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Monica Flores draws upon a lifetime of creative and technological expertise, as well as the strong network of notable designers, producers, deejays and enthusiasts that she has built along the way. A classically-trained violinist for over ten years and a promotional manager in the Bay Area and New York underground music community since the mid-nineties, Flores has worked concurrently in fashion and technology industries for her greater adult life.

STYLE FILE: Stussy x Cassette Playa

Cassette Playa is UK-based Carrie Mundane’s label, known for intense neon graphics inspired by rave culture, techno, Aztec art and science. The collection features a denim jacket, leggings, swimwear, tank tops and fanny pack for good measure!

Words can’t explain how much I love this collection! I’ve been a fan of Cassette Playa for a couple years now so when I heard that they are teaming up with one of my favorite long-time streetwear brands, Stussy, it got me wondering what both of those innovative brands would come up with and I tell ya the result is massive!

Peep the amazingly shot lookbook by Estevan Oriol:

Collection slated for release April 2010 at Stussy.

FOR THE LADIES: Bliss Lau Body Jewelry

If you had to say one thing about living in Hawaii,  it would have to be that it possesses a massive amount of inspiration. From the weird exotic fruits to huge waves, plate lunches to black sand beaches, there’s so much to discover and explore.

When one thinks of Hawaiian inspired jewelry the first thing that comes to mind for most are pearls, puka shells, and kukui nut necklaces. Sexy body jewelry, not so much.

Bliss Lau was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and trained at the prestigious Parson’s School of Design in  NYC. She started making gorgeous handbags that are reminiscent of seashells and you can feel and see the strong Hawaiian inspiration. She transitioned to body jewelry and pioneered the trend which led to many copies after her.

FOR THE LADIES: Eighteenth NYC’s spin on the Basic Tee

A woman’s never ending search for the “perfect tee” came to a major halt tonight when I stumbled upon shirts by Eighteenth NYC. Asymmetry plays a big part here and it’s refreshing to see it come back in a more accessible manner. The shirts are made with soft to the touch lightweight rayon/polyester jersey which is great for layering.

If you know me you know that I’m all for a good cutout and Eighteenth gets it right. It basically screams for something bright to peek from underneath! Eighteenth NYC is available at Anica Boutique in SF, OAK in NYC and Bonadrag online.

Editor’s Note: We know that music & media can tend to be a male-oriented world but we wanted to make sure that our readers know that the team here at acknowledges that men are only part of the equation in our community and culture.

Please join me in welcoming our Women’s Style & Fashion writer, Monica Flores, to the BR Editorial team! We’re happy to have you aboard and look forward to seeing this section expand!