Apr 25, 2014
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Fashion Fridays

Fashion Fridays: “To The Moon” Tees From Gazoo + Dope Life

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—


From designer catalogs to airports, clubs and even his very own café in Bushwick, Palates, the diversity of mediums through which ”The Black Sand Artist” Jason “Gazoo” Allen‘s work manifests itself seems limitless. His aesthetic, inspired by his Caribbean heritage from the island of Montserrat, can even be seen in music videos by Ryan Leslie, Rune RK, and, most recently, Mr. Vegas. The just-released clip for Vegas’ “Party Tun Up” featuring Sean Paul and Fatman Scoop was shot at WIP Night Club, where Gazoo served as art director (though you may know it better as the spot where Drake and Chris Brown duked it out over Rihanna). Check the video below.

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Fashion Fridays: Michi NY’s Workout Wear

Words by Michellee Nelson~

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If the design aesthetics of MichiNY look at familiar to you, that may be because we first featured designer Michelle Watson back in 2011. Since then, MichiNY has taken off, with the line’s workout gear appearing everywhere from Urban Outfitters’ style blog and Cosmo to the pages of Harper’s Bazaar.

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Fashion Fridays: DOOM x Clarks Originals

Words by Natalie Weiner—Clarks2

Clarks. Vybz Kartel, Scorcher, and Damian Marley are just a few of the Jamaican artists who’ve sung the praises of the venerable British brand, whose classic styles have been an integral part of Jamaican fashion for over 30 years. (For a complete list, check the graphic below). Seriously — the Jamaica-Clarks connection is so storied there’s even a book about it.

In recent years, the brand has been partnering with an ever-growing number of artists in recognition of its iconic status in the music world.  Though no Jamaican acts have been tapped as of yet, the latest artist to team with the brand has some Caribbean roots. That’s right—mysterious, metalfaced, New York-raised rapper MF DOOM is joining the ranks as the latest artist to collaborate on a special edition of the Wallabee shoe. And, yes, he’s part Trini (as well as Zimbabwean-British).clarks

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Fashion Fridays: Get to Know Designer Ayana Rivière

Words by Tami Tsansai::Photos by Storm Saulter::Model: Ayana Rivière—


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Fashion Fridays: Ale et Ange’s Tropical Flower Zilla Hat

Words by Michellee Nelson-

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There’s few bigger staples in hip-hop fashion than snapbacks and fitteds, but when Pusha T started rocking Ale at Ange’s Tropical Flower Zilla hat, we were intrigued. The hat is one of many designs by Ale et Ange, a boutique in NYC’s East Village run by Osoré Ale Oyagha and Jamaican native, Eloise Ange Simonet. Since opening the shop in 2009, the duo have been churning out menswear pieces from ties, and dress shirts to pants and of course hats

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Fashion Fridays: Wackies Hoodies + Tees in the LargeUp Store

Words by Jesse Serwer—


When it comes to dub and reggae, Wackie’s holds a special place on our turntables. The first reggae specialist label of note in the U.S., the Bronx-based imprint founded by Jamaican transplant Lloyd “Bullwackies” Barnes is behind some of our favorite records, like The Love Joys “All I Can Say” and Junior Delahaye’s “Love.” While other reggae labels have signature sounds, there’s no mistaking Wackie’s era-capturing blend of lo-fi textures, eerie harmonies and behind-the-beat, head-nod swag.

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