a blast with in your twenties, why do you just have to get rid of it? I don’t like the fact that clothes die but art doesn’t.”  Read More


African Roots Come to Fashion

By admin | April 25, 2012

Ijenela Ifil

Photo: Ijenela Ifil

If you’ve gotten the chance to have one of Red Rooster’s signature teas or cappuccinos, you probably would’ve noticed that your hot beverage of choice not only comes to your liking but also comes with a smile; all thanks to one of our best- IJ! When she’s not acting as one of Red Rooster Harlem’s top baristas, Ijenela Ifil, believe it or not, designs and hand-makes her own line of African clothing. Although, IJ is from Guyana, she has a strong connection with her African roots and, besides food, one of the ways she displays it is with her clothing. She makes everything from traditional African dresses, to knitted scarves, hats, and other accessories. Read More


Shooting With Rushka Bergman

By admin | March 22, 2012

Rushka and Marcus

Some people can learn style while others are born with the natural ability to style, whether it’s clothes, furniture, or anything other artistic objects. This can truly be said of Rushka Bergman who seems to be born with style and an incredibly artistic eye for fashion. I’ve been lucky enough to be featured in many photo shoots, but the ones styled by Rushka Bergman have always been my favorite.

Ruska has styled me in two shoots so far for L’uomo Vogue, one of which was a couple days ago. She came with her team from L’uomo to shoot me at Red Rooster and like always it was truly a pleasure and inspiration in itself. Read More


Worldly Inspirations: An Interview with Designer Barbara Abbatemaggio from Sorelle Firenze

By admin | February 16, 2012

Barbara and Monica Abbatemaggio

By: Cyndi Amaya

Traveling to far off places often leaves us with inspiration; whether it’s a new outlook on life or an insight to a culture different from ours. For Barbara Abbatemaggio, traveling always works as an inspiration to her and her fashion line, Sorelle Firenze. One particular recent trip to Ethiopia, has inspired her and her business partner and sister, Monica, to bring in traditional Ethiopian textiles and techniques and blend it to their chic New York City style.

Check out our interview below of Barbara and what inspired her recent scarf collection for Sorelle Firenze. Read More


Designer Duro Olowu Hosts Pop-Up Art and Fashion Gallery

By admin | February 15, 2012

Duro Olowu's gallery

London-based fashion designer Duro Olowu has just set up shop in New York City through a pop-up art and fashion gallery for the next month. The show, currently at Salon 94’s Freeman Alley Gallery, displays an array of both Duro’s Spring 2012 designs as well as a vast collection of art, textiles, photographs, and other objets trouves gathered by Duro throughout his many travels.

The opening reception for Duro Olowu’s Materials was held last Wednesday, February 8th, as dozens of guests entered the colorful gallery to gander at the intricate pieces and decor that make up Duro’s creative inspiration. Nestled alongside Duro’s worldly treasures, were a few pieces from his exquisite Spring 2012 collection. Paneled tail coats, colorful chiffon gowns, and hand-made footwear fit right in next to the exotic photographs, jewelry, furniture, and books. Read More


Beauty at Red Rooster: Our Hostess Nicolette Balmer on Refinery29

By admin | November 16, 2011


Photo: Angela Pham

Recently, Refinery29 featured their list of 16 Gorgeous Waitresses from 9 Cool NYC Restaurants, and we’re very proud to say our very own Red Rooster beauty Nicolette Balmer made it on the list. As much as we loved being called a “Cool NYC Rstaurant”, we much more loved to see Nicolette’s face grace the list of top NYC restaurant beauties. Her photo shoot for Refinery’s piece showed off her Harlem style as a combination of “African royalty and the richness of Harlem.”  Read More


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