Anik Khan shows off a new design for tour merch

Anik Khan has had arguably the best year any up and coming artist could have. The Queens rapper released his first EP Kites and his first show in New York City sold out. He recently just wrapped up his first tour filling up venues from the west to the east with another rising star, Jidenna.

Anik Khan is known for having his own unique style to him, that is, embracing who he is and not hiding behind a persona. His five million streams on Soundcloud show that, so far, it’s getting him somewhere. For Khan, his success isn’t for himself but more so for the group of people who rarely have a voice, the people of Bengal. When asked about Bengal, Khan says, “We’re a young country that’s still figuring it out, but we have so much to offer”.

Khan has brought his talent as a singer/songwriter to America and is telling the story of an immigrant. Khan has found a new and innovative way to express the story, portraying it all over his tour merchandise. Khan has collaborated with designer Joshua Vanleader to create a different type of tour merch. Together they created a way to express the diversity and culture that raised Khan. Khan has put three of his favorite spots in Queens on his tour merch including: Trinciti Roti, Mahmoud’s Corner, and Fatima’s Halal Kitchen. All the shirts for the collection have been manufactured by Far East Knitting and Dyeing LTD. The tees are available at for $40.

“Let a Bengali-born, Queens-borough New Yorker show you a new meaning of what it actually means to be ‘Made in Bangladesh’”.


The shirt designs are all relatively similar. The menu printed on the front and store information on the back with Khan’s name only visible on the sleeve. The Shirts closely resemble standard uniforms at anyone’s local roti restaurant. Khans says, “Queens is the greatest place in the world. I want to promote these amazing businesses and tell their story”. With his new style comes as a breath of fresh air seeing as most artist tour merchandise comes with the nearly the same designs, such as, artist name, tour name, and dates of cities they will be visiting.

The tees also show off Khan’s optimistic side. Even with all the political debate or racial stereotypes of middle eastern culture, Khan doesn’t let it put a hamper on his vision and how he wants to show off what his upbringing and culture background means. Being an immigrant in a seemingly hostile America isn’t an easy task, but Khan has found a way through it all with his talented music and surprisingly tasteful merchandise.


To keep up with the latest news of Anik Khan you can follow him at the following social media platforms: Instagram (@anikkhan_), Twitter (@AnikKhan_), and Facebook (Anik Khan).


UNTUCKit set to open first New Jersey store

Untucked shirts have become a growing trend among the fashion world but one entrepreneur took the style to a different level. Chris Riccobono is the founder of UNTUCKit and has recently opened his first ever New Jersey store this past Wednesday at the Mall of Short Hills. The new store will be his 18th store for the brand that was created in 2011.

Riccobono went to Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey where wearing your shirt untucked got you a detention. Riccobono now has the chance to wear his shirt untucked everywhere he goes. He’s turned the subtle fashion style into his fast-growing brand.

UNTUCKit got going as an e-commerce brand, selling shirts that were specifically designed to be untucked. Now 7 years later the brand has branched out sweater, shoes, and shorts. The fashion brand has even included a women’s line also sporting the untucked style shirts. Riccobono plans to even add a kid’s line come November 2. All the shirts range from $68 and $98.

After Riccobono went through all his schooling, Don Bosco in 1997, Providence College in 2001, and then Columbia University in 2007, he felt the need to start a business that sold quality shirts that are the perfect length to be left untucked. He says, “getting the right length is the key to a good-looking untucked shirt”.

Riccobono and co-founder Aaron Sanandres are riding the wave of the casual trend in menswear. Tim Bess, a men’s fashion trend analyst for the Doneger Group believes the brand came at a perfect time.  “we’re definitely in a comfort-driven cycle in fashion right now, and there’s nothing more comfortable than having your shirt untucked.” Bess says.

Riccobono believes that most of their sales will continue to come from online shoppers, however, he believes physical stores can push the brand to the next level.

“we’ll always stay e-comm focused – that will always be 80-plus percent of our business”, he continues, “But in order to grow to where we want to be, which is a billion-dollar brand, you need to be in brick-and-mortar”. “there are a lot of men who won’t buy without touching or feeling the product.” Riccobono says.

Brick-and-mortar stores for UNTUCKit will reach out to a wider audience for the brand and can provide a place for the company to test the response of consumers to some of their new products. According to Marshal Cohen, chief retail industry analyst for the NPD group, he believes that UNTUCKit is doing well because they are “building the product the way the consumer wants it”.

UNTUCKit stores range from 1,200 to 1,500 square feet. So far, the brand has stores in places like Soho and even at some of the biggest malls like King of Prussia and Mall of America. Three more stores are scheduled to be introduced next month in Manhattan. The company plans to have around 25 stores by the end of the year and even plan to go international like Canada or England.

Untucked shirts have become a growing trend in the past couple years that even other companies are trying to sell their own design., for example, has a “No Tuck” category in their men’s catalog. Riccobono says the competition doesn’t worry him, because of the aggressive marketing he’s had since creating the brand. He’s done ads across all platforms to take the lead in the growing market. Riccobono states, “we’ve become the authority in how to wear the shirt untucked”.

