Apr 16, 2014
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Pop Style: Chi Ching Ching

Interview by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Gio

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Welcome to LargeUp’s new street style feature, Pop Style. Every other Friday, we’ll be talking sartorial shop with the most impeccably dressed men and women of the Caribbean and the diaspora, from familiar faces to everyday people pon di corner. Along the way we intend to show the world what we’ve long held true—no one’s got style and swagger quite like the islands.

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

Words by Marcha M. Johnson—

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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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Eye Against Eye: Win Bad Brains Sunglasses + Ski Goggles

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Sunglasses brand Arnette has produced a limited-edition line of sunglasses and ski/snowboard goggles inspired by the Bad Brains. The highly-influential band fused reggae and dub with their loud, fast and frenetic hardcore sound, and they were style innovators, too. Black dudes with long dreads playing rock might not sound too extraordinary these days, but it was nothing short of revolutionary when the foursome burst out of Washington D.C. in the early ’80s.

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Fashion Fridays: DOOM x Clarks Originals

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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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Pop Style: Steven Jackson

Interview by Tami Tsansai, Photos by Martei Korley—

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Welcome to LargeUp’s new street style feature, Pop Style. Every other Friday, we’ll be talking sartorial shop with the most impeccably dressed men and women of the Caribbean and the diaspora, from familiar faces to everyday people pon di corner. Along the way we intend to show the world what we’ve long held true—no one’s got style and swagger quite like the islands.

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