Post-impressionist artist Pierre Bonnard once said that artist should have two lives: one to learn how to paint and the other to actually paint. Regardless, we think Australian illustrator and painter Loretta Lizzio is doing pretty dang well with her singular existence—her incredibly intricate and romantic line drawings are inspired by nature and demand admiration, if not for their creativity, then for their subtle nuances. Watch her create one of her signature paintings (wearing our Cheetah socks) in this short film by Tom Antolini.continue reading
We can recite every line from the 2004 Tina Fey-penned film Mean Girls like it’s our job (“Four for you, Glenn Coco!”), but the message still rings clear: Girl World can be brutal. Backstabbing, gossip, rumors—high school hallways (and office lobbies) can be a battlefield. Enter Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, the founders of Kind Campaign, a grassroots movement aiming to put an end to girl-on-girl bullying in schools. After struggling with their own negative experiences during middle and high school that left Thompson feeling completely alone and often in tears and Paul contemplating suicide, the duo decided to launch their nonprofit while studying film and TV production at Malibu’s Pepperdine University in 2009. Since then, they’ve made their mission a full-on movement, filming the documentary Finding Kind, becoming Advocates for Element Eden, and embarking on multiple national and international speaking tours across the U.S. and Canada, equipping girls with the tools and confidence they need to end their feuds and be kind to each other.
Thompson and Paul (who wed Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul earlier this year) are shining examples of what it means to be a Stance Original—they’ve drawn from experience to change the world. We equipped them with some of our favorite styles so they’d have the threads to match their uncommon spirits. Here, we catch up with the women just a few days after the last stop on a cross-country school assembly tour to find out more about Kind:
What cities did you bring the Kind message to this month?
During our October tour we started out in Boise, and did a couple of schools there and from there we went to Portland and then San Francisco and then Miami. Also Baton Rouge and a small town in Palestine, Texas, and then Carollton, Texas, which is in the Dallas area and then Houston, Texas. We fly out to the area, speak for a couple of days then fly back home and have a couple of days to regroup and then fly back out and that’s how it’s been throughout the month of October. We’ve done the minivan road trip tour before and we’ve found we actually cover more ground flying places.
What’s been a really defining moment so far?
I think one moment that stood out throughout our whole Kind Campaign experience was actually when we met a girl in Houston a few days ago. I mean, every school assembly this month as been amazing and the energy of the girls has been incredible. But there was a girl a few months ago—when we were in Boise—who reached out on an Instagram picture we’d posted and just shared a bit of her story and struggle she’s dealt with. She just sounded really broken and really upset. Immediately, fans of Kind Campaign and our Instagram community started reaching back out to her, encouraging her and lifting her up, tons of people saying the sweetest things to her. We ended up getting her information and emailing her back and forth figuring out how we could get her to one of our Kind Campaign assemblies because we thought it would be so cool to meet her. It turns out she actually lives in Houston, which is where we had our last assembly, and she had such an amazing time. We’ll remember that forever.
Do you see a lot of that kind of interaction on your social media channels?
Yeah, it’s actually really amazing. We’re able to see the positive that can come from social media, and that is so important to us and telling of how social media can be used in a positive way. Especially as we’re going to schools and seeing some really tragic stories of how social media is used.
What are some other common issues girls seem to be dealing with?
Everyone’s bullying experience is different—everything is relative to a person’s experience, where they’re from, the school they’re in. But it all boils down to insecurities that girls have. We talk about gender roles and how the media is a huge player of how girls see themselves and other women. We’ve just found that there’s something in our society that really triggers girls’ self esteem to be broken. The result of that are women having unhealthy relationships with themselves and with other women. It’s about starting a dialogue and showing girls how beautiful and perfect they are and inspiring girls to feel confident enough in themselves that they can have healthy relationships with other girls and feel genuinely happy for other women in their lives.
We all deal with bullying at some point in our lives, even as adults in the workplace. What’s your advice for dealing with a bully?
You have to develop love for yourself first and foremost, because it’s our insecurities that make women try to tear other women down. One good thing about being older is having the understanding that we’re not going to be best friends with everyone, and that’s ok. Our biggest piece of advice is that when a conflict does arise or you feel like you’re being bullying, sit down and have a conversation with that person. I think oftentimes, we go to our friends and the other person goes to their friends and even as adults, there’s a lot of drama. A lot of it can be deleted by having a conversation, and then moving forward. That doesn’t mean necessarily staying friends with that women—it’s about coming to a mutual understanding of how your relationship will work.
You’ve had a monumental year. What’s been a highlight?
We’re always just running to keep up with what we’ve created on top of working with a super, super, super tiny budget. We had a huge fundraiser last month associated with the finale of Breaking Bad, which raised an astonishing amount of money for Kind Campaign. We’d never seen it as a reality for us to raise that kind of money and it’s given us the opportunity to think outside the box again and figure out new ways we can expand Kind Campaign. Something we’ve wanted to do since day one is to be able to provide our programs to schools who can’t afford them free of charge and with this fundraise we’ll be able to do that. So in February we’re touring again with a different concept, where we’re picking a city and staying there for a week and touring through districts that can’t afford to bring Kind Campaign out.
Well we’re so thrilled to have you repping our socks.
Lauren: I love the grey ones with the pink flowers and the gold beads on the side, and the cheetah ones.
Molly: They’re the ones I had in my bag always while we were traveling; I bring socks with me on the plane because my feet always get so cold. They are actually still in my purse right now. I also love the black with the geometric design with the kind of see-through material—super comfortable.continue reading
Stance continues to bring fire with the latest addition to the NBA Collection with our new Holiday '13 Lineup. The Hardwood Classics Collection is adding throwback logo socks for the Los Angeles Clippers and the New York Knicks. The Legends Collection adds a line of six socks paying homage to basketball greats: Allen Iverson, Dominique Wilkins, Shawn Kemp, Charles Oakley/John Starks, Isaiah Thomas/Bill Laimbeer and Anfernee Hardaway/Shaquille O'Neal.
The latest NBA Legends collection, which will debut at Stance retailers across the country, as well as www.Stance.com/NBA, features iconic photographs of each player, making the collection a must have for any NBA fan.continue reading
In Ep.04 of Threads, we teamed up with our favorite barbershop Kings Club Barber Shop in Dana Point to create a collection which offers a step back in time. As scratchy jazz and the sweet aroma of Bay Rum fill the shop, barbers dressed in slacks and ties offer haircuts and shaves with an uncompromising attention to detail.continue reading