Standing Up is…Classic.

Disclaimer*- I am fully aware that 22 designs is a small fashion business, however this blog is very near and dear to my heart. The following post would be considered political and you may not like it/me/want to support the business afterwards, OR you may learn something from it, OR you may love it. With all of those assumptions being said, I have come to terms with each of them. This is not Vogue or Vanity Fair or Harper Bazaar. Each of those publications produce incredible work, but for me personally I don’t always relate.  *Don’t get me wrong I’ve been reading Vogue since I was 7 and it would be a dream to work there, but…I’m having to be realistic*. Fashion and the writing that surrounds it can come off as grandiose and unattainable unless you’re part of the upper echelon of society. 22 is looking to take local people and their experiences, and bring them to light.

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As a small business owner, I can’t help but notice how lacking the diversity is in marketing for other small businesses, especially in the local aspect. As a young white woman, I can’t even always relate to the tall skinny blondes that businesses use to model their clothes or to be the face of the brand…I can’t even imagine how people of color and minorities in general must feel to not always have representation while shopping…or doing anything for that matter. To further explain this comment- I usually don’t relate because so many models are stick thin. Kudos to them! I am curvier, with stretch marks and cellulite. I can’t imagine not being able to relate aesthetically because no one I see on a website/social media is the same color as me. If you want to use models of all the same color, cool. Do you. I just feel that brands and companies are cutting themselves off from all audiences. These things just come to mind when I’m looking through social media, and that’s where we stand firm in not being grouped in with the masses. 22 designs is dedicated to making everyone feel welcome. NO matter your race, gender, sexual orientation, age, etc. We aspire to make our customers feel their best. We want everyone to feel like they can shop and feel good about the purchase they’ve made. There’s no agenda here. I’m not attempting to force my thought process on anyone, so if you disagree, well take a minute to really think about it before you become a keyboard warrior. Simply sharing things that I notice and question.

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Beautiful. Wild. Suave. Rock N’ Roll. Confident.

What started out as a typical 22 designs interview with one of my closest friends turned into so much more. I was able to learn and walk away with a new perspective. In this day and age when everyone is so concerned with what “side” people are on, we forget that without the politics, the labels, honestly…the bullshit- we’re all human beings living very different lives. I urge you to never miss the opportunity to engage in a truly human experience…to look someone in the eye, hear their voice quiver while telling a sad story, watch the lines in their face change when they smile, feel their energy as they sit across from you and allow you to peek into their soul. I experienced each of these while Medgar Alexander Jeffers answered my questions.

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The following shoot was inspired by the Netflix Original show, “The Get Down”- a  glimpse into the lives of a young group of black men growing up in the Bronx circa 1970’s. If you’ve seen the show, you’ll hopefully see the inspiration in the train boxcars and art that covers them.

 

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“I See the World in Your Eyes” bracelet available at shop22designs.co

 

When it comes to fashion, what do you feel most comfortable/yourself in?

I’m just a fan of t-shirts and dark jeans that actually fit me the way I want them to.

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How do you incorporate that into your career?

Well right now I’m in between jobs -design engineer that hopefully soon branches more into 3d abstract design work.

SO you’re familiar with creating things?

Yes and especially in nonconventional means. I feel that working in 3d space is something that has so much untapped potential in regards to many different facets of industries.

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Speaking of untapped potential, when you tell people you’re an engineer do they ever seemed surprised?

I’ve gotten all sorts of looks/responses. I think it’s the perfect combination to be honest. I think it’s due to me being the perfect right place wrong time combination of age and race. If I were white and this age, or if I were black and older they’d say that’s cool but because I’m this age and black people sometimes don’t believe me. I think it’s very telling of our current socio-economic climate, I’ve had to go by a different name on my resumes to even get an interview, even with all of my credentials. *This broke my heart. I watched Medgar study his ass off in college, and to know that someone as smart as him is going by his middle name, Alexander to have an interview thrown his way is…well it’s completely unfair. And the irony of it is that Medgar is named for Medgar Evers, a war veteran and civil rights activist that was murdered in the early 60’s by a white segregationist. People draw away quickly from anything that is “different’ or outside of their norm, in fear that differences will create issues instead of taking the time to educate themselves and create a new realm of thought process in how they treat people.*

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“Moonlight” bracelet available soon at shop22designs.co

Do you find that there is a certain stigma associated with men wearing jewelry/having tattoos?

