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Let's Be Amazing: charity: water

Posted on June 25, 2013 by Amazing Capes


Our world is in the middle of a water crisis. There are 800 million people in the world lack who clean water and diarrheal disease caused by unsafe water is the second leading KILLER OF CHILDREN WORLDWIDE. This is a preventable tragedy. The scope of this crises is so vast it's often easier to ignore than absorb, comprehend and figure out how to make a REAL difference. Fortunately we are a world full of SUPERHEROES, and we can help.

Amazing Capes has chosen to match our Magellan cape to benefit charity: water. This organization is making a REAL IMPACT. They are connected with a full rallying force of compassionate & ambitious heroes who are enacting incredible efforts for change. We can also feel good about every dollar given, as 100% of all public donations go directly to water programs while charity: water receives private funding to cover their operating costs. 

Amazing Capes has set up our own campaign goal of $1,200 through charity: water. Now is a great time to purchase this hopeful cape that reflects the colors of a jerry can of clean water. $2 from every Magellan cape sold goes directly towards aiding the water crises. Wear this cape and proudly show your support. If you're able to give more, please do! Donate directly to our campaign here: Let's Be Amazing - afterwards, you will be able to see the impact of every dollar through GPS coordinates and photos when our clean water project in Rwanda is complete. 

What to know more? Watch this video!

 

Water Changes Everything. from charity: water on Vimeo.



Clean water in Uganda. Check out all those smiles!

Water is so essential to life that it doesn't matter where it comes from here in Rwanda... but it does. 5,000 children die every day across the world from water-related illnesses. 


Boo-yah!! This village in Rwanda just got a well. The future just got brighter!  

The time is now: Let's Be Amazing: http://my.charitywater.org/lets-be-amazing

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Fun in the Sun!

Posted on June 07, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Friends of Amazing Capes at Kiawah Island in SC... Capes make everything more fun- even the beach!!




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AC Road Trip Scrapbook :)

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Amazing Capes

 

Dear America, 

We love you!

Sincerely, 

Amazing Capes


 

We had a fantastic journey, and are so glad to be able to share it with you.

This springtime use promo code MERICA to save 10% of all the capes you need! 

HURRAY!



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Episode 14: Road Trip Finale: Pop Up in New Orleans, Then Back to AVL!

Posted on May 21, 2013 by Amazing Capes

“CAPES!” yelled Stevie as she screeched to a halt on her totally rad bicycle. We had just set up a pop-up street shop with our local friend Catherine in Jackson Square to see how people dug our capes. One guy was going out with his friends for a bachelor party night- totally in need of a cape- and others like Stevie could instantly realize the vast potential that exists on a daily basis when a cape is included in wardrobe essentials. Booyah! 

The energy of New Orleans is outstanding; its autonomy is omnipresent, and priorities feel refreshingly less conventional then anywhere else in the US. We had so much fun here. Exploring the Garden District, chowing on beignets, dancing late to Gypsy Jazz tunes...

With Nola as our last stop on our Cross Country journey, our intrepid Wanda swung onto the low roads to Mississippi. Next we crossed into a surprisingly lush Alabama. We met Georgia at dusk. South Carolina was a dream... and after 13 hours and a handful of 5-Hour Energy potions, Anna and Rox arrived back in Asheville, NC at the brand new hour of 2am. 

It was cold and gray when we left, and now these mountains and valleys are bursting with greenery, extending their leaves in a big welcome back hug. Now it's time to hit the ground running :)

What a ride this trip has been. Thank you all for sharing the journey with us! We will be posting a short video soon.

Onwards and upwards!









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Episode 13: Into the Earth! Carlsbad Caverns, NM

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Amazing Capes

In the late 1800’s it was known to the locals in the region of southeast New Mexico as ‘Bat Cave’… a gaping hole in the earth where dusk would push thousands of Mexican Free-Tailed bats through its mouth and into the night sky. 16 yr old Jim White was the first known person to truly explore the caverns. “... any hole in the ground which could house such a gigantic army of bats must be a whale of a big cave.” With a handmade kerosene lantern and clearly no sense of Nyctophobia White discovered another world through miles of darkness. One of the most decorated caves in the world, the caverns are now illuminated to reveal the wild and ancient forms that calcium carbonate can take… thousands of slender stalactites dripping from the ceiling, chandeliers, Michelangelo columns having reached each other in the beyond, flowstone reflecting whale mouths... Carlsbad is wild, intrepid and amazing.

