I'm loving this collaboration between Asilia, a (fabulous) design studio, and Creativity and Noise, a (dope concept) screen-printing studio and workshop based in the UK. The two came together to produce a collection of tees and other soft goods called AfriCAN under the Creativity and Noise moniker, which just launched over the weekend.
Support good work! See the entire collection here.
I need a pair of these for spring! Inkkas are fair trade shoes handmade in Peru with a mission to repopulate forests globally. Here's a piece from their mission statement:
"It is Inkkas’ commitment to help repopulate the forests in the world. Our vision of fair trade is concrete and pragmatical, this is why we have decided to do this project - For every pair of shoes that we sell, we will plant a tree. It is as simple as that."
Would you rock these colorful and patternful cuties?
Mahogany, a film starring Diana Ross as an aspiring fashion designer (Tracy), was on TV the other night and although I've seen it so many times I just had to watch again. The styling in this film is so remarkable — all of the classic looks and even the over-the-top fabulous-ness of Tracy's fashion designs. I love camouflage (even way before the camo overkill trend that happened last year) and appreciated seeing another leading character, the menacing Anthony Perkins who plays a disturbed photographer rocking a look with that print.
This film is a fashion and style classic. I'm adding images from the movie to my inspiration board in the attempt to incorporate the essence of the beautiful styling into a future project.
Are you familiar with The MCB Project? It's a fabulous site highlighting works and people in art, culture and design, curated by Maya-Camille Broussard. As an extension of the site, she also created The MCB Shop where you can find art-inspired pieces for the home and wardrobe. I'm loving these patterned turbans.
These images from the 2014 resort collection from House of Holland need to be added to my inspiration board. The color pops and the pattern scale are just beautiful. In my exploration of collage I've been playing with the concept of creating similar stylings with just found papers. Seeing this gives me more ideas.
See more of the collection here.
If you've been following Fly for some time then you know I am a big fan of barbershop signs from different parts of Africa. My Crowns of Color series were inspired by those beautifully hand-painted signs promoting different hairstyle ideas you can request at a barbershop or salon. So you can imagine how excited I was to see that the Okpo sisters of William Okpo incorporate a barbershop sign inspired print into their SS14 collection.
In collaboration with Opening Ceremony, the sisters designed a tee and tote for 14+ Foundation, which helps construct schools and orphanages throughout Africa. All proceeds from the capsule collection benefit the organization. (See more barbershop signs at Indigo Arts, one of my favorite stores in Philly.)
I love the idea of organizations partnering up with brands to produce product that can support their mission. I believe that design and creativity in general should function in this way.
If you could work with an organization to create something who would you partner with?