The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.

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The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Tiesheko (5’9, size 2): the size x-small lover soundbox triblend t-shirt in athletic gray.

On James (6’1): the size medium lover Elvis icon slub t-shirt in natural.

On Cal (6’2): the size medium persist | resist | love soundbox T-shirt in denim.

On Jasmine (5’10, size 2): the size small women’s lover Marilyn icon slouchy t-shirt in white.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Tiesheko (5’9, size 2): the size small women’s lover Marilyn icon slouchy t-shirt in white.

On Jasmine (5’10, size 2): the size small women’s lover Elvis icon slouchy t-shirt in white.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Tiesheko (5’9, size 2): the size small women’s lover Marilyn icon slouchy t-shirt in white.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Jasmine (5’10, size 2): the size small women’s lover Elvis icon slouchy t-shirt in white.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Cal (6’2): the size medium lover Elvis icon slub T-shirt in natural.

On James (6’1): the size medium lover Marilyn icon tri-blend t-shirt in ice.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Cal (6’2): the size medium lover Elvis icon slub T-shirt in natural.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On James (6’1): the size medium lover Marilyn icon tri-blend t-shirt in ice.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Tiesheko (5’9, size 2): the size x-small lover soundbox triblend t-shirt in gray.

On Cal (6’2): the size medium persist | resist | love soundbox T-shirt in denim.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On James (6’1): the size medium lover soundbox triblend t-shirt in athletic gray.

On Jasmine (5’10, size 2): the size small women’s persist | resist | love slouchy triblend tank in blue.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Jasmine (5’10, size 2): the size x-small silver metallic headphones logo on black acid wash t-shirt.

On Tiesheko (5’9, size 2): the size x-small red metallic headphones logo on black acid wash t-shirt.

The Summer of Love 50 Years Later. The Protest Continues.
Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James - Summer of Love '17

On Cal (6’2): the size small black metallic headphones logo on black acid wash t-shirt.

On James (6’1): the size small gold metallic headphones logo on black acid wash t-shirt .

Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie. These emblematic features of American culture are well-secured in our nation’s lore and have achieved iconic status.

They instantaneously invoke visions of wondrous pastimes. Generations of artists, musicians, poets, writers, and even advertising execs have used these symbols to engage us to look past the reality we live in and envision what is truly possible in our great land.

But sometimes, even the best songs, poems, and advertisements can’t hold out reality.

Fifty years ago in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, the nation and the world viewed the single largest hippie movement live and in color. The façade of American culture once again showed a ripple.

A social movement that was engaged in both protest and love added to the evolving historical record of events in the continuing search for “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

Since the very first moment non–Native American feet touched this country’s soil, we have endured protest. Truth be told, protest is probably even more American than apple pie.

The North American colonists protested British rule. The Native Americans protested the settlers sprawl.  Native Africans protested being taken from their homeland and brought to this country under the rule of slavery. The South protested the North. Mexico protested America’s expansion and annexation. Women protested against inequality. Americans protested against dictators seeking to rule the world. Americans protested against war.  African-Americans protested for civil rights.  Gay Americans protested for equality.  And on, and on, and on.

Fifty years after that hot summer in San Francisco, the protests haven’t stopped. Unequivocal love is still, for the most part, elusive.

Our 2017 summer capsule is in part a dedication to the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and a tribute to the nostalgia of America.  Nostalgia symbolized not only by icons like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, who are interwoven into the legacy of our nation, but also in our continual pursuit of love and equality through unwavering persistence and resistance.

Our editorial shoot “Tiesheko & Cal & Jasmine & James” is inspired from the 1969 movie Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, which much like the 1967 Summer of Love event, challenged American “norms” on openness and experimentation. The movie’s final scene features Burt Bacharach’s 1965 hit song, “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” Fifty plus years later, apt lyrics for a country still in protest.

To protest is to both show love and to be an American.  Persist and resist.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”  Elie Wiesel

Written by:  Daryl Sneed

Editing:  Suzanne Claussen

Creative:  Daryl Sneed & Bret Grafton

Photography:  Bret Grafton

Models:  Tiesheko, Cal, Jasmine & James (Factor Chosen-Chicago)

Styling:  Myranda (Stewart Talent – Chicago)

HMUA:  Allie Kunkler

 

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