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… but sometimes it can sure feel like it. As we head into the second month of 2018, it’s becoming clear that we’re headed for another year of stark contrasts between right and wrong, progress and decay, acceptance and intolerance. We need to remind ourselves daily that there is so much good in the world and if we focus on that, it will grow and multiply. We also have the opportunity to stand up for what we believe in and find meaning and community. When we experience injustice it gives the chance to fight it and make real changes—just look at all the progress made this year with the #metoo #timesup #blacklivesmatter #takeaknee and #lovewins movements.

Being the eternal optimists that we are, we see this a time of opportunity. Sometimes stark contrasts create the most beautiful pictures, as our artists will show below with gorgeous black and white images that convey both the vibrancy and vitality of the moment. 

In these transitional times, we’re a resource to be relied upon, and we’d like to share with you a few of our values: 

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SIMPLICITY 

Keep it simple. Have it all. Welcoming Dimitri to the Traffic family as a copywriter and creative director, we’ve found common ground over this shared love of simplicity and our drive to eliminate clutter until only what’s truly important remains. 

Dimitri Ehrlich has written everything from two #1 hit singles in Japan to ads for Apple, Nike, L’Oreal and others, to journalism for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Interview Magazine, where he worked for years as an editor. While the range of his talent is clearly broad, it is unified by a stark, simple sensibility fine-tuned to create an aesthetic that is uniquely Dimitri. 

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Dimitri has written television, interactive and print advertising for Apple, Nike, Citibank, Grey Goose, Tommy Hilfiger, L’Oreal, Joseph Abboud, Dockers, The Gap, Timex, Smirnoff, Banana Republic, The Sci-Fi Channel, USA Networks, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, Theory, Weight Watchers, Tanqueray, CNN, Rose’s Lime Juice, David Yurman, BCBG, The New York Times, The Sundance Channel, and MTV. He’s the father of the Daddy Diaries. 

His well-rounded world vision comes from being a lifelong student of Buddhism and martial arts, being raised by a loving mother on macrobiotic food, and his adventuresome nature leading him across Vietnam, Cuba, Cambodia, India, Nepal, China and Tibet. He has jammed with Moby, Prince and the Beastie Boys, and gotten drunk with Keith Richards, but values becoming a father the most. We love that! 

AUTHENTIC 
RELATIONSHIPS
 

After over twenty years of partnership, famous fashion illustrator Izak Zenou and iconic 5th Avenue brand, Henri Bendel, have teamed up once again. This time, they’re releasing a fun and fresh collection where street style prints collide with classic Bendel silhouettes. Just launched this month, the collection features Izak’s interpretation of New York City Punk. 

“Henri Bendel is like family, we’ve been together for a long time (we just celebrated 20 years) and we keep evolving and changing together. I realize this is a priceless relationship, as most collaborations last a season or a year. We love each other more as each year goes by. And that’s family!”— Izak 

To see more visit Henri Bendel stores and also go online at www(dot)henribendel(dot)com. Izak’s pop-up art studio at the 5th Avenue location has been extended to the end of February. Go visit! Have a cup of tea and chat a bit. 

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Read entire blog on http://www.traffic-nyc.com/blog/life-isnt-always-black-and-white/

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