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The Dolls Kill brand has been compared to Nasty Gal and Hot Topic. These comparisons seem valid on the surface. Like Hot Topic, Dolls Kill is plugged into the rock and roll ethos that elevates the middle finger (pun intended) into a statement of identity, and like Nasty Gal, Dolls Kill thrives and wallows in the risque and the untoward. But both of these comparisons miss something: Dolls Kill is really the anti-Supreme.  That might…

Mounties, poutine, Degrassi, Ryan Reynolds. Canada has given the world a veritable cornucopia of goodness over the years. That last one is the subject of this month’s Unrolling — the AdRoll series in which we take a deep dive into the challenger brands that are breaking and remaking not just their industries but popular culture. Ryan Reynolds makes for a particularly interesting topic because he simultaneously manages to be a person, a brand, and a…

In this special Unrolling double feature, we’ll look at LOLA and Hims, two hot health and wellness brands focusing on reproductive health. That might make some of our readers uncomfortable — lean into that feeling because it’s is critical to understanding how these two companies have been able to gain so much traction so quickly. Readers may also find that they react differently based on their sex or the gender they identify as — this…

In the dark ages, before the first dot-com bubble of the 1990s, making a stock trade was an arcane process. You needed a broker — a physical human being with an office and a license and access to the infrastructure that powered securities transactions. You also needed a large amount of money because reputable brokers didn’t have time to waste on people making $100 trades on their lunch hour. Trading meant calling your broker, letting…

A skate shop, perhaps the most successful skate shop in the history of the world, owned by a man who doesn’t skate and doesn’t care much for the sport. A brand that doesn’t classify anything as limited, but only releases short runs and never re-releases product. A fashion icon that swears it’s not a fashion brand. Supreme is an intriguing, tangled web of contradictions. Maybe that’s why the brand was able to rise to such cultural significance: in…