Why You Should Own A Qilo Hat

Why You Should Own A Qilo Hat

It's already made it from a sketchbook to the stage.

Before Qilo hats eventually knock Obey off the shelves, you have the chance to say that you were one of the first to rock them. Speaking of chance...even Chance the Rapper is a fan of Qilo, along with Joey Bada$$, Eric Arc Elliot, and Pro Era. 

In less than a year, Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences student Jerrell Chalmers was able to turn his idea into a reality, transforming designs that he envisioned into hats. They are both inspired and admired by popular rap artists.

For those who don’t know what Qilo is, just look around campus and you’ll be sure to spot the unique 5 panel hats with one-of-a-kind patterns ranging from pineapples, to fern leaves, to chevron. Chalmers explains “Qilo is catching the C-train Downtown; it is the last-minute RSVP; Qilo is waking up at 9 for your 9:15, but still making it on time; but most of all, Qilo is fun.” 

If you think the designs are unique, the actual meaning behind them makes them even more creatively conceptual. It was the philosopher Lao Tzu’s ancient Chinese proverb, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with just one step”, that inspired the name Qilo, which refers to “kilogram” or “thousand." Even the pineapples are more than just fun to look at. The pineapple is the universal symbol of hospitality all over the world, which is why Chalmers knew it would be the ideal pattern.

While Chalmers is honored to see his fellow peers around campus sporting and supporting Qilo hats, you can imagine his excitement to have seen Joey Bada$$ and Pro Era walk out on stage rocking them at the “Beats on Banks” concert. Chalmers said, “he knew it was the start of something great." Since then, when Chance the Rapper recently came to perform at his sold out show at Rutgers, members of the Qilo team were able to meet and give him a hat as well.    

Qilo’s recognition by renowned figures doesn’t end with just celebrity rap artists. Chalmers and the rest of the Qilo team had the opportunity to work with distinguished photographers and Wilhelmina Models, which are signed by one of the largest and most successful agencies. They have even worked with the Fashion Director of Tumblr, Valentine Uhovski, whose helped them gain many connections in the the great big fashion industry.  “Uhovski has helped us so much,” Chalmers said. “He has brought us to Glamour Magazine mixers, Lincoln Center, and even Milk Studios during Fashion Week.” But most of all, Chalmers owes Qilo’s success to his co-founder and initial investor, Michael Stein.                        

Coco Chanel once said that “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” 

Qilo is the epitome of how fashion can be drawn from any element of life, as Jerrell and the Qilo team have done so by turning an idea into a story. 

To join the Qilo movement, you can visit qilonyc.com

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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The Disrespectful Nature Of My Generation Needs To Stop

Why choosing phone games over a Holocaust survivor was my breaking point.


While many students that attended Holocaust survivor Hershel Greenblat's talk were rightfully attentive, I noticed, out of the corner of my eye, a few outlier students tapping away on their phones. They were minute movements, but inappropriate nonetheless.

Immediately I became infuriated. How, I thought, fuming, did my generation become so blithely unaware to the point where we could not proffer basic respect to a survivor of one of the most horrific events in human history?

Perhaps the students were just texting their parents, telling them that the event would run a bit long. 10 minutes later, my eyes diverted from Greenblat back to the students. They were still on their phones. This time, I could see the screens being held horizontally—indicating a game or a show was being played. I wanted to get up, smack the distractions out of their hands, and ask them why they thought what they were doing was more important than a Holocaust speaker.

I will not waste any more time writing about the disrespectful few. Because they could not give Greenblat the time of their day, I will not give them mine. Instead, I want to focus on a massive trend my generation has mistakenly indulged ourselves in.

The Greenblat incident is only an example of this phenomenon I find so confusing. From young, it was instilled in me, probably via Chinese tradition, that elders should be respected. It is a title only revoked when unacceptable behavior allows it to be, and is otherwise maintained. I understand that not everybody comes from a background where respect is automatically granted to people. And I see that side of the story.

Why does age automatically warrant respect? It is the fact that they have made it this far, and have interesting stories to tell. There are exceptions, perhaps more than there are inclusions.

But this fact can be determined by the simple act of offering an elderly person your seat on public transportation. Sure, it can be for their health, but within that simple act is a meaningful sacrifice for somebody who has experienced more than you.

Age aside, at Greenblat's talk, majority of the disrespect shown might not have been agist. Instead, it could have been the behavior students just there for the check-in check-out extra credit that multiple classes and clubs were offering. While my teachers who advertised the event stressed the importance of attendance not just for the academic boost, but for the experience, I knew that some of the more distracted students there must have been those selfish, ignorant, solely academic driven cockalorums.

I stay hopeful because majority of my classmates were attentive. We knew to put aside our Chromebooks, regardless of note-taking, and simply listen to what Greenblat had to offer.

It would be wrong to label my generation as entitled— that's a misnomer for the generation before. We are still wavering between the line of automatic respect and earned respect, but we need to set a line for people whom we know the stories of. Especially a Holocaust survivor.

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