fashion

style

Are you following this 16-year-old reimagining sustainable fashion?

via Instagram

via Instagram

Ribbon. Branches. Flowers, pots and pans, un-tailored fabric, morning glory, bamboo baskets. Plastic clothes hangers, stuffed animals. Pieces of wood and cement blocks. Balloons. What does this miscellany of things have in common? On the surface, nothing, really. But for a spirited thinker and doer, for someone with a ceaseless drive and a hunger to create something beautiful from the ordinary and the unconventional, these items are access. They are potential pieces of clothing waiting to be imagined and actualized.

Can you imagine a dress composed solely of mosquito netting that spans the length of a palm tree? Apichet "Madaew" Atilattana did. And he made it, too.

via Taylor Weidman/Getty Images.

via Taylor Weidman/Getty Images.

Madaew, a 16-year-old student and self-proclaimed fashionista, is from Khon Kaen, Thailand. He uses unconventional materials to craft wearable works of art, underlining the simplicity and unexpected beauty of the mundane - the beauty of what is found in nature.

The result? Ethical, responsible, and sustainable fashion transcending the fleeting quality of contemporary clothing trends. And, in an ironic twist, there's a beauty to the ephemerality of Madaew's creations that utilize natural materials like flowers and plants. These specific creations and works of art don't last forever, but the memory of creating them, and the imagination that they embodied upon completion, has a permanent space in time (and on Madaew's colorful Instagram).

Madaew imagines, crafts, and models all of the clothing himself, and he pulls his inspiration primarily from plants and animals. There is fluidity and balance embedded in the pieces that he creates - he is a thoughtful designer and engineer with a keen eye for detail, and it shows in the finished product.

via  Taylor Weidman/Getty Images

via Taylor Weidman/Getty Images

At once, we're reminded of Kyemah McEntyre, the 18-year-old student from East Orange, New Jersey, who designed and wore a sublime African-inspired dress to her high school's prom. She was crowned the prom queen, but more importantly, she broke the Internet. Kyemah is a student at Parsons now, and over the summer, she created a dress for Power actress and former 3LW member, Naturi Naughton, to wear to the BET Awards.

naturi-naughton-kyemah-mcentyre

If these two teach us anything, it's that our creative talent is accessible at any age. Madaew's future is glittering, and we applaud his visionary approach. The lingering question on our minds is this: What will his NYFW show look like? When it happens, we want in on the front row.

author: Rudolph Maag

 

EXPLORE: Celeste Arendse presents "Breasts of Desire"






collections, style

Selfi's Celeste Arendse presents women's "Breasts of Desire"

selfi breasts of desire

It is at once arresting and jarring to encounter the ways in which society's reading of women's bodies (particularly women's breasts) are often enveloped by a male, pornographic eye. This eye, historically, has been both damaging and derogatory.

However, Celeste Arendse, the designer behind Cape Town-based fashion label Selfi, is choosing to celebrate women's breasts - to reclaim them and expose them in a tellingly abstract, poignant, and raw manner: through clothing that celebrates and imitates art.

"Breasts of Desire," Selfi's SS16 collection, pulls its inspiration from two prominent 20th century artists: Picasso and Matisse. 

Picasso pioneered Cubism, an avant-grade art movement punctuated by abstracted works where the subjects (and objects) are analyzed from different perspectives, disassembled, and then reassembled (think of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon). Matisse was a leader of Fauvism, an art movement that revisited a painterly style (erring from Impressionism) with attention to dynamic colors and abstracted subjects.

via Selfi

Arendse's collection takes these artists' renditions of the female body and reimagines them on moss crepe (a crisp material with an intentionally crinkled appearance) through the digital printing of abstract images of breasts. The result? Stunning apparel - wearable works of art - that reveal women's breasts in a way that isn't sexualized.

According to Arendse,

With this collection I wanted to focus on the areas of women’s bodies that I feel are being portrayed in derogatory ways and in ways that are more pornographic than beautiful. I wanted to make women’s bodies appear beautiful.

via Selfi

The collection features a white top featuring thick black lines that nods to Matisse, and a dress featuring blocks of color and abstract forms that nods to Picasso. 

The inspiration is present, forward, and articulate. And we're listening closely.

Design Indaba, like most, believes "It’s easy to read the breast prints on the garments as feminist statement about body positivity." But in her interview with the publication, "Arendse gently opposes this: not because she isn’t a feminist, but because she doesn’t want to box her work in – 'What if I have penises in the next collection?' she asks."

via Selfi

I think in terms of direction, what I want is my brand to always express itself, however it may be inspired that season. I don’t want to be confined to any colour, prints, shape or silhouette.

