Street Art vs Gallery Art: Exploring the artistic process and the differences in the creative output- Part 1

You walk alone down a dark street, hood over your ears to block out the cold autumn night.  You keep an eye out to your left and right as you turn down the pitch black alley. It seems like the coast is clear, so you take out your supplies and start spraying.  Twenty minutes passed and you feel the bliss of creativity rushing through your veins when suddenly you hear footsteps and shouting directed towards...

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A crash course on different types on gemstones you probably never heard of.

Jewelry and accessories are one of the most popular ways to instantly glam up your outfit, however the type of gem stone used for your jewelry is an integral part of the jewelry design or the statement you are trying to convey. Since  the most precious gemstones available in the market today are made up by the popular demand on what to be admired in gemstones and jewelry, it is important that we shed light...

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Contemporary vs Retro

Humans have always collectively adapted and evolved in different eras of technological and industrial changes. Lifestyle, design, fashion, and product changes being a derivative of these evolvements is what continues to pave a trajectory for continuous development and evolution. Focusing on how we wonderfully developed from merely nothing to what we now call the vintage era is generative of the human conscience and birth of inspirations. There’s no single reason why this change happened the...

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Genderless fashion. Next new thing? or always been a thing?

The struggle to break the typical stereotypes that define and cage the two genders separately when it comes to Fashion has been on for some time now, but the real wonder is if it had always been present, is here to stay, or just a borrowed generational trend.   Renowned fashion brands began to adopt this strategy and started exploring outside the binary box due to the modern-day movements like gender neutrality and gender fluidity that gained...

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Is good art subjective? Or is it based on the connoisseur hype?

Art, a silent medium to express one's thoughts, emotions, ideas, and a unique perspective of life, is a genuine desire to discover and admire the intrinsic aspect of a personal point of view. It doesn't have to be appealing but must be deep and meaningful, or so you thought. This short paragraph should raise questions. Is there ever lousy art? Who determines good art? If art is subjective, are you sure you like the well-known...

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Instagram and the birth(death) of originality

Instagram, a perfect tool for expression- lifestyle, fashion, food, art, personal, style, products, etc. we often find ourselves getting caught up trying hard to stand out from the overwhelming influx of updates, mesmerizing pictures, and videos, that sometimes translates to real-life experiences. But even then, it gets repetitive scrolling down a feed, as everything looks identical, borrowed or refurbished to appear different but sadly still remains similar, probably, because it is; standing alone on the...

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Sustainability and the modern customer. How customers are now saying NO to fast Fashion, and how to join the change this summer! (part 1)

As the global fashion industry heads towards a period of century-long changes, the wheels are finally changing, and customers realize their power in driving these alterations. But what really does a fashion choice mean in this clime? We're still figuring that out. Here is our take some ethical fashion choices and how you can join the change this summer. Be fashion conscious and support ethical fashion. For a modern customer, it is essential to understand...

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AKO Premium- what we are doing about pricing.

One of the significant challenges since we started AKO, has been related to our pricing strategy. While pricing might seem intuitive from a marketplace perspective, we knew what the available options were, we knew we wanted a pricing policy that reflected our values, and most importantly we wanted you to to be a part of deciding the pricing, which some were. Our focus was and is still on correlations between creating and increasing value for...

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A note to freelancers

“Knock off the middle man”    “Buy my work directly”     “I can’t have platforms taking a percentage off my hard work”    “It sounds too good to be true” There are no direct responses to these concerns, as they are frustratingly expressed by freelancers that feel robbed off their creativity, and that have been taken advantage of multiple times by systems and platforms preaching the same message as we are- connecting them to...

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Sustainability, and Ako as an actionable medium

The Earth is indeed affected by our passion for looking and feeling good, and while there are campaigns around the world advocating for more sustainable fashion and lifestyle products and services, there are few actionable mediums and/or platforms enforcing sustainability.  Across major spectrums of production and supply of services and products, from fashion design to interior design, the supply side of fashion and lifestyle industries typically adhere to archaic regulations and compliance that date back...

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