INTRODUCING TORIRU - "KEEP YOUR WAVE ALIVE"

Introducing Toriru clothing, scrolling through Instagram I'm always discovering the coolest independent fashion brands that deserve way more recognition than they already get. I think it's so important for young creatives to be noticed and showcase their creativity and talents to the world. We see the birth of new fashion brands often, however for young designers the market is extremely tough and I really think it's time for young creatives to get noticed. Unless you know someone in industry or have a large following, it is really hard for you to get noticed these days, it does kind of suck. There's so much talent out there that deserves to be seen. 

I recently came across Toriru clothing and first glance I loved what I saw, no hesitation I hit that follow button! I was feeling major Japanese vibes with their bold prints and striking colours. Intuiged about the brand, I came to find out the person behind it all is 22 year old Terrance Lindsey From Kansas City, find out more and check out the interview with the man himself! 

VogueWonders: Who are you and what do you do?

Terry: My name is Terry, i’m 22 years old and i’m from Kansas City , MO and the CEO of Toriru clothing brand.

VogueWonders: ow did you start your brand Toriru , what was the inspiration behind it ?

Terry: When I was 18 I started off cutting jeans , tie dying shirts and sewing. When I was 19 I decided I wanted to start my own clothing brand but financially wise I couldn't start it but deep down I wanted bring a different style to my city. When I was 20 I was more inspired by the top urban clothing brands and that inspired me to fulfill my dream of having my own clothing brand.

VogueWonders: Why did you choose to start up a fashion brand?

Terry: Because it was always my dream to have my own clothing brand.

VogueWonders: why do you think it's important for young designers like yourself to build new brands like this?    

 Terry: Because I think every generation has its own style and it’s up to our generation to bring a new wave .

VogueWonders: How has social media worked for you ?

Terry: Social media really helped my brand out as far as reaching new cities and clients. As well as a couple of upcoming celebrities collabs and supporters.

VogueWonders: What do you want to change in the current fashion market?                      

Terry: want to change the look and also the feel of fashion. I want to bring something that’s dope , lit and different . Something the people will love.

VogueWonders: What makes Toriru different from other brands out there ?                          

Terry: My name alone is different from other brands , my style is different and not to many people do anti mays. 

VogueWonders: How did you come up with the name Toriru?                                              

Terry: he name Toriru is Trill in Japanese. A Lot of people in my city and on social media knew me as Trill so me and my homeboy Casper took the time to do research and discovered Toriou.

VogueWonders: Do you classify yourself as a fashion designer?                                            

Terry: Yes and No . Yes because I can come up with my own twist and style of things when a client wants something different than I already released. No because I try to stick to the basic releases.

VogueWonders: Are there any fashion brands you would like to collaborate with ?              

Terry: Yes , I actually have a couple collabs here in Kansas City with YungLife, Brwssaddicition and a few more. I do want to do multiple celebrity collabs with FOG ( Fear Of God) , OBEY , Thrasher and last but not least Supreme. Pretty much the clothing brands that motivate me and molded my brand into the brand it is today .

VogueWonders: Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years to come ?                            

Terry: see myself in the next 3 years worldwide and still doing what I love which is making my brand better each day.

VogueWonders: Is it any advice you’d give to young people right now trying to start a fashion brand?                                                                                                                                        

Terry: You are your biggest supporter , if you don’t believe in yourself your brand won’t grow. Keep grinding and keep pushing until you get to the top .

 I am Terry CEO of Toriru clothing brand and this concludes my interview with Vogue Wonders . And always remember keep your wave alive .
— Terry Lindsey

Be sure to follow Toriru on Instagram @toriru_official and on Twitter @toriruclothing

Thanks! 

Arooj

MENSWEAR COLLABORATION WITH &BLANC

&Blanc Collaboration, Photography by Joshua Peroti 

&Blanc Collaboration, Photography by Joshua Peroti 

&Blanc Collaboration, Photography by Joshua Peroti 

Hey guys, I'm back! After taking a 2 month break out of blogging, I have a lot of things lined up, VogueWonders is changing! For the past few weeks I have been working on new ideas and changing the theme of this blog. I will slowly be moving to a fully menswear/unisex blog, also touching down on the music scene in which you can view by clicking on the 'discover' tab!

To start off this new venture, here's a collaboration with &BLANC, an independent Nottingham based brand.

&BLANC stock a range of fashion brands such as Alpha IndustriesÉtudesHan KjøbenhavnHappy SocksKarim MaherLibertine - Libertine, and Wood Wood.  In this collab I'm wearing a gorgeous Denim Jacket by Han Kjøbenhavn.

This is an absolute staple piece for your wardrobe, the details and quality on the jacket is amazing featuring a removable Velcro white 'V' detailing, branded button fasting, and not to mention the cut on this is perfect, fitting to your body shape.

