Austrian/Nigerian Kenneth Ize was the runner-up at last year’s LFDW new designers competition and he is currently on a 6 month internship in New York with ethical label Edun. His ss14 collection titled ‘Son Soufflé was created entirely by the designer himself and debuted at the Lagos Fashion and Design Week. He toned down his eccentricities and opted for earthy colors but still managed to add a dash of color with the platform sandals he made by himself.
SS14 Son Soufflé was all about going to bed at night in pajama, waking up in the morning looking like the south of france and disco in Lagos. I used pipping in ever garment to see the little details, fringes, oversize and the new cool for men. sequence! to create this night dance flow.
Earth color was my new catch, people who know me know I can’t do without print and creating my own colorful print but this time around the color all came from my display picture of dandelion clock on my computer, I wanted something soft but still young.
British/Nigerian model Harry Uzoka models new styles for Zara menswear’s spring offering. Zara is giving me all the life I need at moment, whether it’s a dressed up or sporty look.
Supreme continues its heralded collection with fellow skate icon Vans with this octet of Sk8-hi and Authentic releases. Thrown in the mix is the legendary publication known as Playboy, with the signature bunny logo printed on the upper of the shoes. Four color ways of each model will be part of this anticipated collection, which officially releases at Supreme chapter stores in New York, Los Angeles, and London TODAY, followed by a March 8th release in Japan. While Supreme has collaborated with both companies separately in the past, this is the first time all three are coming together. If you plan on copping, you might as well setup your chair outside your local Supreme now. As far as the online drop, prepare for frustration.
Interestingly taking a look back at the street wear clothing brand that was established in New York way back in 1994 it’s worthy to note that its roots were upscale and mostly upper class as its first store was situated in Manhattan. In 2004 a store was also opened in Los Angeles, California which is almost double the size of the original New York store. It later expanded its stores to London, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Unlike classified ads site OLX Nigeria it’s harder to find Supreme bits after they sold out, as the brand never re-issues them.
Supreme has a long line of collaborations with brands such as Nike, Vans, Clarks, The North Face, Levi’s, Timberland, Comme des Garçons, WTAPS, designers such as Adam Kimmel, as well as artist of likes Aymeric and Jean-Michel Basquiat
Supreme experiences a great deal of success in retail outlets with its urban look, skate-style outfit.Its customers are not necessarily skaters. Large proportions of them just want to identify with the look or are just trend-spotters who want to keep pace with the market
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Most of Brother Vellies‘ footwear are made primarily in the coastal town of Swakopmund, Namibia. Between there and South Africa, a small group of eight gentlemen assemble every shoe by hand, turning out just 20 pairs an afternoon. Every piece of leather is hand cut or sprayed by hand and the use of Kudu leather which adds more character to the footwear ensures that each pair comes out somewhat unique.
Kudu skin yields amazingly durable leather and suede that ages exceptionally well. Because these hides are taken from wild animals they often show scars or other “imperfections” that domesticated hides do not.
Brother Vellies employs vegetable-dyed Kudu leather in typical fashion for these tyre sandals that make up part of its spring summer 2014 offering. These sandals are based on a Masai sandal originally made entirely from car tires. Retails for $285 here.
Kudu skin yields amazingly durable leather and suede that ages exceptionally well.
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PHIDEL is a London-based label which delivers a versatile unisex collection characterized by streamlined designs, youthful details and patterns. Launched in 2013, the label is ready to release its third collection which incorporates individual concept pieces, each having its own character. The campaign was shot by Michael Furlonger and styled by Justin Hamilton.
Eseoghene started her own accessories business right out of university. She used Google Search and YouTube to learn how to create handbags, and via Search found contacts for blogs and magazines to feature her products. To date, over 100 blogs have featured her designs thus bringing her additional business, selling her bags through her business website. Helping others create a source of income, Eseoghene also conducts training classes for other women who want to learn her trade and build a similar business for themselves. Her dream is to build her business into an international brand that promotes African designs.
Africa Connected success stories powered by the web is an initiative by Google that is aimed at creating a platform to drive the largest collection of inspiring stories about ventures established on or propelled by the web by Africans in Africa.
After 6 months and thousands of submissions from across 35 countries in Africa, 10 Africans were selected by the judges to go through to the final public voting stage. Now it’s up to you to choose the top 5.