In a world where women's bodies are perpetually policed, where the slightest hint of an areola in an Instagram photo is reported and removed for abuse and violation (and now, cue Janelle Monae's "you cannot police me, so get off my areola" line from "Yoga"), it is empowering to see Arendse portray women's bodies - women's breasts - through clothing influenced by art, clothing telling a story about the beauty of breasts, clothing that speaks louder than words. 

via Selfi

via Selfi

collections, style

Review: Our favorite looks from Yeezy Season 3 (Images + Text)

pantone 4665

Cayenne, coco, cyan ... ochre and orange ... yellow ... marsala.

yeezy season 3 1

Pops of color pulled us into Yeezy Season 3, but we stayed for  Kanye's athleisure aesthetic.

Yeezy Season 3 is a crystal continuation of its predecessors, and while it isn't progressive or revolutionary compared to it's sibling seasons, it's athletic- and military-inspired apparel pushing the boundaries of what most call fashion.

One of our favorite looks is this coco, paprika, and peach colored bodysuit worn underneath a deep sage-grey, military-inspired and oversized coat, paired with electric blue knee-high boots with color-blocked and geometric-inspired insets at the knees.

yeezy season 3

It's uniformly flattering, sleek, and in keeping with Kanye's fashion sensibility. It's athleisure meets streetwear meets high fashion in one well-proportioned look, benefitting from the color and contrasting silhouettes.

Another one of our favorite looks is this desaturated, army green, layering of knits. It's a monochrome, tone-on-tone look marrying the simplicity of color and the body while highlighting the effect of unfinished hemlines, asymmetrical distressing, and body-conscious layering.

yeezy season 3 2

Fitted bodysuits? Cropped jackets and oversized jackets? Shearling?

Layered lengths, boxy silhouettes? Knits on knits on knits?  Yes, yes, yes.

yeezy season 3 4

Yeezy Season 3 may not have arrived in the same obstreperous tone as The Life of Pablo; however, the line drew a committed following long before the cult of Kanye saw it atop the Rwandan refugee camp-inspired platform centered in Madison Square Garden.

And, we'd wear it all in a minute.

tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o8_r1_1280.png
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o10_r2_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o5_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o3_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o4_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o2_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o7_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o1_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o6_r1_1280.jpg
tumblr_nylzavS3hd1s74322o9_r1_1280.png

Overwhelmed by holiday shopping?

Well, you’ve got us.

Every week of December, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite brands, stores, and absolute must-have items - items that you and your family and friends will love!

And, just you’re luck, we’re throwing in a few discounts along the way!

So, here’s the first 5 on our list! Be sure to check back for more next Monday!

Show + Tell


Love.

image

We’re basically obsessed.

image

Show + Tell is one of our favorite shops in Oakland! Everything is handmade and sustainable, and most of it is locally sourced. 

Feel free to drop by (1427 Broadway, Oakland CA) and get 20% OFF ALL ACCESSORIES + 10% OFF ALL JEWELRY!

image

They’ve got SO many local jewelry vendors!

image

Or visit showandtelloakland.com and take 10% ALL ONLINE ORDERS.

(offer available now through December 15, 2015)

Ubiq

Ok, so maybe we won’t be spending SF rent on any of the YEEZY Season 1 Collection. Maybe we will, who are you to judge us?

image

But, we’ve got quite a few items from Ubiq on this year’s #khafrachristmas15 list.

Like these Frank the Butcher x Puma “Eat What You Kill" Blaze of Glories.

image

Oh, and this XL Herschel Supply Folio Pouch.

image

Hecho en Harlem

Where to begin? Guys, there are so many pieces that we’ll be ordering for friends and family (OK, also hoping friends and family order for us).

Like the Sterling Silver and Brass Double Starburst ring.

image

And the Solid SIlver Jewel Brass Ringband.

image

And the long triangle earrings.

image

And … it doesn’t matter which piece is your favorite, starting on DECEMBER 8, 2015, you’ll get 20% OFF ALL ONLINE PURCHASES using the code “KHAFRA”.

Ashaka Givens

If you follow us on instagram, then you already know how much we love Ashaka Givens’ designs! She’s got a new line of fedoras that we want to gift to at least 5 friends this year.

image

These two!

image

Fanm Djanm

Do we even need to mention that they’ve got Black Friday sales lasting through 11 pm tonight?

image

“Guys …

image

We …

image

Can’t.”

They do. Head scarves, bags, jewelry. Have at it, guys!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more surprise sale announcements this week!

– 

with <3,

khafra co.

tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o1_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o2_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o3_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o4_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o5_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o6_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o8_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o7_1280.jpg
tumblr_ny4ar38Rvt1qlia32o9_1280.jpg

Fanm Djanm has a new collection … and so, of course we’re in love! 

Not only does Fanm Djanm vibrant collection of headwraps to celebrate strong women of all ages, but they’ve got some pretty bomb clothing and jewelry selections as well.  We love their Queen Ania crewneck!

Do us and yourself a favor and check them out.

with <3,

khafra co.

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 &hellip;  DO THIS .

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.

image

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.

image

More about this to come, in the meantime though … DO THIS.