Artists & Brands:: The Essential Holiday Gift Guide

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Just 13 days remain before you & your loved ones are in front of the Christmas tree, enjoying the season’s tidings while cherishing close friends & relatives during “the most wonderful time of the year.” That picturesque Hallmark is fine & dandy but if gifts are absent from the mix come Dec. 25, you may have some problems on your hand. So to avoid any ‘framilial’ snafus we put together the perfect holiday gift guide featuring items from or by your favorite artists. Ranging from apparel, fragrance to even a few tech products here’s a list of artists’ products that double as incredible gifts for the 2014 Holiday Season.

Rihanna’s Rogue Man by Rihanna

Rihanna's Rogue Men by Rihanna

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Rihanna, the inimitable, is known for charting new territory & venturing off the beaten path. Such was the 26yr. old singer’s m.o. when she announced earlier this summer that she would be adding a men’s cologne to her highly successful collection of fragrances.

The cologne, Rogue Man by Rihanna, makes Ms. Fenty the first female artist to launch a fragrance for men. Released earlier this week, Rogue Man contains notes of “fresh citrus, herbs & spicy black pepper, with blends of vanilla orchid & jasmine, and lingering undertones of cedar wood” on the nose. Available in a 3.4oz eau de toilette & 3-piece gift set both priced at, $69.00, Rogue Man joins Rogue, Nude, Rebelle, & Reb’l Fleur perfumes as the newest scent developed for & inspired by the singer. Of the release Rihanna had the following to say:

Rogue Man is available now, exclusively at select Macy’s locations around the world, and online at Macys.com.

Will.i.am’s PULS Smart Band

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Image credit : wareable.com

For Will.i.am, 31M albums sold worldwide, production credit(s) for some of contemporary music’s biggest dance records, & seven Grammys to his name, just isn’t enough. On the heels of his recent design collaboration with Lexus for the NX SUV, the Black Eyed Peas frontman has now taken to designing smart watches, with the release of his very own, i.AM PULS Smart Band.

Equal parts fashion & tech, the PULS Smart Band’s notable features include a GPS system, social media connectivity with Facebook & Twitter, Bluetooth capabilities & of course, a music player. Most importantly, the PULS Smart Band can make calls or send/receive text messages, all without a phone.

The first product to be released under Will.i.am’s wearable technology company, i.am+, the PULS Smart Band precedes a range of connected apparel devices, including a jacket – which will serve as a power source for the PULS – shoes with fitness tracking capabilities, a backpack that includes a complete sound system, & eyewear with a special picture taking function.

Containing 16G of storage & 1G of memory, the PULS Smart Band is slated for release this holiday season & set to retail at $499. The device is available in colors, white, luxury black/gold, & pink.

AT&T is the official data carrier for the US; while UK customers can purchase data plans through, O2 mobile sim providers.

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Pusha T’s Play Cloths
What’s a brand name to a brand owner? Play Cloths is the answer if your name is King Push. Started in 2009, Play Cloths has crafted designs styled & preferred by your favorite rapper’s favorite rapper consistently for the past six seasons – no more no less. However, the line’s newest offering, “Curse Your Luxury”, finds 36yr old label head Pusha stepping from behind the lens and to the forefront as the face of the collection for a brand first. And rightfully so, with new pieces featuring bold graphics & intricate prints, heightened fabric quality & monochromatic designs. Just in time for the holidays, Play Cloths’ “Curse Your Luxury” offering is the epitome of progressive streetwear, making it the perfect gift for every hypebeast streetwear enthusiast on your shopping list this Christmas. View the collection below & shop Play Cloths here.

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Drake’s OVO Apparel
Aubrey Drake Graham is a man of many talents…not the least of which is putting the world on OVO’s sound. But last Saturday the 28yr old rapper added to his extended list of credentials, owner of a stand-alone, brick & mortar apparel store for merchandise exclusives from & inspired by OVO Sound records. On par with traditional tour merch, OVO’s flagship & online stores feature crewnecks, hoodies, fitted caps and both short & long-sleeved tees emblazoned with the imprint’s famed owl logo & praying hands, along with ‘6 God’, ‘Way Up’ & ‘TOPSZN’ among other OVO lyrical references. View items from the lookbook below & shop OVO apparel in-store (899 Dundas St. W., Toronto, OT) or online here.

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