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T.B.N Interviews: Terry Castro

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by James Field
“A work of art is the result of a unique temperament” – Oscar Wilde
Such a quote was only proper for me to open up discussion for our latest guest for The Black Nouveau. I would like to introduce to you all, Mr Terry Castro who is the founder and designer of Castro NYC, his brilliant jewelry line. I was referred to Mr Castro by a very dear friend of mine in Milan via Facebook (go figure) and she informed me that he was a very unique individual who makes truly beautiful works of art, I was sold since I revel in all art forms and love jewelry myself. I composed this interview with him about 2 weeks ago and I would love to share it with you all now. Please enjoy!

T.B.N: Hi Terry, thank you so much for participating, we welcome you! So, please introduce yourself to everyone and tell us where you are from.

Terry: I am Castro “the creator of dreams” at least I like to think of myself that way. I can’t think of any other word or words that would fit me better. Where am I from? Outer space, but my birth certificate says Toledo, Ohio. I really believe I was born in outer space and transplanted to Toledo, at least that is how people made me feel growing up there, I never fit in. That’s everywhere I go except in the art community, they must be from outer space too.

T.B.N: You have a wonderful self titled, high-end jewelry brand called Castro NYC, with some truly unique and beautiful creations. When did you realize that this was what you wanted to do? Explain the brand concept to us please.

Terry: Thanks to my brother Arron Geller, who is 18 years younger who pushed me to use NYC and our last name as a brand name. Where I grew up there is only like maybe 5 Castro’s in the phone book, and 3 of them are my family. So it is a very unique name, and of course we are black so add that factor, my mom is black , Mexican and Native American a.k.a BLACK. Since we were considered unique or freakish, I wanted to do my style the same, not trend in any way. This hurts me financially because I wont conform.

I don’t make the bucks, I dont give a fuck. I do what I want, you don’t like it don’t buy it. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t bend easy. I tried once to go commercial because my friend and roommate turned to the bright side, I made a little money but it was only a flash, and my real accounts flipped on me. I was branded a traitor, now I am back to the dark side! If you don’t have the force stay the hell away from me.

The other thing I realized, is that I wanted to do everything different after my first trip out of the country and understanding that my country is great, but it has been lying to us all our lives. Leading us to believe that it is the center of the world. Seeing other black people just like me, but at the same time so different, when I came back my eyes were open. I realized that it was my duty to make a change in any way I can, that was the planting of the seed.

T.B.N: What do you enjoy most about designing?

Terry: What do I enjoy? (blows out air) hmm, that is like being born again just like church. You go in all crusty and come out all polished, sorta like that or like having a baby. You do all the grinding hard work and sweating (that’s the thought process and concept), then your girls pregnant ,complaining ect and the whole while you both keep trying to figure what the baby will look like. You envision always in your head about the baby’s body cause you just don’t know (that’s the creating process), next thing you know, pop! Baby comes out after all the screaming and hollering (that’s at the end of the process, no sleep). Baby is out and you realize he or she doesn’t look like either one of you, they are a combination of your entire generation (that is all the concepts, inspirations, photos, subliminal and direct), amazing! A miracle for sure.

T.B.N: Where do you see yourself and your company in 5 years? What is your ultimate career goal?

Terry: Outer space man, outer space, been waiting to get back. Space age, not here on earth with the mortals, with the right people helping me that is where the brand will be. On a level that cannot be touched, more global and more money I hope too.

I want to help others, to use my career to help achieve their own goals. I don’t want it all for myself.

T.B.N: Do you have any advice for our readers who many wish to pursue a career in jewelry design, or any design/creative oriented business?

Terry: Know the business before you just jump in it, know exactly what you want to do, this will help you from wasting time trying to figure it out and save money. Dont get into debt!, don’t take memo’s (credit) if you don’t have the dollars for it you don’t need it, credit is very easy to get into in this business. Very hard to get out of it because they will always give you more to keep you on the thread, only concentrate on what you are good at. Dont waste your time with things you don’t need, surround yourself with people who are better than you, but never let them know they are better, then they wont want to work with you. Always try to be diplomatic in your business dealings, you never know when you might need someone or who they might know, the world is tiny be careful of procrastination, it will kill you.