I simply styled this with Dr Martens; Denim and Cherry Dr Martens is always a winner, such a good combo, I chose to layer this by wearing a white net vest top and an oversized a longline grey shirt from ZARA. This was completed with straight leg trousers also from ZARA.

Check out &BlANC over on Instagram @andblancfashion/ and their online store at https://andblancfashion.com/ 

If you’re around Nottingham, visiting the store is a must!

9 Kings Walk, Nottingham, NG1 2AE, United Kingdom

Thanks, Arooj xo

 

 

SUITED WITH MARCO TOZZI

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Who says girls can't wear suits?

Another blog post, another collaboration, I couldn't be more grateful! 

The lovely team at Bright Light PR sent me the most gorgeous pair of Marco Tozzi shoes, these fit perfectly with any smart outfit. I have to say this has to be one of my favourite collaborations!

Marco Tozzi have just launched their AW16 collection and their new styles are a must have. With such a range to chose from, such as trainers, brogues, heels and more, they are the perfect shoe brand to get you geared up for the new season.

I chose to style the shoes by wearing a suit, featuring a blazer and shirt from ZARA, and men's cropped suit trousers from New Look. To accessorize I played it safe and simply wore a choker from Topshop and carried a man bag which is the perfect size to fit all your essentials when you're on the go! 

You can check out Marco Tozzi’s collection at www.marcotozzi .com and follow their page on Instagram @marco_tozzi_official to keep up with any updates!

Thank you

Arooj x

 

ASOS NEW SEASON COLLABORATION

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Photography by Hamza Hassan

Winter is near and it's time I started preparing for the new season, this week I'm so excited to be collaborating with ASOS on their New Season project!

Now if you know me you'll already know I own so many jackets and coats, I'm such a collector...you can never have too many! I love the fact that this coat is over sized and long line, It's super comfy and i'm 100% it'll do the prefect job of keeping me warm on those cold winter days.

I chose to style this very simple wearing a jumper and trousers from ZARA, paired with grey trainers by Android Homme. Personally I wouldn't style the coat with anything too bright as that is a statement piece itself!  

You can check the  out new season products at www.asos.com or purchase to purchase this coat, follow the direct link at http://m.asos.com/mt/www.asos.com/asos/asos-coat-in-oversized-check/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=6676909&clr=Multi&SearchQuery=&cid=20238&pgesize=44&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=2&gridrow=1&gridcolumn=1&un_jtt_application_platform=newPlp&un_jtt_redirect 

 

Thank you!

Arooj x

 

DOUBLE DENIM

Photography: Bav Phul

Photography: Bav Phul

Photography: Bav Phul

Photography: Bav Phul

Touchdown Londoooooooon!  

I try my best to visit London as often as I can, however living up north and over 3 hours away has its down sides!  

Nevertheless I was in London not long ago and enjoyed my time there, managed to meet the beaut Niga Ghafur (yes internet friends are real) ... also not to mention I was there on the best 3 days, the weather was just perfect!  

Walking around Oxford Street, it was super busy and absolutely boiling. However no matter how warm it is, I always think it's important to carry a jacket around, we really can't predict this British weather.

Double denim was actually an unintentional one, I literally picked up the first jacket I saw and walked out the hotel room, it took me a while to realize, but I was pleased with myself because I don't think it looked too bad haha! 

This combo features a denim jacket by JALC and distressed denim trousers by ZARA, paired with a simple white tee and black heeled boots from Topshop! 

Check out JALC by following their Instagram page at: @jalcstudios

 

THE OVERSIZED FITS

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Photography by Nayha Faris

Oversized fits are my favourite, as far as wearing fitted clothes goes ... skinny jeans is the closet I get! 

I recently fell in love with Pull & Bear, although I'd heard of them before I never really checked them out properly! Scrolling through their site, this sweatshirt caught my eye, it's so quirky and the quote on the back keeps me motivated, I love it.

Also from Pull & Bear was the white pumps with a caramel sole, I've been after a pair of shoes like these, they're such a comfortable fit! I decided to pair this with trousers from New Look Men's. These are such a such good quality, just at £10, my size and the last on the sale rack. Lucky me! 

You can shop my look below, hope you enjoy!

Thanks, Arooj x

ASOS X NIKE CORTEZ | VOGUEWONDERS

I'm super excited to be featuring my first ever collaboration with ASOS on the blog. Since starting the blog two years ago, I never would have imagined working with such a huge and highly respected brand. I'm so grateful! 

In a new campaign, i was lucky enough to be selected for the ASOS X NIKE Cortez project in which I was gifted with the coolest old school Nike trainers! I styled them with a Puma sweatshirt, regular black skinny jeans and a mandarin collar shirt by La Moda, from ASOS. 

