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BRNDD: Conversations with Creatives

Branded by dictionary definition in the commerce world means carrying the brand or trademark of a manufacture. In today’s world, the definition of a brand has opened up much more. Brand’s can be the label names we wear, the companies we support, down to our own individual selves. Join BRNDD hosts, Donte’ Cotton and Ronald James as they interview not just people behind the brands but also some of the influencers on these brands. Musicians, artists, athletes and store owners have created their own brand and we want to examine how these worlds collide. So tune in as BRNDD takes you inside the world of today’s creatives.
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Now displaying: May, 2020
May 27, 2020

Jacques Slade is one of the biggest personalities in Youtube Sneaker media. His video of his tour of Michael Jordan's famous Illinois Mansion recently hit 16 million views. Donte and Ronald talk to Jacques on how he went from a music teacher to where he is today. 

Highlights: 

  • 3:11: Who is Jaques Slade
  • 6:10: Kicks on Fire Days
  • 14:32: Jacques first video
  • 18:24: Quality vs. Content
  • 20:29: Can't smell your own roses
  • 27:24: The Brands are Watching
  • 31:35: The Future of Sneaker Media
  • 34:09: Working Outside of Youtube
  • 39:50: The Last Dance
  • 41:48: Technology in sneakers
  • 44:28The Favorites
  • 47:00: The BRNDD 10
May 17, 2020

Another episode from the BRNDD vault, Ronald brings on his good friend Patrick Horvat. Born in Upstate and working around the world, Patrick has worked with brands from the NHL to the NBA. 

Highlights: 

  • 5:56: The B-More Flea
  • 8:10: Upstate, NY and Graffiti
  • 10:20: I fooled them...
  • 12:05: Syquest and Photoshop
  • 18:03: Post-College Tetris Disorder
  • 21:34: I Fooled them again...
  • 26:41: the NHL Days
  • 30:28: Creating a design language and identity
  • 37:09: the challenge of being creative
  • 43:11: The Nike Years, Hong Kong
  • 50:12: Australian Shark Attacks
  • 55:20: International Sneaker Releases
  • 59:53: The Under Armour years
  • 1:05:10: signing UA athletes(possibly)-
  • 1:10:00: Favorites
May 10, 2020

From the unreleased archives; The Co-hosts of the BRNDD podcast caught up with Arvay Adams, Designer and creative behind This Sporting Life. They talk about his days at Phat Farm to having beef with HBO and everything in between!

 

Highlights

  • 2:00 - Ronald and Donte' recap what they've been up to
  • 8:26 - Introduction of Arvay
  • 12:14 - from Woodlawn to New York
  • 14:02 - Skateboards & tees in L.A.
  • 18:34 - the Phat Farm Days
  • 21:25 - The birth of This Sporting Life
  • 23:26 - L.A. Living
  • 26:12 - the Secret Behind Design
  • 31:13 - Bethlehem Steel and the importance of Story telling
  • 35:00 - Coming Back East
  • 38:00 - The Change in Baltimore Streetwear Scene
  • 46:00 - The Business of Being Fresh
  • 52:36 - Working with Russell Simmons
  • 53:54 - Black Ice
  • 59:00 - Chain Stitching
  • 1:01:05 - God is in the Details
  • 1:03:06 - The Favorites
  • 1:12:30 - The BRNDD 10
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