Pigalle Recruits At-Risk Teens as Models

At first glance, the models featured in Pigalle’s latest S/S ’16 presentation might seem typical for a Paris Fashion Week presentation. But, in fact, the group of teens are players from Piagalle founder Stephane Ashpool’s youth basketball team—comprised of at-risk 14- to 18-year-olds. Since starting Pigalle, Ashpool has spent considerable effort revitalizing the gang- and drug-riddled neighborhood from which the brand derives its name, and …

Interview: Jacob Henley of Salemtown Board Co.

A Tennessee-native changing lives with skateboards

by Madison Kahn Last November, all that Tennessee-native Jacob Henley had was a tank of gas, some reclaimed wood and a big idea: to mentor inner-city Nashville youth by teaching them how to build one-of-a-kind skateboards. Now, six months later, Salemtown Board Co., named after the low-income neighborhood where the company is based, has sold nearly 100 hand-painted, solid-oak skateboardsand employed one very special high …

Live…Suburbia!

Chronicles from America's disaffected, pre-digital youth

On the brink of adolescence my best skate buddy Tim and I found a statue of the Virgin Mary with red paint on it in the woods. Convinced that this was the site of a recent Satanic ritual, we gathered the other neighborhood kids and went with flashlights in the dark to investigate further. As we huddled around, I spent most of my time trying …