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Archived: Remember The Name – ‘Levi Marcus’. Don’t Say We Didn’t Tell You!

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It’s Sunday. What’s better than having that awesome Caribbean Sunday lunch, a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a damn good read? NOT A DAMN THING. Let’s kick it off. Today our Ebuzztt.com team brings you the scoop on one of Trinidad and Tobago’s finest young talents. As we said from the get go- remember the name Levi Marcus. 

Levi Marcus is a creative.

Levi Marcus is a creative.

Levi Marcus is by all standards, a creative. Don’t try boxing him into any particulars because that just won’t work. He’s from a lineage that includes the likes of the late, great musician and composer, Andre Tanker and even Trinidad and Tobago’s first internationally known artist, Michel-Jean Cazabon. At 21-years-old, Marcus has his eye set on becoming a curator. He’s always been  interested in drawing, designing, photography, fashion and aesthetics to say the least. Having started his journey three years ago, Levi ventured into modeling, photography and even studied tailoring at the Savile Row Academy in London, the alma mater of  Trinidad and Tobago’s Gregory Millhouse of the award-winning Caribbean fashion label, Millhouse Clothing.

The youngster then set out to build his resume, first learning the intricacies of tailoring to lend to his passion in fashion. Now  he’s attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York where he’s pursuing Fashion Business Management and he’s even considering Entrepreneurship as a course of study to better equip himself for what lies ahead. Not stopping there, the Caribbean good-looker who understands the importance of branding, officially launched his website LeviMarcus.com on August 6th. The site features photographic insight into Marcus’ creative passion. His words, “LeviMarcus is an ‘evolving lifestyle brand that evokes a LIVE, LIME, LOVE philosophy,” can be felt throughout the length and breadth of the online portal. He says this is owed to his love for Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad and Tobago fashionista Shari Cumberbatch of Shop Shari, one of the aspiring curator’s mentors, has been a true inspiration. He’s also been thoroughly supported by his family and for that, the young artistic soul is gracious. Like many others in the creative field, passion is total motivation and so, those who are on the opposite spectrum of creativity, often find it hard to understand a creative’s approach to life. His family has however proven understanding. With a line of hats created and already sold out most recently, Marcus is now working on sketches for pants and t-shirts. His journey has only just begun, but with a clear outlook to life and the possibilities that lie in wait, Levi Marcus is definitely a name you’ll want to remember now, because when things blow up, we want you to recall just where you heard it first. Check out his website today and SUPPORT LOCAL.

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Caribbean Menswear Designer, Ecliff Elie Pushes Past Covid-19 with Big Lessons Learnt.

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When the Covid-19 pandemic reared its head in the aftermath of Trinidad and Tobago’s carnival this past March, Caribbean menswear designer Ecliff Elie had only five months prior, opened his new design house at C3 Centre in San Fernando, South Trinidad. His atelier location in Woodbrook, Port-of-Spain maintained its market position, posturing the designer’s imminent rise to regionwide gratification, by all markers. He never expected what eventually came; a pandemic that would bring great uncertainty, but with it, even greater lessons. 

The Caribbean menswear aesthetic continues to blossom into something of its own niche character, Elie believes, and because of this, he has had unwavering hope for the industry despite the pandemic. “There have been wonderful lessons learnt by the Ecliff Elie team in the past nine months,” he says, explaining that business equates to risk and one must be strong, enduring and fearless to combat the effects of such risk. “This period, while extremely daunting for many, opened my eyes as a business owner to many things, and I’ve weathered the storm very well. I have been able to keep all of my employees over the past nine months and that came with the implementation of more effective business strategies,” he explained. 

Ecliff Elie says he has learnt some very helpful lessons during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Restrictions imposed as a direct result of Covid-19, in Trinidad and Tobago and across the Caribbean has certainly affected sales to some degree, however Elie says he remains steadfast and resolute in his belief that this storm of sorts, will soon pass. “Weathering the storm requires a lot of patience but it also demands resilience. What we’ve done during this period proved effective for the long-term business strategy. Virtual consultations, available at www.ecliffelie.co may have been overlooked prior to the pandemic, and it’s actually an effective method of reaching clients around the world,” said Elie. In fact, he explains, he’s seen increased regional sales during Covid-19. 

The male client, Elie’s target demographic, continues to be acutely marketed to, particularly during the present Christmas season. “While we understand that for many, these are some tough financial times, we also feel that men require emotional support during this time,” said Elie. “Because men are often required to be strong in the face of hardship, the man’s emotional pain can be overlooked. In the same way a woman feels good when she purchases a new pair of shoes or a new dress, we believe men should feel comfortable releasing their stress with a little shopping from time to time,” said the designer. 

Ecliff Elie’s Southern branch offers off-the-rack suits that can be altered for fit on spot. “While dinner parties and New Year’s Eve events may be very limited this year, we’d like to encourage our Caribbean men to boost their spirit and feel good despite the effects of this pandemic. It’s been a tough year, but we must have the right attitude heading into 2021, which will ultimately determine our altitude. For some reason, stepping into Ecliff Elie has a way of changing attitudes,” he said. 

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Rihanna Apologizes to Muslims Worldwide.

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She may have messed up but she’s been quick to admit to the blunder and like any powerful woman who understands the role she plays in society, Barbados born international superstar, Rihanna has apoligized openly to the Muslim community.

On Monday, the Fenty Beauty creator, faced sudden backlash after a song featured on the Savage x Fenty Volume 2 playlist on Amazon, was played during Rihanna’s second Savage x Fenty lingerie fashion show. Lingerie models danced to the song “Doom” by London-based producer Coucou Chloe during a portion of Rihanna’s show, which streamed on Amazon Prime on Friday. The song, released in 2017, includes a remix of a hadith narration about the end of times and judgment day. The hadith, a written record of the sayings and actions of the Prophet Mohammed and his closest companions, is considered extremely sacred to Muslims, and come secondary only to the Quran in terms of textual authority.

Rihanna has since apologised via social media to the Muslim community, citing the use of the song as a “huge oversight” and saying that she is incredibly disheartened by the situation. “I do not play with any kind of disrespect toward God or any religion and therefore the use of the song in our project was completely irresponsible!”, she said.

Rihanna’s virtual Lingerie fashion show was featured exclusively on Amazon Prime Video and it was the second time the Barbados born singer and businesswoman used Amazon Prime Video to stream her Lingerie fashion show to fans around the world. Last September, the private event was held at Barclay’s Centre in New York and streamed weeks later via the platform.

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