IMG_3402i love shooting this lady for one reason, she owns her love for vintage clothing. A lot of people profess their love for vintage clothing but it all seems to end at photos or a cheap bargain at a thrift store., only a few really embody the aesthetics of vintage clothing like Dita does, and since I’m a votary of everything that celebrates the 50’s I have charged myself to document the wardrobe of this rare human and her wardrobe.

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IMG_4211 It was during the 1920’s that west Africa fully adopted the Dutch wax print as a cultural staple, one that has since it’s entry to the Gold Coast (Ghana) suggested status and a symbol of identification. The Dutch, being partly responsible for nurturing the region’s appetite for the vibrantly coloured wax print, slowly adopted cultural symbols into their prints to purposely entice the West African, and it worked,to the extent that proverbs and catchy names coined by the locals have gone to brand this celebrated fabric. Since childhood, “ntoma” which means cloth, has been synonymous with the wax print so much that I thought that was the only fabric that existed. “Ntoma”,

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IMG_3798 Before i had any knowledge in suit fabrics, I found the thought incorporating waist coats into my wardrobe quite absurd, considering the fact I live in the tropics where it’s humid all year long. I have encountered a lot of gentlemen who share this ignorant view and i believe it’s mainly due to their little or no knowledge in the types of fabric that exist. Most men on a good day will not go past the color and fit of a suit, which usually leads to bad-buys, and the inability to distinguish the appropriating suiting for different seasons. For example , I find it amusing how a lot of gentlemen gawk at any suit with a slashed price

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IMG_3776 Men secretly love the things they can’t control, especially when it works in their favor”. You can anticipate that fact that leather will age with time, but you can never predict the exact shade it will take in regards to discoloration from constant wear and polish. Menswear has more than enough expressed it’s love for “patina”; which is basically the natural discoloration of full grain leather over time of use. The love of patina has escalated to a level where footwear manufactures are able develop artificial patinas courtesy of master artisans straight from the factory to the consumer at a welcomed cost.

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17-09-2014_neighborhood_1947baseballtee_navy_1 Totally digging Japanese brand Neighborhood’s fall/winter 14 collection, I have a few favorites from the collection but I decided to show ones that top my list. The retro baseball t shirt is just pure genius, I don’t know why I didn’t see this coming with street wear’s recent love affair with baseball apparel. The color work and font is so reminiscent of retro baseball jerseys. These are great pieces I would love to repeat from season to season.
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