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FASHION SPOTLIGHT : Ikiré Jones SS ’14 Collection

Ikiré Jones is a Menswear company that marries African aesthetics with Neapolitan tailoring.  Conceived in Nigeria, made in Brooklyn & Philadelphia, USA by Wale Oyejide one of Esquire Magazine‘s “Best Dressed Real Men in America”.

The Designer

Born and raised in Nigeria, and like many West Africans, traveled back and forth to the United States and other parts of the world while growing up.  Also an Afrobeat musician, an attorney and a menswear designer. No formal fashion training. Inspired by images of people who look at ease and comfortable with who they are.  He says in an OkayAfrica 2013 interview

“I am personally not aware of any brand that has combined high-end Italian construction and African elements, and presented them with the sort of inspired-narratives that I have” 

He collaborates with bespoke tailor Samuel Hubler.

Photography by David Evan McDowell
Wale Oyejide. Photography by David Evan McDowell

In an era where caricatures parade the streets like Emperors in New Clothes, we pride ourselves on offering a new perspective through an old lens; a new dialect for an old tongue; an irreverent approach that twists the portrait askew while paying homage to the most classic of canvases—the suit.Our suiting is fully canvassed, and made to order upon request. Our accessories are thoroughly labored-over, both in their design conception and hand-rolled creation. Flying in the face of a prevailing custom where accessories are a meaningless after-thought, each of our squares/scarves tells a story which carries the wearer, and all who bear witness, to another place and time. – Ikire Jones 

Here are a few of the latest Ikiré Jones  SS 14 collection tagged  ‘The Untold Renaissance

Photography by David Evan McDowell







“I hesitate to speak as an authority on “African fashion.” I don’t consider what I do exclusively African, or made exclusively for an African audience. Though my work is inspired by my African heritage, there is no doubt that my garments are of Western origins. For me, the label is much less important than the content and quality of the art being made” – Wale Oyejide  of Ikiré Jones

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A Fashionably Sockless Giveaway

Have you ever wondered, like me, how the feet of guys in native African wear or contemporary dapper/hip getup who appear not to wear socks; survive all the sweat, stink and perspiration without socks?.  Well, it has been brought to my attention that they might  just  be wearing Mocsocs.  You’ve seen one? or want one? Read on.

According to the website:

Mocsocs are the finest quality “half socks” or “antislip socks” that are geared towards the refined gentleman or lady that chooses to wear fine quality loafers, drivers, moccasins, boat shoes, saddle shoes, and even in recent fashion, tennis shoes and oxfords without socks. Mocsocs are socks that cover just the front half of the gentleman’s (or lady’s) foot providing comfort and protection, in a fashionable way.  – Mocsocs

Mocsocs are the best no-show socks brand in the fashion market that place a big emphasis on comfort and style. Specially designed to address the issue of perspiration while considering a no-socks look, value, style and function, these premium half socks and anti-slip socks come in 80% polyester/20% spandex and 100% cotton alternatives. Mocsocs are already a hit with celebrities and fashion trendsetters.

It looks interesting but I guess it does the job, the sockless, stylish look while avoiding the stink 🙂 . They are doing a Spring Giveaway for the week so if you wanna jump on it and sample it, just like/follow their social media and share the graphic on their facebook page or repost on instagram or retweet on twitter the  Mocsocs giveaway graphic  and hashtag #MocSocsGiveaway for a chance to be entered to win free Mocsocs merchandise and probably along with it, a $25 gift card . All the best.

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ARTCOMESFIRST – The ACF Revolving Collective

Top of the Day to you, Yes! You and You, my fellow creatives.

You may have seen them pop up on your screen before if you follow art and ‘creative eclecticisms’ like I do. Anyway, here’s presenting the prestigious looking and artistic  Men’s fashion collective – ‘Art Comes First’ (Avec Ces Freres)

I absolutely love their sharp looking brand and presentation. These ‘vintage yet contemporary, dandy style, creative tailors'( or as Shaka describes ‘digital visual designers’ ) are trendsetters in the Global Menswear Fashion arena. Listen to the founders, my Afro~bohemian brothers 🙂 Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh  speak in the videos  below. We always see their awesome creations in photos, so it’s nice to hear the brains behind ACF ‘speak’ about their Art of Fashion.

Shaka Maidoh is a British artist, known for his impeccable style. Together with Sam Lambert he founded the Art Comes First collective
Shaka Maidoh is a British artist, known for his impeccable style. Together with Sam Lambert he founded the Art Comes First collective
All images from Google
All images from Google

The DJ Technique applied to MensWear

There’s just too many visual goodness from Art Comes First , if you like what you see, I advise you follow them on their very vibrant instagram here

And here is their website http://www.artcomesfirst.com/

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