Verizon announced on Friday a partnership with Pharrell Williams to launch a tech-infused music curriculum in nationwide Verizon Innovative Learning schools. The education organization under the Verizon Foundation works toward providing free technology, internet access, technology-focused curriculum to under-resourced middle schools. The partnership also includes the building of a Verizon Innovative Learning Lab, which will feature cutting-edge technology such as augmented reality, virtual reality, robotics and machine learning. The lab will be located in a middle school in Pharrell’s hometown of Virginia Beach.
“I want all children to have access to that kind of creative growth, access and support. All kids, not just my own,” the producer recently told Billboard of how art can impact lives. “There’s a lot of variables in a situation as to why something falls apart, but there’s only one scenario where it holds together, and that’s when all the variables are there. The environment, the family, the school, the system — there’s so many things. We just want to do what we can to balance the odds so that as many kids as we can afford, or help and assist in whatever ways, get this access and support.”
In celebration of Nigo and Pharrell’s first Human Made store opening in Kyoto, Japan, on May 3, the brand has announced that a limited run of the collaborative Solar Hu Glide shoe launching exclusively in-store.
With Pharrell’s debut Something In The Water Festival heading to his hometown of Virginia Beach, Va. later this month (April 26-28), the multitalent has revealed a few more surprises up his sleeve. The festival announced on Tuesday that Timbaland, N*E*R*D, Busta Rhymes and Fam-Lay will be joining Skateboard P’s ensemble of friends accompanying him on stage.
The three-day festival put together by Virginia Beach native Pharrell Williams will be at the Oceanfront from April 26-28. Organizers said as many as 25,000 people a day could attend. Last October, Pharrell Williams and his longtime manager, Ron Laffitte, met with officials from the city of Virginia Beach, Va., the Grammy-winning producer’s hometown, to pitch a new festival, Something In The Water’, that they wanted to launch this summer.
Virginia Beach native and musical hit maker Pharrell Williams will be the keynote speaker at the University of Virginia’s 2019 Valedictory Exercises. Williams will address the graduating class May 17 at 3 p.m. on the Lawn. The traditional kick-off event of Finals Weekend, now in its 190th year, Valediction is also the time when the Class of 2019 will pay tribute to UVA by presenting various class gifts and University awards, read More HERE !
Pharrell Williams visited the Chanel’s 3.55 Métier Class for the most recent episode of Chanel’s 3.55 Métier Class series in conversation with Tyler Brûlé where he talked about ambitions and the start of his Chanel journey and much more, you can check out the Podcast HERE.
In the song One More Chance, Notorious BIG raps, “bags by Chanel, Baby Benz traded in your Hyundai XL”. Listening to the song during his youth, Pharrell felt it represented Chanel as something to aspire to, and was a testimony to its timeless appeal and the long-lasting nature of its legacy and Pharrell has actually been repping Chanel for a long time now, and describes it as the “perpetual child” in him. He began by drawing Chanel’s iconic double-C logo on his shoes, another design involving a bold Chanel Paris logo. He wore them out proudly, and his sketches ended up getting reposted by Chanel on Instagram. He laughed off suggestions of a collaboration, thinking it was a distant fantasy.
Pharrell Williams spoke to WWD about designing the Chanel Pharrell collection, which launches in Seoul this week. As he prepares to launch his capsule line with Chanel in Seoul on Thursday, Pharrell Williams spoke exclusively with WWD about his friendship with Karl Lagerfeld, and how scrawling the word Chanel on his shoes turned into a groundbreaking collaboration with the French luxury brand.
WWD: You dropped an exclusive sneaker collaboration with Chanel in 2017, which generated a waiting list of 120,000 people for 500 pairs. When did you first discuss the possibility of expanding this into a full capsule line?
Pharrell Williams: The sneaker was the perfect storm since Chanel was taking over Colette. It was a suggestion that Karl, Bruno, Virginie and Eric embraced. The success of that one sneaker probably opened the door for the team to reach back out to me and offer me this amazing opportunity to create this capsule collection.
WWD: What can you tell me about the process of designing this collection with Karl Lagerfeld, Virginie Viard and the Chanel teams?
P.W.: The process was very simple because it was an open book. I created a mood board with my creative director, Cactus, which we presented to Karl and Virginie. From there they allowed me to go to every department and choose items and materials we wanted to use. A month or so later, Chanel already had samples for us to look at. I was sort of shocked at how quickly all of this happened.
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