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Celebrating Juneteenth Today & Everyday

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Styles and cultures have been taken away from Black people for decades to be reclaimed as something more “trendy” or “appropriate.” There is a double standard between POC and white people when it comes to the fashion industry. Microaggressions frequently bash Black people for wearing the styles that they originated. Appreciating the culture rather than appropriating it comes with advocating for Black lives.

Like many trends, the bucket hat was initially invented purely for function. Often referred to as a “fishing hat”, bucket hats were first introduced in the 1900s to protect farmers and fishermen from the rain. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the bucket hat would be adopted as a high fashion item. In the 1980s, the hat became popular with rappers and remained a staple of street fashion into the 1990s. More recently, it has re-emerged as a fashion catwalk item after being sported by celebrities such as Rihanna and Megan Thee Stallion.

One of the latest trends ruling Pinterest, creative acrylic nails are everywhere from runways, to fashion magazines, and to bustling salons. However, as intricate nail art enters the mainstream, Black women are being left out of the conversation that they started. Acrylic nails are still frequently labelled as ‘trashy’, ‘cheap’ and ‘ghetto’ when worn by a black woman. It’s important to be respectful as a non-POC when choosing to wear nails and to change the rhetoric to give credit where credit is due.

Today’s modern luxury brands have built their businesses on conspicuous consumption—and very loud logos—all thanks to the works of Daniel Day, better known as Dapper Dan. In the ‘80s, the Harlem-based designer began dressing hip-hop’s top artists by using fabric splashed with knock-off designer insignias and that he’d use to customize virtually anything.

Despite the negative stigma regarding women preferring hoop earrings (we all know the saying), the style has remained a favorite among some of the most influential pop-culture figures in history, including Diana Ross and Janet Jackson. Now, the once-forbidden style has evolved into an essential fashion accessory.

The sneaker craze came about because people in the Black community showed that sneakers could be more than an item worn while playing sports. Sneakers could be inventive, stylish, and the defining piece of an outfit. They were particularly popular among Black youth in the 70s and 80s. Now, sneakers are a large part of pop culture and a person’s shoe collection can speak volumes. Sneakers became a symbol of identity, status, and belonging within Black communities—and the same continues to be true today.

Tracksuits have been a defining piece of people’s wardrobes for years. Athletes wear them, your favorite mean girl had them on in movies, and celebrities wear them while out and about. They’re the perfect piece of fashion that’s comfortable yet stylish. In the rap world tracksuits were a street style staple, designers like Kimora Lee Simmons created an empire by selling velour tracksuits through Baby Phat. The tracksuit is a coveted item because the Black community made it so, yet not a lot of people acknowledge this.

After the past year of staying at home, baggy clothes have become all the rave. Skinny jeans are out, and straight-leg mom jeans are in. The origins of the oversized clothing trend dates back to the ’80s hip hop era, and stems from black communities and families, as well as financial hardships. The improper sizing was due to clothes being handed down from older family members in order to save money, and soon, rappers would begin to perform in larger, baggy clothing, to create a more casual environment and resonate with audience members.

Head-wraps and silk headscarves are ruling the summer trends this season. And there’s no question why – whether it’s to look luxurious or conceal a bad hair day, silk headscarves can make an outfit. It is however important to recognize the origin of this trend and what it represents. Born into slavery, reclaimed by Black women, the headwrap is now a celebrated in the fashion industry to express style and identity.

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SOURCES:
https://missionmag.org/the-rise-and-fall-of-logomania/
https://hellogiggles.com/beauty/nails/acrylic-nails-appropriation/
https://www.crfashionbook.com/fashion/a21967443/history-of-bucket-hat-fashion/
https://zenerations.org/2020/07/26/7-fashion-trends-that-originated-from-black-culture/ https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/hairstyles/the-history-of-headwraps-then-there-and-now

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Brands Made With Love 🏳️‍🌈

June marks the beginning of Pride Month, so we are taking some time to share 10 amazing LGBTQ+ owned brands for you to take a look at! While this month is all about supporting, uplifting, and learning from the LGBTQ+ community, we should all continue to be allies and constantly educate ourselves everyday outside of just the month of June. Curtsy is proud to support all underrepresented/underserved communities. 💞 

From clothes, to makeup to gifts and lifestyle brands, we had added a little bit of everything so be sure to check them out below and comment or IG DM us any of your faves at the end!