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Woodhouse Clothing, a premium menswear store in Notting Hill, which is also home to Carter & Bond barber shop was the perfect backdrop for the official release. We opened the doors at 6.30pm last Thursday and welcomed bloggers, stylists, New Balance and Woodhouse customers along with a few well-known faces, including celebrity photographer, Richard Young and London rapper, Shadez The Misfit.
XXY magazine features pieces British/Nigerian label Soboye own line and other bits from its boutique from designers like Ituen Basi and more.
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Go on and read my guest blog for River Island‘s Style Insider blog. For those of you not on Instagram I thought to share some of my recent outfit pics with you guys on here. My personal style has switched from sportswear back to a more tailored look and I’m loving it.
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British/Nigerians model Harry Uzoka & rapper Tinie Tempah cover the new issue of Hunger Magazine shot by Rankin. This was Harry’s first magazine cover and being a follower and supporter of his career I couldn’t be more elated. 20 different covers were shot for this issue and the other cover stars include Harvey Haydon, Isaac Carew, Alex Pettyfer, Jake Bugg, James McAvoy, Jamie Campbell Bower, Nicholas Hoult, Sam Claflin.
On Thursday, February 20th from 6PM to 8PM designer Richard Chai and Andrew Marc celebrated the in store launch of their Spring 2014 collaboration at ScoopNYC Soho. Guests were able to take photos with Richard Chai and enjoy champagne and macaroons while shopping the Andrew Marc x Richard Chai leather jackets. Notable attendees included stylist Nicola Formichetti, models Miles McMillan and Chris Petersen, and Eugene Tong, Style Director of Details. This is the first season that Andrew Marc and Richard Chai are collaborating, a partnership that is continuing for the Fall 2014 season.
Other UK release Bloodline the first in a series of capsule collections inspired by their great British Heritage. It sees them stepping away from their staple monochromatic colour pallet and take inspiration from the iconic Union Jack. Mixing elongated silhouettes with bold patterns aswell as tonal & contrasting prints on an all red canvas. The collection consists of sweatpants, tshirts, hoodies, a leather baseball jersey, biker jacket & snapback.
The first ever ready-to-wear collection by bespoke tailors Thom Sweeney is now available exclusively on Mr Porter. Conceived from all the essential elements that make Thom Sweeney tailoring individual, the collection focuses on the construction, quality and styling which all fit within the tailoring duo’s bespoke values.
‘We wanted to create a Ready-to-Wear collection that was in line with our Bespoke collection. Aiming to appeal to our clients who are time sensitive, who appreciate timeless modern tailoring, great quality fabrics and our signature style’
Thom Whiddet and Luke Sweeney, Thom Sweeney
‘We are delighted to launch Thom Sweeney’s ready-to-wear line exclusively on MR PORTER for Spring 14. Thom and Luke’s approach to a modern cut bespoke suit has finally been applied to something available off the peg and with delightful results. The cut is slim without being tight, the lapel broad without being wide, and the sharp distinctly British in feel without being old fashioned.’
Toby Bateman, Buying Director, MRPORTER.COM
Zara has released its lookbook for its February offering featuring spring worthy investment pieces. The shirting visit poplin fabrication and loads of fitted bib detailing. There’s great jackets as expected from Zara and their neoprene sweatshirt looks good too. The best part is that they are all available instore now.
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B-side by Wale dressed Ellie Goulding for her 2014 Brit award Performance yesterday in a bespoke piece that was created by the label and the artist’s creative team.
Over several meetings and fittings, the B-side by Wale design team custom fitted and bespoke designed to a brief, working alongside Ellie’s creative team to give the feeling of an angelic and floaty atmosphere during the performance.
Nigerian models TY Ogunkoya and Harry Uzoka feature in the same editorial for the first time. They were considered drool worthy boys for a Paper Mag editorial aptly titled Drool Britannia. Photographed by James Hazlett-Beard.
Photographed by James Hazlett-Beard / Art Direction by Akmal Shaukat / Styling by Victoria Gregory / Makeup by Michael Gray at David Evans Artists / Hair by Daniel Dyer at David Evans Artists / Stylist Assistant: Molly Taylor.
British/Nigerian model Harry Uzoka and Jason Ferns were shot by Lea Colombo for a fashion editorial in the new issue of Attitude Magazine.