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AP FASHION: An interview with designer Jesse Frimpong of STREETCHIEF

Meet Ghana born, Toronto based designer, Jesse Frimpong, the young innovator and creative mind behind STREETCHIEF. Jesse has transformed his inspirations—“merging” his Ghanaian roots with the urban flare of the western world, a merging of his past and present locations.

STREETCHIEF was born out of Jesse’s desire to in a sense convey a person…


Added by Safety Pins on July 22, 2014 at 2:23pm — No Comments

FASHION: Essence Festival and International African Arts Festival Highlights

This past weekend, so much black beauty has flooded my Instagram and Facebook feeds and I am just loving it! Although I wasn’t down in New Orleans living it up at the Essence Fest, I took part in my own little July 4th tradition and spent my Saturday and Sunday at the International African Arts Festival, held in Commodore Barry Park! Whether you were down in NOLA or right here in BK, it is such a great feeling to be surrounded by and indulge in the vibrant and positives vibes of…


Added by Safety Pins on July 11, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: Designer Spotlight: De La Sébure

Spice it up! This summer is all about patterns and vibrant, strong colors. Whether one patterned piece or a matching pant and shirt set, adding some funky, chic and unique patterns to your wardrobe is a must for the summer. There are certain clothing items that I have to convince myself are a necessity, but there was no doubt in my mind after my first glance at De La Sébure that one of their pieces would need to be in my possession. There is something so glorious, loving,…


Added by Safety Pins on June 27, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

FEATURE: NY Street Style by Whosthefreshest

Pow! Check this street style series by Whosthefreshest for AFROPUNK!…


Added by Safety Pins on June 18, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Designer Spotlight: Meet Tamu Thomas of Kenema

Summer has left me with some time to browse the Internet and I am continually inspired by artists and designers of this generation who transcend the realm of fashion and art. I believe I was browsing MDMflow’s Tumblr page and came across a patterned top ands short set—vibrant colors, geometric shapes, crisp and perfect for strutting down the streets…


Added by Safety Pins on June 13, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

AP FASHION: The Art of Head Wrapping: 1953 Collection by Folasade Adeoso

You are creating your own crown and embodying your inner queen when engaging in the art of head wrapping. I have fallen in love with the 1953 head wrap collection by Folasade Adeoso—the colors and fabric are crisp, vibrant and illuminate the “confidence, diversity and creativity of women.” There is something so regal in rocking this crown in your own way. Whether wearing jeans, a tee and converse, or a fabulous dress and heels, the head wrap can only positively accent your…


Added by Safety Pins on June 10, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Folorunsho x K1X Hand-Dyed Basketball Jerseys For A Good Cause

Folorunsho is a creative collective based in Freetown, Sierra Leone, formed by 20 young men and teenagers. We've told you about the sneakers they created and …


Added by Safety Pins on June 10, 2014 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Jewelry Spotlight: Purposerosa by Yarminiah and Yaminah Rosa

Looking to accessorize this summer with some fabulous and edgy earrings and rings? Then you are going to fall in love with Purposerosa, “a design house founded by sisters Yarminiah and Yaminah Rosa.” These flashy pieces are sure to turn heads and dazzle in the summer sun or glow in the darkness of the night!

By Aliyah Blackmore, AFROPUNK Contributor *…


Added by Safety Pins on May 30, 2014 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

AP FASHION: Spotlight - Caven Etomi's Kingdom Tees

This summer I am completely here for the very flowy relaxed outfits—starting simple and building off of a fresh palette is the way to go. For some reason I just have a great feeling about this summer, and maybe that is because I just completed final exams and look forward to long days of soaking up sun, art, laying on the grass, listening to music, biking, exploring, eating, and being the free spirit that I am. Go out with a kick this summer! Pair a t-shirts and jean shorts or a…


Added by Safety Pins on May 23, 2014 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

AP Fashion: Welcome Pinned x Stitched!

Welcome Pinned x Stitched to the AFROPUNK community! The extremely dynamic duo, Meron Bekele and B Hawk Snipes, will be gracing the AP community with their style tips and sharing of art, music and culture! This video blog is definitely something to watch out for, as it serves as a platform for young African American creative minds to inspire and be inspired by others. Amidst stressful final exams and projects, I had the lovely opportunity to just slow down for 30 minutes and…


Added by Safety Pins on May 5, 2014 at 9:49am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Alien Cartoon' Afrofuturist Fashion Show At Dakar's 100-year-old Train Station

Hi guys, check out the 'Alien Cartoon' project by Senegalese designer Selly Raby Kane and her team. They have an Indiegogo campaign if you'd like to support.