Thank you to everyone who has supported the blog so far. It means a lot! 

Shop the look below 

Thank you 

Arooj x

Photography by Saskia Rodriguez - http://saskialouisa.wix.com/photography

SO RAD

More collaborations, new locations. While the sun was out, walking around Nottingham with Alicia, we visited Cobden Chambers. With the coolest backdrops, this was the perfect location to shoot for the outfit I was wearing. 

I was overwhelmed when I was contacted by Rad, them asking to me to be a blogger ambassador, they also kindly sent me one of the coolest Bowie shirts! 

I paired the shirt with a custom distressed denim jacket from 'Just Another Lost Child' by 'Arthur Tumbare. JALC was found in 2014.

I live in a day and age where everything can change because of a click of a button. The internet controls our generation and slowly controlling and changing fashion.
Fashion in relation with the internet is now giving the lost and misunderstood children of our generation the chance to change the world and lives of millions.
— Arthur Tumbare

I finished the look with  black skinny jeans and DR martens, customizing with a leather clutch from Topshop and sunnies from River Island.

Check out Just Another Lost Child by Arthur at http://www.justanotherlostchild.bigcartel.com/and download the Rad app today for iOS: http://r.rad.co/45ios  Android: http://r.rad.co/45android 

Thanks 

Arooj x 

Photography by Alicia Travis : http://aliciaktravis.blogspot.co.uk/

The Perfect Minimal Bracelet

Presents from Berlin! Just before the New Year I received the most gorgeous gift from Watch BandIt. 

Watch Bandit are a Berlin based company offering the world’s finest watches, watch bands and bracelets. Their site has a collection of different beautiful accessories for both men and women, perfect for any occasion.

I got the Black Leather, Rose Gold Anchor Bracelet. It features a rose gold plated anchor, fine Italian leather and an adjustable length which is just perfect!

This accessory stands out yet it's minimal and goes with absolutely everything, you can't go wrong!  I love the simple look of black and then the touch of rose gold. It's so sophisticated

Be sure to check out http://watchbandit.com/ - Once you're on the site, there's no going back, you will end up purchasing something and it will be SO worth it! 

You can also give them a follow on instagram @WatchBandIts to keep up with any updates.

Thank You

Arooj x




CITY SMART

You really can't go wrong with monochrome! Avenue A recently sent me the most beautiful knit scarf and black jumper. If you haven't heard of the brand, they are an online ladies fashion boutique who stocks a range of different brands.

Wearing Avenue A's black textured jumper, I paired this with their chunky knit scarf which is just new is stock; this is definitely something to get your hands on this season, it keeps me super warm, I love it! 

Keeping the look dark, I wore black skinny trousers from New Look and a long grey coat from ZARA. I completed the look with Dare black Chelsea boots from Schuh. Following my last blog post, I think these are my all time favourite shoes I own. Not only do they match with everything, they are so comfy!

Finally, to accessorise I carried a handbag from Fiorelli - This is the perfect student bag, big enough for all your books and even a laptop, it's so convenient and super stylish, you can't go wrong!

Be sure to check out Avenue A at http://www.avenuea.co.uk/ where you will find a range of beautiful clothing and accessories, you can also give them a follow @AvenueAClothing to keep up with any updates!

To purchase the Dare Black Chelsea boots visit http://www.schuh.co.uk/womens/schuh-dare-black-boots/1438087080/ - They are so worth it! #GiftingSorted

Burt's Bee's Lip Crayon Review

So recently I was given these lovely Burt’s Bee’s lip crayons to test out. Just within less than a week of using the product, it’s fair to say I am in love. Each lip crayon is formulated with 100% natural ingredients (which is why they’re so good!) They come in 6 different shades these being such as Sedona Sands, Carolina Coast, Hawaiian Smolder, Deep Berry, Niagara Overlook and Napa Vineyard and Redwood Forest which I am testing today.

What I love about the lip crayons is that the texture is very creamy and rich but light.  Not only does it give off a beautiful lip colour but it also moistures the lips leaving them smooth and soft. I also love how easy is is to apply, It’s so subtle!

The Napa Vineyard is my favourite so far, it compliments against my skin tone the most and you can add darker/ligher shades depending how you apply it, the other colours are just as beautiful! With each of the lip crayons you can wear them every day, either alone and under a lip gloss giving it some pretty shine

I found when applying other lipsticks from other brands, it can sometimes leave my lips dry afterwards. However with Burt’s Bee’s Lip Crayon it keeps your lips smooth and hydrates them for ages as it contains natural ingredients. Ladies, I definitely recommend this, it’s practically a lipstick and lip balm in one available in a range of colours. Why not check them out at http://www.burtsbees.co.uk/ pick your colour, an amazing must have product available at just £8.99

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