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Music’s New Three-Headed Monster

Few of us know from a young age exactly what we want to do with our lives. We may have dreams and aspirations, but there is always an uncertainty in the back of our minds about exactly where we’ll end up. However there are a few amongst us that are born with not just a talent, but a gift that is quite evident from an early age. Meet Darion Javon, the triple faceted musician that is a drummer, producer, and songwriter. Darion has been playing drums since the age of two and he recalls banging on anything in his way, whether it was his mother’s pots and pans or the pillows in his bedroom. His parents bought him his first drum set at the age of four and Darion hasn’t looked back since.

In his very young career, Darion has already shared the stage with legends such as Patti Labelle and Stevie Wonder and has also went on tour with rapper Flo Rida; his first major mainstream gig. Darion is currently on tour with Tinashe where he not only serves as her drummer but musical director. To see where he is today doesn’t come as much of a surprise once you learn of his upbringing. His father was a singer/songwriter and he frequently remembers both of his parents playing countless records as an adolescent ranging from gospel to Cab Callaway and Aretha Franklin.

He credits his high school jazz band director, Mr. Thomas, with teaching him so much about music and pushing him to take his craft seriously. This push by his band director is what led Darion to perform at a jazz festival where he was discovered by a scout from Berklee College of Music where he would go on to study for three years. Traveling and seeing the world is one of the greatest blessings that comes with his career. His craft has given him the opportunity to travel to places such as the UK, Australia, and Dubai. Through his music, Darion wants to touch as many lives as he can, both on and off stage, by being a “reachable and relatable musician”, a trait he didn’t see in musicians he grew up admiring. In the future, Darion aims to have is own studio, create jobs, and “open doors for others” that look to follow in his footsteps. Get to know Darion a little bit better in the video below and be sure to follow him @IamDarionJavon to stay updated on his endeavors.

 

 

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Cologne and perfume bottles rest on a Sophistocrats dresser in abundance, offering various scents to match any mood or occasion. Scents are an instant aphrodisiac, so there’s no question why you would want to be able to take your signature scent with you on the go. Whether you’re going out of town for business or pleasure, hitting the gym, or simply running errands, our friends over at Travalo have the perfect solution for your on the go lifestyle. Travalo’s “Fragrance Atomizer” device is a portable 4ML refillable bottle that features an innovative Genie-S ‘pump to fill’ refill system underneath the bottle that attaches to the nozzle of your favorite fragrance bottle. That means no more losing any parts or spilling your favorite fragrance! If you can use this device in your everyday life, head over to Perfumania in Pentagon City where the Travalo Atomizer retails for $12.00 and allows for up to 50 sprays of your signature scent. The atomizer is available in multiple colors, but of course in true Sophistocrat fashion, we recommend the all black version. Check out the video below to see how the device works and make sure you’re well prepared whenever, and wherever, you’re traveling. Stay fresh Sophistocrats!

 

 

 

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Meet Erika Schrieber & Sophie Blake: Proof That Quality Style Can Be Made In America

When it comes to fashion, one of the most common notions is that products made in America lack a certain prestige and craftsmanship when compared to products made in other regions of the world, such as Italy or France. On top of that, Washington, DC doesn’t quite scream “fashion” either. But tell that to Sophie Blake and Erika Schrieber owners of Sophie Blake New York and Erika Schrieber Clothing respectively. Both of the ladies design and manufacture their pieces right here in the USA without sacrificing quality and taste. Erika designs and manufactures here clothing right here in Washington, DC, while Sophie manufactures her Jewelry in New York City. The tagline you will see immediately upon walking into their new pop-up store in the Mosaic District  is, “Lets Do It Right Here” with an illustration of the American Flag, alluding to producing top quality products in America.

 

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Although the two ladies have their own separate brands, it’s no doubt that they make the perfect partnership to produce a cohesive and flawless pop-up store experience. They met years ago but when Sophie first learned of the pop-up shop opportunity she immediately thought of Erika and the two jumped at the opportunity to set-up a temporary (that they hope will turn into a permanent) brick and mortar location to further promote their brands. We had a chance to catch up with the lovely ladies at their pop-up store at the Mosaic District to talk about their current lines, what drives them, and where we can expect to see them in the future. Stay tuned to their websites (and) as they are preparing to layout their 2015 Spring/Summer Collections. Meet the young ladies below:

 

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At only 27 years old, and going on only her 15th month in business, there is no question that Erika Schrieber (pictured above) is one of the most promising and emerging designers in Washington, DC. She would know after all the blueprint to becoming such. Her first job, after graduating from Miami University, “was with a fashion PR firm working specifically with emerging designers”. During that time her admiration for designers grew and when she saw their “passion, and drive to create something from almost nothing” and that their was “a void in the American-made, premium women’s wear category” she decided to “join their tribe — making something you believed in that wasn’t otherwise accessible”.

