After six weeks of sunshine, it might seem like we’re having an endless summer (despite our first rain late last week, it’s back to sunshine again all this week). And in the fashion retail business, we’re getting ready to transition into the Fall-Winter 2017 season by August, so we’re having a (seemingly) Endless Summer Sale — our biggest of the year — to make room for the new Fall collection from Barcelona-based Desigual.
Angel is offering 30% to 50% off the remainder of our entire Summer 2017 collection from Desigual, albeit with limited sizes in some styles.
Here are few of the Desigual styles we have on sale for men, women & kids, including the CIRCINI jacket, which is a mix of orange and pink, much like the iconic 1964 poster for the film The Endless Summer featured at the top of this post (the poster was designed by John Van Hamersveld, one of my classmates at Chouinard art school in Los Angeles in the mid 1960s). Also on sale is another great Desigual jacket from this summer called FLORENCIA, which is pink with embroidery front and back (photo below). The entire Summer 2017 collection is on sale at 30% off.
Angel is located at No. 2 Powell Street in the Gastown district of Vancouver, Canada. We’re on the corner of Powell & Carrall Street in Maple Tree Square, where Vancouver began. The historic photo (below, left) shows what the location of my store looked like in 1886 (click on photo to enlarge).
Angel specializes in custom handpainted clothing. Most of our kids shirts (below) are by Justine Brown of London, England:
Today’s video is the spicy hit of the summer — Despacito by Luis Fonsi of Puerto Rico, featuring Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee. The song, released earlier this year, has been viewed more than 2.8 billion times on YouTube and streamed a total of 4.6 billion times, making it the most streamed song of all time. And the recent remix with Canadian Justin Bieber — viewed almost 500 million times — has helped get the song played on radio stations across Canada and the U.S.:
The woman featured in the video is Zuleyka Rivera, 29, a former Puerto Rico beauty queen chosen Miss Universe in 2006. She started as a model at 14 and currently guest hosts two TV programs while based in Miami: Telemundo’s Un Nuevo Dia and Univision’s Despierta America. A single mother raising a five-year-old son, Sebastián, she has her own clothing line and three fragrance lines. Wow, she sounds like the next Desigual brand ambassador.
One last song: Love by Lana Del Ray. She doesn’t get much airplay (despite 73 million hits on Love on YouTube), but this video fits perfectly with the song, a minor masterpiece:
Here, Lana Del Ray dances on top of the Hollywood sign with Canadian singer The Weeknd. The song hasn’t won me over, but I love the video. The Weeknd sings: “Take off all your clothes,” before Lana slides off the D at the end of the Hollywood sign. Is it a happy ending? Hey, it’s Hollywood.