Title to replace Men’s FASHION magazine

Saint Joseph Communications, Media Group in Toronto has recently launched their new magazine, Title. Title is set to replace Men’s FASHION magazine this coming November where it’s first official issue will come out. The new Canadian based magazine is set to focus on men who are educated, affluent and creative, who also are between the ages of 28 to 50. The magazine plans to write about men’s style and fashion and is going to publish across all platforms from print to digital.

When asked about the purpose of Title, Editor in chief, Greg Hudson says, “it’s hard to define exactly what it means to be a man today. And so, reaching men can be tough. Our objective is to create a voice for Title that readers relate to. That voice is one that’s smart, funny, addictive and, uncannily similar to their own”. Title in a sense will offer readers an in-depth look at men’s fashion with engaging, relatable, and credible content.

Jacqueline Loch, vice president of Women’s Brand at Saint Joseph Communication, had released a statement about Title. she says, “We strategically designed the Title brand to feature high-quality multi-platform content that will resonate with our readers. Like our strategy with FASHION, Title will also focus on innovations in technology and editorial integrations to provide quality content that delivers for our advertising partners and engages audiences across all our platforms”.

The cover for the first ever Title magazine will showcase one of the most fashionable RnB artist, Miguel. The inaugural issue will feature interviews with the likes of Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner and writer Sean Avery. It is also said that in the Winter 2018 issue there will be a seasonal style shoot shot by, world-renowned photographer Matt Barnes.

Title is set to publish three issues each year for Fall, Winter, and Spring respectively. The first print edition of Title is planned to launch alongside with the Winter 2018 issue of FASHION. The Title webpage is currently up ( that displays this short excerpt, “Welcome to Title. For men who like reading magazines aimed at men. Come back for the hottest takes on style, culture, sports and all the clickable cool stuff. No offense to your dog (who is great, by the way), but we’re basically going to be your new best friend.”

The Title webpage will begin uploading digital content starting November 14, 2017. Loch says, “the launch of Title is part of our ongoing strategic plan to position our media brands as the most competitive in the market and to target the luxury consumer”. Beginning with the Winter 2018 issue, Title will be mailed to some select subscribers of FASHION, Toronto Life, across Canada. Title will also be available at certain Shopper Drug Marts bundled with FASHION. As we wait for the first issue of Title to be released you can keep up to date with news and announcements at their other social media platforms. Facebook (, Twitter (@thetitlemag), and Instagram (@thetitlemag).

New Balenciaga kicks take over the fashion scene with bizarre look

Typically, only athletic brands try their hand at the unusual shoe layout. A flexible knit body attached to a basic sole creates the new sock sneakers. But as of lately many luxury companies have tried to create their own style of the shoe, trying to sell it to the more fashionable side of the spectrum, but none have been as successful as Balenciaga has with their new Speed Trainers.

Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers have recently have been on the market for some time now and it’s been a surprise by how well they have done, considering it is basically a sock glued onto a sole. Speed Trainers have taken the fashion scene by storm with the model hitting it big since it was released. Speed Trainers are available in a number of different versions and cost roughly between $595 to $695.

The Speed Trainers are in a completely different era compared to their more traditional styled shoes such as the Triple S sneaker. But the sneakers weren’t the only stop for Balenciaga. They recently also released booties and pumps with the sock-like frame which retail around $995.

The fashion trend has become so popular that most fashion chains have adapted the shoe into their own collections. Brands like Zara and Free People have their own take on the shoe sneakers and have them for considerably less. Even Dior has challenged the Speed Trainers with their own revamped sock like sneaker. The B21 sneaker by Dior looks relatively similar to Balenciaga’s take and cost just as much.

Although no luxury label is selling as hot as Balenciaga is with their speed trainers. Speed Trainers are so high in demand that they are virtually sold out everywhere and continue to do so with every restock. You would be considered lucky to even get a knockoff pair of Speed Trainers. Speed Trainers are now available in multiple styles such as: triple black, turquoise, white, prune, and even an IKEA version.

The bizarre shoes have been seen on the feet of celebrities such as Kylie Jenner and Hailey Baldwin. Even rappers like Future have been caught wearing the comfortable shoes. The booties and pump versions have also been seen on the feet of Kourtney Kardashian and Rihanna.  As unconventional as they look it seems like everyone, even the A-list celebrities, have taken a liking in the shoes.

“It’s undeniable how comfortable they are”, says Brian Trunzo, senior menswear editor at WSGN. But not everyone has taken a liking in the shoes. Kicks on Fire wrote, “I may not know fashion, but I do know I would not rock these regardless of who or what brand made them”. Even so, it seems like not being for the new fashion trend isn’t the popular opinion amongst consumers seeing how every brand has dipped into the strange shoe market.

Balenciaga has taken a page straight out of brands such as Nike and Adidas, who have been working with this style of shoe for ages. Nike has been experimenting with this dating back as far as 1979 with their Bermuda shoe. Adidas arguably has been on top with their fly knit technology with the likes of their shoes such as NMD, Tubular, and even the one of the most popular shoes Yeezy 350.

In recent studies, Edited has found that the market for Sock-like sneakers has increased by more than 220% among luxury labels and has only been a 20% of discounts on 5% of new arrivals indicating that there will be plenty of time for full price sales.

For more information and looks of the shoe visit, Keep a look out for the bizarre shoes. There certainly isn’t any indication for the trend to die down anytime soon.