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Modern luxury, indelible style and an astute sense of glamour - www.prabalgurung.com Innovative and with a unique design perspective, Prabal Gurung has made his mark on the world of fashion as a truly artistic designer and visionary.
Gurung was born in Singapore and raised in the Kingdom of Nepal's Kathmandu. It was in Delhi, India that his design career truly began to take off. While studying at New Delhi's National Institute of Fashion Technology, he apprenticed at several local production and fashion houses and designed with Manish Arora. Gurung's travels took him to Melbourne and London, where he assisted stylists for various fashion shows and international publications. His transcontinental crossings provided the perfect base for unique experiences in the industry's most eclectic fashion meccas. In 1999, after seven years of trotting the globe, Gurung moved to New York City. He began his career in New York interning for Donna Karen while attending the city's prestigious Parsons School of Design. In his first year, he was awarded the "Best Designer" title at the annual Parsons/Fit design competition. Soon after, he garnered rave reviews for his work in design from media outlets such as CBS News, Paper Magazine, and The New York Times. After Parsons, Gurung spent two years with Cynthia Rowley's design team, which allowed him to gain even more invaluable experience on both the design and business end of New York's highly competitive fashion scene. Soon after, he became the design director at Bill Blass. After five successful years, Gurung left his post at Blass to launch his own collection, PRABAL GURUNG.
Mission: Gurung fuses an old world-technique with cutting-edge modernity to create a daring yet timeless collection. His architectural approach to each piece makes him more than just a designer. He is an artist whose mission is to bring his unique vision to the forefront of the industry and lease an indelible mark on the work of fashion.
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Please join me and Shelcy & Christy Joseph, the founders of NYCxClothes, for an IG Live today at 6pm EST on https://www.instagram.com/impowerus/
We will be talking about building a community, storytelling, and empowerment!
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To my dearest friends & family,
I am writing to you today with the very exciting news that this morning, I launched a new lifestyle brand called iMPOWER. This launch is very personal and important to me.
I have always believed that everyone, no matter who they are or the size of their platform, has the ability to make a change in this world once they access their inner strength and self-worth. Once we learn to step into our greatness, there is nothing we can’t achieve. This fervent belief is what inspired iMPOWER: a new socially-minded lifestyle brand, anchored in philanthropy, that places a focus on intention, hope, and positivity. The name “iMPOWER” is an affirmation and reminder of the fortitude that exists within everyone and is derived from the mantra “I am powerful.”
I created this brand in order to offer democratized collections to audiences across diverse markets through strategic retail partnerships, with the mission to build community, spark important dialogues, and inspire strength.
The first collection for iMPOWER is a series of four vibrant and boldly printed face masks, which are now available for purchase on Walmart.com. I selected this as the inaugural iMPOWER collection, simply to reinforce the idea that protection should be available and accessible to everyone. It was also important to me that I used iMPOWER to give back in a meaningful way, so each collection will feature a philanthropic component called the “ iMPOWER impact.” With this launch, I am proud to say that we will be donating to the CDC Foundation's Coronavirus Emergency Response Fund, which goes to fighting the pandemic.
I am excited to welcome you all to the iMPOWER community, which thrives on empowerment, intention, hope, and action. Now that we are officially live (!!!!) I would love to invite you all to follow @impowerus on Instagram, and help spread the word about the power mission! I have attached here a teaser graphic and included some suggested social media copy below. It would mean so much to me to have your support - it is appreciated as always.
Thank you in advance for being a part of our community and dialogue.
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INTRODUCING iMPOWER - I am so excited to share with you all the launch of a project that has been very near to my heart for some time: a new socially minded and community driven lifestyle brand with philanthropy and empowerment at its core named iMPOWER
I have always believed that everyone, no matter who they are or the size of their platform, has the ability to make a change in this world once they access their inner strength and self-worth. When we learn to step into our greatness, there is nothing we can’t achieve. This fervent belief is what inspired me to create iMPOWER. Derived from my daily mantra “I am powerful,” #iMPOWER is an affirmation and reminder of the fortitude that exists within everyone, and each of you.
With iMPOWER, my intention is to create vibrant and bold pieces that exude joy, strength, and inspire others to be their most authentic and fearless self. To me, the joy of creating has always been enhanced by the ability to give back. I am thrilled that through our first collection, a series of masks available now Walmart, we will be donating to the CDC Foundation. https://www.walmart.com/browse/clothing/impower-by-prabal-gurung/5438_3317124_5095102?povid=FashionTTO_PrabalFaceMask
I have always used my voice to create progress by supporting and amplifying important conversations around global issues. I can’t wait to expand upon this mission with this new chapter and share messages of unity and hope through uplifting collections.