Oh yeah. Definitely. I think that’s due in part to the misconception that men can’t express themselves through means that don’t have an intent on harming other people-emotionally, physically, etc. To clarify for a lot of guys, within our own clique of masculinity, it’s not fashionable to show emotion or express ourselves in something that’s nontraditional, example being having on jewelry. It’s hard enough to just be alive, why can’t you just be you?

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Do you believe that stigma derives from a self-conscious place in others (jealously in not being able to pull the look off)?

Yea, I’d say, more often than not. I think that’s in part of pride- pride in our own upbringings…how it makes us different from other people. Some people like to use their own pride or self-consciousness as a means of bartering their self reconciliation.

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So with that word “different”, have you been told that you’re different or not like “a regular guy” because of your interests or the way you dress?

Yes, I have before. It’s even more influential, and not in a positive way when it’s people who you thought were so close to you and turn against your differences from them.

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“Wide Awake” stack available soon at shop22designs.co

Have you ever been shamed for something you’ve worn and did it influence you to not wear the outfit again?

Yes and no. I first started getting shamed in middle school when I had no uniforms. At first I was taken aback…but then in high school I sort of came into my own as being both emotionally self-conscious yet uncompromising in what I chose to do with my physical appearance. Ultimately I decided that it didn’t matter what others thought of what I wore, so long as I thought it was acceptable it was good enough for me.

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Do you have a favorite fashion icon or role model that you draw inspiration from?

In a truly indirect sense I draw personal inspiration from the late Jean-Michel Basquiat a Haitian American artist, just because of his confidence in his own self presentation and his overall expressiveness.

How did you come across him?

So, I was researching American art specifically Black Art. And I came across what came to be some of my favorite artists after researching the Harlem Renaissance. His art pieces in themselves were beautiful,abstract tapestry of social commentary. For example one of his most notable quotes and why I carry myself the way I do- I make my own noteworthiness by making myself un-noteworthy -stems from his quote, “Most young kings get their heads cut off“.

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Medgar and I both spotted this quote first thing as we pulled up to the trains and both muttered, “Holy shit…”.

With your mention of the Harlem Renaissance, I can’t help but ask- and making sure I ask in a mannerly way, do you feel that there is a new wave of Black artisanship that has taken over and unless they make it into the mainstream they go unnoticed?

There are so many people in this country to try and appeal to, as an entertainer/entrepreneur, let alone a black one.. if you don’t fall under one of the social niches it makes sense to un-notice you from the public perspective and that’s the unfortunate thing. If consumers don’t feel like you’ve tailored your craft to THEIR needs, they feel that whatever craft you’ve offered almost deserves to go unnoticed. And that’s how selfish people can be and how unforgiving the industry can be. It took how many years for the modeling world to not have models that were paper thin? And not even getting into race, but if you can gather people to like something, who are (for all intents and purposes SOCIALLY BLIND) the best you can hope for at that point is to get the attention of someone that is good hearted and worthwhile. If you aim big, don’t send your mix tape to someone that will bend you over the barrel- send it to someone that is going to build you and sees an increase in your knowledge as a promising ideal instead of a threat. I hate when people do that shit. Upper movement in a company, if they don’t have your best interest at heart- it’s no different than a pyramid scheme.

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You mentioned there are many people to appeal to in this country, do you find that there is a hyper sexualization of black men within the industry?

I’d say that the powers that be, are doing their best to try and call it something different than what it actually is. It’s analogous to other industries with prominent black figureheads i.e sports, it’s all fun and games until you want your rights: Ask Colin Kapernick. It’s funny that people want to mimic us but not deal with the inherent consequences. People want to try to be black in America but nobody wants to BE black in America.

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Without me making the mistake of coming off as uneducated, as a small business owner in the fashion industry, what can I do to bring about more diversity and celebrate it?

Because you’re a realist, Id say keep on with what you’re doing. People can attempt to take away from you because they don’t agree with you. They can’t take away your mindset or drive. and that’s all a lot of us have anyways. and for your customers that do support you, kudos to them, it’s giving you a chance to be closer to something so much bigger than you. Some people will see that as a motive to not buy from you, it’s their loss. When you sell a stack, the monetary transaction might be finished, but the transfer of an experience or its association with a shared story is just the beginning. That’s why all your stuff is more symbolic than anything. Some would say it’s easy to put together a bracelet and try to make a quick buck with it. But I double dog dare someone to not only bring forth the quality of the craft, but also meld their own experiences, ideals, logic, and lifestyle choices into their work like you do.

