We have been meaning to post this for a few months now and have finally got a chance to do so. There are iconic movies, there are iconic furniture pieces, but when it comes to hats…. You’ll have to go a long way to find a more iconic and totally ignored hat. These guys are designers and Makers of custom made Rockers Uptown Hats.
If you are to stand out and spend money then you have to go bespoke get a hat that fits you not one that has to bend to suit. From Aswad – Boy Gorge – Gregory Issacs – YOU. Connect via TWITTER
‘Isorinths’, designed by Damola Rufai, are a collection of isometric patterns that draw from the hustle and bustle of Lagos, Nigeria. their chaotic, colorful, and vibrant nature grows from a place where the journey from A to B is rarely a straight line. Stylistic influences come from a range of places, including african wax prints, south beach pastels, and rufai’s personal architectural background. Each variation of the series is created digitally, and printed on 100% cotton fabric. http://damolarufai.com/
THE ONE UNITES FASHION, INNOVATION, SPORTS MOTION, AND FUNCTIONALITY INTO ONE, SEAMLESS DESIGN. WE USE THE WORLD’S FINEST LEATHER TO COMBINE YOUR EVERYDAY LIVING NEEDS WITH A FUTURISTIC LOOK. YOUR STYLE AND MOOD ARE CONSISTENTLY CHANGING. NOW YOUR BACKPACK CAN TOO WITH ANY OF OUR UNIQUE, COLOR SHELLS. THE ONE LETS YOU CUSTOMIZE YOUR BACKPACK FOR YOUR BEST LOOK.
WHEN A PRODUCT IS THIS COOL LITTLE WORDS ARE NEEDED THE PICTURES SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.
IN THREE COLOURS GIT ‘EM HERE
The Very Black Project isn’t merely a fashion brand, but a consciousness movement. Established in 2014 in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, TVBP it’s the brainchild of late night “Kitchen talks” reflecting the very contemporary and, at times, very wounding experiences of artist/cancer survivor André D. Singleton and Art Director Justin Fulton, WHO both grew up very black and very gay in America. This project’s aim is to encourage relatable dialogue around the vast experiences of ALL people who have ever felt alienated due to race, sexuality, Gender, physical appearance or disability with a focus on blackness. They use the body as a vehicle for solidarity while asserting a very important social commentary. At its core they believe that to be #VERYBLACK is to be unapologetically proud of who you are in a world that furtively teaches us to hide from our stories and our importance.
Pulling inspiration from the Empire’s black-suited pilots, the Imperial Pilot collection features custom hour and minute hands inspired by the Imperial Pilot’s helmet ventilation system and subtly placed Imperial logos. It’s the intricacies that you may not notice at first glance, but can’t be ignored. The collection is inspiring as Nixon pay attention to details. It’s the design details on the bezel and pushers, dials and bands, the color applications and storytelling references that bring to life the unique characteristics only found in the STAR WARS | Nixon Collection.
There are few less forward thinking brands, but one really stands out – OATH. Check their new lookbook and get your wallet out!
Women’s Spring/Summer 2016
Shot by Kristin-lee Moolman
Styled by Gabrielle Kannemeyer
MUA by Renton Wade
MUA Assistant: Tsu Baloyi
Models: Janet @ ICE JHB, Desire Marea of FAKA, Wayne Swart @ Lamppost and Aart @ Model Republic
Men’s Spring/Summer 2016
Shot by Steve Marais
Stylists Assistant: Nao Serati
Models: Samuel @ ICE and Ntsako (New Face of Gaschette 2015)
Thank you thank you Rich Mnisi – designer. OATH will be launching their online store in November.
+27 (0) 79 066 9515 – www.oathrm.com
Wow wow wow wow. So lost for words we have to say Wow one more time. Outdoor lifestyle brand ICNY has partnered again with the comeback kings, PUMA, to release two iterations of the IGNITE running franchise. Two ice cream-inspired colorways – “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” and “Mint Chocolate Chip” – straight outta
Compton the fridge in full-color 3M reflective uppers constructed out of breathable mesh, earmarks of the Brooklyn-based brand. The upper is postured atop an IGNITE foam outsole dressed in chocolate chip and cookie speckles. Good enough to eat and sweet on yer feet.
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Russell Athletic collaborate with streetwear aficionados Trainerspotter to celebrate summer 2015 with a meticulously researched, and beautifully crafted, limited edition collection.
