To many, a few of those links might not seem tragic. I understand this.
It’s difficult to immediately parse out the ways in which one of the leading entertainment award shows negating (entirely) the work of black people, is inextricably linked to (or perhaps, simply telling of) American race relations.
The thing is, everyone didn’t/doesn’t feel this way.
Many of us (read: all your black friends) have continually made requests of all of us to critically discuss and challenge institutionalized racism and its affects on … well … all of us. And honestly, so many of us (read: mostly white people, but other ethnicities too) have refused to do so. Many of us have made racism — and all of its lasting attributes — a blackthing.
INSERT 2016 election results, also known as, a swift kick in the face of white liberal smug and sarcasm, also known as forcible disillusionment.
Undoubtedly, you’ve already recognized that Khafra Company has taken a bit of a hiatus.
We could wax poetic about how and why, convince you that we’ve been on a vacation, pretend like we’ve been visiting hella trade shows finding the hottest new designers for you.
But a lot of that would be a lie.
Here’s what really happened: One day we woke up and decided we cared more about your lives than how much merchandise we could sell you.
We decided to focus on creating and sustaining relationships with like-minded entrepreneurs.
What do we mean?
Well, simply, you trust us to tell you where to shop and why. We want to make that worth your while.
From today forward, any product, store, designer, or affiliate you see discussed, advertised, or promoted via Khafra means that that entity is as committed to black and brown and gay and lesbian and trans and a full array of lives as we are.
We figure, boycotting certain businesses? Yea, sure. That works for a day, a week, months at a time. But we’re committed to longterm investment in businesses that invest in you.
More about this to come, in the meantime though … DO THIS.
We could give you the full run down on how much we love Ryann, how many amazing things Ryann has done in the community, but … we really want to talk to you abut Ryann’s style.
So here goes. Ryann’s style: **WE LOVE IT**.
Check Ryann talking about life and style below.
How would you describe your signature style?
“I like wearing comfy clothes that look fly. Mostly clothes my friends make. My style is also kinda punk. Other times its very casual, and more focused on tiny one-of-a-kind details.”
At Khafra Company, we want to dress our clients for every moment of every day - for work or play. How do you decide what you’re wearing during the week?
“I don’t put that much thought into what I’m wearing honestly. I wear what feels good. I wear things that look original. I just started to wear color, thats fun. I like to thrift, but I don’t shop often. When I like a piece I wear it over and over again. I might wear a similar outfit 3x in one week. But I’ll look fly tho:) For me, style is about individuality, emotion, and honesty. I try and reflect who I feel like on the inside. Sometimes thats kinda bummy.”
At Khafra Company, we take style super seriously. What items in your wardrobe can you absolutely not live without? Why? What makes them so special?
“My SunSun pants!!! Custom made by my super talented friend Sun Sun in Toronto. They are literally the flyest and most comfy pants I’ve ever worn. I have like 6 pair. All diff patterns and colors.
Also, I feel kinda weird without a hat on. I almost always have one on. Its sort of like armor to me.“
What 3 things are you most looking forward to adding to your wardrobe this season?
“I’ve been having fun thrifting sweaters this year for winter. I’m also looking forward to new accessories.
Especially beads and gold things. I want to be adorned like a prince this coming spring. Lastly, I’m on the hunt for some vintage frames. Great eyewear makes me feel good. ”
At Khafra Company, we think that all of our clients and customers are slightly-more-than-fierce. What does that mean to you?
“‘Slightly-more-than’ is kinda funny, LOL. I think folks are ‘all the way’ fierce in their own right. The more folks are themselves the more it translates. Or doesn’t. Bottom line is being yourself is awesome. Be inspired. Make everything your own. Thats the key. Wait. What was the question? LOL. jk.