Monday Inspiration: Emma Watson’s U.N. Speech

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Just six months ago, and fresh out of college, Emma Watson was appointed a United Nation’s Women Goodwill Ambassador. This past weekend, Watson gave a brilliant speech on feminism and more specifically the HeforShe campaign that focuses on inviting men of all ages into the conversation on gender equality. The eloquent 24-year-old British actress, and one of our most favorite people of all time, spoke thoughtfully and honestly, and touched on issues such as the word “feminism” and the connotations it holds, and how men, as well, are largely and unfairly affected by gender inequality.

It’s inspiring for us to see a young actress using her inordinate popularity for the greater good, and Emma Watson isn’t just famous — she’s “Harry Potter famous;” an altogether different level of stardom. In our opinion, Watson is the perfect person to be speaking on behalf of feminism and women’s rights. Her beloved character, Hermione Granger, taught young girls all over the world that it’s a wonderful thing to be smart, and clever, and many times, better than the boys. Hermione showed us that girls should be celebrated for their wisdom and their contribution to the world, and Emma Watson is doing just the same.

HUGE EXCITING NEWS

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We have been keeping quiet lately, busy working away on top secret projects that can finally be revealed! Maybe you’ve already noticed some changes if you’ve stopped by the main website lately. The logo has been tweaked just slightly because Fellow Threads is now called The Fellow Company. The name change came about mostly out of necessity; excitedly, our little business is growing and we needed an encompassing name rather than a name that indicates just one type of product. Our clothing, or our “Threads” as our customers know them by, is now its very own department within The Fellow Company.

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Wait! There’s more! In addition to the name change, we have added a second department to The Fellow Company. In November of this year, we will have the pleasure of launching a line of all-natural bath and beauty products we have decided to name Fellow Organics. Without giving too much away, we can confidently say that the things we’ve been experimenting with over the recent months are everything you want and need in your daily regimen.

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November must be our month because you know that insanely popular event that takes place twice a year… it’s where fans and creators of online videos come together… mainly YouTube… you know, Playlist Live? Well, we’re picking out our outfits now because The Fellow Company is headed to Playlist Tri-State. We couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this amazing event, but that’s all we’re going to say about that for now! More information in the coming weeks, including brand new designs! It’s safe to say things are going to get crazy around here, and we happily welcome the chaos because it means we have an even greater opportunity to connect with you guys.

 

If you’ve been a long-time customer of ours, we love and appreciate your continued support. You know exactly who you are, and we are always grateful. If you’re brand new to The Fellow Company family, then welcome. You’re in for exciting times.

Comfort & Coffee

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We live in Orlando, where it’s perpetually sunny and warm, but we do realize that the vast majority of you live in much more seasonal climates where fall is already making itself known. This morning, temperatures here went as low as the mid 70s (gasp!), so we are slowly beginning to see, and feel, the changes as well. Even with our tropical weather, we still look forward to the autumnal season just as so many of you do, because it means so many exciting things!

Even in the Florida it can get cool early in the mornings and into the evenings. Putting on layers is a wonderful way to surrender to fall. Sweaters, flannels, light cotton jackets… and, luckily, we have the perfect basics to layer on top of. There’s nothing like a cozy sweater, and there’s nothing like a well-worn T-shirt to fit snugly underneath it. We are a big fan of the basic tee, because they pair nicely with everything, literally, and they are exceedingly easy to wear. We love a statement tee that, although simple in style, is a sartorial extension of your personality.

Fall also means coffee. We would be bonafide liars if we didn’t admit to being loyal followers of the caffeine all-year-round. Autumn, however, means spicier, warmer flavors, while spring and summer lend to fruitier teas, lemonades, and iced coffees. There is definitely a theme in our T-shirt designs: coffee and comfort, which is exactly what fall calls for.

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Award Season Favorites: Emmys

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Remember the epic royal blue Atelier Versace gown January Jones wore in 2010? It was, for me, the most striking look on the red carpet that year. The dress was bold and her hair and makeup were so simple, ah it just made so much sense. This Prabal Gurung look certainly fits that formula, as well. January has somehow managed to make the most overwhelming looks seem so put together, as if how she’s wearing it is just how the designer imagined.

Matthew McConaughey is one lucky man for many reasons, but seeing as he calls Woody Harrelson a friend and Camila Alves his wife is almost unfair. Camila is beyond stunning in her Zuhair Murad white cutout gown, and she easily outshines her husband (as she should). Woody and Matthew on the other hand, I kind of dig it. It seemed like every “fashion critic” thought they should be wearing traditional black tuxedos, but I think their color and style choice shows that they’ve paid their dues, proven themselves, and can, basically, do whatever they want at this point. Did you guys catch Jimmy Kimmel’s 2 minute roast of McConaughey? It was probably the funniest part of the entire show. “You beautiful sonofabitch.” 

