Journeys has a unique vibe, you know? We like to do things differently. We love music, art, adventures and supporting creatives. And you know what? So does Little Five Points. Tucked away in a subtle yet vibrant pocket of central Atlanta, this neighborhood is known for it's quirky, independent spirit and creative community. It's home to Criminal Records, Village Coffee House, vintage shops, a community center, and boasts an overall passion and appreciation for arts, music, food and culture. We love Little Five Points, and you should too.
“I’m an artist. Singer. Rapper. Writer. I do it all – I just don’t dance!” The vibrant, young energy and confidence of Atlanta, GA’s Kodie Shane is simply unparalleled. With a magnetic personality, overflowing with charisma, gratitude and grace, and an unapologetic desire to be “as big as Apple” - Kodie is well on her way to becoming a household name. The 19-year old artist is part of Lil Yachty’s Sailing Team and has already done features, collabs, tours and performances with the likes of Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert and Jhene Aiko. She’s appeared on the cover of Teen Vogue (21 under 21 issue) and Galore Magazine, performed at Made In America on the Tidal Rising Stage and at the Billboard Top 100 Fest, and has been featured by Billboard, Pitchfork, Fader, VIBE, SPIN, NYLON, Noisey, Complex, Billboard, Pitchfork and more.
Kevin Maya is living proof of the power of youth, social media, creating your own connections, developing your own style - and breaking the rules. He's photographed everyone from Post Malone to The Weeknd but his big break actually came from a casual interaction with fellow Atlanta-local, Kodie Shane, which eventually led to joining her on the road to document her tour with Lil Yachty. Kevin's latest work features the likes of Usher, Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line, Chantel Jeffries, Young Bans and more. Kevin now splits his time between the Atlanta, GA-suburbs and Los Angeles, CA and is known for his distinct style of overlaying color bursts, textures and light glares.
After growing up and graduating from college in Hawaii, modeling in New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas – model/actress and former Miss Teen Hawaii – Melissa Paulino is proud to now call Atlanta home. “I love the lifestyle. Everyone is doing their own thing. My favorite thing about living in Atlanta the people I've met!"
Atlanta native and model, Cody Lavigne has developed a special appreciation for all of the views and beauty the city has to offer. “My favorite thing about living in Atlanta is going into the city –especially at night. We’ll go shoot videos, take pictures, go on top of buildings, walk on edges – stuff like that!” So what adventure is up next up for Cody? “I want to travel! I want to go to Hawaii and Bali. I would like to explore out and experience other countries!"
Andrea Caceres is a 17-year high school volleyball player and model. “My biggest accomplishment so far has been winning state for volleyball, this past season. One of my goals right now though is to get into UGA – that’s my dream school. My goal is to become a dermatologist, so once I graduate from UGA I want to go into med school!”
Donte' Maurice has truly found his creative niche and launched his career, right here in the city of Atlanta - while studying film and video at Georgia State. The 23-year old artist moved here from Philadelphia, PA and is known for his distinct mix of an edgy, young aesthetic with a classic and timeless feel. That stunning style of his has already being noticed and featured by the likes of Billboard Magazine, Moschino, Vogue Italy, Complex, XXL Mag, Sprite, Universal Music Group, Republic Records, and Columbia Records. “I want to be remembered as a trailblazer for my city – and a trailblazer worldwide. I want to be the one who helped bring the opportunities to Atlanta that we need, because we’re talented and nobody really knows that! So I want to be able to help be that open door for young creatives around me."
This Spring, Journeys collaborated with four unique influencers from around the country that live life with an attitude that celebrates self-expression. Check out their stories below, and look for their photos in our catalog, on social and in stores.
Dessie Jackson is a Los Angeles, CA based artist - known for her powerful, introspective paintings that explore concepts of femininity, sexuality, representations of gender and identity, beauty as performance and personal responsibility, and the overall experience of growing up. Born and raised in Lancaster, PA, she went on to receive her BFA from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and has now lived in LA for over two years. Her work has been featured by W Mag, NYLON, Milk Studios, and VICE and in art galleries throughout Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles and Seattle.
Filmmaker Justin Escalona hails from Chicago, IL and has been based in Los Angeles, CA for the last three years, while studying Film & TV Production at the prestigious University of Southern California. Escalona boasts more than a quarter million Youtube subscribers and has been featured by the likes of Complex and BBC News. He’s best known for his down to earth, intimate style of filming others – as well as his own personal reactions. His latest film subjects range from daily videos about youth culture, his own life in LA and his friendship with musician, Khalid, to more in-depth looks into the world of competitive poker, suburbia, Los Angeles and beyond.
Indyamarie Jean does it all: Wilhelmina model, songwriter, accessory designer, stylist, and entrepreneur. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Indyamarie Jean has now lived in Los Angeles, CA for over three years, where she embraces the scenery, warm weather, and above all the opportunities the city provides. Best known for her bold style, confidence, and perseverance, Indyamarie has already been featured in campaigns for Puma, Fenty Beauty, adidas, UGG, Apple, Google, Coca-Cola and Powerade. She was also recently featured on Chelsea Handler’s inspiring Leading Ladies Panel at ComplexCon, alongside actress Dascha Polanco, Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe, CEO of Beautycon Media Moj Mahdara, hip-hop artist Young M.A., fellow model Iskra Lawrence, and of course, Chelsea Handler.
Up and coming Anaheim-based hip hop artist and entrepreneur Phora is best known for his honest and emotional lyrical storytelling and his strength in overcoming adversity. Signed to Warner Brothers Records in early 2017, Phora has already been recognized for his impressive rise towards success by the likes of Forbes, Los Angeles Times, XXL Mag, VIBE Magazine and more. Phora has sold out numerous headline shows all throughout California and is currently on a full US tour with G-Eazy.