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Patagonia: NYC Opening

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Patagonia is one of our favourite brands for outdoor gear and cold water wetsuits. We love this company for their great quality, organic fabrics, recyclable fabrics and their focus on fair trade. Patagonia is very active in looking after the environment and aim to be as sustainable as possible. Their business book 'The Responsible Company' really challenged us in our outlook on being responsible with our actions. Visit Patagonia to view their high quality products and learn more about the company.  

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ROAR was lucky enough to be in New York the night Patagonia had their store opening and we decided to do a little write up on the event. With people lined up down the street and around the corner, we decided to skip the wait for a moment and have some famous NY pizza. We couldn't believe how many people were there to support the brand, it was great to see. Once we got back to the store and entered with no line up, it was awesome to see Chris Malloy there who is an ambassador for the brand, film maker and an amazing surfer. There was live music by Real Estate which provided a sweet vibe. They are an indie rock band from New Jersey if you want to check them out. The store looked great, with some fresh new surf influenced stock, such as hand planes, fins and a new range of wetsuits. They also had some sweet boards that looked super fun to ride. We spied a few goodies that are now on the wish list, maybe for christmas. We love this brand and it was a special treat to attend their store opening. Thanks Patagonia for a fun night in the city!

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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Whilst exploring the streets of New York City around Union Square Park, we couldn't believe our ears and eyes when we came across the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. These guys, originally from Chicago were jamming right out the front of 'Wholefoods' on one of the main streets in Manhatten. They were ridiculously tight, funky, hip annd epic. Growing up playing Saxophone I couldn't believe the level of talent and I was so inspired I went straight to the ATM got some money and purchased their album on the spot.  

Thinking it would be sweet to share this amazing little family band on our website we went back to our apartment in East Village and I did some more research. Little did I know the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are a world wide hit. Just to give you a taste of their talent they have hundreds of thousands of You Tube views on their clips, a music song soundtrack to The Hunger Games movie MUSIC CLIP INCLUDED BELOW, recorded a song with Gorillaz off their album 'Plastic Beach' and have performed with well known artists such as Mos Def, De La Soul, Prince and many more. When artists of this level still come back to the streets and perform in local communities for passers by, it really shows their true colours and love for music and the local people. Thank you for the amazing tunes guys, highlight of our trip to NY for sure! 

Be sure to check out more from this amazing band through the link below.

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