And that my friends, is one of the many reasons why Medgar and I are best of friends. We take the time to listen and learn from one another. A huge thank you to him for sitting down to interview and for being one hell of a model.

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If my outspokenness or even commentary on this topic is perceived as “too liberal” or me “crying” being a “snowflake”, then what label can I throw on your silence? We have social responsibilities to uphold as human beings. Treat people with kindness and respect. Know that your words can cut deep, and that you can’t argue with someones experience in this world. You can take a seat and listen. Learn from your brothers and sisters. I urge you to open your mind and realize that positivity is so much easier to experience than hate or negativity.

Thanks for stopping by,

KW

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Rebirth

The start of the year came with major transitions, and for the first time in years I had zero resolutions. This year I’m taking each day as it comes; accomplishing what I can in a day’s worth of time and not succumbing to the stress of a to-do list. *Seriously-I’m 24 years old looking like a tired 40+ and taking any recommendations on where to go for Botox and facials*. MB (long term boyfriend) and I knew we would be moving at the end of 2016/beginning of 2017. He moved down a month early after accepting a job right out of school with an architecture firm *woohoo!!* and I stayed behind to start packing up. Our best friend duo Amanda and Will came up to help us move from Fayetteville to Little Rock and then extended an invite to me to stay when I needed to with them. They were the most gracious hosts a young woman in limbo could ask for!

One night after an interesting conversation ranging from the release process of prisoners of war, growing ivy in a sauna, and people basing their worth off of social media likes…I turned on the cult classic Pulp Fiction and got to work on a collection I had no prior planning for. The next morning it continued and Amanda agreed to model. Every emotion I had been feeling was released in this collection- confusion, yearning to be independent again, the need to feel settled/ put together. Creating this collection was catharsis. It showed an entirely new side to my skill set that I was unaware I possessed…a rebirth and celebration of being home and finding comfort within one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people in the world. Amanda allowed me to style her (my mom helped a little too!) and do her makeup, along with taking her pictures and all I can say is: THANK YOU!!

The pieces in this collection are perfectly juxtaposed with the elements of the outfits they’re paired with…capturing the essence of being Beautiful, Wild, Suave, Rock N’ Roll, and Confident.

Welcome to the Jungle, where I watch my own damn Throne

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“Here Kitty, Kitty” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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Handmade crown not for sale

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“I’ll Lead the Way” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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Rings made upon request

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“H(arrow)ine” choker available at shop22designs.co


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“Bagel with Steer” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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“Twinkle, Twinkle all my Stars” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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“Strutting Madison Ave” bracelet stack available at shop22designs.co

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So.Freaking.Fab.

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I love pieces that can be worn multiple ways.

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“Twinkle, Twinkle all my Stars” necklace (shorter piece) and “Ring of Fire” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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Lemme take a selfie

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“Starburst” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road” emerald agate necklace available at shop22designs.co

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“Celestial Lights” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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Queen

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“Strutting Madison Ave” stack available at shop22designs.co


Night Fever 

 

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This photo was a happy accident but we both loved it and felt it had a Studio 54 feel.

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“I’ll take a slice of That” necklace duo available at shop22designs.co

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“Don’t come for this Dainty Gal” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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“Taking a quick trip with P. Floyd”choker available at shop22designs.co

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Going up?


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“I’m a Star” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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“Sprinkles” bar necklace and “The Heart of the Ocean” necklace available at shop22designs.co

 

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“Blushy Goodness” set includes necklace, earrings, and 3 bracelets stack available on shop22designs.co

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“Wild at Heart” necklace available at shop22designs.co

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“Can you feel it?” bar necklace available at shop22designs.co/collections/rebirth

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“Off to see The Stones” bar necklace and “Heart of the Ocean” necklace available on shop22designs.co/collections/rebirth

Thank you for stopping by.

xoxo,

KW

Caught Up in the Whirlwind

I sit here in bed, with a small Tortie kitten fussing at me and an old Greyhound looking at me yearning for food and attention (she’s spoiled rotten don’t worry); Bon Iver filling my ears…and I can’t help but laugh. This year has been chaotic and emotionally consuming, at times leaving me feeling completely caught up in the whirlwind that is life.