 

 

Born in Connecticut, Erika calls Washington, DC her second home after living in Miami for a long stint. Her collection, just like her marketing, is clean, sophisticated, and of premium quality. The goal she set for her line from day one was to create a “brand of wearable, and versatile clothing I actually want to wear”. For Ericka, style is the “expression of individuality, how you see yourself, and how you choose for the world to see you.” What’s more intriguing about Erika’s story is that she didn’t’ have any design experience when she started out. However, she turned her weakness into a strength, which she “considers a blessing” because “there were few rules or restrictions” she put on herself when she started out. She says, “I just wanted to create something I believed in”.

In the future Ericka hopes her “brand will be carried in a few brick and mortar boutiques that focus on bringing emerging designers to their customers”. You can find Erika’s clothing at www.erikaschrieber.com and at her pop-up shop located at 2905 District Ave Faifax VA 22031. Be sure to keep your eyes out for her Spring/Summer 2015 line releasing soon.

 

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Jewelry is meant to be an accessory to any outfit or wardrobe and it’s a thin line between over accessorizing and complimenting. Sophie Blake (pictured above) understands the importance of creating statement pieces that aren’t overbearing. She doesn’t like “over-embellishment and enjoys balanced design” and prides herself on “creating designs that are elevated, versatile and modern, that can be worn from day to night”. She wanted to be a designer since a little girl, but she admits, “My parents wanted me to become a doctor, a lawyer or mathematician. I think many immigrant kids could relate to this”. So like any other child, she wanted to make her parents happy, so she attended McGill University in Montreal Canada and graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. But unfortunately for Sophie, her calling wouldn’t let her rest. “I realized I had a void in my life” Sophie says, “I needed to express my creativity and since I used to draw when I was younger, jewelry gave me a chance to be artistic again and gave me an outlet to design.”

 

 

Sophie is a creative self-starter and first “Learned how to do wire work and beading” on her own “just by studying and looking at the construction of how jewelry was made”. She also credits her education about jewelry to classes she took in Brooklyn while living in New York. In those classes she learned “how to make hollow rings, lost wax casting, and stone setting techniques”.

Sophie gets inspiration for her jewelry wherever she can find it. Her current collection, which she has named “the Cassini collection”, is “inspired by an obscure and beautiful storm system that was discovered on the north pole of the “Golden Planet” Saturn. Cassini was a spacecraft that captured the images of the hexagon shaped storm system”. Sophie “thought a lot about the hexagon shape” and “decided to make it the foundation of the collection and every detail would include the geometric form”. She “played with absence of matter and space, creating pieces that were a bit extraterrestrial but also very wearable”.

Today, and four years into business, Sophie is building a brand for “sophisticated, stylish, and confident women”. She believes that “it’s important that women who wear [her] pieces feel comfortable in them, that the weight is just right, the length is appropriate, and the pieces are used to complete the look”. In a perfect world her products “would be carried in national retailers like Intermix and Barneys and give the brand national exposure”. She looks forward to continuing her relationships “with current brick and mortar stores and possibly open a location in Miami and New York”. She aspires “to be able to build both a brick and mortar presence and a wholesale channel effectively, and give the brand more reach”. You can find her most current collection and stockists at www.sophieblakenyc.com as well as at her pop-up shop located at 2905 District Ave Faifax VA 22031.

 

 

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Fortunately for us, we found a writer that not only makes it his duty to get the full story, but also put the story into terms we can understand and relate to. Meet Julian Kimble, accomplished writer and the newest member to our Sophistocrat team. Julian, a Philadelphia native, went to Howard University, or as he would call it “the real HU”, where he was a Radio/TV and Film major with a minor in Business. While he was a student at Howard, Julian wrote for The Hilltop, the institutions school newspaper. Today, Julian currently writes for Complex magazine and Washington City Paper in areas of pop culture and music. Despite his success, Julian doesn’t believe you have to be an English or Journalism major to be a successful writer, “you just need to have the ability to write with a clear voice. You just have to be 1. Reliable and 2. Good”. Julian credits his growth as a writer to “working with multiple editors” and understanding writing is “100% a business and you’re a walking brand”.

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Julian’s interest for writing and journalism came from “growing up a fan of hip hop and music magazines such as Vibe”. As for what drove his intent to become a writer, “Feeling like parts of the story were left out” and “I found myself disagreeing with a lot of what I was reading”. He draws inspiration from one of his favorite books, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, because it showed him that we have the ability “to create whoever we want to be…the American dream, that’s the definition of our generation”. As for his future, Julian wants “to be like Bill Simmons. I would like to be an author and most of all creating content that penetrates and influences culture and resonates with people. I truly want to have an impact so I’m swinging for the fences”.

