Sooj Mooj and Oksana Orlova for Vogue Korea.
There are games that not everyone plays, as we told you before here, but fortunately, there are also sports that are historically known for being inclusive. Boxing is one of them, and the great stars Marciano, Ali, Foreman, Sugar Ray Robinson, in addition to the rings, have one more thing in common: they all wore G&S gloves.
Traditional leather gloves made in the Lower East Side in Manhattan were on the hands of many champions, and they started with a story of victory. G&S owner and founder Izzy Zerling arrived in the US at age 8, a Jewish boy from Estonia who soon realized that the American dream would not be easy to achieve.
He started boxing when he was 10 years old to defend himself, and only stopped after years of a solid professional career. Then, to spread the message of hard work, grit, courage, and determination in the ring and in life, he opened the leather handmade gloves, trunks, and headgear store.
And with a lot of courage and determination, women also fought their way into the ring, and the New Yorker Oksana Orlova is part of that story. For a June editorial for Vogue Korea, she appears with Korean model Sooj Mooj, honoring the sport with which she learned to control anxiety.
"You have to flow like water, and always keep alert, because the punches and the blows are inevitable. Acceptance is also a huge part of the game," she wrote on Instagram.
They wear gloves from G&S and some athleisure pieces of leather from Mugler, like vests that resemble fighting gear. Each of their blows has the weight and force of many stories.
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