Welcome to iMPOWER: a community that promotes empowerment, creates meaningful dialogue, and invites everyone to be an agent of change. xPG
Getting registered to vote is step one in making a plan to vote.
On #NationalVoterRegistrationDay we’re encouraging voters to make their voting plans ASAP🗳️. Because When We All Vote, our democracy is stronger 🗳👉
With a bold design inspired by the Prabal Gurung ethos “Stronger in Colour,” our VOTE t-shirt is a declaration of intent to make your voice heard this upcoming election. Your vote is your power, and the best way you can ensure your beliefs and values are represented is by registering to vote, and by voting!
15% of the VOTE t-shirt's price tag will be donated to When We All Vote, an organization dedicated to increasing participation in every election by harnessing grassroots energy and developing data-driven social campaigns to create an engaging and accessible voting culture.
With a bold design inspired by the Prabal Gurung ethos “Stronger in Colour,” the VOTE t-shirt is a declaration of intent to make your voice heard this upcoming election. Your vote is your power, and the best way you can ensure your beliefs and values are represented is by registering to vote, an...
Tonight’s #VMA host Keke Palmer wearing a leopard molded bustier dress with hand draped silk charmeuse sarong skirt from the Fall 2020 collection for #VMAs2020 promo
Styled by Mel Reneé Leamon
"Prabal Gurung's New Knitwear Pieces Are The Anti-Sweats Solution Your Fall Wardrobe Needs" - Thank you The Zoe Report
By now, it's almost second nature to pull from your off-duty loungewear arsenal on cooler days — especially coming off the heels of a spring where sweat sets reigned supreme. Luckily, the knitwear trend is primed for keeping things polished and…
YOUR NEW WARDROBE HERO: Shop fresh stretch knits now available: https://prabalgurung.com/collections/knitwear
FLORAL FOCUS - Floral embroidered and blooming print hoodies, sweatshirts, and t-shirts available for pre-order now exclusively on PrabalGurung.com
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Please join us for a special Lambda Legal Facebook Live discussion featuring MJ Rodriguez, Bev Tillery of New York City Anti-Violence Project and Richard Saenz of Lambda Legal. We'll be talking about the fight for Black and Black trans lives, action in response to threats to health care, racism, police violence, COVID-19 and more. Thursday, July 16, 6:30 pm ET.
Shop THE SUMMER EDIT - now available exclusively at PrabalGurung.com
Thank you The Cut JOYA
Love smells like: Resistance.
Talking to the designer about the smells of life.
Prabal Gurung and Brooklyn-based fragrance and design studio JOYA are thrilled to announce the release of a limited edition collection of locally crafted candles benefitting victim services agency Safe Horizon. As longtime friends and local business allies, Gurung and Joya owner Frederick Bouchardy’s partnership was inspired by their shared belief that everyone deserves a safe space where they feel protected and at peace. They conceived the Prabal Gurung x Joya candle collection to bring warmth and light into the homes of others, transforming them into serene havens where positivity and hope can thrive.
Made from a soy wax blend, fine fragrances, and essential oils, Prabal Gurung x Joya candles are blended and hand-poured in Brooklyn by a team of skilled artisans. The collection was inspired by three powerful words of empowerment and affirmation, offered in a soft rose gold vessel, and available in three uplifting scents:
HOPE: Deep musk rose with notes of star magnolia, silver bell, tuberose, and pale musk
SOUL:Smoky rhododendron & firewood with notes of tobacco flower, juniper tar, iris, and violet wood
DREAM:Fresh Nepal fig with notes of coconut milk, peach, cedar leaf, and rainwater
Gurung and Bouchardy have partnered with Safe Horizon, a non-profit victim services agency that touches the lives of 250,000 children, adults, families affected by crime and abuse throughout New York City each year. Safe Horizon operates one homeless youth shelter and eight confidential domestic violence shelters in the city’s five boroughs. In addition, they assist victims of human trafficking, sexual assault and child abuse. 10% of gross sales from Prabal Gurung x Joya candle collection will be donated to Safe Horizon to support their mission to provide a safe space for healing, prevent violence, advocate for victims’ rights, and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
“To me, there is something sacred about creating a safe space where you can feel at peace, reflect, and heal your soul. I have always used candles and smells to create a serene environment for my meditation practice, and it was a dream of mine to create my own scents. I have been a longtime admirer of Frederick [Bouchardy] and Joya, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them and the incredibly talented artisans in his studio. The collection we’ve created seeks to spread positivity and light, and is inspired by words of affirmation and strength. It is important to both of us to use our businesses to give back. By partnering with Safe Horizon, I hope that we can help in some small way to support their vitally important work for the New York community, providing a safe space and advocacy for victims of violence and abuse.”– Prabal Gurung
“Prabal and I share a commitment to use our businesses for good, to provide inspiration and distribute resources. I'm proud we can support Safe Horizon and their mission to assist the vulnerable when they need it most. Prabal and I wanted to work together for some time and spoke almost immediately after lockdown to see how we could join forces to provide positivity and a valuable philanthropic initiative. The development of this collection was unconventional—exchanging raw materials and references all remotely, creating something personal together from a distance. The results are beautiful, evocative—releasing alongside the careful New York City reopening, as our team comes back together to produce these candles in a safe and new way.” – Frederick Bouchardy
Prabal Gurung x Joya candles come in a large size and burn for up to 90 hours. They retail at $75 per candle, or $200 for a set of three, and are available for purchase at https://joyastudio.com/collections/candle/products/prabal-gurung-x-joya. 10% of gross sales will be donated to Safe Horizon. To learn more about Safe Horizon, and donate to them directly, please visit www.safehorizon.org/giving.