For The Sophistocrats, Julian won’t be writing for any specific category (entertainment, style, etc.). Instead he will have his own section, “The Stories Julian Tells” where he will completely write compelling and provoking pieces that will force you to think and analyze the information in front of you. Although we love to entertain you and show you the latest and greatest products/services, we also are here to stimulate you mentally and feed you spiritually. Check back often for Julian’s content and be sure to give Julian a warm Sophistocrats welcome!

 

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The development of the 9th street corridor in NW Washington, DC is arguably the most exciting transformation in the city since the redevelopment of the H Street corridor and the SW waterfront. Home to new condominium buildings and hotels such as the Cambria Suites, the 9th street corridor is building an array of attractions for residents and tourist. Its newest tenant, Lost and Found, located at 1240 9th St NW is filling a long time void of a hang out space that allows patrons just to come in to relax, socialize, and have a drink without being in a nightclub setting. The rustic venue, which has a reminiscent feel of ‘Cheers’, derives its name from the “lost” and now “found” pieces that fill up the space such as old license plates, original stadium seats from RFK stadium, and old vinyl records. Although the venue does not have a kitchen, therefore doesn’t serve food, its array of beer selections and available “snacks”, such as Goldfish and Oreos is a nice touch to the relaxed theme of the venue. If patrons need food, they have great choices in the surrounding neighborhood such as Rogue, Table, and Thally. The venue, which features a unique décor and beautiful exposed brick walls, features three separate rooms with two bars and a patio in the rear alley. The venue is also looking to launch unique and fun themed nights such as B.Y.O.V night (Bring Your Own Vinyl) that will allow patrons to bring their own vinyl records to play at the venue. This unique touch, and thinking outside the box, is how Lost and Found is sure to carve out its mark within the city. Head over to Lost and Found, ask for Brian, and tell him that The Sophistocrats sent you. Cheers Sophistocrats!

 

 

 

 

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It is this element and confidence that he looks to give to his clients. For Spiph, style is more of an emotional component than a physical presence. He believes style is dictated by, “the reaction to your emotions. When you wake up in the morning your emotions, combined with your agenda for the day, will most likely influence what you wear. I feel like people make style so definitive instead of looking at it as an opportunity to showcase who they are” Collins says.

In the words of Oprah, his “aha moment” came during high school in Hartford, CT where he would “remake jeans with different patterns and materials” Collins says. Soon his friends were paying for his jeans. He laughs that, “It wasn’t much but it was dope, it was original. It was then that I decided to go to school for fashion merchandising”. While studying at Howard University in Washington, DC he worked at nightclubs and patrons began to identify him by his custom ties. It’s clear that he has come a long way since his undergraduate career, but the principles he was able to develop there still help him today. He credits his time at Howard University as “a forewarning to how detailed the [fashion] industry was going to be. They were able to give me perspective. People look at fashion just as an art but at the end of the day it’s a business, so it taught me the balance between the two. Its all about awareness and demand you have to know how to forecast. Fashion is always a season ahead so it’s about preparation” Collins said. As for real world job experience, Collins describes it as “very fast paced”. Outside the classroom, “it’s more about reaction time. You have to be able to adapt fast”. Essentially, “you are a salesman so you have to know the prices, the point of view the collection is being presented in order to sell it, while being able to interpret what the consumer is looking for”.

On this rainy Thursday evening the experience he has garnered in the classroom and is evident. Before becoming the muse for today’s shoot, Spiph pulls out a wooden crate (paying homage to the era that inspired the theme for his TGFS brand) full of ties with custom velvet and leather backs, to custom pocket squares with glow in the dark stitching, and t-shirts dawning his TGFS logo.

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After explaining the inspiration and craftsmanship of his new collection, Spiph is camera ready. Just minutes into the shoot, his natural capability to be the mind behind the scenes of a brand, yet effortlessly stand in front of the camera is exciting to watch. His face is polarizing and full of contradictions. His eyes are red as if he hasn’t slept for a few days (he is currently preparing to launch his collection during his alma mater’s homecoming weekend) yet he dawns a childish smile of excitement, eager to stand on mark for today’s shoot. After all, sleep is a luxury when you have to juggle as many hats as Spiph. During the day or his “9 to 5” as he refers to it, you can find Spiph serving as a Sales Associate at Rag and Bone in Georgetown (DC) and from 5-9 he is knee-deep into developing the TGFS brand and serving as a personal wardrobe stylist for clients such as DJ Alizay of 93.9 WKYS. As he runs through his many responsibilities, as if they are regular routine now, his face lights up when he declares his most important role of them all-being a father to his four-year-old daughter Chloe. Its evident he’s motivated for a far deeper reason than recognition and money. He truly believes in his product and helping his clients develop an entire wardrobe, not just supplying them with one outfit for a single event.

