The warmest weather wardrobe has officially arrived, thank you Gabrielle Union. The actress and businessman has just released her Summer 2020 New York & Company collection, and is full of thick prints, cute silhouettes, and bright colors made especially for picnics in the park and relaxing by the pool (while practicing socially distancing, of course only).

For New York Collection & Company, Union is inspired by culture, art, music and dance of Little Haiti in Miami. He works closely with brands to create a style that embodies the same quality of this unique place: strong, bright, and full of life. “Miami holds a special place in my heart,” he said Bustle. “There are so many beautiful environments like Little Haiti, which are filled with rich history and vibrant culture. The energy and passion that resonates in this community is very clear. “

My community includes my family – my relatives and my chosen family. We create spaces where everyone is not afraid to be their most authentic self.

So, it is appropriate that the theme for this collection is “community.” For Union, this is a very important theme. “Community is everything to me,” he said. “It helps us stay connected and gives us a sense of belonging. I love the community in Little Haiti because of its heritage and beauty. In my daily life, my community includes my family – both my relatives and my chosen family. We create spaces where everyone is not afraid to belong to them the most authentic self

That philosophy was translated into his professional life too. He launched his production company, I’ll Have Another, with the aim of green lighting and reinforces a variety of stories that are often ignored and underestimated.

“I started my production company specifically to focus on storytelling that authentically focused the views and perspectives of marginalized voices,” he said. “That’s all that makes me motivated and inspired – knowing there are so many stories out there that deserve to be told.”

There is no doubt that living through a global pandemic and calculating societies with races adversely affect mental health. The best advice for the Union to get through this unprecedented period is to recognize when you need space to rearrange.

“I feel so many different things, it’s hard to process everything when I try and overcome it,” he said. “It’s hard to remember the importance of self-care when everything is at their point now, but I try to make room for myself when I know I reached the end of my rope. I have been on therapy for years, which has helped give me the tools for how I can take better care of myself. It has been very helpful for me throughout my life and at this time. “

As a lifelong supporter A business owned by black people, Union stresses that people have to buy from black designers, creators, and entrepreneurs all year long – not only when posting black boxes on Instagram is du jour’s social media trend. Some of his favorites include Grace Eleyae, Donata Skin Food, MahagonyBooks, My 2 Cents restaurant, Blume & Plume Coffee, and Eso Won Books.

I always support Black’s business, and I encourage everyone to start doing the same thing. And not just because that’s what people are talking about right now, but because Black’s business has a lot to offer like any other business.

“I always support Black’s business, and I encourage everyone to start doing the same thing,” he said. “And not just because that’s what people are talking about right now, but because Black’s business has as much to offer as any other business. It’s important to know that ‘blacks’ doesn’t mean it’s only for blacks – this brand and business offers products for everyone. “

Union said the icon of his style was “women who are real, fearless, and ferocious,” and through this collection, he helps women everywhere bring these characteristics to life. Up front, he is running busy with his favorite performances and trends for this season.

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“When I dress, it is important for me to feel confident and comfortable, but I also like to mix it with bold statements,” Union said. “I’m usually interested in the parts that make me feel the best. That’s how I approached designing each collection. I want to make easy work for modern women who feel brave and attractive. “

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“I love wearing dresses – it’s one piece so there is very little thought involved!” he shares. “I really like that Twist Front Maxi Dress, which channeled the passion and energy of the Little Haiti community. The silhouette is versatile and comfortable enough to wear at home or dress for a date night. “

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“This summer I love the bold and bright color palette, as seen throughout my new collection. Because we all spend more time at home, adding a tinge of color can really help brighten every day. “


Special Occasion Ensemble

Union does not have a uniform entry. Instead, he focused on the event or activity that was taking place, and thought about the specific mood he wanted to convey through his clothes. “I like to dress up for this event and like to experiment with different styles and silhouettes,” he explained. “I usually like to wear clothes that are feminine, modern and brave.”

You will not catch him wearing something that is predictable or minimalist. “I don’t like to play it safe! Fashion is a platform to express yourself to the world, so I like that my collection is brave and not afraid. “

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