Prepared to enter this middle earth… oh land of Gondor… this extraterrestrial world… we came geared up with a new cape prototype! When Amazing Capes was in LA we ventured to the fashion district for several yards of fabric that was then sewn together by the talented skills of Ms. Gloria in Echo Park. The new cloak feels magical just holding it… what a feeling it was to put it on 750 feet below the earth! It's as if instantly one assumes the leading role of a great adventure, of a quest that needs undertaking.

After hiking for miles through several hours of illuminated darkness we took an elevator back to the ceiling of the earth 750’ above. “So trippy!” – said Anna and Rox at the same time.

AC Truth 13: Everything feels like a storybook adventure with an Amazing Cape. 





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Episode 12: White Sands, New Mexico

Posted on May 16, 2013 by Amazing Capes


Enchanting lands in a sea of white

Stories told of UFO flights

Crystals ground to gypsum sun

Stretch for miles come undone

 

Day to night meet at their ends

Soaring saucers round the bends

The grounds of time fall between

The urge of our hands coming seen


Heavy breath to the ridge of dune

New views ahead open ever soon

A cape of stars catches the breeze

The pull from space behind our knees

 

A blanket slate of earthly new

Constantly shifting for the few

What beauty emits from this land

The sweeping gypsum of White Sands









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Episode 11: Joshua Tree

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Amazing Capes

With sun warrior Wanda ready to hit the road, Amazing Capes spun a 180 and began its journey back east. Through uncanny valleys of wind turbines we drove duskward into the California desert. Traveling the same roads as U2, we too were drawn to the unique stretch of earth that forms Joshua Tree National Park. Identifiable by the fact that it seems as if this particular tree stepped right out of a Dr Suess book- the Joshua Tree looks like a furry 1970’s giant. These trees are unidentifiable as to their age, being hollow with no rings on the inside; so we like to think they are infinitesimally old dino plants… beholding the magical of energy of all they’ve seen crossing the terrain before them. 

Driving into the national park, stocked up on water and alien snacks, what soon became equally astounding as these wildly distinctive tree formations was the vast array of boulders blasting from the earth in the most spectacular crushing formations. We parked Wanda at the opening to Hidden Valley, a legendary bit of the park for the cattle rustlers that would hide out there between the massive rocks and inside the caves. Keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes, the slight breeze lifted our capes and the magnetic energy of the rocks pulled us in. Old energy, magic, lore, ancient creatures, and resilient greenery encompassed us in Joshua Tree. A hawk circling overhead, the rustling of a yucca plant, a Joshua Tree split in half from its long existence… Amazing Capes hopes to channel all this ancient energy into frontier-forward designs in the future... As the elevation dropped when we exited the park and the Joshua Trees were suddenly no longer in view, the brightness of the afternoon sun made it all suddenly feel like a hazy dream.

AC Truth 11: In the same way the Joshua Tree only grows when surrounded by a very unique set of elements… pay attention to what set of elements channel your own personal growth and consciously surround yourself in them. 

 




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Episode 10: Stolen Surprises in the Land of San Francisco

Posted on May 02, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Dear the city of Saint Francis, perhaps a bit of your holiness has fled these fog bleached row houses, late night eateries and crusty fire escapes? In the likeness of the novel On the Road where Dean drops Marylou and Sal on the streets of San Francisco, Anna and Rox were also left without wheels when sun warrior Wanda was abducted on Saturday night. Stolen! Straight up thievery! Oh woe it’s true. The girl was hot wired, lifted, purloined by stranger’s hands in the dark night… But what is a journey without a twist of events… a bit of adventure? 

So?! Rox and Anna put on their Amazing Capes and emblazoned the Mission District in the dead of night on a hunt for Wanda’s captors; we raced motorcycles across the city, leaped tall buildings and stealthily followed the clues of her disappearance until hands were tied and justice was served. But alas… That is not how the story goes! For our suitcase chock full of powerful capes was lifted with Wanda! Poof! Our backs were bare. It was Superman stranded as Clark Kent. Batman without his Batmobile. Wonder Woman left grounded in a storm.

