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the future of band of outsiders is suddenly in turmoil

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founder scott sternberg is out

So here it is: Band of Outsiders is now officially without its designer and founder Scott Sternberg. 

After weeks of confusing, disheartening news concerning the beloved brand—including a release announcing the forthcoming closure of the label’s Soho, New York store—Sternberg took to BoS’ Instagram account to tell fans that he and the company he created have parted ways. 

Read his bittersweet comments below.

 

 

While Band of Outsiders’ financial woes and possible demise have been much discussed in the last few weeks, the running theory was that the label would shutter entirely. The idea that stakeholders would dismiss the company’s founder—which this post suggests has already happened—was not part of the conversation. Exactly how he lost ownership of the brand and name is unclear at this time.

Sternberg’s announcement that there might indeed be a future for the brand without him adds a confusing ripple and the very lean possibility that we may see new collections or products bearing the BoS mark at some time. Certainly, other fashion brands have survived financial crises after ousting their founders. 

Looking at the balance of reports coming out of the Band of Outsiders camp, it doesn’t seem impossible that that company might contract, lick its wounds, and continue to trade on its name in some truncated fashion. Not impossible, but highly improbable. 

Whatever happens next with Band of Outsiders, this is likely the end of what made it the darling of a certain set of fashion followers—including us. 

From its founding, Band of Outsiders offered a formally informal take on American style, a translation of 1960s casual Italian dress into Californian terms. There were patterned blazers for men and women, cheery button-ups with unexpected collars, and, more than once, corduroy cargo pants that were improbably hip and sharp. Every collection (many of them presented online with sunny Polaroid shots) seemed pulled straight from a Wes Anderson film. Heritage-style prints and references to ‘70s prep style were never far away.

BoS was also well known for its star connections. With hip, left-of-center personalities such as Jason Schwartzman, Kirsten Dunst, Aziz Ansari, and Donald Glover modeling their pieces, the brand captured a certain, nostalgic Southern-California feel that was less mainstream Hollywood than it was Laurel Canyon.

Of course, there were always problems. The men’s fits—very, very lean at some times, boxy at others—were never quite right for most shoppers. There were also quality issues (BoS shirts were famous for losing buttons). That, plus the somewhat unjustifiably high price points, made buying into Sternberg’s vision difficult at times. 

And still, it was compelling. More than that, it was influential. We can’t even count the number of times we caught young American, European, and Japanese menswear brands echoing elements of Sternberg’s early offerings. Whatever happens to the brand itself, we’ll be seeing aspects of Band of Outsiders’ aesthetic on runways and in hipper zip codes for at least a few years to come. 

Ideally, Sternberg will return to designing. Ideally, whoever now controls the Band of Outsiders name will do something with it that doesn’t embarrass the brand. In almost every way that counts, though, the fat lady has sung.

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Showtime just ordered a pilot episode of Casallina "Cathy" Kisakye's comedy anthology series, which will be executive-produced by Lena Waithe. The show, called How to Make Love to a Black Woman (Who May Be Working Through Some Shit), sounds like it'll be... informative.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, though the series is a comedy, it will also touch on some vulnerable subjects as well. It described the show as being about "connection and rejection that explore our most harrowing—and harrowingly comic—sexual secrets." Waithe said in a statement about the news, "Cathy's script is haunting, funny, and extremely vulnerable—it's the kind of script that doesn't come around very often." She continues, showing her excitement for the project: "I'm honored that Cathy trusts me with such a special project. I can't wait for the world to see it."

Kisakye, who previously worked with Waithe on The Chi, says that the show is close to her heart, and that the series will portray three-dimensional, complex women. "With How to Make Love, I'm thrilled to tell stories about the women I know, who are complicated, passionate, resilient, and relatable," she said in a statement.

Kisakye is the creator of the show, and will be writing the pilot script. It's the latest project to come to Showtime through Waithe's first-look deal and, according to The Hollywood Reporter, should it go to series, this would be the first anthology for the network.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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