INGLEWOOD — Steve Cotton grew up in Inglewood, California. Filled with hometown pride and inspired by the late Nipsey Hussle, he decided to open up a clothing shop in Inglewood.
“When people put on our clothing – they’re just proud to wear Inglewood. Inglewood’s phrase is the ‘city of champions.’ I never thought I’d be a fashion designer, but now I’m making clothes every day,” said Cotton.
The entrepreneur wanted to give back to his hometown so his brand reflects and positively represents the love for his city. Recently, Cotton says there is a lot of buzz due to the new stadium. He knew it was the right time to get his business going.
“Lots of people come from all over the world just to get our version of Inglewood Monopoly,” said Cotton. Cotton adds that the neighborhood has been very welcoming and they feel really blessed. The Inglewood shop offers online shopping and curbside pick-up.
The Prince of Wales has spoken about the “extraordinary trend of throw-away clothing” in an interview with fashion bible British Vogue.
With recycling and reusing items becoming more popular, Charles said there were now opportunities for sustainable fashion.
The heir to the throne is famed for his double-breasted suits and joked about his timeless dress sense, saying he was like a stopped clock – “right twice every 24 hours”.
A new photograph of the prince accompanies the interview in the December issue of the magazine, taken by fashion photographer Nick Knight, who was commissioned to take the Queen’s official 90th birthday picture which featured Charles.
Students from the Modern Artisan Project – a fashion training programme co-founded by the Prince’s Foundation – are about to launch a clothing collection with commercially viable sustainability at its core.
Interviewed by British Vogue editor-in-chief Edward Enninful, Charles said the “British fashion textile sector is of enormous importance” and many of the students trained in high-end fashion and sewing skills by the foundation were “snapped up” by firms working in the textile sector.
He added: “But it seems to me there are huge opportunities, particularly now, within the whole sustainable fashion sector, to counter this extraordinary trend of throw-away clothing or throw-away everything, frankly.”
Asked what the “new normal” looked like for him during the pandemic, Charles went on to say: “The consumer has immense power in deciding where to buy from, and the best companies will lead the way, we hope, in demonstrating that if you follow the right principles of operation, not only are you moving more and more towards net zero but also you’re removing pollution from supply chains.”
The prince gave the example of how around 30 years ago he set firms who have a royal warrant to supply him goods the ultimatum to conform to a set of environmental requirements, or lose their special status.
He said there were “howls of protest” but he remained firm: “So of course, they went away, looked at their supply chains, looked at the way they did things. Lo and behold, they came back and said, ‘Well, actually, it’s saved us money to do it in a better way’.”
Upcycling items and giving them a new lease of life is seen as a way of protecting the environment and is particularly relevant in the world of fashion.
According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, clothing production has approximately doubled in the last 15 years – in part due to the rise of fast fashion, where companies mass produce high street versions of catwalk trends at a low cost.
This is having a huge impact on the environment, as the textiles industry uses 98 million tonnes of non-renewable resources a year.
Linfield coach Phil Lewis admits his side will face a “big task” in their Women’s Uefa Champions League opener against Anderlecht on Wednesday night.
Amid the international break and Covid-19, Lewis’ side have not have a competitive game since late September.
“All I can ask for is that the girls prepare as I’ve asked them to and they go out and give 100%,” said Lewis.
Lewis is pleased the squad is flying to Brussels by charter flight which will reduce interaction with the public.
“The club has been absolutely fantastic to us in chartering an aircraft to get us there safely so we’re limiting who we’re meeting. We fly over there and are straight on to a coach to the hotel. Play the game and then return.
“The club has certainly backed us and made sure we’re safe in all our travels as well and hopefully [helping our chances of] producing a half decent performance on the pitch.”
Anderlecht beat Blues last year
The Blues met the same opposition in last year’s opening stage which was played in a group format as the Belgian side earned a 3-1 victory at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, which is again the venue on Wednesday night.
Since then Linfield have lost a number of influential players including Northern Ireland international Kirsty McGuinness, and look unlikely to clinch a fifth straight Irish Premiership title, while in contrast Anderlecht have strengthened their squad.
Recent additions to the Anderlecht team include Belgian international striker Tessa Wullaert, who joined the club from Manchester City.
“After last year’s opening group stage, this time it’s knockout and we’re up against Anderlecht who would be a top seed and historically a very strong club throughout women’s football and normally get through to the last 32 each year.
“They have a massive budget and they are all professionals so it’s going to be a big task.”
While the Blues have been without competitive action for five weeks, they have played a number of friendlies including a game against Kenny Shiels’ Northern Ireland which also helped the national team prepare for their stirring win in Belarus.
With Linfield currently six points behind leaders Glentoran, although they have a game in hand on their Belfast rivals, and also three adrift of Sion Swifts, the Blues need other results to go their way in the remaining four full rounds to have a chance of retaining the title in the shortened campaign.
“Results have probably gone as I have expected and I said at the start of the season about it being a period of transition after losing a number of players and then trying to bring younger