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Levi’s & Harvey Milk Foundation Pride Collection 2016

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Levi Strauss & Co. is launching a Harvey Milk collection of gender-neutral clothing for pride season. Levi’s has paired up with a number of LGBT charities over the years that create a yearly pride collection. They are one of the first major companies to announce a new range of Pride-related merchandise for this year’s Pride season.

The San Francisco-headquartered organization has teamed up with the Harvey Milk Foundation to produce a range of gender-neutral T-shirts, tank tops and shorts. The shorts feature a rainbow watch pocket. The range also includes a denim jacket emblazoned with the Milk quotation ‘Hope will never be silent’ and rainbow embellishments, and an evergreen Pride T-shirt and hat featuring the Levi’s rainbow batwing.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of the items will go to the Foundation. ‘The Levi’s x Harvey Milk Foundation Pride 2016 collection is the physical representation of Levi’s belief in equality for all people while continuing the legacy of one outspoken, courageous and pioneering individual whose inspiring example will never be forgotten,’ said a company spokesperson.

Harvey Milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in US history. He joined the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco in 1977 but was assassinated whilst in office in 1978. ‘Harvey was a true leader, whose passion was palpable and has expanded the decades since his untimely assassination,’ said Grant Barth, chief merchandising officer at Levi Strauss & Co. ‘He brought not only the LGBTQ community forward, but he fought for the visibility of all minorities.’

The collection has the support of Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey and founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. ‘It is a simple message, marked by dignity and respect, that we embrace all without exception, and keep alive Uncle Harvey’s promise of equality for all people, everywhere.’

This is the third time that Levi Strauss has produced a Pride collection. The Fortune1000 company has consistently scored the top mark of 100 on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index – a ranking of LGBTI-friendly US businesses. Major companies are increasingly commemorating Pride season. In 2015, adidas, Nike and Target all produced Pride collections, while Lush made headlines with its #GayIsOK soap and social media campaign.

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I love the rainbow tag on these jeans. Bonus points for the person who tells what the black handkerchief is a code for, and I’ll give even more credit if you tell me  the significance of the pocket.


Boxers or Briefs?

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Just as underclothes are shielded from public view, the evolution of men’s most intimate apparel is shrouded in secrecy. But the story of men’s underwear is about more than which came first: boxers or briefs. Undergarments as we know them today were first sold to promote cleanliness and improve the comfort of wearing clothing. The idea that they might one day be deemed fashionable was not even an after-thought.

During ancient times, the loincloth was the garment of choice. Typically made from wool, linen, silk or leather, material was wrapped between the legs and around the hips. Can you imagine how uncomfortable it was to have wool against the family jewels? Speed up to the Renaissance period to find men who wore a codpiece, a cloth pouch that supported the genitals, and typically was adhered to hosiery and attached with a button for easy access for bathroom breaks. The Industrial Age brought with it a structured type of garment known as a jockstrap, an undergarment that has an elastic waistband and a pouch over the genitals designed for support and protection.

In the 19th century, men’s underwear was closely linked with hygiene; associating these undergarments with athleticism, let alone sexuality, is a 20th-century notion. These shifts paralleled a growing public acceptance of the undressed male body, moving from the chaste forms of the Victorian era to the endlessly scrutinized torsos of today.

Hanes finally came into the underwear game during the roaring 20s, bringing comfort and ease with the creation of boxers. Jockey was introduced during the 1950s and the brief became the underwear of choice. Finally, in modern times with fabric introductions such as spandex and nylon, men’s undergarments have evolved into upgraded versions of the boxer and the brief, including boxer-briefs and trunks.

The men’s underwear game once only had two major players— boxers and briefs—but now there is more opportunity than ever for a man to express his style when getting dressed for the day. Men are no longer expected to declare loyalty to one style. Every style of underwear lends itself to different occasions. Moisture-wicking briefs, trunks, and jockstraps excel in athletic environments, while seamless briefs or thongs will go unnoticed beneath dress pants. My underwear drawer has a multitude of styles to suit my mood for the day, but you won’t find any thongs. If my ass is going to be bare, then it will be in a jockstrap.

While many will offer plenty of advice on what underwear style looks better on different body types, ultimately, the decision should be based on what makes you feel best. Briefs alone offer an extensive assortment of silhouettes for all different types of men—whether it’s the classic, white cotton, fly-front brief, or a low-rise, contour pouch brief in a fashion color. Boxer shorts are now available in a stylish, tailored fit as well as the relaxed fit made popular in the 90’s. Newest to the annals of underwear history, the trunk is a shorter, square-cut version of its predecessor, the boxer brief. And, not to be confined to strip joints and bodybuilding competitions, men’s thongs and g-strings serve a higher purpose in the boardroom—working hard to prevent visible underwear lines beneath your trousers, but I just can’t being myself to wear them.

What you wear beneath your clothes should be as fun and unique as you are, or wish to be. If drab work clothes or uniforms—or company policy—have you seeing drab neutrals every day, start mixing up the styles in your underwear drawer with bold prints, bright colors, and diverse textures and fabrics. Don’t be afraid to get a little risqué—a fashion jockstrap will have you feeling adventurous and daring even when sitting at your computer for eight hour days. Give others a peek at your inner-exhibitionist by flashing a stylish waistband above your jeans. With new fashion styles coming in every season, there’s never any shortage of distinctive new underwear styles for men.