Last December I was playing with leather scraps and cutting them up in my spare time, imagining the bracelets and chokers I would make with them just for fun. February 2016 I was applying for a business license, diving into everything ass first and blindly because ignorance is truly bliss. March 4, 2016 I received a piece of mail from the City of Fayetteville that contained my business license and when I opened it-I cried. I wasn’t just opening a random piece of mail, I was opening up an opportunity for myself that no one could take away from me. 22 designs was no longer cheap talk to offer up as a goal during lunch or dinner with family to make myself feel like I had some sort of purpose as a 20- something year old.

There’s absolutely no way I could’ve made it here without the support and love of so many people. My boyfriend, best friend, family, coworkers/friends…they all pushed me to go and do. “You’re young, take the risk now and enjoy it no matter what the outcome is” was a collective mantra that I heard consistently for months. I launched my business without a website because I hadn’t the slightest clue of how to build one or operate one. Finally figured it out and was initially proud of it, until I realized I hated it. It looked half ass, and I strive to put my full size 6 ass into everything I do. So changes were made, hell they’re still being made. It will never be perfect, and thank god for it. You have to allow yourself to constantly evolve, or you and everything you do becomes stifled and underwhelming.

The boxes at the top are not just there for decoration. Beautiful. Wild. Suave. Rock N’ Roll. Confident. The 5 words that came to mind when first brainstorming what I wanted the business and my brand to embody. These 5 words are not gender, race, or age specific- and that to me is utterly poetic and SO necessary in a world that is so blatantly demanding of everyone fitting one category. With that being said, take a look at the incredible group of people that took time out of their lives to model for 22, and open my eyes to new perspectives of life.

 

Alli

While she is my sister, I am honestly blown away by this human being. She’s got more fashion sense than a copy of Vogue. French attitude with all-American girl looks. Alli can argue her way out of damn near anything, and will settle any dispute with a hug if it comes down to it. I wish I had her confidence. Her aloofness toward people’s opinions. Her ability to eat copious amounts of Chick-fil-a and guzzle down Starbucks without gaining an ounce is enough to make you want to pull your gym shorts on and run. This young queen will run the world one day, and I will be standing by her side in awe. She was the first model for 22 designs and her shoot will always be a fabulous memory that I hold dear to my heart.

 

Leslie

Don’t let Lil’ Bit’s size fool you. Leslie has a heart of gold and can probably squat you and your mother. She was one of the very first people to see my necklaces and earrings, and was so so supportive of my decision to start a small business. It was hotter than hell the day we shot, and she was such a trooper- smiling the entire time, keeping me somewhat sane and belly laughing. She has this natural ability to turn heads while wearing a simple tank/jeans combo and once she’s caught your attention can read you like a book. There’s a softness about her as you can see in her photos, but she’s wild at heart…a rockstar at 5 feet tall. This shoot allowed me to see the quote “You wear the clothes  (pieces), don’t let them wear you” personified. She is tiny, but her personality and confidence overcame that with the larger necklaces and earrings on. She takes shit from no one, loves people flaws and all, and feels most comfortable when she’s home in just a t-shirt. What’s not to love about an outlook like that?

 

Richard

This blonde haired lad was the first guy to model for 22 and was so kind and up for whatever came to mind during the shoot. He was the second guy to see the men’s collection besides my boyfriend, and the first words out of his mouth were, “These are dope!” which immediately allowed me to take a breath and relax.It’s funny what you can learn about people when you sit them down and you’re behind a camera. We swapped horror stories of teachers and professors that brought us down, talked politics, art, and I learned a few things about his random tattoos. I interview each person I photograph (because a secret goal of mine was to work for Vogue when I was little) and Richard’s interview gave me a peek into male perspective when it came down to fashion and jewelry. He described his style as elegantly disheveled and mentioned he’s “gotten shit for wearing v necks and skinny jeans” but blew any negativity off because, “they were basic bitches anyways”. When asked if he felt there was a certain stigma associated with men having piercings or wearing jewelry his answer is what let me know the men’s collection would catch on: “I don’t think there is a stigma attached to men wearing jewelry. I think it can be masculine and  cool.”.  I can’t wait to hopefully get the chance to work with him again come 2017!