❤️ Ash + Chess
Ashley Molesso + Chess Needham  are queer and trans couple based in Richmond, VA. They create stationary, greeting cards and prints that use amazing bold colors and artwork for their audience to bring joy and make political statements through their work!

🧡 Because
Created on “color, happiness, and excitement,” Because is a brand where fashion doesn’t have to be taken too seriously. Hawwaa Ibrahim always felt like the “other” growing up as a non-binary, Black, queer, Muslim and so fashion was the place they felt free. From pom-poms as jewelry to crochet rainbow sweaters, Because will help you express yourself, inclusively.

💛 Flavnt Streetwear
FLAVNT was created with the goal to give everyone, especially members of the LGBTQ+ community confidence and pride in their clothing and showing self-love to the world around us. The clothing created is to inspire and include always. 

💚 Folly Fire Cosmetics
“Fierce Beauty without the BS” – that is what Folly Fire Cosmetics is all about! This new Vegan, cruelty-free and clean product beauty brand is full of bold and vibrant beauty products that make all people feel beautiful from the moment they use it!

💙 Gc2b
In 2015, the Trans-owned brand gc2b was founded to create chest-binding shirts for the Trans community. There was a massive gap in the market for Trans people to find chest-binding garments that were comfortable and unique in style so gc2b has been an amazing company to watch and support!

💜 Heartshake Studios
The Southwestern inspired designs, colors and style of Heartshake Studios paved the way for the creative couple Kit and their husband to start their own business in homegoods, art and more. The handcrafted and vintage feel of all the pieces in the shop make anyone feel at home!

🤎 Musée Beauty
Sisters Tara + Kaya brought their love of makeup and art together to create Musée Beauty – a place where people could quite literally use their face as a blank canvas and create art. This cruelty-free, queer-owned makeup brand is bold and beautiful!

🖤 Otherwild
Founded in 2012 by a queer-identifed woman in L.A with the focus in ethics and interdisciplinary arts driving this brand, Otherwild is the perfect place to find unique homegoods and apparel.

🤍 Peau De Loup
Peau De Loup is an androgynous, genderless brand for all people. When the founders came together to create this business, it was because they found themselves not being able to fit “men’s” clothing. They decided to create their own pieces and Peau De Loup was born. The perfect button up for everyone can be found here!

💖 Suay Sew Shop
Suay is an ethical and sustainable home goods and clothing brand. Based in L.A., this brand sources products from recycled clothing waste to create everything from pillows to clothing! They are responsible for diverting 500,000 pounds of clothing waste to their development centers to create their home goods since 2017.

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Nikki’s one of the content creators over on the Curtsy social channels! She has loved so many pieces that she’s bought from sellers on the app to help expand her girly + feminine, cottagecore style! Check out her Curtsy Closet to see when she adds some items to it next!

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AAPI Owned Brands on Curtsy 🌸

While it’s still Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage month, we wanted to celebrate by highlighting some awesome AAPI owned brands available on Curtsy & beyond. 💛🤎 For some inspo by style, peep the below 👇🏽

It Doesn’t FitLet’s be real. We’re still coming out of a pandemic so if you want to transition out of your matching sweat suits and athleisure, go on with your bad self. Brands like Comme des Garçons, Uniqlo, and even higher end brands like 3.1 Phillip Lim do street style real well.


Or maybe you have allllll the postponed & everyone-who-got-engaged-during-quarantine weddings to attend? Don’t worry, we got you there too. Jenny Yoo does great bridesmaids dresses but also has some great wedding guest options. And we can’t forget about Oscar de la Renta (of which 1/2 of the amazing design team is Laura Kim), and Vera Wang.



Ok but really though, who is excited for vax girl summer? 🙋🏻‍♀️ With brands like Derek Lam, Jason Wu, and Anna Sui, we’ve got you covered with our deals on tops, dresses, denim, sunnies, and more on Curtsy. Also, don’t forget Uniqlo and our girl Vera Wang also do a mean slip midi dress.

Still in a shopping mood? Check out these AAPI-owned ✨beauty & accessory brands✨:
Glow Recipe 💋
Live Tinted 🌞
Jins Eyewear 🕶️
Coco Floss 🦷

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