Which do you prefer?

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AndrewChristian.com’s Poor Customer Service

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For many years, I have always tried to support LGBT and LGBT-friendly businesses. One of those companies is 10percent.com, which started out giving 10 percent of all their profits to LGBT organizations and charities. I also frequent Starbucks when I can, since they are very LGBT-friendly. Amazon.com is another LGBT-friendly business that I use a lot. Another company that I have enjoyed being a patron of is AndrewChristian.com. However, I am beginning to change my mind.

I love Andrew Christian products and have never been dissatisfied with anything I have received, but I have to admit that I have been disappointed with how long it takes for an item to ship and whether or not the products actually are shipped. I was especially disappointed in my latest order because I will be leaving for a cruise in 3 days and believed that I had ordered a swimsuit in plenty of time for it to arrive to take on the cruise, since I placed the order on December 29. Two weeks should have been plenty of time, especially since I could have ordered it from Amazon and been guaranteed 2-day or overnight shipping. This is quite frustrating as I have sent one email to AndrewChristian.com previously, nearly a week ago, and have not received any response, and after sending another email, and as of the time I’m writing this, I still have not received a response.

The thing is, it’s more than just a swimsuit order. I received a shipping notification of two of the items I ordered, a pair of underwear and a bracelet I though would look cool to wear on the cruise. Since they were an incredible price on sale, I was supposed to get all three items for $20, which included shipping. The shipping notification showed that I had been charged for the two previously mentioned items and the swimsuit. However, it was not shown to have been shipped. AndrewChrisitan.com’s policy is that you are not charged until the item ships. Since I had been charged, I hoped that e swimsuit would be included in the order. When the package arrived yesterday, the swimsuit was not included in the shipment that I received, even though my order is marked as complete when I checked my account on the Andrew Christian website. I checked my bank account, and I was charged for all three items. As I previously stated, I wrote AndrewChrisitan.com’s customer service and still no response.

I would not be as bothered by this if it was the first time that my order had not been fulfilled correctly. This is the second order that I have placed with AndrewChristian.com in which only a partial shipment of the order was filled, and the other items never shipped, though they are still for sale on the website. The previous order was placed a month before. However, in the case of the earlier order, I was not charged for the items that did not ship, as I have been this time.

I am a loyal supporter of LGBT businesses, and as previously stated I am a fan of Andrew Christian products, but I’ve just been so disappointed in the poor customer service. I have often recommended Andrew Christian products, but the quality of the products doesn’t really matter, if the quality of service is so poor. No matter how sexy the models (see above picture) or the hotness of their videos, I feel that I can’t trust AndrewChristian.com enough to order from them again. Since I have had this problem, I wanted to write this post to warn my readers that if you have been contemplating ordering from AndrewChristian.com, I would suggest that you don’t. The customer service is very poor; the reliability is nearly non-existent; and the communication is absent between the business and the consumer. If you decide to order anyway, do so at your own risk. I, for one, will not be ordering from the Andrew Christian website again.

Below is the Andrew Christian Guarantee, do not believe it. The truth is, it’s not “that simple” because Customer Service at AndrewChristian.com won’t communicate with you.

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UPDATE: Though it is too late to order a new swimsuit before the cruise and over a week after I sent the first email (not to mention blogging and tweeting about it), I finally received the following response from a Customer Service Representative of AndrewChristian.com.

I am very sorry that this happened.
We appear to be out of stock on these items. I have refunded you $**.** for the latest order. For order [previous order #], you received store credit accessible on the checkout page of your AC account. We are restocking items and have great new items now available on the website as well as a great promotion. We hope you will stick with us. We certainly appreciate your orders.

By the way, I tried to use the store credit from the previous order when I checked out for my latest order and it refused to process it. I have to admit, I’m still not entirely satisfied. Shipping is too slow and customer service is slow to respond to emails.


Do You Need A Rounder Bum?

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a representative of Rounderbum Underwear.  The rep asked if she could send me a pair of Rounderbum underwear to try out and write a review of them.  First of all, I have to admit that I almost have a fetish for underwear.  Whether anyone else thinks a pair of underwear looks good on me, it is definitely an ego boost when I put on a sexy pair of underwear.  They just make me feel better. Also, i have always wanted to try a pair of butt enhancing underwear to see if it would actually work and make my rather flat behind look rounder.  So, when I was contacted by Rounderbum, I said that I would love to test out their underwear and write a review.
First, a little bit about Rounderbum.  With a growing trend of men who take care of their appearance, Rounderbum created a men’s line specially for those who want to look more attractive, athletic and are in need of body enhancing underwear. 

Rounderbum uses hidden padding made of flexible polyurethane that conforms to every body shape in some styles. Other styles utilize hidden bands of technology that lifts with a more subtle and discreet effect. Whether padding or hidden bands are used, Rounderbum’s cutting edge design is carefully made by a patented manufacturing technology that blends discretely with the body. 
I chose the ROUNDERBUM BASIC PADDED TRUNK to give a try.  They have a modern and low cut design that gives more volume and a rounder shape to the glutes. Since I have always had a small butt and was looking for something natural-looking, this product seemed to suit the purpose I was looking for. This product is pretty amazing! You can wear anything and nobody would ever know that you have pads, even if they were to grab you! LOL! I was pleased with the results.  They did provide me with a beefier behind and were extremely comfortable.  It was definitely worth the experience.

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