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In our decade together as best friends, I’ve never seen this young woman challenge a camera like she did during this shoot. Every shot had me yelling YES GIRL GET IT and inspired either a laugh or a new pose that had me so inspired to keep up the magical energy. When I first brought the idea of a small business to Amanda, she was so on board. She did however, send a small list of things to think about and made write out a pro/con list. I’ve gone to her about so many small and big details regarding the actual pieces I make to how the website should operate and I am so grateful that she answered every question and was one of my biggest cheerleaders. We did an interview post shoot, and I learned so many different things about this bad ass woman- if you have a best friend I highly recommend interviewing them for fun. My favorite question/quote was:

Have you ever been shamed for wearing an outfit and because of it never wore the outfit again?

You know, I haven’t just yet, and I don’t think I ever will. To be shamed you have to let someone get to you and make you feel embarrassed. Channeling my bad ass icons like Rihanna, I’d probably tell my “shamer” that they can go to hell hahaha!

YOU HAVE TO LET SOMEONE GET TO YOU AND MAKE YOU FEEL EMBARRASSED…that hit me like a train. I’m telling you this woman is awesome. And can we all agree she should quit her day job and model full-time? K? K.

 

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What happens when you fail art school and have two law degrees? You casually start a non-profit for shelter animals, work full-time as a paralegal, and OH- you can’t keep up with commissions because your art is HOT. At least that’s the case for this badass boss babe. Lindsay was kind enough to model pieces for me, as we collaborated on a project together and from that a wonderful friendship has blossomed. I’ve never seen someone be able to create art in so many ways. She paints, sketches, spills all over her kitchen floor, builds birdhouses, and loves her husband and dog son with all of heart. From her I’ve learned that if you feel overwhelmed by something, take on another project to get through it. She can juggle 15 different projects at once and it’s a skill I truly aspire to acquire one of these days. boss_babe

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout 2016. Every new customer of shop22designs.co, you’re awesome. Let’s make 2017 a successful year and stay focused on positivity. Claim every blessing you want, and most importantly- don’t just sit on your ass as life passes you by…get up and live it to the fullest.

xoxo,

KW

Two Crafty Blondes & A Blue-eyed Pup

Hello hello! You guys, I am T H R I L L E D for you guys to read this post and see what I was doing the last day of September! Lindsay Soulsby-Johnson is the founder of her own non-profit organization: Mulligan Movement- she donates her time and any money raised to animal shelters throughout the state of Arkansas to prolong and improve the lives of shelter animals. Check out Life of Mulligan on Facebook for the story behind it all and to see her incredibly sweet rescue dog, Mulligan.

She’s also an artist, attorney in training, and can build you one helluva a birdhouse-checkout The Bird Bungalow on Facebook and Instagram. Needless to say, we started out our afternoon together watching the new Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix, talking affordable art, marketing, discussing my jewelry line, and snapping some super cute pics!

We recognize the power of bringing two small local businesses together. What’s better than 1 girl boss? 2 girl bosses. With that being said, 25% of all total profits made from •22 designs• during the month of October will be donated to the Mulligan Movement!

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“These aren’t your grandmas bird bungalows” -LSJ

Lindsay has been painting like a mad woman in preparation for Red Kite Coffee Company hosting her paintings on their fabulous walls for the entire month of October (if you’re local go check them out in Fayetteville)! This is such an exciting new venture for her. She is all about affordable artwork for everyone- her pieces range from $60-$350 and sizes ranging from smallish to as tall as her and obviously much wider than her. Ha! She was gracious enough to let me photograph her incredibly vibrant pieces, rock some pieces from •22• ,and we may have had a little jam session while catching up all afternoon.

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Damn, it feels good to be a boss.

 

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The man himself, Mulligan.

With both of us being animal enthusiast/pet owners , it only felt right to team up together this month. More pieces will be added to the website about every 3 days, so do be on the lookout. You can enjoy free shipping on your pieces *US only*! SO, let’s get to shopping folks! We need YOUR help making a difference this month! Let’s kick some ass!!

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Nefertiti rocking “Cascades of Gold” necklace available on shop22designs.co

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Thank you for stopping by, and remember you’re awesome!

