Thursday, 28 August 2014

Oroma's Therapy

LTH favourite Oroma Elewa  recently added Shop Owner to her never ending fantastic list of 'things I happen to do really well'. What I love about these items is that they're sourced from her various travels around the world which makes every piece powerfully personal.

In other news I'll be on a bit of a blogging hiatus for the next couple of weeks (the psychology degree...she beckons) but stay tuned as I will return with a fun outfit post captured by none other than the photo-aficionado herself Dudu Luthuli

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Nomia SS '14

There's a power and a purity in simplicity; New York based fashion label Nomia  is a testament to that. It caters to the woman with a proclivity for minimalist clothing with masculine influences and urban edge. Their items are understated but interesting, even arresting. I want all if these items. All of them. Just saying.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

The Kings of Sartor | Art Comes First

Personally, menswear (especially smart wear) has always been about two things: co-ordination and fit. If you can thoughtfully co-ordinate your outfit and make it seem like tiny tailoring-fairies immaculately sowed it on your body then you've done well, chap.

I have recently learned however that my rule of two is, if not flawed, then slightly lacking. This week I was schooled by the kings of social sartorialism Art Comes First who released their recent project titled, "The Discplines of Dressing". These short films teach men (and women) about the subtle intricacies of menswear and although the premise of these films is to show others the various rules of style this collective adheres to, I  believe that they are also disclosing a few golden secrets about the well-dressed-gentleman. They call them the "Disciplines of Dressing" and I call them "How To Go From 'Nice' to 'Daaaammmnnn' ".  Its a fitting title.

Check out part one and two of the six-part film below (and for more click here ).

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Chelsea Bravo x Kojey Radical

You know when something is so beautiful you're sort of beside yourself with excitement? That was me a few nights ago when I discovered Chelsea Bravo - a London based men's wear fashion house. The label's namesake and founder, Chelsea Bravo, is a woman who aims to make clothes that challenge the conventions of contemporary menswear.
The collection I'm blogging about today (the one I'm going slightly manic over) is her recent capsule collection called 'The Gardener' on which she collaborated with artist/poet Kojey Radical. According to Chelsea this is an experimental collection "based on painter, canvas and garden utilitarian work wear"; uhm... how garden utilitarian work wear could inspire such a wonderful collection and beautiful lookbook, I will never know. But thank God I'm not in the business of knowing how these things come about, my job is to simply show you the pretty things when they are made...I'm sort of an aesthetic harbinger like that.

Also take a listen to Kojey Radical spit some of his lyrical wordsmith-isms on a track from his recent EP 'Dear Daisy: Opium' (which coincided wonderfully with the release of Chelsea's capsule collection). 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Grace Mahary x Lurve Magazine

Photography:  Elle Muliarchyk
Stying: Peju Famojure 
Clothes: Rodarte Spring '13

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Lookout | 2Many Siblings

I'm a recent and unashamed groupie of Kenyan based blogging duo Velma Rossa and Papa Petit. These two are the co-founders of the blog 2many siblings, an online herald of fashion, art and culture - which I guess is easy to come by nowadays but the one thing I love about them is that everything they do is executed beautifully. Not only are they just taking beautiful photos but, in doing so, they are enriching the African fashion and artistic narrative. Also their level of cool makes me feel A. a bit jealous-down and B. like my siblings and I need to be more serious about our swagg (or lack thereof). Ha.

Friday, 13 June 2014

Kisua Hariri

It's my life's goal to learn Swahili and it's also somewhat of  a moral obligation - as a half Tanzanian I can't be out here trying to perfect other languages while still not able to converse in my father's native tongue; French and Portugese are going to have to take a back seat for a while. But that's not even the point of this post, this post is about Kisua Hariri - the contemporary online fashion site's debut fall collection. Hairi means 'edit' in swahili and the word does well in representing a line both creative and vibrant while also purposeful and measured. Kisua's first fall collection thoughtfully brings together masculinity with femininity, eclectic prints with structured silhouettes, militancy with vibrancy.
Shop Kisua Hariri here