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This 23-Year-Old Had Trouble Finding Suits, So She Launched a Bespoke Tailoring Startup For Modern Women

Kevwe Mowarin (Photo: Erik Solorzano)

At 19, Kevwe Mowarin started working at Credit Suisse, expecting to build a career in investment banking. Instead, she noticed that all of the women around her were confined to ill-fitting suits in plain colors, devoid of personality or creativity. Most of the women around her, she said, dressed bland.

“It was amazing to me that my peers, the men, had custom fitting options galore. But for the women, it was very hard for us to find suits that fit properly, and suits that weren’t so old-fashioned and conformed to our modern standards,” Mowarin said.

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Not All Customers Are Giving Amazon’s Brick-and-Mortar Store a 4-Star Review

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The only way to describe Amazon’s 4-Star brick-and-mortar store is to say that it’s like stepping into the website, sort of empty and utilitarian, packed with things you didn’t know you wanted and probably don’t need. Except that bright yellow signs remind you that you do, in fact, need that mint green KitchenAid mixer or that Harry Potter Clue game.

Just like on the website, because you bought that Harry Potter game there’s an entirely irrelevant celebrity item beside it (like Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook), and beside that, a TV where you can watch Chrissy do whatever she does and binge-watch the entire Harry Potter series in 24 hours. Amazon really has captured the niche atmosphere of Walmart meets Paper Source meets Giant Tiger meets Barnes & Noble’s sale section right before closing.

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Hot Yoga Studio Expands, Sticking With Bikram Name Despite Heated Controversy

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“Alright everyone, happy Tuesday. Thank you for joining me in class today,” Frank King says, standing on a wooden box that doubles as a podium. He stands before a group of scantily clad, sweaty men and women, crammed together in a room about the size of a New York City studio apartment. He’s heated the space to over 100 degrees, and King himself is shirtless, wearing skin-tight cycling shorts and guiding his class through the two breathing exercises and 26 yoga poses that make up the “sacred geometry” of Bikram Yoga.

He’s one of the eight instructors at YO BK, a studio on Williamsburg’s Broadway that offers three types of hot exercise classes, including power yoga and hot pilates. Bikram yoga, though, is the most controversial.

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The New, More ‘Inclusive’ American Apparel: Different DNA, But Same Jeans?

When American Apparel relaunched earlier this year, it seemed like the embattled brand was taking a step in the right direction after its sale to Canadian retailer Gildan in 2016. Last month, its “NUDES” line was pitched as “a celebration of diversity and inclusivity”; ads featured women of various shapes, sizes, skin colors and backgrounds. Models for the Spring “Back to Basics” line, which showcased simple silhouettes and gender neutral designs, were selected via American Apparel’s social media channels to symbolize diversity. But the relaunched brand’s Fall line shows it might be back to business as usual.

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LES Girls Club Gets a Symbolic Prison Cell, and a Surprise Visit From Colin Kaepernick

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The Lower Eastside Girls Club aims to educate future leaders, politicians and thinkers about their rights, social justice, and skills like podcasting and catering. So, when prison abolitionist and artist Jackie Sumell— a longtime friend of the Girls Club—unveiled her latest project, it seemed like a perfect fit for the organization’s rooftop garden.

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Ariana Grande’s ‘Sweetener Experience’ Made Me a Pop-Up Star

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It looked like any other Friday on the Bowery until I came upon the three bodyguards, dressed in all black, protecting a door FBI-style. Behind the door at 138 Bowery, a pink light emulated a serene sweetness meant to evoke kindness and femininity. Countless young women stood eagerly in a velvet-roped lineup, waiting excitedly for a chance to be absorbed in the glow of Ariana Grande. The #1 pop star in the world had built this space, just for the weekend, so her fans could experience her music the same way she does.

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At Papilles, the Owners Are Younger Than Many of the Wines

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With his grown-out hair and trimmed beard, Andrea Calstier looks like many of the 20-somethings who come to the East Village to party. But that’s not what the 24-year-old chef and his 23-year-old wife, Elena Oliver, are here to do. Just a year after moving to New York City from France and seven months after getting married in a small ceremony, the young couple has opened an ambitious restaurant, Papilles, in a small nook on East 7th Street.

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A Trailblazing Tailor Offers the Wrongfully Convicted a Stitch in Time

From left: Darryl Howard and Daniel Friedman. (Photo via @bindleandkeep on Instagram)

Mark Denny went to prison when he was 16, for the robbery and gang rape of an 18-year old inside a Burger King in Brooklyn. He spent 30 years behind bars before he was exonerated, and the Innocence Project proved he wasn’t involved. “All the proof was right there, it was there that I was innocent,” Denny says. “But the prisoners, the guards, the judge and the jury, they’re so blinded by the awful crime that they don’t see innocence.”

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A ‘Central Park Five’ Exoneree Who Was Smeared By Trump Is Now Living His Fashion Dream

Raymond Santana Jr., the company’s founder.

Park Madison NYC plasters graphic designs on otherwise plain garments — cars, angels and logos decorate hoodies, t-shirts and hats. Cherubs peek out from the corner of t-shirts, and hoodies depict angels that proudly occupy a spot over the wearer’s heart, gazing with pride at the outside world. The angels are emblematic, as they represent designer Raymond Santana Jr.’s belief in a higher power — the one that got him out of prison.

In 1989, Donald Trump wanted 14-year-old Santana dead. In fact, he took out several full-page advertisements in New York publications advocating for the death penalty for Santana and four other young men, known as the Central Park Five. He even went on Larry King’s CNN show to express himself, saying that “maybe hate is what we need if we’re going to get something done.”

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