Brat @dhqbrat gives me the energy to get through this whole week tbh💕💜

‘no matter what happened last year, last month, last week, yesterday, a minute ago remember you can always BREATHE✨STRETCH🤸‍♀️SHAKE💃and LET IT GO💅🏽Don’t let nothing hold you back from progress. Always fall forward and share with us the positivity in your universe, so we can keep the good vibes flowing. Have a good week 💕 PEACE ❤ #VFILESFAM

Creating with COVID 19 – NYC Fashion Designer Josefina Muñoz

‘I mean, as it is with everyone, it has shone the light into many inequalities, and so creatively it’s about how we move around these situations with a greater conscience’ We spoke to NYC fashion designer, Josefina Muñoz of Nome Copies on how contracting COVID affected her personally, as well as giving insight to the obstacles creatives must overcome throughout this pandemic.

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PROFET, Jaylin Kim & Nikolai Artemev, VFILES LAB Grant Recipients

Jaylin Kim and Nikolai Artemev (PROFET)

Jaylin Kim is a designer, currently living in Seoul, via Paris, Antwerp, and New York. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts–Antwerp, she went on to gain industry experience at Louis Vuitton Men’s, Proenza Schouler, and Calvin Klein 205W39NYC. She is also a graduate of Brown University (2013), holding a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History of Art and Architecture.
Nikolai Artemev is a fashion designer, from Saint Petersburg, Russia. He received his education at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts–Antwerp, where he met PROFET co-founder, Jaylin. After graduation, Nikolai moved to New York where he combined an internship at Marc Jacobs with working on the idea of creating a brand with a “purpose”.

Quote: “PROFET is a fashion brand that integrates guided meditation content to declare the act of dressing up as a therapeutic experience. Started from our belief that clothing has the power to shape the wearer’s emotions, we wanted to use it to help people feel better. We’re passionate about the future of fashion and feel the responsibility one has as a creative of a visual culture that is ‘skin-close’ to the everyday lives of people. In fashion, we are sometimes left feeling ‘bad’ while only a small group feels ‘good’; we want to help people use the power of fashion to feel empowered. The VFILES Lab opportunity is so exciting for us, especially for the mentorship and incubation, to see our vision come to life in a way bigger than we thought possible.”

Julian Soto – VFILES LAB Grant Recipient

Introducing Julian Soto, a VFILES LAB grant recipient with his project, ‘Shake’ 💚

Born and raised in New York City, @juliansmusic came up playing music in the world famous Brooklyn Tabernacle, is a professionally trained violinist, and a versatile songwriter & producer. As a member of both the psychedelic electronic soul group JIL & the hip-hop & jazz-influenced ensemble Onyx Collective, Julian has collaborated with the likes of Ian Isaiah, Kelsey Lu & Nick Hakim, but is finally stepping out into the spotlight as a solo artist. 🎧

“Every Member of every generation gets the chance to sing their song to the world. This is our chance. While our world is on pause, and a new one is born,” 💫💫💫