Meanwhile, the hired guns of the city took up the hunt, which brings forth a good moment to illuminate the positive qualities bestowed on this land in honor of Saint Francis. On the afternoon prior to the disappearance of our Amazing Capes, we trooped out to Land’s End to catch the first winds to hit the earth from their Pacific journey. The Heroes: Alexa (a magical Reiki healer), Seth (saving the world through solar energy), and Rox (superhero facilitator) got a blast of fresh energy at the mouth of the Golden Gates as we felt the air charter past our fingertips and billow our capes in the wind. What a beautiful place!

There’s a whole lot of magical goodness in this city—super kind people, amazing food, totally bomb bubble tea, terrific parks, a current of happening energy, amazing views, and a sense of resilience to keep it all moving forward. 

As we let the universe do its work, the positive energy forces of Wanda brought her back to the light! 4 days later, in the vacuum of night, Anna’s phone rang with the recovery of the 78’ Toyota Corolla.  Just 10 blocks away, Wanda was marooned by an ocean of crack perfume. A hot mess! But as always, Onwards and Upwards my friends.

AC Truth 10: Having an Amazing Cape makes for good karma and stealing is just wrong.







Scene of the crime... The blue truck is parked where Wanda was!


Gorgeous Delores Park... totally bumpin with rad humans!


 

 

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Episode 9: Riding the Cliffs of Big Sur

Posted on May 02, 2013 by Amazing Capes

It’s a wonder we didn’t fall off. That the car didn’t take a turn, distracted by a flying Condor, and begin its descent into the great ocean abyss. The Pacific Highway is just as the name says… more ocean than land, seemingly separated by steep cliffs crashing down hundreds of feet into the sea. But after awhile the road will turn and it will become comfortable- a gorgeous meadow, a row of redwoods, or the wide expanse of a beach with an infinite fishing pier will come to view. 

The drama of the elements bode well for the imaginations of Amazing Capes. It's the natural playground of superheroes, full of jaw breaking intensity and natural wonder. We evaded the mountain lions on a hike out to sea, paraded waving floral meadows, stormed driftwood castles and flew to the beat of the sea outside our doors. On your next drive, may the wind be at your back and may a cape help steer the way to adventure.

AC Truth 9: By Jack Kerouac, Big Sur: “On soft Spring nights I'll stand in the yard under the stars - Something good will come out of all things yet - And it will be golden and eternal just like that - There's no need to say another word."





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Episode 8: Brite Lite LA

Posted on April 26, 2013 by Amazing Capes

We snuck into the sprawling city of Los Angeles around 3:30 in the morning last Friday. After fueling up at a diner in the neighborhood of Los Feliz, we soon awoke to the sunlit glory land of American film and media. The city hums with possibility and the excitement of whoknowswhatcouldhappentoday – and for this reason, along with beloved Carolina friends & the weather it happens to be one of my/Rox’s favorites. It was a balmy 75 degrees outside as we took to the streets. Wanda got fixed (again!) and cruised around the town- Sunset Boulevard, Griffin Park, Beverly Hills, Hollywood… scouting for anythingandeveryone. Lemon Yellow Sun Warrior she is. 

A little flashback- 3 years ago, I flew from Southeast Asia into LAX and had the time of my life not knowing what I was doing. However, if you check out this Hollywood pic, you’ll notice one thing… I’m rocking a cape I had made while finding my way through Vietnam. So to come full circle, it was a joy to approach the city fresh from the east this time, and to reflect on how following dreams and having persistence can truly take effect. Who knows what can happen in another 3 years... I imagine there will be a lot more Amazing Capes... with superheros rocking all kinds of future styles to boot! Another joy was seeing my friend Katie McNeill who is helping produce the most beautiful movies... go see her latest: The Place Beyond the Pines. (!!)

Stay tuned for our first commercial too… directed by Ernie Gilbert on a carwash on Santa Monica Blvd, it should be a fun one :) 

AC Truth 8: Those ideas you have, the ones that appear in your mind with a fury and a glimmer of light? Strap them to your watch. Tattoo them to your mind. Time can be an elusive little devil, don't let it get the best of your brightest brain waves. 


Rox in LA: 2010 • Pre-Amazing Capes


Rox in LA: 2013 • With The Elizabeth Amazing Cape! 


Anna • LACMA museum

 

Anna • Troop Beverly Hills


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