Much love,

KW

Richard

Hello all! I am ecstatic to announce that •22 designs• does in fact have a men’s line now and here to help me introduce it is local Little Rock artist, Richard Cheek.

I’ve known Richard from afar since I was 14 – his family owns the beautiful community, Rivercliff, that I grew up in. He (unfortunately) witnessed me going through my awkward/wild ass teenage years.  My girlfriends and I all thought the Cheek boys were God’s gift to Earth every summer when they cleaned the pool. Needless to say, I was thrilled that he’s forgiven me for being an oddball in the past and agreed to sit down for a shoot.

This was my first shoot with a guy for 22, and there was a silent apprehension on my end right before I showed him the new pieces. Rich walked over to the observatory deck of Rivercliff with a boyish grin on his face and his black attire like I asked for. Anxiety on my end started to slightly disappear. As I started spreading the bracelets out for him to look at he said, “these are dope and began picking them up one by one to examine.  A HUGE sigh of relief escaped me and it set the tone for the next hour. We had a very honest conversation while I snapped pictures- ranging from life and the different path ways that we had taken, what mutual friends were up to, and how much has changed in the 10 years we’ve interacted. Keep scrolling to see more pictures and hear Rich’s outlook on fashion and men wearing jewelry.

 

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Meet Richard 

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When it comes to fashion, what do you feel most comfortable/yourself in?

I’m most comfortable in black skinny jeans and a ratty t-shirt and an open flannel. You could call it elegantly disheveled.

Do you find that there is a certain stigma associated with men wearing jewelry/having piercings?

I don’t think there is a stigma attached to men wearing jewelry. I think it can be masculine and  cool.

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Have you ever been “shamed” for wearing certain clothes or for the way you choose to express yourself aesthetically?

I’ve gotten shit from people for wearing v necks and skinny jeans before, but they were all basic bitches with zero taste anyway.

Do you have a favorite fashion icon and/or role model that you draw inspiration from?

I really like the aesthetic of tattoo artist Maxime Buchi even though we don’t dress extremely alike. Super clean, lots of black, very hip hop. Also, Mod Sun. Both artists wear pretty dope jewelry.

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A potential bee tattoo…and no, it was not inspired by Beyonce.

What is your favorite season to dress for?

I find it easiest to dress for fall or winter. I really like layering and having the option to put more clothes on or take off a layer of two.

This was such a fun shoot and I can’t wait to show y’all what’s coming next for •22 designs•!


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Beautiful. Wild. Suave. Rock N’ Roll. Confident.

Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to check out shop22designs.co to shop more of the men’s collection!

Much love,

KW

 

 

Amanda, Please!

If you haven’t noticed, 90’s fashion is back. I feel like I’m living out the movie Clueless…without the cute Jeep, house in Bel Air, or shopping on Rodeo Drive. From flannel shirts, overalls, blue lipstick, and even platforms paired with knee-high socks and mini skirts- guys and gals aren’t letting these trends go anywhere, anytime soon.

A personal favorite of mine that has returned is the choker. I remember the thin black “tattoo” chokers you could get for 25 cents at the grocery store. They’re popping back up around the necks of 15-18 year olds who think they’re *vintage* and range from $8-$15 (hello inflation)!

With this collection putting my own spin on each piece was key. Playing with the leather and not sketching a thing -not a great habit of mine-I began creating while thinking of different fashion eras (not just the 90’s). Inspiration for each piece was so different, ranging from futuristic, western, abstract art, haute couture, and even Romantic styles. Most of the pieces are highly functional and could be incorporated into any outfit. However, a select few of the pieces would be left to a bold individual that reveres the process of being dressed to the teeth in chic/ semi-outlandish apparel.

Talk to the Model

Getting to photograph my best friend, Amanda Abernathy, was such an honor. She exudes this level of confidence that I believe most people strive to have, and she does it effortlessly. I had to ask a few questions and after 10 years of friendship, I learned a few new things myself, like she should totally write a how-to book on being a boss babe.

•When it comes to fashion, what do you feel most comfortable/yourself in?

I feel most comfortable in a skater dress. I like that skater dresses have a fit and flare, but they’re non-restricting and super comfortable. I could wear a skater dress and booties, sneakers, or combat boots any day of the week.

•What is a staple in your closet that you couldn’t live without?

