From Abiichi towels, to glam rock trio PEARLS and why wildlife conservationists are raising hell about the unjust export of elephants from Zimbabwe… This is what you need to SEE, HEAR & KNOW this week.

In this week’s SHK Column: For the past few months I’ve hung up my NYC boots for a barefoot lifestyle on the Australian Sydney coast — more on that, later. Since I’ve been here, besides creating ample amounts of jealously for my friends living back home in ice, I’ve come across a slew of great up-and-coming brands…one of my current favorites being Abiichi towels. Even in the preface of an official point, seeking social media as a primary consumer outlet, the brand is spot on in terms of capturing an aspirational, adventurous and effortlessly nomadic lifestyle. For music, sorta keeping in ocean theme here, I’ve posted a video from a dreamy Aussie pop band named PEARLS. Then, it comes to down to nature vs. rights. For what you should “know” this week, I’ve delved into a rundown on Zimbabwe’s capture and exportation of wild baby elephants. I hope you join me in raising a word on the plight of these admired animals.

SEE: ABIICHI

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amazing imagery and styling, follow: @abiichi_co.

They’ve yet to launch a website, but abiichi towels’ have an Instagram that will transport you to sincerity through beach babes clad in perfectly proportioned layers of sand. The Aussie-based brand aims (with good chances) to become a beachwear go-to: the Havaianas of Towels. Naturally, we can’t wait to get our hands on some of these ocean staples.

HEAR: PEARLS

PEARLS “Big Shot”

I’ve recently been raving on PEARLS, a magical trio reigning from Melbourne. Their debut album, Pretend Your Mine, just dropped the end of last month via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records, and it’s a stunning compilation of fuzzy guitars with electric Studio-54 grooves and whimsical vocals. The video for the record’s debut single, “Big Shot” (created by Ben Montero), is an ideal reflection of the track — evoking compelling feelings of nostalgia and dissonance delivered in a ’60s/’70s rock glam sketch. Learn more about them and get links to purchase, here.

KNOW: THE FATE OF ZIMBABWE ELEPHANTS 

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Back in February, A slew of media outlets shed light on a serious situation happening in Zimbabwe concerning elephant sales. While Zimbabwe officials stand by their plans, marking the elephant exports as safe and necessary to raise conservation efforts, activists continue to stress their concerns in regards to the health of the animals. Liberal Democrat MEP, Catherine Bearder told The Guardian, “Separating baby elephants from their herds is cruel and traumatic. Elephants are highly sociable animals and need many years of parental support before they are able to survive away from their herds.” She also went on to mention that these animals could grow to take out this frustration in manners that could potentially be harmful to humans, particularly tourists and trainers.

Let’s also note, that, elephants are trained for circus performance through abuse. Not to mention, the ivory trade. So when it comes to preserving the rights for these friendly creatures, there are certainly eyebrows to be risen in terms of who and where these elephants are being sold. Individually worth around $60,000 dollars, these elephants have been taken out of their home — the wild — and stored in unfavorable conditions as they wait out their shipment. The National Geographic recently published photographs capturing these conditions, and noted concerns from wildlife conservationists: “They see the government’s plan as a cynical and cruel move against an animal that is being slaughtered at alarming rates for its ivory, especially to satisfy demand in China. Poachers killed 100,000 elephants from 2010 to 2012.”

Regardless of how atrocious the trafficking of this situation seems, it’s legal under the CITES law, which allows Zimbabwe to cash in on natural resource.

Read more about what’s currently happening here, and help spread the word. 

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