It was a huge night for American Horror Story: Coven. Both Queen Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates (who haunted my dreams for weeks after the first episode aired) took home Emmys. Jessica was elegant as ever in her black J. Mendel gown. The woman is flawless, and I would gladly listen to her read the phone book. Let us not ignore Sarah Paulson who always delivers on the red carpet, simply because she isn’t afraid of less traditional designs. Her Armani Prive gown is beautiful, and frankly, it’s just fun to look at.

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I keep a running list of “people I don’t know personally, but wish I did” in my head, and Amy Poehler remains my number one. She is the living embodiment of everything I want to be as a woman. She is, of course, geniusly smart and funny, but she seems like one of the most genuine people you could meet. We normally see Amy in more muted colors, so I love that she chose a brilliantly silver v-neck Theia gown.

Sarah Hyland and Lena Dunham – similar look, wildly different in the details. Both are wearing neutral structured tops and voluminous corally pink skirts, but do so in ways that speak to their personalities. Sarah’s Christian Siriano two-piece gown is the perfect combination of fresh and smart, a beautiful representation of how young actresses should dress. Lena in this Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown just makes sense, doesn’t it? One of the many reasons I look forward to award season is to see what Lena wears. She always finds pieces that speak to her boldness.

I often feel like I’m the only person left who doesn’t watch Orange is the New Black. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that I haven’t had the opportunity to. I have a hard time separating Taylor Schilling from her role in that movie with Zac Efron, but I digress. One of my favorite looks is understated elegance, and Taylor is just that in this ivory Zuhair Murad halter gown. It’s so intricate, yet simple. Uzo Aduba does quite the opposite in Christian Siriano. WOW. The cut of the dress is perfect for her body shape, and the color emanates power. I could stare at her for hours.

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Lizzy Caplan in Donna Karan Atelier is breathtaking. The black portion would’ve been beautiful on its own, but the addition of the white train elevates it to a new level of gorgeous. It’s simple color-wise, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. I just love this look, it’s classicly beautiful. It reminds me of Grace Kelly.

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Shout out to Julia Roberts for being one of the only actresses to wear a mini dress. To me, this choice says “I helped this movie get made, but really I’m just happy to be a part of its success.” The Normal Heart is an important movie, that probably should’ve won more awards. I think if Julia wore a statement gown it would’ve played off like she’s the shining star of the film, when really the shining star is the message of the film. In that sense, the Elie Saab mini is perfect. Plus, who are we kidding? It’s Julia Roberts, she looks excellent in anything.

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And last, but never least, for your viewing pleasure, the gorgeous Kit Harington. Twitter exploded when he arrived on the red carpet rocking Emporio Armani and a “man bun” (a phrase I just can’t on board with). In my humble opinion, he looks great. It comes back to that whole idea of being polished, but not too polished. That’s the secret, that’s what makes an actor or actress on a red carpet look like they know what they’re doing. Going off  subject, it always surprises me that Game of Thrones doesn’t get more award acknowledgment considering its complexity and the immense challenges just to film it. But what do I know?

Now, let us know! Who were your favorites? Watch this space for even more red carpet favorites as award season continues. (All photos are from style.com)

Our Summer in Videos

We have had the busiest summer in quite a while. No complaints here, busy is good! We haven’t had a whole lot of time to sit down and write quality blog posts, but we have had a camera on hand. Sometimes it’s much more convenient to just film the moments we want to share with you, and that’s exactly what we did. We devoted our time to Warped Tour and LeakyCon this summer — meaning not only did we attend these events, but we designed all new products to go along with them, and sold them ourselves at booths. All the labor is done by yours truly, hard work isn’t always glamorous, friends. Being able to interact directly with our customers is one of our most favorite things to do. You guys are always so awesome. Now onto the videos! We hope you enjoy them.

This video was filmed pre Warped and LeakyCon. It was the night before the public opening of the Diagon Alley expansion at Universal Studios Orlando, and we decided it would be a good idea to eat Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans. Spoiler alert: it’s not. This video features two of the five Harry Potter inspired T-shirts we created just for LeakyCon. You can buy them here!

We only did the 3 Florida dates of Vans Warped Tour this year instead of the 8 we tackled last year. I can guarantee you, though, that the experience proved to be just as sweaty and busy. Tour was undeniably different this year, but we did everything we could to make our brief time memorable. Sidenote: we did quickly find out that the reason the tent next to us had an immense line of excited girls in front of it was because of YouTuber VeeOneEye. He was very sweet to his fans, and gave his full attention to every single person he met.

This was, easily, our favorite of the three to film. All of the footage was recorded via our iPhones, so we apologize for the grainy quality. On the second day at LeakyCon we decided to put up a simple green sign promising free candy to anyone willing to share their favorite Danisnotonfire and/or AmazingPhil quote with us. We were shocked by the amount of people not only eager to share, but who let us film them for a YouTube compilation. People LOVE Dan and Phil.

We just want to say, thank you to everyone we met this summer for being so awesome. Going into new or chaotic situations is sometimes overwhelming and a bit stressful, but everyone we met (besides the inevitable party poopers of the world) was wonderful. Thank you for making our summer a great one!