Pop culture, fashion and NFTs come together in the first interactive avatar builder on the blockchain

For many, the concept of digitization has now become a part of pop culture, with some of the world’s most well-known memes like “Grumpy Cat,” artist creations or memorabilia from today’s celebrities taking on a new form as a nonfungible token (NFT). While many are on board with this new way of appreciating modern culture, others are confused by the hype. This is a reaction to be expected, as the same weight still holds true when considering priceless art like the Mona Lisa. While many would not pay the billion dollars or more the asset is worth and may be confused why someone else would, they know about the painting and may even travel from far away to see it for themselves.

Like other priceless artifacts, NFTs are valuable when held in one’s possession since they belong exclusively to the owner. The value of the asset itself being derived from the verification of their ownership in the blockchain. As our world becomes more digital, the world has seen the ability for this concept to continue blurring the lines between technology as a back end, creativity, fashion and design. The result is that now people from anywhere and everywhere can band together for a new collective purpose, as new doors for community bonding shine through.

Bringing the merger of pop culture, fashion and NFTs to life is the team behind Styllar. The project team backed by Monolith and Webisoft, has recently announced their release of collectible NFT avatars on Terra (LUNA), each completely custom and of the highest quality on the blockchain. Like most creations, this concept did not come about overnight but rather is a product of over 12 years of careful thought and consideration from an internal team of artists, marketing professionals, software developers, web designers and web developers. This level of quality is further carried out through their iconic style and gamified platform.

In addition to its quality, Styllar offers a distinct asset in terms of its interactive ability. The project is known as one of the first NFTs across all blockchains to provide an avatar builder where users can craft their NFT to their liking. Customizations may include personalized items or rare traits from the community or the Styllar marketplace, which can later be exported to several social media platforms, contacts or other web-based platforms.

Bringing together two experienced firms

Styllars are currently available as 10,050 original generated avatars, some of which exist with significant scarcity. Additionally, as Styllar evolves, project holders will gain access to more opportunities to get items such as through free airdrops. Items can then be traded or placed on their avatar. Once complete, the avatar can be minted, so it is tied to the user’s wallet with all their chosen items.

Their team describes their goal with the project by sharing,

“Styllar wants to establish itself as a premium NFT collection giving its owners access to highly detailed and carefully designed artwork along with multiple perks and possibilities.”

More insights from Styllar here

The project Styllar has been in the works since 2013, with an art style developed in 2007 and has been redefined every year since.

Designed artwork

Through recent developments, Styllar has proven that the necessary resources are being put into the project’s development to ensure it is the most useful NFT project available and will continue providing an excellent return for investors and project backers.

The team, now operating with eight full-time team members and several part-time resources, is set to deliver its avatar builder and merge items over the next few months. As they work to develop the collection, Styllar also has plans to provide cross-chain abilities with Ethereum (ETH) and Solana (SOL) in future releases. And of course, for those looking to bring their digital experience back to the physical world, a series of Styllar merchandise will also be going into production.

Art is an expression of a user’s creativity, and Styllars prove just that.

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Gen Z's 'nowstalgia' for Y2K fashion is leading to a thrifting explosion

It’s part of a rising trend of Y2K fashion and what has been called “nowstalgia” among Gen Z, who are reliving early 2000s fashion trends they were too young to experience or remember the first time around.

“I think there's like this resurgence of what was so cool in the 2000s … now that it's coming back, it's like you want to infuse it with today's pop culture,” said Lisa Sahakian, CEO and founder of Ian Charms.

It’s not just beaded necklaces coming back into style. Iconic fashion trends of the early 2000s like bucket hats, low-rise jeans, and babydoll T-shirts are all having a resurgence among younger consumers. This vintage renaissance has also led to an explosion in thrifting among Gen Z, and a rise in sites that sell thrifted clothing like Depop and Poshmark.

The frenzy over thrifted clothing is starting to manifest in brick-and mortar stores, and in Manhattan’s Lower East Side two vintage thrift shops, Bowery Showroom and Rogue, have led a corner of Stanton Street to be dubbed the “TikTok Block” because of the app’s role in the rise of these Gen Z trends.

“Back in 2018, I decided on a whim to start posting on Depop. I found these vintage Skechers ... I knew someone would love them. And within an hour of me posting them, I had people fighting over them. So kind of like a switch went off at that moment, I was like, ‘OK, I have something here,’” said Emma Rogue, 25, who owns Rogue.

Depop, where Rogue says her journey to becoming a vintage seller began, has been a bastion of thrifting among Gen Z. The site has more than 30 million users, 90 percent of whom are under the age of 26, according to the platform. To date, Depop sellers have sold more than a billion dollars worth of vintage goods.

Rogue became a sensation on TikTok, showing off thrifted Y2K items on the app that she was selling on her Depop. Last year, she said a video of her packing an order on Depop went viral overnight with more than a million views on that post. Her following on the platform exploded to more than 100,000.

It was then she decided to take her business offline and into a real-life store.

42 Affordable Australian Clothing Brands To Shop In 2022

When it comes to shopping, it can be hard to balance your love of quality, your desire to protect the environment and your need to support Australian brands with an ever-dwindling bank balance.

To put it simply: good clothes typically cost more, and when it comes to fashion, you often get what you pay for.

But thankfully, some innovative, smaller Australian labels are bringing quality clothing to the table for a fraction of the price of international designers (and protecting the environment in the process).

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