I could not live without my LBD. I have this sleeveless skater style black dress that I got over 2 years ago from somewhere really affordable, like XXI or H&M, and I’ve worn the crap out of it. I can pair it with different shoes and cardigans, and wear it bare-legged or with wool leggings. Sometimes I even wear a sweater over it. I don’t think I’ll ever get rid of it!

•What is a staple in your jewelry box you couldn’t live without? 

I have 3 piercings in each ear, and I could not live without my studs. I have them in all different colors and sizes. Aside from those, I love my Pandora rings that my best friend bought me for Christmas. They are silver and beautifully simple.

•Do you have an accessory that you wear everyday?

My black Kate Spade handbag – that is the only accessory I’m guaranteed to be wearing every week day to work. A lot of days I go accessory free otherwise.

•As a fashion conscious individual, do you have a favorite look or trend? Are there any trends that you wish would come back/disappear?

 I’m so excited about the return of the choker!  I’m a 90s kid and definitely had the super cheap plastic black choker back in the day. It’s fun to see that resurfacing but in a much more sophisticated grown up way. I also love that athletic/leisure wear and fashionable sneakers are becoming more popular.

•Do you have a favorite fashion icon?

 My fashion icons are either rebels with their fashion, or more simplistic and low-key. The bad ass fashion muses I wish I could channel but don’t have the guts to just yet are Zoe Kravitz, Tinashe, and Rihanna. I love how these women can be punk one day, athletic the next, and then in a Valentino ball gown by night. On the other end of the spectrum, I also really admire Negin Mirsalehi and Shay Mitchell. I love that they have a clean, simple, and slightly bohemian/whimsical aesthetic. I think they are more of my day-to-day icons – but don’t get me wrong, they can both really chic it up and slay for formal events as well.

•What’s your favorite season to dress for?

Call me a basic bitch, but most people will agree that fall is the absolute best. Boots, scarves, leggings, jackets – with the cooler weather and layers comes a lot of fun options to play with.

•Have you ever been shamed for wearing an outfit and because of it never wore the outfit again?

You know, I haven’t just yet, and I don’t think I ever will. To be shamed you have to let someone get to you and make you feel embarrassed. Channeling my bad ass icons like Rihanna, I’d probably tell my “shamer” that they can go to hell hahaha!


The Galaxy and Beyond choker- $22 available on shop22designs.co

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Drop the Tea, Run with Me choker- $26 soon to be available on shop22designs.co

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Rihanna Made Me Do It choker- not currently for sale

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Stick and Stones, Chains and Thrones choker- $18 soon to be available on shop22designs.co

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Saddle Up  choker- $18 available on shop22designs.co

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Heartbreaker, Hip Shaker choker- $16 soon to be available on shop22designs.co

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Tell Me About It, Stud choker- $16 soon to be available on shop22designs.co

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Thank you for stopping by.

Much love,

KW

 

Leslie

Let me start off by saying this young woman is one of my best friends. That is most likely the only reason this shoot was as fun as it was- 90 degrees at 9 am, me with the constant “HOLY HELL it’s hot” while my makeup ran down my face, and having her walk all over the Fayetteville square with me while I bumbled around like an idiot and fell UP the stairs…and somehow she stayed laughing and had a genuine smile on her face the entire time. That’s not just a great model. That’s a great friend and I’m so thankful.

What I loved most about this shoot is that with each new piece Leslie put on, the pieces adapted to her. With some of the larger more rock n’ roll earrings I was afraid they would overwhelm her small frame, but they ended up looking dainty and elegant which was a lovely surprise. The necklaces fell at the perfect length. The bracelets fit her wrists and caught your eye anytime she moved her hands or arms. She was a perfect fit for what all      •22 designs• is about- Beautiful. Suave. Rock N’ Roll. Wild. Confident.

Later on in the week of this shoot we met for coffee to look over pictures and discuss her views on fashion. She’s most comfortable in a big t-shirt. If she’s going out it’s either jeans and a cute top OR a skirt, the tallest heels she can find, and a fun top. After countless times of going out with this one to Dickson St. let me tell ya- she can dress. Like turn heads in a room. When it comes to her choices in accessories -less is more. A pair of studs in the ears and maybe a bracelet with her watch.

Enjoy the photos below and don’t forget to stop by the website: shop22designs.co

Have a great start to your week,

KW

 

 

 

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