Thank you Washington Post and Define American!
"Now is the time for action. We have to demand change, and demand that police brutality and the flagrant and systematic disregard for black lives stops. Humanity is not tied to one person, place, gender or race. Black Lives Matter; our liberation is bound together and we must turn our segregated oppression into a collective resistance."
Beyond simple divestment and rejection of our own trope, we must also actively combat anti-blackness — especially within the Asian community.
In support of the Black Lives Matter movement and in partnership with The Bail Project, Prabal Gurung will be donating 100% OF NET PROCEEDS from the limited edition re-release of its signature STRONGER IN COLOUR hoodies and t-shirts to The Bail Project, an organization dedicated to the liberation of Black lives from systemic, economic, political, and institutional oppression by combating mass incarceration and pretrial injustices.
Prabal Gurung stands in solidarity with, and in support of Black lives everywhere - and all those who are committed to combatting racism, oppression, inequality, and injustice. We have posted, donated, signed petitions, marched in protests, spoken on panels, and shared important resources - but this didn’t feel like enough. This is just one additional step, and we know there is still more we can do.
Prabal Gurung’s longtime ethos STRONGER IN COLOUR is the dream of a vibrant world of diverse culture and beauty, that turns on an axis of equality and achieves progress through unity. This ideal feels important as ever, as we currently face not only a global pandemic, but the crisis of humanity that is the systemic racism and structural inequity in the United States of America.
For too long, Black communities have been marginalized through racist policing and imprisonment, pretrial injustice, police brutality, cuts from state and federal funds, resources being stripped from them, unequal pay that contributing to socio-economic inequality, relaxed environmental regulations in their neighborhoods, and unfair hiring practices. This list goes on and it must end. These issues have always been vitally important, but as we walk through the streets alongside protests, and unified chants for justice are heard around the world, it feels as though we are on the precipice of true change as this movement barrels forward.
STRONGER IN COLOUR hoodies and t-shirts are available now at PrabalGurung.com from June 3rd - June 15th: https://prabalgurung.com/collections/stronger-in-colour
We have chosen not to hashtag this post to preserve that space on your feed for critical information to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Prabal Gurung stands in solidarity with, and in support of Black women, men, children, and communities. Now is the time for action. It is our moment to have difficult conversations, to challenge ourselves, to ask hard questions, to resist, to get loud, to act outside our comfort zone, and to reach across the aisle. We have to consistently put in the work to be actively anti-racist not only in our messaging, but in our actions. We can no longer exercise our activism or use our voice when it is comfortable for us. In order to achieve real change, we must accomplish true solidarity by becoming allies and helping to build a global support system. There is power in our collective voice and resistance. For far too long, minority communities have been marginalized through racist policing and imprisonment, police brutality, state and federal funds and resources being cut from areas with large minority populations, unequal pay that contributes to socio-economic inequality, relaxed environmental regulations in minority areas, and the list goes on. Our leaders have sadly failed us in fixing this broken system, and so it is the responsibility of us, the citizens, to make it happen. So say #BlackLivesMatter, stand up, resist with love, call out injustice, support minority owned businesses, protect those around you, educate yourself, invest in your activism, donate - and remember that silence and inaction are the ultimate form of complicity. Humanity is not tied to one person, place, gender, or race. Our liberation is bound together, and we need to turn segregated oppression into a collective resistance. We have to demand change, and demand for the end of the flagrant and systematic disregard for Black lives.
Thank you The Guardian
“America is an idea: a confluence of different cultures, communities and dreams. When different minority groups stand up and stand together, there is an astounding level of support that can change the tides for a more equitable and peaceful future.”
Asian American designers such as Phillip Lim and Prabal Gurung are using their clothes to fight against the rising tide of corona-related xenophobia
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