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Tag Archives: Afrotropolis
WHAT: SUPAFRIK Pop-Up Shop/Gallery WHEN: Sunday September 21st
ONE DAY ONLY: 1PM – 7PM WHERE: TAC Art/Work Gallery, 568 Richmond Street West, Toronto
SUPAFRIK returns to its Toronto roots after well received installations in Washington DC, London and Paris. With a limited edition focus, SUPAFRIK #7 will feature a collaborative one-off capsule collection from Chinedesign and Parisian conceptual artist MyriaMMaxo (renown for her riotously colorful “objet d’art” waxprint teddies) who will also be in town to launch the collection. Chinedesign’s #TheBravingRitual collection, the label’s first foray into eclectic winterwear combining tartans and indigo-dyed mud cloth will also be exclusively available for made-to-measure custom orders. Also featured: luxurious handwoven scarves from newly-minted Ethiopia-based African Design Hub label which will be making its Canadian-debut at SUPAFRIK roster. SUPAFRIK will also feature a tasting menu of Afro-fusion culinary delights by Zimbabwean cook Rufaro, original artwork by Oluseye and a preview of BLKKANGAROO’s BLKKMARKET, its first capsule collection of structured t-shirts and unisex kaftans inspired by the color, texture and vibrancy of the West- African market experience.
For bargain hunters, there will also be discounted goodies from the online store from such as UK based clothing “Made in Africa” label Chichia London (Beyonce is a fan!) whose street-smart collection is ethically manufactured in Tanzania using traditional kanga textiles as well as fashion sneakers from Mos Def’s new favorite shoe brand SAWA, designed in Paris and made in Addis Ababa.
#AfrotropolisWanderland will be an experience where the worlds of fashion, film and visual arts are merged together for “the one-night only, multi-sensory art exhibit” as described by Paul Aguirre in this weeks Fashion and Style section of blogTO.
Tickets on sale now at http://afrotropolis.eventbrite.ca
Last week we sat down with the creative mind behind the show’s concept and fashion designs, Chinedu Ukabam of Chinedesign. He provided insight into the work that went into the show and what we could expect. This week we had a roundtable discussion with some other key contributors involved in the show; visual artists Kalkidan Assefa and Jimmy Chiale , as well as video and film producer Marcos Fantu. They shared with us why they jumped on board this project, creative process behind the collaboration and the source of their inspiration. Continue reading
In April of 2011, Afrotropolis made its debut in Toronto. The creative idea of Toronto fashion designer Chinedu Ukabam of Chinedesign, it featured “live mannequins” displaying the collection in a gallery setting. Afrotropolis was well received by the fashion/arts community, the media and the blogsphere. For all those that have been requesting a sequel, we have some great news! We are pleased to announce that the second installment to this series is currently in the works! Afrotropolis Wanderland will debut in February 2012, sponsored by TD as a part of their Then and Now festival in celebration of Black History Month (CBC Radio and Television are the media partners). Unlike the first, which was composed entirely of Chinedu’s designs, the second installment will be a collaborative effort with other creative minds from the worlds of visual arts, fashion and film to create a universe that commemorates different periods in Black history and celebrates the achievements and cultural beacons of people of African origin.
Watch the video below to find out if you are one of the three lucky winners who get to take home any piece that they covet from the Afrotropolis collection!
The t-shirt Chinedu is wearing is courtesy of the AITF collective out of Paris, France. He had a chance to sit down and build with them last time he was out there and we will be posting more about AITF on this blog. Stay tuned!
My name is Chinedu and I am a SUPAFRIK. I am also a designer and my 8 year old label is called Chinedesign. A few weeks ago on a quiet sunday morning, I launched a collection for summer called Afrotropolis . I hadn’t shown a collection in two years (I took a break to go to school and learn more about the business) so I felt a bit of pressure going into the showing. Between the challenges of the live mannequin concept and the snowstorm in the middle of spring, so much could have gone wrong and yet for the most part everything went right. I am happy that the collection and my choice of presentation was well received. I got a mention in the National Post and Afrotropolis is making its way through the blogsphere like here and here. There’s more to come but I’m keeping it mum for now. In a future post, I will break down the African inspiration behind the collection. In the meantime you can check out the lookbook photographs by the amazing Naz Tana as well as the video above that I sliced together from amateur footage of the event (excuse the occasional shakiness and the guillotine effect).
Available at the upcoming SUPAFRIK pop-up.