RO NEW YORK’S Rony Zeiden Curates SUITED Magazine's "Unconventional Beauty" Issue

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Ashley Owen and Rony Zeiden Team Up For SUITED Magazine's Third Issue Featuring: Linda Wells, Michelle Harper, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Sacai, Siki Im, Devin Allen, Robert Levithan, Chris Salgardo, Linda Rodin, Patricia Black, Catherine Walsh, Poppy King, Dilly Dally, Rachel Kneebone, Eduardo Stupia, Andrew W.K. and Area

SUITED selects RO NEW YORK Founder and Creative Director, Rony Zeidan to curate the biannual fashion and art publication’s third issue – set to release early Spring focusing on a universal concept and flawed industry: beauty.

The varying definitions of beauty are what sparked the idea to tap into the visionaries of this latest issue. Six of them — including Allure founder, Linda Wells and one-of-a-kind fashion icon, Michelle Harper — lend insight into the industry's triumphs and blemishes, while artists such as the Sudanese painter, Ibrahim El-Salahi and Baltimore photographer, Devin Allen illustrate the reinvigorated concept of beauty from their corners of the world. 

"Beauty has been used to profit for a powerful industry by creating a definition for something that simply cannot be defined," says Ashley Owens, SUITED's Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director.  "And on the other hand, we live in a society that feels we need to overly explain why someone is beautiful if they don’t fit a predisposed mold." 

To Owens, Rony Zeidan’s insider’s point of view, and experience in the beauty industry, previously as the VP Global Creative Director of Ralph Lauren Fragrances at L’Oreal, and the extensive work RO NEW YORK does in the beauty industry with Coty, Unilever, Amore Pacific, Space brands and independent beauty companies, make him the ideal person to curate the issue. Owens and Zeidan agreed to collaborate on creating an issue with meaning and depth – reflective of the current state of the industry and shedding light behind the curtains of the movers and shakers in the field.

With the new issue, Owens stays true to the business model and aesthetic of SUITED, providing a well-curated publication that focuses on the identity, quality and passion of the topic that is presented. “SUITED means ‘Well Suited’ it’s about people doing what they are suited to do-that innate passion of fulfilling what you need because you are passionate about it. It’s product that’s made with a purpose. It’s art that’s made with a purpose,” says Ashley Owens. SUITED’s leading objective is to showcase quality content, eliminating dispensable material such as ad campaigns found in mass produced publications. Alternatively, SUITED will continue to be an independent imprint and plans to hold benefits at the end of each year to raise proceeds; allowing them to remain innovative pioneers in the fashion and art industry.

The third issue covers art, fashion and music to accompany the focus on beauty, including insights from Robert Levithan – HIV survivor and LGBT activist who aims to inspire others to live life to their fullest. Another leader amongst the LGBT community, Chris Salgardo gives an interview about his work with the community and fundraising for aids research. 68 year old model, stylist and beauty mogul, Linda Rodin shares how her brand is expanding as well as her low maintenance beauty regime and her idea of beauty while growing older. Former Coty executive, Catherine Walsh explains how her personal story led to her empowerment. Outspoken about the inequalities of the idea of beauty, Poppy King gives her account on the true value of beauty for SUITED.

Sculptor, Rachel Kneebone and Argentinean graphic landscapist painter, Eduardo Stupia are profiled in SUITED as well for their contributions to the art industry. The music industry is also represented with features on musicians, Andrew WK – who fights depression with looking at all moments in life as a reason to celebrate, Dilly Dally – the young Toronto band who channel their darkness to make grunge beautiful and Yolande – founder of Callidus Guild, an art for architecture studio in New York that works with brands such as Chanel, Tiffany & Co and Luis Vuitton. Grenson Shoes, who are celebrating their 150 year anniversary and Bindle & Keep, known for their genderless tailoring are also featured in the issue.

Featured on the cover is unsung personality Patricia Black, the Albright Fashion Library's Creative Director, who sits down with fashion editor and stylist Paul Cavaco for a conversation about her journey from growing up as an outsider to becoming an insider. 

On his involvement in SUITED’s beauty issue, Zeidan says, “I hope the readers will get to learn about the journey of these individuals and have it shed some light onto their own journeys. The magazine is here to inspire.”

The issue is now available for pre-order at and will be available at over 100 international newsstands on June 24th including the Gagosian Gallery, Corso Como, Colette, Artcurial, Libraire Adelaide/Arts Decos, The Broken Arm and The Photographers Gallery.

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SUITED is a biannual fashion and art magazine that celebrates forward-thinking creatives and independent thinkers well-suited to making positive change through lasting means.

Ashley Owens is the editor-in-chief and creative director of SUITED, a biannual fashion and art magazine she began in 2014 with a name that fits a double meaning—celebrating passionate creatives who have found their calling effecting positive change in these industries while also giving a quiet nod to the menswear tailoring for women that Owens is known for. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Owens got her start in fashion when she won a trip to Milan to apprentice under Giorgio Armani. Encouraged to apply to Parsons The New School for Design upon her return, she worked on a portfolio for a year studying under a local painter in Seattle before attending. During the last half of her studies at Parsons, she understudied for tailor Rocco Ciccarelli, and in 2011 she graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design with a focus on menswear for women. After Owens spent two years designing, she created the editorial platform GRANDPASTYLE with the intention to encourage “Quality Over Quantity” production practices within the fashion industry. After publishing a GRANDPASTYLE in September 2014, SUITED was conceptualized and within months, Issue No. 1 was released during New York Fashion Week in February 2015. Ashley Owens has gained notoriety through her personal style since 2013 and been featured by various publications including, Refinery29, Elle, GQ, Into The Gloss, and Style Caster. Today, in addition to heading SUITED, Owens works as a fashion stylist and a consultant in creative direction and branding.

RO NEW YORK is a design-focused branding agency specializing in luxury, beauty, and fashion. Our campaigns and product launches reflect an instinctive understanding of modern culture by making targeted connections with a universal voice and a thorough design process. The RO NEW YORK team excels at establishing brand identities that can be carried across all media platforms through a meticulous process, identifying each brand’s spirit.

As the authority in the luxury sector, RO NEW YORK has worked on a multi-capacity approach with global luxury brands such as: The Luxury Collection, Holt Renfrew, Chopard, Ralph Lauren, Swarovski, title of work, Gloria Vanderbilt, Coty, iluminage, and Amore Pacific. RO NEW YORK combines industry experience and creative innovation to build brands with distinct aesthetics and powerful voices.
RO NEW YORK understands the evolving luxury industry and the importance of the brand and consumer relationship. This understanding has made RO NEW YORK the go-to source for reviving classic brands and re-launching them into the market. The RO NEW YORK team excels at establishing brand identity that carries across all media platforms through a meticulous process, identifying a brand’s spirit.

Rony Zeidan founded RO NEW YORK to develop brands, both established and entrepreneurial, by building tailored concepts that communicate the essence of luxury with clean, modern sensibilities. Zeidan has acquired rich industry experience as the creative force behind prestigious projects at L’Oreal, Kraftworks and LVMH. Zeidan also serves as an Editorial Contributor for Luxury Daily, The Washington Post, Digiday, and Forbes. He continues to foster important growth and industry development in mentorship roles for NYCEDC’S Fashion Fellows and Design Entrepreneurs NY along with his recent participation as a Steering Committee member for NYCxDESIGN. His creative team is comprised of culturally diverse individuals with expertise in branding, strategy, advertising, packaging, digital, video, and production.

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