Quick Peek: Snapback Hats

Will Smith Wearing A Snapback Hattupac shakur wearing a snapback hatSnapback hats, or “Snapacks” as they are affectionately referred to by their fans, first became really popular in the 1990’s. With hip hop starting to get mainstream attention, the clothing that surrounded the movement started to take off. Rappers like Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff were seen in them, as well as  the likes of Tupac Shakur.

Originally derived from a “Brookyln” style baseball hat, the Snapback has evolved since. The brim remains large and flat, and most have green fabric stitched to the underside.

Today, rappers like Wiz Kalifa and Mac Miller from Philadelphia are promoting them in songs with lines like, “You can wear my hat just make sure you give it back”. This all coincides with a renewed interest in retro and vintage clothing that’s been making it’s way from downtown NYC to large stores like Old Navy, Nordstrom’s, etc.

Snapback Hats are going to be a hot item for the second half of 2011. When Mac Miller starts hitting the radio, they’ll likely be the next big thing in male fashion.

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Why Entrepreneurs Are Winning

Is it ever a bad time to be an entrepreneur? When times are great they have lots of potential investors to fund outlandish ideas that at times may seem highly speculative. When times are bad, entrepreneurs are some of the best bootstrappers around and create high value propositions for ailing businesses or thrifty consumers. Finding and creating value is what the entrepreneur specializes in; it’s an ancient form of arbitrage that can thrive in just about any type of market.

The last five years have left the world economy in notoriously poor condition. The credit crunch has hit consumers and businesses hard, and stifled cash flow, loans, and all kinds of funding from angel to venture capital. Millions of people have been laid off of cushy cubicle jobs, pensions have been lost, and 401k’s have been decimated by highly volatile movements in the financial markets. At the same time, the cost of technology has never been lower, the value  of that technology has never been higher, and highly valuable talent is collecting unemployment checks. In short, it’s never been a better time to be an entrepreneur, here’s why: (more…)

Personalized Marketing

As a child you might remember some of the antics of cereal mascots as they attempted to steal, steal back, or keep people from stealing their Lucky Charms, Cookie Crisp, or Trix. Mascots in their current incantation have been stealing our hearts and brains the same way for the last two hundred years, but that is all changing. (more…)

Electronic Cigarettes

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Hon Lik, E Cigarette Inventor

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RecyclableIn the 1990’s the three R’s of recycling became famous for their easy to remember alliteration, and their catchy three arrow logo. It was during this time that sustainability made it’s first push into schools. Assemblies were held around the country to teach children about recycling, and how they can help “mother earth”. Field trips were organized to local recycling facilities, and TV commercials featuring the mentally disabled touted these places as a bastion for those who wouldn’t ever be knowledge workers. The recycling propaganda machine was in full force. (more…)