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BRANDED BARON  GIVEAWAY!!

We’ve got a bunch of stuff to give away from Branded Baron: 1 beanie, 2 t-shirts and 1 sweatshirt via a “SoJones Article Comments Lottery”. Here’s how it works:

1. Every SoJones comment posted on this page from March 26, 2010 to April 2, 2010 counts as a “lottery entry”. Also make sure when you comment, have a link to somewhere we can contact you (like your SoJones account, your facebook, etc.). It makes it easier to contact you if you win.
2. Drawing for FOUR winners will be held on April 1st. Winners will be announced on this page and on the forums page (http://www.sojones.com/forums/).

Article Comments Lottery Rules

* One item per winner
* Duplicate comments will not count, like posting “I love this forum” or “hi” 50 times.
* Garbage or nonsensical comments will not count, like “awr#$ASFasdfkl”
* Comments hating on other people will definitely NOT count.
* U.S. residents only

We’ve all had our awkward years.  When we’re still figuring out who we are and which crowd we belong to.  The jocks? The cool kids? The band geeks?  But now the AV crowd and BMOCs can have one thing in common: Branded Baron, a clothing line that represents every caste, group or stereotype and units them with stunningly fresh and wearable art.  Joe Baron and Anthony M. Rivas talked to SoJones.com about Branded Baron and how the clothing line will definitely catch your attention.

Introduce yourself and describe how your brand was started?

JB :I’m Joe Baron, founder of Branded Baron LLC. I was an illustrator/designer that was always into t-shirts and t-shirt graphics and felt that I could bring something hot to the table. I wanted to bring quality from the fabric to the design to the people. A Baron is part of the royal hierarchy, so why can’t everyone else feel like their part of royalty? Royalty gets the top designs in fashion, so let’s bring quality apparel and designs to the public. Forget any cast system or being lower, middle, upper class or whatever and be branded with looking good. The phrase that is the slogan for Branded Baron is “No Less Than Stunningly Fresh”, because that’s how we should feel. We should look and feel no less than stunningly fresh, not just fresh. Let’s take it a step pass what’s hot and make it hotter. I shared my vision to Anthony, who’s been my best friend since we were young and after a couple meetings, he decided to be part of it. From there we started making everything move along and find other people to be part of the Branded Baron team.

AR :My name is Anthony M. Rivas and I am the Vice-President of Branded Baron. The concept of Branded Baron was formed while I was in graduate school obtaining my Masters in Accountancy. Joe Baron was working on a variety of designs while he was working at a screen printing company. Since knowing Joe back in the early days of Kindergarten, I have always known Joe as someone yearning to spread his messages through his artistic abilities. Joe told me that he was interesting in transforming his designs and positive messages into an apparel company. I figured with the financial background I had I would be the necessary partner to help Joe spread his messages to people and staying afloat doing it.

Describe this season’s theme for your line. Include any sources of inspiration (examples: 80’s punk, muses like Amber Rose, 70’s disco bands, Kanye, etc)

JB: Our current winter theme is music and positive phrases. We want to spread positivity and have people look “stunningly fresh” in this cold world. That’s why we decided to go with a dark palette, because winter is dark and everything in the news seems like it is getting worse than better. The overall design has to standout no matter what and must look crisp. Since we’re a very young company we’re still introducing our style and what Branded Baron is trying to bring to the table. We definitely have a couple different themes for our next couple lines, which I’m really excited for. I’m happy how our winter line and our previous first line came out and where we’re headed.

Any product placements on celebs to keep an eye out for (examples: publicity photos, magazines, movies, music videos etc)

JB: One particular thing that we like to do is work with very talented up and coming artists/bands and show support. As of late you can see Branded Baron worn by Jay Wise and Young Tana of the Corp Cartel as well as the Gem-N-I, members of the band Mother, and a couple others that we’re soon to be working with .

What has been a surprise fashion hit over the last year? (a particular piece, a look or even another brand)

JB: It seems like a lot of people wore a lot of bright colors and plaid shirts this past year. I wouldn’t expect that a bunch of guys would wear bright colored shirts, but I think the designs on the shirt had to have contributed to it. I didn’t think plaid would make a nice little comeback either, but a lot of people seen to be wearing it. I never really thought it was really out of fashion, there’s a nice plaid shirt here and there, but I’ve seen people rocking it like looking Paul Bunyan is in style. Another thing I’ve noticed is people wearing glasses with the black frames, thinking that they don’t look like a nerd. I know people who will wear them and don’t need glasses. I wear glasses, but I rather something a little subtle. I don’t know how they became popular, but to each his own.

What current fashion trend would you like to see thrown overboard?

JB: There’s a couple that I can do without. The one that really bothers me is the nuthugger jeans. No man should wear skinny skinny tight jeans. I understand if you want a nice slim fit, but getting a pair where you look like you’re losing blood circulation does not look good. I have a friend that took a pair of his girlfriend’s jeans, because he wanted to have tight jeans. And yes, I made fun of him for that.
AR : Well, I was in California a few weeks back. I was taking a walk on Venice Beach and then I saw the fashion trend that I would like to see thrown overboard. That fashion trend is the Hobo look. I know that there are roughly 90,000 (or more) homeless individuals living in Cali, but those of you sporting the hobo look that aren’t homeless definitely need to up your game. I feel it’s important to stay looking fresh on a daily basis.

What is/was one of your most prized fashion pieces, past or present?
JB: I’m going to have to say that a lot of people love our “Astrohop” design. Hip hop fused with space only makes for the freshest style in the universe.

TuPac or Biggie?

JB: Biggie, but I’d choose Pun over him. It would be Big Pun, Biggie, Big L, then Pac. It doesn’t matter who you think the greatest is, because they’re all from the east coast. That’s for all those people who are interested in the silly east coast/west coast rivalry.

AR: BIGGIE!

Be your own person and stand out from the crowd by copping Branded Baron’s apparel from their official website at www.brandedbaron.com.  Joe, Anthony and the Branded Baron crew are feeling generous, so they’re offering a 15% OFF all your entire order, exclusively for SoJones readers who purchase the Branded Baron collection at their website.  Just punch in the code “SOJONES” to enjoy your discount. Branded Baron t-shirts start from $20.00 up to $35.00 and here are the SoJones-approved gear.

BRANDED BARON  GIVEAWAY!!

We’ve got a bunch of stuff to give away from Branded Baron: 1 beanie, 2 t-shirts and 1 sweatshirt via a “SoJones Article Comments Lottery”. Here’s how it works:

1. Every SoJones comment posted on this page from March 26, 2010 to April 2, 2010 counts as a “lottery entry”. Also make sure when you comment, have a link to somewhere we can contact you (like your SoJones account, your facebook, etc.). It makes it easier to contact you if you win.
2. Drawing for FOUR winners will be held on April 1st. Winners will be announced on this page and on the forums page (http://www.sojones.com/forums/).

Article Comments Lottery Rules

* One item per winner
* Duplicate comments will not count, like posting “I love this forum” or “hi” 50 times.
* Garbage or nonsensical comments will not count, like “awr#$ASFasdfkl”
* Comments hating on other people will definitely NOT count.
* U.S. residents only

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Asmara Wreksono

Asmara Wreksono

Asmara Wreksono has a passion for everything related to celebrity, fashion, music (R&B, Hip Hop and Jazz are her favorites) and loves to write about them. In her spare time, she likes watching TV series and movies, sharpening her sketching skills and cooking. Asmara has been published in SoJones.com, CelebrityClothingLine.com, ProHipHop.com, ThatGossipSite.com, Fabcrush.com and many others.
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