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McDonald’s Releases Limited-Edition J Balvin Merch Collection

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Last week, McDonald’s added a new J Balvin celebrity menu collaboration to their menus nationwide where fans can order reggaeton artist J Balvin’s favorite McDonald’s meal: A Big Mac, fries, and an Oreo McFlurry.

The fast-food chain has dropped a limited edition line of J Balvin-inspired merchandise that fans can order for themselves to coincide with the new release. 

This includes hoodies, a bucket cap, slippers, t-shirts, aprons, and even a temporary receipt tattoo with J Balvin’s order on it. Yes, that’s a thing. 

Fans of the artist, or just any kind of McDonald’s apparel, can find the new items now at JBalvinMerch.Com. The J Balvin meal will be available at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide until Nov. 1. 

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This Merch Line Will Literally Venmo Funds To Your Favorite Restaurant

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It took one night into quarantine to make me realize the magnitude of how the restaurant industry will be hit by the pandemic. As someone who values the dining experience for more than just a meal, the communal aspect and direct connection you get to make with whoever you’re dining with has always been the crux of the joy I find in it. However, the advent of dine-in restrictions due to the scourge that has been COVID-19 has forced many a restaurant’s hands into business pivots, layoffs, or sadly, closures altogether.

That’s why seeing grassroots efforts and local movements, however large or small, popping up to support restaurants in dire need have been a welcome source of encouragement and hope. All forms of charity have fortified a sense of community these days, from meal donations for frontline and essential workers to crowdfunded campaigns to merchandise that donates proceeds to said restaurants.

Since the restaurant industry has been left reeling, The Paycheck Protection Program, part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, was created with the intention to provide financial assistance for small business owners who are struggling to stay in business due to the pandemic. However, what was intended available for small business and restaurants has ended up in the hands of larger corporations in disproportionate numbers. More unfortunately, a recent survey reveals a disappointing figure that shows black and Latino businesses have been widely overlooked by the PPP and other programs.

Per the New York Times:

“The survey, conducted by the Global Strategy Group for two equal-rights organizations, Color of Change and UnidosUS, included interviews with 500 business owners and 1,200 workers from April 30 to last Monday. Just 12 percent of the owners who applied for aid from the Small Business Administration — most of them seeking loans in the $650 billion paycheck program — reported receiving what they had asked for, while 26 percent said they had received only a fraction of what they had requested. Nearly half of all owners said they anticipated having to permanently close in the next six months.”

A sizable population of colored business owners and employees are among the ranks of the restaurant industry. Knowing that many of them are unable to rely on government protection programs while already trying to navigate the success of their business during such precarious times is wholly unacceptable, alarming, and frustrating.

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Mentioned earlier were the efforts of certain restaurant merchandise programs to keep businesses afloat, which has been a two-pronged approach to helping all parties affected. Keeping that same energy, Foodbeast has just debuted a line of merchandise dubbed the Foodbeast Restaurant Protection Agency. This fresh line of graphic tees was created with your favorite restaurants in mind. That’s because with every purchase from any of the collection’s six t-shirts, $10.00 will be donated directly to your favorite restaurant’s Venmo or Paypal account. This streamlined donation approach allows for a wider network of restaurants to be helped out in some way, while also giving fans the opportunity to show appreciation to their go-to spots that have held them down with a good meal throughout the years.

Check out and shop the merchandise here.

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For Food and Streetwear Fashion, The Collaboration Makes Perfect Sense

A KFC merchandise collaboration with legendary streetwear designer Nigo. Nigo’s own A Bathing Ape brand links up with Heineken to create a limited edition capsule of clothes and accessories. High end streetwear house and sneaker boutique KITH re-imagining Coca-Cola merchandise into smart and ultimately cool clothes. All unlikely partnerships, really, but beyond the surface, the union of food and streetwear fashion absolutely makes sense.

As discussed in the latest episode of the Foodbeast podcast, The Katchup, such a marriage of two cultures is a burgeoning wave that’s set to disrupt how we view and consumer brand partnerships. With the help of special guest Mile Canares of ComplexCon, the conversation unpacks the similarities between food and fashion and why their union is creating such an impact on today’s culture and will continue to do so going forward. From streetwear being the blueprint for today’s restaurateurs to hype dictating much of both industries, there is no stone left unturned in this examination of the dynamic between the two.

And as initially mentioned, this improbable harmony of food and fashion has produced some quality products. Here’s a list of some of the best collabswe’ve seen thus far between the food industry and streetwear.

10. KITH x Coca-Cola

 

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9. Pizza Hut x The Shoe Surgeon

 

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8. KFC Limited 2017

 

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7. Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food) x Moncler

 

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6. McDonald’s x Colette

 

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5. Nike x Momofuku & David Chang

 

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4. Chinatown Market x Howlin’ Rays

 

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3. Heineken x A Bathing Ape

 

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2. KFC x Human Made

 

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1. Takashi Murakami x ComplexCon

 

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A Complete Look At Cheetos’ Flamin’ Hot Holiday Merch

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If your Cheetos addiction runs deeper than J. Cole lyrics, you’re definitely going to get excited over this official merch.

The Cheetos store has “Designs by Chester Cheetah” for the holidays, and I’m not going to lie, I might actually be down to grab a few of these things. You might even say the line is Flamin’ Hot.

You may or may not be down to walk out in a Flamin’ Hot pair of pants, but you can’t hate on a Cheetos onesie, or the Flamin’ Hot sleeping bag.

Unless someone’s trying to show their love for Donald Trump, I don’t know who’s buying the Cheetos bronzer, but it just might not be something for my demographic.

Still, check out all the items below. Some are out of stock, but we’ll be patiently waiting on a re-stock.


The Cheetos “Purrfect” Onesie

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Silky Scarf

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The Cheeto Speedo

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Flamin’ Hot Pants

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Chester Cheetah Slippers

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Cheetah Oven Mit

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Cheetos Sleeping Bag

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Cheetos Cuff Links

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Au de Cheeto

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Cheetos Bronzer

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Cheetos Chair

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Cheetos TP

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