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My First Cape... Re-discovered!

Posted on December 31, 2013 by Amazing Capes

My stocking held some extra magic this year... Beyond the customary orange and a handful of nuts that are impossible to crack there was a piece of soft black fabric. Confused, I unfolded this little bundle and soon discovered my original cape!

Sewn by my mom when I was around the 5, she used a black cotton fabric and iron-on images of the solar system and magical stars. Lost to my memory was her nifty handiwork in designing a front panel that safety pinned around my back. So novel! What I remember most is wearing this cape to pretend I was all kinds personalities... A great explorer, a mischievous  magician... I could do anything! This bit of fabric was constantly used in playing dress up with my sister.

The house I grew up in is perched up on a hill, beside a great big field and a big cluster of woods; lacking any neighborhood kids to play with, I was left to the strange devices of my imagination more often than not. My sister and I would perform plays, bake mud pies with sticks and dirt, and venture over the fence to build castle forts in the middle of the trees. The elements would usually find us building new forts every few weeks, but that didn't matter much, because at the time, our imaginations were infinite. The possibilities were infinite. And at age 5, there is nothing you can't imagine.

My mom and I thought my first cape was long lost to those sneaky habits of a basement that lives beneath an old log cabin... prey to mouse traps and the necessity of costume-bin-cleanouts... Little did she or I know that I'd ever start a cape company of my own. But as it turns out, what is truly special is never lost. The small cape turned up in the back of a linen closet, just in time for my own (woefully sleepy) delight. And on Christmas morning, my 5 year old nephew Evander was also able to try it on for himself. It fit him just perfect.

Walking past the fence and through the field with him later that day, I'm always reminded of the profound abilities of our imaginations to create magical worlds like no other. In the new year ahead, lets trace back to our younger selves and embrace the power of our imagination. There is great work to be done and a brave new world to discover!

Onwards and upwards,

Roxanne

 

 

 

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Holiday Houdini

Posted on December 09, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Happy Holidays! May they be merry and magical, joyous and bright...! We are happy to share a few pics with Evander, age 5, in his Houdini Amazing Cape. The woods near his home in Brevard, NC had a great protector, explorer and magician in their midst! 

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Trick or Treat in Style this HALLOWEEN

Posted on October 03, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Hey hey kiddos! Now is the time of year where anything goes. Literally. ANYTHING. Cover yourself in TP and roll around in fake blood? That's cool. Want to unleash your psycho spirit shadow animal on the streets? EMBRACE IT. Are those children dressed like bumblebees? Yes. Yes they are.

Halloween is coming and this year we've got your back like never before. Every Amazing Cape can help create an immediate costume that can transform every year to infinity and beyond.  

Our Superhero Lair has come up with some smashing ideas...

Costume Ideas for Halloween 2013 Feat. Amazing Capes

The Wallenberg: Vampire, wicked witch, Time Traveler, black hole, George Washington, member of Kiss band, Dr Jekyll, Che Guevara, Jedi Knight, Darth Vader, Pirate

The Admiral: Sea Captain, Fremen of Dune, Oriental mobster, planet earth, Brave (bow & arrow), boxer, Picasso, Queen or King, Emperor, Rocket Wizard, Salvador Dali (add mustache, paint brush)
The Magellan: Superstar- use yellow felt to cut out a sun with a hole for the face, sunflower, good witch, fairy, Rapunzel, Hufflepuff wizard, yellow submarine, Sundance Kid, bumblebees
Super Mandela: Superman, Saturn, ZomBabe, Snow White, Where's Waldo
Noble Rainbow: Rainbow, Supernova, Willy Wonka, Electromagnetic Spectrum, Cupcake doll w sprinkles, Skittles, Unicorn 
Carolina Blue: Sky w/ white felt clouds, Brave, Katniss, Joan of Arc, little prince, Cleopatra
The Elizabeth: Pink Power Ranger, Princess, The 3 little pigs, Space Ninja, Good Witch, Cinderella 
The Rowling: Gryffindor wizard- Harry Potter, Ron or Hermione, Puss N Boots, Bene Gesserit 
The Carson: Robin Hood, Rachel Carson
The Houdini: Magician, Space Galaxy, Super Nova, Wizard

PUT A CAPE ON IT: These ideas below will work with just about any cape!