“Creating a wardrobe that you can use excessively day in and day out is important. Whether you have to go to work, on a date, or a black tie event your wardrobe should have ready options at all times” Collins says. “I feel like style defers a lot of people from participating in certain things because they don’t feel like they will look the part. I don’t believe in renting clothes for my clients because I feel like certain pieces can be used again in multiple ways”. He urges his clients to be “confident, eager, and open-minded”.

Passion, desire and persistence are all essential to building a brand. However, at the end of the day it all comes down to the product, or as Spiph would call it, “the goods”. And take it from us, as the name of his company infers, he definitely has the goods for society. The inspiration for the name of his company came from “looking at historical war images” said Collins. “As a team we were taken back by some of the pictures we saw of pilots during that time. Pilots were a vital piece to operations because they were in charge for dropping crates of cargo, food, and supplies off at so many places all over the world; they were really dependent upon. So we used that as a comparison and analogy for what we feel like we offer our customers.”

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As his brand enters into its second year, Spiph is preparing for his biggest debut yet, his 2014 F/W collection. As for what to expect from the new collection, Collins says, “In this collection we have regular size ties, slim ties, oversize pocket squares. But we’re working with crazy patterns, the velvet fabrics, all hand picked and paired together. Everything is original. From the yoga studio to the boardroom we have you covered with this collection”. To find out more about Spiph Collins and his The Goods For Society brand, log onto TheGoodsForSociety.com, follow him at @spipchcollins (IG), and @thegoodsforsociety (Twitter). Think you should be featured or have somebody else in mind, email us at info@TheSophistocrats.com.

 

 

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The Art of Bartending

Our first ever “Sophistocrat Bartender of the Month” goes to one of the baddest individuals to pic up a cocktail shaker and strainer! His name is Soup. Yup you read that right….SOUP! Soup is the epitome of a gentleman and by the time you get up, you’ll feel like you gained a new bestfriend. Bartending is more than just making drinks; it’s a science or better yet-an art! He knows his shit, he’s been bartending since 1999. So sit down, take notes, and get schooled on the art of bartending. When you’re done, head over to the back bar at The Hamilton let him know The Sophistocrats sent you, and he’ll make you “The Sophistocrat Drink of Month”. Be sure to use Sophistocrat etiquette and tip him well. Don’t forget, Sophistocrats drink responsibly! So if you’ve had one too many, reach out to our friends over at Curb, download their app, and they’ll take care off you! Cheers!

Bartender of the month: Soup
Location: The Hamilton (Washington, DC) at 600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
From: Dalton, Massachusetts (Where US currency paper is made)
Been bartending since: 1999

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Why did you begin bartending?

“First off because I like people. I like the action, I like working hard, and I like the pace. I love interacting with people and making people happy. People come to bars for a reason…to unwind and escape. I like to help them forget about everything that’s bothering them for a little while. We all have to go back to it [reality] at some point, but with me they can take a few minutes and enjoy themselves. It makes me happy to make other people happy.”

What is your favorite drink to make?:

“Right now it would have to be ‘The Suzerac’ (which also happens to be the Sophistocrat drink of the month). It’s the history behind it and there’s a story. Plus it’s so many ways to make it. It’s tied to New Orleans and cocktail culture wise, we owe so much to New Orleans. Long story short, “it’s a soul to this drink”. One of the reasons I love bartending is because you’re never finished learning-its always a work in progress.”

What’s your favorite beer to drink?

“Weihenstephaner by far. It’s the world’s oldest operating brewery. I could drink it forever.”

What’s your pet peeve when dealing with customers?

“Not being self-aware. When you’re in a busy bar, just recognize your surroundings. I’m never going to intentionally make somebody wait; I’m here for you. Bartenders are here to please the guest. Without the guest I’m useless.”

What is the best way to get a bartenders attention?

“Make eye contact, you can’t help but realize when somebody is clearly staring at you unless you’re purposely trying to ignore them. Once we make eye contact I’ll give a [head] nod and let you know I see you. That shows me that you’re a seasoned veteran. Waving your card or throwing cash out is unnecessary.”

What makes a great bartender?

“Part of being a great bartender is knowing your limits and just being real. Strive to throw the perfect game, but you’re never going to throw the perfect game. Something is going to go wrong and you’re going to have to adapt so be ready, keep a clear head, and don’t get rattled!”

The Sophistocrat Drink of the Month:

“The Suzerac”

· One ounce Cognac (preferable Remy Martin)
· One ounce of Dry Whiskey
· Three dashes of Sugar Cube
· One dash of bitters
· Stir for 30 seconds….enjoy!

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