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Flying Solo Collective Is The New Retail Destination For Emerging Brands

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Shop new, unique pieces directly from the designers

If you’re a young, emerging designer, you know the struggle that it is to open your own store. In fact, it can seem close to impossible considering the cost and amount of work that goes into running a retail business.

But luckily, Elizabeth Solomeina, a second-generation jewelry designer, is not one to be easily discouraged and has come up with a brilliant solution to this age-old problem. Aware that emerging talent needs a place to showcase and sell their work without the hassle and cost of opening a store on their own, Solomeina decided to band together with more than 30 other emerging designers to form and open Flying Solo Collective.

Flying Solo Collective is a unique concept store that opened last June in NYC’s Nolita neighborhood. The boutique offers womenswear-focused clothing, shoes, accessories, and swimwear from emerging designers such as Alexandra Nom, Greyant, Narciss, Kalamarie Handbags, Parme Marin, and more. Not only do 30-something different designers showcase their pieces alongside each other’s collections in one beautifully curated, direct-to-consumer experience, they all contribute a certain amount of their time per week to actually work in the store on the sales floor.


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The idea is that customers benefit from speaking to the designers in person about the pieces they're interested in, while the designers benefit by getting direct customer feedback without having to deal with a middleman. The hope is that designers will transform the future of fashion culture by providing consumers with a revolutionary shopping experience, and, in turn, will be able to give themselves and other young designers a less costly way to get out there. It’s a win-win for both the designers and the consumers aiming to shop for truly unique, quality pieces. 

You can check out the full collections and designer bios at FlyingSoloCollective.com. Click through the gallery below to check out some of our favorite pieces on sale at Flying Solo Collective, and be sure to check out the shop when you’re in the neighborhood.

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Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, and so much more

Every weekend, we bring you #SOUNDCHECK—your destination for the best of the best new music that hit the web over the course of the week. Because you should always be prepared when someone passes you that AUX cord. This week's round features 21 of our favorite emerging and established artists including Cardi B, Avril Lavigne, Tacocat, and so many more. Turn up, tune in, and tune out.

"Please Me" - Cardi B and Bruno Mars
"Please Me" will pair perfectly with all of the Valentine's Day candy you just bought on clearance. Trust me, there couldn't be a more perfect time to listen to this ultra-'90s R&B track.

Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
I'm honestly jealous of whomever Avril is singing about on "Goddess."

Tacocat - Grains of Salt [OFFICIAL VIDEO] www.youtube.com

"Grains of Salt" - Tacocat
When I realized Tacocat was back, I literally turned around at my desk and yelled. It's a miracle.

"Can I Talk" - Caleb Steph
Caleb Steph's debut single proves that he's ready for the spotlight.

Betty - Betty Who
"You better recognize/ That you're wasting all my time" from "The One" is my new favorite response to every "photographer" on Tinder.

"Butterfly" - Kehlani
The only thing more beautiful than this cover art is Kehlani's voice.

SASAMI - Free (feat. Devendra Banhart) (Official Video) www.youtube.com

"Free" - SASAMI feat. Devendra Banhart
I would have never predicted a SASAMI and Devendra Banhart collaboration, but I am 100 percent not complaining.

Rex Orange County - New House www.youtube.com

"New House" - Rex Orange County
Alex O'Connor never fails to impress me with his soulful bedroom pop, and "New House" is no exception.

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"Cuz I Love You" - Lizzo
Distorted guitar paired with Lizzo's belting vocals? Chills, literally. She did that!

"Heads Gonna Roll" - Jenny Lewis
Like if Stevie Nicks' voice met Father John Misty's lyrics.

"Get Well" - Donna Missal
Donna Missal tells me everything I needed to hear about breakups on "Get Well."

"Patient" - Monica Martin
Sultry and sweet.

"Whorey Heart" - TeaMarr
TeaMarrr's bouncy new song is an excellent roast of the kind of fuckboi we all know and hate.

"Ice Me Out (Remix)" - Kash Doll
Kash Doll shows that she knows her way around a beat on "Ice Me Out."

"Lips of Lips" - Tiffany Young
Definitely catch me driving around with my windows down this summer blaring "Lips on Lips."