Info from the press release: "With Alien Cartoon, her new collection that will be presented in May 2014, Selly Raby Kane throws herself into an urban and futurist Africa, populated by…


Added by Safety Pins on April 30, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

FEATURE: Alternative Fashion by Daft Minerva

Designer Dario Mohr brings his talents as a visual artist and cartoonist to his fashion line Daft Minerva. Hand-painted clothes, accessories such as jewelry and hats, one-of-a-kind pieces, eccentric but accessible.

Check out some of his designs below!

- L.…


Added by Safety Pins on April 29, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

AP Fashion: Spring Trend Report

Letting go of those layers can be daunting. However, Mother Winter has finally eased up! With spring pieces and collections being released faster than greenhouse gases, looking foolish is foreseeable. Even if you’d prefer to fringe on the outside of popular culture and dodge mainstream trends, everyone could use a bit of the fashawns. It is individual interpretation that is paramount.

By Chauncey Glenn, AFROPUNK…


Added by Safety Pins on April 28, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "I celebrate strong women with my headwrap line Fanm Djanm"

My name is Paola, and I am a lifestyle blogger based in NYC. I'm originally from Haiti, and I write about everything NYC related. I also love to share some of my Haitian heritage with my followers because to me where I'm from really matters and is a very important part of my story. I recently started a headwrap line called, "Fanm Djanm". In my language, it means "Strong Woman."

I'm starting with the headwrap because:…


Added by Safety Pins on April 25, 2014 at 12:41pm — 5 Comments

AP Fashion: Meet Designer Sewra Kidane and her Waist Beads Collection

Growing up, I always admired the beautiful waist beads clumped together in my mother's jewelry box. The adornment, from my perspective, seemed to be a symbol of sensuality juxtaposed to the beauty of private intimacy—loving and adorning the self. I loved the way the beads hugged her waist and hips-- the colors outlining her beautiful brown skin-- and I thought, “I can't wait to get my own pair of waist beads.”

By Aliyah…


Added by Safety Pins on April 21, 2014 at 1:02pm — 2 Comments

INTERVIEW: Meet Namibian Designer And Stylist "Loux the Vintage Guru"

I first heard of Lourens Gebhardt, aka “Loux the Vintage Guru,” from a friend who had sent me a link to his blog. I have long been interested in contemporary African fashion, but remain mostly ignorant of Africa’s vintage fashion and street style scenes. Going through Loux’s Tumblr was like a crash course in Namibian vintage menswear, and I was amazed by the…


Added by Safety Pins on April 14, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: DC Street Style By Britt Elyse Nelson: Prepster Punk

Name: Quincy Jones (

Occupation: Event Curator/Stylist

Place you live/from: Washington, DC from Virginia

Next place you wish to visit:

Why? Have we ever found where unicorns live? That’s where I wish to…


Added by Safety Pins on April 11, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

AP FASHION: Swimsuit Season is Almost Here… Bantu Wax Will Get You Excited!

So with this bit of warm weather in NYC and finally the pleasant feeling of sun beaming down on my skin—I spent part of my weekend trolling on the web, planning my fantasy vacation in Barbados, creating a 2014 summer playlist, and of course searching for bathing suits.

Honestly, I have never bought a bathing suit/bikini that I’ve truly loved… nothing has ever really wowed me. My swimsuit shopping has always been very rushed — I pop in to a H & M or Forever 21, pick up…


Added by Safety Pins on April 8, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Kelis Editorial in Schön! Magazine

Does it get any hotter than this? Check out the dope editorial Kelis did for the latest issue of Schön! Magazine. Photography: Louis Banks. Fashion: Liz Mendez. Visit

Kelis' new album Food will be out April 21.…


Added by Safety Pins on April 7, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Mosaert, Stromae's new fashion line for dapper people

As you may know, Stromae is an exciting singer, songwriter and performance artist from Belgium, with songs who often deal with social issues (deadbeat dads, war of the sexes, etc.). He reached mainstream success in some European countries like France over the past few years. His new fashion line, Mosaert, features clothes made in France, Portugal and Belgium, similar to the ones he wears in his…


Added by Safety Pins on April 7, 2014 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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