T.B.N: One of my favorite pieces that you design is the Tiger ring, what was your inspiration for it? Was it difficult to construct?

Terry: I found the tiger at an antique market, its shape reminded me of a dolphin jumping out of water, so that is what I went with. There are waves on the side and the tiger/dragon is biting a snake out of the water, this is to represent Yin & yang . While he is trying to eat the snake, the snake is on top of him trying to eat him too, so there is no winner but as one they are so beautiful together. Together we are unstoppable, remember that.

T.B.N: In conclusion what do you wish readers to know about your brand, how may they contact you?

Terry: We will never sell out, so forget about it. Castronyc.com, Facebook-CastroNYC, Twitter- castronyc. On the weekend in SoHo we have a pop up shop on the street in front of Club Manoco. Look for the brother with the locks.

Rebel, craftsman, a bold and courageous young man. These are just a few words I would like to use to describe one Terry Castro. I was profoundly impressed by his determination, tenacity and bravery in the face of such adversity he has experienced. I only wish to help in any way I can, and I will be watching as his star burns ever more brightly.

Thank you much Terry for your participation in my interview. I wish you the best of luck with the brand and you have a truly bright future ahead of you.

Thank you guys for reading!

Photo courtesy of Lacie Garnes

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Nouveau Spotlight: TasteMakers @ The Morgan Featuring Sergio James

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2012 by James Field

Hey guys I know its a bit last minute, but we are doing a really fun event tomorrow night at The Morgan in Brooklyn, come on by! Details below, it will be AWESOME!

The inaugural edition of a monthly celebration of DOPE new music & fashion.  18 and up at The Morgan .
$12 Brought to you by Live Astro, and Scrilla Chinchilla from GetActive!
Performing:
Mickey Factz http://www.mickeyfactz.com/
Vinny Cha$e http://vinnychasenyc.tumblr.com/ http://cheersclubmusic.tumblr.com/
Cavalier http://www.cavwins.com/beta
Green Street http://greenstreetrecords.net/
MEΔT LOΔF MUZIK http://www.loafmuzik.com/
Goonburg http://www.facebook.com/GOONBURG
Perrion http://highoffmusic.com/artist/perrion/
Kid K2 Nicky Fingaz DJ TECLA http://www.iamtecla.com/
DJ CC NewYork DJ Chinky
Burlesque performances by Black Velveteen!! Models, Models, Models A DESIGNER WALK OFF!
Special thanks to JPAPA
Visuals by VJ Mamiko Kushida Photography by the homie Wables Video by Champion Media Apparel and accessories from:
Live Astro http://www.facebook.com/liveastroNY www.liveastrony.com
SergioJames http://www.facebook.com/SergioandJames www.sergiojames.com
JPAPA www.jpapanyc.com

Sale Time!

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , on April 10, 2012 by James Field

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Hey guys (but this one is mostly for the girls) check out the sample sale of the incredible label, San & Soni. I have the honor of knowing and working with the designers and let me tell you, the pieces are all impeccably made in India, crafted from some of the softest silks i’ve ever felt, with totally way cool shapes. They fuse so many aspects into the line which all culminates into a very contemporary, chic and sophisticated woman. Check out the sale details below.

Starting Tuesday April 10

Tuesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Clothingline
SSS Sample Sales
261 W 36th Street
(between 7th & 8th Ave)
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

So go shop and be sure to visit San&Soni.com for more information.

New Bag Swing

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , , , on April 4, 2012 by James Field

New Bag Swing

Hare & Hart Crawford Tote

Current Obsession

This is Hart & Hart Crawford Tote. I recently had the pleasure of attending a presentation of the current collection by the designers Emily Harrison and Jennie Engelhardt in which they discussed their design philosophy and brand development. It was an absolute pleasure meeting them at Jo’s Nolita last week for an evening of delicious cocktails, amazing leather goods and some really cool people.

