PAPER Magazine: The First VFILES Lab Show Has Some Major Names Lined Up

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Since arriving on the scene in 2012 as a digital creator platform, VFILES grew to become a launching pad for many emerging designers, many of whom didn’t exactly fit the mold of the fashion establishment. Its group runway shows were some of the hottest invitations of NYFW — over the years there have been surprise appearances by the likes of Brooke CandyErika JayneLil’ Kim and Rico Nasty.

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Other past names associated with the platform include Virgil AblohHood by Air, Heron Preston and Nina Ricci’s Rushemy Botter. But after holding a star-studded show with Depop in September 2019, VFILES sat out on doing shows all of last year after rethinking its approach in the wake of the pandemic and social justice movements.

As such, founder Julie Anne Quay decided to operate the company as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called VFILES Foundation, with an emphasis on giving the creative community access to opportunity, education and mentorship. Last fall, they announced a new incubator program called VFILES Lab and received over 700 submissions. Seven finalists were chosen, and each will receive a $10,000 grant, 10 weeks of online talent incubation and a slot in the first VFILES Lab show to be held digitally on April 9.

The inaugural group, whose creations will debut on the livestreaming platform Veeps, spans talents in the fields of music, art, design and fashion and hail from places like New York, Paris and Seoul. Among the winners are musician Cakes Da Killa, who will debut a new film directed by Miles Warren and Luca Silveria; Joshua Mudgett‘s custom AI fashion company Chimera, which will premiere a documentary featuring collaborations with NamiliaDorian Electra and Abby Jasmine; and digital platform Faberium which will launch an NFT marketplace.

Other lineups include a live performance by Julian Soto; modest streetwear designer Saeedah Haque‘s first runway show; Rashaad Strong’s unveiling of ACRES, a global e-commerce marketplace; and the premiere of Korean “thought wear” brand Profet. All ticket sales proceeds will be donated to the VFILES Foundation, and ticket holders will be able to view the livestream for 24 hours after the show date.

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This AI Creates Custom Fashion | VFILES LAB001 Sessions

Chimera, created by Joshua Mudgett is an AI technology software that creates custom fashion pieces for the consumer – coming soon to the VFILES LAB001 SHOW – APRIL 9TH 2020 3PM EST.

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TUNE IN TUESDAY🤟 is our way of showing you the best new music from the VFILES community! This week featuring: @chaseatlantic @official.leen @joeybadass @djscheme @bluedetiger follow our playlist link in story🔥

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BTS @ 12 Mercer with ACRES | VFILES LAB 001 Sessions

✨🚀BTS at 12 Mercer: VFILES LAB Sessions in progress with RaShaad Strong, ( @rxshxxd ) and his project, ACRES ✨🚀

‘ACRES, is like an e-commerce platform named after my grandmother’s street in North Carolina. It’s to help fund brands….it’s mainly Black owned brands & minority owned brands on the platform, cause that’s the most marginalised group and they need the most financial support.’

Keep your eyes out for the VFILES LAB show invite in the next few days ! 👀

ACRES is Powering the Black Dollar | VFILES LAB 001 Sessions

⭐️⭐️INSIDE THE VFILES LAB: 001 SESSIONS with Rashaad Strong and his project, ACRES, a global marketplace for developing communities & minority owned brands…..⭐️⭐️

‘ACRES®, is named after Ponderosa Acres Rd., Reidsville, North Carolina where @rxshxxd’s grandmother resided before she passed away from cancer.  During her lifetime, the American Tobacco Company’s factory was the central business in Reidsville’s “small town” economy and where both RaShaad’s grandparents retired. Later, American Tobacco abandoned ownership of their factory, leading to a starving town with no potential economic progress. 

This choice left what remained of a divided rural community, with little to no access to the larger American financial system, as a casualty of corporate interest. Inspired by these memories, ACRES® was created to provide a new way for businesses to interact with the communities they work within. 

💛Stay tuned for the VFILES LAB 001 SHOW end of March featuring Rashaad, and all of our LAB members 💛

Cakes Da Killa @ 12 Mercer

Cakes Da Killa was in the house!

Back @ our home 12 Mercer for a special interview with Cakes on his upcoming short ‘Visibility Sucks’ as part of the VFILES LAB show on March 31st!

Stay tuned for invites coming soon💅🏽