Russell Athletic Premium is a unique and sought-after collection that will stand the test of time. The partnership combines Russell Athletic’s classic aesthetic with Trainerspotter’s savvy for detail and contemporary style.
The range appropriates logos and slogans from the far-flung, sometimes obscure, sports clubs that the US sportswear giant has provided for over its century in business. These introduce a quirkiness to streetwear that never strays into kitsch, producing eye-catching and seemingly unique pieces that are nonetheless firmly rooted in sports heritage.
Elsewhere, the varsity aesthetic is stripped back to simply display ‘COLLEGE’. Many pieces also employ the modernist ‘RA Eagle’ logo from the 1980s, evoking Reagan-era optimism and ambition.
Colours lead rather than follow, with alluring creams, confident blues and a strutting scarlet prevalent in the palette. The expertly-chosen fabrics are textured and appear tactile without resorting to distressed or marl clichés.
The collection sticks to Russell Premium’s conceptual vision, taking some of the brand’s finest historical moments and re-inventing them for the current generation. The line evokes the golden era of sportswear before mass production; when pieces were hard-wearing enough to actually exercise in and colours didn’t suffer from regular laundering. In its style, though, the 2015 collection nods towards the late 80s and early 90s – the on-trend era for retro sportswear. The cut though is flattering and contemporary.
At retail the Russell Athletic Premium collection is delivered exclusively into selected size? boutiques. Don’t miss out.
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South Africa’s pioneering knitwear designer, Laduma Ngxokolo recently whooed the crowds at this year’s What Design Can Do 2014 (WDCD14) Two-day conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
MaXhosa by Laduma, Ngxokolo were the only confirmed African designer speaking at the conference.
WDCD was founded in 2011 by a group of designers from different fields with a vision to create a platform that engaged designers in discussing the role design plays in the social impacting of communities across the globe. Bent on being agents of social renewal, the two-day conference encourages designers to take responsibility and consider how their work impacts the wider society. This year’s themes are: What Design Can Do for Learning, Nature, Economy, and Stories.
Laduma stood amongst Bernard Lahousse from Belgium, Paola Antonellia of Italy, Teddy Cruz from Guatemala, Willy Wong of United States, and even Sir Paul Smith from UK.
We have been their fans for years and their collections never fail. Sweaters are not something we just grab to keep us warm it’s the outside skin which can define us whilst keeping us warm. Why not look fabulous.
This our fourth FEATURED post as we look at future stars and this time we travel to the UK and London via Eritrea.
The guy who has the audacity to make such must have clothing for men is Zekaryas Solomon.
Having been named as one of Africa’s Top 10 Male Designers, as well as being awarded both the Fashions Finest Menswear Designer of the Year and the BEFFTA Best Male Designer 2012, Zekaryas Solomon continues to thrive as a London based, Bespoke fashion designer.
The end of 2012 saw Solomon as guest of honour at FAFA’s Fashion for Peace Gala held in Kenya. Moving into 2013 with the introduction of the first Womenswear collection. Taking part in the Ethno Tendance showcase in Brussels saw the incorporation of accessories, with bags becoming a prominent feature within the Spring/Summer ‘14 collection.
Eritrean born and raised in Germany, Solomon has been creating quite a buzz since his graduation from the London College of Fashion in 2010. With his background originally in Architecture and Design he launched his first menswear collection entitled ME and his second Rouge Et Noir.
Not content with turning menswear upside down on it’s head. Solomon launched his first women’s collection in summer 2013 and now continues to work on the convergence of his men’s and women’s collections to create a Fifth. His designs have been featured in numerous magazines like Sublime, LEONID, FAB, New African Woman and ELEM to mention a few.
When not working from his studio in North Grenwich, he manages to find time to teach students pattern cutting techniques plus garment technology and also teaches Tigrinya and Eritrean language to Bachelor, Master and PhD students of unfamiliar languages at Queen Mary’s University, London. Does he ever sleep!!
As we write he is preparing a show as part of the Eritrean Festival Scandinavia in Stockholm where he’ll be showcasing his limited collection womenswear and menswear, plus accessories. Then an exhibition in September at the Oxo Tower as part of design week. This just one of the ways you can cast an eye over his collection as well as of course his website where you can place orders to purchase bespoke and ready-to-wear garments.