Prior to composing this post, I was in the market for a new everyday tote, but I knew I wanted something subtle, yet striking and black, typical! This bag, the Crawford tote ($595.00) was one of my first choices. Crafted from vegetable tanned natural haircalf, this bag is truly unique. Produced in Argentina, the leather used was some of the softest and highest grades I ever came across, thus solidifying this bag as my new “it piece.” The entire collection features extremely well made, high quality leather pieces that can easily make their way into your wardrobe, and they also produce jackets, bangles and  other small goods.

Check out the full collection only @Hare & Hart.com

Thank you so much to the beautiful designers Emily & Jennie,  and to Ms Wendy Wolf!

UPDATE:

I am now a PROUD owner of this amazing piece! THANK YOU HARE + HART!

T.B.N Interviews: Whitney House

Posted in T.B.N Interviews with tags , , , , , , on April 2, 2012 by James Field

Entrepreneurship:  “Is the act of being an entrepreneur, which can be defined as “one who undertakes innovations,  finance and business acumen in an effort to transform innovations into economic goods”

The Creative Era. The name of the online shop of one Ms Whitney House, who is our guest of honor on T.B.N today, but it also means oh so much more to me. You see I belive we are actually living in The Creative Era, a time where countless youth and alike are venturing more and more into the fields of online business, design, photography and countless other areas of interest and hobby. I see it almost as a Revolution filled with eager young minds waiting for his/her chance to make a significant mark on this world and benefit it as well, one of those eager minds is Whitney House. I met her through a mutual friend (Curtis Bryant) about a year or so ago. She was attending Parsons New School For Design, which to me seems like a breeding grown for immeasurable talent and creativity so of course she would fit right in. I have had the pleasure of working with her in the past., but never a comprehensive body of work, so what better way to alleviate that than with an interview on T.B.N. So today we speak with Whitney on her future ambitions for her Graphic Design company, Bow Tie Accessory brand, as well as her own destiny. Enjoy!


T.B.N: Hi Whitney, thank you so much for participating with T.B.N, we welcome you! So, please introduce yourself to everyone.

Whitney: Hi, I’m Whitney House. I was born and raised in Harlem, New York. I attended Parsons The New School for Design for Graphic Design and I enjoy creating art.

T.B.N: You have a wonderful friendship with the one and only Mr. Curtis Bryant, how was college life at Parsons? When did you two meet?

Whitney: Oh Curt Curt! and I met through a close friend in our freshman year. We didn’t become close until our sophomore year. Around junior year we started talking about owning our own Graphic Design business. Then once we finished school we pursued our plan. Now we have a company called BryantHouse and working with him is amazing!

T.B.N: So you have recently launched a really cool project featuring some neat bow ties, how has that been going for you?

Whitney: My bow ties are doing great! Thanks to all my supporters.  My bow ties are getting a lot of recognition, in which I’m enjoying.

Black on Black

Galaxy

J Scott

Made In America

Prep

Classical Cheetah

T.B.N: What most do you enjoy about designing?

Whitney: Designing makes me feel good, rather it’s designing a logo or bow tie. Designing is a healing process for me.  If I didn’t have a 10am job, I would probably stay up all night and just design lol.

T.B.N: Where do you see yourself and WOB by Whitney House in 5 years? What is your ultimate goal?

Whitney: In 5 years I see WOB (Wiring Of Bowties) international and seen all over the place such as billiards, best-selling magazines and in varies stores. The sky is the limit with WOB. Everyday is a new and improved process with WOB. My ultimate is to have Pharrell Williams wearing it in an interview or video lol. Yes, I’m a big fan of Pharrell.

I would like to take this time to say that the future is sparkling brilliantly for Ms Whitney House. I wish to help her in any way I can, and watch with first hand account the rise of a great and highly intelligent, funny and ambitious young woman.

Thank you so much to Whitney!

Shop Whitney’s Bow Tie Collection @ The Creative Era

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