* Explorer- telescope, map, rope (Lois/Clark)
* Alien- wear spandex, cover yourself in tin-foil
* Super Pac- wear name-tags of large corporations
* Banksy- wear a hoodie, sweats & hold a can of spray paint
* Space Ninja- tight black pleather, black boots
* Superstar- bedazzle + hold mic or instrument of choice
* Time Traveler- attach random artifacts to leather belt + goggles
* Quidditch Star- wooden broom + spray paint a ping-pong ball gold & glue feathers 
* Boxer- gym shorts, gloves & kicks
* Vampire- tux shirt (pop collar under neck band), white face paint, blood
* Revolutionary- boots, weapon/non-weapon of choice, flag
* Mime- white face paint, suspenders, black leggings
* Fortune Teller- dress, scarves, crystal ball/ tarot cards
* Super X- AKA: -Hero -MOM -DAD -Sister -Ping-pong champion...(dress the part/wear a name-tag)
* Supernova- explosion of makeup and colored powder

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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 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 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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Episode 7: Las Vegas in 22 Hours

Posted on April 24, 2013 by Amazing Capes

The road glimmers with heat waves as cacti-palms scatter the arid landscape crossing from Arizona to Nevada. The sun projects a halo around itself in the blue sky field and as it beams down upon this desert earth, the outline of a city appears on the horizon. Out of place, unsustainable, and massively absurd in scope, we wove through traffic and pulled off onto the strip. Las Vegas lay before us like a Hollywood movie set- to our left were the towering pyramids of Egypt, New York’s statue of liberty and the fountains of Bellagio… to our right the Eiffel Tower of France; pillars of glass and steel in a re-imagined world anchoring the set. 

With a swoop of yellow satin, Rox donned her cape and assumed her new role as an actor in this multifaceted over-indulgent escapade. What fun! How normal it felt to fly across this city!  To ride the escalators, float through the heavily chandeliered hotel lobbies, listen to the hungry tune of slot machines, view the wildly elaborate costumes… a city with a deep belly and a lot of flash. There is something to the power of playing a part that is liberating for a time- a freedom of anonymity while riding in waves of millions. 

$12 was gambled into rows of mis-matched cards, stickers were handed out, clubs were danced in, fountains splashed, Purity Ring sang awesomely from old Downtown, light shows covered the skies and everyone stared into the lights. With the whole world as your stage, Vegas is a perfect place to test run alternative identities or super identities…  What more could you expect, from a founder by the name of Bugsy? As the city was wiped clean before dawn, the sun came out as expected, and after 4 hours of sleep we revved up Wanda to hit the streets. 22 hours in this hungry furnace fed by dollars and dreams was just enough for Anna & Rox.  

AC Truth 7: To win big in Vegas, wear an Amazing Cape. *Returns may appear in the form of fun and smiles.  




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AC Episode 5: Back in Time

Posted on April 14, 2013 by Amazing Capes

Episode 5: Back in time at El Rancho

Along Route 66 in the crossroads town of Gallup, New Mexico there is a time capsule draped in the glamour and charm of Frank Sinatra and Betty Paige, John Wayne and Lucille Ball, their visages now encapsulated in black and white silver gelatin along wall upon brick wall. Built by the brother of film director D.W. Griffith, El Rancho was the southwestern playground for A-list movie stars since 1936 through the height of the 20th century. Featuring a desert backdrop, mahogany bannisters and 3 stories of lore, the hotel now has a change of cast, but once the heavy front doors have double locked, the energy of debauchery, fame and class sneaks out to mingle upon the red carpet at night. And as this glowing playground presented itself, we too decided to sneak out upon the quiet carpets and take up our roles in this humming drama.

AC Truth 5: History has recorded many great and terrible things; from bloody battles and ethereal pyramids, to masterful strings of numbers, to an old hotel in the desert singing Etta James… And as we inevitably breathe ourselves into the future, lets take care when we can fill our lungs from the past. There is still a whole lot to love about Lucy. 




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AC Episode 2: Graceland

Posted on April 09, 2013 by Amazing Capes

 Episode 2: Graceland, Home of the King. A few miles from downtown Memphis the home of Elvis remains in full audio tour glory, a time capsule of one man who brought the heat to post war America and died with the lust of a nation. Amazing Capes embraced the opportunity to stand in Elvis Presley’s living room and soak in the inspiration of his double stained glass peacocks. To walk beyond the white carpet and into his jungle room, plush with deep green shag carpet, a ceiling of astroturf and the energy of the only king America has ever honored. The TV room of yellow leather, a triple Nixon line up, and a yellow lightning bolt with the letters TCB shocked Ruby’s Magellan cape with its electric motto: Taking Care of Business… in a flash. In his 42 years before heart failure zapped his physical body, he imagined and became a body of art with an impossibility of death- and that my friends, is Taking Care of Business.

AC Truth 2: To make an experience more awesome, turn up the volume of the King and ride the golden wave. 







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